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Good governance is critical for growth. But Canadian startups haven’t yet got a handle on the importance of governance when seeking investors. (Ravi Roshan/Unsplash)

Canadian startups need to focus on corporate governance to grow and thrive

Good business requires good governance, and startups require a particular kind of governance to help them grow and prosper. That's why it's so important for startups to get governance right early on.
The outside of a Mountain Equipment Co-op is seen in North Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The MEC debacle is a predictable and avoidable governance failure

MEC built a leadership team that lacked any obvious understanding of co-operatives and fostered a culture that started to see member involvement as a problem rather than a strength.
In this 2019 promotional photo from McDonald’s, then CEO Steve Easterbrook, fourth from the left, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Big Mac with family members of the McDonald’s employee who invented the popular sandwich. Easterbrook has since been dismissed from McDonald’s for inappropriate behaviour. (Peter Wynn Thompson/AP Images for McDonald's)

How good governance can stop toxic ‘bro behaviour’ at companies

Bad behaviour and toxic culture at a company can be corrected if the organization's board of directors states clearly the values they are looking for in a CEO.
By using technology to curb the spread of COVID-19, governments undertake the risky venture of undermining human rights. (Shutterstock)

Technology threatens human rights in the coronavirus fight

As governments consider the use of surveillance technologies to trace and contain the spread of COVID-19, it is important to consider human rights in the implementation.
Ambiguity of the transformation rules made it possible for mining companies to renege on their commitments. Shutterstock

Disconnect between business and state contributed to Marikana massacre

A lesson from the 2012 massacre of mineworkers is the need for government to retain its role as primary governance agent, enforcing clear rules and ensuring the provision of public goods and services.

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