Steve Jobs is dead

Steve Jobs is dead

Twitter started buzzing with the news that Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs had died.  It started as rumour and quickly became fact as the Associated Press confirmed the news that had been announced by the corporation.  Within an hour, Steve Jobs RIP was trending #1 on Twitter across the world.  Variants of the
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View from Quebec

View from Quebec

I had the honour yesterday to give the Mission Leadership Quebec group a tour of Keyano College.  This was an intensely engaged collection of future Quebec leaders: lawyers, politicians, businessmen, presidents and directors. They were very interested in the relationship between industry and the college, along with the various ways we engage with one another.
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Ideal Protein, Week Five

Ideal Protein, Week Five

My wife Heather walked into my study this morning and noticed our shirtless neighbor standing outside his back door enjoying a cigarette. “He sure has quite a belly,” I said. “That’s what you used to look like,” she replied.  I was a little taken aback. I’ve come a long way in a month, from the
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Winds of Change

Winds of Change

All the rumors, suggestions, signs and prognostications were pointing to an Alison Redford upset victory late last night (early this morning) as two constituencies had yet to finalize their count. And while all signs were now pointing in one direction, I was having a hard time grappling with the math.  I decided that I needed sleep
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It’s time to vote

It’s time to vote

In a few minutes it will be time to hop into our 2008 Ford Escape and leap across the river, climb the big hill, and stroll into the polling station at Timberlea School. I’m conflicted in many ways.  I have close friends, who I admire and respect, siding with each of the Alberta PC leadership
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AUMA11: communication and the social media universe

AUMA11: communication and the social media universe

I spent yesterday in a room with mayors, councillors, aldermen, and CAOs from communities across Alberta.  We were there to talk and learn about communication plans, which we did talk about, along with a host of other realities and challenges that make me truly grateful. Representing communities of several hundred to small cities of thousands,
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Ideal Protein, Week Four

Ideal Protein, Week Four

The weight and the inches are dropping off gradually, yet steadily, that without fanfare and very little notice I look (and feel) trim.  I had Ben snap a picture yesterday morning and posted it on Facebook and the words of congratulations and encouragement starting pouring in.  Thank you! This was a crazy busy week with
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Culture, oil sand and the markers of change

Culture, oil sand and the markers of change

We live in one of the fastest growing regions in the country. The growth the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) has gone through in the past decade is almost impossible to quantify. The growth that the oil sands region is about to go through again will be “unlike anything we have seen before,” according
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Fort Chipewyan Campus

Fort Chipewyan Campus

I had traveled up to Fort Chipewyan a couple of weeks ago, in the midst of that early September heat wave, to get a sneak preview of Keyano College’s new campus. Going up today for the official grand opening, there won’t be a lot of surprises for me, but it will be something special to
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Harvest of Hope 2011

Harvest of Hope 2011

Ashley Crewe, Julio Florez and Jon Tupper doing the dance According to Head Waiter Jason Blair, after the dust settled on the annual Harvest of Hope last night, over $270,000 was raised for the Canadian Cancer Society. This benevolence bash has become a fixture of the fall social calendar in Fort McMurray along with marqee
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