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Posted @ 11/16/2016 2:24 PM By Graham Hicks
Please, no more hysterics.
The sky is not falling.
American President-elect Donald Trump could be very good for Alberta.
Did we happen to mention the Keystone XL pipeline?
Alberta’s biggest challenge is not climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, but the need for new pipelines to get our stranded oil and natural gas to market.
Outgoing American President Barack Obama vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline – carrying up to 1 million barrels of dilbit (diluted bitumen) a day from the oilsands to under-utilized upgraders/heavy-oil refineries along the Gulf of Mexico. Trump has promised to reverse that decision as soon as possible.
Trump believes fossil fuels will continue to play a major role in providing cheap energy to America and the world.
Trump will take a very different environmental stance than Obama, with an underlying assumption that environmental concerns can be met without excessive government interference and subsidy.
Trump will embrace the “greening” of ...
Posted @ 4/16/2012 9:41 PM By Graham Hicks
There’s a default position in Canadian business that goes unchallenged.Canadians aren’t innovative. Canadians aren’t productive. Canadians aren’t inventive.The mantra is repeated in northern Alberta. Our economy doesn’t “do” research and development. We’re scared of risk and the fear of failure associated with new technology, new processes. We’re too used to the easy life produced by an endless gusher of oil and gas.I’ve had the opportunity to explore this intriguing topic, working a few days a week as an adviser to TEC Edmonton, an incubator and accelerator of technology-intensive startup businesses.The business gurus have got it all wrong. This city and region should proclaim itself just as techno-savvy as “knowledge-based” cities like Boulder, San Antonio or Kitchener-Waterloo.Four events will counter the perception of Edmonton being ho-hum in “conventional” technology — the Analytics, Big Data and the Cloud conference, April 23 to 25 (abtech.ca), the 10th annual TEC VenturePrize Awards and Dinner (venture ...
Posted @ 3/16/2012 2:04 PM By Graham Hicks
A friend of mine had a kid finishing high school.
He was a smart, practical young man with a good attitude, but he didn’t have a clue what he wanted to do.
They made a practical decision.
They looked at the projected earnings for grads from NAIT’s technology programs. Off he went to enroll in the course with the highest earning potential.
Good decision. Three to four years after graduation, he’s an electrical engineering technologist.
Now 24, this young man is pulling down $100,000 a year in base salary, half that again in overtime. Plus benefits.
Welcome to Alberta, 2012, where young adults – with the right diploma and a willingness to work – are often making $100,000 a year.
There’s cause for concern – too much money, too fast, too young, unrealistic expectations, and so on.
But as long as the building boom continues in the oilsands (and it will continue, with $20 billion being spent on construction alone in 2012) , skilled ...