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Two teams, many audiences, the same message

SPECIAL REPORT ON INVESTOR RELATIONS AND CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS: One size never fits all. But when it comes to to the parallel practices of corporate communications and investor relations, coordination has never been as critical
By Celia Milne
June 25th, 2011

If you think of the way your company manages corporate communications and investor relations, does the following anonymous account sound familiar? I am director of corporate communications and manage a corporate marketing communications group. We do product advertising for the … Continue reading

Posted in Features, Summer Report, Top Stories

Learning to love the dragon

Can Felix Chee change the way his fellow Canadians view Chinese state investment in our economy? As the first overseas point man for China's $300-billion sovereign wealth fund, he knows people are listening
By Robert Thompson
June 25th, 2011

FELIX CHEE FEELS misunderstood—and pulled in a lot of different directions. Sure, Chee understands what it is to be busy. As the former chief investment officer at Manulife Financial and head of the Ontario Hydro pension plan and University of … Continue reading

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The decision

Since day one as TransCanada’s new CEO in 2010, Russ Girling’s agenda has been dominated by the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline—a $7-billion shipping lane to move Alberta oilsands oil to Texas. Come autumn, it’s Hillary Clinton’s call
By Mark Anderson
June 25th, 2011

Since day one as TransCanada’s new CEO in 2010, Russ Girling’s agenda has been dominated by the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline—a $7-billion shipping lane to move Alberta oilsands oil to Texas. Come autumn, it’s Hillary Clinton’s call It’s … Continue reading

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Measuring up: trends in director evaluation

By Cooper Langford
March 25th, 2011

Interview by Cooper Langford Q&A with Patrick O’Callaghan on the state of individual director evaluations in Canada Individual director evaluations have become a priority for the majority of Canadian boards. In 2010, 88% of boards report that they have developed … Continue reading

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Is there an alternative to director independence?

The intentions of fairness behind director independence are unassailable. But that doesn't mean it's worth pursuing at all costs and ignoring other options (Sidebar to "Change or be changed")
March 25th, 2011

By David W. Anderson Ever-tightening rules for director independence are hard at work in a full-on effort to banish conflicts of interest from the boardroom. And, in light of front-page board behaviour featuring apparent abuses of power and questionable decisions … Continue reading

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Directorship U

SPECIAL REPORT ON DIRECTOR EDUCATION
By Paul Brent
March 25th, 2011

By now it’s well understood that director education programs inCanada, like most of their counterparts stateside, were born out of the corporate ashes of Enron. The infamous 2001 U.S. corporate accounting fraud, which played a major role in the creation … Continue reading

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Change or be changed

Michael McCain, CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, avoided a winner-take-all proxy battle by agreeing to shrink the board and give hedge fund activist Greg Boland a seat at the table. It bought time—and fresh perspective—but McCain’s future and his family’s Maple Leaf legacy are still at stake
By Mark Anderson
March 25th, 2011

In August of 2008, consumers of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. deli meat products began showing up at emergency wards throughout the country. By the time the contagion had run its course, 23 Canadians had died and scores more had been … Continue reading

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Putting women in the picture

What's the best way to boost female representation on Canadian boards? Women On Board aims straight for the top, matching up-and-coming women with current corporate stars in a unique two-year mentorship
By Susan Mohammad
December 25th, 2010

When Mary-Alice Vuicic met with the chair of Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., Thomas O’Neill, at his posh Toronto country club for their first mentoring session over breakfast, she wasn’t sure what his inaugural piece of advice would be. What, wondered … Continue reading

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How to land a monster

Kinross Gold's $7.1-billion purchase of Red Back Mining and its massive African gold deposit has the power to transform the company—and be the defining deal of CEO Tye Burt's career
By Robert Thompson
December 25th, 2010

Sometimes the deal of the year actually is a long time coming. Such was the case with Kinross Gold Corp.’s $7.1-billion mid-summer bet on Red Back Mining Inc., which, through the end of November, was the largest Canadian-led merger or … Continue reading

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Frank’s last payday

It's the start of a new era at Magna. Dual-class, multiple-voting shares are out and Frank Stronach's no longer in control
By Andy Holloway
September 25th, 2010

On the morning of May 6, 2010, the first quasi-official day of Frank Stronach’s farewell tour as controlling shareholder of Magna International (TSX:MG), the news was dominated by Greece’s economic crisis and BP CEO Tony Hayward’s Gulf of Mexico oil … Continue reading

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Market remaker

Alpha Trading Systems has applied to take on TMX Group in its core territory: listings. Can the bank-backed upstart be a low-fee giant killer as a registered exchange? Should it be allowed to try?
By Paul Brent
September 15th, 2010

Though its track record is short, the one thing critics, competitors and customers should have learned by now is not to take Alpha Trading Systems Inc. lightly. As fall begins, the bank-backed alternative trading system says it is on track … Continue reading

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Test case

Ambition. Desperation. The OSC. How the fight for control of HudBay Minerals became a tale for the textbooks
By Andy Holloway
June 25th, 2010

What a difference a year makes. It’s late February and Allen Palmiere sits comfortably in his downtown Toronto office, where he is president and CEO of Adriana Resources (TSX-V: ADI), a junior mining company that quite possibly sits on the … Continue reading

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Review: Different—Escaping the competitive herd

By Listed Staff
June 25th, 2010

Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd. Succeeding in a world where conformity reigns but exceptions rule By Youngme Moon Crown Business, Random House April 2010 Here’s a guarantee. Unlike many decent business books that nevertheless tend to be simplistic, repetitive and … Continue reading

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First we take Manhattan

Who needs M&A? Since the crash, Canadian banks have been expanding in the U.S. by hiring hundreds of top American execs
By Dana Lacey
June 25th, 2010

Back in 2008, when the financial crisis was at its most intense and the market collapse most severe, U.S. banks and financial institutions were going cheap. JPMorgan Chase started things off, famously acquiring Wall Street giant Bear Stearns in March … Continue reading

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Anatomy of an American hire

Sidebar to "First we take Manhattan"
By Dana Lacey
June 25th, 2010

Canadian banks are bulking up on once-untouchable U.S. recruits. Walter Owens is one of them It was June 2008 when Walter Owens got his first phone call from a TD Bank recruiter. The bank was looking for someone to lead … Continue reading

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