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Transforming Healthcare Technology for an Aging Population: Quality Living in the Golden Years

AGE-WELL is Canada’s first research network in technology and aging. This initiative aims to help older Canadians maintain their health and quality of life through practical and affordable technologies that increase safety and security, support independent living, and enhance participation in social activities. However, while there has been significant research on the development of these technologies, the majority of these devices have not made it to market, or suffer from various limitations that make them inappropriate for an older adult to operate efficiently and effectively. In order to ensure that future technologies for aging populations are useful, a rethink of design and use is required. So what’s the next step?

Recorded Webinar | May 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Under Pressure: The Future of Canada’s Rail & Related Infrastructure

Canadian overseas exports are increasing in both value and volume, creating pressure on Canada's rail and marine freight infrastructure. The Conference Board Report Building for Growth: Trade, Rail and Related Infrastructure, details recent shifts in Canada’s trade patterns and explores the importance of rail service to Canada's goods exports. The report estimates that commodities shipped by rail will increase to 260 million tonnes annually by 2025, compared to 200 million tonnes in 2011. Likewise, rail carloadings are forecast to rise from 2.4 million in 2011 to 3.2 million by 2025. Where will there be pressure points on Canada’s rail system? Will Canada's rail-to-marine networks be able to accommodate the forecasted growth in freight rail volumes through 2025?

Recorded Webinar | May 2016 | James Knowles | The Conference Board of Canada

Competitive Dialogue: An Instrument Toward Value-based Procurement in Health Care

This report describes and analyzes the competitive dialogue process, its application to health care systems, and its compatibility with legal frameworks in Europe, Ontario, and Canada at large.

Report | 44 pages | May 2016 | Gabriela Prada | The Conference Board of Canada

Le dialogue competitive : Un outil qui facilite l’approvisionnement fondé sur la valeur en soins de santé

Ce rapport décrit et analyse le processus de dialogue compétitif, son application aux systèmes de santé et sa compatibilité avec les cadres juridiques de l’Europe, l’Ontario et l’ensemble du Canada.

Rapport | 46 pages | May 2016 | Gabriela Prada | The Conference Board of Canada

More than Prescribed: A Review of Pharmacy Services and Skills in Canada

There is no disputing that pharmacists are an integral part of the health care system, and the role they play is growing. Pharmacists' scope of practice has expanded in recent years, meaning the community pharmacy is now regarded as more than just a medications dispensary. One of the largest changes seen in recent years is pharmacists' ability to deliver flu vaccines in the community. From minor to complex conditions, pharmacists today are providing more services aimed at meeting the demand for convenient, accessible, and cost-efficient health care services. However, despite this critical role in heath care sustainability, the evidence regarding pharmacists’ ability to help meet these goals is often not well articulated. In addition, their scope of practice differ from province to province, leading to confusion on their roles and responsibility within the larger health care system. Working directly with The Canadian Pharmacists Association, The Conference Board conducted a review of pharmacy services in Canada in order to shed light on the challenges and opportunities for policy and practice. This report, the first in a three-part series, takes a look at health and economic evidence gleaned through original research and stakeholder interviews. Join us as we review the findings of the report, and identify pharmacy services that could be further assessed for potential scale-up and spread.

Recorded Webinar | May 2016 | Thy Dinh | The Conference Board of Canada

Cleaning Up Our Act: An Environmental Report Card for the Provinces

With climate change taking centre stage globally, there is finally a consensus: economic growth pursued at the expense of the environment and scarce and finite physical resources is not sustainable. World leaders have noted that protecting the environment from further damage is not a problem for tomorrow, but a challenge for today. So how does Canada and its provinces compare to its global peers? Canada has fared poorly in previous editions of The Conference Board of Canada’s How Canada Performs—Environment analysis, when compared against other advanced developed countries. Join Sheila Rao and James Knowles as they present the findings of this year’s Report Card and discuss where Canada has improved, and where it could do much better. For the first time, the How Canada Performs analysis will compare the environmental performance of individual provinces with that of 16 advanced peer countries. Attendees will learn how the provinces and peer countries fare on indicators in four broad categories: air quality, waste, natural resource management, and climate change.

Recorded Webinar | May 2016 | James Knowles, Sheila Rao | The Conference Board of Canada

Canadian Marijuana Legalization and The Lessons from Colorado

Canada is set to become the first G7 country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The new federal government pledged in its 2015 election campaign to legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. Since assuming office, the government has indicated that it will announce a federal-provincial-territorial task force to consult experts and others on a framework to remove marijuana consumption and incidental possession from the Criminal Code. However, marijuana legalization brings a number of economic, regulatory, social and health challenges. Canada can learn from locations such as Colorado that have already moved ahead with legalization. To learn more, join us for this webinar with Sam Kamin, who has emerged as one of America's expert voices on marijuana law reform in Colorado and throughout the country. He sat on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force and worked with the ACLU and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom on the Blue Ribbon Panel on Marijuana Reform to formulate a set of best practices for marijuana regulation in that state. He has written more than a dozen scholarly articles on the subject of marijuana law reform and co-authors the series “Altered State: Inside Colorado’s Marijuana Economy” for Slate Magazine, chronicling the impact of Colorado’s marijuana regulations on lawmakers, businesses and consumers. In the spring of 2015, Professor Kamin taught the nation’s first law school course on representing marijuana clients and was named the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy.

Recorded Webinar | May 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Understanding the Implications of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada

In 2007 the UN adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Twenty-five years in the making, it is a significant instrument, which asserts the collective rights of Indigenous peoples around the globe. Amongst the many important aspects of UNDRIP is the principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), which refers to the rights of Indigenous peoples to provide their consent in decision-making processes that affect them and their lands, including education, natural resource management, economic development, and health care. As the current Canadian Liberal government works towards implementing UNDRIP, questions arise around what this instrument means, and in particular how FPIC plays into such matters as natural resource development in Canada.

Recorded Webinar | May 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Power of Virtual Care: Moving the Patient to the Centre

Healthcare is a complex enterprise, simultaneously political, human, expensive, disconnected, and dynamic. As the population ages and people live increasingly with chronic conditions, the healthcare system must respond. We are moving from a paradigm of emergency rooms, hospital beds and multiple specialists in silos, to one in which patients receive integrated care in the community and transition seamlessly through different parts of the of the system. Virtual care is the first great opportunity for a true revolution in healthcare. With virtual care, the patient moves to the centre of their care. It involves the application of technology to improve the flow of information between patients and their healthcare teams (and within those teams themselves) in order to improve analysis, coordination, decision-making, and ultimately, health outcomes. But this could all be stifled if the system does not get out of the way. Join us for The Power of Virtual Care: Moving the Patient to the Centre. In this webinar, Dr. Trevor Jamieson will discuss the concept of the patient as the care hub. He will also discuss the role of the Women’s College Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) in this system transformation. Dr. Jamieson will explore how all stakeholders—patient, clinician, innovator, institution, industry player or other catalyst—can help this patient-centric vision of health powered by virtual care to become a reality.

Recorded Webinar | April 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Improving Health Care Access Through Fiscal Policy

Many Canadians continue to struggle with out-of-pocket health expenses, such as prescription drugs and dental care. One potential solution is to leverage health-related tax policies, to improve access to health care services, products, and programs, particularly for lower-income Canadians. But would it be enough? New research from the Conference Board examines the efficiency and equity of current and proposed health-related tax policy. Join researcher Alexandru Dobrescu as he details the findings of Tax Policies in Canadian Health Care: Do They Incentivize Utilization? In this session, Alexandru will examine usage patterns of some current and proposed tax policies as well as the role of federal and provincial governments in ensuring equitable and timely access to the health care system for Canadians. Alexandru will also analyze the current Medical Expense Tax Credit and Children’s Fitness Tax Credit, and explore the Refundable Health Tax Credit proposed by the Advisory Panel on Health Innovation, as well as a hypothetical medical expense tax deduction. The webinar will conclude with a discussion of the implications of making employee benefits taxable, and the lessons learned from examining current and proposed tax policies.

Recorded Webinar | March 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Canadian Corporate Dividend Withholding Tax: Holding Back Inbound Investment

Is Canada holding back inbound investment? This briefing indicates that eliminating the Canadian withholding tax on dividend payments to non-residents would lift foreign direct investment of $2.6 billion per year.

Briefing | 23 pages | March 2016 | Elise Martin | The Conference Board of Canada

La retenue d’impôt sur les dividendes au Canada : Un frein à l’investissement étranger?

Le Canada freine-t-il les investissements étrangers? D’après ce document, supprimer la retenue d’impôt canadienne sur les dividendes versés aux non-résidents ferait augmenter l’investissement direct étranger de 2,6 G$ par an.

Résumé | 27 pages | March 2016 | Elise Martin | Le Conference Board du Canada

A Webinar on Reducing GHG Emissions in Canada’s Road Transportation Sector: A Long, Hard Road to 2050

The Paris climate talks are over and Canada has joined nearly 200 nations in its commitment to tackling climate change. But will it be enough? It is widely maintained that to prevent catastrophic climate change from occurring, developed countries must reduce their emissions by 80 per cent relative to 1990 levels. Unfortunately for Canada, our greenhouse gas emissions levels are increasing. Much of the growth has resulted from the transportation sector, with both commercial and residential road transportation emissions accounting for the largest share. So what can be done to stop this continuing growth, and rein in emissions before it’s too late? Join us for this webinar as Len Coad presents key findings from the recently released report A Long, Hard Road: Reducing GHG Emissions in Canada’s Road Transportation Sector by 2050. For this research, an analysis was completed examining options Canada might pursue to reduce road transportation greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent from their 1990 level by 2050. Len will provide expert analysis of the results, and detail two cases that examine the potential emissions reductions that could result from a broad range of trends and technologies, noting that even with aggressive assumptions, Canada would still need to make significant adjustments to achieve the target.

Recorded Webinar | March 2016 | Len Coad | The Conference Board of Canada

The Future of Canada’s Health Care Supply Chain: Value-Based Procurement

Healthcare reform is trending across the globe. Many countries and jurisdictions are moving to a value-based health care system, one where generating increased value for patients is the main goal. At its core, value-based health care is all about obtaining better health outcomes per dollar spent. And to maximize this value for patients, leading organizations are moving towards a value-based procurement system, one that ensures lower costs and more direct care for each individual. But how does a value-based procurement system differ from traditional models? And could it allow your organization to more effectively provide care? Join Dr. Gabriela Prada as she explores value-based procurement, and explains how the model represents a shift from traditional procurement approaches that focused on cost-containment, and instead seeks value beyond cost minimization. Value-based procurement is mandatory within the European Union and it is being encouraged by the Ontario Government. Other provinces in Canada are also following this trend. Don’t miss this chance to hear why this is quickly becoming the model of choice, and how your organization could benefit by adopting this strategy.

Recorded Webinar | February 2016 | Gabriela Prada | The Conference Board of Canada

Investing in Children’s Health—Pedianomics & the Tiny Tidal Wave

A recent report from Statistics Canada has shown that for the first time ever, seniors out-number children in Canada. This “silver tsunami” suggests that we should invest more in home, community, and medical care for Canada’s aging population. Strategic plans are already in place for relevant government agencies and industries, but is that all we need to do to ensure the longevity of Canada’s health care system? What other impacts may the healthcare system face with the wave of aging boomers? In 20 years, Canada will have 1.2 million more children than we do today—children who are tomorrow’s workers, taxpayers, and innovators. This “tiny tidal wave” will play a huge part in supporting the health care needs of older Canadians, and by investing in children’s health now, will reduce their lifelong health costs, increase the economic productivity of their parents, and increase their economic prosperity when they grow up. The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario calls this Pedianomics. Pedianomics links Canada’s two most pressing issues—the economy and health care—and challenges us to look beyond our current issues to long-term solutions. Maintenance of Certification Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to .5 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.

Recorded Webinar | February 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Building Superior Health Policy: The Inclusive Growth Framework

A wide range of factors contribute to quality of life, with many being completely intangible or otherwise difficult to measure. Professionals and experts alike measure and discuss the living standards of a population, a composite of quality-of-life related material factors which are relatively easy to quantify, such as income, life expectancy, unemployment rates, or (in)equality. Since a higher standard of living is associated with a higher overall quality of life, policy decisions should be made with the goal of maximizing living standards. So how can we achieve this goal? Join Dr. Andrew Sharpe, Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Living Standards, as he details the OECD’s inclusive growth framework, and how this model could help leaders make better decisions—now and in the future. The inclusive growth framework offers a novel and economically credible approach to the assessment of some of the most important policies for Canadians, particularly health policy. By fully encompassing the costs and benefits of policy into a single measure (dollars) in a rigorous way, policy-making can become more transparent, quantitative evaluations more meaningful, and policy actions more effective. The inclusive growth framework outlined in this webinar offers policy analysts and decision-makers in government, business, and other organizations a new tool for effective health policy evaluation. Maintenance of Certification Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to .5 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.

Recorded Webinar | January 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Du téléphone fixe au haut débit mobile : Déterminants fiscaux de l’investissement dans le secteur canadien des télécommunications

Découvrez pourquoi l’accélération de l’amortissement de la déduction pour amortissement (DPA) applicable au matériel de télécommunications stimulerait l’investissement sectoriel et le PIB réel au Canada. Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d’une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Note de recherche | 32 pages | December 2015 | Elise Martin | Le Conference Board du Canada

From Landline to Mobile Broadband: Tax Drivers of Investment for Canada’s Telecom Industry

Understand why accelerating the CCA rate for telecommunications equipment would boost industry investment and real GDP for Canada.

Briefing | 28 pages | December 2015 | Elise Martin | The Conference Board of Canada

Improving Life in Canada’s North: Community-Driven Approaches to Inuit Youth Health and Wellness

When it comes to the health and wellness of its citizens,Canada is a leading nation amongst its peers. Unfortunately, highquality of life and health standards remain elusive for certain segments of Canada’s population. People living in Canada’s Northern Territories generally report higher rates of physical and mental health challenges than their southern counterparts. Nunavut, in particular, struggles with these issues, having a higher suicide rate, greater frequency of chronic illness, and lower life expectancy than any other territory or province in Canada. This signals a clear need for upstream health initiatives, including programs and projects that enhance understanding, prevention, and intervention. So what is being done to address these issues? Qaujigiartiit is an independent, community-driven health and wellness research centre that was established to serve Nunavummiut. Its primary objective is to “enable health research to be conducted locally, by northerners, and with communities in a supportive, safe, culturally-sensitive and ethical environment, and to promote the inclusion of both Inuit and Western epistemologies and methodologies in addressing health concerns.” As such, Qaujigiartiit works on projects of priority to communities, such as climate change, infectious illness, mental health, sexual health, the health care system, and the health of children and youth. Join Dr. Gwen Healey for this 60-minute webinar as she describes and reflects upon Qaujigiartiit’s community-led interventions to promote health and wellness among youth in Nunavut. Hear about the methods and tools employed; why they were chosen; how they work; and what kind of impact they have had on the youth who attend the programs. Gwen will explore the link between improved health outcomes and advancements in community and individual capacity development, and the long-term benefits of this approach.

Recorded Webinar | November 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Habitudes de vie plus saines : des avantages considérables pour l’économie du Québec et la santé de ses citoyens

Québec peut réduire le nombre de personnes atteintes de maladies chroniques ainsi que les coûts associés à ces maladies. En investissant dans la promotion de la santé, on peut faire diminuer la prévalence de ces maladies et de leurs facteurs de risque. Parmi les avantages qui résulteraient de ces investissements, mentionnons la réduction de milliers de cas de maladies chroniques et des gains économiques se chiffrant à plusieurs milliards de dollars compte tenu de la réduction de coûts liés à ces maladies. Joignez-vous à Louis Thériault, vice-président, Politiques publiques, en participant à ce webinaire qui portera sur les enjeux économiques et de santé publique liés à six maladies chroniques, notamment les cardiopathies ischémiques, les maladies cérébrovasculaires, la maladie pulmonaire obstructive chronique, le cancer du poumon, l’hypertension artérielle et le diabète. Ces maladies sont associées à des facteurs de risque qu’il est possible de réduire. Les pouvoirs publics et les entreprises jouent un rôle important en contribuant à faire reculer le tabagisme, la faible consommation quotidienne de fruits et légumes, l’inactivité physique, l’embonpoint/obésité, le diabète et l’hypertension artérielle. Le Conference Board a analysé un scénario dans le cadre duquel le Québec réduit les taux de prévalence des principaux facteurs de risque de ces six maladies conformément à ceux de la province la plus performante au Canada d’ici 2030. Si le Québec atteint ces objectifs, le système de soins de santé et l’économie du Québec pourraient enregistrer des gains substantiels. Cette étude a été réalisée à la demande de la Direction générale de la santé publique du ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec. Le Conference Board du Canada a ainsi été mandaté pour évaluer les impacts économiques et sanitaires de la réduction de la prévalence des facteurs de risque des maladies chroniques dans la population du Québec.

Recorded Webinar | November 2015 | Louis Theriault | Le Conference Board du Canada

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