Atlantic Canada’s independent voice on economic issues


The Next Big Idea

Trying to imagine what Canada will be like in 2030 is not a task for the faint of heart, but for 80 attendees attending APEC’s Next Great Idea, the effort was made somewhat easier by Eric Noel, a long-term thinking specialist.Mr. Noel, a Senior Vice-President with Oxford Analytica, took the crowd on a whirlwind visit to the future detailing four megatrends that will reshape Canada: demographics, geopolitics, globalization and science and technology. He outlined the challenges that accompany our aging and increasingly urban population and the opportunities going forward with trade agreements like the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) and Atlantic Trade and Investment Treaty. While innovations in science and technology will alter business models, a new era of digitally enabled objects and services will offer new opportunities to innovative Atlantic Canadian firms.


Unplugged Speakers See No Barriers to Success
(June18, 2015)
Outgoing APEC CEO Elizabeth Beale put three of the region's senior leaders on the hotseat with a talkshow-style discussion about issues closes to her heart: the creative economy, the green economy and leadership. Her guests for the eveing were Julia Rivars, Senior Partner at Norex, Annette Verschuren, CEO of NSRstor and Hon. Wade MacLauchlan, Premier of Prince Edward Island. View the Event Summary


Carbon Pricing: What's the Next Step for Atlantic Canada

(June 5, 2015)
The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC) and the Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission held a joint meeting in Halifax June 5 to discuss the challenges and opportunities around carbon pricing in Atlantic Canada. About 80 people from a cross section of business, non-governmental organization and government gathered to engage in this dialogue. Download the Discussion Summary

APEC Breakfast Panel Discusses "Atlantic Canada Without Borders: Tearing Down Barriers to Take on the World"
(Feb. 1, 2013, Halifax)

The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council held a thought-provoking breakfast dialogue on how Atlantic businesses are breaking down regional barriers to build partnerships and compete globally in Halifax on February 1, 2013. The panel discussion was moderated by APEC president Elizabeth Beale and included: Cathy Bennett (Bennett Group of Companies, St. John's); Shannon MacDonald (Deloitte, Halifax); Kim West (National Public Relations, Halifax); and Jo Mark Zurel (Stonebridge Capital, St. John's). The free report contains a summary of the dialogue.

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APEC Panel Discusses "Do our Youth Need to Leave to Succeed?"
(Sept. 20, 2012, Moncton)
The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council held its Annual General Meeting in Moncton on September 20, 2012. At the dinner following APEC's AGM, a panel of young leaders and emerging talent discussed the topic "Do our youth need to leave to succeed?" with members and guests. The engaging discussion was moderated by business and community leader Aldéa Landry, President of Landal Inc. and included George Donovan (Gogii Games), Julie Fournier (ACOA), Thomas Raffy (McInnes Cooper) and Jenelle Sobey (New Brunswick Business Council).

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Jim Prentice Speaks at APEC Luncheon
(Sept. 27, 2011, Halifax)
Jim Prentice, Senior Executive Vice-President and Vice Chairman of CIBC, discussed  "Nation Building in the 21st Century: The Case for the Lower Churchill Hydro Development" at a special APEC luncheon on Sept. 27.

A summary of Mr. Prentice's presentation

APEC Vision Panel Discusses Region's Future
(Aug. 11, 2011, Charlottetown)
At a panel discussion following its Annual General Meeting,  three business leaders with long-standing APEC involvement shared their vision for Atlantic Canada. The wide-ranging dialogue explored the region's strengths and weaknesses, and discussed strategies for improving its economic future. The panelists were:  Tom Hayes, President & CEO, Growthworks Atlantic (APEC Past Chair); Ron Keefe, President & CEO, BioVectra (APEC Past Chair);  and Jo Mark Zurel, President, Stonebridge Capital (APEC First Vice Chair).

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