September 2018

Google's Chief Economist Hal Varian in Conversation with Janet Bannister

11:30am-1:30pm | Intercontinental Hotel - 255 Front Street W, Toronto, ON

Canada was one of the first-ever expansion markets for Google back in 2002. As the company marks its 20th anniversary this year, Hal Varian challenges the notion of the branch plant economy with an in-depth look at the various ways that Google has contributed to Canada’s innovation economy and how work done in Canada has impacted billions of Google users worldwide.The conversation will also look to the future, and how the open web offers a key to unlocking Canadian prosperity.

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Hal R. Varian

Chief Economist

Hal R. Varian

Hal R. Varian is the chief economist at Google. Since 2002 he has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy.
Hal also holds academic appointments at the University of California, Berkeley in three departments: business, economics, and information management.

Hal is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was co-editor of the American Economic Review from 1987-1990 and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Oulu, Finland and the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

He has published numerous papers in economic theory, industrial organization, financial economics, econometrics and information economics. He is the author of two major economics textbooks which have been translated into 22 languages. He is the co-author of a bestselling book on business strategy, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy and wrote a monthly column for the New York Times from 2000 to 2007.

He received his S.B. degree from MIT and his M.A, in mathematics and Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley. Hal has also taught at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Michigan and other universities around the world.

Janet Bannister

Real Ventures

Janet Bannister

Janet is a Partner at Real Ventures, Canada's largest and most active early-stage venture capital firm. Janet has led investments in over a dozen companies and works actively with the founders to help them build large, industry-changing companies.

In addition to working with her large portfolio of rapidly growing tech companies, Janet is very active in the Canadian tech ecosystem; she is on the Board of Communitech in Waterloo, an Associate at Creative Destruction Lab in Vancouver, an Advisor to MoveTheDial, on the Board of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, and on the Research Board at the University Health Network in Toronto.

Janet launched Kijiji.ca and grew it to become one of the most visited websites in Canada. Subsequently, she led the Kijiji Global business, accelerating growth in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Prior to launching Kijiji, Janet was at eBay in Silicon Valley where she helped transform eBay from a collectibles to a mainstream marketplace.

Janet started her career at Procter & Gamble and then joined McKinsey & Co where she was an Engagement Manager. She also founded and built a successful consulting business and was CEO at a venture-backed start-up prior to joining Real Ventures.

Janet was a varsity long-distance runner and competed internationally in triathlons. Today she balances her active lifestyle with being a wife and mother to her 13 year-old son.

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