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November 23, 2017

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Canada in the Pacific Century

Why is Canada giving a cold shoulder to an Asian trade deal?

By John Manley, as originally published in The Globe and Mail.    What a difference a year makes. Just over a year ago, as I was returning from Europe, I wrote to praise the Trudeau government's success in saving a Stephen Harper legacy – the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).   Led by then-trade minister Chrystia Freeland, Canada gave a little here and a little there from the agreement that had been negotiated. By dint of Ms. Freeland's intelligence, ...

September 14, 2017

NAFTA 2.0: Carpe Diem

By Thomas d’Aquino, as published by Policy Magazine.    During his bid for the presidency of the United States, Donald Trump denounced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as “the worst trade deal in history.” He promised to renegotiate terms more favourable, in his view, to the United States or walk away. The NAFTA, which came into force in January 1994, was built on the foundations of the 1987 Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. Both agreements at the time represented ...

August 2, 2017

Where to focus when leading through uncertainty

Being competitive in a crowded market takes bold — even surprising — moves   By Linda Hasenfratz and Rebecca MacDonald, as originally published by Financial Post. Linda Hasenfratz is CEO of Linamar and Canada’s 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. Rebecca MacDonald is the founder and executive chair of Just Energy Group and is Canada’s 2003 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year.   This summer, we attended the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year forum in Monaco – an annual gathering of top entrepreneurs ...

August 2, 2017

Practical, disruptive innovation can give your company a competitive edge

By Mojdeh Poul, as originally published by The Globe and Mail. Mojdeh Poul is president of 3M Canada.   It may be the most overused word in today’s business lexicon – a favourite of CEOs, boards, investors and governments who see it as key to economic growth and competitiveness. And a lack of it puts companies at a major disadvantage in a rapidly changing business environment. That word, of course, is innovation. While true innovation must be a priority for ...

June 16, 2017

Why we need a Canada Infrastructure Bank

By John Manley, as originally published in iPolitics. In a country as diverse as Canada, there aren’t many things on which we can all agree. But there’s one thing just about every Canadian can concur with — particularly while trapped in morning gridlock, or dodging chunks of concrete under a decaying bridge: Our infrastructure badly needs updating. How big is Canada’s infrastructure deficit? The estimates vary widely, from $150 billion to as high as $1 trillion. Even if the funding ...

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