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Global Arms


Presented by thePanel in partnership with Intuit

28 MAR '18



Since 2006, economic growth has been a key priority for the Harper government, underlying everything from domestic policies on immigration and job creation to the expansion of duty-free ports and an ambitious trade agenda.

The government’s new Global Markets Action Plan aims to ensure all diplomatic assets promote Canadian business.  The Honourable Ed Fast, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, says the Plan “represents a sea change in the way Canada’s diplomatic assets are deployed around the world.” 

But what does this change mean for Canada?  Where does it take us, and where do we go from here?

thePANEL will explore these questions and more at its third debate. 

the Speakers




Adam Taylor​

Director at ENsight Canada and previously was the Senior Advisor to former Trade Minister, Ed Fast

The Honourable Perrin Beatty is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 192,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. Perrin is the principal spokesperson advocating the policy positions of the Canadian Chamber’s members to the federal government, international organizations, the media and the general public. Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber in August 2007, Perrin was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). 



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Chrystia Freeland

M.P. and former Editor, Financial Times

An esteemed Canadian journalist and author, Chrystia Freeland was born in Peace River, Alberta and studied at Harvard University where she received a B.A. in History and Literature. Freeland continued her studies on a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, where she completed her Master’s of studies degree. After cutting her journalistic teeth as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, Washington Post, and The Economist, Freeland went on to wear many hats at the Financial Times, including deputy editor, UK news editor, Moscow bureau chief, Eastern Europe correspondent, editor of its weekend edition, and editor of FT.com.





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Len Edwards

former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Len Edwards is Strategic Advisor at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, a Distinguished Fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innocation and Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Mr. Edwards served in Canada’s public service for 41 years, including as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister of International Trade, and Assistant Deputy Minister for Trade and Economic Policy and for the Asia Pacific. He also served as Canada’s Ambassador to Japan and Korea and in a variety of posts in the former Saigon, Hanoi, Ankara, Brussels/NATO and the Canadian Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. Mr. Edwards was the Prime Minister’s G8/G20 Sherpa from 2008 to 2010.



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William B.P. Robson

President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute

ill Robson took office as President and CEO of the C.D. Howe Institute in July 2006, after serving as the Institute’s Senior Vice President since 2003 and Director of Research since 2000. He has written more than 200 monographs, articles, chapters and books on such subjects as government budgets, pensions, healthcare financing, inflation and currency issues. His work has won awards from the Policy Research Secretariat, the Canadian Economics Association, and the Donner Canadian Foundation. Bill lectured on public finance and public policy at the University of Toronto from 2000 to 2003. He is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and is a member of the Big Picture Panel on the CBC’s Lang and O’Leary Exchange.



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