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Research and Presentations


Reports

Saskatchewan Fiscal Snapshot

Infrastructure in Saskatchewan: Assessing the Benefits
(Briefing, 30 pages, April 2017)
This briefing provides a literature review related to public infrastructure and its role in supporting economic activity. It analyzes the benefits of infrastructure spending and whether Saskatchewan’s current investment levels might be below optimal levels.

Saskatchewan Fiscal Snapshot

Saskatchewan Fiscal Snapshot: Autumn 2016
(Profile, 11 pages, January 2017)
This “fiscal snapshot” looks at the state of Saskatchewan's economy and its government's fiscal challenges, and provides a short- and medium-term outlook for the province.

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Closing the Gap: Indigenous Health Innovations Forum
(Forum Summary, 12 pages, September 2016)
This summary document captures key take-aways and themes from the Saskatchewan Institute’s May 2016 event, Closing the Gap: Indigenous Health Innovations. In addition to providing highlights from each session, the document contains an action framework that can be shared by Indigenous and non-Indigenous health providers to spark discussion.

We. Us. Our. A Reconciling Narrative

We. Us. Our. A Reconciling Narrative
(Report, 47 pages, August 2016)
This report highlights several reconciliation initiatives being undertaken in Saskatchewan and presents some common actions and paths forward identified at the Saskatchewan Institute’s December 2015 forum, Reconciliation: Changing the Narrative and Inspiring Innovation.

Finding Top Gear: Urban Centres as Engines of Growth (Forum Summary)

Finding Top Gear: Urban Centres as Engines of Growth (Forum Summary)
(Forum Summary, 10 pages, June 2016)
This summary document captures key takeaways from the Saskatchewan Institute's April 2016 event Finding Top Gear: Urban Centres as Engines of Growth. In addition to providing highlights from each session, the document contains an action framework to guide sustainable urban growth going forward.

Business Matters: CRS and the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth

Business Matters: CRS and the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth
(Report, 60 pages, May 2016)
How is corporate responsibility and sustainability (CRS) faring in Saskatchewan? This report looks at the province’s situation and compares it with the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth: Vision 2020 and Beyond.

Developing Partnership Capacity: The Rewards of Effective Business-Aboriginal Partnerships

Developing Partnership Capacity: The Rewards of Effective Business-Aboriginal Partnerships
(Report, 78 pages, October 2015)
Developing Capacity explores the economic and social benefits of partnerships between First Nations and Métis communities and industry, challenges to overcome, areas where more capacity development is needed, and recommendations for key stakeholders.

Metropolitan Outlook 1: Economic Insights into 13 Canadian Metropolitan Economies: Autumn 2015

Metropolitan Outlook 1: Economic Insights into 13 Canadian Metropolitan Economies: Autumn 2015
(Report, 79 pages, September 2015)
This publication focuses on the metropolitan economies of Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa-Gatineau, Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria.

	Provincial Outlook Economic Forecast for Saskatchewan: Summer 2015 Provincial Outlook Economic Forecast for Saskatchewan: Summer 2015
(Report, 30 pages, August 2015)
This quarterly economic forecast for the province of Saskatchewan examines the economic outlook for the province, including gross domestic product (GDP), output by industry and labour market conditions.

Saskatchewan's Export Potential: The Impact of Rail Access Saskatchewan’s Export Potential: The Impact of Rail Access
(Report, 168 pages, June 2015)
This report demonstrates the importance of the rail freight transportation system to Saskatchewan’s economy, and analyzes the extent to which disruptions can act as a barrier to Saskatchewan reaching its export target by 2020.

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(Report, 104 pages, May 2015)
Hidden under Saskatchewan’s robust economy is weak performance in innovation and productivity. This report presents evidence and analyses of ways to improve the province’s performance.

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Snapshots of Saskatchewan: The SaskBusiness Series
(Magazine, 47 pages, contains articles originally published by the SaskBusiness magazine between April 2012 and May 2015)
Three years and 23 articles after the inaugural edition, SaskBusiness and the Saskatchewan Institute look back with pride at how we have addressed themes of leadership, governance, innovation, competitiveness, and more.

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Healthy Foundations: Nursing’s Role in Building Strong Aboriginal Communities
(Report, 70 pages, March 2015)
New technologies are making the delivery of high-quality nursing programs in Northern locations feasible. This report documents an innovative delivery model using remote presence robotics in two Northern Saskatchewan communities.

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The Bucks Stop Here: Trends in Income Inequality Between Generations
(Briefing, 50 pages, September 2014)
The Bucks Stop Here explores the increasing income inequality between different generations of Canadians by using Canada Revenue Agency tax data from 1984 to 2010 to compare the relative employment incomes of different age groups.

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The Role of the Public Sector in Northern Governance
(Report, 98 pages, August 2014)
Is Canada’s Northern public sector working effectively? This report compares Northern governance practices and challenges, and includes recommendations for public sector innovation in the territories and Northern provincial regions.

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Growing Saskatoon: Saskatoon’s Regional Economic Map
(Report, 83 pages, June 2014)
The Saskatoon region is growing fast, buoyed by demand for the province’s resources. Managing such growth is challenging. This report looks at what leaders can do to fully realize the potential and promote healthy growth into the future.

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Positioning Saskatchewan’s Credit Unions for Growth
(Report, 79 pages, May 2014)
This report looks at the challenges facing Saskatchewan’s credit unions, recent regulatory and tax policy changes that may affect them, and the implications for credit unions’ participation in Saskatchewan’s economy.

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Theory, Methods, and Data: A Social Outlook for Saskatchewan
(30 pages, May 2014)
The Social Outlook is a model-based forecast detailing the high-level indicators driving social well-being in Saskatchewan. It provides data and analysis useful to leaders when considering investments in Saskatchewan’s future.

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Innovation Skills Profile 2.0
(The Conference Board of Canada, 4 pages)
The Innovation Skills Profile (ISP2.0) isolates the unique contribution that an individual’s skills, attitudes, and behaviours make to an organization’s innovation performance.

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Commercialization Skills Profile
(The Conference Board of Canada, 4 pages)
The Commercialization Skills Profile (CSP) isolates the unique contribution that an individual’s skills, attitudes, and behaviours make to an organization’s commercialization performance.

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Culture and Innovation: The Secret Sauce
(Report 45 pages, November 2013)
Innovative organizational culture needs to be directly managed if Canadian companies want to improve their innovation performance. Find out how in this report, which provides a framework and suggests effective managerial approaches.

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Metrics for Firm-Level Business Innovation in Canada
(Report, 62 pages, December 2013)
This report shows the value of measurement-based management of firm-level innovation by analyzing metrics usage in Canadian industry. It provides framework-based methodologies for using balanced metric portfolios that help enhance corporate performance.

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The Private Equity Experience of Canadian Business
(Report, 40 pages, November 2013)
Innovative organizational culture needs to be directly managed if Canadian companies want to improve their innovation performance. Find out how in this report, which provides a framework and suggests effective managerial approaches.

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Metropolitan Outlook 1: Economic Insights into 13 Canadian Metropolitan Economies: Autumn 2013
(Report, 82 pages, September 2013)
This publication focuses on the metropolitan economies of Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa-Gatineau, Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria.

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Realizing the Potential: Priority Investments in Saskatchewan’s First Nations and Métis People
(Report, 51 pages, September 2013)
Aboriginal people—especially youth—have tremendous potential to contribute to Saskatchewan’s economy. However, unless something is done to improve high school completion and school-to-work transitions, this potential will simply not be realized.

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Canada as a Global Leader: Delivering Value through Public-Private Partnerships at Home and Abroad
(Report, 70 pages, August 2013)
How are private-private partnerships (P3) in Canada faring? Both the benefits and drawbacks of P3 procurement are examined, as well as the potential for creating export opportunities for Canadian companies.

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Telecommunications and Broadband Connectivity
(Report, 77 pages, August 2013)
This report maps long-term options for Canada’s Northern connectivity landscape. In 2013, the immediate concern for Northern stakeholders-both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal-is to develop critical connectivity infrastructure that is reliable, scalable, and supportive of locally affordable services. In going forward, careful attention must equally be paid to developing multistakeholder partnerships that will mature and endure beyond immediate infrastructure concerns.

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2012 Survey Findings: The State of Firm-Level Innovation in Canada
(Report, 44 pages, July 2013)
By analyzing the current state of Canadian firm-level business innovation, this report provides a better understanding of the business strategies, innovations, and challenges for identifying ways to enhance Canadian innovation performance.

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The Mother Teresa Middle School: Supporting Regina’s Vulnerable Youth
(Briefing, 5 pages, June 2013)
This report looks at Mother Teresa Middle School’s innovative program to support North Central Regina’s vulnerable youth in middle school, through high school, post-secondary education and employment.

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Green Machine: Financing Growth in the New Saskatchewan
(Report, 37 pages, June 2013)
This report considers Saskatchewan’s investment capital needs over the next 20 years. It analyzes the nature of those needs and associated financing.

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How Canada Performs 2013: A Report Card on Canada
(Executive Summary, 14 pages, May 2013)
This report focuses on innovation finance, from the perspectives of investors and established, innovative businesses. It discusses the tools and metrics innovators need to use to attract investors.

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Immigrants and Innovation: How to Measure the Return on Your Investment in Immigrants as Innovators
(Executive Action, 15 pages, March 2013)
This executive action makes the case that immigrant employees, through their innovative capacities, are an investment that can generate a measurable return.

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Financing Innovation by Established Businesses in Canada
(Report, 52 pages, January 2013)
This report focuses on innovation finance, from the perspectives of investors and established, innovative businesses. It discusses the tools and metrics innovators need to use to attract investors.

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The Future of Mining in Canada’s North
(Report, 92 pages, January 2013)
This report discusses a number of important factors, and their interrelationship, that must be considered to ensure that both the positive and negative impacts of mining projects are fully understood.

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The Influence of Immigrants on Trade Diversification in Saskatchewan
(Briefing, 9 pages, April 2013)
Building on previous studies that have analyzed the effects of immigration on trade at a national level, this briefing examines the impact of immigrants at the provincial level, using Saskatchewan’s trade as an example.

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Framing Sustainable Options for Housing in Canada’s North
(Report, 81 pages, December 2012)
What kind of houses should we be building in the North? This research report provides case studies and six key recommendations relative to the housing issue in Northern Canada.

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What Might Canada’s Future Exports Look Like?
(Briefing, 18 pages, November 2012)
This study examines the long-term growth path for Canadian exports to our major trading partners: the United States, the United Kingdom, the eurozone, Japan, China, India, Mexico, and Brazil.

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Fuel for Thought: The Economic Benefits of Oil Sands Investment for Canada’s Regions
(Report, 83 pages, October 2012)
Hundreds of billions are expected to be invested in Canada’s oil sands in the next 25 years. This reports reveals how Canada’s regions will likely benefit from the economic opportunities.

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Compensation Challenges for Natural Resource Companies
(Briefing, 8 pages, August 2012)
This briefing discusses three key challenges—retention, pay for performance, and long-term focus—that natural resource companies face in recruiting, retaining, and motivating talent. It offers some possible approaches for addressing these challenges.

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Addressing Chronic Diseases: The Regina Food Bank
(Briefing, 8 pages, August 2012)
This profile spotlights the efforts of a type of organization not traditionally viewed as a central part of the solution to chronic disease prevention and management—the Regina Food Bank.

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Fuelling the Surge: The University of Regina’s Role in Saskatchewan’s Growth
(July 2012, The Conference Board of Canada)
This report was prepared under the direction of Diana MacKay, Director, Education, Health and Immigration. Michael Bloom, Vice-President, Organizational Effectiveness and Learning provided strategic advice and oversight. The primary author was Jessica Brichta. Michael Bloom, Caitlin Charman, Ryan Godfrey, Michael Grant, and Diana MacKay made Conference Board staff contributions to the report. Marie-Christine Bernard, Michael Burt, Donna Burnett-Vachon, Len Coad, Mario Lefebvre, Dan Munro, Matthew Stewart, Hitomi Suzuta, and Douglas Watt conducted internal Conference Board reviews.

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Understanding the Value, Challenges, and Opportunities of Engaging Métis, Inuit, and First Nations Workers
(Report, 46 pages, July 2012)
This report discusses the challenges and opportunities that Canadian employers face when engaging Aboriginal workers. It offers strategies that employers can pursue to improve the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal employees.


Reference Documents

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Saskatchewan Institute: Research Plan
(April 2014, The Conference Board of Canada)
The Saskatchewan Institute is a multi-year initiative of The Conference Board of Canada that focuses exclusively on issues relevant to Saskatchewan. It brings together the Conference Board’s full range of expertise in economic analysis and forecasting, public policy research, and organizational performance to address themes of leadership, governance, innovation, competitiveness, and more.

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Saskatchewan Institute: Conference Board Research Relating to Saskatchewan
(August 2013, The Conference Board of Canada)
This document provides a summary of selected economic reports and research publications that provide value to organizations and leaders interested in Saskatchewan.

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Saskatchewan Forum 2014—Summary
(May 2014, The Conference Board of Canada)
Building on the momentum generated by the previous two events, the Saskatchewan Forum 2014 focused on innovation. Forward-thinking leaders from a variety of sectors presented provocative ideas and action items designed to drive future growth and prosperity.

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Saskatchewan Forum 2013—Summary
(May 2013, The Conference Board of Canada)
The second annual Saskatchewan Forum took place in Saskatoon. This year’s key themes included investing in cities and communities and managing the relationship with China.

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Saskatchewan Forum 2012—Summary
(May 2012, The Conference Board of Canada)
The Saskatchewan Forum is an annual flagship conference taking place each May in the province. The Forum gathers leaders to consider the key issues affecting Saskatchewan’s future prosperity, and it is closely associated with the Conference Board’s Saskatchewan Institute.

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Who’s Thinking it Through in Saskatchewan: A Directory of Organizations
(January 2013, The Conference Board of Canada)
This directory is a compilation of selected organizations involved in conducting research on issues related to Saskatchewan’s future. It lists organizations, both inside and outside Saskatchewan, of significant size and scope that are engaged in conducting research on issues of importance to Saskatchewan’s future.


Presentations

Social and Economic Update for Saskatchewan and Regina—Housing in the Thick of It
Diana MacKay, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Institute
October 21, 2014

Innovation Skills Workshop
Douglas Watt, Director, Industry and Business Strategy 
November 26, 2013

Saskatchewan’s Economic Outlook: Solid Long-Term Prospects
Pedro Antunes, Director, National and Provincial Forecasting
September 19, 2013

Delivering Value through Public-Private Partnerships
Vijay Gill, Director, Policy Research
September 24, 2013

Framing Sustainable Housing Options for Canada’s North
Dr. Siomonn Pulla, Senior Research Associate
June 12, 2013

The Saskatchewan Economic Outlook: Full Speed Ahead
Glen Hodgson, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist
May 14, 2013

Saskatchewan: The Social Outlook
Dr. Michael Bloom, Vice-President, Organizational Effectiveness and Learning
May 14, 2013

Saskatchewan’s Opportunity to Achieve Competitive Advantage in Financing Urban Infrastructure
Mario Lefebvre, Director, Centre for Municipal Studies
May 15, 2013

Municipalities: Nearly Flat Broke To Face New Challenges
Mario Lefebvre, Director, Centre for Municipal Studies
January 24, 2013

Everybody Takes a Breather at Some Point
Mario Lefebvre, Director, Centre for Municipal Studies
November 8, 2012


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