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The challenges and the OPPORTUNITIES
Exploring investment in a resource-rich, highly educated marketplace
October 18 & 19, 2016
Calgary, Alberta
Bennett Jones LLP, Calgary Office
4500 Bankers Hall East, 855 2nd Street SW


Tuesday, October 18, 5:30pm - 7:00pm: Interactive Seminar

King Eddy at the National Music Centre
US & Asia Site Selection – Understanding the nuances of the US & Asian investor
Clark Grue, Founder, Rainmaker Global Business Development, President & Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Telus Convention Centre
In a conversation with:
Adam Jones-Kelley, President, Conway, Inc. and Site Selection Magazine
David Olsen, Regional President and Principal Officer, PNC Bank Canada Branch
John Evans, Managing Director, Tractus Asia


Tuesday, October 18, 7:00pm - 9:00pm: Welcome Reception

Venue: Studio Bell – National Music Centre

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Welcome Reception – National Music Centre, Studio Bell
Chad Saunders, Director of Operations & Special Projects, National Music Centre
Mary Moran, President & Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Economic Development
Paul Dornian, President & Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
Clark Grue, Founder, Rainmaker Global Business Development, President & Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Telus Convention Centre


Wednesday, October 19

Venue: Bennett Jones LLP, Bankers Hall – Calgary

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM – 8:50 AM

Welcoming Remarks 
Clark Grue, Founder, Rainmaker Global Business Development, President & Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Telus Convention Centre
Josh Soloway, Managing Director – New York, Rainmaker Global Business Development, Managing Partner, Soloway Group PC

8:50 AM – 9:30 AM

Presentation and interview:
Keynote on Canada’s place on the global stage and Investment Attractiveness
John Baird, P.C., Senior Business Advisor Bennett Jones and Former Canadian Foreign Minister
Stewart Beck, President & Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM

Business Spotlight
Alex Fallon, President & Chief Executive Officer, Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority
Rod Schebesch, Regional Business Leader Transportation, Stantec

9:50 AM – 10:10 AM

Hilary Esmonde-White, Director, Investor Services, Invest in Canada

10:10 AM – 10:30 AM

Business Spotlight
Mary Moran, President & Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Economic Development
Didier Lhuillier, Chief Executive Officer, ENGIE Fabricom Canada

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Canada as an Investment Opportunity.  International Interest in Canada
Perrin Beatty, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Consul General, UK, Caroline Saunders
Consul General, USA, Tom Palaia
Consul General, Mexico, Cecilia Villanueva Bracho

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch
Introduction: 
Clark Grue, Founder, Rainmaker Global Business Development, President & Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Telus Convention Centre
Keynote:  How US Businesses View Canadian Opportunities
Adam Jones-Kelley, President, Conway, Inc. and Site Selection Magazine

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Industry panel: Finance – Supporting Investment
Moderator:  Dwayne Dreger, Executive Director, Invest Alberta
Heather Campbell, Regional Director, Sustainable Development Technology Canada
David Olsen, Regional President and Principal Officer, PNC Bank Canada Branch
Kim Matheson, District Manager, Calgary, Int. BC, Export Development Canada

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Business Spotlight
David Downey, Managing Director- Canada East, Rainmaker Global Business Development
Paul Van Coillie, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, ARCO Digital Paperflow

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

The importance of government in attracting new investment
Moderator:  Robert T. Booth Q.C., Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
E.F.R. (Ed) Dancsok, P Eng., P Geo., Assistant Deputy Minister, Senior Strategic Lead, Petroleum and Natural Gas Development, Ministry of the Economy, Government of Saskatchewan
Denis Hvizdak, Business Development Manager, Americas, Foreign Investment Affairs, Investissement Québec
Nichola Wade, Executive Director, International Strategy and Competitiveness, BC Government

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Industry panel: Infrastructure and its critical role in investment attraction
Moderator:  Josh Soloway, Managing Director New York, Rainmaker Global Business Development
Patrick Bohan, Director Supply Chain Solutions, Port of Halifax
Stephan Poirier, Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, YYC
Racim Gribaa, President, Global LNG Consulting, Inc.

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Conclusion
Moderator:  Dylan Jones, Deputy Minister, Western Economic Diversification, Government of Canada
Perrin Beatty, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Stewart Beck, President & Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada