Conference of Montreal Program Highlights - June 7-10, 2010 - Paul Volcker,
John Major and Bernard Kouchner Among Featured Speakers

MONTREAL, June 3 /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 complete Conference program includes over 40 individual sessions, including Working Breakfasts, Plenary Sessions and Round Tables. The complete Conference program is available at

Major session highlights include:

    Monday, June 7
    Governance and the Economy

    7:30am Working Breakfast: Employment: What Perspectives?

    Speaker: Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-
    operation and Development (OECD)

    Comments: Paul Desmarais Jr., Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer,
    Power Corporation of Canada and Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman and Chief
    Executive Officer, GDF SUEZ

    8:30am: WORDS OF WELCOME with keynote speakers Gil Rémillard, Founding
    Chairman, Conference of Montreal, and Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montreal

    9:00am: OPENING SESSION - Strengthening the Recovery

    Chair: Pierre Arcand, Minister, Ministère des Relations internationales
    and Minister Responsible for la Francophonie du Québec

    Moderator: Jonathan Spector, Chief Executive Officer, The Conference

    Speaker highlights: Christian Noyer, Governor, Bank of France; Alan B.
    Krueger, Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist,
    Department of Treasury (United States); Haruhiko Kuroda, President, Asian
    Development Bank (ADB), and the Honourable Stockwell Day, President,
    Treasury Board

    12:00pm: Opening Luncheon: Are We Experiencing a Lasting Recovery?

    Introduction: Jean Charest, Premier, Province of Québec

    Part 1, with Jochen Sanio, President, Federal Financial Supervisory
    Authority (BaFin) (Germany)

    Part 2 Speaker Highlights: Christian Noyer, Governor, Bank of France;
    Mark Carney, Governor, Bank of Canada, and the Honourable Jim Flaherty,
    Minister of Finance

    3:00pm: Plenary Session: An Uncertain Recovery: New Realities, New Risks

    Moderator: John Manley, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Council of
    Chief Executives (CCCE)

    Part 1 Speaker Highlight: Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and Chief
    Executive Officer, TOTAL (France)

    Part 2 Speaker Highlights: Shaukat Aziz, Former Prime Minister of
    Pakistan; Mohammed Shafik Gabr, Chairman and Managing Director, ARTOC
    Group (Egypt), and Richard Sandor, Chairman and Founder, Chicago Climate
    Exchange (CCX)

    Tuesday, June 8
    Energy, Sustainable Development and Biodiversity

    9:00am: OPENING SESSION - The Green Economy and New Models of Growth

    Speaker highlights: Alejandro Toledo, President, Global Center for
    Development and Democracy, and Former President of Peru; Line Beauchamp,
    Minister, Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des
    Parcs du Québec (MDDEP); Raymond Benjamin, Secretary General,
    International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

    12:00pm: Luncheon: Sustainable Development and the Economy: Towards a
    Balanced Approach

    Chair: Jacynthe Côté, Chief Executive Officer, Rio Tinto Alcan

    Part 1, with Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic
    Co-operation and Development (OECD)

    Part 2, with Jean Lemire, Biologist, Film Director and Producer

    4:30pm: Round Table - OECD Innovation Strategy

    Moderator: Françoise Bertrand, President and Chief Executive Officer,
    Fédération des Chambres du Commerce du Québec (FCCQ)

    Introduction: Paul-Henri Lapointe, Ambassador, Permanent Representative
    of Canada to the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development

    Speaker: Andy Wyckoff, Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and
    Industry, Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)

    Wednesday, June 9
    International Trade and the Americas

    9:00am: OPENING SESSION - A Global Market in Transition: What
    Perspectives for the Americas?

    Speaker Highlights: Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American
    Development Bank (IDB); Strobe Talbott, President, Brookings Institution
    (United States), and Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco, President and Chief
    Executive Officer, GE International

    12:00pm: Luncheon: The Economic Recovery: Seeking a New Balance

    Part 1 - Exit Strategies: A Time For Critical Decisions, with Paul
    Volcker, Chairman of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board and
    Former Chairman, Federal Reserve (FED)

    Part 2 - A New Economic Cycle: The Challenges Of a New Social Agenda,
    with Vicente Fox Quesada, President, Centro Fox and Former President of

    4:30pm: Special Keynote Address - Europe in a New Global Market, with
    Bernard Kouchner, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs (France)

    Thursday, June 10

    9:00am: OPENING SESSION - Personalized Medicine: Stakes and Opportunities

    Speaker Highlights: Leroy Hood, President, Institute for Systems Biology
    (United States), and Edward Abrahams, President, Personalized Medicine
    Coalition (United States)

    12:00pm: Closing Luncheon: The Challenges Posed by a Multipolar World

    Part 1 - The Middle East and the New Global Market, with Sheikha Lubna
    bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of Foreign Trade (United Arab Emirates)

    Part 2 - What Future for Europe?, with Sir John Major, Former Prime
    Minister of the United Kingdom, interviewed by Charlie Rose

Media accreditation

The Forum will take place from Monday, June 7 to Thursday, June 10 at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Montreal.

Foreign and Canadian journalists are invited to cover the entire proceedings of the 16th International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montreal. To attend the event, journalists, photographers and media technical staff must obtain accreditation by contacting Kristin Gable at 514-282-4841. The full, detailed program of the International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montreal is updated on a regular basis and can be consulted at any time on the official website at

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For further information: For further information: Media accreditation: Kristin Gable,, (514) 282-4841

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