A Day of Quadding at Crowsnest Pass

For the final weekend of summer before the kids are back in school we headed to the mountains of Crowsnest Pass. It was a great day of riding the quads and enjoying the views and the people we were with. The forest fires in Washington were still filling the sky with smoke but it was a relatively clear day and we had a great time.

Tia Heggie Basketball Highlights – Spring & Sunmer 2015

It was another fun summer following Tia around with her basketball. Unfortunately she suffered an early spring broken leg that slowed her down for a while but she healed up and finished strong. She played on the University of Lethbridge PEBL team in the spring and the U16 Basketball Alberta team during the summer.

Now it’s time for an exciting season of volleyball for Tia and football for Daxon!

Western Canada Summer Games 2015 – Wood Buffalo Alberta

We had the opportunity to spend the last week in Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) Alberta at the Western Canadian Summer Games.  The organizers of the event did a great job. Each event was well organized and the facilities were great. The opening ceremonies were great to watch!

The purpose for us to be at the games was to watch our daughter, Tia Heggie, play with the U16 Basketball Alberta women’s team. We are very proud of Tia and her team. They fought through some tough games and finished fourth overall.

These are some highlights of Tia in her first three games

Saint Lucia Tree Top Adventure Park Zip-Lines

Loved reminiscing about this trip from 2011! I recently found some old footage from a trip we took with some friends to the Caribbean. We spent a number of days cruising from island to island and had so much fun. One of the excursions we went on was at the Tree Top Adventure Park in St. Lucia.  The zip lines there were so much fun and the staff were great! If you will be in St. Lucia I highly recommend the Tree Top Adventure Park Zip Lines.

Bucket List Adventures

I have quite a large bucket list of things that I want to do an accomplish. But I have had the opportunity to knock quite a few things off that list. I’ve put together some clips of some of those things.

Things checked off the list in this video:

  1. Skydiving (the free-fall was the best part)
  2. Swimming with sharks in Hawaii (with my daughter)
  3. Meet / Play basketball with Michael Jordan
  4. Zip-Lines (Whitefish Mountain, Montana)
  5. Air Chair water skiing (Lake 5, Montana – wasn’t good at this at all!)
  6. Dog Sledding (with my wife – it was her present to me for my birthday)
  7. Swimming with dolphins on the Big Island of Hawaii (with my son and daughter)
  8. Visit Greece (with my wife)
  9. Fly gliders in Hawaii (so cool seeing the whales as we flew out over the ocean)
  10. Visit Africa (with my wife)
  11. Professional Rodeo Cowboy – Steer Wrestler (in the video: Innisfail Pro Rodeo, Red Deer Pro Rodeo, Calgary Stampede)
  12. Razr and Dirt Biking in the mountains
  13. Climb Old Chief
  14. Caribbean Cruise (with my wife and some friends)
  15. Helicopter Ride over Hoover Dam (with buddies Jeremy and Tyson)

So much more to do!!!

More Fun… Zip-Lines at Whitefish Mountain

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Last week I had the opportunity to take a youth group from our church down to the West Glacier area in Montana to camp.  It is a beautiful area in the mountains with a lot to do.  We spent a day with Glacier Raft Company doing some white water rafting.  The water levels were lower than average the it was a little cool that day, but we still had an excellent time.  I would definitely recommend Glacier Raft Company.

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We also spent a day at Whitefish Mountain. I have spent a lot of time on the mountain skiing in the winters but I’ve never experienced any of their summer adventures before.  Some of our group spent their time in the Aerial Adventure Park and had a great time. I took a group on the Zip-Line Tours and we loved every minute of it. Soaring high above the ski slopes, over ravines & through the trees was a great experience. With some of the lines reaching up to 1,900 feet in length and as high as 300 feet above the trees it was a great adventure. We had the opportunity to enjoy seven different lines, all with breathtaking  views of the mountains.  It’s definitely an activity I’m happy to refer others to.

This is a short video of three of the zip-lines at Whitefish Mountain

Tia Heggie Point Guard – Basketball 2014/2015

Tia and her team had a great season of basketball in 2014/2015. Tia was the point guard of the team and is looking forward to entering high school next year to play at the next level.  This summer she is playing for Basketball Alberta again on the U16 Girls team.  They will be playing in the Seattle Summer Showcase from July 10-12, 2015 and then will be headed north to Langley BC for some exhibition games.  After these games their next big event is the Western Canadian Summer Games in Wood Buffalo AB that begin on August 7.

This is a highlight video of Tia with her Grade 9 Cardston Cougar Team.

This spring Tia also made the University of Lethbridge PEBL (Prairie Elite Basketball League) U17 team.  Unfortunately during their first tournament at the University of Alberta she broke a bone in her leg and didn’t get to play the entire season.  But this video shows some highlights from her first couple games at the UofA tournament.  She’s excited to be healed up and ready for Alberta Ball now. (She is #3 on the blue and white team)


D. Jeff Heggie Steer Wrestling… Glory Days

Going through some old videos and found my rodeo tapes. This video includes rodeos from when I was in the Chinook Rodeo Association, the Foothill Cowboys Association, the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association.  I miss doing this!

This video was one that my wife put together when we got married in 1996. It’s fun to watch, she included a lot of my wrecks from high school rodeo. Rodeo was a big part of our life when we got married. In fact, we were married on a Tuesday because I had rodeos from Wednesday through Sunday that week!

Canadian Home Builder Association – Lethbridge Region, 2014 Supplier of the Year — Kodiak Mountain Stone

This past week at Kodiak Mountain Stone we were honored to receive the 2014 Canadian Home Builder Association Members Choice Award of the Supplier of the Year!



We work with some exceptional people and companies and we have a great team as well.  I want to thank my team and all of our customers for this award and congratulate all the other winners at the CHBA-Lethbridge Region Awards of Excellence in Housing.

Defensive Strategy

I recently watched an interview Tony Robbins did with a high powered investor for Tony’s new book, Money – Master the Game. It was interesting to listen to how much emphasis was placed on defence. This has had me thinking about defence over the past few days since listening to the interview.

When I think of the importance of defence, my first reaction is to think of my sporting experiences. From playing to coaching defence is always stressed. Defence can win or lose a game and all good players and coaches recognize this. But how does it impact us in business?

Competition in business forces companies to constantly engage in both offensive and defensive strategies. To grow a business a company either has to take market share from a competitor or create a new market. In the case of taking market share from competitors, companies have to have their defensive strategies in place to maintain that share of the market and fight off competition.

This topic could head in so many different directions when you are talking about defensive strategies. We could continue talking about defensive strategies to protect market share from existing competitors, new competitors, big box stores coming to market, etc., etc., etc. But what has had me thinking about defensive strategies recently is market conditions.

Our company, Kodiak Mountain Stone, operates in both Canada and the US. Our head office and main business run in Alberta where we have a store in Lethbridge and one in Calgary in addition to multiple dealers in our network. Last week the Bank of Canada spoke about the economy. They addressed the low price of oil that has a big impact on Alberta. There are a lot of jobs in Alberta that are dependent on oil and low prices have a huge impact on those jobs. They also addressed the impact that the low interest rates that we have seen for a number of years have had on consumer debt levels. Then they addressed housing prices and indicated that they could be overvalued as much as 10% to 30%. There’s a lot of information there that when you analyze it, consider the potential impact they have on each other and consider the impact that they could have on the economy and directly on the industry we are involved in, it could be scary.

I like to believe that I’m an optimist and trust that things will just work out if you do your part. I also try not to spend much time watching or listening to news because the reality is that I can’t do anything about the price of oil or the fact that homes are overvalued. But in business, while we need to be optimistic, we need to be realists as well so we can prepare both our offensive and defensive strategies. And though I think that we should avoid watching or listening to as much of the news as possible, we need to be aware of what has a personal impact on us or our companies.

So what is the defensive strategy here?

Good, Better, Best
First of all I think you need to have a good handle on projections. For me, that means working close with my CFO. Having a great numbers person to work with is vital in business and I’m fortunate to have one of the best. I’m not a big believer in long term projections. When I first started in business I had to have my 1, 3, 5 and 10 year projections figured out each year. But I soon learned that the further out our projections got, the more time we were wasting. Now that I have some more business experience behind me, I know that I cannot predict accurately where we are going to be ten years from now. We can project three to five years from now but with my experience even in that time frame our company could take a complete 180. But I’m still a believer in projections and personally feel that you should be figuring out your projections for at least the next 3-5 years.
Figuring out your projections should include three scenarios. You need to figure out your good, better and best projections.
Best is where your company will be if things really go your way and your company does even better than expected.
Better refers to the scenario of what you actually think will happen.
Good could be labeled worst by a pessimist because this is the scenario when nothing goes as planned and the wheels fall off.

From a defence point of view, the Good Scenario is the most important scenario to consider. This is the scenario when nothing goes right. Sales are down, expenses are up, problems are mounting. None of us want this scenario to happen, but what if it does. This is the scenario that you must spend time analyzing. If this happens, what will you do? What will your defensive strategy be? How will you survive?

Defence wins games. Being prepared for the worse case scenario and knowing what you will do it you are faced with it is your number one defensive strategy. Once you know what that strategy will be, get out there and work as hard as you can to achieve the Better or Best scenario results.