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The 60-year-old startup: How Magna stays agile in a fast-changing industry

Canada’s Magna International is a $40 billion company that employs more than 158,000 people in 28 countries. Yet in the eyes of its CEO, it’s really “a 60-year-old startup”. “We are still a startup because we are in a $3 […]

Scaling up: why Canada needs a startup mindset

Mallorie Brodie wants to see a cultural shift in Canada – one that embraces risk. The CEO and co-founder of Kitchener, Ont.-based Bridgit Inc. says Canadians have a “level of discomfort” when it comes to taking risks, but it’s essential […]

Pressing the reset button on capitalism: how to build a more inclusive society

As Guy Cormier looks ahead to a post-COVID Canada, the president and CEO of the Desjardins Group says it’s time for all of us to embrace a new approach. “Capitalism has lifted a lot of people out of poverty,” he […]

A war-time effort: How Montreal’s CAE pivoted from aerospace to ventilators … in 11 days

When the federal government appealed to business for help in the fight against COVID-19 last spring, technology company CAE answered the call.  It developed a ventilator prototype in 11 days and started manufacturing it soon after.   But that’s not all. […]

Connecting Canadians: why communications infrastructure will be key to economic recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how Canadians live, work and interact . Whether we are working from home or trying to stay in touch with friends and family while complying with stay-at-home orders, digital technology has become an essential tool. […]

Canada’s digital future: learning new skills in a rapidly changing world

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a digital transformation that was already well underway in Canada – just look at the phenomenal rise in online shopping and video conferencing over the past year. But the digital economy requires new skills. Is […]

Downtowns after lockdowns: how to revitalize Canada’s cities

A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, most of Canada’s downtowns remain eerily quiet. Millions of people continue to work from home, leaving office buildings close to empty  But Jon Love, founder and CEO of KingSett Capital, believes Canadian cities will bounce back after the pandemic.  The reason? Connection.  “We can connect digitally, but it’s so different […]

Beyond COVID: Powering a strong economic recovery

On April 19th Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland will unveil Canada’s first federal budget in more than two years – a budget she has described as the most significant of our lifetimes. What will it take to build a stronger, healthier […]

We have the foundation to succeed

In this rapidly changing world, Canada needs an economic plan that builds on the country’s strengths, addresses its weaknesses, and reduces the risks from future disruptions.  In late October the Business Council of Canada created a roadmap to help get […]

An acceleration of the digital world

What’s it like to start a new job in the middle of a global pandemic?  Claude Guay knows.  He became President and General Manager of IBM Canada last May.   Since then he’s been finding creative ways to connect with employees […]