Peace, love, energy

The Canadian Energy Executives’ Association (CEEA) had its annual business conference recently in Banff, Alberta. The members are mostly oil and gas executives, or...

Big Oil lobbying for carbon tax: virtue signaling or taking the moral high ground?

Large oil companies have now joined dozens of large corporations to lobby for U.S. carbon tax, Bloomberg recently reported. From the perspective of human...

 A “No Impact Man” is a dead man

University of Calgary, my employer, recently announced that this year it will require all newly-admitted students to read “No Impact Man,” the New York-based...

Capitalism versus the climate?

If you think congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is proposing new ideas in her Green New Deal, go and read Naomi Klein’s 2014 book, This...

Profit maximization as moral purpose: Channeling Milton Friedman

To many, profit maximization seems cold, heartless, even exploitative. They consider business immoral and the profit-seeking corporate model to be in need of reform....

Business doesn’t need a “social license to operate”

A “social license to operate” has been widely accepted as something that companies need to gain and maintain, particularly in resource-based industries, such as...

Demands for climate-change compensation from oil companies are immoral

The dominant narrative promoted by environmental activist groups—spread by the mainstream media—is that human activity is causing catastrophic climate change through CO2 emissions that...

Does fighting climate change give business an advantage?

Business columnist Kevin Carmichael recently argued that carbon offsets gives the international shoe manufacturer and retailer ALDO an advantage in attracting customers. To be...

What is business ethics for?

A new semester, and a new class of business ethics, has begun. In my class, we initially discuss concrete examples of ethical dilemmas in...

How business improves lives

I have just returned from the world’s biggest gathering of business school academics who study management and organizations, the annual meeting of the Academy...

Why Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto will NOT diminish innovation, increase prices, and destroy...

The German chemicals multinational Bayer has finally completed its takeover of the U.S.-based Monsanto, after nearly a two-year process of obtaining regulatory approval in...

Government fails at its job: Nationalization of Trans Mountain pipeline

The Canadian (yes, Canadian, not Venezuelan …) government has just nationalized the yet-to-be-completed Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion (TMX) by buying its assets from...