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The Competitiv‚Äče Edge: Success Through Innovation - May 29

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The Competitive Edge: Success Through Innovation

The Competitive Edge: Success Through Innovation

May 29, 2013 | 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre
8500 Warden Avenue | Markham ON

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and its nationwide network of local chambers of commerce and corporate and association members have identified Canada's top 10 barriers to competitiveness and are actively implementing initiatives to address these issues, promote economic growth and drive prosperity.

Two important barriers to Canada's competitiveness are its growing skills gap and its poor innovation performance. The Competitive Edge will be a prime opportunity for business leaders to address these issues and to learn of innovative ways to upgrade the skills of their existing workforce and attract the resources - human and otherwise - they need to ensure the ongoing success of their businesses and the long term prosperity of their communities.

Keynote Speaker

David Foot

Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Toronto and co-author of the best-selling book Boom Bust & Echo: Profiting from the Demographic Shift in the 21st Century

The Competitive Edge will feature two sessions that will highlight real-life practices and success stories in skills and economic development through innovative ideas, unconventional strategies and creative partnerships. The first session, Upskilling to Compete, will demonstrate how Canada's skills shortage can be addressed through sound relationships with academia and employer-sponsored training programs. The second session, Innovative Approaches to Employment Opportunities and Economic Development, will feature cooperative initiatives that are fostering economic growth for both businesses and communities within York Region - initiatives that are transferrable to any city in Canada.


7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. Welcome Remarks

8:15 a.m. Keynote Address by David Foot, Professor Emeritus of Economics,
University of Toronto and co-author of Boom Bust & Echo:
Profiting from the Demographic Shift in the 21st Century

9:30 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m. Session 1 | Upskilling to Compete

11:10 a.m. Session 2 | Innovative Approaches to Employment Opportunities
and Economic Development

12:10 p.m. Break

12:40 p.m. Lunch

1:15 Armchair Discussion with Hon. Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance
and Minister Responsible for the GTA, and Brian J. Porter,
President, Scotiabank (invited)

2 p.m. Closing Remarks

Featured Speakers
In addition to the keynote speakers, participants will hear from business and academic leaders, including:

  • Hon. Perrin Beatty, President & CEO, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Sheldon Levy, President, Ryerson University
  • David Agnew, President, Seneca College
  • John Lutz, President, IBM Canada
  • Dr. David Williams, President & CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • Jeremy Laurin, CEO, Venture Labs
  • Karen Dubeau, Vice-President, Newmarket Chamber of Commerce

Tickets - $100 + HST

To register, please go to

Marley Ransom | Event Planner | 613.238.4000 (227) |

Held annually, the Competitive Edge is a conference where business and thought leaders connect to tackle a key issue affecting Canadian competitiveness and to exchange ideas, strategies and solutions for putting Canadian businesses in the best position to succeed at home and globally.

In partnership with

Bell Invest Barrie TD Canada Trust Barriston Law LLP Ontario Chamber of Commerce Canadian Chamber of Commerce Chamber Executives of Ontario