Category Archives: Finance

No nation is safe from geopolitical or economic chaos

The global community has more unsafe neighborhoods than gated ones and no nation is safe anymore, including Canada. This means that nation-state models are challenged and must recalibrate all the time. For example, last August everything changed, economically speaking, for Canada last August when oil prices collapsed. This has driven Alberta — Canada’s biggest economic… Read More

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Jan. 15 Kingsdale Shareholder Services conference

I’m one of many panelists who will appear at the 2015 Governance conference sponsored by Kingsdale a prominent Canadian activist/proxy services company. The event is invitation only and will be held at St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Center in Toronto and super-stars such as Patrice Merrin-Best (Glencor director) and Paul Hilal of Pershing Square will… Read More

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CFLA September 12

The Canadian Finance & Leasing Association (CFLA) represents the asset-based financing, equipment and vehicle leasing industry in Canada. This industry is the largest provider of debt financing in this country after the traditional lenders (banks and credit unions). Diane Francis, Editor-at-Large of the Financial Post, joins the CFLA Congress on a panel titled: Where Politics… Read More

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NPR’s Here and Now interviews Diane Francis regarding the Chinese real estate frenzy

This is my interview with NPR’s wonderful show Here and Now about the research I have done concerning the flight of capital out of China by its rich citizens into real estate abroad. The reporter, Meghna Chakrabarti, has become interested in this phenomenon after reading my story in the Washington Post as well as her… Read More

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Brave New World of Tech Start-ups

Tech entrepreneurs might as well be Martians when compared to those working in other business cultures. And a recent conference in Calgary illustrated the differences. There’s the dress code. Wall Street certainly remembers how Facebook’s Mark Zuckerman, at the age of 28, pitched his gargantuan IPO in 2012 to investors dressed in jeans, running shoes… Read More

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Paul Desmarais Jr. addresses The International Forum of the America’s

Paul Desmarais Jr. is the Board of Governors Chair and a co-founder of this Forum that is held annually in Montreal and represents Canada’s equivalent of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Mr. Desmarais and his wife, Helene, are passionately involved in public policies issues and they host a glittering dinner at the headquarters of… Read More

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