Canada Business

Canada's Youth Need More And Better Opportunities

Rossann Williams | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Rossann Williams

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.

The 'Blowfish Effect' Can Help Small Retailers Beat The Big Guys

Leyla Seka | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Leyla Seka

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.

How To Communicate And Be Heard

Evan Thompson | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

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.

Life Insurance Should Be A Part Of Your Financial Toolkit

Doug Baker | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Business
Doug Baker

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.

The Boreal Caribou Recovery Plan Will Cut Forestry Jobs

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Without the forest and the economic activity it generates, the North Shore, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and all the other forest regions of Quebec would not have experienced the same level of economic development that has benefited all Quebecers. However, forestry activity could fall sharply in the fairly near future.

We Need Gender Parity On Corporate Boards Because It's 2015

Pamela Jeffery | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Business
Pamela Jeffery

Canadian companies have the potential to become more competitive if their boards are comprised of directors who are the most qualified in a greatly-expanded pool of potential directors. But to do this, we need increase the pace of change to achieve board diversity and gender parity.

3 Things Successful Leaders Do To Bring Out The Best In People

Marco Pasqua | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Business
Marco Pasqua

Many of today's biggest leaders and influential people credit mentors and their teachings as the main source behind their success. The following are three of the techniques that work for me and have my own unique spin on how to incorporate them into your daily life.

5 Qualities Of A Terrific Leader

Adriana Girdler | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Business
Adriana Girdler

Being a leader is an honour. It's a skill set that must be taught and constantly perfected. Seeking improvement and feedback is imperative for growth.

Showcase Your Brand By Mastering Video Content

Evan Thompson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

There is no mathematical ratio to help determine how many parts video versus written content to add to the mix when building the ideal website to showcase your brand, but it is important to combine both written and video content to most effectively get your message across.

Embracing Sustainability Can Pay Off For Your Brand

James Riley | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Business
James Riley

Today we know that the state of the planet affects the way we are doing business. With climate change comes risks and opportunities. We all know the risks. The opportunity for brands starts with marketing leadership, and the reward is an improved brand and reputation.

5 Ways Road Warriors Sabotage Their Productivity

Brian Robertson | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Business
Brian Robertson

Our always-on world means we face ever increasing pressure to tackle on more work than we ever have before. People who travel for business are particularly impacted by this shift, having to juggle doubled workloads, business meetings, travel time and personal commitments.

Millennials Don't Heart Your Company's Basic Technology

Dave Borrelli | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

Technology is not a nice-to-have for the millennial generation; it's a deal breaker. And considering that by 2030 75 per cent of the workforce will be millennials, it's something to take seriously. Millennials' technology expectations, coupled by their social media, mobile computing and app usage, are spreading into the workplace.

The Allure Of Moving Into The Mountains

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Travel
Tamara Griffiths

When North Americans make their first visits to Italy, they tend to go to the famous cities (Florence, Venice, Rome, etc.) and then maybe take in the ...

Hiring A Veteran Will Be The Best Business Decision You Make

Jessica Glazer | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

Some military vets have seen more in their lifetime then we ever will. To the university grad, the buzzwords teamwork, leadership, loyalty and attention to detail are just that -- buzz words. To the military vet, it's what defines them.

How To Compete For The Scarcest Resource: Attention

Joseph Donia | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

We're awash in content. Blog posts, infographics, whitepapers, webinars. The list goes on. Investment in content marketing is a double-edged sword; more players, more content, and higher budgets mean more noise and less effectiveness. We're all competing for a scarce resource - attention.

How To Succeed in Friendship Without Really Trying

Hannah Jack | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

Recently I started a theatre company with my six best friends. Sounds like a really great way to ruin a bunch of relationships, doesn't it? But here's the kicker. It's actually really working. We are by no means perfect and are still in the thick of figuring out a process that works best for us. These are the things that I've learned so far on this weird little journey.

Getting Ahead Of The Pack 15 Minutes At A Time

Paul S Hillier | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Business
Paul S Hillier

A one-month trial period could require employees to track their hours and discuss the results with their supervisor, similar to how a consultant may discuss her or his monthly invoice with a client. In adopting this one-month trial period, employees who work outside of professional service and consulting firms could benefit from various consultants' practices.

If Hollywood Can Think Outside The Gender Box, So Can You

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

I first paid attention to this in September, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). When describing her role in the new film Our Brand is Crisis, Sandra Bullock ‎told the audience it had originally been written for a man. In fact, George Clooney intended to play it, but he was too busy. She loved the dynamic part and blazed forward, asking the producers to make the lead female, rather than male. They agreed to do the gender swap, and other than changing her character's name, hardly tweaked the role at all.

Life Insurance Providers Must Innovate In A Millennial World

Doug Baker | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Business
Doug Baker

The current process has all the hallmarks of other industries that have been severely disrupted: centrally controlled by a head office, highly regulated, lacking transparency, subject to byzantine rules, and a lot of process friction from start to finish. There is nothing close to "online," "real time" or "customizable" about it.

Is Prejudice Lurking In Your Business?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Business
Marcia Sirota

Just this week, Aritzia, a popular retail clothing business, was called out for racism when one of its Toronto store employees was overheard by a customer making a racist remark. Aside from it being a toxic, terrible mindset, prejudice as a business practice makes no sense.

Authenticity Determined This Election's Winners And Losers

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Todd Rundgren's song, "The Verb, To Love," speaks to authenticity -- the antithesis of the packaging of a candidate for public consumption during an election. Both Trudeau and Harper were authentic to who they are in the campaign, while Mulcair showed up as a packaged pretense of what he wanted people to think of him, not who he truly is.

Create A Personal Marketing Plan To Help Your Business And Career

Evan Thompson | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

It's no wonder that when you Google "personal marketing plan," more than 50 million results appear. As the workplace becomes more difficult to navigate and expectations of our performance rise, we are often faced with conflicting goals. They pit our need to remain true to ourselves against doing what it takes to move forward in our careers and businesses.

Millennials Leading Shift In Tattoo Taboos

Jordan Sterling | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Sterling

Tattoo culture as a whole is becoming more and more prevalent, especially among the millennial generation. Depending on who you ask, many young adults are of the belief that tattoos are becoming less taboo, both within society and the workplace.

Newcomers Are Leading The Way In Small Business Ownership

Christine Shisler | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Business
Christine Shisler

Owning a business requires long hours and hard work, and it may take years to show a profit. For a newcomer, there can be additional challenges in the beginning including limited contacts in Canada, familiarity with local language and business practices, and as Cristina found, access to credit.

Fearlessness Doesn't Exist

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Everybody has fear. My particular brand of fear usually involves worrying about what people will think of me. Writing publicly about that fear now only punctuates it further. I care way too much about what people think of me and how I'm perceived. I like to say that I'm a recovering approval-seeker, but it's a long road, baby.