Tagged: Canada

International Women’s Day March 8th

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is Inspiring Change.

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.


Interested in how women have inspired change in the business world? Check out some new books in the library by and about women in business:

One of the most-read books of last year, by the COO of Facebook, one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World:

Lean in : women, work, and the will to lead / Sheryl SandbergLeanIn2

Other books about women in business to inspire you:

I’d rather be in charge : a legendary business leader’s roadmap for achieving pride, power and joy at work / Charlotte Beers

Ascent of women / Sally Armstrong

Advice from the top : what minority women say about their career success / Valencia Campbell

Closer to home, be inspired by one of Canada’s influential business women, of the popular Dragons’ Den TV series:

All in : you, your business, your life / ArlAllInene Dickinson

Also, check out some streaming videos and be inspired by the Yukon legislature’s first Native woman minister, learn about the wartime accomplishments of women in World War I, and why not check out more about the history of the women’s movement in Canada:

Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief/ National Film Board of Canada

Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada

And We Knew How to Dance: Women in World War I


Resource Spotlight: Conference Board of Canada

We have recently re-subscribed to the Conference Board of Canada e-library. If you are not familiar with CBoC, you might want to take a look at some of their resources if you are interested in education, economic trends, human resources, risk management and trade policy in Canada. The Conference Board is a not-for-profit applied research organization. They publish research on the previous topics mentioned, as well as industry trends, travel and tourism, socioeconomic indicators and taxation.

Recent publications include:

Sustainability Matters 2014: How Sustainability Can Enhance Corporate Reputation

Learning and Development Outlook 2014: Strong Learning Organizations, Strong Leadership

Overcoming Barriers to Leadership for Young Women

Cultivating Opportunities: Canada’s Growing Appetite for Local Food

The Conference Board of Canada is a great place to look for information on the federal budget. You may often find newspaper sources referring to Conference Board reports– come take a look in their e-library to find access and download reports.

Open and free access to Canadian statistics

Statistics Canada recently opened up their CANSIM data to public, making it freely available, under the Statistics Canada Open License Agreement. OC Library is transitioning from its subscription version of CANSIM to the publicly available database. You’ll notice that all CANSIM links in Library resources now point to the publicly available database.

Visit OC Library’s Data & Statistics guide to see how CANSIM data can support your business-related research.

In other Canadian statistical news, Statistics Canada will cancel E-STAT effective June 30, 2012. It will remain accessible until June 30, 2013.

Company rankings

The Globe and Mail/Report on Business annual ranking of Canada’s largest companies is now available. Click here to visit the Globe and Mail website and  Canada’s top 1000 public companies by profit, as well as other lists that rank the 350 biggest private companies, 100 biggest companies by revenue, the 50 biggest employers and more. There are also industry-specific lists, including retailers and technology, and media, broadcasting and cable companies.

You can also view the current issue of Report on Business via the database CBCA. Click here to connect. (Note that the July/August issue that contains the company rankings is currently  listed in the database as June).

If you would view the ranking lists and accompanying stories in print, the July/August issue of Report on Business will soon be on the shelves at OC Library’s Kelowna, Penticton, and Vernon campuses.

Canadian international merchandise trade

For those of you interested in international trade, Statistics Canada today released the latest numbers for Canadian international merchandise trade

Canada’s merchandise exports fell 0.7% in July, as volumes declined in most sectors, while imports grew 2.0%. As a result, Canada’s trade deficit with the world widened to $2.7 billion in July from $1.8 billion in June. – Statistics Canada

National economic accounts

StatsCan has released the economic accounts numbers for the second quarter of 2010 and June 2010.

Real gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.5% in the second quarter, after increasing by 1.4% in the first quarter. Final domestic demand advanced 0.9%, led by business investment in machinery and equipment. Real GDP increased by 0.2% in June. – Statistics Canada

Canadian company profits decline

Some new numbers for those of you interested in Canadian businesses. StatsCan released its quarterly financial stats for Canadian businesses today:

Operating profits for Canadian corporations amounted to $61.7 billion in the second quarter, down 1.8% from the previous quarter. This decrease followed three consecutive quarterly increases. – Statistics Canada

Reminder: new Gov’t of Canada publications site

It’s been up and running for about a month, but just a reminder that the new web site of Publishing and Depository Services, Government of Canada Publications is at www.publications.gc.ca. This site is the result of the integration of the Depository Services Program (DSP) and Publications Web sites. The DSP site will be taken off line this October. Read more about the change here and don’t forget to change your bookmarks!

Canadian Company Annual Reports

The handy OC Library guide – Canadian Company Annual Reports – has been updated. The guide lists Canada’s top 200 publicly traded companies, notes if the library (and which campus) holds print copies of annual reports, and also provides the web address of the company (which typically contain annual reports).

The guide is derived from The Globe & Mail Report on Business’s The Top 1000, an annual ranking of Canada’s top publicly traded companies, measured by assets.

Don’t forget you can also look up company information, annual and quarterly financials, and more via the database Hoover’s Company Records.

Census debate

An OC Library guide to the 2011 Census debate is now available. Learn more about the Canadian census, the proposed changes to census data collection, and the what the proponents and opponents of the changes are saying.