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I Had It All

My girlfriend, who is a top executive in a Canadian bank, has two children, runs triathlons and manages to make time for her friends, said to a group of us a few years ago.  I have it all, and I want to get rid of some of it!  She ran her life like a military mission, and she was truly... more

Health Care for All Canadians

My dog Balto tore his anterior crucia ligament last week.  My healthy seven year old golden retriever and is now limping on three legs.  Fortunately, because he is an animal, he won’t have to wait long for surgery, in fact he could have it immediately.  Us humans are not so lucky, two of... more

Just Start Dancing

My partner and I have four kids between us; two of his, two of mine. These last weeks of school have been a pure hell of driving, rushing to dance recitals, helping kids study for exams, counselling kids through exam meltdowns, dropping kids off for end-of-year sport parties and packing... more

Stanley Cup - Getting There

I am in the taxi trying to get to the Sky Train to bring us to the game - Game Seven of the Stanley Cup.  Last night my partner, who owns GoodLife Fitness, was given two tickets to today's game.  We are guests of the NHL as we are in conversation with them about battling childhood obesity... more

The Heart and Truth Fashion Show

Posted May 31, 2011 and although the event happened over a year ago, the sentiment is still relevant. Yesterday, I participated in the Heart and Truth Fashion Show. Twenty strong and remarkable women wore spectacular red dresses to build awareness of women and heart disease. Heart disease... more


I have been thinking of my morning with Tony Hsieh on and off for the last two weeks.  Tony is the architect and CEO of the runaway success Zappos, which is the single largest online retailer of shoes in the world.  Last year they grossed over $1billion in merchandise sales. Tony’s book... more

The Hundred Day Challenge Started on Day 74

My girlfriend Jane Roos is one of the most vibrant, creative, and dynamic people I know.  She started the Can Fund which raises money for Canada's Amateur athletes.  Jane has raised millions of dollars for our athletes and she is constantly raising the bar on dreaming... more

New Year

I am a big fan of the New Year, not from a party all night and kiss complete strangers’ kind of way but from the perspective of reflecting on the past year and planning for the present one. Each year for the past ten years I have created a list.   Things I Am Proud of for 2010 and Things... more

The Right Motivation

Last night as I was accompanying my ten year old on her night of Trick or Treating, I had a thought I had never had before.  Halloween is a great exercise!  I watched as a gaggle of twelve kids not only walked the length of our 1km street, they ran full speed from door to door.  Perhaps... more

Catching my breath after the first week of school

I have input all my children's activities into my blackberry with hopes that I don't forget too many events and practices. Notice I said "too many"; it is a given that we are going to forget a few things, like that Friday is early pickup, like our child needs a new ballet outfit because... more