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 ...
November 26, 2019
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 ...
November 19, 2019
What sparked the idea behind Bell Let’s Talk – a national and global campaign held annually on January 30th in support of mental health initiatives? One in five Canadians will struggle with a mental illness in their lifetime and it’s the No. 1 cause of workplace disability, a major national health concern that costs the Canadian economy more than $50 billion a year. Yet because of the lingering stigma around mental illness, relatively little was being said or done other than ...
November 15, 2019
As originally published in The Globe and Mail. While heading to a dinner in Ottawa, I recently drove past 24 Sussex Drive – the official residence of our prime ministers. The home sat dark and desolate, as it has for the past four years. In the moment, it struck me that 24 Sussex has become a metaphor for the country and a cautionary tale about neglecting our country’s critical infrastructure. To be clear, I’m not suggesting that 24 Sussex is an architectural ...
November 12, 2019
National Indigenous History Month provides the opportunity for us all to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to Canada. But it’s also a chance to reflect on the progress we’ve made and the hard work that lies ahead. The question is: has business done enough? What else could we do to truly reconcile our past and move forward together with Indigenous people? We’ve seen first-hand that progress has ...