One of Canada's Leading Business Writers
Conducting talks on the mining, high tech, finance and marketing industries Francis is an expert on dissecting the headlines. She is the author of several bestselling books, including 2008's Who Owns Canada Now? which examines the transformation of the Canadian economy in the past generation, and profiles 75 Canadian billionaires, many of whom were not even on the radar a decade ago.
Francis is a Distinguished Professor at Canada's largest business school, the Rogers School of Management at Ryerson, and was a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She writes an article on marketing for the New York Sun, and is a contributor to The Huffington Post.
Staying on Course in Uncertain Times
With her deep insider's knowledge of today's business stories, Francis makes sense of national and international developments for your industry. From global competitiveness to a host of other topics, Francis shares her unparalleled ability to spot and interpret key trends in the global business arena, helping you stay on course with this informed and hard-hitting keynote.
Marketing and Branding in a Complicated World
A marketing and advertising columnist for both The New York Sun and The National Post, Francis looks at a plethora of new marketing challenges (and opportunities): globalization, the implosion of the traditional media business model, and newly powerful consumers. She explores the major trends to look at what's working worldwide—and that you can apply to your own strategy.
The Energy Sector and Your Business
As a business writer and an energy expert with global experience—and contacts—in this critical sector, Francis has a depth of understanding about stocks, players, global supply-and-demand, oil geopolitics, price trends, outlooks, and technology advances, as well as greener alternative sources.
Who Owns Canada Now?
Back in 1986, Diane Francis's hard-hitting Controlling Interest revealed the startling fact that one-third of Canada's wealth was in the hands of just 32 families and five conglomerates. At the time, Bernie Ghert, president of Cadillac Fairview, prophesized, "In a number of years, there will be six groups running the country." Was he right? Media coverage would have us believe that the last two decades have only increased the concentration of power. Diane Francis disagrees, and she's here to deliver some good news: a positive transformation has taken place in Canada, with both free trade and tough competition legislation creating a new and better nation.
This time the country is driven by players who are ready to offer innovative policies and visions for the 21st century. Combining extensive interviews with Canada's economic leaders - from individuals to families to international conglomerates - with Francis's hallmark incisive analysis, Who Owns Canada Now? will be the most important and talked-about business book of the year. - Of the 32 families who were profiled in Controlling Interest, fewer than half remain major players. - Of the five conglomerates profiled, only one remains intact. - Canadians have been successful at building world-class businesses and investing globally. - A look at 70 of the most successful Canadians, most of whom are billionaires, shows that many are self-made; 11 were still in school or in foreign countries when Francis wrote Controlling Interest in 1986. - Financial reforms have shifted the balance away from an old boys' network of risk-averse investors towards daring Canadian innovators.
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