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So You’re Not a Graphic Designer

Posted on July 14 2017 | Author: Jennifer Kalanda

So you’re not a graphic designer? Don’t worry, neither am I!  Honestly, you don’t have to be in order to create and incorporate basic graphic elements into your marketing activities.  Working for a very busy non-profit, I have to wear many hats in my role – one of which is graphic design.  Since these activities can sometimes be infrequent, it’s hard to justify the cost of graphic design software.  And as I am sure you can relate, it seems impossible that I could have any extra time to learn how to use the software.  Instead, I have become very resourceful!

My favourite tool has saved me time and money, and there is a good chance you have even used it before – PowerPoint!  Yes, Microsoft’s PowerPoint has enabled me to create numerous advertisements, brochures, Christmas cards, business cards and even a roll-up banner.  That’s just for Bioenterprise and our clients!  In my spare time, I have used PowerPoint to create the graphic elements of countless gifts, signs and favours for my wedding, and floor plan mock-ups for my home renovations. 

 


Here are some features that help me get the most out of PowerPoint.

Images

You can format and edit images in several ways, from removing the background of an image, cropping out what you don’t need, to brightening or sharpening the image, and other great effects.

The feature I circled is one of my favourites because the shadow it adds makes images look like they’re floating. 

Quality

Your work can maintain a high-resolution when you save it as a PDF (assuming the images within your work are high-resolution and match the scale).  You can save the entire slide as a PDF or you can select the specific elements and save those only.  You can save your work in other image formats, but the format should be chosen based on where your work will be used (ex. prints vs. online). 

Colours

If you have some basic marketing materials, hopefully, your marketing firm provided you with a branding guide.  You can closely render your brand colours for both text and objects.  When you select the “More Colours” option and the ‘slider’ image, you can add your brand’s colours in CMYK, RGB or HSB.  Once you have made the colour formula, you can then save the sample in the empty boxes and your brand colours will be easily accessed for new projects.

Layers

When I am creating just about anything, there is usually a lot going on.  One of the “Arrange” features allows you to reorder the objects you are working with as it converts into a visual stack of objects.  By bringing the item forward, it allows you to tweak specific items without moving something you have already placed perfectly!

Slide Size

Now you may already be familiar with some of these Office features, especially if you’re a Microsoft Publisher fan, but one thing I like about PowerPoint is the ability to set a custom size for your work.  I often have to remake the same advertisement, but to different specs over and over again.  Publisher will only let you chose between formal paper sizes.  In PowerPoint, you can modify the size from as small as 1”x1” up to 55” x 55”.  With that kind of range, you really have the opportunity to make a lot of different kinds of projects.

If you have never thought to make anything on your own, consider starting with something small.  Recently, I had the pleasure of working with one of our clients to help improve their digital newsletter.  With a lot of important information to convey every quarter, it was essential to ensure the visual elements supported their content.  I created these headers simply by:

  • adding the high-resolution image to a blank slide
  • cropping the top and bottom to create a header bar
  • adding and formatting text over top.  (If the text is difficult to read, try adding or increasing the size of the shadow)
  • Selecting all the elements of my new header, right click and saving it as an image.  As mentioned before, I find PDF helps maintain the highest resolution, but since these images were for an email platform, I saved them in my second preferred format, png.

So far, I have found no limit to what I can create in PowerPoint.  Don’t get me wrong, I still have to outsource the big projects – but the amount of money I have saved, just being able to do my own design projects every year, is easily in the tens of thousands!

Happy designing!

Jennifer Kalanda
Marketing Manager


Sites Referenced:
https://pixabay.com
https://www.shutterstock.com
https://products.office.com/en-ca/powerpoint

 

 






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Time Efficiency Hack: Feedly

Posted on June 29 2017 | Author: Johanna Simco

A key component of successfully growing a business is conducting market research. However, keeping up-to-date with industry news, developing social media strategies, investigating competitor activities, and any other kind of research often involves countless Google searches. If only there was a tool to keep all of your favourite sources in one location… Readers, meet Feedly.com!

Feedly is a free RSS tool, meaning that it provides users with headlines from the websites they choose to follow. It allows you to gather, sort, share, and save content, keeping it all in one space. You can follow various sources, such as blogs, news sites, and even podcasts and YouTube accounts. The platform keeps track of the content you have read and saved, maximizing your knowledge gathering efforts. Feedly provides a clean and easy-to-read feed, and offers different layouts to fit your preference (e.g., magazine style, titles only, etc.). Feedly is one of my favourite productivity tools since it saves valuable time when searching for specific content online. Instead of bookmarking numerous websites and opening an overwhelming amount of tabs and windows, I can keep track of the web pages I have visited on one platform. I no longer spend time realizing that I’ve read a certain article already or open a website that doesn’t relate to my interest. Feedly has several useful applications. Here are a few that have made my research process more pleasant:. 

Follow sources: When searching for content, you can either search for specific sources (e.g., The Entrepreneur, Forbes, CBC) or enter keywords in the search bar. If you are interested in a particular subject, such as agriculture, you can perform a search and a list of sources will appear related to the topic. Clicking ‘follow’ next to the source will result in the latest headlines from that source appearing on your feed, giving you easy access to its content. For example, instead of going to the Forbes website and having to actively search for articles of interest, their headlines will be shown in one place, easily recognized.

Organize your content into categories: Now that you have multiple headlines from various sources in your news feed, you may want to organize them into categories. Feedly allows you to label your followed sources so that you can browse specific topics. For example, a user working at an agri-tech start-up may label their website with “Industry News,” “Business Tips,” etc. – customize the content into relevant categories, there are no restrictions! This feature allows you to view articles within a single category, thus making your browsing activity more efficient. However, you still have the option to view all websites if you prefer. By clicking ‘Today’ at the top of the sidebar, you will be provided with current content. These options will appear on the left sidebar (shown to the left).

Save your favourite items: See a headline that caught your eye but want to read later? Tag the article as ‘Read Later’ and enjoy reading it anytime. No more having to make note of the URL or keeping it open in a window, it’ll be kept safe in your Feedly account available on any device. Articles that you have read can be ‘Marked as Read,’ allowing you to track articles you have already seen. You can choose to keep these items in your feed or have them disappear.

With the abundance of information on the Internet, it can be time-consuming to navigate through search results. Feedly has the ability to optimize efficiency during your search activities. It is a true time-saver and makes research—whether for business or everyday purposes—a little more enjoyable.

Happy researching!

Sources:
http://ow.ly/Fg1T30d7urL
http://ow.ly/TDsP30d7unH 

Johanna Simco
Strategic Partnership Assistant






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Task Management Hack: Todoist

Posted on June 16 2017 | Author: Alexandra Coccari

If your job is anything like mine, no two days are the same. Tasks are constantly changing and priorities adjust to accommodate new responsibilities in order to meet deadlines. In this type of environment, it can be very easy to lose track of your timelines and become overwhelmed. In order to maintain my productivity, I use an essential project management tool that often gets overlooked – a simple, but effective, to-do list.

Todoist is my favourite task management app. The layout of the app is simple, clean, and extremely user-friendly. It’s available on all devices including: smartphone, desktop computer, laptop, or tablet. It allows me to visualize assignments, prioritize tasks accordingly, and most importantly meet deadlines. Don’t be fooled – this app has many more capabilities than the traditional to-do list. Here are some tips and tricks on how to navigate Todoist and optimize your productivity:

Break it down: One of the great features of Todoist is the ability to create a task and break it down further into sub-tasks. When completing larger projects, this feature is extremely helpful. For example, the task “complete market research report” may stay on your to-do list for weeks and seem quite daunting. By breaking this project down into sub-tasks such as “gather market reports”, “create template”, or “edit introduction”, it will make the large project seem less intimidating.

Assign due dates: Todoist allows you to assign due dates to certain tasks. Once you assign a deadline for a task, the app will send you a notification the day the task is due to remind you to complete it. This can be extremely useful if you have numerous deadlines and need assistance managing your time effectively. Additionally, you can modify when Todoist sends you notifications. For example, if you want to be reminded to complete the market report due on Friday at the beginning of the week, just adjust the notification settings in the app.

Create recurring tasks: If you have tasks that you have to complete weekly, Todoist allows you to create recurring tasks. For myself, updating our database is a task that I should complete bi-weekly, however it often slips my mind. Thus, I created a recurring task to “update the database” in the Todoist app. Simply type in “Update the database every other Friday” and Todoist will remind me to complete the task bi-weekly.

Prioritize: This is my favourite feature on the Todoist app. This allows you to manage your time effectively according to due dates and level of importance. You can drag and drop each task in the order in which you’d like to complete them; categorize the tasks by colour, and group high, moderate, and low priority tasks together. This feature has helped me visualize what responsibilities need to be addressed immediately and complete them before their deadlines.  

Visualize your productivity: I find this last feature very unique. It allows you to review your previous tasks and visualize how many assignments you’ve completed on any given day. Looking back at my productivity motivates me to complete more tasks than the day before and also allows me to stay focused.

In my professional opinion, having an ongoing to-do list is essential. It helps me remember all aspects of a project that needs to be completed and most importantly, it keeps me focused. Whether you use to-do lists in your everyday life, at work, or both, I would suggest checking “Download Todoist” off your list.

Sources:
http://ow.ly/asYv30cEHXU
http://ow.ly/QRxn30cEI3J

Alexandra Coccari
Analyst, Food & Food Systems






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A last-minute reprieve for email marketers: government suspends private right of action for breach of anti-spam laws

Posted on June 09 2017 | Author: Admin

Privacy and access to information

Since 2014, we have followed the development of Canada's anti-spam legislation (the Act or CASL)1, often described as the most stringent of its kind in the world. On July 1, 2017, the final set of CASL articles was to come into force, most notably providing for a private right of action (the PRA) to remedy contraventions of the Act.2 On June 7, 2017, citing mounting pressure from businesses and charities, the Government of Canada suspended the implementation of the PRA pending a further parliamentary review.

The private right of action

At present, contraventions of CASL are only actionable by the relevant regulators. On July 1, however, the new PRA remedy would have allowed any individual (or class of individuals) to bring a claim alleging contraventions relating to sending commercial electronic messages and installing computer programs under CASL, as well as contraventions of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act dealing with consent or authorization for collecting information and of Section 74.011 of the Competition Act (deceptive marketing practices for electronic messages).

Significant potential civil exposure

The PRA provided for two heads of damages for contravention of any of the above provisions, either or both of which may be claimed:

• damages for actual loss or;
• up to $200 per contravention, up to a maximum of $1 million per day regardless of whether any loss has been suffered.

In addition to the corporate entity or individual directly responsible for the contravention, the PRA would have allowed actions to be brought against officers, directors and agents if they were somehow complicit – even where the corporate entity itself is not named. Given that few individuals would have suffered actual damages, the expectation was that breaches would give rise to class actions claiming the maximum $200 statutory penalty for each individual consumer who received a non-compliant email. The potential exposure to businesses under the PRA was very significant.

A welcome reprieve … for now

Many commentators and businesses had expressed concern about the PRA, arguing the lack of any need to prove actual damages could result in liability entirely disproportionate to the harm suffered (if any). The government has announced it supports a “balanced approach” in the review and reconsideration of the PRA by Parliament. It remains to be seen whether that review will result in a solution that assuages the current concerns of industry. 

 

By: D. Michael Brown

 

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Tips for staffing a start-up in agri-tech

Posted on June 01 2017 | Author: Jessica Bowes

Hiring the first few employees is a big step for early stage businesses. Expanding the team could mean that the founder recognizes they can’t do everything by themselves or that they don’t have the necessary skills or experience for a specific aspect of the business. Or, maybe a new perspective is needed in order to grow.

Whatever the reason, fundamentally it will ultimately change the business by increasing bandwidth. If you can find the right person, suddenly you will be able to do more, faster.

So, how do ensure that you’re hiring the right person?

Know what you want and where you are willing to compromise. Keeping the stage of the company in mind, conduct thorough research on what the role will look like. Also, think about what kind of talent is needed today, 1 year out, 3 years out, and even 5 years out. It might be helpful to benchmark other companies in key areas.  Are you looking for someone with specific skills? Knowledge? Experience? What are critical skills for success: domain experience or behavioural/personal attributes? The reality is, having it all is usually not an option.

Cast a wide net. Recruit far and wide, searching in adjacent sectors or even geographical locations. Narrow the list through successive assessments. And, if you can afford it, work with sector-specific job sites, new-graduate programs, and talent acquisition firms. And, don’t forget to use your network!

Hire for potential, not just past experiences. Look for someone who has a strong interest or passion for causes that are similar to yours and the company vision. Whether it be a technical doer, an impact player with a unique set of skills (e.g. R&D manager), or a star performer who will achieve greatness no matter the task, try and find someone with a combination of skills and passion.

If possible, have everyone on the team interview the strongest candidates. Typically, an entrepreneurial team is made up of passionate people with very different personalities and work styles; so take the time for everyone to meet the star candidates. And don’t be afraid to have multiple interviews to ensure the new person will fit in well with the existing team. Establishing a productive working dynamic right from the get-go is crucial!

What you want won’t likely come cheap. Do your research to find out what the market is currently paying. If you hold out for your salary max, you may have to lower expectations. And remember, candidates are always looking for a step-up in compensation from their current situation.

For start-ups in the agri-technology sectors, there are some valuable recruiting resources and talent partners for consideration when it’s time to grow your team.

 

Kincannon & Reed

Kincannon & Reed, one of Bioenterprise’s corporate partners, is a retained executive search firm engaged by organizations around the world to recruit impact players in the food, agribusiness, and life sciences sectors. Unlike many “international” search firms, the company operates as a single office with multiple locations. Ideas, contacts, insights are freely exchanged among the principals and researchers globally. This enterprise-wide collaborative approach translates into a competitive edge for clients.

BioTalent Canada

As the HR partner of Canada’s bio-economy, BioTalent Canada focuses on building partnerships and skills to ensure the industry has access to job-ready people. Through projects, research and product development, BioTalent Canada connects employers with job seekers, delivers human resource information and skills development tools so the industry can focus on strengthening Canada’s biotech business.  For employers, there is The PetriDish job board for posting opportunities and a few different wage subsidy programs to support hiring new graduates or employees with disabilities.

AgCareers.com

The AgCareers.com mission is to provide global talent solutions in agriculture and food by offering employers talent attraction solutions, a high-calibre human resources conference, compensation benchmarking, talent pipeline development, and much more.

If you would like more information or to make contact with any of the organizations listed above, and/or some assistance developing your staffing strategy please contact Jessica Bowes, Manager of Bioenterprise’s Analyst Team at jessica.bowes@bioenterprise.ca.

 

Sources:

Wightman, J. (2016). The search is over [Kincannon & Reed Powerpoint slides]. Available upon request.

Koloc, N. (date). 7 Keys to Hiring Your Start-up’s First Employee. [Web log post]. Retrieved May 1, 2017, from https://www.themuse.com/advice/7-keys-to-hiring-your-startups-first-employee

https://stock.adobe.com/ca

 

Jessica Bowes
Manager, Business & Technology Analyst Group






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Time Tracking Hack: Toggl

Posted on May 17 2017 | Author: Poonam Patel

Start timer.

Whether you are an entrepreneur with your own start-up, an employee of a small business, or the CEO of a multinational corporation, understanding how your time is being spent can help optimize your productivity at work.

Tracking your time can tell you exactly how many hours you spend sending emails, reading articles, working on specific projects, or writing a blog. By logging your hours, you have a record of what you are spending the most time on and where you need to put in a bit more work. Knowing how you are spending your time will assist in planning and managing your time for the future.

Toggl is one of my favourite apps to keep track of how I spend my time at work because of how simple and user-friendly it is. Here are some features of Toggl that have helped me track my time and make my days more efficient.

Interactive One-click Time Tracking.

Just download the Toggl desktop app and open up the logger. With just one click, you can input what you are currently working on and the timer automatically starts recording. When you move onto a different task, simply enter the title of the next project and the timer will begin again. All your tasks of the day are listed in the logger, that way if you decide to stop a project and go back to it later, all you have to do is start the timer for that task again and toggle will sum it up for you.

Tracking Reminders.
It’s easy to get consumed in your work and forget to enter your projects into the app. That’s why Toggl allows you to set timed reminders for when and how often you would like a notification to track your hours. You can set it for every 30 minutes from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, to ensure that your entire workday gets recorded. This feature is especially helpful for new users who are just starting to use the app and have a hard time remembering to start the timer.

If you forget to start timer – that’s okay you can always manually add it in later.
 

Reports.
Toggl summarizes your time into a daily or weekly report with a detailed breakdown of time spent on each activity. This can be compared to previous weeks and be used to set realistic deadlines or allocate accurate time towards similar tasks in the future.


Pomodoro timer.

This is a feature that is based on a theory that people work best in 25-minute bursts with a 5-minute break in between. Toggl allows you to set your timers and schedule
your breaks to help maximize your productivity and efficiency throughout the day. The time intervals can also be customized to suit your personal workflow.

Unlimited projects.
Even with the free version of the app, you can log your hours for an unlimited number of projects or clients.

This app acts as a tool to keep track of how you are spending your time at work. It is important to keep a log of your hours but this is only useful if you analyze the data! Be sure to reflect on your time, compare your reports to previous logs, identify what time of day you are most productive, understand how long it takes to complete specific projects, and use all of this information to manage your time better in the future.
 

How Toggle has helped me.

1) Forces me to stay focused on the task at hand. Sometimes multi-tasking isn’t always the most productive way to work and time tracking allows me to focus my attention on a specific project without being distracted by my other tasks.

2) Helps me stay organized. Toggl allows me to keep track of all my on-going projects and clients to make sure none of them fall off the radar.

 3) Makes my to-do list more effective. I now add estimated times next to each of my tasks based on previously recorded Toggl times to plan my schedules and make my day more efficient.

End timer.

Blog – 1hour 56minutes added to timesheet.

Thank you Toggl!

* Toggl can be integrated directly into other productivity tools like Asana, Todoist, Trello (read our blog from last month) and many others!

 
Sources:
 
Poonam Patel
Analyst, Bioproducts 





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Outlook Hacks for Efficiency and Organization

Posted on May 08 2017 | Author: Laura Millson

As a project coordinator for many specialized tasks, managing and tracking emails is an interesting challenge, especially when coordinating multiple inboxes.  I receive emails with varying subject content from all facets of our organization and beyond. 

I would like to share a few functions that simplify my day. Give them a try to see if they work for you and share your feedback.

Often email conversations mask important references and attachments, but most importantly the “true subject” gets buried and is no longer part of the email subject line. Emails that you have been copied on, or forwarded can also become time wasters – having to open every email because the subject or focus is submerged.  It can all become confusing!

I routinely use a feature to edit subject lines.  This allows me to search more accurately and efficiently and makes filing precise and clear for others.

All emails with prefaces “ FW: or RE:” and all lengthy long subject lines do not add to the email …it becomes clutter.  In our busy days, we don’t have the time to read through multiple emails to find content.  You want the purpose…the point, the jist!

As a project coordinator, keeping track of emails can challenging, but there are a few tools I use that help me manage my “clutter”.  Let me begin by clarifying that my mouse is set up with a secondary click on the right side to give me quick access to features within Outlook 2011.

Here are my top Go-To’s….5 features to test out for yourself…

1. Edit the Subject Line.

Help manage your inbox and avoid inbox overload.

Click on an email and go to Message> Edit Message Edit Subject

Edit the subject line, close the window and it will update automatically in your inbox. This allows you to change the email subject line…try it once and you will use it every day!

 

2. Move Emails.

Store emails in folders directly from the inbox without dragging and dropping them in the wrong folder.

Click on an email and go to Message > Move

A list of recent folders or the option to choose a folder will appear. Alternatively, you could set up a rule for instant filing.

 

3. Flags and Reminders.

Flagging emails reminds me to check on action items by date – this creates a task list and is helpful for time sensitive reminders.

Your task list is generated as separate activity located under Calendar in your Outlook Navigation menu.

Click on an email and go to Message > Follow - Up

 

4. Forward an Email.

Quickly send an email as an attachment without the search, drag and drop delay.

Right click on the Message > Forward as an attachment

I use this in conjunction with ‘Editing the Subject Line’.

 

5. Create a Rule.

Set up a protocol for auto-delete of recurring emails or set unique criteria for filing, this is useful for subscription and industry references, newsletters or repetitive emails.

Click on an email and go to Message > Rules

At the end of the day, it’s about finding something helpful that works for you, makes your day productive, and gives you the confidence that everything is in its place. I hope you find value in my tried and true tricks for controlling, tracking and organizing.

 

Sources:

http://logonoid.com/images/outlook-logo.png

https://unsplash.com/collections/794479/do-more?photo=KE0nC8-58MQ

 

Laura Millson
Special Projects Coordinator






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Canada’s legalization of recreational cannabis – legislation introduced

Posted on May 01 2017 | Author: Admin

In the 2015 federal election, the Liberal Party of Canada ran on a platform that included legalizing recreational cannabis. Following the election, a task force was created to report on legalization and regulation, and a report was delivered in November 2016. On April 13, 2017, Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts (the Cannabis Act) was introduced, largely implementing the task force’s recommendations. In a nutshell, it decriminalizes the possession of certain amounts of cannabis and makes allowance for production for commercial use.

The bill introduces a system of licensing and permitting for the production, distribution, and sale of “licit” cannabis; any cannabis produced, distributed or sold other than as permitted in the Cannabis Act or any provincial act is considered “illicit.” Good news to those who invested resources to submit applications for licensing under the medical marijuana regime (formerly the MMPR, now the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations[ACMPR]): the bill’s transitional provisions provide that any licence issued, or application in process under that regime will be deemed a licence or application under the Cannabis Act when it comes into force.

The bill does not speak to the mechanics of distribution. Instead, it provides that a person may possess, sell or distribute cannabis if that person is authorized to do so under a provincial act. The bill does note, though, that a person can only sell cannabis under a provincial act if the cannabis was produced by a person authorized under the Cannabis Act to produce for commercial purposes. Thus, we should expect additional information from the provinces regarding the model for sale of cannabis.

Of particular interest to some is whether or not any provincial legislation will allow distribution of medical cannabis by pharmacies – a hot issue when medicinal cannabis regulations were first introduced (currently, medicinal cannabis can only be distributed through the mail). The bill proposes that separate access to cannabis for medical purposes be maintained, and the ACMPR will continue to be in effect. It remains to be seen how, if at all, the soon-to-come provincial legislation will affect the distribution of medical cannabis.
 

Highlights of the bill are set out below

Licensing

The Cannabis Act provides for a licensing and permit scheme for the production, testing, packaging, labeling, sending, delivery, transportation, sale, possession or disposal of commercial cannabis. Although details will be governed by yet-to-be-developed regulations, it appears the process will be similar to that currently in place under the ACMPR. Requirements will likely relate primarily to safety and security, and provide product standards for cannabis sold.

As set out above, the bill provides that several types of licenses and permits issued or applied for under other acts and regulations at the date the new act comes into force will be deemed to be issued under the Cannabis Act. These include producers licenses, import and export permits, and security clearances issued under the ACMPR as well as narcotic dealers licenses for those that deal in cannabis under the Narcotic Control Regulations.

It is proposed that cannabis can only be imported or exported pursuant to a license, and only then for medical or scientific purposes.

What can be sold

Only cannabis produced pursuant to a license can be sold, and products containing cannabis in combination with nicotine, caffeine or alcohol will be prohibited. The government anticipates that on the coming into force of theCannabis Act commercial products will be limited to fresh and dried cannabis, cannabis oil, seeds and plants. Further regulation may allow for the sale of edibles and other products; however, these are not anticipated to be in place initially.

Packaging & labeling

Packaging and labeling requirements will be determined primarily by yet-to-be-developed regulations. The bill provides that packaging must not be false, misleading or deceptive, and it must also not be appealing to young persons, contain testimonials or endorsements, depict persons or characters, or associate a product with certain lifestyle imagery.

Advertising

The bill permits information-type promotion, restricted to factual and accurate information about cannabis products (ingredients, THC and CBD levels, etc.). Information enabling consumers to tell the difference between brands will also be permitted. Promotion is only allowed where it will not be seen by young persons.

There are proposed restrictions on advertising relating to sponsorships, endorsements, and testimonials, price, depiction of persons or characters, lifestyle advertising, and advertising in a way that could be appealing to young persons. The Cannabis Act provides for regulation-making powers and regulations could affect what is permitted or require the inclusion of specific information such as health risk information.

Tax

It is expected the government will amend the Excise Tax Act to tax cannabis. The task force report suggested taxing higher-potency THC at a higher rate, and using revenue generated from cannabis sales for drug prevention, education and treatment goals.
 

Next steps

The Government of Canada has set a target date of July 2018 for a recreational cannabis market; however, Bill C-45 has only just been introduced and must be passed by both houses. Further, many aspects of the regulatory regime will be determined by regulations that need to be drafted and published. There are therefore no guarantees as to if, when, or how cannabis will be legalized and regulated. Until the Cannabis Act is in force, existing laws remain in place and the provisions discussed above are subject to change.

 

Ian Trimble
Associate, Norton Rose Fullbright

Jacob Cawker
Associate, Norton Rose Fullbright

Sara Zborovski
Partner, Norton Rose Fullbright

 

Article provided by Norton Rose Fulbright

 

About Norton Rose Fulbright
Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice that provides the world's pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. Norton Rose Fulbright lawyers share food and agribusiness sector knowledge and experience across provincial and national borders, enabling them to support their clients anywhere in the world. To learn more about Norton Rose Fulbright, please visit www.nortonrosefulbright.com

 

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Time Management and Communication Hack: Trello

Posted on April 28 2017 | Author: Sophie Wotten

In any organization, it is critical to optimize employee's time and skills. Organizations are continually looking for a way to streamline processes and improving communication within a team.

Trello is a solution that can simplify the way your team communicates. Whether you are working from home, another province or in the office, you are able to collaborate and organize projects from anywhere, anytime! Trello is a free project management tool that is easy to sign up for on your web browser. It provides a simple and sophisticated way to organize projects. As a visual learner myself, the project plans it creates are easy to follow and fun at the same time.

Trello makes it very easy to collaborate on various projects. The user is able to create a "board" which is known as the specific project. Once the board is created, the user can invite team members that are also working on the project. As an organization, you are able to create several boards for your staff, depending on the tasks at hand, and there is no limit!

Completing projects is more than just checking an item off your "to-do" list. Each project involves planning, development, revision and communication. It takes an entire team’s devotion to making a single project successful. Trello provides a platform to consolidate ideas and assist the best outcomes possible. It is a great tool that moves projects forward and can assist with keeping your staff on track.

Since using the Trello system, it has become a great system to use not only at work but also at home as well. Here are some of the features that make this system function for me.

Keyboard Shortcuts: Just like using your laptop, there are specific shortcuts designed to save you time and frustration. These functions are as easy as moving a board, creating a new list and pasting items.

Copy and Paste Multiple Items: Trello has the capability to copy and paste items from Excel and Word. It also can separate each line item into its own checklist – re-typing information no more!

Turn Emails into Action Items: Trello makes organizing your time and work tasks easy by transforming emails into board items – saving time from having to look for that "one" email.

Export to Excel: Exporting to Excel can generate a snapshot of a project or provide a status update.  is a fantastic way to take a snapshot of a specific project or the status of your workload. Before a meeting, you can easily download the information and a workflow chart.

Trello is a very user-friendly system with multiple capabilities. Once learning of this organizational tool, I have not used any other system. These few features have made using Trello stand out from its competitors. So why do I like using Trello more than any other project organizer?

 

  1. It is simple and very user-friendly.
  2. It's free! Once you sign up using your email address, you can start using Trello immediately. The system provides great tutorial videos making the learning process very simple.
  3. Trello can be used on any size of screen. It does not matter if you are using your cell phone, tablet or computer; the Trello site actually looks like an app!
  4. If you are working on a project in a team, you do not want to wait to review updates a day later. With Trello, it provides real time updates!
  5. Trello is compatible with other programs such as Excel and Word. Instead of typing in lists individually, you are able to import the list into Trello and it creates a new chart or checklist for you.

Trello is a great organizational tool that can assist with team communication and project management. Its user-friendly capabilities can allow for staff to learn the system easily. With numerous features that can assist with time management, Trello could benefit your team with their next project. If you are looking for an easy to use tool to help organize your workload, maybe Trello could work for you too!

 

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https://trello.com

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Sophie Wotten
Events & Marketing Coordinator






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Amendments to the Ontario Business Corporations Act

Posted on April 24 2017 | Author: Admin

The new record-keeping rules

The new section 140.1 of the OBCA sets forth this requirement:

140.1 (1) A corporation shall prepare and maintain at its registered office a register of its ownership interests in land in Ontario.

Although the term “ownership interests” is not defined, the prudent view is this term includes both registered and beneficial freehold interests. It will also be advisable to include interests in a partnership or limited partnership that owns land in Ontario. There is currently no judicial guidance on whether other interests, such as mortgages and leases, are captured; our view is these types of interests will not need to be included on the register.

Pursuant to subsection 140.1(2) of the OBCA, the register shall (i) identify each property to which the corporation has an ownership interest, and (ii) include the date the corporation acquired the property and, if applicable, the date the corporation disposed of it. Additionally, as supporting documentation, the corporation must keep copies of any deeds, transfers, or similar documents for each property listed in the register, which contains the following information:

  • the municipal address, if any;

  • the registry or land title division and the property identifier number;

  • the legal description; and

  • the assessment roll number, if any.

The register and supporting documentation may be maintained in either paper or electronic format, so long as they are maintained at the corporation’s registered office.

These record-keeping obligations extend only to ownership interests in land situated in Ontario.

Application

The application of the new real property register requirements varies according to a corporation’s date of incorporation. If a corporation was incorporated or continued under the OBCA on or after December 10, 2016, it is immediately subject to the new record-keeping obligations. Corporations incorporated or continued before December 10, 2016, enjoy the benefit of a two-year transition period and must come into full compliance by December 10, 2018.

While existing corporations with ownership interests in real property have two years to comply with the new requirements, it would be prudent for them to begin preparing their registers as soon as possible as compilation of the required documents may prove to be quite time-consuming. It is important to note that non-compliance of the recording requirements constitutes an offence under the OBCA, which may be punishable by fine.

The FCPA will eventually enact similar amendments to the Not-for-profit Corporations Act, 2010 (the NFPCA), but the coming-into-force date for the NFPCA is unknown at this time.

 

Alexandra Aversa
Associate, Norton Rose Fullbright

Oliver Moore
Associate, Norton Rose Fullbright

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