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On the Bright Side

Ivey Intouch Alumni Magazine
Many Western Ivey School of Business alumni are focusing on the positives in an otherwise negative situation — the silver linings. Profile of four Ivey alumni and how they’re making the best of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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Western’s Michael Cavanagh appointed Royal Swedish Opera artistic director

Western News
The part-time lecturer at Western’s Don Wright Faculty of Music, and prolific Canadian opera director, starts his five-year appointment at the Royal Swedish Opera next summer.

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Class of 2020

Class of 2020

Ivey Intouch Alumni Magazine
Meet some of this year’s impressive Ivey School of Business graduates who have overcome challenges, grown from the diverse perspectives of fellow classmates, and leave Ivey feeling equipped to face this new world as alumni.

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A New Start

Ivey Intouch Alumni Magazine (page 48)
After his life was turned upside down, Trevor Koverko, HBA ’12, left a hockey career behind and turned his attention to building a business with blockchain technology.

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Mike Burns  Oklahoma City Convention and Visitor's Bureau

Mike Burns: Every Day Is Something New at Oklahoma City

Connect Meetings
Mike Burns, vice president of sales and services, joins the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, amid major redevelopment.

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Future Family

London Inc. Magazine pages 28-29
Connecting egg donors with intended parents, a fertility coordination agency hits the ground running.

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Writing Code for Websites is Fun?

Western Alumni Gazette
How savvy entrepreneur, Amanda Aiken Verall, is empowering women on the web.

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Triana Media

Business London Magazine
On Location: Specializing in documentaries, Triana Media finds inspiration from near and far.

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On a Tear, Balzac’s experiences caffeinated growth

On a Tear

Your Foodservice Magazine
Balzac’s Coffee Roasters experiences caffeinated growth.

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Art Gallery: From The Ground Floor Up: Michael Gibson’s improbable ascent to higher ground

From The Ground Floor Up

Cover story – Business London Magazine
London art gallery owner, Michael Gibson, and his improbable ascent to higher ground.

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Features

‘World’s Challenge Challenge’ winners from Western moving on to the next round

Western News
Western University Canada students’ Project Lightbulb will vie for $30,000 at global finals this summer for the World’s Challenge Challenge

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How to make your restaurant an allergy-friendly operation

Chef Connexion
Despite the daily challenges of managing food allergies Canadians still enjoy dining out. So when they know you’re making their health a priority, and can have a worry-free dining experience, chances are they’ll come back for more.

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The Best Way to Fair Play

The Best Way to Fair Play

Richard Ivey School of Business
What is the fair way to judge how a CEO should be compensated? Professor Frank Li researches fair compensation models for CEOs.

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The Future in 3D

The Future in 3D

Richard Ivey School of Business
Professor Ning Su’s research explores the impact of new 3D printing technology on business and society.

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Beyond the Paycheque

Beyond the Paycheque

Richard Ivey School of Business
Is a paycheque enough to motivate employees to do their best? Assistant Professor Kun Huo looks at what motivates employees in the workplace.

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London, Ontario Covent Garden Market

Fun Things To Do In London Ontario

Via Rail
London, Ontario may not be the first city on your list of places to visit in Canada, but you should definitely consider making the trip.

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How to be Media Savvy

Costco Connection
Connecting with the Media: How to get the word out about your business.

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Teen Appeal

Costco Connection
Why retailers should focus on the purchasing power of Millennials, Gen Y and Gen Z.

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Online Marketing

Your Convenience Manager Magazine
How the convenience store industry is using the internet to connect with customers.

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Turning Your Store Into Cool Central*

Your Convenience Store Manager Magazine
Benefits of Tracking the Hot Teen Market for Convenience Stores
*This article received an IABC Virtuoso Award of Excellence for features and editorial writing.

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Thirst Quenchers

Chef Connexion
Restaurants tap into what diners are looking for to quench their thirst.

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Salad Days

Your Foodservice Manager Magazine
Salads – Good for your waistline and your bottom line.

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Cooking With Social Media, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen gets the word out

Cooking With Social Media

FoodBiz.ca
Mildred’s Temple Kitchen – Using social media to get the word out about your restaurant.

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Lone Star Texas Grill

Take Action: Lone Star Texas Grill says yahoo to lighter fare

Lyndon O’Hearn, Lone Star Texas Grill corporate chef says sprucing up his menu with warmer fare says changing up the menu doesn’t mean a complete redesign.

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For Women Only

For Women Only

Canadian Business (formerly Profitguide)
A list of Canadian organizations designed to help women entrepreneurs through networking, mentoring, and connections.

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Head of the Class

Head of the Class

Canadian Business (formerly Profitguide)
A trend among entrepreneurs: the desire to share their real-world business experience with students.

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Essays & Opinion

How Meditation Can Help Ease the Path of Grieving

How Meditation Can Help Ease the Path of Grieving

Next Avenue
A writer’s experience and an expert’s advice ( Editor’s note: This is the third story in a four-part weekly series on meditation, including its benefits for pain management, mental health and overall well-being.]

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Coping with Complicated Grief

Coping with Complicated Grief

Next Avenue
After loss, it’s a different path to ‘the new normal’ for those with depression.
“Thank you for the intervention. Friends and family came to be with me. I agreed to be admitted to hospital. Am waiting for a bed. I had a horrible breakdown. I am sorry for worrying you.”

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When Happy Holidays Doesn’t Apply to You

When Happy Holidays Doesn’t Apply to You

Headspace.com
Personal narrative: My first holiday without my husband and how family helped me.

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How Pets Help When Our Hearts Are Breaking

How Pets Help When Our Hearts Are Breaking

Headspace.com
Personal narrative: How my cats helped me through grief and loss.
Joey the cat (as I fondly call him) jumps up on my desk again. I am annoyed because he knows he shouldn’t be there. He looks directly into my eyes. “I want your attention,” they tell me. “Stop what you’re doing! Focus on me, here, now, in this moment.”

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What Not to Say to Someone Who’s Grieving

What Not to Say to Someone Who’s Grieving

Headspace.com
Narrative: People don’t always know what to say to someone who’s grieving so they often say the wrong things. Here are some tips on what not to say. “It was the day before the third anniversary of my husband’s death. The first anniversary was excruciating. The second was difficult but easier than the first. By the third year, I was at acceptance, the final stage of grief, where despite the loss and sorrow, I was finding happiness.”

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Till Death Do Us Part: Living the Vows of Marriage

Till Death Do Us Part: Living the Vows of Marriage

Headspace.com
Personal Narrative: Reflections on grief and relationships.
We spend so much of our waking lives avoiding death-in more ways than one. When it comes to talking about the inevitable, it isn’t always easy.

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Life After Death: Death, Grief, Mindfulness and Meditation

Life After Death: Death, Grief, Mindfulness and Meditation

Headspace.com
Personal Narrative: How meditation helped me through grief.
Personal Narrative: “It may sound cliché, but my life changed forever the day my husband, Bob, died. After 30 years of shared memories and life as I knew it, I went from we to me and began my journey of intense grieving. Grief isn’t the life you choose, it chooses you. It’s continually moving from ‘I have to tell him that,’ to ‘Oh no! I can’t!’ in a split second.”

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Writing Topics

Writing Copy that Sizzles

Writing Copy that Sizzles

Make a Living Writing
6 Ways to Serve Clients Tasty Content for Clients

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Paying it Forward in Your Writing Career

ASJA Confidential (American Society of Journalists and Authors)
Pay it Forward: Writing Mentor – Pass on what you learned from your mentors and help other writers.

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How to Use Social Media to Find Clients

The Content Marketing Writer
How to use social media to land clients.

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Client Projects

Food Truck Startup – what you need to know

Chefequipment.com This guide will help you start your business as a food truck owner; from business plan to purchasing a food truck to marketing and more, it’s all here.

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Commercial Pizza Oven Buyer’s Guide 2021

SilverChef.com
This guide has been complied to help you understand the difference between the various commercial pizza ovens, features, and brands so you can make an informed decision about buying the best commercial pizza oven to buy for your business in Canada.

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Commercial Deep Fryer Buyer’s Guide 2021

SilverChef.com
This guide has been complied to help you understand the difference between the various commercial deep fryers, features, and brands so you can make an informed decision about buying the best commercial deep fryer to buy for your business in Canada.

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Food Truck Supplies and Equipment Buying Guide

Chefequipment.com This guide was prepared to help food truck restaurant owners what they need to know to furnish and kit their mobile business and what to consider before making purchases.

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Commercial Refrigerator Buyer’s Guide 2021

SilverChef.com
This guide has been complied to help you understand the difference between the various commercial refrigerators, features, and brands so you can make an informed decision about buying the best commercial refrigerator for your business in Canada.

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Commercial Coffee Machine Buyer’s Guide 2021

SilverChef.com
This guide has been complied to help you understand the difference between the various commercial coffee machines, features, and brands so you can make an informed decision about buying the best commercial coffee machine for your business in Canada.

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Books

picture of Suzanne's book

The Fur-Bearing Trout…and Other True Tales of Canadian Life

I’m a Contributing Author for the book The Fur-Bearing Trout…and Other True Tales of Canadian Life where I tell my story of living on both sides of the U.S./Canadian border. Copies available on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.

Available on Amazon
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