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Water troubles everywhere

Posted in Newsroom, Penny's Pen by  •  July 19, 2007

Water Troubles Everywhere: Ottawa’s connection to its waterways is its defining characteristic, but we still don’t really know what’s going on beneath the surface CREDIT: John Tanguay, The Ottawa Citizen The Ottawa area is envied for being home, to the impressive Parliament Buildings, national-...

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Nomination Speech

Posted in Penny's Pen by  •  June 1, 2007

Good afternoon, Bonjour Thank you, Jay for your support. Merci, Beatrice pour les mots gentils. Bea's remarks brought back so many memories, memories of lessons learned. The lesson of being grateful for the Canadian health care system. Without that universal access as young teenager, I would have...

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Protecting those who speak out: Canada lags in protecting whistleblowers; the new government seems eager to act but we should learn from British and U.S. experiences. The new Conservative government pledged in yesterday’s throne speech to make federal accountability a priority, and whistleblower protection will be...

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(As published in Rotman Magazine, Fall 2005) “After the ethical breakdown in both the private and public sectors, I believe Canadians are searching for a new moral compass, while recognizing the delicacy of such a journey. Regulatory agencies need teeth, but not so much that they will tear out the creative...

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Remember the “tree huggers” of the 1960s and 1970s? They climbed to the top of towering trees on North America’s west coast, refusing to come down unless companies stopped irresponsible environ- mental practices. They were known as “CSR crazies,” who belonged up in trees and not in boardrooms—a corporate...

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Globe and Mail Imagine: You are a director of the Prime Minister’s Office. You believe the PM is acting in an unethical way. If you reveal what you are thinking to anyone, you will be ostracized and labelled as disloyal. The other members of the senior staff may “spin” against you. You may lose your job and...

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Lagging behind the world

Posted in Penny's Pen by  •  December 5, 2003

Not enough of Canada’s business leaders are contributing to the global debate over ethics and best practices A country’s reputation is a collage of images. The number of soldiers we deploy (or not) to strife-torn areas is one such reflection. The decisions and conduct of our political leaders on the...

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What the Banks Must Do

Posted in Penny's Pen by  •  January 20, 2003

Maclean's I WAS SITTING in the witness chair last Dec. 11, all set to appear before the Senate banking committee on the topic of governance. Peter Dey, the lawyer who wrote the 1999 report on Canadian corporate governance (a mixed bag, he concluded—some companies were doing well, others not), was to testify after...

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