Mr. McIver will discuss the economic competitiveness of Alberta, now and in the future. Our positive business environment, including competitive corporate taxes, low personal taxes and a strong labour force, plays a key role in ensuring Alberta continues to be the economic engine of Canada.
Jim Ellis will be providing a presentation on Alberta Energy Regulator, providing highlights on; the one year anniversary of Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), the road that AER has travelled during the past year, and the need for regulatory leadership in a changing global energy landscape
What is big data and how can businesses, industry benefit from it – what are the possibilities?
How strong is Canada’s tax system? Are people cheating the system? What is the government doing about it?
Since 2006, our Government has introduced over 85 measures to improve the integrity of the Canadian tax system. With these key improvements to legislation and additional dedicated resources, those who are trying to cheat the system are being caught. But more notably, Canadians are turning to the voluntary disclosure program to divulge previously undeclared income. Listen to Minister Findlay detail how we are combating tax evasion; how we are helping taxpayers get it right from the start; and, outline the Harper Government’s firm commitment to respecting Canadian taxpayers.
What kinds of skills do young Canadians need to get a job – and build satisfying and productive careers?
It’s one of the most hotly-debated issues in Canada today. Join Paul Davidson, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, as he looks at the evidence on Canada’s future education and labour market needs, drawn from reputable and reliable sources. Mr. Davidson will take you behind the scenes to university campuses today, and describe how universities are preparing young people for innovative and collaborative workplaces. He’ll talk about programs that provide students with the ability to think critically and work collaboratively. He’ll illustrate how universities provide workforce experience, entrepreneurial skills, and leadership training. And he’ll talk about what more Canada needs to do to produce university, college and trades graduates that meet today’s labour market needs, and position our country for a globally competitive future.
Air Transportation is vital to the success of generating the great wealth from the Oil Sands. There are nine very active airports amongst 47 in the Region that serve the Athabasca Oil Sands Area. In the last ten years the growth in the use of these airfields has been dramatic. The current passenger count in the Region is over 2.5 million annually, of which 1.3 million are using the International Airport at Fort McMurray (YMM). Projections over the next ten years indicate continued strong growth. The growth at YMM has been the fastest of any airport in North America. In ten years it has gone from 250,000 passengers to over 1.3 million, overwhelming a 1985 facility that was designed to handle 250,000. With the opening of a new terminal on the 9th of June, 2014, passengers are now experiencing a dramatic improvement in amenities and efficiencies as the Fort McMurray Airport Authority (FMAA) inexorably drives toward its vision of becoming the best Regional Airport in Canada. The economic generation of the growth and the new opportunities are being identified and exploited as the FMAA takes short and medium term decisions to maximize the value of its assets.
Genomes are made out of DNA and contain the “code of life” of any living creature. The work of cracking these codes is unleashing innovations that are helping to address some of the most critical challenges facing the world today, including food security, adaptation to climate change, energy demand and human health. Through a sustained and focused investment of more than $2.3 billion in genomics over the past 14 years, Canada finds itself among world leaders in this field. Further, we are now perfectly positioned to reap the social and economic benefits enabled by this revolutionary technology across all sectors of the life science-based industries, collectively constituting the bio economy. Genome Canada President and CEO, Pierre Meulien, will discuss this game-changing field of science and technology and what it means for Canada.
In this exclusive Economic Club address hear firsthand from the Governor of Coahuila Mexico & the Secretary Economic Development as they discuss the of trade, manufacturing and the idea of North American energy independence. What will the future bring and how can we work together?
Join The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State, Western Economic Diversification, Jim Schubert, P.Eng., Director of Business Planning and Central Operations at Edmonton Waste Management Services, John F. Elliott, President and CEO of Pure Technologies Ltd. and Lawrence Novachis, CEO of FilterBoxx Water and Environmental Corporation for the Analytica Advisors release of the 2014 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report.
Heard of human trafficking? Not sure how it happens? Didn’t know Canadian boys and girls are being bought and sold for sex? Did you think the slave trade was eradicated 200 years ago? Think again. Human trafficking, the modern day slave trade, is alive and well in Canada. And it hurts us all. Human trafficking is the fastest growing and most lucrative criminal enterprise in Canada. In fact, a trafficker earns an average of $280,000 per year per victim in Canada. In January, Ottawa saw the first teen pimp case in Canadian history. In February, law enforcement from Alberta to Nova Scotia, launched Operation Northern Spotlight targeting pimps and johns, which also rescued under-age victims, some as young as 15 years old.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will hold an informative session exploring the Canada-Carolina connection. For decades, Canada has served as an important economic development partner for South Carolina, surpassing Germany as one of the state’s top export markets, and purchasing nearly $4 billion in products in 2013 alone.
With a population that’s growing at three times the national rate, Alberta is working to ensure its families and communities continue to have access to the programs, services and public infrastructure they’ll need in the decades to come.
When Canada celebrates its 150th birthday in 2017, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has made it a priority to ensure that the City of Ottawa is at the centre of the action.
After government and high-tech, tourism is the city’s 3rd largest industry. Understanding this, the Sesquicentennial celebrations offer Ottawa businesses and residents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen the local economy and brand the city as the best place to visit, live, work and raise a family.
Just as Vancouver owned the 2010 Olympics, Quebec City owned its 400th anniversary, and Toronto will own the Pan-Am Games in 2015, Mayor Watson and the City’s 2017 Task Force are working hard to ensure Ottawa can own 2017.
Mayor Watson will provide an update on the 2017 Task Force’s accomplishments to date, as well as outline how the City will build momentum in the months ahead through new initiatives
The bioeconomy offers a unique opportunity to foster economic growth and job creation, advance innovation, and help Canada move towards a more prosperous and sustainable energy future.
Renewable fuels, be it ethanol, biodiesel or advanced biofuels, extend our oil supply, diversify our fuel mix and offer superior environmental performance. These biofuels also create new markets for Canadian agricultural products.
Through the 2007 federal Renewable Fuels Strategy and capital investment, Canada has built a strong foundation for renewable fuel products and technology. Now is the time to leverage this success and take it to the next level.
“Evolution and Growth” is the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association’s vision and action plan to ensure that Canada capitalizes on the full potential of its natural biomass and delivers more of the sustainable fuels and products that Canadian consumers want and need.
With a municipal election underway, a federal election around the corner and provincial election looming overhead, it’s safe to say the political landscape in Canada is more exciting than ever. Who will take the crown? Who will surely drown? Which of the top players will stick around? Join our panel of experts as they weigh in on these questions and so much more at this Economic Club exclusive.
Charles Sousa was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.
He is currently Ontario's Minister of Finance and has previously served as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, Minister of Labour and as a member of the Treasury Board/Management Board of Cabinet.
He has also held the positions of Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development & Trade, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Government & Consumer Services and member of the Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs.
Before joining government, Charles worked at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Financial Group for more than 20 years. Among his roles were Director of Business Development - Commercial Financial Services, Director of Government & Community Affairs promoting RBC's strategic initiatives and Senior Manager of Marketing at RBC Dominion Securities’ head office. Prior to working at the bank, Charles owned and operated a factoring company that offered financial services to small businesses.
Charles Sousa grew up in south Mississauga and lives in Clarkson with his wife Zenny and their three children.
Do you think you know what cancer patients really want? Can you identify the gaps in Canada’s cancer care system? Are you aware of the ways that patients themselves are coming up with their own solutions to fill these gaps?
Key topics Dr. Bernanke will address in the Q+A session:
- The Federal Reserve’s response to the U.S. housing crisis, the global financial crisis and subsequent economic downturn.
- The aftermath of the global financial and economic crisis and the progress towards a more sustainable fiscal environment.
- The Federal Reserve’s use of conventional and unconventional monetary tools since the crisis
- The prospects for long-term U.S. economic growth and key risks going forward.
The Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State for Finance, will deliver a keynote speech on the state of the Canadian economy and pensions.
Join a seasoned group of experts from both the Diplomatic core and financial core for an interactive armchair discussion regarding emerging market economic trends in 2014 and beyond. Emerging markets are major players in global economic growth and The Economic Club of Canada is pleased to welcome, H.E. Francisco Suárez Dávila, Ambassador of Mexico to Canada, Mr. Pedro Fernando Brêtas Bastos, Ambassador of Brazil to Canada, Dr. Warren Jestin, and Mr. Pablo Bréard moderated by Gillian Riley, Senior Vice President Commercial Banking, Scotiabank.
Alberta is a powerhouse in the Canadian economy, with natural resources and the energy sector driving much of that growth. The vitality of Alberta’s economy attracts many Canadians searching for new opportunities. Alberta has been growing at a rate of a small city every year, and it is anticipated that it will continue to do so for at least the next ten years.
With this rapid growth come many challenges, challenges which fall directly on Alberta’s municipalities as the front line service providers. These growth pressures most directly affect municipalities that cannot afford to pay for the necessary infrastructure to support such an influx. International private sector investment seeking to relocate business within communities, take into consideration many factors such as the services available and quality of life.
Housing, water and wastewater, infrastructure, policing, emergency services, and family and social assistance are just a few examples of what municipalities are expected to deliver without the corresponding growth in resources.
Municipalities are responsible for the quality of life of their citizens and the quality of services they provide, but from where does the funding come to support these vital services? And at what cost to municipalities as they struggle to keep pace with insecure and infrequently received funding?
Listen to AUMA’s President Helen Rice as she shares how the very things that make Alberta one of Canada’s most advantaged provinces also create such insurmountable challenges to municipalities.
Alberta’s wealth didn't occur by accident. There is a misconception that since Alberta’s always had the resources, the capital will just keep coming. This belief is patently untrue and dangerous to Alberta’s economic future. Alberta didn’t come into its enviable economic position because of geology or geography. It wasn’t low exploration and development costs. It certainly wasn’t the weather. It was a stable political regime, economic certainty and investor confidence. Today, these advantages are eroding in Alberta and posing a serious risk to our long-term economic health. Thanks to a series of questionable political decisions, investor confidence is shrinking, the regulatory burden is growing and, as a result, capital is leaving. Changes must be made in order to reverse these trends and re-establish a stable economic framework that attracts investment and ensures the only economic risks are posed by the market itself, not by the provincial government.
Join a seasoned group of healthcare professionals for an armchair discussion regarding mental health in Canada. What can we do to raise awareness of these mental health issues and how can we create an environment for citizens suffering from these illnesses to feel safe enough to talk? This discussion will look at cross disciplinary approaches to observe mental health and draw on best practices.
Please join John Tory, candidate for Mayor of Toronto, as he outlines his jobs and growth plan for Toronto. John will speak about the importance of having a coordinated effort to expand Toronto's economy. He will outline a set of priorities which will tap into Toronto's strengths, and a strategy which will foster jobs and growth. Investing in our people, Toronto can chart a bright course for the future.
The Honourable Michael de Jong, British Columbia’s Finance Minister brings two decades of political experience in Canada’s westernmost province to bear on the need for provinces to strengthen their fiscal house and secure our country’s economic future:
Express Employment Professionals, one of the largest privately held staffing companies in North America, along with leading research firm Harris Interactive, have conducted a study of the unemployed in Canada.
This is the first of its kind research project on the unemployed, employment insurance and the job situation outlook. The survey gauges the unemployed’s willingness to work, understanding what motivates their job search, and how hopeful they are to find a job.
The survey was administered to 1,502 Canadian residents age 18 and older who are unemployed but are capable of working, whether they receive unemployment insurance or not.
The State of the Unemployed in Canada is the first in a series of news releases and research projects by Express called Canada Employed that explore different aspects of who gets hired and why. The series will provide valuable news and information from the ground level about employment and unemployment throughout the country.
Canadians love technology and expect businesses to embrace new innovations to deliver seamless delivery of products and services. According to a new study from the Martin Prosperity Institute, small businesses relying on cash payments significantly limit business growth, innovation and face higher hurdles the longer they wait to accept electronic payments. Join Don Tapscott, one of the leading authorities on innovation, media and the economic and social impact of technology, discuss the impact of emerging payments on the future success and prosperity of small businesses across Canada and the opportunities for the public and private sector.
Join TMX Group CEO Tom Kloet for an exploration of capital formation in Canada – the opportunities and the barriers. From the smallest private start up to the largest mega-cap multinational, companies need efficient access to capital to help them grow and succeed and contribute to Canada’s economy.
From microfinancing, crowdfunding, private markets, venture capital and public exchanges, Mr. Kloet will speak about the capital ecosystem in Canada and how its vibrancy and diversity is critical for the country’s future success.
As CHEO celebrates its 40th anniversary in May, CEO Alex Munter looks ahead to the next 40 years. There is great promise in pediatric medicine — from promising new cancer cures to unlocking the mysteries of the human genome. There is also great vulnerability, as Canada faces the next big health care crisis. Everyone is talking about the "silver tsunami". Alex talks about the aftermath.
For a Canadian retail investor, a unit holder in a pension or mutual fund or a company seeking to raise capital, recent media headlines relating to our capital markets are confusing, if not alarming: “The markets are rigged”, “High Frequency Trading is a cancer”, “The venture capital industry is broken”, “Firms go public too early”, …
Leveraging a body of work initiated at the end of 2012, Jos Schmitt, President & CEO of Aequitas Innovations, will look past the headlines and share his insights on the real issues, and the need for industry-driven, innovative solutions to restore confidence in Canada’s capital markets.
The Insurance Industry is facing a concerning trend: Canadian life insurance ownership has been on the decline. This combined with an aging sales force and fewer new agents entering the field poses a serious threat to the Industry and the Canadian population.
Richard Hekeler, LIMRA, and Laura Dawson, Dawson Strategic, discuss the impact and risks of underinsurance and the importance of maintaining strong relationships between advisors and consumers.
Life insurance companies are key contributors to the Canadian economy and provide a vital social safety net. It is in everyone’s best interest to identify and address any adverse trends.
The panel will explore the new Cannabis industry: the scale of market opportunity in Canada, changing access regime and international experience. Through the patient and healthcare provider prospective the panel will discuss what’s medically effective and socially acceptable in today’s society. The panel will analyze the new MMPR program and Canada’s role as an early adopter of the medical Cannabis access regime that’s creating a billion dollar industry- Will the world follow?
Olivia Chow, running to be our new mayor, will speak about innovative economic development for our city. She'll outline specific ways we can create jobs and prosperity by working with and supporting our dynamic private sector.
Escalating auto insurance fraud, excessive red tape in the system, rising costs of health care – these are just some of the issues that Ontario's auto insurance companies are focusing on to address the cost of auto premiums for consumers. Listening to the needs and concerns of thousands of Ontario consumers over the last two years is helping the industry find innovative solutions and develop a plan they will take to regulators and newly elected and re-elected politicians. To learn more about the problem and the direction the industry is proposing, join us as Don Forgeron addresses the Economic Club of Canada.
Ontario has been hit hard over the past decade as the province grapples with recessionary drag, lagging economic growth and an alarming, steady exodus of manufacturing. While there’s no single silver bullet solution to Ontario’s economic malaise, North America’s golden age of natural gas can provide a vital jumpstart. For proof of energy’s role in spurring growth and competitiveness, we need only look to the southern side of our border, where states like Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York are rebounding – and redefining their production-cost advantage, thanks to abundant, affordable natural gas.
Ontario’s proximity to prolific shale gas basins offers similar competitive advantage, so why the disparity? Ontario native and Spectra Energy chairman, president and CEO Greg Ebel will provide his perspective on closing Ontario’s competitiveness gap, incenting vital private sector investment, and the public policy framework and leadership needed to restore productivity and prosperity to the province.
Canadian Radio-Telvision & Telecommunications Comission (CRTC)'s Chairman & CEO Jean-Pierre Blais will discuss the activities that the CRTC is undertaking to improve the security and safety of Canadians citizens through their communication system.
Thomas Lukaszuk is running for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative party. As a former provincial minister, he has been involved in many of the issues facing Albertans. Join us as he talks about economic opportunities in the province and announces his policy on economic diversification. Thomas will also take your questions on any topic you care about.
Jim Prentice will be addressing the Economic Club of Canada and make an important policy announcement about one of his 5 key priorities for Alberta.