Guy Saddy

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Jan 17, 2022
Shift Happens: Why a cannabis conviction spells trouble for cross-border business

Congratulations! You’ve just hired a phenomenal VP to grow your business into the U.S. market. But on their first time crossing the border, they’re refused entry—decades back, when still in their teens, they were convicted of cannabis possession. The VP...

Nov 2, 2021
Shift Happens: You can digitally spy on your employees. But should you?

You’re CEO of a large company. In response to the pandemic, you’ve allowed employees to work remotely. But you’re becoming skeptical about how much of their workday is actually, well, work. To ensure you’re not being played, you’re considering embedding...

Sep 23, 2021
Shift Happens: For businesses, is risking cancellation worth the trouble?

As owner of a startup, you’ve decided to brand your venture after a historical figure with a storied past. Unfortunately, that story now includes new information demonstrating that your firm’s namesake was a virulent racist. A #boycott tag looms over...

Aug 10, 2021
Shift Happens: Employees seeking accommodation for their religious practices shouldn’t put too much faith in the system

You’re a small-business owner. An employee has converted to a religion that requires they take time off once a week to attend a place of worship. Result: a three-hour gap in their workday that a coworker will have to fill.

May 21, 2021
Shift Happens: Making employees get their COVID shot is a prickly proposition

Yay! COVID-19 is finally retreating. But we’re still a long way from normal. As the owner of a consumer-facing business, you need to ensure workplace safety for customers and coworkers. Should you demand that employees show proof of vaccination before...

Apr 20, 2021
Shift Happens: Cultural appropriation won’t win your business any fans

Your company has rebranded with a colourful new logo. However, after incorporating the design into all of your materials, you get a call from a First Nations academic who says you’ve ripped off traditional West Coast Indigenous symbolism. What should...

Jan 12, 2021
Shift Happens: When does an employee’s online behaviour outside the workplace cross the line?

You’re the owner of a private company. While perusing social media posts, you chance upon a photo of an employee clearly taken several years earlier. He’s smiling, beer in hand—and parading around in blackface. What do you do? Disclosure: I have...

Dec 17, 2020
Adults in the Room: Lessons in leadership from the pandemic's first wave

The pandemic which has just swept ’round the earth is without precedent….never before has there been a catastrophe at once so sudden, so devastating and so universal. The most astonishing thing about the pandemic was the complete mystery which surrounded...

Dec 8, 2020
Shift Happens: Why lack of employee diversity can hurt your company and how you can address it

Our new column examines the points where business, ethics and new cultural realities collide. You can send anonymous scenarios and questions to You’re the CEO of a large company. At a Zoom meeting, you realize that none of the participants...

Aug 14, 2020
Pot Shots: How legal cannabis hits different in Canada and the U.S.

When it comes to cannabis, Canadians sometimes think we’re the starship Enterprise—exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and so on. We were the first G7 country to go all-in for legalizing the demon weed on a national basis...

Jul 3, 2020
Pot Shots: Cannabis is essential, so have people been panic-buying in the pandemic?

Gerry Butts, the former high-flying adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is in the news again. OK, not really—unless you count my cousin’s Facebook feed as a verifiable news service. (You could do worse.) On it, the finely surnamed politico...

May 20, 2020
Pot Shots: Cannabis drinks haven't reached the sipping point in B.C. yet

This article was originally published in our April issue, and was written before the COVID-19 pandemic came to Canada. Happy with your chocolate CBD bar? Blissed out by your banana sundae with THC sauce? Well, that’s good news! Seriously, I mean...

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