Harvard Business School Club of Ottawa

May 15, 2008 10:16 ET

Harvard Business School Seminar on the Future of Capitalism and Democracy Comes to Ottawa June 18th

Blue Ribbon Panel to Examine the Neglected Roots of the US Financial Crisis and Its Impact on Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 15, 2008) - Business and government leaders will learn about the roots of the present financial crisis, its impact on Canada, and ways to address related risks, at a June 18th event organized in Ottawa to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Harvard Business School (HBS).

The day-long seminar will be co-chaired by Harvard Business School Professor Bruce Scott and University of Toronto Professor Joseph Martin, former Chairman of the Global Management Consulting Committee of Deloitte Canada.

Alain Martin, President, Harvard Business School Club of Ottawa noted that "central among the issues to be discussed by the distinguished panel of speakers, will be Professor Scott's research in which he concludes that democracy may be at risk as a result of years of flawed US policies and decisions. These policies, according to Prof. Scott, have undermined the quality of business conduct in the United States and beyond." He reiterated Professor Scott's remark namely that "for better or worse, choices made in the US have a certain impact on other countries, not least on Canada and Canadians."

The event will feature panel discussions and remarks from business and government executives, including Barbara Stymiest, Chief Operating Officer of RBC Financial Group and former President & CEO of the TSX; former Ambassador to the United States, Raymond Chretien, currently Senior Partner and Strategic Advisor to Fasken Martineau; and Gaetan Lussier, Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Agri-food Policy Institute, who has a wide-ranging career as a chief executive in business and government.

Net proceeds will be donated to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). The HBS Club of Ottawa and CHEO gratefully acknowledge the support of Gold sponsor, national and international business law and litigation firm, Fasken Martineau (www.fasken.com), and Silver sponsor, Kwik Copy Design & Print Centre, 164 Laurier Ave. West (www.ottawacentral.kwikkopy.ca).

To encourage open dialog and information sharing, the Centennial Seminar, Overhauling Capitalism & Strengthening the Essence of Democracy, will be closed to the media and held according to the Chatham House Rule, namely that the "participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speakers, nor that of any other participant, may be revealed." Neither interviews nor recordings of any kind will be permitted on the premises. HBS Ottawa Club President, Alain Martin, is available for interviews at any time prior to the event. Contact Paul Leduc at 1-800-HARVARD. In Ottawa-Gatineau area, dial 819-772-7777.

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