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Canada Goose files for IPO on Toronto and New York exchanges

Luxury winter jacket maker Canada Goose has filed for initial public offerings on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol “GOOS.”

The company said in regulatory filings it had revenue of $291 million in fiscal 2016, up from $152 million in 2014, and gross profit of $146 million.

Canada Goose opened its first retail stores last year in Toronto and New York, with sales also through the company’s online store and authorized retailers in Canada and abroad.

The manufacturer said it plans to further expand its brand internationally including opening more stores in major cities and premium outdoor centres.

It also said it was considering an expansion of its offerings, with more spring and fall jackets as well as knitwear, fleece, footwear, travel gear and bedding.

Its parkas, which retail for up to $1,500, have been worn by celebrities and featured in Hollywood movies and on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition.

The company, founded in Toronto in 1957, touted its “authentic brand” and “uncompromised craftsmanship” as some of its key competitive strengths in its filing.

Canada Goose sold a 70-per-cent equity interest in 2013 to investment firm Bain Capital, which is sponsoring the IPO.

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STRIVE Pub Night with The Children’s Wish Foundation

 

 

 
STRIVE hosted a fantastic evening with some gracious folks at the Moose’s Down Under to help fund Crystal’s Wish! On behalf of The Children’s Wish foundation, STRIVE was paired with Crystal and her awesome family (especially Little Benny!) to help fund her wish of taking a family vacation to Turks and Caicos.  (You can read her ful story here!:  http://bit.ly/2dpUHus )

We had a great turnout, some really great silent auction items and a big winner on the 50/50. Thanks to all who came out. We are half way to our $10,000 goal! If you haven’t already, you can donate here!

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5 Habits That Can Turn Interviewers Against You

Having spent the last decade recruiting, I’ve had many a conversation with hiring managers after a candidate exits the interview. And, while I always hope for exceptional feedback, sometimes the news is not so glowing.

Sometimes, the candidate has done something so annoying to the interviewer that, at best, she is now questioning her interest in keeping this person in the running.

What are the things that drive interviewers the most crazy? Listen and learn.

1. You arrive super early

Everybody knows that you’re an idiot if you show up late for an interview. It’s completely disrespectful of the interviewer’s time.

But showing up insanely early is also going to make you look like a jerk. Why? Because, when you arrive more than five or 10 minutes before your meeting, you’re putting immediate pressure on the interviewer to drop whatever she may be wrapping up and deal with you. Or, she’s going to start the interview feeling guilty because she knows she just left you sitting in the lobby for 20 minutes.

A secondary problem with showing up early is that it says, “Hi, I have absolutely nothing else going on in my life, so I’ll just park it here in your company lobby.” You don’t want that. If you arrive super early, hang in the parking lot or a nearby coffee shop until just a few minutes before your scheduled time.

2. You’re so over-rehearsed that you act like a robot

Once again, we all know not to show up to an interview completely unprepared.

Fewer of us, however, realize that it’s entirely possible to arrive over-prepared. Are you someone who thinks through every possible question that you suspect might be asked, writes out verbatim “best answers,” and then practices them in the mirror (or with a friend) until you’re beyond exhausted?

You might think you’re doing yourself a solid, but what you’re actually doing is putting yourself at risk for coming across as robotic or, worse, disinterested.

When you’re hyper-prepared and hanging on the edge of your seat waiting for certain questions for which you’ve prepared to be asked, you will likely have a very hard time engaging in genuine conversation with the interviewer.

And interviewers don’t tend to hire detached people who can’t seem to have a genuine conversation. Certainly walk in prepared, but force yourself to not memorize or over-rehearse the practice questions.

3. You head into the TMI zone

Is your underwear riding up your rear end as you sit in that interview? Did you totally run a red light (and nearly sideswipe a school bus) so that you could be on time? Did your husband lose $15,000 at a craps table in Vegas last weekend? How interesting — yet all completely off-limits conversation topics while you’re in the interview.

Even if you’re interviewing for a role within the most free-wheeling, fun-loving organization, the fact remains that you are in an interview. Never, ever get wooed into believing that the casual nature of the environment frees you to enter the TMI zone.

Be friendly and conversational, for sure. You want this crew to feel that you’ll fit in around the joint. Just never, and I mean do not ever, cross the line into TMI. When in doubt, leave it out.

4. You’re a clear and obvious WIIFM

Guess what interviewers want to know when they meet with you? First and foremost, they want to know what you can do for them. What can you do to make that company money, improve businesses processes, grow the organization and, importantly, make their lives easier?

That said, when you bust out with an immediate litany of WIIFM (what’s in it for me?) questions, you look both arrogant and, frankly, unappealing.

Of course you want to know what the benefits are, how much vacation you get, and if you get a cell phone, company car, and corner office. But in the early interview stages, all the hiring managers and HR people really care about is what you can do for them. This is a business they are running, not a club.

Making you happy will be important if they want you, but you’re not even going to get to that stage if you make your list of demands clear too early.

5. You don’t say “thank you”

I’m not just talking about the after-interview thank you note here. Surely, sending an immediate thank you out to each person with whom you’ve met is critical. But it’s also super important to thank the interviewer enthusiastically before you even part ways.

Certainly, it can be stressful and exhausting to shuttle through hours of interviewing at a company, to the point it all starts feeling like a bit of a blur. But if you really want this job, you need to stay focused and energized, and you absolutely must end strong. A strong, genuine, “Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me — it was great to meet you” will go a long way. “Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me — it was great to meet you” will go a long way.

Interviewing can be among the most stressful things we do as adults, especially when we need the job badly. It’s definitely never a breeze. But keeping a cool head, arriving prepared to engage in conversation, and staying focused on the value you can bring to that organization is going to help you make it through with flying colors. People hire people, not robots, not jerks, and not people who don’t value their time.

Keep this top of mind as you march forth and conquer.

Source: Mashable

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STRIVE’s Annual Team Getaway in Whistler!

After 12 months of making placements for our wonderful clients and candidates, the STRIVE team let off a little steam atop the mountains at Whistler Blackcomb.

With blazing speed, we flew down the moutains in our skis.. i mean tubes! Then relaxed in our luxury suite at the Hilton hotel before we took on the town. The Ketel One vodka Room was very cool.. literally, it was -32 degrees!

It was a great way to celebrate our best year yet!

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STRIVE Annual Holiday Party 2015 with Alex Burrows!

STRIVE Recruitment teamed up with Vancouver Canucks superstar Alex Burrows to celebrate the holiday season with friends, colleagues and clients. Guests enjoyed local BC wines and several appetizer dishes including Momma Dha’s legendary samosas.
Needless to say, this party went into overtime with the home team coming up victorious.
STRIVE would like to thank all of the guests who attended and enjoyed the evening. Can’t wait for the next one – Cheers!

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Marriott to Buy Starwood Hotels, Creating World’s Largest Hotel Company

When Marriott International’s $12.2 billion bid for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide was announced on Monday morning, investors and analysts were surprised.

It was not the sale itself — Starwood, whose brands include Westin, W and Sheraton, had effectively put itself up for sale in late April — but that the buyer was Marriott.

Of all the rumored suitors — Hyatt Hotels Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group and a few Chinese companies — Marriott had not been seen as being in the mix. On Marriott’s earnings call on April 30, the company’s chief executive, Arne Sorenson, waved off a question about a combination, saying it was inconsistent with its previous acquisition strategy.

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The top 1% made more than 10% of Canada’s total income in 2013: StatsCan

Canadian taxfilers with earnings in the highest 1% saw their share of total income across the country hold steady between 2012 and 2013.

In total, there were 264,030 individuals that made up the top 1% in the country in 2013, and this group earned 10.3% of the country’s total income—the same percentage as in 2012—according to Statistics Canada data released November 3. On average, taxfilers in this group made $454,800 in 2013—up $5,600 or 1.2% between the two years, which is the same percentage increase as seen, on average, by all Canadian taxpayers.

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Looking for an OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR

STRIVE is a Vancouver based boutique recruitment firm offering recruitment solutions in the specialist areas of Accounting, Finance, Construction, Skilled Trades and Operations. We are passionate about recruitment at STRIVE and commit to offering an upfront, genuine and consultative approach to everything we do. Visit striverecruitment.ca for more of our current searches.

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Our client is one of the largest logistics company in the world with large scale facilities located in Langley, BC. They are currently seeking an Operations Supervisor to join their growing team. Keeping in line with their top notch services, the Operations Supervisor plays a large role in overseeing staff members and ensuring daily operations are running efficiently and smoothly. Our client is an established and growing company that prides themselves on exceptional leadership, an excellent company culture, and a strong injury-free record.

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How Ryan Holmes has kept Hootsuite in Vancouver

Around the world, Hootsuite is famous for its social media dashboard, the go-to for companies managing multiple Facebook and Twitter accounts—which, these days, is pretty much all of them. But here in B.C., the company is known for another rather remarkable accomplishment: staying home.

The Vancouver-based tech titan went from 20 employees to its current headcount of 800 in just four years, evolving from a young startup into a major local employer—all the while promising not to skip town. Often, the story for our tech startups ends much sooner: the company sells for $50 million, deciding it doesn’t have the resources it needs in Vancouver to become the next Facebook. So how does a company like Hootsuite—founded in Gastown in 2008 by Ryan Holmes—stay and grow so significantly?

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