Blog Posts By Ken Chapman

Scaling-up Sustainable Innovative Businesses – 10 Global Competitiveness Principles

The Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC) September Global Innovation Summit in Buenos Aires was on the theme of Scaling-up Sustainable Innovative Businesses.  This is a theme that is at the core of the challenges for Alberta SME companies that want to grow and be part of the changing dynamics of the so-called “new normal”… Read more »

Disruptive Technologies: Ready, Set, GO!

Darwin’s Advice on ADAPTABILITY has never been more Relevant to Business Success and Survival. It is not the strongest of the species that survives, It is not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. GO Productivity has been heavily involved in gathering insights about the level… Read more »

RBC Report on Skills as a “Quiet Crisis”

GO Productivity in conjunction with the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council have wrapped up a series of workshops on impact and implications of Emerging Technologies on Alberta’s Small and Mid-sized businesses. Key questions we canvassed participants on was around the changing skills needed to work in a digitized and automated economy.  While many existing routine… Read more »

Top Four Skills Needed for Emerging Technologies

GO Productivity and the Canadian Supply Chains Sector Council (CSCSC) is about to complete the “Connecting People, Technology and Skills” Alberta regional workshops on emerging technologies. The last one is in Fort McMurray on March 21, 2018. We want to thank all our regional cosponsors in helping us get the word out.  We also want… Read more »

Alberta Economy Turns the Corner But Where is it Going?

Early indications are the Alberta economy is about to start growing again, with oil seemingly stabilized around $50/barrel.  All indications are that growth will not come from increased commodity prices but real efforts and results through improved efficiency, productivity, innovation and workforce training for improved competency. The Alberta energy sector is going to respond to this change… Read more »

Notes from the Throne Speech

Throne Speeches are notoriously general, and full of clichés, regardless of who is in government. But the do foretell an agenda, a tone, and priorities. From a business perspective, economic growth, taxes, infrastructure and education/skills training are key concerns around government policy. So what are the signals of the directions we can expect from our… Read more »

Matchup: A Case for Pan-Canadian Competency Frameworks

PAAD’s Skills and Competency Working Group is providing great leadership in bringing competency as a major focus to the Alberta workforce. Worker competency is seen as a major contributor to the PAAD mission of better productivity, improved safety and enchanted energy and industrial sector competitiveness.These PAAD Working Group efforts are being independently evaluated by the… Read more »