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70th Annual Couchiching Summer Conference

    Couchiching 70th Annual Summer Conference 2001
    August 9–12 at Geneva Park, Orillia, Ontario, Canada

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    From Seattle to Quebec City, globalization is raising the world’s eyebrows. Economic and trade summits, while attempting to forge a consensus among policymakers on cross-border trade and investment rules, have engendered a wave of heated debate and protest as anxious citizens press their concerns about sovereignty, the environment and the homogenization of culture.

    This year’s Couchiching Conference, "Globalization and Democracy: Whose World is It?" brings together business and labour leaders, politicians, students, environmentalists and cultural experts to explore the causes processes and effects of globalization. Delegates will be challenged to consider how institutions and rules of governance can be made to strengthen local identities, enhance democratic accountability and forge a global community.

    From August 9-12, Couchiching is providing a forum where citizens can learn about globalization and discuss an issue that will shape their future.

    Audiotapes of the 2001 conference are available from Audio Archives & Duplicators Inc. at 905.889.6555 ext. 22, ORDER FORM

    Speaker Biographies 


    President's Welcome
    Margaret Lefebvre,
    President, Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs

    Keynote address
    Globalization and Democracy: Whose World Is It?
    Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell,
    The Center for Public Leadership
    John F. Kennedy School of Government
    MODERATOR: Prof. John Kirton, Director, G8 Research Group, University of Toronto (bio)

      During Kim Campbell’s tenure as Prime Minister, she emphasized the importance of free trade and participated in the 1993 G7 Summit that brought the WTO and its far-reaching trade liberalization agreements to life. As Minister of Justice and Minister of National Defense, Ms. Campbell participated in the NAFTA decision-making process at the highest level. A life-long student and practitioner of Canadian public policy, she brings an unparalleled perspective to the issues of globalization and its impact on Canada.


    In the Name of Connectivity
    David Agnew, Principal, Digital 4Sight, and Executive Directory, Governance in the Digital Economy
    MODERATOR: David McGown, Director, Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs (bio)

      Technology is widely seen as the leading instrument of globalization. The Internet has shrunk the world geographically while expanding ability of individuals and organizations to realize their potential, bridge the "digital divide" and create a digital democracy. Don Tapscott, a renowned thinker on the impact of technology, shares his thoughts on both the promise and the limits of technology in creating a global agora that benefits all who enter.


    In the Name of Sustainability
    Michael Harcourt, Senior Associate with the Sustainable Development Research Institute
    at the University of British Columbia, and former Premier of British Columbia (bio)
    David J. McGuinty, President, National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (bio)
    Patricia McCunn-Miller, Managing Director, Environment and Regulatory Affairs,
    PanCanadian Petroleum Limited (bio)
    MODERATOR: Jon K. Grant, Chairman, Canada Lands Company Limited (bio)

      The collapse of the UN-inspired Kyoto Protocol and claims that the US is entering a new energy crisis has made environmental protection an urgent item on the globalization agenda. Are the economy and the environment always a trade-off, or do efforts by individual citizens and companies hold out hope for "earth-friendly" globalization?


    In the Name of Prosperity
    Stanley Hartt, Chairman, Salomon Smith Barney Canada Inc. (bio)
    Robert Greenhill, President, Bombardier International (bio)
    Stephen Probyn, President and CEO of Probyn & Company
    A. Ian Gillespie, President & CEO, Export Development Corporation (bio)
    MODERATOR: Gerald Ross, Dean, Faculty of Management, McGill University (bio)

      For many, globalization is a process driven by and for the world’s major multinational corporations. Others contend that individual MNCs have distinct aspirations and commitments to social responsibility as they strive to compete in a global economy whose benefits will be widely shared by all. Hear from Canada’s business leaders operating on the world stage about how they are playing the "globalization game".


    In the Name of Humanity
    Michael Conlon, National Chair, Canadian Federation of Students (bio)
    Nancy Riche, Secretary Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress (bio)
    Rick Salutin, novelist, dramatist, columnist
    Owens Wiwa, MD, MPH, Executive Director, Afrida (bio)
    MODERATOR: Danielle Martin, Ontario Regional Representative, Canadian Federation of Medical Students

      Who speaks for the people as rampant globalization threatens to engulf us all? What is to be done? This panel draws on organized labour, the student movement and the international health community for a dissenting view on the "trickle-down benefits" of global business and globalization.


    Discussion Groups (to date)
    "The End of Globalization"
    GROUP LEADER: Alan Rugman, Thames Water Fellow in Strategic Management, University of Oxford (bio)
    "Does Ontario Have a Culture: Regional Expression in a Globalized World"
    GROUP LEADER: Adam Ostry, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Media Development Corporation, and member of the CIPA Board of Directors (bio)
    "Conflict Prevention, Human Security, and You"
    GROUP LEADER: John Kirton, Director, G8 Research Group, University of Toronto (bio)
    "Trust on the Internet?"
    GROUP LEADER: Mario Morel, CIBC Verisign, and Craig Ivory, CIBC Verisign
    "Globalization Gone Wrong? From Dot-Com to Dot-Bomb"
    Helen Walsh, President, Think Content (bio)

    In the Name of Cultural Identity
    Douglas M. Gibson, President and Publisher, McClelland & Stewart Inc. (bio)
    Moses Znaimer, Co-founder, President and Executive Producer, CityTV (bio)
    Robert Pilon, Executive Vice-President, Coalition on Cultural Diversity
    Matthew Fraser, Professor of Communications, Ryerson University, and columnist at The National Post (bio)
    MODERATOR: Adam Ostry, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Media Development Corporation, and member of the CIPA Board of Directors (bio)

      Are we witnessing the emergence of a global cultural identity that spreads a protective umbrella over the world’s existing cultures while celebrating diversity and creativity, or are we on the brink of cultural Armageddon as American and western styles and values crowd out all others?


    In the Name of Governance
    Sylvia Ostry, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Studies (bio)
    Elizabeth Dowdeswell, former Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (bio)
    Marc Lortie, Personal Representative of the Prime Minister for the Summit of the Americas
    MODERATOR: Alan Pearson, Director, Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs (bio)

      New governance structures must accompany more open borders. But does this mean that sovereignty, democracy and sound social policy must be traded for the benefits of access? Having endured several NAFTA and WTO disputes and hosted the Summit of the Americas, Canada now awaits the arrival of the G-8 in 2002. We know what is at stake. How do smaller players and citizens ensure their voices will be heard?


    Closing keynote

    In the Name of Canada
    Hon. Pierre Pettigrew, Minister of International Trade, Government of Canada (bio)
    MODERATOR: Chaviva Hosek, President, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (bio)

      Pierre Pettigrew has devoted a lifetime to international affairs. He has worked for NATO and as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Trudeau government. He joined the Federal Cabinet in 1996 and is a veteran of several FTAA and WTO trade summits. In his current portfolio, he recently succeeded in having the draft FTAA text made public for all to examine. M. Pettigrew is the author of "The New Politics of Confidence," on globalization and the art of governing.



The following texts are recommended by some of our Committee members for your information leading up to the conference. Please contact us with any suggestions you may have for background reading.

The G7/G8 System: Evolution, Role and Documentation
By Peter I. Hajnal, Aldershot, Eng.; Brookfield, VT.; Singapore; Sydney: Ashgate, 1999.

New Directions in Global Economic Governance: Managing Globalisation in the Twenty-First Century
By John Kirton and George von Furstenebrg, eds., Ashgate, Aldershot, 2001.

Our Global Neighbourhood, Report of the Commission on Global Governance, co-chaired by Ingvar Carlsson and Shridath Ramphal, Oxford University Press, 1995.

Environmental Regulations and Corporate Strategy
By Alan Rugman, John Kirton and Julie Soloway, Oxford University Press, 1999

The End of Globalization: Why Global Strategy Is a Myth & How to Profit from
the Realities of Regional Markets

By Alan Rugman, published by McGraw Hill Ryerson, 2001

Summit of the Americas Reports

A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalization
By John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge

The Lexus and the Olive Tree
By Thomas L. Friedman

Guiding Global Order: G8 Governance in the Twenty-First Century
Edited by John J. Kirton, Joseph P. Daniels and Andreas Freytag, Ashgate, 2001

Democracy and the Global Order: From the Modern State to Cosmopolitan Governance
By David Held, Stanford University Press, 1995

The New Politics of Confidence
By Pierre Pettigrew published by Stoddart, 1999


    The Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs wishes to acknowledge the generous support of:

2001 Government and Corporate Sponsors to Date (13Jun01)

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A. Bram Appel Consultants Inc.
Air Canada
AstraZeneca Canada Inc.
Bank of Montreal
BCE Inc.
Bell Canada
Bombardier International
Canada Lands Company Limited
Canada Post
Certified General Accountants (CGA)
CIBC Charitable Foundation
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
EnviReform Project
Export Development Corporation (EDC)
Frank Lucas Foundation
Health Canada
Henry of Pelham Estate Wineries
Jackman Foundation
Lombard Odier
Marjorie & Gerald Bronfman Foundation
NATIONAL Public Relations
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
Probyn & Company
RBC Dominion Securities
Rothman's Benson & Hedges Inc.
Royal Bank Financial Group Foundation
Troubadour Records Ltd.
Via Rail

    Charitable Donations

Dr. Sharon Baltman
Catherine Boivie
John Bonner
Gloria Buchanan
Roel Buck
John Butcher
J. Condon
John Desmarais
Marion Dunlop
John Frid
John Friday
Alan Gold
Robert Greenhill
John D. Gregory
Nona Macdonald Heaslip
T.T. Katz
Madeline Koch
Naomi Lee
Alice Lorriman
Mark Lovewell
Jim MacLachlan
Roderick McFadyen
F.W. Orde Morton
Sylvia Pivko
David Roffey
J. Scott Rogers
John Rolland
Stephen G. Ross
David Shea
Betty Smith
Joanne Steadman
Guthrie Stewart
Eileen Swinton
Martin Tharratt
Barbara Thompson
Lynne Verchere
Michael Wilson