Written by Geoff Smith EllisDon CEO


In Praise Of Our Pandemic Politicians

May 31, 2021

It’s funny the conversations you remember.  In the late sixties, I was a kid, the Premier of Ontario was a Londoner named John Robarts, and my father got to know him, mostly by coincidence. My dad told me that he was challenging the Premier one day about the big problems of ...

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The Only Cool Thing About Covid-19

May 11, 2021

I am hesitant about writing this blog, I wouldn’t want to seem disrespectful or unsympathetic to the profound pain and suffering caused by this pandemic.  The physical and emotional suffering and the economic tragedy that have been unleashed is too deep to measure....

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HAPPY 70th!

Apr 01, 2021

I am posting this blog on April Fools’ Day, EllisDon’s seventieth birthday. Years ago, I asked my Dad why he chose such an obviously awkward date, and he replied that everybody told him he was crazy to start his own business, so it just seemed to fit. It was a good line, maybe just a bit too cute. What act...

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Messing With ‘The Big Guy’ (The whole Work Life Balance thing)

Mar 15, 2021

I received a lot of nice comments about my recent blog about my Dad’s once-in-a-lifetime advice to EllisDon’s employees, which I sincerely appreciate (on his behalf of course). Don Sr. had recently retired from ED when he wrote that, and was in a reflective mood.Great, so now let’s mess with him a b...

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