Past events

 
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2017

Canadian agriculture: evolution and innovation
November 14, 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba
For the modern operator, farming has evolved into an innovative career requiring knowledge of business management and technology, and more than ever agricultural sciences.
Driven by competition and aided by technology, the number of Canadian agricultural operations is decreasing as the operations become larger, more complex and capital intensive. Farms are taking advantage of innovation through marketing strategies, processes and product offerings in order to exploit new markets and cut costs.
This presentation will highlight the new ways Statistics Canada is integrating data from multiple sources in order to reduce the burden on farmers and to make information more relevant and timely for agro-businesses and analysts.

Oil Prices and the Canadian Economy – Events and impacts
October 19, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Energy's run as the largest contributor to Canadian export earnings ended in 2015, as the world grappled with an over-supply of oil. This presentation looked at Statistics Canada data to help provide insight into related price movements, the gasoline value chain and the subsequent economic fallout. Selected impacts on the government sector, business activities, and consumer behavior, over a five year period (from 2011 to 2016) were also reviewed. Special focus was made on Alberta, where the energy sector is an important economic driver. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion with experts and audience questions.

Aboriginal Data at Statistics Canada: An evolving relationship
March 17, 2017 – Edmonton, Alberta

Statistics Canada makes great effort to build and maintain relationships with Aboriginal communities and organizations in order to be responsive to their data needs. The presentation explored the evolving nature of data gathering on Aboriginal peoples. A demographic, social and economic portrait of Aboriginal peoples living in Alberta, and more specifically Edmonton, as well as some of the challenges and opportunities in the area of Aboriginal statistics were also outlined. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion with experts and audience questions.

Canada in the Global Economy – A new perspective
February 2, 2017 – Vancouver, British Columbia

The presentation examined how changes in technology, trade agreements, multi-national organizational structures and government policy have significantly altered the way firms operate; shifting from a domestic to a more global perspective. Important initiatives undertaken by Statistics Canada in response to the increasingly global nature of the economy were highlighted. Key topics included Canada's trade in value-added, characteristics of Canadian exporters, activities of foreign majority-owned affiliates, and our interconnectedness to the rest of the world. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion with experts and audience questions.

2016

New data and research at Statistics Canada for evidence-based decision-making
September 13, 2016 – St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Statistics Canada makes constant efforts to meet the emerging and evolving information needs of data users and stakeholders. The presentation highlighted how 'big data' are being used to provide new information to decision makers. Innovative initiatives in the areas of employment, education, immigration and health were highlighted, showing how new data sources are being used to advance our understanding of important issues and trends in Canada.

Recent Trends in Canadian Manufacturing
March 24, 2016 – Guelph, Ontario

The presentation explored the industrial structure of the Canadian manufacturing sector and its evolution in recent years. Key topics included trends in manufacturing sales, employment, profits, and input costs for manufacturing processes. The provincial distribution of manufacturing activities was also discussed. In particular, the presentation looked at how key manufacturing industries have been faring since the recession. This presentation was followed by a panel discussion with experts on important issues facing the manufacturing sector, and audience questions.

Profile of Canadian agriculture and challenges ahead
January 20, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario

The presentation highlighted results from the Census of Agriculture data, from a national and a provincial perspective. It focused on the underlying trends that have shaped the agriculture sector in Canada in the past few decades. The presentation also addressed the renewal of human capital, which is one of the important challenges that lie ahead for the agriculture sector. This presentation was followed by a panel discussion with experts and audience questions.

2015

Health Statistics: How do Statistics Canada's Data Impact the Health of Canadians?
October 20, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario

This event was organized to mark World Statistics Day, with the theme "Better data. Better lives." The presentation provided an overview of the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS), its objectives, collection processes and dissemination strategy. Results from previous cycles were presented, as well as an overview of the CHMS Biobank and future health measures to be included in the survey. The presentation focused mainly on how health data are used to address important health research questions and develop emerging health policies. It was followed by a panel discussion with experts and audience questions.

Innovation in Canada
May 28, 2015
Toronto, Ontario
The presentation highlighted the recent results from the Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy, from a national and a provincial perspective. It focused on the four types of innovation as well as how advanced technology use supports innovation. The presentation also addressed the total economy by providing international and provincial comparisons from the recent results of the Gross Domestic Expenditures on Research and Development. This presentation was followed by a panel discussion with experts and audience questions.

Insights on mental health and contact with police: A statistical portrait of Canadians with a mental or substance use disorder and their contacts with police
March 19, 2015 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The presentation discussed results from the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey on the topic of mental health status of individuals coming into contact with police. Other data collected by Statistics Canada that could help inform the discussion of mental health and the justice system were presented, followed by a discussion of next steps in terms of moving forward in improving data holdings to address this high-priority issue. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion with experts and audience questions.

Government Finances and their Importance in the Canadian Economy
February 24, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario

The presentation examined the role and size of the Canadian government in the Canadian economy. It also explored the government's main sources of revenue; the services delivered such as health care, education, justice; the financial stability of the various levels of government – examining specifically debt levels, assets and net worth; and the size and stability of the Canadian government sector with that of other developed countries. This presentation was followed by a panel discussion with experts and audience questions.

2014

Environmental statistics: measuring natural capital for the long-term well-being of Canadians
October 2, 2014 – Vancouver, British Columbia

The presentation highlighted Statistics Canada's changing role in providing environmental statistics. Topics addressed included the growing focus on ecosystems and ecosystem goods and services statistics; the benefits of environment-economic accounting; and areas for future development such as working with other data partners and developing a comprehensive approach to statistics on environment activity and the “green economy”. This presentation was followed by a panel discussion with experts and audience questions.

A Nation of Contrasts: Recent Regional Demographic Trends in Canada
June 17, 2014 – Halifax, Nova Scotia

This presentation illustrated the many changes that have occurred in recent years in Canada by showing recent changes at the provincial and territorial level in fertility, immigration and internal migration and the impact on population growth, population age structure, ethno-cultural diversity and families. This presentation was followed by a panel discussion with experts and audience questions.

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