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Making a speech? Be real

Speeches and presentations that gain buy in and move people can make a good CEO great. But don’t try to be Steve Jobs, says our expert—be you
By Mark Anderson
April 21st, 2014

When the late, great Steve Jobs first began unveiling his paradigm-shifting electronic wonders—iTunes, iPhone, iPad—in a series of glitzy product launches, the world was captivated as much by the laid-back style and effortless cool of the turtleneck-wearing tech visionary, as … Continue reading

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Where are the great new female directors hiding?

Boards seeking to expand their ranks of women directors and boost diversity will only succeed if they also rethink how and where they’re looking
By Beverly Behan
April 21st, 2014

The title of this column echoes a question many nominating and governance committee chairs will be asking if the Ontario Securities Commission implements its new proposals on gender diversity. But many will find those answers only if they break away … Continue reading

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Bitcoin, or something like it

Despite bitcoin’s recent floundering, it’s hard to envision a future that doesn’t include a digital currency. But that won’t happen until those currencies’ backers address the hurdles that matter
By Ian McGugan
April 21st, 2014

Bitcoin’s biggest fans were too smug, too self-righteous, for their own good. For five years, they lectured the rest of us about the superiority of digital currencies and bitcoin’s blessed freedom from the stifling hand of government regulation. So they … Continue reading

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Or, you can just wow ’em with your TED Talk

April 21st, 2014

We’re not suggesting you can replace the expertise and impact of one-on-one training with a professional instructor when you pick up a self-help guidebook. But writer Jeremey Donovan, who is group vice-president of marketing at Gartner Inc. when he’s not … Continue reading

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First a scolding, then the scrutiny

Experts warn junior mining issuers that securities regulators are stepping up enforcement and penalties for inadequate disclosure after finding high rates of noncompliance
By Ken Mark
March 4th, 2014

Many Canadian listed mining issuers used to find filing market regulator reports to be a bore and a chore. That’s all about to change. Canadian regulators are stepping up the vigilance of their monitoring and enforcement after reporting troubling levels … Continue reading

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Five questions that mining boards need to ask

It’s imperative that mining company boards find ways to add significant value when hard times are forcing management to make do with less. Here’s how
By Beverly Behan
February 26th, 2014

The past year has been described as a “survival year” in the Canadian mining sector. In an environment where CEOs are scrambling to cut costs and make do with less in order to help their companies weather the storm, the … Continue reading

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Great wild hope

Can a mining giant have a “net positive impact” on biodiversity? A $19-million wilderness lands purchase, in B.C.’s East Kootenay region, wins Teck Resources raves from environmentalists and gives credence to its sustainability aims
By Omar Kahn
February 26th, 2014

Anyone involved in or informed about wildlife conservation and habitat preservation issues and their relationship with resource development in Western Canada will undoubtedly know the name of Harvey Locke. A former Calgary lawyer and, for the past 15 years, a … Continue reading

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Blockades: a test of wills and skills

Company outreach and respect for the process of working with First Nations and other local communities ensures most mining projects never face direct action. But conflicts still happen and, if handled poorly, can be very costly
By Brenda Bouw
February 26th, 2014

When members of the Attawapiskat First Nation blocked the only winter road to the De Beers’ Victor diamond mine in Northern Ontario last year, the company was unable to move in critical supplies such as fuel and equipment. The blockade … Continue reading

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Trading one super-cycle for another

Good times follow bad, often sooner than people expect. So, unlikely as it might sound in mining, signs of a pending breakout are mostly there. Don’t expect China 2.0, but the deal making could get furious
By Ian McGugan
February 26th, 2014

Cheer up, folks. Sure, Canadians enjoyed the good times more than most nations and, as a result, felt the crash of the super-cycle with particular intensity. But the recovery has been far quicker than many people expected. I’m referring, of … Continue reading

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The price of admission

Despite the ebb and flow of GDP, Canada admits roughly the same number of immigrants each year. Would the country and new arrivals alike be better served if we tied admission rates to the state of the economy?
By Ian McGugan
December 16th, 2013

This year, as it does every year, Canada will import enough people to fill a mid-sized city. And this year, as it does every year, the federal government will assure us that the annual flood of immigrants helps build a … Continue reading

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Who’s got your back?

Corporate Canada is becoming an increasingly risky place. Directors and boards may not be keeping up with issues surrounding liability and insurance—threatening their companies and themselves
By Cooper Langford
December 16th, 2013

There are two news stories from recent months that are—or at least should be—top of mind in governance circles these days. The first is the railway disaster at Lac-Mégantic, Que., in which a 72-car train derailed and exploded killing 47 … Continue reading

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CEO hiring: a process, not an event

The hard work involved in landing a new chief executive doesn’t end with the hire. Boards must then give the new CEO his or her best shot at success
By Susan Mohammad
December 15th, 2013

Contract signed? Check. Markets notified? Check. Handshakes all around? Check. Once the time-consuming and stressful search for a new CEO is over, many boards might be tempted to sit back and sigh with relief. Temptation is fine—as long as you … Continue reading

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Less talk, more discussion, better decisions

Attention management: you’ve got a great group of directors, with highly relevant expertise and backgrounds. It’s time you turned to them more as a sounding board on critical issues
By Beverly Behan
December 13th, 2013

One of my favourite questions in conducting board interviews involves asking the directors, CEO and other company executives to tell me about the balance of presentation time versus discussion time in their board meetings. In other words, roughly how much … Continue reading

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Risk rises to the top

A new survey of corporate secretaries sheds fresh light on Canada’s C-suites and boards
September 16th, 2013

They have an eye on the board, the ear of management and know where most of the bodies are buried—so it’s a bit surprising that corporate secretaries aren’t surveyed more often when it comes to corporate governance practices and priorities … Continue reading

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Chairing isn’t chairmanship

Anyone can run a meeting. It takes a certain kind of leadership to run a successful board
By Cooper Langford
September 16th, 2013

Here’s a simple question: What is the most important skill the chair brings to a board of directors? Answer: The ability to lead so that the decision-making process is both efficient and effective. While there’s no doubt today that individuals … Continue reading

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