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.

The Diplomatic Chat Series: Emerging Market EconomicTrends

Gillian Riley

Senior Vice President Commercial Banking

Gillian Riley

Gillian Riley is Senior Vice President for Scotiabank’s Canadian Commercial Bank. In this role, Gillian manages a regional sales force located throughout Canada that serves more than 21,000 Commercial clients. She also leads Canada’s Agricultural Banking portfolio and business development in the domestic Commercial market.

Prior to her current role, Gillian was Senior Vice President and Head of Retail Deposits, Payments and Lending, where she managed Canadian Retail and Small Business deposits, GIC investments and payments—including debit cards, credit cards and unsecured lending. Since joining the bank in 1994, Gillian has held progressively more senior positions – including Senior Vice President of Retail Deposits and Head of Dundee Bank in Canada, and Vice President of Retail Mortgages in Canada. Prior to the executive positions Gillian was part of a cross functional role moving around to learn about various areas of the Canadian Bank. Gillian started her career in Commercial Banking.

Gillian holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Hartford Business School, studied in France, and has a Bachelor of Arts (major in Economics) from the University of Western Ontario.

Gillian previously held committee positions at The Canadian Bankers Association, Interac and the Visa Advisory Boards. Gillian is actively involved in the community, serving on the board of the Women’s College Hospital Foundation, managing a girls’ tournament soccer team, and raising funds for the local public school, Gillian and her husband Chris have three children.

His Excellency Ambassador Pedro Brêtas

Ambassador To Canada
Federative Republic Of Brazil

His Excellency Ambassador Pedro Brêtas

Ambassador Pedro Fernando Brêtas Bastos was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He obtained joint degrees in both Law and Social Sciences at the Federal University of Brazil and later went on to pursue an additional degree in Public Administration at the Brazilian School of Public Administration of the prestigious think-tank Getúlio Vargas Foundation.

Ambassador Brêtas has an accomplished and very successful career as a diplomat. He received the Lafayette de Carvalho de Silva Award, first place in the national entrance examination for the preparation course for the diplomatic career and was awarded the Rio Branco gold medal for graduating first in his class.

Prior to becoming an ambassador, Mr. Brêtas was appointed the title of Advisor at the Central and North America Division (desk officer for Canada) later, the Executive Coordinator at the Office of the Minister of External Relations and finally, Head of the Southern America Division. His illustrious career has provided him with the opportunity to live abroad, working in many major and influential cities around the world.

In 2005, Ambassador Brêtas served as Special Advisor to the Minister at the Ministry of Transports of Brazil. From 2005 to 2008, he served as Director of the Secretariat for International Relations of the Presidency of the Brazilian Federal Senate.

Also in 2005, Pedro Fernando Brêtas Bastos was honourably awarded with the title of Ambassador for Brazil. He represented the country of Brazil in Dublin, Ireland for five years before accepting the title of Ambassador of Brazil in Canada. His new position brought him to Canada’s capital Ottawa, where he graciously represents Brazil and the continent of South America.

Ambassador Brêtas was awarded with decorations by the three branches of Brazil’s Armed Forces, by the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations (Grand Cross) and by the Governments of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Portugal.

Ambassador Brêtas arrives in Canada with the purpose of deepening Brazilian-Canadian bilateral relations with a heavy emphasis and common interest in economic growth, science and technology, culture, multilateral commercialization, consular and education. He strongly regards and advocates for “Science Without Frontiers”, a program which is placing thousands of Brazilian students in Canadian universities. Furthermore, he acclaims and welcomes the high level of bilateral visits to Brazil by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in 2011, and Governor General David Johnston, in 2012.

He currently resides in Ottawa, Canada with his wife Dr. Margarida Castanheira Rodrigues Brêtas Bastos and their three children.

His Excellency Francisco Suárez Dávila

Ambassador To Canada
United Mexican States

His Excellency Francisco Suárez Dávila

Born April 20, 1943 in Mexico City, Francisco Suárez holds a Law Degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a Master’s Degree from the University of Cambridge, King’s College.

During President Peña Nieto’s electoral campaign and until very recently, he served as Secretary General of the Colosio Foundation, the think tank of the PRI. He also held the post of Vice President of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI) (2008-2011).

He began his career at the Bank of Mexico where he became the General Manager of International Economic Affairs (1976-1980). Was an Executive Director on the Executive Board of the IMF (1972-1976); Financial Director at Nacional Financiera, Mexico’s industrial development bank (1980-1982); Undersecretary of Finance and Public Credit (1982-1988); and Director General of Banco Mexicano Somex, now Banco Santander (1988-1992).

For two periods he served as a Federal Congressman (Député), and chaired the Finance Committee (1994-1997). Later he was Ambassador of Mexico to the OECD (1997-2000), where he headed the Budget Committee.

Francisco Suárez’s extensive academic career includes teaching economic policy and international relations at the UNAM, Iberoamericana University and at the Colegio de México. He has published numerous articles and co-authored several books. He has written a biweekly opinion column in the newspaper El Universal, and served as both Member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees the UNAM.

Pablo F. G. Bréard

Vice President, International Research

Pablo F. G. Bréard

manages a team of research professionals focused on international (non-U.S.)
economic, political and capital markets analysis. Pablo is responsible for
Latin American sovereign fundamental and technical analysis and travels
extensively throughout the Americas to gather information and to liaise with
the heads of research in Scotiabank's subsidiaries. He provides strategic
investment advice on the region and is involved in client development. Pablo
has taught Latin American Finance and Economics at York University. He holds a
Masters degree in International Economic Relations. Prior to joining the
Scotiabank Group in 1994, Pablo worked as a Senior Economist for the
Royal-Dutch Shell Group and as a Strategy Consultant for Arthur Andersen & Co.


Warren Jestin

Senior Vice-President And Chief Economist

Warren Jestin

Dr. Jestin is Scotiabank’s Chief Economist and has been with the Bank since 1979. He has worked at the Bank of Canada and taught at several Canadian universities. Warren is Economist in Residence, College of Management & Economics, University of Guelph, and he has served on advisory boards for the University of Guelph and the Sobey School of Business at St. Mary’s University. He has been a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Monetary Policy Council and been involved with policy committees of the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade. As Chair of Scotiabank’s Sponsorship and Donations Committee, Warren works closely with a wide variety of charitable institutions.

Warren Jestin (Ph. D.) est économiste en chef de la Banque Scotia où il travaille depuis 1979. Il a enseigné dans plusieurs universités canadiennes et a travaillé à la Banque du Canada. Monsieur Jestin a siégé sur plusieurs comités consultatifs, dont celui la Sobey School of Business de l’université Saint Mary’s et à l’université de Guelph, où il est également économiste résident au sein du College of Management & Economics. En outre, monsieur Jestin a siégé au Conseil de politique monétaire de l’Institut CD Howe et a participé aux comités de politique économique des chambres de commerce du Canada et de l’Ontario ainsi que du Toronto Board of Trade. À titre de président du comité dons et parrainage de la Banque Scotia, il collabore étroitement avec de nombreux organismes de bienfaisance canadiens.

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