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CHRIS TURNER WINS NATIONAL BUSINESS BOOK AWARD

THE PATCH: The People, Pipelines and Politics of the Oil Sands wins the $30,000 prize as Canada’s outstanding business-related book

TORONTO, October 2, 2018 – Chris Turner has been named the winner of the National Business Book Award for his book, The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands, published by Simon & Schuster.  The announcement was made at the Award Ceremony today in Toronto, hosted by co-sponsors BMO Financial Group and Bennett Jones.

The Patch provides a balanced perspective on the often-polarizing national debate about the development of Canada’s oil sands.  With two conflicting world views – one of industrial triumph, the other of environmental concerns in the age of climate change – Turner explains the history, science and context surrounding one of the world’s largest engineering projects and its significance for all Canadians.

The Patch is particularly timely because of the federal government’s recent investment in the Kinder Morgan pipeline and its heightened focus on market access.  This means that Canadians not only need to engage, but they need to be better informed.

Turner is an award-winning author and one of Canada’s leading voices on climate solutions and the global energy transition.  He is a National Business Book Award finalist for The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy and The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Know and has earned nine National Magazine Awards.  He lives in Calgary.

“What makes the National Business Book Award incredibly fresh and relevant each year is the conversation that it creates in business and literary communities across Canada,” says Gino Scapillati, Vice Chair, Strategy and Innovation, Bennett Jones. “Our lawyers share the business community’s intellectual curiosity for innovative and thought-provoking stories that 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 Canada’s best business analysis and writing delivering unparalleled value to Canada’s business environment.”

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, former Chief Correspondent, CBC Television News. Other jurors include: Deirdre McMurdy, Adjudicator; David Denison, corporate director; author and publisher Anna Porter; The Honourable Pamela Wallin and Leonard Waverman, Dean of DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University.

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

  • Patricia Meredith and James Darroch, Stumbling Giants: Transforming Canada’s Banks for the Information Age, published by University of Toronto Press
  • Jennifer Riel and Roger Martin, Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking, published by Harvard Business Review Press
  • Donald Savoie, Looking for Bootstraps: Economic Development in the Maritimes, published by Nimbus Publishing

The National Business Book Award is an annual celebration of Canadian authors of outstanding non-fiction business-related books. It continues to gain attention from not only the Canadian business world, but also publishers, authors, journalists, academics, economists and business leaders internationally.

Supporting partners for the National Business Book Award are DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University and Toronto Region Board of Trade.

About BMO Financial Group

Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $765 billion as of July 31, 2018, and a team of diverse and highly engaged 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, BMO 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.  Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.bennettjones.com.

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

To arrange interviews please contact:
Mary Ann Freedman
Freedman & Associates Inc. for the National Business Book Award
Tel: 416-868-1500
Email: mafreedman@freedmanandassociates.com

NATIONAL BUSINESS BOOK AWARD ANNOUNCES FINALISTS

BMO Financial Group and Bennett Jones LLP to award $30,000 prize

TORONTO, AUGUST 28, 2018 — The finalists for the National Business Book Award, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards, were announced today by co-sponsors BMO Financial Group and Bennett Jones LLP. The finalist authors will vie for a $30,000 prize that will be awarded on October 2, 2018 to the author of the most outstanding Canadian business-related book published in 2017.

The finalist authors for the National Business Book Award are:

  • Patricia Meredith and James L. Darroch, Stumbling Giants: Transforming Canada’s Banks for the Information Age, published by Rotman – UTP Publishing. Meredith and Darroch explore the global, competitive and regulatory challenges facing Canada’s banking sector. In providing historical context for the structure of the industry, the authors question whether it is sustainable in an era of technological disruption and consider the implications – and possible solutions – for Canada and its economy.
  • Jennifer Riel and Roger L. Martin, Creating Great Choices: A Leader’s Guide to Integrative Thinking, published by Harvard Business Review Press. In this practical guide to integrative thinking, Riel and Martin unpack accepted wisdom and ingrained habits when it comes to decision making. Rather than evaluating options and making trade-offs, they urge a creative approach to foster solutions and improve outcomes.
  • Donald J. Savoie, Looking for Bootstraps: Economic Development in the Maritimes published by Nimbus Publishing. With a distinguished career as one of Canada’s leading political economists and academics and as a life-long resident of New Brunswick, Savoie tackles the topic of eastern Canada’s chronic economic underperformance and the federal and provincial policies that have failed to address it for decades. The author does not shy away from hard truths, but also makes recommendations for a sustainable future.
  • Chris Turner, The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands, published by Simon & Schuster. Turner provides a balanced perspective on the often-polarizing national debate about the development of Canada’s oil sands. With two conflicting world views – one of industrial triumph, the other of environmental concerns in the age of climate change – Turner explains the history, science and context surrounding one of the world’s largest engineering projects and its significance for all Canadians.

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, former Chief Correspondent, CBC Television News. Other jurors include: Deirdre McMurdy, adjudicator; David Denison, corporate director; author and publisher Anna Porter; The Honourable Pamela Wallin and Leonard Waverman, Dean of DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University.

The National Business Book Award is an annual celebration of Canadian authors of outstanding non-fiction business-related books. It continues to gain attention from not only the Canadian business world, but also publishers, authors, journalists, academics, economists and business leaders internationally.

Supporting partners for the National Business Book Award are DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University and Toronto Region Board of Trade.

Last year’s National Business Book Award winner was Daniel Levitin for his book A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age.


About BMO Financial Group

Serving customers for 200 years and counting, BMO is a highly diversified financial services provider – the 8th largest bank, by assets, in North America. With total assets of $744 billion as of April 30, 2018, and a team of diverse and highly engaged 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, BMO 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. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.bennettjones.com.

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

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