High degree of potential M&A activity runs parallel to rising expectations over the state of the world economy.
Nearly 50% of businesses looking to pursue mergers and acquisitions within next 12 months.
Primary driver will be the slump in commodities prices.
Deal values are already up 35% on 2014, according to EY.
Watch for a paradigm shift as boomers retire.
Canadians acquired 4,787 foreign-owned businesses between 2004 and 2013.
Three of top 10 deals by value were in energy, making it the strongest sector of the quarter for the first time since 2012.
More value in divestitures than commonly believed.
Canadian companies are pursuing growth through acquisitions over the next three years, says a Grant Thornton International Business Report.
More Canadian companies intend to pursue acquisitions, bucking global statistics, according to a survey by Ernst & Young.
It may be the slowest quarter in 10 years for mergers and acquisitions, but Canadian deals are up from Q4 of 2011 with transactions worth $48.7 billion, says a PwC Canada report.