In this episode, Al and Robin are joined by Dr. Sasha High, medical director of the High Metabolic Clinic, to learn a better understanding of the complexities of obesity and why employers need to consider the affects of this chronic medical condition on their workforce while offering non-judgmental support for obese employees. Dr. High discusses the difficulties that obese colleagues face and why obesity is a disease that warrants medically-supervised, compassionate treatment in order to achieve longterm health and stability.
Ian Ash, co-founder of market research agency DIG Insights, is back with Robin and Al to discuss new attitudes and growing optimism as we move slowly through the phases of the Covid crisis. DIG’s ongoing research delves deep into consumer behaviours and experiences while providing insights across a variety of categories such as financial hardships, mental health, personal health, retail landscape, government & the economy.
Ian Ash, co-founder of market research agency DIG Insights, joins Robin and Al in a discussion addressing the changing consumer landscape during the current Covid-19 outbreak. Ian reviews the findings of DIGs ongoing tracking studies which take a deep look into consumer responses to COVID-19 and how this has impacted behaviours and perceptions. Looking for new ways to innovate and adopting new attitudes in the current environment is the key to economic advantage & recovery.
Many businesses are resorting to temporary layoffs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy, causing real anxiety for both employers and employees concerning what will happen next. Employment lawyer Rich Appiah joins Robin and Al to better explain the challenges and misconceptions surrounding temporary layoffs, as legal rights and Common Law rules continue to be tested.
In today’s episode, Robin and Al are joined by Ian Ash – a Co-Founder of Dig Insights, one of Canada’s fastest growing companies – in a conversation summarizing business strategies and realistic expectations as we head towards an uncertain future. Ian discusses the reality of managing staff remotely, adapting to change, and overcoming the barriers to recovery. We hope you enjoy it. Stay well. Stay safe!
Louis Isabella joins Robin and Al to discuss the impact of Passive Investment Income rules on small business owners and the investment strategies that can ensure you’re staying on-side of the rules while reducing/managing your taxable income.
In this special edition of Starting with One, Lori Cammerota of Open Doorz Strategy joins Robin and Al to discuss the immediate challenges that business owners are now facing due to the global crisis brought on by the Coronavirus outbreak. How do we look past the ‘doom and gloom’ and begin to stabilize ourselves and then others who depend on us? A new level of leadership will be required to help us find positive opportunities and remain optimistic while adjusting to our new reality.
Join Al & Robin as they discuss Group Retirement Programs with Alex Bertola of Manulife Financial. Learn the difference between the 3 plan types and how benchmark reports can help enhance employee participation & contributions, while better addressing the different needs of your company and employees. It’s no longer One Size Fits All!
In this episode of Starting with One, Rich Appiah, principal at Appiah Law | Employment + Labour Counsel, discusses the unpleasant surprises that can arise when a business decides to let go of an employee. Topics include the importance of using employee agreements to limit liability when dismissing employees, understanding common law notice, when can you terminate a dismissed individual’s participation in an employee benefits plan, as well as why you need the help of a pro to draft your agreements.
What is the difference between a Mutual Fund and a Segregated Fund? Al and Robin speak with industry expert Scott Edgington, Regional Wealth Manager at Qualified Financial Services, about their unique features and discuss why a segregated fund might be particularly beneficial for business owners.
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