CEO Perspectives

Date July 7, 2015

Theoretical physics is a low-cost, high-yield investment: Bill Downe, BMO

As published in The Globe and Mail, June 30, 2015.

By Bill Downe

Successful companies are the ones that take an idea, mould it into a product or service, and then continue to make it better – tweaking it, trying new materials, incorporating new ideas as time goes by. These are the companies in which … Read more »

Date June 2, 2015
Man with plane PS

Continuing education: Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada

Written by Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Canada. As published in enRoute magazine, available here.

Air Canada has a major $9 billion capital expenditure program for new aircraft in the years ahead, but by far our most significant investment is in our people. That’s because training has become a key determinant … Read more »

Date November 27, 2014

How Canada can lead on the economy and the environment: Lorraine Mitchelmore, Shell Canada

Excerpt from the Annual Gordon Osbaldeston Lecture, delivered by Lorraine Mitchelmore, President and Country Chair, Shell Canada:

“It is precisely because of the very real environmental challenges that Canada faces with our major energy resource, coupled with our tremendous advantages – a stable political and financial system – and because of our values, that … Read more »

Date September 16, 2014
Ed Clark at the Empire Club

Ed Clark’s final speech as CEO of TD: lessons learned and leadership

Excerpt from an address by Ed Clark, former Group President and Chief Executive Officer, TD Bank Group, to the Empire Club of Canada:

“You cannot figure out the game without being in the game. So get in the game. But do it in a way that mistakes, which you will inevitably make, won’t kill you.

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Date June 25, 2014
Toronto Pride

Ed Clark (TD) on how to build inclusive companies and societies

“Somewhere over the rainbow: a CEO’s perspective on building an inclusive company”

Speech by Ed Clark, Group President and Chief Executive Officer, TD Bank Group, at the Economic Club of Canada coinciding with the WorldPride Human Rights Conference, Toronto:

Thank you for inviting me here today.

Let me begin by welcoming all those who have

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Date June 25, 2014
Robert Hardt

Creating a globally competitive workforce: Robert Hardt, Siemens Canada

Speech by Robert Hardt, President and CEO, Siemens Canada, at the Skills Summit in Toronto:

I am honoured to be asked to address this 2014 Skills Summit, and I want to commend Minister Kenney for having the foresight to initiate this conversation about one of the significant challenges facing Canada today.

In our panel discussions … Read more »

Date February 18, 2014
Linda Hasenfratz

Linda Hasenfratz (Linamar) on how to be a successful leader

Download a copy of Ms. Hasenfratz’s full remarks here.

Excerpt from an address by Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, Linamar Corporation, titled “Leadership and Culture: Key Drivers of Business Prosperity“, the 2014 Thomas D’Aquino Lecture on Leadership at the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management:

SIX CORE LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES:

1. PASSION

“We’re looking for … Read more »

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