A survey commissioned by Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) earlier this year shows that Canadians are suffering emotional stress related to their financial situation, and nearly half – 48 per cent – say they have lost sleep because they are worried about money.
Everyone has aspirations. Figuring out how to make them a reality, however, can be difficult. Financial matters are complicated, and with so many competing demands on your money, it can be hard to know where to even begin mapping out a plan for achieving your goals.
Concordia University is up front about its commitment to gender diversity. The Montreal institution has made history by renaming its school of engineering and computer science for Gina Cody, the first woman ever to be awarded a PhD in building engineering there.
Available to all 14- to 24-year-olds across Canada and in more than 140 countries, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award inspires young people to reach their full potential. Originally launched in England 60 years ago, the organization now relies fully on donor support to fund its efforts.
Philanthropy is a key partner in Red Cross health initiatives for Canada’s vulnerable populations
For many Canadians, mention of the Red Cross conjures up images of aid workers on television screens helping victims in disaster zones around the world. While that’s one of the organization’s key roles globally, other less heralded efforts to help society’s most vulnerable are equally important.
It’s been five years since Canada became the first and, so far, only country in the world to enshrine National Philanthropy Day (NPD) in legislation, proclaiming November 15 as the official day to celebrate the generosity of Canadians and the amazing impact they have on communities from coast to coast.
Colin Bierbaum grew up watching his father head out each month for personal advisory group meetings – structured gatherings where members discuss the challenges and experiences of being part of a family business.
Half of all Canadians believe they are too young to worry about writing a will or don’t have enough assets to make it worthwhile, according to an Angus Reid Institute poll published earlier this year. That’s a mistake, says Sharon Hartung, an author and member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ (STEP) Digital Assets Special Interest Group.
New technologies promise to disrupt the field of engineering, from smart cities, autonomous vehicles and cryptocurrencies to advanced manufacturing systems, and educators must stay ahead of the curve, says Dr. Amir Asif, founding dean of the newly renamed Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University in Montreal.
Dan Savoy couldn’t believe what the doctors in the emergency room were telling him – he was having a heart attack at just 26 years old. The medical staff was also shocked, and Mr. Savoy recalls their first reaction.
Research shows that individuals alone cannot address the diabetes epidemic. While there are many things those with or at risk of the disease can do to increase their chances of a long and healthy life, research proves that it is very difficult for them to succeed without the right environment, education and community-based support. “The fact that Canada is late to adopt a national strategy puts us in the lower third of developed countries,” says Kimberley Hanson, Diabetes Canada’s director of federal affairs. “We believe it’s time that changes.”
Backed by a combination of smart government policies and the same entrepreneurial spirit that earned the province a global reputation for innovation in oil and gas production, Alberta is emerging as a hub for the development of green technology and climate leadership.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics combine with the arts (STEAM) to prepare youth to thrive in a technology-driven world
It’s been barely two years since the official launch of Canada 2067, but the ambitious 50-year program to promote learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) has already gripped the imagination of educators, learners and the business community more firmly than its founders had hoped for.
Darren Yelton sees The Great Trail as an opportunity for people to learn about his culture. The Squamish Nation wood carver is one of many Indigenous people who, in various ways, welcome visitors to the 24,000-kilometre Trail.
Trail-building has always been an important part of Canada’s heritage. A country as big as ours would remain largely impenetrable without the efforts of generations of trail-builders – from Indigenous people, pioneers and explorers to dedicated agencies and trail associations.
In 2008, when Calgary Economic Development published its 10-year economic strategy for the city, the biggest challenge facing local companies was finding enough skilled people to fill jobs in the booming energy sector.
While Canadians continue their love affair with coffee – and specialty brews in particular – ensuring the sustainability and health of the communities where the crops are grown is a priority for one of the country’s major importers of beans, Keurig Canada.
There are many arguments in favour of studying in Atlantic Canada, and the region’s universities attract students from the local population as well as across Canada and worldwide. A recent survey by the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) of international graduates, for example, showed that 94 per cent felt welcome as new arrivals, 84 per cent made close friends in their communities, and 77 per cent said Atlantic Canada is a place they would like to work and live after graduation.
Research shows that unhealthy weight is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes in youth, says Dr. Shazhan Amed, clinical associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at BC Children’s Hospital and co-lead of a study, supported by the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program, to track the disease, that was virtually non-existent in this country 25 years ago.
Ensuring organic integrity for organic meat products from farm to plate
Until very recently, organic meat was only really available in the refrigerated meat section of the grocery store. There’s a reason for that. Creating ready-to-eat products for the everyday shopper that include organic meat as an ingredient is more complex than you may think. For Yorkshire Valley Farms, a leading Canadian organic poultry producer, raising organic poultry and bringing it to market are as much a labour of love as a business enterprise. “A lot of people don’t understand the many layers and complexities of the organic system and all the things that need to be done to maintain its integrity,” says Krysten Cooper, director of Corporate Strategy and Sustainability. “The organic chain of command is meticulously managed at all steps.”
Fall signals the beginning of the harvest season for farmers across Canada in a year that has been unpredictable and challenging for many producers and businesses in light of trade tariffs and tough NAFTA negotiations. Yet this fall also marks the beginning of a new chapter with the government’s forthcoming announcement of Canada’s first national food policy.
Encouraged by qualitative research that shows art may be one of the ways to engage people living with dementia, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle are partnering in a study to explore ways to integrate this new knowledge into large care systems.
Long and sunny summer days tend to promise opportunities for leisure and play. Yet when it comes to sun protection, people can be too relaxed. Many only pack the sunscreen on days when they’re heading to the beach. And once they have a tan, 60 per cent say they are not as diligent about sunscreen or forgo it entirely.
The Baffin Island settlement of Pangnirtung, 50 km south of the Arctic Circle, has its own superhero – Marvel Comics’ Amka Aliyak, a.k.a. Snowguard – but the Nunavut community’s real champions are members of the Inuit Ilagiit Society (IIS), a service organization serving the 1,500 residents.
Canadians are more confident than ever in the country’s charitable sector and demonstrated their support with a significant increase last year in the number of people making donations, according to the 2018 What Canadian Donors Want Survey.
Providing professional training and accreditation for 20 years According to the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), changing tax laws and the growing complexity of estate planning are prompting more Canadians than ever to seek professional guidance.
Speedier transition needed to achieve clean energy’s full potential With the world’s population on track to reach 10 billion by 2050, the drive towards a more sustainable global economy has become an imperative. Arguably, few people recognize that imperative more than University of British Columbia (UBC) professor Walter Mérida.
A new type of engineer is needed to deal with the challenges of a rapidly changing world, and universities and faculties must urgently adapt their training to meet this demand, says the new head of Polytechnique Montreal.
Ushering breakthrough inventions out of the lab and into the market When the Canadian team Ionomr recently won the Start Up Energy Transition (SET) award in Berlin, the competition’s congratulatory tweet noted that Ionomr’s “disruptive and revolutionary membrane technology offers to turn the energy world itself upside down.”