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Kim Morouney, Lazaridis Institute's Managing Director
Kim Morouney, Lazaridis Institute's Managing Director

Kim's Best Reads of 2019

When not advising ScaleUp Program companies, liaising with leaders in the Canadian tech ecosystem, or leading our team here at the Lazaridis Institute, Managing Director Kim Morouney is often deep into the pages of a good book. As we wind down 2019 and gear up for 2020, we asked Kim to share some of her favourite reads of 2019. 


"The holidays are here and you need downtime!  My advice: rest, get some exercise, and set aside time to read. Just to get you thinking, here are a handful of books I’ve enjoyed recently, only one of which is remotely work-related."

- Kim Morouney 


Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

By Stephen Pinker

Bill Gates called this his new favorite book of all time. Pinker pulls together reams of statistics that will make you more optimistic about the progress of humankind, and more determined to protect that progress. 


Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

By John Carreyrou

The chilling story of Elizabeth Holmes and the long, drawn-out hoax that was Theranos. A Silicon Valley horror show.


Heroic Failure: Brexit and the Politics of Pain

By Fintan O’Toole

This brief, well-written book analyzes Brexit and provides insight into the rise of populism more broadly.



By Michelle Obama

Nothing like the commercial celebrity bio you might have expected, Becoming defines the Michelle Obama we “know” in terms of her working class background, her grit, and her grace in confrontation with racism in America.


Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth

By Rachel Maddow

Maddow’s intelligent, biting, thoroughly researched exposé of Big Oil and Gas gave me nightmares, but I couldn’t put it down. (Cohort 4’s Questor is taking care of the air pollution, so you shouldn’t lose too much sleep).


Leonardo da Vinci

By Walter Isaacson

Though I could have done without the author’s personal art criticism, the drawings, the masses of detail, the historical perspective on Leonardo’s scientific experiments, all make for compelling reading. 


Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poem

By Billy Collins

I don’t read poetry, I don’t even like poetry. But Billy Collins’ poems are surprising and funny, somehow making everyday life—rain, strangers, horoscopes, tablecloths, postcards, Chinese food, funerals—extraordinary.


The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House

By Ben Rhodes

I grew up in the U.S., so I like to alternate books that look back at the Obama administration with books that rage about the person in the White House now. This is a fascinating behind-the-scenes account by an Obama speechwriter and political advisor.  Alternating with:

The Fifth Risk

By Michael Lewis

The author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, and The Big Short documents the consequences of handing over the government to people who “have no idea how it works.”  A short, terrifying read. 

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