Boardroom

Want to maximize bottom line results? Minimize employee turnover

Hidden business costs can compromise the financial success of any mid-sized company. Manufacturing inefficiencies, retail shrinkage, service delivery cost over-runs, expensive overhead such as posh office spaces or first-class flights for business executives. They all add up and pull down profits. But few costs have as great an impact on an organization’s long-term success as […]

Real Estate

Your company is growing fast. Is it time to fire yourself?

Thank goodness for the so-called ‘unicorns’ of the knowledge economy. They’re the ones powering innovation, transforming markets—or creating entirely new ones—and helping their CEOs become ultra-wealthy rock star business luminaries along the way. But sometimes when their companies grow quickly, those magazine cover-worthy leaders run smack into an insurmountable wall of managerial challenges. That’s when […]

Chefs Kitchen

The collapse of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant empire reveals the naked truth about over-expansion

You have to feel for Jamie Oliver. The British celebrity chef has endeared himself to audiences the world over with his innovative twists on everything from traditional English fare to Italian staples. He’s advocated tirelessly for improvements to school cafeterias and nutrition for children. His restaurant Fifteen was designed to teach cooking skills to troubled […]

Don’t be fooled: HR law compliance is a finance issue, too

Virtually every CEO would agree that employment law non-compliance, a failure to take workplace harassment seriously, and the general flouting of accepted human resources standards, is unacceptable. Building workplaces free of anti-social behaviour isn’t just an aspirational goal, it’s a basic legal requirement in every province in Canada. That’s especially so in Ontario, which has […]

Want to kick start business growth? Learn how to delegate

Hopefully you’re reading this article on a dock in Muskoka, feet up, beverage in hand while taking in views of a pristine lake. Maybe you’re enjoying the fruits of your entrepreneurial labour and taking some summertime downtime. But if you’re like so many business owners who have grown their companies past the medium-sized threshold—usually defined […]

Why it makes sense for young accountants to consider working for a mid-sized firm

This is the time of year when the latest cohort of new accountants has graduated from their undergraduate programs and begins plotting the journey to a long and meaningful career. It’s also when we’re often approached by young professionals—including some of our future interns and hires—curious about what comes next and how best to steer […]

Entrepreneurs can take management lessons from Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors

Now that the dust has settled on the Toronto Raptors’ incredible NBA Championship run—four series of excitement that saw our city’s basketball team net its first ever Larry O’Brien Trophy— the sport’s top pundits are analyzing how the denizens of The North managed to achieve that seemingly elusive goal. Many entrepreneurs are taking a similar […]

Royal infant’s U.S. tax issues a reminder to Canadian entrepreneurs to think twice before becoming Americans

For so many people around the globe, U.S. citizenship is a highly vaunted status symbol, even a ticket to success. While the validity of that perception is debatable, many businesspeople, including Canadian entrepreneurs, do glean some advantages when holding a U.S. passport. Unfettered access to the world’s largest marketplace would, of course, be the main […]

Updated–The great entrepreneurial debate: whether to buy or lease a company vehicle

As Chartered Professional Accountants, the most common two questions we’re asked by clients is whether they should buy or lease a car, and whether they should buy personally or under their company name. Inevitably our answer has been, “It all depends.”  How long do you plan to hold on to the car?  Do you have […]

Chinese authorities step up personal income tax enforcement

As Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig linger in detention in China, Canadian entrepreneurs would be excused for being more than a little anxious about doing business in the Middle Kingdom due to the current geopolitical tensions between our two countries. You’ll recall that the Sino-Canadian clash first emerged with the detention of Huawei Technologies […]