Posts By: Dale Smith

Infrastructure: A Look at ICT

While many people think of roads, bridges and sewers when they think of infrastructure, the Canadian economy is increasingly reliant on digital infrastructure, which includes information and communications technology (ICT). Before the Bell hosted industry and government stakeholders to discuss Canada’s ICT needs.

Temperature Check: Canada’s Investment Climate

Canada’s status as a destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) has been bouncing back after a two-year slump caused by the oil price slump and doubts about the future of NAFTA. Before the Bell assembled a panel of business, academic and government stakeholders to examine what needs to be done to keep Canada’s investment climate competitive.

International Women’s Day

For International Women’s Day and its theme of #BalanceforBetter, Before the Bell brought together a panel of women to discuss how they and their organizations are working to close the gender gaps that exist in business, politics, and civil society.

Canada’s Transportation Infrastructure: a Backbone to the Economy

Transportation infrastructure is a crucial backbone to the Canadian economy, moving people and goods to market. While Canadians don’t tend to prioritize it as a policy issue beyond wanting increased investment, they depend on it to get to work, fly across the country and access consumer goods from around the world. Before the Bell heard from a panel of stakeholders about the challenges in the sector and what needs to happen to move it forward.

Before the Bell talks Climate Change and the Environment

With some 90 percent of Canadians hopeful that a scientific or technological breakthrough will accelerate progress on the fight against climate change, and 87 percent hopeful about the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, Before the Bell assembled a group of experts to discuss the impact of climate change on Canadians and our economy, and whether our current public policy can sufficiently address those expectations.

International Trade: New Sandbox Rules

As the rules and norms around international trade begin shifting with agreements such as the USMCA, Before the Bell spoke with stakeholders and experts to discuss the implications of the agreement for Canadian industries, how they can capitalize on it, and what other future trade opportunities exist for Canadians.

Breaking the Mold: Getting to Zero Plastic Waste

With the recent attention being paid to the issue of single-use plastics and pollution, the federal government has been turning its attention to their reduction and eventual banning. Industry figures say that nearly 80 percent of post-consumer plastics go to landfills, and it is estimated that by 2050, there could be more plastic in the

Artificial Intelligence: Real Implications

The Canadian government has been investing in becoming a world leader in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), including $125 million in a national strategy as well as an AI component of the Innovation Superclusters Initiative. The growth of AI raises questions around public policy, ethics, and implementation, and Before the Bell hosted experts and stakeholders to discuss those issues.

Renewing emphasis on health systems integration

While health care systems across Canada are testing innovations to improve care and save costs, they have a hard time getting widespread adoption across the country. Before the Bell spoke with a panel of experts and stakeholders to discuss what where some of the problems with adoption lie, and why it can be so difficult for good ideas to spread throughout the system.

Greater transparency required to protect privacy in the digital age

With a renewed focus on digital privacy in the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Before the Bell talked to experts and stakeholders about privacy and security in the digital age. They discussed where Canadians stand on these issues, both from a legal perspective and a cultural one, and the degree to which citizens’ perceptions of their own privacy have not kept pace with the ways in which that privacy is being violated, commoditized and redefined.