Business Thought Leaders to Speak at Canadian Business Magazine "Outlook 2008" Conference on Nov. 19, Sponsored by Accenture



    - Roger Martin of Rotman School of Management and Jean-François
    Courville of MFC Global to be keynote speakers -

    TORONTO, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - Canadian Business magazine, in association with
Accenture (NYSE:   ACN), will present Canadian Business Outlook 2008, an
exclusive event for senior executives on Nov. 19, 2007, featuring some of
Canada's most innovative business thought leaders. Featured keynote speakers
at the half-day conference include Jean-François Courville, president and COO
of MFC Global Investment Management, and Roger Martin of the Rotman School of
Management.
    Featured panelists and speakers will include Bill Morris, managing
director of Accenture Canada; David Wolf, head of Canadian economics and chief
strategist at Merrill Lynch Canada Inc.; Jeff Sanford, writer for Canadian
Business; and Benjamin Tal, a senior economist at CIBC World Markets.
    "This event brings together top Canadian thought leaders who will examine
current industry challenges and discuss approaches businesses can take to
maintain their competitive edge." said Accenture's Bill Morris. "It is now
more important than ever for Canadian businesses to identify and seize current
opportunities in this new global environment in order to become high
performing organizations in 2008."

    
    Event Details:

    When:                    8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 19, 2007

    Where:                   Rosewater Club, 19 Toronto St., Toronto

    Who:                     See bios below

    Media RSVP Required to:  Jacqueline Segal,
                             jacqueline.segal@rci.rogers.com
    

    Jean-François Courville: "Beyond the Border: Seizing Opportunities for
    Canada...And Canadians"

    Jean-François (J-F) Courville is President and COO of MFC Global
Investment Management, the asset management arm of Manulife Financial
Corporation. He is responsible for growing MFC Global's third-party
institutional and sub-advisory investment management businesses in North
America, Japan, Asia and the United Kingdom as well as expanding investment
management services to Manulife Financial's own wealth management businesses
globally.

    Bill Morris: "Challenges and Opportunities: Competitive Essence in a
    Multi-Polar World"

    Mr. Morris will discuss the current shift in global landscape
characterized by multiple centers of economic power. He will highlight the
importance of multinational companies, from both the developed and the
emerging economies, to understand these trends if they are to thrive in an
increasingly complex global environment. His address will also explain how
Canadian companies need to strategically position themselves in this latest
phase of globalization in order to compete and succeed.

    Roger Martin: "An Agenda for Ontario's Prosperity"

    Roger L. Martin has served as the Dean of the Joseph L. Rotman School of
Management at the University of Toronto since September 1, 1998. He holds the
Premier's Chair in Competitiveness and Productivity and is Director of the
AIC Centre for Corporate Citizenship. Previously he spent 13 years as a
Director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in
Cambridge, Massachusetts where he served as co-head of the firm for two years.
In his keynote address, Professor Martin will set out an agenda for Ontario's
prosperity, with recommendations for governments, businesses and individuals.

    About Accenture

    Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture
collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses
and governments. With deep industry and business process expertise, broad
global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right
people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their performance.
With approximately 170,000 people in 49 countries, the company generated net
revenues of US$19.70 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2007. Its home
page is www.accenture.com.

    About MFC Global

    MFC Global Investment Management(R) represents the diversified investment
management group of Manulife Financial. MFC Global Investment Management
companies and affiliates provide asset management strategies for institutional
investors, investment funds and individuals in key markets around the world.
This investment expertise extends across a full range of asset classes
including equity, fixed income and alternative investments such as oil & gas,
real estate, timber, farmland, as well as asset allocation strategies.

    About Canadian Business:

    Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving, best-selling
and most trusted business publication in Canada. Canadian Business stands
alone as the business magazine in Canada with 100% paid circulation. With a
readership of more that one million, the magazine is published every second
Monday, except in January, July and August, when monthly issues are published.
Special annual issues of Canadian Business include the Investor 500, the MBA
Guide, the Rich 100 and the Best and Worst Boards. Visit
www.canadianbusiness.com.





For further information:

For further information: Sarah-Jane Pearce, Canadian Business Magazine,
Phone: (416) 764-1228, email: sarah-jane.pearce@publishing.rogers.com;
Charmaine D'Silva, Accenture, Phone: (416) 641-4337, email:
c.dsilva@accenture.com


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