Deborah Aarts

Deborah Aarts

Deborah Aarts is an award-winning senior editor at PROFIT and Canadian Business. Her coverage of opportunities and challenges for Canada’s entrepreneurial innovators covers HR, leadership, sales and international trade, among other topics.

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Why Firms Pick the Wrong People and How to Hire More Qualified Ones

Too often, companies reward empty bluster and punish quiet competence. Sound familiar?

Elon Musk’s Patent Nonsense

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, poses with a Tesla car in Times Square following the electric automaker’s initial public offering, Tuesday, June, 29, 2010, in New York.The company plans to trade on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker "TSLA." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Patents are far from perfect, but think twice before buying the Tesla founder’s open-source idealism

Do Entrepreneurs Have to be Outgoing?


If you’re like entrepreneurial icon Richard Branson (and half the population), you are naturally introverted. What can you do to thrive in a business world designed for extroverts?

Ban the “Drive-By” to Boost Productivity


What you can learn from one Ontario company’s ban on workplace interruptions

Your Client Caught You Lying. Now What?


Many entrepreneurs stretch the truth to land a sale—and many get busted. We want your suggestions for salvaging the relationship

Why Aren’t Business Cards Dead?

A businesswoman handing out a business card to a businessman

A new study shows that the seemingly archaic method of exchanging contact information is as popular as ever

A Clinic in Confidence from Genie Bouchard

Photo: robbiesaurus

The young tennis phenom’s success proves the power of a bit of swagger—a lesson many Canadian entrepreneurs could learn

How Do You Handle a Workplace Romance?

(Photo: Michael Yarish/AMC)

Are boss/subordinate relationships a recipe for disaster or a reasonable reality? We want your thoughts

Did Chip Wilson Do The Right Thing?

Photo: Lululemon

The Lululemon founder's decision to step away from his business raises some important questions for entrepreneurs

The Trouble With Mat Leave


Even the most baby-crazy entrepreneur worries about the strain parental leave puts on their organization. We’re looking for your solutions

What BlackBerry’s Open Letter Can Teach You


The embattled tech giant's decision to publish a high-profile explanation of its recent troubles is a crash course in media relations

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