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Getting Harder for Less-Skilled Men to Join the Canadian Workforce

August 30, 2016

Kristelle Audet Kristelle Audet
Senior Economist
Canadian Industrial Outlook

The fall in labour force participation rates among American men has made numerous headlines since 2009. Between 1990 and 2015, labour participation among U.S. men aged 25 to 54 fell from 93 per cent to 88 per cent, but the decline has been much steeper ...

What Do Brexit and Donald Trump Have in Common?

August 15, 2016

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

Both the Brexit vote in the U.K. referendum in June and the rise of Donald Trump have shocked political analysts, economists, and mainstream politicians—the so-called elites—on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The elites missed the anger and frustration that has built ...

The Economic Fallout From OPEC’s Market-Share Strategy

August 05, 2016

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Economist
Industrial Economic Trends

After years of losing market share, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) ramped up production in 2015—at a time when the market was already well-supplied. One of the goals of this policy was to recapture market share from key competitors....

Exposing the Myths about Illegal Immigrants

June 28, 2016

Kip Beckman
Principal Economist
World Outlook

The contentious issue of illegal immigration has been front and centre in the U.S. presidential campaign. The Republican Party’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump continues to rail against Mexicans who enter the country illegally and “steal” jobs from American workers, and he has ...

Opportunities Abound for Canadian Firms in Ukraine

June 14, 2016

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

One of the most cherished Canadian products—hockey sticks—is manufactured in Ukraine. That alone should be enough to get the attention of Canadians who are looking for business and investment opportunities in Ukraine.

Ukraine is one of the best-kept ...

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

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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

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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 ...

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