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Dollars and Sense

Carman Thiessen, RBC, Airdrie

Meet three women in finance roles who are also equally committed to their role in the community.

Quilts & Candles

Pinheads Quilting Airdrie

A passion for sewing and crafting led Cathy Forsyth and Lori Gordon-Cooper to open their Pinheads Quilting store in Airdrie earlier this year.


A continuation of our spotlight on the entrepreneurs and mentors currently involved in Airdrie’s SMARTstart program.

The Happy Cobbler

Sean Hunter from Airdrie Shoe Repair for Airdrie Life Magazine.

Not too many people can say they are happy at their job, so to call yourself the “Happy Cobbler” says a lot about how Sean Hunter is enjoying his second career. He laughs that he is probably the only cobbler with an MBA from Royal Roads University, but Hunter is genuinely in a good mood when talking about how he ended up fixing shoes in Airdrie.

Rocky View Schools Mechanics Training Centre

RVS Mechanic Program for Airdrie Life Magazine.

Tinkering on cars sounds like a fun way to spend the day. What if you could be doing that during school hours? That is exactly what Grade 10 to 12 students at the Rocky View Schools Mechanics Training Centre on the back lot of Cam Clark Ford do during the school year. Since about 2000, Rocky View Schools has facilitated a partnership with Cam Clark Ford to provide education to students interested in the trade of automotive mechanics.

Mike’s best friend

RCMP officer Mike ZInk for Airdrie Life Magazine. Photo Credit: Sergei Belski

The loyalty of a dog makes him man’s best friend, but what happens when your dog also happens to be part of your job? This is the reality for Cpl. Mike Zinck and his dog Ecko of the RCMP in Airdrie.

Pampered Piggies

Airdrie Rural Business

When farmer Chris Fasoli pushes open the wooden gates and enters a giant pig pen, his chubby animals come running. Their gentle grunts grow louder as more and more hurtle over, giant pink ears flapping with each trot.

Starting Smarter

Airdrie is home to 21 more well-trained entrepreneurs thanks to the 2016 SMARTstart program. Between March and October, these new or prospective Airdrie business owners completed online business-skills training, attended 11 workshops and worked with local business mentors to complete a business, strategic or feasibility plan.

Getting Smarter

Getting Smarter

SMARTstart is Airdrie’s entrepreneurial training program offering tools, training, mentorship and business planning.

Emergency Heroes

Our intrepid Kurtis Kristianson sought out the heroes whose business it is to help us in everyday situations. The results? POW! SUPER!

2015 Airdrie Business Awards


The best and brightest of Airdrie’s small-business community were honoured at the 2015 Airdrie Business Awards in October.

Working Outside the Box


Three businesses born from creativity It takes a lot of creativity to start your own business. You have to think outside of the box – how to promote yourself, how to design a better widget, how to stand out from the crowd. But a large number of start-up businesses in Airdrie are based on creative endeavours to begin with, from web design and photography to an innovative way of delivering retail. airdrielife spoke to three

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