Media Advisory - Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to join prominent Canadian and
international experts to discuss Canada's competitive edge and economic

TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Microsoft Canada's CAN(greater than)WIN initiative will jointly present the Economic Edge: Securing Canada's global advantage: it's Canada vs. the world - are you in? on October 21 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

An elite group of Canadian and international thought leaders will provide invaluable insight into ways Canadian business can strategically be positioned to succeed in the global arena. Executives, academics and government elites will talk about thinking beyond the short-term issues that dominate the innovation and productivity debate to focus on what needs to happen today to be successful as the recovery takes hold.

Media must be accredited to attend The Economic Edge summit. To be accredited, please contact Allison Stokes ( Accreditation at the event will be limited based on occupancy. Accreditation will close Tuesday October 20th at 5:00p.m.

    When:     Wednesday, October 21, 2009
              8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Where:    The Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Room 716
              255 Front Street West
              Toronto, ON

    8:00am - 8:10am    Introduction
                       Eric Gales, President, Microsoft Canada
                       Mr. Allan Gregg, Pollster, Broadcaster and Social

    8:10am - 8:35am    Canada on the world stage: keys to success
                       Mr. Michael Ignatieff, Leader of the Official
                       Opposition and Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-
    8:35am - 8:45am    Event outlook
                       The Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, The
                       Canadian Chamber of Commerce

    8:45am - 9:45am    Keys to identifying and taking advantage of the new
                       rules for profitability and success
                       Ms. M. Elyse Allan, President and CEO, GE Canada
                       Dr. Indira Samarasekera, President, University of
                       Ms. Trish Wheaton, Chief Marketing Officer,
                       Chairperson, Canada, Wunderman

    10:15am - 11:15am  Keys to a thriving global economy:
                       expanded trade vs. protectionism
                       Mr. Parker Mitchell, Co-CEO, Engineers without Borders
                       Other panellists to be announced

    11:45am - 1:45pm   Innovation: key to a successful business strategy
                       Mr. Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Corporation
                       Moderator: Mr. Allan Gregg, Pollster, Broadcaster and
                       Social Commentator

    2:00pm - 3:00pm    Good government as a Competitive Advantage or Canada's
                       economic prospects over the medium term
                       Mr. Wayne Wouters, Clerk of the Privy Council and
                       Secretary to the Cabinet
                       Mr. Tony Deane, Fellow in Residence, University of
                       Ms. Michelle d'Auray, Secretary of the Treasury Board

    3:15pm - 4:15pm    Canada's environmental regulatory framework: advantage
                       or hindrance to global leadership
                       Mr. John A. Manzoni, President and CEO, Talisman
                       Energy Inc.
                       Mr. David Mondragon, President and CEO, Ford Motor
                       Company of Canada Ltd.
                       The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister, Environment

    4:30pm - 5:00pm    Canada's economic future: The Road to Prosperity
                       Special guest to be announced

Other event information is available at

SOURCE Microsoft Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: Media Profile, Stephanie Bell, Allison Stokes, (416) 504-8464,,; Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Kathryn Anderson, Director, Communications and Marketing, Office: (613) 238-4000 x 231, Cell: (613) 797-1860,

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