The Conference Board of Canada created the Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education (SPSE) to increase Canada’s capacity to produce and maintain a skilled and knowledgeable workforce. This project is designed to respond to two major challenges faced by Canada: our national performance on a range of competitiveness and productivity indicators is slipping; and our education systems are not responsive enough to national workforce needs. Max Bell Foundation funding will support research on the current state of skills post-secondary education in Canada and similar countries, and research on issues related to the development of a national strategy. Foundation funding will also support meetings and events for the communication of research findings.