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Follow these leaders: 2011 Corporate Reporting Awards

Start a master course in Canadian reporting with the CICA's 2011 Corporate Reporting Award winners
January 3rd, 2012

We gave a nod to Suncor Energy Inc. in the adjoining column as a leading example among Canadian issuers in sustainable development reporting. So it won’t be a total surprise to learn that Suncor has won the award of excellence … Continue reading

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The future is integrated

The real story in corporate reporting is what it says about the way companies operate, and how shifting demands and expectations—from shareholders, regulators and other stakeholders—are driving business to embrace the big picture
By Cooper Langford
January 3rd, 2012

SIXTY YEARS AGO, when the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants began its annual program honouring best practices in corporate reporting, public companies could be certain of at least one thing: the audience for their statements consisted almost exclusively of well-heeled … Continue reading

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The long hello

A CEO search that drags on for many months is rarely a good sign or situation. Yet sometimes the waiting is worth it
By Paul Brent
October 7th, 2011

What’s a sure sign that your CEO search has gone off the rails? Try a mention in the business press that your lengthy chief executive quest is starting to make investors nervous. That’s just the scenario that Shoppers Drug Mart … Continue reading

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The board’s secret weapon?

By Dana Lacey
June 25th, 2011

Too many smaller companies do without a corporate secretary. Too many bigger ones undervalue the job. Too bad, because companies that get it, stand a better chance of getting ahead For the past 15 years, Mary Batoff has worked behind … Continue reading

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Class actions in session

Corporate class actions left behind novelty status in Canada a long time ago. Are you up to speed?
By Lyndsie Bourgon
June 25th, 2011

For many years, company directors in Canada assumed class action lawsuits were an issue that only concerned their counterparts on U.S. boards. Anyone still thinking that today needs a refresher. All it takes is a regular scan of the headlines—or … Continue reading

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Flat is where it’s at

Expect to see a lot more tablet computers around the boardroom in 2011
By Danny Bradbury
March 26th, 2011

This time last year, talk was all about the new, original Apple iPad. Would it sell? Would it be a success? Would it be a useful professional device? You won’t find many people who’ll admit to it now, but back … Continue reading

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Review: Being the boss

Relax. Being a good boss isn't supposed to be easy
By Listed Staff
March 25th, 2011

Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader By Linda A. Hill and Kent Lineback Harvard Business Press, January 2011 Good bosses and successful leaders come in all shapes and sizes, but they also tend to have … Continue reading

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Look who’s talking

Until recently, boards and shareholders rarely met behind closed doors. But that trend is changing—and in the process, both groups are learning that direct dialogue can be a valuable step to better governance
By Robert Thompson
March 25th, 2011

Three year ago, Stephen Griggs, executive director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, began requesting meetings with directors who hold key roles on the boards of some of Canada’s largest publicly traded businesses. The action followed a process already … Continue reading

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Best practices at dawn

It turns out competition isn't just the lifeblood of the marketplace. It's also the mother of innovation in Canadian corporate reporting
By Dana Lacey
December 25th, 2010

Acceptance speeches at awards events are rarely quotable, rarer still when the awards are recognizing excellence in corporate reporting. But there was a moment at this year’s gathering for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants 59th annual Corporate Reporting Awards … Continue reading

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In every medium you’re the message

All senior company leaders should have a story to tell and the wherewithal to deliver it—whether the audience is investors, reporters, regulators or other stakeholders
By Celia Milne
December 25th, 2010

Imagine this. You’ve just been named CEO at a large-cap company. It’s a natural step for you; you’ve run several progressively bigger corporations and you have a great track record. You’re smart, educated, experienced and terrific on your feet. The … Continue reading

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Have tablet, will travel

If you’ve reached the point where you’re mainlining print and electronic documents, Apple’s new iPad raises interesting possibilities
By Danny Bradbury
June 25th, 2010

Well, it’s finally here. Apple’s iPad— the most anticipated tablet since Moses spoke to the Big Guy—was introduced way back in January and finally started shipping in the U.S. in April, with Canada’s launch scheduled for late May. But is … Continue reading

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How the E-readers stack up

Sidebar to "Have tablet, will travel"
By Listed Staff
June 25th, 2010

The iPad is more than an e-reader. But that’s the new market in which it first stands. And it’s a market that’s exploding. American wholesale e-book sales rose to US$55.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2009, up from US$16.8 … Continue reading

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Review: Management strategies for the cloud revolution

Management strategies for the cloud revolution
By Listed Staff
June 25th, 2010

McGraw-Hill Ryerson May 2010 Bring up cloud computing in a group of people and you’ll find reaction falls into three camps: those who swear it’s a cosmic game- changer; those who sneer it’s the latest over- hyped flavour of the … Continue reading

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