/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 -June 18 to 21, 2007 - Hilton Bonaventure Montreal - 900 La Gauchetière, Montréal



    
           INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY, TRADE, ENERGY, SECURITY, HEALTH:
                      CHALLENGES, RISKS, AND SOLUTIONS.

    MONTREAL, June 15 /CNW Telbec/ - On Monday, June 18 at 8 a.m., the
International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montreal opens its
proceedings on the theme "Succeeding through uncertainty: from risk evaluation
to strategic decision" Hundreds of personalities and experts from a number of
countries will be on hand in Montreal for the event. This 13th edition of the
Forum will span four days, and cover the following topics:

    Monday, June 18:         Finance and Governance
    Tuesday, June 19:        Energy, Health and Sustainable Development
    Wednesday, June 20:      Innovation and International Trade
    Thursday, June 21:       Trade, Development and Security

    PRESS CONFERENCES CONFIRMED FOR MONDAY, JUNE 18:

    10H00 a.m :   Shri Kamal Nath, Minister for Commerce and Industry, India
                  Press Meeting/Press Room/Salon Fundy

    10H30 a.m:    Rodrigo de Rato y Figaredo, Directeur général, Fonds
                  monétaire international (FMI)
                  Press Meeting/Press Room/Salon Fundy

    11H15 a.m:    Photo op with  Abdou Diouf, Secretary-General of The
                  Francophonie (OIF) and Quebec Premier Jean Charest
                  Photographers and cameramen meet in the press room/Salon
                  Fundy

    5H15 p.m. :   Photo op with Quebec Premier Jean Charest and
                  Shri Kamal Nath, Minister for Commerce and Industry, India
                  Photographers and cameramen meet in the press room/Salon
                  Fundy

    All sessions of the Forum are open to the media, and a press room has been
set aside. Journalists may obtain interviews on site or attend the press
conferences that generally take place after the session in which the speakers
take part. Times of these press conferences may vary somewhat, as the
proceedings may not always run on time. Information on press conferences and
reservations for individual interviews can be obtained from Richard Vigneault
in person in the Forum Press Room (Salon Fundy) or by phone at (514) 878-2931
(as of Monday morning-June 18) or at (514) 497-1385 (mobile)

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                              SUMMARY OF AGENDA
                            MONDAY, June 18, 2007
                           FINANCE AND GOVERNANCE
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    8:30  PLENARY OPENING SESSION
          Uncertainties of the Global Economy: What can we Expect ?

          - Gil Rémillard, Founding Chairman and President, International
            Economic Forum of the Americas / Conference of Montreal
          - Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal
          - Jean St-Gelais, President and CEO, Autorité des marchés
            financiers (AMF)

          UNCERTAINTIES OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY: WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?
          - Rodrigo de Rato y Figaredo, Managing Director, International
            Monetary Fund (IMF)  INDIA AND WORLD ECONOMIC GROWTH
          - Shri Kamal Nath, Minister of Trade and Industry, India
          - Henri-Paul Rousseau, President and CEO, Caisse de dépôt et
            placement du Québec.

    10:15 FORUM 1
          Investment Choices in the Knowledge- Based Economy:Risks and
          Opportunities

          - Marie-Josée Thivierge, Assistant Deputy Minister, Small business
            and marketplace  services, Industry Canada.
          - Bernard Estève, Executive President, AREVA - North America
          - Nobuo Tanaka, Director for Science, Technology and Industry,
            Organisation for Economic  Co-operation and Development (OECD)
          - Roel Spee, Associate partner with IBM Business Consulting
            Services - Plant Location  International (IBM-PLI)
          - Yves Rabeau, Professor, Department of Business Strategy, UQAM
          - Jean-René Halde, President and CEO, Business Development Bank of
            Canada (BDC).

    10:15 FORUM 2
          Hedge Funds and Private-Equity Funds: Governance Challenges and
          Social Issues

          - Jean St-Gelais, President and CEO, Autorité des marchés
            financiers (AMF)
          - Pierre Bernier, Executive Vice-President, Autorité des marchés
            financiers (AMF)
          - Manuel Conthe, Former President, Spanish Securities and Exchange
            Commission (CNMV)
          - Réal Desrochers, Director of Alternative Investments, California
            State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS)
          - Paul Desmarais Jr, Chairman and Co-CEO, Power Corporation of
            Canada
          - Yvan Allaire, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Institute for
            Governance of Private and Public Organizations

    10:15 FORUM 3
          Talent Management: How to Identify, Attract, Mobilize, Train, and
          Retain Today's Talent

          - Henri-Paul Rousseau, President and CEO, Caisse de dépôt et
            placement du Québec
          - Ian Cullwick, Partner, Deloitte Canada
          - Concetta Lanciaux, Advisor to the Chairman, Executive Vice-
            President, Synergies, President, LVMH Italia Spa
          - Michel Patry, Director, HEC Montréal.

    12:00 OPENING LUNCHEON
          Under the honorary presidency of Jean Charest, Premier of Québec
          Globalization and Economic Solidarity: Towards a Better Equilibrium

          - Gil Rémillard, Founding Chairman and President, International
            Economic Forum of the Americas / Conference of Montreal
          - H.E. Abdou Diouf, Secretary-General of The Francophonie (OIF)
          - Jean Charest, Premier of Québec
          - The Hon. Josée Verner, Minister of International Cooperation and
            Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages, Canada
          - David Dodge, Governor, Bank of Canada
          - Guillermo Ortiz Martmnez, Governor, Central Bank of Mexico
          - Jean-Claude Trichet, President, European Central Bank
          - Paul Desmarais Jr, Chairman and Co-CEO, Power Corporation of
            Canada

    15:00 PLENARY SESSION
          World Economic Outlook: Risks & Strategic Decisions

          - Hélène Desmarais, Chairman and CEO, Centre d'entreprises et
            d'innovation de Montréal, President of the Strategic Council,
            International Economic Forum of the Americas
          - Charlie Rose, Moderator, The Charlie Rose Show (PBS)
          - Jean-Claude Trichet, President, European Central Bank
          - Gordon Nixon, President and CEO, RBC Financial Group
          - Michael J. Sabia, President and CEO, Bell Canada
          - Anne Lauvergeon, Chairman of the executive board, AREVA Group,
            France
          - Richard B. Evans, President and CEO, Alcan Inc..
          - Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank
            (IADB)

    A number of other personalities, leaders, and experts will speak during
the four days of the Forum, including:

    - Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty
      Organization (NATO)
    - Haruhiko Kuroda, President, Asian Development Bank
    - Jean Lemierre, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and
      Development (EBRD)
    - José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American States
      (OAS)
    - Anatoly Borisovich Chubais, President and Chairman, Unified Energy
      Systems of Russia (RAO UES)
    - José Natividad Gonzalez Paras, Governor, Nuevo Lesn State, Mexico
    - Jacques Barrot, Vice-President and transport commissioner, European
      Commission
    - James J. Heckman, 2000 Nobel Prize in Economics and Henry Schultz
      Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
    - Shri Sharad Pawar, Minister for Agriculture, India
    - Luc Montagnier, Professor at the Institut Pasteur, Research Director at
      the Centre national de recherche scientifique and discoverer of the
      AIDS virus
    - William Pollack, Psychologist and Director, Center for Men at McLean
      Hospital, Professor at the Harvard Medical School

    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
    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. Press conferences and scrums are
sometimes called on site. Individual interviews can also be arranged on site.

    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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For further information: Richard Vigneault, Media Relations Director, 
Conference Press Room, (514) 878-2931, (in operation starting Monday, June
18), cell.: (514) 497-1385, www.conferenceofmontreal.com

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