Huddle Presents: Home Office
Jul 23, 2020 35 min
A conversation with Frank McKenna from his home office in Cap-Pelé
The former N.B. premier sees opportunity everywhere, from the region’s small towns to its larger cities. At home during the pandemic, the former Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. and current Deputy Chairman of TD Bank is working seven days a week and enjoying the outdoor amenities of his province. In a conversation with Huddle editor Mark Leger, Frank offers insights on the future of remote work, energy, immigration and the region’s entrepreneurial spirit.
Jul 16, 2020 1 hr 25 min
Rob Moir and Wendy Keats on an economy designed for the 99%
Many Covid-19 workforce initiatives proved temporary, like “hero pay” at big-box retailers. But some shifts may become permanent, like flexible work arrangements that allow more people to work from home. Huddle editor Mark Leger speaks with UNB business professor Rob Moir and Wendy Keats of the Cooperative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick, about the value shifts that could reshape the economy and the nature of work and entrepreneurship.
Jul 07, 2020 37 min
Why Can't Everyone Pay As Well As Costco?
The box-store giant has long paid higher wages than its competitors. During the pandemic, many large grocery chains introduced “hero pay,” small bumps to the wages of frontline staff - increases that were recently rolled back. Huddle editor Mark Leger speaks with Dalhousie University business professor Deryk Stec about why higher pay is a permanent feature of Costco’s business model.
Jun 26, 2020 53 min
Victoria Clarke And Ross Jefferson On The Atlantic Bubble
Nova Scotia and New Brunswick continued down the path toward economic recovery this week with the announcement of an “Atlantic Bubble” that will allow people to travel freely through all four provinces. Huddle Editor Mark Leger speaks with Ross Jefferson of Discover Halifax and Victoria Clarke about what this means for the region’s tourism industry and the renewed vibrancy of our cities.
Jun 18, 2020 1 hr 0 min
Shauna Cole on Black Lives Matter
Shauna Cole recently wrote a LinkedIn post, “I Once Heard A Hiring Manager Say The N-Word,” about growing up biracial and the racism she witnessed in the community and workplaces. Last Saturday the human resource specialist spoke at a Black Lives Matter rally in Saint John. Mark Leger speaks with Shauna about her experiences and path forward for the movement.
Jun 11, 2020 53 min
Trevor Nichols and Mark Leger On More Vibrant Maritime Cities
In response to Covid-19 restrictions, Halifax, Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton are shutting down streets, establishing new bike lanes and extending restaurant patios onto the sidewalks and into public squares. Huddle Halifax reporter Trevor Nichols and editor Mark Leger talk about whether these could become permanent features of more vibrant, people-friendly cities.
Jun 04, 2020 43 min
Inda Intiar on international students coping with Covid-19
Huddle Moncton reporter Inda Intiar talks with Mark Leger about international students facing difficulties during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many have lost jobs and can’t get benefits, forced to ride out a tough period until they return to school. A former international student herself, Inda shares their stories and talks about supporting people so critical to the growth of the province’s economy.
May 25, 2020 58 min
Judith Mackin and Robert Moore on creativity and entrepreneurship
Huddle Editor Mark Leger chats with Judith Mackin and Robert Moore. Mackin is the creative director and owner of Tuck Studio in Saint John. Moore is a university professor, poet and now painter. Mark chatted with the entrepreneurial and creative couple about growing a business and artistic practice even as Covid-19 slows down most people and companies.
May 14, 2020 52 min
Don Mills On Reopening Nova Scotia's Economy
Huddle Editor Mark Leger chats with Don Mills, business leader and newspaper columnist, about reopening Nova Scotia’s economy. The longtime pollster and thought leader says it could begin in the regions outside Halifax, where there are few cases of Covid-19. Mills also discusses the future of the New Brunswick economy as it moves through its current recovery phases.
May 07, 2020 54 min
A Kitchen Conversation with Jesse Vergen and Doug Townsend
Huddle Editor Mark Leger chats with Jesse Vergen of the Saint John Alehouse and Doug Townsend of The Canteen in Dartmouth about the Maritime restaurant scene. Both places feature former Food Network Top Chef Canada competitors and loyal customer bases in downtown areas with great restaurant scenes before the Covid-19 crisis hit.