Montreal, April 10, 2012 – Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, and the governors of the central banks of Portugal, Spain, France, Brazil, Mexico and Canada are among the 150 world-renowned speakers who will be taking part in the 18th annual Conference of Montreal, organized by the International Economic Forum of the Americas, taking place June 11–14, 2012.
In addition to these speakers, the Conference of Montreal will welcome delegations from 24 countries, namely Afghanistan, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, England, the European Commission, France, Germany, Guinea, India, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and the United States.
Gathering at the Hilton Bonaventure Montreal Hotel, these speakers, delegates and stakeholders will exchange views on the theme “A Global Economy in Transition: New Strategies, New Partnerships” before some 3,000 participants expected during the four days of the Conference.
Gil Rémillard, founding Chairman of the Conference of Montreal, believes the talks will give participants access to privileged information for developing winning strategies in the difficult current economic context.
“With the European Union facing a recession and the euro zone threatened by fallout from the sovereign debt crisis, the United States is boosting its efforts to firm up a weak recovery in this presidential election year,” Mr. Rémillard notes. “The economic growth of Asian countries is slowing due to lower demand from Western countries. This trend is combined with inflationary pressures and the risk of speculative bubbles, especially in China.”
Alongside the luncheon speeches, forums and plenary sessions, the Conference of Montreal will also enable the world’s various economic and political players present on this occasion to strengthen their relationships and develop new business opportunities.
Additional information will be provided over the next few weeks on the major themes of the four days of the Conference and on the speakers who will be addressing them.
Conference of Montreal partners
The Conference of Montreal thanks its partners: Power Corporation of Canada, the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), RBC Capital Markets, Rio Tinto Alcan, Cisco, Sanofi, Total, GDF SUEZ, McKinsey & Company, SNC-Lavalin, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Hydro-Québec, Investissement Québec, Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), BNP Paribas Canada, Export Development Canada (EDC), FMC Law, Bell, Forbes & Manhattan, Aecon, ADB, Garda World, Tourisme Montréal, the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec, the Government of Ontario, HEC Montréal, Montréal International, Global Center for Development & Democracy, Financial Post, La Presse and Forces.
The Conference of Montreal is a non-profit organization and as such receives support from the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec and other public bodies.
About the International Economic Forum of the Americas and the Conference of Montreal
The Conference of Montreal is committed to heightening knowledge and awareness of the major issues concerning economic globalization, with particular emphasis on the relations between the Americas and other continents. The Conference also strives to foster exchanges of information and to promote free discussion on major current economic issues by facilitating meetings between political, economic, union and cultural leaders.
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