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Brad Allen

Brad Allen is the Founder of βranav Shareholder Advisory Services Inc. βranav provides public company boards and CEOs with independent shareholder intelligence and specialized expertise to help assess, test, and mitigate Shareholder Risk, a latent strategic risk defined as the degree of uncertainty shareholder support may materially affect achievement of strategic objectives. Prior to founding βranav, during the past decade he counseled significant shareholders, management, and boards of Canadian public companies to attain vote support in hundreds of complex shareholder situations related to hostile/friendly M&A, board proxy contests, and other shareholder engagement issues. He appears regularly in broadcast and print media speaking on issues related to shareholder activism and corporate governance insight. Recent appearances include BNN, CBC, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal. You can reach Brad at
The Double Double Dilemma for Tim Hortons

When news broke of the Tim Hortons/Burger King merger, many investors cheered. But my immediate thought was somewhat lackluster. I didn't see the non-financial synergy. Instead, I saw huge potential issues for Tim Hortons (soon to be minority) shareholders.

Lululemon and American Apparel serve as a painful reminder to boards that the corporate experience and influence of a founder can be a dual-edged sword if not handled properly.