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Hire your elders

As Canada’s population ages, we’re counting on more retired seniors buying more stuff to keep our economy moving. A better strategy: enable those seniors to work longer instead
By Ian McGugan
June 18th, 2012

When Tom Coughlin coached the New York Giants to a victory in the Super Bowl this past February, he also scored a victory for a much bigger team: the greying army of North American baby boomers that have hit or … Continue reading

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What is this thing called liquidity?

Among issuers and in financial circles generally, few concepts are more cherished, more misunderstood or carry more urgency than liquidity. Should you seek it? Where is it? Does it exist? We went looking for answers—and found plenty
By Peter Shawn Taylor
June 18th, 2012

Love might make the world go ’round, if you happen to be a songwriter or a poet. But when it comes to the market, it’s all about liquidity. Just ask Max Lof, chief financial officer of Surge Energy Inc., a … Continue reading

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Reimagining insurance

No new CEO in insurance these days can preach “steady as she goes.” But at Sun Life, Dean Connor’s early moves and talk of bigger change could be a litmus test for the industry
By Robert Thompson
June 18th, 2012

Dean Connor leans forward in his chair at the boardroom table at Sun Life Financial Inc.’s downtown Toronto offices, and starts talking about history. Connor, who took on the role of Sun Life’s chief executive in December, may only be starting … Continue reading

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Your next CFO

Too often, companies only miss good chief financial officers when they’re gone. But if you’re hiring, be prepared to make the most of it: the job’s changing, and so are the personnel
By Paul Brent
June 17th, 2012

They might be the second-most important executives at many companies, but the role, demands and make-up of the chief financial officer vary immensely, as do the times—and the reasons—companies find themselves looking to hire a new one. For small- and … Continue reading

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Through a glass, murkily

After waiting nearly two years for the federal government to clarify the criteria used to rule on foreign takeovers, one senior member of the M&A community says the latest changes fall short
June 17th, 2012

Insider Subrata Bhattacharjee Who Partner, co-chair, national trade and competition group, Heenan Blaikie Involvement Eighteen months after the Conservative government killed BHP Billiton’s attempted takeover of Saskatchewan Potash Corp., it’s just unveiled long- promised amendments to the Investment Canada Act to … Continue reading

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Two steps forward

From jobs to GDP growth, the long-awaited U.S. economic rebound is underway. But don’t mistake these nascent positive trends for anything close to full recovery. That will be years in the making
By Ian McGugan
March 16th, 2012

CANADIAN BUSINESSES have been disappointed for so long in the U.S. economy that it’s only natural to look with a splenetic eye at the most recent data streaming over the border. Jobs growth has jumped beyond modest expectations, the stock market … Continue reading

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Dividends: Should you yield to yield investors?

By Bruce Freedman
March 16th, 2012

WITH HISTORICALLY low interest rates, and an uncertain economic climate, high dividend stocks have been on a tear over the past two years. It seems every day another TV pundit preaches the mighty dividend, and corporations are increasingly moving to … Continue reading

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“Pssst! U.S. liquidity…cheap!”

Okay, the OTCQX over-the-counter market isn’t that big of a secret. But it’s still surprising to learn how many Canadian companies are turning to it as an alternative to the cost and headache of listing on a U.S. exchange
By Paul Brent
March 16th, 2012

IT’S A CRAZY LITTLE growth story that hasn’t entirely found the spotlight. But it has found its market. Twice a week, every week, for the past year and a half, another Canadian listed company has signed up trade its shares … Continue reading

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How to see it coming

The failure to understand and evaluate the interconnectivity and compounding effects of risks is a major flaw in the way many boards oversee enterprise risk
By John Caldwell
March 15th, 2012

While board members from time to time may lay awake thinking about a so-called “Black Swan” event that could cause catastrophic damage to the company for which they serve as directors, we would assert that far fewer directors share sleepless … Continue reading

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Many are cast, fewer are counted

New rules for things like director elections and majority voting are on OSC and TSX agendas. Should they overhaul the proxy voting process instead?
By Celia Milne
December 20th, 2011

Everyone’s talking about democracy. And Bay Street, it seems, is no exception. Say-on-pay, individual election of directors, majority voting and the potential for proxy access; in some form or another, these are all current action items for the Ontario Securities … Continue reading

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We’ll always have China…right?

Despite the recent obsession with Europe’s financial crises and continued sluggishness in the U.S., there’s at least one more big worry out there—China. If its slowdown turns serious, the damage here will be extensive
By Ian McGugan
December 20th, 2011

China’s fastest growing exports are anxiety and skepticism. After years of seeing its collective wealth race ahead at a breakneck clip, the world’s most populous economy is hitting some speed bumps—and raising concerns about how severe its slowdown will be. … Continue reading

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Good, better, best

Canadian boards can expect a familiar message when they take their first calls from Stephen Erlichman, new executive director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance
December 15th, 2011

Insider Stephen Erlichman Who Since September, executive director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance Involvement The CCGG, which is led by and represents Canadian institutional shareholders, has emerged as the country’s most influential shareholder rights organization. It actively campaigns for … Continue reading

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Putting risk in its place

Escalating expectations, obligations and unwelcome surprises have directors losing sleep worrying about risk oversight. The solution lies in a mix of tried-and-true leadership and the latest knowledge and tools
By Cooper Langford
November 23rd, 2011

WHEN YOU’VE SPENT close to two decades as a CEO, held more than a dozen positions on high-level boards, and have board or executive experience in four distressed situations, you’ve earned the right to the first word on risk. “Risk … Continue reading

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Carol Stephenson: Risk, reward, repeat

In The Director's Chair, with David W. Anderson: In an era when women presidents, CEOs, chairs, corporate directors and business deans are still the exception, Carol Stephenson has excelled in all five roles
October 7th, 2011

It’s fitting that Carol Stephenson is dean of the Richard Ivey School of Business, for her multifaceted career is a case study in the value of lifelong learning, peer interaction and the power of strong leadership. In addition to her … Continue reading

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But is it art?

Since 1998, has been trying to patent its one-click buying system in Canada: business methods rarely qualify. But now a pending federal Appeal Court decision could go its way. If it does, expect a flurry of new patent applications—and costly patent litigation—in its wake
By Robert Thompson
September 15th, 2011

On the surface, it looks decidedly simple, something so straightforward that you don’t give it a second thought. Even its name—“one-click”—suggests an easy-to-use approach. Say you decide to purchase something from or one of its various international sites, including … Continue reading

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