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Education & Skills     March 3, 2023

To avert the worst impacts of climate change, Canada has set an ambitious goal of achieving net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. Transitioning to a net-zero economy is expected to be disruptive, but it will also create new global employment opportunities.

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Building Resilience and Capacity With Remote Indigenous Communities in Canada

Indigenous & Northern Communities     October 13, 2022

The Conference Board of Canada and a number of partners embarked on a multi-year project entitled Building Resilience and Capacity With Remote Indigenous Communities in Canada. Central to the project were community planning processes in four remote Indigenous communities that aimed to improve these communities’ capacities to manage threats and risks, cope with change, and seize opportunities.

Impact paper   •   40-min read

Perspectives From the Circular Plastics Economy Forum

Sustainability     October 7, 2022

The Conference Board of Canada’s Circular Plastics Economy Forum gathered 186 stakeholders in Canada’s plastics economy to unpack consequential issues in investment attraction, recycled content, sustainable finance, and circular business models. These findings are informed by the forum dialogue.

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Transitioning to Jobs in the Clean Economy

Innovation & Technology     July 28, 2022

One in five Canadian employees works at a job that’s vulnerable to automation. The clean economy is a rapid-growth sector that needs workers. Is there a way to solve for both? Employees working high-risk, low-mobility (HRLM) jobs have few options to transition into lower-risk occupations without undergoing retraining.

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Aligning Fragments for a Circular Plastics Economy

Sustainability     July 25, 2022

Canada is committed to a life-cycle approach in eliminating plastic pollution—from production to end of life. Our national circular plastics economy, however, still needs work. True circularity means putting together more pieces of the puzzle.

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Infinite Cycles: Canada’s Innovation Competitiveness In Chemical Plastics Recycling

Sustainability     July 25, 2022

Canada’s petrochemical plastics production industry is at a turning point. Its ability to integrate recycled plastics as part of its core business will be a key determinant of its long-term growth, longevity, and social licence. This is because the industry’s current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and plastic pollution footprint will be incompatible with a net-zero and circular economy. The industry is ripe for systemic change.

Impact paper   •   38-min read

Canada’s Clean Energy Growth Economy Indicators

Sustainability     June 9, 2022

This platform monitors progress toward a clean energy growth economy. It tracks the movement of indicators under three themes: economy, environment, and society. Since this platform was released in 2021, Canada’s energy transition has come into sharper focus. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) released the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan in March 2022, and the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act (CNZEA) was introduced in July 2021.

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Babatunde Olaeju

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Babatunde Olateju

Principal Research Associate, Sustainability

Babatunde (Tunde) Olateju is a Principal Research Associate in the Sustainability Knowledge Area. His research at the Board informs Canada’s path toward carbon-neutrality and a circular economy.

The Costs of Net Zero Driving: Are Canadians Along for the Ride?

Sustainability     May 5, 2022

Canada has an ambitious emissions reduction agenda. Lowering greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 40–45 per cent relative to 2005 levels by 2030 means a reduction of 295–330 Mt CO2e in the next eight years. How do we get there? While heavy-duty freight and other transport sectors are undergoing transition as well, technologies for those segments are not advancing fast enough to deliver on the government’s timeline.

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Innovation & Technology     May 3, 2022

Major forces are the trends that shape our world. They push our societies, businesses, and governments to recalibrate their decisions and pursue the opportunities they provide. For example, major forces such as climate change force businesses to become more sustainable, and an aging workforce requires governments to find creative solutions to social safety net challenges.

Issue briefing   •   22-min read

A Complicated Recovery: Travel Markets Outlook

Canadian Economics     May 3, 2022

Tourism in Canada may have reached a turning point. Two years of pandemic malaise have battered the industry, but the fever might finally be lifting. Canada’s doors are opening to visitors from far and wide. Attitudes toward the pandemic are changing. And businesses are hiring in anticipation of better times ahead.

Online experience   •   8-min read