Canada Business

These 20 Powerful Companies Were Founded By Women

Deepi Harish | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Business
Deepi Harish

A few weeks ago, I was invited to fancy gala and immediately dismissed the invite because I'm not fancy. However, a dear friend convinced me to attend and take her as my plus one. The event celebrated Canada's leading female entrepreneurs with a cocktail evening where the winner of the Business Women Award (BWA) and New Generation Award (NGA) were to be selected and announced.

Supporting Small Businesses Is Crucial To Fort McMurray's Recovery

Melissa Blake | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Alberta
Melissa Blake

During Small Business Week, it seems an appropriate time to praise small businesses across the country and to share lessons learned from a community's experience as we recover from the largest insured disaster in Canadian history.

Does Your Business Really 'Get' What Your Customers Expect Online?

Cody Green | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada
Cody Green

There is little question that e-commerce is becoming more ingrained in the shopping habits of Canadian consumers. Yet in spite of the fact that 76 pe...

How To Capitalize On Your Company's Off-Season

Tarek Riman | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada
Tarek Riman

Most of the companies or start-ups out there tend to give less attention to the low season compared to the high season. Yet, in this day and age, if you are not present and active at all times, you are dead in the water.

What Do Past Employers Remember About You?

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

What you remember about your past employer isn't nearly as important as what your past employer remembers about you (and passes on to anyone who asks about you professionally). Are you burning bridges, or learning to deal with difficult situations with tact, professionalism and calm?

Chances Are You'll Pass Up A Great Job For A Meaningful One

Virginia Brailey | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Business
Virginia Brailey

As the sunny days of summer have faded and the reality of back-to-work season for many employees is settling in, here's a troubling stat from a recent poll: a whopping two thirds (65 per cent) of employed Canadians are mentally ready to leave their current employer. Two thirds!

10 Things I Learned During My 25 Years Working In Sustainability

Mel Wilson | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada
Mel Wilson

You know, I just realized I have been working in the Sustainability field (first environment, then environment and health & safety and now corporate s...

Getting Clients To Work With Your Employees Instead Of You

Evan Thompson | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

As a business owner or team lead, you may like the fact that some clients prefer to work with you over others in your organization. It's a testament to your professional skills and your ability to earn trust. In many cases, yours is the only advice they will seek or accept and you feel responsible for their well being as they continue to play a large role in your success.

How To Plan For The Business Of Your Dreams

Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Business

How to plan for the business of your dreams. From the AOL Partner Studio

Can You Turn Your Hobby Into A Business?

David Leonhardt | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Living
David Leonhardt

Wouldn't it be nice if one of your hobbies -- an activity you purely enjoy -- could make you money instead of costing you money? If you've been asking that question, you are not alone. In fact, many people are making money from their hobbies. So how can you join them?

Digital Transformation of Business and Communications - Part 1

Doug Bannister | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada
Doug Bannister

As a business owner and communications industry veteran, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, President of Shikatani Lacroix, a Toronto-based branding and design agen...

Why Is There No Uber For Health Care?

Zeeshan Hayat | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Living
Zeeshan Hayat

With the rise of smart phone technologies and development of lower cost health tech, there are more and more convenient and inexpensive ways to connect providers and consumers. There are in fact a growing number of services offering on-demand medical services like medication delivery, house calls, and tele-medicine. In other words, we haven't seen the new health-Uber yet. But why not?

Read This Before Trying To Create The Next Big Thing

Patrick Harrison | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Business
Patrick Harrison

Every innovator and entrepreneur wants to leave their mark on the world, something they've created (possibly "the next big thing") or something that has truly made a difference. As a serial entrepreneur and innovator/designer, I've always been curious about how things work and matched it with a drive to solve a problem.

Canada's Housing Market Crisis Is Your Fault

Ben Myers | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Business
Ben Myers

The first time I heard the line "you're not stuck in traffic, you are traffic" I immediately liked it. People tend to ignore their participation and impact on a situation and often believe things are happening to them, not because of them. I wanted to explore this concept as it applies to the Canadian real estate, specifically the Vancouver and Toronto metro area housing markets.

The Business Owner's Guide To Computer Shopping

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Business
Sacha DeVoretz

Knowing how employees will use their PCs determines whether performance, mobility, battery life or display quality is most important. A desk-bound engineer designing a next generation product will require more computing power than a traveling salesperson. Based on role-specific priorities, you will choose from a wide variety of devices, including notebooks, desktops, 2-in-1s or tablets.

Using Humour In Speeches Is Often No Laughing Matter

Robert Waite | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Business
Robert Waite

The ability to communicate effectively to groups is a key requirement for any business executive. As someone who has written speeches for various politicians and business executives for decades, I often get asked if there are any "tricks" that might make the ordeal more palatable. Inevitably, people eventually get around to asking about humour. Should they start a speech with a joke? My emphatic answer to this question is "maybe." And it is based on actual experience.

How To Fire An Employee (The Right Way)

Evan Thompson | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

For most employers, firing an employee is not as easy as calling him or her into your office and telling them "things just aren't working out," giving them two week's salary, and asking them to vacate the premises within one hour. No two employment situations that lead to dismissal are the same because there are usually extenuating circumstances that are anything but routine. It is up to the manager to decide on the best course of action in each situation, never losing sight of what is fair, legal, and most ethical.

5 Key Factors Small Businesses Should Know When Expanding Abroad

Paul Gaspar | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Business
Paul Gaspar

E-commerce has made it exponentially easier for businesses to expand abroad, grow revenue and build partnerships across the world -- the possibilities are endless. While there is plenty to learn about the different nuances of each new market, there are experts, including other entrepreneurs who can guide you.

Tap Into Youth And Nurture The Next Big Idea

Alex Sangha | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Many people argue that the best way to help someone and improve their quality of life is to give them a job. This may be true, however, I would also argue that one of the best ways to help someone is to teach them and give them the skills and resources to become their own boss.

Diagnosing Why You Feel Overwhelmed At Work

Mel Wilson | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Business
Mel Wilson

That unsettled feeling you or your co-workers have? That feeling of being overwhelmed? It's stress. Stress because you don't have the authority, resources and/or skills and knowledge necessary to meet your responsibilities. Stress that you won't be able to do the things expected of you, that you will have to settle for poor quality work, or that you will let someone down. And this stress can be managed.

Unlock Your Other Wing And Soar

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

Without question, having a mentor will enhance the effectiveness of our leadership skills immensely. This is especially true when the methods and management style of the mentor differ and contrast from our own. It is only when we challenge our conditioning by accepting new and different approaches to work and life that we truly grow.

How Taking One Day To Think Can Boost Your Productivity

Brian Scudamore | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Business
Brian Scudamore

Many things go into building a successful company -- awesome people, vision, and strong systems, to name a few. But the biggest and best companies get to where they are because their leaders make time to prioritize one thing: thinking. I mean taking time to ponder issues, develop strategies, and plan for the future.

A United Kingdom Of Talent: Britain At TIFF16

Kevin McGurgan | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Business
Kevin McGurgan

TIFF has always been an important festival for UK film and creative talent. UK produced or co-produced films have gone on to win the People's Choice award 11 times including future Oscar winners such as Chariots of Fire, Slumdog Millionaire, The King's Speech and The Imitation Game.

Mum Was Right All Along: Just Try Your Best

Kelly Brown | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Business
Kelly Brown

Whatever it was we were trying to do as we grew up -- a math test, a soccer game, a school play -- my mother helped us to see the art of the possible. No matter what the challenge, mum would always say, "Your father and I are proud of you no matter the outcome, as long as you just try your best."

Here's How Your Business Can Make The Most Of The Gig Economy

Michael Carter & Caleb Rubin | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Business
Michael Carter & Caleb Rubin

The potential and growth rate of the gig economy is creating a new labour and economic landscape. Most businesses are just beginning to appreciate the benefits that the gig economy represents for them. But while this disruption in the traditional labour landscape represents significant opportunities for businesses to increase internal creativity, productivity and subsequently, profits -- actually and effectively doing so is often difficult.