The EDGE Network (Emerging Dynamic Global Economies) is a bold new venture, hosted by the University of Ottawa, which brings together a stellar group of researchers from across Canada and around the world, including leading thinkers in international economics, business, law, political science and public policy. It links these researchers with think tanks, business associations, multinational companies, federal and provincial governments, and NGOs.
The creation of the EDGE Network was announced in March 2006 by the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Networks of Centres of Excellence. The EDGE Network is one of five “New Initiatives” funded under the NCE program and has received $800,000 over two years to help secure Canadian success in the rapidly changing world economy.
By bringing together this vast and talented range of approaches to analysis and public policy reform – from rigorous academic study to boardroom-based practical experience – the EDGE Network will help Canada meet the challenges and opportunities ahead in the new economic order of the 21st century.
Why the EDGE Network?
Over the next decade, Canada faces major challenges to become more productive and competitive in the face of a massive transformation of the global economic landscape. We have a unique opportunity to lead the way not only in re-inventing ourselves to meet these changing realities but also to provide leadership and guidance in the reforms that will be made to the international institutional architecture as it adapts to the geopolitical realignments taking place in our rapidly changing world.
Large, emerging, dynamic economies – particularly China, India and Brazil – are transforming the world as we know it. There is an urgent need for a pan-Canadian public and private sector partnership to work together with the best research institutions in Canada and around the world to forge comprehensive and effective strategies to respond to these critical developments.
Who is involved?
Two of Canada’s leading geographic think tanks – the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute – bring their in-depth knowledge to the EDGE table. Also partnering with EDGE is the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) and the York Centre for International and Security Studies. Some of the university-based research institutions that have signed on include: the Institute for Asian Research (University of British Columbia), the China Institute (University of Alberta), le Centre d’Études de l’Asie de l’Est (l’Université de Montréal), the Asian Management Institute (University of Western Ontario), the Centre for Global Studies and the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (University of Victoria), the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Institute for International Business (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto), and the Centre for International Studies (University of Toronto).
Federal and provincial members include: International Trade Canada, Export Development Canada and the Government of British Columbia. The leaders of multinational Canadian companies and business associations, such as BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, CAE Inc., IE Canada, Major Drilling Group International, Manulife Financial, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and Scotiabank are contributing their expertise and support to the Network. Network membership includes experts in international business, economics, law and public policy from over 50 research institutions in other countries around the globe.
What are the goals of the Network?
The EDGE Network exists to foster focused, incisive research and public policy development that will support Canadian international competitiveness, productivity and innovation. Its key goals are to:
- Increase public awareness of the challenges and opportunities arising from the dynamic changes taking place in the global economy – leading to more informed debate and timely, relevant public policies;
- Stimulate greater knowledge of the opportunities and challenges facing Canadian businesses – large and small – to develop improved global and domestic business strategies;
- Promote better understanding by researchers of the needs of Canadian businesses and of governments – federal, provincial and local – related to the changing global economy;
- Improve sharing of information and analysis about public policy as well as social, political and legal contexts for Canadian businesses in emerging markets and in the global economy;
- Develop and disseminate business cases and success stories to provide models for Canadian firms;
- Provide valuable training tools for the next generation of researchers, policy-makers, and business people; and
- Help train the next generation of leaders in the field of international business, economics, law and public policy to be better able to not only cope with change but to lead the way in the 21st century.
The purpose of the EDGE Network is to help Canada develop effective strategies to play a leading role in the new economic order of the 21st century.
EDGE is a unique collaboration of leading thinkers in international economics, business, law, political science and public policy working together with governments and the private sector on issues relating to the emerging economies. Together, we are dedicated to ensuring Canada becomes more productive, competitive and prosperous in the face of massive transformation of the global economic landscape. Emerging, dynamic, global economies – notably those of China, India and Brazil – are driving massive geopolitical and business realignments in their regions and around the globe. EDGE fosters interdisciplinary, international research partnerships to generate relevant public policy options for Canada as well as models for international economic governance.