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Searching for Canada’s competitive advantage in manufacturing

October 20, 2015

Searching for Canada’s competitive advantage in manufacturing was the theme at a recent Ivey Idea Forum we attended, where leaders such as Siemens Canada’s Robert Hardt and Linamar Corp.’s Linda Hasenfratz shared their thoughts on what Canadian manufacturers already do well and what more can be done to give us that global competitive edge. Read […]

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In search for competitive advantage

October 16, 2015

Canadian manufacturing was hard hit by the global recession. Compared with 2000, manufacturing GDP is down 11 percent. Employment has declined by 24 percent. Yet manufacturing continues to make a critical contribution to the Canadian economy. In order to succeed, Canadian manufacturers need to develop new strategies for competitive advantage. To help meet this challenge, […]

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Ontario First to Test Automated Vehicles on Roads in Canada

October 13, 2015

Province Supports Innovation in Transportation Technology. Ontario is launching a new pilot to allow for the testing of automated vehicles on Ontario roads. Automated vehicles are driverless or self-driving vehicles that are capable of detecting the surrounding environment using artificial intelligence, sensors and global positioning system coordinates. Automated and connected vehicle technologies have the potential […]

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Trans-Pacific Partnership deal finalized

October 5, 2015

The deal needs to be ratified in the 12 partner states’ national parliaments. Check back often for updates on this breaking story Twelve countries, including Canada, have agreed to create the world’s largest regional trade zone. After five days of marathon, around-the-clock negotiations, a deal has been reached to create the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would […]

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Canadian manufacturers need clear strategy to compete in global market

September 17, 2015

Canada is in (technical) recession again, and not just because of the crash in oil prices. In fact, part of Canada’s broader, slow-growth problem comes from weakness in the manufacturing sector. Compared with 2000, manufacturing output is down 11 per cent. Employment in manufacturing has declined almost 24 per cent. But is Canadian manufacturing down […]

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Time for the campaign to get serious on economic policy

September 8, 2015

If there’s one notion about Stephen Harper’s economic policy that’s taken firm hold as conventional wisdom, it’s that he’s been monomaniacal about oil. His rivals play off it on the campaign trail, with the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair bemoaning billions in subsidies to the fossil fuel sector and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau saying Harper “bet everything […]

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