Aaron H. Emery
I live in Toronto and I get to spend every day working with amazing entrepreneurs dedicated to using business as a force for good in the world. I'm interested in big, bold thinking in pursuit of smart solutions to tough problems.

Entries by Aaron H. Emery

Mr. Trump Is A Dirty Old Man

(82) Comments | Posted October 11, 2016 | 12:25 PM

On Friday afternoon I submitted my absentee ballot for next month's U.S. presidential election. As that ballot makes its way from Halifax, Nova Scotia to a Town Clerk's office in Michigan the news of Donald Trump's latest bombast broke. This wasn't just a gaffe. It was gross. If...

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The Unsung Hero Of Canadian Financial Innovation

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 4:50 PM

There's a certain sex appeal we tend to see in mainstream "entrepreneurship" and "innovation" success stories these days. We often hear about young people with beards and quirky glasses spending their days in a beautiful-if-gritty brick and beam co-working space in the urban core....

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Benefit Corporations Are In The Business Of Creating Social Change

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 6:14 PM

By Aaron H. Emery & Jared Walker
Adapted from testimony offered to Canada's Parliamentary Standing Committee on International Trade in Ottawa, ON, in March 2015. 

As Canada's first gender-neutral federal cabinet settles into new offices and dives into the work before them, we wanted to take a...

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This Is a Business' Biggest Secret Weapon

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 12:52 PM

In an age where one well-placed tweet or a vine secretly filmed by an unengaged employee or unsatisfied customer can cost a company millions of dollars, business leaders will have to adapt or die. The inner workings of a company are no longer strictly "inner." And within this reality, TRANSPARENCY...

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CBC's "Q" Needs a Leader, Not a Substitute

(33) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 12:22 PM

I'm not here to talk about Jian. Regardless of how anything else plays out -- his relationship with CBC is over (I don't care how any 55 million dollar lawsuit goes -- he'll not see a live mic at 250 Front Street West any time soon). What I'd like to...

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Beyond Certification: B Corp is About Community

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 12:43 PM

Certified B Corporation (B Corp) is a third-party certification for companies that are using the power of business to solve social or environmental problems.

B Corp is a new form of legislation sweeping the land (usually referred to as the more formal term "Benefit Corporation" for...

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B Corps: Big Impact Attracts Big Investors (The Good Business of *Good* Business)

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 5:55 PM

I saw the press release hit the Canadian Newswire.

And then The Globe & Mail.
The Wall Street Journal.

The MaRS Discovery District Blog.

And then tweets, tweets, and more tweets.

The world of Social Finance found a serious good-news story...

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If I Can Keep it Together, So Can Rob Ford

(29) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 5:28 PM

"There is going to be alcohol in this job. You have to keep your stuff (read: shit) together."

When I was 22 years old and old working as an assistant brewer for a major micro-brewery in Michigan, my boss told me his fundamental rule when it came to mixing alcohol...

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Joe Biden's 2016 Business Plan?

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2013 | 9:35 AM

It is possible that you missed it.

You didn't notice the rumble on Wednesday morning--or perhaps you dismissed it as local construction work--or maybe a mild earthquake.

Whether you felt it our not, a seismic shift occurred this past Wednesday morning that may very well prove to be an inflection...

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Who Does Your Representative Represent?

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 5:18 PM

It took four months to go from the tragedy of Newtown to the disgraceful lack of leadership that saw the United States Congress -- with its 15% approval rating take action to block the will of 92% of the American people.

In contrast, it took less...

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Why Didn't Marc Garneau Take His Own Advice?

(9) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 6:49 PM

A father-figure-like presence in the current Canadian Liberal Party leadership race, Mark Garneau, stepped down on Wednesday with a public (if half-hearted) endorsement of the scion-of-choice and heir apparent, Justin Trudeau. After weeks of warning of the need for a test drive of leadership -- the need for...

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The Victory Speech We Needed to Hear on Election Night

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 3:33 PM

We've all seen how it really played out. But then there is the victory speech in an alternative reality that we probably needed to hear. Imagine the following scene:

President Obama invites a bi-partisan group of heavy hitters and big shots into The Oval Office. He gets a folding chair...

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The Victory Speech I Wish I Heard Last Night

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 8:26 AM

We've all seen how it really played out. But then there is the victory speech in an alternate reality that I desperately wanted to hear. Imagine the following scene with me, if you will:

Marine One (the presidential helicopter) lands amid a fury of fireworks in the middle of Grant...

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Havel's 'Hope' Was Never a Dirty Word

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 3:21 PM

On Sunday morning, the former (and first democratically elected) president of Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Havel, died at his weekend home in the northern countryside of the Czech Republic.

While my condolences go out to his family, friends, and the entire population of his homeland, I can't help but selfishly think of...

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An Open Letter to St. James Cathedral

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 9:17 AM

I write you in earnest tonight as a Torontonian. As an Anglican. As a Christian.

I write you with surplus hope, firm conviction, and limited answers. I invite you to share this space with me -- by sharing your space with others.

My hope arises in the opportunity for...

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