/R E P E A T/ - Media advisory - Economist hosts first executive business roundtable with the Government of Canada

    OTTAWA, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Economist Conferences will host its
first Business Roundtable with the Government of Canada: Reshaping the
business landscape, on March 22, 2007 at the Fairmont Château Laurier in
    On the heels of the federal budget, this high-level roundtable will bring
together federal ministers, top government officials and Canadian business
leaders to discuss the business and economic issues that shape Canadian
policy, and Canada's ability to compete in the global marketplace.

                    Date:      Thursday, March 22, 2007
                    Time:      8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
                    Location:  Fairmont Château Laurier
                               1 Rideau Street
                               Ottawa, Ontario

    Topics that will be discussed at the business roundtable include:

    - Maximizing opportunities in a slowing economy - Canada's fiscal and
      economic priorities
    - Environmentalism and clean energy: Finding ways to use energy more
    - Living with a strong Canadian dollar
    - International trade and cross-border security
    - Telecommunications deregulation
    - Examining cross-border infrastructure
    - Federal Budget 2007

    Government officials and corporate leaders confirmed for the roundtable

    - The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance
    - The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of Industry
    - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources
    - The Honourable John McCallum, finance critic for the Official
    - Paul Jenkins, Senior Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada
    - Reid Bigland, President and Chief Executive Officer, DaimlerChrysler
    - Jim McSheffrey, President and Chief Executive Officer, 3M Canada
    - Montie Brewer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Air Canada
    - Grant Rasmussen, President and Chief Executive Officer, UBS Bank Canada

    Journalists wishing to attend this inaugural event are asked to please
register on-line at www.economistconferences.com or by emailing
Sarah.Bain@HillandKnowlton.ca before Wednesday, March 21, 2007. Please note
sessions are in camera. A media room and interview area will be available at
the Château Laurier for this all day event.
    The Business Roundtable with the Government of Canada is proudly
sponsored by Accenture (Presenting), SAP (Lead) and supporting sponsors TD
Bank Financial Group, and Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg. For more
information on the March 22 Conference, please visit:
    An Accenture/Economist Intelligence Unit Study entitled: "Not Left
Behind: How Canada can Compete" will be released prior to the conference.

For further information:

For further information: Sarah Bain, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (613)
786-9943, Sarah.Bain@HillandKnowlton.ca

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