The Importance of Coaching Breakthru Leaders

Attending the Breakthru awards event is one of the highlights of my year.  Breakthru – hosted by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF), Breakthru logoCox & Palmer and Deloitte, is a nation-wide start-up competition that provides participants with a unique opportunity to access start-up capital, mentoring and support.

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Who do you call when disaster strikes?

Chris Long ServiceMaster

Chris Long, President, ServiceMaster Saint John
Photo: Craig Allen

Chris Long and his team are there when you really need them and often his customers call when they are in dire straits. They are the disaster restoration specialists at Saint John’s ServiceMaster Restore and ServiceMaster Clean. The franchise employs more than 40 people and uses state-of-the-art cleaning and restoration equipment, proprietary products and also provide ongoing technician training to bring peace of mind when disaster strikes. Read the rest of this entry »


The Dragons recommend Boiling Point Podcast

Our Boiling Point Podcast lands on the Dragon’s Den Top 8 Must-Listen List for Entrepreneurs

Dragon's Den BlogWith a strong nudge from my colleague, good friend and co-host, Greg Hemmings, we embarked on a podcasting journey a little over a year ago (60-ish weekly episodes ago). Greg promised our journey would be fun, interesting and good for business. Well he certainly was prophetic! So much so that, to our pleasant surprise, we recently learned that our Boiling Point Podcast had been included in the Dragon’s Den Top 8 Must Listen Podcasts for Entrepreneurs. Read the rest of this entry »


Turning a dream into reality

Jacqueline MacKinnon

Jacqueline MacKinnon, owner of Benjamin Moore in Quispamis.
Photo: Cindy Wilson/Telegraph-Journal

Jacqueline MacKinnon has a swimming pool but still insists on going down to the wharf and jumping off every day. She took an even bigger leap into the small business world two years ago when she became the owner of Benjamin Moore in Quispamsis. Her husband, Ian, supports the business by handling things on the back end and focusing, as she says, on “when to stop spending money and pay the bills.” Read the rest of this entry »


Talking leadership with power broker
Aldéa Landry

Business Hall of Fame laureate Aldéa Landry. [Photo: Ron Ward/Times & Transcript]</br>

Business Hall of Fame laureate Aldéa Landry.
[Photo: Ron Ward/Times & Transcript]

As published in the Telegraph-Journal 19 Apr 2014

Aldéa Landry has done many things in her extraordinary career. She is a former chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (the first woman to occupy the position) as well as being a member of the board of directors of the Bank of Canada and of the Security Intelligence Review Committee.

Aldéa was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987 and to the Privy Council of Canada in 2005, she was awarded the Order of Canada in 2006 and received The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

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