Executive Summit Series
Executive Summit Series
These half-day sessions will dive deep into issues our political leaders need to consider to ensure public policies drive business success.
Our 2023 Executive Summit Series featured ten sectors and explored how each contributes to our country’s economic success.
Our Executive Summit Series gave us the opportunity to take a deep dive into issues our political leaders need to consider to ensure public policies drive business success.
Each event ignited insightful conversations with some of Canada’s most influential business leaders and government officials, as we strive to meet our biggest challenges: the future of people, technology, trade and climate.
Past Executive Summits
Artificial Intelligence | November 22 | Ottawa, ON | Hybrid
AI has emerged as a transformative force, with applications in voice, facial recognition and interactive chat, among countless other deployments. And as AI increasingly becomes part of everyday life, organizations across sectors are examining the use of AI and its potential applications.
Because AI can present both opportunities and risks, there is curiosity and contention about what the future development and deployment of AI will look like. This is particularly true when it comes to the ethical implications of AI application, requiring organizations to have frameworks in place that inform the trustworthy and responsible use of AI.
This Executive Summit will take a closer look at ethical and responsible AI development and adoption, and put forward informed, actionable solutions to increase AI uptake with care, comfort and confidence.
Artificial Intelligence Panel Discussion
The panel will take a closer look at ethical and responsible AI development, deployment and adoption, as well as AI regulation, and put forward informed, actionable solutions to increase AI uptake with care, comfort and confidence.
Green and Transition Finance | November 9 | Montreal, QC
This summit focused on immediate reforms that can be undertaken to guide the economy toward a more sustainable future.
Discussions at this event addressed the central need to establish a credible taxonomy, as recommended by the Government of Canada’s Sustainable Finance Action Council. Additionally, participants will underscore the need to align climate disclosures with international standards, lest Canadian businesses and financial institutions find themselves left behind their international peers. Finally, the summit examined small and medium-sized businesses’ needs for guidance, support and investment in order to navigate these reforms.
Life Sciences | November 7 | Hybrid
Public-Private Sector Collaboration Is Key to Building a World-Class Canadian Health Data Ecosystem.
The future sustainability of our health care systems relies on our ability to make data driven decisions. The pandemic showed that the use of real-time data allows for timely and informed decisions. The next step is to identify how to better share, integrate and use standardized health data to evolve our healthcare system from one that is managed with messy healthcare data to one that is driven by actionable insights.
Public and private sector collaboration is critical to achieving the government and healthcare system objectives of a world-class integrated health data ecosystem. This Executive Summit explored how leveraging these collaborations can drive progress on the objectives of the Pan-Canadian Health Data Strategy and create an environment where the sharing and integration of standardized health data drives innovation, health system efficiencies and improved health outcomes for Canadians.
Food Supply | October 25 | Virtual
Canada has an abundance of goods the world wants and needs.
As one of the largest global exporters of food and fertilizer, we have an opportunity to step up to meet the growing demand for Canada’s agri-food products. However, to seize this opportunity, we must center resource sectors such as agri-food in our national economic strategy and give them the tools they need to succeed.
This Executive Summit explored a strategic vision for the agri-food sector policies that will facilitate access to expanding global markets, in particular through more efficient and reliable critical trade infrastructure.
Cybersecurity | October 4 | Virtual
Cybersecurity is essential to ensuring the viability, operation and growth of the digital economy, and is key to furthering innovation and securing trust in our data-driven world.
Faced with a cybersecurity skills gap of some 4 million people globally, and an ever-increasing number of connected devices (67 billion endpoints and counting), the challenges and costs associated with securing our digitally enabled world are increasing.
This Executive Summit focused on shaping a better future by exploring the changes needed in cooperation amongst the private and public sector and discussing the advocacy needed for policy and regulatory frameworks that promote security and economic growth.
The Future of Canada’s Aviation Sector | September 25 | In-Person
On September 25, executives and government officials alike descended upon Canada’s National Arts Centre for our Executive Summit Series event: The Future of Canada’s Aviation Sector.
The summit provided a unique platform to discuss, analyze and envision the future of this crucial sector. During this summit, we discussed: Airport Authority Investment Strategies, Supporting Regional Airports, Sustainability, Competitiveness, a Collective Vision for the Sector and Energy.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion | May 3 | Virtual
Increasing diversity and inclusion is not only the right thing to do but the economic argument for it is clear, too. Diverse and inclusive companies perform better in decision-making, innovation, profitability, and employee engagement and productivity.
This Executive Summit focused on the current state of diversity and inclusion in corporate Canada and the different ways through which the private sector is making progress and moving from awareness to action.
Net-Zero | March 28 | Ottawa, ON | Hybrid
In March 2022, Environment and Climate Change Canada released its 2030 Emissions Reductions Plan.
Since then, there have been continued policy and regulatory changes to reduce Canada’s carbon footprint – but are we on track to reach our emissions targets?
This Executive Summit will examined Canada’s 2030 Emissions Reductions Plan one year after release and provided private sector perspectives on Canada’s path to net-zero.
The Canada – U.S. Roadmap | March 20 | Ottawa, ON | In-Person
At their February 2021 meeting, Prime Minister Trudeau and President Biden agreed on a “Roadmap for a Renewed Canada-U.S. Partnership,” which proposed a range of joint actions on trade, climate change, and global and regional security issues.
As President Biden makes his first trip to Ottawa, has any progress been made in strengthening bilateral cooperation? Given shifting geopolitical contexts, renewed protectionist rhetoric in the U.S. and a turn to industrial policy, this Executive Summit revisited the commitments made and considered what more can be done to bolster economic ties between our two countries.
Critical Minerals | March 2 | Ottawa, ON | Hybrid
As global demand for critical minerals continues to increase, Canada has launched its first nationwide Critical Minerals Strategy. Canada has the opportunity to provide mineral inputs to international markets while at the same time sustaining its own domestic manufacturing and green energy sectors.
This Executive Summit examined Canada’s strategy for developing its mineral resources and provided private sector perspectives on the next steps in advancing Canada’s brand as a sustainable supplier of critical minerals.