Ontario Economic Summit

Ontario Economic Summit

October 14, 2009 07:30 ET

Business Heavyweights Featured at Ontario Economic Summit

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2009) - Some of Canada's most creative and successful business minds will be leading discussions at the 6th annual Ontario Economic Summit (OES), while accomplished thinkers from overseas will round out the line-up. This year, more than ever, the deliberations at the summit among the 200 leaders representing all sectors of the economy, will be vital to help identify opportunities for future economic strength.

The connection between green business and prosperity will be explored by Galen G. Weston, Chairman of Loblaw Companies Limited alongside Gerald Butts, President & CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada. OES delegates will gain valuable insight about Loblaw's return to focus on food and aggressive elimination of the plastic bag, while pursuing other aspects of the green economy with panellists Ken Field of Greenfield Ethanol Inc., Paul Rak, President VeriGreen/VeriForm Inc., and Laura Formusa, President and CEO of Hydro One.

Creative industries have been hailed by many as key to economic growth and the OES will host a member of one of Canada's most successful creative exports. Lyn Heward, creative consultant and executive producer of Cirque du Soleil will speak about the role creative industries may play in Ontario's future. Also contributing to the discussion will be the co-founder of one of Ontario's most recognizable brands, Paul Rowan of Umbra.

And from overseas, a brand expert and author of what is commonly regarded as the most successful tourism campaign ever in New South Wales, Australia, Alex Dobrochodow will also participate.

Returning to OES will be Premier Dalton McGuinty and Ontario's Cabinet Ministers.

Other speakers at the 6th annual Ontario Economic Summit include:

- Gil Blutrich, President and Founder, Skyline International Development Inc.

- Hon. Sandra Pupatello, Minister Economic Trade and Development

- Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President, Ontario Public Service Employees Union

- Dr. Warren Jestin, Chief Economist, Scotiabank

- Greg Ip, US Economics Editor, The Economist

- Allan Cosman, President & CEO, Ferrero Canada Limited

- Lloyd McCoomb, President & CEO, Greater Toronto Airports Authority

- Michael Pley, COO, COM DEV International

The Ontario Economic Summit will take place November 2 - 4, 2009 at White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The summit will kick off with a special celebration of the first ever recipient of Ontario Visionaries, The Honourable William G. Davis. Ontario Visionaries is an initiative of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to recognize the great legacy builders in Ontario.

Further information can be found at www.occ-oes.com.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is a federation of 160 local chambers of commerce and boards of trade in the Province of Ontario, representing 60,000 businesses of all sizes, in all economic sectors and from every area of the province. In its mandate to advocate strong policies on issues affecting its members, the OCC is currently focused on economic renewal and business competitiveness. Its over-arching goal is to make Ontario the most competitive jurisdiction in North America.

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