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Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Empowering them to Succeed

Many immigrants come to Canada hoping to launch a successful business But the odds are stacked against those who are just starting out. Canada offers a highly-regulated business environment that is unfamiliar to even those newcomers who arrive with business backgrounds. Moreover, immigrant entrepreneurs must learn a new culture, develop new professional networks and a Canadian credit history, and navigate the many roadblocks that Canadian-born entrepreneurs typically face. Fortunately, there is a growing body of research and programs that aim to change this. Research has informed the emergence of programs across Canada that help immigrant entrepreneurs build networks, develop business plans, and access financing, training, and supports from professionals of all stripes.Join Dr. Sarah Wayland of the City of Hamilton in this 60-minute webinar as she draws upon her research findings and experience to shed light on empowering immigrant entrepreneurs. Sarah will provide an overview of the common challenges that immigrant entrepreneurs face, discuss solutions that can improve their success rates, and answer your questions.

Recorded Webinar | August 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Using AI, Big Data and Related Digital Health Innovations

With the current unsettled economic and policy landscape in US health care, many industry players are bracing for potentially greater financial pressures, a changing regulatory and market landscape, and increased consumer-cost sharing. Big Data and artificial intelligence technologies could help health organizations and consumers successfully maximize wellness, efficiencies, and revenues. These innovations are making it easier to access unique insights, make critical decisions, and reshape behavior.

Recorded Webinar | August 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Stretched Too Thin: The Demand for Physiotherapy Services in Canada

The number of Canadians consulting physiotherapists increased from 8.4 per cent of the adult population in 2001 to 11.6 per cent in 2014. This represents an increase of 3.8 per cent per year. By way of comparison, Canada’s adult population has grown by annual average of just 1 per cent since 2001.

Recorded Webinar | August 2017 | Louis Theriault | The Conference Board of Canada

Ensuring Accountability in Modern Trade Policy

Regulatory cooperation for the new generation of trade agreements is promising, reasonable, and controllable. If done correctly, it will benefit consumers and maintain consumer protection. However, a regulatory cooperation body needs transparency and a set of rules to be fully accountable to EU citizens.

Report | 11 pages | August 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Immigration Policy That Works: Bringing Foreign-Born Workers into High-Shortage Occupations to Grow

This policy brief recommends steps to reform immigration policy, including suggestions for employing both native-born workers and immigrants to flexibly address looming labor shortages.

Report | 15 pages | July 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development: The Role of Cities and Educators in Building a Lasting Future

Education is a key lever for cities and regions to build a more sustainable future. Formal and informal learning opportunities are helping learners of all ages acquire the values, knowledge, and skills needed to support sustainable, healthy, vibrant, and peaceful societies.

Recorded Webinar | May 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Fixing America’s Roads and Bridges: The Path Forward

Transportation is a critical aspect of the US economy but capital investments in this important infrastructure are not keeping pace. In this policy brief, CED recommends actions to address the challenges facing America’s surface transportation system.

Report | 20 pages | May 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Green Infrastructure: Planning for Urban Resilience

Green infrastructure (GI) refers to the natural spaces and ecosystems within cities that maintain biodiversity as well as support a range of ecosystem services, including regulating summer heat extremes, natural storm water management, reduced flood risk, improved air quality and pollution capture. GI can comprise a number of elements, including: parks, treelined and forested areas, wetlands and green spaces, native plants, as well as built elements, such as green roofs and walls. So why should cities think about and plan for these GI networks? How can cities give greater priority to green infrastructure in their plans and policies? How will investments in green infrastructure help address other policy objectives, such as reduced emissions and climate adaptation? Join Dr. Andrew Gonzalez, Canada Research Chair in Biodiversity Science at McGill University, as he addresses these questions and discusses the importance of green infrastructure within cities. This presentation will highlight the science and strategies implemented to design and establish the regional green infrastructure network around Montreal, drawing out its role in a wider process of climate adaptation.

Recorded Webinar | April 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Healthy Outcomes for Canadian Seniors: Not a Cost Curve to be Bent

In this 60 minute webinar, Isobel MacKenzie will focus on debunking some of the myths about seniors and highlight some of the policy challenges facing all levels of governments to ensure that incentives align with desired outcomes.

Live Webinar | April 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Transformation of the Health System: The Critical Role of Boards of Directors

This briefing examines the important role that governance plays in health care transformation by researching the governance systems in three provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario) that have taken distinct approaches to health care governance.

Briefing | 34 pages | March 2017 | Jenny Santos | The Conference Board of Canada

La transformation du système de santé : Le rôle essentiel des conseils d’administration

Ce compte rendu de recherche examine le rôle important de la gouvernance dans la transformation des soins de santé en étudiant les systèmes de gouvernance de trois provinces (Alberta, Colombie-Britannique et Ontario) qui ont adopté des approches distinctes en la matière.

Résumé | 36 pages | March 2017 | Jenny Santos | Le Conference Board du Canada

Is There Value in Adding Value? The Economic Impact of Alberta’s New Sturgeon Refinery

The Sturgeon Refinery in Alberta is nearing completion and is expected to begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2017. This is the first refinery to be built in Canada in decades. Financed based on long-term supplier commitments and a unique financial/risk structure, this refinery will process 78,000 barrels of diluted bitumen per day, and its main output will be low-sulphur diesel fuel. In what ways will the construction and operations of the refinery generate economic impacts across Alberta and Canada as a whole? What are some of the unique technical and financial aspects of this project? What makes this project work? If you have followed the public discourse in Alberta on the project, you may be surprised at the answers.

Recorded Webinar | March 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Communities First: Ensuring People-Driven Economic Development in Canada’s Arctic

Canada’s Arctic is vast. Yet despite making up over 40% of our landmass and being home to more than 100,000 people, Canada’s north remains somewhat of a mystery to most of us. Indeed, this huge geographical area is still most commonly thought of in the same terms that were used by the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould in his 1967 radio documentary, The Idea of North: “[L]ike all but a very few Canadians … I’ve had no direct confrontation with the Northern third of our country. I’ve remained, of necessity, an outsider, and the North has remained for me a convenient place to dream about, spin tall tales about sometimes, and, in the end, avoid.” However, as the Earth changes, so too must our attitudes towards our great northern territories. The fine print of new business development models and government policies, have tended to view the advent of human-driven climate change as the opening of an imaginary “final frontier” that is now ripe for extraction and, ultimately, exploitation.

Recorded Webinar | March 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Major Project Agreements and Indigenous Communities: Finding the Win-Win

Indigenous groups and industry organizations are increasingly negotiating Major Project Agreements for some of Canada’s largest natural resource and infrastructure projects. These agreements aim to clarify both parties’ interests, objectives and commitments for what may be a multi-decade relationship between communities and industry proponents. More than 400 of these agreements have been concluded since 1995 in the mining sector alone, yet there remains a knowledge gap on which qualities and agreement characteristics make for the best possible outcome for both parties. So what exactly makes for a win-win project? How can parties come to mutually beneficial agreements? How can major project proponents develop healthy relationships with Indigenous groups? What approaches should Indigenous groups take to ensure projects leave positive legacies?

Recorded Webinar | February 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

Adjusting the Prescription: Improving the ACA

The cost of US health care—for families, businesses, and government—has been spiraling upward for decades. At the same time, many Americans remain uninsured and the quality of coverage available has been declining.

Briefing | 14 pages | February 2017 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Managing Mobility in an Aging Society: Addressing Transportation Needs of Canadian Seniors

As Canada’s population ages, a growing number of seniors are facing transportation challenges. Seniors’ access to affordable and appropriate transportation options is essential to supporting their health and quality of life. Across Canada, the primary mode of transportation for adults at most ages is driving. But while most seniors who drive are safe to do so, many stop due to deteriorating mental and/or physical capacity, and those looking for transportation alternatives find that they are often scarce, inaccessible, inconvenient, and for some, unaffordable. How are seniors currently meeting their transportation needs and preferences? How do transportation strategies and behaviours change as Canadians age? To what extent and why are many seniors’ transportation needs going unmet? What are the implications of these needs, behaviours, gaps, and other issues for policies and strategies aimed at meeting seniors’ changing transportation needs? Join Daniel Munro as he addresses these questions and discusses principles and options for improving transportation policy for Canadian seniors.

Recorded Webinar | January 2017 | Daniel Munro | The Conference Board of Canada

City Health Monitor

Find out which cities place well in the latest City Health Monitor. This briefing discusses the key findings for 10 Canadian metropolitan areas.

Briefing | 30 pages | December 2016 | Greg Sutherland | The Conference Board of Canada

Stopping Sedentary School Kids: Getting Kids to Move More and Sit Less

We know that physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour are linked to many chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Yet despite the health risks, levels of physical activity (PA) among children and youth remain low. In fact, Canadian children received a “D-” on this year’s ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth, as only 4 per cent of girls and 9 per cent of boys accumulated 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) at least six days a week. This report card essentially shows no change in PA levels in comparison to the previous year. So what can be done? The school environment is an ideal setting to deliver strategic programs to increase physical activity and to reduce sedentary behaviour. Comprehensive and sustainable interventions, such as classroom activity breaks and active transportation, may bring the greatest benefits in the long term. But which programs and interventions are the most cost-effective? And how can we best leverage the education system to make in-roads when sedentary behaviour an inactivity levels have remained unchanged for so long?

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

Daniels v. Canada: What’s next for Canada’s Métis

This past year, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled that the term “Indians”, as defined in Canada’s constitution, includes non-status Indians and Métis. This ruling brought to a close the seminal Daniels v. Canada case, launched in 1999. Hailed by some lawyers as being more significant than Tsilhqot'in, the possible impacts of the Daniels case are tremendous. As a starting point, Métis and non-status individuals and groups will now have an opening in which to pursue land claims and seek access to additional government programs and services. So how will this ruling affect Canada’s Métis people? And what further changes could we expect moving forward? Join us for this special 90-minute webinar, where Tom Isaac, a nationally recognized authority in the field of Aboriginal law, and the President of the Métis National Council, Clément Chartier, discuss the emergence and evolution of the Métis Nation, and the challenges and opportunities that flow from the Daniels Decision. Tom and Clément will take you through the history of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decisions that have impacted the Métis Nation from Powley to Daniels. They will also contextualize the exclusion of the Métis by the Federal government in a number of key areas. In addition to discussing the Daniels decision, this webinar will also explore the recently released report “A Matter of National and Constitutional Import: Report of the Minister’s Special Representative on Reconciliation with Métis: Section 35 Métis Rights and the Manitoba Metis Federation Decision,” written by Tom Isaac.

Recorded Webinar | December 2016 | The Conference Board of Canada

Healthy Brains at Work—The Impact of Workplace Mental Health Initiatives

No one, and no workplace, is immune to mental illness. And as research continues to show, poor mental health can negatively impact an individual’s health, well-being, and productivity. Organizations that pay attention to the mental health and wellness of their employees are likely to realize significant benefits through a healthier, more productive workforce. How does your organization fare? Join us for this third briefing in our Healthy Brains at Work research series, as we explore the potential impact of improving outcomes for working Canadians living with mental illness. We also explore the potential impact of improving outcomes for Canadians whose symptoms prevent them from entering the workforce. In this 60-minute session, Conference Board researcher Greg Sutherland will present original research on the potential impact of poor mental health on the Canadian economy.

Recorded Webinar | November 2016 | Greg Sutherland | The Conference Board of Canada

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