Thursday August 5, 2010

Opening Keynote

MacMillanAcclaimed Canadian writer and historian Margaret MacMillan, now Warden of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, is the author of bestselling books including Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World and Nixon in China: The Week that Changed the World. As a scholar who has studied great turning points in history and their consequences, Dr. MacMillan will provide the historical context to help us understand where we have been and where we are going.

Moderator: Gwen Burrows, President, CIPA

Friday August 6, 2010

Keynote Address

VideoFlaherty2010.jpgThe Hon. Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance

Canada: “Punching above our weight”

Morning Panel
 - Watershed Moment: How did we get here?

Watershed Moment: How did we get here?Speakers: Nicholas Le Pan, Chair of the Canadian Public Accountability Board, member of the board of the Toronto Centre for Leadership in Financial Sector Supervision, and past Superintendent of Financial Institutions for Canada (2001–2006); Angela Redish, Professor of Economics, UBC University of British Columbia and former Special Advisor to the Bank of Canada
Moderator: John Ivison, Political Columnist, National Post

If the combination of lax regulation and opportunism in the financial sector led to the crisis, how should consumers, governments, and business respond? What went wrong in the markets and why? Given the apparent recovery of the economy, are we on track to correct the market and regulate its participants?ˆ

Afternoon - Now What? Innovation and Global Competitiveness

Now What? Innovation and Global CompetitivenessSpeakers: Anne Golden, President and CEO, Conference Board of Canada; Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Tom Jenkins, Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer for Open Text™ Corporation of Waterloo
Moderator: Bob Ramsay, President, Ramsay Inc.

Canada’s sound fiscal position and conservative banking system seems to have helped us weather the downturn. What steps need to be taken at this point to strengthen our economy and boost productivity as the effects of stimulus funding fade? How can Canada leverage the changed economic landscape to our advantage? What are our strengths and weaknesses? How do we build a productivity and innovation framework integral to Canada’s long-term growth and success?

Evening - The Role of the State

The Role of the StateSpeakers: Tom Flanagan, Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary and former Senior Communications Advisor, Conservative Party of Canada; Alex Himelfarb, former Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet; Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Moderator: Toby Fyfe, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Government Executive

The economic crisis has led to a renewal of “state capitalism” – indeed, many who say they do not support “big government” have turned to the state for help to avoid ruin. While government bailouts seem to have brought the Canadian economy out of a nosedive, they may have severely limited our ability to invest in larger social policy in the coming decade. This is also a problem for the United States. Would a stronger state be effective in preventing future financial meltdowns? What would it look like? How would it work?

Saturday August 7, 2010

Morning Keynote Address

The RT. Hon. Paul Martin has been invited to speak on his vision of the role that the G20 can play in an increasingly complex world and how the G20 can set new standards for global co-ordination.
Moderator: Gwen Burrows, President, CIPA

Morning Panel - Shifts in Global Power

Shifts in Global PowerSpeakers: Wenran Jiang, Associate Professor and Mactaggart Research Chair of the China Institute, University of Alberta; Andy Knight, Professor of International Relations, in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta and editor of Global Governance Journal; Neil K. Shenai, PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Moderator: Mohamed Awad, Chair, Youth Affairs, CIPA

The way in which countries emerge from the economic crisis may lead to shifts in global power, with countries such as China, which holds much of the US debt, continuing to gain influence. What are the consequences for nations that are still struggling with recession, especially those that were already vulnerable? Who are the new global players and what role should international bodies such as the G20 play?

At Lunch - Presentation of the Annual Couchiching Award for Excellence in Public Policy Leadership

Dr. Sylvia OstryEach year, we present the Couchiching Award for Public Policy Leadership to a nationally recognized Canadian who has demonstrated a particular kind of leadership: someone who has made an impact in public policy for Canada or for a community, often in the face of public opposition. We are very pleased to present the 2010 Couchiching Public Policy Award to Dr. Sylvia Ostry, distinguished academic, civil servant, multi-lateral trade specialist and author. The first woman to hold a number of deputy minister positions in government and lead international economic and trade organizations, Dr. Ostry is the recipient of many national and international awards for her contributions.

Afternoon - Discussion Groups

Night - Bonfire of the Vanities

Bonfire of the VanitiesSpeakers: Joseph Heath, Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto and author of Filthy Lucre; Jennifer Corriero, Co-founder and Executive Director, TakingITGlobal; Peter Wintonick, independent documentary filmmaker, winner of the 2006 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, former Thinker in Residence for the Premier of South Australia
Moderator: Brenda Paul, VP, Marketing, CIPA

Vitriol was heaped upon the bankers whose greed was felt to have caused the meltdown and whose hefty bonuses seemed to insulate them from its consequences. But how much was their greed driven by the simple desire of Everyman to have Everything? Is this the empty pot at the end of the American Dream’s rainbow? Has the zeitgeist shifted in response to foreclosed homes and evaporating jobs? We explore the line between complacent, self-interested consumers and engaged, socially active citizens. We will consider how policy is made in our name and what we can do about it.

Sunday August 8, 2010

Morning - Wasted Opportunity? Investing in the Long Term

Wasted Opportunity? Investing in the Long TermSpeakers: Thomas Homer-Dixon, CIGI Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs; Jeff Rubin, former CIBC Chief Economist and author of Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller; Velma McColl, Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group

Moderator: Wendy Feldman, VP, Program, CIPA

Developing green economies that lead to an environmental sustainability is a major challenge facing Canada and the world. With billions of new dollars invested in infrastructure in Canada and elsewhere, did we miss the chance to invest in infrastructure to support the environment? What are the challenges and opportunities for Canada to become an innovator in creating a greener economy?

Closing Keynote Address

Doug Saunders, Chief, European Bureau, The Globe and Mail

Award winning Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders will give the closing keynote address. Mr. Saunders is the Globe’s European Bureau Chief, and has, over the past several years, written extensively on many of the themes explored during the 2010 Couchiching conference, always bringing his trademark intelligence and insight to bear on the issues.

Moderator: David McGown, Conference Chair, CIPA

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