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Speer and Asselin: How Canada can compete in the intangibles economy

The rise of the intangible economy requires us to re-evaluate, refine and reorient how we think about economic policy and aim to position Canada to compete in a new market dynamic. The stakes are high. We need to make the right choices today if we want to thrive in an era of intangibles. And some of these decisions challenge decades of conventional wisdom.

Date: Sunday April 7, 2019


A New North Star

Rapid and far-reaching changes to the global economy, driven by technology, demographics and geopolitics, are forcing us to rethink some of the core assumptions of what makes a nation competitive or not. Robert Asselin and Sean Speer offer a bi-partisan strategy for what Canada can do in a data-driven 'intangibles' economy.

Date: Thursday April 4, 2019


Rebooting the Economy: What is the role of government in the transforming economy?

Rebooting the Economy: What is the role of government in the transforming economy?  brought together expert stakeholders to gain a deeper sense of the overall state of the Canadian economy,...

Date: Thursday September 24, 2009


CONDITION CHRONIC: How Improving Workplace Wellness Helps Canadians and the Economy

Canada must do more to both reduce the incidence of chronic disease and to appropriately accommodate those already living with chronic disease. While governments, employers and advocacy organizations have good intentions and are undertaking helpful initiatives, the challenge is immense and it requires a well-informed, broad, integrated response.

Date: Friday September 29, 2017


Moving gig work into good work: Making sense of the new legal landscape around the gig economy

The debate over the employment status of gig workers continues to play out in California legislation. What can Canadian regulators learn for our own first attempts at legislation from California’s decision to enact Assembly Bill 5?

Date: Tuesday November 5, 2019


Bringing Innovation to Life: Innovation-Based Growth In Canadian Life Sciences

Canada’s economic future will be driven by globally competitive companies working at the forefront of knowledge and technology. These companies are built on innovation and skills, cornerstones of economic growth and prosperity. Canada enjoys significant advantages in these areas, but must not be complacent as countries around the world are driving their own economic growth through significant investments in research, innovation and skills.

Date: Wednesday January 3, 2018


DDP Research Memo #4: Talking Past Each Other on Immigration

This report examines Canadians' opinions on immigration and their populist and nativist tendencies. It also surveys election candidates' use of social media across platforms.

Date: Thursday September 26, 2019


Old Gigs, New Gigs: Are Courts and Legislators Reinterpreting an Age-Old Debate for the New World of Work?

Courts and legislatures are deciding whether your Lyft driver is an independent contractor or an employee. The classification is a big deal, affecting workers' protections through to retirement. This paper surveys the current state of the gig economy and how courts, tribunals and legislatures in North America and the UK are tackling the issue of employment classification.

Date: Monday September 30, 2019


Canada-China Session 1: Setting the stage, public opinion trends, approaches to trade

Recap of the first meeting of PPF's Canada-China Forum includes presentations on public opinion by Bruce Anderson of Abacus Data and sectoral trade by Wendy Dobson of University of Toronto

Date: Tuesday July 25, 2017


Understanding the Nature and Experience of Gig Work in Canada

Gig work & gig workers are on the rise, fuelled by technology that makes this form of work more easily accessible. What does this mean for Canada’s labour market and how should we respond? Understanding how workers enter, navigate and experience the gig economy is a critical component to better understanding what policies are required to best protect and support them. This report explores what we know, and what we need to know, about the nature of Canada’s gig economy and the experiences of its workers.

Date: Tuesday June 30, 2020


Emerging Stronger: Addressing the Skills Under-Utilization Challenge for the Future of Work in Canada

How can Canada use its highly skilled workforce as we transition to a knowledge economy? In their new report, AJ Tibando and Arvind Gupta explore Palette Inc., a not-for-profit platform that was created to upskill diverse and non-traditional workers in an ICT sector biased against hiring them. It looks like the Palette model is working.

Date: Friday June 12, 2020


The Future is Now: Creating Decent Work Post-Pandemic

Artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, the sharing economy and other emerging technologies were expected to upend the nature of how people work, eliminate an array of routine and repetitive tasks, and put pressure on social support frameworks designed for a different era. These impacts expected to be felt in the near to medium term suddenly find themselves present. The need to reinvent Canada's social and economic policy frameworks has a newfound urgency.

Date: Friday June 12, 2020


New North Star II

Intangibles are the new basis for competition, and the U.S.-China tech “cold war” is changing assumptions about global commerce and geopolitics. Authors Sean Speer, Robert Asselin and Royce Mendes make the case for a bold policy response to adapt to these geo-economic trends: a challenge-driven industrial strategy that will give Canada a competitive edge as it rebuilds post COVID-19.

Date: Tuesday April 28, 2020


Employment Challenges for Youth in a Changing Economy

As the Canadian economy wrestles with the effects of global financial downturn, employment prospects are on the minds of Canadians everywhere. In particular, youth unemployment rates have reached far beyond...

Date: Monday January 14, 2013


Davos 2019: Looking for order in a disorderly world

Slowing global growth, the possibility of a U.S.-China trade war, the chaos of Brexit, the urgency and inaction toward tackling climate change, and the perceptions of shortcomings in political and corporate leadership shaped the gloomier mood at Davos this year. Kevin Lynch, Vice Chairman of the BMO Financial Group, explains that the annual gathering in the Swiss Alps ventured far and wide in the issues tackled, but it produced limited success in tying it all together into a compelling narrative and concrete path forward.

Date: Wednesday January 30, 2019


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