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But is it art?

Since 1998, Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com or one of its various international sites, including … Continue reading

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Rules of engagement

SPECIAL REPORT: PREPARING FOR PROXY SEASON - It’s never too early to start planning for next proxy season. Use the time to get to know your shareholders and help them get to know you. You’ll be on your way to owning the AGM
By Dana Lacey
September 15th, 2011

Every proxy season, there are a few quintessential stories. A leading contender in the most recent season was the showdown between the board and management of Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) and a small institutional shareholder, Northwest & Ethical Investments LP … 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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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

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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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