A global economy in transition: new strategies, new partnerships

A global economy in transition: new strategies, new partnerships

18th annual conference - Hilton Montreal Bonaventure Hotel - June 11 to 14, 2012

Following the annual meeting of the Board of Governors held on June 6, it was agreed that the 18th edition of the Conference of Montreal, organized by the International Economic Forum of the Americas, will take place June 11 to 14, 2012 with the general theme of: A global economy in transition: new strategies, new partnerships.

Some of the most important international decision makers have already confirmed their attendance. Current issues relating to the world economic situation and geopolitics will be central to the program.



There will be a particular focus on the following issues:

  • The financial crisis and its impact on the world economy: after the bursting of the sovereign debt bubble and the United States being downgraded, where are we going?
  • The cooperative movement: the United Nations has proclaimed 2012 the international year of the cooperative movement; the Conference of Montreal will host some of the most important leaders of international cooperative movements;
  • International trade, and in particular the new Americas-European Union economic space, including the Canada-European Union trade agreement: this important trade agreement, which should be finalized in 2012, will add a new dimension to trade across the Atlantic, since Mexico already has such an agreement with the European Union and the U.S. is preparing to negotiate one; a number of executives from Canadian and European companies will take the opportunity to meet at the 2012 Conference of Montreal to form new business ties for this new and important economic space
  • Developing and extracting natural resources: natural resources occupy a growing place in the world economy and are forcing us to think about new forms of partnerships for widespread benefits both from their export and their use;

The program for the 18th Conference of Montreal will be published at the beginning of 2012. Once again, thanks to the presence of exceptional conference speakers and the support of our partners who have made this major international event possible, the 2012 Conference of Montreal will spotlight new perspectives on the major issues facing our world.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 18th edition.

Gil Rémillard

Founding Chairman
International Economic Forum of the Americas

Photo Gallery

Akinwumi A. Adesina, President, African Development Bank Group (ADB); and Co-Chair, 22nd edition of the Conference of Montreal
Irina Bokova, Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and Co-Chair, 22nd edition of the Conference of Montreal
Glenn Hutchins, Chairman, North Island; Co-Founder, Silver Lake; and Co-Chair, 22nd edition of the Conference of Montreal
Networking receptions are a great place to take advantage of business opportunities
Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec
Denis Coderre, Mayor, City of Montréal
Joanne Liu, International President, Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
David M. Cote, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Honeywell, and Jean Lemierre, Group Chairman, BNP Paribas
Interview with Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman of the Board, ENGIE, and Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hydro-Québec
Paul Desmarais, Jr., Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Power Corporation of Canada (PCC); and Chair, Board of Governors, Conference of Montreal
Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada
Gil Rémillard, Founding Chairman, International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA)
Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Inaugural Session: Shaping a New Era of Prosperity (Monday, June 13)
Annette Winkler, Chief Executive Officer, Smart Automobiles, and Vice-President, Daimler
Plenary Session: Building Tomorrow’s Infrastructure (Tuesday, June 14)
Plenary Session: Facing a New Global Energy Reality (Tuesday, June 14)
Abdoul Aziz Tall, Minister to the President of the Republic of Senegal, in charge of the Suivi du Plan Sénégal Émergent