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A note from Berlin’s founders, Michael and Justin

In the summer of 2012, the two of us met in Michael’s backyard a few times, drank scotch during the day, and talked about what it might be like to open an agency together. Well, now we know the answer: it would be awesome. For the past nine years, together we have built Berlin, tended…

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Hobnob 13: Jeff Tetz

Leaders in businesses everywhere put countless hours of deep thought into the products and services they offer. The same goes for connecting with customers and pursuing new business. But what happens when leaders put even a fraction of that same consideration into crafting their company’s culture and work environment?

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Hobnob 12: David Knight Legg

Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone – or at least until you’ve been away from it for a while. David Knight Legg was born in Lethbridge, attended Oxford and Yale, and spent more than 20 years living and working in cities like Hong Kong, New York, Sydney and London. He’s spent…

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Hobnob 11: Chantell Ghosh

Let’s set the scene. It’s late afternoon, a few hours to curtain. The tickets have been sold and the sponsors arranged. Your employees are arriving, and the patrons will come next. You’ve got a great show, a great cast, a great team, but there’s just one problem: all public gatherings, including live theatre, have just…

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Hobnob 10: Puneeta McBryan

Anyone who remembers downtown Edmonton 10 years ago can tell you it’s changed. It’s been a long time since everyone left at 5:00 – thanks to years of entrepreneurship, planning, development and investment, our downtown became the beating heart of a thriving, modern city. One year ago, the core was more vibrant and alive than…

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Hobnob 9: Don Iveson

Are fat tires or studded tires better for cycling in winter? What local whisky should I try next? Is holding public office like being exposed to radiation – in that sometimes it does a lot of good, but it just might kill you if you stay there too long? We had a lot of questions…

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Hobnob 8: Catrin Owen

Catrin Owen takes a “serendipitous” approach to her life and career. That’s how Edmonton became her home – after growing up in Wales, she was working at a PR firm in London and happened to fall in love with a Canadian. So, she packed up and moved here to pursue both graduate studies and romance….

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Hobnob 7: Ryan Jespersen

Our Hobnobber this week is in the business now – literally – of keeping it real. And sometimes the only honest thing he can say is “that’s bullshit.” When an accomplished Toronto talk radio host receives disgusting threats against herself, her husband and her one-year-old daughter – with a heavy dose of racism mixed in…

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Hobnob 6: Saylish Haas

With the number of COVID cases continuing to grow and new safety measures coming into effect, we could all probably use a little comfort right now. This week, we hobnobbed with Saylish Haas, the restaurateur behind some of Edmonton’s best-loved comfort food. When Saylish bought The Next Act in 2010, with business partners Mike and…

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Hobnob 5: Omar Mouallem

This week we hobnobbed with Omar Mouallem – writer, journalist, editor, filmmaker, educator and small business owner. Asked how one actually becomes all those things, Omar had two key points to share: don’t compare yourself to anyone but yourself, and accept from the start that it’s not a linear process. Nominated for 11 National Magazine…

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