Report

Listening, learning, and leading: a framework for regulatory excellence

To create a framework for regulatory excellence that can be practically applied by the Alberta Energy Regulator and other regulators, this report expands upon three core attributes of excellence: utmost integrity, empathic engagement and stellar competence.
Report

Adjusting to job loss when times are tough

This study documents the use of four adjustment strategies by Canadian workers permanently laid off in 2009. The authors examine whether the adoption of strategies varied according to workers’ characteristics and their employment status a year after job loss, and to what extent it differed...
Conference paper

Precast concrete building construction process comparison

This paper deploys value stream mapping (VSM) as a lean methodology to investigate and compare the process differences between a Canadian precast project and a Chinese precast project as a basis for improvements in reducing process waste.
Report

Are new technologies changing the nature of work? The evidence so far

This study illustrates that, although recent advances in automation technologies have affected what workers do on the job and which occupations they work in, the overall changes are not substantive.
Report

Harms reduction: a six-step program to protect democratic expression online

This report sets forth a series of functional steps to enable citizens, governments and platforms to deal with the matter of harmful speech in a free and democratic, rights-based society like Canada.
Report

Skills for the post-pandemic world

This report argues that the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic crisis, and the many second-order trends associated with it, raise new implications for how people think about education, the workplace, and skills training.
Policy report

Evidence in energy policy making: what the UK can learn from overseas

This report examines the UK’s energy policy making process, and focuses on how well policy makers access and use evidence to inform their work. It assesses the UK’s strengths and weaknesses, and takes a comparative look at energy policy making in four other countries: Germany...
Briefing paper

Lifting singles out of deep poverty: the case for increasing social assistance benefits

Most single working-age adults in Canada on social assistance are living in deep poverty, due to provincial governments’ efforts to curb welfare dependency and maintain work incentives. In this paper, the author calls on provincial policy-makers to increase social assistance benefits for singles to help...
Conference paper

Engaging citizens and communities in urban planning: learning from recent Australian and international experiments

The aim of this paper is to reflect on lessons emerging from the recent Australian and international renewal of interest in engaging citizens and communities in urban planning and development processes.
Conference paper

Local governance, community safety and gender: a comparison of Australian and Canadian initiatives

This paper briefly outlines the state of crime prevention and community safety initiatives in Australia and Canada, followed by an analysis of practical and theoretical dilemmas in getting to the first stage of community safety planning, that of problem identification.