Canadian International Council

Canadian International Council

April 02, 2014 09:54 ET

Lawrence H. Summers, Former Secretary of the Treasury for Clinton and Director of the National Economic Council for Obama, to address Canadian International Council in Toronto on April 9

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 2, 2014) -

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The Canadian International Council (CIC) honours a distinguished international figure with the CIC Globalist of the Year Award. This award is presented to an individual who has shown leadership and innovation on the international stage throughout his or her career. This year, the CIC is recognizing Dr. Lawrence H. Summers, who will share his candid insights on the global economy at a gala dinner in Toronto on April 9, 2014.

During the past two decades, Dr. Summers has served in a series of senior policy positions in Washington, D.C., including the 71st Secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton, Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama and Vice President of Development Economics and Chief Economist of the World Bank.

As Director of the White House National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, Dr. Summers served as a key economic decision-maker in the Obama administration. The Economist magazine referred to the "Summers Doctrine" as defining the response to the global financial crisis: "markets should allocate capital, labour and ideas without interference, but sometimes markets go haywire, and must be counteracted forcefully by government." Upon his departure from the White House, President Obama said, "I will always be grateful that at a time of great peril for our country, a man of Larry's brilliance, experience and judgment was willing to answer the call and lead our economic team."

Lawrence H. Summers is currently the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus of Harvard University.

Introductory remarks by Kathleen Taylor, Chair of the Board, Royal Bank of Canada
Keynote speech by Lawrence H. Summers, Former Secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton and Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama
Moderated discussion hosted by Diane Brady, Senior Editor & Content Chief, Bloomberg Businessweek
Closing remarks by The Right Honourable Paul Martin
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Reception 5:30pm
Dinner 6:30pm
Keynote speech 7:50pm
Four Seasons Hotel
60 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto


The Canadian International Council (CIC) is Canada's foreign relations council. It is an independent, member-based council established to strengthen Canada's role in global affairs. The CIC is generously supported by a network of Canadian business leaders from all economic sectors. Our corporate sponsors recognize that the CIC's mission to advance Canadian global engagement and to generate innovative policy ideas aligns with their agendas for strategic and sustainable growth. The CIC is further supported by a large constituency of Canadians who believe that Canada's foreign policy directly impacts the lives and prosperity of its citizens. The CIC's digital media platform,, is Canada's hub for international affairs, linking our stakeholders in Canada and beyond.

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