Commentary

The Montréal economy has faced more than its fair share of challenges over the past 10-plus years. First, there was the terrorist attack of September 2001, which posed serious challenges to the city's aerospace industry and its overall manufacturing sector. The latter was plagued by security issues following the attack, as the United States tightened its borders considerably, making it much more difficult for Canadian exports to make their way to the United States. Read more...

Building and strengthening infrastructure is a wise investment for all levels of government. Beginning with the Building Canada Plan in 2007, Canada has seen a sizable increase in federal infrastructure investments. The $33 billion Building Canada Plan provided the first long-term, stable federal funding program to support provincial, territorial, and municipal infrastructure projects, recognizing that over 95 percent of Canada's core public infrastructure is owned by sub-national governments. Read more...

Featured Research Articles

According to Gallup's new 142-country study on the State of the Global Workplace, only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. In other words, about one in eight workers - roughly 180 million employees in the countries studied - are psychologically committed to their jobs and likely to be making positive contributions to their organizations. The bulk of employees worldwide - 63% - are "not engaged," meaning they lack motivation and are less likely to invest discretionary effort in organizational goals or outcomes. And 24% are "actively disengaged," indicating they are unhappy and unproductive at work and liable to spread negativity to coworkers. In rough numbers, this translates into 900 million not engaged and 340 million actively disengaged workers around the globe Read more...

All successful organizations must evolve to meet a changing environment. Canada's Public Service is no different. It is adapting to meet Canada's needs, while respecting our code of values and ethics to maintain public confidence in the integrity of the federal Public Service. Over the past several years, our focus has been on renewing and transforming the federal public service, delivering on a dynamic policy agenda, and re-engineering many of our internal and external services. We have made significant progress in positioning our institution for the future. Read more...

On an annual basis, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) releases its list of the world's most "Intelligent Communities". In order to be selected for this list, communities must excel in specific critical areas including: broadband connectivity, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital inclusion, marketing, and advocacy. Once communities submit their applications to the ICF, they are analyzed and judged by a panel of academics. The ICF incrementally announces the winners, beginning first with a top 21 list, then a top 7 list, and finally a single winner. On January 22nd, the top 7 list for 2015 was announced. Read more...