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October 26

This is a preliminary program and is subject to change.

9:30 AM OPENING REMARKS
10:00 AM INAUGURAL SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE

CREATING A RESILIENT ECONOMY
In collaboration with ECN Capital

Major forces are shaping the global economy at a time when the very foundation of globalization is shaking under the pressure of travel restriction, the partial collapse of international supply chains and enduring trade wars. How can the global economy recover from the recession created by the coronavirus crisis? How can countries be prepared for future risks of economic instability and global pandemic? What international arrangements are conducive to a vibrant, inclusive, and resilient global economy?
11:00 AM FORUM 1 simultaneously

RE-IMAGINING FINANCIAL SERVICES

Financial institutions had to abruptly adapt to the consequences of the 2020 pandemic and heavily relied on technology to continue their operations. How have cutting-edge technologies such as Fin-tech, AI-driven decisionmaking, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT), changed the financial services industry? How can emerging financial technology, be a key driver to enable broader access to capital and more efficient financial services? What role did technology play in the conduct of financial operations during the global pandemic?

FORUM 2 simultaneously

INVESTING IN THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE

Expanding global talent pools, new organizational structures, accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, as well as mandatory social distancing policies have rapidly changed the world of work as we know it. In this constantly changing environment, how can organizations enhance productivity and deliver better business results? How are employers leveraging technology and data-driven decision-making to improve working practices
and deliver a better employee experience? As countries around the world compete for talent, what critical human capital investment strategies can companies implement to stay ahead?

12:00 PM FIRESIDE CHAT SESSION

THE NEED FOR MEANING: HOW TO RUN A PURPOSE-DRIVEN BUSINESS

12:30 PM OPENING LUNCHEON
 2:30 PM PLENARY SESSION

THE WAY WE INVEST WILL NEVER BE THE SAME
In collaboration with Desjardins

Investment management is in a period of rapid change and the unprecedented global economic crisis generated by the coronavirus has deeply affected the international markets and has pushed investors beyond their traditional boundaries. How is the operating landscape changing for investors, and how are they dealing with the consequences of the pandemic? What are some of the main challenges the investment management industry is facing today? How is investors’ portfolio changing, and what positions are proving to be riskier than anticipated? How can investors prepare for the challenges ahead and turn them into competitive advantage?

 3:30 PM PLENARY SESSION

SUSTAINABLE INVESTING: ASSESSING AND MANAGING CLIMATE RISK

A rise in awareness of the impact of climate change on both the physical world and the financial and economic systems is urging investors to integrate climate risk considerations within their strategies to ensure long-term economic prosperity and sustainability. How could climate change impact economic growth and profitability in the long-run? With climate risks prompting an overhaul of the financial sector, what alternatives can be offered
to help transform our current model into a more sustainable one? How should financial institutions guide clients through this transition towards more sustainable investment
strategies?

 

4:30 PM FIRESIDE CHAT SESSION

RETHINKING CAPITALISM, RETHINKING GROWTH

 

October 27

 

9:30 AM OPENING REMARKS
10:00 AM PLENARY SESSION

TOWARDS A FUTURE-PROOF GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE
In collaboration with PortsToronto and InstarAGF Asset Management

Increasing expectations for new infrastructure that is adaptive and resilient is witnessing significant growth in efforts to mitigate the economic and social impacts of global events such as climate change and pandemics. What are some emerging infrastructure trends? What emerging opportunities are providing the scope for radically different solutions to infrastructure needs? How is the adoption and mainstreaming of cutting-edge technologies accelerating change?

10:30 AM FORUM 1

A GLOBAL APPROACH TO EDUCATION

In a rapidly changing national and international environment, the necessity and purpose of education is more important than ever. How is the current economic crisis affecting the education systems? How can countries and communities create innovative approaches to education in order to not only provide an efficient and robust workforce, but also help people navigate through the challenges of their daily lives? Is digitalization an answer to bring more equality?

FORUM 2

ACCELERATING THE GLOBAL DIGITAL ECONOMY

The transition to a digital economy where virtual technology would be the main driving force behind economic growth would have many impacts on how companies, societies and communities operate and interact on a daily
basis. What is the digital economy and what are the current trends affecting businesses and people? How can technology radically change our economies and societies? How can we make sure that technological innovation
and progress benefit everyone?

12:00 PM FIRESIDE CHAT SESSSION

BUSINESSES BEING PUT TO THE TEST OF GLOBALIZATION

12:30 PM LUNCHEON
2:30 PM PLENARY SESSION

CYBER RESILIENCE IN A FAST CHANGING WORLD

3:30 PM PLENARY SESSION

A DIGITAL SHIFT IN AGRICULTURE

Transformative technologies and innovations are shaping the future of the agri-food industry like never before. What role does technology play in ensuring that Canadian agri-food businesses can respond to global challenges? What opportunities does it represent in terms of growth for businesses across the industry? How can technology such as automation support the local and global resilience of the industry during times of uncertainty?

4:30 PM FIRESIDE CHAT SESSION

 

 

October 28
8:30 AM WORKING BREAKFASTS 

INNOVATION FOR A GROWING AGRI-FOOD SECTOR
In collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

9:30 AM OPENING REMARKS
10:00 AM MORNING PLENARY SESSION

THE ENERGY SECTOR: AN INDUSTRY IN FLUX
In collaboration with Skypower Global

The rapid fall of oil prices during the first quarter of the year as well as the economic shutdowns linked to the global pandemic have pushed the energy industry to adapt to new circumstances and think on the long-term. What does the future of the energy landscape look like, and what factors will be paramount to long-term success? How can companies use technology to thrive in the energy transition? How should energy companies deal with digital challenges including the use of customers’ data?

11:00 AM FORUM 1 simultaneously

LEADING THE WORLD OF PLANT-BASED PROTEIN
In collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The development of plant-based protein is profoundly transforming the agri-food industry at a time of increased concerns on its impact on the environment. What is driving this development and who are the world leading producers? What are the characteristics of the plant-based protein market? What can we expect in the coming
years in terms of innovation and growth?

FORUM 2 simultaneously

THE DIGITAL HEALTH REVOLUTION
In collaboration with Health Canada

12:00 PM FIRESIDE CHAT SESSION

THE FUTURE OF ENTERTAINMENT

12:30 PM LUNCHEON
2:30 PM PLENARY SESSION

THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE: LESSONS FROM COVID-19
In collaboration with the Ontario Medical Association (OMA)

3:30 PM PLENARY SESSION
4:30 PM FIRESIDE CHAT SESSION

IS HEALTH MANUFACTURING COMING HOME?

October 26

This is a preliminary program and is subject to change.

9:30 AM OPENING REMARKS
10:00 AM INAUGURAL SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE

CREATING A RESILIENT ECONOMY
In collaboration with ECN Capital

Major forces are shaping the global economy at a time when the very foundation of globalization is shaking under the pressure of travel restriction, the partial collapse of international supply chains and enduring trade wars. How can the global economy recover from the recession created by the coronavirus crisis? How can countries be prepared for future risks of economic instability and global pandemic? What international arrangements are conducive to a vibrant, inclusive, and resilient global economy?
11:00 AM FORUM 1 simultaneously

RE-IMAGINING FINANCIAL SERVICES

Financial institutions had to abruptly adapt to the consequences of the 2020 pandemic and heavily relied on technology to continue their operations. How have cutting-edge technologies such as Fin-tech, AI-driven decisionmaking, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT), changed the financial services industry? How can emerging financial technology, be a key driver to enable broader access to capital and more efficient financial services? What role did technology play in the conduct of financial operations during the global pandemic?

FORUM 2 simultaneously

INVESTING IN THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE

Expanding global talent pools, new organizational structures, accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, as well as mandatory social distancing policies have rapidly changed the world of work as we know it. In this constantly changing environment, how can organizations enhance productivity and deliver better business results? How are employers leveraging technology and data-driven decision-making to improve working practices
and deliver a better employee experience? As countries around the world compete for talent, what critical human capital investment strategies can companies implement to stay ahead?

12:00 PM FIRESIDE CHAT SESSION

THE NEED FOR MEANING: HOW TO RUN A PURPOSE-DRIVEN BUSINESS

12:30 PM OPENING LUNCHEON
 2:30 PM PLENARY SESSION

THE WAY WE INVEST WILL NEVER BE THE SAME
In collaboration with Desjardins

Investment management is in a period of rapid change and the unprecedented global economic crisis generated by the coronavirus has deeply affected the international markets and has pushed investors beyond their traditional boundaries. How is the operating landscape changing for investors, and how are they dealing with the consequences of the pandemic? What are some of the main challenges the investment management industry is facing today? How is investors’ portfolio changing, and what positions are proving to be riskier than anticipated? How can investors prepare for the challenges ahead and turn them into competitive advantage?

 3:30 PM PLENARY SESSION

SUSTAINABLE INVESTING: ASSESSING AND MANAGING CLIMATE RISK

A rise in awareness of the impact of climate change on both the physical world and the financial and economic systems is urging investors to integrate climate risk considerations within their strategies to ensure long-term economic prosperity and sustainability. How could climate change impact economic growth and profitability in the long-run? With climate risks prompting an overhaul of the financial sector, what alternatives can be offered
to help transform our current model into a more sustainable one? How should financial institutions guide clients through this transition towards more sustainable investment
strategies?

 

4:30 PM FIRESIDE CHAT SESSION

RETHINKING CAPITALISM, RETHINKING GROWTH

 

October 27

 

9:30 AM OPENING REMARKS
10:00 AM PLENARY SESSION

TOWARDS A FUTURE-PROOF GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE
In collaboration with PortsToronto and InstarAGF Asset Management

Increasing expectations for new infrastructure that is adaptive and resilient is witnessing significant growth in efforts to mitigate the economic and social impacts of global events such as climate change and pandemics. What are some emerging infrastructure trends? What emerging opportunities are providing the scope for radically different solutions to infrastructure needs? How is the adoption and mainstreaming of cutting-edge technologies accelerating change?

10:30 AM FORUM 1

A GLOBAL APPROACH TO EDUCATION

In a rapidly changing national and international environment, the necessity and purpose of education is more important than ever. How is the current economic crisis affecting the education systems? How can countries and communities create innovative approaches to education in order to not only provide an efficient and robust workforce, but also help people navigate through the challenges of their daily lives? Is digitalization an answer to bring more equality?

FORUM 2

ACCELERATING THE GLOBAL DIGITAL ECONOMY

The transition to a digital economy where virtual technology would be the main driving force behind economic growth would have many impacts on how companies, societies and communities operate and interact on a daily
basis. What is the digital economy and what are the current trends affecting businesses and people? How can technology radically change our economies and societies? How can we make sure that technological innovation
and progress benefit everyone?

12:00 PM FIRESIDE CHAT SESSSION

BUSINESSES BEING PUT TO THE TEST OF GLOBALIZATION

12:30 PM LUNCHEON
2:30 PM PLENARY SESSION

CYBER RESILIENCE IN A FAST CHANGING WORLD

3:30 PM PLENARY SESSION

A DIGITAL SHIFT IN AGRICULTURE

Transformative technologies and innovations are shaping the future of the agri-food industry like never before. What role does technology play in ensuring that Canadian agri-food businesses can respond to global challenges? What opportunities does it represent in terms of growth for businesses across the industry? How can technology such as automation support the local and global resilience of the industry during times of uncertainty?

4:30 PM FIRESIDE CHAT SESSION

 

 

October 28
8:30 AM WORKING BREAKFASTS 

INNOVATION FOR A GROWING AGRI-FOOD SECTOR
In collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

9:30 AM OPENING REMARKS
10:00 AM MORNING PLENARY SESSION

THE ENERGY SECTOR: AN INDUSTRY IN FLUX
In collaboration with Skypower Global

The rapid fall of oil prices during the first quarter of the year as well as the economic shutdowns linked to the global pandemic have pushed the energy industry to adapt to new circumstances and think on the long-term. What does the future of the energy landscape look like, and what factors will be paramount to long-term success? How can companies use technology to thrive in the energy transition? How should energy companies deal with digital challenges including the use of customers’ data?

11:00 AM FORUM 1 simultaneously

LEADING THE WORLD OF PLANT-BASED PROTEIN
In collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

The development of plant-based protein is profoundly transforming the agri-food industry at a time of increased concerns on its impact on the environment. What is driving this development and who are the world leading producers? What are the characteristics of the plant-based protein market? What can we expect in the coming
years in terms of innovation and growth?

FORUM 2 simultaneously

THE DIGITAL HEALTH REVOLUTION
In collaboration with Health Canada

12:00 PM FIRESIDE CHAT SESSION

THE FUTURE OF ENTERTAINMENT

12:30 PM LUNCHEON
2:30 PM PLENARY SESSION

THE FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE: LESSONS FROM COVID-19
In collaboration with the Ontario Medical Association (OMA)

3:30 PM PLENARY SESSION
4:30 PM FIRESIDE CHAT SESSION

IS HEALTH MANUFACTURING COMING HOME?