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NEW SPONSORS AND PARTNERS ANNOUNCED FOR CANADA’S PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL BUSINESS BOOK AWARD

TORONTO, June 21, 2018 /CNW/ – Freedman & Associates is excited to announce the new sponsors and partners for the 2018 National Business Book Award, Canada’s most prestigious literary award for business writing. Joining long-time Presenting Partner BMO Financial Group is national business law firm Bennett Jones. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and Toronto Region Board of Trade are new Supporting Partners and The Globe and Mail and The Walrus are Media Partners. The winner of the $30,000 prize will be revealed on October 2, 2018 at the Award Ceremony in Toronto.

As Canada’s leader in recognizing Canadian business writing for over 33 years, the National Business Book Award is awarded annually to authors who present ground-breaking perspectives on Canadian business issues. The nominees are judged according to innovation, thought leadership, analytic abilities, depth of research and relevant subject matter.

Freedman & Associates has grown and managed the National Business Book Award for over 30 years. “We are grateful to long-time presenting partner BMO Financial Group for continuing to support exceptional Canadian business writing,” says Mary Ann Freedman, President, Freedman & Associates Inc. “We extend this gratitude to Bennett Jones for joining BMO in presenting the award and helping shape the Canadian business-leadership landscape.”

The National Business Book Award jury is chaired by Peter Mansbridge and includes Leonard Waverman, Dean of the DeGroote School of Business; Deirdre McMurdy, Adjudicator; David Denison, Corporate Director; author and publisher Anna Porter and Senator Pamela Wallin.

“What makes the National Business Book Award incredibly fresh and relevant year after year is the dialogue it creates among business and literary leaders across Canada,” says Gino Scapillati, Vice Chair, Strategy and Innovation, Bennett Jones. “As advisors, our lawyers have a shared intellectual curiosity with the business community for innovative and thought-provoking perspectives. We look forward to celebrating the authors whose stories inspire and enlighten.”

“BMO is proud to continue our long-time support for Canada’s business writers,” says Catherine Roche, Head of Marketing and Strategy, BMO Financial Group. “Canada has great business writers who have a global perspective. This award highlights the issues, trends and analysis that the nominees bring to the table each year providing unparalleled value to Canada’s business environment.”

The National Business Book Award has consistently been a leader in spotting current and future Canadian and global business issues. Fake news, transformative technology, consumerism, the rise of social media and blockchain are examples of the important topics and stories told over the history of the award. The authors are academics, journalists and business people with loud voices who are telling stories demanding to be heard. For the list of past winners visit: www.nbbaward.com.

The winner for 2017 was Daniel J. Levitin for his book A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age, published by Allen Lane Canada (Penguin Random House Canada), which explores how in a world of “fake news” we can distinguish misinformation and outright lies from reliable information.

About Freedman & Associates Inc.
Freedman & Associates is a Canadian marketing, public relations and sponsor development company which focuses on helping clients open doors, build new relationships and realize their brand promises. Freedman & Associates has grown and managed the National Business Book Award for over 30 years and continues to transform and re-invent ways of promoting thoughtful innovation through business writing. In 2017 Freedman & Associates assembled an exceptional new cohort of sponsors to re-launch Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award and continues to engage new partners and sponsors for Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year.  www.freedmanandassociates.com

About BMO Financial Group
Established in 1817, and currently marking its 201st year of operations, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of $688 billion as of October 31, 2016, and more than 45,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets. www.bmo.com

About Bennett Jones
Bennett Jones is one of Canada’s premier business law firms and home to 400 lawyers and business advisors. With deep experience in complex transactions and litigation matters, the firm is well equipped to advise foreign businesses and investors with Canadian ventures, and connect Canadian businesses and investors with opportunities around the world. www.bennettjones.com

Follow us on Twitter @NBBAward and visit www.nbbaward.com for more information.

For further information: or to arrange an interview please contact: Mary Ann Freedman, Freedman & Associates Inc., Tel: 416-868-1500, Email: mafreedman@freedmanandassociates.com

DANIEL J. LEVITIN WINS NATIONAL BUSINESS BOOK AWARD

TORONTO, April 24, 2017 /CNW/ – Daniel J. Levitin has been named the winner of the National Business Book Award for his book, A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age, published by Allen Lane Canada (Penguin Random House Canada). The announcement was made at an event today in Toronto, hosted by co-sponsors PwC Canada and BMO Financial Group.

A Field Guide to Lies

Celebrating its 32nd anniversary, the National Business Book Award is an annual celebration of Canadian authors of outstanding non-fiction business-related books. The National Business Book Award has come to be recognized as one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards and continues to gain attention from not only the Canadian business world, but also publishers, authors, journalists, academics, economists and business leaders internationally. The National Business Book Award prize is $30,000.

In a world of “fake news” and the strategic use of misinformation, A Field Guide to Lies looks at how we can distinguish misinformation and outright lies from reliable information. According to acclaimed neuroscientist, Daniel Levitin, we are bombarded with more information each day than the mind can process. Facts and figures are at our fingertips, but are too often biased and distorted. With examples and practical takeaways Levitin shows us how we can differentiate misinformation from facts by applying critical thinking.

In his view, critical thinking trains us to take a step back, to evaluate facts and form evidence-based conclusions. Ultimately, A Field Guide to Lies helps us better understand statistics, become more savvy media consumers and shows us how science is the bedrock of critical thinking.

“The proliferation of “fake news” and the strategic use of misinformation has recently become very newsworthy. A Field Guide to Lies provides practical insights on applying critical thinking to help us spot inaccuracies, question conclusions and make informed decisions,” says Tahir Ayub, Managing Partner, Markets and Industries at PwC Canada.

“BMO is a proud supporter of the arts and culture and is honoured to celebrate Canada’s best business books,” says Connie Stefankiewicz, Chief Marketing Officer. “Each of these notable finalists provides valuable perspective into Canada’s business environment, along with an analysis of the issues and trends that continue to shape our country.”

Daniel J. Levitin PhD, is the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at McGill University. He is also a faculty member at the Centre for Executive Education in the Haas School of Business at UC Berkley. A neuroscientist and musician, he is also the author of international bestsellers This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, and The Organized Mind. He divides his time between Montreal and California.

The prestigious and independent jury evaluates eligible nominations based on five key criteria including originality, relevance, excellence of writing, thoroughness of research and depth of analysis.

The National Business Book Award jury is chaired by Peter Mansbridge, Chief Correspondent, CBC Television News. Other jurors include: Deirdre McMurdy, Adjudicator; David Denison, Chair of Hydro One; author and publisher Anna Porter and The Honourable Pamela Wallin.

The finalists for this year’s National Business Book Award included:

Charles Bronfman with Howard Green, Distilled: A Memoir of Family, Seagram, Baseball, and Philanthropy, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
Don Tapscott & Alex Tapscott, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business and the World, published by Portfolio Canada.
Annette Verschuren with Eleanor Beaton, Bet On Me: Leading and Succeeding in Business and in Life, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
About PwC Canada

At PwC Canada, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. More than 6,500 partners and staff in offices across the country are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax, consulting and deals services. PwC Canada is a member of the PwC network of firms with more than 208,000 people in 157 countries. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.pwc.com/ca.

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817, and currently marking its 200th year of operations, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of $688 billion as of October 31, 2016, and more than 45,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

Follow us on Twitter @NBBAward and visit www.nbbaward.com for more information.

SOURCE PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers)

For further information: For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Mary Ann Freedman, Freedman & Associates Inc. for the National Business Book Award, Tel: 416-868-1500, Email: mafreedman@freedmanandassociates.com

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