In some ways, it’s the party of the year. On April 7th, Canada’s biggest fashion names gathered in Toronto for the fourth Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards. The event was heavy on pizzazz, from the pre-event cocktails to the after-dinner party. The guest list was a who’s who of Canada’s glitterati, from Erdem Moralioglu to David Dixon.
“I’m not looking at fashion through a Canadian lens, or even a Western lens, but a global lens,” says Imran Amed (BCom'97). Indeed, he doesn’t even look at it through the eyes of someone who grew up steeped in fashion. Mr. Amed started Business of Fashion as a personal blog while he was working as a management consultant with zero fashion training. Today, his London-based site is the go-to source for news-hungry glitterati.
West Vancouver-based PNG Gold has announced the appointment of Wesley Marstaller (BCom'05) as Executive Vice President of the corporation. Before coming on board at PNG Gold, Mr. Marstaller served in several capacities at the Macquarie Group, then as COO of the Rennie Group. PNG Gold CEO Greg Clarkes praises Mr. Marstaller, saying that his expertise will help with “building the management group necessary to achieve the Company’s near and long term goals.”
PNG Gold is a mining company specialized in gold exploration in Papua New Guinea.
Northleaf Capital Partners has brought former Goldman Sachs banking analyst Simon Bibeau (BCom'15) on board to perform market research and asset management duties in its infrastructure team. Northleaf Capital is a Canadian private-markets investment firm with over $9 billion in private equity and offices in Toronto, Chicago, Menlo Park and London.
As Kevin Donovan enters his second year as head coach of a high-school lacrosse programme, he talks about his first game with the team, improving the squad’s place in the standings, and how accountability helps student athletes develop into adulthood.
Imran Amed is founder and CEO of The Business of Fashion, the online news site for the fashion industry.
Amed started his site in 2007 as a blog about the fashion industry, but it has become one of the leading sources of news in the fashion world. The site raised a Series A funding round in 2015 from investors including Index Ventures, LVMH, Carmen Busquets, and Felix Capital.
Amed was previously a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. He has an MBA from ￼Harvard Business School and a bachelor of commerce degree from McGill University.
Knight Therapeutics Inc. (TSX: GUD) ("Knight"), a leading Canadian specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced that Samira Sakhia, former CFO of Paladin Labs Inc. ("Paladin"), will be joining the Knight team as President and member of the Board of Directors. In her new role, beginning on August 31, 2016, Samira will report to Jonathan Ross Goodman, CEO of Knight.
Neema n'a pas chômé depuis la parution de son dernier album studio, Watching You Think, il y a près de six ans. L'artiste montréalaise a beaucoup vécu dans ses valises, faisant pendant deux ans un tour du monde en chansons dont témoigne l'album live Leave the Light On, paru en 2014.
There are two different kinds of acquisitions: ‘scale acquisitions’ and ‘bolt-on acquisitions’, and we tend to focus on the latter. We like to buy a technology and ‘plug it in’, because our sales force and distribution channel are second to none. The last six deals we’ve done were all about technologies or products that we wanted to own. In these cases, some of the management team stays with us, but we’re really taking on a new product and adding it to our existing culture.
Retailers are stuck between a rock and a hard place. On top of growing competition, retailers now have to deal with new, challenging regulations and rising wages. Many retailers are struggling to keep up due to their heavy reliance on traditional, manual and top-down employee management processes. Luckily, retailers are starting to realize that operating with such outdated processes won’t cut it anymore, and more companies are turning to tech-driven solutions to help lower labor costs, drive increased sales and reduce employee turnover.