Reflections of Our CEO: I Think I Disagree….

I got my first piece of hate mail this week. It was a response to a news piece about a controversial energy infrastructure project that has dominated the news in western Canada. The letter was vitriolic and personal, as one might expect. But it ultimately left me feeling disappointed. You see, rather than responding defensively or simply getting angry, I …

Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

For decades, an ever-increasing number of business leaders have recognized their companies’ obligations to their employees, their communities, and the environment we all share. The transition to a clean, healthy, diverse 21st century economy has begun—but it’s not without its challenges. Unfortunately, here in Canada, debates about the validity and value of old economy projects have become highly adversarial and …

Shift Your Thinking About ‘Growth’

Since our recent piece, ‘Where Do We Grow from Here?’ conversations seem to have been in the air about business growth. How should we grow? Where should we grow? What does growth even mean? We’re not the only ones asking…. In the past year, we’ve completed a number of large, stakeholder-engaged strategic planning assignments with a diverse list of clients. …

Where Do We Grow from Here?

SFU Public Square is a Simon Fraser University “initiative designed to spark, nurture and restore community connections.” Over the past couple of weeks, SFU Public Square presented ‘Brave New Work,’ their 2018 community summit, which was framed around an increasingly important question: How can we thrive in the changing world of work? It’s a question we’ve been contemplating at Junxion, …

Reflections of Our CEO: “Of what are you most afraid?”

As 2017 was nearing its close, I shared a post about making 2018 magnificent. Many of you found it valuable, and I’m grateful for your feedback. While the five questions I posed resonated with different people for different reasons, I’ve been thinking about one in particular: ‘Of what are you most afraid?’ Some answers are obvious: we’re all afraid of …

Peanuts for Donuts? Or Why a Living Wage is a Social Imperative

“If your business is only profitable when you pay employees below poverty wages, your business model isn’t viable.” The quote is from a fairly direct comment I read on a friend’s Facebook post as the Tim Horton’s minimum wage controversy was generating massive publicity. On January 1, the minimum wage in Ontario, Canada jumped to $14 (from $11.60). Next January, …