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Canada's Energy Sector: The View from China

China has entered Canada's energy sector in a big way. Chinese energy demand continues to rise, surpassing more than 10 million barrels a day in 2013, about 60 per cent of which is imported. Most of its imports come from unstable sources, in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa, but China is looking to diversify its oil sources and increase security of supply. As such, between 2009 and 2012, China's 3 largest oil companies have invested $33 billion in Canada, most of it in the Alberta oilpatch, making Canada a key strategic piece in China’s efforts to achieve their energy objectives. But will this trade partnership be enough for China’s needs? And what effect will this investment have on Canadian Businesses? Join us for this special session as Wenran Jiang, Director of the Canada-China Energy and Environment Forum, describes the opportunities that China sees in the energy sector, the challenges that Chinese companies have encountered, and the barriers that are in place. Don’t miss this chance to hear expert analysis on energy trade from both Canadian and Chinese perspectives. Click the videos below to hear Wenran Jiang of the Canada-China Energy and Environment Forum give a sneak preview of the upcoming presentation! Wenran Jiang -- The Benefit of Low Oil Prices to China Wenran Jiang -- China Asks: Where's the Return?

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Quality Indicators to Influence Healthcare Practice: The Canadian Cardiovascular Quality Project

The Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) quality project has engaged physicians and provincial health data experts in the development of a national clinical quality improvement framework. Such initiatives are essential for all health care systems that are under increasing pressure to demonstrate that they are delivering better outcomes for Canadians. To do this, accurate and timely quality measures need to be developed that identify unsatisfactory clinical practices which can then be addressed. This successful project for which The Conference Board of Canada is providing project management services, recognised early on that in order to influence outcomes quality measures needed to be relevant and accepted by practitioners. The initial five-year project therefore sought the input of numerous clinical and data experts from across Canada to establish what should be measured and what is needed to do it. By detailing the most important indicators of clinical practice, the project has already been successful in building stakeholder consensus and changing the way data is collected across the country. This represents an important step toward relevant, measureable, actionable indicators that can be used to drive healthcare improvement. In this 60-minute webinar, participants will hear about the achievements and challenges of the CCS quality project. During this webinar, participants will learn about the collaborative model used that could be applied to drive quality initiatives in many clinical fields.

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

Medical Tourism: An Opportunity for Canada?

It is estimated that 11 million people worldwide have travelled or are planning to travel abroad to seek medical care, and that number is increasing. ‘Medical Tourism’, as it has come to be known, has surged in recent years, and is believed to be growing at a pace of 15 to 25 per cent annually. Countries that are promoting medical tourism regard it as a means to develop their economies, earn foreign currencies and improve their own health care facilities. Canada, however, has been reticent to promote itself as a medical tourism destination. At present, more Canadians travel abroad for medical treatment (spending $447 million in 2013) than foreign visitors who come to Canada for health care (earning us $150 million the same year). So should Canada jump on this growing trend? We will not know unless we experiment. Cautious and careful experimentation with medical tourism in Canada can allow us to learn whether it creates a plus or becomes a minus for our public health system -- and adjust our public policies accordingly. Join Ronald Labonté, co-author of a new research report for The Conference Board of Canada's Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care, for a discussion about the potential, and the risks, of medical tourism in Canada. Ronald will discuss whether our health system can do so without compromising access for Canadians, and if we can generate substantial revenues for cross-subsidization of public health without creating burdensome administrative costs. Interested in more detail on the potential of Medical Tourism? Check out our report - Should Canada's Hospitals Open Their Doors to Medical Tourists?

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Carbon Pricing: A Canadian Approach

Canada’s provinces already have a head start in implementing policies to put a price on carbon, andprovincially-customized carbon pricing policies present a practical way to make national progress on lowering emissions today. So what is the current progress on the national level? Join us for this thought-provoking presentation of the latest report of Canada's Ecofiscal Commission, The Way Forward: A Practical Approach to Reducing Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions. This extensive report examines the opportunities for building on these provincial initiatives, and serves as a starting point for a broader discussion on the policy details for implementation at a national level. Published in April 2015, the Commission’s report explores two central issues. First, why provincial carbon pricing is the practical way to move forward on achieving meaningful, low-cost reductions in GHG emissions. Second, which details and fundamentals of policy design need to be considered as provinces take their next steps. Click the videos below to hear Dr. Chris Ragan of the Ecofiscal Commission give a sneak preview of the upcoming presentation! Canada's Ecofiscal Commission -- Carbon Pricing Policy Canada's Ecofiscal Commission -- Four Principles of Carbon Pricing Policies Canada's Ecofiscal Commission -- A Province-Based Approach to a National Issue

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | Glen Hodgson | The Conference Board of Canada

Better Healthcare Through Community & Stakeholder Engagement

As recent research from the Conference Board has shown, the long-term viability of Canada’s health system is in jeopardy. And as the struggle to fairly distribute resources continues, many healthcare organizations are looking to the public for their input. Various terminology is used to describe similar approaches including: community engagement, stakeholder engagement, or collaborative stakeholder engagement. The common denominator is that siloed decision-making is often ineffective in allocation of public resources and is increasingly discouraged. There is momentum for this type of collaboration in many jurisdictions, but does it work? What are the implications of community engagement for individuals, healthcare organizations, and the overall health of Canadians? Join us for this special live webinar that will shed light on how effective community engagement for healthcare can be. Drawing on his many years of experience leading healthcare community engagement projects in British Columbia, Paul Gallant will focus on the effective process used and lessons learned from the perspective of all stakeholders, including: the general public; health care providers including physicians, allied health and family caregivers; municipal, provincial and health authority decision-makers; non-profit associations; and others

Recorded Webinar | April 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Clearing the Air: The State of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Canada

Over the past two decades, rising energy costs, competitive pressures, changes in policy, and/or the desire to become more environmentally friendly prompted many Canadian industries to reduce their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission intensities. However, despite this interest in tackling the problem head on, Canada’s overall GHG emission performance, and the policies surrounding it, are often clouded in controversy. Most of the policy interventions have taken place at the provincial level, including British Columbia’s carbon tax, Quebec’s carbon levy and cap and trade, Ontario’s plan to phase out coal-fired electricity, Nova Scotia’s emissions cap for electric utilities, and Alberta’s Specified Gas Emitters Regulation. But what can and should be done on a national level? What initiatives are currently in place, and how will future plans affect your industry? Join us this Earth Day as Michael Burt presents an assessment of Canada’s GHG record, the current policy approaches, and the outlook for the future. Michael will discuss The Conference Board’s forecast of GHG emissions by industry, and show how without new initiatives, just how quickly the annual quantity of GHGs emitted by the Canadian economy will grow between now and 2035. He will also discuss how the GHG forecast can be used to assess how changes in policy or the structure of the Canadian economy can impact emissions moving forward.

Recorded Webinar | April 2015 | Michael Burt | The Conference Board of Canada

Biodiversity Offsets: Balancing Economic Opportunity with Conservation

Earth’s biodiversity is increasingly at risk. Over the last century, the rate of extinction has increased by 1000 times the natural rate. In Canada alone, there are 345 listed species at risk, and this number keeps growing. Yet despite this alarming trend, one of the biggest threats to biodiversity, development of land and water, continues , contributing to habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation. As priorities shift within the public, the need to balance economic growth with conservation efforts has lead to new thinking about new tools. Biodiversity offsets - measureable positive conservation outcomes tied to the losses incurred through development– are an attempt to compensate for the adverse impacts caused by development. Currently, there are at least 45 of these programs worldwide, with countries simultaneously developing legal and political frameworks around the concept of biodiversity offsetting. However, as with any new initiative, there are a lot of questions and concerns around the practical implementation of biodiversity offsets. How are conservation efforts measured? Does the loss of one species equal the loss of another? What is the timeframe for measurement? Where does overall oversight and accountability lie? Will these efforts make a difference? Join Dave Poulton, Principal of Poulton Environmental Strategies and Executive Director of the Alberta Association for Conversation Offsets, for a discussion about the benefits, potential problems, and measurable impacts of biodiversity offsets. Dave will examine the current trends in biodiversity offsetting and explain the issues that decision-makers should consider when implementing frameworks designed to match development and conservation impacts and outcomes.

Recorded Webinar | April 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Aboriginal Relations: The Emergence of a New Paradigm

Canada has over $600 billion worth of natural resource projects slated for the coming decades. With many of these projects set within the traditional territories of First Nations and Inuit communities, the relationship between government, Aboriginal peoples and industry is of pivotal importance. Yet this is a relationship that remains poorly understood and continues to present challenges to communities and developers. The failure to effectively navigate these challenges will result in locked potential for the country as a whole, and Aboriginal communities in particular. So how can these issues be addressed?

Recorded Webinar | April 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Innovation and the Circular Economy

In a circular-economy, products at the end of their life are thought of and treated as resources and are injected back into the economy contributing to: resource conservation; minimizing the use of virgin materials; and the re-capture of residual resources as feedstock for new products. With this closed-loop or cradle-to-cradle production comes the development of new markets and business opportunities as well as job creation and skills development. This webinar from The Conference Board of Canada in collaboration with the National Zero Waste Council explores the current state of circular economy practices within small, medium and large enterprises in Canada and the United States, providing an overview of how an emerging shift in the global economic landscape is being reflected in the North American context.

Recorded Webinar | April 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Family Health Team Initiative In Ontario: A 10 Year Report Card

In 2005, Ontario began to implement the Family Health Team (FHT) model to address cost and quality issues plaguing the health care system and to advance the role of primary care. A defining element of FHTs is their ability to offer enhanced patient access to inter-professional, team-based care. Despite their young age, FHTs have achieved improvements at the organizational level (in terms of its structures and processes) and at the service-delivery level (in terms of how providers are organized to deliver care and interact with patients). While changes in terms of patient experience and outcomes were not yet evident in all domains, there were some early signs of improvement, particularly in chronic disease management. In this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Gabriela Prada discusses the successes and challenges of the Family Health Team (FHT) model of primary care in Ontario, based on the results of a five-year evaluation initiative completed in 2014 by The Conference Board of Canada.

Recorded Webinar | March 2015 | Gabriela Prada | The Conference Board of Canada

Automated Vehicles: The Coming of the Next Disruptive Technology

Automated vehicles (AVs) are, in some forms, already here. If history is a guide their rollout may occur more rapidly than we expect. AV’s have the potential to bring great benefits, particularly in the form of saving time and reducing the number of collisions on our roads. But, as with many new technologies, the roll out process will be disruptive to regulators, industry, and consumers alike. As the technology advances and demand from the public begins, governments and businesses must begin to plan for the arrival of AV’s sooner, rather than later. How much do you know about this coming trend? Are you prepared?

Recorded Webinar | March 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Social Contract for Food: Sustainability for Farmers and Consumers

This eye-opening 60 minute recorded webinar discusses how we can stop wasting food by buying to meet our specific health and cultural needs without breaking the bank. Ralph C. Martin makes the case for linking sustainable food production with healthy consumption, and discusses how much of each food type is wasted and what the potential is to waste less.

Recorded Webinar | March 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Emerging Procurement Approaches in Health Care

There is momentum for innovation within health systems in Canada. Procurement processes, used correctly, could be a powerful tool to introduce innovation and improvement. The introduction of new products and processes into health systems has traditionally been perceived as a cost driver. However, the manner in which innovation is procured can prove decisive in turning a burden into a substantial advantage. This webinar reveals learnings from Conference Board research and dialogue into innovation procurement over several years, including three international roundtables: held in Toronto (December 2013), Barcelona (June 2014) and Moscow (December 2014). Twelve countries shared their experiences with emerging procurement approaches that are increasing value to their health systems. This has made clear that the opportunities offered by the strategic use of procurement are vast and within Canada’s reach.

Recorded Webinar | March 2015 | Gabriela Prada | The Conference Board of Canada

Occupations, Credentials and Skills for a Prosperous BC: The Right Skills for Success

This special recorded webinar explores the skills, occupations and credentials BC employers need to ensure the province's future success. British Columbia has bright economic prospects on its horizon, including growth as a global trade hub, the emergence and development of new knowledge-based industries, and major infrastructure and resource project developments. But there is rising concern among leaders in business, government and education that the province will not have enough people with the right education and skills to seize and support these opportunities. The Conference Board of Canada estimates that skills deficits already cost the province up to $4.7 billion in foregone GDP and $616 million in provincial tax revenues, annually—a result of too many British Columbians not obtaining adequate levels of education to find employment in today’s economy.

Recorded Webinar | March 2015 | Daniel Munro | The Conference Board of Canada

Impact and Benefit Agreements—Key Issues for Communities and Industry

Since their emergence in the mid-1970s, Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs) have come to play an increasingly prominent role in facilitating mine developments in Canada. IBAs are private, negotiated contracts between Aboriginal communities and mine proponents pursuing projects within the communities’ traditional territories. For Aboriginal communities, IBAs serve to mitigate unwanted impacts and ensure the capture of benefits from local resource development projects. For proponents, these agreements help to secure the cooperation and support of local communities, and reduce the uncertainty associated with their projects. IBAs are also increasingly revealing their potential as tools for sustainable community development. A discussion centred on the role of IBAs in contemporary resource developments is especially timely given the evolving legal landscape surrounding Aboriginal rights and title, and the Crown’s duty to consult and accommodate as manifest in the recent Tsilhqot'in case in British Columbia.

Recorded Webinar | February 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Real Inequality Between Millennials and Boomers: Generational Income Gap

Many older Canadians are struggling to comprehend why their adult children have not yet become financially independent. After all, they themselves were employed and earning by their age. But is there a level playing field for Millennials? The anecdotes are well known across the internet: rising tuition fees and crippling student debts; unemployed or underemployed university graduates; young people unable to break into high-priced housing markets. Will today’s young Canadians be the first generation in our country’s history to find themselves worse off than their parents? In its recent study, The Bucks Stop Here: Trends in Income Inequality between Generations, The Conference Board found that there is some validity to the anecdotes. Income inequality between generations of Canadians has increased substantially, and as a result, young Canadians may have a lower lifetime earning potential than any generation before. In this 60 minute recorded webinar, James Knowles, co-author of the report, describes how 27 years of tax return data (1984 to 2010) shows that the average disposable income of Canadians aged 50 to 54 has grown compared to those 25-to-29 years of age. The gap, which was 47 per cent between these two cohorts in the mid-1980s, is now 64 per cent. As the incomes of older Canadians grew over the past 30 years, the incomes of younger Canadians have stagnated. Is there a fix to this widening problem?

Recorded Webinar | February 2015 | James Knowles | The Conference Board of Canada

Behavioural Economics and Health: Nudging Toward a Culture of Wellness

This report explores “nudging,” a new, cost-effective policy tool than can be used to modify behaviours that cause disease or undermine our well-being, thereby improving quality of life and the sustainability of health care systems.

Report | 52 pages | January 2015 | David Verbeeten | The Conference Board of Canada

Économie comportementale et santé : Encourager l’instauration d’une culture du bien-être

Ce rapport se penche sur l'encouragement, un nouveau moyen d'intervention économique pour modifier les comportements qui causent la maladie et nuisent au bien-être, améliorant ainsi la qualité de vie des gens et la viabilité des systèmes de santé. Cette publication comprend un résumé en français, suivi d'une version anglaise du rapport intégral.

Rapport | 56 pages | January 2015 | David Verbeeten | Le Conference Board du Canada

Corporate Crisis of 2024

Many corporate crises today can be categorized and anticipated: CEO misconduct, accounting scandals, high profile product failures, violations of health, safety and environmental laws, unethical labour practices, and cultural friction between a firm and wider society. But what corporate crises can we anticipate in ten years? This 60 minute recorded webinar features Robert Moran, a partner in Washington, DC's office of Brunswick Group.

Recorded Webinar | January 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

How Business Design can Transform your Hospital—The Experience of Kingston General

In this 60-minute recorded session, Heather Fraser, Head of Vuka Innovation, interviews Leslee Thompson, CEO of Kingston General Hospital. Leslee shares her experience of using the principles of Business Design to engage patients as part of a transformative hospital initiative that has shaped the culture and operations of the hospital. She provides a tangible example of how Business Design principles have made a positive difference in a real health care setting.

Recorded Webinar | December 2014 | The Conference Board of Canada

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