OEA/CABE 2018 Spring Policy Conference

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OEA/CABE 2018 Spring Policy Conference


Thursday, March 8, 2018

8:00a.m. – 4:30p.m.

Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa


The theme for this year’s conference is:

Achieving Inclusive Growth in Canada





 (7:30 - 8:00 a.m. - Continental Breakfast)


Opening Remarks (8:00 a.m.)

Armine Yalnizyan, CABE President

Brian Kingston, OEA President


Keynote Address (8:10-9:00 a.m.):  Economic outlook

Douglas J. Porter, Chief Economist and Managing Director, BMO Financial Group


Session I (9:00-10:15 a.m.):  Why do women earn less than men?

Jennifer Robson, Assistant Professor, Carleton University 

Carole Vincent, Carole Vincent Consultation

Steven Tobin, Executive Director, Labour Market Information Council


Coffee and Networking break (10:15-10:45 a.m.)


Session II (10:45-12:00 p.m.):  Strategies for financial inclusion 

 Liz Mulholland, CEO, Prosper Canada

Joe Deschênes Smith, Principal and Founder, Trillium Housing


Luncheon and Keynote Address (12:00-1:45 p.m.)

Annette Verschuren O.C., Chair and CEO, NRStor Inc.


Session III (1:50-2:30 p.m.): Inclusive tax policy

Lindsay Tedds, Associate Professor, University of Victoria


Session IV (2:30-3:45 p.m.):  The progressive trade agenda

Carlo Dade, Director, Canada West Foundation

David Usher, Director General, Global Affairs Canada

 Angella MacEwen, Senior Economist, Canadian Labour Congress


Session V (3:45-4:30 p.m.):  Federal Budget 2018

Alison McDermott, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Finance Canada


Concluding Remarks and Networking Reception (4:30-6:00 p.m.)


* Additional speakers may be added - check back for updates.


Early Bird Registration Rates*

OEA/CABE Members:  $350 + HST

Non-members:  $450 + HST

*Only Available Until February 9, 2018


Registration rates after February 9:

OEA/CABE Members**: $450 + HST

Non-members: $550 + HST

**Full-time student members and retiree members may inquire about a special rate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..