Alberta oilpatch activity picking up

The latest figures show that about 50 per cent of Alberta’s drilling rigs are either active right now, or being moved to a site, up from about 30 per cent, this same time last year.  Drilling and service companies struggling to find workers to keep up with a recent surge in activity.

C/O CBC News – John Fodchuk says life is good for him and his family in Weyburn, Sask. There’s no carbon tax, and there’s plenty of optimism and opportunity — a sharp contrast to the Alberta he left behind.

“Southeast Saskatchewan reminds me of the way Alberta used to be,” says Fodchuk, 34.

Born and raised in Brooks, Alta., Fodchuk was working as a journeyman instrumentation technician in Alberta at the end of 2015 when — knowing the direction the economy was headed — he decided to jump at a job in Saskatchewan.

“I didn’t want to be one of the guys wondering how I am going to pay my mortgage a year down the road.”

And now as drilling and service rig activity picks up in Alberta, Fodchuk is reluctant to come back. So are some of his coworkers who made similar moves, he says.

“To entice someone back [to Alberta], people are going to be leery. They’re not going to leave these secure jobs, move back to Alberta and take an average wage. It’s going to have to be a substantial pay increase because you’re dealing with a risk now that there could be another downturn in Alberta … just seems too risky to move back.”

He says it would also take a change in government.

“Unless we get another PC government, or Wildrose, I wouldn’t even consider it.”


Gildan Activewear Wins Bankruptcy Auction to acquire American Apparel Brand

Gildan Activewear Inc. (TSX:GIL)(NYSE:GIL) announced that it has emerged as the winner in the court supervised auction to acquire the American Apparel® brand and certain assets from American Apparel, LLC, (American Apparel). The transaction is subject to Bankruptcy Court approval on January 12, 2017 and Gildan anticipates completing the acquisition by early February.

“We are excited to be moving forward with this acquisition. The American Apparel® brand will be a strong complementary addition to our growing brand portfolio. We see strong potential to grow American Apparel® sales by leveraging our extensive printwear distribution networks in North America and internationally to drive further market share penetration in the fashion basics segment of these markets.” said Glenn Chamandy, President and CEO of Gildan.



Congratulations to Glenna Turner of Dancing Needles, in Uxbridge, Ontario, who won the Passport to Muskoka draw at the 2017 Toronto Imprint Canada Show.

Glenna has won a week’s stay at a private cottage in Muskoka, courtesy of contest sponsors Bataboff, Canada Sportswear, Twiga Industries and Westmount Distributors.

cottage-02 cottage-01


January 2017 – While the calendar year commenced on the 1st, the business year truly kicked off with the 17th annual Toronto Imprint Canada Show, January 6th & 7th at the Toronto Congress Centre.

The festive spirit carried into the event, as attendees and exhibitors alike were happy to be back at work and that enthusiastic response from all provides an optimistic and exciting outlook for 2017.

Attendees came early and often, overwhelming exhibitors in the first few hours of each day, and the suppliers reported that the leads they generated were tremendous.


Here’s what just some of the attendees are saying about the 2017 Toronto Imprint Canada Show:

Great show, looking forward to presenting new ideas from this show to my clients.”

Marian Banovsky, Talbot Promo

“The Imprint Show is a great way to touch base and make connections with any supplier that a promotional company needs. Sometimes Google just doesn’t cut it, and you need tradeshows like this to really find out about new suppliers.”

Natalie Maxwell, ClearPath Promotions

“What a great show!  It did the as much for me as bigger (international) shows and I was able to stay local!”

– Dwayne Thomas, Turtle Island Promotions (more…)