Vancouver entrepreneur Mark Brand to teach innovation course for USC

Mark Brand, best known for his ownership of B.C. businesses like Save-On Meats and Persephone Brewing, is adding “teacher” to his portfolio.

Beginning in the coming weeks, Brand will be teaching business graduate students at the University of Southern California. He’ll be in Los Angeles to meet directly with students fairly often, but much of the course will also be online.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity,” Brand said Monday while taking a break from helping his team prep food at Save On Meats in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

“It shows how forward-thinking USC is.”

Brand’s enthusiasm for his new project is obvious.

“For the last three years I’ve been working on getting a deeper understanding of systems design,” he said. He credited the Amsterdam-based THNK School of Creative Leadership, which has a Vancouver branch, with getting him started.

He took courses there that look “to make CEOs more rounded in their thinking.”

“I got really excited about all the vernacular I never had in terms of being an entrepreneur.”

He gained a new language to help understand his successes and challenges better, he said. He’s big on self-reflection, he said, when you learn about what drives you and what doesn’t and perhaps more.

“It’s often many things you’re already doing, but maybe you realize not very well.”

“When you start to do this, you have to do self-work on things that worked. ‘Why did I do that thing, why did I push so hard on that thing that was next to impossible.’”

The path to USC started with him meeting “some folks” at Stanford University’s d.school, which focuses on “design thinking” — in other words, how do creative, positive connections happen in a community and what makes them effective.

Vancouver social entrepreneur Mark Brand is headed to the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business to teach …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

#TorontoStrong Brings Canadians Together To Mourn After Deadly Attack

People lay candles and leave messages at a memorial for victims of a crash on Yonge St. at Finch Ave., after a van plowed into pedestrians on April 23, 2018 in Toronto.

In what can only be described as a horrifying day for Toronto, after a van hit and killed ten people and injured 15 others in one of the city’s busiest areas, residents and fans of the city looked to each other for support.

Canadian celebrities, sports teams, and politicians across the country have been sending messages of strength via social media in the wake of today’s tragedy, and an outpouring of solidarity under the hashtag #TorontoStrong quickly took over.

Terrifying that such a beautiful place could be the scene of such a disgusting crime.

Australian actor Nicholas Hamilton, best known for his role in “It” last year, tweeted: “Feeling for all the victims and their families after the attack in Toronto. My family and I used to ride our bikes up Yonge St during the filming of IT, two summers ago. Terrifying that such a beautiful place could be the scene of such a disgusting crime. #PrayForToronto”

Other celebs who felt a connection to the city, like Sarah Rafferty and Patrick J. Adams from “Suits,” homegrown star Shawn Mendes and skater Scott Moir also expressed their sadness online.

Heartbroken to read the news coming from my home town of Toronto. Can’t imagine the pain and suffering of so many families. Sending thoughts and love from across the ocean to anyone and everyone affected by this horrific day. #toronto

— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) April 23, 2018

Toronto, I love you with every piece of my broken heart.

— Sarah Rafferty (@sarahgrafferty) April 24, 2018

All of my love to Toronto. Heartbreaking. ❤️

— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) April 23, 2018

Today as always, proud of the men and women who serve this country. My thoughts are with the families and friends of …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada

Mark Brand to teach innovation course for University of Southern California

Mark Brand, best known for his ownership of businesses like Save-On Meats and Persephone Brewing, is adding “teacher” to his portfolio.

Beginning in the coming weeks, Brand will be teaching business graduate students at the University of Southern California. He’ll be in Los Angeles to meet directly with students fairly often, but much of the course will also be online.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity,” Brand said Monday while taking a break from helping his team prep food at Save On Meats in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

“It shows how forward-thinking USC is.”

Brand’s enthusiasm for his new project is obvious.

“For the last three years I’ve been working on getting a deeper understanding of systems design,” he said. He credited the Amsterdam-based Thnk School of Creative Leadership, which has a Vancouver branch, with getting him started.

He took courses there that look “to make CEOs more rounded in their thinking.”

“I got really excited about all the vernacular I never had in terms of being an entrepreneur.”

He gained a new language to help understand his successes and challenges better, he said. He’s big on self-reflection, he said, when you learn about what drives you and what doesn’t and perhaps more.

“It’s often many things you’re already doing, but maybe you realize not very well.”

“When you start to do this, you have to do self-work on things that worked. ‘Why did I do that thing, why did I push so hard on that thing that was next to impossible.’”

The path to USC started with him meeting “some folks” at Stanford University’s d.school, which focuses on “design thinking” — in other words, how do creative, positive connections happen in a community and what makes them effective.

Vancouver social entrepreneur Mark Brand is headed to the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business to teach in …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

Toronto Police Lauded Worldwide Just For Doing Their Jobs

People around the world are commending Toronto police officers for their swift and calm response during a tense arrest in the north end of the city.

Following a horrifying event, in which a man drove a van down Yonge St. between Finch and Sheppard Aves., killing at least 10 people and injuring many others, police officers apprehended the suspect.

Now identified as 25-year-old Alek Minassian, police approached him cautiously, even as he waved what was initially thought to be a gun and said what sounded like “shoot me in the head,” eventually taking him into custody.

And that reaction, which contrasted so many of the recent arrests seen on video around the world, along with the bravery of the officer, was immediately noticed.

The restraint the Toronto Police Officer showed while the Van driver aggressively mimed quick-drawing a “gun” was breathtaking. #TorontoAttack

— Patrick Gilmore (@PatrickGilmore) April 23, 2018

Holy crap, the #Toronto Police @TPSOperations have amazing restraint. This guy just mowed down pedestrians for over a mile. He’s pointing what looks like a gun at the officer..yet no shots fired. Crazy. #torontoattack#cnnpic.twitter.com/ziySUl9rHG

— Alive In Philly (@AliveInPhilly) April 23, 2018

The police officer who arrested instead of shot today’s killer showed nerves of steel. Hopefully we find out something in this completely senseless massacre such as: was this deliberate & methodically planned out? #Toronto

— Chris Murphy TWN (@MurphTWN) April 23, 2018

#topoli The @TorontoPolice officer who confronted & finally arrested the alleged driver of the van demonstrated heroic composure and restraint. A bright spot in an otherwise horrible event.

— John Lorinc (@JohnLorinc) April 23, 2018

It is the Toronto Police Service’s policy to avoid using lethal force, and a “philosophy of using as little …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada