The CEO Dinner Super Series is an exclusive national dinner program brings together senior executives and thought leaders for a dialogue on key issues affecting Canadian business.
This year, we are hosting dinner events across Canada to address skills and immigration, agri-food sector competitiveness and business competitiveness. At each event, you will hear from our President and CEO, the Hon. Perrin Beatty, along a panel of Canada’s most influential business leaders.
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Toronto, ON | October 11
Theme: Business Tax Competitiveness
Canada can create an internationally competitive corporate tax system that rewards entrepreneurship, encourages businesses to invest in the technologies, skills and infrastructure they need to grow and attract capital and highly qualified people from around the world. Instead, Canadian tax competitiveness is eroding.
These are exciting times in tax policy. The U.S. administration has created an attractive environment for businesses looking to expand or invest by dramatically reducing business taxes and taking steps to cut regulations. France and the United Kingdom have also embarked on major tax reforms. In comparison, Canada has become a less competitive tax destination to locate or expand a business. Declining tax competitiveness has affected all aspects of Canadian business—from cross-border supply chains to mergers and acquisitions.
Improving or, where necessary, reforming the tax system would enhance the competitiveness of the Canadian economy. Exploring innovative tax policy solutions, such as lower corporate and pass through rates, improving the efficiency of the tax system, and allowing businesses to fully expense the cost of business property, can help put Canadian firms on equal footing with their competitors.
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Saskatoon, SK | September 5
Theme: Agri-food Sector Competitiveness
Agriculture and agri-food is a huge part of the Canadian economy, accounting for 7% of GDP and one in eight jobs across the country. The sector has a strong and well-earned reputation for efficient production, innovation, food quality and safety that has propelled Canada to be the fifth largest exporter of agriculture products and 11th largest exporter of agri-food products in the world.
The government’s Advisory Panel on Economic Growth, chaired by Dominic Barton, has identified agriculture and agri-food as a key sector with high growth potential to boost Canadian prosperity. The government acknowledged this potential in Budget 2017 by setting a target to grow Canada’s agri-food exports from $55 billion in 2015 to at least $75 billion by 2025. Meeting this ambitious target and national vision for the sector will require governments to work closely with the private sector to identify and remove barriers to growth. This includes simplifying an inconsistent and complex regulatory environment that can inhibit growth and innovation in the sector.
St. John’s, NL | June 18
Theme: Skills and Immigration
Competition for talent is one of the top concerns of Canadian businesses from coast to coast, and Canada’s Atlantic Provinces are no exception. Our east coast is home to many distinctive businesses and industries, such as maritime industries, shipping and energy. It faces unique skills gaps due to the particular skills required in these sectors and the economic history of these provinces.
This region has also been active in addressing these gaps through innovative policies like the Atlantic Immigration Pilot program. We believe more can be done, however. Programs like this recognize the important role of business in the immigration process and in addressing skills shortages through education and training.
Canada’s government has rightly cited immigration as a tool for economic opportunity. Likewise, innovation and skill development remain crucial for economic growth. Expanding access to international talent according to local demand as well as supporting business educational partnerships are necessary measures to support the economic development of Canada’s east coast.
For more information on the CEO Dinner Super Series, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kimberly Gale, Vice President, Corporate Relations, Northern and Western Canada.
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