Identification Theory: A Continuum of Personal Liability

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20th Jun 2017

The law related to when individuals are personally liable for acts taken in what they think is a corporate capacity is unclear in Canada.  This article analyzes the difference between how the Alberta courts and the BC courts approach this … more

Information Session in Fort McMurray

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26th Oct 2016

We will be holding an information session in Fort McMurray in the coming weeks. This summer when Fort McMurray mayor Melissa Blake was asked what she’d like to tell residents of Fort McMurray – and all Albertans – Black simply … more

Medical Assistance in Dying

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15th Oct 2016

With the passage of Bill C-14, Parliament took its first step in regulating access to Physician Assisted Dying, now defined as Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). However, rather than adding clarity to a fraught subject, the new criteria brought into … more

Got Culture? Family Culture as the Multi-Generational Glue

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24th Sep 2015

If the goal of a family enterprise is to become a true multi-generational family, then a family culture needs to be fostered so that future generations want to continue to belong to the family. Wealth isn’t enough. You can’t want … more

Commercial Property Pitfalls

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6th Mar 2015

Commercial Property Pitfalls – An Ounce of Cure… Maybe you are a small business looking to own as opposed to rent, or maybe you are looking to become a commercial landlord and rent to others. No matter the reason you … more

Physician Assisted Death: Your Constitutional Right to Die

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9th Feb 2015

Physician Assisted Death:  Your Constitutional Right to Die Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) In a nutshell, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled that the criminal prohibition against assisted suicide is unconstitutional to the extent it applies to competent adults … more

Raising Capital for Small Businesses

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6th Feb 2015

In 2013, $8.7 billion was raised in the exempt market in Alberta by 600 Alberta-based companies (ASC 2014 Capital Market Review). The exempt market is a valuable resource for small businesses that want to expand their business by raising capital from investors … more

The Paradox of Wealth – Two Sides of the Coin

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9th Jan 2015

The Paradox of Wealth: Two Sides of the Coin “Wealth is fine, oh so divine.” It is possible to be so focused on wealth that this is the only side of the coin you see. If this is the side … more

Entitlement – Poison in the Family Well

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4th Dec 2014

Entitlement –  Poison in the Family Well Entitlement is an expectation founded on emotion that something is owed to a person “just because”.  [1]  Entitlement results at a minimum in family discord, and can escalate into estrangement of family members, … more

Family Continuity – Shirtsleeves to Shirtsleeves

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15th Sep 2014

  Shirtsleeves to Shirtsleeves in 3 Generations or Why Family Continuity Planning is Important FCB = Family Controlled Business (generally one where the family controls or is a significant shareholder, family members are in key management positions, family derives significant … more