Month: February 2015

Calgary Celebrates 50 Years of Canada Flag Creation

Story From the Calgary Herald, Feb. 15 While Canadians proudly pay homage to their national flag this Sunday, Davinder (Davi) Singh will help his team serve duck confit poutine for lunch guests at the Laurier Lounge in downtown Calgary. It’s a fete befitting the late-George Stanley, a man widely regarded as a founding father of the Canadian flag, who also happened to grow up in this turn-of-the-century, wine-coloured clapboard house—now a French restaurant at the corner of 11th Ave. and 7th St. SW. Blackwell says Stanley’s flag vision was influenced by that of the Royal Military College where he taught in Kingston, Ont. His wife Laurie adds the 1928 Olympics also played a role. Stanley’s rich history as a Calgary resident and Rhodes Scholar-turned-seminal-national-flag-designer of the red and white maple leaf emblem may fly under the radar as a hidden Cowtown gem. But such roots, says Cynthia Klaasen, president of the Calgary Heritage Initiative, make for a fun fact Calgarians should celebrate. “It’s a lot of fun that the designer of the Canadian flag actually …

Recognition and Rewards: Know the Difference to Enhance Employee Engagement.

On March 6, you’ll notice #EmployeeAppreciationDay trending across social platforms. Twenty years ago, the first Friday in March was designated as such in North America, to create momentum around the idea of celebrating workers and their positive contributions to corporate culture. But rather than tweeting appreciation alongside blanketed tokens and goodwill gestures, shouldn’t companies be thinking on this theme more routinely—like every day? Shouldn’t this be a notion that’s innately embedded in a company’s overall corporate mission? Picking a number on a calendar and slapping on a catchy theme seems too easy; not a whole lot different than #NationalPoutineWeek or #CoffeeDay. It certainly contributes to headlines like this one proffered by a popular business magazine a couple years ago: “7 last-Minute Tips for National Employee Appreciation Day.” *This author shudders* Celebrating employee contribution by rote is one thing; doing it in a willy-nilly, shim-sham and lazy way will not enhance your reputation as a stellar employer and good corporate citizen. If upping your employee engagement factor is in fact something your company values, then you …