This Week in Business 2018–05–27

By Scott Douglas Jacobsen

“Most of us running ultra-lean businesses have found ourselves in situations — negotiating a contract, dealing with a difficult client, confronting an unexpected challenge — where we wished we could ask some of the luminaries in our field for advice.

Carrie Kerpen, CEO and co-founder of New York City-based content studio Likeable Media, has been able to tap into the expertise of executives and entrepreneurs on front lines of social media at her popular marketing and advertising podcast All the Social Ladies. She has interviewed guests including Ellevest CEO Sallie Krawcheck, Entrepreneurial You author Dorie Clark, and Serena Bahad, founder of WomenInTech.

Earlier this year, Kerpen released her book Work It: Secrets for Success from The Boldest Women in Business, where she distilled some of the most powerful lessons she learned from 50 high profile women — including many ideas that are just as relevant to men as they are to women. Recently we spoke about what she learned. [Edited interview]”


“ELMIRA — Val Brubacher cannot say enough about her father-in-law, Ralph Brubacher, about his big heart, his humour, his intelligence.

“He was a great, kind, loving person,” she said. “He was a very interesting man with a wealth of knowledge and he read a lot, he read everything.”

Son, Peter Brubacher, noted his father’s book collection included everything from encyclopedias to books about the Second World War, a topic of particular interest to Ralph given his own experiences serving in the military as a teenager.

Ralph was born on a farm just outside Elmira, one of two kids. His father Clare Brubacher founded CJ Brubacher Plumbing & Heating in 1923, a business that would eventually be taken over by Ralph, then in 1994 his sons Peter and Jim and more recently a grandson, Kyle Brubacher bought the business, the fourth generation.

In 1928, Ralph’s parents built a house in Elmira, where he grew up in the warmth of this small community.”


“Carl Sampson remembers the desperation in Prince Rupert, B.C., when the city’s main employer — pulp and sawmilling giant Skeena Cellulose — announced it was shutting down operations in 2001.

“It was pretty grim. The forestry industry as a whole took a hit. There was a huge downturn in the local economy, a lot of people were moving out,” the 35-year-old member of the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation said.

That’s when Lax Kw’alaams leadership decided the time was ripe to buy into forestry, purchasing timber rights during the Skeena Cellulose bankruptcy sale in 2005.”


“Asian stocks got off to a mixed start to the week after declines in U.S. shares Friday.

U.S. S&P500 mini futures rose 0.3 percent in early Asian trade, but market holidays in the world’s two biggest financial centers — London and New York — could make trading slow and illiquid for the day.

Japan’s Nikkei gained 0.3 percent in early trade, while South Korea’s Kospi rose 0.5 percent, buoyed by stocks which are seen as benefiting from a further thawing in tensions with Pyongyang.

But markets elsewhere in Asia appeared little fazed by the latest North Korean news after a week of conflicting signals from Washington. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat.

The energy sector will be in focus after oil posted its biggest drop in roughly a year.”


(Updated September 28, 2016)

Scott Douglas Jacobsen founded In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. He authored/co-authored some e-books, free or low-cost. If you want to contact Scott:, Scott.Jacobsen@TrustedClothes.Com, Scott@ConatusNews.Com,, Scott@Karmik.Ca.

He is a Moral Courage Webmaster and Outreach Specialist (Fall, 2016) at the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality (Ethics Center), Interview Columnist for Conatus News, Writer and Executive Administrator for Trusted Clothes, Interview Columnist for Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), Councillor for the Athabasca University Student Union, Member of the Learning Analytics Research Group, writer for The Voice Magazine, Your Political Party of BC, ProBC, Marijuana Party of Canada, Fresh Start Recovery Centre, Harvest House Ministries, and Little Footprints Big Steps International Development Organization, Editor and Proofreader for Alfred Yi Zhang Photography, Community Journalist/Blogger for Gordon Neighbourhood House, Member-at-Large, Member of the Outreach Committee, the Finance & Fundraising Committee, and the Special Projects & Political Advocacy Committee, and Writer for Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Member of the Lifespan Cognition Psychology Lab and IMAGe Psychology Lab, Board Member, and Foundation Volunteer Committee Member for the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation, and Independent Landscaper.

He was a Francisco Ayala Scholar at the UCI Ethics Center, Member of the Psychometric Society Graduate Student Committee, Special Advisor and Writer for ECOSOC at NWMUN, Writer for TransplantFirstAcademy and ProActive Path, Member of AT-CURA Psychology Lab, Contributor for a student policy review, worked with Manahel Thabet on numerous initiatives, Student Member of the Ad–Hoc Executive Compensation Review Committee for the Athabasca University Student Union, Volunteer and Writer for British Columbia Psychological Association, Community Member of the KPU Choir (even performed with them alongside the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), Delegate at Harvard World MUN, NWMUN, UBC MUN, and Long Beach Intercollegiate MUN, and Writer and Member of the Communications Committee for The PIPE UP Network.

He published in American Enterprise Institute, Annaborgia, Conatus News, Earth Skin & Eden, Fresh Start Recovery Centre, Gordon Neighbourhood House, Huffington Post, In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, Jolly Dragons, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Psychology Department, La Petite Mort, Learning Analytics Research Group, Lifespan Cognition Psychology Lab, Lost in Samara, Marijuana Party of Canada, MomMandy, Noesis: The Journal of the Mega Society, Piece of Mind, Production Mode, Synapse, TeenFinancial, The Peak, The Ubyssey, The Voice Magazine, Transformative Dialogues, Treasure Box Kids, Trusted Clothes.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. Jacobsen supports science and human rights.