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    1. Unlimited Vacation: The Ultimate Work Perk, But Experts Warn of Pitfalls

      Unlimited Vacation: The Ultimate Work Perk, But Experts Warn of Pitfalls

      Unlimited vacation policies were first made popular in the tech sector, where companies emphasize fun, creative work cultures as a recruiting and retainment tool. Although still very much the exception across North America, they’re especially popular with workers for the implicit message they send: trust. “I’ve found my dream job,” Todd Tremblett, who has worked as a junior project manager at Vigilant for six months, said in an interview. “You know the work that needs to be done and they trust you to do it. They don’t micromanage ...

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    2. Know the Myths and Realities of Activist Investing

      Know the Myths and Realities of Activist Investing

      Wes Hall on the myths and realities of activist investing Wes Hall on the myths and realities of activist investing The founder and CEO of Kingsdale Shareholder Services explains where ordinary investors fit in the new world of activist hedge funds Jul 26, 2016 Murad Hemmadi 0 Kingsdale Shareholder Services founder Wes Hall. (Portrait by Micah Bond) When Wes Hall arrived on Bay Street nearly three decades ago, he was struck by how management placed a low priority on retail investors......

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    3. RIM's failure at good governance continues

      RIM's failure at good governance continues

      It took RIM until 2012 to accede to having an independent board chair, a practice recommended almost 20  years ago. At this week’s annual general meeting, the minimalist shuffle toward corporate governance continued. Chair Barbara Stymiest, a former banker and regulator, acknowledged there were gaps in board skills. “Gaps” is an understatement. This board does not have the industry track record, or clout to push back against management. And it also lacks the shareholder mindset and respect to ha

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    4. The art of chairing a board

      A former prime minister, not Canadian and whose name I’ll withhold, whispered into my ear before the board meeting of a bank: “Watch the way I chair this meeting, Richard.” Seeing a meeting chaired almost perfectly is a rarity, so I paid attention—and was not disappointed. Contrast this to another bank board meeting, where the CEO pounded the table, berating a mostly silent chair in front of directors. Both chairs are non-executive, supposedly independent, and yet these meetings played out very

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