Someone once said a startup business is like a teenager; awkward, needs money, and needs a hug. We feel that way sometimes as a business that launched here in Red Deer just 2 years ago. As Christmas shopping draws to a fever pitch and the hopes for a happy(er) New Year dance through our heads, we’d like to thank these companies for supporting us this past year. Consider them when making choices on where to take your business.
Abbey Platinum Master Built
Abbey Platinum Master Built is a major Central Alberta Home Builder with an extensive portfolio of accomplishments in quality building from starter to luxury estates homes, renovations and commercial constructions. We offer one of the largest builder lot inventories with lots available in Blackfalds, Lacombe, Penhold, Red Deer and Sylvan Lake.
With Abbey Platinum’s experience as a custom home builder, acreages became a natural fit. Our Project management team and partners meticulous commitment to quality that’s shows in the wide variety of homes we build. We are the highest award winning builder in Central Alberta carrying such accolades as Renovator of the Year and 5-time Builder of the Year. Learn more.
Alberta Global Talent
As an employer, have you been looking for ways to increase your access to talented potential employees for your business? Even in the current economy it’s not always easy to find great employees. Especially as the baby-boomers retire and Canadians are not having enough children to take their place in the work force, we can expect demand for employees to increase. What if we could help you find employees with talent, a strong work ethic, and willingness to do a variety of jobs and to learn?
Central Alberta employers have reported positive impacts of adding diversity to their employee group. Learn more.
Alberta Podcast Network
The Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB, builds audiences for Alberta-made podcasts and connects those listeners to Alberta-based businesses and organizations. We pay our member podcasts to spread the word about ATB and our other sponsors. We also promote affiliated podcasts that are produced by our sponsors. And our network is set up so that our members cross-promote each other, thus building each other’s audiences and increasing the number of listeners, which helps our sponsors, too. Listen to some great podcasts from Alberta podcasters.
Alberta Pork Producers
We are one of 16 Commodity Marketing Boards and Commissions in Alberta. We are a non-profit organization representing all of Alberta’s hog producers with a democratically elected board of directors. We represent producers’ interests to the government, the industry, the media, the general public and other groups associated with the pork industry.
We currently collect a $1.00 levy on each market hog and $0.25 on pigs under 50 kilograms that are sold out of Canada. These funds are used for the research, development, growth and promotion of the Alberta pork industry. Learn more.
Alberta Sport Development Centre
The Alberta Sport Connection has established a network of Alberta Sport Development Centres (ASDC) across the province. The main purpose of the ASDC network is to coordinate and enhance services available to Alberta’s emerging athletes and coaches. These regional centres provide services to athletes and coaches residing in rural and urban areas allowing athletes to develop and train at a high level without leaving home. The ASDC Network supports the idea of a holistic training approach in order for athletes to reach their optimal athletic potential. By combining sport science applications with support from experts in areas such as nutrition, sport psychology and injury prevention, each centre helps coaches, parents and athletes build an ideal environment for enhanced athletic development and performance. Learn more.
Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum provides a family friendly interactive experience. You will be surprised by what you discover inside! Have fun, laugh, play and discover Alberta sports heroes together. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is an interactive, hands-on celebration of Alberta’s sporting history. With over 7,000 square feet of exhibit space includes a multisport area with virtual baseball, basketball, football, hockey, and soccer, a 200 meter wheelchair challenge, a Treadwall climbing wall, the Orest Korbutt Theatre, Hall of Fame Gallery and much more. Learn more. Click here to watch videos of the 2018 Inductees.
BILD Central Alberta
Originally established in 1956 as a chapter of the Housing and Urban Development Association of Canada (HUDAC) to serve the needs of the local home building industry, the local association has enjoyed steady growth to bring us where we are today, an association of 160 plus member organizations. Learn more.
Black Creek Developments
Black Wolf Custom Homes
Black Wolf Custom Homes is distinguished in the art of home building. With decades of industry experience and experts that have honed their craft, talent, and eye for braiding functionality and sophistication in the home, we are ready to build yours. With a Bauhaus philosophy, Black Wolf Custom Homes believes in the harmony of design and function. One should be able to move within their space with swiftness and ease in their day-to-day activities. Learn more.
2019 Canada Winter Games
From February 15 until March 3, 2019, Red Deer and central Alberta will welcome the nation for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Featuring 19 sports, over 150 events and a major arts and cultural festival, the 2019 Canada Winter Games will welcome up to 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches and more than 20,000 visitors.
The 2019 Games will be the largest event ever hosted in Red Deer and central Alberta and one of the largest events to be hosted in Alberta in over three decades, since the 1988 Calgary Olympics. Learn more.
Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre
The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre is a not for profit organization rooted in the protection and recovery of today’s most innocent and vulnerable – our children. Together with our partners and stakeholders – Central Region, Children’s Services, Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Justice and Education by Alberta and the RCMP – we provide integrated services that ensure that a child can share their story, and have it safely heard. Our team of dedicated professionals provide a coordinated approach that supports the recovery of the children, youth and families affected by abuse, helping them to overcome adversity with the promise and possibility of a healthy future. Learn more.
We offer professional salon services that are always on trend. At Chatters, we understand that your hair is your best accessory and that a cut & colour that truly flatters you is a must have. Our stylists receive the highest levels of training and are continually updating their skills with the industry’s top educators to give you the season’s freshest looks. We are a family salon offering services for ladies, men and children. Learn more.
Earl Dreeshen MP
Earl was most recently elected in 2015 as the first ever Member of Parliament for the riding of Red Deer – Mountain View. Previously, Earl served two terms as the Member of Parliament for Red Deer following his successes in the elections of 2008 and 2011. Currently serving as the Deputy Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food, Earl has prior experience as the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology and as a Member of the Standing Committees on International Trade, Health, Public Accounts, Ethics, and Aboriginal Affairs. Learn more.
Ellis Bird Farm
Ellis Bird Farm is both a non-profit company and a working farm. It was established in 1982 to carry on the legacy of Lacombe-area conservationists, Charlie and Winnie Ellis, when their farm was purchased by Union Carbide Canada Ltd. At the time, Charlie and Winnie operated one of the largest bluebird trails in Canada and had established their farmstead as a haven for wildlife. Learn more.
Horse Racing Alberta
Horse Racing Alberta (HRA), is a private not-for-profit corporation that was established with the Alberta Governments proclamation of the Racing Corporation Act in 1996. The HRA was established to lead a racing industry renewal and to manage industry self-regulation. Learn more.
Kennedy Wealth Management
Whether are looking to invest in order to build your financial future, or to secure what you have already earned, professional investment, estate, insurance, and financial planning advice is critical. Combining specific goals, such as maximizing retirement income, protecting principal, leaving an estate for your family, or just simplifying your life financially, takes experience, and training. The Kennedy Wealth Management Group, led by Rod Kennedy, devote themselves to fully understanding your comprehensive financial situation, life goals, and tolerance for risk, when creating and managing a strategy that is right for you. Learn more.
Kipp Scott GMC Cadillac Buick
Kipp Scott GMC Cadillac Buick is a family-owned business that has proudly served Red Deer, and all of Alberta, for 50 Years since first opening our doors in 1968. Treating our customers with respect has always been our number-one priority, and we believe when it comes to selling vehicles, honesty is the best policy. Rest assured we’ll do everything we can to make sure you leave our dealership 100% satisfied. Learn more.
One Eleven Grill
An inviting and stylish restaurant tucked into the heart of Red Deer just waiting for you to discover or rediscover. Opened on the first day of November in 2011, One Eleven has been thoughtfully and skillfully preparing delicious food and drinks for Central Alberta for years. Our passion is STEAK! We are committed to quality, serving only the very best locally-owned, grass fed Alberta Triple AAA Beef in both classic and unique cuts. Our warm, inviting ambiance is the perfect backdrop for everything from a romantic evening, a gathering with friends and family and even a quiet business lunch during the week. At One Eleven we’re committed to your total satisfaction and we celebrate the people and food of Red Deer and Central Alberta every day. Learn more.
It all started over a conversation about giving back. Before long Charlie MacDonald and Michelle Tetreault decided to combine passions for Canada’s military and Canadian Football and the idea for Operation Teacup was born. “Operation” Teacup is a worthy name for this day long endeavour because it takes the planning abilities of a military mission to pull it off. In fact… the military actually does help pull it off! Learn more.
ProVerus LLP was formed with a particular focus on the needs of owner-operated businesses in Central Alberta. By making your business our specialty, we can offer more of what you need. With a strong blend of experience and education, we offer a unique combination of contemporary professional skills and traditional, time-honoured values. Learn more.
Pursuit Physio Therapy
Our clinic is designed to help you achieve your health goals. Our team is works towards your success and recovery. Leanne Schlachter and Nicki Julien are the owners of Pursuit Physiotherapy. Pursuit Physiotherapy opened in September 2006 after identifying a need for a better delivery of care in Red Deer. Part of this plan includes booking adequate time for comprehensive assessments allows us to formulate an individualized treatment plans. Learn more.
Red Deer Christmas Bureau
We at the Red Deer Christmas Bureau believe in sharing our culture and tradition with other members of our community. Even though some of our clients have never experienced a traditional Christmas celebration we believe everyone should be able to enjoy fellowship, friendship and family during the holiday season. Learn more.
Red Deer Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees
Start your Christmas season off right! Whether you’re looking for activities for the entire family or something fun to do with that someone special, the Red Deer Festival of Trees is Red Deer’s premier Christmas community fundraiser, kicking off the Christmas season! Every year the Westerner transforms into a Christmas wonderland for all to enjoy. Learn more.
Red Deer Orthodontics
Dr. Cheba is a certified specialist in orthodontics and the owner of Red Deer Orthodontics. He grew up in Calgary and attended the University of Calgary for his Bachelor of Science, so he is no stranger to Alberta. Dr. Cheba was accepted into the dental program at the University of Manitoba, and after graduation remained in Winnipeg to practice general dentistry in a large group practice for five years. In 2009, Dr. Cheba returned to the University of Manitoba for his postgraduate program in orthodontics. Learn more.
Red Deer Public School District
School boards help shape the future of our communities by governing the education of young people. As citizens of your community, school board trustees make strategic decisions about the direction, delivery and quality of public education. As people entrusted with the care and education of children, we are responsible and accountable to parents and the community at large. This accountability means it is important to stay in touch with community stakeholders. By doing so, we are in a better position to understand and reflect in our decision making what all citizens value and want from their local public schools. Learn more.
Red Deer Regional Catholic Schools
In our schools, students are offered a Catholic world-view. They are being prepared to go out and transform the world in light of the Gospel. Our schools are also places of great diversity. Students of all intellectual, cultural and faith backgrounds are welcome. Our faith permeates the entire life of the school. Parents entrust their children to us and we take this very seriously. Our schools are safe and welcoming. They offer academic excellence along with many extra-curricular programs. Our teachers are committed to engaging students in their learning and forming them to become life long learners and critical thinkers. They are being given the knowledge, freedom and confidence needed to reach their full potential. Learn more.
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Riverview Insurance Solutions
Our personalized approach is what sets us apart from our competitors. We care deeply about our client’s welfare and pride ourselves on being the stabilizing factor in this ever-changing world. We take the time to get to know you and learn what you expect from your coverage and what you expect from us. From there, we will present you with several options and educate you on the pros and cons of each to assist you in making an informed decision. Learn more.
Rotary Club of Red Deer
Our differing occupations, cultures, and countries give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service helps us accomplish the remarkable. WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT? Our distinct point of view and approach gives us unique advantages. Learn more about Rotary International. Learn more about Rotary’s 2018 Citizen of the Year
Safari Salon and Spa
Safari welcomed its first guests in 2003 with a goal of creating a truly exceptional luxury experience for residents in Red Deer and Central Alberta. Our team visits luxury spas all over the world in an effort to continually improve what we do. We want our guests to feel like they are on a mini vacation each and every time they visit. Our customer surveys tell us we hit the mark on a very consistent basis! Learn more.
Scott Subaru is committed to providing the highest levels of customer service through our unsurpassed knowledge of the Subaru vehicles we sell and service. Our staff of automotive professionals takes pride in representing the Subaru brand and are specialists in the innovative design, advanced technology, and superior performance that the brand represents. Safety and engineering is at the centre of a totally fulfilling Subaru driving experience. Learn more. Find out about their new dealership, Canada’s first Passive Haus.
Expert Security Solutions
Keeping your family and home secure is our first job. Unlike other systems that rely on your cable or phone connection, Alarm.com systems have a dedicated cellular connection. Internet or broadband down? No problem. Power outage? We’ve got you covered with battery backup. Phone line cut? Not an issue. Learn more with this article from Todayville.
Welcome to Speedpro Signs Red Deer! At Speedpro Signs we excel at providing solutions to your marketing challenges. Identifying your needs and offering innovative solutions that are efficient with your budget and will exceed your expectations is what we do best! Whether you are looking for a basic sign, a product that you have never seen or a full service installation display; we are the creative professionals that will meet your deadlines within budget. Learn more.
Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off
Christine Moore, event co-chair, says: “On behalf of the Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off 2019 Cabinet, I am delighted to announce our partnership with the Friends of Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. With roots going back to 1904, this group of dedicated volunteers have fundraised to support the care and comfort of patients at our hospital. Over the last 38 years, they have raised over $7 million. They exemplify everything about volunteerism and giving back to the community. They are the unsung heroes of our hospital. Learn more.
St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino
Located just five minutes from the Canadian Rockies International Airport in southeastern British Columbia, St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino features a full-service, three-diamond hotel with 125 rooms and suites, the Casino of the Rockies, and a Les Furber-designed, championship golf course. Our Resort also offers the best dining in the Cranbrook and Kimberley region with our signature St. Eugene Smokehouse, and pub-style options at our golf and casino restaurants. Other amenities include our brand new spa and the Health Club containing a fully equipped gym, outdoor pool heated year round, relaxation pools, sauna and steam room. The beautiful Spanish-colonial-styled Resort you see today was once the St. Eugene Mission, a residential school for First Nations youth. Today, we employ approximately 250 people and have become an entertainment destination for people across North America. The owners and associates at St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino are proudly devoted to sharing our First Nations culture as well as the history of our magnificent Resort. Learn more.
TD Mortgage Diane Prospero
I am available outside of normal banking hours, including evenings and weekends, to suit your schedule. Whether you are purchasing a home, looking to transfer a mortgage or refinancing an existing mortgage to consolidate debt, I can help you find the best mortgage solution. Whether you are a first time home buyer or a seasoned homeowner, I am committed to making your mortgage experience comfortable and easy.
A resident of Red Deer County, I serve Central Alberta and surrounding areas and have a true understanding of the community. Learn more.
The Lending Cupboard
TLC is a unique non-profit organization operating in Red Deer and serving a growing number of communities in Central Alberta. We loan more than 1400 pieces of medical equipment and aids to daily living each month. We are supported by volunteers who contribute more than 11,000 hours each year. In 2018 we served in excess of 10 thousand clients. Learn more.
With 70+ locations across Canada and the world, our guests come to us to look and feel their best. Our renowned Hot Towel Shaves, unique styles, and relaxing head massages are the epitome of male grooming. Learn more.
Vellner Leisure Products
This is a 3rd generation family business which began in Red Deer with H.T. Vellner and father J.R. (Bob) Vellner in 1951 and has helped RV enthusiasts from around the world to enjoy the healthy family fun of the RV Lifestyle. We are dedicated to maintaining the tradition of fair and honest dealing and to remain in the forefront of an exciting industry built on a foundation of family values and healthy outdoor recreation. Please enjoy our site and come back often as we continue to offer new and exciting products and information to enhance your RV experience. Learn more. Watch this cool timelapse of Vellner’s setting up at the 2018 RV Show at Red Deer’s Westerner Park.
Since 1891, Westerner Park has been a place for Central Albertans to gather and celebrate community events. Westerner Park is both an agricultural society and registered not-for-profit. We invest all of our earnings back into the improvement of our buildings, our grounds and our amenities. Each year, Westerner Park generates more than $150 million in economic activity, more than 1.5 million visitors come through our gates to celebrate over 1,500 unique events. From weddings and banquets to hockey games and agricultural shows, we continue to be there as Central Albertans join to share in their most memorable moments. It’s our legacy, and it’s always in mind as we work to ensure Westerner Park remains Central Alberta’s “destination for celebration” for generations to come. Learn more.
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Smith says despite difficulty with Ottawa, Alberta has allies in Trudeau cabinet
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith speaks to business leaders at the Global Business Forum in Banff, Alta., Friday, Sept. 22, 2023. Smith told the conference that despite her concerns with the federal Liberal government there was some cabinet ministers she can work with. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
By Bill Graveland in Banff
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith told a business conference on Friday that despite her concerns with the federal Liberal government, there are some cabinet ministers she can work with.
Smith has been at odds with federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson amid concerns over Ottawa’s climate-change policies and transition plan for a net-zero emissions economy.
Guilbeault intends to publish draft regulations this fall to cap emissions from oil and gas, then force them downward overtime. Ottawa has also set a target to have the electricity grid be net-zero by 2035, but Alberta says it’s unrealistic.
Smith says Alberta won’t implement the emissions cap, nor will it follow the 2035 target.
The premier told delegates at the Global Business Forum in Banff, Alta., that Wilkinson needs to answer for comments he made earlier this week at the World Petroleum Congress in Calgary.
Wilkinson’s call for the industry to work aggressively to get to net-zero was basically telling them to “pack it up, because the oil and gas industry is winding down,” said Smith.
“You could just feel the energy leave the room and you could just feel the investment dollars leave the room.”
Smith said energy producing provinces such as Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador, can’t trust the Trudeau government to look out for their interests at international conferences.
“After hearing how the natural resources minister talks about our industry, after hearing how the federal environment minister talks about our industry, we can’t afford to let them carry our message,” Smith said.
“We can’t afford not to be there.”
Smith said she has been in discussions with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and intends to talk to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey about joint presentations at conferences in the future.
Despite her disappointment with Wilkinson and Guilbeault, Smith said it’s not all bad.
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland among the top allies, she said.
“Let’s give her credit for shepherding through all of the constant need to give more debt financing to Trans Mountain pipeline to get that to the finish line. That has not been easy,” Smith said.
She also praised Innovation Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc, Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan and Employment Minister Randy Boissonnault.
“I would say it’s not uniformly negative in the Liberal caucus. But for some reason they’re allowing Stephen Guilbeault to be a maverick and a renegade and quite offensive to those of who are trying to be reasonable and adult about this,” Smith said.
Smith said it’s time for the federal government to back away from setting “aggressive targets” in dealing with the provinces.
“Aggressive targets are not helpful. They’re not helpful to us. They’re not helpful to investors.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2023.
New app uses AI to help Calgary medical students practise interacting with patients
A Calgary medical student has developed a new app that allows future doctors to work on their diagnostic and communication skills before they set up their practices. Eddie Guo, seen in an undated handout photo, is a second-year student at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. He says that one of the challenges in medical school is becoming better at interacting with patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of Calgary
By Bill Graveland in Calgary
A Calgary medical student has developed an app that allows future doctors to work on their diagnostic and communication skills before they set up their practices.
Eddie Guo, a second-year student at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine, said one of the challenges beyond the book learning in medical school is becoming better at interacting with patients.
As a result, he’s turned to the rapidly growing area of artificial intelligence to create a number of virtual patients, with a variety of health conditions, that a student can talk to.
“It’s good to get more than just two or four hours of the practice we get in medical school to really be able understand what it’s like to communicate in a real-life scenario,” said Guo.
“We think it’s a good idea to have more than a few hours of practice before actually going out into the wild and seeing patients for the first time.”
Guo created a program, called OSCE-GPT, where the computer is the patient. Users choose the patient’s gender and can select a scenario or let the computer decide on one for them.
“I’m Ben Johnson and I’ve been having some really bad abdominal pains over the past two days. It’s in the right upper quadrant and it spreads to my back,” said the robotic male voice in the program.
“I’ve also been feeling nauseous and vomiting. I’m here in the emergency department because of the pain.”
The AI patient can answer questions about its condition and, after the conversation, provides feedback to the student along with a list of other questions that could have been asked.
Guo said until he is finally allowed on the medical wards, the only other interactions he gets are with standardized patients, professional actors who present with various conditions.
“As you can imagine, they’re really quite good at their job, but they’re also very expensive,” Guo said.
“We don’t get that much opportunity really to practise speaking with a patient, and so what this app was born out of was a lack of possibility to practise.”
Guo collaborated with medical resident Dr. Mehul Gupta. He said this kind of additional help will make for better doctors.
“One of the things we learn again and again in medical school, and that’s reinforced again in residency, is that the history you take from a patient is almost 99 per cent of the diagnosis that you make and the impression you make on a patient the first time you speak with them is long-lasting,” Gupta said.
“If you have the opportunity to practise to tailor your questions to see how you could have done better, you really do become a better doctor overall.”
Guo said the app is still being upgraded and at this point there is no image of a patient that shows up on the screen. He said he is hoping that things like a chest X-ray, a CT scan or a picture of someone’s skin could be incorporated into the program.
Within the first month of the app’s launch, more than 550 health-care trainees from Canada and across the world including Europe, India, Saudi Arabia and the United States signed on.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2023.
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