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Canada’s Innovation Agenda: Where are we Going?

The key conclusion of Where are we Going? is that innovation in the Canadian economy is important because it is increasingly the key factor in generating wealth. This conclusion comes from a Public Policy Forum-led roundtable discussion on the issue of innovation in the knowledge economy. Roundtable participants – including private sector CEOs, deputy ministers, university presidents, and heads of research institutes – were tasked with exploring innovation in the Canadian economy.

Innovation and the Transport Sector in Canada

According to David Brook and David Zussman, authors of the Public Policy Forum report Innovation and the Transport Sector in Canada, innovation is important because it is increasingly the key factor in generating wealth. Furthermore, Brook and Zussman state that innovation plays an integral role in Canada’s transport sector because safe, efficient, and accessible transportation is a pre-condition for the movement of people and goods in an economy. To consider the key barriers to innovation in the transportation sector, as well as ways to overcome these barriers, the Public Policy Forum brought together a roundtable of transport sector experts; this report is a summary of the discussion that took place.

Roundtable on Canada’s Knowledge Economy: New Models for Health Innovation Chateau Cartier Report

As the Public Policy Forum publication The Views From Leaders points out, there are a series of proposals – from efficiency measures to user fees – aimed at ensuring the sustainability of Canada’s health care system. This report explores another concept for health care sustainability.

Training Unemployed Manitobans for Call Centres

This paper reviews Manitoba’s publicly supported call-centre training programs, assessing their value to the community.

Value for Money? Cautionary Lessons about P3s from British Columbia

This paper examines the rise of public-private partnerships (P3s) in British Columbia, whereby a private group overtakes the development and operation of a public project (examples include hospitals and bridges).