15th International Economic Forum of the Americas / Conference of Montreal - June 8 to 11, Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal





    
                                 THE AGENDA
                            TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2009
                 ENERGY, HEALTH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    

    MONTREAL, June 8 /CNW/ - The 15th edition of the International Economic
Forum of the Americas / Conference of Montreal pursues its work tomorrow
morning 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 Adapting to a New
World.
    The second day's theme is "Energy, Health and Sustainable Development."

    
    7:30       Working Breakfast (simultaneously) - Room Fontaine D
               ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE IN AFRICA: NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITIES

               Moderator:
               - Fatimata Dia Touré, Director, Institut de l'énergie et de
                 l'environnement de la Francophonie (IEPF)
               Speakers:
               - Alioune Fall, Vice President, Africa, World Energy Council
                 (Senegal)
               - Jean-David Bilé, CEO, Société nationale de l'électricité
                 (AES SONEL), Cameroon
               Conclusion:
               - Louis Kasekende, Chief Economist, African Development Bank
                 Group (ADB)

               Working Breakfast 2 (simultaneously) - Room Fontaine E
               AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AND FOOD SAFETY: MINIMIZING RISK TO
               PUBLIC HEALTH

               Moderator:
               - Conrad Bernier, President, Ordre des agronomes du Québec
                 Speakers:
               - Christian Lacasse, President, Union des producteurs
                 agricoles du Québec (UPA)
               - Mario de Tilly, Director General, Saint-Hyacinthe Technopole
                 Special contribution:
               - Luc Montagnier, President, World Foundation Aids Research
                 and Prevention and 2008 Nobel Prize co-Laureate for Medicine

               Executive Club Breakfast (simultaneously) - Room Fontaine B
               ENERGY IN NORTH AMERICA: KEY ISSUES AND OPPORTUNITIES

               Moderator:
               - Donald Johnston, Former Secretary General (1996-2006),
                 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
                 (OECD) and Senior Counsel, Heenan Blaikie LLP
               Speakers:
               - The Honourable Francisco Barrio, Mexican Ambassador to
                 Canada
               - André Caillé, Strategic Advisor and Member of the Board of
                 Director, JUNEX, and Former Chairman of the World Energy
                 Council (2004-2007)
               Comments and conclusion:
               - John McCall MacBain, Entrepreneur/Philanthropist and
                 Chairman, European Climate Foundation

    9:00       Opening Plenary Session - Room Westmount/Outremont
               THE ECONOMIC CRISIS AND ENERGY ISSUES: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
               NECESSITIES

               Chair:
               - Patrick Lamarre, President and Chief Executive Officer, SNC-
                 Lavalin Nuclear
               Speakers:
               - Angel Gurria, Secretary General, Organisation for Economic
                 Co-operation and Development (OECD)
               - Haruhiko Kuroda, President, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    10:15      Forum 1 (simultaneously) - Room Le Portage
               International Forum of Energy
               THE 21st CENTURY: THE ERA OF ELECTRIC TRANSPORTATION IN NORTH
               AMERICA

               In collaboration with Hydro-Québec
               Moderator:
               - Muriel McGrath, Partner, IBM Global Services, Quebec Sector
                 Lead, Energy & Communication, IBM Canada
               Introduction:
               - Claude Béchard, Minister, ministère des Ressources
                 naturelles et de la Faune du Québec
                 Speakers:
               - Nancy L. Gioia, Director, Sustainable Mobility Technologies
                 and Hybrid Vehicle Programs, Ford Motor Company
               - Edward Kjaer, Director, Electric Transportation, Southern
                 California Edison
               - Steven R. Specker, President and Chief Executive Officer,
                 Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)


               Forum 2 (simultaneously) Room Mont-Royal/Hampstead/Côte-St-Luc
               INVESTMENT AND RISK EVALUTATION IN DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES

               In collaboration with the ministère du Développement
               économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation du Québec
               (MDEIE) and Investissement Québec
               Moderator:
               - Jacques Daoust, President and Chief Executive Officer,
                 Investissement Québec
               Speakers:
               - Linda Lemieux, Director, VMC Game Labs
               - Zin Smati, President and Chief Executive Officer, GDF SUEZ
                 Energy North America
               - Farhat Ali, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fujitsu
                 Computer Systems Corporation
               - Gunnar Heldebro, Vice President, Head of R&D, Mutimedia,
                 Ericsson AB

               Forum 3 (simultaneously) - Room Fontaine B
               SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH IN THE
               WORKPLACE

               In collaboration with the Commission de la santé et de la
               sécurité du travail and the Institut de recherche Robert Sauvé
               en santé et en sécurité du travail (CSST / IRSST)

               Moderator:
               - Marie Larue, President, Institut de recherche Robert Sauvé
                 en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST)
               Speakers:
               - Dr. John Howard, Distinguished Consultant, Public Health Law
                 Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US
                 Department of Health & Human Services
               - Eddy Morland, Chief Executive, Health and Safety Laboratory
                 (United Kingdom)
               Comments and conclusion:
               - Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community and Social
                 Services and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs

               Forum 4 (simultaneously) - Room Fontaine E
               SUSTAINABILITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE: ARE PUBLIC-PRIVATE
               PARTNERSHIPS A PUBLIC SERVICE SOLUTION?

               In collaboration with the Organisation internationale de la
               Francophonie (OIF)

               Moderator:
               - Georges Kamar, Former Adviser to the Minister of Energy and
                 Water (Lebanon)
               Speakers:
               - H.E. Mamadou Diarra, Minister of Energy and Water (Mali)
               - Youssef Bouhlel, General Manager, Ministry of Development
                 and International Cooperation (Tunisia)
               - Chaibou Talabe, Director of Infrastructures, Banque Ouest
                 Africaine de Développement (BOAD)
               - Anthony Bouthelier, Delegated President, Conseil français
                 des investisseurs en Afrique (CIAN)
               Conclusion:
               - Hervé Cronel, Economic Adviser to the Secretary General of
                 the Francophonie, OIF

    12:00      Luncheon - Room Westmount/Outremont
               SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY
               Under the honorary presidency of Jacynthe Côté, Chief
               Executive, Rio Tinto Alcan

               PART 1
               1 MILLION DOLLAR - RIO TINTO PRIZE FOR SUSTAINABILITY

               Speaker:
               - Laureate of the Prize for Sustainability
               Introduced by:
               - Jacynthe Côté, Chief Executiver, Rio Tinto Alcan

               PART 2
               INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

               Speaker:
               - Jeffrey Immelt, President and CEO, General Electric (GE)
               Introduced by:
               - Thierry Vandal, President and Chief Executive Officer,
                 Hydro-Quebec
               Interviewed by:
               - Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer,
                 Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC)
               Thanked by:
               - Jean Bazin, Chairman, Société générale de financement du
                 Québec and Counsel, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP

    15:00      Plenary Session: UNESCO FUTURE FORUM - Room Mont-
               Royal/Hampstead/Côte-St-Luc
               GENOMICS: TOWARDS A REVOLUTION

               In collaboration with the United Nations Educational,
               Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Génome
               Québec

               Chair:
               - Bartha-Maria Knoppers, Full Professor, Faculté de droit,
                 Université de Montréal
               Moderator:
               - M. Hans d'Orville, Assistant Director-General for Strategic
                 Planning, UNESCO
               Speaker:
               - Luc Montagnier, President, World Foundation Aids Research
                 and Prevention and 2008 Nobel Prize co-Laureate for Medicine
               Invited Speakers:
               - Steven G. Burrill, President & CEO, Burrill & Company
               - Jean-Claude Tardif, Director, The Montreal Heart Institute
                 (MHI)
               - Dr. Adolfo Martinez-Palomo, Chairperson, International
                 Bioethics Committee, UNESCO
               Comments and conclusion:
               - Michèle S. Jean, President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO

               The Energy Forum - Room Le Portage
               SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND RENEWABLE ENERGY: PROJECT
               FINANCING

               Moderator:
               - Michel A. Brunet, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Fraser
                 Milner Casgrain LLP
               Speakers:
               - Jean-Pierre Benqué, Deputy Director, Electricité de France
                 (EDF)
               - Varel Freeman, First Vice President, European Bank for
                 Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
               - Rachel Kyte, Vice President, Business Advisory Services,
                 International Finance Corporation (IFC)
               - Simeon Thornton, Chief Economist, Department of Energy and
                 Climate Change (United Kingdom)
               Closing remarks:
               - Matt McManus, Division Chief, Energy Producer Country
                 Affairs, Department of State (United States)

    17h00      Round Table - Room Fontaine D
               WHY INVEST IN GENOMICS?

               In collaboration with Génome Québec

               Moderator:
               - André Picard, Public Health Reporter, The Globe & Mail
               Panelists:
               - Luc Montagnier, President, World Foundation Aids Research
                 and Prevention and 2008 Nobel Prize co-Laureate for Medicine
               - Steven G. Burrill, President & CEO, Burrill & Company
               - Bartha-Maria Knoppers, Full Professor, Faculté de droit,
                 Université de Montréal
    

    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) 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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