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A Road Map to Health System Sustainability: A Clear Imperative to Enhance Health

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), total health expenditure in Canada was estimated at $228.1 billion, or $6,299 per Canadian in 2016, representing 11.1 per cent of total gross domestic product (GDP). Of these costs, hospitals, physicians, and drugs account for the largest share of dollars spent. However, health expenditures per capita have decreased by an average of 0.1 per cent per year since 2010). As other similar countries spend far less on health care for equal or better health outcomes and system performance, the Conference Board of Canada launched the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care, a program that calls for increased prevention efforts, innovation in disease management, addressing the growing demand future care, and the need to address existing socio-economic factors. Join us for a 60 minute webinar in which Louis Theriault, presents findings from the Conference Board’s A Roadmap to Health System Sustainability: CASHC Compendium Report, 2011-2016. and other research and dialogue on health, wellness, and health care, within the context of sustainability. Based on four guiding principles of health and health system sustainability—accountability for results, value for money, fair and timely access, and appropriateness. This research aims to help Canadian leaders and the public better understand the conditions under which Canada’s health care system can be sustained (both financially and more broadly), improve the functioning of both the Canadian health system as a whole and health care practices within firms and organizations, help close research gaps, and bring value to the national discussion health care sustainability.

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

The Idle No More Movement: Impacts on Mobilization, Political Conversation, and Policy Making

Over the last decade, social movements with a strong online component have swept the political, economic, and social landscape of several national contexts. As tools to engage and inform the public and community members, social media and other online forms of communication and organization are both quick and effective.Indigenous actors and organizations are no strangers to this. The most famous Indigenous example within Canada, the Idle No More (INM) movement, emerged in late 2012 as a reaction to the Harper government’s Bill C-38 (the Jobs, Growth, and Long-Term Prosperity Act) and omnibus Bill C-45 (the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012).The Idle No More movement, although rooted in more than 400 years of struggle for the recognition of Indigenous Rights in the Canadian political context, used several modern online mobilization techniques to complement its offline efforts to push its issues to the forefront. As one of Canada’s largest social action movements, INM helped to change Canadian discourse, both online and off.

Recorded Webinar | September 2017 | The Conference Board of Canada

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

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