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Your team is your most important asset. Without them, your organization could not function. When you leverage each individual’s ability and inspire them to put forth a team effort, your team can be your company’s biggest resource. Learn how to inspire your people as a team to achieve goals with these top five tips. 1.    Set specific and measurable goals Your employees need to know what they’re working towards or else they won’t have the level...

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As a small business owner, you have to find ways to keep your budget trim while at the same time investing in the priorities that will yield the best return on investment. Here are a few areas you should focus on to stay competitive in 2020 and beyond. Selectively invest in tech It’s easy to forgo spending on tech when cash is tight. Yet, spending on tech that will automate or eliminate manual or redundant...

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All the leading paint brands release their colour of the year. Sometimes bold and daring other times soft and understated, the colour of the year is always fresh. Here are all the colours of the year according to Behr, Dulux and Benjamin Moore. We will outline how you can incorporate these stunning new hues into your home or office this year. Behr’s colour of the year: Back to Nature (S340-4) The environment and sustainability have...

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Five Canadian real estate firms have called on Canadian governments to implement consistent building regulations and requirements for disclosing energy and carbon data. Why? Because energy benchmarking and data transparency programs can help set performance baselines, identify efficiency opportunities, reduce GHG emissions, and meet environmental targets. Buildings contribute almost 40% to global carbon emissions — existing AI technology (like energy management platforms) can help reduce building energy output by 30-40 percent across Canada. Rethinking how...

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The modern office space has gone through many changes in the past century; sometimes brand new, and sometimes a refurbishment of something already done. In fact, the cubicle may have been used by medieval monks for manuscript writing. Technology and our ideas of an efficient work day has come a long way since then, allowing for new and interesting office design cases, including open concept, co-working and green buildings. In all cases throughout history, though,...

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Nearly everything that we do is inside of a building. Whether it’s going to work, living at home, shopping or eating at a restaurant, the expectation is that the buildings we live and work in are safe and built with high standards. However, one blind spot for many buildings is energy efficiency. According to one University of British Columbia report, in Canada, operating a building draws 50% of the energy produced, and buildings emit 35%...

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In 2018, Isaac Olowolafe Jr., founder of diversified asset management company Dream Maker Inc., launched Dream Maker Ventures. Focused on providing venture capital funding to tech companies founded by entrepreneurs from marginalized groups – such as women, people of colour and people with disabilities – Dream Maker Ventures is an important part of the Dream Maker Inc. family, which works in verticals like real estate, property management and development. For Olowolafe Jr., launching a venture...

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The coming new year looks bright for Canada’s housing market. Unless you’re wishing for more affordable housing options, in that case, you won’t like what the latest forecasts say. Yet, everyone can look forward to lower mortgage rates and help for first-time buyers to help boost the housing market. Here are the latest predictions for property prices in Canada as we head into 2020. House prices to go up Capital Economics reports that momentum is...

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BusinessGoing Global

December 31, 20198 min

Buying a beach house somewhere to escape winter in Canada is an appealing thought. The fact that our dollar can go a long way in many parts of the world and the idea of purchasing real estate outside of Canada is even more enticing. Whether you are a retiree looking for a way to enjoy the golden years or a young professional who can’t make your budget stretch enough to buy a Canadian home, a...

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The Vancouver Convention Centre’s green roof is the largest in Canada. It is home to 25 different species of plants, all indigenous to the West Coast, for a total of 400,000 plants. With the gravel, topsoil, and plants this roof weighs more than 11 million pounds. Pretty impressive, right? But even if you are a small business owner with a small shop, an eco-roof is a smart investment. Not only does it benefit our planet,...