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Ready for anything: Preparing children for the future

What will your child be when they grow up? Maybe a quantum automotive programmer, or a multi-phasic data sculptor. Ok, we made those jobs up. But consider this: just ten years ago, ‘social media manager’ or ‘mobile app developer’ would have seemed like imaginary job titles to most. With the accelerating pace of social and technological c...

May 13th, 2017 read more

How to raise gracious competitors: Raise cooperators instead

Donald Trump once had his own board game. "It's not whether you win or lose," promised the ad, which ran in 1989, "It's whether you win." It seems the US presidential candidates have taken this advice to the campaign trail. Winning is the only option. Trump has suggested he wouldn’t concede an election loss, bucking the US tradition to l...

November 5th, 2016 read more

Don’t go back to school…yet

Not every high school graduate knows what they want to be when they grow up (some adults we know still don’t). “Coming out of Grade 12 and already choosing what you’re going to do with your life? There wasn’t enough time to transition,” says student Ben Simon. Simon enrolled in a science program at the University of British Columbia...

October 8th, 2016 read more

The insect food trend: Changing palates and lives

Have you heard about the next big food trend? You won’t find it growing in your garden, but you might find it crawling there. On the shelves at Summerhill Market, a Toronto grocery store, there are mealworm protein balls and scrumptious cricket key lime pie. Last year, chef Meeru Dhalwala put delicacies like a flatbread made from cricket flour...

June 11th, 2016 read more

Failure to launch, or a smarter way of living?

A twenty-something slacker lounges in his parents’ basement, beer in one hand and TV remote in the other. We’ve lost track of how many times we’ve seen this cliché character in television shows and movies. The media loves to heap scorn on prodigal youth who return home to live with their parents. An avalanche of articles offer up tips for...

May 21st, 2016 read more

Looking in the Mirror: Diversity is Lacking in What We Watch

As a young theatre student, Lorne Cardinal dreamed of performing Shakespearean plays at Ontario’s internationally-renowned Stratford Festival. An older actor chuckled at his ambition. Didn’t Cardinal know indigenous actors like himself never got roles for non-aboriginal characters? “He was right. For years I was only ever asked to do parts...

April 23rd, 2016 read more

Canada’s first national social impact bonds project

Michelle was tired of slinging drinks as a bartender. At 42, she dreamed of a more fulfilling career. But as a high school dropout, her reading, writing and math skills were nowhere near good enough for the competitive Canadian job market. So Michelle enrolled in an initiative at B.C.’s Douglas College that gives unemployed and low-income Cana...

December 19th, 2015 read more

Volunteerism—today’s MBA for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

Remember that gung-ho teen who hit you up at the mall for your signature on a petition or donation to a local cause? You might have just met tomorrow’s millionaire entrepreneur. Sure, manufacturing and natural resources remain an important part of Canada’s economy, but the real economic drivers and job creators are entrepreneurs. The Canadian ...

August 8th, 2015 read more

Microfinance without borders: a solution for developed and developing nations alike

Maxim Zorya had more than a decade’s experience as a registered nurse in his native Ukraine, and then in Israel. But when he and his family made Vancouver their home five years ago, Zorya’s nursing career floundered. In a story too familiar for many highly-trained immigrants, Zorya was told he required extra training to qualify for work as a...

July 4th, 2015 read more

From tragedy to responsibility—The lessons of Bhopal

In the black of night, the gas cloud was almost invisible as it engulfed the sleeping shantytowns. It curled through open windows and gaps in ramshackle walls. By sunrise, thousands had suffered a slow, choking death. That toxic gas leak at a chemical factory in Bhopal, India, on December 3, 1984, killed at least 3,700 and affected the lives of ...

November 22nd, 2014 read more