Inside the Roots Leather Factory: A conversation with CEO Meghan Roach
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by Meghan Roach, Goldy Hyder
2w ago
As a child growing up in Pembroke, Ontario, Meghan Roach remembers driving more than an hour out of town to shop at a Roots store. “Roots was always something special,” she recalls, pointing to the durability of their well-worn products. “I love the Roots TUFF Boots. You would buy these things and you could not wear them out.” Little did she know then that she would one day become CEO of the iconic Canadian company. With humble beginnings in Toronto in 1973, Roots has grown into an international brand, sharing Canadian-inspired products around the world and outfitting the likes of athletes, ce ..read more
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Risk and Resilience – John Risley of CFFI Ventures
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by John Risley, Goldy Hyder
1M ago
For decades, the names John Risley and Clearwater Seafoods were practically synonymous. The story of Clearwater’s founding is the stuff of legend in Atlantic Canada. It’s a story of how John and his business partner Colin MacDonald started selling lobsters in a store on the Bedford highway in 1976 … and how they grew Clearwater into a global seafood giant.  As the Chairman and CEO of CFFI Ventures, Risley has been involved in many other enterprises throughout his career – including telecommunications, space technology and green hydrogen – but Clearwater is what started it all. So it was b ..read more
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Taking on the world’s toughest challenges: John Bianchini of Hatch
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by John Bianchini, Goldy Hyder
2M ago
They’re taking on underground construction obstacles, tackling mining and energy quandaries, and don’t hesitate to brainstorm daily about how to address climate change. Hatch is an engineering and professional services firm that employs 12,000 people in 150 countries around the world, all from its perch in Mississauga, ON. But you may have never heard of them, and that’s by design. “It's true that we're not a household name,” says Hatch Chairman and CEO John Bianchini. “We're employee-owned and we don't feel the need to advertise other than – in the good old Canadian way – based on what we do ..read more
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From shop floor to CEO: Jennifer Wong of Aritzia
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by Jennifer Wong, Goldy Hyder
4M ago
When Jennifer Wong was an economics student at the University of British Columbia, she walked into an Aritzia store with her resumé. The company at the time was only three years old and operated two locations. She landed a part-time job, which led to other Aritzia jobs as the company grew.  Three decades later, she became Chief Executive Officer of the clothing retail giant that now boasts 117 stores in two countries, plus a global online presence. “My journey has really been about figuring things out, learning new things and overcoming problems,” she tells Goldy Hyder in the Speaking of ..read more
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Connecting North America: Keith Creel of CPKC
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by Keith Creel, Goldy Hyder
5M ago
When the last spike was driven into the Canadian Pacific Railway track on November 7th, 1885 in British Columbia, CP became the first transcontinental railway to connect Canada from east to west.  Last April, the iconic Canadian company marked another first, when – in Kansas City, Missouri – a ceremonial final spike connected Canadian Pacific with Kansas City Southern. The new railway, now named CPKC, became the first and only single-line railway connecting Canada, the United States and Mexico. It stretches across more than 32,000 kilometers of track and employs 20,000 people.&n ..read more
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Leading the way in nuclear energy: Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power
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by Mike Rencheck, Goldy Hyder
6M ago
It was a summer job that sparked Mike Rencheck’s lifelong career in the energy industry. He started out as an intern at the Beaver Valley Power Station in Pennsylvania in the 1980’s, and never looked back. “It really opened my eyes to what was possible in nuclear energy,” he says. Skip ahead a few decades and Rencheck is now the President and CEO of Bruce Power. The nuclear plant on the shores of Lake Huron produces 30 per cent of Ontario's electricity – that’s half of all the province’s nuclear power. Rencheck recognizes the important role nuclear will play as Canada transitions to lower emis ..read more
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Values-based leadership – Jeffrey Orr, Power Corporation
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by Jeffrey Orr, Goldy Hyder
7M ago
Jeffrey Orr has a simple message for business students: live your values. “I think people have the impression that there's a different set of ethics and values that apply in business than apply in their personal lives,” he says. “That’s not the case.” The CEO of Power Corporation says in his experience, successful leaders turn to personal values and instincts when faced with tough business decisions.  In a wide-ranging conversation with Goldy Hyder on the Speaking of Business podcast, Orr discusses lessons he has learned as a business leader. Key to his philosophy is that consistent appro ..read more
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Business as a force for good – Iggy Domagalski, Wajax
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by Iggy Domagalski, Goldy hyder
1y ago
Iggy Domagalski is a big believer in having fun at work. “Work can be enjoyable,” he says. “When people know that they can have a bit of fun and that they can take five minutes to spend some fun time with their peers, I think that sends them back to their desk smiling.” Domagalski is the President and CEO of Wajax, a Canadian industrial products and service company. With 3000 employees working in 120 branches across the country, a strong corporate culture that embraces positivity is a big priority for him. That’s why you might run into a foosball table or an impromptu basketball game at a Waja ..read more
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Preparing for Canada’s energy future – François Poirier, TC Energy
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by François Poirier, Goldy Hyder
1y ago
François Poirier and his co-workers see themselves as problem-solvers. The problems are many, and familiar to anyone who follows North America’s energy industry.  The need to reduce emissions from traditional energy sources like oil and natural gas.  The need to transition to lower-carbon sources without raising prices for consumers.  The need for energy security in a world that is increasingly unpredictable. It’s a tall order, but Poirier – President and CEO of Calgary-based TC Energy – is optimistic that his company and others in the industry can meet the challenge. Not ..read more
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Bringing fresh perspective to Canadian air travel: Alexis von Hoensbroech
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by Alexis von Hoensbroech, Goldy Hyder
1y ago
Twenty-seven years ago, WestJet took to the air with just three aircraft and five destinations. Today, the Calgary-based airline serves more than 100 cities across four continents. Overseeing the operation is CEO Alexis von Hoensbroech. He's a newcomer to Canada but not to the industry, having spent two decades working for and running airlines in Europe.  When he arrived in Canada last year, he was struck by the country’s rugged geography and “sheer size”, which brought home to him the importance of air travel.  “In Europe, if you want to get from city A to city B, you have tons of o ..read more
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