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.
The Economic Club of Canada is partnering with The Ted Rogers School of Management to develop a half day conference at Ryerson University in Toronto. The conference will bring together senior policy makers and business leaders, government officials and academics to create a discourse around the complex issues surrounding the Canada USA border and its economic implications.
The conference will feature the following experts:
Former Canadian Ambassador to U.S.
Deputy Chairman of TD Bank
Former US Ambassador to Canada
Ted Rogers School of Management
Author, Editor at Large
The Honourable Jim Peterson
Former Trade Minister
Professor Eugene Beaulieu
McKenna Long & Aldridge, Washington, DC
*$30.00 Student Rate Available
BC Finance Minister, The Honourable Michael de Jong, Q.C. to address the Economic Club of 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.