GTFS: Global Trends and Future Scenarios Index

The Next Economy: Transformation and Resilience in Times of Change


Executive Summary (excerpt)

Canada’s economy is changing, and changing fast. It can be expected to change at an even faster pace over the next 10 to 15 years.

It is worth considering whether Canada will prove resilient enough to take on an economy expected to be:

  • technology-intense and increasingly automated;
  • globally integrated and globally urbanized, with increasing networks between cities;
  • highly networked – people to people, people to machine, machine to people, machine to machine;
  • collaborative, even in the context of intense competition (“co-opetition”);
  • environmentally “charged,” with an array of sustainability innovations in play against a background of environmental crisis;
  • oriented towards services and “intangible” products; and
  • increasingly non-traditional in the way businesses and jobs are organized.