Canada needs more collaboration (Guest commentary)

Knowledge-sharing key to increasing productivity
By Norm Kirkpatrick
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/17/2007

Canadians are competing across borders and continents. This is a demanding challenge and it’s not getting easier. While Canada has one of the world’s most prosperous economies, its continued success depends on maintaining competitive advantages. But there is something missing in our approach.

Media cite concerns over the loss of high-paying manufacturing jobs driven by a strong dollar, cheap imports and border delays. Studies measure dramatic declines in Canada’s world rankings of economic performance due to “lagging productivity.”

Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty emphasized the necessity of Canada being internationally competitive, stating “the way to do that is to increase productivity.”