Les Conférences de Québec - The Economist's Chief Forecaster Speaks in Québec City

    QUEBEC CITY, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - As part of the Conférences de Québec, the
Québec City Convention Centre today welcomes its first guest speaker, Mr.
Robert Ward, Director of the global forecasting team with the British magazine
The Economist, a world reference in economics, finance and international
    As a joint initiative of the Québec City Convention Centre and the Pôle
Québec Chaudière-Appalaches, the Conférences de Québec, such as the one led by
Mr. Ward, aim to position Québec as a flagship city for conferences and
international trade.
    In the spirit of the 1943 Conference of Québec with Churchill, Roosevelt
and Mackenzie King, the Conférences de Québec will hopefully highlight current
trends of thought while providing citizens of the Old Capital with
opportunities to debate the major issues facing the today's world. The format
put forward fosters the sharing of opinions and two-way communication.
    Attendees of this first conference will reflect on the current economic
crisis felt around the world and described by Mr. Ward in the following terms:
    "There is little doubt that the current global financial crisis has few
precedents in terms of its scale and seriousness. Moreover, the fall-out from
the crisis and from the unorthodox policies designed to cope with it are
likely to be felt for years to come, with enormous implications for both
business and politics."
    "We are truly proud to offer high-level international conferences to the
community. As a city of knowledge, Québec is unquestionably the ideal location
to hold this kind of event", declared Québec City Convention Centre CEO Mr.
P.-Michel Bouchard.
    "The current world economic situation is of a major international
concern. From this perspective, access to high-level information and knowledge
is essential to our leaders. Mr. Ward's presence in Québec provides regional
leaders and business people with leading edge information that can be useful
to them in their decision-making. The interest generated by Mr. Ward's
presentation clearly demonstrates the importance of building bridges between
centres of economic knowledge and information and the business sector",
concluded Mr. Carl Viel, CEO of Pôle Québec Chaudière-Appalaches.
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For further information:

For further information: Ann Cantin, Director, Communications and
Marketing, Société du Centre des congrès de Québec, (418) 649-7711, ext. 4054;
Isabelle Gilbert, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Pôle Québec
Chaudière-Appalaches, (418) 681-9700, ext. 254

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