A Story of Business Survival : Emerging from Alberta’s Economic Slump

The Alberta economy has not been kind to many industries over the past few years. Some companies have not survived, other are barely hanging on and, yet, some companies are coming out of the downturn filled with optimism about the future and some have even miraculously thrived. In any competitive industry, there are winners and losers. No matter the economic conditions, some companies consistently do better than their peers.

In good times and bad, business leaders must continually look for new opportunities. The pace of change is increasing, and opportunities and threats are presenting themselves more rapidly than ever.

On May 15th, Jeff Tetz will explore what organizations do to manage this cycle, and how organizations can be strategic, smart, and forward thinking about turning market disruptions into opportunities.

This 35-minute presentation is a timely topic given the unwanted change brought about by three years of recession in Alberta. Jeff’s presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with a select few Alberta Business Leaders who have either experienced or are anticipating dramatic change in their industries. There will be ample opportunity for questions, and networking with the panel members and fellow participants.


Tim Latimer, CEO, Cashco Financial

Cashco Financial exists to provide relief today and hope for tomorrow. Cashco wants to bring dignity& respect to the underbanked and underserved financial market, and is a leader in alternative lending options for Canadians. During a time of economic uncertainty, with massive regulatory changes looming, Cashco had to quickly adapt to disruptive change. This adaptation resulted in a game changing partnership with ATB financial.


Sean Rayner, President, VETS Sheet Metal

VETS Group is built on a foundation of strong values, based on nearly a century of quality craftsmanship,industry and community leadership. VETS engineers, fabricates and installs industrial ventilation and pneumatic conveying systems for many industries including oilsands, agriculture and wood processing.  Through their Facility Services division VETS is also available to service all your HVAC system needs. Through the recession in Alberta over the past two years VETS has managed to grow substantially through acquisition and leveraging its strong values and culture.

Ryan Vestby, CEO, CompuVision

As one of Canada’s largest IT managed service providers, CompuVision is passionate about solving your business problems with technology. Ryan started with CompuVision as the company’s third employee at the age of twenty-one, and has played an integral part in the company’s growth and evolution.  In the last few years Ryan has taken a special interest in Disruptive Technologies, which is technology that significantly alters the way that businesses operate. CompuVision used the last three years of economic changes as the motivation to completely transform the way they looked at their business. That mindset put CompuVision on a path that allowed them to accomplish unprecedented growth, including doubling our revenue and adding more than 85 new positions.

Trevor Muir, CEO, Surepoint Group

Surepoint Group is a premier industrial contractor with a solid foundation of core values that all employees adhere to. Nurturing their culture and staying committed to these values is ingrained into Surepoint’s behavior everyday and the foundation for everything they do: We Care, Live Safe,  Honour Integrity, Committed to the Team, and Have Fun. Surepoint Group has built a number of impactful relationships throughout the downturn, which has taught them to always find the silver lining.


This event is intended for ambitious, open-minded business leaders – owners, CEO’s and senior management. Space is limited, so attendees are limited to 3 per organization.


Tuesday, May 15th 2018
3:00-3:30 Registration
3:30 – Presentation & Panel
5:00 – Networking Receiption


Royal Glenora Club
11160 River Valley Road Northwest
Edmonton, AB T5J 2G7

If you are interested in attending, please complete the form below and we will contact you if we still have available space.

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