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New Partner Announced for Canada’s 37th National Business Book Award

Peerage Realty Partners joins in support of the $30,000 prize

TORONTO, July 21, 2022 – Freedman & Associates is excited to announce that Peerage Realty Partners has become a supporting partner for the 2022 National Business Book Award. A North American leader in premium residential real estate services, Peerage Realty Partners has committed to championing the next three years of excellence in business writing.

Peerage Realty Partners joins a roster of distinguished business leaders and partners including Presenting Sponsor Miles S. Nadal; The Targeted Strategies Group; Stephen J.R. Smith; Manscorp Media Services; The Globe and Mail; The Walrus; and Canadian Heritage-Patrimoine
Canadien.

The National Business Book Award promotes, commemorates, and facilitates excellence in business writing across Canada. The award’s esteemed jury is chaired by Peter Mansbridge and includes Wes Hall, chairman, The BlackNorth Initiative, executive chairman and founder, Kingsdale Advisors; Deirdre McMurdy, Adjudicator; David Denison, corporate director; author and publisher Anna Porter, and Senator Pamela Wallin. Nominations are judged based on five key criteria including originality, relevance, excellence of writing, thoroughness of research and depth of analysis.

“We are pleased to partner with the National Business Book Award as it enters its 37th year,” said Gavin Swartzman, CEO Peerage Realty Partners. “At Peerage, we believe in the importance of perspective and analysis. For 37 years, NBBA authors have used business stories to help us all better understand the often-complex issues we face as a country.”

“It is more important than ever before to encourage the exchange of creative and innovative ideas. The NBBA has remained dedicated to recognizing the business books which inspire and shape Canadian dialogues,” said Mary Ann Freedman, who has managed the Award for over 35 years. “The Award honours business authors who share new thinking and a better understanding of how we can shape the future.”

In a historic first, two books won the 2021 award for Canada’s most outstanding business book – Stephen R. Bown’s The Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson’s Bay Empire published by Doubleday Canada (Penguin Random House Canada) and Mark Carney’s Value(s): Building A Better World for All published by McClelland & Stewart.

The National Business Book Award is internationally recognized as a leader in spotting current and future Canadian and global business issues. Thought leadership and strategy, history and politics, and Canadian business are examples of the important topics and stories told over the history of the award. For the full list of past winners, visit: www.nbbaward.com.

The winner of the $30,000 prize will be revealed in November 2022.

ABOUT PEERAGE REALTY PARTNERS

Peerage Realty Partners is a leading residential real estate services firm, serving luxury markets across North America.

Peerage Realty brokerage partners include leading Sotheby’s International Realty franchisees, and renowned independent firms in both re-sale residential real estate brokerage, and new construction marketing.

Peerage Realty core service activities include real estate financing, transaction services, asset management, and home improvement for purpose-built rental properties. Peerage Realty has the unique benefit of being a privately-owned enterprise that is positioned to commit to long-term partnerships and investments.

Peerage Realty is currently one of the top 10 largest residential real estate service firms in North America with over 7,000 best-in-class sales representatives and employees with 276 offices across Canada and the United States.

To support growth and expansion among partners, Peerage Realty consistently provides strategic input, capital, technology, operational expertise, marketing, communications, and value-added products and services that differentiate and strengthen its partner firms in competitive markets. Its goal is to expand the suite of services that its partner firms can offer to enhance the client experience through all phases of a real estate transaction and beyond. www.peeragerealty.com

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For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Mary Ann Freedman, Freedman & Associates Inc.
Tel: 416-523 8681 Email: maf@freedmanandassociates.com

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STEPHEN R. BOWN & MARK CARNEY WIN 2021 NATIONAL BUSINESS BOOK AWARD

In a historic first, two books have won the title of Canada’s most outstanding business book – The
Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson’s Bay Empire and Value(s): Building A Better World for All

TORONTO, December 8, 2021 – For the first time in its 36-year history, two authors have been named
winners of the National Business Book Award (NBBA) and its $30,000 prize. In an extraordinary year for
the award, with its longest list ever of worthy nominees, Stephen R. Bown’s The Company: The Rise and
Fall of the Hudson’s Bay Empire and Mark Carney’s Value(s): Building A Better World for All best
exemplified the wide range and high calibre of outstanding Canadian business writing. The
announcement was made today at the virtual Award Ceremony hosted by NBBA Jury Chair, bestselling
author and award-winning journalist Peter Mansbridge.

The Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson’s Bay Empire, published by Doubleday Canada, provides a
fresh perspective on Canada’s founding myth. In re-telling the story of the Hudson’s Bay Company and
its foundational role in the early development of our country, author Stephen Bown highlights the
critical role that collaborative relationships with First Nations played in the venture’s earliest success. He also chronicles how competition, political agendas, economic shifts, and personalities converged to disrupt that fragile balance, ultimately contributing to the disenfranchisement of Indigenous people as Canada became a nation.

Bown has written ten books on the history of exploration, science, and ideas. His books have been
translated into nine languages. Born in Ottawa, he now lives near Banff in the Canadian Rockies.

After decades at the highest levels of domestic and international economic and political policy making,
Mark Carney posits that there is opportunity embedded in disruption, offering a chance to forge a new
consensus around common goals. Published by Signal/McClelland & Stewart, Value(s): Building a Better World for All is focused on “mission-oriented capitalism” and the solutions that can better address the complex challenges that have have surfaced as the second wave of globalization come to an end and the fourth industrial revolution begins. Among those challenges are climate change, income inequality, a crisis of institutional trust and the urgent need for values-based leadership in the public and private sectors.

Carney is the U.N. Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and the U.K.’s Finance Advisor for
COP26. He was previously Governor of the Bank of England (2013-2020), and Governor of the Bank of
Canada (2008-2013). He is part of the Group of Thirty, and the Foundation Board of the World Economic
Forum. Born in Fort Smith, NWT, he lives in Ottawa.

“As a country, we are blessed to have such wonderful talent writing about Canada’s stories, with a
Canadian themes expressing our uniqueness,” says Miles S. Nadal, founder of Peerage Capital and the
2021 NBBA’s presenting partner. “The subjects of these books include the economy, business, and other
areas, all from a completely unique Canadian perspective and [in] a holistic way which is so imperative.”

The NBBA’s independent jury is chaired by Peter Mansbridge and includes Wes Hall, executive chairman
and founder, Kingsdale Advisors and the BlackNorth Initiative; Deirdre McMurdy, Adjudicator; David
Denison, corporate director; author and publisher Anna Porter; and Senator Pamela Wallin.

“With our jury receiving twice as many nominations as we’ve seen in past years, 2021 proved to be a
banner year for Canadian business writers and thinkers,” said Mansbridge. “Through the bold ideas
presented in these exceptional published works, this year’s finalists clearly demonstrate how Canada
plays a leading role in navigating—and solving—an abundance of complex economic, social and
scientific challenges facing our world.”

The finalists for this year’s National Business Book Award demonstrated outstanding and inspiring
business writing, spanning a tremendous range of topics and perspectives, and sharing a common
challenge to the status quo.

The 2021 finalists include:

  • Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson, Fight or Submit: Standing Tall in Two World, published by ECW
    Press.
  • Roger L. Martin, When More Is Not Better: Overcoming America’s Obsession with Economic
    Efficiency, published by Harvard Business Review Press.
  • Jeff Rubin, The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got Screwed by Globalization, published by
    Random House Canada.

Now in its 36th 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.

The National Business Book Award is made possible by sponsors Miles S. Nadal, Stephen J.R. Smith, and
The Targeted Strategies Group. The Award Ceremony Partner is Oxford Properties Group and media
partners are The Globe and Mail, The Walrus and Manscorp Media Services. The National Business
Book Award would also like to acknowledge the Government of Canada’s support this year.

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For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Mary Ann Freedman, Freedman & Associates Inc.
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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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For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Mary Ann Freedman, Freedman & Associates Inc.

Email: maf@freedmanandassociates.com