May 2016 | Issue 31

All hands on deck with entrepreneur Tom Jacques

tom-jTom Jacques has always possessed an entrepreneurial spirit.

While studying Commerce at McMaster in 1984, he launched a door-to-door fire extinguisher sales company called Safe Home that quickly developed into one of the largest and most successful of its kind in the region. Running the business with a friend from campus, Gord Stirrett, Jacques soon had 45 students in his employ during the summer months and sold thousands of fire extinguishers to area homeowners. He even outperformed major retailers such as Sears and Eaton’s for a brief period.

After graduating from McMaster, he spent seven months working for IBM before striking out on his own once more. In 1987, Jacques founded a small construction firm he playfully dubbed Hickory Dickory Decks. He’s served as President and CEO of that company for nearly three decades, and still loves every minute of it. Over the years, his ambitious startup has grown to become the largest custom deck builder in Canada and second-largest in the world. Hickory Dickory Decks currently operates 60 successful franchises from coast to coast.

[So far my challenge has been] making sure to spend time with family, and not getting too caught up in the stresses that come with the job. It’s easy to let work take over your life when you’re running your own business.

Jacques lives in the pastoral community of Flamborough, Ontario, with his wife, Sue, and the couple’s seven children. When not working, he spends most of his free time reading, golfing or schlepping bags of gear to and from a local hockey rink – as both a minor league coach and a recreational player. Never one to sit back and relax for too long, Jacques and six business partners founded Cleaner World Energy in 2010 – a company that specializes in installing solar energy systems for homeowners. more…

In Practice

Top 3 Tips for finding hidden profits from data analytics

April Harbottle, Founder and Principal Partner, Data Transition Architects

hidden-profitsThese Top 3 Tips provide the foundation necessary to gather the right information at the right time, allowing for strong, responsive and adaptive organizations.

1. Clearly identify the business problem that needs to be solved

Today’s business models are data-driven. It is important to understand what information enables effective and efficient decision-making in response to ever-changing business challenges and opportunities. Looking at data as an asset that drives strategic outcomes will help an organization focus on what data is needed, and support the investments in data infrastructure, processes and policies needed to acquire, maintain and use data. Clearly defining data needs will add time to the initial analysis, but will ensure that your assessment is aligned with the desired outcomes. Do not limit expectations by what is available in the current environment. more…

Best in Beantown

Andrew Baulcomb, Advancement Officer | Boston

DeGroote MBA students emerged as champions from the International Business Ethics Case Competition (IBECC), held in Boston last week.

Michael Anjos, Alexandra Antonucci , Krystina De Benedictis, Joshua Rodrigues and Jonny Uruthiran earned top honours in the 30-minute and 10-minute competitions at the event.

The team chose to tackle the amount of non-biodegradable waste generated by Keurig K-Cups – the plastic containers also known as “pods” commonly used to brew individual mugs of coffee. more…

DeGroote Annual Report reflects positive impacts to business and society

Len Waverman, Dean, DeGroote School of Business

The DeGroote School of Business is committed to positively impacting business and society. This sense of purpose is instilled in all of our students, faculty and staff. An intensive assessment of our strengths, the evolving business landscape, and the needs of society, let to the collaborative creation of our 2015-2020 strategic plan. I’m proud to say that our collective efforts resulted in significant progress towards the achievement of the ambitious mandate we tasked ourselves with. more…

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Are you good enough? Halton Insider features DWPN event

DSB Advancement | Burlington

The DeGroote Women’s Professional Network (DWPN) held a recent breakfast event with a focus on how to overcome one’s inner critic.

Cogeco‘s Halton Insider team was on hand to interview keynote speaker Amy Hunter Vodarek – an experienced health care professional, educator, facilitator, and ICF certified coach who partners with managers and executives to develop transformational skills for creating sustainable results while inspiring others. more…

Getting Out

An Evening of Accolades 2016

Toronto, Ontario

Michael LatimerMichael Latimer, BCom ’76, is the school’s 17th recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award at a special reception and dinner at the Carlu.

The DeGroote School of Business is pleased to host its signature celebration event on Thursday, May 5 at the Carlu in Toronto.  Event details…

Big Data Analytics in Support of Evidenced-Based Management

Toronto, Ontario

may-20-2015-event-thIn this presentation, we elaborate on evidence based managerial decision-making and provide guidance for using big data analytics to enhance the quality of managerial decisions.  Event details…



An Evening of Accolades 2016

May 5, 2016 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Michael Latimer, BCom ’76, is the School’s 17th recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, Toronto details

Big Data Analytics in Support of Evidenced-Based Management

May 26, 2016 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Fireside chat on using data analytics to support decision making in management. | The National Club, Toronto details

What Now?: A Guide To Your Next Phase In Life

June 7, 2016 | 7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

This event will focus in on your values to stimulate what you want next in your life and career.| Ron Joyce Centre, Burlington details

MBA Networking Reception and Ring Ceremony

June 9, 2016 | 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

MBA alumni celebration including the fourth annual MBA legacy ring conferment ceremony and a networking reception.| The National Club, Toronto details

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