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Canada West Foundation January 2016 Update

Improving lives in the West – and all of Canada

THANK YOU! Every dollar you contribute supports evidence-based, non-partisan research at the Canada West Foundation. In a time when fake news, alternative facts and half truths can sway public thinking, our focus on championing information over misinformation matters more than ever.

We remain relentlessly focused on the critical issues facing the West, and Canada. In 2016, we published research that captured attention in the media, government, industry and civil society. Our three centres put forward fresh thinking on moving beyond energy project gridlock by encouraging communities more effectively; developing a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs; and spending infrastructure dollars wisely to build the right projects in the right places to get products to international markets. Our 2016 research includes:

Know, Do, Understand: Development of competencies in Canada’s schoolchildren

Fair Enough: Assessing community confidence in energy authorities

A Smoother Track for Exports: A framework for Alberta rail policy

Look Out: Toward a climate strategy that reduces global emissions

The TPP: The West wants in

Power Up: The hydro option

The Infrastructure that Matters Most: The need for investment in Canada’s trade infrastructure

Start ‘Em Up: Incubating nextgen innovators

Some Assembly Required: Cross-border infrastructure that creates jobs and growth

A Matter of Trust: The role of communities in energy decision-making

This year, our focus will include:

• Modernizing the National Energy Board
• Matching skills with jobs based on competencies
• Navigating preferential trade in the Trump era and how to sell more to Asia
• Getting to successful Indigenous economic engagement
• Getting from innovation to adoption

We are proud you have chosen to support our work making a difference on the major policy challenges facing the West, and Canada, at home and on the global stage. Truly, we couldn’t do it without you.


THANK YOU! Your support makes our work possible



Arthur J.E. Child Foundation Endowment Fund
at the Calgary Foundation


Government of Alberta, Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Government of Manitoba

Government of Saskatchewan,
Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of the Economy

Max Bell Foundation

N. Murray Edwards

Richardson Foundation

Ron Mannix/Coril Holdings Ltd.




Canadian Western Bank


The Community Fund at the Calgary Foundation

The Mosaic Company

Port of Vancouver

Prince Rupert Port Authority



Canadian Natural Resources Limited



Jim Gray

ThinkHQ Public Affairs Inc.

Western Financial Group






Alberta Forest Products Association

JudyLynn Archer

Theresa Arsenault

ATB Financial


Kris Benidickson

Judy Birdsell

Larry Blain

Border Paving Ltd.

Boyden Global Executive Search

Dick & Melinda Carter

CentrePort Canada

City Lumber

Colleen Collins

Raymond & Jeannine Crossley

Carlo Dade & Savera Hayat-Dade

Des Nedhe Development

Jim Dinning & Evelyn Main


Brenda Eaton

Edmonton Economic Development


Farm Credit Canada

Charles Fischer & Joanne Cuthbertson

Gall Legge Grant & Munroe LLP

Roger Gibbins

Diane Gray

Greystone Managed Investments Inc.

Martha Hall Findlay

Tom Huffaker

Investors Group Financial Services Inc.

Charles Jago

Johnson Waste Management

Dylan Jones

Janet Lane

Oryssia Lennie

Charles Loewen

Janice MacKinnon

Trevor McLeod

The Muttart Foundation

Pirie Foundation

Geoff Plant

James A. Richardson

Sandy Riley

The North West Company

Patricia S. Youzwa

The Canada West Foundation focuses on the policies that shape the West, and by extension, Canada. Through our evidence0based research, analysis and commentary, we provide practical solutions to tough public policy challenges facing the West, and Canada as a whole, at home and on the global stage.

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