Canada Business

The Rise of the Women Helping Women Movement

Shannon Skinner | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

In case you have not noticed, there is a growing trend of women's empowerment organizations springing up everywhere that are geared to helping professional women achieve success and fulfillment. With so many popping up, it makes me wonder: are career women that hungry and in need of support groups to empower themselves?

Your Office Chair Might Be Killing You

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon M. Nelson

Sitting is the new smoking, or at least that's what the manufacturers of standing desks (and there are several of them these days) will tell you. The medical profession agrees, and experts have identified some 34 diseases and conditions that are associated with excess sitting.

Break Down That Workplace Gender Bias With These Simple Tips

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

The guys I worked with teased me. They saw me as a hospitable female underling, lucky to be included at a sales meeting. I continued to disarm them with copious levels of service and their unconscious bias prevented them from seeing me as competition. By 1989, I was promoted to be a Vice President in head office and had leap frogged over most all of the guys in that meeting!

The People in Your Inner Circle Can Make Your Life Richer

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Business
Nancy A. Shenker

As we craft our business plans for next year, we focus on our profit objectives, marketing efforts, and ideas for innovation. Here's another category to ponder: Who are those people in my business life who truly "have my back"?

12 Things Established Professionals Can Learn From Millennials

Evan Thompson | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

My mentoring work has led me to conversations with millennials who have left a positive and lasting impression. I have learned much from them -- practically and personally. Their different view of the world, while seemingly foreign to the older generations, can provide a different lens through which to see things that can have a profound effect on business.

Think Twice About What You Do After Work and What You Post on the Internet

Leah Eichler | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

Prof. MacDonald said that if your personal life jeopardizes your professional or public role, it's reasonable to expect you to warn potential employers, but only really substantial risks need to be divulged. On the employer's side, if a lot hangs on their employees being "squeaky-clean," it's up to them to do a thorough background check.

Why's it So Hard for Fashion Designers to Thrive in Canada?

Greg Hewitt | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Style
Greg Hewitt

You don't have to be a hawk-eyed fashion photographer to spot that Canadians have a love of home-grown fashion style. So why are so many talented Canadian designers not able to grow beyond small business status, or worse, eventually close up shop?

7 Reasons Why Working for Free Is Great for Your Career

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 11.06.2014 | Canada Business
Shannon M. Nelson

Is there any real benefit to working for free, other than what the company you're working for gets? You bet there is! And if you ask around in today's entrepreneurial world, you'll find that working without financial compensation has helped many people move toward achieving their career and business goals.

Part 2: Canada's Corporate Governance Guidelines Are Out of Date

Richard Leblanc | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

Does Canada improperly have a false sense of governance superiority? Perhaps so. But in this rapidly changing field, if you rest, you are left behind. Nine years is sufficient rest.

Equity Crowdfunding Is Changing Venture Capitalism in Canada

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada Business
Shannon M. Nelson

According to Oscar Jofre, equity crowdfunding is the Holy Grail of the crowdfunding phenomenon that is sweeping the globe. Unlike the other types of crowdfunding, equity financing is highly regulated. It has to be, to prevent widespread fraud. But don't let that put you off.

The 12 Wild Phases of Entrepreneurship

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Face-saving entrepreneurs will call this a "pivot," which basically means, "I was doing this one thing, and now I realize I should be doing this other thing instead." You might feel like a fool for not getting it right the first time around, but I challenge you to find any entrepreneur who got everything right from the get-go.

'Entrepreneur' Is Not a Dirty Word

Kelly Lovell | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

If you are an entrepreneur, be proud to hold this title and live up to its name. Also understand that you are leading a long overdue generational shift across sectors and it will take some time before your path may be embraced by all. Don't let the resistance discourage you from your ambitions.

What I Learned This Week: Budgeting For Stupidity

Andy Nulman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada
Andy Nulman

I am writing this post mid-Saturday afternoon... and I am wasting a substantial sum of money while doing so. To explain (without getting into too ...

Protection Against Phone Hackers Is Not Just for Large Companies

Claudio Nespeca | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Business
Claudio Nespeca

Not just the domain of large companies, remote monitoring is available to small businesses through hosted VoIP service providers, allowing them to obtain much needed security within their budget capabilities.

How Small Businesses Affect the Future of Sustainable Sourcing

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

With more and more attention focused on global environment and climate change, stakeholders (citizenry at large) are hungry for actionable solutions and real commitments. As companies start to more and more define their supply chains with sustainability as a core value, transparency and accountability in these efforts will be increasingly critical.

What Social Media Can Teach You About Living a Fuller Life

Kim Smiley | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

Let me fill you in on a secret: It's because you are too busy focusing on you, your company and your brand. You. You. More you. Forget about yourself for a second. Focus on the scintillating stars around you. They are gorgeous, captivating and brilliant! There is so much to discover. It is there waiting, just like you. All you have to do is open years eyes, click and share.

Dad Was Right, You Should Change Careers At Least 3 Times In Your Life

Suzanne Ma | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Suzanne Ma

Since I was a little, I knew what I wanted to be: a journalist. My career aspirations helped define my personality and helped shape my world view. It influenced where I went to school, what I majored in, and who I hung out with -- until suddenly, one day, those aspirations changed.

Creating New Cultures of Innovation

Billie Kell | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada
Billie Kell

"Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In...

Why Accountability Is Important and How To Get It

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

When dealing with myself, if I am 'off again' with accountability, I calculate what I would have to pay someone an hour to do the work I am avoiding or not holding myself accountable for doing. Then I ask myself if I would pay someone that amount of money to surf Facebook, chat on the phone with their best friend, spend an extra 5 minutes grabbing a coffee on their way into work

Ask Yourself These Three Questions Before You Dive Into Online Video

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada
Lisa Ostrikoff

This is a great place to start when looking at your overall video strategy and deciding what content to include and what stories to tell. Come up with three key messages for potential customers to absorb, and then work on simplifying them. Get someone to view your businesses from an outsider's perspective, which can add additional insight.

Four Ways to Look (and Sound) Good on Camera

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Ostrikoff

You've finally decided to hire a production company, or to film your own video blogs to market your business. The idea of putting yourself "out there" might be terrifying, but it doesn't have to be. Working with the right crew or doing some trial runs on your own can make all the difference. Here are four tips to ensure you look your best when in the spotlight.

It's Official: Canadian Businesses Choose Digital Over All Other Ads

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Business
Lisa Ostrikoff

It's taken two decades, but the time has finally arrived: Canadian advertisers now spend more on digital than they do on print, radio and television advertising, according to a recent report from IAB Canada.

Do You Remember BRE-X, the Biggest Mining Fraud Ever?

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Business
Shannon M. Nelson

If you were around in the mid 1990's, it's likely the name BRE-X conjures up some frightening memories. It's a true rags to riches story that involves murder, international intrigue, arson, and exotic adventure. It's also a story about a fantastic investment fraud that left once rapt investors, both big and small in humiliating ruins.

A Future With In Vitro Meat Is Closer Than You Think

Robert Bolton | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada
Robert Bolton

Given predictable increases in population and demand, for meat production to take place responsibly in the future, we will have to significantly diversify our eating habits, and with them, our production habits. In vitro meat is one alternative. We don't know enough about it yet. But we know we can make it. It is possible.

How to Determine Who Pays for a Business Lunch

Evan Thompson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The rules about when to pick up the tab or let your dining partner pay can be murky, and misunderstanding them can put a damper on a great working relationship. Here are some guidelines based on three decades of experience paying for (or being treated to) business breakfasts, lunches and dinners.