The Price of Unprepared

In the next 10 years alone, disruptive trends in climate, resources, society and technology are projected to cost Canadians an extra $25,000 per household, per year. How can we act now to mitigate these impacts — and lower the price tag on disruptive change?

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Buy Local, Build Resilience

The benefits of buying local are well understood when it comes to food, goods and services. But what about the invisible assets that we use every day: our infrastructure? Infrastructure investment represents significant spending from all three levels of government — but how can we maximize the impact of those funds to build more resilient local economies?

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Deconstructing Project Costs

Over the coming decades, construction projects will likely represent an ever-growing proportion of our spending. These projects are already pricey, accounting for $1.3 trillion in spending in 2019 alone. What happens to that price tag when the number of projects climbs, in tandem with their individual costs? And how can smart solutions both mitigate and prevent sticker shock?

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The Behaviour Barrier

In theory, it’s easy to understand the old adage that “prevention is the best cure.” But when prevention has an immediate price tag, most people and organizations have a psychological tendency to defer investment — even if it means paying much more later on. What are the behavioural barriers that deter us from implementing Smart solutions today, and how can we break down those barriers?

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