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 media relations & issues management: We've got your back

Not long ago, an acquaintance of mine was having a really bad week. Likely the worst week of his professional life. He had done some admittedly dumb stuff years ago. It was stuff he’d grown to regret because he had matured and he had long since changed his ways. He had the benefit of hindsight,Continue reading “On media relations & issues management: We've got your back”