Drawing on a wide range of Conference Board research, this 60 minute webinar will examine how Canada fared this year, highlighting our strengths and weaknesses. We will outline some strategies that governments, businesses, and post-secondary institutions can take to improve Canada’s competitiveness performance.
This webinar will:
- Outline the foundations of Canada’s competitiveness;
- Explain why Canada continues to lag behind peer countries on its business sophistication and innovation performance;
- Highlight some of the challenges and benefits of doing business in Canada;
- Examine how Canada’s competitiveness performance has changed over time.
Douglas Watt is the Director of Research in the Industry and Business Strategy Group at The Conference Board of Canada. Douglas has been with the Conference Board for close to fifteen years and has focused much of his research efforts on skills for productivity, workforce capacity, workplace learning and development, and organizational effectiveness. He has published over 50 reports, case studies, issue statements and articles.
Dr. Jessica Edge is a Senior Research Associate in Industry and Business Strategy at the Conference Board of Canada. Jessica is involved in both the Conference Board’s Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education and Centre for Business Innovation. She has conducted research on managing innovation, developing innovation talent, the most problematic factors for doing business in Canada, the innovation capacity of Canadian firms, preparing PhDs for diverse careers, challenges and opportunities for Aboriginal workers, and food issues. Jessica coordinates the Canadian component of the World Economic Forum’s Executive Opinion Survey.