Albertans over contribute to Canada Pension Plan

Alberta paid $27.9 billion more into the Canada Pension Plan than what they received in CPP payments over the past 10 years.

Albertans over contribute to Canada Pension PlanA report from the Fraser Institute says Alberta workers paid $27.9 billion into the Canada Pension Plan over and above what retirees in the province received in CPP payments over the past 10-year period. The report - Albertans Make Disproportionate Contributions to National Programs: The Canada Pension Plan as a Case Study - released Wednesday…

The importance of etiquette in the workplace

Practical solutions for achieving a more harmonious workplace

The importance of etiquette in the workplaceCommon Sense is NOT Common Practice, a nifty, little book by Rhonda Scharf, draws from her work in corporate Canada and the U.S. While it probably won't make the best seller list of "business books," it is an indispensable book leaders should read because it's about business on the day-to-day level in the office. Divided…

The very real dangers of overwork

It's only a matter of time before your entire system breaks down

The very real dangers of overworkConventional wisdom says that hard work yields it's own just rewards.  It's hard to argue with success, fame, fortune. The big successes of the world aren't clock watchers.  They've turned their back on the conventional 9 to 5 mentality, and work 12- to 14-hour days and put in Saturdays – even Sundays – when they…

Putting networks to use to help your business thrive

Kerry George of the Canadian Imperial Business Network on the kind of game-changing information you get when you make connections

Putting networks to use to help your business thriveKerry George is CEO at Canadian Imperial Business Network. What’s the Canadian Imperial Business Network and what does it do? George: The Canadian Imperial Business Network or CIBN is a business networking organization that brings business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals together for networking and knowledge. Our mission is to help Canadian business owners to thrive.…

Letting go when it is time to move on from your job

The way you leave a position says a lot about you as a person and can determine the success you will have in your next role

Letting go when it is time to move on from your jobIn life or a career, the simple fact remains: we all have to go sometime. But the way you leave a position says a lot about you as a person and can determine the success you will have in your next role. We spend a lot of time thinking about the best way to start…

7 quick and easy SEO tips for small businesses

These seven easy SEO tips can have a great impact on your website

7 quick and easy SEO tips for small businessesIf you are running a small business, SEO can seem complex. Primarily driven by Google, SEO best practices are always changing, which can make tackling them on your own seem even more difficult. Here are seven easy SEO tips that can have a great impact on your website and which any small business owner can…

Canadian economy surprises in January with 0.3% gain

But the decline in mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction continues

Canadian economy surprises in January with 0.3% gainCanada’s economy expanded 0.3 per cent in January, fully offsetting the declines in November and December 2018, according to Statistics Canada. The rise was widespread as 18 of 20 industrial sectors were up, said the federal agency on Friday. On a three-month rolling average basis, real gross domestic product edged up 0.1 per cent, the…

Three traits define extraordinary leadership

True leaders possess what is identified as the following three intangibles of leadership: will, fortitude and self-efficacy

Three traits define extraordinary leadershipLeadership is one of those mysterious intangibles pundits have yet to get their hands around.  Considering the number of books and articles written about the subject, it's doubtful that it will ever be satisfactorily explained. Nevertheless, new insights keep coming. Why do certain CEOs relish taking on challenges that have literally ended the careers of…

Improving the odds of athletic success

Ron Wuotila of RW Sport Performance Consulting talks about the importance of leadership, commitment to detail, discipline and belief

Improving the odds of athletic successRon Wuotila is president at RW Sport Performance Consulting. What is RW Sport Performance Consulting and what do you do? Wuotila: I help high-performance sport organizations, coaches and leaders get better. Much of my consulting work with organizations focuses on assessment and healthy reflection as a means to ensure that they have the right strategies,…

BDC Capital investing in change-of-ownership transactions

BDC Capital has invested over $180 million in change-of-ownership transactions since December 2017

BDC Capital investing in change-of-ownership transactionsBDC Capital, the investment arm of BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada), has invested over $180 million in change-of-ownership transactions since December 2017 and is on track with its pledge to invest $900 million in such deals over five years. "Investing in business transitions is one of our core offerings," said Patrick Latour, Senior Vice…