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Speaking of Business with Goldy Hyder

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Conversations with Canadian innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders. Join host Goldy Hyder, President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada, as he sits down with some of the most successful and fascinating people in Canadian business.

91 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

Business as a force for good – Iggy Domagalski, Wajax

June 22nd, 2023


Iggy Domagalski is a big believer in having fun at work. “Work can be enjoyable,” he says. “When people know that they can have a bit of fun and that they can take five minutes to spend some fun time with their peers, I …

Preparing for Canada’s energy future – François Poirier, TC Energy

May 25th, 2023


François Poirier and his co-workers see themselves as problem-solvers.

The problems are many, and familiar to anyone who follows North America’s …

Bringing fresh perspective to Canadian air travel: Alexis von Hoensbroech

April 20th, 2023


Twenty-seven years ago, WestJet took to the air with just three aircraft and five destinations. Today, the Calgary-based airline serves more than 100 cities across four continents.

Overseeing the operation is CEO Alexis …

Driving into the future – Bob Espey, Parkland Corporation

March 20th, 2023


If you filled up your car’s gas tank recently, or popped into a convenience store, there’s a good chance you visited a Parkland location. The Canadian company supplies fuel and operates convenience stores across Canada …

Tracy Robinson on rail, resources, and Canada’s place in the world

February 27th, 2023


Growing up in rural Saskatchewan, Tracy Robinson liked to watch the trains roll by. Little did she know then that trains would have a lasting impact …

Rania Llewellyn: embracing change at Laurentian Bank

December 13th, 2022


Rania Llewellyn spent 26 years working at Scotiabank before making a move she describes as a “big leap and a big change” – becoming President and CEO of Laurentian Bank. And yet she says the hardest part of that …

Be bold and future-focused: Deanna Zumwalt on Coril Holdings’ next 125 years

November 15th, 2022


When Deanna Zumwalt became President and CEO of Coril Holdings in 2021, she took on responsibility for an organization with a rich Canadian legacy. …

Neighbours, partners, allies, friends – Canada’s relationship with the United States

June 2nd, 2022


Canada needs a new foreign strategy that positions it to compete successfully in a changing world, according to former Canadian ambassador Louise …

“When people buy Canada, they buy authenticity” – Dani Reiss, Canada Goose

May 19th, 2022


When Dani Reiss took over his grandfather’s apparel business more than two decades ago, he gambled on Canada. He resolved to continue making high-end …

Seizing the moment – Penny Wise discusses Canada’s economic recovery

May 5th, 2022


COVID-19 created an “inflection moment” that offers Canadians a chance to build a better future, according to Penny Wise, President of 3M Canada. “We have a huge opportunity to make a difference and really change the …

Focusing on Canada’s strengths: Charles Brindamour, Intact Financial Corporation

April 21st, 2022


Is Canada poised to be a winner or a loser as the world transitions toward cleaner sources of energy?

Charles Brindamour, the CEO of Intact Financial Corporation – the country’s largest provider of property and casualty …

COVID-19 and lessons in leadership – Mary Ann Yule, HP Canada

April 7th, 2022


Mary Ann Yule worries about the long-term economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women. “Many working women struggled to balance the …

Investing in Canada’s future: John Graham, CPP Investments

March 24th, 2022


John Graham has a clear mandate. As CEO of Canada Pension Plan Investments, he oversees the retirement savings of 20 million Canadians, with the goal of achieving the highest possible returns without undue risk. 

And yet …

“Organized flexibility” – how BNP Paribas is planning a hybrid workplace

March 10th, 2022


How does an employer maintain a sense of community and office culture when many people are working from home?

For Sonja Volpe, part of the answer lies …

The business case for reducing emissions

February 24th, 2022


When the Business Council of Canada officially endorsed the concept of a national price on carbon in 2007, it was a “tough sell”, says John Dillon, …

Playing to Canada’s strengths in a post-pandemic world

February 10th, 2022


When Bharat Masrani looks to Canada’s future, he sees opportunity. “We have all the tools in our toolkit to really leverage what is to come,” says …

Canada’s clean growth opportunity

January 27th, 2022


Canada has the resources and the know-how to build one of the world’s cleanest and greenest economies. That’s one of the messages four business leaders delivered at a Canadian Club Toronto event on January 17th.

The …

“Believe in tomorrow,” Blake Hutcheson, President and CEO of OMERS

January 13th, 2022


When half a million Canadians are counting on you to look after their pensions, you need to stay squarely focused on the long term. “We often joke, ‘A quarter is not three months – a quarter is 25 years,’” says Blake …

“We have a common goal” – Shell Canada and the clean-energy transition

December 16th, 2021


When Susannah Pierce looks to the future, she’s filled with optimism. Why? As she puts it, “the energy sector is changing, from one of being carbon-intensive to one of being more [focussed on] clean energy.” 

The …

Building a better future

December 2nd, 2021


When Dave Filipchuk began working in the construction industry in the 1980s, digital technology was just a blip on the radar screen. 

Times have …

Pandemics, pivots and patience: John Chen of BlackBerry on adapting to change

November 18th, 2021


If there’s one word business leaders have heard throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s “pivot.” 

John Chen knows it better than many.

Long before the pandemic, BlackBerry’s Executive Chairman and CEO led the storied …

Louis Vachon discusses leadership, transformation, and the central role of the economy

November 5th, 2021


Canada needs a strong economy to help it address significant post-COVID challenges, says the outgoing CEO of National Bank of Canada, Louis Vachon.

In …

Learning to take the “long view”: lessons in entrepreneurship

October 29th, 2021


At the age of 24, Ben Cowan-Dewar set out to build a golf course in a remote part of Cape Breton. Construction began around the time of the 2008 …

Searching for common ground: why Anne McLellan and Lisa Raitt are teaming up to address Canada’s economic future

October 7th, 2021


Lisa Raitt and Anne McLellan know first-hand the challenges of governing in a minority parliament. They both served as cabinet ministers in minority governments – Raitt as a Conservative and McLellan as a Liberal. 

“Long …

The 60-year-old startup: How Magna stays agile in a fast-changing industry

July 1st, 2021


Canada’s Magna International is a $40 billion company that employs more than 158,000 people in 28 countries. Yet in the eyes of its CEO, it’s really …

Scaling up: why Canada needs a startup mindset

June 17th, 2021


Mallorie Brodie wants to see a cultural shift in Canada – one that embraces risk. 

The CEO and co-founder of Kitchener, Ont.-based Bridgit Inc. says …

Pressing the reset button on capitalism: how to build a more inclusive society

June 3rd, 2021


As Guy Cormier looks ahead to a post-COVID Canada, the president and CEO of the Desjardins Group says it’s time for all of us to embrace a new approach.

“Capitalism has lifted a lot of people out of poverty,” he says. …

A war-time effort: How Montreal’s CAE pivoted from aerospace to ventilators … in 11 days.

May 20th, 2021


When the federal government appealed to business for help in the fight against COVID-19 last spring, technology company CAE answered the call.  It …

Connecting Canadians: why communications infrastructure will be key to economic recovery

May 6th, 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how Canadians live, work and interact . Whether we are working from home or trying to stay in touch with friends …

Canada’s digital future: learning new skills in a rapidly changing world

April 22nd, 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a digital transformation that was already well underway in Canada - just look at the phenomenal rise in online shopping and video conferencing over the past year.

But the digital …

Downtowns after lockdowns: how to revitalize Canada’s cities

April 8th, 2021


A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of Canada’s downtowns are still eerily quiet. Thousands of employees continue to work from home, leaving many office buildings sparsely occupied.

But Jon Love, founder and CEO …

Beyond COVID: Powering a strong economic recovery

April 1st, 2021


On April 19th Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will unveil Canada’s first federal budget in more than two years – a budget she has described as the most significant of our lifetimes.

What will it take to build a …

"We have the foundation to succeed" — Robert Asselin, Senior Vice President, Policy of the Business Council of Canada

November 3rd, 2020


In this rapidly changing world, Canada needs an economic plan that builds on the country’s strengths, addresses its weaknesses, and reduces the risks from future disruptions.  In late October the Business Council of …

“An acceleration of the digital world" — Claude Guay, President and General Manager of IBM Canada

October 7th, 2020


What’s it like to start a new job in the middle of a global pandemic?  Claude Guay knows.  He became President and General Manager of IBM Canada last May. 

Since then he’s been finding creative ways to connect with …

“Corporate Canada needs to look more like Canada.” — Jaqui Parchment, CEO of Mercer Canada

September 21st, 2020


“Corporate Canada needs to look more like Canada.”  That’s the call to action from Jaqui Parchment.  As CEO of Mercer Canada she is one of only a very few Black women CEOs in the country.

She is also a Director of the …

“Each day is truly a gift.” — Lisa Lisson: President of FedEx Express Canada

July 1st, 2020


“Each day is truly a gift.” Lisa Lisson, President of Federal Express Canada

Over the past few months we’ve heard from many business leaders as they …

“We’re business people, let’s figure it out.” — Wes Hall: Executive Chairman and Founder, Kingsdale Advisors

June 26th, 2020


“We’re business people, let’s figure it out.”  For Wes Hall, Executive Chairman and Founder of Kingsdale Advisors, the death of George Floyd was a …

“We’ve pulled the future forward here” — John Baker: President and CEO of D2L

June 15th, 2020


“We’ve pulled the future forward here.”  John Baker, President and CEO of D2L discusses the future of online learning in the wake of the COVID-19 …

“We will come out of this stronger” ⁠— Charles Brindamour: CEO of Intact Financial Corporation

June 8th, 2020


“We will come out of this stronger.”  Charles Brindamour, CEO of Intact Financial Corporation, reflects on the need to build confidence as the economy restarts, what he has learned from dealing with other crises, and …

“The energy industry has got to be part of the solution” ⁠— Al Monaco: President and CEO of Enbridge

June 5th, 2020


“The energy industry has got to be part of the solution.”  Al Monaco, President and CEO of Enbridge, discusses the role of energy in Canada, how …

“There’s no textbook on how to manage under COVID-19” ⁠— Nicolas Marcoux: CEO of PwC Canada

June 4th, 2020


“There’s no textbook on how to manage under COVID-19.”  Nicolas Marcoux, CEO of PwC Canada, shares his thoughts on Canada’s future business …

“I’m encouraged by the capacity to change at an accelerated pace” — Heather Chalmers: President & CEO, GE Canada

May 29th, 2020


“I’m encouraged by the capacity to change at an accelerated pace.”  Heather Chalmers, President and CEO of GE Canada, reflects on how the COVID-19 pandemic is hastening innovation, and what she is learning about Canada …

“Canadians will be a lot more digital post COVID” — Stacey Madge: President & Country Manager, Visa Canada

May 25th, 2020


“Canadians will be a lot more digital post COVID.”  Stacey Madge, Country Manager and President of VISA Canada, offers insight into how the pandemic is changing consumer behavior, what that will mean in the future, and …

“The bright side of this is that it’s accelerated innovation everywhere” — Faisal Kazi: President & CEO of Siemens Canada

May 19th, 2020


“The bright side of this is that it’s accelerated innovation everywhere.”  Faisal Kazi, President and CEO of Siemens Canada, reflects on how the …

“I’ve never been more proud of our people” — Paul Mahon: President & CEO of Great-West Lifeco and Canada Life

May 15th, 2020


“I’ve never been more proud of our people.”  Paul Mahon, President and CEO of Great-West Lifeco and Canada Life, discusses the challenges of …

“The overarching power of the human spirit” — Chuck Magro: President & CEO of Nutrien

May 13th, 2020


“The overarching power of the human spirit.”  Chuck Magro, President and CEO of Nutrien, discusses how they are supporting employees, farmers and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping essential workers …

“The companies that manufacture were able to quickly pivot to make masks, respirators … hand sanitizer” — Jerry Dias, Unifor National President

May 10th, 2020


“The companies that manufacture were able to quickly pivot to make masks, respirators … hand sanitizer.”  Jerry Dias, president of Unifor, discusses the mobilization of the manufacturing sector in the COVID-19 pandemic, …

“You drive by and people are saying thank you” — Rob Penner, President & CEO of Bison Transport

May 7th, 2020


“You drive by and people are saying thank you.”  While public health officials are telling us to stay home, truck drivers are crossing the country delivering essential food and supplies.  Rob Penner, President and CEO …

“Be connected and support your employees” — Penny Wise, President of 3M Canada

May 5th, 2020


Penny Wise, President of 3M Canada, reflects on the challenges of leadership in the COVID-19 crisis as her company performs essential services, including distributing N95 masks to frontline workers.

“This is a playbook that’s never been written before” — Sam Sebastian, President and CEO of Pelmorex

April 30th, 2020


Sam Sebastian, President and CEO of Pelmorex, discusses the use of alerts and tracking in the fight against COVID-19, learning how to innovate in the midst of the pandemic and how employees in Madrid provided an early …

“The human condition is incredibly resilient" — John Risley, CEO of CFFI Ventures

April 29th, 2020


Longtime businessman, philanthropist and mentor John Risley of CFFI Ventures shares his thoughts on how business in Canada will change after COVID-19

“Like a tap being turned off and at the other end you’ve got an open sinkhole” — Ed Sims, President and CEO of WestJet

April 27th, 2020


“Like a tap being turned off and at the other end you’ve got an open sinkhole.”  Ed Sims, President and CEO of WestJet, describes the effects of a …

“These people are dedicated to making sure the energy flows every day” — Russ Girling, President and CEO of TC Energy

April 23rd, 2020


“These people are dedicated to making sure the energy flows every day”  Russ Girling, President and CEO of TC Energy, discusses pandemic preparedness, keeping essential workers safe and lessons in leadership during a …

“This has impacted us all in incredible ways” — Jeffrey Russell, President of Accenture in Canada

April 20th, 2020


Jeffrey Russell, President of Accenture in Canada, discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected his employees, how Accenture is helping …

“No one thought about going to sleep and waking up and the entire world would be working from home” — Rola Dagher, President and CEO of Cisco Canada

April 19th, 2020


Rola Dagher, President and CEO of Cisco Canada, discusses the rapid increase in demand for technology to work from home, how Cisco is giving back to …

“We strengthen our communities by sharing information" — Doug Murphy, President and CEO of Corus Entertainment

April 17th, 2020


Doug Murphy, President & CEO of Corus Entertainment discusses the importance of providing trustworthy news to Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic and he explains why Corus launched #CanadaTogether to share …

"Keeping afloat" — Dennis Darby, President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

April 16th, 2020


Keeping afloat.  Dennis Darby of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters talks about what manufacturers need to help them weather the COVID-19 crisis, …

“I view this crisis as a war” – Rod Graham, President and CEO at Horizon North Logistics

April 15th, 2020


How do you keep workers in essential services safe during a pandemic?  Rod Graham, President and CEO of Horizon North Logistics, describes the …

“There’s going to be a new normal” – Mark Barrenechea, CEO and CTO of Open Text

April 9th, 2020


“There’s going to be a new normal.”  Mark Barrenechea of Open Text discusses how the COVID-19 crisis will change the way we live, and why he says “there’s a special place in hell” for cyber criminals who are trying to …

“Those who can help must help” – Joe Natale, President and CEO, Rogers

April 7th, 2020


At a time when Canadians are relying on phone and digital communication like never before, Rogers Communications President and CEO Joe Natale discusses what they are doing to keep the country connected.  And he explains …

“The number one priority is to give back and to support Canada through this” — Dani Reiss, President and CEO of Canada Goose

April 6th, 2020


Dani Reiss, President & CEO of Canada Goose, discusses the company's retooling of their Canadian manufacturing lines toward the production of …

“Tough times don’t last but tough teams do” – Linda Hasenfratz, President and CEO of Linamar

April 5th, 2020


Linda Hasenfratz, President & CEO of Linamar shares her company's fast-paced ventilator production initiative, how they're keeping workers safe, and what we might learn from how other countries have responded to the …

“It’s an opportunity for us to continue to work together to care for Canadians” — Mark Little, President and CEO of Suncor Energy

April 3rd, 2020


Mark Little,  President & CEO of Suncor Energy talks about the oil and gas crisis in Alberta in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the work his company is doing to keep workers and northern communities safe, and how …

“All essential workers deserve our deepest, most heartfelt thanks” — Dean Connor, President and CEO of Sun Life Financial

April 2nd, 2020


Dean Connor, President & CEO of Sun Life Financial discusses rapidly bringing his global leadership team and workforce together during the COVID-19 crisis, to go above and beyond for Sun Life customers.

“We’re getting to some positive decisions” — Dan Kelly, President, CEO and Chair of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business

April 2nd, 2020


Dan Kelly, President, CEO & Chair of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) discusses the devastating impact of COVID-19 on his members, the government's response, and where he believes we need to go …

“It’s time to start a conversation about how we see our future" — Dax Dasilva, CEO of Lightspeed

March 27th, 2020


On this COVID-19 Special Edition of Speaking of Business: Goldy speaks with Dax Dasilva - CEO of Lightspeed about what the company is doing to help …

“There’s lots of different ways we can contribute to this effort” — Michael McCain & Michael Burns

March 26th, 2020


On this COVID-19 Special Edition of Speaking of Business: Goldy speaks with Michael McCain, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, and Michael Burns, …

Chuck Magro: President and CEO of Nutrien

February 26th, 2020


Chuck Magro is President and CEO of Nutrien. The worlds largest provider of farm inputs, services, and solutions.

The company supplies more than a …

Dawn Farrell: President and CEO of TransAlta

February 5th, 2020


Dawn Farrell is President and CEO of TransAlta, the Calgary-based power company.

TransAlta started with a single hydro generating station more than a century ago. It now operates more than 70 power plants in Canada, the …

Stephan Crétier: Founder, Chairman and CEO of GardaWorld

January 14th, 2020


Stephan Crétier is Founder, Chairman and CEO of GardaWorld, the world’s largest privately owned security company.

Stephan knows all about risk and …

Victor Dodig: President and CEO of CIBC

December 18th, 2019


Victor Dodig is President and CEO of CIBC.

Victor grew up in a tough inner-city neighbourhood, the child of working-class immigrants. One of his earliest jobs was hanging pork bellies in a meat-packing plant. Humble …

Sam Sebastian: President and CEO of Pelmorex

November 27th, 2019


Sam Sebastian is President and CEO of Pelmorex – owner of The Weather Network.

Pelmorex has more than 60 million users around the world, with operations and services that go far beyond local weather forecasts. Sam’s …

Dean Connor: President and CEO of Sun Life Financial

November 5th, 2019


Dean Connor is President and CEO of Sun Life Financial.

Sun Life is one of the world’s top insurance companies, and Dean is one of Canada’s most decorated CEOs. He was Ivey Business Leader of the Year in 2018, CEO of the …

John Baker: President and CEO of D2L

October 16th, 2019


John Baker is President and CEO of D2L, the world-leading education software company based in Kitchener, Ontario.

John was a 22-year-old student at …

Darryl White: CEO of the Bank of Montreal

September 23rd, 2019


Darryl White is CEO of the Bank of Montreal.

Before I sat down with Darryl I talked with a lot of his friends and colleagues. They all described him …

Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar

September 12th, 2019


Linda Hasenfratz is the CEO of Guelph, Ontario-based Linamar.

Linamar is a true Canadian success story. Linda’s father, a refugee from Hungary, started the company as a one-man machine shop in his basement in the …

Turning the Tables on Goldy Hyder

August 14th, 2019


In this Speaking of Business summer special, Catherine Clark turns the tables on our usual host Goldy Hyder, and puts him in the hot seat.

Goldy …

Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada

July 10th, 2019


Today’s episode: Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada.

Calin was just five years old when his parents fled the Communist regime in …

Michael Katchen: Co-founder & CEO of Wealthsimple

June 19th, 2019


Mike Katchen is Co-founder & CEO of Wealthsimple, a Toronto-based financial services startup.

In just five years, Wealthsimple has grown to more …

Alex Pourbaix: President and CEO of Cenovus Energy

May 27th, 2019


Alex Pourbaix is a veteran of Alberta’s oil and gas industry. He retired in 2017 after almost three decades at TransCanada Corporation, most recently …

Marcelo Lu: President of BASF Canada

May 1st, 2019


Marcelo Lu is President of BASF Canada. He grew up in Brasil, has roots in China, was educated in the United States, and established his career in Europe and Asia.

Today he leads the Canadian operations of the world's …

Don Lindsay, President and CEO of Teck Resources

April 5th, 2019


Don Lindsay is President and CEO of Teck Resources, Canada's largest diversified resource company, and a leading producer of copper, zinc, steelmaking coal, and energy.

Mining has traditionally been seen as a tough, …

Nicole Verkindt, Founder of OMX

March 22nd, 2019


Nicole Verkindt is the founder of OMX and Startup Canada’s 2017 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year.

OMX is a tech startup that helps companies access …

John Peller, Chairman and CEO, Andrew Peller Limited

February 25th, 2019


John Peller's grandfather founded the company now known as Andrew Peller Limited in 1961, starting with a modest Okanagan vineyard. Today, the company boasts 12 estate wineries, a range of value wine products, global …

Rola Dagher, President, Cisco Systems Canada

February 6th, 2019


Rola Dagher is President of Cisco Canada. Cisco’s Canadian operations are key revenue generators globally and produce some of the company’s greatest …

Geoff Smith, President and CEO, EllisDon

January 17th, 2019


Geoff Smith is CEO of construction juggernaut EllisDon. The company’s projects include Rogers Center, The Art Gallery of Ontario, and countless other public and private facilities across the country. We discuss …

The Honourable John Manley

January 16th, 2019


John Manley is Canada’s former Industry Minister, Finance Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister. John recently stepped down after nine years as head of the Business Council of Canada. As you’ll …

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