There seems to be a mad rush in the media to analyze Black Friday. Yet, every analysis misses the point that Black Friday, which though on the surface seems like just vile consumerism, is actually, for some, quite a meaningful, ritualistic experience.
Young people represent a vital and untapped resource for Canadian business, but many employers don't have clear strategies to recruit, train and retain them.
Is Justin Trudeau prepared to defy Canada's powerful mining industry and adopt legislation to constrain their abuses abroad or will he continue to place the full power of Canadian foreign-policy behind this controversial industry?
If you want to know where to find millennials on social media, it is without doubt on Instagram. As a generation, millennials have a longing to share their experiences whether big or trivial. Instagram allows them with a platform to do so by posting and sharing photos. It's quick, it's easy, and for many it seems to have become a hobby.
From buying a new winter coat and gift exchanges with friends, to purchasing a ticket home and celebrating the end of exams, there is no doubt that the holidays and New Year's Eve can put stress on a student's finances.
Our message gets through only when we understand with whom we are communicating and their needs, the urgency of the message, and the desired next steps our message will trigger.
Effective leaders have the ability to make decisions that are right for the business, and for themselves, without worrying about what people may think of them.
It's not easy to be a small business taking on established competitors, especially during the holidays. With many risk-averse customers sticking with well-known brands and tried-and-true solutions, SMBs in the retail space need to work hard to cut through the noise and reassure nervous consumers.
Rachel Notley's challenge has been to reassure the fiercely skeptical Alberta business elites that were horrified to wake up last May to discover the NDP had risen to power. With the economy already hammered by plummeting oil prices, they feared that the New Democrats would inflict further damage through a climate change plan that would drive up costs and cripple the oil sands. But business leaders in the Alberta can read the financial press as well as the rest of us and now seem to be buying Rachel Notley's view that they better try to be part of the solution.
With NextEra as a major player in Ontario's wind energy business along with Siemens (who has the distinction of paying the largest fine ever under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and Samsung (with it's own scandals), one has to wonder whether the government knew who they were inviting into the province when they opened the flood gates under the Green Energy Act in 2009.
The predictive enterprise, attunes itself to the massive data universe with tools to sense, listen, enable and anticipate. This is a massive shift in the behavior and strategy of business.
As momentous an occasion as it is when an oil jurisdiction actually puts limits on growth, 100 million tonnes of carbon a year at a time when science is demanding bold reductions is still far too much. While historic, the government's cap needs to be viewed as a ceiling rather then a floor.
For all the promise, there is some serious blood and sweat work to be done to realize the Internet of Things (IoT) future we're all imaging. Not only in terms of continuing technology innovation, but also in solving problems of standardization and protecting IoT systems from hackers.
Major news outlets and American politicians have been hammering home this message of Syrian nationals as the source of these attacks, but they've also begun catapulting another culprit into the blameworthy limelight: encryption.
Canadian retailers can still do more to live up to the hype of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. With nearly every major Canadian retailer taking part in Cyber Week, to come out a winner, retailers need to up their game.
If trying to walk and talk like the guys isn't working, it's time for women to be themselves, be confident applying your own strengths, and network with focus, to make yourself heard.
For the savvy shopper, spending holidays can be a great time to save a few bucks on your gift list -- but getting caught up in these sales has a downside. The good news? Your method of payment can go a long way in protecting you from shopping pitfalls.
The financial crisis that peaked in 2008 has created a rippling economic effect across capital markets to date. A shift that has since been informally characterized as an ethos of maximizing utility of personal assets through peer-to-peer digital marketplaces, the common moniker being collaborative consumption or the sharing economy.
Too many Canadians overlook a critical aspect of their financial plan: life insurance. We know the number of households that own individual life insurance policies is falling, but the reality is that 33 per cent of families would be in immediate financial trouble if something were to happen to their primary breadwinner.