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Business Outlook Conference November 2017

November 6, 2017 - November 10, 2017

  APEC’s Business Outlook Conference, November 2017

Thanks to everyone who attended this year's Outlook conferences. You will receive your conference report, with highlights of the presentations in all four locations, by the end of November.

A revival of the softwood lumber dispute and a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement raise concerns about Canada’s access to its biggest export market. Yet a major trade deal with the EU has just come into force, and Canada has begun exploratory discussions for a possible free trade agreement with China, Atlantic Canada’s largest export destination after the US. And, on the domestic front, the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement took effect July 1, aimed at liberalizing Canada’s internal market. What are the implications of these developments for Atlantic Canadian companies?

In a rapidly changing business environment, this morning-only conference will focus on identifying the best opportunities at home and abroad, and the strategies needed for success.

  • APEC's exclusive economic outlook for Atlantic Canada for 2018
  • Industry leaders sharing their insights
  • A premier networking opportunity                           

Confirmed keynote speakers will be Hon. John McCallum, Canada’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, and Brian Porter, President and CEO, Scotiabank (Halifax); Susan le Jeune d'Allegeershecque, British High Commissioner to Canada and John Parsons, Partner, McKinsey & Company (St. John's); Peteris Ustubs, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada and Matthew Hoag, Operations and Commercial Director, Americas Region, DP World (Saint John); and David Alward, Canada’s Consul General in New England, and Oliver Technow, president of BioVectra (Charlottetown).

Business panel speakers will be Lori Kennedy, Co-owner and Founder of Louisbourg Seafoods, Chris Keevill, CEO of Colour and David Steele, Director, Product Management, MetOcean Telematics (Halifax); Ron Collier, VP Business Development, SubC Imaging, Holly Hill, COO, Agile Sensor Technologies and Kay Riggs, VP Operations, Dynamic Air Shelters (St. John’s); Sylvia MacVey, President, GE Barbour, Dave Grebenc, Co-CEO, Innovatia and Lee Corey, President and Lead Dog, Corey Pet Nutrition (Saint John); and Esther Dockendorff, President and CEO, PEI Mussel King, John Kimmel, Managing Director, RevIQ, and Thane Smallwood, GM, PEI Bag Company (Charlottetown).


Mon 6 Nov. 2017 – Halifax, NS (Pier 21)

Tue 7 Nov. 2017 – St. John’s, NL (Delta St. John’s)

Thu 9 Nov. 2017 – Saint John, NB (Hilton Saint John/Saint John Trade and Convention Centre)

Fri 10 Nov. 2017 – Charlottetown, PEI (Delta Prince Edward/PEI Convention Centre)

7:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast 
8:30 a.m. Program starts
12:00 noon  Program ends


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