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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 |2022-09-19T17:56:50-04:00September 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

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, and she offers invaluable advice, from the [...]

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Dr. John Evans founded the McMaster Medical school with a new model for medical education. He was the driving force behind MARs, which brings scientists and business people together in downtown Toronto. He reinvented himself multiple times as he moved through the worlds of academia, global health and business. This is his story.

By |2022-05-05T17:43:03-04:00May 5, 2022|Comments Off on Reinvention

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, [...]

By |2022-05-31T09:49:48-04:00May 5, 2022|Comments Off on 9 Steps to a RichLife Retirement

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 launch, [...]

By |2022-06-20T08:26:42-04:00May 5, 2022|Comments Off on The Naphtha Revolution

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 to [...]

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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 a [...]

By |2022-09-19T14:13:48-04:00May 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.

By |2022-06-21T14:59:27-04:00April 4, 2022|Comments Off on The Search for the Magical Egg
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