Economically, Alberta is commonly compared to the other provinces with a host of superlatives – lowest unemployment, fastest population growth, strongest investment markets, etc. – and normally, these comparisons place Alberta at the head of the parade. But new research reveals one area where Alberta is, at best, in the middle of the pack. This may have serious implications for the province’s future economic prospects.
A recent report from Statistics Canada on business innovation suggests that companies in Alberta are well behind the national average on investments in advanced technology. The types of advanced technology identified in the survey include computerized design and engineering, automated material handling, information integration and control technologies, biotechnologies and green technologies, to name a few.
We all know the guy. You see him at the wedding reception or summer barbeques – maybe he’s your cousin’s husband or the guy from work a few cubicles down. He’s pleasant enough, but he just doesn’t know quite how to carry himself or hold a normal conversation. He says weird things and has bad breath. We have a term for him: he’s socially awkward.
Recent events have raised an unsettling question about Canada and our role in the global economy. Are we carrying ourselves properly? Do we say weird things? Are we “globally awkward”?