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...

How to end poverty

In a recent National Post column, Andrew Coyne reported on a newly released statistic: Canada’s poverty rate had almost halved in 15 years since...

 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...

Collectivism kills business

As a defender of business, whenever I read or hear collectivist claims that the Western ideal of individualism “harms society,” I cringe. Typically, the...

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...

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...

Wealth creation is good for the planet

From a leftist perspective, wealth creation undermines people’s happiness (just check the United Nations’ Happiness Report)—and damages the environment through industrial development, pollution, and...

Let’s reject CEO pay caps and minimum wages

The annual CEO compensation bashing typically takes place in early January, when media reports inform us about the increased levels of CEO compensation, in...

What counts as progress and what makes it possible?

At the end of the year, the media is teeming with reviews of the past 12 months. With their focus on the positive, compilations...

Why wealth creation (and private property and property rights) is good for the planet

In my previous post, I was writing about the first UN World Happiness Report and how it pits wealth creation—and wealth—against happiness. I promised...

What does it take to “make America great again”?

In his inauguration speech, President Trump promised, as expected, to “make America great again”—but he was short on the principles and details as to...

Focus on progress: We live in the best of times

While often criticizing government for curtailing our freedom instead of protecting it and businesspeople (or others) for failing to act ethically, I want to...