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Employability Skills: What Every Employer Seeks

Employers in all sectors across Canada seek workers who demonstrate Employability Skills. The Conference Board of Canada’s Employability Skills define the skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace. They are the foundation for employability and provide a common language for recruitment, performance review, and career path planning.

Related resources, including the Employability Skills Toolkit and the Employability Skills Credentialing Tool,are available to support Employability Skills development. These tools are designed to help individuals and employers in performance review and career path planning activities.

Join Alison in this webinar, and learn how Employability Skills can help learners and employers focus and develop the skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed for success in the workplace and beyond.

Recorded Webinar | April 2018 | Alison Howard | The Conference Board of Canada

Using Design Thinking to Scale Telemedicine: OTN’s Enhanced Access to Primary Care Initiative

Telemedicine brings great value to patients by increasing access to healthcare and providing the tools to support more effective self-management of chronic diseases. Under the leadership of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), Ontario has developed one of the largest and most comprehensive telemedicine platforms in the world. While telemedicine growth over the past decade has been strong, scale remains elusive due to the lack of natural business models. The Enhanced Access to Primary Care initiative that OTN is rolling out in collaboration with its partners, has been designed to create conditions for mainstreaming virtual primary care in a sustainable manner.

Recorded Webinar | April 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Market Access and Adoption of Disruptive Health Technologies

Early engagement with key stakeholders and collaborative evidence generation play a critical role in expedited market access of disruptive health technologies.

In this 60-minute session, Shahira Bhimani highlights how the EXCITE process supports a “pull model” for innovation adoption wherein the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is integral in the prioritization of the technology based on alignment of the innovation to health system needs. In addition, this presentation discusses case examples of how the EXCITE process uses a multi-stakeholder collaborative process to identify a pathway to adoption of innovative technologies into the Ontario healthcare system.

Recorded Webinar | April 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Putting Social Sciences and Humanities Graduates to Work: Strategies that Move Students from Classroom to Career

This recorded webinar discusses how post-secondary institutions and educators can better support social sciences and humanities students for careers before they make the transition to the work world.

Recorded Webinar | March 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Understanding the Teenage Mind: Strategies to Engage Youth in Agri-Food Careers

According to the 2016 Census, the agriculture and agri-food sector accounts for 6.7% of Canada’s total GDP and employs approximately 2.3 million people. However, despite agri-food’s significant contribution to the economy, the average Canadian teenager is unsure about the sector and uninformed of its career opportunities. This lack of awareness presents a serious challenge to recruit the next generation of agri-food employees. With a rising labour shortage in the sector, and a need to feed a growing population, it is more important than ever to interest youth in an agri-food career pathway. So how do we get them engaged?

Recorded Webinar | March 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

The New Health Economy: Managing Data, Placing Value on Medical care, and Empowering Patients

The future of healthcare is more challenging and the possibilities more exciting than ever before. While life sciences and healthcare organizations recognize the possibilities, the need for strategies and leadership to shape our health is more important than ever. We will explore 6 predictions of what life sciences and healthcare industries might look like in 2022, discuss major trends across healthcare and the key constraints that will need to be overcome to meet the challenges of the future.

Recorded Webinar | March 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Generation Healthy: Translating Knowledge into Innovative Lifespan Solutions

Evolving attitudes, behaviors, practices and environments to get more Canadians and their communities more active, more often and in more ways in everyday life is generational work involving all of us. In response Vivo for Healthier Generations and multi- sector partners are advancing an innovative, healthy-living lab called Generation Healthy or Gen H- a generation who were born into but choose to be a part of.

The Gen H Lab is dedicated to working with multi- sectors, developing evidence –based, community-driven, on the ground solutions across all ages to make a positive, measurable, social impact on the health of citizens and communities.

During this session, Cynthia Watson and Nicole Dawe will share some of the epic successes and fails over the last 5 years on how you can shift practices to change results and work differently and with others to build capacity in individuals at play, school, work and home by transforming and linking community assets into supportive environments reinforcing life-long healthy behaviors.

Recorded Webinar | February 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Healthy Brains at Work: Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace

The final briefing in the Healthy Brains at Work research series explores the conditions that support addressing mental health and depression in the workplace and presents a scenario where mental health supports are optimized among working Canadians.

Building on the research throughout this project, this session highlights key findings from the research series to date and explores the conditions that support healthy brains in the workplace.

Recorded Webinar | February 2018 | Greg Sutherland | The Conference Board of Canada

Les soins de santé au Canada en 2035. Offres de services, rôles et responsabilité

Cette note présente quatre scénarios futurs plausibles tirés d’un atelier sur la prospective stratégique. On y examine l’avenir possible des offres de services, des rôles et de la responsabilité dans le système canadien des soins de santé.

Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d’une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Note de recherche | 36 pages | January 2018 | Darren Gresch | Le Conference Board du Canada

After Pneumonia: Addressing the Health and Economic Burden of Pneumonia in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada has engaged in research series on the burden of pneumonia in Canada, which has debilitating impacts on seniors, children, and the immune-compromised population. Pneumonia can also arise as a costly complication during hospital stay, with some patients experiencing longer length of stay and associated costs after developing pneumonia compared to other reasons for hospitalization.

Changing demographics, namely an aging and growing population, will play a key role in the future health and economic impact of pneumonia on the health care system, to the economy, and to society. With annual costs increasing from $216 million in 2010 to $532 million in 2025, addressing pneumonia today is necessary.

Join the Conference Board’s Alexandru Dobrescu and Thy Dinh, as they walk through the research findings and the policy and practice implications for addressing the burden of disease in Canada.

Recorded Webinar | January 2018 | Alexandru Dobrescu, Thy Dinh | The Conference Board of Canada

Sharing Prosperity: Indigenous People and Resource Revenue Sharing in Canada

Not so long ago, resource revenue sharing was a major point of contention between Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments in Canada. Now, there are resource revenue sharing systems in much of the country and discussions are underway in most other jurisdictions. Increasing Indigenous legal authority over development spurred provincial and territorial governments to act, as did the inclusion of these regimes in modern treaties.

Join Ken Coates and Stephen Crozier for this special 90-minute webinar as they review the evolution of resource revenue sharing in Canada and underscore its importance in facilitating equitable Indigenous participation in the natural resource economy. Through their discussion, you will learn about key policy parameters which ought to be considered in the development of any resource revenue sharing program.

Revenue sharing is about sharing financial benefits, but it will need to be about a lot more than that if it is going to be effective.

Recorded Webinar | January 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Driving to the Breadline: The Auto Motives of Low Income Households

Research conducted over the last few decades in many western countries confirms that there is a mutually reinforcing relationship between transport poverty (i.e. lack of access to both private and public mobility resources) and social exclusion (inability to fully participate in life-enhancing activities).

In these contexts, households that do not own cars are overwhelmingly concentrated in the lowest income quintiles, where approximately only half of households own cars. For low income households with cars, mobility is still reduced -- they make significantly fewer trips and travel much shorter distances than their higher-income, car-owning counterparts.

The experience of reduced mobility often means that low income households are unable to fully participate in key activities, such as employment, education, health care and food shopping. It is perhaps for these reasons that car ownership among low-income households in the UK has increased more rapidly year on year than for other income brackets. Yet this statistical trend tells us very little about the actual motivations behind why people living on or near ‘the breadline’ (i.e. in poverty) are willing to commit so much of their limited financial resources to owning and running a private vehicle. They do so even when they find it difficult to afford other basic necessities, such as food, warmth, shelter and clothing. Much of transportation policy is based on the idea that low-income people do not own cars. Yet a growing body of evidence suggests that this is no longer the case.

What does the experience of low-income car ownership mean for our work in transportation, and what lessons learned from other western countries can help guide our efforts here in Canada? Join transportation expert Karen Lucas as she explores these issues and discusses the ‘auto motives’ of low-income populations, by drawing on case study evidence from different geographical and social contexts over the last 20 yrs.

Recorded Webinar | January 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

How to Reinvigorate Higher Education for the 21st Century: 13 Recommendations for Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act

This policy brief outlines recommendations for Higher Education Act (HEA) reauthorization which will increase innovation, affordability, and transparency in higher education, while ensuring accountability for students and taxpayers.

Report | 20 pages | January 2018 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Canadian Health Care in 2035: Service Offerings, Roles, and Accountability

Briefing | 32 pages | January 2018 | Darren Gresch | The Conference Board of Canada

Up in Smoke: Addressing the Costs of Tobacco Use in Canada

Tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable morbidity and mortality worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is responsible for over 5 million deaths annually. Although smoking prevalence has been steadily declining in Canada, millions of Canadians continue to smoke despite the health risks and nearly one in five deaths in Canada in 2012 were attributable to smoking. Although smoking rates have declined over the past several years, the costs continue to climb.

This 60-minute webinar will present key findings of the 2017 report The Costs of Tobacco Use in Canada, 2012, and will discuss the opportunities to reduce the burden of illnesses due to smoking from a policy, practice, and programs perspective.

Recorded Webinar | January 2018 | Alexandru Dobrescu, Thy Dinh | The Conference Board of Canada

Evaluating Government Programs That Support Business Innovation: Framework and Principles

This report clarifies the meaning and importance of business innovation according to the latest developments in how industry, governments, and academia need to approach it.

Report | 56 pages | January 2018 | Sorin Cohn, Bruce Good | The Conference Board of Canada

Évaluation des programmes publics de soutien à l’innovation des entreprises: cadre, principes et mesures

Rapport | 60 pages | January 2018 | Sorin Cohn, Bruce Good | The Conference Board of Canada

Part 2: Dollars and Sense 2017: Using Health Economics to Inform Policy

Economic analyses are an essential tool for policy makers who make difficult decisions regarding the allocation of scarce resources. However, traditional cost-effectiveness analyses are not always the most appropriate or useful approach for value assessment, particularly when the benefits of said investment are accrued over-time. So where’s the middle ground? The Conference Board of Canada has taken a different approach to this analysis. Our research predominately focuses on a cost-consequence approach to estimating the burden of illnesses and the health and economic impact of interventions, programs, and policies, where direct costs are associated with health care system utilization, and indirect costs are associated with productivity and benefits to the economy.

Recorded Webinar | November 2017 | Thy Dinh | The Conference Board of Canada

Part 1: Dollars and Sense 2017: Using Health Economics to Inform Policy

Economic analyses are an essential tool for policy makers who make difficult decisions regarding the allocation of scarce resources. However, traditional cost-effectiveness analyses are not always the most appropriate or useful approach for value assessment, particularly when the benefits of said investment are accrued over-time. So where’s the middle ground? The Conference Board of Canada has taken a different approach to this analysis. Our research predominately focuses on a cost-consequence approach to estimating the burden of illnesses and the health and economic impact of interventions, programs, and policies, where direct costs are associated with health care system utilization, and indirect costs are associated with productivity and benefits to the economy.

In this two-part webinar series, Dr. Thy Dinh will provide an overview of the key concepts in health economics and demonstrate how health economics can be used to answer difficult health policy questions, now and in the future. Thy will describe several unique approaches used by The Conference Board to estimate burden of illness, the health and economic impact of interventions, programs, and policies, return-on-investment, and the benefits of "scaling-up" existing or pilot interventions to different or larger populations. Don’t miss this chance to hear about recent applications of several macroeconomic approaches to answer difficult health policy questions. Participants will also learn about resources that could be used by researchers, policy analysts, and public health practitioners who may not have the capacity or need to conduct full health economic evaluations.

Recorded Webinar | November 2017 | Thy Dinh | The Conference Board of Canada

Le vieillissement de la population et l’économie du Québec

Le Québec, comme bien des sociétés occidentales, est confronté à un problème démographique qui va plomber la croissance économique. L’Institut du Québec recommande d’augmenter les seuils d’immigration, de mieux intégrer les immigrants, de diversifier les marchés d’exportation, de retenir les travailleurs expérimentés sur le marché du travail, de miser davantage sur l’automatisation et de maintenir le contrôle des dépenses publiques et de la dette.

Note de recherche | 46 pages | November 2017 | Jean-Guy Côté, Simon Savard, Sonny Scarfone | Le Conference Board du Canada

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