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B7 Mission to Italy

B7 Mission to Italy

May 15-17, 2024 | Rome, Italy

The Canadian Chamber is sending a delegation to the 2024 B7 in Italy to take part in critical policy discussions regarding key global economic and business issues.

Canadian Chamber 2024 Delegation 

By joining the Canadian Chamber B7 delegation, delegates will have access to the full B7 Summit programming organized by Confindustria, and will meaningfully engage with G7-country policy peers, business leaders and government officials. The Canadian Chamber will also be hosting other related activities in Rome.

Canadian Chamber Pre-B7 Event
AI: the missing piece of the productivity puzzle?”

May 15, 2024 | Hybrid event

Two years ago, the G7 set the aim for AI to help “deliver economic growth that maximizes the benefits of digital technologies”. Now, some countries are at risk of falling behind  or missing out on this opportunity altogether  with some starting to move much faster on AI adoption than others.

On the eve of the B7 Summit, the Canadian Chamber will be hosting an event titled “AI: the missing piece of the productivity puzzle?”, which will take stock of global trends in Al adoption, emerging best practices and pathways that can best help G7 policymakers unlock a new AI-enabled productivity boom.


  • Elissa Golberg, Ambassador of Canada to Italy, Ambassador of Canada to Albania and San Marino, High Commissioner to Malta, and Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN Agencies in Rome (IFAD, FAO, WFP)
  • Hon. Perrin Beatty, President & CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Hon. David Lametti, Counsel, Fasken
  • Lars Rossen, SVP and Chief Architect, OpenText
  • Pamela Snively, Chief Data & Trust Officer, TELUS Communications
  • Sue Daley, Director, Technology & Innovation, TechUK
  • Marc-Etienne Ouimette, Lead, Global AI Policy, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Joshua P. Meltzer, Senior Fellow, Global Economy & Development, Brookings Institution
  • Kevin Allison, Founder, Minerva Technology Policy Advisors
  • Matthew Holmes, SVP, Policy & Government Relations, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Catherine Fortin LeFaivre, VP, Strategic Policy & Global Partnerships, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

About the B7

The Business Federations of the Group of Seven – B7 is the most important and recognized of the G7 Engagement Groups. The role of the B7 is to represent and coordinate the interests and positions of the business community in the G7 countries and to develop concrete and actionable proposals for G7 leaders.

The 2024 B7 is led by Confindustria and will focus on four clusters: 

  • Economic Security and Global Value Chains
  • Data Economy and Digital Transformation
  • Energy, Environment and Climate Transition
  • Future of Work

The impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on business and the economy will be this year’s overlaying theme and will play an important role in all policy discussions.


*Times are CEST (Rome Time Zone) and are subject to change.

May 15

4:00 – 8:00 p.m.AI: the missing piece of the productivity puzzle? panel and reception event

Location: Villa Agrippina Gran Melia, Via del Gianicolo, 3, 00165

Registration for non-delegates is required. Click here to register.

Hosted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce with support from title sponsors Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OpenText, as well as from support from Telus and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Italy.

May 16

9:00 –11 a.m.Breakfast with the Ambassador of Canada to Italy

Location: Official Residence of the Ambassador of Canada in Italy

For Chamber delegates and special guests only.

Hosted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Embassy in Italy.
8:30 p.m. – onwardsB7 Summit Welcoming Dinner at Palazzo Colonna

B7 delegates, G7 Sherpas and various ministers from G7 countries will attend.

Hosted by Confindustria.

May 17

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.B7 Summit program
For the full agenda, click here.

Location: Auditorium della Tecnica, Viale Umberto Tupini, 65, Rome.

Hosted by Confindustria.
4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (TBC)Official handoff of B7 presidency from Italy to Canada

Location: Auditorium della Tecnica, Viale Umberto Tupini, 65, Rome.

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