14th International Economic Forum of the Americas / Conference of Montreal - June 9 to 12, Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal - The Agenda - Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - Sustainable Development and Innovation



    MONTREAL, June 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The 14th edition of the International
Economic Forum of the Americas / Conference of Montreal pursues its work today
at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal. Until Thursday, more than 3,200
participants from all regions of the world, and several ministerial
delegations, will hear over 150 speakers develop the theme Mastering Change /
The Great Transition.
    The second day's theme is "Sustainable Development and Innovation."

    
    7:30   Working Breakfast 1 (simultaneously)
           ACCES TO ENERGY SERVICES: THE CHALLENGE OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND
           SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
           In collaboration with the Institut de l'énergie et de
           l'environnement de la Francophonie (IEPF)
           - Fatimata Dia Touré, Director, Institut de l'énergie et de
             l'environnement de la Francophonie (IEPF)
           - Comla Kadjé, Commissioner, Commission on Infrastructure,
             Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
           - Samir Allal, President of the Mediterranean Partnership for
             sustainable energy development (MEDITEP), Director of the
             Institut Universitaire de Technologie (IUT), Mantes-en-Yvelines,
             France
           - Laurent Coche, Coordinator, Energy-Poverty Regional
             Programme/PTF, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
           - Sibi Bonfils, Deputy Director, Institut de l'énergie et de
             l'environnement de la Francophonie (IEPF)

    7:30   Working Breakfast 2 (simultaneously)
           DOING BUSINESS WITH THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
           In collaboration with the Asian Development Bank
           - Howard Brown, Canada's Executive Director, Asian Development
             Bank (AsDB)
           - Robert Schoellhammer, North American Deputy Resident Director,
             Asian Development Bank (AsDB)
           - Katherine Ferrey, External Relations Officer, North American
             Representative Office, Asian Development Bank (AsDB)

    9:00   Opening Plenary Session
           RECONCILING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WITH SUSTAINABILITY
           - Ronald Denom, President, SNC-Lavalin International Inc.
           - Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank
           - Gérard Mestrallet, CEO, SUEZ, France
           - Mathieu Bouchard, Vice President, Sustainable Development and
             Climate Change, Rio Tinto Alcan

    10:15  Forum 1 (simultaneously)
           ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY
           Rio Tinto Alcan on Sustainability
           - Adrian Hodges, Managing Director, International Business
             Leaders Forum (IBLF)
           - Corey Copeland, Senior Vice President, Communications and
             External relations, Rio Tinto Alcan
           - Mathieu Bouchard, Vice President, Sustainable Development and
             Climate Change, Rio Tinto Alcan
           2007 Alcan Prize for Sustainability Finalists
           - Dr. Christie Peacock, Chief Executive Officer, FARM Africa
           - Stanley Nyoni, Senior Advisor, The Natural Step International
           - Elisa Sabatini, Executive Director, Los Ninos
           2004 Alcan Prize for Sustainability Winner
           - Marcelle Peuckert, Development Manager, Forest Stewardship
             Council

    10:15  Forum 2 (simultaneously)
           SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: INNOVATION AND PRODUCTIVITY
           In collaboration with the ministère du Développement économique,
           de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation (MDEIE) and Investissement
           Québec

           - Jacques Daoust, Chief Executive Officer, Investissement Québec
           - Brian D. Ward, Senior Vice- President, Worldwide Studios,
             Activision, United States
           - Joel P. Moskovitz, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President,
             Ceradyne Inc., United States
           - Frank Houston, Group Vice-President, Esterline, United States

    10:15  Forum 3 (simultaneously)
           EDUCATION AND TRAINING : PRIMARY 

SOURCES OF SUSTAINABILITY In collaboration with the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) - Paul Cappon, President and CEO, Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) - Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - Lucie Sauvé, Chairholder, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Education, and Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) - Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community and Social Services, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs and Minister Responsible for Ontarians with Disabilities, Ontario - Christine Ockrent, Chief Executive, France Monde 10:15 Forum 4 (simultaneously) NEW WAYS OF FINANCING SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE In collaboration with the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) - Pierre Renaud, President, Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE) - Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank (ADB) - Dr. Amadou Boubacar Cissé, Vice-President in charge of operations, Islamic Development Bank - Siphana Sok, Director of Resources and Partnerships Group, International Trade Centre, United Nations (UN) 10:15 Forum 5 (simultaneously) COPING WITH CLIMATE CHANGE : HOW THE VULNERABLE MUST ADAPT In collaboration with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) - Maureen O'Neil, President, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) - Steven Guilbeault, Co-Founder, Equiterre and Spokesperson for the Climate and Energy Campaign - John M.R. Stone, Vice-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)'s Working Group II, Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies Department, Carleton University - Patricia Cochran, Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Alaska - Nathalie Beaulieu, Senior Program Officer, Climate Change Adaptation Program, IDRC, Senegal - Salamatu Garba, Coordinator, Women Farmers' Advancement Network, Nigeria 12:00 Luncheon - Offered by Rio Tinto Alcan SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND NATURAL RE

SOURCE MANAGEMENT Jacynthe Côté, President and CEO, Primary Metal, Rio Tinto Alcan Video presentation on the Alcan Prize for Sustainability and of the 2007 Laureate - Dina Nath Tewari, President The Utthan Centre for Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation, India Speaker - Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Presented by - Thierry Vandal, Chief Executive Officer, Hydro-Québec Comments and thanks - Corey Copeland, Senior Vice President, Communications and External relations, Rio Tinto Alcan 15:00 Plenary Session: 21st Century Talks SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS: KNOWING HOW TO ANTICIPATE STRATEGIC CHANGE In partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - Paul Cappon, President and CEO, Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) - Jérôme Bindé, Director of the Office of Foresight, UNESCO - Yolande James, Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, Quebec - Jean Lemierre, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - Andrew Ferrier, Chief Executive Officer, Fonterra, New Zealand - Rosalia Arteaga Serrano, former President of Ecuador, Secretary General of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), and President of the FIDAL Foundation, Ecuador - Dennis Meadows, Director, Institute for Policy and Social Science Research, University of New Hampshire and co-author of the report to the Club of Rome "Limits to Growth", USA - Michèle S. Jean, President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO 17:00 Round Table DOING BUSINESS WITH THE EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT In collaboration with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - André Juneau, Director for Canada and Morocco, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - Jean Lemierre, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - François Lecavalier, Director for the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - David Creighton, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cordiant All the Forum's sessions are open to journalists, and a press room will be made available to members of the press. The media may arrange interviews on site or attend the press scrums that generally follow sessions to which speakers have contributed. Depending on the Conference timetable, scheduling of press conferences may vary somewhat. You can obtain information on press conferences or request individual interviews by contacting André Bouthillier in the Forum Press Room in Salon Fontaine D at (514) 878-2968, or at (514) 895-0127. The full, detailed program of the International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montréal is updated on a regular basis and can be consulted at any time on the official website at www.conferenceofmontreal.com

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