James Curleigh: The Rock Star CEO

When James Curleigh walks into the room, you don’t automatically think “CEO.” The long curly hair, sunglasses, leather jacket and “Make Rock, Not War” T-shirt are all more rock star than Chief Executive Officer. And then there is the Levi’s armour: no suit and tie here. No sir. But make no mistake, this is a CEO, and a CEO of vision, intelligence and a long list of corporate accomplishments. James Curleigh—or JC as he is known by his friends—was the fellow who helped make Levi’s jeans cool aga

GAIL LETHBRIDGE: Open wounds, open questions a year after Nova Scotia carnage | Saltwire

Here we are. One year on, and the wound still bleeds from the heart of Nova Scotia. And the healing has yet to begin. It was one of those events — like the Twin Towers terrorist attack on 9-11 or the John F. Kennedy assassination — when we remember where we were that Sunday when the news started breaking. I wasn’t looking at Twitter or any social media that morning as the horror was unfolding. I was listening to nice music on satellite radio out of California. My first news of the carnage ca

GAIL LETHBRIDGE: True reconciliation with First Nations will make Canada Day worth celebrating | Saltwire

How did you celebrate Canada Day? Or how did you not celebrate it? Did you “cancel” it or take a more reflective approach? Maybe it was the traditional Canada Day back deck barbecue, a few beers and some friends. However you marked it, there was a big ugly elephant in the Canada Day room this year. Officially, the business-as-usual approach to Canada Day was not going to be an option in 2021. Government-sponsored parades, marching bands, big firework displays and concerts-on-the-hill would h

GAIL LETHBRIDGE: Premier Rankin, quit dodging and lead | Saltwire

Watching Premier Iain Rankin deking and diving around questions about his drunk driving history brings to mind Dickens’ Oliver Twist character the Artful Dodger. This week Rankin told us about his DUI convictions. He was found guilty once in 2003. A second conviction in 2006 was overturned when his case was thrown out of court on a technicality. Rankin’s idea was to come clean with Nova Scotians. He wanted to own up to past transgressions and put it all behind him, in the name of transparency.

Atlantic Canada’s innovation tide is changing | Saltwire

Some say Atlantic Canada’s innovation tide is changing with a growing start-up sector and ecosystem supporting research, development and the commercialization of innovation. EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a five-part series. In Part 3 we look at how innovation can drive Atlantic Canada. Read When you ask the definition of innovation, the eyeballs start rolling. It's one of the most overused words in today’s business vocabulary and subject to wide variations in definition and interp

Tipping the scales for women in tech | Saltwire

So what’s up with women in tech? On one hand, there are women-in-tech conferences, groups called Women Taking Over the World in Tech and organizations encouraging women to enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM fields. Banks and major management firms release study after study telling us that more women in tech improves business performance and boosts the bottom line. There are greater numbers of women entrepreneurs than ever before and they too are performing well. W

GAIL LETHBRIDGE: Ellie Black keeps Games flame alive for me | Saltwire

So, the Olympics. Here we go! Normally, right about now, I’d be so excited and focused on the upcoming two weeks of sports and the lifetime dreams of athletes. The Olympics — summer and winter — have always been such a highlight for me. But this year? Not so much. This year, it is all about Olympic cognitive dissonance for me. COVID dissonance. I will probably look in on the Games, but I’ll be feeling sort of uninvited, like I’m crashing a dinner party the hosts didn’t want to have in the fi

Maroon & White Spring 2021 - Feature Stories

You may think that having a roaring demand for your product is a good problem for a retail entrepreneur. There certainly are advantages, but when you’re in the middle of a pandemic, your store is shut down, you are having trouble sourcing inventory, and you are so exhausted you can barely see straight, too much demand can feel like the pressure of a tire about to blow out. For the past 15 months or so, this has been the world of Andrew Feenstra BComm’95, owner of Cyclesmith, which sells bikes, b

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