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  • The Canada-U.S. Relationship
    Text       Declaring a small bias. New York City. Some quotes about Americans and Canadians. The diplomat’s job. Some American and Canadian traits. The nature of relationships. Some differences between Americans and Canadians. Differences within our countries rather than between them, and ways in which that is so. Getting past stereotypes. Dealing ...
    Text     Declaring a small bias. New York City. Some quotes about Americans and Canadians. The diplomat’s job. Some American and Canadian traits. The nature of relationships. Some differences between Americans and ...
  • The Importance of International Accounting Standards
    Text       An invitation to an accounting standard-setter as a reflection of the times. Finger-pointing at accounting standards as the cause of the current crisis. The speaker’s disagreement and why. What the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) is doing to address issues raised as part of the credit crisis. How International Financial ...
    Text     An invitation to an accounting standard-setter as a reflection of the times. Finger-pointing at accounting standards as the cause of the current crisis. The speaker’s disagreement and why. What the ...
  • The Ontario we have and the Ontario we deserve
    Text       Some introductory remarks. A story about the speaker’s sister. The gap between the Ontario we have and the Ontario that we deserve. A leadership gap. How to close that gap. Ontario’s greatest resource. Ontario as a leader in Canada and around the world. Why that is slipping. Troubling signs for ...
    Text     Some introductory remarks. A story about the speaker’s sister. The gap between the Ontario we have and the Ontario that we deserve. A leadership gap. How to close that gap. ...
  • Partnership, Consultation, Education
    Text       A salute to the Empire Club of Canada. The Empire Club with an affinity for Aboriginal issues. The lands of Canada’s North and its Aboriginal peoples as Canada’s greatest untapped assets. The need the move forward together with Aboriginal people realizing their full potential to the ultimate benefit of all ...
    Text     A salute to the Empire Club of Canada. The Empire Club with an affinity for Aboriginal issues. The lands of Canada’s North and its Aboriginal peoples as Canada’s greatest untapped ...
  • Alberta—Canada’s Engine of Growth
    Text       Alberta’s contribution to Canada. Alberta facing unprecedented global demand for their resources. Alberta providing energy security to Canadians. A safe and stable supplier of energy to North America. Today’s Albertans and their ability to build a future of prosperity, opportunity, a world-class quality of life and deep respect for the ...
    Text     Alberta’s contribution to Canada. Alberta facing unprecedented global demand for their resources. Alberta providing energy security to Canadians. A safe and stable supplier of energy to North America. Today’s Albertans ...
  • New Approaches and Partnerships to Meet the Labour Market Challenges of Today and Tomorrow
    Text       Reference to the federal government making great progress on some big commitments. Some personal history. Now less about hard hands and raw land and more about sharp minds and raw talent. Then barriers to success of weather, disease, and the vagaries of nature. Today, barriers of ferocious global competition and ...
    Text     Reference to the federal government making great progress on some big commitments. Some personal history. Now less about hard hands and raw land and more about sharp minds and raw ...
  • Business Opportunities in  Hong Kong
    Text       Some opening comments from the speaker about his memories of Toronto. Some good reasons to pay a visit to Hong Kong. Commonalities in a wide variety of areas between Hong Kong and Canada. Shared beliefs and philosophies. Some statistics as trading partners. Reunification and the challenges it brought. Health and ...
    Text     Some opening comments from the speaker about his memories of Toronto. Some good reasons to pay a visit to Hong Kong. Commonalities in a wide variety of areas between Hong ...
  • York University—Preparing Students to Redefine the Possible
    Text       The work happening at York University. The university’s primary function. Plans for growth; interdisciplinary approach; plans for York as a progressive university. York’s place among Canadian universities. The real question for York. Managing growth. The cosmopolitan and diverse nature of York University. Strengths in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The ...
    Text     The work happening at York University. The university’s primary function. Plans for growth; interdisciplinary approach; plans for York as a progressive university. York’s place among Canadian universities. The real question ...
  • From Mass Marketing to the Customer or an Individual
    Text       A number of slides are used in this address. An idea of individualism and the long tail – with explanation. An increase in interest in the long demand tail. The concept of mass-to-mass customization. The increasingly predominant idea that individualism is not strongly related to traditional and modern forms of ...
    Text     A number of slides are used in this address. An idea of individualism and the long tail – with explanation. An increase in interest in the long demand tail. The ...
  • A Wireless Future for Canada
    Text       A wireless future for Canada. The new iPhone – a review of features. The iPhone not yet available in Canada. The Blackberry. Canadians without access to the Blackberry and why. The wireless industry in Canada. The Canadian wireless market dominated by three very large players. Their control of the market. ...
    Text     A wireless future for Canada. The new iPhone – a review of features. The iPhone not yet available in Canada. The Blackberry. Canadians without access to the Blackberry and why. ...
  • Business Opportunities in India
    Text       Proud to have chosen Toronto and Ontario to commence business in Canada. The founding of ICICI Bank Canada in 2003 and the journey in Canada since. The ICICI bank as the alternative bank for the financial-services industry. A full-service direct bank. Asset figures. Redefining full-service banking in Canada. The bank’s ...
    Text     Proud to have chosen Toronto and Ontario to commence business in Canada. The founding of ICICI Bank Canada in 2003 and the journey in Canada since. The ICICI bank as ...
  • Corporate Governance Regulation: Are We Missing The Mark?
    Text       Corporate governance. Sharing some concerns on where the governance regulations may be heading. Policy in this area. The importance of corporate governance to Canadian business and competitiveness. Differences among and links between corporate management and corporate governance. Corporate governance as oversight of management. The importance of getting the governance part ...
    Text     Corporate governance. Sharing some concerns on where the governance regulations may be heading. Policy in this area. The importance of corporate governance to Canadian business and competitiveness. Differences among and ...
  • Annual Christmas Luncheon 2007
    Text       An annual Toronto tradition since 1913. The advent of lieutenant-governors at the head table in 1963. Celebrating a host of multicultural holidays. The makeup of this year’s Christmas luncheon head table. Looking forward to the presentation of this year’s Empire Club Community Service Award. What the speaker hopes to achieve ...
    Text     An annual Toronto tradition since 1913. The advent of lieutenant-governors at the head table in 1963. Celebrating a host of multicultural holidays. The makeup of this year’s Christmas luncheon head ...
  • Hope, Vision and Action
    Text       Some personal memories from the speaker. Going from skid row to being awarded the Order of Canada to speaking at the Empire Club of Canada – how? With hope, vision and action. An illustrative story. More personal history and the story of “The Second Cup.” Vision in Canada. First, the ...
    Text     Some personal memories from the speaker. Going from skid row to being awarded the Order of Canada to speaking at the Empire Club of Canada – how? With hope, vision ...
  • Looking Outward Together
    Text       “Looking outward together in the same direction.” A quote from “The Little Prince.” The speaker’s greatest hope for Ontario. Ontarians looking to the world filled with confidence. Embracing the global economy. A collective resolve. What we have going for us. The privilege of meeting so many other leaders from different ...
    Text     “Looking outward together in the same direction.” A quote from “The Little Prince.” The speaker’s greatest hope for Ontario. Ontarians looking to the world filled with confidence. Embracing the global ...
  • Workplace Health and Safety
    Text       Some introductions and acknowledgements by the speaker. “The Chef” and other WSIB campaign video excerpts were then played for the audience. Some comments on the video. Safety concerns 100 years ago expressed by a Toronto Globe journalist. His points still valid today. The success of business and its relationship with ...
    Text     Some introductions and acknowledgements by the speaker. “The Chef” and other WSIB campaign video excerpts were then played for the audience. Some comments on the video. Safety concerns 100 years ...
  • Canada’s Life and Health Insurance Industry
    Text       First, an acknowledgement of today as Vimy Ridge Day and a reflection upon the sacrifices made by our soldiers 91 years ago today. The life and health insurance industry and the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association. The speaker’s thoughts on where this industry is situation on Canada’s current economic ...
    Text     First, an acknowledgement of today as Vimy Ridge Day and a reflection upon the sacrifices made by our soldiers 91 years ago today. The life and health insurance industry and ...
  • Canada’s Damaging Regional Subsidies
    Text       First, an acknowledgement of thanks to the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for assistance with this speech. A difficult speech to give, and to hear, and how that is so. Canada’s crazy quilt of regional subsidies and how ...
    Text     First, an acknowledgement of thanks to the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for assistance with this speech. A ...
  • Nuclear Energy: The Third Pillar of Canada’s Energy Future
    Text       The speaker’s self-description as a Nuclear Newbie or a Newbie Nuke or a Nuke Fan and what that means to him. Here to inform, maybe educate and stimulate thinking. First, a few words about the speaker’s company – Atomic Energy of Canada with some facts and figures. Their dual mandate ...
    Text     The speaker’s self-description as a Nuclear Newbie or a Newbie Nuke or a Nuke Fan and what that means to him. Here to inform, maybe educate and stimulate thinking. First, ...
  • Terrorism And Political Risk—A Key Challenge For Global Business
    Text       Some references to past speeches at the Empire Club, and the founding of the Club. Anticipating and responding to the changing risk environment at the heart of Lloyd’s. A focus on helping the business community understand and respond to today’s risks. Some figures from Canada. Lloyd’s as a very significant ...
    Text     Some references to past speeches at the Empire Club, and the founding of the Club. Anticipating and responding to the changing risk environment at the heart of Lloyd’s. A focus ...
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