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40 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Episode 32 - Paul Wells of Maclean's on Canada's (likely) Next Election
On our Season 3 finale, we're joined by Paul Wells, Senior Political Writer at Maclean's Magazine to chat everything Canadian politics. Paul breaks down Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's performance throughout the pandemic and sets the stage for the (likely) upcoming election by detailing each party's prospects and problems. As always, Paul showcases his colourful personality and gives a unique reflection on former PM Stephen Harper's tenure that only Canada's foremost 'Harperologist' can deliver!
38 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Episode 31 - Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart
On our latest episode, Vancouver's 40th Mayor, Kennedy Stewart, joins us to give SCI listeners a west coast perspective on housing, COVID-19, transit, and the opioid crisis. We take a deep dive into British Columbia's artful balance between lockdowns and re-opening, what to do about surging home prices, the federal/municipal relationship in a crisis, and even discuss Vancouver's bold, but controversial, pilot to decriminalize drug possession. Check it out and don't forget to subscribe!
38 minutes | May 19, 2021
Episode 30 - Leslee White-Eye and Gabe Sekaly on First Nations Education
On our 30th episode, Leslee White-Eye of the First Nations with Schools Collective in Ontario and former Chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation joins us along with StrategyCorp Senior Advisor Gabe Sekaly. On this episode we discuss the StrategyCorp Institute's latest paper "A Critical Perspective on the Canadian Education Gap: Assessing First Nation Education Outcomes in Canada" and its recommendations around curriculum, recruiting teachers, and providing more funding autonomy for First Nations leaders. Check out the paper here: https://strategycorp.com/2021/05/assessing-first-nation-student-education-outcomes-in-canada/
38 minutes | May 5, 2021
Episode 29 - Indigo Founder & CEO Heather Reisman on the Future of Retail
You may recognize her as the person behind Heather's picks, the CEO and founder of Indigo Books and Music, the author of the new book "Imagine It!", or from the Financial Times' top 50 most powerful women in world business - the point is Heather Reisman knows a thing or two about running a successful retail business. She joins us on this episode to breakdown what COVID-19 has done to the retail industry, where retail will go next, and how automation will be coming to a store near you before you know it. Take a listen and don't forget to subscribe!
60 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Episode 28 - Breaking Down the 2021 Budget: A Webinar
In this bonus episode, we are doing things a little differently. Following the Federal government's 2021 Budget, the StrategyCorp Institute hosted a webinar with a panel of experts to break down financial and political implications of the Budget. Our own Lisa Samson hosts renowned pollster Nik Nanos, former Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page, and SCI's own senior advisor and former Saskatchewan cabinet minister the Hon. Nancy Heppner. They debate and discuss everything from Canada's record debt levels to the newly announced $10 a day national childcare program. You won't want to miss it!
36 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Episode 27 - TRBOT President & CEO Jan De Silva on Reopening the Economy
On our 27th episode, Toronto Region Board of Trade President and CEO Jan De Silva joins us to talk about the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the Toronto Region's economy and how governments can kickstart recovery efforts in the country's largest employment centre. Recorded shortly after the beginning of the third wave, Jan gives an inside look at what the downtown office will look like post-pandemic and the importance of transit for the Region's future.
34 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Episode 26 - Moosehead Breweries President and CEO Andrew Oland
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit it closed bars and restaurants around the country, causing thousands of untapped kegs to be returned to breweries. Andrew Oland, President and CEO of Moosehead Breweries in Saint John N.B., joins us to talk about the impact of the pandemic on the beer industry and what's next. From changing consumer behaviour to restrictive taxes and regulations to competing with cannabis, the beer industry in Canada is at a critical stage. Andrew speaks to about all this and more!
43 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Episode 25 - Dr. Kate Graham on the Ontario Liberal Party
Dr. Kate Graham had a busy couple of years. After finishing 3rd for the Ontario Liberal Party in London North Centre in 2018, she decided to run for party leader. Running a grassroots campaign and impressing many, while pregnant she might add, she finished an impressive 3rd in that race. Now, she's the party's platform co-chair and a nominated candidate in the 2022 election. She joins us to look back on those races, discuss the platform process, and speak to the future of the Liberal Party in Ontario.
34 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Episode 24 - Ontario's Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli
The Honourable Vic Fedeli joins us in our second episode of the season to discuss economic development in the age of COVID-19. Fedeli - the Minister for Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade - shares his views on working from home, the future of the auto sector, and responds to our recently published Ontario 360 paper on the next steps for investment and job attraction in the province through a new agency called Invest Ontario.
34 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Episode 23 - NWT Finance Minister Hon. Caroline Wawzonek
On our season 3 premiere, the Honourable Caroline Wawzonek - Northwest Territories' Minister of Finance - joins us to discuss the recently tabled 2021 Budget and the impact of COVID-19 on Canada's North. More than 40% of the NWT's adult population has been vaccinated as of March 1st, meaning re-opening may be on the horizon. In this episode, we discuss the path to recovery and the NWT's unique positioning as one of Canada's first jurisdictions to attempt the return to normal.
51 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Episode 22 - Former Premier Kathleen Wynne
In our season 2 finale, former Premier Kathleen Wynne joins us for a behind the scenes look at the highest office in the province. Premier Wynne takes us through her leadership and general election victories, her policy successes and mistakes, her legacy in office, and the path she helped carve for future women leaders in Ontario and Canada. This honest, insightful, and revealing conversation is a can't miss for anyone in Ontario or Canadian political circles.
37 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Episode 21 - Dr. Michelle Gagnon on the Role of Public Health
On this episode, Dr. Michelle Gagnon, a Senior Advisor at StrategyCorp and an experienced public health professional, joins us to talk about her new whitepaper Public Health in the Public Eye. The paper dissects the role of public health in Canada's healthcare landscape and provides three recommendations to ensure a strong public health system that is better prepared for crises such as COVID-19. The paper can be found at www.strategycorp.com/institute
46 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Episode 20 - Part 2 with Dr. Christopher Sands on the Future of U.S. Policy and Politics
In part 2 of our special two-part series on the U.S. election, Professor Christopher Sands (Director of the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies) returns to talk about the policy implications of a now known Biden administration. We discuss the President-elect's views on trade and U.S.-China relations, the role of Congress in a post-Trump era, and what it all means for Canada moving forwards.
32 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
Episode 19 - Professor Christopher Sands on the U.S. Election Results
When we first scheduled this episode with Dr. Christopher Sands, the Director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, we figured the U.S. Presidential election results would be known. Instead, at the time of recording, the contest was still too close to call. In the first of a special two-part episode, Dr. Sands shares valuable insights about the changing bases of both the Republicans and Democrats, the rise of blue collar millennials as a voting bloc, and what the election could mean for Canada.
33 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
Episode 18 - Erin O'Toole's Campaign Co-Chair Walied Soliman
Walied Soliman is successful in his own right as the Canadian Chair of the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and the 2019 recipient of the UN Association of Canada's Global Citizen Laureate award but, he's a politico at heart. Most recently, Walied served as the campaign co-chair for Erin O'Toole's successful bid to be the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Walied joins us to talk about that race, the future of campaigns, and the challenges ahead for Erin O'Toole.
34 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
Epsiode 17 - Tim Hudak, CEO of OREA, on Housing and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tim Hudak, CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association, joins us to talk about the recent StrategyCorp Institute white paper "Rebuilding Ontario: A Framework for Recovery." The paper puts forward 15 ideas to help real estate drive the economic recovery from COVID-19, including options like a temporary land transfer tax holiday and a home renovation tax credit. As former Leader of the Ontario PC Party, Tim also gives his thoughts on Ontario politics and the government's performance as of late.
44 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
Episode 16 - The State of Long-Term Care with OLTCA CEO Donna Duncan
Ontario Long-Term Care Association CEO Donna Duncan joins us to discuss a sobering but important topic: the state of Ontario's long-term care system in the wake of COVID-19. As Ontario ages, the future of long-term care policy is becoming critically important. Donna takes us through what went wrong in the early days of the pandemic, how it was handled, and the lessons learned to prevent future outbreaks as Ontario embarks on an ambitious pledge to build 30,000 new beds over the next decade.
51 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Episode 15 - Steve Paikin on Everything Ontario Politics
In our Season 2 Premiere, noted journalist, TV host, and author Steve Paikin joins us for a state of the union on Ontario politics. We discuss the impact of the pandemic on Premier Ford's approval ratings, the state of each of the main parties, the road to the 2022 election, and changes to the deep seeded rural/urban divide in Ontario. Steve brings his decades of covering Queen's Park to the conversation with a unique look at how today's politicians can learn from Premier's past. Don't forget to subscribe!
34 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Episode 14 - Colleges Ontario President and CEO Linda Franklin
On our last episode of the season, Linda Franklin (President and CEO of Colleges Ontario) joins us to talk about their vision for the future of Ontario's post-secondary system as it responds to changing labour market needs caused by automation and COVID-19. We discuss the details of our new full-length StrategyCorp Institute white paper, "The Future of Ontario's Workers." The paper and its recommendations can be found here.
29 minutes | Jun 17, 2020
Episode 13 - Toronto City Councillor Jennifer McKelvie
On this episode, Toronto City Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Ward 25, Scarborough-Rouge Park) joins us on her first ever podcast to talk about three important issues: the financial impact of COVID-19 on the City's books, the future of transit in Toronto, and actions that can be taken to address systemic racism within the City. In the discussion, Councillor McKelvie draws on her past career as a renowned geoscientist and proposes a thoughtful and intriguing green lens on the City's recovery efforts. Tune in to find out more!
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