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Welcome to the Deloitte iDeas blog

The iDeas blog is a forum where you can engage with Deloitte professionals on business topics affecting your organization or industry. Your input will contribute to a more vibrant conversation and help us identify topics that matter to you, so we encourage you to leave us with your comments and questions.


Recent blog posts

  1. Heather Stockton and Karen Pastakia
    Leadership development: a top concern in Canada
    Tuesday June 24, 2014

    More than ever, leadership programs are a top concern for Canadian companies. Learn how to build a development model that will hit the mark.

  2. Julian Barling
    Small acts, big leadership
    Wednesday June 18, 2014

    Leaders are often encouraged to think on a grand scale, but the great ones pay attention to the details.

  3. Jeannot Blanchet
    Look on the bright side of heavy regulation
    Tuesday June 17, 2014

    Financial institutions are finding opportunities in compliance. Learn how your business can turn regulations into a competitive advantage.

  4. Terry Stuart
    Digital couture
    Thursday June 05, 2014

    Wearable technologies could make us healthier, happier and more productive at work. To learn more about this new trend, read our blogpost.

  5. Robert Nardi
    Meet QuickMobile, this year’s Fast 50 winner
    Tuesday May 06, 2014

    The No. 1 ranked company on the 2013 Fast 50 is QuickMobile, a mobile event apps developer based in Vancouver. Read our interview.

  6. Ian Chan
    Exponential disruption and the future of Canada
    Wednesday April 02, 2014

    Discover innovation and exponential disruption as a driver for the future of Canada.

  7. Dr. Geoff Hill
    Oil sands must adapt to drier financing climate
    Monday March 17, 2014

    How could the oil sands become a leaner, more flexible, globally attuned industry that remains profitable? To find out, read our blog post.

  8. Duncan Stewart
    Beware the forecasters of innovation failure
    Tuesday February 25, 2014

    What are the motivations of “nighsayers“ for predicting the failure of a new technology or media? To find out, read our blog post.

  9. Kara Barnard
    Prescription for progress
    Friday February 21, 2014

    Discover how design thinking, a people-centered approach to problem-solving, can help a Toronto hospital improve a process with the OR team.

  10. Sylvia Kingsmill
    Canada’s new anti-spam law
    Thursday February 6, 2014

    Canada’s new anti-spam law takes effect in July with harsh penalties and compliance requires a long and complicated process.

  11. Albert Baker
    Boosting productivity and growing our economy with the 2014 federal budget
    Monday February 3, 2014

    What tax policies could help Canada boost its productivity and grow its economy? Read our recommendations for the 2014 federal tax budget.

  12. Jeannot Blanchet and Jessica Goldberg
    Financial institutions can lead the Solution Revolution
    Tuesday December 3, 2013

    What if financial institutions could help solve major social issues in Canada? Discover why impact investment can be a key area of the new solution economy.

Archives

Strategy
  1. Shannon MacDonald
    Ontario’s Solution Economy
    Monday November 19, 2013

    Learn how governments and businesses can team up to help solve Ontario’s social problems.

  2. Ryan Brain and Victor Lu
    Increase in tourism to Canada boosts exports
    Thursday November 14, 2013

    Deloitte’s analysis shows that an increase in international arrivals to Canada spurs exports in the subsequent year. Discover why.

  3. Michael Wenban
    Canada needs a Solution Revolution
    Monday November 4, 2013

    Social finance and a solution infrastructure for education, employment and the environment are potential solutions to problems in Canada.

  4. Michael Pentland
    Solution economy provides new opportunities for non-profit organizations
    Tuesday October 22, 2013

    Non-profit organizations that fail to embrace solution economy partners, operating models and technologies will struggle to remain relevant.

  5. Jennifer Lee
    Digital savvy consumers have gone mainstream
    Tuesday October 1, 2013

    Innovations in social media, mobile technology and advanced data analytics have made consumers more savvy and demanding than ever before.

  6. Paul Macmillan
    The solution economy
    Friday September 27, 2013

    The Solution Revolution shows how instead of fixing market failures, the solution economy creates markets for solutions.

  7. Mark Whitmore
    Trends in data analytics
    Wednesday September 18, 2013

    Attend Deloitte’s Business Class Toronto event to learn about the latest trends in data analytics.

  8. Dave Russum
    Unconventional resources: How the Canadian experience could benefit South America
    Tuesday August 6, 2013

    Learning from the Canadian experience, South American oil and gas exploration and development companies can better position themselves for success.

  9. John Hughes
    How Canada's Best Managed companies are tackling the productivity gap
    Thursday July 4, 2013

    To improve productivity and generate more value for each hour worked, companies need to invest in technology and embrace new ways of working.

  10. Jesse McWaters
    Rising to Canada's productivity challenge
    Thursday June 12, 2013

    Canadian companies still lag behind the U.S. for productivity-improving investments. Discover how "overconfident firms" can help improve Canada's productivity.

  11. Jane Griffin
    Big data: Is bigger better?
    Tuesday June 4, 2013

    Jane Griffin says big data is a big undertaking: are you sure you can handle it? Are you sure you even need it? Look before taking the plunge.

  12. Andrew Botterill
    Natural gas price rally: good for drillers?
    Wednesday May 22, 2013

    While short-term price increases have improved cash flows, companies aren't in a hurry to call their favorite rigs to drill for new gas. Andrew Botterill shows why.

  13. Chantal Rassart
    Corporate reporting: cut through white noise
    Thursday May 16, 2013

    Keeping up with corporate reporting is a significant compliance challenge. Learn how to maximize the value of information for stakeholders.

  14. Chantal Rassart
    Grow your business with innovative technology
    Wednesday May 8, 2013

    Growth leaders are often innovators. How can you leverage technology and innovation to drive growth? Assess opportunities and risks.

  15. Heather Stockton and Karen Pastakia
    Canadian HR transforming to meet new priorities
    Thursday May 2, 2013

    Placing human capital issues at the top of the strategic agenda will allow Canada to continue to attract top talent and maintain global competitiveness.

  16. Chantal Rassart
    Sustainability: gain a competitive advantage
    Wednesday May 1, 2013

    Good sustainability practices help companies gain a competitive edge. Learn to tie sustainability to the core of your business.

  17. John Hughes
    8 simple questions to help clarify, focus and succeed
    Tuesday April 30, 2013

    Put these eight simple questions to yourself and to everyone in your organization. That's what Canada's Best Managed Companies have done.

  18. Mark Jamrozinski
    Planning successful cross-border mergers and acquisitions
    Wednesday April 24, 2013

    Bravery gap series, part 4: What does it take to expand globally? How can you assess foreign M&A targets and avoid key risks? Learn about the preparation required to ensure a successful transaction abroad.

  19. Geoff Hill and Ron Loborec
    What Canada can do now to secure its energy export future
    Wednesday April 3, 2013

    Bravery gap series, part 1: To ensure Canada's oil and natural gas reserves continue to spur economic development, Canadians need to create consistent and cohesive polices on energy exports. Learn more.

  20. Lisa Zajko
    International trade compliance: your strategic advantage
    Wednesday February 27, 2013

    Leveraging export controls, tariff classification, e-Manifest, Free Trade Agreements (FTA), and Internal Compliance Programs (ICP) for strategic advantage.

Finance
  1. Jeannot Blanchet
    Look on the bright side of heavy regulation
    Wednesday June 18, 2014

    Financial institutions are finding opportunities in compliance. Learn how your business can turn regulations into a competitive advantage.

  2. Shannon MacDonald
    Ontario’s Solution Economy
    Monday November 19, 2013

    Learn how governments and businesses can team up to help solve Ontario’s social problems.

  3. Ryan Brain and Victor Lu
    Increase in tourism to Canada boosts exports
    Thursday November 14, 2013

    Deloitte’s analysis shows that an increase in international arrivals to Canada spurs exports in the subsequent year. Discover why.

  4. Michael Wenban
    Canada needs a Solution Revolution
    Monday November 4, 2013

    Social finance and a solution infrastructure for education, employment and the environment are potential solutions to problems in Canada.

  5. Robert Noronha
    Gold in Canada: A brilliant future
    Thursday October 10, 2013

    Despite falling gold prices and economic uncertainties, Canadian gold companies can expect a steady increase in demand. Discover why.

  6. Albert Baker
    Canada’s federal budget 2014
    Friday September 6, 2013

    Recommendations for Canada’s federal budget 2014 should focus, among other things, on Canada’s innovation and competitiveness.

  7. Kerry Danyluk
    The future of not-for-profit standards
    Friday July 26, 2013

    Learn about the proposed changes to not-for-profit standards and have an impact.

  8. Robert Olsen and Jeannot Blanchet
    Canadian banking and lending 2013
    Wednesday July 31, 2013

    Early data points to a strong Canadian credit market for 2013. However, regulatory and market changes give rise to new challenges. Learn more.

  9. Paul Skippen and Nino Montemarano
    Maximize the return on investment of your financial close and reconciliation improvement project
    Wednesday July 17, 2013

    Learn about leading practices from a people, process, governance and technology perspective.

  10. Victor Lu and Justin Abrams
    Paying a salary to make RRSP contributions: Why the adage might be "age old"
    Tuesday July 2, 2013

    Retaining funds in the corporation and paying dividends instead of taking a salary can provide tax advantages for small corporations.

  11. Sunil Kansal
    Better managing gold's stock performance
    Tuesday June 25, 2013

    Learn how a comprehensive economic analysis can help gold companies better manage stock performance and create value.

  12. Mark Jamrozinski
    Planning successful cross-border mergers and acquisitions
    Wednesday April 24, 2013

    Bravery gap series, part 4: What does it take to expand globally? How can you assess foreign M&A targets and avoid key risks? Learn about the preparation required to ensure a successful transaction abroad.

  13. Mike Veldhuizen
    Corporate life insurance - Opportunities to die for
    Thursday February 28, 2013

    Life insurance coverage for your family and your employer. How corporations can insure against complications arising from the death of an employee.

People
  1. Heather Stockton and Karen Pastakia
    Leadership development: a top concern in Canada
    Tuesday June 24, 2014

    More than ever, leadership programs are a top concern for Canadian companies. Learn how to build a development model that will hit the mark.

  2. Julian Barling
    Small acts, big leadership
    Wednesday June 18, 2014

    Leaders are often encouraged to think on a grand scale, but the great ones pay attention to the details.

  3. Jesse McWaters
    Rising to Canada's productivity challenge
    Thursday June 12, 2013

    Canadian companies still lag behind the U.S. for productivity-improving investments. Discover how "overconfident firms" can help improve Canada's productivity.

  4. Heather Stockton and Karen Pastakia
    Canadian HR transforming to meet new priorities
    Thursday May 2, 2013

    Placing human capital issues at the top of the strategic agenda will allow Canada to continue to attract top talent and maintain global competitiveness.

  5. Jeff Moir and Heather Stockton
    Three HR policies to promote Canadian prosperity
    Wednesday April 10, 2013

    Bravery gap series, part 2: Jeff Moir and Heather Stockton on Canada's future prosperity: promote economic diversity, ensure students have marketable skills and reform immigration.

  6. Jane Allen
    Diversity, day to day
    Thursday March 1, 2012

    What's new for diversity and inclusion at Deloitte? Our Chief Diversity officer shares some of the projects and initiatives we have underway.

  7. Paul Held
    More people, more places, more talent
    Tuesday December 6, 2011

    Today there are more people in more places, with the skills, the ability and the hunger to compete than ever before. Does this mean the war for talent is over?

Process
  1. John Wang
    Innovation in the Latin American lending market
    Tuesday November 26, 2013

    Discover how design thinking, a new problem-solving approach based on customer needs, helps Latin America banks improve their lending process.

  2. Jesse McWaters
    Rising to Canada's productivity challenge
    Thursday June 12, 2013

    Canadian companies still lag behind the U.S. for productivity-improving investments. Discover how "overconfident firms" can help improve Canada's productivity.

  3. Chantal Rassart
    Corporate reporting: cut through white noise
    Thursday May 16, 2013

    Keeping up with corporate reporting is a significant compliance challenge. Learn how to maximize the value of information for stakeholders.

  4. John Hughes
    8 simple questions to help clarify, focus and succeed
    Tuesday April 30, 2013

    Put these eight simple questions to yourself and to everyone in your organization. That's what Canada's Best Managed Companies have done.

Technology
  1. Terry Stuart
    Digital couture
    Thursday June 05, 2014

    Wearable technologies could make us healthier, happier and more productive at work. To learn more about this new trend, read our blogpost.

  2. Robert Nardi
    Meet QuickMobile, this year’s Fast 50 winner
    Tuesday May 06, 2014

    The No. 1 ranked company on the 2013 Fast 50 is QuickMobile, a mobile event apps developer based in Vancouver. Read our interview.

  3. John Wang
    Innovation in the Latin American lending market
    Tuesday November 26, 2013

    Discover how design thinking, a new problem-solving approach based on customer needs, helps Latin America banks improve their lending process.

  4. Mark Whitmore
    Trends in data analytics
    Wednesday September 18, 2013

    Attend Deloitte’s Business Class Toronto event to learn about the latest trends in data analytics.

  5. Paul Skippen and Nino Montemarano
    Maximize the return on investment of your financial close and reconciliation improvement project
    Wednesday July 17, 2013

    Learn about leading practices from a people, process, governance and technology perspective.

  6. Jane Griffin
    Big data: Is bigger better?
    Tuesday June 4, 2013

    Jane Griffin says big data is a big undertaking: are you sure you can handle it? Are you sure you even need it? Look before taking the plunge.

  7. Paul Skippen and Nino Montemarano
    Reduce cost and risk around your financial close
    Tuesday May 28, 2013

    Learn how new technologies can be leveraged as part of your financial close and reconciliation improvement initiative.

  8. Chantal Rassart
    Grow your business with innovative technology
    Wednesday May 8, 2013

    Growth leaders are often innovators. How can you leverage technology and innovation to drive growth? Assess opportunities and risks.

  9. Jennifer Lee
    Winning the business of online shopping
    Wednesday April 17, 2013

    Bravery gap series, part 3: Most Canadians are researching products on mobile devices. Learn how you can use digital content to deliver convenience and value directly to your customer.

  10. Gurdhanpreet Sohi and Aaron Williams
    Mobile Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) for Higher Education
    Monday March 18, 2013

    Post-secondary students are demanding greater access to their school's information systems. Learn how mobile ERP applications can help.

  11. Miyo Yamashita and Sylvia Kingsmill
    CASL: Key exemptions you need to know about
    Monday February 4, 2013

    Under CASL, organizations need express consent to send a Commercial Electronic Message (CEM)-although certain exemptions exist.

  12. Chris Spavin
    The top six social media stories for Deloitte in 2012
    Monday January 14, 2013

    Year in review: What topics created the most buzz in Deloitte's social media communities in 2012?

  13. Duncan Stewart
    TMT Predictions: beyond the "what if" of sci-fi
    Thursday November 10, 2011

    Are Deloitte's TMT Predictions "too much" science fiction? Duncan Stewart draws comparisons between our yearly predictions and the sci-fi genre.

Risk
  1. Dave Russum
    Unconventional resources: How the Canadian experience could benefit South America
    Tuesday August 6, 2013

    Learning from the Canadian experience, South American oil and gas exploration and development companies can better position themselves for success.

  2. Robert Olsen and Jeannot Blanchet
    Canadian banking and lending 2013
    Wednesday July 31, 2013

    Early data points to a strong Canadian credit market for 2013. However, regulatory and market changes give rise to new challenges. Learn more.

  3. Paul Skippen and Nino Montemarano
    Maximize the return on investment of your financial close and reconciliation improvement project
    Wednesday July 17, 2013

    Learn about leading practices from a people, process, governance and technology perspective.

  4. Shayne Gregg
    Dodd-Frank reporting requirements for conflict minerals
    Tuesday June 18, 2013

    With the new "conflict minerals" reporting requirements, your company will need to ensure continuous compliance. Assess your readiness.

  5. Paul Skippen and Nino Montemarano
    Reduce cost and risk around your financial close
    Tuesday May 28, 2013

    Learn how new technologies can be leveraged as part of your financial close and reconciliation improvement initiative.

  6. Andrew Botterill
    Natural gas price rally: good for drillers?
    Wednesday May 22, 2013

    While short-term price increases have improved cash flows, companies aren't in a hurry to call their favorite rigs to drill for new gas. Andrew Botterill shows why.

  7. Chantal Rassart
    Corporate reporting: cut through white noise
    Thursday May 16, 2013

    Keeping up with corporate reporting is a significant compliance challenge. Learn how to maximize the value of information for stakeholders.

  8. Miyo Yamashita and Sylvia Kingsmill
    CASL: Key exemptions you need to know about
    Monday February 4, 2013

    Under CASL, organizations need express consent to send a Commercial Electronic Message (CEM)-although certain exemptions exist.

Tax
  1. Albert Baker
    Canada’s federal budget 2014
    Friday September 6, 2013

    Recommendations for Canada’s federal budget 2014 should focus, among other things, on Canada’s innovation and competitiveness.

  2. Kerry Danyluk
    The future of not-for-profit standards
    Friday July 26, 2013

    Learn about the proposed changes to not-for-profit standards and have an impact.

  3. Jeremy Bergen
    Six years to life
    Tuesday July 2, 2013

    Knowing what to keep, how long to keep it and in what format minimizes risk and reduces the cost of accumulating tax documentation.

  4. Victor Lu and Justin Abrams
    Paying a salary to make RRSP contributions: Why the adage might be "age old"
    Tuesday July 2, 2013

    Retaining funds in the corporation and paying dividends instead of taking a salary can provide tax advantages for small corporations.

  5. David Mason
    Do the right things: innovate, educate, improve
    Thursday May 2, 2013

    To become more competitive on the world stage, Ontario needs to increase its productivity. Deloitte's tax team proposes some solutions.

  6. Vincent Lo
    2013 brings tax changes
    Friday March 1, 2013

    Key tax changes for 2013. What you need to know in order to take full advantage of the changes.

  7. Mike Veldhuizen
    Corporate life insurance - Opportunities to die for
    Thursday February 28, 2013

    Life insurance coverage for your family and your employer. How corporations can insure against complications arising from the death of an employee.

  8. Lisa Zajko
    International trade compliance: your strategic advantage
    Wednesday February 27, 2013

    Leveraging export controls, tariff classification, e-Manifest, Free Trade Agreements (FTA), and Internal Compliance Programs (ICP) for strategic advantage.

  9. David Bilodeau
    Quebec follows Ontario's lead in raising taxes on the "well off"
    Tuesday February 26, 2013

    A brief overview of the new Quebec tax bracket targeting that province's wealthiest individuals.

  10. Miyo Yamashita and Sylvia Kingsmill
    CASL: Third-party consent and compliance
    Monday January 28, 2013

    With Canada's new anti-spam law coming into effect later this year or early 2014, there are several aspects of this new legislation that you need to know.

Legal
  1. Shayne Gregg
    Dodd-Frank reporting requirements for conflict minerals
    Tuesday June 18, 2013

    With the new "conflict minerals" reporting requirements, your company will need to ensure continuous compliance. Assess your readiness.

Audit
  1. Albert Baker
    Canada’s federal budget 2014
    Friday September 6, 2013

    Recommendations for Canada’s federal budget 2014 should focus, among other things, on Canada’s innovation and competitiveness.

  2. Kerry Danyluk
    The future of not-for-profit standards
    Friday July 26, 2013

    Learn about the proposed changes to not-for-profit standards and have an impact.

  3. Robert Olsen and Jeannot Blanchet
    Canadian banking and lending 2013
    Wednesday July 31, 2013

    Early data points to a strong Canadian credit market for 2013. However, regulatory and market changes give rise to new challenges. Learn more.

  4. Jeremy Bergen
    Six years to life
    Tuesday July 2, 2013

    Knowing what to keep, how long to keep it and in what format minimizes risk and reduces the cost of accumulating tax documentation.