Retail Valuations – Snapshot Q4 2013 The North American retail sector showed continued momentum with a fourth consecutive quarter-over-quarter increase in TEV/EBITDA.
2014 10 Technology Trends for Business For the first time ever, Canadian companies took part in the 6th Annual Digital IQ survey 2014. In the soon-to-be-released survey, we’ve seen major shifts in technology become more pronounced during 2013.
CFO Agenda Issue 6: Talent scouting – Finding and developing the right people to deliver high value from finance The shortage of finance talent is a source of endless frustration for today’s CFOs.
Client case studies | Transforming the payroll function Our client was able to meet an aggressive mandate to consolidate and centralize payroll services using a completely new delivery model.
Webcast: Challenges for Canadian innovation - Are we keeping pace globally? This Insurance Club EyeOpener, Challenges for Canadian innovation - Are we keeping pace globally?, discussed key areas of focus for Canadian insurers, such as leadership, operations and support structure.
Developing and improving high performing finance functions Today’s CFOs are faced with a complex, constantly changing business environment in which their finance organizations are pressured to provide accurate, reliable and insightful information faster and more efficiently.
Innovation champions: How CFOs can keep companies vital According to PwC, faculty at Wharton and top-performing finance executives, embracing innovation requires monitoring risk closely without smothering ideas.
Retail Valuations – Snapshot Q3 2013 This publication gives you a snapshot of valuation metrics and the performance of the Canadian retail companies in the third quarter of 2013.
The power of data: How information management will transform business — What directors need to know about Big Data, analytics and the evolution of information While the concept of Big Data is not new, the massive volumes of information and the sophisticated tools to organize, manage, and analyze it are and the implications for those charged with oversight are significant.
The Directors' Cut - The power of data: What directors need to know about Big Data, analytics and the evolution of information The shift to information management techniques like Big Data has signaled a new way of doing business – one that is driven by practical, actionable insights and data-based decision making.
Canadian Insights - 2013 Global Innovation Survey 1,707 executives from around the globe agree that innovation is not just key, it’s essential to staying relevant and competitive in an evolving global market.
Top 10 questions to ask about information management and Big Data Our list of questions boards and management teams should be asking when thinking about information management and Big Data in your organization is available for download.
Deals Quarterly: Q4, 2013 Retail, real estate, utilities and pension fund activity were not enough to fill the gap left by a dearth of deals in Canada’s oil patch and mining companies.
Webcast: Insurance Contracts – IFRS 4 Revised Exposure Draft This Insurance Club EyeOpener IFRS 4 Revised Exposure Draft examines how the requirements in the measurement model fit together and how the proposed standard will impact their financial statements.
Top six questions directors should ask about conflict minerals Have your board and management considered and addressed the risks related to conflict mineral reporting? Learn what questions need to be asked now to be prepared for the new rule.
CFO Agenda Issue 5: Improving capital management — How CFOs can help capital projects stay on track The successful execution of major capital projects is a critical business activity for companies in asset-intensive sectors such as mining, oil and gas, energy, manufacturing and transportation.
Energy Visions business forum 2013 - Post-event summary report PwC conducted an audience poll during the 2013 Energy Visions Event. Read this report for more insight into what industry players thought on topics related to the oil and gas industry.
The Directors’ Cut - Cleaning up corruption: Why anti-corruption compliance should be on the board’s agenda In this briefing, we discuss anti-bribery and corruption (“ABC”) laws and their impact on Canadian companies.
Top 10 questions to ask about bribery and corruption Anti-bribery and corruption (AB&C) has become a focus of Canadian law enforcement and, as a result, for Canadian residents and organizations doing business in foreign jurisdictions.
Sustainable growth: PwC Canada Forest, Paper and Packaging Practice Capability Statement 2013 PwC is an active participant in the forest and paper industry, contributing knowledge and experience gained from our long association with many of the industry’s leading companies.
Fairness opinion: What seems fair sometimes isn’t These days, few deals of any size in Canada are completed without a fairness opinion. But fairness opinions from advisors with a conflict of interest can prove troublesome and invite criticism.
Webinar: 2013 State of the Internal Audit Profession Study The overwhelming opinion of 1,700 global internal audit professionals and stakeholders participating in the 9th annual PwC State of the Internal Audit Profession Study is that internal audit must significantly improve its performance.
Unlocking Potential: Finance effectiveness benchmark study 2013 Unlocking Potential: Finance effectiveness benchmark study 2013 is PwC’s fifth annual benchmark report which outlines the latest findings of our analysis of more than 200 companies that have participated in benchmarking projects.
PwC’s 5th Annual Digital IQ Survey – Digital conversations and the C-Suite PwC’s 5th annual Digital IQ study clearly shows that strong executive leadership and collaboration are crucial to building lasting value from information technology
Directors' Cut - Cloud computing and IT risks As directors and audit committee members, it’s time to re- evaluate how companies are adopting new technologies and what it means for the security of their sensitive and critical information.
Finance Transformation: A Lean approach to increase value At its heart, Lean is an operating philosophy focused on creating customer value—in simple terms Lean is about doing more of the right tasks with less wasted effort.
The emerging benefits of electronic medical record use in community-based care This PwC-Canada Health Infoway study assesses the effects of EMR use by physicians and specialists, and their clinical and admin teams in private offices or clinics, community clinics and community health centres, and walk-in clinics.
The future of health care in Canada: A conversation with Ontario Telemedicine Network’s CEO Dr. Ed Brown OTN’s Dr. Ed Brown and PwC’s Healthcare Services leader Will Falk discuss innovation and new processes in the health care system.
CFO Agenda Issue 4: Achieving deal value Today’s CFO acts as an important advisor to both the CEO and the board in offering a clear-eyed assessment of the financial and value implications behind business decisions.
Webcast: Navigating the regulatory matrix - OSFI Corporate Governance Guidelines Despite the fact that Canadian insurance companies have not experienced many of the same issues as their global counterparts, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) remains focused on continuously improving corporate governance practices.
Top 10 questions directors should ask about cloud computing Cloud computing provides businesses with many advantages such as increased efficiency and reduced IT costs. The move to the cloud also brings numerous considerations audit committees and management need to address.
2013 State of the internal audit profession study Our 9th annual State of the Internal Audit Profession Study indicates that internal audit needs to do more to improve its performance and show how they are contributing to the organization’s risk management.
Cleaning up corruption: Why anti-corruption compliance is now on the C-suite radar In recent years, risks around bribery and corruption have risen as prime concerns among business leaders in part due to enforcement trends that include a greater focus on the prosecution of individuals.
Assuring success in large business programs The resilience, reputation and value of a company can be positively influenced by successful transformation projects.
Powering your decisions: Insight and services to support your business We develop thought leadership tailored to utilities professionals across Canada to keep you informed on industry activity, issues and trends.
Webinar – Cultivating innovation Is innovation the last real competitive advantage? Today, ideas matter more than ever — ideas for new products, services, market opportunities and business models.
CFO Agenda Issue 3: Linking risk and performance CFOs now need to take a holistic approach and integrate risk and performance management to create a competitive advantage and differentiator for their organizations.
The high-performance CFO What does it take for CFOs to excel today? With the global economy struggling to regain its footing, finance chiefs face very different challenges from the ones they confronted just a few years ago.
Demystifying the online shopper: 10 myths of multi-channel retailing New technologies, global access, enhanced mobility, social media: each of these has had a profound impact on how consumers gather information and make purchase decisions.
Part II: Tax Update for Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) This article is a follow up to the 2010 Tax Alert for Non-Profit Organizations.
Eurasia Group Global Trends Quarterly - First Quarter 2013 As governments and activists seek to address corruption in resource-rich countries, there is significant controversy surrounding efforts to require mandatory disclosure of payments and mineral purchases by companies.
Regulatory reform and the role of internal audit As institutions begin executing their implementation plans, internal audit has a unique opportunity.
Insights from Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2013: Canada’s continuing equilibrium In a world struggling to manage unprecedented debt levels and economic upheaval, Canada enjoys a stable real estate economy.
Solving business problems with game-based design What is it about games that people enjoy so much? Whether it's the engagement, the motivation, or the challenge, businesses have begun to take notice.
Citizen Compass: Creating the dialogue to shape Canada's future through citizen engagement Our goal is to help governments and the health care industry set citizen-centred service delivery standards for the future by asking Canadians for feedback.
Combating cost escalation: Reducing costs and improving operational performance With today’s uncertain markets, cost containment is an important strategy for increasing cash flow, creating a competitive advantage and driving shareholder value.
Building on strength: Perspectives on the Canadian banking industry In this publication, we review the past and analyze how the Canadian banking system has developed, the impact emerging issues has on results such as regulatory capital and return on shareholders’ equity today.
Webinar: Cyber attack, is your board prepared? Recent high profile cyber attacks have made it clear that no one is immune to them. The world is changing, and so are the threats companies will need to consider.
10 minutes on social media with Richard Levick and Catherine Bromilow Catherine Bromilow, Partner, Center for Board Governance, PwC (US) and Richard Levick, President & CEO, Levick Strategic Communications, discuss the impact social media has on businesses and audit committees.
Driving high-performing shared services and outsourcing - Using the power of your people to effectively manage change When change and talent management professionals collaborate with company leadership to focus on key success factors, positive things start to happen.
Directors' Cut - Social Media The explosion of social media over the past few years has not only revolutionized the way we communicate with each other personally and professionally, it’s also transformed the business environment.
Audit Committees and Social Media - Videos from our October 11 session in Toronto On October 11, 2012, leading experts explored social media and the unique risks, opportunities and uncertainties that it brings to audit committees and the companies they oversee.
Webcast: Getting it right – Becoming consumer-centric Most insurance companies are looking to become more customer-centric, but what does being 'customer-centric' really mean?
Engaged communities, thriving business Using a community impact sustainability strategy to engage stakeholders, build community support and achieve your project’s long-term objectives.
Marketing Goes Local: Strategy Talks podcast series Digital and mobile delivery platforms are allowing businesses greater than ever access to their consumers. PwC’s Aurelie Olives and David Peres, Chief Marketing Officer, ADCentricity Inc. discuss this new trend and how businesses can fully utilize it.
Power & Utilities Risk Forum PwC’s Power & Utilities Risk Forum is a bi-monthly forum that brings together risk leaders in the utilities industry to discuss enterprise risk management, governance and compliance.
CFOs: Opportunities and roles in the cloud - Five questions you should ask Cloud computing can reduce IT and business costs, and it is fast becoming a powerful means for growth.
Re-energizing Finance: The Organization Challenge Whatever the size of their teams, the onus is on CFOs today to leverage every part of the finance organization to deliver value beyond traditional transaction processing and control.
Webinar: Leveraging innovation to transform your business In this webinar we discuss who is investing in innovation and why, and how it can enable your business transformation.
Forensic eye opener: Exploring today's hottest issues in economic crime — Summer 2013 This newsletter is designed to introduce our Forensic Services leadership team and provide insight into current issues in the marketplace that are important to you.
Understanding the perspective of the Canadian CEO This report highlights the four major themes Canadian CEO’s have identified as being key to becoming more strategic in the boardroom.
Cultivating innovation: What’s the formula? The innovation master plan framework Learn five actions you can take at your company to cultivate innovation.
Change brings opportunities - Turn sustainability into your competitive advantage We work with you to create sustainable business value by evaluating the entire sustainability picture. This brochure offers information on how we can help your organization develop or improve strategies for a sustainable future.
CFO Agenda Issue 2 - Planning ahead for agility and accuracy Issue 2 of PwC’s CFO Agenda explores some new strategies for CFOs, including delving into the changing mindset towards financial planning and the importance of robust forecasting.
Watch and listen: Value Driver Modelling Watch our video on the performance management and predictive capabilities of Value Driver Modelling to learn how leading mining companies can deliver sustainable cost reduction by proactively responding to market volatility.
Global Economic Crime Survey — How cybercrime impacts business: Strategy Talks podcast series In this episode of Strategy Talks, Sarah MacGregor and Krista Mooney discuss PwC’s Global Economic Crime Survey and what organizations can do to detect and prevent cybercrime.
2014 School of Mines Program Think of School of Mines as a crash course in the latest developments impacting the mining industry.
Strategic Management practice As one of the leading management consulting service practices based in Québec, we can help align your business strategy with your human dimensions.
Webcast: Insurance M&A - Eat or be eaten? This Insurance Club EyeOpener session discusses our perspectives and experience with insurance M&As, what to expect for 2012 and key considerations for insurance dealmakers.
Webinar: Internal Audit’s role in monitoring and managing critical risks – An Audit Committee perspective This webinar, first released in June 12 and moderated by PwC’s David Forster, discusses the results of the 2012 State of Internal Audit Profession Study.
Multi-generational workforce performance - Canadian Banks: Strategy Talks podcast series In this episode of Strategy Talks, guest Karen Forward a director in PwC’s People and Change practice discusses workforce composition and performance in the Canadian banking sector.
Canadian business perspectives on the governance of entrerprise IT and Company size matters: Strategy Talks podcast series In this episode of Strategy Talks, Gert du Preez discusses his findings from two PwC reports, Canadian business perspectives on the governance of enterprise IT (GEIT), regarding what Canadian organizations need to focus on in their IT governance. In addition, he discusses findings from the Company Size matters report on small versus large businesses and the governance of enterprise IT.
The Global Status Report on the Governance of Enterprise IT: Strategy Talks podcast series In this episode of Strategy Talks, Gert du Preez and Marc De Pauw discuss the findings from the 4th edition of the Governance Institute’s Global Status Report on the Governance of Enterprise IT (GEIT).
The top 10 issues faced by senior finance executives The following brochure discusses the top 10 issues keeping finance executive awake at night and who at PwC can help your organization improve your finance effectiveness.
Anti-Corruption Enforcement: The Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act: Strategy Talks podcast series In this episode of Strategy Talks, H. Ray Haywood discusses the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act and what organizations can do to ensure they don't violate anti-corruption laws.
Audit committees – tomorrow and beyond: Global regulatory trends This summary sets out the highlights of an April 2012 briefing on global regulatory initiatives, the results of polling of the 45 directors attending, and our perspectives on those results.
Top 10 questions directors should ask re: social media Directors particularly need to understand the social media issues and opportunities facing their organization, and more importantly ask management the right questions.
Webcast: State of the internal audit profession study The following is a webcast discussing the results of the 2012 State of the internal audit profession study, originally held on April 16.
Growth through adaptation: Canadian CEOs focused on sustainable change Our 15th Annual Global CEO Survey suggests that Canadian CEOs are more focused on long-term change than their global counterparts. Canadian CEOs have a more strategic focus.
Setting the stage through innovation: Retail trends report In the wake of depressed consumer spending, retailers are reassessing their strategic priorities and mobilizing to adapt and respond to the ongoing market changes.
Creating value through industry experience: Canadian energy statement of capabilities PwC helps Energy companies confront the industry's most challenging issues by developing effective solutions and strategies.
Free Markets Versus State Capitalism in Oil and Gas Over the last decade, state-owned national oil companies (NOCs) have become increasingly important in the global oil and gas sectors. Their rise is also a key part of the trend toward state capitalism in many emerging markets.
Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act As Canadian organizations expand into emerging markets, it is important for them to understand the CFPOA and how it governs their interactions with foreign public officials.
CFO Agenda Issue 1: Transforming performance - Powering an effective organization The first article in the CFO Agenda series looks at how obtaining and analyzing the right information lies at the heart of enterprise performance management.
Watch and Listen: Perspectives on deal-making in Canada and beyond View our brief, themed videos and listen to audio clips and podcasts, in which PwC’s Deals leaders share their insight and perspectives on today’s deal-making trends and opportunities.
Mining in the Americas: Highlights from the PwC Americas' Mining Centre of Excellence event PwC’s Mining Centre of Excellence (CoE) held an event on March 6, 2012 to launch its Mining in the Americas publication, bringing in industry experts to Canada to share their experience.
Summary of the EC Legislative Proposals on Audit Policy This briefing provides an update on the proposed legislation being considered by the European Commission and debated in the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers, which could significantly affect the relationship between businesses and their auditors in Europe.
Selfsumerization: Transforming the Enterprise In this thought leadership paper, we introduce and explain emerging developments in “selfsumerization” of the enterprise.
New Approaches to Taking Care of Business The following CGA magazine article talks about some of the principles and challenges behind enterprise risk management and includes quotes from Liane Kim, a former director with PwC Canada’s Consulting and Deals practice.
Webinar: Managing project risk In today's business environment, companies are constantly managing multiple projects. This interactive webinar provides directors with an overview of the board's role in project management.
Going Green Tables: Select Federal and Provincial Incentives Organizations need to strike a balance between generating profits and reducing their environmental impact. Download this publication for annual federal and provincial incentives to help you embrace sustainability.
Workforce performance in Canadian banking This study of workforce performance in the Canadian banking sector included data submitted for calendar years 2006 to 2010 from a sample of both large and medium-sized Canadian banks.
Energy Visions Quarterly Newsletter: Nothing to fear This issue of our quarterly Energy Visions newsletter looks at five reasons why Canada should welcome increased foreign investment in its oil sands and shale gas resources.
On budget, on time, on scope This report highlights the main contributors to the success of business transformation projects.
Managing Project Risk: Questions boards should be asking The following publication, from our Directors’ Briefing Series, discusses the six pillars of project risk management and what Boards can do to provide oversight on projects for their organizations.
Opinión minera – Ciclo de desayunos para directivos mineros Altos directivos mineros se encuentran mensualmente en nuestras sesiones Opinión minera con el propósito de examinar cuestiones de actualidad que derivan de la industria y tienen trascendencia en las pequeñas y grandes sociedades mineras.
Mining in Peru: Event presentation materials In January 2012, PwC hosted two events to discuss mining opportunities in Peru.
Transforming Your Business The following white paper discusses the key elements of business transformation – including vision and strategy, process and system standardization, and target operating models – and how PwC’s approach can help you.
Getting on the Right Side of the Delta: A Deal-maker’s Guide to Growth Economies In this global study, we have carried out an assessment of over 200 deals, including publicly announced deals and a broader set of private deals that PwC Canada has advised upon.
Dealmaking in Emerging Markets—Lessons Learned In December, 2011, Vanessa Iarocci, a former director within PwC Canada’s Deals practice, sat down with Brookfield Asset Management to discuss doing deals in India.
Webinar: Risky business – how audit committees can be more effective This webinar provides unique insights and leading practices identified during our 2011 audit committee effectiveness study by audit committee chairs, financial reporting experts, governance professionals and internal audit directors.
Change – Finding the Best Fit Approach The following publication discusses ways that your organization can avoid the pitfalls that change can bring how you can get the most out of your change strategies.
Navigating Through Regulatory Complexity: Perspectives on the Canadian banking industry The following publication discusses various facets of Dodd-Frank – including provisions for asset managers, whistleblowers and over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives – and how they may impact Canada’s banking sector.
Perspective North: Resources This page provides resources for companies interested in finding opportunities in northern Quebec.
Global Economic Crime Survey 2014 Our 2014 PwC Global Economic Crime Survey reinforces that despite the efforts of organizations, regulators, law enforcement and antifraud practitioners, economic crime stubbornly persists.
Project Success through Project Risk Management The following publication discusses some of the key principles around project risk management and how PwC can help you make the most of your project dollars.
Hot Markets: Insights from Emerging Trends in Real Estate: Strategy Talks podcast series In this episode of Strategy Talks, guests Chris Potter of PwC and Jonathan Miller, author of this year’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate report discuss the future of Canada’s real estate market, examining the prospects of the condo market, commercial development and more.
Driving Enterprise Performance: Emerging Developments in Enterprise Information Management In this paper, written by PwC, we introduce and explain several emerging developments in enterprise information management that will likely pave the way for dramatic advances in the next two to five years.
Make information work to your advantage Information is one of your company’s greatest assets. To realize the greatest benefit, it needs procedures, standards, and controls to help collect, process, and distribute data efficiently and securely.
The Future of Digital Marketing: Lessons learned from The Economist online: Strategy Talks podcast series In this episode of Strategy Talks, guest Nick Blunden Global Managing Director and Publisher of The Economist online discusses the rapid changes to content in the digital space and what businesses need to do in order to keep pace.
Energy Visions Quarterly Newsletter: Unsteady as she goes This issue of our quarterly Energy Visions newsletter provides insight on how financial and geopolitical events have impacted crude oil prices, company share prices and the Brent-to-WTI differential, as well as what this means for Canada’s petroleum sector.
Enhancing finance effectiveness Most organizations have seen a rise in the cost of finance. PwC’s Finance Effectiveness Benchmark Study finds that top performers have been able to keep costs under control while delivering improved service.
Resilient Growth: Making the most of opportunities away from home In this new global report find out how business leaders and risk managers can weigh the array of risks that go along with tempting opportunities in unfamiliar markets.
Social Media: Why your business can't afford to ignore it - Strategy Talks podcast series This podcast is an interview with PwC's Debbie Dimoff, who discusses why social media tools and practices are becoming increasingly crucial for business interactions with customers.
Digital Transformation: Social media, digital mobility and cloud computing Social media, digital mobility and cloud computing are changing the way you do business. Digital Transformation is PwC’s point-of-view on how you will need to adapt in order to meet consumers’ growing expectations.
Third Party Assurance: New requirements for financial reporting - Strategy Talks podcast series This podcast is an interview with PwC's Tony Pedari and Jennifer Johnson about new requirements for Canadian auditors under Section 5970.
Company Size Matters: Perspectives on IT Governance The following publication is based on a sub-section of data taken from PwC’s research for the 4th edition of the Global Status Report on the Governance of Enterprise IT.
Audit Committee Matters - Summer 2011: Audit committees’ role in countering cybercrime This issue of Audit Committee Matters discusses how the issue of cybercrime can affect the board of directors of your Canadian organization.
Energy Visions Quarterly Newsletter: Tight Oil Tech-Producers This document, published by PwC as part of our Energy Visions program, talks about the increasing importance of technology in Canada’s oil and gas industry.
Digital mobility drives you – You drive digital mobility The following white paper, discusses some of the leading trends in digital mobility and their importance to the future of your company or organization.
Performance Assurance - Building customer trust: A perspective on Service Organization Controls reporting options This paper introduces a new breed of controls reporting options in place of the former Section 5970 and SAS 70 reports that provided customers with board coverage over their internal controls.
Practical Implications of Controls Assurance Standard Changes The following article, by PwC’s Peter Hargitai and Jennifer Johnson discusses the transition to CSAE 3416, SSAE 16 and ISAE 3402.
Cash Management: Financial discipline helps your business thrive and survive The following brochure discusses some of the strategies – both defensive and offensive – you can embrace to help better manage your business’s cash.
Corporate Responsibility: Why it’s crucial for your business - Strategy Talks podcast series In this episode of Strategy Talks, PwC Corporate Responsibility director James Temple gives a commentary about CR, what it is exactly and why it is so important for your business.
Data is the lifeblood of your business: Integrated finance and risk reporting In this new financial world, you need to run your business in a different way. This publication looks at the potential barriers to generating the necessary alignment between risk and finance and how you can develop a fast, cost-efficient way to overcome them.
The Québec-Ontario Life Sciences Corridor The following life sciences report was compiled by PwC in conjunction with the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation, and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.
Public Priorities for Ontario’s Health System -- A report of the Citizens’ Reference Panel on Ontario Health Services The Citizens’ Reference Panel on Health Services aims to represent the public’s voice on the health care debate. Their report offers a platform to share their recommendations for creating sustainable health care to government, policy makers and health care providers.
Building a Presence in Today's Growth Markets Private companies are setting their sights on emerging and fast-growing markets (EFGMs), where economic conditions are rebounding more quickly than in mature markets. Read about the top business opportunities and risks in these markets as identified by 158 private-company executives.
PwC’s Annual Canadian Private Company Update - Event presentations Our premier one-day business update for owners, CEOs and financial executives of Canadian private companies provides insights into the practices of the most successful private companies.
Confidence rising: Canadian CEOs focus on talent This document highlights Canadian results from the 14th annual Global CEO Survey related to human resources and other people-related business issues.
The Challenge of Doing Deals in Emerging Markets The following article discusses some of the many risks companies face when doing business abroad and how those risks affect corporate governance at the board level.
Canadians Doing Business in Europe: The Political & Economic Landscape: Strategy Talks podcast series In this episode of Strategy Talks, Eurasia Group's Sage Newman discusses the fast-changing European market for dealmaking.
Canadian Deals: Evolving Outlook for Businesses in Central and Eastern Europe In this report, produced jointly by PwC Canada and Eurasia Group, we take an in-depth look at some of the advantages and potential risks of central and eastern European (CEE) economies for foreign investors.
Webinar: Nurture vs Nature – How to know when to build and grow talent and when to look outside of your organization In this People and Change webinar, from April 2011, you will learn how building talent means linking HR strategy with business strategy.
In Brief: Strategic Inventory Management – Providing what matters, when it matters The following edition of In brief discusses inventory management and how PwC Canada’s Retail Consulting Services can help you come up with a winning strategy.
The Business of China's 12th Five Year Plan More than any other five-year plan, China’s 12th Five Year Plan focuses on quality of life over quantity of GDP, stressing the need to boost domestic consumption and promote clean energy.
Anti-Bribery Risks: A Canadian Perspective The following article talks about some of the issues that Canadian directors should know regarding anti-bribery and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Webinar: The face of 2020 — How managing your people will change over the next decade In this People and Change webinar, from February 2011, you will learn about the significant changes that human resource departments will experience over the next decade.
Canadian business perspectives on the governance of enterprise IT PwC conducted research for the 4th edition of the IT Governance Institute’s (ITGI) Global Status Report on the Governance of Enterprise IT.
Mining – Cutting Costs without Cutting Corners The following article, published in the February/March issue of Canadian Mining Journal, provides advice on making sustainable cost reductions, reducing non-essential spending, changing your organization’s cost culture, and more.
Navigating the Transition to CSAE 3416 The following brochure discusses the transition to Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization (CSAE 3416), why the changes are necessary, and what they will mean to your organization.
Canadian Deals: Emerging Markets and Global Risk: Strategy Talks podcast series DJ Peterson of Eurasia Group discusses emerging markets and global risk in foreign markets for Canadian mergers and acquisitions.
Shifting Centre of Gravity: M&A in Brazil—A Canadian Perspective Brazil’s unfulfilled domestic demand, hyper growth potential and globally competitive returns have spurred M&A action. The aim of this publication is twofold—to provide insight into Brazil, and to share our view on opportunities in Brazil for Canadians.
Citizens’ Reference Panel on Health Services – Where our panel members live Twenty-eight Ontario citizens began a health care journey on the Citizens' Reference Panel. Learn about them and the communities they came from via this map of Ontario.
A renewed focus on NI 52-109 – What this means to you This brochure explains some recent changes to National Instrument 52-109 and how PwC can help you adapt to them.
In Brief: Assortment Optimization – Making an impact in 12 seconds or less The following publication discusses some of the key practices behind assortment optimization to help you understand consumer trends and offer customers what they want, when they want it.
M&A in Brazil – the Real Deal? The following article, written by PwC partner Kristian Knibutat, discusses several aspects of Brazil's economy and what is making it so successful for deals.
About the Citizens’ Reference Panel on Health Services Read this page to learn about the Citizens' Reference Panel on Health Services and sign up for updates on the process.
Citizens’ Reference Panel on Health Services Twenty-eight Ontario citizens were randomly selected to participate in a citizens’ reference panel to help reform the province’s health services. Learn about their journey, their concerns and their solutions.
Life Sciences Webcast on Licensing Management The following webcast presentation occurred on 15 November 2010 and focused on licensing management in the life sciences and pharmaceuticals industry.
Understanding and Managing Data Risk The following brochure describes PwC’s data management approach, which consists of four stages: Plan, Assess, Implement and Train, comprising a range of services.
Making Deals in the Mining Sector: Strategy Talks podcast series This episode of the podcast series features John Nyholt, who talks about the deals activity in the international mining sector.
Third Party Assurance – A New Level of Trust and Transparency This paper focuses on the changes from the Section 5970 standard to the new CSAE 3416 standard, including comments on the impact on service organizations and service auditors.
A Look at the Future of Mobile Data This publication, co-written by PwC Canada’s Andrew Light, presents an overview of the current mobile data landscape for both operators and content creators.
Anti-Bribery Risk — Recent Developments This brochure sets out a number of recent anti-bribery developments and discusses how PwC can help you comply with the FCPA and other anti-bribery controls.
Canadian Deals: Emerging Markets There are several emerging markets for Mergers and Acquistions activity in Canada, including South America and India.
Exploring the risks and opportunities for Canada-China dealmaking China is a hot market for Mergers and Acquistions activity for Canadian companies. Find out why.
India: New Frontier for Deals The following article, written by PwC partner Kristian Knibutat, discusses several aspects of India’s economy and what makes it so attractive for the future of deals.
Technology Forecast This quarterly journal from PwC Global focuses on emerging trends in technology and the strategic options that new technologies can create for the enterprise.
Transforming Your Business: Strategy Talks podcast series This episode of the podcast series features John MacKinlay, leader of the performance improvement practice, who talks business transformation.
Shifting Centre of Gravity: Mergers & Acquisitions in India—A Canadian perspective This publication’s aim is to provide Canadians with insight into Indo-Canadian trends and opportunities and to arm Canadians with a reference guide of relevant deal-related regulatory matters.
Business Modelling Can Save You Money: Strategy Talks podcast series This episode of the podcast series features Sean Rowe, leader of the Business Modelling practice, who talks about the importance of accurate forecasting and operational tools in running a business successfully.
Climate Change Across the Country: Strategy Talks podcast series This episode of the podcast series features a panel of guests speaking about the different climate change issues in a number of provinces across Canada.
Deadline Quickly Approaching for Therapeutic Discovery Tax Credit Canadian life science companies with up to 250 employees during 2009 and 2010 that conduct research and development activities directly or indirectly in the U.S. are eligible to apply.
Lessons Learned From the Recession: What Directors Need to Know: Strategy Talks podcast series This episode of the podcast series features a panel of guests who talk about corporate governance, and the lessons they have learned from the recession.
Securities Litigation: Calculating Damages Former PwC partner Robert Martin discusses the two main elements to consider when calculating damages resulting from misrepresentations in the secondary market under the Ontario Securities Act.
Appetite for Change – The Canadian Summary Canadian companies have a much stronger view than their US and global counterparts about the need for government to take the lead in developing effective polices for fighting climate change.
Canadian Private Business: A New Optimism: Strategy Talks podcast series This episode of the podcast series features guest Eric Andrew, leader of the Private Company Services practice of PwC. He talks about the key findings of the 2009 Business Insights survey.
Deal Success in a Buyer’s Market PwC partner Kristian Knibutat examines how the M&A landscape has changed since the financial crisis ended and what it now takes to close a deal.
Banks in Canada: How Do They Rank?: Strategy Talks podcast series This episode of the podcast series features guests Diane Kazarian, banking and capital markets national leader, and George Sheen, financial services national leader. They talk about the Canadian Banks 2010 report and how Canada's banks rate globally.
Fairness Opinions Provide Solid Support for Business Decisions PwC partner Helen Mallovy Hicks discusses the value of fairness opinions, when they’re relevant, what to expect, and the independence issues that organizations and their boards need to consider.
Staying a Step Ahead in a Downturn This article discusses some of the key approaches organizations can take with regard to finance, operations and strategy in order to navigate through a downturn successfully.
The Shape of the Downturn and Its Effect on M&A: Following the curve Russell Goodman, a PwC partner, discusses the possible length of the economic downturn and the effect it will have on corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Private Enterprise GAAP FAQ: Strategy Talks podcast series In this episode of the Strategy Talks podcast series, hosts Dean Mullett and Helen Mallovy Hicks talk with Sal Bianco about the frequently asked questions regarding Private Enterprise GAAP.
Inside the Boardroom: Highlights from the Directors Survey: Strategy Talks podcast series This podcast features guests Brenda Eprile and John Willson, a Director at Nexen Inc. and former CEO of Placer Dome Inc. They talk about the results of the PwC Directors Survey.
Post-Copenhagen Analysis: Implications for Business PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Sustainability and Climate Change practices have put together the following paper to look at key business topics coming out of Climate Summit in Copenhagen.
How Secure is Your Data? This podcast features guests David Craig, an Advisory Services Partner, and Salim Hasham, an IT Advisory vice-president. They talk about the importance of information security.
Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences: North American Mergers & Acquisitions Overview – Q3 2009 Despite difficult economic times and tight credit markets, capital market activity in North America in the pharma and life sciences sector has remained relatively robust over the past year.
Economic Crime in Canada: Strategy Talks podcast series This podcast features guests Pierre Taillefer, a partner in the Advisory Services practice, and Caroline Hillyard, a manager in the Investigations and Forensic Services. They discuss the prevalence of fraud in Canada and its impact on business..
Commercial Real Estate: Emerging Trends: Strategy Talks podcast series Chris Potter, leader of the Canadian Real Estate Tax practice, explores the ups and downs of commercial real estate in Canada.
More Buck for Your Bang: Improving executive incentive compensation plan efficiency With the economic crisis still in the news, executive compensation remains a hot topic. This article discusses making cash savings to a corporation without reducing net payouts to executives.
Unlocking Tacit Knowledge with Social Networking This article discusses how tacit knowledge can be unleashed and shared by connecting people ubiquitously through social networking collaboration.
Currency Fluctuations in the New Economy: Strategy Talks podcast series Vanessa Iarocci, a former vice-president in the Corporate Finance practice and editor of PwC's Capital Markets Flash, and Rozanne Kibel, a director in the Corporate Finance practice, talk about the ups and downs of currency in these challenging economic times.
Canadian Retail Security Survey 2012 Canadian retailers continue to experience challenging times with difficult domestic and global economies, changing consumer behaviour and an increasingly competitive retail landscape.
Internal Audits - A New Strategic Position: Strategy Talks podcast series Mike Harris, leader of the Corporate Governance practice and Matthew Wetmore, a partner in the Internal Audit practice of PwC, discuss how to make internal audits work for you in a time of crisis.
Extracting Value in a Down Economy – The Mining Industry in Canada: Strategy Talks podcast series Paul Murphy, the national leader for the Mining industry group of PwC Canada, and Normand Champigny formerly with the firm's Mining Centre of Excellence in Canada discuss how the economy has changed the mining industry.
The Changing Face of Fairness Opinions PwC partner Helen Mallovy Hicks discusses the recent OSC decision on fairness opinions, its relevance to companies, and the use of business valuation professionals when seeking a fairness opinion.
Maestro®: Performance Insights Workshop Maestro® is a highly interactive one-day performance management workshop that brings together your executive team and PwC’ business advisors and performance management professionals to help fine tune your business.
Electronic Discovery: Cost Effective Compliance with Minimized Disruption The following white paper discusses the characteristics of electronically stored information (ESI), how they differ from those of paper-based information, and the five steps of an e-discovery process.
Sustainability Practices Make Good Sense for Your Business: Strategy Talks podcast series Wendy Potomski, a former vice president of PwC’s Sustainable Business Solutions and Climate Change Services practice, shares key sustainability strategies that are especially important in a down economy.
Litigation – 3 Keys to Success: Strategy Talks podcast series Robert Martin, a former partner in PwC’s Advisory Services practice, and Gerry Ranking, the chair of Fasken Martineau’s litigation department in Ontario, discuss the top three things you should always do when faced with litigation issues.
Performance Management – 7 Practices that Drive Superior Results: Strategy Talks podcast series Stuart Smith, a vice president in PwC's Advisory Service practice, and Greg Richards, the Cognos Professor of Performance Management with the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, discuss the seven key practices of an effective performance management strategy.
Financing the Future This article by PwC’s Shamshad Madhok describes how government funding and financing from the private sector is needed to revitalize infrastructure in Canada.
Performance Management – Why Now?: Strategy Talks podcast series Philip Townsend, a PwC Advisory Services partner, and Kevin Wennekes, vice-president of research with the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), discuss why performance management is important in both good and bad financial times.
Oil and Gas – How the Changing Prices May Affect your Business: Strategy Talks podcast series Scott Bolton, a former PwC Advisory Services partner, and John Williamson, a PwC Audit and Assurance Group partner, talk about the oil and gas industry and how it is being affected by the current economy.
Fraud: It Can Happen to You: Strategy Talks podcast series Steven Henderson, a PwC Advisory Services partner and Sarah MacGregor, a director in PwC's Advisory Services practice, talk about ways in which a company's fraud risk may increase during a recession.
Fairness Opinions and the OSC Ruling — Why Directors Should Care: Strategy Talks podcast series Bill Orr, a partner in the law firm Fasken Martineau, talks about the future usefulness of fairness opinions in light of recent decisions made by the Ontario Securities Commission, and why this might be important — especially in today's economic climate.
Estate Planning: Strategy Talks podcast series Kathy Munro, a Tax Services partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, who works in the High Net Worth Tax Services practice, and Wesley Mark, a partner in the Advisory Services practice of PwC and a member of the Valuation & Strategy Advisory group, give listeners two different viewpoints on how an estate freeze could help your business manage through this troubled economy.
Beyond Cost Savings This PwC publication, Beyond Cost Savings, discusses the issues affecting the supply chain, its affect on companies and how they can better manage supply chain risk.
Q&A On Performance Management Matters: Sustaining Superior Results in a Global Economy PwC’s Philip Townsend and Stuart Smith discuss the recently released report “Performance management matters: Sustaining superior results in a global economy” by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in collaboration with the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa and the Canadian Advance Technology Alliance (CATA).
Smarter IT Management Can Lower Costs: Strategy Talks podcast series Robert Scott, an Advisory Services partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and national leader of the firm's IT Effectiveness practice, talks about how information technology investments and management practices can help companies run more efficiently and reduce overall operating costs.
Managing IT through the Downturn This PwC publication describes how organizations can manage their IT costs through the economic downturn.
Managing Risk - What Directors Need to Know: Strategy Talks podcast series This episode features three guests: Mike Harris, leader of the Corporate Governance practice at PwC; Brenda Eprile and John Clappison, a former PwC partner and current director of a number of boards. The group explores why the role directors play in risk management may be more important now than ever before.
Innovation in a Downturn: Strategy Talks podcast series Chris Dulny, a partner in the Assurance and Advisory Services Group of PwC, tallks about how crucial it is for technology companies to keep investing in innovation, especially during troubled financial times.
Private Equity in a Troubled Economy: Strategy Talks podcast series Peter Dale, national leader of PwC's Private Equity practice, offers an overview of how the face of private equity has changed recently, and what key challenges will be for the future.
Tax Tracks Episode 2: CRA announces major changes in T106 reporting: Are you ready? PwC's Tax Tracks podcast episode discusses new or pending tax developments that affect Canadian businesses. Each podcast target key tax issues and shares practical implementation ideas.
Dealing with Your Banker: Strategy Talks podcast series This episode talks about how important it is for private companies to keep the lines of communication with their banker open at all times.
The Recession's Impact on the Accounting World: Strategy Talks podcast series Mike Walke, a partner with PwC and Audit and Assurance Credit Crisis leader, explores some of the key challenges to financial reporting in troubled times, and how to better manage.
Merger and Acquisition Integration Whitepapers Our approach to M&A integration helps companies achieve success, build momentum, and instill confidence among their stakeholders. We help capture deal value early and sustainably.
Why Cash is King in a Tight Economy: Strategy Talks podcast series Calum Semple, a lead partner in the Restructuring and Distress Strategy Group at PwC, helps us understand ways companies may be able to improve their cash line and liquidity during the downturn.
Tax Tracks Episode 1: Quebec Proposals on Aggressive Tax Planning PwC's Tax Tracks podcast episode discusses new or pending tax developments that affect Canadian businesses. Each podcast target key tax issues and shares practical implementation ideas.
How Will the Recession Affect the Value of My Business?: Strategy Talks podcast series Ken Goodwin, a partner in the Dispute Analysis & Valuations group at PwC, sheds light on valuations and answers questions on how your business might be valued differently in a tight economy.
Restructuring in a Down Economy: Strategy Talks podcast series Dave Planques, leader of the Corporate Advisory & Restructuring group, discusses some of the key differences between restructuring a company in good times, and in bad.
Surviving the Economic Crisis — PwC's Perspective: Strategy Talks podcast series Helen Mallovy Hicks introduces the podcast series Strategy Talks, and offer real-world coping strategies for businesses in this economic downturn.
Returning to Health This following white paper offers insights into how Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs) could work together to improve both sustainability and IT results for their organizations.
Being Smart About the Risks You Take This publication from PricewaterhouseCoopers explains the four steps to help make smarter risk decisions.
Preserving Shareholder Value Through Asset Conservation This fact sheet explores business issues related to asset conservation, explains how PwC can help as your independent financial advisor, and outlines matters to consider when implementing an asset preservation program.
Brochure: Confronting Corruption This PDF brochure shares PricewaterhouseCoopers’ proactive and comprehensive approach to tailoring anti-corruption solutions for companies.
Effective Planning and Case Management for Electroic Discovery The following article, written by PricewaterhouseCoopers’ national e-discovery practice leader Peter Vakof, discusses two significant tactics you can take to reduce the risk of noncompliance during an electronic discovery (e-discovery).
Business Continuity Management Business resilience solutions for a new era.
Credit Crunch The Financial Stability Forum (FSF) has released a report that provides the global business community with 67 recommendations for dealing with the current credit crisis.
Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing: Canada Local Contacts Local contacts for Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing: Canada
Eyes on Governance: Building better boards to deal with compensation issues This PricewaterhouseCoopers-sponsored article provides HR committees with steps to determine appropriate pay packages and necessary resources to develop compensation literacy.
Global Sourcing: Getting it right The PDF brochure below outlines PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada's Global Sourcing services.
Director Oversight of Emerging Opportunities With the recession ending, what role does your board play in identifying distressed M&As, joint ventures and other avenues for growth?
Boards look to fairness opinions Boards have been concerned for decades they weren’t getting enough seasoned, third-party financial advice. However, now they are actively seeking independent opinions.
Fairness Opinions PwC is a market leader in providing fairness opinions for companies, offering rigor and diligence in its analyses to help boards and special committees arrive at an informed decision.
Brochure: Practical steps to help protect your reputation This PDF fact sheet helps business leaders to gain a better appreciation of the need to prepare for unforeseen events that may cause loss of revenue or market value due to negative opinion from stakeholders.
Trusted Advisor Briefing: Corporate governance for public sector organizations Corporate governance is as important in the public sector as it is to public companies. Read this Trusted Advisor Briefing issue to learn why boards need to improve governance in public sector organizations.
Corporate Sustainability in the Boardroom While CSR is hard to quantify, the way companies approach sustainability and corporate responsibility should mirror their approach to business. PwC shares why directors should not wait till disaster strikes to strengthen their reputation and brand.
IT Governance in Practice: Insight from Leading CIOs Learn the major findings from PwC's interviews with a number of CIOs who discuss their views on IT Governance and what it takes to make it work.
Trusted Advisor Briefing: CICA Guidance on Implementing Internal Controls over Financial Reporting This Trusted Advisor Briefing discusses two new CICA publications that provide guidance to management and directors for implementing Multilateral Instrument 52-109 Internal Controls over Financial Reporting (MI 52-109).
Trusted Advisor Briefing: Good practices of the well-informed, effective board This Trusted Advisor Briefing discusses the guidelines for creating sufficiently detailed board information packages.
Navigating Complex Litigation Issues In business disputes, getting help early from a financial professional may increase your chances of a settlement or gaining the upper hand at trial, according to this article by former PwC partner Robert Martin.
Achieving Audit Committee Effectiveness Sarbanes-Oxley, Bill 198 and other regulatory changes have put tremendous demands on audit committees. They must learn how to work smarter and to allow enough time to complete their ever-lengthening list of duties, according to a new PwC study.
Using Independent Valuation to Avoid Litigation Today we find valuators are in high demand to provide independent valuations and fairness opinions for corporate governance purposes and to ultimately avoid legal action.
Brochure: Anti-Money Laundering PwC’s multi-disciplinary team, including forensic, regulatory and forensic technology experts, offers a customized range of services and can assist you in meeting the requirements of money laundering legislation.
Brochure: Computer Forensics The Forensic Technology Solutions (FTS) team at PwC will allow you to ensure electronic data is handled and analyzed properly.
Brochure: Intelligence Screening PwC has the technical knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to complete background research of people and entities.
Brochure: Investigations & Forensic Services The PwC Investigations & Forensic Services practice provides confidential, unparalleled resources to investigate fraud or advise on ways to manage and mitigate risk.
A Common Sense Approach to Manufacturing Efficiency That Doesn't Begin on the Shop Floor Taking a holistic approach to realizing efficiencies results in an environment that adds value in every step in the process — from concept to the resulting product.