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Canada’s National Business Book Award Announces 2021 Finalists

Canada’s National Business Book Award Announces 2021 Finalists

TORONTO, November 3, 2021 — The finalists for the 2021 National Business Book Award (NBBA), one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards celebrating its 36th anniversary, were announced today.  Presented by Miles S. Nadal, the $30,000 prize will be awarded to the author demonstrating the most outstanding Canadian business-related writing, research and originality on December 8, 2021.  

National Business Book Award finalists have consistently been recognized as leaders in spotting emerging business issues and trends in Canada and globally. This year’s nominated books—both in high quantity and quality—are especially indicative of Canada’s strong standing in global thought leadership.

Amid the devastation and uncertainty of a global pandemic, this year’s finalists are particularly timely as they confront the societal fissures with which we have all been reckoning: inequality, distrust, the rise of nationalism, the Indigenous experience in Canada, the erosion of the middle class, and the slowing of economic growth. While the attitudes that brought us here stretch back to the earliest days of Canada, the finalist books challenge the status quo and reflect a better path forward that includes a rebalancing of values to bolster resilience, respect interconnection and collaboration

The 2021 NBBA finalists are:

Stephen R. Bown, The Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson’s Bay Empire

  • Published by Doubleday Canada, Bown tells the tale of how one company shaped a nation. The history of the Hudson’s Bay Company is full of drama and ruthless dominance. Bown credits the First Nations tribes and their leaders for their integral role in the growth of the Hudson’s Bay Company. While early relationships led to cultural exchanges, the notorious George Simpson pursued profits and efficiency at any cost and viewed the Indigenous peoples as a cog in the fur trading machine, the ramifications of which are still being felt today.

Mark Carney, Value(s): Building A Better World for All

 

  • Published by Signal/McClelland & Stewart, Carney tackles the harsh realities of modern society from his unique perspective as the former head of both the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England. Carney contends that we are suffering due to a lack of consensus on values and priorities as he walks the reader through complex, interconnected political and economic theories, and provides solutions. Advocating for “mission-oriented capitalism”, Carney sees an opportunity in the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic to reimagine our systems in a way that recognizes value beyond price.

 

Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson, Fight or Submit: Standing Tall in Two Worlds

  • Published by ECW Press, Grand Chief Derrickson’s memoir recounts his life’s journey through poverty, business success, and political leadership. Woven throughout are unflinching accounts of racism, bitter rivalries, and insights into internal band politics. Grand Chief Derrickson’s undeniable achievement is defined by collaborative strategy and fierce activism.

Roger L. Martin, When More Is Not Better: Overcoming America’s Obsession with Economic Efficiency

  • Published by Harvard Business Review Press, Martin contends that our centuries-old, efficiency obsessed view of the economy is not working anymore. A firm believer that democracy and capitalism are co-dependent concepts, Martin discusses how the treatment of the economy as a perfectable machine has led to the erosion of the middle class, stalled financial growth, and furthered the rise of inequality and populism.  He lays out his solutions to our greatest challenges, underpinned by a balance of efficiency and resilience.

Jeff Rubin, The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got Screwed by Globalization

  • Published by Random House Canada, Rubin, former chief economist of CIBC, expands on his predictions from over a decade ago by examining the consequences of globalization on the middle class and on society as a whole. Rubin traces today’s most difficult struggles – inequality, the rise of populism, stagnant wages, and job loss – back to  globalization and the pursuit of efficiency at the cost of a resilient middle class. 

The 2021 NBBA winner is selected by an independent jury which evaluates each submission based on originality, relevance, excellence of writing, thoroughness of research and depth of analysis. The jury is chaired by Peter Mansbridge and includes Wes Hall, The BlackNorth Initiative and Kingsdale Advisors; Deirdre McMurdy, Peerage Capital and Adjudicator; David Denison, corporate director; Anna Porter, author and publisher; and Senator Pamela Wallin.

Past winners include Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Daniel Levitin, Jacquie McNish, Gordon Pitts and Andrea Benoit. For the full list of past winners, visit: www.nbbaward.com.

Supporting partners for the NBBA are The Targeted Strategies Group and business leader Stephen J.R. Smith. 

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Follow us on Twitter @NBBAward or visit www.nbbaward.com  

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Mary Ann Freedman, Freedman & Associates Inc.

Email: maf@freedmanandassociates.com

ANDREA BENOIT WINS 2020 NATIONAL BUSINESS BOOK AWARD

VIVA MˑAˑC: AIDS, Fashion, and the Philanthropic Practices of MˑAˑC Cosmetics wins $30,000 prize as Canada’s most outstanding business book

TORONTO, November 18, 2020 – Andrea Benoit has won the National Business Book Award and the $30,000 prize for her book, VIVA MˑAˑC: AIDS, Fashion, and the Philanthropic Practices of MˑAˑC Cosmetics. The announcement was made today at the virtual Award Ceremony, presented by co-sponsors Bennett Jones and Miles S. Nadal.

With in-depth research, analysis, and exceptional writing, Benoit explains how the inclusive corporate social responsibility efforts of Canadian cosmetics company, MˑAˑC (Make-up Art Cosmetics), emerged from authentic cultural practices. Published by University of Toronto Press, the book recounts one of Canada’s great business success stories and its corporate philanthropy around HIV/AIDS in the 1980s when the fashion and cultural industries were undergoing a dynamic revitalization. She explores MˑAˑC’s business history through a cultural lens to offer a new understanding of how corporations effectively align with social causes.

Andrea Benoit has a Ph.D. in Media Studies from Western University. She currently works at the University of Toronto in the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, where she oversees the Faculty’s academic review process. She researches and publishes in the areas of advertising, branding, the interconnection of promotional culture and social causes, and media representations of gender.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the National Business Book Award as a presenting partner,” says Gino Scapillati, Vice-Chair, Strategy and Innovation, Bennett Jones. “This award shines a spotlight on critical business issues through the eyes of Canada’s most talented business writers, and we are honoured to be part of the conversation.”

“It has never been more important to learn from the experiences of the Canadian entrepreneurs and business leaders who have preceded us,” says Miles Nadal, founder of Peerage Capital. “We need to focus on the opportunities and where to find them in the face of big challenges, such as the current environment. The stories told by NBBA authors help us to position for the future.”

The National Business Book Award’s independent jury is chaired by Peter Mansbridge and includes Leonard Waverman, Dean of DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University; Deirdre McMurdy, Adjudicator; David Denison, corporate director; author and publisher Anna Porter, and Senator Pamela Wallin.

The finalists for this year’s National Business Book Award demonstrated outstanding and inspiring business writing on topics that are critical in these times.

The 2020 finalists include:

  • Arlene Dickinson, Reinvention: Changing Your Life, Your Career, Your Future, published by HarperCollins Publishers.
  • Wendy Dobson, Living with China: A Middle Power Finds Its Way, published by University of Toronto
    Press.
  • John Stefanini, More Than We Bargained For: An Untold Story of Exploitation, Redemption, and The Men Who Built a Worker’s Empire, published by Sutherland House.

Now in its 35th year, the National Business Book Award is one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards and continues to gain attention and praise from publishers, authors, journalists, academics, economists and business leaders around the world. Past winners include Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik, Daniel Levitin, Jacquie McNish, Sinclair Stewart, Jim Leech, Sean Silcoff, Gordon Pitts and Naomi Klein. For the full list of past winners, visit www.nbbaward.com.

The National Business Book Award is made possible by sponsors Bennett Jones, Miles S. Nadal, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Stephen J.R. Smith, and The Targeted Strategies Group. Award Ceremony Partners are CPA Canada and FEI Canada – Toronto Chapter and media partners are The Globe and Mail, The Walrus and Manscorp Media Services.

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Follow us on Twitter @NBBAward or visit www.nbbaward.com

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Mary Ann Freedman, Freedman & Associates Inc.

Tel: 416-868-1500 | Email: maf@freedmanandassociates.com

Canada’s National Business Book Award Announces 2020 Finalists

Winner of the business literary award to receive $30,000 prize

TORONTO, August 26, 2020 — The finalists for the 2020 National Business Book Award (NBBA), one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards, were announced today by presenting sponsors, law firm Bennett Jones LLP and entrepreneur and philanthropist Miles S. Nadal. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the $30,000 prize will be presented to the author demonstrating the most outstanding Canadian business-related writing, research and originality on November 18, 2020.

NBBA finalists have consistently been recognized as leaders in spotting emerging business issues and trends in Canada and globally. Though this year’s books were published in 2019, long before the disruption and uncertainties of the pandemic, the topics remain timely.  The 35th anniversary finalists provide reflection and insight on an array of topics including trade union development, cause-related marketing, the state of Sino-Canadian relations, and the reinvention of a business.

The 2020 NBBA finalists are:

Andrea Benoit, Viva MˑAˑC: AIDS, Fashion, and the Philanthropic Practices of MˑAˑC Cosmetics

  • Published by University of Toronto Press, Benoit recounts the history of Canadian cosmetics company MˑAˑC (Make-up Art Cosmetics) founded by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo. Thoroughly researched, Benoit explains how MˑAˑC ‘s inclusive corporate social responsibility efforts emerged from authentic cultural practices. A true pioneer in the intersection of social causes and consumerism, MˑAˑC made its mark as an outlier in a business long-dominated by multinational corporations.

Arlene Dickinson, Reinvention: Changing Your Life, Your Career, Your Future

  • Published by HarperCollins Publishers, Dickinson has developed a blueprint for anyone embarking on a new career path and setting new goals and metrics for success. Combining a personal memoir with practical guidance, Dickinson shares the story of how she successfully re-built her business. She breaks down how to apply key business principles to personal situations in a step-by-step plan to tackle reinvention in an age of uncertainty.

Wendy Dobson, Living with China: A Middle Power Finds Its Way.

  • Published by University of Toronto Press, Dobson advocates for Canada’s adoption of a new Canada-China strategy. She builds the case for more top-line leadership, strengthening of international human capital, addressing security issues and negotiating bilateral trade and investment liberalization. At a time of historic geo-political shifts, Sino-Canadian relations continue to evolve and Dobson frames a new Canadian strategy. She was named an NBBA finalist in 2010 for Gravity Shift: How Asia’s New Economic Powerhouses Will Shape the 21st

John Stefanini, More Than We Bargained For: An Untold Story of Exploitation, Redemption and The Men Who Built A Worker’s Empire

  • Published by Sutherland House, Stefanini’s autobiographical immigrant tale tracks his arrival in Canada in 1959 through his career as a construction industry union organizer in the early days of a Toronto building boom. Stefanini recounts the foundational agreements that set wage and workplace standards for generations of construction workers. As labour unions reposition themselves in a technology-driven “gig economy”, these lessons of the past still resonate

The 2020 NBBA winner is selected by an independent jury which evaluates each submission based on originality, relevance, excellence of writing, thoroughness of research and depth of analysis. The jury is chaired by Peter Mansbridge and includes Leonard Waverman, Dean of DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University; Deirdre McMurdy, Adjudicator; David Denison, corporate director; author and publisher Anna Porter and Senator Pamela Wallin.

To mark its 35th anniversary, the NBBA is featuring a retrospective of Canada’s best business authors and their books on social media (@NBBAward). Past winners include federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Daniel Levitin, Jacquie McNish, Gordon Pitts and Naomi Klein. For the full list of past winners, visit: www.nbbaward.com.

Supporting partners for the NBBA are DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University and business leader Stephen J.R. Smith. Media partners are The Globe and Mail, The Walrus and Manscorp Media Services.

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Follow us on Twitter @NBBAward or visit www.nbbaward.com

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Mary Ann Freedman, Freedman & Associates Inc.

Tel: 416-868-1500 | Email: maf@freedmanandassociates.com