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Missing in Action

The average Canadian worker was off the job for almost two full work weeks in 2011. These absences ranged from time off for minor illnesses to longer-term leaves of absence, and cost the Canadian economy an estimated $16.6 billion in 2012. Despite the cost of absenteeism, our study found that fewer than half of Canadian organizations currently track employee absences.


Canada’s Competitiveness

Canada ranks 14th overall, for the second consecutive year, in the 2013–14 Global Competitiveness Report. The Conference Board of Canada analyzed the Canadian results and found that the situation is growing even worse when it comes to several important factors.

Five Years Later, What Did We Learn From the Financial Crisis?

Five years after the 2008 financial crisis, the global economy is finally beginning to behave in a more normal fashion. So, what did we learn from this painful experience? Timely and coordinated policy intervention can make a huge contribution to economic recovery—but the policy reform agenda is far from finished.

Priority Investments in Saskatchewan’s First Nations and Métis People

Increasing the rate of high school graduation among Saskatchewan’s First Nations and Métis populations and helping them transition to work will be a key determinant of the future success of the province, according to a new report by the Conference Board’s Saskatchewan Institute.

Take the Survey: Boosting Innovation Through Immigration

Are immigrants making Canada more innovative? The contribution of immigrants as entrepreneurs and innovators is the focus of research work currently under way at the Conference Board. Our research will examine the challenges and opportunities immigrants face in starting a business and evaluate the impact immigrant entrepreneurs have on the Canadian economy. If you are an immigrant to Canada and have started a business, have your voice heard by completing our short confidential survey.

Sustainability of Canada’s Health Care System

Health care now accounts for more than 40 per cent of provincial expenditures. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, health spending in 2011 was more than $200 billion. On October 30 and 31, the Conference Board’s Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care will be holding its 3rd Wellness and Sustainable Health Summit to explore solutions to Canada’s greatest health challenges. André Picard, public health reporter for The Globe and Mail and the chair of the Summit, started the conversation with a live Twitter chat on September 10.

Canada’s North Summit 2013

Our Centre for the North will be hosting its second Northern Summit in Whitehorse on October 15–17 to explore the region’s major challenges and opportunities. This year, we’ll feature success stories from communities, businesses, governments, and other organizations across the North. If you would like to get the latest analysis on Canada’s Northern policies and initiatives, network with key policy-makers, industry representatives, and Aboriginal organizations operating in the North, then join us for North Summit 2013.

CBoC Highlights

Michael Bloom, Vice-President of Organizational Effectiveness and Learning at The Conference Board of Canada, participated in a live video chat with Globe and Mail editor Christina Varga and Douglas Williamson, CEO of The Beacon Group. The focus of the September 12 chat was on how Canada could become a more innovative and technological powerhouse.

On September 26, Satyamoorthy Kabilan, the Conference Board’s Director of National Security and Strategic Foresight, was interviewed on CTV News Channel on the reasons why Canadians get involved in overseas conflict.

In This Issue

  • Missing in Action
  • Canada’s Competitiveness
  • Five Years Later, What Did We Learn From the Financial Crisis?
  • Priority Investments in Saskatchewan’s First Nations and Métis People
  • Take the Survey: Boosting Innovation Through Immigration
  • Sustainability of Canada’s Health Care System
  • Canada’s North Summit 2013

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