It’s a bumpy ride for women trying to get back to work post-Covid

The deep divisions in Canada’s labour market have taken on heightened urgency

It’s a bumpy ride for women trying to get back to work post-CovidThe onslaught of COVID-19 in March 2020 led to one of the most dramatic economic shutdowns in Canadian history. Millions of people lost their jobs – especially women working in vulnerable sectors, such as restaurants and hotels. Now that Canada has entered its post-pandemic-recession phase, many women are getting back into the paid workforce, but not…

Having trouble keeping or hiring staff?

Increasing wages works to some extent. But retraining and being a better boss will do more

Having trouble keeping or hiring staff?There are many challenges to running a business, including getting capital, getting customers and meeting the competition. Add staffing to the list. Hiring workers used to be less difficult. Any vacancy announcement attracted many more applicants than employers were able to consider. But now, there are multiple vacancies for every able, willing and available worker.…

Why do we keep electing energy idiots?

Our choice is clear: protect the life we love or keep electing these idiots

Why do we keep electing energy idiots?If there’s any point to writing about energy, it’s to perhaps try to pull together disparate bits of information that the average citizen is too busy to notice, the sort of random and arcane stats and events that only genuine weirdos devote their spare hours to. Truffle pigs find the truffles. People learning about energy…

Indigenous-owned Canadian LNG project advances 

21,000 jobs, $890 million in taxes and about $2.5 billion in annual GDP

Indigenous-owned Canadian LNG project advances There’s been a big step forward for a major proposed Canadian liquefied natural gas (LNG) project that’s seen as an opportunity for economic reconciliation with Indigenous communities and help to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Partners in the Ksi Lisims LNG project, including the Nisga’a Nation, have applied for a 40-year LNG export licence and…

How women can escape the Imposter Syndrome trap

Own your success, take your place at the table and power up your body language

How women can escape the Imposter Syndrome trapSandra was introduced to me as a highly successful business professional with exceptional leadership skills. She was being groomed for a top executive position and she sounded perfect for my favourite kind of coaching assignment: I love working with accomplished women who are looking to become even more effective. It should have come as a…

Canada’s oil and gas workers don’t need a forced ‘just transition’

The sector will be critical to Canada, and the world, for decades to come

Canada’s oil and gas workers don’t need a forced ‘just transition’The idea of the need for a “just transition” for Canadian oil and gas workers is based on the false narrative that global demand is now decreasing and, therefore, Canada’s industry will no longer be profitable or essential in the very near future. This is not true. Oil and gas will continue to be critical…

What you can do to attract and hire better candidates

Competitive salaries, fitting benefits, flexible schedule, value-based hiring, and creativity

What you can do to attract and hire better candidates“We just can’t find anybody qualified to do the job for us.” This is a line I hear regularly in working with clients lately. In some parts of the country, there’s a drastic shortage of labour. That’s putting a strain on the ability of many leaders to fill spots in their organizations with qualified staff.…

Spending public money on stadiums simply robs taxpayers

It takes from the poor and middle class and gives to the rich

Spending public money on stadiums simply robs taxpayers“The NFL is the richest sports franchise, full of billionaire capitalists demanding socialist handouts so they can make even more profits.”         – Ralph Nader The billionaire owners of the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills, Terry and Kim Pegula, have landed US$850 million in taxpayer dollars for the construction of a new…

Are you taking enough pride in your work?

Here are a number of ways to increase opportunities to feel pride

Are you taking enough pride in your work?I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon is a brilliant article by Austin Murphy in the December 2018 issue of The Atlantic. Murphy articulates his career journey as a result of being in an industry disrupted by technology. What really resonated for me about his story was his transformation…

Program helps thousands of women see themselves in STEM careers

Women stay in STEM when they have confidence and a sense of community, WISEST proves

While there have been efforts to increase female representation in STEM, the data show there’s still more to be done. The likelihood of a girl enrolled in Grade 1 in Canada going on to receive a PhD in the sciences or engineering is one in 225. When you’re up against those odds, it can be…

Canadian oil a ‘godsend’ for U.S. energy security

American Chamber of Commerce leader says reliable supply supports jobs and helps lower energy costs

Canadian oil a ‘godsend’ for U.S. energy securityA senior leader with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce would rather see the United States focus on oil imports from Canada than other potential partners as the global energy security crisis from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine grows. “From a pure, selfish U.S.-centric viewpoint, we should be careful and very particular where we import from,” says…

Adapting to new working conditions better than quitting

What to do when your job shifts under your feet

Adapting to new working conditions better than quittingOver the past two years, the nature of work for some has changed dramatically, whether it’s working remotely, relying more heavily on digital tools or adapting to restructuring and shifts in the economy. Many of us have been reflecting on whether our jobs are giving us what we want out of life. Canada may not…

Internship program supporting Black students in STEM expands to Ottawa

The ELITE program gives participants tools and skills to break down barriers in STEM careers

Internship program supporting Black students in STEM expands to OttawaIt takes more than technical knowledge to succeed in a career in science, technology, engineering or math. It takes a network of support and skills beyond the strictly academic, said engineering professor André McDonald. Black students face particular challenges, which is why McDonald founded a program at the University of Alberta in 2021 to support and…

We risk educational disaster if we don’t treat our teachers better

Canadian taxpayers get a bargain on the backs of teachers

We risk educational disaster if we don’t treat our teachers betterCanada has one of the finest education systems in the world. It provides the backbone of our well-trained workforce and our strong economy. In addition, our schools have been great equalizers, providing the children of immigrants to our country with the opportunity to thrive and thus further enrich Canada. But our education system is struggling…

Mentorship program helping build brighter futures for Indigenous youth

Young mentors receive high school credits, job training and post-secondary opportunities

Mentorship program helping build brighter futures for Indigenous youthHow can volunteering for an after-school program help you finish high school, go to university and even get a job? It’s all through the power of mentorship – having a role model and being one yourself. It promotes leadership skills, builds confidence, and fosters mino-bimaadiziwin (Anishinaabe) or mino-pimâtisiwin (Cree), which means “living in a good…
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