Our kids are smart, our banks are sound, our health care system is humane, our democracy is stable—but technological change is about to disrupt our economy and threaten our way of life. Canadians aren’t ready for the race to the future. Can we still catch up—or even win?
“A breath of fresh northern air that has cleared my view of the future—and what we need to change to succeed together.” —Chris Hadfield
“How We Can Win delivers an urgent message: we don’t have the luxury of waiting to sort things out. The world economy is evolving quickly and Canada needs to catch up in the ways this book so beautifully demonstrates.” —Ajay Agrawal, Peter Munk Professor of Entrepreneurship, Rotman School of Management
“A critically important book for anyone who cares about the future of the Canadian economy. The incredibly raw story of how Tony Lacavera started WIND—trying to shake-up the Canadian telecom industry—should be mandatory reading for all Canadian entrepreneurs, and for anyone else who is trying to weather this country’s business and cultural ecosystem. Not only is How We Can Win a courageous telling of the hard truths we need to hear, it is a real page-turner.” —Michele Romanow, a Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and co-founder of Clearbanc
About the Author
ANTHONY LACAVERA is best known as the founder and CEO of Wind Mobile, which he sold for $1.6 billion after it grew to become Canada’s fourth largest wireless carrier. A serial entrepreneur, he started his first business right out of university. As a venture capitalist, he has a significant stake in dozens of start-ups in Canada as well as the US; as a mentor and investor, he’s heavily involved in our most successful accelerators and incubators, including MaRS, Creative Destruction Lab, DMZ and Next Canada. The founder and chairman of Globalive Capital, a venture capital firm, Lacavera has done business in more than 30 other countries, ranging from producing plays on Broadway to raising more than $2 billion in capital from Russian oligarchs, Egyptian telecom magnates and a host of colourful VCs from Silicon Valley to the Netherlands. He is a regular commentator on Bloomberg TV.
KATE FILLION is a bestselling author and journalist who lives in Toronto with her two sons.