Living in Canada we tend to pride ourselves on how we’re different from our American neighbours. It’s an interesting dichotomy in which our culture is almost defined in all the ways we’re different, as opposed to the ways we simply are. The Canadian business culture is one of those ways in which we radically differ from the United States. My favourite of these differences is probably the Canadian “No.”
This article from tcworld, despite being from 2007, is a great overview of how business is done in America. The “Communication Style” and “Time is Money” sections really nail down how direct and straight forward business is conducted in the United States. There’s this drive forward, get things done attitude in the United States that just seems absent here in Canada. There’s more of timid and risk averse culture here, which can certainly stifle creativity and innovation.