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Vision health awareness – maximizing the potential of Canadians to benefit from advances in ophthalmology

Vision health awareness – maximizing the potential of Canadians to benefit from advances in ophthalmology

In the early NINETIES, people receiving a diagnosis of wet macular degeneration would have learned two things: their vision would get worse and  there was no treatment available. The only option was a referral to a low-vision specialist to discuss how to function with dwindling sight.

Enabling multigenerational success for Canada’s key economic driver

Enabling multigenerational success for Canada’s key economic driver

Family enterprises generated almost half of Canada’s private sector GDP and almost seven million jobs in 2017. These statistics are part of a recently released white paper, Family Enterprise Matters: Harnessing the Most Powerful Driver of Economic Growth in Canada, produced by the Family Enterprise Xchange Foundation (FEX-F) based on Conference Board of Canada research.

Celebrating a Canadian coffee legend

Celebrating a Canadian coffee legend

Albert-Louis Van Houtte’s skills laid the foundation for an iconic brand

Exceptional master roaster skills, innovation and listening to what his customers wanted were the foundation for Albert-Louis Van Houtte’s Original House Blend coffee created in Montreal way back in 1919. Those same values apply today as Van Houtte, the coffee brand that democratizes the artistry of the master roaster, celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Technologies for aging well

Technologies for aging well

Canada’s seniors are growing in number and living longer, as the country moves toward “super-aged” status, where more than 20 per cent of the population will be over 65, and more Canadians than ever are living to the age of 85 and beyond. How will millions of Canadians maintain their health and independence as they get older? 

Built on trust and transparency

Built on trust and transparency

Advancing healthy choices and environmental, social and economic sustainability


Yorkshire Valley Farms’ network of family farms includes about 18 chicken farmers, 12 egg farmers and four turkey farmers, and James Sculthorpe knows them all. “I’ve been on every farm and had coffee in every kitchen,” he says. “We have a deep respect for each other, with engagement on all levels of the supply chain. We really are in one boat together, rowing in the same direction.” 

Advancing social justice, education and health

Advancing social justice, education and health

The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP)/Globe and Mail special supplements on philanthropy are among the most important publications for the charitable sector every year because they highlight the vital work charities perform every day throughout the country. By focusing on the generosity and dedication of donors, along with the impact of our country’s charitable sector, we educate readers, thank donors and hopefully inspire many others to get involved.

Alberta – Economic Powerhouse

Alberta – Economic Powerhouse

Laura Kilcrease is on a mission to change the way the rest of Canada – and the world – perceive Alberta’s economy.

The CEO of Alberta Innovates, a provincially funded corporation with a mandate to deliver 21st-century solutions for the most compelling challenges facing Albertans, says there is far more to Alberta’s economy than just the energy sector.

Earning the ‘caring company’ designation

Earning the ‘caring company’ designation

What does dedication to the health and well-being of Canadians look like? What does it mean to be a caring, accountable, responsive, innovative and community-minded company? Embracing a philosophy that includes workplace flexibility, mentorship, wellness and volunteerism programs has earned Medavie Blue Cross wide recognition for an award-winning corporate culture.

Checking moles and staying safe in the sun

Checking moles and staying safe in the sun

As longer, brighter days promise sun-filled fun, it’s time for a reminder that sun exposure can cause our skin to burn and blister or even have effects that may be less noticeable in the moment but devastating in the long term: skin cancer. One in seven Canadians will have skin cancer in their lifetime, and the biggest risk factor is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Balancing limitations and loss with new identities and aspirations

Balancing limitations and loss with new identities and aspirations

Ardra Shephard doesn’t hold much back when she posts on her blog, Tripping on Air: My trip through life with MS. She writes candidly and often comically about her good and bad “MS days,” her hopes and frustrations, and her views on societal stereotypes about people with disabilities, including multiple sclerosis.

Supporting the shift to advanced bio-economy through partnerships, research and innovation

Supporting the shift to advanced bio-economy through partnerships, research and innovation

While Canadians have a healthy respect for forests, few might imagine the breadth of new and surprising applications of wood and its components, such as material for making clothes and lightweight plastic equivalents, material that is transparent or bullet-proof, or material for filtering and desalinating water.

Workplaces are ideal places to promote mental health in Canada

Workplaces are ideal places to promote mental health in Canada

Imagine standing by a river and you see someone adrift in the current. You jump in and bring her to safety. Shortly after, another person appears in the water, struggling to stay afloat, then another. While it’s important to rescue these individuals, it is just as crucial to go upstream and investigate how they ended up in the water and prevent more people from falling in.

It helps to know you’re not alone

It helps to know you’re not alone

Gutsy kids make a stand for Crohn’s and colitis awareness and support

Imagine being asked why you missed school when the embarrassing truth is you had severe abdominal pain and needed to run to the bathroom to pass bloody diarrhea multiple times a day. This is often a sad reality for people living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis when they experience a flare-up, says Mina Mawani, president and CEO of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.