Innovating while female: How four women made their marks

Joelle Pineau: “By virtue of being a researcher, I’m an innovator."Laurie Devine for McGill University It’s no coincidence that women are driving some of the most innovative businesses in Canada. A recent study published in the Harvard Business Review showed that companies with the most diverse management teams generate 19 per cent higher innovation revenues …

Doug Ford gets an A- from CFIB for cutting red tape for small businesses

Doug Ford, Ontario's premierCole Burston/Bloomberg Ontario Premier Doug Ford is one of the four “red tape crusaders” to be honoured with Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses’ (CFIB) Golden Scissors Award. The award is given every year to a politician, public servant or government that eliminates unnecessary bureaucracy standing in the way of small businesses. This …

How to build your own unfair advantage against your competitors

Sachin Rekhi‏, a serial entrepreneur in Menlo Park, Calif.Handout This story opens with a scenario implausible enough for you to file it under the heading “Only in Silicon Valley.” Sachin Rehki says startup capital is now so easy to access in the Valley that too many people are launching companies. As a 34-year-old founder with …

Working through the haze: Governments need to help small businesses prepare for legalization

As Parliament puts the final touches on Canada’s legislative framework around recreational cannabis, the spotlight shifts to provincial governments. The process has many moving parts, and touches on a range of government departments, with several significant fiscal, social and health considerations. While there are opportunities in some jurisdictions for entrepreneurs to get directly involved in …

Move over luxury cars, Germany wants to trial flying taxis

A flying car prototype, developed by Airbus and Audi, at an Airbus industrie exhibition.ALAIN JOCARD/AFP Germany, land of the no-holds-barred Autobahn, is pushing the next level of transportation: flying cars. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government signed a letter of intent with executives from Volkswagen’s Audi unit and plane maker Airbus SE to test air taxis in …