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March 24, 2020 @ 12 noon.

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alumni  authenticity  digital_influencers  Evernote  Gary_Vaynerchuk  gurus  howto  Instagram  monetization  passions  personal_branding  photography  social_media  tools  UWO  value_propositions  visual_culture  webinars 
11 days ago by jerryking
Time to push the Western vehicle - Western Alumni
 Summer 2010
Time to push the Western vehicle

by Paul Wells, BA '89
UWO  Paul_Wells  ambitions  CEOs 
april 2017 by jerryking
Gazette shifts gears with format change - Western Alumni
 Spring 2015
Gazette shifts gears with format change

by Paul Wells, BA'8
UWO  newspapers  Colleges_&_Universities 
april 2017 by jerryking
Life lessons: Looking back and taking stock - Western Alumni
Life lessons: Looking back and taking stock

by Paul Wells, BA'89

“Young people are educated in many ways,” he wrote, “but they are given relatively little help in understanding how a life develops, how careers and families evolve, what are the common mistakes and the common blessings of modern adulthood.”.....every few months when I sit down to write one of these columns, I do a little stock-taking. And a few times after a major screw-up or a minor triumph I’ve tried to do it in a more formal way. It’s true that just about every time I’ve bet everything on a new direction, it’s worked out better than if I’d stayed put. Once I bet everything and it worked out very badly. But even then, failure made a better life possible.

These are not lessons university teaches us well. Partly that’s because the young so rarely have any interest in learning them. I spent a lot more time at Western trying to figure out how to be successful than I did trying to figure out how to be happy. I figured 'happy' was in the gods’ hands, not mine. Almost everything that followed was accident.

To the extent we can learn how to live a good life, I think that so far, we learn it better from the arts and humanities than from science or even social science. Aristotle and Haydn have helped get me out of more fixes than cell biology did, although to be fair I was a lousy scientist. I’m quite sure it’ll never be possible to know, to three decimal places, how to live life well. Too many variables. But the question is still worth asking.

I’m with the Yale class of ’42. Change and risk have stood me in better stead than stasis and worry ever did. There may be a role for universities in teaching that much, at least.
advice  anti-résumé  chance  Colleges_&_Universities  David_Brooks  failure  happiness  lessons_learned  life_lessons  next_play  no_regrets  Paul_Wells  reflections  risk-taking  success  UWO 
february 2017 by jerryking
Private equity firm offers farmers relief
Joelle Faulkner may have grown up on a dairy farm, but she never thought that she would end up in the agriculture business.She studied at Oxford, Stanford and the University of Western Ontario. She
private_equity  Rhodes  farming  women  agriculture  Oxford  UWO  venture_capital  Joelle_Faulkner 
april 2016 by jerryking
London lives again: Inside the revival in Ontario’s rust belt - The Globe and Mail
JOHN IBBITSON
LONDON, ONT. The Globe and Mail Last updated: Friday, Feb. 05, 2016

Synergies between the education sector and the private sector lie at the very heart of Southwestern Ontario’s future. By incubating, encouraging and then feeding workers into London’s emerging high-technology sector, Western and Fanshawe are doing for their city what the University of Waterloo has long been doing for Kitchener-Waterloo’s computer-based industries and the University of Guelph is doing for bio-technology in Guelph.
John_Ibbitson  rust_belt  manufacturers  job_loss  revitalization  Southwestern_Ontario  entrepreneur  automotive_industry  UWO  Kitchener-Waterloo  synergies 
february 2016 by jerryking
Changing face of fast food
 Fall 2015 | - Western Alumni | Daniel P. Smith
Changing face of fast food

by Daniel P. Smith
UWO  alumni  fast-food  fresh_produce  Freshii 
november 2015 by jerryking
Renaissance man Joseph Rotman was a patron of education - The Globe and Mail
JANET MCFARLAND
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jan. 27 2015

He and his wife, the former Sandra Frieberg, whom he married in 1959 and with whom he had two children, have long been known for their support for Canadian culture and arts.
Rotman  obituaries  UWO  philanthropy  institution-building  moguls  tributes  benefactors  uToronto  culture  cultural_institutions  patronage  education  Colleges_&_Universities  renaissance  Renaissance_man 
january 2015 by jerryking
Hunting for bird courses with potential - Western Alumni
by Paul Wells, BA'89 January 13, 2015

I never did take that course.

I now wish I had. First, because it’s a bad idea to let yourself get scared away too easily. Second, because out here in the real world, it’s hardly unusual to find yourself dedicating six consecutive hours
of hard work to the pursuit of a worthy goal. I’ve been thinking about the second reason lately. One of the things a university education should prepare you for, arguably — well, I’m going to argue it — is the experience of handling a crushing workload, at least once, at least briefly, and surviving to tell the tale.
Paul_Wells  UWO  alumni  Colleges_&_Universities  self-confidence  grit  hard_work  in_the_real_world 
january 2015 by jerryking
ROTMAN
JANUARY 30, 2015 | globeandmail.com: |
Rotman  obituaries  UWO  philanthropy  institution-building  moguls 
january 2015 by jerryking
Students were warned away from Q internships: professor | Toronto Star
By: Alyshah Hasham Staff Reporter, Kevin Donovan Investigations, Katrina Clarke Staff Reporter, Published on Mon Nov 03 2014
Jian_Ghomeshi  Q  UWO  internships 
november 2014 by jerryking
Toying with success - Western Alumni
Fall 2014
Toying with success
by David Scott August 22, 2014
Spin_Master  Ivey  UWO  alumni  toys  entrepreneur 
september 2014 by jerryking
Spin Master tips for graduates & legal challenges - Western Alumni
 Fall 2014
Spin Master tips for graduates & legal challenges
by David Scott August 22, 2014
toys  alumni  Ivey  UWO 
september 2014 by jerryking
A few questions to ask yourself
August 22, 2014 | - Western Alumni | by Robert Collins, BA'77.

Attending events. Helping arrange them by joining branch committees. Volunteering to speak or host events. These are all ways to bring forward your Western connection and ensure its ongoing relevance.

But let me also share a few questions you can ask yourself about staying connected and getting involved: When you read the Alumni Gazette, and other publications, ask the question, “Are there people, research ideas or developments underway I could assist in via my social or workplace connections?” As our career services for alumni, in addition to our career services for students and recent graduates, evolve, ask yourself, “How can I assist? Can I become a mentor, share my company’s vacancies or host a work experience?”

As students develop their entrepreneurial talents through some new services underway on campus, ask yourself, “Could I become a mentor, an ‘angel’ investor or a purchaser of their products and services?” Perhaps even in all things, ask yourself, “Do I have a talent, resource or connection that would benefit another Western student or alumnus?”
serving_others  Ivey  UWO  Colleges_&_Universities  questions  alumni  volunteering 
september 2014 by jerryking
Michael Hyatt lays out your plan for success - Western Alumni
May 6, 2014 | Alumni Gazette|by Jason Winders, MES'10.

Shut Up and Listen

No Guarantees
Just because you have a great product, doesn’t mean you are going to make any money.

Play in a Big Sandbox
Go into a big and growing market. When you go into a big and growing market, you can probably get a slice of it – even if you are incompetent. You need a big and growing market, great people and a great product – in that order. Having a great product in a small and shrinking market with OK people, you will always make no money.

Embrace Discomfort
Discomfort, pain and sacrifice actually make the entrepreneurs. Being uncomfortable, being lonely, being misunderstood, everybody looks at the great entrepreneurs and don’t realize the struggle.

Trust No One
Your friends and family, everybody, they will tell you what you have is amazing and you’re so great and, when you bring that product out next year, they are going to buy it. It’s not true. People are trained to give niceties. Go ask all your friends and family for $10,000 to invest in your start-up, then you will find out right away what their problems are.

The Hard Truth
The ride doesn’t necessarily have any good payout....You are not always going to get what you want.

Personal Plan
Live below your means, not at your means. Invest the difference to become wealthy.

Don't Ignore the Basics
(diet, sleep and exercise).
UWO  entrepreneur  alumni  rules_of_the_game  high-growth  frugality  Michael_Hyatt  large_markets  discomforts  personal_cost  personal_sacrifice  hard_truths  personal_enrichment 
may 2014 by jerryking
Being the best at something - Western Alumni
by Paul Wells, BA'89 May 6, 2014

It was at Western I learned that one of the options open to any ordinary kid was to be the best in the world at something. The “something” in question could be just about anything. That sense of a university as a community of achievement is yet another reason why the notion of a university as a physical place, a meeting place for thousands of young people and the ghosts of all who came before them, is nowhere close to being obsolete.
Paul_Wells  UWO  alumni  economists  music  best_of  Pablo_Picasso  physical_place  Colleges_&_Universities  meeting_place 
may 2014 by jerryking
Physical campus still counts in virtual world
Winter 2014 | Western Alumni | by Paul Wells, BA'89.

A campus isn’t just a luxury from an earlier and more genteel era, it’s starting to seem central to the work a university does. And Western’s lovelier-than-average campus is starting to look like a considerable competitive asset.....I don’t want to overstate the significance of all this. If a university offers a lousy education or does timid, incremental research, it doesn’t matter how fluffy the seat cushions are. Western’s real strengths are in its lecture halls and labs. But I was reminded how, despite its largely utilitarian function — the simultaneous education of tens of thousands of young people — Western remains a pleasant place to be. This matters because the traditional model of the university — a physical place where people convene in large numbers for extended stays to learn and exchange ideas — doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon.
Paul_Wells  UWO  Colleges_&_Universities  MOOCs  aesthetics  physical_place  shared_experiences  shared_consciousness 
january 2014 by jerryking
Academic marriage that works - Western Alumni
Fall 2013 | Alumni Gazette |by Paul Wells, BA'89.
"Many were engineering students. Their schedules were loaded up with lecture and lab hours, they seemed to live at the library, and yet somehow they were often also the most reckless and entertaining at The Spoke. Even more exotic to me were the business students. It had never occurred to me that making money was something you could study at school.

What had also never occurred to me,until recently, was that you could combine these two odd breeds of student. Engineers spend their lives solving technical problems. Business students spend their lives finding opportunities for profit. What if somebody knew how to do both? What if there was a school designed to hone both kinds of skill?"...So lately, people in the field have started to ask whether the problem is at the other end. Maybe researchers are coming up with plenty of good ideas, but businesses are not in the habit of looking around for new ideas and integrating them into the corporate culture. “Quite frankly, if there is an innovation problem in Canada, that’s the responsibility of the management and boards of directors here in Canada,” John Manley, the former Industry Minister, who is CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, has said....Western announced it had received $3 million from alumni John M. and Melinda Thompson to set up a Centre for Engineering Leadership and Innovation at Ivey Business School. The gift will substantially increase the number of Western engineering students who receive business education while at Western.
engineering  Ivey  UWO  Paul_Wells  alumni  John_Manley  philanthropy  cross-disciplinary  innovation  boards_&_directors_&_governance  management 
october 2013 by jerryking
Everything I know I learned at Western, plus a little extra
From a chemistry prof whom I will not embarrass by naming him — my career as a chemist was short, lasting about halfway into
second year, and its trajectory was none of his fault — I learned a set of procedures for solving complex problems. Write down what you know. Write down what you’re trying to figure out. Write down the tools you’ve mastered that might get you from here to there. It’s not a technique, really, just an attitude toward the known and unknown, which is why it’s all I’ve retained from my failed years as a science student.
I’ve learned that politicians who approach problems with the same attitude — What do you have? What do you need? How can you
get from here to there? — are likelier to succeed than the ones
who hope to coast on “charisma” or “electability” or, Lord save us,“vision.” At school, the kids who sat at the front of the lecture hall and closed the library every night actually did better. The same is true in life.
Paul_Wells  UWO  problem_solving  unknowns  information_gaps  charisma  attitudes  politicians  visionaries  electability  5_W’s  complex_problems 
january 2013 by jerryking
Polak's pumps help farmers out of poverty
By David Scott
Thursday, April 19, 2007

The Mwanza family, IDE customers in
Zambia, whose crops have imporved.

Paul Polak's development company receives grant from Gates Foundation


By Krystyna Slivinski, BA'89
Africa  Gates_Foundation  farming  water  irrigation  filters  filtration  UWO  alumni  LDCs 
november 2012 by jerryking
FROM BIRDSEED TO VIRTUAL WORLDS: CELEBRATING WESTERN’S ENTREPRENEURS
Spring 2008 | Alumni Gazette

So, what ideas have Western alumni breathed entrepreneurial life into?
Birdseed, chocolate, wine labels, IT solutions, theatre renovation, student marketing, video screens, comic books, sick leave business, changing the world, men’s underwear, Christian dating, wellness centre, CT scanners, dog prosthetics, run-down apartments, Canadian books, fast sushi, ESL, global currency, handheld 3D scanners, Greek school, dry cleaning bag advertising, game inventing, clothing, virtual tours,global currency, contrarian investing, computer parts, cholesterol control, virtual worlds, better foods, humanitarian bank…
It’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how many actual businesses have been created by alumni around the world.
UWO  Ivey  entrepreneurship  family-owned_businesses  family_business  alumni 
november 2012 by jerryking
Driving ideas to success with plan for profit
Spring 2008 | alumni gazette | Paul Wells.

High commodity prices have made it fashionable in Ottawa lately to think of Canada as an emerging natural-resources superpower. But ideas remain a cleaner, more durable and renewable resource than anything you can dig out of the ground, and there has never been a better driver for the production and distribution of ideas than the disciplined application of the profit motive.
Paul_Wells  UWO  alumni  ideas  entrepreneurship  Rotman  Roger_Martin  Ivey  commodities  natural_resources 
september 2012 by jerryking
Western rated best student experience for 10th year
by Communications Staff
October 25, 2011

For the 10th year in a row, The University of Western Ontario received top marks in the category 'Most Satisfied Students' in The Globe and Mail's annual Canadian University Report. In a survey of more than 33,000 undergraduate students, The Globe and Mail gave Western the only 'A-' grade in that category, among large universities (more than 22,000 students).
best_of  UWO  Colleges_&_Universities  students  customer_experience 
february 2012 by jerryking
Western Alumni Gazette - What’s the price of attracting great minds?
Winter 2011
Back Page - The Final Say
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What’s the price of attracting great minds?
by Paul Wells, BA'89

Ontario is in a global battle to attract the best minds. It’s all very sweet of Hudak’s education critic, Jim Wilson, to claim that McGuinty “could find the best and brightest already on our own soil,” but what are the odds? Ontario has one-fifth of one percent of the world’s population. I’m going to bet that most of the best and brightest are somewhere else. Some of them work at the Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Policy at the U.S. National Academies of Science, which wrote in 2009, “The issue for the United States, as for other nations, is that a knowledge-driven economy is more productive if it has access to the best talent regardless of national origin.” Attracting international students has been a pillar of U.S. economic policy for longer than Jim Wilson has been alive. “Talented international graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are drawn to the United States because of the high quality of our research universities [and] the availability of stipends and research funding,” the committee wrote in the same report.
immigration_policies  Paul_Wells  Dalton_McGuinty  Colleges_&_Universities  UWO  Ontario  students  scholarships  talent  knowledge_economy  foreign_scholarships  brainpower  talent_acquisition  the_best_and_brightest  scholars 
october 2011 by jerryking
Helping Canadian business succeed around the world
Fall 2011 Western Alumni Gazette by S. E. Gordon
EDC  CEOs  UWO  alumni 
september 2011 by jerryking
McGill ranks No. 17 among world’s top universities - The Globe and Mail
RHÉAL SÉGUIN
QUEBEC CITY— From Monday's Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Sep. 04, 2011
Colleges_&_Universities  ranked_list  McGill  rankings  uToronto  UWO 
september 2011 by jerryking
Alumni less likely to donate
March 8, 2011 | The Gazette | By Alex Carmona. Western may
need to step up its game if it wants to keep alumni donations rolling
in. In a recent survey regarding Western’s brand, 57 % of alumni
respondents stated they had made a donation to Western, though only 50 %
stated they would donate again....Goldthorpe explained the major
problem these statistics illustrate is fundamentally connected to alumni
satisfaction. It has been noticed Western’s alumni seem to be less and
less satisfied with their relationship with their alma mater after they
graduate. This comes despite Western’s rather illustrious reputation
among other universities in Canada in the realm of alumni relations,
Goldthorpe said.
alumni  UWO  donations 
may 2011 by jerryking
TOO SUCCESSFUL TO RETIRE
September 7, 2010 | Western News | By Sheldon Gordon. Profile of alumni, Kevin O’Leary
Kevin_O’Leary  Ivey  UWO 
september 2010 by jerryking
Driving ideas to success with plan for profit
March 31, 2008 | Western News | By Paul Wells, BA'89.
Research works best when its only spur is the curiosity and energy of
thoughtful investigators with the tools to follow hunches. But the
product of their work - ideas - is likeliest to leave the lab when it is
pulled out by entrepreneurs who have an eye on the market. It's
important to get that balance right. It's pointless to fund only
research that looks likely to pay off. You can't know which ideas will
pay off. But new ideas won't go anywhere without competent managers to
implement them. Roger Martin at the University of Toronto's Rotman
School of Management has persuasively demonstrated that if Canada has
fewer high-tech industries than the United States, it's not because
we're doing less science, it's because we have a smaller
university-trained management class. Western's Ivey School of Business
is a big part of the solution, not part of the problem.
UWO  Ivey  Rotman  Roger_Martin  Paul_Wells  curiosity  commodities  natural_resources  research  R&D  entrepreneurship  commercialization  management 
may 2010 by jerryking
Western News - Wanted: Alumni to share Western’s success stories
July 4, 2008 | Alumni Gazette | How to be an advocate for Western.
UWO  alumni 
june 2009 by jerryking

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