Tag Archives: Canada

One-dimensional? Us?

Two University of Calgary researchers have crunched the numbers and found Canada’s economy to be a model of healthy diversification. But not everyone is convinced
By Ian McGugan
August 3rd, 2017

For years, politicians and policy wonks have urged Ottawa to take action to ensure that Canadians become more than hewers of wood and drawers of water. But maybe it’s time to think again. Trevor Tombe and Robert Mansell of the … Continue reading

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How to talk to Wall Street about Canada

As the U.S. market’s view of Canada’s flagging economy becomes circumspect, here are some tips for communicating with the U.S. buy and sell sides as an interlisted Canadian company
By Chaya Cooperberg
October 11th, 2015

After posting two quarters of GDP contraction in the first half of this year, Canadians are still divided as to whether we’ve experienced a true recession or a statistical anomaly that belies the nuanced and complex components of the Canadian … Continue reading

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The big reveal

Ottawa’s new Transparency Measures Act doesn’t just open the window on payments by miners and other resources companies to domestic and foreign governments, it puts them under lights
By Brenda Bouw
February 27th, 2015

Mining companies and other resource developers in Canada have an added priority for 2015: preparing for a new federal law expected to take effect later this year that requires them to open their books on payments made to governments around … Continue reading

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Canada: the third amigo

Mexico’s surging manufacturing sector and growing economy mean its influence in NAFTA will soon supersede our own. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing
By Ian McGugan
October 30th, 2014

Welcome, economics fans, to the 2014 version of Name that Country. Today’s clue: This nation, which shares a border with the United States, has large oil and gas reserves, is headed by a pro-business leader intent on shaking up the … Continue reading

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Divided we stand

Western Canada’s place as the country’s economic engine isn’t changing anytime soon. That puts the onus on policy makers to take a new look at their priorities—for all Canadians’ sake
By Ian McGugan
August 24th, 2014

Nearly 70 years ago, a novel by Hugh MacLennan captured the struggle that then weighed on many Canadian minds. Two Solitudes told the story of a young writer torn between French and English cultures. If that quintessentially Canadian novel were … Continue reading

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A double dose of transparency

Paired with its new anti-corruption rules, Ottawa’s call for explicit disclosure of all payments made by Canadian companies to foreign governments and officials brings a new standard of offshore accountability to the boardroom
By Rob Colapinto
September 16th, 2013

The world’s most active player in global natural resource extraction will soon be facing new federal legislation mandating beefed-up disclosure of payments made to foreign governments. Canada has long been viewed as a transnational laggard when it comes to its … Continue reading

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Wanted: new brooms with new ideas

The next generation of central bankers are arriving on the scene just as their predecessors’ policies seem to have run their course. How much will they have to change to reignite economic recovery?
By Ian McGugan
September 16th, 2013

Mark Carney is gone and Ben Bernanke is going, but the Great Recession is still an unwelcome guest in many living rooms. So long as it lingers, the next generation of North American central bankers will have to ask some … Continue reading

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Still quiet on the IPO front

A pop in late-2012 momentum helped stoke market confidence for 2013. But action has yet to materialize
By Joel Kranc
April 12th, 2013

Market volatility, overseas debt crises and instability in North American markets have, in part, had negative effects on the Canadian initial public offering market over the past three years. In 2010, 73 IPOs were issued on all exchanges raising $5.5 … Continue reading

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Ottawa’s long game on takeovers

From Nexen and Progress to 50% caps on state-owned buyers and the net-benefit test, the federal government is walking a fine line to preserve access to future foreign investment
By Jim Middlemiss
February 25th, 2013

A few months have passed since the federal Conservative government outlined how it would amend the Investment Canada Act to clamp down on future takeovers by foreign state-owned enterprises (SOEs) while making other changes to clarify approval parameters for all … Continue reading

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Corruption fighter

Transparency International, the anti-corruption watchdog, says Canada is improving its policing of offshore bribery and corruption. TI’s chair, Canadian Huguette Labelle, puts our performance—and the problem—in perspective
December 6th, 2012

Insider Huguette Labelle Who Chair, Transparency International Involvement While she lives in Ottawa, and spent 19 years as a deputy minister, Huguette Labelle, chair of the global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI), now does most of her higher-profile work outside … Continue reading

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Investments with benefits

With Chinese investment in Canada again in the spotlight, how can CEOs and CFOs determine if a foreign deal is a positive thing for corporate and societal stakeholders alike?
By Robert Olsen
September 18th, 2012

Given the hype in the media and political circles regarding foreign, and particularly, Chinese investment into Canada, it is important to examine the implications for domestic CEOs and CFOs seeking to sell their companies or raise equity capital. Are Canadian companies … Continue reading

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Our clean energy present

Some days it’s difficult to do so, but if you look past the oilsands, you’ll actually find that Canada is already a world leader in renewable energy generation
By Sandra Odendahl
September 18th, 2012

There is a myth being propagated by well-meaning environmentalists that Canada is a laggard in clean energy, and that we lead the world in “dirty” energy from fossil fuels. In the past year, this has prompted a number of studies, … Continue reading

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We’ll always have China…right?

Despite the recent obsession with Europe’s financial crises and continued sluggishness in the U.S., there’s at least one more big worry out there—China. If its slowdown turns serious, the damage here will be extensive
By Ian McGugan
December 20th, 2011

China’s fastest growing exports are anxiety and skepticism. After years of seeing its collective wealth race ahead at a breakneck clip, the world’s most populous economy is hitting some speed bumps—and raising concerns about how severe its slowdown will be. … Continue reading

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M&A market heating up

Board members should get in their summer holidays early. It's shaping up to be a busy second half
June 25th, 2010

Heading into the year, forecasts from all the major law firms, accounting firms and bank economists seemed to agree on one thing—this would be the year that mergers-and-acquisitions activity, which cratered in late 2008 and 2009, makes a big comeback. … Continue reading

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