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A Data Deficit: The Risk of Getting It Wrong

These days, the ratio of computer ownership is virtually one to one—everyone has some form of personal computing device. By 2020, the new information generated per second for every human being will approximately amount to 1.7 megabytes and the accumulated volume of big data will increase from 4.4 zettabytes to roughly 44 zettabytes

It is within this context of growth, complexity and prosperity that we are now seeing the development of a global dialogue on how exactly this immensely high volume of data gets used and by whom. As with any value proposition, success attracts predators. The nature of interconnected datasets leave room for misuse and abuse.

The Accelerating Pace of Change: Economic, Business and Policy Outlook for 2019

Last night business and association executives, as well as senior public servants gathered at our annual Crystal Ball Symposium to hear from leading experts on how trends in technology, the global economy and international politics will affect Canadian business 2019 and beyond.   

This year’s event featured Linda Mantia, Chief Operating Officer for Manulife.  Responsible for globally leading corporate strategy and corporate development, analytics, technology, marketing, innovation, human resources, regulatory and public affairs, global resourcing and procurement, and the global program office. Ms. Mantia and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Economist Trevin Stratton discussed topics ranging from the growing economic divide and the national economy to strategies for businesses during this period of change.

Within Our Control: Improving the Regulation of Business-Indigenous Peoples’ Relationships

From trade agreements to tax reductions and regulatory streamlining, our major trading partners have us on the competitive hot seat. Our attractiveness as a place in which to invest is slipping due to our relatively high and complex taxes, compounded by a regulatory environment that is unpredictable. 

We have to be prepared to make changes to ensure businesses remain competitive and Canada remains an attractive place to invest, start a company and create the jobs upon which our economic and social well-being depend.

Entrepreneurship: It is an Ongoing Evolution

This week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, which commemorates the power entrepreneurs have to transform economies worldwide. To help us celebrate, our Board member, Nicole Verkindt, CEO of OMX and an entrepreneur, has shared with us her perspective on Canadian entrepreneurship.

"Being an entrepreneur in Canada has changed enormously since I started out a decade ago. There is now a much larger community and ecosystem around entrepreneurs, especially women entrepreneurs. There is a lot more support for both entrepreneurship and the merits of embracing innovation.

3 Ways Entrepreneurs Are Enriching Lives

Today marks the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week, where millions of leaders, innovators and dreamers across the world celebrate and recognize the contributions of entrepreneurs to our economy.

There are nearly 33,000 new Canadian entrepreneurs every year, which is why we want to help commemorate them! Here are the top 3 ways that entrepreneurs are enriching our lives:

1. Entrepreneurs create new business. Their new ventures often times stimulate growth for related businesses or sectors who support them.

5 Minutes for Business: Mentally Healthy Workplaces: The Best Investment Your Business Can Make

Every month, we release 5 Minutes for Business. In this edition, we examine how in order to remain competitive, businesses need to focus inwards and begin investing in and improving how they navigate mental health in their workplace in order to remain competitive.

With most adults spending more of their waking hours at work and with one in five Canadians experiencing a mental health problem or illness, addressing the issue of mental health at work is vitally important for all people in Canada—especially employers. Mentally healthy workforces perform better and create opportunities that allow for inclusive growth for all sections of society.

How Can Canada Thrive In The Global Digital Community?

Data for Good: The $32-billion Boost, the first of a three part series exploring Canada’s data opportunity and the critical intersections between prosperity, technology and privacy.


Ottawa Hill Day: Building a Canada that Wins

Our Hill Day events are where Canada’s business community, parliamentarians and federal officials come together for the shared goal of building a Canada that wins.

5 Ways Small Businesses Are Building a Stronger Canada

With Small Business Week coming to an end, we are proud to have celebrated the SMEs that are the heart of our economy and whose success is essential to Canada’s growth.

Here are 5 ways SMEs are contributing towards a more competitive and prosperous Canada for all:

1. Small businesses are job creators. SMEs provide work for 9 out of every 10 Canadians in the private sector.

Cannabis Is Legal: What Does that Mean for Your Business?

As of today, the adult recreational consumption of cannabis is legal in Canada. Deloitte has reported that the total market potential of cannabis in Canada could be as high as $22.6 billion per year when considering production, distribution, paraphernalia, tourism and business taxes.

At this year’s AGM and Convention, we held a special panel discussion with cannabis industry leaders discussing economic opportunities and policy issues facing the cannabis sector.

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