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January 21, 2020

The power to lead change

The power to lead change

How would you describe your journey as a female Indigenous entrepreneur? Being a female Indigenous entrepreneur right now means having the power to lead and change the community and the world. I definitely had to overcome some challenges, but I had dealt with challenges earlier in my life when I was working at a maximum-security prison and ordering 60 male inmates around. Unfortunately, support from the Indigenous community was lacking in the early years. There were few successful entrepreneurs in our ...

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January 14, 2020

There is no such thing as ‘good enough’

There is no such thing as ‘good enough’

For some Canadian entrepreneurs, moving to Silicon Valley is a one-way ticket. What made you decide to come back? At the time, I was dating someone in Toronto – it was a long-distance relationship for many years. When my partners and I sold the company we had started, I asked myself, “Is this relationship going to work, or am going to stay in California?” Today, we’re married and we have a wonderful daughter, so that worked out well.  But I ...

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December 17, 2019

Straight talk on energy

Straight talk on energy

I am a committed, first-generation Canadian. I care deeply for this country, which gave my parents a new start after Canada liberated the Netherlands in the Second World War. And, I should say, I accept the science of climate change. I believe we need solution-focused change on both the production and consumption of fossil fuels. But I am deeply concerned about the future of the country, amid the alarming polarization in the discourse on energy development. This debate is clear ...

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December 10, 2019

The energy-hungry world isn’t waiting for Canada

The energy-hungry world isn’t waiting for Canada

We're putting our standard of living at risk if we don’t develop a more balanced approach to harnessing Canada’s energy future. That was my message on the Canadian Club of Toronto stage where I hosted an important conversation about our country’s energy future with Enbridge CEO Al Monaco. As I travel the country and world, I’ve heard a shared sense of frustration and concern from business leaders, clients, and communities. Canadians are not happy with our ...

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November 26, 2019

What does diversity mean to you?

What does diversity mean to you?

What does diversity mean to you? Is it a person's age? Gender? Cultural background? For me, diversity encompasses all these things. But more importantly, it also applies to the way people think, as well as their ability to adapt to constant change. From an early age, I learned firsthand the strength of adaptability. When my family fled the civil war in Lebanon and immigrated to Canada, we were faced with adapting to a new environment. But rather than being intimidated ...

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