13th International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montréal - International economy, trade, energy, environment, health: Challenges, risks, and solutions

    June 18 to 21, 2007, Hilton Bonaventure Montréal Hotel

    MONTREAL, April 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The International Economic Forum of the
Americas/Conference of Montréal, whose theme this year is Succeeding through
uncertainty: from risk evaluation to strategic decision, will bring hundreds
of personalities and experts from a number of countries together in Montréal
in its 13th edition. This 13th Forum will span four days, addressing the
follow broad topics:

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

    The list of guest speakers includes:

    - Mohamed El Baradei, Director General, International Atomic Energy
      Agency (IAEA) and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize 2005
    - Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty
      Organization (NATO)
    - Rodrigo de Rato y Figaredo, Managing Director, International Monetary
      Fund (IMF)
    - Jean-Claude Trichet, President, European Central Bank
    - Haruhiko Kuroda, President, Asian Development Bank
    - Jean Lemierre, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and
      Development (EBRD)
    - Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank (BID)
    - Guillermo Ortiz Martínez, Governor, Central Bank of Mexico
    - Compton Bourne, Caribbean Development Bank
    - David Dodge, Governor, Bank of Canada
    - Henri-Paul Rousseau, President and CEO, Caisse de dépôt et placement du
    - Jean St-Gelais, President and CEO, Autorité des marchés financiers
    - Abdou Diouf, Secretary-General, Organisation internationale de la
      Francophonie (OIF)
    - José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American States
    - José Natividad Gonzalez Paras, Governor, Nuevo León State, Mexico
    - Jacques Barrot, Vice-President and transport commissioner, European
    - James J. Heckman, 2000 Nobel Prize in Economics and Henry Schultz
      Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago
    - Kamal Nath, Minister for Commerce and Industry, India
    - 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
    - Robert B. Zoellick, Vice President, Goldman Sachs & Co and former
      Secretary of State  for Commerce of the United States (2001-2005)

    The speakers will address questions that encourage participants to deepen
their thinking about and knowledge of the strategic challenges their companies
or organizations must be able to cope with. They will cover expansion of
emerging economies, different countries' energy options, the protectionist
reflex, the consequences of climate change, the role of central banks in
supporting economic growth, interest rates and the danger of recession,
innovation and competition, investments and corporate control, as well as many
other themes. Participants will also be able to attend business seminars to
meet commercial and ministerial delegations from countries like Mexico,
Uruguay, and India.

    Health and prevention

    Thanks to cooperative assistance from the Fondation Lucie et André
Chagnon, the Forum will also address population health. How can societies cope
with the rampant growth of health costs, and to what extent can prevention
contribute to reducing these costs? The segment of the Forum devoted to health
will also raise questions like poverty and succeeding in school, as well as
how philanthropy and foundations can play a role in prevention and have an
    Several heads of international, Canadian, and Quebec corporations
organizations will also be among the guests at the Forum, including:

    - André Chagnon, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Fondation Lucie et André
    - Paul Cappon, President and CEO, Canadian Council on Learning
    - Paul Desmarais  Jr., Chairman of the Board and Co-CEO, Power
      Corporation of Canada
    - Gordon M.Nixon, President and CEO, RBC
    - Richard B. Evans, President and CEO, Alcan Inc.
    - Anne Lauvergeon, Chairman, Executive Board, Areva, France
    - Robert Dutton, President and CEO, RONA
    - Michael J. Sabia, President and CEO, Bell Canada Entreprises Inc. and
      CEO, Bell Canada
    - Thierry Vandal, President and CEO, Hydro-Québec

    Québec Premier Jean Charest, as well as several ministers from the
Canadian federal and provincial governments, Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay
and a number of heads of government agencies and departments will also take
part in the exchanges to be held during the Forum.
    "Every year for the past 13 years, our Forum has brought together
hundreds of key players from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa to discuss
the state of a world in which different countries are increasingly having to
come to grips with the same problems. At a time when change seems to happen
faster and faster, the International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference
of Montréal is a vital opportunity for exchange of ideas and discussion with
political personalities, experts, researchers, and the directors of an
impressive number of international and national organizations and
corporations," noted the event's founding President, Gil Rémillard, at the
unveiling of the preliminary program for this 13th edition of the Forum.

    A hub of ideas, accessible to all

    Every year the International Economic Forum of the Americas\Conference of
Montréal attracts more than 3,000 participants from all walks of life, in both
the private and public sectors. This year, the discussions will focus on the
common issues most countries and economies must deal with in an increasingly
interdependent world, focussing on areas such as agrifood, energy, business,
finance, culture, public and private governance, health, sustainable
development and the environment.

    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
    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.

    Media accreditation

    Foreign and Canadian journalists may cover the entire proceedings of the
13th International Economic Forum of the Americas\Conference of Montréal. To
attend the event, journalists, photographers, and media technical staff must
obtain accreditation beforehand by contacting Richard Vigneault at (514)
497-1385 or (514) 487-0217. 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

For further information:

For further information: Richard Vigneault, Media Relations Director,
(514) 487-0217, (514) 497-1385 (portable), www.conferenceofmontreal.com;
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