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37 minutes | a day ago
An Economy for All: Exploring Indigenous Economic Participation in Canada
The Indigenous economy has been experiencing explosive growth in Canada recently. Tabatha Bull, President & CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business joins the show to talk about the drivers behind this growth, how we sustain this growth and create opportunities for further business creation and workforce entry—and enable an economy that works for everyone.
44 minutes | 15 days ago
Time to Fly Again? The Story of Calgary International Airport During a Global Pandemic
COVID devastated the air travel industry. Bob Sartor, President & CEO of the Calgary Airport Authority, joins the show to talk about the impact of the pandemic on business, the airport’s innovative rapid testing pilot program, and what lies ahead for the future of the industry.
53 minutes | a month ago
The Cost of Canada’s Low-Carbon Economy
Canada’s cost to transition to a low-carbon economy is estimated to require capital investments in the $90-166 billion range. Ryan Riordan, co-author of the Capital Mobilization Plan for a Canadian Low Carbon Economy and Associate Professor at the Smith School of Business, joins the show to explore the investment requirements to achieve Canada’s climate targets and how that investment should be best allocated for maximum results.
26 minutes | 2 months ago
It'll Get Worse Before It Gets Better: Alberta Business Leaders Economic Expectations
The Alberta Business Expectations Survey (BES) is a quarterly tool, developed by the Business Council of Alberta, to assess forward-looking trends in business conditions and economic expectations in the province. In this episode, BCA's Chief Economist Mike Holden unpacks what the results mean for Alberta's economic outlook, including Alberta's business leaders' expectations on sales, investment, and employment.
32 minutes | 2 months ago
What The Speech from the Throne Could Mean for Canada (and Alberta)
The federal government delivered its much-anticipated Speech from the Throne this week. Our team breaks down what this speech means for Albertans and Canadians; for jobs and economy; for the natural resources sector; for the management of COVID-19; and for the future of our fiscal situation.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
Educating & Preparing Our Workforce For & Through Recovery
In a post-COVID economic recovery, building better businesses, industries and sectors requires an adaptable and innovative workforce. We’re exploring ideas from BCA’S recent Skilled by Design report to educate and prepare Alberta’s future workforce, including building our brand as a talent destination, improving work-integrated learning programs and expanding the micro-credentialing ecosystem in the province.
61 minutes | 3 months ago
Building Better Businesses Through Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
The business case for diversity, inclusion and equity in our businesses is strong—and has been made many times over. This episode looks at three perspectives on diversity, inclusion and equity, and what it means for businesses to create inclusive and affirmative spaces and ensure that all voices within our businesses are heard and amplified—and all people have the opportunity to participate and enjoy our shared prosperity.
33 minutes | 4 months ago
Feeding the World: Alberta's Agri-Food Opportunity
The world needs sustainably produced and reliable food—and Alberta has the companies, talent, natural assets and entrepreneurialism to provide that. We dive into the opportunity agriculture holds for Alberta to be a leader in economic growth but also in solving some of the world’s greatest challenges. Agriculture business leaders, Scott Bolton (President & CEO of UFA) and Kim McConnell (Founder and former CEO of AdFarm) discuss a recent industry report to strategically grow the industry in Alberta and beyond.
10 minutes | 4 months ago
Child Care Subsidy Redesign and What it Means for Albertans
Hardly a conversation about Alberta's economic recovery goes by without mentioning the need for affordable and accessible child care. With recent funding from the federal government, Alberta's child care program is undergoing some major changes, so we are diving deep into what those changes are and how they affect Albertan families—and we try to answer the question: will this new program get more Albertans back to work?
57 minutes | 4 months ago
More Than a Cheque: Reducing Poverty and Building Shared Prosperity in Alberta
More than 220,000 Albertans live in poverty—and that’s just in Calgary and Edmonton alone. In this episode, we dive into the landscape of poverty in Alberta with economists and poverty reduction strategists Meaghon Reid, Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Calgary and Erick Ambtman, End Poverty Edmonton and what opportunities there are today to not only set out a framework for an inclusive economic recovery amid COVID-19 but eliminate poverty and build long-term shared prosperity.
86 minutes | 5 months ago
Canada’s Energy Future in a Climate-Focused World
What does Canada’s energy sector look like in the future? Two of Canada’s top energy business leaders join the show to talk energy, environment, ESG and the possibilities and opportunities for one Canada’s most vital sectors in the transition to a low carbon world.
89 minutes | 5 months ago
A Challenge-Driven Industrial Strategy
The world—and its economies—are changing. The rise in intangible assets and capital and shifting geopolitical assumptions and priorities have prompted a shift around the world as nations start to think differently about their economic strategies. This episode is a recording of a webinar from the Business Council of Alberta on A Challenge-Driven Industrial Strategy and how this shift in economic policy might give Canada the competitive advantage it needs in a post-COVID world.
36 minutes | 6 months ago
Behind the Scenes with Russ Girling, President & CEO of TC Energy
Go behind the scenes and get to know Russ Girling, President & CEO of TC Energy and founding member of the Business Council of Alberta. We talk about his path to the C-Suite; mentorship; COVID-19; and the importance of doing the right thing for your employees, communities and Albertans. And we talk about the post-shutdown recovery, building prosperity long term, and the role of energy in recovery.
9 minutes | 6 months ago
Relaunching Alberta Part 3: Is Big Brother watching? Demystifying contact tracing
Contact tracing has a long history in helping manage public health crises, but gaps in traditional methods have given rise to digital solutions. But, how do these digital contact tracing apps work, and how well do they protect user privacy? Aaron Olsen, an app development expert and maintainer of the COVID Shield Open Source Project breaks down these questions and more.
14 minutes | 6 months ago
Relaunching Alberta Part 2: Adapting CERB to a post-shutdown economy
What was designed to help support Canadians through a health crisis, no longer works as economies re-open and people return to the workforce. In Part 2 of the miniseries, Relaunching Alberta, we look at how the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) needs to be adapted to a post-shutdown economy.
16 minutes | 6 months ago
Relaunching Alberta Part 1: Solving the daycare problem
In a special series of AlbertaBETTER, Relaunching Alberta, we explore some of the key issues and questions that need to be considered as we relaunch and rebuild Alberta's economy. In Part 1, we talk about why solving the daycare challenge is critical to a successful recovery. We'll also hear from Melyssa, one of the thousands of Albertans who are navigating this challenge right now as many prepare to go back to work.
29 minutes | 7 months ago
Rebuilding Alberta's economy wisely: A conversation with Dawn Farrell
Dawn Farrell, President & CEO of TransAlta and a founding member of the Business Council of Alberta joins the show to share her insights to how we make Alberta’s economic re-launch a success, developing a plan to protect employee health and safety and build employee confidence while operating as an essential service and what Alberta needs to focus on as the province recovers and rebuilds.
25 minutes | 7 months ago
There’s a crisis in our beef industry, so what do we do about it?
Dr. Kee Jim joins the show to talk about the ongoing crisis in the livestock industry in Canada. We dive into the events that got us to the crisis, how a set-aside program, like the one used during the BSE crisis, would provide a short-term solution and what the long-term outlook for the industry is.
34 minutes | 7 months ago
Negative oil prices: what happened, and what's next?
Energy expert Peter Tertzakian breaks down what a negative price environment means for the energy industry and what the future of the sector might look like in a post-COVID world. We also talk low-carbon transition, net-zero and Peter’s new EnergyPhile project.
31 minutes | 7 months ago
Small business in Canada: how do we recover from COVID-19?
Small businesses have been acutely impacted by COVID-19, as public health orders to stay home, physically distance and close non-essential businesses have kept people off the streets and out of the stores. Dan Kelly is the President and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and shares with us the enormous challenges Canadian small businesses are navigating and what they need in order to stay open, both now and in recovery.
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