Posts By: Dale Smith

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.

Medicine Wheel Not Medical Approach Required For Indigenous Health: Minister

On Tuesday, Before the Bell looked at the issue of Indigenous health and how the focus needs to shift from simply adding more money to the system to giving local Indigenous communities more control over their governance, and toward building resilience in communities by strengthening their connections to their culture and language.

Nurturing Canada’s growing cleantech future

On Tuesday morning, Before the Bell hosted stakeholders invested in the government’s cleantech policy who discussed the pressures driving growth in the sector, as well as the challenges innovators face as they transition from start-ups to exporters while still remaining viable and profitable businesses within Canada.

Kinder Morgan in the crosshairs

  By Dale Smith   With the drama ramping up between British Columbia and First Nations on one side and Alberta and Ottawa on the other over Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, a Before the Bellpanel looked into what’s at stake, both in the immediate impasse and in the longer term. Rick Anderson,

Cannabis: The Final Countdown

On Thursday morning Before the Bell sat down with industry and stakeholders to debate whether Canada was ready for recreational cannabis, which is set to be legalized sometime in the summer. Many challenges remain for the government, including a lack of research on impairment levels, regulations around home-growth, infrastructure in rural and remote communities, and a public education campaign. Nevertheless, the business community is ready to step up, both producers who are hiring hundreds of Canadians to meet their needs and private security companies who see the need to protect the cannabis value chain.

Pushing Forward for Women in Business

Given the focus on women’s rights over the past year across multiple socioeconomic spheres from sexual harassment to pay equity to political engagement, it was no surprise the Before the Bell event marking International Women’s Day on March 8 was sold out. The panel, comprised of respected Canadian policy, political and business voices, discussed with