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Business Data Lab (BDL)

Our Business Data Lab (BDL) will provide future-focused, real-time data and insights for companies of all sizes, sectors and regions of the country.

The BDL will bring together data from a variety of sources to track evolving market conditions, providing Canadian businesses with critical information to help them make better decisions and improve their performance.

The BDL will provide:

Dashboards and data commentaries: High-quality, high-frequency indicators and summaries most relevant to businesses on the state of Canada’s economy.

Reports and policy briefs: Insights to identify future growth opportunities for Canadian businesses, key obstacles and policies to realize Canada’s full economic potential.

Canadian Survey on Business Conditions analysis: Value-added analysis on topical business issues based on Statistics Canada’s survey of over 15,000 employers

Canadian Survey on Business Conditions

Events

BDL in the News

Publications

Blog Posts

Canadian Survey on Business Conditions

A quarterly look at the top challenges and opportunities facing Canadian businesses from coast to coast to coast. Early in the pandemic, Statistics Canada and the Canadian Chamber partnered to quickly develop an innovative Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC). This successful collaboration will continue as Statistics Canada houses the BDL’s new Business Data Trust with the highest standards in place to ensure data security and privacy

 

Q2 2022 Analysis

Read our full analysis and download the PDF here.

Prefer a quick overview? Check out our blog.

Q1 2022 Analysis

Read our full analysis and download the PDF here.

Prefer a quick overview? Check out our blog.

Events

June 3 – 4, 2022 | OTTAWA/VIRTUAL

Canadian Economics Association Annual Meetings

Presentation Decks

Session – Advances in the Application of Real-time Data in Canada

Advances in Real-time Business Data – Business Data Lab

Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC) Real-time Local Business Condition Index (RTLBCI) – Statistics Canada

Thinking About Real-time Data: Lessons from Indeed Job Postings – Indeed

Session – PEF: Are Labour Shortages Really Constraining the Canadian Economy?

Labour Pains – Business Data Lab

BDL in the News

February 25, 2022 | Globe and Mail

Half of businesses say their costs are rising, and many plan to pass them on to consumers: survey

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February 23, 2022 | Financial Post

BlackNorth’s Wes Hall says pace of getting more Black leaders on boards is falling way short of expectations

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September 22, 2021 | Globe and Mail

Large firms more likely to set up environmental practices than smaller ones

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Publications

How the BDL Can Help

Working in collaboration with Statistics Canada and with financial support from the Government of Canada, the BDL can help advance Canadian business success in a number of different ways:

  • Small businesses across Canada will be better able to monitor market conditions in their region.
  • Quarterly business surveys will provide detailed insights that drill down by ownership characteristics and give an advanced sense of future trends.
  • Businesses owned by diverse segments of the population can benefit from focused research into their specific needs and opportunities.

 

Consultations and Stakeholder Engagement

The BDL will convene, consult and engage inclusive stakeholder communities and other traditionally-under-represented groups to help inform its activities. The BDL’s new Federal Government Advisory Council is comprised of stakeholders with unique perspectives on Canadian business, business surveys and government programs for business.

Meet our Federal Government Advisory Council here.

 

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What People are Saying About the BDL

“As the pace of change accelerates and competition grows, Canada’s businesses need solid, timely data to help them adapt quickly to marketplace changes. The Canadian Chamber’s Business Data Lab will provide data tools to help Canadian businesses successfully emerge from the pandemic and create sustainable, inclusive economic growth. As part of our Chamber 2025 Strategic Plan, we are launching a number of exciting initiatives, like the Business Data Lab, to give businesses more of what they need to succeed: insight into markets, competitors and trends and the ability to shape the decisions and policies that drive business success.”

 

– Honourable Perrin Beatty, PC, OC, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

“Businesses and policy-makers have never needed more high-quality and timely data than they do now, given today’s rapidly evolving economic context. Statistics Canada is proud to further strengthen its partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in developing the Business Data Lab, designed to provide future-focused business indicator data to help governments, business associations and entrepreneurs from all regions of Canada capitalize on business growth opportunities.”

 

– Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada

“As we move into a post-pandemic economy, our government understands just how important it is for Canadian small businesses to have reliable and timely business data. The Business Data Lab will do just that as it will provide a wealth of information on how Canada’s businesses are doing and how we can better help them. Having access to this type of data will not only strengthen the business environment but also help lead Canada to a stronger economic recovery.”

 

– The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

“Small businesses are the heart of our communities and the engine of our economy. Their success will be critical to Canada’s economic recovery. The Business Data Lab is an important investment that will provide a new level of detail and future-focused information. This will help our government continue providing small businesses across the country the support they need to get through the pandemic and come out the other side even stronger.”

 

– The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development

Sponsors and Partnerships

The BDL is made possible through our collaboration with Statistics Canada and with financial support from Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada.

Meet Our Team

Stephen Tapp

Chief Economist, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Stephen Tapp is the Chief Economist at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. In this role, he is a key member of the Chamber’s executive leadership team, responsible for the operations of the new Business Data Lab as well as all economic analysis and research. His current focus is on developing the Chamber’s data and analytics capabilities to provide real-time, forward-looking insights for Canadian businesses of all sizes, in all sectors and regions of the country.

Stephen brings 20 years of diverse experiences at many of Canada’s top economic organizations including at: Export Development Canada as the Deputy Chief Economist, the Bank of Canada, Parliamentary Budget Office, Finance Canada, two think tanks as well as academia.

He is a recognized thought leader, frequent commentator, and sought-out spokesperson on economic issues in Canada. Stephen’s research was awarded the Purvis prize for Canadian economic policy and has been published in academic journals, such as the Canadian Journal of Economics and Canadian Public Policy. He has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Queen’s University and an Honors B.A from Western. During his undergrad, he studied in the Netherlands and was the owner-operator of a student painting company.

Patrick Gill

Senior Director, Operations and Partnerships, Canadian Chamber Commerce

Patrick Gill is the Senior Director of Operations and Partnerships at the Business Data Lab. As a key architect behind the Business Data Lab and its innovative Business Data Trust, Patrick is putting his knack and zeal for founding successful national business programs towards a project that enhances the public’s understanding of Canadian business conditions and trends, while also democratizing economic data for research and decision-making.

Previously, Patrick held the role of Senior Director of Tax and Financial Policy at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce where he led high-profile national projects including the Think Growth Project – a business led review of Canada’s tax system.

As a founder of national, multi-million dollar programs, Patrick has helped established 5 successful initiatives during his career, including the Business Data Lab at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) and Market Activation Program (MAP) at World Trade Centre Toronto, the Business Resilience Service with Canada’s accounting industry and the establishment of the Canadian Survey on Business Conditions with Statistics Canada.

Devoted to the betterment of communities, Patrick sits on the Board of Directors of Toronto’s oldest and largest community development agencies – Yonge Street Mission (YSM) – as well as his local neighbourhood association.

Patrick’s education includes a Master’s of Public Policy and an Advanced Certificate in Public Administration and Governance from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University). Patrick’s graduate work on labour market needs was recognized by the Ontario Public Service, winning Ontario’s Graduate Policy Research Challenge in 2017.

Patrick and his thought-leadership frequently appear in Canadian media, think tanks and business journal publications.

Nada Habli

Data Scientist, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Nada Habli was the first Data Scientist hired at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Business Data Lab. In this role, she is an integral member of the team that is building the Chamber’s data and analytics capacity, including developing business data dashboards and the Business Data Trust in collaboration with Statistics Canada, among other projects.

Nada has a Bachelor’s degree (joint honours in Computer Science and Mathematics) and a Master’s in Statistics from the University of Ottawa. She brings to the Chamber over five years of experience at Statistics Canada in various roles in the Economic Analysis, Statistics, and International Divisions — all of which have developed her expertise in programming, data analysis and modelling. Nada recently helped create the agency’s COVID-19-recovery dashboard, and was the team leader tracking pandemic restrictions across jurisdictions in real-time, and assessing their impacts on Canadian businesses.

Marwa Abdou

Senior Research Director, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

After over 12 years of multidisciplinary experience abroad, taking on this unique role at the Canadian Chamber is an opportune and fitting homecoming for Marwa.

Prior to her role at the Chamber, Marwa served as the Advisor to the Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt for Private Sector Engagement where she managed a portfolio of projects totaling over $3 Billion USD. She also worked directly with and within some of the world’s most renowned multilateral organizations, private sector organizations, and country governments including the World Bank Group, Commonwealth Secretariat, APEC, OECD, Ernst and Young, Nathan Associates and the Asian Development Bank. In addition to leading dozens of capacity and technical assistance projects, consulting on regulatory, legal and policy reforms with these institutions, she also co-authored a number of publications and working papers.

Marwa’s journey has seen her through a number of professional pit stops spanning the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region where she’s worked on trade facilitation, gender equity, equality, social, and financial inclusion as well as the enablement, engagement and empowerment of the private sector. Still, one driver and common thread has always remained: championing, advocating and catalyzing impactful interventions for vulnerable groups, including businesses and SMEs, through rigorous data analysis, inventive research and storytelling.

Marwa received her master’s degree in international relations and international economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She received her bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Queen’s University Smith School of Business in Canada.

Dakshdeep Singh

Research Associate, Data Scientist, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Dakshdeep Singh will report to the Chief Economist, and work closely with our Data Scientist, Nada Habli. He will be responsible for building and maintaining the Chamber’s Business Data Trust, in collaboration with Statistics Canada — which along with other objectives, will provide data and insights on SMEs for the SME Institute. Dakshdeep will use his impressive coding skills to help Nada develop our suite of BDL business data dashboards, better automate our operations, and provide ad hoc research and analytical support to the BDL team.

He recently graduated with a Master of Statistics from Carleton University, which added to his previous degrees in Actuarial Science from the U.K. and India. He has worked as a Data Scientist for the Economic Research Team at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, where he built sophisticated models using big datasets (including analyzing the effects of COVID on patent filing activities, using natural language processing). Prior to that, he worked as a Data Analyst in the Actuarial department for a major life insurance company.