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.
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.
For many young Canadian farmers, working the land is more than just a job; it’s a viable and attractive lifestyle choice, says Clare Cullen, operations director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS) at the University of British Columbia’s UBC Farm.
The mapping of the wheat genome by an international team co-led by researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) provides a fundamental tool for wheat research and plant breeding to develop better varieties with that can combat diseases, tolerate temperature and rainfall extremes, and meet different consumer needs, all while improving global food security.
Two key factors are shaping the outlook for skilled trade professions: an aging workforce and rapidly changing technologies, both of which enhance the prospects for Canadians in related careers, says Alan McClelland, dean of the School of Transportation at Centennial College.
“With baby boomers moving into retirement, we don’t have enough people going into skilled trades,” he says. “We offer programs for becoming maintenance and repair technicians for everything from motorcycles to aircraft.”
Canada’s labour market is changing, with jobs being disrupted by technology and new opportunities emerging across the country. Colleges and institutes are responding with new programs, developed in close consultation with industry and communities.
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.
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?
Design is all around us – from pencils to chairs to buildings – that’s what Maïa Tarassoff tells her young audiences. For Marije Vogelzang, design goes beyond mere things to include processes, such as eating. The common thread linking the work of the two women – one an architect and educator, the other an eating designer – nicely illustrates the central theme of Interior Design Show (IDS) Vancouver: Design DNA.
Pioneers of the Canadian organic beverage supply chain
When they choose organic products, Canadian shoppers are looking for clean and healthy options. They can be reassured that they can extend the trust and confidence they have for seasonal organic produce to a growing portfolio of organic beers.
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.”
In emergencies, The Salvation Army’s presence is a source of stability and hope
The Salvation Army has responded to disasters in Canada for more than a century. While the scale of devastation may vary with each event, the willingness of volunteers to help and the ability of communities to bounce back remains constant.
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.
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.
According to UN refugee agency UNHCR, there are currently 68.5 million people from around the world who have been forced from home, nearly 25.4 million refugees among them. To make matters worse, only one per cent of refugees worldwide have access to higher education.
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.
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.
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.
Simon Fraser University participates in AI4ALL initiative
Canada’s most valuable assets include our society’s values, respect for others, equality and diversity – and those are also big issues in artificial intelligence (AI) says Simon Fraser University (SFU) computer scientist and AI4ALL director Angelica Lim, who is leveraging the power of data in AI to ensure a diversity of perspectives.
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.
As a solution-driven technology, artificial intelligence (AI) has a wide range of real-world applications, from financial services and insurance fraud detection to developing smart wearables to government decision-making.
Urban design meeting the unique needs of all residents
With more than 4.2 billion people – or about 55 per cent of the world’s population – living in the world’s urban centres, city life today often means crowded spaces, expensive housing, constant traffic and relatively higher rates of crime.
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.
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.
By 2056, 25 per cent of Canada’s population is expected to be 65 years of age and older, compared to 14 per cent in 2006. This rapid demographic shift raises questions about how Canadians can sustain a high quality of life and active social engagement as they age.
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).
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.
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.
The homebuying and mortgage process in Canada has become increasingly complex, but with the help of an expert mortgage broker, you can set your mind at ease and ensure you are making the right choice when it comes to one of the largest and most important financial decisions of your life.
Despite being the foundation of cost-conscious investor portfolios since the world’s first ETF was launched here in 1993, ETF awareness has grown incrementally among Canadian investors. But the latest investment stats show these quiet workhorses are finally reaching a tipping point.