OEA/CABE 2017 SPRING POLICY CONFERENCE "Pardon the Disruption: Embracing the Headwinds of Economic Change"

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Tuesday 21 March 2017, 07:30 - 18:00


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Pardon the Disruption: Embracing the Headwinds of Economic Change


Chateau Laurier Hotel, Ottawa

March 21, 2017







MAIN SESSIONS (Laurier Room)

7:30 am–8:00 am

Registration & continental breakfast

8:00 am

Opening Remarks: 

  • Randall Bartlett, Chief Economist, Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy (CABE Introduction)
  • Brian Kingston, OEA President

8:10 am–9:00 am

Keynote Address: Economic Outlook

  • Craig Alexander, Senior V-P & Chief Economist, Conference Board of Canada

9:00 am–10:15 am

Session I: Forces of Disruption

  • Ferhan Patel, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Payment Rails 
    • , V-P and Centre Director, Xerox Research Centre of Canada
    • Nathalie Le Prohon, V-P, Healthcare Industry, IBM Canada

10:15 am–10:45 am

Coffee break

10:45 am–12:00 pm

Session II: Policy in the Age of Disruption

  • Michael Urban, Policy Associate, Mowat Centre
  • Melissa Sariffodeen, Co-Founder & CEO, Ladies Learning Code
  • Anthony Di Monte, General Manager of Emergency and Protective Service for the City of Ottawa
  • Moderator:  Brian Kingston, OEA President

12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Luncheon and Keynote Address (Drawing Room)

  • Robert Hardt, President & CEO, Siemens Canada

2:10 pm–3:00 pm

Session III: The Borderless Economy and the Future of Work

  • Deanna Jamieson, Sr. Policy Analyst, Policy Horizons Canada

3:00 pm–4:15 pm

Session IV: Anti-Globalization: Is Free Trade Dead?

  • Glen Hodgson, Senior Fellow and Chair, Conference Board of Canada
  • Adriana Vega, Director, International Policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • André Downs, Chief Economist, Global Affairs Canada

4:15 pm–4:30 pm

Concluding remarks

4:30 pm–6:00 pm

Networking Reception



Registration rates:

OEA/CABE Members: $450 + HST

Non-members: $550 + HST

Student/Retiree Rate: $195 + HST


Registration will be accepted online by March 20, 2017, 1:00p.m. EST (Ottawa time). 


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing prior to March 7, 2017 to be eligible for a refund. A service charge of $50.00 will apply.  Substitutions are accepted up to conference date.