by Dr. Roger Gibbins, President and CEO
Although Santa and his Elves are still hard at work, the public policy world is starting to nod off. Parliament has adjourned (but not prorogued!) and policy wonks everywhere are catching their breath, maybe even a nap, after a busy fall.
It is an opportunity, therefore, to wish everyone all the best for the holiday season, and for the new year that will soon be upon us!
Certainly the past year was a busy one for the Canada West Foundation as we launched new work on energy policy and released a strategic vision for western Canada, and thus for Canada. We also increased our staff capacity both to do more and to ensure that the work we produce has the greatest possible impact. We are not only "all reved up" but, with the strategic vision in hand, we definitely have somewhere to go.
This increased capacity will be tested in 2011 as we celebrate the Foundation's 40th Anniversary. This celebration will be marked by an aggressive energy research program, an expanded water policy agenda, and a return to the challenges of economic diversification in light of a resource boom and the growing impact of the Asia-Pacific economies. As Canada's gateway on the Asia-Pacific region, western Canada will be fully exposed to a tremendous range of opportunities and challenges.
In closing, let me thank you for your engagement with the Canada West Foundation over the past year. Your interest and support are greatly appreciated. All the best for the holidays, and for the year to come.