Canada Growth Summit 3: Going the Distance

Date & Time

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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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

Bloomberg: Tech Upheaval Means a ‘Massacre of the Dilberts,’ BOE’s Carney Says

Mark Carney red flags tech change that ‘mercilessly destroys jobs’

BNN: Cryptocurrencies not a threat to the financial system: Carney

Financial Post: For Canada’s AI industry, Cambridge Analytica scandal raises existential questions

Dominic Barton: ‘We have to get that pipeline done’

CBC: Business leaders urge Ottawa to end Trans Mountain impasse


Canada Growth Summit 3: Going the Distance Agenda
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,

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

9:05 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



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

Minister Navdeep Bains


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


11:00 a.m. Break  
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


12:00 p.m. Lunch  


1:00 p.m. Armchair discussion Going the Distance on Inclusive Growth

Armchair discussion between Finance Minister, Bill Morneau and Alison Loat, Managing Director, FCLTGlobal and Public Policy Forum Fellow


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  
Canada Growth Summit 3: Going the Distance Expert Table Dinners: April 11


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
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