Media Advisory - Conference Board of Canada's Saskatchewan Economic Summit 2017

REGINA, March 31, 2017 /CNW/ - The commodities boom was a clear signal that Saskatchewan has the fuel, food, and fertilizer the world needs. However, the slump in commodity prices also served as a reminder to the province that while commodity sector diversification helps, there remains a need for expansion. The Conference Board of Canada expects that following two years of recession, Saskatchewan's economy will be back in the black this year, but real GDP growth will be limited to 0.9 per cent.

The Honourable Kevin Doherty, Minister of Finance, Saskatchewan Ministry of Finance, will join senior leaders from government and the private sector to discuss the key issues affecting Saskatchewan now and in the future at the Conference Board's Saskatchewan Economic Summit 2017 on April 3-4 in Regina.

In addition, the Conference Board's Chief Economist Craig Alexander and Deputy Chief Economist Pedro Antunes will discuss the trends that are shaping the province's business environment including the consolidation in the potash and agribusiness sector, the impact of the new U.S. administration on the province's export economy, and where the Canadian resource sector is heading.

When: April 3-4, 2017 

Where: Delta Regina, 1919 Saskatchewan Dr, Regina, SK

Who: Speakers and panelists include:

  • The Honourable Kevin Doherty, Minister of Finance, Saskatchewan Ministry of Finance
  • Craig Alexander, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada
  • Pedro Antunes, Executive Director, Economic Outlook and Analysis, and Deputy Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada
  • Stewart G. Beck, President and Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
  • Dr. Abdul Jalil, Assistant Deputy Minister, Saskatchewan Region, Western Economic Diversification
  • Dawn Martin, Manager, Strategy Management, City of Regina
  • Steve McLellan, Chief Executive Officer, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
  • John Pecman, Commissioner of Competition, Competition Bureau Canada
  • Xinping Wang, Consul General, Chinese Consulate General in Calgary

This conference is sponsored by Saskatchewan Polytechnic, MNP LLP, Mosaic, Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, and Economic Development Regina.

For the full list of speakers, schedule and times, visit:

Media Accreditation is required.

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SOURCE Conference Board of Canada

For further information: For more information or media accreditation, contact: Natasha Jamieson, Communications Coordinator, The Conference Board of Canada, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 307, E-mail:; Yvonne Squires, Media Relations, The Conference Board of Canada, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 221, E-mail:


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