Summer 2016 | Issue 33

Digital disruption: theScore’s John Levy on staying ahead of the game

The Score John Levy CEO

Ask John Levy to predict what idea will captivate the communications world in 10 years – what platform, channel or app – and the online media tycoon sputters at the mere suggestion.

“I challenge anybody to do that,” Levy says. “Come on, 10 years? We’re dealing with stuff that showed up six months ago that we’re watching today.”

Levy lives in the technological moment – and his unabashed celebration of short-term thinking has served him well. He parlayed his family’s cable TV business in Hamilton into a sports network called theScore, adapting a little trailer that delivered data at the bottom of the TV screen – back when television sports and news tickers were a new thing. The cable business was sold, the TV network divested, and the trailer has morphed into a family of mobile sports apps – among the most popular applications for iPhone and Android users.

Mobile apps developed by Levy’s theScore now reach an average of 4.4 million users a month, with 65 per cent of the business in the United States, 20 per cent in Canada, and the rest from around the world. The average number of user sessions per month has scaled beyond 330 million, having risen more than a third over the past year. more…

DeGroote welcomes four new faculty members

Andrew Baulcomb, Advancement Officer | Hamilton

A global search has culminated in the hiring of four interdisciplinary faculty members at the DeGroote School of Business.

Goran Calic, Alina Nastasoiu, Erin Reid and Manef Zargoush officially joined the School in July, bringing with them a passion for hands-on teaching and a desire to bolster DeGroote’s world-class research efforts.

Their expertise covers a number of diverse and progressive fields, including: studying the impact of creativity in the workplace; drawing a link between customer loyalty programs and consumer habits; examining how men and women cope with increasingly demanding careers in a changing economy; and using data analytics to solve pressing healthcare challenges. more…

Commerce experience a springboard to success, says DeGroote valedictorian

Andrew Baulcomb, Advancement Officer | Hamilton

Connor Prebianca : DeGroote School of Business Commerce Valdedictorian 2016When Connor Prebianca began his final year at DeGroote, he wrote down a lengthy list of tasks he hoped to accomplish. At the top of that list was a rather ambitious goal: “Deliver the valedictory address at spring convocation.”

Last week, after crossing the stage to receive his Commerce degree, Prebianca approached the podium at Hamilton Place as a hush fell over the Great Hall. He took a deep breath and began the remarks he’d been considering for nearly a year. Five minutes later, he stepped away from the microphone to resounding applause. more…

In Practice

Marvin Ryder on Brexit: What the ‘Leave’ vote means for Canada, Britain and Europe

Andrew Baulcomb, Advancement Officer | Hamilton

The 2016 Brexit vote: Leave or StayThursday evening, Canadians went to sleep assuming Britain would remain in the European Union. Early exit polls indicated the “Remain” side would prevail by a razor-thin margin in the landmark Brexit vote.

By Friday morning, everything had changed.

The “Leave” campaign emerged victorious with 51.9 per cent of the vote, sending shockwaves around the world as global markets plummeted and the British pound hit a 30-year low. British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation following the vote, while political leaders in Scotland renewed talks of seceding from the United Kingdom. Calls for similar EU exit referendums have already begun in France, Italy, the Netherlands and Denmark. more…

Top 3 Tips for understanding how thinking affects behaviour

Teal McAteer, Associate Professor, Human Resources and Management | Hamilton

Understanding how stress affects our behaviourIn today’s fast-paced business environment, we’re often in need of mantras, visions and slogans to maintain balance, peace and serenity in our lives. On a daily basis, the experts say we deal with 20 unexpected situations. So how do your thinking styles affect your behaviour for each of these scenarios? Is it possible that if you thought differently about a situation that you might respond differently? Here are my Top 3 Tips for understanding your thinking-to-behaviour connections. more…

Disney Institute offers Executive Education seminars for area professionals

Andrew Baulcomb, Advancement Officer


Have you ever been curious about the magic unfolding behind the scenes at Disney?

Thanks to a partnership between DeGroote Executive Education and the Orlando, Florida-based Disney Institute, local companies can now sprinkle a little pixie dust on their own operations.

The world-renowned Disney Institute is currently offering a series of one-day programs for business professionals in Southern Ontario. The next two sessions are Disney’s Approach to Quality Service (June 21, Scarborough), and Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence (September 20, Hamilton).  more…


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