Canada Business

The Danger of Reality TV

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

We should really ban reality shows from television. For starters, they aren't that real, are they? The creators are extremely good at editing so that ...

The Executive Pay Model Is Broken. Here Are Three Ways to Fix it

Richard Leblanc | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

Regulators have a poor track record of getting executive pay right. Indeed, some say U.S. Congress has been the single greatest driver of increasing CEO pay. According to a survey by Mercer, a majority of UK board members believe the executive pay model is broken. Here are three ways to fix it.

Take Advantage of the "Big Rocks" That Can Make You Rich

David Lester | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

It's the good "Big Rocks" that can actually make you wealthy (or poor) so let's concentrate on the big rocks! Large items that can make you poor are things like expensive dinners, cars, boats and big ticket clothing. And then things like business equity, investments, and property are the big items that make you rich.

Improve Your Workplace for Employees With Mental Health Issues

Shekhar Parmar | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Business
Shekhar Parmar

As a business owner, my employees' health and well-being is important to me. I know that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce. Here are a few suggestions on what we all can do to make our workplaces better for those who are living with mental health issues and in turn increase productivity.

Raise Your Likeability Factor - It's Your Most Valuable Asset

Evan Thompson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Likeability is not the ability to make people laugh or take centre stage all the time. It is about considerate behaviour and keeping promises that make people feel comfortable around you. You win them over by fuelling their belief that you are a trustworthy person who they can count on to do the right thing.

When it Comes to Personal Branding You Are Your Most Sellable Product

Evan Thompson | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The impressions we leave with people will usually determine our success or failure at engaging them further to create opportunities to enhance or restart our careers. Our handshake, ability to relate to others, the way we speak and dress and how we make others feel around us are all factors in the judgement process. They are also all factors that we have control over by establishing a strong personal brand.

It's Time for a Comprehensive Review of Canada's Tax System

Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Business
Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA

The Conservative budget's failure to initiate a process of comprehensive tax reform is a missed opportunity to lift Canada's prospects for long-term prosperity and growth. Tax reform and simplification would improve Canada's international competitiveness, productivity and economic growth, from both a personal and corporate perspective.

Universal Canadian Drug Coverage Is Good for Business

Steve Morgan | Posted 04.23.2015 | Canada Business
Steve Morgan

Businesses care about the health and well-being of the Canadian workforce. Employees that can afford the medicines as and when prescribed will be healthier, happier, and more productive. In this election year, it is time for Canada's business leaders to call for universal, public pharmacare.

Earth Day Should Be 364 Days a Year

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

Earth Day is an important date on the calendar that puts the spotlight back on the planet. However, as we all grow more interconnected around the world with a greater ability to have an impact -- both positive and negative -- it's equally important to recognize that the principles of Earth Day can't be ignored the other 364 days of the year.

Eight Dos and Don'ts of Timely Social Media Campaigns

Jennifer Osborne | Posted 04.16.2015 | Canada Business
Jennifer Osborne

Social media campaigns aim to enhance a company's marketing efforts, but sometimes, they don't always go as planned. Effective social media campaigns include posting original content that is timely, relevant and appeals to a target audience. However, what some businesses define as timely and relevant may not be the same as how the target audience identifies with it.

Job Titles Don't Matter: Here are Tips to Overcome Yours

Shannon Kelly | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Business
Shannon Kelly

Your job title is only holding you back because you're reading way too much into it. Titles are entirely self-fulfilling, they make you, and only you, feel like you matter. So don't get bogged down in the "level game" because we're not all on the same playing field.

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 05.25.2015 | 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 05.22.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.11.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 05.02.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.28.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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.