Plant-based milk alternatives meet consumers’ demand for choice

The real threat to cow-based products might be an appetite for choice in a highly regulated market

Plant-based milk alternatives meet consumers’ demand for choiceWith the explosion of plant-based milk alternatives flooding the market, can cow milk co-exist? Canada’s dairy industry will struggle to survive the competition unless it reconnects with its consumers. Until now, milk wars have been international. Canada’s dairy market is highly regulated through its contentious supply management system. Quotas and high tariffs are used to…

Not much difference between angel investors and VCs anymore

The differences between angels and VCs are no longer quite so clearly visible as they once were

Not much difference between angel investors and VCs anymoreThe start-up is going well and now it’s time to pursue capital. The friends and family networks are running thin. Who are you going to call? Angel groups exist across the country and there are VCs (venture capitalists) you might want to see. The rule of thumb is to call them all: both angels and…

Biomanufacturing partnership boosts Canada’s vaccine capacity

New partnership ensures vaccine makers now have an option to manufacture their products domestically

Biomanufacturing partnership boosts Canada’s vaccine capacityVaccine makers, medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies now have a new full-service option to get their products manufactured in Canada, thanks to a partnership announced this week. The U of A’s Alberta Cell Therapy Manufacturing (ACTM) facility has signed a memorandum of understanding with The Ottawa Hospital’s Biotherapeutics Manufacturing Centre (BMC) and BioCanRx, a Canada-wide research network to develop…

The economic dangers of a new inflationary era

Interest rates will rise dramatically to compensate financial institutions with effects lasting for years

The economic dangers of a new inflationary eraIt’s not entirely clear whether the Canadian and the global economies are heading for a new inflationary era. It may turn out that inflation is not only elevated from recent negligible levels, but escalates, steadily at first, and then dramatically, as it did in the 1960s until the early 1980s. If it does, the havoc…

Sorting out the value, volatility and durability of cryptocurrencies

Rising prices may be increasing their allure but there are considerable risks

Sorting out the value, volatility and durability of cryptocurrenciesThe value of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and others recently hit new record highs, in the thousands of dollars per unit. This escalation has attracted more speculators, further boosting prices over the past several months. Much of this is the result of investors fearing they will miss out on a chance to profit. While…

Shadow banks have revolutionized digital investing

The decentralization genie is out of the bottle

Shadow banks have revolutionized digital investingUnderneath all the media brouhaha and institutional focus on bitcoin, a struggle is brewing in the crypto world: which altcoin will pick up the baton? A fierce competition is underway for the podium, with Ethereum having a clear first-mover advantage. Bitcoin, as economists and investors such as Larry Summers and Ray Dalio have come around…

Building neurotech community in Alberta earns student startup award

Eden Redman co-founded student group-turned-non-profit to support students exploring new ways for computers to interact with the brain

Building neurotech community in Alberta earns student startup awardEverything from brain-controlled prosthetics to games that are responsive to brain activity are within our grasp, according to University of Alberta student Eden Redman. Redman’s work promoting and expanding access to brainwave-sensing technology has earned him the Student Entrepreneur of the Year award at Startup Edmonton’s YEG Startup Community Awards. Announced at an online ceremony in May,…

Innovation provides edge in meeting growing demand for dietary fibre

Innovation attracting the interest of food companies looking to make their products healthier

Innovation provides edge in meeting growing demand for dietary fibreDemand for beta glucan fibre has been rising steadily in recent years, as mounting evidence suggests the dietary fibre can help lower cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease and control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Best of all, it creates none of the side-effects of drugs and is fully recognized by the…

Grocers face dramatic changes in wake of pandemic

Nobody really knows how the economy will look as a return to normalcy progresses

Grocers face dramatic changes in wake of pandemicGrocers racked up millions of dollars in profits as they increased revenues during the first year of the pandemic. But numbers this year tell us tougher economic times await them. And the economy is just one part of the story. Nobody really knows how the economy will look this fall and winter as a return…

Short-term gains on the crude oil market as climate change looms

The IEA concedes rising oil demand at odds with its call to end new oil, gas and coal funding

Short-term gains on the crude oil market as climate change loomsThe International Energy Agency (IEA) is torn between two conflicting ends. On one hand, it’s grappling with climate change issues; on the other, it sees rising oil prices. For now, the two ends seem to be running parallel but not converging. Oil demand is rising fast, as are prices, reaching multi-year highs on Friday. Brent…
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