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Project initiatives and research publications included:

  • State of the West. State of the West is a rich compendium of key indicators on western Canada’s population and economy, within the Canadian and global context. It is a “get-to-know-you” guide to the region that provides readers with accessible information about the key demographic and economic features of this highly dynamic and complex region of Canada. State of the West is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to understand the West and the country of which it is such an important part.
  • State of the Alberta Nonprofit Sector. The Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO), in partnership with Canada West Foundation and other key stakeholders, developed the first Alberta Nonprofit State of the Sector Report. The report provides a source of consistent and credible sector information for nonprofit organizations, funders and policymakers in Alberta. Points of Light: The State of the Alberta Nonprofit Sector was released June 1, 2011 and can be downloaded here (PDF).
  • An Extraordinary West. Spearheaded by Executive in Residence Sheila O’Brien, this forward-looking initiative involved asking 50 western Canadian community leaders to answer the following question: What do we have to do to ensure that western Canada remains a great place to live in the 21st century? The results of these truly amazing conversations can be found in An Extraordinary West: A Narrative Exploration of Western Canada’s Future. Inspired by An Extraordinary West, Canada West Foundation President Dr. Roger Gibbins prepared An Extraordinary Future: A Strategic Vision for Western Canada.
  • Window on the West: Western Canadian Policy Matters. A quarterly magazine that focused on providing a look at life and policy in western Canada. Through interviews, articles based on Canada West Foundation research, and viewpoints from thinkers across the West, Window on the West gives an overview of the issues facing the four western provinces. 
  • The Honourable James A. Richardson Discovery Roundtables. Among the many civic contributions made by the Honourable James A. Richardson during his lifetime was his role as one of the four founders of the Canada West Foundation. In fact, it was a suggestion by Minister Richardson at the One Prairie Province? Conference in 1970 that led to the creation of the Foundation as a registered Canadian charity on December 31, 1970.

    Under the auspices of a generous donation to the Canada West Foundation’s Founders Endowment Fund by the Richardson family, the Canada West Foundation launched the Honourable James A. Richardson Discovery Roundtables in 2007. Roundtables are held each year to seek out new thinking to strengthen the voice of western Canadians and to explore creative ideas for democratic reform, increasing economic prosperity and enhancing quality of life.
  • Looking West Surveys. In 2001, the Canada West Foundation set in motion the Looking West
    Survey series to provide a window into the opinions and priorities of western Canadians. Major public opinion surveys were conducted in 2001,  2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Other West in Canada Publications include: