The International Economic Forum of the Americas was founded in 1994, at a time when the globalization of the economies was beginning to emerge at an increased rate. After the fall of communism and the success of the “Uruguay round” in 1989, and with the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1994, the world was ready to construct a global market that would benefit of the whole planet. In North-America, we were seeing the beginnings of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), with the whole array of perspectives it would bring to the development of the United States, Canada and Mexico—the latter still suffering the aftermath of its peso crisis. On the one hand, we felt we were living in a critical time in the evolution of the world, at the end of a century that had been difficult by all accounts, and on the other hand, we could feel all the uncertainties and concerns that be set new beginnings weighing upon our shoulders.
We had the idea that Montreal could be the host city for an international yearly economic conference concerned with this phenomenon of the globalization of economies. A first Conference was organized on June 20-22, 1995.