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Aaron H. Emery

Impact-Driven Business Advocate

I live in Toronto and I get to spend every day working with amazing entrepreneurs dedicated to using business as a force for good in the world. I'm interested in big, bold thinking in pursuit of smart solutions to tough problems.
Mr. Trump Is A Dirty Old

Mr. Trump Is A Dirty Old Man

The words of Donald Trump are not simply words attached to nothing -- floating in the ether. These are words (that matter), attached to actions (that matter), connected to women (who matter). Yes, the words speak to attitudes that Donald Trump so clearly holds. But the words also speak to actions that Donald Trump has not even begun to deny. When Donald Trump says: "I just kiss. I don't even wait", it is worth finishing out that thought. What doesn't Donald Trump wait for? What he's not waiting for is CONSENT."
10/11/2016 11:25 EDT
The Unsung Hero Of Canadian Financial

The Unsung Hero Of Canadian Financial Innovation

Dave Baker is a used car salesman on a mission to make Canada a more fair and equitable place. Go ahead and take a moment. Be skeptical. It took me six months to overcome my initial aversion to the predominant narrative of auto sales. I was sure that there was a catch. There had to be a bait-and-switch somewhere along the way.
01/20/2016 04:51 EST
Benefit Corporations Are In The Business Of Creating Social

Benefit Corporations Are In The Business Of Creating Social Change

These companies have already touched your life. Beyond the big names like Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Patagonia clothing, Etsy, or Kickstarter, there are impact-driven business leaders making significant money while making an amazing difference in communities all around us.
11/12/2015 06:19 EST
This Is a Business' Biggest Secret

This Is a Business' Biggest Secret Weapon

In an age where one well-placed tweet or a vine secretly filmed by an unengaged employee or unsatisfied customer can cost a company millions of dollars, business leaders will have to adapt or die. The inner workings of a company are no longer strictly "inner." And within this reality, transparency is the secret weapon for leaders in the new economy.
06/04/2015 11:52 EDT

CBC's "Q" Needs a Leader, Not a Substitute

There is no doubt that the production crew behind CBC's Q is fantastic. But (you knew there'd be a "but"), I have to insist that the name/face/voice on the frontlines matters. The current cast of "substitutes" is both substantive and strong. I enjoy Piya Chattopadhay. Brent Bambury  is quite good. Tom Power is certainly capable. But, honestly, they are all mere substitutes.
11/03/2014 12:22 EST
Beyond Certification: B Corp is About

Beyond Certification: B Corp is About Community

At the risk of sounding a bit existential, B Corps are businesses, fundamentally bent toward a greater purpose. They recognize that degrees of intentionality go a long way when it comes to making employees' lives a little bit better.
10/10/2013 11:43 EDT
If I Can Keep it Together, So Can Rob

If I Can Keep it Together, So Can Rob Ford

When I was 22 years old and old working as an assistant brewer for a major micro-brewery in Michigan, my boss told me his fundamental rule when it came to mixing alcohol with work: You have to keep it together. Unfortunately, this weekend Rob Ford excused his apparent public drunkenness at Taste of the Danforth with no recognition of how such public behaviour reflects on the people he represents: the citizens of Toronto. The circus that has consumed Rob Ford and the city of Toronto over the past three months is not how one goes about securing credibility or ensuring trust. It is, rather, a case study in shallow, arrogant denial.
08/12/2013 05:32 EDT
Joe Biden's 2016 Business

Joe Biden's 2016 Business Plan?

It is possible that you missed it. You didn't notice the rumble on Wednesday morning--or perhaps you dismissed it as local
07/20/2013 08:35 EDT
Why Didn't Marc Garneau Take His Own

Why Didn't Marc Garneau Take His Own Advice?

It was Marc Garneau who was recently saying, "we cannot wait until after the leadership race is over to find out what we signed up for." These comments were, of course, pointed squarely at Garneau's leading opponent in the Grit's leadership race, Justin Trudeau. But what do we do when our father-figure departs from his own wisdom?
03/14/2013 05:19 EDT
The Victory Speech I Wish I Heard Last

The Victory Speech I Wish I Heard Last Night

<img alt="2012-11-05-HP_World_Graphic_300x70.png" src="" width="300" height="70" /> Imagine the following scene with me, if you will: Marine One lands amid a fury of fireworks in the middle of Grant Park in Chicago. President Obama is wearing a full flight-suit as he struts from the LZ up onto a stage already occupied by Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z. As he makes his way behind the podium, George Clooney unveils a giant "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banner.
11/07/2012 08:12 EST
An Open Letter to St. James

An Open Letter to St. James Cathedral

As the economist Jeffrey Sachs said in his visit to Toronto on Monday, the Occupy movement is part of "a third progressive era... likely... in the making." Will the church be a catalyst, or an inhibitor? Will we stand with the poor, the meek, and mourning? Will we love our neighbour?
11/17/2011 09:17 EST