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Paul Kershaw on Generational Fairness

Canadian Economics    May 30, 2023

Today’s generation feels maligned by the press and often ignored by politics. Priced out of home ownership, dealing with the growing impact of climate change, and criticized for not appreciating that life is hard and always has been—life doesn’t seem fair for young people in Canada. But this episode reveals how life truly is more difficult for today’s younger generation and how hard work just isn’t paying off the way it did for previous generations. 

Paul Kershaw  •  36-min listen
Bright Future

Canada’s Housing and Rental Affordability Crisis with Tony Bonen and John Pasalis

Canadian Economics    May 24, 2023

The pandemic created upward pressure on housing and recent increases in interest rates are pushing affordability even further away for some. Our guests this episode explore how we got to this point and what if anything can be done to create a more affordable housing market.

Tony Bonen, John Pasalis  •  30-min listen
Leadership Perspectives

Newcomer Integration in Canada: New Brunswick Example

Canadian Economics    March 15, 2023

In 2022, Canada welcomed a record number of newcomers to the country: over 431,000 new permanent residents. In this episode, we consider the issue of the economic and employment integration of newcomers to Canada, focusing on the New Brunswick context. (Episode in French only.)

Julie Cafley, Moncef Lakouas, Jason Limongelli  •  26-min listen
Future Skills Centre Podcast

Podcast Series

Bright Future

In this series, The Conference Board of Canada brings you the connections that make us stronger as individuals, as organizations, and as a country. Hear from senior-level executives from our biggest institutions and leaders from Canada and around the world. For us, leader isn’t a title, it’s a way of acting in the world. You’ll hear leaders who are working to create a bright future.

Leadership Perspectives

In the Leadership Perspectives audio series, we sit down with experts to hear perspectives on the issues that are affecting the lives of Canadians.

Future Skills Centre Podcast (en français)

The Future Skills Centre Podcast explores some of the most crucial emerging challenges to the future of work.

Our Experts in the Field

The Circular Economy and Plastics Value Chain

Sustainability    March 14, 2022

We introduce the importance of the circular economy, and the roles of sustainable finance and policies in accelerating circular plastics transition in Canada. In this episode, Babatunde Olateju, Principal Research Associate of Sustainability at the Conference Board of Canada, joins Dominique on the first of a three-part series focused on the circular economy, in advance of our upcoming Circular Economy Roundtable taking place on April 13, 2022.

Babatunde Olateju  •  17-min listen
CIBC: The Sustainability Agenda

To Overcome “Wicked Problems” Lean Into Inspirational Leadership

Inclusion    March 10, 2022

In this kickoff episode of Season 4 of The Inspire Podcast Bart speaks with Susan Black of the Conference Board of Canada about the challenges facing today’s leaders. Drawing on the CBOC’s deep research capabilities, Susan shares insights into the major pressures facing leaders across all sectors—from talent management to a return to premises to DEI and the future of work.

Susan Black  •  19-min listen
The Inspire Podcast by the Humphrey Group

The Power of Attraction: How The Conference Board of Canada Leverages Data and Engagement to Empower Employees

Inclusion    February 9, 2022

In this episode, Marnie and Russell sit down with the President and CEO of The Conference Board of Canada, Dr. Susan Black. Building a diverse and inclusive environment at work has been an important topic of conversation in recent years. In this post-truth climate, it’s more important than ever for companies and organizations to go above and beyond to recruit, attract and retain valuable employees.

Susan Black  •  33-min listen
CAAT Pension: Contributors

Employee Health Trends

Human Resources    January 11, 2022

The pandemic forced significant changes to the workplace, necessitating many employees work from home. Some of these changes have proven permanent. This highlights the changing workplace dynamics, as employers are evolving to remain attractive to potential employees.

Lauren Florko  •  15-min listen
HRchat Podcast: The HR Gazette

Canadians Will Feel the Bite of Rising Prices Even More in 2022

Canadian Economics    December 8, 2021

Inflation, rising interest rates and the likelihood of rising prices for Canadians. Inflation is a classic case of supply and demand mismatch, and the highest it’s been in three decades. People will feel the impact of inflation more and more as the year goes on as prices increase on every day and discretionary items.

Sohaib Shahid  •  20-min listen
Financial Post: Down to Business Podcast

Re-evaluating Immigration Policy with Iain Reeve and Yilmaz Dinc

Immigration    February 9, 2022

We talked about immigration in the wake of the pandemic, the difficulties immigrants face in having their skills and education recognized, and public opinion on immigration. We also discussed providing pathways to permanency for migrant workers, the challenge of attracting immigrants to settle in small and rural communities across Canada, and the need to prioritize immigrants with essential skills.

Iain Reeve, Yilmaz Dinc  •  54-min listen
Moving the Needle: Senator Ratna Omidvar’s Podcast