1 July 2001

Yvan Allaire, the strategist

Yvan Allaire has shaped and crafted the strategies of a number of large companies in Québec. At Bombardier for the last five years, he went form advice to action. Today, he leaves his job as Exective Vice President, but leaves behind solid foundations for the future.   To read the full length article, pleaser click […]

1 April 2001

Mergers and acquisitions: Lessons from the best

The wave of mergers and acquisitions rolls on unabated, the latest statistics putting the number of transactions worldwide at some 34,000 in 1999. Canada has been an active participant in this global phenomenon. In 2000, there were close to 1300 transactions, worth some C$234 billion, in which Canadian companies took part. Canadians were involved in […]

1 October 1998

The Battle within Capitalism – A new age for Europe

The 4th Conference of Montréal on globalized economies wove together three different but closely related strands of issues and challenges confronting Europe and directly or indirectly a good part of the world. What’s happening now in Europe will have momentous ramifications throughout the world, bringing forth major shifts in economic power and new alignments of […]

1 October 1998

Choice, strategy and execution

I come to this topic of economic models from the perspective of a business strategist and not of an economist. As Napolean said somewhere, strategy is a simple science: it’s all in the execution. With the bankruptcy of the communist/socialist economic model, there is currently a remarkable convergence worldwide of the economic policies that have […]

1 April 1997

Ceiling Unlimited

With all the pomp and circumstance of a D.W. Griffith movie spectacle, the ultimate business jet was unveiled in a cavernous hangar in Toronto last summer. While Prime Minister Jean Chrétien and other political heavies looked on –  an accompanied by a 45-piece orchestra and 1,000-strong choir belting out a rousing chorus – an enormous […]

1 April 1985

How to implement radical strategies in large organizations

The business press has recently chronicled many corporations that are experiencing momentous shifts in strategic orientation. Reference is often made to corporation’s market repositioning, acquisitions and divestitures, structural changes, etc. However, when reporting on such major strategic changes, the press has also begun  to emphasize the softer dimensions, such as values, culture, and mind-sets. Thus, […]