Upcoming Events

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November 2014

12:15pm-2:30pm | Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel - 101 Lyon St N, Ottawa

Le Club économique du Canada, en collaboration avec I.E. Canada, l’association canadienne des importateurs et des exportateurs inc. et la Chambre de commerce de Montréal Métropolitain, vous invite à un déjeuner d’affaires en l’honneur de Son Excellence François Hollande, Président de la République française en présence du Très honorable Stephen Harper, Premier ministre du Canada.
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The Economic Club of Canada
in collaboration with I.E.Canada, the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters
and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal invites you to attend a business luncheon in honour of His Excellency François Hollande, President of the French Republic in the presence of The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada.

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November 2014

11:45am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Chateau Laurier - 1 Rideau St, Ottawa

The role of charities in the Canadian economy has been undervalued by business, government and arguably by charities themselves. However, the sector is now so large and expanding so rapidly that its opportunities it creates for business and government can no longer be ignored.

In Canada, as in most developed economies, the charitable sector is a significate component of national income (8 + % of GNP); a big employer (10+% of employment) and is growing faster than the economy as a whole. This growth is driven by demand and value. Fundamental economic and demographic realities mean that demands for health and social services, culture and recreation are growing rapidly – and these are precisely the areas in which charities specialize and excel.

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November 2014

11:30am-1:30pm | Westin Bayshore Hotel - 1601 Bayshore Dr. , Vancouver

500,000 Canadians will not go to work today because of mental illness.

In an effort to raise awareness about mental health in the workplace, the Economic Club of Canada has partnered with Lundbeck Canada to bring an educational event series with a call to action to get employers involved with a national mental wellness corporate challenge. It is part of a coordinated assault to change the face of healthcare in Canada.

Panelists:
• Margaret Trudeau, Celebrated Canadian and Mental Health Advocate
• Ed Mantler, Vice President, Programs & Priorities, Mental Health Commission of Canada
• Dr. Raymond Lam, Psychiatrist, Professor & Head, Mood & Anxiety Disorders Program, Department of Psychiatry, UBC
• Karen Jackson, Senior Advisor, Excellence Canada
• Joseph Ricciuti, Co-Founder, Mental Health International
• Lloyd Craig, Former CEO, Coast Capital Savings

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November 2014

7:45am-9:00am | Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel - 525 Bay Street , Toronto

Join our expert panelists and Jr. Economic Club students, in a discussion on the importance of financial literacy education and personal money management. Explore the current work being done in this area and analyze what still needs to be done in order to make every Canadian financially literate.

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November 2014

11:45am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Club Coffee is a Canadian company with a story that dates back to 1906. However, the most compelling chapter in its history is being written today. Since 2012, Club has successfully targeted the explosively-growing market for single-serve coffee through products that meet the consumer interest in value and innovation. It recently filed a $600 million lawsuit against industry giant, Keurig Green Mountain, to ensure that Canadian consumers can continue to have choice in the marketplace when it comes to their morning cup of coffee, tea or other hot beverages.

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November 2014

11:45am-1:30pm | VENUE CHANGE: InterContinental Hotel - 225 Front St. W., Toronto

Ed Clark will share his perspectives on housing challenges in the GTA. His address coincides with an important meeting of the GTA Housing Action Lab -- stakeholders exploring sustainable solutions to housing affordability.

Effective November 1, Ed will retire as Group President and CEO of TD Bank Group. He is currently a member of the Advisory Council for Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area, is a past Campaign Chair for United Way Toronto, and provides support to WoodGreen Community Services and to Egale's Youth OUTreach crisis centre for LGBTQ2S homeless youth.

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November 2014

11:45am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel - 1 King West, Toronto

Canadians have more reasons to be concerned about Crohn’s and colitis than anyone else in the world. One in every 150 Canadians suffers from Crohn’s and colitis, the two most common forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), a rate that ranks among the highest worldwide. Families new to Canada, predominantly those of South Eastern Asian descent, are developing Crohn’s and colitis for the first time – often within the first generation. These diseases are escalating in children at an alarming rate, especially those under 10 years old. In Ontario, over the past 15 years, the number of children with IBD has increased by more than 40%. With an expected 10,200 new diagnoses every year, in addition to the nearly quarter of a million Canadian living with Crohn’s and colitis, these diseases are becoming common in Canada. IBD is more than twice as common as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease and is about as common as Type 1 Diabetes or Epilepsy.

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November 2014

7:15am-3:00pm | The Fairmont Palliser - 133 9th Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta

Join the EC on November 21st, 2014 as we host the 2014 Canadian Energy Summit in Calgary, Alberta. This annual Summit brings together policy makers, industry leaders and senior government officials from across North America for an in-depth look into Canada’s energy future with a focus on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. The full day agenda will feature an extensive list of panelists, including several federal and provincial minister’s and CEO’s who all have comprehensive knowledge about a range of topics and issues relating to energy policy.

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November 2014

11:30am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

This interactive panel will discuss the new cannabis industry, exploring such topics as the scale of market opportunity in Canada, the changing access regime and the international market experience. Through the patient and healthcare provider perspective, the panelists will discuss what is medically effective and socially acceptable in today’s society, analyzing the new MMPR program and Canada’s role in the billion dollar industry of medical marijuana.

Past Events

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March 2014

NAFTA, Energy & Automotive : What will the future bring ?

7:45am-9:00am | InterContinental Hotel - 225 Front Street West , Toronto

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?

Ruben Ignacio Moreira Valdez, Governor - State of Coahuila, Mexico
Jose Antonio Gutierrez Jardon , Secretary of Economic Development - State of Coahuila, Mexico

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March 2014

Calgary Release of the 2014 Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report

11:30am-1:30pm | Delta Bow Valley Hotel - 209 4 Ave SE, Calgary

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.

John F. Elliot, President and CEO - Pure Technologies Ltd.
Jim Schubert, P.Eng., Director, Business Planning & Central Operations Waste Management Services...
Lawrence Novachis, P.Eng., MBA, CEO - FilterBoxx Water & Environmental Corporation
The Honourable Michelle Rempel , Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification -...

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March 2014

The Web and Cost of Human Trafficking

11:45am-1:30pm | The Westin Ottawa - 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

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.

Casandra Diamond, Human Trafficking Case Manager - Women's Support Network of York Region
David Kilgour, Director - Council for a Community of Democracies
Dominic Monchamp, Detective Sergeant Investigations Supervisor Multidisciplinary investigation...
Joy Smith, M.Ed., B.Ed., Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul - Founder and President of...

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March 2014

Partners in Trade: S.C. Governor Nikki Haley Details the Canada-Carolina Connection

11:45am-1:30pm | InterContinental Hotel - 225 Front Street West , Toronto

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.

Nikki R. Haley, Governor - State of South Carolina

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April 2014

Strong and Steady: Staying the course to build a better Alberta for the future

11:45am-1:30pm | InterContinental Toronto Centre - 225 Front Street West, Toronto

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.

Honourable Doug Horner, President of Treasury Board & Minister of Finance - Government of Alberta

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April 2014

1,000 Days to 2017: How the City of Ottawa will make the most of Canada’s big year

11:45am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier, - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

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

His Worship, The Honourable Jim Watson, Mayor - City of Ottawa

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April 2014

Evolution and Growth: The Future of the Bioeconomy in Canada

11:45am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

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.

Senator JoAnne L. Buth , -
W. Scott Thurlow, President - Canadian Renewable Fuels Association

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April 2014

Pundits, Predictions & Politics: A Discussion About the Future at All Three Levels

11:45am-1:30pm | Marriott Hotel - 525 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 2L2, Toronto

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.

David Akin, National Bureau Chief, Sun Media. Host of "Battleground" on Sun News Network. - Sun...
Heather Scoffield, Ottawa Bureau Chief - The Canadian Press
John Capobianco, Senior Vice President & Senior Partner - FleishmanHillard
Scott Reid , CTV Political Analyst, Principal at Feschuk.Reid -

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April 2014

Investing in a Stronger Ontario

11:45am-1:30pm | InterContinental Hotel - 225 Front Street West , Toronto

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.

The Honourable Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance - Government of Ontario

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April 2014

What Do Cancer Patients Want?

11:45am-1:30am | One King West Hotel - 1 King Street West , Toronto

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?

Jackie Manthorne, President & CEO - Canadian Cancer Survivor Network

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April 2014

A Discussion with Dr. Bernanke: 8 Years of Crisis Management at the Federal Reserve and the Way Forward

11:45am-1:30pm | The Sheraton Centre, Grand Ballroom - 123 Queen Street West, Toronto

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.

Dr. Ben S. Bernanke, Former Chairman of the The Board of Governors - Federal Reserve System

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April 2014

The Honourable Kevin Sorenson to Make Announcement Regarding Pensions

11:45am-1:30pm | VENUE CHANGE: One King West Hotel - 1 King Street West , Toronto

The Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State for Finance, will deliver a keynote speech on the state of the Canadian economy and pensions.

The Honourable Kevin Sorenson , Minister Of State (Finance) - Government Of Canada

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April 2014

Canada’s Minister of Finance to address Economic Club of Canada

7:45am-9:00am | Fairmont Palliser - 133 9th Ave SW, Calgary

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April 2014

The Diplomatic Chat Series: Emerging Market EconomicTrends

11:30am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

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.

Gillian Riley, Senior Vice President Commercial Banking - Scotiabank
His Excellency Ambassador Pedro Brêtas, Ambassador To Canada - Federative Republic Of Brazil
His Excellency Francisco Suárez Dávila, Ambassador To Canada - United Mexican States
Pablo F. G. Bréard, Vice President, International Research - Scotiabank
Warren Jestin, Senior Vice-President And Chief Economist - Scotiabank

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May 2014

Alberta’s municipal challenge – Energy and Growth

7:45am-9:00am | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

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.

Helen Rice, President - Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA)

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May 2014

Keeping Alberta Excellent

11:45am-1:30pm | The Westin Calgary - 320 4th Avenue SW, Calgary

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.

Danielle Smith, Leader of the Wildrose Official Opposition and MLA for Highwood -

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May 2014

Million Jobs Plan Town Hall

2:30pm-3:30pm | Ottawa Convention Centre - 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

Tim Hudak, MPP Niagara West-Glanbrook, Leader - Ontario PC Party

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May 2014

Let's Talk Mental Health

11:30am-1:30am | The Westin Ottawa - 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

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.

André Picard , Health Columnist - The Globe and Mail
Dr. Michael Teehan, President - Canadian Psychiatric Association
Louise Bradley, President & Chief Executive Officer - Mental Health Commission of Canada
Mary Deacon, Chair - Bell Let’s Talk Mental Health Initiative
Zul Merali, Ph.D., Vice President Research, The Royal; President & CEO, uOttawa Institute of...

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May 2014

John Tory: Toronto's Jobs and Growth Plan

11:45am-1:30pm | InterContinental Hotel, Ballroom B - 225 Front St W , Toronto

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.

John Tory , Mayoral Candidate -

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May 2014

Team Canada or Bust: It's Time for Provinces to Step-up (SOLD OUT)

11:45am-1:30am | One King West Hotel - 1 King Street West, Toronto

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:

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May 2014

The State of the Unemployed in Canada – Exclusive National Release of Harris Poll

11:45am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel, Austin Gallery - 1 King Street West, Toronto

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.

Robert A. Funk, Chairman of the Board and CEO - Express Employment Professionals

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May 2014

Future Proofing Canada’s Small Businesses in a 21st Century Connected World

11:45am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Chateau Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

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.

Don Tapscott, Fellow, Martin Prosperity Institute - Author, Speaker and Advisor on Media,...

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May 2014

Show Me the Money – An Exploration of Capital Raising in Canada

11:45am-1:30am | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

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.

Thomas A. Kloet, Chief Executive Officer - TMX Group

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May 2014

The next 40 years in health care: From silver tsunami to tiny tidal wave

11:45am-1:30pm | The Westin Ottawa - 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

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.

Alex Munter, President and Chief Executive Officer - Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

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June 2014

What is wrong with Canada’s Capital Markets? Understanding the Issues & Implementing Solutions

11:45am-1:30pm | Hilton Toronto - 145 Richmond St W, Toronto

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.

Jos Schmitt, President & CEO - Aequitas Innovations Inc.

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June 2014

The Underinsured Market in Canada

11:45am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel, Austin Gallery - 1 King Street West, Toronto

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.

Laura Dawson , President - Dawson Strategic
Richard W. Hekeler, Assistant Vice President and Director of Custom Research - LIMRA/LOMA

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June 2014

The New Cannabis in Canada: Access, Perception and the Way Forward

11:45am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel - 1 King West, Toronto

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?

Alan N. Young , Professor of Law - Osgoode Hall School of Law
Jennifer Caldwell , Vice-President, Client Care & Regulatory Affairs - Assistant Quality...
Marc Kealey, President & Chairman - Muileboom Organics Inc.
Mark Gobuty, CEO & Founder - The Peace Naturals Project Inc.

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June 2014

Olivia Chow: Creating jobs through smart economic development

11:45am-1:30pm | Hilton Toronto - 145 Richmond St W., Toronto

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.

Olivia Chow , City of Toronto Mayoral Candidate -

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June 2014

How Co-operative Solutions are Redefining Ontario's Auto Insurance Industry

7:45am-9:00am | The Marriott Hotel - 525 Bay Street , Toronto

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.

Don Forgeron, President and CEO - Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC)

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June 2014

Regaining Ontario’s Competitive Edge

11:45am-1:30pm | The Hilton Hotel - 145 Richmond Street, Toronto

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.

Greg Ebel, Chairman, President & CEO - Spectra Energy

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June 2014

Somewhere Over the Rainbow: A CEO's perspective on building an inclusive company

12:15pm-2:00pm | Four Seasons Hotel - Aria Room - 60 Yorkville Ave, Toronto

Ed Clark , President & CEO - TD Bank Group

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June 2014

CRTC Chairman & CEO: Improving the security & safety of Canadians through their communications system

7:45am-9:00am | The Hilton Hotel - 145 Richmond Street W, Toronto

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.

Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman & CEO - The Canadian Radio-Television & Telecommunications Commission...

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June 2014

Diversifying Alberta's Economy

7:45am-9:00am | The Fairmont Palliser - 133-9th Avenue SW, Calgary

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.

Thomas Lukaszuk, Leadership Candidate for PC Party - PC Party of Alberta

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June 2014

Jim Prentice: A Vision for Alberta

11:45am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Palliser - 133 - 9th Avenue SW, Calgary

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.

Jim Prentice, PC Leadership Candidate - PC Party of Alberta

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September 2014

The Economic Future of Alberta

7:45am-9:00am | The Fairmont Palliser - 133 - 9th Avenue SW, Calgary

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.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $95 + GST
Table (seats 10): $855 + GST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $120 + GST
Table (seats 10): $1,080 + GST

Ric McIver, Candidate for Leader of PC Party of Alberta - PC Party of Alberta

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September 2014

Breaking the “Iron Triangle”: Scale, collaboration and systems-thinking across the health-care value chain

11:45am-1:30pm | The InterContinental Hotel - 225 Front St W, Toronto

Providing health care has evolved from an individual activity to a team activity. Care has become more specialized and new types of providers have emerged to address unmet patient needs, leading to fragmentation in the health-care value chain. Patients need systems of care that provide greater continuity, greater coordination, and greater access to a broad spectrum of services.

Worldwide, health-care systems are working to address “universal truths”: costs rising faster than economies; limited capacity to raise taxes to pay for health care; rising expectations about quality; and new treatments that are expensive and require more coordinated delivery.

Traditional business concepts such as minimum efficient scale, operational pooling, lean thinking, and integration have important implications to effective health-system design in a way that is responsive to these facts.

Dr. Apkon will provide a framework for thinking about health-care systems, implications of business principles, and a vision to provide the right care, at the right place and the right time.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 + HST
Table (seats 10): $801 + HST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $110 + HST
Table (seats 10): $990 + HST

Dr. Michael Apkon, President & CEO - The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

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September 2014

Working with Mental Health Illnesses

11:30am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau St, Ottawa

Every day, approximately 500,000 Canadians are absent from the workplace due to a mental health condition. How do employers foster a psychologically healthy and inclusive work environment that allows for individuals to feel safe enough to seek support from their superiors and how do managers obtain the tools to address mental health in the workplace and offer timely and confidential assistance? Join a seasoned group of experts for an armchair discussion regarding mental health in the workplace.

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Individual seat: $89 +HST
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André Picard, National Public Health Reporter - The Globe and Mail
Chris Anderson, President - Medaca Health Group
Dr. Karen R. Cohen, CEO - Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
Mike Schwartz, Senior Vice-President, Group Benefits & Executive Director - Great-West Life &...
The Honourable Dr. K Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women -

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September 2014

WELLth Management: Mental Health at Work Challenge

11:30am-1:45pm | Fairmont Royal York - 100 Front Street West , Toronto

The Economic Club of Canada, in partnership with Lundbeck Canada, is pleased to present a national awareness campaign and corporate challenge initiative as part of a “coordinated assault” to change the face of healthcare in Canada. Many organizations are unaware of the massive hit on their bottom line as a direct result of mental illness, such as increased drug costs, absenteeism, presenteeism, disability claims, decreased productivity and other issues related general cognitive “fog”. In an effort to raise awareness about important issues for employers, the Economic Club of Canada will implement an educational event series with a call to action to get employers involved with a national mental wellness corporate challenge.

Special guests:
Margaret Trudeau & Her Royal Highness Mary, Princess of Denmark

• Louise Bradley, President & CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada
• Mary Deacon, Chair, Bell Canada's Let's Talk campaign
• Dr. Roger McIntyre, Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, UofT, Head, Mood Disorders Psychopharmacology Unit, University Health Network (UHN)
• Dr. Claire de Oliveira, Independent Scientist & Health Economist, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH)
• Mary Anne Baynton, Program Director, Great West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace
• Karen Jackson, Senior Advisor, Excellence Canada
• Joseph Ricciuti, Co-Founder, Mental Health International (moderator)

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $801 +HST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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September 2014

Canada’s Pacific Future

7:30am-8:45am | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Canada has a problem: our most important national resource can only be sold to one buyer. The answer is to open access for Canadian oil to more markets, but to date that debate has focused only on how to send bitumen via pipelines onto tankers - a solution rejected by many Canadians, especially First Nations. The Hon. Stockwell Day, Senior Advisor and Chair of the Advisory Committee for Pacific Future Energy Corporation (PFE) will speak about how PFE plans to bridge that gap and ensure Canadians responsibly benefit from their resources for decades to come.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $801 +HST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

The Hon. Stockwell Day, PC, Senior Advisor, Chair of the Advisory Committee - Pacific Future...

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September 2014

Nuclear: The Innovation Imperative

11:45am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel - 1 King West. , Toronto

It has never been more important to our future prosperity to acquire substantial new sources of energy; this will require a new generation of innovation. Energy demand is increasing at unprecedented rates, particularly in the developing economies. Each one of today’s available energy sources has a downside -- cost, risk, environmental harm -- and, without a breakthrough, the world's economic future is threatened. There is an answer. Hugh MacDiarmid, Chairman of the Board of Terrestrial Energy and former President & CEO of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, says Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) technology is the most exciting innovation in nuclear energy today and may create game-changing energy opportunities for the world -- and for Canada’s nuclear industry.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $801 +HST

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Individual: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

Hugh MacDiarmid , Chairman of the Board - Terrestrial Energy

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September 2014

Smart skills for a smarter Canada

11:45am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

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.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $801 +HST

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Individual: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

Paul Davidson, President - Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

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September 2014

Genomics: Fuelling Canada’s growing bioeconomy

11:45am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Genomes are made out of DNA and contain the “code of life” of any living organism. 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.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $801 +HST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

Pierre Meulien , President and CEO - Genome Canada

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September 2014

Regulating and Supervising Federal Financial Institutions in Today’s Environment

11:45am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel, Grand Banking Hall - 1 King West, Toronto

Jeremy Rudin became the Superintendent of Financial Institutions on June 30th of this year. In his first public address as Superintendent, Mr. Rudin will set the stage for his seven-year term and provide insight into how he plans to approach the challenges of regulating and supervising Canada’s federal financial institutions in today’s increasingly complex and global environment.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $801 +HST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

Jeremy Rudin, Superintendent - Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OFSI)

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October 2014

The Crucial Difference: Competition and Creativity in the University World, The Carleton Model

11:45am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

The Province of Ontario has signed Strategic Mandate Agreements with each of the universities, providing direction and focus for the future. These agreements offer both a framework for differentiation and an incentive for co-operation among institutions and collaboration with local regions to foster economic growth.
How will this function? What are the possible impacts for the future? Looking at Carleton University as an illustration, this talk highlights the challenges facing universities as well as the possibilities for future development.

Dr. Roseann O'Reilly Runte, President & Vice Chancellor - Carleton University

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October 2014

Reasserting Canada’s Competitiveness in the Digital Economy

11:30am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Canada has been an early leader in Internet adoption and access. But, this advantage is slipping. Other industrialized economies are leaving Canada behind as businesses under-utilize digital technologies and miss out on the contributions they can make to employment, GDP growth, and economic competitiveness. A panel of representatives from leading Internet companies will discuss the importance of the digital economy to Canada’s future growth and what Canada can do to maximize the benefits for businesses of all sizes and types.

Hauwa Otori, Director of Legal & Regulatory Policy, - The Internet Association
Adam Inglis, Senior Counsel - SurveyMonkey
Colin McKay, Head of Public Policy and Government Relations - Google Canada
John Cousens, Vice President - Public Sector Canada, Salesforce.com

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October 2014

On track for diversification: How innovations could help Canada dominate in the global economy

11:45am-1:30pm | Fairmont Royal York - 100 Front Street West , Toronto

Canada’s economy is poised for growth – but can we realize our full potential? Our country's railway infrastructure ties us to our largest trading partner, the United States, but it also connects Canada to the rest of the world: exports such as Canadian grain are just as likely to end up in a steamed bun in Beijing as in a baguette in Bordeaux. Innovation is the key to a successful global supply chain. Keith Creel, Canadian Pacific’s President and Chief Operating Officer, will tell CP’s story, while highlighting innovations that could help Canada to diversify its markets in an increasingly competitive global economy.

Keith Creel , President & Chief Operating Officer - CP Rail

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October 2014

Cultivating an innovative, effective, and accountable federal workforce.

7:45am-9:00am | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $801 +HST

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Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board of Canada - MP for Parry...

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October 2014

A Call to Action: Leveraging the benefits of Canada's new Trade Agreements

11:45am-1:30pm | The Marriot - 525 Bay St , Toronto

Minister Fast will discuss the recently released Global Markets Action Plan (GMAP) and how it is creating jobs and opportunities through trade. GMAP focuses on core Canadian strengths, aligns Canada's trade, development and foreign policy tools to advance commerical interests around the world and sets concrete targets to grow the presence of Canada's small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets.

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway...

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October 2014

3rd Annual Voice of Hope Gala

7:00pm-10:00pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

The Economic Club of Canada is proud to present the 3rd Annual Voice of Hope Gala, recognizing extraordinary humanitarian achievements. The Economic Club of Canada created the annual Voice of Hope Award in 2012 as a way to acknowledge outstanding humanitarians who are making a difference across the globe. The gala is an unforgettable evening hosted in our nation’s capital, featuring inspiring stories, live entertainment, gourmet food and an audience comprised of Canada’s business and political elite.

Speakers Include:
Tom Jackson, Actor, Singer, Producer, Activist
Senator Don Meredith
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council
Edward Picco, Canadian Nunavut Politician
National Chief Mr. Ghislain Picard

Edward Picco, Former Minister and MLA, Government of Nunavut - Principal Secretary, Office of the...
Elisapee Sheutiapik, 2014 Voice of Hope Award Recipient -
Mr. Ghislain Picard , National Chief - Assembly of First Nations
The Honourable Don Meredith, Senator - The Senate of Canada
The Honourable Leona Agluqqak, Minister of the Environment; Minister of the Canadian Northern...
Tom Jackson, Actor, Singer, Producer, Activist -

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October 2014

The Big Deal about Big Data - Expert Panel

11:45am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Join the ECC for a luncheon in tandem with Tech Day on the Hill- an exciting event designed to dramatically demonstrate to lawmakers and staffers the power and passion of the tech industry’s grassroots network.

Traditionally, there has been a large disconnect between the tech industry and lawmakers - why ? Paul Zikopoulos, Vice President of Big Data for IBM’s Information Management division and Bruce Croxon, Co-Founder and Digital Investor for Round13 Capital, will discuss some of the obstacles those in the tech industry face in communicating with the Government of Canada, and the importance of embracing big data.

Bruce Croxon, Investor and Co-Founder - Round13 Capital
Paul C. Zikopoulos, B.A., M.B.A., Vice President of Technical Professionals for IBM’s Information...

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October 2014

Complimentary Event - The Case of Costa Rica: An FDI operations hot spot and emerging market for Canadian investment

11:45am-1:30pm | Fairmont Royal York- Upper Canada Room - 100 Front Street West , Toronto

Costa Rica: Beyond a natural paradise! One of the hottest location for business in Latin America. This small country at the heart of the American Continent has a thriving economy and is one of the safest and most stable countries in Latin America. Also, Costa Rica has emerged as an attractive destination for foreign investment being considered by leading companies as the "the Silicon Valley of Latin America".

Today, Costa Rica boasts three sophisticated and highly productive sectors: advanced manufacturing, services and life sciences, with more than 250 high-tech multinational companies operating in the country that inlcude leaders such as St. Jude Medical, Boston Scientific, IBM, P&G, Western Union, Hospira and Intel Shared Services, among others. Canadian companies as Gildan Activewear and Konrad Group have laid down their business roots as well in this economically thriving country.

Hauwa Otori, Director of Legal & Regulatory Policy, - The Internet Association
Alexander Mora , Minister of Foreign Trade - Costa Rica
Jorge Sequeira Picado, Director General - CINDE
Mr. Luis Guillermo Solís, President - Costa Rica
Paul Godfrey , President and CEO - National Post

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