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Ontario’s Unintentional Industrial Change

May 26, 2016

Sabrina Bond
Sabrina Bond
Economist, Custom Economic Services
The Conference Board of Canada

Business non-residential investment underpins long-term economic growth and serves as the scaffolding for industrial change and productivity. Unfortunately, Ontario businesses will largely be sitting on the sidelines over the next year, missing opportunities to capitalize on low ...

Ontario’s Equalization Revenues: To “Have” or to “Have Not”

May 24, 2016

Photo of  Daniel Fields
Economist
National Forecast

Ontario is set to once again become a “have” province. However, because of expected growth in the federal equalization envelope, along with the use of lagged data in the formula, it is unlikely that Ontario will be cut off immediately.

Over the next ...

Une révolution d’origine urbaine : La ville canadienne en tant que chef de file des transformations à venir

May 13, 2016

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L. Jacques Ménard, C.C., O.Q. (blogueur invité)
Président du conseil d’administration de
BMO Nesbitt Burns et président
de BMO Groupe financier, Québec

M. Ménard a reçu le titre d’associé honoraire 2015-2016, le plus prestigieux honneur attribué par le Conference Board du Canada à des personnes ayant ...

This Revolution Will Be Urban: The Canadian City as the Lead Actor in the Coming Transformation

May 13, 2016

Photo of L. Jacques Ménard
L. Jacques Ménard, C.C., O.Q. (guest author)
Chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns, and
President of BMO Financial Group, Quebec

Mr. Ménard is the Conference Board of Canada’s 2015/16 Honorary Associate, our highest honour conferred upon individuals who have served their organization and their country with distinction....

How Much Longer Will Saudi Arabia Let Its Oil-Price Strategy Fail?

May 03, 2016

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

Historian and Middle East expert Andrew Cooper notes that in 2011 the former head of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence services told NATO officials that his government was willing to flood the market with oil in order to stir up trouble in Iran—Saudi Arabia’s ...

To Cut or Not to Cut? That is the Question for Oil Producers

April 18, 2016

Carlos A. Murillo Carlos A. Murillo
Economist,
Industrial Economic trends

Global crude oil prices seem to have finally found a floor. After briefly falling below US$30 per barrel in February, the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) price has now breached US$40. Much of this rally has been driven by the anticipation of ...

Shattering The Myths About The U.S. Economic Rebound

April 12, 2016

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

The success of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders in the U.S. presidential primaries illustrates that voters are angry about the state of the U.S. economy. Trump claims that the economy is in the doldrums due to illegal immigrants stealing jobs from Americans. ...

Fallen Loonie Forcing Canadian Pro Sports Franchises to Adapt Their Game

April 11, 2016

Glen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
Forecasting and Analysis

Canadian sports fans will have lots of time for golf and gardening this spring—no Canadian-based teams will be taking the ice for the Stanley Cup playoffs starting this week. The game has changed for Canadian franchises off the ...

Could Outsiders Trump or Sanders Solve America’s Woes?

March 09, 2016

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

Tough economic times bring calls for different solutions that upset the status quo. Despite a growing economy, many Americans feel that they are living through tough times and they are looking for different approaches from the contenders in the current U.S. ...

Would Canadians Trade High Gas Prices for Stronger NHL Teams?

February 18, 2016

Brent DowDall
Senior Manager, Research and Business Development
Forecasting and Analysis

Gas prices and hockey are two things that Canadians like to talk about more than just about anything. When pump prices are high, we complain. When they are down, we brag about finding the lowest price. When it ...

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