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Canaccord begins foray into pot ownership space
Leading adviser to cannabis companies is now a potential buyer of a company in the sector
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Page B6
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-- Already a leading adviser to cannabis companies, Canaccord Genuity Corp. is now a potential buyer of a marijuana business after the investment bank launched a takeover vehicle that is searching for an acquisition worth up to $250-million.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wall Street embraces a different kind of green space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Page B6
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-- An investment banker who routinely talks to beverage and pharmaceutical executives likes to tell a quick story about the current state of the world: Every meeting with CEOs used to start with five minutes of small talk about U.S. President Donald Trump.  FULL STORY arrow
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Callidus shares drop on quarterly loss as CEO Newton Glassman takes medical leave space
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By ANDREW WILLIS, JEFFREY JONES
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Callidus Capital Corp. shares tumbled 15 per cent to a new low on Tuesday after the lending company reported a seventh consecutive quarterly loss and announced chief executive officer Newton Glassman is stepping aside to take a medical leave.  FULL STORY arrow
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Reach for these blockbusters space
It's the sheer joy of good storytelling that has Andrew Willis eagerly awaiting the next instalment of Jack Reacher's fists-a-flailing exploits
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – Page P17
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-- I first met Jack Reacher two decades back, on a cottage weekend. We spent two nights staying up way too late. There's still no one in fiction I'd rather hang out with.  FULL STORY arrow
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Big banks don't share Canadians' housing obsession space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Monday, July 30, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Canada's housing market is something of a national obsession. It's understandable. It's also misguided when it comes to Canada's banks.It's all very well for renters to dither about jumping in, or homeowners to fret about what their place will be worth after their kitchen reno. But along with being a tad tedious, all this talk is distracting investors from fundamental improvements in the fortunes of the big banks.  FULL STORY arrow
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Pilsner and pot: Steam Whistle eyed for takeover space
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By ANDREW WILLIS, CHRISTINA PELLEGRINI
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – Page B1
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-- As lunch hour approaches on a stupidly hot morning in downtown Toronto, the bar at Steam Whistle Brewing is filling up with 20-somethings sipping frosty glasses of pilsner. In an office perched above the crowd, executives at one of the country's largest independent beer makers are explaining the similarities between their business and the cannabis companies racing to prepare for legalization of recreational marijuana this fall.  FULL STORY arrow
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Brutal optics, bold bid: Air Canada's play for Aeroplan space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, July 26, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Shareholders in loyalty-program operator Aimia Inc. have every reason to be furious with Calin Rovinescu. The rest of us should be thrilled with the Air Canada CEO's hardball tactics.  FULL STORY arrow
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Activist investors in Detour spat unlikely to get their way space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Monday, July 23, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Here is what John Paulson has: A formerly high-flying hedge fund, clients heading for the doors and a crumbling reputation.Here is what the founder of Paulson and Co. doesn't have: A buyer for Detour Gold Corp.  FULL STORY arrow
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The table is set for fund-manager takeovers by banks space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, July 21, 2018 – Page B4
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-- In basketball, a generation of kids grew up wanting to be like Mike. In money management, two generations of stock pickers aspired to be like Steve.Stephen Jarislowsky became a role model in financial circles over a six-decade career by building one of the country's largest asset management firm - Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd. - and a national reputation as an outspoken investor advocate. The 92-year-old is likely to be equally influential as he exits the stage by selling his firm to Bank of Nova Scotia for $950-million.  FULL STORY arrow
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U.S. firms vie for Ontario casinos as Canadian rivals withdraw space
Retreat of Gateway, Great Canadian leaves three companies in bidding for 20-year leases on two Niagara Falls properties
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Monday, July 16, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Three U.S. gambling companies are in the final round of bidding for a pair of Niagara Falls casinos put on the block last year by an Ontario government agency, after Canadian rivals dropped out of a game that got too rich.  FULL STORY arrow
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Callidus Capital halts dividend space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, July 14, 2018 – Page B3
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-- Callidus Capital Corp. eliminated its common-share dividend as part of a strategy to devote all its cash to making loans, a move that triggered a sharp drop on Friday in the distressed lender's share price.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ford used legislative threat to oust Hydro One CEO, board space
Ontario PC government drafted legislation to scrap executive contracts at the utility
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Friday, July 13, 2018 – Page A1
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-- Ontario Premier Doug Ford ousted the board of directors and CEO at Hydro One Ltd. by threatening to rip up executive employment contracts at the utility, an aggressive approach that is expected to make it difficult to draft a new leadership team.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ontario Premier kneecaps Hydro One space
Ford has pushed out a competent board, likely to be replaced by second-rate talent
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, July 12, 2018 – Page A5
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-- Welcome to the new Hydro One Ltd., a massive utility soon to be run by a second-rate CEO and a board of directors that is under the thumb of the Ontario government.  FULL STORY arrow
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Bristol Gate taps ex-RBC executive as new CEO space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Monday, July 9, 2018 – Page B5
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-- Fund manager Bristol Gate Capital Partners Inc. is importing a new leader, hiring former investment banking executive Richard Talbot as its new chief executive officer.Toronto-based Bristol Gate was founded in 2006 by veteran mutual-fund executives Richard Hamm and Peter Simmie, and focuses on owning shares in U.S.  FULL STORY arrow
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Working-class roots win private-equity prize space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, July 7, 2018 – Page B4
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-- Yogurt maker Chobani LLC is the kind of company that private-equity funds dream of owning.Launched 13 years ago from a dairy in upstate New York that Kraft Heinz Co. had shut down, the company caught lightning in a bottle - make that a plastic cup - by rolling out what's become America's favourite Greek yogurt.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, July 5, 2018 – Page B2
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-- League tables, the charts that are every investment banker's favourite way to establish bragging rights on Bay Street, don't tell the whole story of what is happening this year in Canadian capital markets.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canada faces a serious productivity problem space
Across the country, and in every sector, there is a crying need to do better at building the companies of the future
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Monday, July 2, 2018 – Page B4
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-- In the run-up to Canada Day, leading U.S. and Canadian think tanks came out with a prescription for fixing the country's productivity ills.And while I'm sorry to wreck the warm glow of a long weekend in a too-short summer, please know that Canada faces a serious productivity problem.  FULL STORY arrow
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Corus seeks out new haven in digital storm space
Company eyes long-term fix as online streaming rains on advertising parade
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Friday, June 29, 2018 – Page B4
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-- Television networks such as Global and CTV used to be a media equivalent of beachfront homes, irreplaceable properties that commanded premium prices.These waterfront estates are being swept away by digital storms, as demonstrated by the disappointing quarterly financial results this week by Global owner Corus Entertainment Inc. Advertising revenue fell more than 4 per cent compared with last year across the company's 59 conventional and specialty TV offerings.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Monday, June 25, 2018 – Page B2
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-- Great Canadian Gaming Corp. recently struck a deal with the Ontario government to run a string of casinos, an arrangement investors initially celebrated and some critics said was too good to be true, accusing the private-sector player of taking advantage of the province.  FULL STORY arrow
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New venture fund, promoted by Ottawa, opens doors to entrepreneurs space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – Page B3
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-- As the child of immigrant entrepreneurs, George Rossolatos has first-hand experience with how hard business owners are willing to work to build their companies.Mr. Rossolatos's father came to Canada from Greece, started an auto-repair shop in Ottawa, and drove a taxi at night to help pay the bills. His son, the founding chief executive of the newly launched Canadian Business Growth Fund, began helping out by the age of 9. Looking back, the 46-year-old financier says a patient, long-term outside investor would have made a world of difference in building his father's businesses.  FULL STORY arrow
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OSC alleges Caldwell overcharged clients space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Friday, June 15, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Market regulators targeted Caldwell Investment Management Ltd. with possible fines and suspension on Thursday, alleging the mutual fund firm overcharged clients by directing trades to its wholly owned dealer when rival firms offered better prices.  FULL STORY arrow
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Can Corus find a wealthy saviour? space
Debt-heavy media company needs deep-pocketed backer
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, June 14, 2018 – Page B4
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-- Corus Entertainment Inc. CEO Doug Murphy took the stage on Wednesday to talk up his vision of the media company of the future. It was a pitch targeted at both investors and potential buyers of the TV and radio station owner, which has been put in play by major shareholder Shaw Communications Inc.  FULL STORY arrow
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Shaw seeks buyer for Corus to finance wireless expansion space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Shaw Communications Inc. is attempting to sell its stake in broadcaster Corus Entertainment Inc. as part of a strategy to build a war chest for expansion of its Freedom Mobile wireless network.  FULL STORY arrow
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B.C. cannabis producer Tilray eyes U.S. IPO space
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By CHRISTINA PELLEGRINI, ANDREW WILLIS
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Tilray Inc. is looking to become the next big publicly traded medical cannabis producer.According to people familiar with the matter, the British Columbia-based company is working with BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and New York-based investment bank Cowen and Co. on an initial public offering. At this time, Tilray is weighing a listing south of the border, the people said, asking not to be identified because the details are not public.  FULL STORY arrow
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Finding common ground between CEOs and Ford space
Ontario Conservatives need to solve problems that bedeviled predecessors
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, June 9, 2018 – Page B9
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CALGARY -- The day before the Ontario election, former prime minister Stephen Harper took the stage at a conference in Alberta to warn that Canada's brand is suffering in international circles. He also put in a plug for Doug Ford.  FULL STORY arrow
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Doug Ford sued by Rob Ford's widow days before Ontario election space
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By JUSTIN GIOVANNETTI, ANDREW WILLIS, MOLLY HAYES
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – Page A1
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-- Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford's widow and children are suing his brother, Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford, alleging that he was a negligent business manager who cost the late mayor's family millions and deprived them of the money left behind to support them.  FULL STORY arrow
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Doug Ford sued by Rob Ford's widow days before Ontario election space
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By JUSTIN GIOVANNETTI, ANDREW WILLIS, MOLLY HAYES
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – Page A1
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-- Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford's widow and children are suing his brother, Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford, alleging that he was a negligent business manager who cost the late mayor's family millions and deprived them of the money left behind to support them.  FULL STORY arrow
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Will Ottawa's Trans Mountain gamble work? space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, June 2, 2018 – Page B4
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-- For a generation of western Canadians, the Trudeau name was a word to be uttered in disgust.The next generation will speak Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's name with reverence, I fearlessly predict. Played right, the federal Liberal government will build a better Canada out of its $4.5-billion-and-counting investment in the Trans Mountain pipeline and bank a tidy profit for taxpayers along the way.  FULL STORY arrow
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Greenhill emerges as Ottawa's sole adviser on Trans Mountain space
After working with government on the pipeline's acquisition, investment bank will see through its sale
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Friday, June 1, 2018 – Page B6
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-- Over the past two years, boutique investment bank Greenhill and Co. beefed up its Canadian office by recruiting Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley veterans.On Tuesday, that team flexed its financing muscle by stepping up as the sole adviser to the federal government on its $4.5-billion acquisition of the Trans Mountain pipeline project from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.  FULL STORY arrow
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If Ottawa wants a Trans Mountain buyer, it will need to start building space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, May 31, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the stage on Tuesday evening at The Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto hours after his government announced a deal to acquire the Trans Mountain pipeline, and was introduced as ''Canada's newest oil baron.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Real Matters stock plunges as U.S. contract collapses space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – Page B3
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-- Four weeks after highlighting a groundbreaking software sale to a major U.S. bank, Real Matters Inc. announced on Monday that the contract was cancelled, news that knocked back the technology company's share price.  FULL STORY arrow
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Aecon vows independence after blocked takeover deal space
Construction giant says it now has record backlog of work, new project opportunities
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Friday, May 25, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Its planned marriage to a Chinese suitor blocked, construction company Aecon Group Inc. pledged on Thursday to remain independent and capitalize on a string of recently awarded contracts.The federal government ended a $1.5-billion takeover of Aecon by state-controlled China Communications Construction Co. Ltd. (CCCC) on Wednesday, citing national-security concerns.  FULL STORY arrow
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Infrastructure bank finds CPPIB veteran to fill CEO role, clearing path for long-awaited investments space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, May 24, 2018 – Page A1
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-- The Canada Infrastructure Bank landed veteran pension plan investor Pierre Lavallee as its first chief executive on Thursday, paving the way for the $35-billion agency to begin breaking ground on long-promised projects.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ready for departure: Caisse in position to make another profit in Quebec with sale of Bombardier stake space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Bombardier Inc.'s financial prospects have been quietly taking flight, and if Bay Street bankers have it right, the Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec is planning to cash in a winning wager on the transportation company.  FULL STORY arrow
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Callidus draws OSC scrutiny on its $200-million casino-game play space
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By ANDREW WILLIS, JEFFREY JONES
Friday, May 18, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Callidus Capital Corp., the publicly traded lender run by financier Newton Glassman, has been under scrutiny from Ontario's securities regulator for its disclosure about an investment in a casino-game company.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS, TIM KILADZE
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Shareholders voted 92 per cent in favour of Hydro One Ltd.'s executive compensation plan, which has faced intense scrutiny during the lead up to Ontario's election campaign.After revealing the results Tuesday, David Denison, chair of Ontario's electrical transmission network, re-iterated the board believes CEO Mayo Schmidt's pay is ''appropriate'' for a utility with ambitions to expand in Ontario and outside the province, and noted there is no relationship between executive compensation and Ontario power prices.  FULL STORY arrow
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Under pressure: Canadian banks pushed to cut fees for stock deals space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, May 12, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Canada has long enjoyed a dubious distinction in capital markets. This is one of the most expensive places in the world for a company to raise money by selling stock.  FULL STORY arrow
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Booze, bud and bankers: The alcohol industry's paranoid marijuana play space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, May 5, 2018 – Page B1
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-- A few Thursday nights ago, the future of the Canadian cannabis took the stage at a downtown Toronto concert hall.Against the backdrop of a Bob Marley cover band, medical-marijuana producer MedReleaf Corp. rolled out what it called a ''cannabis-inspired beer,'' handing out free tall boys of a brew called San Rafael ''71 4:20 Pale Ale. Pop the top of the bright silver can and you can sip ''a unique blend of citrus and summit hops and specialty malts that gives a nod to the cannabis experience with peach and pine aromas.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Hydro One to revisit executive pay after Ontario government reveals opposition space
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By ANDREW WILLIS, JUSTIN GIOVANNETTI
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – Page A1
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-- Ontario's Liberal government took direct aim at Hydro One Ltd.'s ''unjustifiably generous'' compensation Monday, forcing the electrical transmission utility's board to revisit pay packages for senior executives.  FULL STORY arrow
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Odds stack up in favour of a Gateway sale as Catalyst negotiates with U.S. casinos space
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By ANDREW WILLIS, JEFFREY JONES
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Gateway Casinos Entertainment Ltd., which owner Catalyst Capital Group Inc. has been attempting to sell or take public for years, is receiving interest from a number of American acquirers, sources say.  FULL STORY arrow
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TSX unexpectedly shuts down as technical issues force trading halt space
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By CHRISTINA PELLEGRINI, ANDREW WILLIS, NIALL MCGEE
Saturday, April 28, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Trading on Canada's biggest stock market came to a sudden halt Friday afternoon, as technical problems forced major exchanges to shut down early.All equity and derivatives marketplaces operated by TMX Group Ltd., including the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, TSX Alpha Exchange and the Montreal Exchange, stopped functioning just before 1:40 p.m.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canada Infrastructure Bank staffs up amid continuing search for CEO space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – Page B10
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-- The Canada Infrastructure Bank has landed a chief financial officer, but the search for a CEO drags on, three years after the federal Liberals first promised the $35billion agency.The Toronto-based bank announced on Tuesday that Annie Ropat will be its first CFO and chief administrative officer, overseeing all finance and corporate functions. Ms. Ropar was CFO of Aequitas Innovations Inc., which operates the NEO stock exchange, and is on the board of Ontario Growth Capital Corp., a provincial agency that supports venturecapital investment. She will start at the bank on June 1.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canada's Canpotex opens Sao Paulo office as Brazil's Vale exits fertilizer industry space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Monday, April 23, 2018 – Page B2
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-- As Brazil's largest minings company exits the fertilizer industry, Canada's leading potash exporter is ramping up its operations in South America's largest agricultural market.Canpotex Ltd., the Saskatoon-based company that sells potash from 10 Saskatchewan mines to farmers around the world, is expected to announce the opening of its first office in Brazil on Monday. In an interview, Canpotex chief executive Ken Steitz said expanding its sales effort in Brazil is part of a $1-billion investment to better position the Canadian company as a dominant fertilizer supplier to a country that's expected to lead the world in food production over the next three decades.  FULL STORY arrow
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Caribbean garbage-to-gold project goes wrong space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Page B9
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-- Entrepreneur Michael Lee-Chin bought a landfill site in the Dominican Republic almost five years ago, intending to develop a recycling centre and waste-to-energy plant on the property.  FULL STORY arrow
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Catalyst suffers another setback as court dismisses Wind Mobile suit space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, April 19, 2018 – Page B1
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-- The bare-knuckle legal battle between two private equity funds reached a one-sided finish on Wednesday after an Ontario judge tossed out a $1.3-billion lawsuit from Catalyst Capital Group Inc. against rival West Face Capital Inc.  FULL STORY arrow
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In investor letter, Catalyst claims it can still win Wind Mobile suit space
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By ANDREW WILLIS, JEFFREY JONES
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Private equity firm Catalyst Capital Group Inc. is pressing ahead with its effort to wring money out of its failed bid for Wind Mobile - and claims to have evidence against a rival fund manager that may have been gathered in a sting operation run by former Israeli spies.  FULL STORY arrow
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Under pressure to cash its chips, Catalyst shops for a Gateway buyer space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Monday, April 16, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Two weeks ago, a dozen investment bankers T spent a day in front of the slot machines and poker tables at three Vancouver casinos. They weren't there for the gambling.  FULL STORY arrow
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Doug Ford vs. Bay Street: populist attacks don't make an economic plan space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford fired a broadside at corporate Canada's A-Team this week by promising that if elected, he'll sack the chief executive officer and board of Hydro One Ltd., the province's partiallyprivatized electrical transmission network.  FULL STORY arrow
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Kinder Morgan plans for life after Trans Mountain space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Page B4
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-- Kinder Morgan Inc. boss Steve Kean wasn't bluffing on Sunday when he threatened to kill the planned $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The Houston-based CEO, a lawyer by training, spent recent months deftly building a case for keeping the faith of Kinder Morgan investors, while potentially walking away from the company's controversial link between Alberta's oil sands and Asian markets.  FULL STORY arrow
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Horizons to pull plug on two Canadian ETFs that offered play on market volatility space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – Page B2
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-- One of Canada's largest exchange-traded fund managers is winding down two small ETFs that offered investors a way to play volatility in equity markets.  FULL STORY arrow
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ScotiaBank shines for shareholders, but not so much for former employees space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Monday, April 9, 2018 – Page B2
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-- It didn't pay to get fired at Bank of Nova Scotia over the past two years, compared with the other big banks. That's a tough break for senior executives at Canada's most global bank, but good news for investors.  FULL STORY arrow
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RBC's CEO made $13.4-million, investors got a bargain space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, April 7, 2018 – Page B4
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-- Royal Bank of Canada CEO David McKay took heat Friday from shareholders for last year's $13.4-million paycheque.''How big does your house have to be? How many luxury cars do you have to drive?'' complained an investor named Nick when he took the microphone at the bank's annual meeting. He then tempered the criticism by explaining it was simply the breathtaking size of the CEO's pay package he objected to; he was happy with the performance of Mr. McKay and his team.  FULL STORY arrow
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Callidus stock falls sharply on wider fourth-quarter loss space
A mess that serves as a warning for pension plans seeking salvation in alternative investments
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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Lending firm Callidus Capital Corp. is shrinking fast. That's a problem for founder Newton Glassman.The company's decline is a concern to more than just its beleaguered shareholders. Callidus, and more importantly its private equity parent, Mr. Glassman's Catalyst Capital Group Inc., are now the latest example of the risks that can arise when pension plans and other institutions shovel cash into higher-risk parts of the private capital markets.  FULL STORY arrow
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The story Catalyst Capital does not want you to read space
Court rules against private-equity firm's attempt to block The Globe and Mail from publishing story detailing efforts to sell key investments ahead of asset sales
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Friday, March 30, 2018 – Page B1
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CALGARY, TORONTO -- Catalyst Capital Group Inc. CEO Newton Glassman is moving to reassure backers that deals are in the works to realize value from a number of holdings, in the face of growing pressure to show that longpromised profits will actually be paid to investors.  FULL STORY arrow
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How a Bay Street all-star team flopped space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, March 24, 2018 – Page B1
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-- If you were going to launch the next big thing in Canadian business, you would assemble the cast of characters who founded Acasta Enterprises Inc. nearly three years ago.The company was started by a proven investor, Tony Melman, formerly of Onex Corp. It was backed by an A-list collection of current and former CEOs: Air Canada's Calin Rovinescu; former Royal Bank boss Gord Nixon; former Bank of Nova Scotia chief Rick Waugh; Geoff Beattie, ex-CEO of Woodbridge Co. Ltd.; the late Hunter Harrison from Canadian Pacific Railway; and a former federal Liberal cabinet minister, Belinda Stronach, of Magna International fame. On the strength of their reputations, Acasta raised $403-million in an initial public offering in the summer of 2015.  FULL STORY arrow
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TMX enters cyptocurrency market with new digital platform space
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By ANDREW WILLIS, ALEXANDRA POSADZKI
Friday, March 23, 2018 – Page B2
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-- The owner of Canada's oldest stock exchange, TMX Group Ltd., is launching a cryptocurrency platform that will bring the 166year-old marketplace into the brave new world for bitcoin and other digital currencies.  FULL STORY arrow
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Starlight Investments names CEO for new venture space
Dennis Mitchell expected to accelerate asset-management platform growth for new securities arm
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – Page B2
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-- Prominent portfolio manager Dennis Mitchell has re-emerged in the investment industry as the new head of Starlight Investments' real estate securities arm.On Monday, Starlight Investment announced the launch of its new endeavour, Starlight Capital, along with the appointment of Mr. Mitchell as the firm's CEO and chief investment officer. The company also appointed of Graeme Llewellyn, as Starlight Capital's chief financial officer and chief operating officer.  FULL STORY arrow
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Larry Tanenbaum teams up with a former NBA player to bottle up a huge deal with a soft-drink giant
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, March 17, 2018 – Page B1
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-- In sports circles, Larry Tanenbaum is known as the public face of ownership for Toronto's basketball, hockey and soccer teams, as chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.In the private-equity world, Mr. Tanenbaum is known as a low-profile, canny investor who built a billion-dollar fortune off paving, cable and cookiedough companies.  FULL STORY arrow
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Fund managers are throwing their weight around, but the number of proxy contests is declining
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Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Page B9
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-- At first glance, the latest data on activist investors make no sense.On one hand, there's never been more capital deployed by sharp-elbowed fund managers in their battles against public companies.  FULL STORY arrow
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Longview, DFH strike deal to create leading national communications firm space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Monday, March 5, 2018 – Page B6
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-- Two corporate-advisory boutiques that spent the past decade tripping over each other on Canada's biggest deals are combining forces, with Longview Communications and DFH Public Affairs announcing a merger on Monday aimed at creating a leading national public- and government-relations firm.  FULL STORY arrow
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CN brings veteran money manager aboard as new pension plan CEO space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, March 1, 2018 – Page B3
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-- Canadian National Railway Co. landed a new chief executive for its $18-billion pension plan, hiring veteran money manager Marlene Puffer away from fund manager Alignvest Management Corp.Ms. Puffer is expected to join CN on March 1 as president and CEO at the CN Investment Division, taking the reins at one of the country's largest corporate pension plans from Russell Hiscock, who is retiring at the end of March after more than three decades with the Montrealbased railway.  FULL STORY arrow
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Questions of client loyalty hang over Goodmans, Navigator on Aecon deal space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Crack open a marketing brochure from Goodmans LLP, and you'll find one way the Bay Street law firm sells its services to potential clients is by highlighting work for construction company Aecon Group Inc.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Page A7
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-- Over the past four months, Michael Beattie has been at the forefront of a hard-edged publicrelations campaign to sink the $1.5-billion takeover of construction company Aecon Group Inc. by a state-controlled Chinese infrastructure company.  FULL STORY arrow
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Market fluctuations expose growing influence of funds that play on volatility space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Last year, Steven Hawkins offered the kind of investment you dream of owning: An exchange-traded fund (ETF) that soared by 174.5 per cent as stock markets sailed along serenely. On Monday, that fund was part of a meltdown that took a big bite out of your RRSP.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS, JACQUELINE NELSON
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – Page B1
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-- A trio of veteran executives at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board announced plans to depart on Monday as the $328-billion fund manager moves new managers into key roles.  FULL STORY arrow
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Chasing the high space
Even after a plunge, cannabis stocks are at levels that make no sense. Andrew Willis crunches the numbers
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, February 3, 2018 – Page B1
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-- When friends learn that Oliver Babin, a 21-year-old business student, calls the shots on an $8-million stock portfolio, they usually have one question for him.''Everyone wants to know what I think of marijuana stocks,'' said the fourth-year University of New Brunswick student, who is part of a nine-person team that runs an investment fund as part of their studies. Like many investors, some of Mr. Babin's buddies are caught up in pot-stock fever. Several of them, including those who occasionally enjoy a toke or two, made their first forays into the equity market by jumping into stocks such as Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. last November, when its shares traded around $1.50; just three months later, the B.C.-based bud producer hit $9.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 – Page B5
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-- Canadians are five months away from being able to legally spark up a joint, but the party has already started in the cannabis industry, with two marijuana producers planning to go public in coming weeks.  FULL STORY arrow
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Apotex CEO quits, former boss takes over, as drug maker reels from founder's death space
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By ANDREW WILLIS, TIM KILADZE, JACQUELINE NELSON
Saturday, January 27, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Apotex Inc. chief executive officer Jeremy Desai has stepped down suddenly, to be replaced by his predecessor, as Canada's generic-drug giant shakes up its executive ranks in the aftermath of founder Barry Sherman's death.  FULL STORY arrow
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50,000 new jobs $5-billion in investment 238 cities applied 20 cities shortlisted
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Friday, January 19, 2018 – Page B1
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-- Toronto's a long shot, but the steps it needs to take to stay in the running will pay off for the region fter a quick collective pat on the back for A making Amazon's short list of 20 possible sites for a second headquarters, the team running Toronto's bid for the $5-billion project needs to recognize there's much work to be done if the only Canadian candidate left in this contest is truly in it to win it.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ottawa unlikely to halt foreign purchase of Aecon, but Canada's construction giants can space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Page B1
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-- We are in the final stages of an occasionally nasty campaign to block the $1.5billion takeover of one of Canada's largest construction companies, Aecon Group Inc., by a far larger state-controlled Chinese firm.  FULL STORY arrow
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Aecon rivals urge Ottawa to block foreign takeover space
Chinese state-controlled entity set to become significant player in construction
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By ANDREW WILLIS, JEFFREY JONES, STEVEN CHASE
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – Page A1
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TORONTO, CALGARY, OTTAWA -- Canada's largest construction companies are urging the federal government to block the proposed $1.5-billion acquisition of Aecon Group Inc., a major domestic rival, by a state-controlled Chinese firm.  FULL STORY arrow
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Sherman wouldn't let go of Apotex, but his heirs may be a different story space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Friday, December 29, 2017 – Page B1
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-- In Barry Sherman's wide circle of business associates, everyone is spending the holidays telling stories about the workobsessed founder of generic drug maker Apotex Inc.One of Mr. Sherman's former lawyers tells a tale of the first time he introduced his wife to the famously litigious billionaire, at a charity event. Mr. Sherman's first words to the woman he had just met: ''Can you believe what those judges did to us last week?'' Most every story, and most every tribute to him at last week's memorial service for the 75-year-old and his wife, Honey Sherman, painted a picture of a driven, socially awkward entrepreneur.  FULL STORY arrow
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By OLIVER MOORE, RACHEL LEVY-MCLAUGHLIN, ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, December 28, 2017 – Page A1
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-- Toronto Mayor John Tory has acted as a conduit for the family of Barry and Honey Sherman, telling police that relatives are upset with how the service has communicated information about the billionaire couple's deaths.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ontario teachers' fund to sell PetVet Care space
Pension plan announces sale to New York-based private-equity firm
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, December 28, 2017 – Page B6
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-- Three years ago, the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan acquired U.S. veterinary hospital chain PetVet Care Centers LLC and announced plans to back the 30outlet business as the company expanded in a fragmented industry.  FULL STORY arrow
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18 for '18: Canadians to keep an eye on next year space
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By ANDREW WILLIS, ERIC REGULY, CHRISTINE DOBBY, JEFFREY JONES, JEFF LEWIS, ERIC ATKINS, BRENT JANG, DAVID EBNER, ANDREW WILLIS, SEAN SILCOFF, JACQUELINE NELSON, ALEXANDRA POSADZKI, CHRISTINA PELLEGRINI, JAMES BRADSHAW
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 – Page B2
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-- As we say farewell to 2017, we're taking the Wayne Gretzky approach to business: We're writing about where the puck is going in the coming year. These are 18 corporate and political leaders expected to make headlines in 2018.  FULL STORY arrow
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Son Jonathon decries media coverage as he honours parents before thousands of mourners
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By JEFF GRAY, ANDREW WILLIS, JOSH O'KANE
Friday, December 22, 2017 – Page A1
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MISSISSAUGA MISSISSAUGA TORONTO -- The adult son of Barry and Honey Sherman told the more than 6,000 mourners who packed a memorial service for the billionaire couple that the rampant public speculation around their mysterious deaths last week had taken a large toll on the family.  FULL STORY arrow
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Mourners try to make sense of the irrational space
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Friday, December 22, 2017 – Page A13
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-- Jonathon Sherman opened his eulogy to his par ents by telling more than 6,000 relatives, friends and employees from his father's company that the past six days were ''really fucked up.''  FULL STORY arrow
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By KELLY GRANT, ANDREW WILLIS, PAUL WALDIE
Monday, December 18, 2017 – Page A1
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-- Less than a week before the billionaire businessman Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, were found dead in their Toronto mansion, Ms. Sherman was cheerfully making plans for the couple's annual trip south.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Argos aren't worth much, but there's still a logic to MLSE's football play space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Friday, December 15, 2017 – Page B4
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-- It's easy to fault Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment for failing to win a championship at the company's flagship Toronto properties, the NHL's Maple Leafs and the NBA's Raptors.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, December 7, 2017 – Page B1
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-- If it was only about the money, Rogers Communications Inc. would have sold off high-profile holdings such as baseball's Toronto Blue Jays years ago.Rogers is flush with approximately $5-billion of assets that financial types describe as ''non-core'' to the company's cellphone and cable businesses.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Desmarais family's Power Corp. empire has been treading water since the financial crisis. Now, as the next generation gets ready to take the reins, investors are losing patience. Can one of Canada's most influential families change with the times - and return the conglomerate to its former glory?
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By JACQUELINE NELSON, ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, December 2, 2017 – Page B6
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-- On a cold November Monday morning, two top executives from Power Corp. of Canada sat down in the Royal Bank of Canada's gold-windowed south tower in Toronto to begin a day of Bay Street's equivalent of speed dating.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS, KELLY CRYDERMAN
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – Page B1
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CALGARY -- Prominent Alberta investment banker and former Arizona Coyotes co-owner George Gosbee died suddenly on Sunday and his passing sent shockwaves through the tightknit Calgary business community.Mr. Gosbee, age 48, was co-founder and chief executive officer of AltaCorp Capital Inc., a Calgary-based investment bank that is partly owned by the provincial government through the Alberta Treasury Branches. He was also a founding director at Alberta Investment Management Co., the provincial pension fund, and served as an economic adviser to the federal Liberals and Conservatives. ''George was a force in the investment community and his loss will be felt by many,'' AltaCorp said in a statement.  FULL STORY arrow
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For PointNorth, debt is the new equity space
Over the past five years, private debt funds posted 11-per-cent annual returns, according to a survey of more than 1,700 managers
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – Page B3
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-- Private-equity fund PointNorth Capital Inc. made its name as an activist investor, successfully taking on, and replacing, directors at a leading liquor retailer and nursing-home chain.Yet, as the Toronto-based firm finishes investing its first $270-million fund and prepares to launch a second fund, PointNorth is finding more opportunities to put capital to work in debt markets: as a lender to private companies rather than engaging in shareholder showdowns at public ones.  FULL STORY arrow
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Algonquin Power makes global push with Abengoa deal space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, November 2, 2017 – Page B6
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-- Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. moved into global renewable-energy markets on Wednesday with the purchase of a portfolio owned by troubled Spanish energy company Abengoa SA.Oakville, Ont.-based Algonquin, which only owns projects in North America and has been looking for international expansion opportunities for several years, is paying $602million (U.S.) to acquire a 25-percent stake in Atlantica Yield PLC from Abengoa, which will continue to own a 15-per-cent interest.  FULL STORY arrow
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Aecon eyes growth with China deal space
Calgary-based company's sale to China Communications Construction set to face steep scrutiny in Ottawa
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By ANDREW WILLIS, JEFFREY JONES
Friday, October 27, 2017 – Page B1
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-- Construction firm Aecon Group Inc. sold to a state-controlled Chinese firm after years of losing out on Canadian government contracts to larger global rivals, says its chief executive officer.  FULL STORY arrow
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ECN Capital moving into U.S. mobile-home financing space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, October 26, 2017 – Page B2
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-- Following in the footsteps of Berkshire Hathaway, ECN Capital Corp. is moving into lending on affordable housing by acquiring Florida-based Triad Financial Services Inc. for $100-million (U.S.).  FULL STORY arrow
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Power Corp. activist shines light on poor performance space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 – Page B2
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-- Activist investor Graeme Roustan wants to bust up Power Corp. of Canada, and offered on Tuesday to take a seat on the board alongside the Desmarais clan to help dismantle the venerable family-controlled conglomerate.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Friday, October 20, 2017 – Page B1
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-- Rogers Communications Inc. chief executive Joe Natale has only been on the job for six months.He could be forgiven for ducking tough questions on his plans for what some see as the telecom company's non-core assets: the Toronto Blue Jays, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and a stake in fellow cable operator Cogeco Inc.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ontario's HQ2 strategy may not win Amazon, but it's still a win space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Page B1
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-- In the race to land Amazon's planned second headquarters and its promise of 50,000 high-paying high-tech jobs, a handful of politicians are making a distasteful attempt to out-bribe one another.  FULL STORY arrow
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How Airbus landed the C Series space
Bombardier resumed talks with the European plane maker after examining three other options
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By NICOLAS VAN PRAET, ANDREW WILLIS, DANIEL LEBLANC, ERIC REGULY
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – Page B1
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-- Bombardier Inc. was pushed into the hands of Airbus SE after holding talks with Chinese investors that went nowhere and being sued by Boeing Co., which the company had earlier approached to partner on the C Series airliner.  FULL STORY arrow
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Sears Canada's biggest problem was its bad parent space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Friday, October 13, 2017 – Page B3
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-- Sears Canada Inc. is one of those troubled kids that can blame the bulk of their woes on a bad parent.A 131-store chain is heading for liquidation this week, an ugly end to a 65-year-old franchise that can be traced back to a series of bad decisions by Edward Lampert, chairman and chief executive officer at Chicago-based Sears Holdings Corp. and controlling shareholder in the Canadian subsidiary.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS, NICOLAS VAN PRAET
Friday, October 13, 2017 – Page B1
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-- Investors signalled a rosy outlook for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. by snapping up shares in the convenience store chain that Metro Inc. sold to help fund its foray into the pharmacy business.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 – Page B4
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-- Seven years ago, Bay Street executive Sam Duboc struggled with depression.Like many type-A personalities, the private-equity investor initially tried to gut it out, treating the problem by ignoring it.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Saturday, October 7, 2017 – Page B5
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-- When TransCanada Corp.decided to pull the plug on the Energy East pipeline this week, it set off a noisy and worrisome east-versus-west political spat.The scarier response was the total silence over the death of the $15.7-billion project from chief executives at Canada's largest utilities. No one in the energy industry is speaking out this week, but know that what Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre celebrated as a ''victory'' for opponents of Energy East and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall decried as ''a very bad day for the west'' was seen by Canadian executives as yet another reason to look south at U.S. expansion, rather than get their heads kicked in pushing plans to build infrastructure in Canada.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Friday, October 6, 2017 – Page B3
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-- Top corporate lawyer Dale Ponder is joining a proven private-equity investor to launch the $500-million Canadian Business Growth Fund.The private-equity fund, launched in March and backed by the country's largest banks and insurers, announced on Thursday that Ms. Ponder will be the founding chair of its board and that, as reported in The Globe and Mail, veteran financier George Rossolatos will be the first chief executive officer.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Thursday, October 5, 2017 – Page B2
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-- A private-equity fund backed by Canada's largest financial institutions is expected to land veteran financier George Rossolatos as its first chief executive officer.Mr. Rossolatos is currently the CEO of security company Avante Logixx Inc., but sources say he has been tapped as the CEO of the Canadian Business Growth Fund, which was launched in March with $500-million of funding from major banks and insurers and strong support from the federal government. An announcement could come as early as next week, and the fund is also expected to name an inaugural board chair in the near future.  FULL STORY arrow
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Sprott finally lands Central Fund space
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – Page B2
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-- Sprott Inc.'s two-year pursuit of rival Central Fund of Canada Ltd. neared an end Monday with a friendly deal to acquire the $4.3-billion bullion fund manager for $125-million.  FULL STORY arrow
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UNDER 6 8 INTACT CEO CHARLES BRINDAMOUR, CANADA'S LARGEST HOME AND AUTO INSURER HAS SEEN ITS SHARES QUADRUPLE IN VALUE. HIS SECRET? A DATA-DRIVEN STRATEGY THAT ONLY AN ACTUARY COULD LOVE
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By ANDREW WILLIS, JACQUELINE NELSON
Friday, September 29, 2017 – Page P43
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-- IN A LOT OF WAYS, CHARLES BRINDAMOUR RUNS HIS INSURANCE COMPANY LIKE YOU MIGHT RUN A SUCCESSFUL CASINO: EVERY YEAR, YOU GOTTA MAKE SURE YOU TAKE IN MORE MONEY THAN YOU PAY OUT.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS, GREG KEENAN
Thursday, September 28, 2017 – Page B1
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-- Stelco Holdings Inc. plans to raise $150-million in an initial public offering, money that the Hamilton-based company will plow into production of highquality steel for auto makers and construction.  FULL STORY arrow
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By ANDREW WILLIS
Monday, September 25, 2017 – Page B1
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-- Bay Street's latest insider-trading scandal points to a confidence-eroding conspiracy that is far larger than the four individuals targeted Friday by Canadian regulators.The Ontario Securities Commission alleged Friday that over more than four years, a former legal assistant at blue-chip law firm Davies Ward Phillips and Vineberg LP named Donna Hutchinson passed on tips about planned takeovers to a guy she used to live with, and has known for 17 years.  FULL STORY arrow
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