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Phelan vs. Phelan

This book, by award-winning writer Stephen Kimber, takes readers behind the scenes of an epic family feud inside one of Canada’s wealthiest families. The Phelans owned Cara Operations and its many popular restaurant chains, including Harvey’s and Swiss Chalet. Trouble began when family patriarch Paul James Phelan refused to yield control to the next generation. What followed pitted brother against sisters, against father in boardrooms and courtrooms. You might be surprised to know who won this generational war. Phelan v Phelan is a must-read for anyone interested in the challenges of succession — and survival — in a family company. [...]

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This memoir offers a compelling glimpse into the life of a Canadian cardiac surgeon who stood at the forefront of the transformative 20th-century revolution in heart surgery. Dr. Arvind Koshal guides readers through the doors of the operating room in Ottawa during the 1980s, when he was part of a team that leveraged the latest technology and techniques to advance cardiac surgery in Canada. The narrative transports us to an extraordinary era in heart surgery—a period made even more remarkable by Koshal’s personal journey from India in 1975, a time when open-heart surgery was in its infancy.

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The Parenting Handbook

The Parenting Handbook helps parents develop deep and connected relationships with their children. The authors, who are child psychologists and moms with an immense social media following, give parents practical tools and strategies backed by the latest research in neuroscience and developmental psychology. Parents will learn about how to foster optimal brain development in children, and how to translate that into actionable steps each and every day. This book is a roadmap to nurture resiliency, connection, emotional regulation, and well-being in children.

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Fully Tested

This is the story of WR Davis Engineering, which author Rolly Davis set up in Ottawa as a one-man engineering consultancy in 1975. Davis became a global leader in defence, a world leader in the stealth technology that shields military aircraft and naval ships from heat-seeking missiles and mines. How did a small Ottawa company get into the big leagues of defence, and stay there?

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City Builders

Vancouver developers Peter and Shahram Malek have lost two great fortunes, both times at the hands of a hostile government. First, as young men in the flush of success, they were forced from Revolutionary Iran, leaving behind the massive construction and development business built by their father. Second, and more surprisingly, after rebuilding in Vancouver, to the point that they could deliver an internationally admired 80-acre, 1.5 million-square-foot Athletes Village in time for the 2010 Olympics, and the City pushed the project into insolvency and seized everything but the Maleks’ own homes. Either disaster would have ruined less resilient players. [...]

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The Practice of Philanthropy

“Here is a book (finally!) that speaks comprehensively and powerfully to the unique challenge of running a foundation. With practical insights and wisdom gleaned from years of experience, Malcolm Macleod explores the crucial elements required for impact, from building strong relationships with non-profits to getting the most out of a governing board to managing an endowment. Skillfully weaving powerful stories of impact that remind us why this work matters with practical insights and tips for those who find themselves leading foundations, Macleod’s book is the most comprehensive resource for foundation leaders I have seen. Every foundation CEO, aspiring CEO, and [...]

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