Leadership Perspectives

Podcast series

Get closer to our work with The Conference Board of Canada’s Leadership Perspectives series. Each episode, we sit down with senior Conference Board leaders and researchers to discuss issues that affect Canadians. Topics include economics, education, sustainability, HR, and Indigenous and Northern perspectives.

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Episode 9

Inching back from economic recession during a pandemic

COVID-19 is a costly global challenge. How can Canada safely boost its economy in the continued presence of a pandemic? Chief Economist Pedro Antunes explains issues around the CERB benefit, universal basic income, and consumer confidence.

Read Pedro Antunes’s op-ed “Economic recovery in the time of COVID” originally published in The Hill Times on July 15, 2020.

Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Pedro Antunes

Pedro Antunes

Chief Economist

Episode 8

Travel and tourism during COVID-19

Should I stay or should I go? Many Canadians are putting travel plans on hold this summer due to social distancing orders, border closings, and air travel restrictions. Researcher Jennifer Hendry and economist Robyn Gibbard explain The Conference Board of Canada’s travel outlook.

Check out the research: Should I stay or should I go? Travel intentions during a pandemic (Website, May 5, 2020)

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Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Jennifer Hendry and Robyn Gibbard

Jennifer Hendry

Senior Research Associate

Robyn Gibbard

Senior Economist

Episode 7

Automation and occupational mobility

What makes workers vulnerable to automation, and which jobs are at risk? How has COVID-19 changed our views of “high-risk, low-mobility” roles? Innovation and Technology Research Associate Darren Gresch explains how technological innovations are changing Canada’s occupational landscape.

Check out the report: Bracing for Automation: What Are Canada’s Most Vulnerable Jobs? (Website, May 28, 2020)

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Darren Gresch

Darren Gresch

Research Associate

Episode 6

Economic forecasting during a global crisis

How do you forecast the future when the future’s in flux? Our Economic Forecasting team’s associate directors reflect on the changing story of COVID-19—and how they pivoted to rewrite a nationwide outlook, one province at a time.

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Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Alicia Macdonald and Todd Crawford

Alicia Macdonald

Associate Director

Todd Crawford

Associate Director

Episode 5

Sustainable finance and Canada’s world-leading potential

Canada has the chance to become a leader in sustainable finance—but we’re not there yet. Sustainability Director Roger Francis explains how two factors—effective disclosure and trustworthy data—are the key to making Canada’s sustainable finance ecosystem a reality.

Check out the report: A Chance to Lead: Overcoming Barriers to Sustainable Finance (Issue briefing, April 24, 2020)

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Focus Area—Sustainability

Roger Francis

Roger Francis

Director, Sustainability

Episode 4

Employers’ plans and pivots during COVID-19

Human Capital Director Allison Cowan takes us behind the scenes of our popular HR survey series, Working Through COVID-19, with a spotlight on returning to work.

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Focus Area—Human Resources

Allison Cowan

Allison Cowan

Director, Human Capital

Episode 3

Indigenous communities’ responses to COVID-19

Indigenous communities are navigating COVID-19 with traditional skills and ingenuity. But is local-level resilience enough? Indigenous and Northern Communities Director Stefan Fournier takes us through the unique challenges and risks these groups are facing, and what they’re doing from coast to coast to help their most vulnerable citizens.

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Focus Area—Indigenous & Northern Communities

Stefan Fournier

Stefan Fournier

Director, Indigenous & Northern Communities

Episode 2

Our brave new social and emotional world

It’s hard to teach soft skills. Education and Skills Director Matt McKean explains how social and emotional skills are key to surviving and thriving this pandemic together. We also look at how Canadian employers and educators can foster social and emotional skills development—both now and post-COVID-19.

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Focus Area—Education & Skills

Matthew McKean

Dr. Matthew McKean

Director, Education & Skills

Episode 1

Cybersecurity and the global supply chain

Thanks to the security of our supply chains, Canadians can still access vital goods and technologies during COVID-19. But what happens when part of that chain breaks down from a cyber attack? Our Innovation & Technology Director Harry Sharma explains how the global pandemic is highlighting cyber vulnerabilities along our global supply chains.

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Harry Sharma

Harry Sharma

Director, Innovation & Technology


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