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:
Other books about women in business to inspire you:
Closer to home, be inspired by one of Canada’s influential business women, of the popular Dragons’ Den TV series:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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