If there’s one word business leaders have heard throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s “pivot.” John Chen knows it better than many.Long before the pandemic, BlackBerry’s Executive Chairman and CEO led the storied Canadian company through what
Canada needs a strong economy to help it address significant post-COVID challenges, says the outgoing CEO of National Bank of Canada, Louis Vachon.In a conversation with Goldy Hyder in the Speaking of Business podcast, Vachon says Canada is fac
At the age of 24, Ben Cowan-Dewar set out to build a golf course in a remote part of Cape Breton. Construction began around the time of the 2008 financial crisis. Did he think it was a risky venture? “In hindsight,” he says, “obviously it was.”
Lisa Raitt and Anne McLellan know first-hand the challenges of governing in a minority parliament. They both served as cabinet ministers in minority governments – Raitt as a Conservative and McLellan as a Liberal. “Long term planning is harder,
Canada’s Magna International is a $40 billion company that employs more than 158,000 people in 28 countries. Yet in the eyes of its CEO, it’s really “a 60-year-old startup”.“We are still a startup because we are in a $3 trillion industry and it
Mallorie Brodie wants to see a cultural shift in Canada – one that embraces risk. The CEO and co-founder of Kitchener, Ont.-based Bridgit Inc. says Canadians have a “level of discomfort” when it comes to taking risks, but it’s essential when sc
As Guy Cormier looks ahead to a post-COVID Canada, the president and CEO of the Desjardins Group says it’s time for all of us to embrace a new approach.“Capitalism has lifted a lot of people out of poverty,” he says. “[But] at the same time, I
When the federal government appealed to business for help in the fight against COVID-19 last spring, technology company CAE answered the call. It developed a ventilator prototype in 11 days and started manufacturing it soon after. But that’s n
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how Canadians live, work and interact . Whether we are working from home or trying to stay in touch with friends and family while complying with stay-at-home orders, digital technology has become an essential t
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a digital transformation that was already well underway in Canada - just look at the phenomenal rise in online shopping and video conferencing over the past year.But the digital economy requires new skills.
A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of Canada’s downtowns are still eerily quiet. Thousands of employees continue to work from home, leaving many office buildings sparsely occupied.But Jon Love, founder and CEO of KingSett Capital, beli
On April 19th Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will unveil Canada’s first federal budget in more than two years – a budget she has described as the most significant of our lifetimes.What will it take to build a stronger, healthier and more re
In this rapidly changing world, Canada needs an economic plan that builds on the country’s strengths, addresses its weaknesses, and reduces the risks from future disruptions. In late October the Business Council of Canada created a roadmap to
What’s it like to start a new job in the middle of a global pandemic? Claude Guay knows. He became President and General Manager of IBM Canada last May. Since then he’s been finding creative ways to connect with employees and clients, while d
“Corporate Canada needs to look more like Canada.” That’s the call to action from Jaqui Parchment. As CEO of Mercer Canada she is one of only a very few Black women CEOs in the country.She is also a Director of the BlackNorth Initiative and a
“Each day is truly a gift.” Lisa Lisson, President of Federal Express CanadaOver the past few months we’ve heard from many business leaders as they have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests on this podcast have told us how they have overc
“We’re business people, let’s figure it out.” For Wes Hall, Executive Chairman and Founder of Kingsdale Advisors, the death of George Floyd was a call to action. He speaks with Goldy Hyder about July’s Black North summit, and why he’s urging
“I’ve seen how business relationships can lift a community and a person out of poverty into a place where they’re full of pride.” Indigenous business leader JP Gladu speaks with Goldy Hyder about forging ties between Indigenous businesses and c
“We’ve pulled the future forward here.” John Baker, President and CEO of D2L discusses the future of online learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and what parents and educators can expect when schools resume in the fall.
“We will come out of this stronger.” Charles Brindamour, CEO of Intact Financial Corporation, reflects on the need to build confidence as the economy restarts, what he has learned from dealing with other crises, and how Intact is helping the m
“The energy industry has got to be part of the solution.” Al Monaco, President and CEO of Enbridge, discusses the role of energy in Canada, how Enbridge is supporting communities through the COVID-19 pandemic, and the transition to a low carbo
“There’s no textbook on how to manage under COVID-19.” Nicolas Marcoux, CEO of PwC Canada, shares his thoughts on Canada’s future business landscape, adapting to the challenges of the pandemic, and why cyber attacks are becoming more of a thre
“I’m encouraged by the capacity to change at an accelerated pace.” Heather Chalmers, President and CEO of GE Canada, reflects on how the COVID-19 pandemic is hastening innovation, and what she is learning about Canada as the country responds t
“Canadians will be a lot more digital post COVID.” Stacey Madge, Country Manager and President of VISA Canada, offers insight into how the pandemic is changing consumer behavior, what that will mean in the future, and how VISA is helping small
“The bright side of this is that it’s accelerated innovation everywhere.” Faisal Kazi, President and CEO of Siemens Canada, reflects on how the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred technological advancements. He also discusses what he has learned as
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