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, …

Can Social Innovation Enhance Corporate Community Investment?

Since the 1980s and the advent of ‘austerity’ economics, the social sector has increasingly borrowed lessons from the corporate sector to advance important social causes. The massive uptake by charities of social entrepreneurship and ‘impact measurement’ have forever changed non-profit management. Today, though, as major societal challenges become everybody’s business, we’re seeing the reversal of this trend: companies are learning …

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 …

Is your Retirement Plan really building what you want?

It’s that time of year when investment managers start calling, and people take pause to think about retirement planning. This year, Junxion’s Garth Yule got to thinking about his financial planning—and what a complete plan should consider. Here’s his take on financial planning with a triple bottom line. I am turning 40 this year. Some of my peers that finally …

How the Sustainable Development Goals make reports more meaningful

As the third and final piece in this series on sustainability reporting, Adam confesses to being a bit of a reporting geek. He appreciates a well-structured report that gives us a sense that the company really ‘means it’ when it comes to doing good, or at least doing less harm. The best reports transparently show what the company is focusing …

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, …