National Business Book Award Announces Short List

PwC Canada and BMO Financial Group to award $30,000 prize

TORONTO, March 29, 2016 /CNW/ - The short list for the National Business Book Award, one of Canada's most prestigious literary awards, was announced today by co-sponsors PwC Canada and BMO Financial Group. The short-listed authors will vie for a $30,000 prize that will be awarded on April 21, 2016 to the author of the most outstanding Canadian business-related book published in 2015.

The short listed authors for the National Business Book Award are:

  • Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Blackberry, published by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Losing the Signal covers the rise of Research in Motion and the transformative technology that changed the way people everywhere communicate with one another. Centred on the complex relationship between RIM's founders, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, the narrative provides many lessons about start-ups, early-stage financing, the stress of rapid growth, the imperative for high standards of corporate governance and professional management.

  • John Stackhouse, Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution, published by Random House Canada. The former editor of The Globe and Mail newspaper offers a unique look inside one of the most respected newspapers in North America and chronicles the ongoing shift from print to digital journalism. Mass Disruption examines the crisis of serious journalism in the digital era, and searches for ways the invaluable tradition can thrive in a radically changing future.

  • William Watson, The Inequality Trap: Fighting Capitalism Instead of Poverty, published by The University of Toronto Press. The Inequality Trap is a thought-provoking economic treatise in which Watson argues that the traditional public policy focus on eradicating inequality is misdirected and damaging to the capitalist system, which is the best long-term bet for reducing poverty. In The Inequality Trap Watson explains that inequality is both an error and a trap.

The prestigious and independent jury evaluates eligible nominations based on five key criteria including originality, relevance, excellence of writing, thoroughness of research and depth of analysis.

The National Business Book Award jury is chaired by Peter Mansbridge, Chief Correspondent, CBC Television News. Other jurors include: William Dimma, Chairman Emeritus, Home Capital Group, Inc.; Deirdre McMurdy, Adjudicator; David Denison, chair of Hydro One; author and publisher Anna Porter and The Honourable Pamela Wallin.

The National Business Book Award is an annual celebration of Canadian authors of outstanding non-fiction business-related books. It continues to gain attention from not only the Canadian business world, but also publishers, authors, journalists, academics, economists and business leaders internationally.

The winner of the National Business Book Award will be announced on April 21, 2016 at a luncheon in Toronto hosted by PwC Canada and BMO Financial Group.

Last year's National Business Book Award winner was Alfred Hermida for Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why it Matters.

About PwC Canada

At PwC Canada, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. More than 6,500 partners and staff in offices across the country are committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax, consulting and deals services. PwC Canada is a member of the PwC network of firms with more than 208,000 people in 157 countries. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at

About BMO Financial Group

Established in 1817, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of $699 billion as of January 31, 2016, and close to 47,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

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For further information: or to arrange an interview please contact: Mary Ann Freedman, Freedman & Associates Inc. for the National Business Book Award, Tel: 416-868-1500, Email:

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