Former President Clinton speaks in Niagara region

    NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - The 2007 Ontario Economic Summit
(OES), an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), will begin with
a keynote address by The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President
of the United States.
    "We're very excited to be able to bring President Clinton to the Niagara
region," explains Len Crispino, President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of
Commerce. "The former President has brought a keen focus to the idea of shared
responsibility, an issue we also have identified at OES, and one that inspires
this year's OES theme of "stewardship"."
    During the three day summit, Ontario's corporate, government, labour and
academic leaders will explore how they must work together to take
responsibility for the competitiveness of Ontario's communities,
infrastructure renewal and development, and our international
    Former President Clinton provides an influential voice in the efforts to
raise awareness about the challenges that arise from global interdependence,
and the importance of working together to address issues such as climate
change, global health and poverty alleviation.

    President Clinton will address the Grand Opening Reception of OES on
November 13th. Other confirmed speakers at the 2007 Ontario Economic Summit

    -   Linda Hasenfratz , CEO, Linamar Corporation, OES Co-Chair

    -   Michael Sabia, President and CEO, BCE and CEO, Bell Canada,
        OES Co-Chair

    -   Paul Jenkins, Senior Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada

    -   Roger Martin, Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of

    -   Ian Pearce, Chief Executive Officer, Xstrata Nickel

    -   William Spurr, President, North America, Bombardier Transportation

    -   Annette Verschuren, President, The Home Depot Canada and Asia

    "The Niagara economic region is the quintessential region in Canada for
bi-national trade, and a major gateway and corridor for both countries,"
explains Dennis Parass, Chair of the Niagara Economic Development Corporation
and President, Handling Specialty Manufacturing Ltd. "We've enjoyed almost two
centuries of successful collaboration. President Clinton's visit highlights
the interdependency of our economies in our efforts to maintain global
    All sessions and speeches will be open to the media. Pre-registration is
required for the Grand Opening Reception. This list is subject to approval
before any media credentials are issued.

                           Ontario Economic Summit
                           November 13, 14, 15, 2007
       White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa, Niagara-On the-Lake, Ontario

    Additional information may be found at including the
current agenda and a list of Summit partners and sponsors.

For further information:

For further information: Amy Terrill, Director of Media Relations and
Communications, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, (416) 482-5222, ext. 241

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