Trust is Not a Given

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Canadian Government Executive, February 12, 2015 The public’s confidence in government has been falling in the last 30 years. In the U.S., a 1964 poll indicated that 75 percent of Americans trusted the federal government. By 1995, that figure had dropped to 15 percent. This decline in trust extends beyond government organizations and applies to

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Do Teens Need to Network to Get a First Job?

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Posted: 04/10/2013 12:17 pm  Huffington Post My son couldn’t wait to turn 16 because it meant he could finally get a job. On his birthday, last November, he started applying to companies. He has a strong work ethic; it must come from being raised by an entrepreneurial mother. He has seen me work hard, make

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Are Advisory Firms Conflicted in this New Governance Normal

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Posted: 01/10/2012 9:09 am With Richard Leblanc A major organization knows it is not running efficiently and that over the years, systems have been spliced on to other systems, behaviour has become entrenched, innovation has stalled and the bureaucracy has run amuck. The balance sheet is not looking good and tweaking the system hasn’t helped.

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How to Stop Fraud and Corruption in Your Organization

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Published in Huffington Post on November 20, 2012 By Richard Leblanc and Deborah Nixon The Walmart bribery probe has widened beyond Mexico to include China, Brazil and India. The RCMP is investigating the SNC Lavalin bribery allegations, on which Richard advised a law firm suing the company. Richard blogged about Sino-Forest, a case of alleged

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Why You Need Trust in the Boardroom

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HUFFINGTON POST Deborah Nixon and Richard Leblanc GET UPDATES FROM Deborah Nixon Why You Need Trust in the Boardroom Posted: 10/29/2012 5:49 pm It was that time of year again: the board meeting. The CEO hated these meetings, didn’t like the board, and resented their oversight. As he had done in so many other meetings,

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Are Advisory Firms Conflicted in this New Governance Normal?

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A major organization knows it is not running efficiently and that over the years, systems have been spliced on to other systems, behaviour has become entrenched, innovation has stalled and the bureaucracy has run amuck. The balance sheet is not looking good and tweaking the system hasn’t helped. The Board of Directors has called for

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Dealing with Shareholder Activists

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Lately, advisors have been critical about activist investors and the focus on shareholder value. The Canadian regulatory landscape provides a perfect environment for shareholders to increase their influence at the board level. At first blush, you might believe that the extra oversight is a good thing. However, as Ed Waitzer of Stikeman Elliott says, “The

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Women Trust Women With Their Money

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Judy was panicked over her investments and frozen in indecision about what to do next. The market wasn’t doing well and she wasn’t sure what all of this meant for her. She was in her mid-fifties, didn’t have a pension (darn those years of doing her own thing) and was single. Late at night, while

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