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Governments and regulators worldwide are taking a hard stance against tax evasion. Media reports about companies or individuals sheltering assets abroad help fuel this fire. But there is more to this issue than meets the eye. Companies operate in a global marketplace where competitive forces add pressure to minimize their tax burden. Of course, doing […]

Although Canada has been busy negotiating trade and investment agreements over the past decade, few of the negotiations yielded agreements and those that did tended to be with relatively small countries. This changed with the signing of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement and the agreement in principle of the CETA. These so-called “new generation” trade […]

What is the probability that Calgary will experience the same kind of flooding that it did in 2013? What are the potential impacts of a pipeline leaking into a local river – economic, environmental or other? Policy makers and regulators have numerous risks to weigh when making decisions. But what is risk, and when does […]

Jan. 1, 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  It created integrated supply chains and enhanced cooperation that have allowed North America to prosper as a region in the global economy. But, 20 years later, other regional trade blocs are threatening to overtake it. This discussion […]

  Governments and regulators worldwide are taking a hard stance against tax evasion. Media reports about companies or individuals sheltering assets abroad help fuel this fire. But there is more to this issue than meets the eye. Companies operate in a global marketplace where competitive forces add pressure to minimize their tax burden. Of course, […]

  NAFTA is now twenty years old. It is timely to take a look at not only where NAFTA has been but at where it is going. Hosted by the College of Public Programs at Arizona State University, The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus, […]

  Starting in September 2014, the University of Calgary will offer Canada's first and only joint Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy program. Prospective students interested in learning more about this unique, professional degree program are encouraged to attend this upcoming information session, where they will have the opporunity to speak with […]

The 2014 James S. Palmer Lecture Series FREE lecture featuring Robert D. Kaplan, Chief Geopolitical Analyst for Stratfor Natural resources have been a driver of global conflict for much of history. And this reality isn’t going away any time soon. International tension is unavoidable as countries vie for resources or access to markets for the […]

An Evening with David Dodge After the near collapse of global financial institutions in 2008, governments responded sharply to shift the focus of regulation away from market efficiency towards stability. Have they gone too far? Is the concern over stability a dead-weight that is hampering economic growth?   Please join Jack Mintz as he welcomes […]

  State-owned enterprises (SOEs) have become major investors in the world economy and resource sectors over the past two decades. In December 2012, the Government of Canada implemented policy that dictates that investments by foreign SOEs seeking control of a Canadian oil sands business will only be approved on an exceptional basis; SOE transactions throughout […]

  First Nations communities have major influence on energy sector development in Canada. With several projects being stalled or dropped, what is preventing industry, government and First Nations from pursuing common goals? In the third part of an ongoing project devoted to energy literacy, The School of Public Policy has surveyed Canada’s First Nations population […]

  Proposals to expand the Canada/Quebec pension plans reflect growing concern over the readiness of many Canadians to retire with sufficient income. Several recent proposals have been made to expand the CPP/QPP by various government bodies.  Join The School of Public Policy and CIRANO for a conference that will seek solutions to the retirement income and […]

  Asia's rapid economic growth and transformation to the largest market in the world makes it critical from an economic and geo-political perspective. Everyone understands that Asia matters to Canada's future economic success and that Canada needs to expand its trade with Asia. However, while many Canadian small and medium-enterprises have made headway in the […]

  Symposium Topics: • Optimal urban growth• Urban growth patterns and policies that shape Canadian urban regions• Infrastructure: Financing and choice• Municipal taxation powers Featured Speakers: Richard Arnott, Philip Bazel, Michael Buda, Marcy Burchfield, Bev Dahlby, Drew Fagan, Brian Flemming, Martha Hall Findlay, Doug Hunt, Guy Huntingford, Harry Kitchen, Robin Lindsey, Janice MacKinnon Ken McKenzie, […]

  THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT Business and government are often at ends on energy regulation. The private sector cites lengthy review times and onerous mitigation costs, the financial sector sees risk in inconsistent process and regulation and policy makers point to the need to intervene to improve accountability pointing to their responsibility for […]

  Alberta is in danger of losing its advantage – at least as far as taxation is concerned. Other jurisdictions in Canada and worldwide are streamlining taxation and cutting rates to be more competitive. So what should Alberta’s next competitive move be? Reducing corporate and personal income taxes and implementing an HST, says Professor Jack […]

  The School of Public Policy presents its fourth annual Executive Program in Government Affairs. This year's theme is “Managing Change in Government Relations.” For more information or to register, please contact Christine Verdonck at verdonck@ucalgary.ca or 403.220.6836 Click here for the event program   Confirmed Speakers: -Ian Brodie, Former Chief of Staff to the […]

  Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago We have all heard warnings that we have chosen to ignore.  In 2005, Raghuram Rajan warned that the financial sector in the U.S. was a “looming disaster” – a warning that was dismissed. Today, Rajan is an acclaimed author whose […]