A must read for all Canadian
Entrepreneurs, Investors, Economists, Parents, Post-Secondary Educators, Technology Recruiters, Government Leaders.

We wrote this book because of the love for our country, for our families, including our children whom we want, along with all Canadians, to inherit a country with even greater promise and prosperity than we inherited from our parents.

Everybody's Business



“Canada is a prosperous, peaceful country that is respected globally, and Canadians are the envy of much of the world. We are one of the most diverse nations on earth, uniquely poised to capitalize on the modern technology-enabled economy. Yet we see storm clouds gathering.”

“We are on the cusp of the greatest potential for individual opportunity and wealth creation in human history. Thanks to modern technology, the barriers to business and prosperity have never been lower, nor markets so connected.”

“Innovation needs to be a concerted effort among industry, government, and academia.”


Dany H Assaf


Dany is an author and globally recognized lawyer with deep and broad international business experience advising and helping businesses grow worldwide. Dany specializes in competition and foreign investment law and policy having worked on some of the largest and most complex global and Canadian mergers and investigations over the last 25 years. Dany’s international business experience includes opening the first offices for a major Canadian law firm in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Dany also serves on the boards of Unity Health, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Dany has taught and lectured on competition and foreign investment law at major Canadian universities and written and been a commentator on almost all major Canadian media platforms including the Globe and Mail, the Star and the National Post newspapers and the CBC and CTV television networks. Dany has also been involved in many community initiatives and projects over the years including been President of the Canadian Club of Toronto and an advocate for the No Fly List Kids project to name a few. Dany and his wife Lisa also co-founded the annual Fast in the 6 event held on Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square bringing Canadians of all backgrounds together to celebrate its motto: Diversity.Unity.Prosperity.

Dany is the author of the memoir “Say Please and Thank You & Stand In Line: One Man’s Story of What Makes Canada Special, and How to Keep It that Way” (Published by Sutherland House Books). This book has been ranked an #1 Amazon Best Seller, Arab and Middle Eastern Biographies.


Walid Hejazi is a Professor of International Business, and Economic Analysis and Policy, at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He is Academic Director of Rotman Executive Programs, a Fellow of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship, and member of the Board of Directors of the David & Sharon Johnston Centre for Corporate Governance Innovation.

His research focuses on the development of strategies that enhance the ability of companies to compete in domestic and global marketplaces. He has worked closely with many companies to develop and implement innovative strategies, with a particular focus on the role of leaders in preparing those companies to lead strategic change. He has also worked with the Canadian and foreign governments on the development of policies around foreign investment and international trade and has testified extensively before parliamentary and senate committees. He teaches Macroeconomics, Global Strategy and Leadership in Rotman’s MBA, EMBA and custom executive programs, and has also delivered lectures in over 30 countries. In addition to his academic publications, he has also published op-eds in the Globe and Mail, the Financial Post, the Toronto Star, the Hill Times, and the Conversation. He is regularly quoted in the media on a wide range of business and economic issues. Walid also introduced Canada’s first MBA course in Islamic Finance and was part of a team that wrote a landmark study for the World Bank on mobilizing global pools of capital into developing countries to help in their economic development and the alleviation of poverty.

Recognizing the enormous potential that newcomers bring to Canada, Walid works closely with them to help navigate the many challenges faced in finding employment that truly values and recognizes the skills and experience they bring. These efforts have not only enabled newcomers to achieve their true potential, but it has also enriched the Canadian economy economically, socially and culturally.

Joe Manget


Joe Manget is currently Chair and CEO of EHN Canada, the country’s largest provider of mental health and addiction services. He holds board positions with MedCurrent Corporation (Chair); Leap/Pecaut Centre for Social Impact (co-founder); New Start Foundation for Mental Health and Addiction (co-founder) as well as chairing the Health Sector Audit Committee for the province of Ontario, which has purview over the spending of the Ministries of Health and Long Term Care.

Joe has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Toronto, a Masters of Management Science from Stanford University, a Masters of Business Research from Henley Business School and is currently completing a Doctorate of Business Administration (part-time) on mental health and addiction outcomes at Henley Business School. Joe started his career as an engineer at IBM Canada (now Celestica), moved to management consulting, ultimately running BCG Canada and heading up the BCG global Operations practice area. In 2011 he left consulting to pursue private investing and made multiple investments in the Healthcare space including EHN Canada, MindBeacon, Healthy Interactions and MedCurrent Corporation.

Joe is an avid triathlete, having competed three full distance Ironman events after he turned 50. He continues to swim, cycle and run today, although more for fun than competition. Joe’s family came to Canada in the early 1970’s at a time when Canada was one of the countries with the brightest future and greatest economic potential in the world. The impetus for co-writing “Everybody’s Business” was to create a roadmap to help Canada achieve its full potential.


Tony Chapman

June 14, 2023 – Toronto Hunt Speakers Series A speaker event featuring three of Canada’s leading thinkers, hosted by Tony Chapman.

Everybody’s Business: How to Ensure Canadian Prosperity through the Twenty-First Century

What kind of Canada are we leaving our children?

Every generation of Canadians wants to pass on an even better version of Canada to the next. But in 1967 Canada was the world’s ninth largest economy; today it is seventeenth. In terms of income per person, we’ve fallen from third to fifteenth. How do we avoid slipping even further?

On June 14, 2023, Tony Chapman will interview the three brilliant authors of “Everybody’s Business” at The Toronto Hunt Club. This passionate manifesto for Canadian renewal and our children’s future argues that Canada needs to shift its focus to nurturing individual talent to avoid falling further behind in the twenty-first century economy. The authors are Walid Hejazi, Dany H. Assaf, and Joe Manget. Walid Hejazi is a Professor at the Rotman School of Management, Dany H. Assaf is a globally recognized lawyer, and Joe Manget is Chair and CEO of EHN Canada.

Tony Chapman

Tony Chapman is a highly regarded radio host, podcaster, conference speaker, interviewer, and moderator, renowned for his exceptional ability to engage audiences and stimulate conversations that matter.

In 2020, Chapman launched his prime-time radio show and podcast, “Chatter that Matters,” which airs weekly, in nine markets. His podcast ranks in the top 1% of most popular worldwide. Tony shares stories of people who overcome circumstances to chase their dreams and change their world and ours for the better.

Chapman is an inductee into the Marketing Hall of Legends and the Canadian Advertising, PR and Marketing Hall of Fame, cementing a legacy where he founded and built two internationally renowned advertising agencies and a research firm.

Rotman School of Management

Everybody’s Business: How to Ensure Canadian Prosperity through the 21st Century

April 4, 2023: A discussion held at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, with business leaders Dany Assaf, Joe Manget and Rotman’s Walid Hejazi on their new book, ‘Everybody’s Business: How to Ensure Canadian Prosperity through the Twenty-First Century’ (Sutherland House Books, March 2023).



Nurturing individual talent in the Canadian Business sector

Every generation of Canadians wants to pass on an even better version of Canada to the next. But in 1967, Canada was the world’s ninth largest economy; today it is seventeenth. In terms of income per person, we’ve fallen from third to fifteenth. What kind of Canada are we really leaving our children? How do we avoid falling further behind in the twenty-first century economy?


Everybody's Business