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Episode 54: Insights from Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2013: Canada’s continuing equilibrium

Release date: January 4, 2013
Host: Sandra Cusato
Guests:Chris Potter, Chuck DiRocco, Jonathan Miller
Running time:
22:30 minutes

In a world struggling to manage unprecedented debt levels and economic upheaval, Canada enjoys a stable real estate economy. Its real estate markets are moving along in a state of near-perpetual equilibrium — at least compared with other volatile regions, including most obviously the U.S. In this podcast, Chris Potter, a partner in PwC Canada’s Real Estate practice, real estate analyst and author Jonathan Miller, and Chuck DiRocco Jr, a director with PwC U.S. discuss the state of the real estate market and the findings of the 34th annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate. Listen now.


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Insights from Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2013: Canada’s continuing equilibrium

Release Date: Friday, January 4, 2013
Running time: 22:30
In a world struggling to manage unprecedented debt levels and economic upheaval, Canada enjoys a stable real estate economy.



Marketing Goes Local: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Friday, October 12, 2012
Running time: 13:45
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.



Global Economic Crime Survey — How cybercrime impacts business: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Thursday, July 5, 2012
Running time: 16:27
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.



Multi-generational workforce performance - Canadian Banks: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Running Time: 11:55
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

Release Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Running Time: 14:42
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

Release Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Running Time: 20:41
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).



Anti-Corruption Enforcement: The Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Friday, May 25, 2012
Running Time: 17:03
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.



Hot Markets: Insights from Emerging Trends in Real Estate: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Monday, November 14, 2011
Running Time: 23:13
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.



The Future of Digital Marketing: Lessons learned from The Economist online: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011
Running Time: 21:07
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.



Social Media: Why your business can't afford to ignore it - Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Friday, September 9, 2011
Running Time:19:20
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.



Third Party Assurance: New requirements for financial reporting - Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Monday, August 22, 2011
Running Time: 11:55
This podcast is an interview with PwC's Tony Pedari and Jennifer Johnson about new requirements for Canadian auditors under Section 5970.



Corporate Responsibility: Why it’s crucial for your business - Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Thursday, July 7, 2011
Running Time: 9:42
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.



Beyond the Boardroom: Emerging Markets - What Directors Need to Know - Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Running Time: 16:50
In this podcast, Dave Forster, PwC's managing partner for the Greater Toronto area, interviews a panel of guests about the opportunities in emerging markets for Canadian companies, and what boards of directors need to know when considering moving into these markets.



Canadians Doing Business in Europe: The Political & Economic Landscape: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Running Time: 21:36
In this episode of Strategy Talks, Eurasia Group's Sage Newman discusses the fast-changing European market for dealmaking.



Putting Education First: How can Canada stay competitive? Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Running Time: 18:40
In this podcast, Calum Semple interviews PwC's Randy Watt and Winky Whelan about funding challenges and service level issues within Canada's higher education institutions.



A Year in Deals: Canadian M&A highlights of 2010: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Running Time: 19:27
In this podcast, Kristian Knibutat and Vanessa Iarocci give insights into the past year of deal-making in Canada and look ahead to what might be in store for 2011.



Investing in Biotech: The role of life sciences in Canada's economy: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Friday, February 11, 2011
Running Time: 23:01
PwC's Calum Semple and Rozanne Kibel interview Peter Brenders, president and CEO of Ottawa-based BIOTECanada, and Gord Jans, national leader of the Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals practice at PwC. They discuss findings from the PwC Life Science's report, Inflection Point.



Canadian Deals: Emerging Markets and Global Risk: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Monday, February 7, 2011
Running Time: 14:45
DJ Peterson of Eurasia Group discusses emerging markets and global risk in foreign markets for Canadian mergers and acquisitions.



Internal Audit in a Post-Recession World: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Thursday, December 2, 2010
Running Time: 23:45
In this episode of Strategy Talks, guest host Brenda Eprile and her guests, Mike Harris and Matthew Wetmore welcome special guest Michael Van Every, Chair of the Audit Committee of Valeant Pharmaceuticals.



Making Deals in the Mining Sector: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Friday, November 12, 2010
Running Time: 17:06
This episode of the podcast series features John Nyholt, who talks about the deals activity in the international mining sector.



Transforming Your Business: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Running Time: 22:52
This episode of the podcast series features John MacKinlay, leader of the performance improvement practice, who talks business transformation.



Business Modelling Can Save You Money: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Running Time: 17:45
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

Release Date: Friday, August 27, 2010
Running Time: 18:59
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.



Lessons Learned From the Recession: What Directors Need to Know: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Friday, June 11, 2010
Running Time: 22:03
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.



Canadian Private Business: A New Optimism: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Running Time: 18:57
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.



Banks in Canada: How Do They Rank?: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Running Time: 22:03
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.



Private Enterprise GAAP FAQ: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Thursday, February 11, 2010
Running Time: 15:39
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

Release Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Running Time: 26:21
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.



How Secure is Your Data?

Release Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Running time: 23:49
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.



Economic Crime in Canada: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Thursday, December 10, 2009
Running time: 17:44 minutes
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

Release Date: Thursday, November 26, 2009
Running Time: 18:11 minutes
Chris Potter, leader of the Canadian Real Estate Tax practice, explores the ups and downs of commercial real estate in Canada.



Currency Fluctuations in the New Economy: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Thursday, October 29, 2009
Running Time: 18:22 minutes
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.



Internal Audits - A New Strategic Position: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Running Time: 27:14 minutes
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

Release Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009
Running Time: 20:23 minutes
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.



Sustainability Practices Make Good Sense for Your Business: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Friday, August 14, 2009
Running Time: 16:40 minutes
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

Release Date: Thursday, July 30, 2009
Running Time: 23:44 minutes
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

Release Date: Thursday, July 2, 2009
Running Time: 19:42 minutes
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.



Performance Management – Why Now?: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Friday, June 19, 2009
Running Time: 18:54 minutes
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

Release Date: Friday, June 12, 2009
Running Time: 23:54 minutes
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

Release Date: Friday, May 29, 2009
Running Time: 19:21 minutes
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

Release Date: Friday, May 22, 2009
Running Time: 22:04 minutes
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

Release Date: Friday, May 15, 2009
Running Time: 24:16 minutes
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.



Smarter IT Management Can Lower Costs: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Friday, May 8, 2009
Running Time: 24:16 minutes
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 Risk - What Directors Need to Know: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Friday, May 1, 2009
Running Time: 28:44 minutes
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

Release Date: Friday, April 24, 2009
Running Time: 15:58 minutes
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

Release Date: Friday, April 17, 2009
Running Time: 21:57 minutes
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.



Dealing with Your Banker: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009
Running Time: 17:32 minutes
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

Release Date: Friday, April 3, 2009
Running Time: 16:58
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.



Why Cash is King in a Tight Economy: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Friday, March 27, 2009
Running Time: 21:48 minutes
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.



How Will the Recession Affect the Value of My Business?: Strategy Talks podcast series

Release Date: Friday, March 20, 2009
Running Time: 14:32 minutes
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

Release Date: Friday, March 13, 2009
Running Time: 23:04 minutes
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

Release Date: Friday, March 6, 2009
Running Time: 12:46 minutes
Helen Mallovy Hicks introduces the podcast series Strategy Talks, and offer real-world coping strategies for businesses in this economic downturn.