I have talked to about a dozen Alberta entrepreneurs, executives and venture capitalists over the past few weeks about what’s going on with their economy. The latest conversation was with Chris Jones, who advises a few dozen companies on management strategies. “The attitude, I’ve never seen it this low,” said Jones, who made his name 20 years ago when he invented and started selling a glove for football receivers.
He blamed the province’s moodiness on the usual suspects: the slump in oil prices and “all three levels of government.” I’ve had heard that from just about everyone. Then he added a new variable: Mother Nature.
“We had eight to 10 weeks of cold, pissy weather,” Jones said from Calgary.
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