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CHRIS CLEARFIELD AND ANDRÁS TILCSIK WIN NATIONAL BUSINESS BOOK AWARD

Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik win $30,000 prize at the 2019 National Business Book Award for Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It, published by Allen Lane.

Left to right: Jury Chair, Peter Mansbridge, Chris Clearfield, András Tilcsik , and Gino Scapillati, Bennett Jones. Photo by David Pike.

TORONTO, June 5th, 2019 – Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik have won the National Business Book Award for their book, MeltdownWhy Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It, published by Allen Lane.  The announcement was made at the Award Ceremony today in Toronto, hosted by co-sponsors BMO Financial Group and Bennett Jones. 

Clearfield and Tilcsik present an innovative and engaging account of how seemingly unconnected disasters in the nuclear, medical and transportation sectors share common causes.  Applying leading-edge social sciences research with riveting real-life stories, they explain how the increasing complexity of our systems create conditions ripe for failure and how our brains can’t keep up.  They also provide numerous solutions for how to deal with increasing complexity in today’s fast-paced world to prevent ‘meltdowns’.

Chris Clearfield started his career as a derivatives trader who worked in New York, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. At the same time he trained as a pilot and developed a personal interest in avoiding catastrophic mistakes.  He is the founder of System Logic, a research and consulting firm that helps organizations manage the risk of catastrophic failure.  He has written about complexity and failure for Forbes and the Harvard Kennedy School Review.

András Tilcsik holds the Canada Research Chair in Strategy, Organizations, and Society at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. He has been recognized as one of the world’s top forty business professors under forty and as one of thirty management thinkers most likely to shape the future of organizations.  András is a Fellow of the Michael Lee-Chin Institute for Corporate Citizenship and is studying corporate practices that reduce the risk and impact of environmental disasters. 

“The National Business Book Award continues to draw us to fresh thinking and thought-provoking stories that stimulate new conversations among corporate leaders and directors across Canada,” says Gino Scapillati, Vice Chair, Strategy and Innovation, Bennett Jones. “Our lawyers and business advisors share the business community’s intellectual curiosity for new ways of thinking that inspire and enlighten.”

“BMO is proud to continue our long-time support for Canada’s business writers,” says Mona Malone, Head of People and Culture and Chief Human Resources Officer, BMO Financial Group. “The National Business Book Award is a very important program recognizing our country’s finest business writers, many of whom have a global perspective.  This award highlights exceptional business analysis and writing delivering enormous value to Canada’s business community.”

The prestigious and independent jury evaluates eligible nominations based on five key criteria including originality, relevance, excellence of writing, thoroughness of research and depth of analysis.

The National Business Book Award jury is chaired by Peter Mansbridge, former Chief Correspondent, CBC Television News. Other jurors include: Deirdre McMurdy, Adjudicator; David Denison, corporate director; The Honourable Pamela Wallin and Leonard Waverman, Dean of the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University.

The finalists for this year’s National Business Book Award include:

  • Howard Green, Railroader: The Unfiltered Genius and Controversy of Four-time CEO Hunter Harrison, published by Page Two.
  • Phil Lind with Robert Brehl, Right Hand Man: How Phil Lind Guided the Genius of Ted Rogers, Canada’s Foremost Entrepreneur, published by Barlow Books.
  • David Shoalts, Hockey Fight In Canada: The Big Media Faceoff over the NHL, published by Douglas & McIntyre.

The National Business Book Award is an annual celebration of Canadian authors of outstanding non-fiction business-related books. It continues to gain attention from not only the Canadian business world, but also publishers, authors, journalists, academics, economists and business leaders internationally.

In addition to co-sponsors BMO Financial Group and Bennett Jones, the supporting partners for the National Business Book Award are the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University and Toronto Region Board of Trade. 

About BMO Financial Group

Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $807 billion as of January 31, 2019, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets. www.bmo.com.

About Bennett Jones

Bennett Jones is one of Canada’s premier business law firms and home to 400 lawyers and business advisors.  With deep experience in complex transactions and litigation matters, the firm is well equipped to advise foreign businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities around the world.  Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.bennettjones.com.

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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Mary Ann Freedman

Freedman & Associates Inc. for the National Business Book Award

M: 416-523 8681

Email: mafreedman@freedmanandassociates.com     

NATIONAL BUSINESS BOOK AWARD ANNOUNCES FINALISTS

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

TORONTO,  MAY 7, 2019 — The finalists for the National Business Book Award, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards, were announced today by co-sponsors BMO Financial Group and Bennett Jones LLP.  The finalist authors will vie for a $30,000 prize that will be awarded on June 5, 2019 to the author of the most outstanding Canadian business-related book published in 2018.

The finalist authors for the National Business Book Award are:

  • Howard Green, Railroader: The Unfiltered Genius and Controversy of Four-time CEO Hunter Harrison, published by Page Two. Green provides a detailed account of a legendary and controversial business leader who played a pivotal role in the North American rail sector as CEO of four railways (including CN and CP) over several decades.  He captures the personality of Harrison and his passion for railroads and enhancing their efficiency.  In telling Harrison’s story, Green edges beyond corporate biography and into the clubby nature of Canadian business, the tight circles of influence, and the intersection of the public and private sectors.
  • Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik, Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It, published by Allen Lane. Clearfield and Tilcsik present an innovative and engaging account of how seemingly unconnected disasters in the nuclear, medical and transportation sectors (to name a few) share common causes.  Applying leading-edge social sciences research with riveting real life stories, they explain how the increasing complexity of our systems create conditions ripe for failure and how our brains can’t keep up.  They also provide numerous solutions for leaders and teams on how to deal with increasing complexity in today’s fast-paced world including addressing and acting on small mistakes to prevent ‘meltdowns’.
  • Phil Lind with Robert Brehl, Right Hand Man: How Phil Lind Guided the Genius of Ted Rogers, Canada’s Foremost Entrepreneur, published by Barlow Books.  As long-time second-in-command to Canadian entrepreneur, Ted Rogers, Lind shares his account of the events and people that shaped Rogers’ cable and telecom company – and an entire sector.  He brings a uniquely personal perspective to the Rogers story.  Lind paints a vibrant portrait of a driven visionary with an appetite for risk and aggressive deal-making, who was adept at navigating and framing the regulatory and cultural policy environment in which the company had to survive. 
  • David Shoalts, Hockey Fight In Canada: The Big Media Faceoff over the NHL, published by Douglas & McIntyre. Drawing on sources developed as a hockey writer for The Globe and Mail, Shoalts gives an in-depth behind the scenes take on the 2013 negotiations that led the National Hockey League to end its long-standing primary relationship with CBC, awarding exclusive broadcast rights in Canada to relative upstart, Rogers Communications. Shoalts shows that the battle over who gets to air NHL games can be as intense as the games themselves, and the importance of expecting the unexpected.

The prestigious and independent jury evaluates eligible nominations based on five key criteria including originality, relevance, excellence of writing, thoroughness of research, and depth of analysis.

The National Business Book Award jury is chaired by Peter Mansbridge, former Chief Correspondent, CBC Television News. Other jurors include: Deirdre McMurdy, adjudicator; David Denison corporate director; author and publisher Anna Porter (on leave); The Honourable Pamela Wallin; and Leonard Waverman, Dean of DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University.

The National Business Book Award is an annual celebration of Canadian authors of outstanding non-fiction business-related books. It continues to gain attention from not only the Canadian business world, but also publishers, authors, journalists, academics, economists and business leaders internationally.

Supporting partners for the National Business Book Award are DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University and Toronto Region Board of Trade. 

Last year’s National Business Book Award winner was Chris Turner for his book The PatchThe People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands.

About BMO Financial Group

Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $807 billion as of January 31, 2019, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets. www.bmo.com.

About Bennett Jones

Bennett Jones is one of Canada’s premier business law firms and home to 400 lawyers and business advisors.  With deep experience in complex transactions and litigation matters, the firm is well equipped to advise businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities around the world. www.bennettjones.com.

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Freedman & Associates Inc.

for the National Business Book Award

Tel: 416-868-1500 

Email: mafreedman@freedmanandassociates.com

CHRIS TURNER WINS NATIONAL BUSINESS BOOK AWARD

THE PATCH: The People, Pipelines and Politics of the Oil Sands wins the $30,000 prize as Canada’s outstanding business-related book

TORONTO, October 2, 2018 – Chris Turner has been named the winner of the National Business Book Award for his book, The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands, published by Simon & Schuster.  The announcement was made at the Award Ceremony today in Toronto, hosted by co-sponsors BMO Financial Group and Bennett Jones.

The Patch provides a balanced perspective on the often-polarizing national debate about the development of Canada’s oil sands.  With two conflicting world views – one of industrial triumph, the other of environmental concerns in the age of climate change – Turner explains the history, science and context surrounding one of the world’s largest engineering projects and its significance for all Canadians.

The Patch is particularly timely because of the federal government’s recent investment in the Kinder Morgan pipeline and its heightened focus on market access.  This means that Canadians not only need to engage, but they need to be better informed.

Turner is an award-winning author and one of Canada’s leading voices on climate solutions and the global energy transition.  He is a National Business Book Award finalist for The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy and The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Know and has earned nine National Magazine Awards.  He lives in Calgary.

“What makes the National Business Book Award incredibly fresh and relevant each year is the conversation that it creates in business and literary communities across Canada,” says Gino Scapillati, Vice Chair, Strategy and Innovation, Bennett Jones. “Our lawyers share the business community’s intellectual curiosity for innovative and thought-provoking stories that inspire and enlighten.”

“BMO is proud to continue our long-time support for Canada’s business writers,” says Catherine Roche, Head of Marketing and Strategy, BMO Financial Group. “Canada has great business writers who have a global perspective. This award highlights Canada’s best business analysis and writing delivering unparalleled value to Canada’s business environment.”

The prestigious and independent jury evaluates eligible nominations based on five key criteria including originality, relevance, excellence of writing, thoroughness of research and depth of analysis.

The National Business Book Award jury is chaired by Peter Mansbridge, former Chief Correspondent, CBC Television News. Other jurors include: Deirdre McMurdy, Adjudicator; David Denison, corporate director; author and publisher Anna Porter; The Honourable Pamela Wallin and Leonard Waverman, Dean of DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University.

The finalists for this year’s National Business Book Award included:

  • Patricia Meredith and James Darroch, Stumbling Giants: Transforming Canada’s Banks for the Information Age, published by University of Toronto Press
  • Jennifer Riel and Roger Martin, Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking, published by Harvard Business Review Press
  • Donald Savoie, Looking for Bootstraps: Economic Development in the Maritimes, published by Nimbus Publishing

The National Business Book Award is an annual celebration of Canadian authors of outstanding non-fiction business-related books. It continues to gain attention from not only the Canadian business world, but also publishers, authors, journalists, academics, economists and business leaders internationally.

Supporting partners for the National Business Book Award are DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University and Toronto Region Board of Trade.

About BMO Financial Group

Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $765 billion as of July 31, 2018, and a team of diverse and highly engaged employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets. www.bmo.com.

About Bennett Jones

Bennett Jones is one of Canada’s premier business law firms and home to 400 lawyers and business advisors.  With deep experience in complex transactions and litigation matters, the firm is well equipped to advise foreign businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities around the world.  Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.bennettjones.com.

Follow us on Twitter @NBBAward and visit www.nbbaward.com for more information.

To arrange interviews please contact:
Mary Ann Freedman
Freedman & Associates Inc. for the National Business Book Award
Tel: 416-868-1500
Email: mafreedman@freedmanandassociates.com