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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.

Turning collective knowledge into impact

Turning collective knowledge into impact

How to embed sustainability in day-to-day operations and decision-making

There is consensus among leaders in business, government and academia that the time to take action on social and environmental challenges is now. “Social responsibility and environmental sustainability are not just topics of discussion, they are realities this and future generations have to address. That’s not a luxury anymore, it’s a necessity,” says Ali Dastmalchian, dean of the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University (SFU).

A growing passion for tree planting

A growing passion for tree planting

CN efforts deepening community connections

When it comes to moving freight and passengers over long distances in an economical, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly manner, railway locomotives are the original green machines. “Rail is one of Canada’s climate-change solutions,” says Chantale Despres, sustainability director for Canadian National Railway (CN). A number of facts support this assertion. Rail is four times more fuel efficient at moving freight over the same distance than heavy trucks, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by as much as 75 per cent. A single train can replace 300 trucks or more, reducing road congestion and promoting traffic safety. Trains can move a tonne of freight more than 200 kilometres on a single litre of fuel. Additionally, over the past 25 years, CN has further reduced GHG emissions from locomotives by 40 per cent, partly through the use of renewable fuels such as biodiesel.

Green economy jobs, investment choices

Green economy jobs, investment choices

Sustainability measures improving environmental performance plus business outcomes

TODAY IS EARTH DAY, THE WORLD’S LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL EVENT and a fitting time to reflect on challenges and opportunities in Canada. While the average annual temperature in Canada has increased by 1.7 degrees Celsius from 1948 to 2016, about double the global rate, Canadian sustainability and clean technology leaders are advancing solutions that not only help curb greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change, but in the process are creating jobs and other economic benefits.

Big data and digital farm tools revolutionize agri-sector

Big data and digital farm tools revolutionize agri-sector

Canada is the world’s fifth-largest exporter of agricultural productS and, based on high production standards and safeguards, has an enviable reputation as a safe and reliable supplier in the global market. With world demand for agricultural products growing steadily, Canada aims to increase its agri-food exports to at least $75-billion annually by 2025. And with consumers increasingly opting for quality over price, Canada is strongly positioned to capture a bigger share of the market.

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Cashing in on carbon

Cashing in on carbon

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere is a crucial step in efforts to mitigate the devastating impact of climate change, and while the costs of developing the technology to do so are high, the potential economic advantages may be even higher.    

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What we can learn from women leaders

What we can learn from  women leaders

The odds are stacked against them: women make up 45 per cent of the Canadian workforce in entry-level positions, but are 30 per cent less likely than their male counterparts to be promoted to the next level. Their chances for further advancement are even lower – women are 60 per cent less likely than men to make the leap from director to vice-president, says a 2017 Kinsey study.

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Fraud Prevention Month

Fraud Prevention Month

Fraudsters are proving to be nimble, crafty and creative when it comes to exploiting the vulnerabilities, behaviours and dreams of Canadians. Seeking a partner can leave you exposed to “romance scams,” wanting to help family and friends may prompt you to hand over money for a “grandchild scam.” And schemes that play on your desire to be healthy and slim may promise that extra pounds can be shed with no or little effort, tout a “guaranteed cure” for serious conditions or offer rock-bottom prices for medication without asking for a prescription.

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Advanced technologies helping revolutionize client services, risk mitigation

Advanced technologies helping revolutionize client services, risk mitigation

As consumers demand more choices, convenience, speed and transparency from insurance providers, industry leaders are responding. Parametric insurance solutions enable automatic payouts without time lag or paperwork; for example, a traveller with such insurance will be immediately compensated should an airline system that monitors take-offs confirm a specific flight delay. Similarly, farmers with crop insurance that leverages data from weather surveillance platforms can be automatically reimbursed in the event that adverse weather events such as hailstorms are recorded in the insured farmer’s area.

Pixel perfect

Pixel perfect

From the challenge of the next game to potential applications in particle physics, biomechanics, medical imaging and more

The tiniest detail – an oddly drawn plume of smoke or teeth with an unnatural tint – can yank video game players or animated movie audiences out of their states of suspended disbelief.

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Less stress for referees

Less stress for referees

Better support for sports officials includes training with innovative technology

We’ve all been there: at the edge of our seats and engrossed in a game when the referee’s whistle interrupts the action. What comes next could be greeted with cheers or groans, depending on whether the call is in favour of our team or the opposition.

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Investors increasingly turning to ETFs for innovative, low-cost investment solutions

Investors increasingly turning to ETFs for innovative, low-cost investment solutions

Canadian-listed ETFs generated $5.1-billion in new investment in the third quarter of 2018, shattering the $3.4-billion record set in Q3 2015. It’s part of a longer, larger trend. The number of ETF providers has climbed from five in 2012 to 31 today, up 600 per cent in just six years. The first ETF in the world was launched on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1990. Today, there are more than 600 trading in Canada alone.

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