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Business Spotlight: What it Takes to Become a Local Entrepreneur


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Jillian Lee, the Founder and Creative Director of JIL & Associates is a lifelong learner and serial entrepreneur in the Calgary business scene. 

Jillian showed an aptitude for business management early, launching her first business in the clothing industry while she was still a student at Mount Royal. Since then, she has steadily expanded her professional and educational portfolios, most recently completing the official rebrand of her film production company in April 2020. 

With a diverse background in history, languages, political science and business administration from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and Mount Royal, Jillian’s education and credentials highlight her passion for life and learning. Now working full-time in the film industry as the Founder and Creative Director of JIL & Associates, she feels she is exactly where she is meant to be. 

Jillian credits her broad educational background for influencing the approach she takes to her current work. “It’s done so much to inform how I exist in this industry,” she says, “I’ve always had a strong sense of curiosity and an interest in people and the world around me, and with client projects I get to learn something new every day.”  

Having worked with clients in a variety of industries, including health and wellness, biographical portraits, oil & gas and more, Jillian is committed to using her abilities as a producer and creative leader to provide a platform for others to be heard upon. A big believer in the art of connection, with a passion for storytelling, she is most interested in telling human interest stories that expose and highlight the commonalities and shared experiences of humanity. “I like to tell stories about people,” she says, “for no other reason than to inspire and entertain and to make people feel connected.”   

As a small business owner, Jillian has felt the negative impacts of COVID-19 in recent months, particularly being unable to complete any filming until recently when the Government of Alberta launched Phase One of the provincial reopening strategy. She remained productive during her downtime, however, using the pause in client work to “deep-dive” into her existing business plan and really work out what the coming year will look like for JIL & Associates. “I’ve laid out an official business plan, created company value statements, policy and procedure documents and planned an entire years worth of marketing in advance,” says Jillian, “COVID has allowed me to set up for success in the coming months.” 

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CPL Roundup: Cavalry extends undefeated streak with 2-1 win over Pacific

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CALGARY — Cavalry FC kept its spot atop the Canadian Premier League standings with a 2-1 win over Pacific FC on Thursday. 

Daan Klomp opened the scoring for Cavalry (12-5-8) in the 6th minute and David Norman Jr. doubled the lead with a goal in the 71st. 

Sean Young scored in the 89th for Pacific, who sit in second spot with a 12-7-6 record.

Pacific’s Callum Irving stopped two of the four shots he faced while Cavalry ‘keeper Marco Carducci conceded the lone on-target shot the visitors managed across 90 minutes of play. 

Cavalry is undefeated in six outings, with a 3-3-0 record across the stretch. 

Each side has three games to play in the regular-season schedule. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 21, 2021. 

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Regulator lays charges against Tidewater Midstream for acidic water release

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CALGARY — The Alberta Energy Regulator has laid charges against Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. for a release of acidic water in west-central Alberta.

The regulator says the release occurred in Oct. 2019 at Tidewater’s Ram River sour gas processing plant near Rocky Mountain House. 

It says the acidic water flowed into a nearby creek.

Calgary-based Tidewater has been charged with 10 violations under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, including releasing a substance to the environment that caused or may have caused an adverse effect. 

The regulator also alleges that Tidewater failed to report the release of the acidic water as soon as possible, and failed to take all reasonable measures to repair and remedy the spill.

Tidewater is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 8 in Rocky Mountain House.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published October 21, 2021.

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