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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

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

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