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The Codfathers

Lessons from the Atlantic Business Elite

by (author) Gordon Pitts

Key Porter Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2008
Leadership, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2008
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Nominated for the 2006 National Business Book Award
How did an economically depressed region of Canada end up generating some of North America's most innovative business leaders? By quietly?but forcefully?making offers their competitors couldn?t refuse.
The Codfathers is a fascinating window into the secretive world of powerful families like the Irvings, the McCains, the Sobeys, and key business tycoons like Ron Joyce, who made Tim Hortons doughnuts into a Canadian icon. It's a story of a uniquely Maritime brand of success based on traditional values, like dogged resilience, understated aggressiveness and?when necessary?uniquely colourful language!

Praise for The Codfathers:
"...wonderful pen portraits, conveying both idiosyncratic charm and the swashbuckling personalities of this close-knit and unusual world." - The Globe and Mail

About the author

GORDON PITTS is a bestselling author, journalist and features writer for The Globe and Mail's Report on Business, focusing on management, entrepreneurship and family business. In 1989 he was a press fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, during which time he wrote his first book, Storming the Fortress, a finalist for the National Business Book Award in 1990. In the Blood: Battles to Succeed in Canada's Family Businesses, was a finalist for the National Business Book Award in 2000. His third book, Kings of Convergence:The Fight for Control of Canada's Media, was also a finalist, in 2003, as was The Codfathers: Lessons of the Atlantic Business Elite, in 2006. Gordon Pitts and his wife live in Toronto.

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