The Importance of International Accounting Standards 
textApril 25 2008, 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...
The Ontario we have and the Ontario we deserve 
text27 Sep 2007, 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...
Partnership, Consultation, Education 
textMay 15 2008, 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...
Alberta--Canada's Engine of Growth 
textSept 25 2007, 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...
New Approaches and Partnerships to Meet the Labour Market Challenges of Today and Tomorrow 
textNov 16 2007, 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...
From Mass Marketing to the Customer or an Individual 
textApril 30, 2008, 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...
A Wireless Future for Canada 
textSept 20 2007, 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...
Business Opportunities in India 
textFeb 28, 2008, 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...
Corporate Governance Regulation: Are We Missing The Mark? 
text5 Jun 2008, 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...
Hope, Vision and Action 
textJune 18, 2008, 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 story of...
Looking Outward Together 
textOct 3, 2007, "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...
The Current State of the Economy and How the Government Is Dealing with the Global Financial Crisis 
 
text29 Oct 2008, Pressures and challenges for the Canadian economy, the same as for the rest of the world. Working with our international partners to find ways to address those challenges collectively. Upcoming meetings. A preview of what the speaker will be telling the people he meets about Canada's prospects and...
Canada's Life and Health Insurance Industry 
textApril 9 2008, 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...
Workplace Health and Safety 
textJan 16 2008, 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...
Canada's Damaging Regional Subsidies 
textFeb 7 2008, 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...
Nuclear Energy: The Third Pillar of Canada's Energy Future 
text22 May 2008, 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 from their...
Education Panel Discussions
 
textNov 13 2008, Lynda Palazzi: A great time to talk about Gen Ys and Gen Zs- a huge group from 11-30 now in our schools and workplaces. How powerful these groups are, with illustrative example. How to harness the skills and energy of these groups. Some challenges to face. Do we care enough? Who are "we"? The...
Sir Winston Churchill--Interesting Facts and Quotes 
text4 Oct 2007, Some introductory quotes. The decline in the knowledge of Winston Churchill by students. Some impressive facts about Sir Winston Churchill. The number of books still written each year about him. A quote from one of them. Some of his early accomplishments and history. Debunking some myths. A quote...
Children's Mental Health and the Need for a National Mental Health Movement 
text8 May 2008, The speaker's new set of responsibilities and challenges as Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. A growing recognition that mental-health issues are pressing matters for us to address as a country. The urgency of addressing issues relating to child and youth mental health and illness...
British Imperial Interests 
textChurchill, Right Honourable Winston, British Imperial Interests, "British Imperial Interests," The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada: The Empire Club of Canada, 1930), 203-214 The situation in Great Britain not so gloomy. A summary review of the economic position of Great Britain. Difficulties to be overcome. Great Britain growing steadily in wealth, in power, in knowledge, and in strength. The first interest of the British Empire peace. Being careful that the love of...
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