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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

A Webinar on the Future Supply and Demand of Care for Canadian Seniors

The Baby Boomer Bulge is coming, and Canada is grappling with the implications. Just how concerned should we be about the associated impacts on health and social services? Delivering high-quality, effective, and sustainable services is both a top priority and one of most pressing challenges facing governments and businesses as they look to balance health care service demands and costs in the context of an aging population. Our forthcoming report Future Care for Canadian Seniors: A Status Quo Forecast presents the results of research into future demand and supply of continuing care supports for Canadian seniors over the next 30 years. Join report co-authors Greg Hermus and Carole Stonebridge as they share the findings from this analysis, the pressure points that could occur in a status quo environment, and the areas where stakeholders should concentrate on to make progress. Download the Future Care for Canadian Seniors Report 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 | November 2015 | Greg Hermus, Carole Stonebridge | The Conference Board of Canada

Value-Based Procurement: The New Imperative for Canada’s Health Care

Based on the Conference Board’s Strategic Procurement and Innovation conference, this briefing identifies the benefits of innovative, collaborative, value-based procurement and provides key lessons from some who have implemented the concept.

Briefing | 28 pages | November 2015 | Gabriela Prada | The Conference Board of Canada

L’approvisionnement fondé sur la valeur : le nouvel impératif pour les soins de santé au Canada

S’appuyant sur la conférence du CBdC sur l’approvisionnement stratégique et l’innovation, cette note présente les avantages d’un approvisionnement novateur, collaboratif et fondé sur la valeur ainsi que les leçons apprises à cet égard.

Résumé | 3 pages | November 2015 | Gabriela Prada | Le Conference Board du Canada

Public Private Partnerships: Assessing Major Projects in the Transportation Sector

Across Canada, governments of all levels have increasingly embraced public-private partnerships (PPPs) as their preferred approach to deliver large-scale public infrastructure projects. Nationwide, over 200 PPPs have been completed or are in various stages of the project planning process, including many in the transportation sector. Despite this, the merits of PPPs remain the source of heated political, policy, and public debate. So what are the pros and cons of PPPs? Are these partnerships the right choice for large Canadian projects?

Recorded Webinar | October 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

LEANing Towards Success—Achieving Greater Efficiency Through Transformational Change

Lean combines an empowering philosophy with a strong methodology to support the delivery of services at higher quality with lower cost. Based on the operations at Toyota (one of the most successful organizations in the world), Lean is a management system through which organizations can more effectively eliminate waste and meet customer demands through continuous improvement. Although Toyota’s management style has been widely studied and copied, most organizations that attempt to implement this approach have failed. Approximately 70–90 per cent or organizations have been unable to sustain improvements, create a culture of continuous improvement, or achieve the transformational change and exceptional outcomes that Toyota has achieved. Why have so few companies been unable to match Toyota’s performance results? The answer lies in the differing approaches taken to Lean. While virtually all organizations begin their Lean journey by applying proven Lean tools and techniques, many cannot progress farther than that. Meanwhile other—more successful organizations—have been able to adopt a broader vision and embrace a more cultural/principled/philosophical approach to Lean. Meta-analyses of hundreds of North American companies reveals a wide gap between those that simply deploy Lean tools and those that fully embrace a more systematic approach. Those with cultural or principled implementation of Lean perform higher on all areas of performance, compared with organizations that focus exclusively on a technical approach. So which type of organization will yours be?

Recorded Webinar | October 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Virtual Solutions for Developing Capacity in Remote Aboriginal Communities

For Canada's remotely located Aboriginal youth, access to services, education and other opportunities are often limited. The physical distance separating them from other communities and resources can be a serious impediment. One of the more alarming impacts relates to poor educational outcomes. The high school dropout rate for Aboriginals remains approximately three times higher than that of the country's population as a whole. And Aboriginal youth are less likely to pursue post-secondary education and skills development. This represents a significant problem, particularly in lieu of the fact that improved educational outcomes and capacity development in Northern Aboriginal communities are priorities for federal and provincial/territorial governments. Capacity development is also pivotal to ensuring Aboriginals can participate in a variety of private sector opportunities, such as major resource development projects.

Recorded Webinar | October 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

An Innovation Report Card for the Provinces: Global Leaders & Late Adopters

Canada’s innovation performance has been weak for decades, earning “D” grades year-after-year on The Conference Board of Canada’s How Canada Performs Report Card on Innovation. But at the provincial level, a very different story emerges. While some provinces lag international peers on innovation, others are performing at or near the global frontier of innovation excellence. Which provinces are ranked among the best innovation regions in the world, and which are struggling to keep up? Does Canada receive another “D” for innovation overall? What can Canada and the provinces do to become top-performers on innovation? Join Daniel Munro and Sheila Rao as they present the findings of The Conference Board of Canada’s How Canada Performs Report Card on Innovation. For the first time, the Conference Board’s How Canada Performs analysis compares the innovation performance of individual provinces with that of 16 advanced peer countries. Learn how the provinces and peer countries fare on indicators of three dimensions of innovation performance—capacity, activity and results—and discuss the findings with the authors.

Recorded Webinar | September 2015 | Daniel Munro, Sheila Rao | The Conference Board of Canada

Seniors Residential Care in Canada: Can We Afford It?

As the population ages, Canadian policy makers and individuals are asking themselves the same question: Will we be able to pay for our long-term care needs in the future? Currently, the amount individuals pay for residential Long Term Care (LTC) varies widely between provinces, with public funds picking up the majority, or even all, of the bill. However, the pressure on both individual and government finances is set to further increase as a consequence of a large, looming funding gap for the sector. Even now, those wishing to access the system can face long waits for LTC spaces, leading to unneeded distress for seniors and their loved ones. Further, the consequences of this access crunch have a significant bearing on other parts of our already stretched health care system. So what can be done to mitigate the current issues and looming challenges? These issues and more were covered in a recent Conference Board of Canada report: Understanding Seniors Care in Canada. Join report co-author Dr. Philip Astles as he discusses and expands on these critical issues, starting with current payment levels for LTC by both residents and governments. He will then go on to explore some of the consequences of the present system and levels of service, including wait times for access and the knock-on effect of acute beds being used to care for those waiting for a LTC space. Finally, he will highlight some of the factors that are placing ever increasing pressure on the LTC sector, as well as ideas for potential solutions going forward.

Recorded Webinar | September 2015 | Philip Astles | The Conference Board of Canada

The View: Perspectives on Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

This inaugural issue of The View features four articles that spotlight individual and population initiatives focused on self-management of chronic disease prevention and management.

Report | 44 pages | August 2015 | Dan Bilsker, Shahnaz Davachi, Sue Mills, Lorrie Lancaster, Peter Sargious | The Conference Board of Canada

Tracking the Energy Revolution: Top 10 Trends Driving the Global Energy Transition

Clean energy technologies, services, and policies accelerate the shift to a renewable-based energy economy. They accomplish this by increasing renewable energy supply, reducing consumer and industrial energy demand, improving the infrastructure systems that transmit, store and use energy and enabling market penetration of clean-energy solutions. The demand for clean energy, and thus, less dependence on fossil fuels, continues to grow from both businesses and consumers. Tracking the Energy Revolution—Global, and Tracking the Energy Revolution—Canada, are two reports released in 2015 by Clean Energy Canada. In this 60 minute session, Merran Smith will discuss the 10 most significant investment, policy, technology, and societal trends and developments that both defined and propelled the worldwide shift to clean energy in 2014.

Recorded Webinar | July 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Getting People Moving: Understanding Behaviour to Increase Physical Activity

Only 15 percent of Canada’s adult population meets the recommended 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week. And it’s not a matter of capability: while the majority of Canadians are physically able to be active, most spend their days sitting or otherwise sedentary. We know that physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour can have significant cost implications for the health care system, employers, and the economy, so why are so many of us still physically inactive? Can humankind’s physiological and behavioural adaptations over the last 50,000 years explain this phenomenon? Do your current environments impact our decisions to make ration choices towards a physical lifestyle? Join us for this 60 minute webinar as Dr. John C. Spence discusses the second briefing of our series “Moving Ahead: Healthy Active Living in Canada.” This session will examine the determinants of behaviour that can help identify effective interventions, including programs and policies, to support and/or increase the opportunity, capability, and motivation to be physically active.

Recorded Webinar | July 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Improving Healthcare Supply: The Future of Group Purchasing

As delivery practices evolve and reimbursement changes, hospitals and health systems are constantly looking for new opportunities to drive down cost and improve patient outcomes. The use of Group Purchase Organizations (GPOs) is one methodology utilized to accomplish these goals. According to the Health Care Supply Chain Association, GPO’s generate up to $55 billion in annual savings for hospitals, Medicare and Medicaid, and taxpayers. But what exactly are the benefits of these programs, and how could they help your organization drive down costs? Join clinician and sourcing operations executive at Novation Cathy Denning as she discusses the contracting processes that engage hospital staff and support a hospitals procurement efforts. Cathy will provide an overview of Novation’s unique Innovative Technology Program; and the processes used to procure innovative products for use in healthcare organizations across the country..Don’t miss this chance to learn how GPO’s could be the missing link your procurement processes were needing.

Recorded Webinar | June 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Reconciliation and Relationships: Building the Basis of Productive Corporate-Aboriginal Relations

Join Lyle Viereck as he speaks about the role that reconciliation and enduring relationships can play in fostering constructive, meaningful and mutually-beneficial relations between industry and Aboriginal communities. Drawing on his experience as the Director of Aboriginal Relations and Negotiations with BC Hydro as well as other current projects, Lyle will discuss five key building blocks of reconciliation and how they contribute to both productive Aboriginal relations as well as community capacity development. He will also explore the changing socioeconomic, political and legal landscape surrounding Aboriginal relations overall, and the associated implications for relations between communities and business.

Recorded Webinar | June 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Are the Kids Alright? A 24-Hour Movement Guideline for Healthier Children and Youth

Canadians spend about 70 per cent of their waking hours in a sedentary state. As previous Conference Board research on healthy active living has shown, increasing levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour, such as sitting during waking hours, can have a significant impact on both our health and on our economy. Just getting 10 per cent of the population to move more and sit less could save the health care system $2.6 billion and boost GDP by $7.5 billion over 25 years. But despite these facts, the message still doesn’t seem to be getting through. So how can we further encourage our children and youth to get up, get moving, and build a healthier future for Canada? Join Dr. Mark Tremblay for this 60-minute webinar in which he will discuss ongoing research into the development of the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Behaviour Guidelines for Children and Youth. Read the 3 briefings: Moving Ahead: Making the Case for Healthy Active Living in Canada Moving Ahead: The Economic Impact of Reducing Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour Moving Ahead: Taking Steps to Reduce Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour

Recorded Webinar | June 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Health and Home: An Overview of Senior Care in Canada

As Canada’s population ages, services for seniors are becoming more important to provide, and more challenging to deliver. Compared with the overall Canadian population, seniors are more frequent users of provincial and territorial health care systems and related social services, which puts additional strain on funding. However, by taking heed current trends as well as the strengths and weaknesses of our present arrangements in seniors care, Canada can adapt to meet the needs of our oldest citizens. Join us for a 60-minute webinar describing The Conference Board of Canada's findings on the present and future of senior care in Canada. This webinar will provide an overview of current seniors’ care services in Canada by province and territory. The presentation will summarize the situation of caregivers and the legislative, tax and other supports that may—or may not—exist to help them care for their loved ones. This webinar will also provide participants with a first look at survey results from the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care. These findings provide a comprehensive picture of how Canadians themselves use, perceive and assess the existing systems of home and community care, which sets the context for additional Conference Board research into senior care in Canada. Participants will get the unique perspective of the Conference Board on the national picture as it relates to services for seniors. This is a webinar not to be missed for health policy-makers at the federal and provincial levels, health and community care providers, and those involved in advocacy, such as seniors organizations and charitable organizations.

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | Philip Astles | The Conference Board of Canada

Driving Knowledge Management for Innovation

Good knowledge management (KM) and innovation are strongly connected. Drawing on a literature review and interviews with innovative organizations, this briefing identifies and explores KM best practices.

Briefing | 32 pages | May 2015 | Sarah Dimick | The Conference Board of Canada

Utiliser la gestion du savoir pour stimuler l’innovation

La bonne gestion du savoir et l’innovation sont intimement liées. Cette note d’information utilise une étude documentaire et des entrevues auprès d’organisations innovatrices pour recenser et analyser des pratiques exemplaires de gestion du savoir.

Note de recherche | 38 pages | May 2015 | Sarah Dimick | The Conference Board of Canada

Healthcare for a Vulnerable Population: The Ottawa Inner City Health Project

Join us for this special webinar presented by the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care, in which Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull will describe how tackling growing inequality—health inequality, social inequality and income inequality—must become our top wellness priority. Dr. Turnbull has a unique perspective on the health care system in Canada. From inside the system, as Chief of Staff at the Ottawa Hospital, he sees on a daily basis how the hospital struggles to serve acute care patients—as well as more and more patients with chronic conditions, who have nowhere else to go. Dr. Turnbull also gets a first-hand view at the devastating impact of poverty on health. In 2001, he helped found the Ottawa Inner City Health Project, which set out to improve the health and welfare of Ottawa's homeless population. Since the inception of the project, he has served as Medical Director and conducts regular rounds to care for some of the most vulnerable people in the community. Don’t miss this chance to learn about this unique program, which Dr. Turnbull describes as one of the most fulfilling aspects of his career.

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

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