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.”
To avoid reno pitfalls, plan ahead A combination of steeply rising prices and lack of supply in many markets is forcing a growing number of Canadians who need more living space to consider renovating their existing homes rather than selling and buying a bigger house.
Collaborations leveraging data for better decision-making What will future cities look like? Will they consist of green buildings, autonomous vehicles and garbage robots? And more importantly, can technologies and data be harnessed for improving quality of life?
Highlighting ‘what mental health really is’ during Mental Health Week
We often automatically say “fine” when someone at work asks how we are. Yet the same question can trigger a more meaningful exchange – one that acknowledges how we truly feel and whether we reach out when we need support. What are some of the conditions that are conducive to opening up at our place of work on days when we’re not feeling like ourselves?
The Canadian life and health insurance industry welcomes the renewed focus on finding a way to ensure that all Canadians can get access to affordable prescription drugs. We strongly support the need for comprehensive reform so that Canadians can have access to medicines and, equally importantly, Canada’s prescription drug system is put back on a secure financial footing for the foreseeable future.
At a time when society is INCREASINGLY IMPACTED by changing demographics, rapidly evolving technology, climate change and a competitive environment, the insurance industry is charged with responding to new realities, expectations and risks.
New business models are disrupting the global legal services landscape as companies find different and more cost-effective ways to access services, and lawyers discover the personal and professional benefits of having control over the types of work they do.
Older adults at risk of experiencing harm related to substance use
When a 24-year-old person walks into a doctor’s office appearing confused, agitated or tired, the physician will know something is amiss and will explore the potential that this person has consumed drugs. But there is a good chance that the same symptoms will not raise red flags for a 74-year-old patient. In addition, an older adult’s dwindling social circle can increase the risk of challenges related to substance use going unnoticed.
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Intergenerational succession is a hot topic for the Canadian family business community as many leaders belonging to the boomer generation are looking to hand over the reins. Relinquishing control over a business into which a leader has invested indeterminable hours, efforts, hopes and dreams can be challenging – but it can also present opportunities for revitalization.
It has been over two years since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued its calls to action, but the journey to reconciliation requires perseverance and involves everyone, says Robert Joseph, hereditary chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation and co-founder of Reconciliation Canada.
Don’t risk losing your quality of life to a vaccine-preventable disease
As children, about 95 per cent of today’s North American adults endured the itch and misery of chickenpox. And while we may not even remember being sick, we’re still harbouring its cause – the dormant varicella zoster virus – in nerve structures near the spine called the dorsal root ganglia.
Moving forward requires honesty about Canada’s collective past and present actions
As Canada enters its 151st year as a nation, the call for healing, reconciliation and justice rings loudly from coast to coast to coast, says Ry Moran, director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) at the University of Manitoba.