Canada Growth Summit 3: Going the Distance
Thursday April 12, 2018
7:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto ON M5V 3L9
On April 12, Mark Carney, Katie Telford, Dominic Barton, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and many others gathered for Canada Growth Summit 3 for a day of knowledge and networking with cutting-edge thinkers. They looked into the future of inclusive economic growth, artificial intelligence, the changing workforce, innovation and much more. The summit is an annual forum where private, public, academic and other sectors can debate how to enhance prosperity for Canadians in a rapidly changing globalized economy. The day began with two breakfast discussions: ‘Canada Infrastructure Bank: Ready for Takeoff?’ or ‘Navigating an AI World’ and ended with a keynote on the future of work by Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England.
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Media: Articles from the Summit
|7:15 – 8:30 a.m.||Breakfast A
Room 104, North Building
|The Canada Infrastructure Bank: Ready for Takeoff?
A deep dive into the plans of the Canada Infrastructure Bank. How strategic? How green? How digital age? The remarks will be followed by a discussion among thinkers and doers on how to ensure early wins and long-term success.
Opening remarks by Janice Fukakusa, Chair of Canada Infrastructure Bank
Drew Fagan, senior counsel at National Public Relations Inc., fellow at the Public Policy Forum
Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO of VIA Rail
Bruno Guilmette, Interim Chief Investment Officer, Canada Infrastructure Bank
Shariq Alvi, Managing Director, Global Infrastructure Finance, Global Investment Banking, CIBC
Olivia Steedman, Managing Director, Greenfield Investments & Value Creation, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
|7:15 – 8:30 a.m.||Breakfast B
Room 103, North Building
|Navigating an AI World
Canada needs to win at the AI game. And it also must avoid losing. Depending on who is forecasting, anywhere from 15% to 40% of existing jobs are at risk from disruption. This panel looks at the essential challenges of maintaining meaningful, dignified employment. What do employers, post-secondary institutions, governments and other players in the economic transformation need to do? Who is doing it? Is the sector ripe for disruption?
Opening remarks by Kevin Peesker, President, Microsoft Canada
Elissa Strome, Executive Director, Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, CIFAR
Foteini Agrafioti, Chief Science Officer, RBC and Head of Borealis AI
Yoshua Bengio, Professor, Université de Montréal
Kathryn Hume, VP Product & Strategy, integrate.ai
Kevin Peesker, President, Microsoft Canada
Room 701, South Building
|9:00 a.m.||Opening Remarks||Kick-off of Canada Growth Summit III: Going the Distance
Ed Greenspon, President and CEO, Public Policy Forum
|Morning Keynote Discussion||The Economic Growth Council: A Self-Assessment
Growth Council Chair Dominic Barton in a candid moderated discussion on what’s been achieved, what hasn’t come to fruition, what seems most doable and most hard, where he thinks this will all take us in five years. A can’t miss progress report on the still-continuing process. With Q&A
Amanda Lang, Business News Network
|9:45 a.m.||Panel Discussion||Up, Up and Away: The Superclusters Take Flight
The superclusters will come into force either early in the new year or, more likely, in the budget. What will they do? How will they do it? To some extent, they have three objectives: use government money to flush out more private sector R&D spending and drive up Canada’s historically low BERD; create supply chain collaborations that cross sectoral bounds and encourage major magnet companies; reverse the onus on universities to commercialize by having commercial entities pull applied research out of the universities. The superclusters are a major departure from business-as-usual. We talk to doers and deciders and perhaps a critic.
9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Opening remarks
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Supercluster panel discussion
Sean Silcoff, Author and Business Reporter, The Globe and Mail
Jan De Silva, President and CEO, Toronto Region Board of Trade
Matt Hebb, Acting CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
Louis Roy, Founder and Chairman, Optel Group
Jamison Steeve, Executive Director, Martin Prosperity Institute and the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity
Ilse Treurnicht, Chair, Board of Directors, Triphase Accelerator Corporation
|11:15 a.m.||Remarks & Armchair Discussion||Building a Truly Inclusive Economy
Opening remarks by Christina Kramer, Senior Executive Vice –President and Group Head, Personal and Small Business Banking, CIBC
Armchair discussion between Katie Telford, Chief of Staff, Office of the Prime Minister of Canada and Julie Cafley, Senior Vice-President, Policy and Partnerships, Public Policy Forum
|1:00 p.m.||Armchair discussion||Going the Distance on Inclusive Growth
|1:40 p.m.||Panel Discussion||The Labour Market Unbundling
There is much anticipation and speculation about the pace and extent of disruption that such things as increased automation and artificial intelligence will create for the jobs of the future, the way we work and the skills, training and education that will be required. Hear from leading thinkers and business leaders as they share their thoughts on the future of the labour market in Canada and globally.
Denise Amyot, President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada
JP Gladu, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
Linda Hasenfratz, President and CEO, Linamar
Zabeen Hirji, Global Advisor, Deloitte
Kathy Kinloch, President, BCIT
Sheldon Levy, CEO, NEXT Canada
|3 p.m.||Closing Keynote||Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England
Introduction by, Joy Thomas, President and CEO, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
Interview moderated by Ed Greenspon, President and CEO, Public Policy Forum
|3:45 p.m.||Closing Remarks|
Expert Table dinners: Evening of April 11
Dinners of 12-18 people on a variety of topics throughout downtown Toronto, each with one or two table leaders of distinction and one PPF representative.
- Inside Canada’s G7 Presidency: With Peter Boehm, Sherpa and Deputy Minister for the G7 Summit – SOLD OUT
- What Canada’s Economy Needs Next: With David Dodge, former Governor of the Bank of Canada, and Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets (Hosted at CIBC) – SOLD OUT
- Doubling-Down on Canada’s Innovation Growth Potential: With John Knubley, Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; and Iain Stewart, President, National Research Council (Hosted at Deloitte) – SOLD OUT
- Making AI Work for All: With Yoshua Bengio, Professor and Director, Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms and Foteini Agrafioti, Chief Science Officer, Royal Bank of Canada & Head of Borealis AI (Hosted Borealis AI, RBC Institute for Research)
- Autonomous Vehicles Will Change Everything: With Steve Carlisle, President & Managing Director, General Motors of Canada Company (Hosted at Deloitte)
- The Canada-U.S. Partnership: Building and Innovating Together: With David MacNaughton, Ambassador of Canada to the United States (Hosted at McCarthy Tétrault LLP) – SOLD OUT
- The Transformative Future of Life Sciences: With Karimah Es Sabar, CEO and Partner, Quark Venture Inc.; Chair, Health/Bio-sciences Economic Strategy Table
- Making the Economy Work for All: With Katie Telford, Chief of Staff, Office of the Prime Minister of Canada – SOLD OUT
- The Wealth of Oceans: With John Risley, President and CEO, Clearwater Fine Foods Inc.(Hosted at Deloitte)
- The Resourceful Resource Sector: With Lorraine Mitchelmore, President and CEO, Field Upgrading; PPF Fellow; Chair, Clean Resources Economic Strategy Table (Hosted at BLG)
- Indigenous Inclusion in the Growth Story: With National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations
- Transformative Innovation in CleanTech: With Audrey Mascarenhas, President and CEO, Questor Technology; Chair, Clean Technology Economic Strategy Table
- Canada’s Tricky Trade Triangle: With James Moore, Senior Business Advisor, Dentons Canada LLP and former Minister of Industry and Minister of Heritage
Minister of Finance
Governor of the Bank of England.
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Chief of Staff, Office of the Prime Minister
Global managing partner of McKinsey, Chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth.
Read more about Dominic here.
Professor and Director, Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms.
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President and CEO, Linamar
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Interim Chief Investment Officer, Canada Infrastructure Bank
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Chief Science Officer, RBC
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Executive Director, Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, CIFAR
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Founder and Chairman, Optel Group
CEO, Next Canada
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