/R E P E A T -- Leading economists take the stage at Ontario Economic Summit/

    TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - Top economists will headline the upcoming 5th
annual Ontario Economic Summit (OES), an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of
Commerce, as the challenges facing the economy in Ontario and around the world
are placed front and centre.
    Robert Shiller, dubbed "a rock star among economists" and the co-creator
of the Case-Shiller index of U.S. housing prices, will deliver the economic
keynote address at the upcoming summit in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Professor
Shiller is the Arthur M. Okun Professor of Economics at Yale University and
author of the international bestseller "Irrational Exuberance" and the newly
released "The Subprime Solution". His economic keynote will provide a
clear-eyed assessment of the credit crunch and its aftermath in the United
States and implications for our own economy.
    "Robert Shiller is widely viewed as being one of the few to see the real
estate crisis coming," explains Len Crispino, President & CEO of the Ontario
Chamber of Commerce (OCC). "Considering the Ontario economy is so intertwined
with that of our neighbours to the south, I'm very interested to hear what he
has to say about what lies ahead."
    Don Drummond, Chief Economist at TD Bank Financial Group, will provide a
detailed assessment of the Ontario economy. And for an international
viewpoint, Andrew Burns, Lead Economist with the Development Prospects Group
of the World Bank will outline the opportunities in China, India, and other
emerging markets.
    Small and large business owners will bring their "real life" experiences
to the discussion, including Craig Muhlhauser, President and CEO of Celestica
Inc., whose experience in turning the technology giant around will be
inspirational for delegates as they work together to chart a new course for

    Other speakers and participants include:
    -   Premier Dalton McGuinty;
    -   John Tory, Leader of the PC Party of Ontario;
    -   Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Open Text
    -   Andrea Mandel-Campbell, Author of "Why Mexicans Don't Drink Molson";
    -   Denis Dyack, Founder and President, Silicon Knights;
    -   Stephen Lewis, Advocate on Social Justice;
    -   Thomas Homer-Dixon, Global Affairs Expert and bestselling author of
        "The Upside of Down" and "The Ingenuity Gap"; and,
    -   Alexandra Dagg, Executive Vice-President and Canadian Co-Director,
        UNITE HERE.

    The Ontario Economic Summit brings together leaders from the business,
government, labour, education and non-profit sectors from September 30, 2008
until October 2nd. Discussions will take place about ways to reinvent
Ontario's workforce development, rethink trade markets, and renew our
competitive advantage. In addition, the OES will examine the critical issue of
energy conservation and innovation.
    For more information, visit www.occ-oes.com.

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