Events from 2003 – Toronto Talks http://torontotalks.org Toronto's most popular speaking series Sun, 01 May 2016 13:13:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://xodmedia.com/content-management-system.php?v=4.7.4 Project Management Demystified http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2003/project-management-demystified/ Wed, 19 Nov 2003 16:48:57 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=287 with Ali Taleb Ali Taleb Ali suggestsed that project management is more than a proven methodology to get tangible results. He talked about how and why the project management approach has grown beyond its roots in the engineering and aerospace industry to become the standard in a wide variety of organizational settings and industries. In addition to demystifying the project ...

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with Ali Taleb

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Ali suggestsed that project management is more than a proven methodology to get tangible results. He talked about how and why the project management approach has grown beyond its roots in the engineering and aerospace industry to become the standard in a wide variety of organizational settings and industries. In addition to demystifying the project management practice, Ali took a critical look at the impact of this approach on the strategy, the organization, the culture, and ultimately the bottom line of an organization. Finally, Ali explained the advantages and the requirements of becoming a certified project management professional, a worldwide recognized general management standard.

About Ali Taleb

Ali Taleb is the President of eAdvantage Group Inc.
a Toronto-based company specializing in e-marketing, project management and web-based services. Ali has over thirteen years of experience in a variety of industries and organizations. Before becoming a senior line manager, Ali has led several multi-cultural and multi-functional teams to deliver dozens of strategic projects in both Europe and North America.Mr. Taleb is a certified professional in project management methodology andoptimization techniques. He holds a Masters degree in eBusiness andTelematics from the University of Paris (France), and will be finishing hisExecutive MBA in General Management from the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario) early 2003.

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The Role of Media & Your Company http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2003/role-media-company/ Tue, 14 Oct 2003 15:53:56 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=291 with Larry Jackson When talking to anyone who has had an experience with the media, you hear the horror stories. People tell you about the bad quotes, the misrepresentation and the general lack of insight that the reporter or editor brings to the interview. People talk about the adversarial nature of encounters with the media. In fact, it’s safe to say that most people ...

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with Larry Jackson

When talking to anyone who has had an experience with the media, you hear the horror stories. People tell you about the bad quotes, the misrepresentation and the general lack of insight that the reporter or editor brings to the interview. People talk about the adversarial nature of encounters with the media.

In fact, it’s safe to say that most people view reporters, editors and columnist as a necessary evil; individuals who you must work with from time to time if you want to get the coverage for your story that you know you deserve.

The reality of the relationship between you and the media is actually quite different. It should be a partnership. You are a
supplier of raw material…. information.

The media takes many different shapes and forms, It may be a daily newspaper, a weekly or a trade publication or a television newscast or radio talk show. Determining which will work you and your business is a challenge!
Our Toronto Talks attendee’s discussed:

  • Why is the media important to you business
  • What are the different types of media
  • How do I sell my story to the media
  • Ten questions people ask about the media
  • Plus many more…

Presenter:
Larry Jackson, President, Editorial Edge Communications
Larry Jackson has been part of the Canadian media scene for more than 25 years.
Since 1995 Larry Jackson has been President and head strategist of
Editorial Edge Communications. As the company’s executive producer he
has overall responsibility for setting direction, tone and quality
standards for all projects.

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The New Privacy Protection Laws – Is your company ready? http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2003/new-privacy-protection-laws-company-ready/ Mon, 22 Sep 2003 15:59:28 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=295 with Paul Ankorn Our information security and compliance guru, Ron Lepofsky, of ERE Information Security will describe how Jan 1 2004 will change the way Canadian companies will be obligated to protect personal information, under (The Canadian)Privacy Act and PIPEDA. As well, Ron will discuss how and why companies will need to be audited for compliance to the privacy protection laws. “Social engineering: May ...

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with Paul Ankorn

Our information security and compliance guru, Ron Lepofsky, of ERE Information Security will describe how Jan 1 2004 will change the way Canadian companies will be obligated to protect personal information, under (The Canadian)Privacy Act and PIPEDA.

As well, Ron will discuss how and why companies will need to be audited for compliance to the privacy protection laws. “Social
engineering: May we discuss this topic in public?”

Paul Ankorn, also of ERE Information Security, will describe and demonstrate how testing for susceptibility to social engineering is definitely on the table for discussion, and why it is integral to the auditing for compliance to new privacy protection laws. Paul will not only demonstrate the meaning of social engineering, but he will intrigue us with a “show and tell” of his ultra-high-tech surveillance and recording gear.

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What’s the One Thing you Should do to Build your Business http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2003/whats-one-thing-build-business/ Tue, 22 Jul 2003 16:07:09 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=299 with Tony Bolla “What’s the One Thing …” outlines a simple and straightforward method for developing and implementing an effective business building program – no matter what size the company, the market or the resources available. This easy-to-follow approach includes lots of practical advice. It is presented by Tony Bolla, president of INTEGRA Business Development Services, who combines the experience ...

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with Tony Bolla

“What’s the One Thing …” outlines a simple and straightforward method for developing and implementing an effective business building program – no matter what size the company, the market or the resources available. This easy-to-follow approach includes lots of practical advice.

It is presented by Tony Bolla, president of INTEGRA Business Development Services, who combines the experience gained from a wide array of business situations with a studied examination of the subject. Tony’s career spans over 20 years in the advertising and marketing field, including some stints in the IT arena, and with more than half of those years in his own business.

He has had direct experience with a variety of business situations, including consumer and b2b as well as government and political. He has worked with every kind of business, from one man start-ups to large international corporations – with a touch of Madison Avenue added for flavour. He has also employed virtually every form of business building, both in singular efforts and as part of combined programs – and so has a first hand appreciation of what works best where, and how to get the most ‘bang for your buck’.

With a degree from the University of Toronto in Political Science and Economics, Tony continues to add to his direct experience by undertaking a thorough study of the literature available on business building. What’s the One Thing … will leave you with a new ‘common sense’ way to look at your business and how to achieve your objectives.

When: Tuesday July 22nd, 7 p.m.

Where: Metro Hall, Room 308

Metro Hall is located at 55 John Street in downtown TO. John Street runs north and south between King and Wellington, west of University.

Cost: Free to members of affiliated associations. Everyone else, $20 at the door, donated to Camp OOchigeas (www.ooch.org) a camp for children with cancer in Ontario.

To RSVP, email us at rsvp@torontotalks.org or phone (416)-595-7484 ext. 305. Seating is limited, so confirm early.

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Project Management Techniques http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2003/project-management-techniques/ Tue, 24 Jun 2003 16:12:17 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=301 Hold Your Worlds Together! with Joerg Niggemann about Management, Leadership and Quality,and why an orchestra needs a conductor. Have you ever had to deal with a discrepancy between written procedures and what is actually done? Have you ever seen a project that has not been influenced by ‘company politics’ in in one way or another? Perhaps you have encountered obstacles ...

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Hold Your Worlds Together!

with Joerg Niggemann

about Management, Leadership and Quality,and why an orchestra needs a conductor.

Have you ever had to deal with a discrepancy between written procedures and what is actually done? Have you ever seen a project that has not been influenced by ‘company politics’ in in one way or another? Perhaps you have encountered obstacles that seemed inexplicable. And sometimes you may have wondered whether Quality is actually more than the absence of defects.

No project is performed in a vacuum. The project manager, as every manager, does not only have to accomplish his task but has to do so by navigating the rough waters of his corporate and personal environment. Would you like to develop more ease of navigation? Imagine you could look ahead, sense conflict areas before you are in them, and even use previously adverse conditions in your favor.

See the ‘personal reality’ behind every ‘formal’ aspect of a company! Examples are: ‘Appreciation’ behind ‘Salary’, ‘Attitude’ behind ‘Quality Regulations’, and ‘what we actually do’ behind ‘written procedures’. Understand, that many conflicts originate in discrepancies of those two worlds. From this follows the ultimate imperative for a manager: Hold your worlds together! That is Leadership!

How to do that? Have you ever wondered why an orchestra needs a conductor? We can learn from them. Join Joerg on a journey around a ‘typical’ project in a ‘typical’ company, and look at it from different angles. Then follow him into the concert hall, and from there bring the power of Beethoven’s fifth symphony into your next project!

Joerg Niggemann’s passion is to take the pain out of software development and bring common sense in. He fought for this goal over a 13 year career in various positions as developer, architect, project manager, and quality manager. In 2001 he decided to become an independent consultant, came to Toronto and founded ThoughtBlade inc. Joerg Niggemann holds a Dr.med. (equivalent to MD PhD) and a Dipl.Inform. (equiv. M.Sc. Informatics/Computer Science) degree. In addition he holds both the Certified Quality Manager and Certified Software Quality Engineer designations from the American Society for Quality. These unique qualifications give Joerg a deep understanding of both people and technology, and the impact each has on the
other. Joerg can be reached at joergn@thoughtblade.com .

When: Tuesday June 24th, 7 p.m.

Where: Metro Hall, Room 308

Metro Hall is located at 55 John Street in downtown TO. John Street runs north and south between King and Wellington, west of University.

Cost: Free to members of affiliated associations. Everyone else, $20 at the door, donated to Camp OOchigeas (www.ooch.org) a camp for children with cancer in Ontario.

To RSVP, email us at rsvp@torontotalks.org or phone (416)-595-7484 ext. 305. Seating is limited, so confirm early.

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How to Promote Brand “YOU” http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2003/promote-brand/ Tue, 03 Jun 2003 16:15:36 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=303 with George Torok To an audience of more than 150 people, George Torok presented a dynamic program on how market your most valuable product…namely Brand “YOU!” George began his presentation with a comment that an individual who uses a systematic approach to marketing themselves or their business will ultimately surpass someone who just relies on their talents. Therefore, George emphasized ...

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with George Torok

To an audience of more than 150 people, George Torok presented a dynamic program on how market your most valuable product…namely Brand “YOU!”

George began his presentation with a comment that an individual who uses a systematic approach to marketing themselves or their business will ultimately surpass someone who just relies on their talents. Therefore, George emphasized the need to have a system.

He broke down the personal marketing program into 5 Strategies, namely Perceptions, Relationships, Media, Leverage, and Database Marketing

Beginning with Perception, George indicated that our marketing efforts revolve around perceived marketing. We are never perceived accurately by people. Either we are perceived as more or less successful, but never accurately. Therefore, it is important to be perceived as a leader. You can do this by speaking publicly on your area of expertise. He also emphasized being “nominated” for awards. Even if you don’t get the award, you can state proudly that you were “nominated” for an award, just like the Academy Awards.

With respect to # 2 – Managing Relations, George is empowered by writing Thank-you letters. A personally written note goes very far. He pointed out an example of a Grade 12 student who participated in a public speaking contest that was sponsored by George’s partner, Peter Urs Bender. $5000 was given away in prizes, but this individual had not won anything. But he was only one to write a thank-you note! He clearly stood out. George further refers to “congratulations” as being the 1 st cousin of Thank-you and letters should be sent out accordingly.

George discussed further the aspect of Media Relations. He is a big fan of print media (although Radio and TV are sexier) because the articles you write can be reproduced and sent to clients. He further discussed ways to get yourself into print via letters to the editor and writing articles. Local newspapers are always looking for content and writing an article called “The Top 7 ways to Nirvana” or “Top 5 tips to investing” etc. are in stride for local editors.

He also emphasized the need to Leverage your abilities into opportunities. He had to be in the Yukon Territories (Yellowknife, to be exact) and he wanted to create a stir. So, George offered to work with the local entrepreneurs and offer consultations at $50 per entrepreneur. At the end of the day, he donated all the money to the local charity (approx $500). This contribution made its way into the local newspaper.

Finally, George touched up database marketing and the importance of developing a systematic approach to our prospects and clients. (Editors note – I’m hooked on ACT and don’t know how I could work without it.)

All in all, it was an incredible evening. George ran out of books to sell (His Secrets of Power Marketing) is a National Best Seller.

George Torok is co-author of the national bestseller, “ Secrets of Power Marketing” Canada’s first guide to personal marketing for the non-marketer. Now published in seven countries. He is the host of the weekly radio show, Business in Motion . After two decades in corporate management he launched his own successful consulting, training and speaking business. Torok delivers seminars and keynote speeches across North America. He was featured in the media as a Citizen of the World. He is a national director of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Visit www.Torok.com for more.

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How to Negotiate Your Next Contract http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2003/negotiate-next-contract/ Tue, 22 Apr 2003 16:19:33 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=306 with Allan Stitt Allan Stitt is a mediator, arbitrator, negotiator, and ADR systems design specialist at Stitt Feld Handy Group in Toronto. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Law School and a Lecturer at University of Windsor Law School, teaching courses in Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has also taught courses at the University of ...

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with Allan Stitt

Allan Stitt is a mediator, arbitrator, negotiator, and ADR systems design specialist at Stitt Feld Handy Group in Toronto. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Law School and a Lecturer at University of Windsor Law School, teaching courses in Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

He has also taught courses at the University of Notre Dame Law School (as an Assistant Adjunct Professor) and at the University of Lisbon (Portugal). He has also designed and taught workshops in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.

After earning his B.Comm at the University of Toronto in 1984, Allan earned his LL.B. at the University of Windsor Law School and his J.D. at the University of Detroit Law School, graduating first in his class in both law schools. He then earned his LL.M. at Harvard Law School.

While at Harvard Law School, he studied negotiation and ADR with Professor Roger Fisher, Professor Frank Sander, and Bruce Patton. He subsequently completed advanced negotiation training at Harvard. Allan returned to Harvard on a number of occasions to act as a Teaching Assistant to Professor Fisher.

He is a past President of the ADR Institute of Canada, the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada and of the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario, and a past Chair of the ADR Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario). He has designed ADR systems for a number of organizations including the Canadian Bankers Association, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the Law Society of Upper Canada, and Canadian Tire Corporation.

Allan is both a Chartered Mediator (C.Med.) and a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.). He has mediated two party and multi-party disputes in numerous contexts including commercial, employment, corporate governance, workplace, banking, personal injury, and breach of contract. He has also arbitrated numerous commercial cases. He is a Roster Mediator, Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program-Toronto. He is the editor of the CCH ADR Practice Manual, and his book on ADR systems design, ADR For Organizations , was a bestseller. His most recent book, Mediating Commercial Disputes , was published in 2003.

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Creating Effective Online Content http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2003/creating-effective-online-content/ Tue, 18 Mar 2003 17:23:29 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=308 How to Make People Stay at your Site…and have them come back for more! with Wayne MacPhail Many companies leave the creation of online content in the hands of people who have no professional experience with writing or creating other forms of communication. The result? Content that doesn’t consider the user, is hard to understand, difficult to navigate and burdened ...

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How to Make People Stay at your Site…and have them come back for more!

with Wayne MacPhail

Many companies leave the creation of online content in the hands of people who have no professional experience with writing or creating other forms of communication. The result? Content that doesn’t consider the user, is hard to understand, difficult to navigate and burdened with an overly rich layer of interface that confuses and shows off.

In this talk Wayne MacPhail, a journalist, educator and online content creator for 25 years, will show you how to create compelling content that makes the best use of the Web, which is a willful medium that rejects bad content like a foreign kidney. He’ll introduce you to the lessons we can learn from history, from the real world and from other media.

He’ll also share stories of the success projects he’s created for AOL Canada, canoe.ca and Sympatico Lycos.

About Wayne MacPhail;
Wayne began his media career as a magazine photographer, writer and editor. He’s also been a newspaper writer and editor. In
1991 he founded and directed Southam InfoLab, the national R&D unit for Southam Inc.

InfoLab explored and developed future information products for the newspaper giant including the CD-ROM titles True North Arrivals, Understanding McLuhan and Kate’s Story. It also developed a robust polypublishing database for the company. He went on to create online content for AOL, Bell Emergis, @Home Canada, MSN, Canoe, Mocha Sofa and Sympatico-Lycos, where he was director of content.

Wayne has also been the chief knowledge office for Cyberplex and has taught online writing skills at Sheridan, Centennial College, the Canadian Screen Training Centre, Ryerson and McMaster Universities. As well, he’s a published playwright and recently co-authored a book called “Spin Doctors” about the Canadian Chiropractic industry. He is currently the Web Development Coordinator for Centennial College.

When: Tuesday March 18th, 7 p.m.

Where: Metro Hall, Room 308. Metro Hall is located at 55 John Street in downtown TO. John Street runs north and south between King and Wellington, west of University Avenue.

RSVP @ rsvp@torontotalks.org or call (416)-595-7484 ext. 305

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Financial Planning for the Self Employed Consultant http://torontotalks.org/past-events/events-from-2003/financial-planning-self-employed-consultant/ Tue, 18 Feb 2003 17:25:59 +0000 http://torontotalks.org/?p=310 with Ellen Roseman & Soo Ling Ng Ellen Roseman is a Business Columnist with the Toronto Star. She writes Money 101 for The Sunday Star, a step-by-step guide to managing finances as well as her regular column throughout the work week. Her newest book, Money 101: Every Canadian’s Guide to Personal Finance is based on a series that she did ...

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with Ellen Roseman & Soo Ling Ng

Ellen Roseman is a Business Columnist with the Toronto Star. She writes Money 101 for The Sunday Star, a step-by-step guide to managing finances as well as her regular column throughout the work week.

Her newest book, Money 101: Every Canadian’s Guide to Personal Finance is based on a series that she did for the Toronto Star. It is an easy to understand introduction to personal finance for those of us who are short of time and money.
Ellen discussed the need for self employed persons to take care of their retirement needs through RRSP’s as a deduction. She discussed the notion of risk and return and suggested that a good financial advisor would be an important asset on a go forward basis.

To download a copy of her presentation, click Ellen Roseman’s Presentation

Soo Ling Ng, BMath, MAcc, CA, CFP, is a Senior Manager at Soberman Isenbaum, & Colomby, a leading public acccounting firm in Canada.

Soo Ling discussed the accounting rules around self employment and what merits true self employment by CCRA Rules.

To download a copy of Soo-Ling’s presentation, click Soo-Ling Ng’s Presentation

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