2012 Ontario Economic Summit

The Ontario Economic Summit inspires provocative debate and informs policies that further a broader economic agenda.

The Ontario Economic Summit is a significant contributor in driving economic dialogue and hands-on initiatives. The Summit is recognized for its unique ability to engage a multi-stakeholder community that works together and shares ideas across sectors.

Our main objective this year is to produce a Summit focused on impact, accountability and continuous delegate engagement, not only in November but throughout the year.

Whether you are a past delegate, a corporate partner or new to the Summit, we look forward to engaging you in a transformed Ontario Economic Summit.


View the 2012 Agenda


November 6‐8, 2012

Emerging Stronger

White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa
Niagara‐on‐the‐Lake, Ontario

Tuesday, November 6, 2012
 5:00- 8:00 p.m. Registration
Skylight Foyer
6:30 – 9:00 p.m. OES Grand Opening Event
Garden View Foyer
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. OES Partners’ and Delegates’ Welcome Reception
This reception, open to all OES partners, speakers and delegates, will give participants a chance to connect with their peers and discuss the issues that will be tackled over the next couple of days, in a more casual setting, prior to the official opening of the Summit. Delegates will also have an opportunity to be featured in short video segments to profile their engagement with the Summit.
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Next Generation Leadership:
“Emerging Stronger: Emerging Leaders, Emerging Ideas”
Grand Event Room
This session will bring together a group of successful next generation leaders to discuss some of Ontario’s most pressing challenges and opportunities linked to the global economy.
Moderator: John H. Tory, Chair, CivicAction
Next Generation Panelists:
Emilie Cushman
Kira Talent
Kunal Gupta
Polar Mobile Inc.
Ryan Moran
Hamilton HIVE
Michael Nitz
Branch Manager, RBC
Past President, SHIFT
Jane Wu
Penyo Pal
Andrew Graham
Emerging Leaders Network, Civic Action
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration
Skylight Foyer
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
Grand Event Room
8:00 – 8:15 a.m. The Evolution of OES Leading and Shaping a Transformative Agenda for Ontario
Grand Event Room
Introduction by: Robert J. Armstrong
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Allan O’Dette
President & CEO
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
8:20 – 8:40 a.m. Welcome from OES Co‐Chairs:
Our Leadership Opportunity
Grand Event Room
Kunal Gupta
Polar Mobile Inc.
Robert Hardt
President & CEO
Siemens Canada Limited
Bonnie Patterson
President & CEO
Council of Ontario Universities
8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Panel Discussion: The Innovation Economy and the Role of Post-Secondary Institutions
Grand Event Room
Moderated by Bonnie Patterson,
President & CEO
Council of Ontario Universities
Amit Chakma
President and Vice-Chancellor
Western University
Jim Madder
Confederation College
9:35 – 9:50 a.m. Networking Break
Garden View Foyer
Sponsored by Valeant Canada Limited 
9:55 – 10:25 a.m. Insights from the OES Regional Economic Leadership Series
Grand Event Room
Allan O’Dette
President & CEO
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
10:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. JPC Summit

Jobs and Prosperity Council (JPC) Summit: Plenary Meeting with the Council
In June 2012, the Government of Ontario announced the creation of the Jobs and Prosperity Council, chaired by Gordon Nixon, President and CEO, RBC Royal Bank. Along with 13 other senior-level leaders from business, labour and the research community, the Council’s mandate is to generate new ideas and approaches for creating jobs and improving Ontario’s long-term productivity and competitiveness.

Council Members are Bonnie Brooks (President, Hudson’s Bay Company), George Cope (President and CEO, BCE Inc. and Bell Canada), Linda Hasenfratz (CEO, Linamar Corporation), Nitin Kawale (President, Cisco Systems Canada),Genevieve Knauff (Owner,  gck Consulting Ltd. And hme Enterprises Ltd.), Darryl Lake (Founder and former CEO, Northern Centre for Advanced Technology), Mike Lazaridis (Founder and Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Research in Motion Limited), Kevin Lynch (Vice-Chair, BMO Financial Group), Michael McCain (President and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.), Joseph Repovs  (Founder and CEO, Samco Machinery), Reza Satchu(Managing Partner, Alignvest Capital Management), Jim Stanford (Economist, CAW) and Jeff Westeinde (Chair, Windmill Development Group).
10:30 – 10:50 a.m. Keynote Presentation
The Case for Action
In this plenary session, Gord Nixon will discuss the global challenges facing Ontario and the areas in which government, the private sector, labour, and our education system need to make changes to become more competitive.
Gord Nixon
Jobs and Prosperity Council
10:55 – 11:55 a.m. Dialogue with the Council
  In this plenary session, JPC Chair Gord Nixon, along with other members of the Jobs & Prosperity Council will present the Council’s preliminary deliberations in six priority areas:

  • Skills, Training, Education and Immigration
  • Regulatory Burden, Environment and Energy
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Going Global
  • Business Support Programs, and
  • Manufacturing

The Council members will engage in a dialogue with participants on ideas for action in these important areas. This will be a unique opportunity for the OES delegates to contribute to the work of this advisory body and provide direct input into their deliberations.

   Followed by audience Q&A
11:55 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. Networking Lunch
Sunhill Dining Room
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. In Conversation with the Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario
Grand Event Room
Presented by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario 
 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Interviewed by Don Newman CM
Former Senior Parliamentary Editor
CBC Television and Host, CBC News: Politics
 1:45 p.m. End of Jobs and Prosperity Council Summit
1:45 –3:05 p.m. Roundtables with Ontario Cabinet Ministers
Grand Event Room, to be followed by assigned meeting rooms
  Presented by Siemens Canada Limited
  In these highly popular sessions, OES delegates are provided an opportunity to ask questions and present ideas directly to a Cabinet Minister in an informal and private setting.
3:05 – 3:15 p.m. Networking Break
Garden View Foyer
3:20 – 3:55 p.m.  An Insider’s Look at the U.S. Election Results and What They Mean For Canada
Grand Event Room
  David J. Frum
Political Analyst
  Hailed as one of America’s savviest political analysts, David Frum is a CNN commentator and contributing editor with Newsweek and the top U.S. opinion website, The Daily Beast. He is the author of numerous bestselling books on U.S. politics including his first novel Patriots, published in 2012. David Frum has worked for various prestigious think tanks and as a Presidential speechwriter for George W. Bush. David will provide insight into the previous night’s election results and what this means for trade and the economy. 
Followed by audience Q&A
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Ontario Town Hall: Establishing our Economic Roadmap & Securing our Future 
Grand Event Room
  Presented by Music Canada
Facilitator: Erik Lockhart
Associate Director
Queen’s Executive Decision Centre
  In this facilitated plenary session, top business and civic leaders from the 8 regions that will have taken part in the Regional Economic Leadership Series will present their findings pertaining to the five key strategic priorities outlined in Ontario’s Economic Vision report “Emerging Stronger: A Transformative Agenda for Ontario.” OES participants will have a chance to respond to the ideas put forward and will be asked to submit broader provincial recommendations, settle on 2-3 priority areas and develop individual commitments to be implemented throughout the year. Progress will be reported at the 2013 OES.
Our regional leaders are:
  • John Cyr, Partner, Weiler Maloney Nelson
  • Bruce Davis, Executive Director, Trenval Business Development Corporation
  • Stuart Harrison, President & CEO, Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce
  • Sean Kelly, Director, Patient Access and Health Policy (Ontario), Pfizer Canada
  • Nick Markettos, AVP, Research Partnerships, McMaster University
  • Gerry Macartney, Chief Executive and General Manager, London Chamber of Commerce
  • Debbi Nicholson, President & CEO, Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce
  • Walter Sendzik, CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

The Sound of Prosperity: Unleashing the Potential of Ontario’s Music Cluster Graham Henderson
Music Canada  4:00 – 4:50 p.m.A Close Look at Ontario’s Regional Landscape Business and civic leaders from 8 communities will present the key priorities, recommendations and quick wins identified during the regional economic leadership series. These priorities will be discussed within the context of Emerging Stronger and the JPC’s priorities.  4:50 – 5:25 p.m.From Regional Priorities Goals to Shared Provincial Priorities This facilitated session will give OES delegates an opportunity to collectively determine our shared provincial priorities and related action items.  5:25 – 5:30 p.m.Summary and Next Steps  5:30 – 5:45 p.m.Closing Remarks Day 1 and Recap from Co-Chairs
Grand Event Room  7:30 – 9:30 p.m.Leaders’ Networking Event
Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery Presented by Constellation Brands Canada Inc. OES delegates will be treated to some of Niagara’s finest culinary cuisine and internationally recognized wines at Canada’s most awarded winery. Network with peers and savour award-winning wines perfectly paired with seasonal Niagara cuisine staged throughout a 47,000 square-foot winery.  Thursday, November 8, 2012  7:00 – 7:55 a.m.Networking Breakfast
Sunhill Dining Room
  8:00 – 8:30 a.m.Championing a Strategic Advantage
Positioning Ontario as the Global Centre for Excellence in Nuclear Energy

Grand Event Room  Duncan Hawthorne
President and CEO
Bruce Power Followed by audience Q&A  8:35 – 8:55 a.m.Remarks from the Leader of the Official Opposition and PC Party of Ontario
Grand Event Room Tim Hudak
Leader of the Official Opposition and MPP Niagara West-Glanbrook  9:05 – 10:05 a.m.Moving Yardsticks: Identifying Priorities in Key Sectors
Assigned Meeting Rooms (concurrent breakout sessions)
 In these facilitated sector-specific breakout sessions, OES delegates will collectively identify 2 – 3 priorities and related actions that would advance economic growth in the focus areas. In addition, participants will be asked to identify the most appropriate leads to move these priorities forward. 

  1. Agriculture/Biotechnology/Life Sciences: Facilitated by Jason Field, Executive Director, Life Sciences Ontario
  2. Advanced Manufacturing: Facilitated by Ian Howcroft, Vice President, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
  3. Infrastructure Renewal: Facilitated by Todd Latham, Publisher, ReNew Canada
  4. Information and Communications Technology: Facilitator TBC
  5. Mining and Natural Resources: Facilitated byJohn Mullally, Director Corporate Affairs, Vale Canada Ltd.

10:15 – 10:35 a.m.Remarks from the Leader of the New Democratic Party of Ontario
Grand Event Room Andrea Horwath
Leader of the NDP and MPP
Hamilton Centre  10:40 – 11:25 a.m.Keynote Address
Grand Event Room Introduction by: David Miller
Assistant Vice President
Government Affairs, CN The Honourable Mayor Richard M. Daley
Former Mayor of Chicago and
Of Counsel Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Followed by audience Q&A  11:25-11:40 a.m.Networking Break
Garden View Foyer  11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.Great Lakes Business Leaders’ Roundtable
Grand Event Room In this moderated session, a panel of U.S. and Canadian business leaders will discuss the opportunities associated with developing a “Giga” region, leveraging each other’s economic strengths and collaborating beyond our borders in order to foster a global competitive advantage for the entire region. Moderated by: Matthew Mendelsohn
The Mowat Centre
 Craig Turner
Vice President
Buffalo-Niagara Partnership Greg Wight
President & CEO
Algoma Central Corporation Followed by audience Q&A  12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Networking Luncheon
Garden View Foyer  2:00 – 2:25 p.m.Report Back from facilitators on key action items identified
Grand Event Room Sector priorities and action items will be shared and discussed in plenary.  2:30 – 3:30 p.m.Succeeding Together: Creating and Enhancing Opportunities for Aboriginal Peoples
Grand Event Room Presented by Bruce Power Opportunities to partner with Aboriginal Canadians, particularly in the areas of education and the development of young Aboriginal people, are examined in the context of a transitioning economy. OES leaders will be challenged to become engaged in this issue and find new ways to truly partner with Aboriginal communities, with a goal of improved quality of life and long-term outcomes for this vitally important segment of our population. Moderated by Patrick Brethour
Deputy Editor
Report on Business, Globe and Mail Panelists: Gabrielle Scrimshaw
Co-Founder and President
Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada Stan Beardy 
Ontario Regional Chief
Chiefs of Ontario The Right Honourable Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada
The Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative Followed by audience Q&A  3:35 – 3:45 p.m.Finalizing our Priorities and Moving Forward Beyond this Summit
(Closing Remarks from OES Co-chairs)
Grand Event Room The closing remarks will include a report back from the Regional Economic Leadership Series, the facilitated plenary and the facilitated breakout sessions. 2-3 commitments agreed to by all delegates will be tabled and next steps will be clearly articulated.  3:45 p.m.Close of Summit


2012 Ontario Economic Summit

November 6-8, 2012