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Canada 2030: The Defining Forces Disrupting Business

The Conference Board of Canada, 88 pages, August 15, 2018
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We produced this report to help Canadian businesses and investors understand and manage the disrupting forces likely to affect organizations over the next decade.

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We produced this report to help Canadian businesses and investors understand the disrupting forces likely to affect organizations over the next decade. Canada 2030: The Defining Forces Disrupting Business encourages readers to address the risks associated with the disruptions ahead and capitalize on the opportunities they may bring. Ten overarching trends are explored in detail, using findings from government institutions, independent think-tanks, non-profits, consulting firms, academic institutions, and other professional organizations. The ten trends (chapters 2 to 11) include demographic shifts; urbanization; Indigenous reconciliation; climate change; natural capital constraints; technological advances; economic uncertainty; public policy; changing values and expectations; and health and diet. The report concludes with a list of resources to find the tools, insights, and best practices to help one’s organization respond to, leverage, or influence the trends identified in this report.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Introduction

  • Methodology
  • Organization of the Report

Chapter 2—Demographic Shifts

  • A Growing Population
  • An Aging Population
  • Greater Immigration

Chapter 3—Urbanization

  • Growing Urban Populations
  • Reduced Service Provisions in Rural Areas
  • An Increasing Need for Infrastructure Investment
  • The Growth of “Smart Cities”
  • Greater Densification
  • Cleaner, Greener Cities

Chapter 4—Indigenous Reconciliation

  • The Enduring Legacy of Policies, Legislation, and Injustice
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action
  • The Importance of Reconciliation Moving Forward

Chapter 5—Climate Change

  • The World Mobilizes to Tackle Climate Change
  • The Impacts of Climate Change Will Be Felt Across Canada
  • Rising Expectations for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures
  • Increasing Fossil Fuel Divestment
  • Implementing the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change

Chapter 6—Natural Capital Constraints

  • Increasing Water Scarcity
  • Ecosystem Decline and Loss of Biodiversity
  • A Growing Circular Economy
  • Growth in Renewable Energy and Clean-Tech

Chapter 7—Technological Advances

  • Artificial Intelligence: Making Science Fiction a Reality
  • A Growing Sharing Economy
  • A Surge in the Number of IoT-Connected Devices
  • The Widespread Adoption of 3D Printing
  • The Rising Use of Cryptocurrencies
  • Increasing Job Losses Resulting From Robotic Automation
  • Growing Cyber Security Risks

Chapter 8—Economic Uncertainty

  • The Continuing Economic Power Shift
  • Rising Financial Inequality
  • Increasing Female Economic Empowerment
  • Greater Consumer Debt and Financial Vulnerability

Chapter 9—Public Policy

  • New Trading Agreements and a Growth in Canadian Exports
  • The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
  • Growing Public Debt

Chapter 10—Changing Values and Expectations

  • Generation Z’s Coming of Age
  • Growth in E-Commerce Disrupting the Retail Sector
  • Calls for Greater Corporate Transparency
  • The Rise of Purpose-Driven Business

Chapter 11—Health and Diet

  • Greater Obesity and Incidence of Lifestyle Diseases
  • The Rising Cost of Mental Illness
  • A Surge in Superbugs
  • Diets Higher in Local, Organic, Plant-Based Foods

Chapter 12—Conclusion

Appendix A—Resources

Appendix B—Bibliography

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