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 …

What Really Matters to You?

This morning, as I carefully walked down a bank of slippery, green steps in the rainforest near my home, I found myself pondering an important question. It’s one of my favourites…. It’s a door opener into deeper conversations about life. It opens people up. It gets us thinking. It exposes our vulnerability. And it often leads to greater intimacy, as …

Have We Hit ‘Peak Entrepreneur?’

Unbridled ambition has become entangled with the definition of entrepreneurship. Anything less than “putting a dent in the universe” seems to be deemed “failure.” Even social entrepreneurs seem to be taking on more and more ambitious goals striving beyond the ‘progressive change’ that used to characterize the social sector. While any university that isn’t yet home to an incubator is …

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. …

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 …

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 …