Why You Should Make ‘Career Cushioning’ Part of Your Job This Year
Canadian Business Magazine
by Sarah Laing
2d ago
Have you ever casually browsed job boards, just to see what’s out there? Taken a recruiter’s call, even though you’re not sure you want to leave your current role anytime soon? Started a side hustle because it never hurts to have a Plan B? Congratulations, you were “career cushioning”—which means you’re ready for 2023’s buzziest work trend.  In a nutshell, career cushioning is exactly what it sounds like: Being proactive about your career prospects to soften the blow should anything go wrong with your current job, whether that’s layoffs, a toxic boss or just waking up with the sudden real ..read more
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“There Are So Many Cool Careers in Sailing”: Canada Ocean Racing’s Emma Kettle on Finding Her Niche
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by Charlotte Herrold
2d ago
Emma Kettle is the team director for Canada Ocean Racing, a Toronto-based organization that was founded in 2022 as a domestic hub for global competitive offshore sailing. This year, its team started competing in double-handed races, and in 2028 its skipper Scott Shawyer will sail around the world in the infamous Vendée Gold—a solo race that has been dubbed the Everest of the sea. Here, Kettle tells us how her career in sports marketing took her from the U.K. to Abu Dhabi to Canada, and what she’ll do next.  I grew up in Exeter, U.K. and was fortunate to have a, let’s call it robust, educa ..read more
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How Ecopia AI’s Maps Are Making Sense of a Changing Planet
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by Calvin Vuong
1w ago
When the image first appears, it is as puzzling as it is striking. Geometric shapes in bright pinks and greens jostle for attention with bold lines that carve up the frames. The forms cluster together, but there’s no focal point. It could almost be modern art—perhaps a Mondrian if he were over-caffeinated around neon paint. But this isn’t cubism; it’s cartography. “We’re over Italy,” says Brandon Palin with the authority of a knowledgeable tour guide. “You can tell by the structure of the buildings and the way the roads are.” We’re looking at an aerial view of a small town displayed on an enor ..read more
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Five Signs That It’s Time to Quit Your Job
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by Andrea Yu
1w ago
New year, new job? In 2022, we saw trends like “The Great Resignation,” “Quiet Quitting” and “The Great Breakup” dominate headlines, but the job landscape has since changed thanks to widespread layoffs in sectors like tech and the looming possible recession. Still, many workers are considering making a career move right now and quit their job. A December 2022 survey from employment agency Robert Half found that 50 per cent of employees planned to look for a new job within the first six months of 2023. Motivators for leaving include a higher salary (62 per cent of respondents), better perks and ..read more
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10 Things Sort Of Creator Bilal Baig Can’t Live Without
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by Natalie Michie
2w ago
Bilal Baig, the co-creator and lead actor of CBC’s acclaimed series Sort Of, is drawn to the unexpected. Their show, which was just renewed for a third season, eschews TV stereotypes with Baig’s character, Sabi Mehboob, by portraying a more nuanced representation of transness. “I’ve felt for a while that trans people, and particularly racialized trans people, aren’t really given the space to be slower or more contemplative or quiet,” they say. “We’re not always one hundred per cent ‘on’ and fabulous and flamboyant.”  Thanks to its refreshingly nuanced storytelling approach, Sort Of has re ..read more
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Why This Lululemon Bigwig Got Into the Sex Toys Industry
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by Briony Smith
2w ago
Many entrepreneurs will tell you that what they’re doing now is not what they initially set out to do. Making major professional changes—even mid- to late-career—can often lead to more fulfilling and successful outcomes. That’s what our series The Pivot is all about. Each month, we speak to founders, business leaders and entrepreneurs about how—and why—they changed course and found success in an entirely different industry. Here, we speak to Natalie Westlake, the founder of sexual-wellness store, the 8850. For years, Toronto-based Natalie Westlake loved bragging about her job when people asked ..read more
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Apply Now: The Canadian Business Innovation Awards Are Now Open
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by CB Staff
2w ago
We all love to be recognized for our hard work. But what if that meant more than just a pat on the back—and could actually be the thing that helps accelerate your business to reach new heights?  Now in its second year, the Canadian Business Innovation Awards celebrate trailblazing companies that are pushing their industries forward and challenging the status quo. Applications are now open, and in the spring of 2023 we will be announcing 50 leading organizations that show what it is to be truly innovative—with game-changing products and services, visionary leadership and genuinely progress ..read more
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Are Extreme Policies Like Shopify’s Meetings Ban Actually Good for Productivity?
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by Briony Smith
3w ago
A new year is bringing in some new rules at Shopify. According to a leaked internal memo, the Canadian e-commerce giant told its employees last week that it is implementing measures to address meeting overload and to seemingly increase productivity. The company, which laid off about 10 per cent of its staff in 2022 amid widespread industry tightening, said all previously scheduled recurring meetings involving three or more people—nearly 10,000 events—were being deleted from its scheduling system, and for the next two weeks there will be a “cooling-off period” before any of those meetings can b ..read more
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Google Canada’s Sabrina Geremia on Why Everyone Needs Digital Skills in Today’s Economy
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by Joseph Cicerone
3w ago
Sabrina Geremia doesn’t believe in natural-born leadership, but instead, believes that great leaders come in an array of shapes and sizes. “So long as you put in the work and commit to learning, growing and adapting, I ultimately believe that anyone can harness great leadership,” she says.  As vice-president and country manager for Google Canada, Geremia has become one of the country’s top names in tech with more than 25 years of experience locally and abroad. In leading Google Canada’s advertising business and the strategic direction of the company’s cross-functional business strategy—in ..read more
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‘I Had to Define My Approach Right Away’: How Reformation CEO Hali Borenstein Took Charge
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by Liza Agrba
3w ago
Hali Borenstein started working at Los Angeles-based sustainable-clothing brand Reformation in 2014 as director of merchandising. Since then, she’s climbed the ranks, ultimately taking over the company’s top job in 2020. Now, the Miami native is focused on expanding Reformation’s bricks-and-mortar retail footprint internationally, including a new Canadian flagship in Toronto’s tony Yorkville neighbourhood. I’ve always been fascinated by how people use apparel to define themselves. I grew up in Miami, and when I was a young teen I used to take the bus to the mall where I would walk up and down ..read more
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