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Gordon Pitts

Gordon Pitts

Gordon Pitts

Senior Writer, Report on Business

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From the Bank of Canada to Rotman

Tiff Macklem was the second-in-command at the Bank of Canada under Mark Carney, but on July 1 he will be the dean of Rotman School of Management

May 29, 2014

Fred Ketchen hangs up his trader’s jacket

The 77-year-old Fred Ketchen, now director of equity trading for ScotiaMcLeod, will retire in May from a career spanning six decades and a revolution in trading—from a raucous exchange floor to the quiet glow of thousands of screens.

Mar 27, 2014

Rick Waugh's candid take on leadership

Journalists will miss Rick Waugh. In an age of CEO bland-speak, the irrepressible boss of Bank of Nova Scotia often provided refreshing candour–and occasional verbal slip-ups. He also notched some very impressive accomplishments. Over his 10-year run, the bank pulled off 40 acquisitions, shrugged off the 2008-09 financial crisis and cemented its status as Canada’s most international bank. After stepping down as CEO last fall, the 43-year Scotiabank veteran left the bank’s board at the end of January, at age 66.

Jan 30, 2014

Can the east coast economy be revived?

It’s been more than four decades since Kevin Lynch left Cape Breton Island to pursue a career that would carry him to the top of the federal civil service, as clerk of the Privy Council. Atlantic Canada, meanwhile, has remained mired in economic ...

Sep 26, 2013

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Gordon Pitts is an author, public speaker and business journalist, with a focus on management, strategy, and leadership. He was the 2009 winner of Canada's National Business Book Award for his fifth book, Stampede: The Rise of the West and Canada's New Power Elite. Stampede followed his national best-seller, " The Codfathers, Lessons from the Atlantic Business Elite," published in fall, 2005.

He has also written ' Kings of Convergence: The Fight for Control of Canada's Media' and ' In the Blood: Battles to Succeed in Canada's Family Businesses'. His first book, ' Storming the Fortress: How Canadian Companies Can Conquer Europe in 1992' was published in 1990. All five books have been finalists for the National Business Book Award.

A veteran of 36 years as a business journalist, he is currently a senior writer in the Report on Business section. A large part of his mandate is to follow the rise of the Canadian West as the country's economic engine. He contributes to the At the Top interview feature in the Monday Report on Business and the Exit Interview in the monthly Report on Business Magazine.

He is also a former editor and writer in the Report on Business's feature pages that have focused on strategic management and the professions.

In fall, 2006, he was the distinguished writer in residence at the University of Alberta Business School and the Alberta Business Family Institute. In June 2003, he delivered the opening keynote address at the Canadian media industry's Banff conference. The speech was titled: 'Convergence, Consolidation and Crisis'.

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