The Conference of Montreal - Thursday, June 12, 2008 - Economic Development and Infrastructure



    MONTREAL, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The 14th edition of the International
Economic Forum of the Americas / Conference of Montreal ends its work this
morning at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal. Until today, more than
3,200 participants from all regions of the world, and several ministerial
delegations, will hear over 150 speakers develop the theme Mastering Change /
The Great Transition.

    The last day's theme is "Economic Development and Infrastructure."

    
    7:30         Working Breakfast 1 (simultaneously)
                 DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA
                 In collaboration with the African Development Bank

                 - Martin Abéga, Secretary General, GICAM, Cameroon
                 - Marthe Lemay, Deputy Director for sub-Saharan Africa,
                   Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
                   (DFAIT), Canada
                 - Gilbert Mbesherubusa, Director for Infrastructure, African
                   Development Bank
                 - Fadima Touré-Diallo, Vice-President, Africa and Relations
                   with the African Development Bank (ADB), SNC-Lavalin
                   International Inc.

    7:30         Working Breakfast 2 (simultaneously)
                 REPAIRING OUR INFRASTRUCTURE

                 - Roger Galipeau, Professor, Ecole nationale
                   d'administration publique (ENAP)
                 - Frannie Léautier, Managing Partner, The Fezembat Group,
                   France
                 - Francis Lebuis, President and Chief Operating Officer,
                   Aqua Data Inc.
                 - Pierre Vigneault, President, Solutions Modex
                 - Sammy Forcillo, Member of the Executive Committee
                   responsible for Infrastructure, Public Roads and Water
                   management, City of Montreal

    7:30         Working Breakfast 3 (simultaneously)
                 FREE TRADE BETWEEN CANADA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION
                 In collaboration with the ministère du Développement
                 économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation (MDEIE)

                 - Jean-Luc Trahan, Chief Executive Officer, Manufacturers
                   and Exporters of Quebec (MEQ)
                 - Raymond Bachand, Minister du Développement économique, de
                   l'Innovation et de l'Exportation (MDEIE), Québec
                 - Bernard Landry, Former Premier of Québec
                 - Dorian Prince, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of
                   the European Commission to Canada

    9:00         Plenary Session
                 INFRASTRUCTURE GOVERNANCE
                 In collaboration with the Organisation internationale de la
                 Francophonie (OIF)

                 Part I
                 ------
                 - Tharcisse Urayeneza, Organisation internationale de la
                   Francophonie
                 - François Lecavalier, Director for Czech Republic, Hungary,
                   Slovakia and Slovenia, European Bank for Reconstruction
                   and Development (EBRD)
                 - Martin Abéga, Executive Secretary, GICAM, Cameroon
                 - Bonoudaba Dabiré, Former Minister of Agriculture and
                   Hydraulic Resources, Advisor to the Prime Minister,
                   Burkina Faso

                 Part II
                 -------
                 - Pierre Lefebvre, Chief Executive Officer, PPP Quebec
                 - Pierre Lortie, Senior Business Advisor, Fraser Milner
                   Casgrain LLP
                 - Evariste Mabi Mulumba, President, Cour des Comptes,
                   Democratic Republic of the Congo
                 - Aurélien Comlan Atidegla, President of the Civil Society
                   Stakeholders Platform (PASCIB), Benin
                 - Michel Lelart, Head of Research, Centre National de
                   Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Réseau Entreprenariat,
                   Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie

    12:00        Closing Luncheon - Offered by Air France
                 THE GLOBAL MARKET AND THE MOVEMENT OF GOODS AND PEOPLE

                 - Bénédicte Duval, Vice-President and General Manager,
                   Air France, Canada

                 Part I
                 ------
                 TRAFFIC AND INFRASTRUCTURE: TOWARDS NEW METHODS
                 - Michael Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government
                   Services, Canada

                 Part II
                 -------
                 AIR TRANSPORTATION AND THE OIL CRISIS
                 - Taieb Chérif, Secretary General, International Civil
                   Aviation Organization (ICAO)
                 - James Cherry, President and Chief Executive Officer,
                   Aéroports de Montréal
                 - Hélène Desmarais, Chairman of the Board, HEC Montreal,
                   Chairman of the Board, Metropolitan Montreal Board of
                   Trade, President of the Consultative and Strategic
                   Orientation Board, Conference of Montreal

                 Comments and conclusion of the Conference:
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                 - Gil Rémillard, Founding Chairman, International Economic
                   Forum of the Americas
    

    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 André Bouthillier
in the Forum Press Room in Salon Fontaine D at (514) 878-2968, or at
(514) 895-0127.
    The full, detailed program of the International Economic Forum of the
Americas/Conference of Montréal is updated on a regular basis and can be
consulted at any time on the official website at www.conferenceofmontreal.com.




For further information:

For further information: André Bouthillier, Media Relations Director,
(514) 732-4114, (514) 895-0127 (cell), abouthillier@comab.ca

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