Canada Growth Summit 3: Going the Distance

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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

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Join Mark Carney, Katie Telford, Dominic Barton and others at the Public Policy Forum’s Canada Growth Summit 3 for a day of knowledge and networking with cutting-edge thinkers. We’ll be looking into the future of inclusive economic growth, artificial intelligence, the changing workforce, innovation and much more.

Register now to reserve a spot at our Expert’s Table dinners on April 11 – at no extra charge. Speakers from the Growth Summit will lead small groups in big conversations at Toronto restaurants the evening before the summit.These seats are limited to early registrants only. Dinner hosts and details will be revealed soon.

Canada Growth Summit is an annual forum of intense and informed interchange through which the private, public, academic and other sectors can gather to think through and debate how to enhance prosperity for Canadians in a rapidly changing and globalized economy.

Mark Carney

The charismatic central banker charged with bringing two G7 economies through extreme turbulence. Mr. Carney is the former Bank of Canada Governor now serving as the head of the central bank in the United Kingdom.

Katie Telford

A Canadian political strategist and the chief of staff to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. She served as Trudeau’s chief campaign advisor during his successful campaign in the 2015 election

Dominic Barton

Dominic Barton is the global managing partner of McKinsey. He is based in London and leads the firm’s focus on the future of capitalism and the role business leadership can play in creating long-term social and economic value. Before becoming managing partner, Dominic served as McKinsey’s chairman in Asia from 2004 to 2009. He also headed McKinsey’s office in Korea from 2000 to 2004.

He is the chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, the chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council, and a cochair of the Focusing Capital on the Long Term initiative. He is also a trustee of the Brookings Institution, a Rhodes trustee, and an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Yoshua Bengio

 A Canadian computer scientist, most noted for his work on artificial neural networks and deep learning.

Linda Hasenfratz

Draft agenda, subject to change:

7:15 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast A Beyond Shovels: The Canada Infrastructure Bank Takes Flight

A deep dive into the plans of the Canada Infrastructure Bank with its Chair or soon-to-be-named CEO. 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.

Moderator: Drew Fagan, senior counsel at National Public Relations Inc.


Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO of Via Rail

Janice Fukakusa, Chair of Canada Infrastructure Bank

Laurene Mahon, Managing Director & Co-Head, Global Infrastructure and Power, Global Investment Banking, CIBC

  Breakfast B 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?


Yoshua Bengio, Professor, Université de Montréal

Foteini Agrafioti, Chief Science Officer, RBC

9:00 a.m.


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

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.

Minister Navdeep Bains will open session


John Risley, President and CEO, Clearwater Fine Foods

11:00 a.m. Break  
11:15 a.m. Armchair Discussion Building a Truly Inclusive Economy

Armchair discussion and audience Q&A with Katie Telford

12 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and panel discussion Going the Distance on Inclusive Growth: A Pan-Canadian View

Discussion of prospects for inclusive economic growth from a panel of a new generation of Deputy Premiers/Finance Ministers. CIBC SVP Christina Kramer will set the tone and moderate the panel.

Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance & Treasury Board, Karen Casey (NS)

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.


Linda Hasenfratz, President and CEO, Linamar

Miyo Yamashita, Managing Partner, Talent and Workplace, Deloitte

3 p.m. Closing Keynote Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England

Introduction by Joy Thomas, President and CEO, CPA Canada



Details coming very soon. 

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