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Leadership in Conservation across Canada

This 60 minute recorded webinar explores both the conditions for and the details about Indigenous-led approaches to conservation in Canada. Valerie Courtois, Director of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative presents the Indigenous Leadership Initiative, their work that includes land use planning, Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and Indigenous stewardship approaches such as Guardians.

Recorded Webinar | January 2020 | The Conference Board of Canada

Why Canada’s Arctic Matters

“There is a critical imperative for Canadian, Alaskan, and Greenlandic stakeholders to work together to get out in front and lead development in the North American Arctic for the benefit of northerners and their countries. Finding the means for financing that development is crucial. Arctic360’s Infrastructure Investment Analysis will be a major contribution towards that goal.“

Hear from and speak with Arctic360’s CEO, Jessica Shadian, and its Executive Director, Madeleine Redfern, as they explain how a failure to control and invest in our own northern regions could result in non-Arctic countries owning public infrastructure and major developments in the country’s arctic regions. The world tends to look at the North through two competing lenses: as a largely untapped source of resources to be exploited; or as romanticized landscape to be left untouched and untrammeled. But neither lens genuinely considers what northerners want or need, nor how development should be pursued to the benefit of these regions. Therefore, Ottawa, Washington, Nuuk and Copenhagen need to strategically support and facilitate investments that benefit northerners and countries of the North American Arctic.

Recorded Webinar | November 2019 | The Conference Board of Canada

Tipping the Scales: Assessing Carbon Competitiveness and Leakage Potential for Canada’s EITEIs

Carbon pricing has both benefits and undesirable consequences (e.g., carbon leakage). This report provides a data-driven approach to further understand this important cross-cutting policy issue in Canada’s context.

Report | 70 pages | November 2019 | Carlos A. Murillo | The Conference Board of Canada

Supports for Success: Indigenous Entrepreneurs in Canada’s Northern and Remote Communities

Entrepreneurs in Canada’s remote communities represent a potentially vital catalyst for local innovation and community economic development. There are many sources of funding, technical advice, and support available to Canadian Northern and Indigenous people who wish to start a business in their community; however, they are provided via a complex web of local, regional, national (and sometimes international) public, private, and Indigenous organizations.

This 60-minute recorded webinar focuses on recent research by The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for the North (CFN) and its Centre for Business Innovation (CBI), in addition to highlighting some of the work undertaken on Indigenous entrepreneurship by the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO). The webinar highlights the challenges and opportunities facing existing and aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs in Northern and remote Canada, as well as the ecosystems of support programs and services available to them. The webinar will also draw on the expertise and work of CESO in order to demonstrate the importance of market access as a key component to supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs. It will feature a discussion of lessons learned as well as best-practices that have helped to facilitate market access for Northern and remote Indigenous-led businesses through CESO’S comprehensive mentorship program.

Recorded Webinar | October 2019 | The Conference Board of Canada

Canadian CIO Outlook 2018–19: Understanding CIO Role Effectiveness

The Conference Board of Canada’s annual Canadian CIO Outlook identifies past, current, and future strategic priorities for senior IT executives within Canada.

Report | 19 pages | May 2019 | Darren Gresch | The Conference Board of Canada

Improving Noncollege Pathways to Skills and Successful Careers

This report looks at three tools to better serve students whose initial entry into the workforce will not necessarily include a traditional college degree.

Report | 28 pages | May 2019 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Northern Development in Australia and Canada: National Narratives, Myths and Outcomes

This recorded webinar explores economic development in Northern and remote Canada through the lens of an international comparison. In understanding how the narrative, myths and outcomes have played-out with respect to Northern development in Australia, participants will compare and contrast the manner in which development has unfolded in Northern Canada.

Presenters focus on the social-political history of Northern development discourse and formation in Australia, with some light comparison to Canada. In particular, they speak to the creation and continual reinvigoration of the ‘Grand Narrative’ for Northern development, one which is surprisingly consistent across time, both in its substance and generally poor outcomes. This grand narrative has also focused on Indigenous development aspirations (in all their diversity), and their implications for the State.

This webinar provides an opportunity for participants to learn from the shared and contrasting experiences that Australia and Canada have had with respect to Northern development, and to discuss options and opportunities for improved outcomes going forward.

Recorded Webinar | March 2019 | The Conference Board of Canada

Going Local: Changing Global Value Chains and the Impact on Revenue and Jobs

Manufacturing producers are shifting away from foreign suppliers of inputs toward more local ones, choosing to “go local.” Data confirms the trend is a clear departure from the heydays of outsourcing: the share of local value added is now increasing in mature economies.

Report | 18 pages | March 2019 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Rural and Remote Power Generation: A Case Study of Energy Systems Integration in Xeni Gwet’in Community

Up to 300 remote communities spread across Canada have no connection to the North American electrical grid or its natural gas distribution pipelines. For the 200,000 persons living in these off-grid communities, obtaining access to affordable electricity is a constant challenge. These communities include indigenous settlements, villages or cities, as well as commercial outposts and camps for mining, fishing, and forestry activities. These communities rely mostly on locally generated electricity, usually supplied by expensive fossil-fuel generators. The situation inhibits the economic growth of these communities and can lead to adverse environmental impacts, leaving them vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

In the context of identifying unique cross-cutting solutions that can enable a clean energy growth economy in Canada’s rural and remote communities, this recorded webinar highlights the example of Xeni Gwet’in. This indigenous community in south-central British Columbia, has developed leading-edge solar, hydrocarbon fuels, and battery storage energy systems integration technology that is delivering cleaner, affordable and reliable electricity to inhabitants.

Recorded Webinar | February 2019 | The Conference Board of Canada

Solutions to Sustain Canada’s Labour Force

Canada’s most dominant cohort, the baby boomers, are retiring in droves. As such, Canada will see a significant restructuring of its labour market in the decades to come and is at risk of seeing its labour force shrink if it does not take proactive measures to grow it. Canada’s main measure has been to welcome immigrants which has resulted in immigration accounting for some 90 per cent of its labour force growth in recent years.

However, there are other solutions to sustain labour force growth; namely, by boosting the labour force participation rates of under-represented groups such as Indigenous peoples. Drawing upon a new Conference Board of Canada study, this webinar will discuss the trajectory of Canada’s labour force growth in the coming decades. What will it look like and how would different scenarios (weak vs. modest labour force growth) affect real GDP growth? The webinar will also forecast the drivers of labour force growth (Canadian school leavers and immigration). It will conclude with a discussion on how technological change (e.g., automation and artificial intelligence) might impact Canada’s future labour force needs.

Recorded Webinar | January 2019 | Kareem El-Assal | The Conference Board of Canada

Catalyzing energy efficiency in Canada

Since the early 1970s, energy efficiency (EE) has been recognized as the most relevant mechanism to optimize the way we meet our energy needs. For the last 25 years, EE has also been identified as a favoured approach to fighting climate change. The introduction of EE building codes, standards and labels, and energy performance contracting schemes are but a few initiatives developed in Canada over the past 40 years.

Canada’s energy sector is overseen by provincial or territorial regulators, which means there are as many distinct legal and regulatory frameworks as there are provinces and territories.

This 60 minute webinar will take a close look at the history and current state of the EE sector across Canada. A quick overview of each province’s or territory’s history related to the EE sector and how legal and institutional frameworks have evolved will enable participants to understand the key success factors supporting the development of the EE field.

A number of case studies will be discussed featuring utilities, non-profits and private associations highlighting key success factors and innovative initiatives. Major players featured in the case studies include: Energy Efficiency Alberta (which has contributed to the fastest CDM market growth in Canada over the past year), Efficiency One (the first electric-utility-operated EE firm in Canada); the Atmospheric Fund (innovative financing mechanism to invest in urban solutions to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution), and the IESO (which has put capacity-building at the core of its CDM initiatives).

Recorded Webinar | November 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Canadian Entrepreneur Immigration: Opportunities, Challenges, and the Path Forward

While Canada’s immigrant intake will climb to 340,000 by 2020, the intake of entrepreneurs has declined significantly in recent decades due to the many challenges that Canada has faced. Today, the provinces and territories lead Canada’s efforts to welcome immigrant entrepreneurs, but they tend to allocate no more than 10 per cent of their total PNP allocations towards entrepreneurs. Among those entrepreneurs that do to arrive to Canada, the chances of them succeeding are low due to the various economic and social challenges that they experience and limitations in the entrepreneur programs themselves.

The Conference Board of Canada is currently conducting a major national study evaluating the latest trends, issues, and opportunities for federal and provincial entrepreneur programs across Canada. The study will also suggest new entrepreneur program ideas. Kareem El-Assal will share the Conference Board’s findings as he outlines innovative ways that Canada can improve its programs moving forward. This will include discussion on aligning entrepreneur programming with economic development priorities, improving selection criteria, reducing processing times, and better predicting the success of immigrant entrepreneurs. He will also be available to answer any questions that you may have.

Recorded Webinar | November 2018 | Kareem El-Assal | The Conference Board of Canada

Designing for Wellbeing: Promoting Healthy Community Living Through Design

We may be living longer, but are we living better? In 2017, Canada spent an estimated $242 billion on health care. Health and well-being are two factors that can impact quality of life. Well-being is a complex concept because it is influenced by myriad social, environmental, economic, cultural, and political factors. Across all, reduced access to resources or exposure to adverse challenges can compromise individual well-being.

Increasing interest among stakeholders is impacting design decisions that foster health, vitality, and wellbeing. Indeed, the design of our built environment impacts our health and wellbeing, with potentially long-term consequences on quality of life.

Research has established clear connections between the built environment and aspects of health and wellness. To support well-being and promote healthier lifestyle choices, community design features can be used to encourage individuals to engage in physical activity, adopt prosocial behaviour, and eat nutritious food.

To provide insight into how the built environment influences well-being, The Conference Board of Canada partnered with DIALOG to publish Community Wellbeing: A Framework for the Design Professions. The goal of this work was to create a framework that design professionals, including urban planners, architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and engineers, could use to understand and leverage this thinking into their work from conception to evaluation.

Recorded Webinar | October 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy 2018: Emerging Technologies and Strategies,

This report identifies and discusses key takeaways extracted from the Conference Board's Technology and Innovation Policy 2018: Emerging Technologies and Strategies event that was held in Toronto on April 25, 2018.

Report | 36 pages | October 2018 | Darren Gresch | The Conference Board of Canada

Health Care Aware: Understanding Pharmaceutical Costs and Pricing Webinar

The retail price paid for pharmaceuticals is a result of several different inputs, few of which are well understood by consumers. Pharmacy mark-ups are especially elusive, as they can vary across several variables such as location (i.e. the province and territory where the drug is dispensed), drug coverage under public or private insurance, cash paying without coverage or whether the drug is considered a specialty medication.

Recorded Webinar | October 2018 | Isabelle Gagnon-Arpin | The Conference Board of Canada

The Evolving Landscape of Crown-Indigenous Resource Revenue Sharing Arrangements in Canada: Where Are We Headed?

On May 3, 2018, the Province of Ontario announced that it had signed resource revenue sharing (RRS) agreements with 32 participating First Nations communities. Under these agreements, the Province will share a defined portion of the tax collected from existing and future mining and forestry operations.

The agreements in Ontario highlight the fact that RRS is an evolving part of the Canadian natural resource landscape. Governments have, in some instances reluctantly, come to appreciate its relevance and presence in the sector. Companies, for the most part, are eager for the higher level of certainty that comes from formal Crown agreements with Indigenous communities and the clarification of financial arrangements. RRS can work to ensure Indigenous communities receive community benefits from development on their traditional territories, providing own source revenue that may in turn be used to support important community objectives.

This 90 minute webinar will explore RRS though the perspectives and interests of industry and Indigenous organizations. It will review the recently concluded agreements in Ontario, what they encompass and what remains to be done, in addition to situating them within the broader Canadian context surrounding RRS.

Recorded Webinar | October 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Benefits of Early Optimized Treatment for Depression

With workplace mental health and wellness receiving increased attention, there has been interest in examining the effects of early treatment for patients with depression. There is a body of evidence that points to early optimized treatment providing the greatest opportunity for achieving full functional recovery.

Unfortunately, there are many stages at which a person with depression can experience a delay in receiving optimal treatment. These begin even before encountering the health system as many people do not seek treatment for depression at all. When they do, depression severity can also have an impact on the treatment they receive. And even if a minimally adequate level of treatment is received, many individuals fail to achieve adequate response or subsequently relapse.

This 60-recorded webinar with Greg Sutherland explores the potential economic benefits of overcoming some of these obstacles.

Recorded Webinar | September 2018 | Greg Sutherland | The Conference Board of Canada

Understanding the Potential of Blockchain: A Focus on Privacy and Security

Drawing of multifaceted chain links with 1s and 0s behind it

Blockchain technology is becoming more popular as individuals and enterprises are starting to understand the opportunities that come with it. As we enter into a more data reliant world, transparency, trace-ability and security are just a few advantages that blockchain can provide. We are seeing blockchain transform the supply chain industry, store important information such as medical records, and even transform the way in which the financial systems work.

Recorded Webinar | August 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Value-Based Procurement of Innovative Medicines: Lessons from Five Cases

Rising health care costs are driving governments, health care professionals, insurance companies, and other stakeholders to find new ways to maintain or increase quality of care while keeping costs as manageable as possible. Value-based procurement (VBP) of innovative medicines is a promising model to achieve this.

Recorded Webinar | June 2018 | Darren Gresch | The Conference Board of Canada

The Perfect Storm: Solutions to the Growing Health Human Resource Crisis

Today in Canada there are more people aged 65 and over than there are 14 years and younger. This statistic, combined with an aging workforce, low-recruitment rates, high incidence of burnout and injury, and funding challenges, leaves Canada’s seniors care sector facing a serious health human resource crisis.

Seniors today are living at home longer, arriving at long-term care homes later, and with more complex health issues than ever before. However, with key investments to ensure retention among health care professionals, as well as a robust recruiting process will ensure that Canada is able to secure the next generation of continuing care workers.

Recorded Webinar | May 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

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