A new report from the Business Council of Alberta outlines several areas of strength that the province can use as the foundation for economic and R&D policy. The report cites agriculture, energy, and medicine as the three pillars of this strategy, with specific recommendations about how each sector should be managed.
Article Type: Opinion Leader
Canada can be a leader in delivering widespread, well-regulated psychedelic-assisted therapy for people with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse, by investing in research, educating health care professionals and providing the necessary clinical infrastructure, Dr. Ross Marshall, chief scientific officer at The Newly Institute based in Calgary, says in an op-ed.
Sound government policy is required to guide the major forces shaping Canada’s post-pandemic future, including: digitization; managing debt; role of government; expectations of business; behaviour and values; and environment and energy, Arden Brummell and Greg MacGillvrary, managing editors at Calgary-based Scenarios to Strategy Inc., say in an op-ed.
Stricter competitiveness — including changes to Canada’s anti-competition laws — are required in agriculture-related industries to help address issues of food security and food quality, longtime farm manager Joe Zink says in an op-ed.
The world needs more of Canada’s natural gas to ensure global energy security and reduce GHG emissions, Yogi Schulz, an information technology consultant who works extensively in the Canadian oil and natural gas industry, says in an op-ed.
Changes to government policy could enable small and medium-sized businesses to offer meaningful workplace inclusion programs for people often excluded from the labour force such as youth with autism, to help address Canada’s labour shortages, Ling Huang, co-founder and CEO of Edmonton-based Technology North, says in an op-ed.
Given the changing nature of work in Canada, governments, employers and educational partners will need to get creative with their support for reskilling and upskilling workers. This includes collaborating to build and modify the content of training and educational programs and incentivizing workers to retrain, says Darren Gresch, Senior Research Associate, Innovation and Technology, at the Conference Board of Canada, in an op-ed.
In December, the new federal ministers’ mandate letters made a total of 645 specific commitments. That’s a “staggering” list that needs to be prioritized and consolidated, Ömer Kaya, Chief Executive Officer, and Daniel Katz, Lead Research Analyst, at Ottawa-based Global Advantage Consulting Group, say in an op-ed.
Establishing a robust carbon capture, utilization and storage industry, supported by a well-designed federal tax incentive, is critical to achieving Canada’s net zero GHG emissions target in 2050, Hon. Grant Mitchell, CCS strategic advisor, and Craig Golinowski, managing partner, at Carbon Infrastructure Partners, say in an op-ed.
Businesses and polytechnics need to collaborate in providing more learning-integrated work opportunities for the mid-career workforce, to help address Canada’s critical skills and labour challenges, Sarah Watts-Rynard, CEO of Polytechnics Canada, says in an op-ed.