Guide To Subterranean Ottawa

Power & Influence’s Guide To Subterranean Ottawa

You’re on a business trip to Ottawa and you want something real, unvarnished, away from the hotels and tourist traps. Scratch out most of the places on the map from the concierge, because you want to go underground, where the locals go. more …

How about a single malt

How about a single malt as we discuss income splitting?

Tucked away in private clubs across Canada are fine wines, elegant dining, chic antique wood, dress codes, and yes, rules about the use of mobile devices. House rules are part of the fun at Canada’s most exclusive clubs, where the business and political nonpareil can interact in a comfortable, informal setting. more …

All in the family

All in the family

Across the globe, mainstream news organizations, publishers and printers are crafting transition plans for the digital era, and Transcontinental Inc., the largest consumer magazine publisher and printer in Canada, is no exception, with Marcoux leading Transcontinental’s efforts as chairwoman. more …

The no-frills CEO

The no-frills CEO

If Galen G. Weston were a President’s Choice product, he’d fall under the Blue Menu category: Something hearty, home-cooked, lots of meat, some veggies to serve as a healthy and tasty side, and no frills—except power. more …

the ex officio cabinet minister

Tom Jenkins, the ex officio cabinet minister

Few members of the public get to go behind the scenes at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, even fewer in the days before a space shuttle launch. For OpenText Corp. chairman Tom Jenkins, it was just a matter of knowing the right people. more …

The PR guy

The PR guy behind one of Canada’s most-loved brands

The coffee you drink may be one of the most political statements you make on a daily basis. Starbucks is for the upper class, the corporate. Ottawa’s Bridgehead fair-trade coffee is for the socially minded upper class who don’t like Starbucks. Tim Hortons is for, well, everyone else. more …

The dot-bong boom

The dot-bong boom

In a flowering room where the thermostat reads precisely 80 degrees fahrenheit (26.6 centigrade), there is a scent of herbs, and lots of artificial light. It’s where Chuck Rifici sat for months at a desk that overlooks hundreds of marijuana plants. more …

John Skinner engaging with customers at Painted Rock Winery

Canada’s most influential wines

Former investment banker John Skinner, now winery proprietor, followed his passion, listened to the right people, took a huge risk, and is living the Canadian dream. Now in his sights: Interprovincial trade restrictions surrounding wine and alcohol, and he’s got the ear of the government. more …

Top 50 Business Leaders

Top 50 Business Leaders

The capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself; the power to shape policy or ensure favorable treatment from someone, esp. through status, contacts, or wealth. more …

From Chief to Oil Executive

From Chief to Oil Executive

Blaine Favel says political and regulatory roadblocks could prevent some pipelines from being built. Former Poundmaker Cree chief Blaine Favel started his own oil and gas company. more …

The Media Executives

The Media Executives

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has a team of staffers producing a weekly video reel of the PM’s activities, published to YouTube and disseminated on Twitter. It’s the PM’s hope that, wherever possible, he can bypass the dreaded national media. more …

the Gentler, Folksy, Calgary CEO

Brad Shaw, the Gentler, Folksy, Calgary CEO

Whether Shaw Communications Inc. made a conscious effort to change its tone vis-à-vis the regulators in Ottawa, or whether it was simple, blind luck that the family’s second, gentler scion Brad Shaw took over at the right time, is a matter of some debate. more …

From the Editor

From the Editor

For this issue of P&I, we’ve changed things up a little. In a departure from our usual lists of political insiders, we looked outside the bubble to the world of business, creating a list of the top 50 Canadian executives and business leaders in politics, policy and national affairs. more …