New award recognizes Canada’s most healthy and engaged workforces

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Yesterday we hosted the first ever Employee Recommended Workplace Award ceremony at The Globe’s new event space. We also held an event that focused on mental health issues at work, hiring young staff, and dealing with the retirement of the boomers from the workforce. Stories related to these issues can be found in today’s paper and online here. The Employee Recommended Workplace Award, co-created by The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell, recognizes companies for excellence in achieving a healthy, engaged and productive workforce. And it’s an award based entirely on feedback from employees. We awarded 32 companies as finalists, … Read More

Globe event focuses on Canada’s leading role in the new economy

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The consensus at a recent gathering of the country’s most prominent thought leaders is that Canada is now in the vanguard of innovation and application. The Globe and Mail’s Innovation Outlook event, sponsored by Siemens Canada, saw more than 250 influencers and decision-makers visit The Globe’s new event space. With floor-to-ceiling glass walls in all directions, the 17th-floor space offers a commanding view of the city and was a fitting venue for a forum on forward thinking and innovation. Moderated by Globe journalists, panels comprised of speakers from the academic, public and private sectors, explored a broad range of topics with implications … Read More

Montreal studio operates 24/7 with help of virtual talent

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To maintain a competitive advantage these days, employers “can no longer rely on the traditional talent supply chain,” say the brains behind C2 Montreal, a three-day immersive event which brings together commerce and creativity to explore trends, opportunities, disruptions and major shifts on the horizon. On May 26, 2017, I caught up with Guillaume Renaud. As co-founder of Edge Dimension, a  Montreal-based studio that specializes in realistic 3-D renderings and virtual reality, Renaud knows a thing or two about managing a global, virtual workforce. Question: You’re in an industry that is rapidly evolving. What’s your approach to hiring? Answer: We’re a … Read More

The Globe and Mail descends upon Montreal for C2 conference

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Last week, Montreal played host to C2 (creativity+commerce), a three-day event that zeroes in on trends and major disruptions on the horizon. The atmosphere was electric and eclectic as ever-so-stylish creative types converged at Gallery Arsenal in Montreal’s Griffintown neighbourhood. What makes C2 such a different type of conference? Well to start, it’s not simply a litany of dry panels where speakers talk at you. There are no trade show booths. Networking opportunities (aka ‘Braindates‘) are driven by technology but are completely organic at the same time. Every bit of the space is interactive and intended to be experiential. You get to play and participate, whether it’s … Read More

How digital marketers are adapting to the changing tech landscape

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As the importance of predictive data and algorithms continues to grow, marketers must devise new ways to reach and engage their audiences. This was one of the central topics at this year’s C2 Montreal, an event that brings together 5,000 executives across continents and industries to challenge their biases, shift their perspective and explore completely new ways of doing business. On May 26, 2017, I spoke with Brandon Houston, CEO of Switch Video, a digital video marketing company based in Collingwood, Ontario. Switch works with mid-to-enterprise level companies globally to produce video content that helps tell their story. Houston and I talked about how … Read More

How startups are shaping the cities of tomorrow

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Every day, we read about what cities around the world are up to – new sectors, infrastructure plans, or the latest urban planning disaster. According to the UN, over half of the world’s population now lives in cities. City life is taking up more and more of our attention, and as cities have grown, so too has the idea of the city as a living organism – the theory that cities evolve and adapt to the needs and whims of its residents, rather than the other way around. On May 25, 2017, I spoke to Eytan Bensoussan, co-founder of Ferst Digital, a Montreal-based … Read More

Is Artificial Intelligence stuck in a hype cycle?

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One of the goals of the annual C2 conference in Canada’s vibrant city of Montreal is to explore trends and disruptions in the business community and solve big-picture problems through “radical solutions and breakthrough technologies.” On May 26, 2017, I had the opportunity to interview fellow attendees Andrew Arruda and Jimoh Ovbiagele, the co-founders of ROSS Intelligence, which builds artificial intelligence (AI) tools for the legal sector. The C2 team would refer to them as “moonshotters,” or people who dream up great ideas and foster the necessary talent and environments to bring them to life. Ovbiagle, despite the negative connotation, … Read More