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Growth strategy: Perspectives from financial executives

We’ve all heard the expression “grow or die,” but how are financial executives thinking about their own companies’ growth? A joint report by FEI Canada and Grant Thornton LLP that seeks to answer this question. [October 25, 2012] More...

The state of the industry—An engine for U.S. growth

The energy sector is booming and is one of the few areas of job growth. Major oil companies seem to be switching their focus to the United States not only to achieve production growth, but also to position themselves for a longer-term investment in natural gas. [September 27, 2012] More...

Cleantech on the rise: Generational opportunities for 21st-century businesses

The world is grappling with environmental realities in a new way. Reports differ wildly as to how long our global reliance on fossil fuels will be sustainable. Consensus is emerging that the next 10 to 30 years offer a window of opportunity that comes along not quarterly or annually, but periodically, generationally – perhaps only a few times in a century. [September 27, 2012] More...

Greener fleets: companies consider alternative-fuel vehicles

Companies around the globe are increasingly looking at business vehicles that run on alternative fuels. “Greener fleets: companies consider alternative-fuel vehicles”, from the Grant Thornton International Business Report 2012, finds many factors driving demand for alternative-fuel vehicles, but also obstacles that prevent companies from adopting greener approaches. [September 21, 2012] More...

International business report—Capturing opportunity: Cleantech business booms around the world

Capturing opportunity, the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) cleantech sector focus, reveals that privately held businesses (PHBs) in the cleantech sector are among the most confident enterprises in the world when it comes to future prosperity, far outpacing the optimism found in most global industries – and with good reason. [September 21, 2012] More...

International business report 2012—Cross-border mergers and acquisitions: building momentum

Canada stands out amongst mature economies in anticipated merger and acquisitions (M&A) activity over the next three years according to research from the latest Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR). The results from the 2012 report show that 42% of Canadian businesses surveyed said they plan to grow through acquisition. [August 17, 2012] More...

Facing an uncertain future: Government intervention threatens the global mining sector

The mining sector faces an uncertain future. Increasing and unpredictable government intervention across the globe is adding further complexity to a sector that is already heavily laden with risk. [July 13, 2012] More...

International business report 2011—Managing through uncertainty: Food and beverage industry in transition

Food and beverage: privately held businesses in the food and beverage sector are less confident than those in other sectors about their economic prospects. [December 12, 2011] More...

Canadian businesses remain relatively optimistic in the face of global economic uncertainty

In light of the recent economic troubles in Europe and beyond, the IBR Q3 results point to a global business community not wholly optimistic about the year ahead. However, despite the significant drop in optimism in Canada, businesses in the country still rank as the sixth most optimistic in the 39 economy survey. This report provides some Canadian insight into the IBR Q3 results. [December 5, 2011] More...

Private company succession planning: where do you stand?

Conducted by the Canadian Financial Executives Research Foundation (CFERF) and sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP, this research study delves into some of the challenges facing CFOs or senior financial executives managing a business transition—and features insight into overcoming those challenges. [October 18, 2011] More...