Program

Wednesday, September 4 -GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE AND INNOVATION

This is a preliminary program and is subject to change.

6:30 AM REGISTRATION
7:00 AM WORKING BREAKFASTS
8:30 AM OPENING OF THE 13th EDITION OF THE TORONTO GLOBAL FORUM

 

9:00 AM INAUGURAL PLENARY SESSION

LEADING THE NEW ECONOMY
The global economy faces a number of complex challenges - from economic nationalism and trade disputes between the world’s largest economies to the rapid technological advances - which threaten to fragment the international economic order that has so far prevailed. How can we interpret the recent global economic slowdown? More than a decade after the 2008 recession, is the financial sector ready to face the risk of a new slump? What can help offset the lack of economic confidence and the tighter financial regulatory context?
10:30 AM FORUM 1 simultaneously

FINANCIAL INCLUSION IN THE AGE OF FINTECH

 

FORUM 2 simultaneously

INVESTING FOR IMPACT

 

 

FORUM 3 simultaneously 

IMPROVING FINANCIAL LITERACY

 

FORUM 4 simultaneously

AI AND THE FUTURE OF WORK

 

 

12:00 PM LUNCHEON

 

2:00 PM NETWORKING COFFEE AND DESSERT
 3:00 PM AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION: THE PATH TO GROWTH

Technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain seem to be the new drivers of growth as they are transforming how businesses automate complex tasks, allocate labor and innovate. How is the use of big data transforming firms and markets? What impact does machine learning have on the productivity and efficiency of corporations? How can companies get the most out of this tech innovation?

 4:00 PM CLOSING PLENARY SESSION

THE UNRAVELING OF THE GEOPOLITICAL ORDER

The world is increasingly facing globally integrated challenges such as digitization, climate change and mass migration, yet we are witnessing more and more fragmented responses as geopolitical tensions are peaking around the world. How has inequality fueled this fragmentation? What impact does the geopolitical tensions have on companies and investors? In what ways can we redefine the architecture of the globalized world?

 

 

Thursday, September 5 - ENERGY, INFRASTRUCTURE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

 

6:30 AM REGISTRATION
7:00 AM WORKING BREAKFASTS
9:00 AM MORNING PLENARY SESSION

THE NEXT GENERATION OF INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure systems are being drastically transformed as they become web-based, interconnected and transnational, and as they rely increasingly on fragmented public and private ownership. What are the main challenges faced in turning our cities and industries into more connected and sustainable systems? How can governments and businesses keep up with the rapid pace of technological development and requirements? Which avenues should we focus on to finance the next generation of infrastructure?

10:30 AM FORUM 1 simultaneously

INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE GEOSTRATEGIC COMPETITION

 

FORUM 2 simultaneously

SMART TECH FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

FORUM 3 simultaneously

TRANSPORT OF THE FUTURE: FROM SEA TO SKY

 

FORUM 4 simultaneously

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE

12:00 PM LUNCHEON

 

 

2:00 PM NETWORKING COFFEE AND DESSERT
3:00 PM AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION

SHAPING THE FUTURE OF ENERGY

While major economies are failing to meet their carbon emission targets and climate change is more threatening than ever, the world is trying to close the energy gaps and give access to clean, reliable and affordable energy to all. What does the future of energy look like? How can fossil fuels be part of the sustainable energy solution? Are countries and businesses adapting fast enough to keep pace with the shifting energy landscape?

4:00 PM CLOSING PLENARY SESSION

CYBERSECURITY STRATEGIES TO SECURE THE REAL WORLD

 

As systems and structures increasingly become connected and attackers increase their digital capabilities, cybersecurity is standing out as a crucial challenge for most industries and businesses. What are the new practices and technological innovations that can counter criminal plans? Do businesses and governments have the proper resources to implement effective cybersecurity measures? Could policies and laws help circumvent the cyberattacks and threats both locally and globally?

 

 

Friday, September 6 - HEALTH, AGRIFOOD AND CONSUMER TRENDS
6:30 AM REGISTRATION
7:00 AM WORKING BREAKFASTS 
9:00 AM MORNING PLENARY SESSION

SHAPING THE FUTURE OF CONSUMPTION

As economic opportunities rise in fast growing markets and technology promises more advantages than ever before, the global consumer landscape is changing drastically. How are digitization and automation modifying production and distribution models? What strategies are businesses adopting to capture the growing middle class of emerging economies? Which impact has increased connectivity created on consumer behaviour and the way we do marketing?

10:30 AM FORUM 1 simultaneously

DIGITAL MARKETING: CAPITALIZING ON DATA

FORUM 2 simultaneously

GOVERNING CROSS-BORDER ECOMMERCE

FORUM 3 simultaneously

INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE HEALTH SECTOR

FORUM 4 simultaneously

REDEFINING THE GLOBAL TRADE MAP

12:00 PM LUNCHEON

 

2:00 PM NETWORKING COFFEE AND DESSERT
3:00 PM AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION

IMPLEMENTING MEDICAL INNOVATION
Large investment into big data, blockchain, and machine learning promise to drastically change the healthcare sector by providing innovative solutions both to medical challenges and system inefficiencies. What challenges are faced in implementing innovation to the healthcare sector? How can blockchain improve efficiency of the sector’s transactions and foster better affordability? As we move towards personalized treatment relying on big data and AI, what steps must be taken to ensure the ethical and safety standards are respected globally?

4:00 PM CLOSING PLENARY SESSION

IS CANNABIS THE NEW GOLD RUSH?
As more and more states legalize the medicinal and recreational use of cannabis, investors around the world are flocking to this once-forbidden industry. Will marijuana producers, manufacturers and distributors live up to the lofty expectations of investors? How can we ensure this sector unleashes its full potential? Does the early legalization seen in countries such as Canada and Uruguay give a competitive advantage to companies based within those states?

Wednesday, September 4 -GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE AND INNOVATION

This is a preliminary program and is subject to change.

6:30 AM REGISTRATION
7:00 AM WORKING BREAKFASTS
8:30 AM OPENING OF THE 13th EDITION OF THE TORONTO GLOBAL FORUM

 

9:00 AM INAUGURAL PLENARY SESSION

LEADING THE NEW ECONOMY
The global economy faces a number of complex challenges - from economic nationalism and trade disputes between the world’s largest economies to the rapid technological advances - which threaten to fragment the international economic order that has so far prevailed. How can we interpret the recent global economic slowdown? More than a decade after the 2008 recession, is the financial sector ready to face the risk of a new slump? What can help offset the lack of economic confidence and the tighter financial regulatory context?
10:30 AM FORUM 1 simultaneously

FINANCIAL INCLUSION IN THE AGE OF FINTECH

 

FORUM 2 simultaneously

INVESTING FOR IMPACT

 

 

FORUM 3 simultaneously 

IMPROVING FINANCIAL LITERACY

 

FORUM 4 simultaneously

AI AND THE FUTURE OF WORK

 

 

12:00 PM LUNCHEON

 

2:00 PM NETWORKING COFFEE AND DESSERT
 3:00 PM AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION: THE PATH TO GROWTH

Technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain seem to be the new drivers of growth as they are transforming how businesses automate complex tasks, allocate labor and innovate. How is the use of big data transforming firms and markets? What impact does machine learning have on the productivity and efficiency of corporations? How can companies get the most out of this tech innovation?

 4:00 PM CLOSING PLENARY SESSION

THE UNRAVELING OF THE GEOPOLITICAL ORDER

The world is increasingly facing globally integrated challenges such as digitization, climate change and mass migration, yet we are witnessing more and more fragmented responses as geopolitical tensions are peaking around the world. How has inequality fueled this fragmentation? What impact does the geopolitical tensions have on companies and investors? In what ways can we redefine the architecture of the globalized world?

 

 

Thursday, September 5 - ENERGY, INFRASTRUCTURE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

 

6:30 AM REGISTRATION
7:00 AM WORKING BREAKFASTS
9:00 AM MORNING PLENARY SESSION

THE NEXT GENERATION OF INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure systems are being drastically transformed as they become web-based, interconnected and transnational, and as they rely increasingly on fragmented public and private ownership. What are the main challenges faced in turning our cities and industries into more connected and sustainable systems? How can governments and businesses keep up with the rapid pace of technological development and requirements? Which avenues should we focus on to finance the next generation of infrastructure?

10:30 AM FORUM 1 simultaneously

INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE GEOSTRATEGIC COMPETITION

 

FORUM 2 simultaneously

SMART TECH FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

FORUM 3 simultaneously

TRANSPORT OF THE FUTURE: FROM SEA TO SKY

 

FORUM 4 simultaneously

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE

12:00 PM LUNCHEON

 

 

2:00 PM NETWORKING COFFEE AND DESSERT
3:00 PM AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION

SHAPING THE FUTURE OF ENERGY

While major economies are failing to meet their carbon emission targets and climate change is more threatening than ever, the world is trying to close the energy gaps and give access to clean, reliable and affordable energy to all. What does the future of energy look like? How can fossil fuels be part of the sustainable energy solution? Are countries and businesses adapting fast enough to keep pace with the shifting energy landscape?

4:00 PM CLOSING PLENARY SESSION

CYBERSECURITY STRATEGIES TO SECURE THE REAL WORLD

 

As systems and structures increasingly become connected and attackers increase their digital capabilities, cybersecurity is standing out as a crucial challenge for most industries and businesses. What are the new practices and technological innovations that can counter criminal plans? Do businesses and governments have the proper resources to implement effective cybersecurity measures? Could policies and laws help circumvent the cyberattacks and threats both locally and globally?

 

 

Friday, September 6 - HEALTH, AGRIFOOD AND CONSUMER TRENDS
6:30 AM REGISTRATION
7:00 AM WORKING BREAKFASTS 
9:00 AM MORNING PLENARY SESSION

SHAPING THE FUTURE OF CONSUMPTION

As economic opportunities rise in fast growing markets and technology promises more advantages than ever before, the global consumer landscape is changing drastically. How are digitization and automation modifying production and distribution models? What strategies are businesses adopting to capture the growing middle class of emerging economies? Which impact has increased connectivity created on consumer behaviour and the way we do marketing?

10:30 AM FORUM 1 simultaneously

DIGITAL MARKETING: CAPITALIZING ON DATA

FORUM 2 simultaneously

GOVERNING CROSS-BORDER ECOMMERCE

FORUM 3 simultaneously

INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE HEALTH SECTOR

FORUM 4 simultaneously

REDEFINING THE GLOBAL TRADE MAP

12:00 PM LUNCHEON

 

2:00 PM NETWORKING COFFEE AND DESSERT
3:00 PM AFTERNOON PLENARY SESSION

IMPLEMENTING MEDICAL INNOVATION
Large investment into big data, blockchain, and machine learning promise to drastically change the healthcare sector by providing innovative solutions both to medical challenges and system inefficiencies. What challenges are faced in implementing innovation to the healthcare sector? How can blockchain improve efficiency of the sector’s transactions and foster better affordability? As we move towards personalized treatment relying on big data and AI, what steps must be taken to ensure the ethical and safety standards are respected globally?

4:00 PM CLOSING PLENARY SESSION

IS CANNABIS THE NEW GOLD RUSH?
As more and more states legalize the medicinal and recreational use of cannabis, investors around the world are flocking to this once-forbidden industry. Will marijuana producers, manufacturers and distributors live up to the lofty expectations of investors? How can we ensure this sector unleashes its full potential? Does the early legalization seen in countries such as Canada and Uruguay give a competitive advantage to companies based within those states?