Canada is among the least productive of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations, and while our oil and gas sector outperforms other countries, productivity in the sector has generally been negative. Much of that can be attributed to high levels of investment in recent years, which skew results downward. As the fruits […]
Why The Best Thing For Your Business May Be To Refer Your Clients Somewhere Else In everyday life, we may refer to someone as a “Jack-of-all-trades,” to highlight their wide-ranging skills. However, all too often we forget the original ending of that phrase: namely, “master-of-none.” When we try to be all things to all people, […]
Going into the fourth quarter of 2012, any substantial decrease in the temperature could increase demand for oil during the colder seasonal changes, increasing the price of oil. The current oversupply of 0.5–0.8 mbpd may be offset by an increase in the last quarter demand, potentially in the regain of 1.1 mbpd on average, which would lead to an overall increase in price. Due […]
In today’s marketplace, the slowing economy has had its effect on many small businesses. To survive and remain competitive, businesses need to think outside the box and consider leveraging barter as a marketing alternative to help lure new customers and save money. Businesses can now join a barter network to move excess inventory in exchange for goods and services. In […]
European investors getting nervous about domestic investments reap generous returns from Canadian producing properties funds. As turmoil and market uncertainties dominate European economies, many Euro investors are growing uneasy. Typically in times like these, savvy investors turn to hard assets—traditionally ‘bricks and mortar’. But with many Euro area countries teetering, eyes are being cast overseas in […]
“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. And if it isn’t being measured, it isn’t being managed.” That’s the thinking of BDC Consulting Manager Mike Green. “Tools for measuring, such as those of the International Standards Organization (ISO), are like a scoreboard,” says Green, and are essential for objectively evaluating how a company […]
No two companies are exactly the same. Some Corporate Real Estate (CRE) groups within oil and gas companies manage assets directly, impacting the bottom line. Some manage surface leases for critical rights-of-way and even mineral rights, while others control asset maintenance “within the fence” at refineries or at upstream facilities. However, most oil industry CRE […]
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