From defence to offence: Posture change needed in the COVID-19 fight

It’s amazing where conversations with really smart people will lead. A few weeks back, our president, Chris, spoke with Dr. Paul Lem, a microbiologist by training who is also CEO of a company called Spartan Bioscience. Dr. Lem was leading a corporate pivot to mass-produce mini-test kits that can give COVID-19 results in minutes, notContinue reading “From defence to offence: Posture change needed in the COVID-19 fight”

Parliament, politics + pandemic

Canadians awoke this morning to news that their Parliament worked as their Parliament should – in their interests. An all-party political deal reached overnight allowed for expedited passage of a COVID-related stimulus package through the House of Commons. The Senate considered it during the morning and by 1:30 this afternoon it had received royal assent.Continue reading “Parliament, politics + pandemic”

COVID Crisis: We’ve got your back

It’s remarkable how the world has changed in a matter of a few weeks. The COVID-19 pandemic has sent the world into a panic. Health systems that were already overworked and on the edge have struggled to cope with the rapid spread of cases from China’s Wubei province outward. The World Health Organization’s pandemic declarationContinue reading “COVID Crisis: We’ve got your back”

The world is your oyster : We’ve got your back

By far the #1 reason our president, Chris, loves to travel is for the learning. Seeing first-hand where and how people live/work/play. Getting close-up to what is important to them. Tasting daily life — challenges and all. That’s the power of travel done right. Working with embassies also provides great learning opportunities – for usContinue reading “The world is your oyster : We’ve got your back”

Teck talk: Reading between the lines of a CEO’s letter + finding opportunity

It was a Sunday shocker to be sure. After nearly 10 years of effort to make the proposed Frontier oil sands project a reality, Canadian resources firm Teck announced suddenly it was taking its application for federal approval off the table. A lot has changed since the application was first submitted. The company’s application wasContinue reading “Teck talk: Reading between the lines of a CEO’s letter + finding opportunity”

Navigating the politics of Canada’s rail blockades

With protesting blocking major Canadian rail arteries now entering their third week, pressure is mounting for a solution. Despite restarting service on some routes yesterday, VIA Rail temporarily laid off 1,000 of its employees. Those lay-offs are on top of the 450 announced by CN earlier this week. Job losses and other economic costs mountContinue reading “Navigating the politics of Canada’s rail blockades”

In a leadership vacuum, speak up + seize the narrative

That it should come to this… That’s the headline to which Canadians awoke this past Saturday morning. Granted, the National Post is not a fan of Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, at the best of times. But Trudeau has had a particularly rough few weeks (and, at times, he hasn’t helped his own cause). SinceContinue reading “In a leadership vacuum, speak up + seize the narrative”

#CdnAgDay and ag-vocacy

Canada’s farmers and agri-food producers feed cities and people around the world. Beyond their vital contributions to Canada’s economy, their work also contributes to Canadians’ well-being. Despite all that, though, Canada’s farm families have had a very rough couple of years. Trade disputes, bad weather last season, and other factors have led to real hardshipContinue reading “#CdnAgDay and ag-vocacy”

The business of committees

The Hill is buzzing with activity this week. House of Commons committee membership lists are being finalized, and Chairs and Vice-Chairs being elected! (Pause for reaction) (Crickets) (Wait, are you actually *yawning?*) Okay, granted, this may seem like particularly process-nerdy, North-of-the-Queensway, inside baseball stuff. Like, OMG, what does that have to do with Canadians’ dailyContinue reading “The business of committees”

On visit & event management: We’ve got your back

It felt like an a-ha moment. I was sitting recently with the commercial counsellor at an embassy based here in Ottawa. She mentioned an upcoming trade mission she is organizing. More than a dozen high-level industry leaders will be coming to Ottawa later this year looking for ways to strengthen ties with, and grow theirContinue reading “On visit & event management: We’ve got your back”