No Consensus on What Canada Stands For

Canada is more divided and fractured today than ever before in it’s history. Time for #Canada and #Canadians to come together around a common creed and set of values. Canada can be the “TRUE NORTH STAR” for the world!

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WhatsyourcanadaThe recent IPSOS poll which attempted to find “What Defines Canada”, found little or no consensus among Canadians.  I see this as both a problem and an opportunity.  Every country needs a commonly-held and deeply-felt set of shared values and beliefs which I call a creed statement.  Your creed is what you believe.  The IPSOS research found that Canadians are all over the map on what defines Canada.  We all agree celebrating Canada’s 150 is a good idea.  We think Canadian beer is among the best in the world.  But, very little of substance comes through in this research about what unifies or defines our beliefs.  Canada has a disproportionate number of great writers and poets who need to be engaged to help us see what our unique creed is.  I know Canada has a deeply-felt and unique creed, but no one has yet captured it on a single piece…

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Robotic Surgery – The New Standard

Robotics and genomics and AI will revolutionize everything in healthcare and in society. We need political and business leaders who understand this.

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IMG_1124Disruption and new technologies are part of daily life in every sector.  It’s the same in healthcare.  Robotic surgery for prostate and other cancers has become standard of care over the last decade.  I am standing with Dr. Tony Finelli who is one of the great robotic surgeons and innovators in Canada and globally.  The benefits of the robotic platform are many but the capital costs as well as the per-patient costs are not covered in our publicly funded healthcare system.  We are grateful to the donors who have supported our leadership in robotic surgery over the last 10 years and to the surgeons like Dr. Finelli who are training the next generation of surgeons in this new technique.  Bringing disruptive technology into our publicly funded healthcare system is an urgent need and takes great passion from both our surgeons as well as our donor community.  We are grateful to…

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Building Movements NOT Brands

In business, in politics, in not-for-profits, brands are dead. Movements have replaced or will replace old school brands. Great example is the NFL (brand in decline) and E-Sports (growing movement).
The NFL brand is in long term decline while E-Sports are a growing movement. Brands are dying and being replaced by movements or causes driven by authentic passion and engagement.

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Bup2p-2ilding brands is dead.  Building movements is what it’s all about today.  Bringing people together around “their authentic passion” is what inspires a movement.  So does impact and change.  The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is extraordinarily grateful to the 250,000+ passionate donors who support our movement – To Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime.  The PMCF are fortunate to have developed 4 of the top 30 peer-to-peer fundraising movements in Canada.  The link to the article is below.  The #1 peer-to-peer fundraising in Canada is the Ride to Conquer Cancer which we share with B.C., Alberta and Quebec.  It takes Passion Capital to build a movement and even more passion to sustain it over many years.  OneWalk to Conquer Cancer is going into its 15th year and the Ride just celebrated its 10th year with a record $20.5 million raised.  Brands are old news and old thinking. …

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Run Your Business Like a Cause, and Your Cause Like a Business

“Run your cause like a business and your business like a cause”. True Passion for a cause or a business is the only path to sustainable success!

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Golden RuleYesterday, I gave a keynote speech at the Companies & Causes conference in Toronto.  I led off my talk with what I view as the “golden rule” of Passion Capital.  Here it is: “Run your business like a cause, and run your cause like a business”.  I love the traditional definition of the golden rule “Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You”, but having spent 28 years as the CEO or GM of a private sector company, or a not-for-profit, I believe my golden rule truly “RULES”.  This is why it’s so valuable to have people with private sector experience working in the not-for-profit world and conversely, having people in the private sector with not-for-profit experience.  The best of both worlds awaits those who understand this new golden rule of Passion Capital.

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1 in 2 is the new reality for us, and it’s frightening

1 in 2 of us face a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime. My Dad, Omer Alofs, just passed away from cancer. So both my parents died from cancer. Canada needs a national strategy to deal with the crisis that is cancer.

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What would you say if I told you nearly 1 in 2 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime? That’s half of your loved ones, half of your colleagues at work, half of your neighbours.

1 in 2 is the new reality for us, and it’s frightening.

At Princess Margaret Cancer Centre we deal with sobering statistics every day. But there is hope. Our team of cancer experts offer real hope. Our world-leading clinical trials program offers real hope. Our team of 72 highly skilled surgeons offer real hope. We have one of the most advanced and largest radiation treatment program in the world. Our team is also advancing supportive care to improve patient’s quality of life. We also take pride in sharing our advances with other cancer centres in the country and around the world.

We feel that hope every time a person walks out of…

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Hope Fuels Passion Capital

Hope is the light that shines through the darkness. Hope is a gift. May you be hopeful and full of hope in 2019!

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Paul_hope_signHope is an incredibly powerful and valuable emotion.  Being hopeful is a gift like gratitude and friendship.  Hope helps fuel and sustain our Passion Capital.  Hope you are filled with “hope” this holiday season and through 2018.  Because Passion Capital is the world’s most valuable asset and it is fueled in part by Hope.

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Speechless!

My “Job Jar” as CEO of Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation had just 1 job listed….to raise $1 billion for cancer research. Thanks to extraordinary donors and staff MISSION COMPLETE! Nothing but gratitude!

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I opened my Globe and Mail Globe Adthis morning and I was literally speechless!  Inside the front section was a full-page thank you ad with a nearly life-size photo of me.  I spilled my coffee and was totally surprised by this wonderful and thoughtful tribute.  The PMCF has raised $1.2 billion during my watch and our staff and donor community are the best of the best!  I am honoured and totally thrilled to have had the opportunity to serve this cause To Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime.  The Princess Margaret has evolved into one of the world’s top 5 cancer research centres and is having transformational impact on the leading cause of death in North America.  Speaking of The Globe, have a look in the November 28th issue of The Globe for our Transformers Technology magazine.

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