The China Institute of the University of Alberta will host its 9th annual "National Forum on Canada-China Investment and Trade" on May 24, 2019. The theme this year is "Navigating Economic Engagement through Troubled Waters." This one-day event will be held at the Omni, King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto. The Forum will bring together officials with responsibility for diplomatic and trade policies, industry leaders, and leading experts on trade and investment issues.

With evolving diplomatic issues in recent months, Canada-China relations have entered into uncharted waters of growing tension and complexity. While the two countries continue to maintain extensive and wide-ranging business and people-to-people ties, many in Canada have begun to wonder if political uncertainties will cool trade and investment and what can be done to mitigate the difficulties posed for business. The Forum this year aims to shed light on both the current challenges as well as the future course of Canada-China economic relations by focusing on the following topics:

- Assessing Current State of Canada-China Relations - Are We in a Deep Freeze?
- Managing Economic Engagement in the Face of Cooling Relations
- Between the Two Global Powers - Implications of USMCA & Trade Frictions between U.S. and China
- Managing Opportunities and Risks - Technology and Security

Confirmed speakers include:

Keynote speaker - William Overholt, Author "China's Crisis of Success", Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Asia Center
The Hon. John Manley, Former CEO, Business Council of Canada; Former Minister of Finance
Guy Saint-Jacques, Former Canadian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China; Senior Fellow, China Institute, University of Alberta
Daniel J. Ikenson, Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Alison Nankivell, Vice President, Funds investments BDC
Margaret McCuaig-Johnston, Senior Fellow, China Institute; Research Associate, Duke Kunshan University; Distinguished Fellow, APFC; former federal ADM
Daniel Tobok, CEO, Cytelligence
Wesley Wark, University of Ottawa & Former member, Prime Minister of Canada's Advisory Council on National Security
Robert Wright, Former Canadian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China; Senior Fellow, China Institute at the University of Alberta
Sarah Kutalakos, Executive Director, Canada China Business Council
Gordon Houlden, Director, China Institute, University of Alberta
Irvin Studin, President of the Institute for 21st Century Questions; Editor-in-Chief & Publisher, Global Brief Magazine
Ken Sunquist, Former Assistant Deputy Minister (Asia and Africa) and Chief Trade Commissioner for Canada; Senior Fellow, China Institute, University of Alberta
Philip Calvert, Former Canadian Ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, Senior Fellow, China Institute at the University of Alberta
François Rivest, Executive Director, Greater China Commercial and Investment division, Global Affairs Canada
Sandy Walker, Partner, Dentons Canada LLP
Robert Kwauk, Former partner and Chief Representative, Beijing Office of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Jeffrey Reeves, Vice President Research, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Laura Dawson, Director, Canada Institute, Wilson Centre


Please register before May 17th, 2019. We strongly recommend registering as soon as possible as space is limited. Early bird tickets are available until April 19th, 2019.

We have reserved a limited number of rooms for a special rate at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto. To make reservations please call the reservations desk at 1-800-THE-OMNI (1- 800-843-6664) and mention you are with the China Institute May Investment Forum or click the link to the right.

If you have any questions regarding the Forum, please contact Administrative and Events Assistant Ms. Christine Bertok at 780-492-1263, or by email at christine.bertok@ualberta.ca.