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 23

How Recent Trade Agreements Are Regulating the Digital Economy with Matt Malone

Canada is a trading nation. Throughout our history, trade has been one of the foundations of our economy. Equally important has been to establish rules for international trade. This episode we hear how trade agreement commitments are shaping Canada’s ability to regulate the digital economy. Matt Malone, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law at Thompson Rivers University talks about how recent trade agreements are shaping the digital economy, often before domestic governments have acted with their own laws and regulations in pertinent areas.

He cautions that as Canada seeks to revamp law and policy for the digital economy, a growing risk area is divergence between our international obligations and our domestic laws and policies. In particular, he notes trade secrets are the go-to intellectual property for algorithms, data, and secret processes and formulas, but Canada’s law, policy, and enforcement in this area are uncertain and weak, even as trade agreements impose requirements for stricter regulation and enforcement. Ultimately, Matt calls on Canada to adopt a proactive approach that contemplates the impact of such provisions in trade agreements on its domestic law and policy goals.

Read the research, Connecting the Dots: How Recent Trade Agreements Are Regulating the Digital Economy

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Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Matt Malone

Matt Malone

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University

Making Sense of Data with Tableau #5

Carolyn Loh on Driving Customer Value Through Analytics

Of course, analytics helps the internal operations and management of an organization but how is that, in turn, helping their customers? In this final episode of our five-part series on data analytics, Carolyn Loh talks with host Takara Small about how data analytics can help deepen relationships with customers, and how to better communicate to the public about how data analytics can actually benefit them.

This is the fifth episode of Making Sense of Data, a mini-series from Tableau and The Conference Board of Canada.

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Carolyn Loh

Carolyn Loh

VP Analytics & Insights, AcuityAds Inc.

Making Sense of Data with Tableau #4

Tamara Augsten on Fostering a Citizen Driven Analytics Culture

Organizations often struggle with fostering a data and analytics culture to the detriment of their analytics programs. In this fourth episode of our five-part series on data analytics, Tamara Augsten talks with host Takara Small about her work with data visualization and how organizations can build a culture that makes workers excited to engage in data analytics.

This is the fourth episode of Making Sense of Data, a mini-series from Tableau and The Conference Board of Canada.

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Tamara Augsten

Tamara Augsten

Senior Systems Integrator (Data Visualization), Toronto Public Health, City of Toronto

Making Sense of Data with Tableau #3

Maxime Cohen on Becoming a Data Driven, Innovative Organization

Analytics has a major role in enabling innovation-induced growth among small and medium sized businesses, allowing them to scale-up rapidly. In this third episode of our five-part series on data analytics, Maxime Cohen talks with host Takara Small about the necessary steps for managers and owners to jump into the data analytics space, as well why small and medium sized organizations cannot afford to ignore data analytics.

This is the third episode of Making Sense of Data, a mini-series from Tableau and The Conference Board of Canada.

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Maxime Cohen

Maxime Cohen

Scale AI Chair Professor and Co-director, Retail Innovation Lab, McGill University; Chief AI Officer, ELNA Medical

Episode 22

HR Trends and the Canadian Workforce Outlook with Lauren Florko

The last two years have changed the way we work and has made us reconsider ways of working, both from an employer and an employee point-of-view. While we know things have changed, data on how this is impacting workplaces is still quite sparse. This episode we hear how the Conference Board of Canada’s Human Capital team is working to fill in the gaps in HR trends and metrics.

We explore: what’s really happening with Canada’s “great resignation”; how to approach employee engagement; why some companies are adjusting their engagement strategies to deal with current and future challenges; and how where you work (remote, onsite or hybrid) is impacting these key metrics. These trends provide critical insights into the workforce and workplace of the future.

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Focus Area—Human Resources

Lauren Florko

Lauren Florko

Senior Research Associate, The Conference Board of Canada

Making Sense of Data with Tableau #2

Vanitha Lucas on Data for Good

Governments, businesses, non-profits, and academia have tremendous potential to use data to help move forward on their sustainable development goals to make the world a better place. In this second episode of our five-part series on data analytics, Vanitha Lucas talks with host Takara Small about how data can be used to promote social change and what problems data can help solve.

This is the second episode of Making Sense of Data, a mini-series from Tableau and The Conference Board of Canada.

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Vanitha Lucas

Vanitha Lucas

Customer Success, Tableau

Making Sense of Data with Tableau #1

Ashley Howard Neville on Data Literacy for All

With massive amounts of data generated every day in organizations, knowing what data is, how to analyze it, and how to communicate and share it is becoming an increasingly necessary skill for everyone. In this first episode of our five-part series on data analytics, Ashley Howard Neville talks with host Takara Small about why everyone should care about data literacy as well as what workers can do to help future-proof their careers.

This is the first episode of Making Sense of Data, a mini-series from Tableau and The Conference Board of Canada.

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Ashley Howard Neville

Ashley Howard Neville

Senior Evangelist, Tableau

Levelling Up with TELUS #4

Dr. Helen Hambly on Agriculture’s Digital Divide

Today, farming relies on digital tools as another key input. But is our digital infrastructure up to the needs of modern agriculture? Dr. Helen Hambly of the University of Guelph talks to Keara about the changing needs of agriculture—and how well Canada’s digital backbone is supporting farmers.

Discover more about the digital divide and how TELUS is supporting meaningful change at telus.com/connectingcanada.

This is the fourth episode of Levelling Up, a mini-series from TELUS and The Conference Board of Canada.

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Helen Hambly

Dr. Helen Hambly

Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph

Episode 21

What is digital trade and why does it matter?

Digital trade is booming worldwide, but countries are struggling to define, measure, and track its impact. Swapna Nair discusses the challenges and opportunities Canada has to become a leader in the international sphere (and international standards) of digital trade.

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Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Swapna Nair

Swapna Nair

Senior Economist and the Global Commerce Centre lead, The Conference Board of Canada

Episode 21

What is digital trade and why does it matter?

Digital trade is booming worldwide, but countries are struggling to define, measure, and track its impact. Swapna Nair discusses the challenges and opportunities Canada has to become a leader in the international sphere (and international standards) of digital trade.

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Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Swapna Nair

Swapna Nair

Senior Economist and the Global Commerce Centre lead, The Conference Board of Canada

Beyond the Bounce with PwC Canada #3

Shelley Gilberg and Sarah Marsh on transforming business in the face of climate change

Our climate is changing. How are organizations changing in return? Shelley Gilberg and Sarah Marsh from PwC explain how leading businesses’ net-zero carbon, ESG reporting, and sustainability strategies are evolving for a new world.

This is the final episode of Beyond the Bounce, a three-part mini-series from The Conference Board of Canada and PwC.

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Focus Area—Sustainability

Shelley Gilberg

Shelley Gilberg

ESG Markets & Consulting Leader
PwC Canada

Sarah Marsh

Sarah Marsh

Partner, PwC and
ESG Report & Assurance Leader, PwC Canada

Beyond the Bounce with PwC Canada #2

Jennifer Johnson and Sajith Nair on cybersecurity’s coming of age

Are organizations doing enough to protect their data—and their clients’ trust? PwC cyber risk experts Saj Nair and Jenn Johnson discuss CEO/CIO strategies, budgets, and why simplicity matters.

This is the second episode of Beyond the Bounce, a three-part mini-series from The Conference Board of Canada and PwC. Read the Canadian findings from PwC’s 24th annual CEO Survey.

Privacy, safety, reliability, and fraud:

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

CP&FC Hot Topic Markets Leader
PwC Canada

Sajith Nair

Sajith Nair

Lead, National Cybersecurity, Privacy & Financial Crime
PwC Canada

Levelling Up with TELUS #3

Marco Hafner on telemedicine’s future

What happens when healthcare goes virtual? COVID-19 has ushered in a new era of widespread telemedicine and digital healthcare, but will it last beyond the pandemic? Keara talks to RAND Senior Economist Marco Hafner to understand how Canada can get up to speed in telemedicine—and understand the benefits, barriers, and risks.

Discover more about the digital divide and how TELUS is supporting meaningful change at telus.com/connectingcanada.

This is the third episode of Levelling Up, a mini-series from TELUS and The Conference Board of Canada.

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Focus Area—Health

Marco Hafner

Marco Hafner

Senior Economist,
RAND Corporation

Levelling Up with TELUS #2

Vass Bednar and Robin Shaban on competition in the digital age

Power, prices, and choice: Canada’s Competition Act hasn’t been updated in two decades. What does this mean for digital competition in Canada, and the ways we could bridge the digital divide? Keara talks to two leading researchers for a lively discussion on how Canada’s competition space has changed in the digital age—and what needs to be done to ensure an equitable playing field for all.

Discover more about the digital divide and how TELUS is supporting meaningful change at telus.com/connectingcanada.

This is the second episode of Levelling Up, a mini-series from TELUS and The Conference Board of Canada.

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Vass Bednar

Vass Bednar

Executive Director, Master of Public Policy in Digital Society, McMaster University

Robin Shaban

Robin Shaban

Co-founder and Senior Economist, Vivic Research

Levelling Up with TELUS #1

Helaina Gaspard and Sam Andrey on Canada’s digital divide

COVID-19 has exacerbated the digital divide—the gap between Canadians who have reliable, fast broadband Internet access and those who don’t. What can we do to close it? In this first episode of our five-part series on the digital divide, Sam Andrey and Helaina Gaspard talk about the complications, challenges, and solutions in increasing digital access and adoption for all Canadians.

Discover more about the digital divide and how TELUS is supporting meaningful change at telus.com/connectingcanada.

This is the first episode of Levelling Up, a mini-series from TELUS and The Conference Board of Canada.

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Helaina Gaspard

Helaina Gaspard

Director of Governance and Institutions, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy, University of Ottawa

Sam Andrey

Sam Andrey

Director of Policy and Research, Ryerson Leadership Lab

Beyond the Bounce with PwC Canada #1

Matthew Wetmore on PwC’s 24th Annual Global CEO Survey

PwC’s annual CEO survey is a big indicator of business confidence. The bottom line for 2021: Canadian CEOs are optimistic—and anticipate immense growth in the upcoming year—but they’ll need to be smart about their priorities to sustain it. In this first episode of our mini-series exploring CEOs’ plans for the future, National Managing Partner Matthew Wetmore shares insights from PwC’s 24th Annual Global CEO survey.

This is the first episode of Beyond the Bounce, a three-part mini-series from The Conference Board of Canada and PwC.

Read the Canadian findings from PwC’s 24th annual CEO Survey.

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Focus Area—Leadership

Matthew Wetmore

Matthew Wetmore

National Managing Partner
Industry & Regions
PwC Canada

Episode 20

Why Canada’s COVID-19 immigrant cohort is unique

How has the pandemic impacted Canada’s immigration admissions? Dr. Iain Reeve explains what’s changed in our intake numbers and the characteristics that set the COVID-19 immigrant cohort apart.

Our annual Canadian Immigration Summit is happening virtually on May 25–27, 2021. Check out our speakers and agenda.

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Focus Area—Immigration

Iain Reeve

Iain Reeve

Associate Director, Immigration

Episode 19

Public debt in the time of COVID-19

In its November 30th fiscal update, Canada’s federal government tallied up the costs of COVID-19. The deficit will swell to $385 billion in 2020–21. The provinces and territories have also tallied record deficits—$92 billion, on aggregate. What do figures like these mean for our recovery? Keara talks to Chief Economist Pedro Antunes for these answers and more.

The full story: Challenges Ahead: Canada’s Post-Pandemic Fiscal Prospects

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Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Pedro Antunes

Pedro Antunes

Chief Economist

Breakthroughs #6

Claude Guay on IBM Canada’s role in leading businesses into the future

The role of technology in Canada’s post-pandemic recovery is top of mind right now at IBM Canada. How are they responding to businesses’ need for speed, flexibility and agility in 2021.

We learn from President and General Manager Claude Guay about how IBM is helping companies accelerate their digital transformations. He talks about how technologies like hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence as well as investing in people and skills will play a critical role in Canada’s recovery.

This is the sixth episode of Breakthroughs, our mini-series from The Conference Board of Canada that profiles Canadian business leaders and innovators on their plans, successes, and challenges during COVID-19.

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Claude Guay

Claude Guay

President and General Manager
IBM Canada

Episode 18

Canada’s cancer report card

Canada’s track record on mortality rates due to cancer isn’t as good as you might think. Isabelle Gagnon-Arpin joins us to talk about provincial disparities, COVID-19's impact on cancer detection, and how we measure up internationally.

The full story: Measure of Life: Is Canada Doing Enough to Reduce Deaths from Cancer?

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Focus Area—Health

Isabelle Gagnon-Arpin

Isabelle Gagnon-Arpin

Principal Research Associate

Episode 17

The economic life cycle of Canada’s plastics

Dr. Olateju returns to our podcast to talk plastics—and how the sustainable finance industry could give Canada’s plastics recycling market a much-needed boost.

The full story: Balancing power with capital in Canada’s circular plastics economy.

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Julie Adès

Dr. Babatunde Olateju

Senior Research Associate

Episode 16

Bringing supply chains back home

What happens when businesses go local on their supply chains—especially during COVID-19? Julie Ades from the Global Commerce Centre explains the motivations, trends, and possible impacts.

The full story: Bringing Them Home: Reshoring Supply Chains Is Not a Panacea.

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Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Julie Adès

Julie Adès

Senior Economist

Breakthroughs #5

Richard Chartrand on 3M’s sustainability-driven innovation

Richard Chartrand, 3M’s USAC R&D Operations and Canada Sustainability Leader, explains how 3M is balancing sustainability and innovation—and how a company known for over 100 years of ingenuity is planning a better future for everyone.

Learn more about 3M’s initiatives at sciencecentre.3mcanada.ca/sustainability.

This is the fifth episode of Breakthroughs, our mini-series presented by the Council for Innovation and Commercialization.

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Richard Chartrand

Richard Chartrand

USAC R&D Operations and
Canada Sustainability Leader
3M

Breakthroughs #4

Chris Dulny on upskilling in an uncertain world

Chris Dulny, PwC’s Chief Innovation Officer, explains how rapid technological change demands new skills to help people thrive and future-proof themselves in the new world. This affects every company. Check out PwC’s initiatives.

Learn about PwC’s journey and check out their New world. New skills. initiative.

This is the fourth episode of Breakthroughs, our mini-series presented by the Council for Innovation and Commercialization.

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Chris Dulny

Chris Dulny

Chief Innovation Officer
PwC Canada

Breakthroughs #3

Rowena Rizzotti on innovation in B.C.’s lower mainland

Discover how two major Surrey, B.C. projects are repurposing and reinventing the region. We talk to Rowena Rizzotti, Vice President, Healthcare & Innovation of Lark Group in British Columbia, about the Health & Technology District and the Legion Veterans Village.

This is the third episode of Breakthroughs, our mini-series presented by the Council for Innovation and Commercialization.

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Focus Area—Health

Rowena Rizzotti

Rowena Rizzotti

Vice President
Healthcare & Innovation
Lark Group

Breakthroughs #2

Tim Murphy on Alberta’s health innovation ecosystem

How did COVID-19 change the face of Alberta’s health innovation sector? We talk to Tim Murphy, VP of Health at Alberta Innovates, about health-system discoveries during a crisis.

This is the second episode of Breakthroughs, our mini-series presented by the Council for Innovation and Commercialization.

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Focus Area—Health

Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy

VP of Health
Alberta Innovates

Episode 15

Indigenizing K–12 science education

Many Indigenous students in Canada experience science lessons as counterintuitive, if not outright alienating. It’s high time we incorporated First Nation, Inuit, and Métis perspectives on the natural world into mainstream K–12 science. Researcher Jane Cooper explains the educational landscape, current initiatives, the role of Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and what it will take to make it happen.

Download the free Impact paper here: Curriculum and Reconciliation: Introducing Indigenous Perspectives into K–12 Science.

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Focus Area—Indigenous & Northern Communities

Jane Cooper

Jane Cooper

Researcher

Episode 14

Using unconventional data to forecast the job market

How can we go beyond traditional datasets when forecasting the future? Thomas Hindle explains.

Read the commentary, “Job postings plummet in March, slide continues in April.”

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Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Thomas Hindle

Thomas Hindle

Economist

Episode 13

Believing the hype around hydrogen and SMRs?

Are interim solutions to climate change right under our noses? Dr. Babatunde Olateju explains how small modular nuclear reactors and hydrogen—energy technologies that have been around for years—could fill in the gaps between were we are and where we want to be.

Read the commentary, “Hydrogen is back—but will it break through?” and the issue briefing, Nuclear Energy: A Crossroad in a Climate Emergency, for more.

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Focus Area—Sustainability

Babatunde Olateju

Dr. Babatunde Olateju

Senior Research Associate

Episode 12

Mind the generational gap: Digital skills in the trades

Dr. Andrew Bieler explains why technological change is transforming Canada’s skilled trades—and why teaching skills like virtual collaboration, digital troubleshooting, and intergenerational communication needs to be on the agenda.

This fall, check out Dr. Bieler’s impact paper, Bridging Generational Divides. Find more team projects on the Education & Skills section of our website.

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Focus Area—Education & Skills

Andrew Bieler

Dr. Andrew Bieler

Senior Research Associate

Breakthroughs #1

Dan Bourgeois on Bauer Hockey’s new line of face shields

Discover how Bauer Hockey started manufacturing protective face shields during COVID-19. We talk to Dan Bourgeois, VP of Product Innovation, about Bauer's journey from idea to reality.

Check out Bauer’s products.

Breakthroughs—a mini-series within our Leadership Perspectives podcast. Each episode, we’ll talk to a member of The Conference Board of Canada’s Council for Innovation and Commercialization about their plans, successes, and challenges in making Canadian lives better.

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Focus Area—Innovation & Technology

Dan Bourgeois

Dan Bourgeois

VP of Product Innovation
Bauer Hockey

Episode 11

Saving for the future, boosting the economy

Most Canadians aren’t saving enough. How can financial advice help? Researcher Sheila Rao explains the symbiotic relationship between individual savings and Canada’s economy, and why it pays to get advice.

To find out how retaining financial advice pays off in the long run, check out our interactive page, Saving for the Future.

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Focus Area—Canadian Economics

Sheila Rao

Sheila Rao

Senior Research Associate

Episode 10

If post-secondary schools reopen, will students go?

What will this September look like for Canada’s students? Conference Board researchers Dr. Maria Giammarco and Nimi Pukulakatt look at campus social distancing and what’s at stake for Canada's universities, colleges, and polytechnics.

The full story: Back to school? If post-secondary institutions open, will students go? (Commentary, June 11, 2020)

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Focus Area—Education &Skills

Maria Giammarco and Nimi Pukulakatt

Dr. Maria Giammarco

Senior Research Associate

Nimi Pukulakatt

Research Associate

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.

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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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