Canada is well known around the world for its vibrant cities and multicultural identity. Cities like Vancouver function as “gateways” to foreign countries, providing a cultural reference point for local-to-global engagements.
The key to optimizing Vancouver’s “locational advantage” as a global knowledge and innovation hub is developing a curator’s instinct for new sources of social and economic value as well as a strategist’s aptitude for combining different, but complementary perspectives, in an integrated manner.
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THE CHINA INTERNATIONAL IMPORT EXPO AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR CANADA-CHINA TRADE AND ECONOMIC RELATIONS
Two powerful countries will dominate Canada’s near-term future: The United States and the People’s Republic of China. The strategic decisions Canada makes regarding China in the next few years will have consequential outcomes for decades. This includes trade, bilateral economic relations, and much more.read more
Achieving sustainable livelihood development that respects local environmental constraints poses a multi-generational challenge for India. Using alternative development models, it may be possible to transform a vicious cycle of environmental degradation and human insecurity into a virtuous cycle of knowledge exchange and inclusive growth.read more
Cross-border migration flows continue to rise internationally. This intensifies inter-cultural relations, accelerates peer-to-peer engagements, and opens new pathways for knowledge creation.read more
Security competition between India and Pakistan stretches the limits of global security-enhancing credentials. The tactical and strategic nuclear ambitions of both countries is driven by a perceived vulnerability that is rooted in history and which limit near-term options for a viable solution.read more
Rapid technological growth is forcing a profound rethink of our economic, social, political, and physical infrastructures. These structural changes will soon require the adoption of new cognitive and behavioral capabilities, many of which are still unknown.read more
The global sustainability challenge is formidable, but not hopeless. In fact, there are multiple pathways to global sustainability which encompass open innovation and discovery-driven learning in strategic sectors.read more
The digital transformation of the workplace and the structural configuration of the Canadian federal bureaucracy is no longer a futuristic fantasy. A redefined government-citizenship relationship has never looked so promising.read more
Canada’s international reputation for welcoming and integrating newcomers is unparalleled. But ensuring that Canada remains a preferred migration destination will require risk-taking, foresight, and creative thinking.read more
Vancouver faces a historic opportunity to become a global knowledge and innovation hub sustained through place-based research partnerships, knowledge brokering, work-integrated-learning programs, as well as hybrid venture creations in the arts and cultural sectors.read more
To accelerate local productivity and their competitive advantage internationally, cities around the world are banking on the promise of “smart” technology and infrastructure development. What are the risks and opportunities of becoming a “smart” city?read more