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by Leonard Brody , David Raffa
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How does a business achieve prosperity in one of the most challenging market environments in history? Everything I Needed to Learn About BusinessI Learned From a Canadian offers first-hand insights, experience, and best practices from 15 business leadersall of whom just happen to be Canadian. These 15 have all achieved excellence in a particular area of business, at home and on the world stage (e.g., Jim Pattison; Leonard Asper, CanWest Global; Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music; Leslie Dan, Founder of Novopharm; Rob McEwen, CEO of GoldCorp; Joel Cohen, Producer of The Simpsons). Each chapter is enhanced by profiles and stories of leaders and entrepreneurs who have been there and done it all, imparting business wisdom and management insights that will be entertaining as well as instructive.

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Leonard Brody is one of Canadas most respected young entrepreneurs. He has helped in raising millions of dollars for startup companies, been through one of the largest internet IPOs in history and has been involved in the building, financing and/or sale of four companies. Currently, Leonard is a Venture Partner at Growthworks Capital, one of Canadas largest national tech funds, and acts as an advisor to venture capital funds in the US, Europe and Asia. He is also a board member and mentor to several companies, including Transgaming, Sonic Foundry, Derby County Football Club and Infowave. Leonard is currently an advisor to the Canadian Ministry of International Trade and a Director of Canadas largest technology association, CATA. A highly sought-after public speaker, Leonard has lectured at universities and conferences throughout the world. He is co-author of the best selling book, Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Jurassic Park to Java, published by John Wiley & Sons. Leonard holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queens University, a law degree from Osgoode Hall and is a graduate of the Private Equity Course at the Harvard Business School. David J. Raffa is a reformed attorney, newly minted venture capitalist and much sought after advisor by emerging technology companies. As a recognized governance expert, David advises companies on how to build better boards, and boards on how to better lead their companies. David has served on many boards and is currently a director of the BC Technology Industries Association and a director of a number of private and public technology companies. In his role as Chairman of Activestate Corporation, David led the sale of the company to Sophos PLC of the UK in 2003. David is also a founder of BC Advantage Funds, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage technology companies. While David has a wide variety of business interests, they all involve working with and mentoring young technology entrepreneurs who believe they have invented the next greatest thing. When not buried under business plans or caught up in boardroom negotiations, David devotes his time to his wife and three daughters at his home in Deep Cove, BC, Canada.
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