Bulletin: September 17, 2020

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Safe Restart Agreement Update

Yesterday the Government of Canada announced the next steps for the Safe Restart Agreement, which is a $19-billion funding agreement between Ottawa and the provinces and territories. The federal government has now shared the details of the funding that will be made available through the agreement. The Safe Restart Agreement focuses on seven key priorities over the next six to eight months to restart the economy while protecting the health of Canadians.

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For Your Attention

5 Minutes For Business: A Severe Recession And Uneven Recovery

On September 10, we had the honour of hosting Tiff Macklem, newly appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada, to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our economy and the progress made on economic recovery.

Governor Macklem showed us that Canada’s economy saw the sharpest drop on record this past spring, causing the most severe global downturn since the Great Depression. The economy saw the steepest decline in the second quarter. Gross domestic product fell about 13% in the first half of the year.

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Our Restaurants: Foodies Unite, Powered By Sysco

Before COVID-19, many Canadians were consuming nearly half their meals outside the home, in venues such as restaurants, schools, pubs and arenas. Now all of that has changed. But restaurateurs have always had to adapt to changes, and Sysco is committed to helping the industry and its people get through this time of uncertainty.

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Mark Agnew Joins CTV To Weigh In On U.S. Aluminum Tariffs

Our Senior Director of International Policy, Mark Agnew, discusses American tariffs and what the remaining strings attached may mean for Canadian and American business.

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Free Upcoming Events

September 22, 1:00 P.M. ET | Future Of Transportation: Rail

With over 46,000 km of track, rail operations have stretched across Canada in some form or another for centuries, moving over $300 billion worth of goods across the country. However, recent events have highlighted vulnerabilities in the rail value and supply chain. From strikes to blockades to pandemics, the rail industry has seen its fair share of challenges. Our conversation will revolve around how both passenger and freight rail companies have had to address those challenges and how Canada can continue to position itself as a leader in the rail industry. On the passenger side, we will also discuss consumer confidence and the role it plays in economic recovery.

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September 22, 11:00 A.M. ET | The Journey Of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tech Adoption

An introduction to the principles and applications of AI and machine learning as seen through the lens of SMEs via user cases across multiple sectors.

You may be surprised to learn that fewer than one in 10 businesses are ready for AI adoption. Despite all the AI hype, the reality remains that a vast majority of companies simply do not have the capacity to augment their business operations with AI at scale, resulting in a series of one-off pilot projects. Please join Nicolas Chapados, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Element AI, Zied Touzani, Head of Partnerships at Dataperformers, and Stephane Boivin, Co-founder and CEO at Pivot88, as we explore how businesses can overcome these challenges and realize the benefits of artificial intelligence. This webinar will be moderated by Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, our Senior Director of Digital Economy, Technology and Innovation.

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September 23, 1:00 P.M. ET | Crisis Communications In Times Of Pandemic: Maintaining Your Brand While Facing Financial Challenges And Business Uncertainty Webinar, With National PR

How a business communicates in this era of the COVID-19 pandemic is key to its future success and sometimes to its very survival. 

As consumer behaviour changes, supply chains become disrupted and employees and employers navigate uncharted territory and uncertain futures, the importance of a well-crafted crisis management plan is becoming ever clearer to Canadian businesses. 

Join us for an interactive webinar with guest speakers Mark Boutet and Larry Markowitz of NATIONAL Public Relations. We will discuss the basic principles of crisis communications and will focus on maintaining your brand during these challenging times.

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September 23, 11:00 A.M. ET | Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) Training Program

Join the Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) training program designed for current and future board members, executives, investors and those who advise them. Learn directly from 95+ of the world’s most respected leaders on how to deal with COVID-19 and becoming resilient in an ESG focused world.

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September 30, 1:00 P.M. ET | Future of Transportation: Air

As one of the first industries to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the air transportation sector, including airports, airlines, and others in that ecosystem, will undoubtedly be one of the last to fully recover. Before the pandemic, the sector employed about 141,000 Canadians and flew upwards of 70 million passengers per year. Today, that number has plummeted almost overnight as airlines and airports grapple with new economic realities. However, as Canada begins emerging from the depths of the pandemic, industry leaders are finding new and innovative ways to instill consumer confidence and start returning to pre-pandemic levels. Our conversation will address those ways and focus on how Canada’s air transport sector can continue to demonstrate leadership in this regard.

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How We’re Helping Canadian Business

Recovery Summit Series

Join the Toronto Region Board of Trade on September 22 for its regional recovery summit, the first of a three-part virtual series to bring together global, national and regional leaders to explore how the Toronto region can build back better in a post-COVID-19 world.

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Think Small And Aim High With Canada Post’s Small Business Digital Event Series

The Think Small, Aim High event series is designed to support small businesses as they recover and work towards a new business-as-usual.  

In this three-part online series, Canada Post experts, industry experts as well as small business owners will provide insights and tips on how small businesses can establish their business online, optimize their operations and create effective marketing campaigns. The events provide the resources and solutions small businesses need to transform their business and prepare for the future.  

  • October 1: Starting Small from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET 
  • October 21: Small Business on Small Business from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET 
  • November 4: Journey to Success from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET 

Visit the Small Business events page on Canada Post’s website to get more information.

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A #TeamCanada Approach

Ontario Power Generation (OPG)

In June our member OPG donated 10,000 of its 3D printed face shields to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for distribution to Indigenous communities and organizations throughout the province.

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