Global Leaders

Boeing's Huge Pension Gaffe?

Katherine Chiglinsky, Julie Johnsson, and Brandon Kochkodin of Bloomberg report, Down $20 Billion, Boeing Stuffs Pension Fund With Its Own Shares:Like so many companies in America, Boeing Co. has largely neglected the gaping deficit in its employee pension as it doled out lavish rewards to sharehol ...

Will the Fed start normalization this week?

The dials of geopolitical and monetary risk are spinning in different directions across the globe. Of note in the U.S., markets are wondering whether glimmers of political bipartisanship bode well for reform legislation, and the Federal Reserve (Fed) is gearing up for what may be one of its most im ...

Jim Leech on Pensions and Infrastructure Bank

On Monday, Jim Leech, Ontario Teachers' former President and CEO and now Chancellor of Queen's University who was appointed Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on the Canada Infrastructure Bank, gave a speech at the Canada 150 Business Conference at the Rotman School of Business:Thank you John f ...

Why Has the Government Failed to Act on Copyright Notice-and-Notice When Internal Docs Raise Abuse and Fraud Concerns?

Canada’s copyright notice-and-notice system has been the subject of controversy and misuse since the moment it launched in 2015.  The system was intended to educate the public on copyright and reduce infringing activity through awareness (experience indicated the approach worked), but has been m ...

Uncertainty clouds view of global markets

For the past several months, I’ve talked about disruption as a key theme for 2017 and argued that it would have three key sources this year, including geopolitics and monetary policy. Last week was emblematic of that theme, as geopolitical events and central bank decisions shared the spotlight. G ...

Phoenix payroll system: Timeline of the government’s problems

It was one of the biggest IT boondoggles in Canadian government history, and it’s still going. The Phoenix payroll system was part of a federal government investment in consolidating and modernizing government processes. Following a failed implementation, tens of thousands of government employees ...

Why Amazon Should Consider Locating its new Headquarters in Canada

Amazon.com is inviting proposals for a second North American headquarters from states, provinces and metro areas. The presumption by many (example here) is that this means a U.S. location. But Amazon should consider a Canadian location. Here’s why: • Amazon wants size. The Request for Proposals ...

Market review: Ten things to watch in September

The month of August tends to be slow and lazy. But investors and politicians are returning from their summer vacations with a long list of issues confronting them in September. Below, I summarize 10 important things to watch this month. 1. North Korea. Geopolitical risk has risen, particularly with ...

Let responsible kids take transit alone, BC dad says in viral campaign

A Vancouver father of five is protesting a provincial government decision to keep him from sending his kids on city transit on their own and he’s started a fundraising campaign to take the province to court. Adrian Crook is a video game design consultant who lives with his five children in downto ...

Startup Canada announces 2017 Ontario Regional Award winners

By Lindsay Bright Last week, Startup Canada kicked off its fourth annual Startup Canada Awards tour in Ottawa by announcing this year’s recipients of the 2017 Ontario regional awards. Entrepreneurs from across Ontario gathered together at Collab Space, a local incubator-inspired coworking facilit ...