The global gathering will celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary and discuss how to build a sustainable future for the next 150 years
MONTREAL, July 24, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The Economist Events announced details of its third edition of The Canada Summit, which will focus on how Canada's economy and businesses can advance sustainability in a drawbridge-up world. Topics will range from precision agriculture to the outlook for the energy sector.
Canada, which turned 150 this July 1st, has long seemed to outsiders to be a citadel of decency, tolerance and good sense. Modern Canada's social safety net is stronger than America's; its gun-control laws saner. Today, in its lonely defense of liberal values, Canada seems downright heroic. In an age of seductive extremes, it remains reassuringly level-headed. The prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has become a symbol of a progressive nation. Canada welcomes refugees; it has made significant advances in its climate policy; and the government recently announced a $120bn infrastructure-investment plan that highlights support for projects reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.
But is the current state of affairs sustainable? How can a small, open, liberal economy survive and thrive in a world heading towards protectionism? What does the Trump era mean for trade, clean energy and Canadian businesses overall?
"The year of Canada's 150th birthday is an occasion both to reflect on past achievements and to look at the challenges ahead. The special edition of The Economist's Canada Summit in September will explore what makes the country distinctive, especially compared with the United States under Donald Trump, and ask the key question for the future: how can success be sustained?" said Daniel Franklin, Executive editor of The Economist and chair of the conference.
"2017 also marks the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montréal," said Québec Premier Philippe Couillard "therefore, it is an opportune moment to welcome the Canada Summit to a city that embraces its cultural diversity as a driver of economic growth. From our innovative spirit to our support of sustainability and creativity, Montréal and Québec together exemplify some of Canada's most admired qualities on the world stage. We welcome the opportunity to host this global gathering."
Held on Thursday, September 7th, the event will tackle the tough issues pertinent to Canada's present and future.
Some of the speakers participating in the event include:
- Ailish Campbell, chief trade commissioner, Global Affairs Canada
- Guy Cormier, president and chief executive, Desjardins Group
- Hugo Larochelle, lead, Google Brain
- Michael Sabia, president and chief executive, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
- Dominique Anglade, minister of economics, science and innovation, Québec
- Hunter Tura, chief executive, Bruce Mau
- Merran Smith, founder and executive director, Clean Energy
- Wade Barnes, president and chief executive, Farmers Edge
- Marcia Moffat, Head of Canada, BlackRock
- Shawn Qu, Chairman and chief executive, Canadian Solar
- Jonathan Tétrault, executive vice-president, chief operating officer and chief business officer, Cirque du Soleil
Additional details for the event, including the full programme and a link to register for the conference, can be found here: canada.economist.com.
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