Chasing Edison: Meet Canada’s most prolific (arguably) inventor who sees ideas everywhere

Chasing Edison: Meet Canada’s most prolific (arguably) inventor who sees ideas everywhere

Wayne Conrad with one of his inventions. Peter J. Thompson/National Post HAMPTON, ONT. — Garry Burns has a toothy grin, an easy manner and a raft of stories he could tell a listener about Wayne Conrad, his childhood friend and present employer at Omachron Group, a research and development outfit based in a tiny village…

The quirkiest hobbies and habits of 8 world leaders, from repairing Rolexes to ripping up official documents

The quirkiest hobbies and habits of 8 world leaders, from repairing Rolexes to ripping up official documents

White House officials enlisted records management employees to tape back together papers “like a jigsaw puzzle,” that President Donald Trump’s constantly rips up so the administration won’t break the law, former employee Solomon Lartey told Politico. The Presidential Records Act says every document during a presidency is publicly owned and must be filed and saved…

An engineer at Uber’s self-driving car unit warns that it’s more like ‘a science experiment’ than a real car capable of driving itself

An engineer at Uber’s self-driving car unit warns that it’s more like ‘a science experiment’ than a real car capable of driving itself

On the road to one of the biggest tech IPO’s in years, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has dealt with his rock-and-hard-place issue by securing $1 billion from investors for the company’s self-driving car unit, valuing the unit at $7.5 billion, Uber confirmed on Friday. That investment, from Softbank and Toyota (both of whom own stakes…

Alberta’s start-up pipeline needs Jason Kenney’s attention, too

Alberta’s start-up pipeline needs Jason Kenney’s attention, too

This is the third in a series of columns about the new Alberta economy. Canada’s best technology entrepreneurs are some of its worst lobbyists. They say they are too busy building globally competitive companies to spend time with bureaucrats and politicians. Then they complain when the members of outfits such as the Canadian Federation of…

Domestic steelmakers angry as Ottawa waives tariffs on another $110-million worth of U.S. steel

Domestic steelmakers angry as Ottawa waives tariffs on another $110-million worth of U.S. steel

Canada is waiving retaliatory tariffs on another $110 million worth of U.S. steel, deepening tensions with domestic producers who are pushing for tougher trade restrictions on foreign imports. Last July, Finance Canada imposed tariffs on $16.6 billion worth of U.S. steel, aluminum and other goods, including a 25 per cent steel tariff. It subsequently offered…

Here’s the breakdown of how Microsoft managers earn their cash bonuses, according to an internal post by an HR exec

Here’s the breakdown of how Microsoft managers earn their cash bonuses, according to an internal post by an HR exec

Some Microsoft employees are currently embroiled in a heated internal debate over the company’s efforts to hire more women, minorities and other people from under-represented groups. This discussion has led to an all-too-predictable outcry from those upset by these efforts to bring people from different backgrounds, into tech. While the people arguing against diversity represent…

A Silicon Valley VC says a group of tech companies are quietly blowing away expectations while the spotlight shines on splashy IPOs like Lyft and Pinterest

A Silicon Valley VC says a group of tech companies are quietly blowing away expectations while the spotlight shines on splashy IPOs like Lyft and Pinterest

When it comes to tech startups going public, consumer-facing companies such as Lyft, Pinterest, and Uber are getting much of the attention these days, thanks to their multi-billion dollar valuations. But Jai Das thinks there’s still a lot of investor demand — and plenty of growth opportunities — for less well-known companies that offer software…

Consulting firms are encroaching on the advertising business. Here’s why Burger King’s top marketing exec doesn’t buy into the consulting firm hype.

Consulting firms are encroaching on the advertising business. Here’s why Burger King’s top marketing exec doesn’t buy into the consulting firm hype.

If the writing wasn’t already on the wall, Accenture Interactive’s recent acquisition of creative agency Droga5 confirms that consulting firms want a bigger piece of the advertising business. Read More: Accenture Interactive’s acquisition of Droga5 will fill an obvious hole in its lineup as the company tries to change the way products are marketed But…

A start-up that’s building a ‘one-tap’ mortgage application tool is now jumping into the auto-loan market

A start-up that’s building a ‘one-tap’ mortgage application tool is now jumping into the auto-loan market

For the past seven years, the start-up Blend has been moving toward an ambitious goal: simplify the mortgage-application process to the point that prospective buyers can find out whether they qualify for a home loan, and how much they can borrow, nearly instantaneously. The San Francisco-based start-up, founded in 2012 by a cadre of Palantir…

Ford government’s plan to put ‘Open for Business’ stamp on capital markets raises eyebrows

Ford government’s plan to put ‘Open for Business’ stamp on capital markets raises eyebrows

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government is seeking to put its own business-friendly stamp on Canada’s biggest capital market, but some fear the measures being proposed push too far onto turf usually reserved for arm’s-length regulators. Ford and his governing Progressive Conservatives put forward a five-point plan in last week’s provincial budget that they said was…