Marzena Czarnecka, Writer

Business writing with attitude


I write. That’s what I do. I write with an inimitable style and attitude about the most serious and complex of subjects. Except when I laugh at and skewer those … Continue reading


Suzanne West: Can an Energy Company Make Money and Save the Environment?

Sometimes, you meet people who change your life, rock your world. And Imaginea CEO Suzanne West is one of those people. If you don’t know her yet–give her a call, … Continue reading

August 10, 2015

Faking Authenticity: Shortcuts to the latest management craze

“The big corporate coaching/leadership secret: not everyone in a position of power and leadership is a good person.” In appreciation to Lisa Rushka of Momentum Communications and Dan Gaynor, former president and publisher … Continue reading

July 23, 2015

Risk and responsibility: changing the conversation (speech)

The Future of Pipelines: Moving From Public Safety to Public Trust, Dynamic Risk Partners Conference 2015: Dynamic Risk is a provider of modeling and asset management solutions for North America’s … Continue reading

June 8, 2015

Through Rose-Coloured Oculus Rift glasses

The June 2015 Strategy Session (Alberta Venture) features Chris McPhail of Strut Creative, trying to make me vomit. Um. Well. There’s more to the story. I promise. Full edited text at … Continue reading

June 2, 2015

Is your CEO a TFW?

For the May 2015 Strategy Session (Alberta Venture), I wanted to make people think about temporary foreign workers in a different light. And I think, with the help of Evelyn Ackah … Continue reading

May 1, 2015

Strategy Session: Old school marketing in Twitterworld

For the April 2015 Strategy Session (Alberta Venture), I sat down with Eman Safadi and Evie Eshpeter, co-founders and partners-in-crime at Poste Strategies, and a plate full of macarons from … Continue reading

April 24, 2015

Strategy Session: Leveraging flex work in a downturn

The March 2015 Strategy Session (Alberta Venture) continues the spirit of Leading through a crisis and nags you to keep on changing and progressing through an economic downturn. Especially on … Continue reading

March 5, 2015

Time to Panic: 10 Best Practices for navigating through a crisis

In the February 2014 Strategy Session (Alberta Venture), I say the D word, the B word and allude to the R word. And then just use the C word CONSTANTLY. … Continue reading

February 2, 2015

An Interlude for a Poem: A Gift for Introverts, Misanthropes and Other People Who Don’t Want to Work the Room

Because Corporate Canada needs more poetry… I wrote a Strategy Session on networking for introverts for Alberta Venture this month. You might have seen it… I know it struck a … Continue reading

January 20, 2015

20 Decisions That Shaped The City

“A city becomes what it is by the accumulation of decisions made and the paths taken and not taken. To mark Avenue’s 20th anniversary, we take a look at 20 … Continue reading

January 13, 2015

Strategy Session: Networking for introverts, misantrophes and other awesome people who don’t want to work the room

The January 2015 Strategy Session (Alberta Venture) is one of the most enjoyable pieces I’ve written in a while, thanks to: Dasa Chadwick, MA, CHRP, (introvert), owner and senior consultant … Continue reading

January 5, 2015

A plea: What Alberta needs in crisis is a strong opposition

I rarely write about politics, because I am too cynical. What has happened in Alberta over the last few weeks, however, has tested even my cynicism. The level of “appalled” … Continue reading

December 19, 2014

Strategy Session: Talking ’bout your generation

For the December 2014 Strategy Session (Alberta Venture), I reconvene with John Piercy, Group Vice-President at Business with Shaw Communications, and bring on-board Rob Henderson, President and CEO of yconic, to … Continue reading

December 5, 2014

Strategy Session: Be A Quitter

And now, for something completely different. I don’t want you to persevere. In the November 2014 edition of The Strategy Session (Alberta Venture),  I get Oliver Baezner, the former Vice-President of Sales … Continue reading

November 4, 2014

Top 40 Under 40: Rachael L’Orsa: Into the fire

I interviewed Rachel L’Orsa while British Columbia was burning, and she was taking a break from jumping into its blazing infernos. I know. How cool is she? But that’s not … Continue reading

November 3, 2014

Top 40 Under 40: Duncan Ly: “Cook with love”

Chef Duncan Ly and I spoke on the telephone… but I’m pretty sure I could smell what he was cooking in the background. For the full story: Avenue: Top 40 … Continue reading

November 3, 2014

Amazing Calgarians: An Afternoon with Amy Dryer

I meet Calgary artist Amy Dryer at a loading dock in a back alley. There are two giant garbage dumpsters between us, and an army of grey porta-potties, protected by … Continue reading

November 3, 2014


Canadian business writer. Historically focused on energy, renewable and not; law, particularly business of; and complex corporate sagas. Based in Calgary, writing nationally. Boasting an inimitable voice and style. Grappling with existential angst.

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