Corporations

2015 Trends and Answers in Corporate Governance

Richard Leblanc | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

2015 is shaping up to be a year where boards, once again, will be under intense pressure and scrutiny to get it right. Here is a list of trends and key issues, along with what boards are or should be doing in response.

2015 Corporate Governance Trends

Richard Leblanc | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

2015 is shaping up to be a year where boards, once again, will be under intense pressure and scrutiny to get it right. Here is a list of trends and key issues, along with what boards are or should be doing in response.

How Big Startups Are Trying to Maintain Their Competitive Edge

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

The rules are changing in today's globalized, hyper-competitive economy and startups are attempting to keep up by maintaining their innovative edge. No longer can any established or traditional company afford to enter a period of ossification. Indeed, ossification in today's economy means death rather than stability.

Corporations Need to Embrace the iGeneration

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

What society is facing is a fundamental schism between individual action and organizational inertia. As Silicon Valley has demonstrated time and again, small and nimble is increasingly where society is headed. As such, large institutions need to adapt to recognize the rise of individualism and respond appropriately to it.

Do Formal Mentoring Programs Work?

Anne Day | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Business
Anne Day

People are saying that "everyone needs a mentor." And probably we do, but it is finding one that is the challenge. In a world of "what's in it for me" offering training and leadership opportunities to encourage people to step forward as mentors may be the way to go.

No Fracking Way: How Companies Sue Canada to Get More Resources

Ilana Solomon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Ilana Solomon

It's time that governments stop signing trade and investment pacts that put the rights of corporations above the rights of communities and the environment. My right to clean water, clean air, and a healthy planet for my family and community has to come before Lone Pine's right to mine and profit... doesn't it?

The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster is a Corporate Crime

Wade Rowland | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada Business
Wade Rowland

The Lac Megantic rail disaster is a terrible tragedy for the many who suffered loss. It is also an object lesson in why industries dominated by large corporations cannot be trusted to regulate themselves -- not even when there is nominal oversight by government. Corporations, when they grow large, go public, and take on professional management teams, devolve from being human institutions governed at least in part by genuine ethical constraints, into machine-like entities that are devoid of moral sensibility.

Making Entrepreneurs out of Indian Housewives

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png I believe that women entrepreneurship will not only give a boost to the economy by increasing the number of employed people and leading towards a more gender-equal growth. Not being financially independent is one of the main factors that prove as a hindrance in self-empowerment of women, especially in patriarchal societies like India.

The Corporate Sector Could Learn a Lesson from the Olympics

Rick Lash | Posted 10.14.2012 | Canada Business
Rick Lash

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngDuring the Olympics, we watched the individual pursuits became the collective effort of a nation and one person's dream became the dream of an entire nation. The athletes themselves are quick to point out, what at first seems like individual achievements were only possible with the help of family, coaches, and a network of support. It is a lesson the corporate world should learn from. In business you see where the reckless pursuit of individual achievement can lead.

Mixing Corporate Business with Humanitarian Aid

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.07.2012 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In these days of financial crisis and shrinking government budgets for international development, international charities are teaming up with new and sometimes unexpected bedfellows in the business world. Looking to the corporate world is increasingly an option. That said, it's healthy to be cynical about corporate motives when they get involved in humanitarian work.

Ex-Yahoo CEO Isn't the Only Yahoo in the Business

Richard Powers | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Business
Richard Powers

Despite a candidate's high profile and past accomplishments, due process still includes background checks in terms of resumes. It's the board's responsibility, not that of human resources, to make sure candidates are who they say they are. Transparency is key, and as we've seen in the case of Yahoo, those who do not abide by the rules do so at their own peril.

If You're a CEO, Don't be a Hypocrite

Randall Craig | Posted 05.16.2012 | Canada Business
Randall Craig

Is there a conflict between your organization's policies externally, and the ground rules it enforces internally? In today's world of many-to-many contact and community-building, philosophical alignment is no longer optional. And without alignment, there is hypocrisy.

Corporate Citizenship: Big Cheques Just Don't Cut it

Nick Cowling | Posted 02.12.2012 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

Picture the grinning exec with the big cheque. While there are companies out there that still fit this description, it's generally become a dated notion. However, that doesn't mean all this "good work" is being done with the most altruistic motives.

Why Would David Suzuki Wish for a Society Without Corporations?

Martin Krossel | Posted 01.14.2012 | Canada Business
Martin Krossel

Has David Suzuki ever bothered to talk to anyone who lived in a country that abandoned capitalism? Has he ever heard the story of a refugee from the Soviet Union? There are plenty of them around in Canada. But Suzuki, like most Canadian writers and broadcasters, just aren't interested in their stories.

Why Canadians Should Occupy Vancouver

Mark Crowley | Posted 12.11.2011 | Canada
Mark Crowley

On Oct. 15 the #occupywallstreet protests will arrive at cities around the world and in one of the birthplaces of the movement in downtown Vancouver. ...