Author Archives: David Campbell

Dr. Strangebedfellows or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Amazon

Over the Christmas season I had a craving for Cherries Jubilee, a decadent dessert featuring a warm Bing cherry sauce served over vanilla ice cream. I went online, downloaded the ingredient list and went to the grocery store. One ingredient, … Continue reading

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Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: Workforce edition

One of my problems is distraction.  I’ll be crunching data for a report or presentation and stumble on a tangential piece of data that is interesting.  For example, the new annual Labour Force Survey data for 2017 recently came out … Continue reading

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The exogenous shock theory of economic development

In the early 1990s when I first started thinking about economic development I had a chat with a Quebec consultant who was helping the provincial government there develop economic growth strategies.  He was convinced the only way to grow was … Continue reading

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Where are the young entrepreneurs?

We have been debating the curious lack of young entrepreneurs in New Brunswick for years. It’s hard to define the term ‘entrepreneur’ but if you look at self-employment as a proxy – New Brunswick has always had well below self-employment … Continue reading

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Turning the big 5-0

This week I turned 50. Reading those condescending  LinkedIn posts about the young HR managers taking a ‘chance’ on the 50+ workers now takes on special meaning.  One I read today talked about his great success hiring 50+ workers because they “bring … Continue reading

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Attracting international R&D: In praise of Siemens

One of the issues we discuss very little in New Brunswick is the role of multinational firms.  When we do, many people derisively talk about how we need to ‘take care’ of our own firms and they express skepticism about … Continue reading

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NB’s R&D sector – no old fogies allowed?

As I have detailed elsewhere New Brunswick is primarily known for having  an older workforce when compared to other provinces.  Not so with the R&D sector where 44% are under the age of 35 – second only to PEI among … Continue reading

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New Brunswick’s youngest and oldest occupations

The Census gives us good information on the age of workers in the province.  While it doesn’t provide a median or average age by occupation it does breakdown the number of people working in 500 occupations (and aggregations) by age … Continue reading

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Maybe it’s time remove the opaqueness of tax policy. Does it offend Canadian sensibilities?

I just read John Geddes masterful piece in Macleans on the history and influences of Bill Morneau’s tax crusade against the 1%.   It reads like a condensed modern biography – a thriller with Geddes unearthing deep background – only partially … Continue reading

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Immigrants and the workforce: Moncton CMA impressive results

One of the mantras I have been preaching for years now is the need to attract immigrants into actual employment opportunities.  I realize this is not as simple as it seems given the sometimes strange world of immigration where prospective … Continue reading

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