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Upping the ante for Canadian cleantech companies

  Innovative Canadian clean technology firms have the potential to not only advance Canada’s sustainable economy, but also to drive clean growth across the globe. Despite Canadian cleantech entrepreneurs being best in class, they continue to face difficulties scaling their business. With its mandate to support these companies announced in Budget 2017, BDC is poised

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.

OPINION | Canada’s Clean Tech Future Needs Chemistry Industry Solutions

Canadians and policy makers are seeking to transition to the low-carbon economy and address the challenges of climate change. Canada’s chemistry sector and its highly skilled workers are uniquely positioned to deliver the solutions.

OPINION | Setting bold ambitious targets to support women entrepreneurs

By Laura Didyk, BDC National Sponsor for Women Entrepreneurs and Vice President, Alberta South We all know the statistics on women entrepreneurs … Majority women-owned businesses represent only 16% of SMEs in Canada. Not only do we need more of them, but we also need to better support existing women entrepreneurs. Our economy and our

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,

Energy and the Environment: Will Bill C-69 make a difference?

  By Dale Smith   The Trudeau government’s centrepiece environmental legislation — Bill C-69, the Impact Assessment Act — is currently undergoing debate. But as the government proceeds with its pitch that being strong on the economy and strong on the environment go together, are business and environmental groups actually sold on the policy? Anna

OPINION | Mind the Gap – how far off is Canada from Paris Agreement goals?

On March 27th, Commissioner for Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand, issued an historic report. It was the process more than the subject matter that made it historic. For the first time ever, the federal Auditor General working with provincial and territorial auditor generals, turned their attention to a single issue and prepared a coordinated

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.

OPINION | 100 Days to Cannabis Regulation: Are we ready to Guide the Conversation with Young Canadians on Cannabis?

In approximately 100 days, Canada will legalize, regulate and restrict access to non-medical cannabis use. This transformation in our drug policy will require an intense educational campaign to inform Canadians, particularly young people, about the effects of cannabis use. After alcohol, cannabis is one of the most frequently used substances among Canadian youth, with 20.6%

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