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Bright Fish

With illustrations throughout the book by Toronto designer Kal Honey, this lovely collection of poems by Lovell Ferris Baldock has been praised by some of Canada’s most notable writers. “Acute, vivid, perceptive, moving and often witty, Lavell Ferris Baldock’s poems are a joy to read.” —Margaret MacMillan, historian. “As sharp as shattered glass, as luscious as rainbows, these poems both soothe and sting. In these gorgeous pages, you will find a trove of magical things.” —Oakland Ross, author Bright Fish is on sale in paperback at

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In this biography, Dave Werklund tells how he grew up on a farm, left school in Grade 9, and then built a multi-billion-dollar business in Alberta to clean up oil waste and pollution. As an environmentalist working in the oil business, he argues that Alberta has among the most stringent environmental standards anywhere in the oil world. Yet like everyone in the Alberta oil business, Werklund has faced disaster and had to find a way out.

By |2023-04-13T14:33:26-04:00September 19, 2022|Comments Off on Unconventional

Repairing the World

Ask most anyone who knows Sheila Kussner to describe her, and they say the same thing: “She’s unstoppable.” Renowned in her native Montreal as a fundraiser extraordinaire, the champion of cancer treatment and care was still going strong as her ninetieth birthday approached to secure the financial future of her best-known achievement, Hope & Cope, a pioneering, peer-based support service for cancer patients. Sheila also raised tens of millions of dollars to create the oncology department of McGill University. But as this biography explores, fundraising only scratches the surface of the character and deeds of this remarkable figure.

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Hold on Tight

A Mom’s Choice Awards® Recipient and Today’s Parent Columnist Jan Stewart’s book is an intimate account of raising two children with mental illnesses. It describes, from a parent’s point of view, the rollercoaster journey from hope to terror, and back again, as the children go to school and grow up to be young adults with jobs. It has not been easy. Stewart, a corporate executive, tells how she and her husband struggled to raise the children, find the right professional help, schools, jobs, and housing. She talks frankly about the toll it has taken on her marriage, her family, and social life, [...]

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9 Steps to a RichLife Retirement

Retirement planning isn’t just about the money. It’s also about time … and how you will spend your time in all the important non-financial facets of life. People retiring today need to plan for 25-plus good years ahead. That’s more than 1300 weeks, more than 9100 days. What are you planning to do over the next 218,000 hours? No earlier generation has enjoyed such an extended retirement. There are no role models for how to do it best. Happily, though, Susan Latremoille is a visionary guide. In this book she lays out an effective 9-step process to maximize engagement, fulfillment, [...]

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The Naphtha Revolution

A beautifully illustrated coffee-table book that launches the reader into the moneyed world of late 19th-century America, when men once known as Robber Barons amassed great fortunes and bought glamorous boats for themselves and their friends and family. In these early days, boats were powered by steam engines, but unfortunately some of the boilers exploded, with lethal consequences. It was a Swedish immigrant, Frank Ofeldt, who found the answer: naphtha, a derivative of oil that was used in lamps. He found a way to control the volatile substance, and then used his knowledge and experience to invent the naphtha [...]

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Outside the Gate

Between 1869 and 1948, Britain sent more than 100,000 “home children” to Canada to work as indentured farmers and domestics. They were promised a bright future in the land of opportunity, and some managed to make a good life but many were abused, neglected, and reviled by those who took them in. Although most still had families back home, reunification was discouraged. One of those children was Winnie Cooper. Born in the slums of Scarborough, Yorkshire, in 1908, she was sent at age twelve to Barnardo’s Village Home for Girls near London. Three years later, Winnie was shipped off [...]

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The Sales MBA

Contrary to many predictions, there is growing demand for highly skilled sales jobs in the modern economy. Whether you’re a salesperson or a knowledge worker, knowing how to influence corporate buyers has become a critical skill. But most sales books tend to be narrow and prescriptive. They focus only on tactics and tools rather than principles and mindset that can redefine your approach. This is a different kind of sales book. In plain and direct language, Douglas Cole shows what it means to become a Strategist, a Change Agent, and a Decision Architect. Referencing the most important research and [...]

By |2023-03-28T11:07:37-04:00May 5, 2022|Comments Off on The Sales MBA

The Search for the Magical Egg

Every child asks the question: Where did I come from? In the case of children created by IVF, the answer can be a little trickier. This delightfully illustrated book for children ages 5 to 7 will help to answer the question – with a little help from a little turtle named Sheldon and his parents.

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Financial Services Revolution

Edited and with a preface by Alex Tapscott, Co-Founder, Blockchain Research Institute This is the second book in the Blockchain Research Institute Enterprise Series. This series also includes: Supply Chain Revolution and Platform Revolution. This book offers readers a startling view of how blockchain technology will transform the financial industry in profound ways. Some of the world’s top thinkers in blockchain have contributed chapters that survey the coming digital storm—how it will level the playing field, give individuals more financial power, and create greater transparency in operations. Written for the educated financial reader, it reveals how blockchain can create a token-based incentive system that aligns the interests [...]

By |2022-04-04T15:03:28-04:00March 28, 2022|Comments Off on Financial Services Revolution

Disaster Proof

Nothing has rocked the foundations of the world, including the business world, more than the COVID-19 pandemic. As businesses struggle and often flounder to cope, many business leaders are wondering how to deal with the unpredictable. How do you plan for something you can’t predict? Strategist Lance Mortlock says you can, and you should. In this practical and accessible guide, he shows how scenario planning can identify risks and uncertainties and predict a variety of different realities that will affect the future of any organization. He gives business leaders the tools to understand the forces emerging in a volatile, rapidly [...]

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Big Ideas

Don Tapscott, one of the world’s great thinkers on the Internet, became Chancellor of his alma mater, Trent University, in 2013. Over the next 6 years, he spoke to students about all kinds of things — designing their lives, the value of a liberal arts education, how to thrive in the digital age, how to be resilient. Those delightful speeches have been compiled in Big Ideas. This book also includes articles previously published in Harvard Business Review, The Globe and Mail, and other journals about his ground-breaking ideas on the impact of the blockchain on higher education, the dark side of the digital [...]

By |2022-04-03T08:26:36-04:00March 27, 2022|Comments Off on Big Ideas

Stewards of the Future

In Stewards of the Future, Helle Jorgensen tells senior executives and board members how they can incorporate ESG and climate change into their business planning and operations—a real challenge for 21st-century boards. No longer do boards have the task of choosing the CEO and making sure they maximize value for shareholders. Now, they have to contend with a wide variety of stakeholders—such as customers, suppliers, vendors, politicians, and social media influencers—who can significantly affect the fortunes of a company. Helle argues that for long-term profits and sustainability, boards need to define the purpose of a company in society and be [...]

By |2023-03-30T16:25:08-04:00July 2, 2021|Comments Off on Stewards of the Future

Value Investing

This authoritative textbook from one of the world’s top experts explains the theory of value investing and shows readers how to use value investing to pick stocks that will gain value in the long term. It includes a Foreword from Prem Watsa, Chief Executive of Fairfax Financial.

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In Defence of Wealth

It’s a good time to attack the rich right now. The top 1% are getting hit from many angles: The rich are getting richer while the poor are suffering. The rich, say the critics, aren’t paying their fair share of taxes. They’re grossly overpaid for what they do. They’re sucking the life out of our society. We’d be better off without them. That’s the criticism, and lots of people, including many politicians, think it’s justified. Derek Bullen, a proud 1-percenter, sees things differently. He says that many of the critics are overlooking one crucial thing: We need businesspeople to build [...]

By |2022-06-20T09:38:21-04:00June 14, 2021|Comments Off on In Defence of Wealth

Platform Revolution

What’s remarkable about the digital revolution is not how much it’s changed business and society, but how quickly the underlying infrastructure and applications have evolved. In a few short years, massive online communities like Linux and Wikipedia and social networks like Twitter and Facebook transformed the Internet from a space for posting information to a global platform for collaborating on any conceivable shared interest or pursuit. The first era of the digital age spanned mainframes, minicomputers, the personal computer, the Internet, the world wide web, social media, mobility, the cloud, and big data. We’re now entering a second era where [...]

By |2022-04-03T08:39:23-04:00June 11, 2021|Comments Off on Platform Revolution

How to Be an Amazing Volunteer Overseas

Do you want to travel and make a positive impact on the world? This book is designed for you. How to Be an Amazing Volunteer Overseas delivers practical advice on how to decide what to do and where to go. It will help you to prepare for living in a new country where the culture and customs are very different. And it will help you to make sure you help the organizations serving as your host rather than be a burden. This book has lots of stories from the author’s experience around the world. Susan Gibson started as many volunteers do, with [...]

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The Invisible Rules

In corporate Canada you see this scenario play out all the time: Highly qualified and ambitious women enter the workforce all charged up and ready to change the world, only to be disappointed as they watch male colleagues pass them on the climb up the corporate ladder. Then they drop out. It’s no surprise, then, that women today occupy only 10 percent of the highest-paying jobs in corporate Canada. That’s not a very impressive number after all the effort to increase the number of women in corporate leadership. What’s the problem? The authors of this book, a former CEO and [...]

By |2022-04-03T08:41:11-04:00September 17, 2020|Comments Off on The Invisible Rules

The Story Compass

The Story Compass is a navigational guide to lead business people out of the uncertain times. The compass helps readers find their position in the fog and navigate through all the ups and downs of business life. The fuel it uses is story, and this short book shows what kind of stories readers need at any stage of the journey. There are four key stories: vision, knowledge, value, journey. Using them at the right time can propel business to success.

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Lessons Learned on Bay Street

In this memoir, one of the most successful investment bankers on Bay Street shares the lessons he learned about business and life in a long and successful career as president of Burns Fry and then as vice-chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns. This book tells the inside story of how Donald K. Johnson led financing transactions involving hundreds of millions of dollars for Canadian and international corporations, deals that involved some of the biggest financial players in the world, such as Warren Buffet. Johnson shows how he applied that deal-making ability to raise millions for charities. And he illustrates his motto, [...]

By |2022-04-03T08:38:06-04:00August 26, 2019|Comments Off on Lessons Learned on Bay Street
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