Economic Outlook Forum presented by BMO Bank of Montreal

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
7:30 AM
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Registration & Breakfast:  7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks:  8:30 - 8:45 a.m.
Session 1:  8:45 - 9:45 a.m.
Networking Break:  9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Session 2:  10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Session 3:  11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks:  12:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch:  12:30 p.m.

Choices, Challenges and Change

For 27 years, The Vancouver Board of Trade's annual Economic Outlook Forum has given our region's business leaders a detailed and insightful look at the year ahead by blending local, national and international perspectives.

It's the kind of practical conversation our Members expect as they review their own plans for the coming year. This year's forum builds on that reputation, with sessions including an update from the new federal government about their plans for Canada's economy.

It all adds up to one of the most influential days of the year and one of the "must-attend" events on the 2016 business calendar.

The Conference Board of Canada economic forecasting

Following the forum, our Knowledge Partner, The Conference Board of Canada, will take a deep dive into the numbers that will drive B.C.'s economy in 2016. To purchase a ticket or find out more about this event, visit


Success by the Numbers: The year ahead
This session will highlight what Canadians and their businesses can expect in the coming year, with particular emphasis on how British Columbia and its Pacific gateway economy will fare against the rest of the country and international competitors.

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Pedro Antunes, Deputy Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada

Michael Gregory, Deputy Chief Economist and Head of U.S. Economics, Managing Director, BMO Bank of Montreal

Moderator — Kirk LaPointe, Vice President, Audience and Business Development, Business in Vancouver Media Group


Inside Ottawa: New Year, new government
Fresh off its 2015 election win, what can we expect from Canada's new Liberal government with its ambitious national agenda? This year's national media panel moderated by CBC's Rick Cluff takes an insider's look at how 2016 will play out for the government, the opposition and Canadians across the country.

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Tom Clark, Chief Political Correspondent and Host, The West Block, Global Television Network

Michael Horgan, Senior Advisor, Financial Sector and Economic Advisor, Bennett Jones Ottawa

Jeffrey Simpson, National Affairs Columnist, The Globe and Mail

Moderator — Rick Cluff, Host, The Early Edition, CBC Radio


The Economic Balance Sheet: The CEO perspective of 2016
Economic forecasts and political promises are one thing, but every executive knows even the best laid plans can hit bumps in the road when it comes to delivering a successful business year. This year's CEO panel puts a decidedly practical spin on how they interpret the economic forecasts and government plans for the economy.

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Stephen Edwards, President and CEO, Global Container Terminals

Sacha R.F. McLean, President and CEO, McLean Ventures Ltd.

Warren Roy, CEO and Founder, Global Relay

Hussein Samnani, CEO, Hot Soup Marketing Group Inc.

Tamara Vrooman, President and CEO, Vancity

Moderator — Iain Black, President and CEO, The Vancouver Board of Trade

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Global Container Terminals

Community  Sponsors:

Pacific Blue Cross
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