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Facing up to the future

Are we expending too much time, money and goodwill on "easy" environmental initiatives like swapping light bulbs and using cloth bags, when it’s massive change we need?
By Sandra Odendahl
October 7th, 2011

Opinion polls are again showing that public concern for environmental issues is slipping in relation to economic concerns. At one level, given the fragile state of the economy, it’s understandable. People are always inclined to put short-term needs for food, … Continue reading

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Don’t look down

When is the economy like an airplane? When it’s flying at stall speed. That’s Canada and the U.S. now. When planes stall, they can crash. If our economies follow suit, how should companies react?
By Ian McGugan
October 7th, 2011

When it comes to economics, few things are more treacherous than a bad metaphor. Take, for instance, the notion that prevailed well into the summer— and prevails still in some quarters—that business these days is just in a bit of … Continue reading

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On the road with the CEO

Does your IRO provide leadership on roadshows? And is the CEO prepared to be led? The ability to cross traditional boundaries holds the key to successful investor roadshows
By Michael Salter
October 7th, 2011

The CEO had just delivered a subpar presentation to an institutional investor, losing track of time—and much of the audience—in the minutia of biotechnology. After the meeting the investor relations officer (IRO) told him: “The next group we’re meeting doesn’t … Continue reading

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A board’s last, best chance

When serious corporate wrongdoing or transactional conflict surfaces at a company, the board's next course of action is to strike a special committee. Adhering to a few key steps will help ensure its success
By Poonam Puri
October 7th, 2011

When serious wrongdoing within a corporation is suspected, it often falls to the board of directors to identify and address the allegations. It comes up time and time again, from financial statement irregularities and stock option backdating, to insider trading … Continue reading

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Two ways to go south

Lots of smart Canadian companies are investing in South America. But along with the opportunity comes a financing challenge: is it better to raise funds in the host country, or here at home?
By Robert Olsen
October 7th, 2011

Many regions of South America are growing quickly and have enjoyed a tremendous amount of capital infusion from Canadian and other foreign investors over the past five years. In 2010, foreign direct investment into South America was up approximately 56% … Continue reading

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Running hot

Despite gold’s soaring price tag, mining the stuff these days is not without challenges. Costs keep rising, as do shareholders’ expectations
September 15th, 2011

Insider Steve Letwin Who President and CEO, Iamgold Corp. Involvement Gold mining is an exclusive club. Some 10 to 15 companies dominate the world market and about a half-dozen are Canadian. That means every CEO in the business holds a … Continue reading

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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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Unfinished business

Now that the Harper government has its stable majority, issuers and the investment community are waiting for action on some long-outstanding files
By Dana Lacey
June 25th, 2011

In his post-election glow, Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised Canadians he would avoid any radical policy changes. During the campaign, he leaned heavily on one line in particular: the importance of a stable, majority government to navigate the country through … Continue reading

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Brookfield moves buoys CNSX

Will record IPO on low-fee exchange prompt others to follow?
By Paul Brent
June 25th, 2011

While TMX Group Inc. (TSX:X) spent the spring with its eyes on the big prize of a potential merger with the London Stock Exchange, a tiny domestic rival scored a coup of its own. In April, the Canadian National Stock … 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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Boreal deal putting down roots

Last year’s boreal forest peace agreement between foresters and environmentalists was rightly celebrated. But its success still depends on greater inclusion
By Sandra Odendahl
June 25th, 2011

A year ago in May, an unlikely alliance was struck between 21 of the biggest forest products companies in Canada and nine leading environmental organizations, who agreed to work together to protect Canada’s boreal forest and species at risk within … Continue reading

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