First Executive Business Roundtable with the Government of Canada hosted by Economist Conferences - Ottawa, Ontario - March 22, 2007



    OTTAWA, March 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Economist Conferences successfully hosted
its first Business Roundtable with the Government of Canada: Reshaping the
business landscape, on March 22nd, 2007 at the Fairmont Château Laurier in
Ottawa. This high-level Roundtable brought together Canadian federal
ministers, top government officials and business leaders to discuss the
business and economic issues that shape Canadian policy, and Canada's ability
to compete in the global marketplace.
    This prestigious Roundtable draws on Economist Conferences' world-wide
record in leading independent debate with high-level senior policymakers. It
was a unique opportunity for foreign investors and local business leaders to
engage in substantive discussion with top government officials and Canadian
decision-makers as they addressed the business and economic issues that shape
Canadian policy and trade. The newly released Economist Intelligence Unit
study, sponsored by Accenture, entitled: "Not Left Behind: How Canada can
Compete" set the groundwork for the day's discussions. (The report is
available free of charge at www.accenture.ca/economistresearch). Canada's role
in the global marketplace was also explored, with discussions on taxation
versus subsidies, and hindrances to cross-border trade and investment.
    "We have been very pleased with the interest and participation in this
first Business Roundtable, and look forward to this being the first of many
conferences we host in Canada," said Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor of The
Economist. "The off-the-record discussions covered the gamut of issues Canada
needs to address to remain globally competitive."

    
    Business Roundtable speakers included:

    - The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance
    - The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry
    - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources
    - The Honourable John McCallum, Finance Critic for the Official
      Opposition
    - Paul Jenkins, Senior Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada
    - Jim McSheffrey, President and Chief Executive Officer, 3M Canada
    - Montie Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Canada
    - Grant Rasmussen, President and Chief Executive Officer, UBS Bank Canada
    - Bill Morris, Managing Director, Canada, Accenture
    - Robert Courteau, President & Managing Director, SAP Canada
    - George Addy, Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
    - Don Drummond, Senior Vice-president and Chief Economist, TD Bank
      Financial Group
    - Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor, The Economist
    - Matthew Sherwood, Senior Editor, Global Forecasting, Economist
      Intelligence Unit
    

    The Business Roundtable with the Government of Canada was sponsored by
Accenture (Presenting), SAP (Lead) and supporting sponsors TD Bank Financial
Group, and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg. For more information on the
March 22 Conference, please visit: www.economistconferences.com.

    Notes for editors:

    About the Economist Intelligence Unit

    The Economist Intelligence Unit is the business information arm of The
Economist Group, publisher of The Economist. Through our global network of
more than 700 analysts and contributors, we continuously assess and forecast
political, economic and business conditions in 200 countries. As the world's
leading provider of country intelligence, we help executives make better
business decisions by providing timely, reliable and impartial analysis on
worldwide market trends and business strategies.

    About Economist Conferences

    Economist Conferences, a division of the Economist Intelligence Unit, is
the leading provider of international forums for senior executives seeking new
insights into strategic issues. These meetings include industry conferences,
management events and government Roundtables held around the world. As part of
the Economist Group, publisher of The Economist newspaper, we are a highly
respected brand with a 160-year history and an unrivalled reputation for
excellence and independence. Each meeting organized by Economist Conferences
delivers objective and informed analysis. Our meetings provide exceptionally
high-level forums where senior executives can gain insights, exchange views
and compare strategies.

    About the Government Roundtables

    Since 1956, Economist Conferences has brought together key executives of
international and local corporations with many presidents and their ministers
for off-the-record government Roundtables around the world. Our purpose has
been to explore, in this unique manner, ways and means to develop better
understanding and communication between international corporations and
governments.




For further information:

For further information: Economist Conferences (Marketing): Nina
Andrikian, (212) 698-9753, NinaAndrikian@economist.com; Economist Conferences
(Programming): Rachel Golden, (212) 698-9730, RachelGolden@economist.com;
Sarah Bain, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (613) 786-9943,
Sarah.Bain@HillandKnowlton.ca

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