Authors will vie for a $30,000 prize for the author of the most outstanding Canadian business-related book published in 2015.
The National Business Book Award, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards will announce the winner on 21th April.
This year’s submissions covered a range of topics that reflect the conversations that are going on in Canadian businesses from the environment to technology to the economy.
Chaired by Canada’s newscaster, Peter Mansbridge, the six-member independent jury evaluates eligible nominations based on five key criteria including originality, relevance, excellence of writing, thoroughness of research and depth of analysis.
By Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff
Losing the Signal covers the rise of Research in Motion and the transformative technology that changed the way people everywhere communicate with one another. Centred on the complex relationship between RIM’s founders, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the narrative provides many lessons about start-ups, early-stage financing, the stress of rapid growth, the imperative for high standards of corporate governance and professional management.
The other list of books nominated for the National Business Book Award where:
By John Stackhouse
The former editor of The Globe and Mail newspaper has written a book that chronicles the ongoing shift from print to digital journalism. He questions the long-term implications for democracy if there is no longer a robust fifth estate to demand truth from power.
By William Watson
The Inequality Trap is a thought-provoking economic treatise in which Watson argues that the traditional public policy focus on eradicating poverty is misdirected and damaging to the capitalist system.
By Kirstine Stewart
In Our Turn, Stewart draws on her own leadership experience to tackle the conversation about women and work. The digital revolution, and the wave of millennials who are entering the work force with very different expectations than previous generations, requires a new style of leadership. In many cases, she posits, women have the skills and instincts that make them front-runners.
By David Mulroney
Canada’s former ambassador to China and a career diplomat, takes a hard look at the opportunities – and the hurdles – for Canada as China move forward economically and socially. Cutting right to the heart of the issue, Middle Power, Middle Kingdom is an inside account of how foreign policy works, and how policies must be changed if Canada is to prosper.
By Jeff Rubin
In The Carbon Bubble, Rubin argues that climate change could shift the focus on Canadian natural resources from oil to our water and our land. While Canada may not be an energy superpower in the future, it has the potential to become of one of the world’s leading food providers.