CABE - Moneco- Econtro Summer Policy Conference - Future Indefinite - Policy Reponses to an Uncertain Future

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From Monday 24 August 2015 -  17:30
To Tuesday 25 August 2015 - 16:45


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August 24/25, 2015


1 Johnson Street

Kingston, ON K7L 5H7
Phone: 613-549-8100

Future Indefinite - Policy Responses to an Uncertain Future

Before the Great Recession, there was confidence in the economic outlook and security in the view that policy responses could address potential fluctuations. However, while Canada has enjoyed reasonably enviable economic performance, particularly relative to the advanced economy peers, the recent declines in both foreign demand and commodity prices, as well as concerns about potential financial imbalances, may signal rougher water ahead. There is considerable uncertainty over how the economy and policy responses will evolve.  The CABE summer conference will explore these concerns.

Every August, usually on the last Monday and Tuesday of the month, the Canadian Association for Business Economics (CABE) hosts a policy conference in Kingston, Ontario.   This annual gathering has its roots over 50 years ago as it evolved from the Moneco-Econtro conference which had been organized in Kingston since 1961 by a group of business and government economists to discuss the key issues affecting the Canadian economy.

Our leadoff speaker will be William (Bill) White, one of the leading monetary theoreticians of our day ( Bill was at the Bank of Canada before departing to Europe and even greater international renown at the BIS and OECD.  A recent interview on central bank policies (published in German) was entitled “These Strategies will end in Tears”. Bill has published widely on many financial system issues. His web site has a useful presentation list at

It promises to be an interesting evening. The conference starts at 17:30 on August 24th. Presentations include:

Moneco-Econtro key note address on August 24:

William White – chairman of the Economic and Development Review Committee (EDRC) at the OECD in Paris - These Strategies Will End in Tears – The Legacies of Central Bank Policies

Presentations on August 25:

 There will be the usual 6 presentations closing at 16:45.  The confirmed speakers and preliminary topics are:

  1. The Long-Term Evolution of House Prices: An International Perspective - Lawrence Schembri – Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada
  2. Commodities and the Canadian Outlook - Randall Bartlett – Senior Economist, TD Bank.
  3. Fiscal Sustainability – Chris Matier – Senior Director, Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.
  4. US Outlook - Chris Varvares  - Macroeconomic Advisors
  5. Fiscal Policy and Stabilization - Nicholas Rowe , Carleton University; Marc Lavoie, University of Ottawa.
  6. Carbon Pricing -Dale Beugin, Ecofiscal Commission; Faith Goodman, Goodman Sustainability

Note: The presentation by Mr. Schembri will be open to the press. Following the Moneco-Econtro tradition, all other sessions including Bill White’s are closed to the press.  All sessions are expected to conform to the Chatham House Rule - When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

Registration Information



Early Bird Rate

$350 + HST

$450 +HST

After July 31st

$450 + HST

$550 +HST

For information or assistance please contact the CABE Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 1-855-CABE321/1-855-222-3321.  To register using a credit card go to  using  VISA, Master Card or Amex. A discounted rate is available for retired non-working members who are not offering professional services. To access this rate, please contact CABE via the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Invoice requests are only processed up to August 15th 2015.  You must request an invoice using the online payment store, (click on the invoice option).  Invoices requested this way can be settled with a credit card or by cheque. Invoices must be settled prior to the conference to guarantee attendance. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions,

Fees do NOT include hotel accommodation.   A block of rooms at the conference rate of $169 plus taxes is being held until July 30th, 2015. The group block is held under the name CABE CONFERENCE.  Please call the hotel directly at 1-888-548-6726 or (613) 549-8100 to book a room


Cancellation Policy: Full refund until August 3rd. A $50 administration fee will apply to all refunds. No refunds for cancellations received after August 10th. Substitutions permitted for all or any part of the conference.

Location Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel
One Johnson Street
K7L 5H7
+1 (888) 548-6726
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