Prem Kharbanda, Senior Scientist, Alberta Research Council
Dianne Drummond, Eating Disorder Promotion and Prevention Specialist, Alberta Mental Health Board
Suzanne Hare, Dietitian, Grey Nuns Community Hospital
Chad Frederick, Director of Strategic Planning, Intuit Canada
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ITEM:1TITLE: Prem Kharbanda, Senior Scientist, Alberta Research Council
SUBJECT: #29 Fairy Ring Solution
SYNOPSIS: No matter how well you tend your lawn, you've probably been confounded at least once by the appearance of a fairy ring. The telltale circle of mushrooms eventually leaves a ring of dead grass. And there never seems to be a cure. Until now, that is. While researching the fungus that causes blackleg in canola, Prem Kharbanda accidentally came across bacteria in a soil sample from central Alberta that not only stopped black leg in its tracks, it also disabled fairy ring. At an unlikely research plot along 91 street between 34th and 36th avenues on Edmonton's south side, Prem is experimenting with the bacteria to determine the most effective way to administer it to the soil to kill fairy rings.
ITEM:2TITLE: Dianne Drummond, Eating Disorder Promotion and Prevention Specialist, Alberta Mental Health Board & Suzanne Hare, Dietitian, Grey Nuns Community Hospital
SUBJECT: #29 Eating disorders among Teens
SYNOPSIS: Eating disorders among adolescents are on the rise. Dianne Drummond and Suzanne Hare first developed a screening process to identify children at risk that teachers can administer in the classroom. They have also developed a set of manuals for teachers, health professionals and parents who are working with teens at risk for developing eating disorders. Now Dianne and Suzanne have received funding from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research to develop a wellness model which can be used in schools to help children and teens develop such things as good self esteem, positive body images and healthy relationships to "inoculate" them against the onslaught of unrealistic media images and societal expectations that often lead to eating disorders.
ITEM:3TITLE: Chad Frederick, Director of Strategic Planning, Intuit Canada
SUBJECT: #29 Intuit Canada
SYNOPSIS: Sitting in his office in the new building which houses software leader Intuit Canada, Chad Frederick has come a long way from the early days when he and his partner Bruce Johnson first developed a computer accounting program called Win Tax. In those early days, getting their product to market meant individually copying program diskettes and enlisting the aid of their families to shrinkwrap packages with blowdryers to send to customers. Persistence paid off when an American software firm took notice of their innovative product. Now overseeing 300 employees and servicing an international market from their Edmonton headquarters, Chad reflects on the strategies that have given Intuit Canada a heads up in an otherwise unstable high-tech marketplace.