Your donation makes a difference

Canada West Foundation January 2016 UpdatePresident_Quote_MAR2016

A small team…making a big difference!

Your ongoing financial support enabled the Canada West Foundation to make a significant difference in 2015 on the issues that affect westerners’ lives.

Under the leadership of three thought-leading directors, our policy centres published original, ground-breaking research that garnered national media attention and has been read and commented on by industry, government and academia. Our research on public support for resource industries, the heavy burden changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program imposed on the West and the need to prioritize trade infrastructure is frequently noted and referenced.

Quite simply, the research, commentary and convening conducted through the research centres is making a difference. And we couldn’t do it without you.

It is a critical time to engage the public on key challenges facing the West. In 2016, the Canada West Foundation will be at the forefront of these issues, including:

getting our products to market

renewing public trust in resource development

giving our workforce the skills they need for the evolving economy

With your help, we will continue to advocate on behalf of people like you for many years to come.

Our 2015 work has impact


Major research papers


Million readership





Research Centre 2015 Snapshots

Centre for Natural Resources Policy
Trevor McLeod, Director



As the go-to source on climate commentary, the Foundation’s experts appeared in national and international media. Our carbon pricing ideas informed discussions among first ministers. In 2015, we brought indigenous and oil and gas leaders together to talk about building trust in energy development, convening that continues this year.

Centre for Human Capital Policy
Janet Lane, Director



Our research on changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program exposed the heavy burden on western employers. Following that work, the federal government announced in June 2015 amendments aimed at easing the impact of tighter restrictions on foreign workers. This year, our work on workplace competencies will drive the productivity growth so essential to the West’s prosperity in a more competitive world.


Centre for Trade & Investment Policy
Carlo Dade, Director



We brought government, shippers and transporters together in 2015 to improve supply chains and trade infrastructure to provide food, energy and materials to the emerging global middle class. Our work on trade infrastructure investment has had a big impact on government thinking. Now, we are focusing on public policy that encourages western firms to grow exports when Canada signs trade agreements. A shift from trade agreements to growing trade is in order.

Economic & Fiscal Policy Division
Janice Plumstead, Senior Economist



We assessed the four provincial budgets in the West on their long-term strategic vision and value for tax dollars spent.
Our commentary garnered regional and national media attention. The Currents economic newsletter gave western Canadians timely insights into how global economic forces affect the daily lives of westerners and drive the need for greater diversification.


THANK YOU! Your support makes our work possible



Arthur J.E. Child Foundation Endowment Fund
at the Calgary Foundation


Government of Alberta

Government of Saskatchewan,
Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan

Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of the Economy

Max Bell Foundation

N. Murray Edwards

Richardson Foundation

Ron Mannix/Coril Holdings Ltd.




ATB Corporate Financial Services


The Community Fund at the Calgary Foundation

The Mosaic Company

Port Metro Vancouver

Prince Rupert Port Authority



Canadian Natural Resources Limited


Imperial Oil

Jim Gray

ThinkHQ Public Affairs Inc.

Western Financial Group





Alberta Forest Products Association

JudyLynn Archer

Theresa Arsenault

ATB Financial


Kris Benidickson

Larry Blain

Dick & Melinda Carter

CentrePort Canada

City Lumber

Jim Dinning & Evelyn Main


Brenda Eaton

Brian Felesky

Charles Fischer & Joanne Cuthbertson

Roger Gibbins

Diane Gray

Catherine Harder

Tom Huffaker

Investors Group Financial Services Inc.

Dylan Jones

Johnson Waste Management

Janet Lane


Oryssia Lennie

Charles Loewen

The Muttart Foundation

Philanthropic Foundations Canada

Pirie Foundation

Geoff Plant

James A. Richardson

Sandy Riley

The North West Company

Patricia S. Youzwa


Border Paving Ltd.

Bow Valley College

Colleen Collins

Raymond & Jeannine Crossley

Gerald Knowlton

Doug Firby & Lisa Monforton

Charles Jago

Janice MacKinnon

Barry Spencer

Anonymous donors

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