Canada’s Time of Opportunity or Peril?

When it comes to Canada, and the great base of employee talent that exists in this country, I’m an unabashed optimist.

Despite the serious challenges we face as a nation around our generally poor labour productivity and weak innovation, my belief is that Canada as a country possess the key ingredient that can turn this scenario completely around – Canadians themselves. They are the best workers anywhere.

That was a key message I delivered to the Empire Club of Canada during a speech I recently gave at the Sheraton hotel in Toronto on Feb. 23. It was entitled: World in Transition – A Time of Opportunity or Peril.

Cisco Canada is a great example of a Canadian company that has achieved success through the power and tremendous talents of our people. They’re the key reason why Cisco Canada has grown in excess of 20 per cent in the past two fiscal quarters and why our Canadian operation currently ranks second only to the United States and ahead of all other Cisco country operations in achieving the greatest volume of sales bookings.

I believe most companies in Canada could likewise achieve significantly greater success by empowering workers to be at their productive best. Among other things, it’s a matter of having the business management courage to deconstruct and reconstruct business processes by using the technology that’s available to every business today. And it also means understanding how people, especially those of younger generations, seek to work today – and allowing them to do just that by giving them the right tools and understanding the concept of work/life blending. I explain it all in my speech.

I’ve spoken at length all across Canada about the need to make labour productivity improvement and innovation top priorities for Canadian business and governments. But with each passing day there’s a great urgency to get moving. With our world in the midst of dramatic and transformational change, the time to act is now.

I’m optimistic that my message to the Empire Club was loud and clear.

About Nitin Kawale

Nitin Kawale is President of Cisco Canada, responsible for all aspects of its operations including sales, marketing, finance, distribution, and services. Cisco Canada employs more than 1400 people and is the third-largest operation for Cisco worldwide. The Canadian operation is also a proving ground for many of the company’s most advanced and innovative technologies. Kawale has been an integral part of Cisco since 1995 and has served in a number of key local and international roles. Kawale is a prominently featured keynote speaker and panelist at many leading IT industry and business events. He serves on the board of directors for the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto and is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. In 2011, Kawale was named Corporate Executive of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, and in 2012 he was named to the Ontario Jobs and Prosperity Council, created by Premier Dalton McGuinty to promote innovation, productivity, and business development throughout the province. Kawale holds a bachelor of applied sciences degree in engineering science from the University of Toronto. Nitin Kawale, président de Cisco Canada, est responsable de tous les aspects des activités locales, dont celles liées à la vente, la mercatique, la finance, la distribution et le service. Cisco Canada emploie plus de 1 400 personnes. La compagnie canadienne est la troisième entreprise Cisco en importance à l'échelle mondiale. L'entreprise canadienne sert aussi de terrain d'essai pour un grand nombre des technologies les plus avancées et novatrices de la société. M. Kawale, qui fait partie intégrante de Cisco depuis 1995 a joué plusieurs rôles clés tant locaux qu'internationaux. M. Kawale est conférencier et panéliste d'honneur dans le cadre de nombreux événements de premier plan en rapport avec l'industrie des TI et les affaires. M. Kawale siège en tant que président du conseil d'administration de la fondation du Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital de Toronto. Il est aussi membre du Conseil canadien des chefs d’entreprise. En 2011, M. Kawale a été nommé chef d'entreprise de l'année par la chambre de commerce indo-canadienne et en 2012, il a commencé à siéger au Ontario Jobs and Prosperity Council, qu'a créé Dalton McGuinty, premier ministre de l'Ontario, afin de promouvoir l'innovation, la productivité et le développement des entreprises dans la province. M. Kawale détient un baccalauréat ès sciences appliquées en génie de la University of Toronto.
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