5 Reasons Why I Wouldn’t Want to be a Teenager Today

being a teenager today

This isn’t one of those nostalgic posts about “I remember when”, but my kids will probably accuse me of it. Obviously, there have always been challenges in raising teenagers but throw in social media, access to technology and our kids surpassing our knowledge base for certain things, and so our job as parents just got exponentially more difficult. Life was … Read More

9 Powerful Ways That Philanthropy Can Help to Build Your Brand?

philanthropy can help build your brand

Being altruistic usually means putting the needs of others ahead of your own needs.  So discussing how philanthropy can help to build your brand almost comes across as being hypocritical.  But being generous and charitable doesn’t mean that you can’t beat your chest a little, especially when it comes to being good corporate citizens and leaders in your community.  Here … Read More

8 Tragic Things People Don’t Understand About Losing a Child

losing a child

Earlier this month was Suicide Prevention Day. It’s been more than 6 years since we endured the tragic loss of our beautiful daughter Madeline. Since this tragic event devastated our family’s lives, I have felt a multitude of different emotions ranging from anger, gratitude, helplessness and, of course, inconsolable sadness.I read a blog post by Paula Stephens, “What I Wish … Read More

No One Wakes Up and Suddenly Decides to Become Charitable One Day

become charitable

In the past, I would never describe myself as being particularly charitable. It’s not that I wasn’t compassionate or I was completely selfish, but to be honest, I didn’t think that anything I contributed towards charity would make a meaningful difference. I wasn’t able to write a significant cheque. The other reason, there wasn’t a particular cause that I was … Read More

What are the 4 Services You Must Get Rid of from your Employee Benefits Plan?

ORPP means for business

Some benefits on plans should be eliminated or enhanced to give more value to employees and stakeholders.  By having them on your plan, they are subject to abuse.  It is not necessarily your employees’ fault, and the practitioners are all too willing to take your benefit dollar as far as it can go.  Since benefit renewals are all based on … Read More

The Most Ironic Thing That Being a Hockey Parent has Taught Me About Business

hockey vs business

As the pandemic starts to relinquish its clutches on our day-to-day lives and life as we know it starts to resume again, the resumption of sports is on the not too distant horizon for many parents. This pandemic has significantly impacted our lives and the lives of our children. That meant cancelling our late-summer to often late spring preoccupation with … Read More

How Does Tremendous Purpose Come From the Darkest Tragedy?

tremendous purpose

Does the hurting ever stop? I don’t know because I’m not even close to being there yet.  A big part of me wants the pain to go away but not at the cost of the memories.  The memories are what I cherish, what I hold onto when I want to feel close to Madeline. This is what I felt 2 … Read More

The Death Side of the Life Insurance Business

Something happened to me for the first time this week; one of my clients passed away.  Being in the life insurance business, you expect to get used to the fact that you set up life insurance on the premise that it will likely payout one day.  The application and underwriting process is relatively transactional.  When I received the message from … Read More

Has Work-Life Balance Actually Increased or Decreased During the Pandemic?

work life programs

Prior to Covid, things were changing in the corporate world. Many employers are starting to recognize the importance of encouraging a work-life balance among their employees. And, in today’s competitive job market, family-friendly work environments are becoming all the rage – for a good reason.  But almost overnight, things almost flipped on its head Since the start of the pandemic, … Read More