Paul Volcker, Bernard Kouchner and Vicente Fox at the Conference of Montreal
- Wednesday, June 9

MONTREAL, June 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Senior White House officials, global political leaders and prominent business executives will be among the over 120 panellists participating in the International Economic Forum of the Americas / Conference of Montreal from June 7 to 10, 2010. Themed "Innovating to Succeed in a New Global Market," the Conference will bring together the world's leading policymakers and other stakeholders to address issues currently facing the environment, health care, energy and the global economy.

The 16th edition of the International Economic Forum of the Americas / Conference of Montreal will bring together more than 3,000 participants, including business executives, senior officials, thought leaders as well as numerous international delegations. The Forum will take place at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Montreal (900 de La Gauchetiere W).

The complete Conference program for Wednesday, June 9:

    
    7:00 REGISTRATION

    7 :30am WORKING BREAKFAST 1 (simultaneously)
    Room Fontaine B

    Introduction:
    - Compton Bourne, President, Caribbean Development Bank
    Speakers:
    - Harold Lovell, Minister of Finance, the Economy and Public
      Administration
      (Antigua and Barbuda)
    - Juan Temistocles Montas, Minister of Economy, Planning and Development
      (Dominican Republic)
    - Réginald Boulos, Chairman, Chamber of Commerce and Industry and
      Coordinator, Private Sector Economic Forum (Haiti)

    7 :30am - WORKING BREAKFAST 2 (simultaneously) -
    Canada-Europe Free Trade: Where Do We Stand?*
    Room Fontaine D
    Moderator:
    - Pierre Lortie, Senior Business Advisor, Fraser Milner Casgrain
    Speakers:
    - Ross Hornby, Ambassador, Mission of Canada to the European Union
    - Maurizio Cellini, Head, Economic and Commercial Affairs, Delegation of
      the European Union to Canada
    Concluding Remarks:
    - Simon Potter, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault

    9:00am - OPENING PLENARY SESSION
    A Global Market in Transition: What Perspectives for the Americas?*
    Westmount/Outremont Room
    Chair:
    - Stephen S. Poloz, Senior Vice-President, Financing, Export Development
      Canada (EDC)
    Speakers:
    - Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
    - Strobe Talbott, President, Brookings Institution (United States)
    - Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco, President and Chief Executive Officer, GE
      International
    - Donald Tang, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CITIC Securities
      International Partners (CSIP)

    9:45am - News Conference: President Vicente Fox and President Alejandro
    Toledo
    (Room Fontaine B)

    10:30am - FORUM 1 (simultaneously)
    The World Economy After the Crisis: Implications for Trade Integration in
    the Americas*
    Mont-Royal Room
    Moderator:
    - Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
    Introduction:
    - Compton Bourne, President, Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
    Speakers:
    - Alejandro Toledo, President, Global Center for Development and
      Democracy and Former President of Peru
    - Réginald Boulos, Chairman, Chamber of Commerce and Industry and
      Coordinator, Private Sector Economic Forum (Haiti)
    Concluding Remarks:
    - Barry Featherman, Executive Director, Global Center for Development and
      Democracy

    10:30am - FORUM 2 (simultaneously)
    Towards a New Partnership Between the Americas and the Middle East
    Room Fontaine D
    Moderator:
    - Nabil N. Antaki, Professor Emeritus and Solicitor, Centre for the Law
      of Business and International Trade, Université de Montréal
    Speakers:
    - Hussein Hassouna, Ambassador of the League of Arab States to the United
      States
    - Ferry De Kerckhove, Canadian Ambassador to Egypt

    10:30am - FORUM 3 (simultaneously)
    Trade Negotiations: Winning Strategies for Developing Countries
    Room Fontaine B

    Moderator:
    - Tharcisse Urayeneza, Director for Sustainable Development and
      Solidarity, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)
    Speakers:
    - El Hadji Diouf, Economic Partnerships Agreements and Regionalism
      Programme Manager, International Center for Trade and Sustainable
      Development (ICTSD)
    - Siphana Sok, Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia, National High
      Economic Council
    - Hakim Ben Hammouda, Director, Institute for Training and Technical
      Cooperation (ITTC), World Trade Organization
    - Christophe Joseph Marie Dabiré, Commissioner, Department of Regional
      Market, Trade and Competition, West African Economic and Monetary Union
      Commission (WAEMU)
    Concluding Remarks:
    - Hervé Cronel, Economic Advisor to the Secretary General of La
      Francophonie (OIF)

    10:30am - FORUM 4 (simultaneously)
    Business Responses to Free Trade Agreements in Asia*
    Room Le Portage

    Moderator:
    - Masahiro Kawai, Dean and Chief Executive Officer, Asian Development
      Bank Institute (ADBI)
    Speakers:
    - Narongchai Akrasanee, Chairman of Export-Import, Bank of Thailand, and
      Former Trade Minister of Thailand
    - Ganeshan Wignaraja, Principal Economist, Office of Regional Economic
      Integration, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    - Wendy Dobson, Co-Director, Institute for International Business, Rotman
      School of Management, University of Toronto
    - Marc P. Mealy, Vice President, US ASEAN Business Council

    12:00pm - LUNCHEON
    The Economic Recovery: Seeking a New Balance*
    Westmount / Outremont Room
    Chair:
    - Barbara Stymiest, Group Head, Strategy, Treasury and Corporate
      Services, RBC
    PART 1 EXIT STRATEGIES: A TIME FOR CRITICAL DECISIONS
    Speaker:
    - Paul Volcker, Chairman of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory
      Board and Former Chairman, Federal Reserve (FED) (United States)
    Concluding Remarks:
    - Christopher E. Pinnington, Chief Executive Officer, Fraser Milner
      Casgrain

    PART 2 A NEW ECONOMIC CYCLE: THE CHALLENGES OF A NEW SOCIAL AGENDA
    Speaker:
    - Vicente Fox Quesada, President, Centro Fox and Former President of
      Mexico
    Interviewed by:
    - Jean-François Lépine, Host, Une heure sur Terre (CBC TV)

    2:00pm: News Conference - Paul Volcker
    Room Fontaine B

    3:00pm - PLENARY SESSION
    A New Global Market: Where Are We Heading?*
    Mont Royal Room

    Chair:
    - John M. Beck, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AECON
    Speakers:
    - Mohammad A. Safadi, Minister of Economy and Trade (Lebanon)
    - Michael Klowden, President and Chief Executive Officer, Milken
      Institute (United States)
    - José Calzada Rovirosa, Governor, State of Querétaro (Mexico)
    - Léonce Koné, Minister, Ministère du Commerce, de la Promotion de
      l'entreprise et de l'artisanat (Burkina Faso)

    16 : 30 - SPECIAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS
    EUROPE IN A NEW GLOBAL MARKET
    Speaker:
    - Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs (France)

    4:30pm - CONTINUING EDUCATION*
    Non-Commercial Considerations in Free-Trade Agreements
    Room Fontaine D
    Moderator:
    - Bernard Colas, Partner, Colas Moreira Kazandjian Zikovsky
    Speaker:
    - Sylvie Tabet, Deputy Director and Senior Counsel, Trade Law Bureau
      (JLT), Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
    

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