Lessons Learned: The most important ideas and insights of 2016

From the best and the brightest new ideas and innovations to the most gruesome cautionary tales, it was an unforgettable year in business

Lessons Learned 2016

What some of Canada’s top founders and entrepreneurs learned in 2016

We asked 12 innovative business-owners to share the best, most important lessons they learned about business in 2016. Here’s what they said

What some of Canada’s business visionaries learned in 2016

We asked 10 lobbyists, pundits, policy-makers and champions of innovation to share the best lesson they learned in 2016. Here’s what they said

What some of Canada’s top senior executives learned in 2016

We asked eight corporate titans to share their top takeaways from 2016. Here’s what they said

The seven most important lessons about marketing from 2016

Feelings trumped facts, and even the most innocuous brands found themselves dragged into public conversations they never intended—or wanted—to be part of

The five most important lessons about leadership from 2016

From Fort McMurray to Frank & Oak, this year demonstrated how important it is to have someone with vision at the top—and how high the stakes can be

The three most important lessons about the economy from 2016

Pipelines took central stage at home, while protectionism came back into play abroad, with the election of Donald Trump heralding a new phase for free trade

The four most important lessons about technology from 2016

Automation, whether for chatbots or cars, is moving quickly but still has a long journey to the mainstream. Meanwhile, other ideas blew up—literally

The five most important lessons about mergers and acquisitions for 2016

It was an unexpectedly active year for M&A activity, with Canadian companies acquiring abroad and even repatriating brands that had once flown the coop

Kirstine Stewart’s big career shift in 2016 shows bold moves can be the best

The Diply executive (formerly of Twitter, and the CBC) on the value of brash career moves

What BlackBerry’s major 2016 shift means for companies looking to pivot

The tech giant tweaked its raison d’etre in 2016—and it wasn’t to go bigger

What Pokémon Go’s wild popularity in 2016 taught us about following fads

What companies can learn from the insane, temporary popularity of the mobile game

This year Martin Shkreli taught us that greed maybe isn’t so good

The extreme behaviour of the reviled pharmaceutical exec shows just what doesn’t work in business any more

Why—and how—Frank Giustra spent the year helping Syrian refugees

2016 taught the billionaire the value of letting a philanthropic philosophy evolve