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Solutions to Sustain Canada’s Labour Force

Canada’s most dominant cohort, the baby boomers, are retiring in droves. As such, Canada will see a significant restructuring of its labour market in the decades to come and is at risk of seeing its labour force shrink if it does not take proactive measures to grow it. Canada’s main measure has been to welcome immigrants which has resulted in immigration accounting for some 90 per cent of its labour force growth in recent years.

However, there are other solutions to sustain labour force growth; namely, by boosting the labour force participation rates of under-represented groups such as Indigenous peoples. Drawing upon a new Conference Board of Canada study, this webinar will discuss the trajectory of Canada’s labour force growth in the coming decades. What will it look like and how would different scenarios (weak vs. modest labour force growth) affect real GDP growth? The webinar will also forecast the drivers of labour force growth (Canadian school leavers and immigration). It will conclude with a discussion on how technological change (e.g., automation and artificial intelligence) might impact Canada’s future labour force needs.

Recorded Webinar | January 2019 | Kareem El-Assal | The Conference Board of Canada

Catalyzing energy efficiency in Canada

Since the early 1970s, energy efficiency (EE) has been recognized as the most relevant mechanism to optimize the way we meet our energy needs. For the last 25 years, EE has also been identified as a favoured approach to fighting climate change. The introduction of EE building codes, standards and labels, and energy performance contracting schemes are but a few initiatives developed in Canada over the past 40 years.

Canada’s energy sector is overseen by provincial or territorial regulators, which means there are as many distinct legal and regulatory frameworks as there are provinces and territories.

This 60 minute webinar will take a close look at the history and current state of the EE sector across Canada. A quick overview of each province’s or territory’s history related to the EE sector and how legal and institutional frameworks have evolved will enable participants to understand the key success factors supporting the development of the EE field.

A number of case studies will be discussed featuring utilities, non-profits and private associations highlighting key success factors and innovative initiatives. Major players featured in the case studies include: Energy Efficiency Alberta (which has contributed to the fastest CDM market growth in Canada over the past year), Efficiency One (the first electric-utility-operated EE firm in Canada); the Atmospheric Fund (innovative financing mechanism to invest in urban solutions to reduce carbon emissions and air pollution), and the IESO (which has put capacity-building at the core of its CDM initiatives).

Recorded Webinar | November 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Canadian Entrepreneur Immigration: Opportunities, Challenges, and the Path Forward

While Canada’s immigrant intake will climb to 340,000 by 2020, the intake of entrepreneurs has declined significantly in recent decades due to the many challenges that Canada has faced. Today, the provinces and territories lead Canada’s efforts to welcome immigrant entrepreneurs, but they tend to allocate no more than 10 per cent of their total PNP allocations towards entrepreneurs. Among those entrepreneurs that do to arrive to Canada, the chances of them succeeding are low due to the various economic and social challenges that they experience and limitations in the entrepreneur programs themselves.

The Conference Board of Canada is currently conducting a major national study evaluating the latest trends, issues, and opportunities for federal and provincial entrepreneur programs across Canada. The study will also suggest new entrepreneur program ideas. Kareem El-Assal will share the Conference Board’s findings as he outlines innovative ways that Canada can improve its programs moving forward. This will include discussion on aligning entrepreneur programming with economic development priorities, improving selection criteria, reducing processing times, and better predicting the success of immigrant entrepreneurs. He will also be available to answer any questions that you may have.

Recorded Webinar | November 2018 | Kareem El-Assal | The Conference Board of Canada

Designing for Wellbeing: Promoting Healthy Community Living Through Design

We may be living longer, but are we living better? In 2017, Canada spent an estimated $242 billion on health care. Health and well-being are two factors that can impact quality of life. Well-being is a complex concept because it is influenced by myriad social, environmental, economic, cultural, and political factors. Across all, reduced access to resources or exposure to adverse challenges can compromise individual well-being.

Increasing interest among stakeholders is impacting design decisions that foster health, vitality, and wellbeing. Indeed, the design of our built environment impacts our health and wellbeing, with potentially long-term consequences on quality of life.

Research has established clear connections between the built environment and aspects of health and wellness. To support well-being and promote healthier lifestyle choices, community design features can be used to encourage individuals to engage in physical activity, adopt prosocial behaviour, and eat nutritious food.

To provide insight into how the built environment influences well-being, The Conference Board of Canada partnered with DIALOG to publish Community Wellbeing: A Framework for the Design Professions. The goal of this work was to create a framework that design professionals, including urban planners, architects, landscape architects, interior designers, and engineers, could use to understand and leverage this thinking into their work from conception to evaluation.

Recorded Webinar | October 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy 2018: Emerging Technologies and Strategies,

This report identifies and discusses key takeaways extracted from the Conference Board's Technology and Innovation Policy 2018: Emerging Technologies and Strategies event that was held in Toronto on April 25, 2018.

Report | 36 pages | October 2018 | Darren Gresch | The Conference Board of Canada

Health Care Aware: Understanding Pharmaceutical Costs and Pricing Webinar

The retail price paid for pharmaceuticals is a result of several different inputs, few of which are well understood by consumers. Pharmacy mark-ups are especially elusive, as they can vary across several variables such as location (i.e. the province and territory where the drug is dispensed), drug coverage under public or private insurance, cash paying without coverage or whether the drug is considered a specialty medication.

Recorded Webinar | October 2018 | Isabelle Gagnon-Arpin | The Conference Board of Canada

The Evolving Landscape of Crown-Indigenous Resource Revenue Sharing Arrangements in Canada: Where Are We Headed?

On May 3, 2018, the Province of Ontario announced that it had signed resource revenue sharing (RRS) agreements with 32 participating First Nations communities. Under these agreements, the Province will share a defined portion of the tax collected from existing and future mining and forestry operations.

The agreements in Ontario highlight the fact that RRS is an evolving part of the Canadian natural resource landscape. Governments have, in some instances reluctantly, come to appreciate its relevance and presence in the sector. Companies, for the most part, are eager for the higher level of certainty that comes from formal Crown agreements with Indigenous communities and the clarification of financial arrangements. RRS can work to ensure Indigenous communities receive community benefits from development on their traditional territories, providing own source revenue that may in turn be used to support important community objectives.

This 90 minute webinar will explore RRS though the perspectives and interests of industry and Indigenous organizations. It will review the recently concluded agreements in Ontario, what they encompass and what remains to be done, in addition to situating them within the broader Canadian context surrounding RRS.

Recorded Webinar | October 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

The Benefits of Early Optimized Treatment for Depression

With workplace mental health and wellness receiving increased attention, there has been interest in examining the effects of early treatment for patients with depression. There is a body of evidence that points to early optimized treatment providing the greatest opportunity for achieving full functional recovery.

Unfortunately, there are many stages at which a person with depression can experience a delay in receiving optimal treatment. These begin even before encountering the health system as many people do not seek treatment for depression at all. When they do, depression severity can also have an impact on the treatment they receive. And even if a minimally adequate level of treatment is received, many individuals fail to achieve adequate response or subsequently relapse.

This 60-recorded webinar with Greg Sutherland explores the potential economic benefits of overcoming some of these obstacles.

Recorded Webinar | September 2018 | Greg Sutherland | The Conference Board of Canada

Understanding the Potential of Blockchain: A Focus on Privacy and Security

Drawing of multifaceted chain links with 1s and 0s behind it

Blockchain technology is becoming more popular as individuals and enterprises are starting to understand the opportunities that come with it. As we enter into a more data reliant world, transparency, trace-ability and security are just a few advantages that blockchain can provide. We are seeing blockchain transform the supply chain industry, store important information such as medical records, and even transform the way in which the financial systems work.

Recorded Webinar | August 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Value-Based Procurement of Innovative Medicines: Lessons from Five Cases

Rising health care costs are driving governments, health care professionals, insurance companies, and other stakeholders to find new ways to maintain or increase quality of care while keeping costs as manageable as possible. Value-based procurement (VBP) of innovative medicines is a promising model to achieve this.

Recorded Webinar | June 2018 | Darren Gresch | The Conference Board of Canada

The Perfect Storm: Solutions to the Growing Health Human Resource Crisis

Today in Canada there are more people aged 65 and over than there are 14 years and younger. This statistic, combined with an aging workforce, low-recruitment rates, high incidence of burnout and injury, and funding challenges, leaves Canada’s seniors care sector facing a serious health human resource crisis.

Seniors today are living at home longer, arriving at long-term care homes later, and with more complex health issues than ever before. However, with key investments to ensure retention among health care professionals, as well as a robust recruiting process will ensure that Canada is able to secure the next generation of continuing care workers.

Recorded Webinar | May 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Resource Co-Management Regimes in Canada's North: Can They Improve Relationships and Outcomes in Other Regions of the Country?

This 60 minute recorded webinar discusses resource co-management regimes in the North, and their potential application and viability within other regions of the country.

Recorded Webinar | May 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Perspectives 2017 des DPI au Canada : appliquer la stratégie d’entreprise et apporter de la valeur

Ce rapport annuel sur les cadres responsables de la gestion de l’information donne un aperçu du futur rôle de ceux-ci et leur propose cinq leçons majeures sur lesquelles se concentrer.

Rapport | 84 pages | May 2018 | Darren Gresch | Le Conference Board du Canada

Canadian CIO Outlook 2017: Driving Business Strategy and Delivering Value

This annual survey report on Canadian chief information officers (CIOs) offers a glimpse into the future role of the CIO and provides five key takeaways for CIOs to focus on.

Report | 78 pages | May 2018 | Darren Gresch | The Conference Board of Canada

Employability Skills: What Every Employer Seeks

Employers in all sectors across Canada seek workers who demonstrate Employability Skills. The Conference Board of Canada’s Employability Skills define the skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace. They are the foundation for employability and provide a common language for recruitment, performance review, and career path planning.

Related resources, including the Employability Skills Toolkit and the Employability Skills Credentialing Tool,are available to support Employability Skills development. These tools are designed to help individuals and employers in performance review and career path planning activities.

Join Alison in this webinar, and learn how Employability Skills can help learners and employers focus and develop the skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed for success in the workplace and beyond.

Recorded Webinar | April 2018 | Alison Howard | The Conference Board of Canada

Using Design Thinking to Scale Telemedicine: OTN’s Enhanced Access to Primary Care Initiative

Telemedicine brings great value to patients by increasing access to healthcare and providing the tools to support more effective self-management of chronic diseases. Under the leadership of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), Ontario has developed one of the largest and most comprehensive telemedicine platforms in the world. While telemedicine growth over the past decade has been strong, scale remains elusive due to the lack of natural business models. The Enhanced Access to Primary Care initiative that OTN is rolling out in collaboration with its partners, has been designed to create conditions for mainstreaming virtual primary care in a sustainable manner.

Recorded Webinar | April 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Market Access and Adoption of Disruptive Health Technologies

Early engagement with key stakeholders and collaborative evidence generation play a critical role in expedited market access of disruptive health technologies.

In this 60-minute session, Shahira Bhimani highlights how the EXCITE process supports a “pull model” for innovation adoption wherein the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is integral in the prioritization of the technology based on alignment of the innovation to health system needs. In addition, this presentation discusses case examples of how the EXCITE process uses a multi-stakeholder collaborative process to identify a pathway to adoption of innovative technologies into the Ontario healthcare system.

Recorded Webinar | April 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Putting Social Sciences and Humanities Graduates to Work: Strategies that Move Students from Classroom to Career

This recorded webinar discusses how post-secondary institutions and educators can better support social sciences and humanities students for careers before they make the transition to the work world.

Recorded Webinar | March 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

Understanding the Teenage Mind: Strategies to Engage Youth in Agri-Food Careers

According to the 2016 Census, the agriculture and agri-food sector accounts for 6.7% of Canada’s total GDP and employs approximately 2.3 million people. However, despite agri-food’s significant contribution to the economy, the average Canadian teenager is unsure about the sector and uninformed of its career opportunities. This lack of awareness presents a serious challenge to recruit the next generation of agri-food employees. With a rising labour shortage in the sector, and a need to feed a growing population, it is more important than ever to interest youth in an agri-food career pathway. So how do we get them engaged?

Recorded Webinar | March 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

The New Health Economy: Managing Data, Placing Value on Medical care, and Empowering Patients

The future of healthcare is more challenging and the possibilities more exciting than ever before. While life sciences and healthcare organizations recognize the possibilities, the need for strategies and leadership to shape our health is more important than ever. We will explore 6 predictions of what life sciences and healthcare industries might look like in 2022, discuss major trends across healthcare and the key constraints that will need to be overcome to meet the challenges of the future.

Recorded Webinar | March 2018 | The Conference Board of Canada

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