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Safety Month at Cooper

Safety Month at Cooper

The month of May is Safety Month at Cooper – a time for creating heightened awareness through health and safety focused activities. Just as we did last year, we have chosen a theme for each week of May. May 1 to 7 – SEE IT. LOG IT. FIX IT. May 8 to 14 – SITUATIONAL …

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Third Place for the Win!

Third Place for the Win!

I was looking for inspiration for this month’s blog and my wife showed me this picture. I laughed because it was so cute. I have no idea what sport or game these kids were playing, and it doesn’t matter. The look on the face of the kid on top of the podium as he looks …

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Grow Your Career in Equipment Rentals

Grow Your Career in Equipment Rentals

When I was a kid my father was in the equipment rental business and I think I always knew I would join the family business. In fact, my uncle used to tell me a story about asking me at 5 years old what I wanted to be when I grew up. My answer was I …

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2022 is going to be the best year ever!

2022 is going to be the best year ever!

Happy New Year! There is so much to celebrate, not least of which is the 50th Birthday of Cooper Equipment Rentals. Cooper was born in 1972 in a job shack in the back of a contractor’s yard in Toronto. Gord Cooper founded the company on the belief that being honest and real and following through …

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Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, Decisions

Think about a time when you had a decision to make. How did that go? Was it easy for you or did you find it tough? Did you make a good decision? Did you even make the decision or did you let someone or something else make the decision for you? What was the outcome? …

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Back to Normal?
Cooper Equipment Langley Branch

Back to Normal?

As I write this today I am sitting on a plane on the way to Vancouver. It has been more than a year since I travelled to the west coast to visit branches and see the fine people of West Coast Cooper face to face on the ground. In September 2020, we closed a deal …

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The Power of Women

The Power of Women

I was born in 1956 into a traditional middle class Canadian family – two older sisters and an older brother and a house in the suburbs. I was the baby by six years. My dad was a successful businessman, and my mom was a housewife, although I’m aware that’s not how we refer to women …

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Did You Know You Have The Power to Change Lives?

Did You Know You Have The Power to Change Lives?

Kicking off with the National Day of Mourning on April 28th, a day that commemorates workers who have lost their lives or suffered serious injuries in the workplace, the entire month of May 2021 has been designated by the Construction Industry as a time for health and safety focused activities with an emphasis on Fitness for Duty.

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Serendipity

Serendipity

The Oxford Dictionary defines the word Serendipity as “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way”. This idea has always intrigued me. The notion that experiences will develop in a way that we do not control or have any ability to predict is exciting. There is an element of …

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Pick one thing

Pick one thing

It’s a new year and I’m sure there are lots of New Year resolutions out there. Everything from losing weight or getting in shape to cutting down on drinking or resolving to eat healthy. But why do people tend to fail so badly at keeping the New Year resolutions they make? I believe one reason …

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What are you going to do with your 29,000 Days?

What are you going to do with your 29,000 Days?

I was watching the 2018 Netflix documentary “Quincy” recently and in it, Quincy Jones credits Count Basie as teaching him to “learn to deal with the valleys and the hills will take care of themselves”. In case you don’t know who Count Basie is, he was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. He …

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That time I got mad at my furnace

That time I got mad at my furnace

Two weeks ago, I called the furnace guy to come and perform annual maintenance on the furnace. “The furnace is working great” I told him. “It just needs a little TLC to make sure we have no problems over the winter. Maybe bring along a new filter.” We set a date and time for service. …

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Tale of Two Rivers

Tale of Two Rivers

The mighty Athabasca River, with its headwaters in the Columbia Icefields of Alberta flows purposefully northeastward to its mouth at Lake Athabasca in Saskatchewan.

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NEVER GIVE IN

NEVER GIVE IN

So much has been written in recent months about the “New Normal”… whatever that means. TV is talking 24/7 about the pandemic, politics, the economy, racial tensions and violence. I have grown weary of the news, mostly because it can feel like there is nothing good happening. I want to focus on the positive and …

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The Future is Local

The Future is Local

In the future, when we look back on 2020 we will remember many things. No question there has been much uncertainty and pain for many people, but there have been positive things that have come out of this period that are life changing, and we would do well to remember them and keep them close. …

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We’re ready to embrace the new normal!

We’re ready to embrace the new normal!

On March 13, 2020 the world as we know it was turned upside down. The declaration of a state of emergency by our government and the resulting shutdown of large parts of the economy precipitated a decline in business that for a time had no end in sight. It has been a very unsettling and …

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Just Because You Are The Boss Does Not Make You A Leader

Just Because You Are The Boss Does Not Make You A Leader

Many years ago, I took a walk with the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. We were talking about an opportunity and I was expressing my concern that I would not be a good fit for the role being offered. He was a bit shocked that I had anything to worry about and he told …

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The Age of the Ageless

The Age of the Ageless

Everywhere I turn recently I meet people who are totally engaged, extremely interesting, broad-minded and adventurous. Just yesterday I met a seventy-year-old bus driver who was 8 years into his second professional and athletic career, enjoying an active lifestyle, and loving life. Last week I played tennis against an eighty-three-year-old man and a seventy-seven-year-old woman, …

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New Year New Perspective

New Year New Perspective

Wow, it’s been quite a holiday season and now that we are through that time of year when we all stress about what gifts to give, who to give them to, how much to spend, and how our gift will be received, perhaps it’s a good time to reflect on things and think about how …

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Responsibility or Accountability: A Leadership Question

Responsibility or Accountability: A Leadership Question

I’ve been thinking about the difference between accountability and responsibility for the last while. Well, truthfully, I think it’s always been on my mind, or at least in the back of it. I really started pondering what the difference is between accountability and responsibility several years ago while working at a company where there was a …

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Climate Change: A Realistic Reality

Climate Change: A Realistic Reality

I have been reading a lot about how something must be done about climate change. We all hear politicians talk about their plans to address it. Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate advocate from Sweden has become an overnight sensation for standing up for the planet. This all makes for good headlines, but what is the …

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It’s About Time

It’s About Time

Hey there, My blog is back after taking a brief respite in August. Where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday I wrote about my granddaughter Izzy’s graduation in July, and now it is September. This got me thinking about the importance of time. The days go by quickly and there never seems …

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The Kids are Alright

The Kids are Alright

It was the middle of June in Toronto. One of those rare beautiful days with a few fluffy clouds, a light breeze, and lots of sunny breaks. But not too hot. For those of you who have spent time in Southern Ontario, you know what I’m talking about. Sherry and I were sitting outside on …

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When life gives you lemons make lemonade!

When life gives you lemons make lemonade!

Here is some big news for you: Life is not fair! I got thinking about this the other day when I was at game 6 in the Toronto Raptors series against the Milwaukee Bucks. I attended that game with an American friend who knows the sport very well, played at the college level in the …

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