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Annual Innovation Report 2004: Don’t Overlook the “MEs”

In this report, Munn-Venn and Mitchell explore the innovation, capabilities, and performance of Canada’s often-overlooked medium-sized firms. This report is part of an overall Conference Board exercise to assess the kinds of firms that will build Canada’s future economic success. Munn-Venn and Mitchell argue that medium-sized firms may serve as a model for how other Canadian firms can find their way in the global marketplace.

British Columbia: Canada's Pacific Gateway to the World

In November 2004, the Public Policy Forum hosted a conference entitled British Columbia: Canada’s Pacific Gateway to the World. This conference brought together leaders to examine how best to leverage and profile British Columbia and Vancouver prominently in Canadian economic development. This report summarizes each panel session of the workshop. Speakers and participants discussed recent positive developments, current challenges, and solutions for continued prosperity.

Building New Bridges: The Case for Strengthening Transatlantic Economic Ties

This report, by Hancock and Robson, is accompanied by a statement from the British North American Committee (BNAC), a group of leaders from business, labour, and academia in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. The BNAC is committed to the maintenance of harmonious, constructive relations among the three countries and their citizens.

China’s Economic Growth: Do We Have a Game Plan?

The rapid growth of the Chinese economy has received much attention over the last few years. Patrick Kirby points out that as China sustains growth rates of around 9 percent year after year, its influence on world markets has become obvious. To discuss China as an emerging world economic power, the Public Policy Forum organized a conference held in March 2005. This roundtable brought together Canadian experts on various aspects of China, its economy, and its impact on the Canadian economy.

Don’t Overlook the “MEs” : Medium-sized Firms Show the Way to Global Success

This briefing by Trefor Munn-Venn presents the key findings of the Annual Innovation Report 2004 of the Conference Board of Canada. Specifically, the Annual Report examines the innovation capabilities and performance of Canada’s often-overlooked medium-sized firms. The Conference Board argues that medium-sized firms may be a model of how other Canadian firms can find their way in the global marketplace.

Enlargement of the European Union: Its Impact on the Canada-EU Trade and Investment Relationship

This briefing by Daniel Lemaire provides an overview of the issues around enlargement of the European Union (EU). Lemaire also describes the advantages for the ten new member states, and outlines how enlargement will impact the Canada-EU trade and investment relationship. Lemaire suggests that one of the most beneficial economic opportunities that will result from enlargement, for Canadian businesses, relates to the EU’s common trade policy.

Financing Canadian Innovation: Why Canada Should End Roadblocks to Foreign Private Equity

In this article, Stephen A. Hurwitz and Louis J. Marett attempt to answer the question: why do promising Canadian ventures attract only one-third of the capital of their US competitors in the North American marketplace?

Keeping up with the Joneses: A Policy for the Government of Saskatchewan's International Relations

In this paper Dr. Robert McLaren calls for reforms to Saskatchewan's international relations policy. This, he explains, will only come through changes to the law, the organizational structure of the government and the budget.

Taking a Giant’s Measure: Canada, NAFTA, and an Emergent China

In this report, Wendy Dobson argues that Canadians must take both the opportunities and potential risks of China’s emergence as a major economic force more seriously. She argues that a critical part of this readiness involves a ‘North American strategy’ and a long-term ‘non-North American strategy.’ In order to do this, according to Dobson Canada requires significant changes in thinking about trade and investment; in particular, Canada must take into consideration that much of Chinese competition is based on its position in the global value chains of foreign countries, very few of which are Canadian.

The Art of the State II (Folio 6)

This book-length publication, edited by Courchene, Savoie and Schwanen, contains papers that were presented at the “Art of the State” Conference, hosted by the IRPP and held in October 2003. This conference featured experts from Canada, Mexico and the United States who came together to explore new ideas, new instruments and new processes for enriching the North American experience. The main goal of the conference was to remedy gaps in public discourse, while at the same time understanding how three sovereign nations could advance common causes and manage their increasing interdependence.

The Future of Industrial Policy in a Globalizing World: What are the Options?

In this Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives publication, Marc Lee examines the evolution of industrial policy vis-à-vis globalization. Lee defines industrial policy as “the incentives and relationships established by governments in order to develop a nation or region’s economy.” Broadly speaking, this entails any actions governments take that have an effect on economic performance.

This "New Europe": Historic Policy Opportunities for Canada

Karl Henriques writes this paper in order to suggest a new policy direction in Canada in light of Europe's change in constitutional structure.

Trade as Aid: Freeing Access to Canada’s Markets for the World’s Poor

This article by Danielle Goldfarb examines the government’s proposal of extending duty- and quota-free access to Canada’s imports from the least developed countries (LDCs). In sum, Goldfarb argues that “trade as aid is good policy;” in her view, the ability to export is likely to reduce poverty among key groups in developing countries (such as women) while also providing Canada with cheaper imported products.