Annual Chinese Investment in Canada Forum

Forum Program


Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Location: Fairmont Palliser, Calgary, Alberta
Conference room: Alberta Room


8:00 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM Welcoming Remarks

Gordon Houlden, Director, China Institute, University Of Alberta

8:40 AM Scene-Setting Keynote Remarks
David Murphy, Minister (Commercial), Canadian Embassy – Government of Canada

Xiang Xia, Minister Counsellor Economic and Commercial, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada

9:15 AM Panel 1
China’s Economic Realities: Hard Landing or Structural Adjustment?

Chair: Graham Shantz, Director General, North Asia Bureau, Global Affairs Canada

Panelists:

Robert Y. Kwauk, Managing Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP - Beijing

John Gruetzner, Principal and Founder, Intercedent

Xiaobo Zhang, Postdoctoral Fellow, China Institute, University of Alberta

Xiang Xia, Minister Counsellor Economic and Commercial, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada

David Murphy, Minister (Commercial), Canadian Embassy – Government of Canada

10:30 AM Health Break

10:45 AM Panel 2

The Emerging Shape of Opportunities for Canada
Chair: David Hartman, Executive Director, Greater China, Global Affairs Canada

Panelists:

Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist, ATB Financial

Claire Citeau, Executive Director, Canadian Agri-food Trade Alliance

Paul Whittaker, President and CEO, Alberta Forest Products Association

12:00 AM Luncheon & Keynote
Introduction of Speakers:
Ken Sunquist, Senior Fellow, CIUA

Keynote Speakers:

The Honourable Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Trade and Development, Government of Alberta

Dr. Derek Scissors, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

1:20 PM Panel 3
China as a Global Investor: Evolving Trends

Chair: Carlo Dade, Director of the Centre for Trade & Investment Policy, Canada West Foundation

Panelists:

Andrew Pickford, Adjunct Research Fellow, Energy and Minerals Institute, University of Western Australia

Stewart Beck, President & CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Dr. Derek Scissors, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

2:30 PM Health Break

2:50 PM Panel 4
Public Perceptions and Regional Perspectives

Chair: Ron MacIntosh, Senior Fellow & Representative, Ottawa Chapter, China Institute, University Of Alberta

Panelists:

Gillian McCormack, Vice President – International Business, Calgary Economic Development

Ian Wild, Executive Vice President, ATB Corporate Services, ATB Financial

Robert Wright, Former Ambassador to China and Japan, Government of Canada

Senior Fellow, China Institute, University of Alberta

4:00 PM Wrap Up Remarks
Gordon Houlden, Director, China Institute, University of Alberta