#LegalLean at MaRS: Mitch Kowalski – The great legal reformation

The successful law firm of 2025 will emerge from the choices made by law firm leaders today.

Employee bonuses: Milestone or project bonus plans

Project bonuses, also called milestone bonuses, focus employees on critical deadlines. Project bonus plans, due to their high-profile nature, are usually well-communicated and well-defined, running over the short term (three to six months). Project bonus plans typically involve senior management, … Continued

Terminating employees respectfully: When a startup faces firing an employee

Terminating, or firing, an employee is often a difficult situation, but there are ways to ensure that both parties are left with their integrity and self-respect. When faced with the situation of firing an employee, focus on three areas: Legal … Continued

Exit interviews and startups: Learn from your departing employees

When employees leave your startup, conducting an exit interview with them can be useful. It can show you ways to better attract and retain staff in the longer term. In a startup environment, the exit interview does not need to … Continued

Lived It Lecture with Carol Leaman – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Axonify president and CEO, Carol Leaman discusses how to build a profitable company that moves in the right direction with the market and shares important personal lessons learned from her journey as an entrepreneur.

Harnessing the power of self-interest for collective impact — MaRS Global Leadership

What role does self-interest play in our quest for solutions to complex social challenges? The word “self-interest” is virtually taboo in the social change community. However, understanding self-interest, as well as what motivates us as people and what leads others … Continued

#LegalLean at MaRS: Ronan Levy – Risky business: Why learning to love risk will make you a better lawyer, guaranteed.

Ronan is unlike any lawyer you’ve met before. Described as “too creative to be a lawyer” and “the most entrepreneurial lawyer you’ll ever meet”, Ronan takes a radically different perspective on law and the practice of it. Ronan is a founder of … Continued

Alternative sources of funding – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

In this talk, Jon Worren, Senior Director and Entrepreneur in Residence at MaRS, shares tips on how to build a successful company without outside investors. Learn how to use bootstrapping methods to manage minimal resources for maximum growth and take … Continued

Demystifying SR&ED: Three Hot Tips for Startups

Terry Lavineway, Director of Business Incentives, Welch LLP, highlights some of the ins and outs for entrepreneurs to know when applying for tax credits under the Canadian Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program (SR&ED).

Navigating common accounting challenges: Three Hot Tips for Startups

Bryan Haralovich, Partner, Welch LLP, highlights how to best manage certain accounting challenges that entrepreneurs commonly face. Learn more about your possible US tax consequences, mitigating foreign currency fluctuations and meeting your payroll responsibilities.

Choosing the right human resources information system (HRIS) for talent management

When should a startup consider using a human resources information system (HRIS)? The sooner the better! As with any key business system, automation should start as soon as possible.

Succession planning for startups

Succession planning is part of preparing your business for the future. It is not just for large companies—it is critical for startups.

Startup culture – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Shawn Mandel, VP of TELUS Digital, shares many lessons learned by combining the right mindsets, methods and thinking to create a culture of resilience and excellence at your startup.

#LegalLean at MaRS: Jason Moyse – The mashup of echo chambers in the legal services industry

Jason sets the tone for the day by discussing the mashup of echo chambers that results in new delivery approaches for the legal services industry through greater innovation. In his words, law is business and there is an $800 Billion opportunity which can be served by many suppliers beyond the traditional law firms including alternative providers who merge people, technology and process techniques like Lean Six Sigma and Lean Startup.

Entrepreneurial leadership: Building and managing a team – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

It takes a great team to build a successful company. In this talk, Keri Damen, Program Director at the U of T School of Continuing Studies, shares strategies and tips to hire and manage a smart team, create a culture … Continued

#LegalLean at MaRS: Joshua Lenon – Unlocking Value in the Traditional Legal Industry

Unlocking Value in the Traditional Legal Industry In this wide ranging and compelling talk, Joshua discusses the dawn of agile methodology for legal, including how Clio develops its products. Joshua also highlights many innovative examples from SmallLaw to BigLaw where … Continued

Implementing and evaluating sales compensation plans

Once your startup has completed the design phase of your sales compensation plan, it is time to focus on the employees who participate in the plan.

Employee networks: A powerful recruitment tool

The most powerful recruitment tool a business has is the combined network of its employees.

Employee benefits and benefits packages: What Ontario employers should know

Benefits are a key part of an employee’s compensation package. Some types of benefits are legislated, while others are offered to be competitive.

#LegalLean at MaRS: Dera Nevin – Law is a data field

Law is a data field In this talk, Dera discusses how she “moves a lot of cheese” and highlights the storytelling aspects of law utilizing technology to address both acute and chronic problems. In her words, the internet is the first significant … Continued

#LegalLean at MaRS: Ken Grady – The Seyfarth Lean Journey

The Seyfarth Lean Journey In this talk, Ken highlights the amazing transformation and evolution of the Seyfarth Lean program: a value-driven client service model, which combines the core principles of Lean Six Sigma with process improvement, project management and tailored technology solutions. For … Continued

Recruiting and building a founding team – Entrepreneurship 101 2014/15

Finding and recruiting talent are core skills for startup founders. In this talk, Margo Crawford from the Business Sherpa Group, shares practical ways to use job boards and social networks in your recruitment process to attract active and passive candidates. … Continued

Virtual teams: Benefits and disadvantages

For startups, using virtual teams can be a way to provide top products and services while remaining responsive to customers and flexible.

Coaching strategies and mentoring programs

Coaching is a short-term task-based process. Mentoring involves longer-term relationships. Use these programs to develop an able and motivated workforce.