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Inspiration From the Dalai Lama

Paula Pyne | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Paula Pyne

It was an extraordinary day...far from "just another talk." It was a meeting of minds from the communities of spirituality, science and business, blessed with the openness and wisdom of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Here are a few pieces of inspiration that stood out for me.

Breathing Life Into the Year..

Paula Pyne | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada
Paula Pyne

It probably seems to you that the days of the New Year have long passed but I'm just getting around to writing this post. I've been going at turtle ...

Costa Rica's Coffee Revolution

Adam Pesce | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Business
Adam Pesce

On a recent trip to Costa Rica, I witnessed a "revolution," though thankfully not the kind that culminates in a coup d'état. What I saw was the so-called "micro-mill revolution" -- a new way in which coffee is processed and sold, that could help transform the way specialty coffee is traded, to the betterment of all involved.

How To Be Relevant in an Hour a Week

Elan Divon | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

The average Canadian spends a whopping four hours and 20 minutes a day watching TV (5 hours in the U.S. for comparison), and that doesn't include social media time. That's 30 hours a week or 1560 hours a year in which the average Canadian sits on a couch. So here's my challenge to you: Give up one sitcom, one iffy reality show to free up an hour of your time each week.

11-Year-Old Blind Girl Covers 'Wrecking Ball,' Wrecks Us

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Music

YouTube has been filled with amateur covers and spoofs of pop songs for years now, and in 2013 Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" was probably got the most ...

Why Sharing Your Story is the Best Way to Change the World

Erin Giles | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Erin Giles

If we are going to impact the world for the better, we must tell our stories. In fact it's the most important story we can tell. Your story has the power to change misconstrued perceptions, ritualistic rules and most of all the world for the better.

David Mousavi: Canada's Next Generation of Diverse Leadership

Samuel Getachew | Posted 11.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

The riding of Willowdale is as diverse as the residents that are represented. If Justin Trudeau and his once-mighty Liberals have any chance of formin...

TransRockies Tour of Alberta

Martin Parnell | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

On Sunday September 8th I was at Seaman Stadium, Okotoks, with my buddies Kevin and Roy. We were there to participate in... the TransRockies Tour of Alberta. This was an opportunity for recreational riders to cycle some of the same terrain that the professional teams would be covering on the 6th stage of the Tour of Alberta. It was also my seventh event in TransRockies Quest 888. If I could complete the 130 km course then I would achieve 751 kms towards my target of 888 kms.

TransRockies Challenge Teaches Quest 888 Some Tough Lessons

Martin Parnell | Posted 10.04.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

TransRockies Quest 888 had reached a critical juncture. I had completed one road running race, two ultra trail running races, one road bike race and covered 297 kms towards my total of 888 kms. It was now time for my first mountain bike race. This was a bit of an issue as I'm not a mountain biker.

24 Hours of Adrenalin Comes Through For Right to Play

Martin Parnell | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Alberta
Martin Parnell

On Saturday, July 20th at 1.30pm, I was hurtling down a single track trail, on my mountain bike, at the Canmore Nordic Centre in Alberta. I was holding on for dear life and getting rattled around like a bag of bolts. This was the first lap of two that I would complete during the 24 hours of Adrenalin.

The Prince of Wales and Corporate Social Responsibility in Canada

Matthew Rowe | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Matthew Rowe

For the past forty years, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has focused much of his charitable work on the well-being of the individual within the community. It is an interdependent relationship, with both requiring sacrifices and allowances from the other. His Royal Highness has taken up this challenge by founding charities that focus on issues such as corporate social responsibility.

A Cup of Coffee You Can Feel Good About

Adam Pesce | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Impact
Adam Pesce

While not exactly a certification, like Fair Trade or the Rainforest Alliance, direct trade is really more of a loose concept: remove as many of the middlemen as possible and make sure the most marginalized and impoverished people in the coffee chain, the coffee farmers themselves, are given a bigger piece of the pie.

If We Can Help, Why Wouldn't We?

Rumeet Billan | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada
Rumeet Billan

It's easy to say that you would help, but actually doing something becomes a bit more challenging. After a discussion with my family, I filled out th...

The Ongoing Supply and Demand for Teachers

Rumeet Billan | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada
Rumeet Billan

In Chad there is one primary school teacher for every 1,815 children, and in Mali, only half of all primary teachers are trained. Consider the quality (or lack thereof) of education within the classroom in areas of our world where students do not have access to trained teachers.

Paul Nguyen: Fighting Negative Stereotypes Of Jane & Finch

Samuel Getachew | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Paul Nguyen founded the website Jane-Finch.com in the hope of dispelling "negative stereotypes" of the area. For the most part, it seems he has succee...

Harry Jerome Award Bay Street Lawyer - Mentoring Matters

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

This past weekend - the Black Business Professional and Business Association (BBPA) honored some of Canada's best and brightest at the Harry Jerome Aw...

Change Maker: Victor Chan's Voyage Of Compassion With The Dalai Lama

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

If there is one person in this world we truly envy, it's Victor Chan. For more than 40 years, Chan has had the incredible opportunity to accompany one of our heroes--His Holiness the Dalai Lama--on his world travels. In a new book, Chan shares stories about the Dalai Lama's encounters with world leaders, children living in poverty, activists, and scientists, among others.

The Alfonso Cuadra Story: From Panhandler to Entrepreneur

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

For a once homeless panhandler high school dropout refugee, Alfonso Cuadra has come a long way. At only 35 he is now living the Canadian dream. The no...

A Regent Park Advcocate Given Ontario's Highest Youth Honour

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

On the occasion of being the National Volunteer Week all across Canada, Ontario via the Honourable David C. Onley -- Lieutenant Governor of Ontario - ...

Has Politeness Become Passé?

Sue Jacques | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sue Jacques

I remember meeting an executive at a corporate reception a couple of years ago who was bemoaning the fact that he's just too busy to deal with what he called "the niceties" of peer-to-peer communication. According to him, there just aren't enough hours in the day to swap insignificant comments of courtesy. When he said, "I wish people would just get to the point" it struck such a chord in me that I Tweeted about it, suggesting that maybe he's missing the point:

"The Skinny Immigrant Kid" Who Became Toronto's Deputy Police Chief

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

As he approaches his fourth year as Deputy Police Chief -- the "skinny immigrant kid from Jamaica" reflects on his signature contribution to the police board, his time as a peacekeeper in Kosovo and gives advice to new immigrants who may want to emulate such a high profile career.

How Toronto's Youths Are Doing It For Themselves

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.16.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

The Eritrean Youth Collective is an ambitious youth led organization that is having a profound impact in Toronto's diverse (Eritrean) Canadian communities. In five years, we hope to provide employment and internship opportunities for youth -- being a trusted resource for both first generation and newcomer youth.

This Former MuchMusic VJ Is Making an Impact

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

To those of us who immigrated to Canada in the 1990s, Namugenyi "Nam" Kiwanuka was our introduction to Canada. She was a smart and engaging celebrity MuchMusic VJ. As if being a new mother is not occupying much of her time, the Ugandan native has used whatever time she has left fulfilling the promise of her Canadian citizenship by bringing attention to worthy causes all around the world.

How to Run Your Non-Profit Like a Business

Jeffrey Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2013 | Canada
Jeffrey Bernstein

The non-profit organization, just like the technology start-up with a disruptive, yet unproven, new innovation, must sell its vision as much as its financial model and its metrics for measuring impact. But by reducing organizational survival to a simple sales-pitch ignores the fundamental truth that not all organizations are created equally.

This Email to Google Might Save a Life

Evan Kosiner | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Evan Kosiner

I was vacationing in Muskoka, Ontario. As I was relaxing I was startled by a boat rushed back, yelling, "Someone is down out in the water." I pulled out my phone and searched "CPR" on Google. Page after page there was nothing. So I emailed Google about it...