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Tax Changes Likely to Create Unintended Fallout for Family Enterprises

September 06, 2017

Photo of Craig Alexander
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Photo of Michael Bassett
Associate Director
Governance, Compliance and Risk

As many successful family-owned businesses get ready to pass the torch to a new generation of owners, how much do we know about the implications to Canada’s economy? The answer is: not enough.

Decisions ...

Six Things Not-for-Profit Leaders Should Think About in 2017

January 09, 2017

Lyn McDonell Lyn McDonell, CAE, C. Dir., CMC (guest author)
The Accountability Group, Inc.

These are disruptive times and organizational leaders would do well to stay sharp and take nothing for granted. Here are six key dimensions for success in 2017:

1. Think Scenarios.

Scenarios are plausible narratives about ...

Integrating Sustainability into Your Organization

November 08, 2016

Photo of Annette Verschuren Annette Verschuren (guest author)
CEO of NRStor, Co-Chair of Smart Prosperity,
and author of Bet on Me

Chief executive officers (CEOs) and leadership teams need to promote sustainability for it to become embedded into the corporate culture. When they do, they realize innovation, productivity, and efficiency benefits for ...

Public Sector Social Media: Five Key Insights

July 11, 2016

Satyamoorthy Kabilan
National Security and Strategic Foresight

The use and role of social media within the public sector continues to be debated globally. Many within the public sector are seeing the merits of this communications platform, but a lot of uncertainty still exists around social media. Through our ...

Assessing Your Innovation Skills Just Got a Whole Lot Easier!

January 29, 2016

Douglas Watt
Industry and Business Strategy Research
Michael Bloom Michael Bloom
Industry and Business Strategy

Innovation is not just about new or improved products, services, and processes. It is about people contributing their intellect and ideas to discovery and design, leveraging their skills to identify new ...

Building an Innovative Team: Leveraging Diversity for High-Performance Results

November 26, 2015

Melissa Lalonde Melissa Lalonde
Special Events Officer
Industry and Business Strategy

We have an innovation challenge in Canada. As a nation, we are considered risk adverse—which can be problematic since risk-taking is fundamental for innovation. Business leaders have a role to play in driving innovation within their organizations. Employers need to ...

Social Impact Storytelling: Moving From Emotion to Action

October 16, 2015

Melissa Lalonde Melissa Lalonde
Special Events Officer
Industry and Business Strategy

Many business reporters are writing for an audience of executives and investors, whose primary interest is shareholder value ahead of corporate responsibility and sustainability. As socially minded investment grows in popularity, the media’s interests are beginning to shift. The Conference ...

Canada’s Competitiveness Performance: Cautious Optimism, but Room for Improvement

September 29, 2015

Jessica Edge Jessica Edge
Senior Research Associate
Industry and Business Strategy Research

Canada saw moderate improvement this year on the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index (GCI). Canada ranked thirteenth, up two places from last year, and reversing the downward trend that has characterized its performance in recent years. However, ...

It’s About People: Developing and Leveraging Firm-Level Innovation Talent

May 15, 2015

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Cameron MacLaine
Research Associate
Industry and Business Strategy Research

Jessica Edge
Jessica Edge
Senior Research Associate
Industry and Business Strategy Research

Highly innovative firms are key components of a competitive, high-performing economy. A firm’s capacity to innovate determines how well it uses ideas and knowledge to generate value ...

Creating an Innovative and Entrepreneurial Culture

November 18, 2014

Bruce Good
Executive Director
Centre for Business Innovation

Business innovation is a key contributor to enhanced competitiveness and economic growth in Canada. The use of "innovation" as a buzzword, however, has created a fog of confusion, leading to inappropriate action. We need to change the way we think about ...

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