Whatever we do in our business lives, we are always within the context of the society in which we live. I have always been a strong believer that business people need to pay close attention to what is going on around them socially and to participate as far as their expertise will allow in trying to make society better.
As noted in “Finnies Family”, this has led me to have a parallel career in the voluntary field beyond the usual involvement in industry associations and education.
While in B.C., I was asked by the Provincial Government to set up an organization to help pull the province out of a difficult recession. As a result I established an organization called Team BC in the early 1980’s to try to help particularly smaller communities regain some momentum after a significant downturn in such industries as logging, mining and fishing.
Finally, having chaired United Way campaigns in each of the Cities in which I lived, Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto, I have some views on where this wonderful concept can and should go.