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10 Things I've Learned After 30 Years in Business

Evan Thompson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

When I started my business, my purpose was clear: to leverage my communications skills in order to become wealthy. I learned that unexpected things happen along the way and I needed to live by some non-negotiable beliefs if I was to be happy in my work. So, three decades later I am still learning. This is where I've learned thus far.

It's Time for a Big Data Code of Ethics

Joseph Donia | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

At present, there is no one governing body that oversees data usage by marketers and media platforms. There are codes of ethics put out by the Canadian and American Marketing Associations, as well as individual ethical codes drafted by marketing research associations among others, but who is accountable to them?

Are You a Control Freak? Use Your Powers for Good

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

Are you sometimes criticized for needing too much control? I often defend my controlling nature saying that it can be a good thing. There are some dangers associated with taking over a situation, however. Here are some points to keep in mind to ensure you don't cross the line at work.

The Do's and Don'ts of Following Up on a Business Pitch

Evan Thompson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The pitch you spent days or weeks preparing for is over. You think you made a good impression. After scanning the room and looking for feedback from your prospective clients, you get no sense of whether you have won the business.Thank them for their time, shake hands and make a decisive but gracious exit. The real test begins.

Wearable Technology Is the Next Frontier of Digital Marketing

Jeff Quipp | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

Many industry experts expect the new Apple Watch to bring demand for wearable technology to a new level. It will be interesting to see the level of impact the Apple Watch may have on various industries, including digital marketing.

Why I'm Leaving big pharma for Medical Cannabis

Greg Engel | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Business
Greg Engel

I have dedicated my entire career to the health care industry because it's important to me to spend my life doing something that helps people. Now, after more than 25 years, I have decided to leave behind the big pharma establishment in order to embark on a new journey on the cutting edge of health care, as the first CEO of Tilray, Canada's leading licensed producer of medical cannabis. Here are the top five reasons why: Patients deserve better. Last year, Canada made history when it became one of the first countries in the world to create a federally-sanctioned, commercial medical cannabis industry that treats medical cannabis more like medicine than contraband.

What Story Is Your Business Telling?

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Business
Lisa Ostrikoff

The story of your business is a starting point that should never be underestimated. It needs to be an engaging tale to get your message across -- one ...

This is the Secret to a Successful Business Presentation

Evan Thompson | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Getting ready for a successful pitch involves much more than planning what you are going to say, it involves planning the WOW-factor your presentation will provide. You also need to listen to what your audience has to say. It's a dialogue, not a performance.

Sex & Work: Why The Two Should Never Mix

Sarah Julien | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Julien

Anyone who has dealt with unwanted advances at work knows the feeling of shame that ensues. The truth is, I had no idea what to do. I had never talked about it, even with my most trusted female mentors. It is not the kind you can prepare for, it is all consuming.

What Enterprise Startups Need Most of All

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

As a startup gains traction from initial prototype to credible sales, the founding team recognizes the critical need to bring onboard senior advisors and mentors to provide guidance as the startup enters the next phase of growth. While all startups require this guidance and mentorship, enterprise startups are the most in need.

Bloomberg To Launch Canadian Business News TV Channel

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada Business

TORONTO - Financial news and data company Bloomberg LP is getting into Canadian television with a new 24-hour channel aimed at the business community....

25 Reasons for Risk Management Failure

Richard Leblanc | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

I am speaking tomorrow to directors and officers about oversight of risk management by boards of directors. I prepared a list of 25 reasons that risk ...

How Canada's Banks Are Reaching Out to Millennials

Carlos de Torres | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Business
Carlos de Torres

A recent study found that millennials are attracted to online resources to help them manage their money and answer their banking needs. Banks have been listening to what their younger consumers are after and changing how they can offer their services.

Why You Shouldn't Skip This Important Audit

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

While auditing your global supply chain may at first glance appear to be a costly, time consuming and seemingly insurmountable process, an existing infrastructure of widely available tools and resources affords companies the opportunity to do this audit efficiently and effectively.

Failing In Business Can Teach Us How To Succeed

Evan Thompson | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

As we get busier and take on more tasks and challenges just to get by, we are increasingly finding comfort in many icons of our time who tell us that failing is ultimately the best way to learn and move forward. They say that we must celebrate our strengths and weaknesses and not worry about how others judge us.

B.C., Feds Want To Lure Asian Companies To Vancouver

CP | Laura Kane, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia

It's a $6.5-million initiative.

How to Get Your Mojo Back After a Failure

Tanya Raheel | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Tanya Raheel

The reality is that rebounding and finding your mojo once more after a significant setback, failure or loss involves a lot more than simply "shaking it off" no matter what Taylor Swift says. It takes some essential and necessary stages and actions that if missed will keep you stuck, and stop you from learning and growing from the experience, which no matter how unpleasant is a rich opportunity for personal growth.

Burned Out at Work? Listen to Your Heart

Shannon Skinner | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Business
Shannon Skinner

So you've lost that lovin' feeling for your work. You feel stressed, overwhelmed and a lack of joy you once felt for your job, career or business. When you wake up in the morning, you dread at worst, or are indifferent at best, for what the day will bring. You might even be feeling powerless to continue on the path of making your dreams come true. If this sounds familiar, know you are not alone.

Have You Lost That Loving Feeling For Your Own Business?

Jane Blaufus | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada Business
Jane Blaufus

Being in business reminds me of dating and marriage. When you are first considering going into business for yourself, I liken it to the dating phase. When you decide to take that leap of faith, explore the opportunity thoroughly, decide it is right for you and walk down the aisle to open your business it is akin to taking that next step and making a long-term commitment.

Canadian Businesses Should Explore New Foreign Markets: Ed Fast

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Canadian government faces a new hurdle as it shifts from negotiating free trade deals to implementing them: companies that are overly cau...

Eight Ways To Make Sure Email Doesn't Kill Productivity

Evan Thompson | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Don't get me wrong, email is both a blessing and a curse, but it needs to be used thoughtfully, in the same way that you wouldn't barge into a conversation in progress and blurt out the first thing that comes to mind. It can quickly shift the conversation off-course and simply be off-putting. An email can interrupt in the same way, so you want to use it intelligently.

How Supporting a Small Business Can Change a Life

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Business
Sajeel Qureshi

In business the more you give the more you get. Giving customers more than what they expect, supporting your local community and actually solving problems for people will automatically yield you rewards.

How To Manage Introverts And Extroverts Together

Evan Thompson | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

It can be challenging to find the time to suggest to an employee that they either speak up or speak less. This individual approach can lead to resentment and further encourage behaviour that lies at opposite ends of the scale. A key thing to realize is that it would be uninspiring to lead a team where everyone was the same.

How To Score a Real-Time Marketing Touchdown

Carlos de Torres | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada
Carlos de Torres

With the way consumers take in big events like the Super Bowl, real-time marketing should be a consideration for all marketers when it comes to the overall strategy. Traditional advertising undoubtedly plays a role in what consumers will take in, but big events have come to mean eyes on many screens.

These Days, Retailers Need to Be in the Entertainment Business

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Society has changed and people have changed, and they want more. They want an experience. They want to be entertained. We believe that retailers are as much, or more, in the entertainment business as they are in the products business.