Saeed Selvam
Saeed Selvam is a regular media contributor.

He has a B.A and Masters of Public Policy from the University of Toronto and is a Massey Fellow.

Entries by Saeed Selvam

5 Ways To Communicate Like A Leader

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 5:58 PM

True leaders understand the importance of effective communication. Powerful speeches have changed the world and served as powerful agents of persuasion. Whether you're trying to change the world or change a lightbulb, the way you speak can mean the difference between getting walked on and being revered. Effective communication is...

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How To Get An Interview With Google

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 4:15 PM

I've had the opportunity to interview for a variety of positions with companies like Apple, Facebook, Starbucks (corporate), Airbnb and Google. Some of which resulted in offers, others that led me straight to the final round after a grueling 7 interviews in.

Today's most innovative companies are changing the...

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5 Career Hacks That Earned Me A Call From The White House

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 4:08 PM

Towards the beginning of 2013, President Obama was on a mission to ban assault rifles in the United States following a series of mass shootings. That tiring debate that followed would rage on for a number of years, as we know.

The point still remained that gun violence was...

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8 Leadership Tips To Master Team Management

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 6:28 PM

The art of leadership resides in a leader's ability to communicate a clear vision to his/her staff. The well being of their employees in the modern economy is paramount to organizational success and there can be chaotic repercussions if this is ignored. So how can you be in control of...

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6 Free And Easy Fundraising Hacks For Non-Profits

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 12:41 PM

As the former executive director of an NGO, I know that the non-profit sector can be just as competitive as the private sector. Your organization needs to stand out like never before. The difference between the two sectors quite simply is that the private sector normally gives customers something directly...

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How To Decide On A New Business Idea

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 12:20 PM

Notice the title doesn't read "how to do what you love." That's because starting an entrepreneurial venture and doing what you love rarely mix. If you love to dance but can't dance well, no one is going to pay you for dance lessons.

In short, the world doesn't really care...

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6 Ways To Influence Decision Makers

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 12:30 PM

There comes a point in your career when you may want to flex your persuasive muscle, it could be the quest for a promotion or establishing your public brand. Whether you're a student or a senior level executive, competition is fierce and there's never been a greater time to get...

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5 Things Non-Profit Leaders Can Learn From Google

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 2:04 PM

Organizations responsible for changing the world are facing increased competition to remain transparent, accountable and prove themselves worthy of donor dollars which decreased nationally by $2 billion between 2010-2013. Donors cited a distrust in the allocation of their dollars among the reasons guiding decreases in donations to charitable...

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Tech Company Innovation Outweighs Policy Headaches

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 6:38 PM

Larry Niven, an American science-fiction writer once wrote that "ethics change with technology."

Tech giants like Google, Facebook, Uber and Airbnb are proving this true and have entered unchartered policy territory where ethics debates, grey-areas and government relations are the daily norm.

Silicon Valley is quenching our thirst...

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Harper's Niqab Ban Goes Against Canadian Values

(28) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 2:25 PM

I'm a firm believer in the "when in Rome" policy when I travel.

Travelers are often warned about not stepping out of line and preparing for culture-shock when touring the Middle East and other regions of the world that are simply different from the West. We're often told that...

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Don't Believe Everything the Media Tells You This Municipal Election

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 10:47 AM

The highly controversial and often coveted role of City Councillor comes with it's fair share of ups and downs. What's often ignored is the road many take to get there. I'd like to share some of my experiences as a candidate as its important in a city that's in such...

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Focus More On Electing Your Councillor and Less On Your Mayor

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 6:32 PM

Get a chance to catch the chaotic mayoral debate last Wednesday? Mayoral hopefuls Olivia Chow, Rob Ford, David Soknacki, Karen Stintz and John Tory duked it out over, well-- almost everything.

Although there was no clear 'winner' of the debate despite U.S. talk show host Jimmy Kimmel's...

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Why I'm Running for City Council

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 11:59 AM

You grow even fonder of your city when you've travelled abroad, I remember returning from a trip overseas and almost kissing the ground when I landed at Pearson -- almost. It's not just our diversity, it's our people that makes Toronto unforgettable. Our potential to lead in arts, technology, business...

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Residents New and Old Deserve a Better Toronto

(2) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 12:27 PM

Toronto is facing a political problem that it hasn't asked for. That problem has threatened both the trust Torontonians place in their government and how the world sees this city. While we have to work to repair that trust and rebuild our global reputation, we shouldn't allow this political challenge...

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Pauline Marois Just Doesn't Get Multiculturalism -- or Canada

(267) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 4:38 PM

There's a drastic need for change in Canadian politics, even more so in Quebec. Premier Pauline Marois' proposal to ban religious symbols in public sector settings like schools, hospitals and daycares is as unconstitutional as it is offensive to every religious minority in Quebec and across the nation.

It's well...

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Sammy Yatim's Knife Did Not Warrant His Death

(98) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 5:15 PM

By now, you've either seen the video or heard the story.

A group of armed police officers respond to the scene of a disturbance on a TTC streetcar near Dundas and Trinity Bellwoods, where an 18-year-old by the name of Sammy Yatim is holding a knife threatening...

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Florida Was Complicit in Trayvon Martin's Death

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 9:12 AM

The truth of the Martin/Zimmerman case is that none of us were physically there at the moment things got heated. But everyone's a critic. If this tragedy has shown us anything, it's that we need action and conversation on race and law, pronto.

I was asked by a friend...

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Canadian Innovation: We Can't Play it Safe Any Longer

(4) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 1:25 PM

I attended a conference with the Ontario Trillium Foundation over the weekend and stumbled upon a workshop featuring a panel of tech leaders from the non-profit sector. The three members of the panel who came from technology related groups like Tech Soup, spoke about the need for NGOs...

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There Are Scandals and Then There's Rob Ford

(33) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 4:52 PM

Google Rob Ford and you're met with the latest on the most recent scandal. In what can only be described as a whirlwind of chaos, Toronto's Mayor is in the news again with another bizarre allegation.

A story about a cellphone video that emerged this morning allegedly showing Mayor...

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The Voting System That Could Fix Democracy

(53) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 4:56 PM

Consider one of the most subtle nuances in politics -- our electoral system. In some cases it could literally mean the difference between winning and losing an election and with the wide-spectrum of characters at City Hall it could be a good or a bad thing depending which side you're...

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