Breakdown

The Inside Story of the Rise and Fall of Heenan Blaikie

Author: Norman Bacal

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781988025155

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Page: 336

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Heenan Blaikie was one of Canada's leading law firms that boasted 1,100 employees and once had two former prime ministers on its staff -- Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chr�tien. When it collapsed in February 2014, lawyers across Canada and the business community were stunned. What went wrong? Why did so many lawyers run for the exit? How did it implode? This is the story of the rise and fall of a great company by the ultimate insider, Norman Bacal, who served as managing partner until a year before the firm's demise. Breakdown takes readers into the boardroom offices during the heady growth of a legal empire built from the ground up over 40 years. We see the seeds of trouble planted - when Jacques Bouchard was hired, for instance, and engaged in dubious dealings between Moscow and Africa with controversial lobbyist and political consultant Ari Ben-Menashe. We see how tensions erupted between the Toronto and Montreal offices, and between the hard-driving lawyers themselves. It is a story about the extraordinary fragility of the legal partnership, but it's also a classic business story, a cautionary tale of the perils of ignoring a firm's culture and vision, and the danger of hiring as CEOs a couple of lawyers with not even an hour of management experience. "An illuminating insider's account of the collapse of one of Canada's premier law firms. Puts you in the passenger seat of a train wreck." -- Jacquie McNish, Senior Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal "Good storytelling makes for a good book. Norman Bacal's ability to render a business story accessible to all readers, not just lawyers, makes this an entertaining read."-- Robert Lantos, film producer, Chairman, Serendipity Point Films "A fascinating and important business story, whose lessons on the impact of culture and leadership apply to all organizations, regardless of size, sector or geography."-- Cailin Rovinescu, President and CEO, Air Canada "Jaw dropping!"-- Drew Hasselback, Editor, Legal Post section of the National Post. "...Great flow and well put together. It all boils down to leadership...an awesome read." - Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex

Back to Beer...and Hockey

The Story of Eric Molson

Author: Helen Antoniou

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773553118

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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To most Canadians, the Molson name is part of the very fabric of Canada. Since 1786, when John Molson founded his first brewery in Montreal, it has become synonymous with beer, hockey, and philanthropy. Few realize, however, how close the family came in recent years to losing control of the enterprise. Back to Beer...and Hockey offers intimate details of the life and work of Eric Molson, who not only saved the company, but positioned it to thrive as a global brewery into the twenty-first century. With unprecedented access to the Molson family, Helen Antoniou traces Eric Molson’s evolution from a young brewmaster captivated by the chemistry of beer-making to chairman of Molson. Quiet by nature, he had to confront big egos, navigate complex boardroom politics, and even battle a disruptive cousin who tried to push him out of the way. Antoniou's carefully researched account details how the introverted Eric overcame his aversion to conflict to take the company from a failing conglomerate back to its core business of beer, eventually turning it into one of the world's leading brewers. Today, he has passed the torch to his sons, the seventh generation, but his steadfast vision prevails. An absorbing account of one man's struggle at the helm of an international brewing giant, Back to Beer...and Hockey shows how Eric Molson’s guiding principles influenced the future of Molson – both the enterprise and the family.

My Peerless Story

It Starts with the Collar

Author: Alvin Cramer Segal

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773550178

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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In 1951, Alvin Cramer Segal, at the age of eighteen and without a formal education, started working in the factory of his stepfather’s company in Montreal. Today he is the chairman and chief executive officer of the largest supplier of men’s fine-tailored clothing in North America, and is considered an outstanding business and community leader, at the forefront of policy-making in Canada’s apparel industry, with commitments to philanthropic efforts that echo his business accomplishments. In My Peerless Story, Segal recounts how he learned business from the collar down and from the ground up, transforming a family-owned business into one that would eventually come to licence labels such as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Michael Kors. Sharing anecdotes and personal experiences, Segal describes the history of garment manufacturing in Montreal and his intuitive strategies to leverage growth by improving fabrics, and adapting to innovative changes in the industry, eventually becoming the main inventory source of designer label suits to major department stores. Written from the heart, not as a handbook but rather as the story of a well-suited business career, My Peerless Story nonetheless includes relevant business lessons for the aspiring and inspired.

Lucifer's Banker

The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy

Author: Bradley C. Birkenfeld

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group

ISBN: 1626343721

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 344

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As a private banker working for the largest bank in the world, UBS, Bradley Birkenfeld was an expert in Switzerland’s shell-game of offshore companies and secret numbered accounts. He wined and dined ultrawealthy clients whose millions of dollars were hidden away from business partners, spouses, and tax authorities. As his client list grew, Birkenfeld lived a life of money, fast cars, and beautiful women, but when he discovered that UBS was planning to betray him, he blew the whistle to the US Government. ​The Department of Justice scorned Birkenfeld’s unprecedented whistle-blowing and attempted to silence him with a conspiracy charge. Yet Birkenfeld would not be intimidated. He took his secrets to the US Senate, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service, where he prevailed. His bombshell revelations helped the US Treasury recover over $15 billion (and counting) in back taxes, fines, and penalties from American tax cheats. But Birkenfeld was shocked to discover that at the same time he was cooperating with the US Government, the Department of Justice was still doggedly pursuing him. He was arrested and served thirty months in federal prison. When he emerged, the Internal Revenue Service gave him a whistle-blower award for $104 million, the largest such reward in history. A page-turning real-life thriller, Lucifer’s Banker is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the secret Swiss high-net worth banking industry and a harrowing account of our government’s justice system. Readers will follow Birkenfeld and share his outrage with the incompetence and possible corruption at the Department of Justice, and they will cheer him on as he “hammers” one of the most well-known and powerful banks in the world.

The New Lawyer, Second Edition

How Clients Are Transforming the Practice of Law

Author: Julie Macfarlane

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774835850

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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The New Lawyer analyzes the profound impact changes in client needs and demands are having on how law is practised. Most legal clients are unwilling or unable to pay for protracted litigation and count on their lawyers to pursue just and expedient resolution. These clients are transforming the role of lawyers, the nature of client service, and the principles of legal practice. In this fully revised edition of the now classic text, Julie Macfarlane outlines how lawyers can meet new expectations by committing to lawyer-client collaboration, conflict resolution advocacy, and revised financial structures so that the legal profession can remain relevant in this rapidly changing environment.

Distilled

A Memoir of Family, Seagram, Baseball, and Philanthropy

Author: Charles Bronfman,Howard Green

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 1443448494

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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While much has been written about his father, Sam, a titan of industry, there is no public record of Charles Bronfman’s thoughts on his own life, family, career and his significant accomplishments in sport and philanthropy. Distilled does just that, chronicling key events in the life of the heir to one of Canada’s great fortunes. Born in 1931 to the fabulously wealthy Bronfmans, Charles grew up in a 20-room mansion with many staff. Via their control of the distilling giant Seagram, the Bronfman family dominated the liquor business with brands such as Crown Royal, V.O. and Chivas Regal. By the 1980s, Seagram was also the biggest shareholder of DuPont and by the 1990s, the family’s wealth was in the billions, culminating in the $35-billion sale of Seagram to France’s Vivendi, which turned into a financial and family disaster. In Distilled, Charles reflects on all of it---his relationship with his parents, his brother Edgar, working in the family business, landing Canada’s first big league baseball franchise (the Montreal Expos), leading a philanthropic life by promoting Canadian identity through Heritage Minutes and supporting Israel through countless innovative initiatives including the globally respected Birthright Israel---and to how the Bronfman family splintered over the sale of Seagram.

The New Lawyer

How Settlement Is Transforming the Practice of Law

Author: Julie MacFarlane

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780774858199

Category: Law

Page: 304

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Today's justice system and the legal profession have rendered the "lawyer-warrior" notion outdated, shifting toward conflict resolution rather than protracted litigation. The new lawyer's skills go beyond court battles to encompass negotiation, mediation, collaborative practice, and restorative justice. In The New Lawyer, Julie Macfarlane explores the evolving role of practitioners, articulating legal and ethical complexities in a variety of contexts. The result is a thought-provoking exploration of the increasing impact of alternative strategies on the lawyer-client relationship, as well as on the legal system itself.

Busted

The Rise & Fall of Art Schlichter

Author: Art Schlichter,Jeff Snook

Publisher: Orange Frazer PressInc

ISBN: 9781933197678

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 246

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Ex-professional football player Art Schlichter discusses his success in high school, college, and the NFL before succumbing to gambling addiction and serving time in prison for ten years.

Full Disclosure

A Novel

Author: Beverley McLachlin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501172808

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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From the former Chief Justice of Canada comes a riveting thriller starring Jilly Truitt, a rising, young defense attorney faced with a case that hits close to home. A searing look at what justice means in the courts and on the streets, Full Disclosure is perfect for fans of Kathy Reichs, Louise Penny, and Lisa Scottoline. When everyone has something to hide, the truth is the only defense. There’s nothing Jilly Truitt likes more than winning a case, especially against her former mentor, prosecutor Cy Kenge. Jilly has baggage, the residue of a dark time in a series of foster homes, but that’s in the past. Now she’s building her own criminal defense firm and making a name for herself as a tough-as-nails lawyer willing to take risks in the courtroom. When the affluent and enigmatic Vincent Trussardi is accused of his wife Laura’s murder, Jilly agrees to defend him, despite predictions that the case is a sure loser and warnings from those close to her to stay away from the Trussardi family. Determined to prove everyone wrong, Jilly investigates Laura’s death, hoping to discover a shred of evidence that might give the jury a reasonable doubt. Instead, she is confronted by damning evidence and uncooperative witnesses at every turn. Someone isn’t telling the truth, but who? With her reputation and Vincent’s life on the line, Jilly tries to unravel the web of secrets surrounding Laura’s murder. As she digs deeper, she uncovers a startling revelation that will change not only the case, but her life forever. From the gritty streets of Vancouver to the fateful halls of justice, Full Disclosure is a razor-sharp thriller that pulses with authenticity and intrigue.

Silicon Nanoelectronics

Author: Shunri Oda,David Ferry

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1420028642

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 328

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Technological advancement in chip development, primarily based on the downscaling of the feature size of transistors, is threatening to come to a standstill as we approach the limits of conventional scaling. For example, when the number of electrons in a device's active region is reduced to less than ten electrons (or holes), quantum fluctuation errors will occur, and when gate insulator thickness becomes too insignificant to block quantum mechanical tunneling, unacceptable leakage will occur. Fortunately, there is truth in the old adage that whenever a door closes, a window opens somewhere else. In this case, that window opening is nanotechnology. Silicon Nanoelectronics takes a look at at the recent development of novel devices and materials that hold great promise for the creation of still smaller and more powerful chips. Silicon nanodevices are positoned to be particularly relevant in consideration of the existing silicon process infrastructure already in place throughout the semiconductor industry and silicon's consequent compatibility with current CMOS circuits. This is reinforced by the nearly perfect interface that can exist between natural oxide and silicon. Presenting the contributions of more than 20 leading academic and corporate researchers from the United States and Japan, Silicon Nanoelectronics offers a comprehensive look at this emergent technology. The text includes extensive background information on the physics of silicon nanodevices and practical CMOS scaling. It considers such issues as quantum effects and ballistic transport and resonant tunneling in silicon nanotechnology. A significant amount of attention is given to the all-important silicon single electron transistors and the devices that utilize them. In offering an update of the current state-of-the-art in the field of silicon nanoelectronics, this volume serves well as a concise reference for students, scientists, engineers, and specialists in various fields, including electron device technology, solid-state physics, and nanotechnology.

Save Your Mind

Author: Antoine Hakim

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781988025216

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 256

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This practical and informative book by prominent Ottawa neurologist Dr. Antoine Hakim says that you can avoid dementia and the loss of control that accompanies this brain disease by following the author's seven specific rules to exercise the brain and body. Readers will learn how to build a cognitive reserve to protect their minds from injury such as stroke. By following these rules, it's even possible to reverse some of the early signs of dementia. This book also offers an authoritative and easy-to-understand explanation of how the brain works, and why it's important to maintain the 600 kilometers of connections between brain cells in each one of us. Readers will learn about some of the mind-blowing research that shows, for example, how elderly nuns maintained their cognitive abilities even though their brains displayed the physical signs of Alzheimer's. Save Your Mind is an essential book for anyone who wants to take proactive steps to prevent dementia and the loss of mental control. "With advice that is actionable, in language that is sharp, Dr. Hakim shows, explains, and sensitizes. As he uncovers the human dimensions of the diseaseand what can be done, he enables us to care better for ourselves, and others. This book is a gift, an invitation to the human spirit, a call to our formidable capacity to engage in combat and change course. Armed with love, determination, empathy, and the very memories that are under attack, everyone can take steps today so the future doesn't take away the present, then the past. This book is for everyone who owns a brain." - Micha�lle Jean, Secretary General of La Francophonie and Governor General of Canada (2005 to 2010) "This clear, concise, and beautifully written book is essential reading for all adults, young and old, who want to have healthy brains in their later years. Dr. Hakim explains, in terms that will be understood by all, why we get demented, and provides a simple and accessible way to prevent this calamity. A must-read that could potentially change the way we age." - Jeanne Teitelbaum, MD FRCP, Program Director for Neurocritical Care, Montreal Neurological Institute "Dr. Hakim's book shines light on the critical importance of brain health: what we put in our heads helps protect us from both stroke and dementia. This book provides essential and practical information for anyone who wishes to reduce the risk of this awful condition." - Dr. Patrice Lindsay, Director, Heart & Stroke Foundation

The Legal status of the Basque language today

one language, three administrations, seven different geographies and a diaspora

Author: Gloria Pilar Totoricaguena,Iñigo Urrutia

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 267

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Nine specialists give us their analyses and diagnoses of the legal status of language planning and of the current situation of the Basque language in its homeland and abroad. Articles detail contemporary legal cases, laws, government policies and programs both in Euskal Herria and in the Basque diaspora that hinder or help the living Basque language, Euskara. Language coexistence in Canada is highlighted as a comparative reference.

A Woman's Guide to Healthy Aging

7 Proven Ways to Keep You Vibrant, Happy & Strong

Author: Vivien Brown

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781988025223

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 192

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The internet is flooded with tips about how to look younger, but what women of a certain age really need is an expert's guide to healthy aging -- and that is just what Toronto family doctor Dr. Vivien Brown offers in this concise guide. A Woman's Guide to Healthy Aging is the first book written by a medical authority to tackle the key challenges women face as they grow older, including brain health and heart disease. As a noted expert on many aspects of women's health, Dr. Brown deals with these issues head on every day. Practical and informative, this guide covers the top seven issues she believes are most important: nutrition, exercise and sleep, brain health, immunization and disease prevention, menopause, cardiac health, and osteoporosis. Sweeping aside the myths and sales tricks that plague women every day, Dr. Brown offers sensible advice based on the latest scientific evidence.

Lawyers as Peacemakers

Practicing Holistic, Problem-solving Law

Author: J. Kim Wright

Publisher: American Bar Association

ISBN: 9781604428629

Category: Law

Page: 518

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Lawyers as Peacemakers can teach lawyers new ways of finding satisfaction in thier practice and providing comprehensive, solution-focused services to clients; sometimes it's not about winning, it's about finding the best possible answer for everyone involved. These practices focus on a more holistic, humanistic, solution-based approach to resolving legal problems, an approach that many clients want and need.

Mergers & Acquisitions For Dummies

Author: Bill Snow

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119543908

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

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Mergers & Acquisitions For Dummies (9781119543862) was previously published as Mergers & Acquisitions For Dummies (9780470385562). While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product. The easy way to make smart business transactions Are you a business owner, investor, venture capitalist, or member of a private equity firm looking to grow your business by getting involved in a merger with, or acquisition of, another company? Are you looking for a plain-English guide to how mergers and acquisitions can affect your investments? Look no further. Mergers & Acquisitions For Dummies explains the entire process step by step—from the different types of transactions and structures to raising funds and partnering. Plus, you'll get expert advice on identifying targets, business valuation, doing due diligence, closing the purchase agreement, and integrating new employees and new ways of doing business. Step-by-step techniques and real-world advice for making successful mergers and acquisitions Covers international laws and regulations How to take advantage of high-value deals Going beyond the case studies of other books, Mergers & Acquisitions For Dummies is your one-stop reference for making business growth a success.

Black Edge

Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street

Author: Sheelah Kolhatkar

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0812995813

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “An essential exposé of our times—a work that reveals the deep rot in our financial system . . . Everyone should read this book.”—David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR—The New York Times and The Economist • Finalist for the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism The hedge fund industry changed Wall Street. Its pioneers didn’t lay railroads, build factories, or invent new technologies. Rather, they made their billions through financial speculation, by placing bets in the market that turned out to be right more often than not. In hedge fund circles, Steven A. Cohen was revered as one of the greatest traders who ever lived. But that image was shattered when his fund, SAC Capital, became the target of a seven-year government investigation. Prosecutors labeled SAC a “magnet for market cheaters” whose culture encouraged the relentless pursuit of “edge”—and even “black edge,” which is inside information—and the firm was ultimately indicted and pleaded guilty to charges related to a vast insider trading scheme. Cohen, himself, however, was never charged. Black Edge is a riveting legal thriller that raises urgent questions about the power and wealth of those who sit at the pinnacle of high finance and how they have reshaped the economy. Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction and the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award “A modern version of Moby-Dick, with wiretaps rather than harpoons.”—Jennifer Senior, The New York Times “If you liked James B. Stewart’s Den of Thieves, Sheelah Kolhatkar’s thrilling Black Edge should be next on your reading list.”—The Wall Street Journal “Excellent.”—The Economist “A true-life thriller with Shakespearian stakes . . . Her chilling account of a blighted industry is as mesmerizing as a human story as it is as a financial one.”—Fortune “A tour de force of groundbreaking reporting and brilliant storytelling.”—Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times bestselling author of American Heiress

Blockchain and the Law

The Rule of Code

Author: Primavera De Filippi De Filippi

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674985915

Category: Law

Page: 250

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Since Bitcoin appeared in 2009, the digital currency has been hailed as an Internet marvel and decried as the preferred transaction vehicle for all manner of criminals. It has left nearly everyone without a computer science degree confused: Just how do you “mine” money from ones and zeros? The answer lies in a technology called blockchain, which can be used for much more than Bitcoin. A general-purpose tool for creating secure, decentralized, peer-to-peer applications, blockchain technology has been compared to the Internet itself in both form and impact. Some have said this tool may change society as we know it. Blockchains are being used to create autonomous computer programs known as “smart contracts,” to expedite payments, to create financial instruments, to organize the exchange of data and information, and to facilitate interactions between humans and machines. The technology could affect governance itself, by supporting new organizational structures that promote more democratic and participatory decision making. Primavera De Filippi and Aaron Wright acknowledge this potential and urge the law to catch up. That is because disintermediation—a blockchain’s greatest asset—subverts critical regulation. By cutting out middlemen, such as large online operators and multinational corporations, blockchains run the risk of undermining the capacity of governmental authorities to supervise activities in banking, commerce, law, and other vital areas. De Filippi and Wright welcome the new possibilities inherent in blockchains. But as Blockchain and the Law makes clear, the technology cannot be harnessed productively without new rules and new approaches to legal thinking.

Thinking About Law

Perspectives on the history, philosophy and sociology of law

Author: Rosemary Hunter,Richard Ingleby,Richard Johnstone

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1742696988

Category: Law

Page: 272

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There is more to law than rules, robes and precedents. Rather, law is an integral part of social practices and policies, as diverse and complex as society itself. Thinking About Law offers a comprehensive introduction to the ways in which law has been presented and represented. It explores historical, sociological, economic and philosophical perspectives on the major legal and political debates in Australia today. The contributors examine the position of Aborigines in the Australian legal system and the impact of the Mabo case; divisions of power in Australian society and law; the question of objectivity in law; the relationship between legislation and social change; judicial decision-making and other issues. Accessibly written, Thinking About Law is essential reading for students and anyone interested in understanding our legal system.