Glory hallelujah! It’s road construction season again. Help wanted

It's a common cliché here in Canada—we have only two seasons—winter and road construction. As I drive around the city and surrounding countryside I'm experiencing my annual surge of anger and frustration with the state of our transportation system. Once the snow melts, roads and highways are cordoned off, lanes reduced and then nothing happens. IF there's any activity on the site, two bored-looking workers are wandering around with a shovel in their hands but most often there's nothing going on. I realize road and highway maintenance and improvements are necessary…

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Glory hallelujah! It’s road construction season again. Help wanted
Clear the track! I'll be dead before this @!#$%^& work gets finished.

Co-op programs give students a leg-up

An editorial in The Globe and Mail on Saturday, May 8, 2015 by David McKay, President and CEO of Royal Bank of Canada got me thinking about the challenges faced by young people looking for work. Entitled "For students and employers, co-op education is a bridge to a wider world", McKay presents a strong case for the co-op education he acquired at the University of Waterloo in the early 1980s. Although it's been several years since I hired students while working for one of Canada's top employers (EllisDon Corporation), it…

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Tipping my hard hat to one of the best

Today's post is a tribute to my old alma mater, EllisDon Corporation. Geoff Smith, President of ED was in Monaco  (yes, the real one, next to Italy) last week representing Canada's nomination for International Entrepreneur of the Year, in a prestigious award ceremony hosted annually by Ernst & Young. That's serious recognition and one EllisDon can be justifiably proud of. When I joined the firm in 1971, I'd never even heard of the company. At that time they completed $65 million in new construction each year and there were only…

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