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April 9, 2019,  9:00am – 5:00pm

 National Arts Centre,  1 Elgin Street, Ottawa, ON

The theme for this year’s conference is:

Getting Ready for the Future:

Building Resilience in a Changing World

Keynote Speaker:

Brett House, Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist, Scotiabank

See the full program below

The conference will be followed by a networking reception.  


Registration rates:

OEA/CABE Members: $475 + HST

Non-members: $575 + HST

Click here to register now!

Payment guidelines:   Refund requests will be accepted until April 3rd. Invoices are subject to a $25 administration fee and may be requested through the store at the time of registration.




Opening Remarks: 

·         Armine Yalnizyan, CABE President

·         Jean-François LaRue, OEA President


Session I: Technology and other Disruptive forces, Will it Save or Destroy Us?

Issues: Disruptive forces affect how we interact, communicate, organize our communities, work, and even live. While disruptive technology is usually placed at the top of the list given its impacts on daily life – e.g., how we interact and communicate with each other, shop and travel – there are arguably many other forms of disruption including geo-politics, demographics and climate change. Is the combination of disruption and technology a force for good, or a negative influence, or both?  What is the optimal policy response or framework to maximize the positive effects and limit the negative? This expert panel will inform the discussion.


·         Moderator: Nina Gormanns, Policy Analyst, Finance Canada

·         Glen Hodgson, OEA Board member

·         Daniel Schwanen, Vice-President, Research, C.D. Howe Institute

·         Elisha Ram, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Skills and Employment Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada


Session II: Trade

·         Issues: Protectionism is on the rise, and despite the recent CUSMA, Canada’s dependence to its southern neighbors has been underscored in the last round of trade talks. How should Canada align its trade priorities in light of recent events? This session will provide a lively and interactive discussion of international trade, including the prospects for passage of the new NAFTA deal, the impacts of steel and aluminum tariffs, the US-China trade war, and Brexit.


·         Moderator: Brian Kingston, VP Trade, International & Fiscal Issues, Business Council of Canada

·         Kevin Carmichael, National Business Columnist, Financial Post, and Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation

·         Laura Dawson, Director, Canada Institute at the Wilson Center

·         Stephen Tapp, Deputy Chief Economist, Export Development Canada


Luncheon and Keynote Address

Speaker: Brett House, Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist, Scotiabank


Session III: Infrastructure

·         Issues: In Budget 2016, the government announced one of the largest infrastructure spending programs in history, committing $180 billion over 12 years. Where does the program stand three years after being announced? What has been the economic impact and what can we expect over the next three year? What pressing infrastructure gaps remain in Canada? These are just some of the questions that will be explored by our moderator with Deputy Gillis.


·         Moderator: Jean-François LaRue, OEA President

·         Kelly Gillis, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Infrastructure Canada


Session IV: Understanding and Dealing with Labour and Skill Shortages

·         Issues: As the Canadian labour market continues to tighten, labour shortages and skills shortages have been brought to the forefront of policy discussions. Yet, these two terms are often used synonymously, creating confusion and uncertainty, potentially leading to inappropriate or ineffective solutions. The challenge is exacerbated by the fact that our lens of analysis is all too often a national one. What does the evidence actual say? What are the right solutions now and for the future?


·         Moderator: Steven Tobin, Executive Director, Labour Market Information Council

·         Ted Mallet, Chief Economist, Canadian Federation of Independent Business

·         Angella MacEwen, Senior Economist, CUPE National


Concluding Remarks and Networking Reception






April 29, 2019: OEA  Workshop: Bank of Canada Economic Outlook / Monetary Policy Report (free)



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