How to become more professional, more promotable

Jim Kokocki

Jim Kokocki, past President of Toastmasters, International

As the President for Toastmasters International, an organization that has 16,000 clubs in 142 countries, 345,000 active members and over 5 million people who have been through their program, Saint John’s own Jim Kokocki was living a dream as he embarked on a whirlwind tour travelling the world visiting Toastmasters conferences and companies interested in bringing Toastmasters in-house. Read the rest of this entry »


If you build it, they will come

Scott VanWart

As president and CEO of Saint John Pro Basketball, Scott VanWart has a busy and exciting season ahead of him, not only building a team, but also getting the fans out to enjoy what pro basketball has to offer. Photo: Colin McPhail

The social dividend of Saint John’s pro basketball team valued by group

Keeping minor pro basketball alive and well in Saint John is a big job. Luckily, a group of 21 passionate and dedicated residents have stepped up, with Scott VanWart as volunteer leader, to ensure the community has great pro basketball and role models in their midst.

As president and CEO of Saint John Pro Basketball, Scott has a busy and exciting season ahead of him, not only building a team, but also getting the fans out to enjoy what pro basketball has to offer. I started our conversation by asking Scott about the origins of the team and the new ownership structure.

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Surprise! Leading through change…

Yes. It's a girl!

Yes. It’s a girl!

You know that great feeling when your kids are well out of diapers, gaining more independence every day, and you are functioning well as a family – schedules are set, roles are established and you’re enjoying that next stage in your life?

I was exactly there this year. My kids, a 10 and 6 year old, were thriving at the same school where my wife, their mom, is a teacher. We had a great rhythm in our lives – we’d sorted out our systems.

 

Then we had a surprise. Read the rest of this entry »


You don’t need a million dollars to get started

Peter Buckley has been a financial adviser for more than 30 years, and is co-founder of Buckley Patterson Shaw Securities (BPSS), an independent financial services firm that provides comprehensive wealth management.

Peter Buckley has been a financial adviser for more than 30 years, and is co-founder of Buckley Patterson Shaw Securities (BPSS), an independent financial services firm that provides comprehensive wealth management.

From his office, in a beautiful historic building in Rothesay, Peter Buckley shared his philosophy (and some advice) on how he and his team help their clients find a clear path to financial independence.

Peter, a financial adviser for more than 30 years (with seven professional designations), is co-founder of Buckley Patterson Shaw Securities (BPSS) an independent financial services firm that provides comprehensive wealth management. They support their clients with a mixture of financial plans, investment and insurance products and debt repayment strategies. Read the rest of this entry »


The Power of a Single Question

Bruce McLeod

Bruce McLeod, General Manager, Coaching Services

By Bruce McLeod

It wasn’t very long after having “arrived”  in the role of my dreams – Global VP of Human Resources – that I started to wonder, “what in the world have I done?” I had determined early on in my career that I was going to one-day hold a seat on a senior executive team. It seemed an ambitious goal at times, and yet the closer I got and the more realistic it became, the harder I drove. Read the rest of this entry »