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Since the Sponsorship Scandal, people contact me for help in abusive or whistleblowing situations. I have spent countless hours volunteering over the last few years helping them and dealing with corruption. I gradually developed the belief that our Canadian culture was improving. Ethical behavior and integrity was slowly gaining ground. Disappointingly, I have been proven […]

Practical Negotiation

When learning about negotiating, a great deal is written about strategies and tactics. There are at least ten different strategies that are proposed. Some examples are BATNA (Best Alternative To a Negotiated Alternative), Principled negotiation, and Start with No. There are also many books on the market to choose from. One is actually titled, “How […]

Having Integrity – Doing What is Right

The culture of both private and public sector organizations are undergoing change. Whether this is an evolution or revolution depends on the organization. Is your organization already devoted to strong and healthy business ethics? Alternately, is your organization one where employees have to think carefully about the ethics involved in every decision that they make […]

The Ramifications of the demise of Energy East

Published Hill Times, October 30, 2017 I do not understand why people believe that Western Separation is dead. It appears, at least on the federal level, that Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberals believe that they can ignore Alberta and (now) Saskatchewan. In the past, the only province that threatened separation was Quebec. However, with […]

Solicitor-Client Privilege

I always thought that the concept of solicitor-client privilege was essentially simple. The solicitor has a duty to his/her client that anything said is confidential. Although I am not a lawyer, I am invited to a legal symposium every year. To the best of my knowledge, I am the only non-lawyer in attendance. This is […]

Whistleblowers are ignored, sidelined and silenced

iPolitics, Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 One of Ottawa’s open secrets is on the table again. The people mandated to help and protect whistleblowers within the federal public service evidently do the opposite. This conclusion should be drawn from the recent Federal Court decision that underscores how whistleblowers are ignored, sidelined and silenced by the very body […]

Writing an Effective Executive Summary

Typically, all proposals in response to RFPs have an Executive Summary that briefly describes your company and what you are bidding on. While it is true that the Executive Summary is rarely, if ever, evaluated in a written proposal, you cannot ignore the importance of it. The Executive Summary is normally the first item read. […]

Bad or Poorly Constructed RFPs

There are problems in developing most larger and/or complex RFPs.  These come from a variety of sources – different writers, complexity causing conflict, incomplete information, outdated information, etc. The end result is a problem for potential bidders to responds to these RFPs. It is informative to look at a few of the problems from the […]

Whistleblowing Changes

The HILL TIMES MONDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2016 When I first started 10 years ago, whistleblowing was a dirty word by ALLAN CUTLER OTTAWA, ONT.—It has been 10 years since the Liberals’ Sponsorship Scandal and my elevation to be known as “The Whistleblower.” This was not my choice. Leadership comes in various forms. The most common is those […]