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Turnaround ace: Inside the Hunter Harrison era at CP Railway - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Apr. 24 2014
turnarounds  Gordon_Pitts  CP  railways 
april 2014 by jerryking
Cents and sensibility: 4 new business books you should be reading
Oct. 11 2013 | The Globe and Mail| REVIEWED BY GORDON PITTS.
(1) The Firm: The story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business
By Duff McDonald Simon and Schuster, 400 pages, $34.99
(2) Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business
By Bruce Poon Tip, Harper Collins, 288 pages, $29.99
(3) Hedge Hogs: The Cowboy Traders Behind Wall Street’s Largest Hedge Fund Disaster.
By Barbara T. Dreyfuss, Random House, 320 pages, $31
(4) The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die
By Niall Ferguson, The Penguin Press, 192 pages, $28.50
book_reviews  Gordon_Pitts  McKinsey  Niall_Ferguson  travel  entrepreneur 
october 2013 by jerryking
The pivot point
September 27, 2013 | RoB Magazine | Gordon Pitts.
Kevin Lynch's big ideas on reviving the East Coast economy don't include big government
economic_development  Gordon_Pitts  Atlantic_Canada  immigration  immigrants  Kevin_Lynch  thinking_big 
september 2013 by jerryking
Steve Kroft: Growing a firm to help feed the world - The Globe and Mail
Feb. 17 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Gordon Pitts.

Steve Kroft runs the kind of company that is on Canada’s endangered species list. Winnipeg-based Conviron is a mid-sized manufacturer with a high-value-added product that is the world leader in its niche. The product line consists of environmentally controlled chambers used for plant research, and exports account for 90 per cent of sales. The family company – whose official name is Controlled Environments Ltd. – has been export-driven since it was established 49 years ago. As Steve Kroft explains it, the high Canadian dollar has only made it stronger....And where are the opportunities?

Our core competence is designing controlled environments. We happened to focus on agriculture and plant growth, but controlled environments are needed in other industries. People come to us to test protective clothing for first responders, or for applications in pharmaceuticals and chemical storage, and we do a very good job. We haven’t marketed yet in those kinds of areas, but they are where we can make a contribution.
Canada  Canadian  core_competencies  Gordon_Pitts  greenhouses  manufacturers  mid-sized  exporting  family-owned_businesses  value_added  niches  Winnipeg  farming  agriculture  family_business  value  endangered 
march 2013 by jerryking
Blueberry and fibre optic tycoon John Bragg: The Oracle of Oxford, N.S.
Dec. 1, 2012 | The Globe and Mail | Gorodn Pitts

Recent reads

Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man, by Walter Stahr.

Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith.
Gordon_Pitts  entrepreneur  John_Bragg  frozen_foods  mobile  CATV  books 
january 2013 by jerryking
Art DeFehr: Immigration activist not an armchair CEO - The Globe and Mail

Charlottetown — The Globe and Mail

Last updated Tuesday, Oct. 16 2012,
Gordon_Pitts  furniture  manufacturers  Manitoba  career_paths  HBS 
november 2012 by jerryking
Blueberry king aims to rule cable too
19 May 2003 | The Globe and Mail B.3. | Gordon Pitts. Profiles John Bragg, the Nova Scotia tycoon whose holdings span blueberry patches and high-tech telephone service over CATV networks.
Nova_Scotia  maritime  Gordon_Pitts  CATV  fruits  agribusiness  entrepreneur  moguls  Canadian 
may 2012 by jerryking
Rob McEwen: Mining magnate with a vision - The Globe and Mail
gordon pitts
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 03, 2012
Gordon_Pitts  mining  Rob_McEwen  gold  moguls  CEOs  Goldcorp  silver  copper  vision 
february 2012 by jerryking
George Gosbee: Patriotism that's more than skin-deep - The Globe and Mail
gordon pitts
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Dec. 02, 2011

Mr. Gosbee’s patriotism is buttressed by the conviction that Calgary is emerging as an energy finance and head office capital – while tempered with regret that, in the process, city and province may be losing their vaunted entrepreneurial spirit.
Gordon_Pitts  investment_banking  TMX  Alberta  Calgary  moguls  patriotism  George_Gosbee  AltaCorp  head_offices 
january 2012 by jerryking
N.B. brothers look to bridge the rural-urban digital divide - The Globe and Mail
gordon pitts
MARKHAM, ONT.— From Monday's Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Jan. 08, 2012
Gordon_Pitts  Xplorenet  New_Brunswick  rural  broadband  spectrum  wireless 
january 2012 by jerryking
Peter Munk: Recipe for success? Learning from failure
November 5, 2007 | The Globe and Mail | Gordon Pitts.

It's hard to think of Peter Munk as a failure. This is, after all, the man who built Barrick, the world's
largest gold miner, as well as a property empire, a philanthropic legacy and a reputation as a shootfrom-
the-hip tycoon. Yet in the 1960s, he was tarred with the collapse of Clairtone, a Canadian
manufacturer of cutting-edge stereo equipment and colour televisions that he had co-founded. Now approaching his 80th birthday, he considers the strange alchemy of failure and success, and how
entrepreneurs are formed.
Peter_Munk  Gordon_Pitts  failure  Barrick  mining  entrepreneur  moguls 
november 2011 by jerryking
A church of heavy metal
February 28, 2011| | Gordon Pitts
The driving force behind a new oil sands upgrader has spent a lifetime collecting industrial machinery

Gordon_Pitts  collectors  venture_capital  Calgary  Alberta  oil_sands  oil_industry 
march 2011 by jerryking Shaken, but not bitter
February 25, 2011
Gordon Pitts

Savvas Chamberlain rode an emotional roller coaster late last year as he negotiated the sale of Dalsa Corp., the Waterloo, Ontario, technology company he had built and nurtured for three decades.

The 69-year-old electronics engineer agreed to accept a takeover offer from Teledyne Technologies of California.

Why do so few Canadians grow companies past $1 billion in sales?

Canadians don't really appreciate or understand the significance of
enterprise business - start-ups, private firms and small- and
medium-sized companies. The success of enterprise businesses benefits
Canadian society. The wealth generated by the enterprise is spent in
Canada. It can't easily be taken somewhere else.

What are you going to do now?

I've already started investing in other high-tech companies in the
Kitchener-Waterloo area. I'll concentrate on technology areas I
prospects  JCK  angels  investing  SMEs  Gordon_Pitts  uWaterloo  Kitchener-Waterloo  Dalsa  sellout_culture  shareholder_activism  investors 
february 2011 by jerryking
Dean of Ivey's Hong Kong campus: 'Canadians are missing the boat' - The Globe and Mail
Nov. 01, 2010 | Globe & Mail | GORDON PITTS. We’re not
preparing the next generation for a time when China will be a
superpower. What are we doing to teach people about China? We still have
people calling us and saying ‘I’m going to China – what should I wear?’
In reality, Hong Kong is a sophisticated city. And when you land in
Beijing, you’re in an enormous city where people are master consumers.
And we are focusing all our attention on languages that might not be as
useful as Mandarin in the future.

It’s really about fixing young people’s attention on the fact the
economic powerhouse is not the U.S. any more. It is China and it is
India and we don’t know enough about this side of the world.
Hong_Kong  China  Ivey  Gordon_Pitts  China_rising  America_in_Decline?  superpowers  Mandarin  languages  young_people 
november 2010 by jerryking
Accounting for health: It's the boss's orders
Feb 21, 2007 | The Globe and Mail. pg. C.1 | Gordon Pitts.
personal_crises  ProQuest  Gordon_Pitts 
august 2010 by jerryking
The stick man's big move: China's loss, Thunder Bay's gain
May 17, 2010 | Globe & Mail | GORDON PITTS. On the
surface, it seems absurd to relocate low-margin manufacturing to Canada
from China, but an ice cream stick maker may be leading the way as
Western companies respond to dramatic cost swings and changing economic
China  counterintuitive  manufacturers  Gordon_Pitts  Ontario  wood_products 
august 2010 by jerryking
Bridging the public service-private sector divide - The Globe and Mail
Apr. 26, 2010 | Globe & Mail | Gordon Pitts. Former clerk
of the Privy Council Kevin Lynch – who just moved into an executive post
at Bank of Montreal – says more cross-fertilization is needed if Canada
is going to deal with the big issues ahead
Gordon_Pitts  cross-pollination  public_sector  private_sector  Kevin_Lynch 
april 2010 by jerryking
He could sit tight but he wants a tech legacy
March 29, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | by Gordon Pitts
Gordon_Pitts  Petrobank 
march 2010 by jerryking
The long goodbye
Apr. 28, 2007| Report on Business Magazine | GORDON PITTS. Profiles Brett Wilson formerly of FirstEnergy
Gordon_Pitts  JCK  profile  prospects 
february 2010 by jerryking
Too many scientists, not enough managers
May. 23, 2007 | The Globe and Mail | by Gordon Pitts. A
study, produced by Ontario's Institute for Competitiveness &
Prosperity and co-written by University of Toronto management dean Roger
Martin, says Canada is placing undue emphasis on science and technology
talent, while neglecting management skills that are in short supply.
"Our managers are undereducated relative to their U.S. counterparts,"
concludes the report, co-written by the institute's executive director
Jim Milway. "We produce fewer graduates in the management discipline
while no such deficit exists in science and engineering."

While science and engineering are important in seeding new ideas and
startups, leadership and management skills, such as strategic thinking,
come into play as companies try to move to the next level as users and
developers of innovation, the report argues.
Gordon_Pitts  Roger_Martin  productivity  Canadian  prosperity  competitiveness_of_nations  management 
november 2009 by jerryking
Going home again
Dec 29, 2006. | Report on Business Magazine. pg. 92 | Gordon Pitts.
CEOs  Gordon_Pitts  interviews  prospects  JCK  philanthropy  mining  moguls  Franco-Nevada  Pierre_Lassonde 
november 2009 by jerryking
'We invented business casual' - The Globe and Mail
Aug. 31, 2009 | Globe & Mail | Interview of Claudio Del
Vecchio by Gordon Pitts. Mr. Del Vecchio, who bought the 191-year-old
Brooks Brothers apparel chain in 2001, popped into Toronto last week to
launch the retailer's latest store - one of about 330 worldwide and the
second in Canada, after a Vancouver outlet opened earlier this year.
mens'_clothing  retailers  Gordon_Pitts 
september 2009 by jerryking
Aug 25, 2008 | The Globe & Mail pg. B.1 | by Gordon Pitts
Gordon_Pitts  profile  HBS  Rotman  entrepreneur  poets 
june 2009 by jerryking
Family ties and a passion for cheese
06-30-2008 | The Globe and Mail | Pitts, Gordon
cheese  Saputo  Gordon_Pitts 
may 2009 by jerryking Charles Sirois: 'You need to be born an entrepreneur'
April 27, 2009 | Globe & Mail | by GORDON PITTS. Interview
with uber-entrepreneur

Mr. Sirois, at 54, recently became chairman of the Canadian Imperial
Bank of Commerce. These days, he gets as big a kick out of mentoring
nascent African capitalists through his Enablis Entrepreneurial Network
as kick-starting ventures of his own.
jck  Gordon_Pitts  Charles_Sirois  risk-assessment  risk-taking  CIBC  serial_entrepreneur  interviews 
april 2009 by jerryking
Tim Jackson: Entrepreneurship and the upside to a downturn
April 6, 2009 | Globe & Mail | by GORDON PITTS

Interviews Tim Jackson of Tech Capital Partners.
Gordon_Pitts  venture_capital  interviews  start_ups  risk-taking  entrepreneurship  silver_linings  upside 
april 2009 by jerryking
Lessons in getting it done
09-17-2007 The Globe and Mail article by Pitts, Gordon
profiling bookstore magnate Heather Reisman and her new project - to
inspire young entrepreneurs.
entrepreneur  inspiration  Gordon_Pitts  innovators  Heather_Reisman  Indigo 
march 2009 by jerryking
A unique ecosystem to nurture startups
May 24, 2008 G&M article by Gordon Pitts reporting on Terry
Matthews' warning that Canada is an increasingly barren landscape for
building technology companies.
Canadian  Gordon_Pitts  Terry_Matthews  Wesley_Clover  serial_entrepreneurship  start_ups  angels 
january 2009 by jerryking
Sonja Bata: Spreading philanthropy, responsibility and great shoes
Nov. 10, 2008 Gordon Pitts article profile of, and interview with, Sonja Bata, Chair of the Bata Shoe Foundation.
philanthropy  Bata  Gordon_Pitts  shoes 
january 2009 by jerryking

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