/R E P E A T / - 13th International Economic Forum of the Americas - Conference of Montreal: Succeeding through uncertainty: from risk evaluation to strategic decision - Montréal, June 18 to 21, 2007 - Hilton Bonaventure Montreal - 900 La Gauchetière West, Montréal



    
                     INNOVATION AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

    MONTREAL, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The sessions of the 13th International
Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montreal continue for the third
day. Guests include:

    - Shri Kantilal Bhuria, Indian State Minister for Agriculture and
      Consumer Affairs,
    - Food and Public Distribution
    - José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American States
      (OEA)
    - Jacques Barrot, Vice-President and Transport Commissioner, European
      Commission

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                              SUMMARY OF AGENDA
                           WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2007
                     INNOVATION AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE
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    7: 30 FORUM 1
          Agribusiness Forum

          EMBRACING THE FUTURE: PRIORITIES IN AGRICULTURE AND OPPORTUNITIES
          FOR PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN INDIA AND CANADA
          - George Shaw, Director General, International Markets Bureau,
            Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
          - Hon. Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agribusiness,
            Minister of the Canadian Wheat Board   Shri Kantilal Bhuria,
            Indian State Minister for Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Food
            and Public Distribution

          MARKET TRENDS AND RETAIL OPPORTUNITIES IN INDIA
          - George Shaw, Director General, International Markets Bureau,
            Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
          - David Hughes, Professor Emeritus, Imperial College of London
          - G. Chandrashekhar; Commodities Editor, Hindu BusinessLine
          - Sanjeev Asthana, COO Reliance Industries, India.

    9: 00 PLENARY SESSION

          Economic Development: Driving Competitiveness with Innovation
          - Paul Cappon, President and CEO, Canadian Council on Learning
            (CCL)
          - Shri Kantilal Bhuria, Union Minister of State, Ministry of
            Agriculture and Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer
            Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Republic of India
          - Mandla Gantsho, Vice President, African Development Bank Group
            (AfDB)
          - H.E. Rodolfo Nin Novoa, President of the Senate, Vice-President,
            E. Republic of Uruguay

    9: 00 FORUM 2
          International Health Forum: Philanthropy, Prevention and Community
          Development

          SOCIAL CHANGE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT WITHIN CANADIAN AND
          AMERICAN PHILANTHROPY
          - Hilary Pearson, President, Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC)
          - Barry Gaberman, Chair Emeritus of the Coordinating Committee of
            the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) & Former
            Senior Vice President, Ford Foundation
          - Shira Herzog, Executive Vice-President, Kahanoff Foundation
            (Calgary) & Columnist, The Globe and Mail

          ROUND TABLE ON PHILANTHROPIC STRATEGIES: SOCIAL INNOVATION, HEALTH,
          YOUTH DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION
          - Katharine Pearson, Director, Social Innovation Support, J.W.
            McConnell Family Foundation (Montréal)
          - Alexander Houston, President, The George Cedric Metcalf
            Charitable Foundation (Toronto)
          - Jane Lowe, Senior Programme Officer and Team Leader, Vulnerable
            Populations, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Princeton)
          - Ira Barbell, Senior Associate, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
            (Baltimore)
          - Nathan Gilbert, Executive Director, Laidlaw Foundation (Toronto)
          - Jean-Marc Chouinard, Director, Child and Community Development,
            Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation (Montréal).

    10: 15 FORUM 3
           Training for Productivity Gains

           - Paul Cappon, President and CEO, Canadian Council on Learning
             (CCL)
           - José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American
             States (OEA)
           - The Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian
             Manufacturers & Exporters
           - Remigio Todeschini, Chair of Fundacentro, Centre for Study,
             Research and Education in Workplace Health and Safety, Chair of
             the Workers' Support Fund (FAT) and Former Secretary of
             Employment Policy, Ministry of Labour and Employment of Brazil
           - Diane Bellemare Ph.D., Former Senior Vice-President and Chief
             Economist of the Conseil du patronat du Québec
           - Gary Rabbior, President, Canadian Foundation for Economic
             Education.

    10: 15 FORUM 4
           Competition Policy at the Service of Development

           - Maureen O'Neil, President, International Development Research
             Centre (IDRC)
           - Taimoon Stewart, Research Fellow, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of
             Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies,
             Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
           - Robert K. Rennhack, Assistant Director, Western Hemisphere
             Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
           - Phil Evans, Head of Consumer Policy, Finsbury International
             Policy and Regulatory Advisors
           - Sheridan Scott, Commissioner of Competition, Canada

    12: 00 LUNCHEON
           International Commerce: Between Crisis and Growth

           - Jacques Barrot, Vice-President and Transport Commissioner,
             European Commission
           - Christian Lahccen, General Director, Air France in Canada
           - José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American
             States (OAS)
           - Paul Cappon, President and CEO, Canadian Council on Learning
             (CCL)
           - Eric Siegel, President and CEO, Export Development Canada (EDC).

    14: 30 PLENARY SESSION - 21ST CENTURY TALKS (UNESCO)
           Moving Towards Knowledge-Based Societies: Redefining the
           Relationships Between Innovation and Development

           - Paul Cappon, President and CEO, Canadian Council on Learning
             (CCL)
           - Jérôme Bindé, Director, Prospective Office, United Nations
             Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
           - James J. Heckman, Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics 2000 and
             Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, The
             University of Chicago
           - Luc Montagnier, Professor Emeritus, Pasteur Institute, Director
             Emeritus of Research at the CNRS, President, World Foundation
             for AIDS Research and Prevention, Co-discoverer of the AIDS
             virus
           - Martin Varsavsky, Chairman and CEO, FON International, Founder,
             Viatel Business Communications Services
           - Michèle S. Jean, Chair, Canadian Commission for UNESCO

    14: 30 FORUM 1
           Agribusiness Forum

           - George Shaw, Director General, International Markets Bureau,
             Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
           - Stephen Poloz, Senior Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Chief
             Economist, Export Development Canada (EDC)
           - Ken Ash, Deputy Director, Food, Agriculture and Fisheries,
             Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD
           - Gaetan Lussier, Chair of the Board, Canadian Agri-food Policy
             Institute, and Former Deputy Minister of Agriculture and
             Agri-food Canada.
    

    Other speakers and experts may also take part in the Conference
proceedings, though their names may not necessarily figure in this summary of
the day's agenda. The complete final program for the 13th edition of the
Conference of Montréal is available on site at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel,
and can also be accessed on the Conference website at
www.conferenceofmontreal.com
    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 Richard Vigneault
in the Forum Press Room (Salon Fundy) by phone at (514) 878-2931 or at (514)
497-1385 (mobile).
    Conference of Montreal press releases are also available over the
CNW/Telbec press wire. A summary of the agenda for each day of the Conference
is issued about 24 hours in advance, but is subject to change. To attend the
13th Conference of Montréal, reporters and media personnel are required to
obtain prior accreditation. To do so, they are asked to contact
Richard Vigneault, who will provide full details on the Conference program and
interview opportunities.

    The International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montréal

    A non-profit organization, the Economic Forum of the Americas /
Conference of Montréal is an initiative of the Institut d'Etudes
administratives de Montréal. The Conference's Board of Governors is chaired by
Paul Desmarais Jr., Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power
Corporation of Canada.
    The 13th edition of the International Economic Forum of the Americas /
Conference of Montréal enjoys support from two principal partners: Power
Corporation of Canada and the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon. A number of
sponsors have contributed to the Forum's success, including the Autorité des
marchés financiers (AMF), the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), RBC Capital
Markets, Alcan, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Bell, Hydro-Québec,
EDC Export Development Canada, BDC Business Development Bank of Canada, VIA
Rail Canada, Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) L.L.P., Air France, Investissement
Québec (IQ), SNC-Lavalin, Bombardier, HEC Montréal, Institut québécois des
Hautes études internationales (HEI), La Presse, The Gazette, Le Monde and CNW
Telbec.
    The Forum receives special assistance from the Government of Canada and
several federal agencies, such as the Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA), Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC), International
Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada Economic Development for Quebec
Regions, and Industry Canada (IC). The event also receives active support from
the Government of Québec, including the Ministère des Affaires municipales et
des Régions, the Ministère des Relations internationales, and the Ministère du
Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation.
    Lastly, a number of international partners have also helped to make the
event a reality. These include the Asian Development Bank, the European
Central Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the African
Development Bank Group, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD), the Canadian Commision for UNESCO, the Organisation
Internationale de la Francophonie, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.




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Conference Press Room: (514) 878-2931, Portable: (514) 497-1385,
www.conferenceofmontreal.com

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