5 on Friday: Millennials

By Aileen MurrayBlog

April 20, 2018 This week’s post looks at the role of millennials in the economy and workforce development. Millennials were born between 1980 and 2000. They are entering their prime employment years just as baby boomers are starting to retire out of the workforce. We’re hearing more and more reports of businesses having challenges in … Read More

5 on Friday: Cannabis

By Aileen MurrayBlog

April 13, 2018 This week’s post looks at the economic development opportunities surrounding the legalization of cannabis in Canada later this year. From retail sales, cultivation, education and research, here are five takes on the economic potential of cannabis.   5 on Friday -Aileen Murray on Vimeo.   5 articles on the economic opportunities in … Read More

5 on Friday: Economic development in alleys

By Aileen MurrayBlog

April 6, 2018 Alleys are often an underutilized asset in downtowns. Investing in alleys contributes to the quality of public space, increased walkability, health and image of the city, a safer environment for people, opportunities for pop up shops and micro businesses and a canvas for public art. Here’s five resources on economic development and … Read More

5 on Friday: Economic development goes to the movies

By Aileen MurrayBlog

March 30, 2018 Economic development can have all the intrigue and plot twists of a major movie and this week I thought I’d share five examples of economic development in the movies. These movies highlight the ridiculous, the serious and the very funny aspects of working to support the economy and the large scale and … Read More

5 on Friday: Experiential Tourism

By Aileen MurrayBlog

March 23, 2018 I’ve just returned from the Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation Annual Conference this week and one of the highlights of the conference were two presentations by Celes Davar. He defines experiential tourism as “creating experiences that engage visitors in a series of memorable activities, revealed over a period of time,that are inherently  personal, engage the senses, … Read More

5 on Friday: Rail Revitalization

By Aileen MurrayBlog

March 9, 2018 This week’s post looks at 5 case studies on rail revitalization. From elevated parks and trails to meeting venues, communities across North America are finding innovative ways to recognize their rail heritage and adapt these assets to continue to contribute to the local economy and quality of life. 5 on Friday -Aileen … Read More

5 on Friday: Canada’s Innovation Superclusters

By Aileen MurrayBlog

March 2, 2018   This week I thought we’d take a look at the Federal Government’s recent announcement on the establishment of Innovation Superclusters. The investment of $950 million will be matched by the private sector and is expected to create 50,000 new jobs and increase Canada’s GDP by more than $50 billion over 10 years. 5 on … Read More

Strategic Plan Failure

By Aileen MurrayBlog

February 23, 2018   This week we’re focusing on five resources to identify and address the ways that strategic planning can go wrong. Boardview recently reported that 80% of the leaders they surveyed feel their organization is good at crafting strategy buy only 44% feel they are successfully implementing their strategic plans.  5 on Friday -Aileen … Read More

5 on Friday: EDCO 2018

By Aileen MurrayBlog

February 16, 2018   This week we’re looking at five highlights from the 61st annual Economic Developers Council of Ontario Conference.   5 on Friday -Aileen Murray on Vimeo. Five Highlights from the Economic Developers Council of Ontario 2018 Conference  Declassifying Skills Shortages – Local Labour Markets May Not be Enough I was really inspired by the significant … Read More

5 on Friday: Automation

By Aileen MurrayBlog

February 2, 2018   This week 5 on Friday looks at the economic impacts of automation. There have been numerous studies predicting the economic disruption that will result from the adaption of automation in the world of work. A McKinsey study found that 49% of activities people are paid to do can be automated using current … Read More