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RIIB Speaker Series

The Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series provides a forum for private sector decision makers to discuss developments in international business and the global economic environment. Sessions led by associates and invited speakers focus on anticipating, interpreting and responding to these developments. We are pleased to be able to offer you videos of some of the presentations given this year.

2017-2018 Speak Series Schedule

Wednesday, May 30, 2017
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Professor Walid Hejazi
TOPIC: “Everybody’s Business: The Economic Challenge of a Generation… ensuring Canada is stronger at 200”

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Ken Engelhart, StrategyCorp. Formerly responsible for the regulatory affairs of Rogers Wireless, Rogers Cable, Rogers Telecom and Rogers Media for 25 years.
TOPIC: "Is Telecom Failing in Canada and Can the Regulator Fix It?"
What lessons can we learn about regulatory reform from the Canadian experience of the last 40 years and from experiences in other countries?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
SPEAKER: Lawrence L. Herman, Counsel – International Trade & Investment, Public Policy and Government Relations, Herman & Associates
TOPIC: “NAFTA 2.0 Prospects”
IN CONVERSATION WITH: Rotman’s Professor Dan Trefler and veteran trade lawyer Lawrence Herman will discuss potential outcomes based on current information and assess the benefits and risks of any package on the table. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: WANG Yong Professor and Director, Center for International Political Economy,
Peking University
TOPIC: Major decisions are expected at and following the historic 19th Party Congress
slated to meet on October 18 in Beijing.  As President Xi Jinping begins his second term
a key question will be where will China head in the next 5 years and beyond?

 

2015-2016 Speak Series Schedule

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Jack Mintz, President’s Fellow of School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. He serves on the boards of Imperial Oil Limited, Morneau Shepell and is chair and Vice-President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
TOPIC: Corporate tax reform: Where is the World and Canada going these days?

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
SPEAKER: Bharat Masrani, Group President and CEO, TD Bank Group
TOPIC: "My Style of Leadership"
IN CONVERSATION WITH: Wendy Dobson, Professor of Business Economics, Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto, and former Member, Board of Directors, TD Bank Group

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKERS: James Tebrake, Director General Stats Canada and
Andre Downs, Chief Economist, Global Affairs Canada
TOPIC: Canada in the Global Economy – short presentations and a discussion

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Professor Wendy Dobson
TOPIC: Why Canada Needs a China Strategy

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Suman Bery, Chief Economist, Royal Dutch Shell Corporation
TOPIC: Global energy in 2030 and 2050: how much has really changed?

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Professors W. Dobson, P. Dungan and P. Pauly
TOPIC: Pre – Election Discussion

2014-2015 Speak Series Schedule

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: William Kovacic, Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy and Director - Competition Law Center, George Washington University Law School; past Chair, U.S. Federal Trade Commission
TOPIC: Consume or Invest? Creating Incentives for Good Public Agency Management

Monday, April 8, 2015
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Shang-Jin Wei, Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank
TOPIC: Asia’s Economic Outlook 2015: Financing Asia’s Future Growth

Monday, February 2, 2015
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Professor Peter Dungan
TOPIC:  Economic Outlook for Canada

Monday, January 19, 2015
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Loren Brandt, Professor of Economics, University of Toronto
Wendy Dobson, Professor of Business Economics and Co-Director of Institute for International Business, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
TOPIC: Inside the Black Box: How China's SOEs are Changing?

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Wendy Dobson, Professor of Business Economics and Co-Director of Institute for International Business, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Tiff Macklem, Dean & Professor of Finance, Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto
TOPIC: "Asian Hosts, Global Summits & the New Geo-economics"

2013-2014 Speak Series Schedule

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Fiona M. Scott Morton, Professor Economics, Yale School of Management, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economic Analysis (Chief Economist), Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice.
TOPIC: “Patent Trolls: An Economic and Policy Analysis”

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Eiji Yamamoto, Consul-General, Consulate-General of Japan
TOPIC: “Japan is Back – Abenomics and a Roadmap for a Resurgent Japan”

Monday, March 3, 2014
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Peter Dungan is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Economics, with cross-appointments at the Department of Economics and the School of Public Policy and Governance. He is also the Director of Rotman’s Policy and Economic Analysis Program
TOPIC: “Risks of a Prolonged Low-Interest-Rate Environment for the Pensions Sector.”

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Alex Pourbaix, President, Energy and Oil Pipelines, Trans Canada Corporation
TOPIC: “Energy East: A Strategy that Benefits all Canadians”

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
SPEAKER: Ambassador Zhang Junsai, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Canada, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Canada
TOPIC: China’s Role in the World Economy

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Wendy Dobson, Co-Director – Institute for International Business and Professor of Economics, Rotman School of Management
BOOK LAUNCH: “Partners and Rivals: The Uneasy Future of China's Relationship with the U.S.”

2011-2013 Speak Series Schedule

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: David Mulroney, Distinguished Senior Fellow - Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs, U of Toronto; former Ambassador of Canada to the People's Republic of China
TOPIC: Living with the Dragon, Part 3 of 3

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: John H. Welch, Executive Director Emerging Markets Strategist and Executive Director, CIBC World Markets
TOPIC: “Brazil: Facing New and Old Challenges

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: David Mulroney, Distinguished Senior Fellow - Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, Munk School of Global Affairs, U of Toronto; former Ambassador of Canada to the People's Republic of China
TOPIC: Living with the Dragon, Part 2 of 3

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
GUEST SPEAKER: Alex Pourbaix, President, Energy and Oil Pipelines, Trans Canada Corporation
TOPIC: “North American Energy Self-Sufficiency: what it means for Canada”

Wednesday, January 16, 2013  
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
SPEAKER: Peter Dungan, Director, the Policy and Economic Analysis Program (PEAP), University of Toronto
TOPIC:  “Issues in the Economic Outlook” 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012   Classroom RT L1025
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
SPEAKER: Jack Carr, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Toronto
TOPIC: US Election: “The Economic Implications of a Romney Victory”

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Rotman Institute for International Business Speaker Series
SPEAKER: Tiff Macklem, Senior Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada
TOPIC: Global Financial Reform

Date: October 13, 2011
Topic: Insights from the Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy (SIBS) Workshop

Speakers, Session Topics, and Presentations

Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy (SIBS) Report Highlights
Annette Ryan, Chief Economist, Industry Canada
André Downs, Chief Economist, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
(If you would like to receive extra copies of the SIBS report in either French or English please contact –Joanne Fleming at Industry Canada | Industrie Canada - Joanne.Fleming@ic.gc.ca)

Private sector perspective: Lessons from “Survey of North American Business Leaders”
Bill Currie, Vice-Chair, Deloitte Canada, Americas Managing Director, Deloitte
(For hard copies of the Deloitte Productivity Report please contact Aneerudha Borkotoky at aborkotoky@deloitte.ca)

Applications of Survey of Innovation and Business Strategy Results
Productivity & Innovation - Jeremy Leonard, Director, Research, Institute for Research on Public Policy
Manufacturing & Global Business - Jean-Michel Laurin Vice President, Global Business Policy, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
Trade, Competitiveness & Innovation - Jim Milway, Executive Director, Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity and Executive Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Date: October 4, 2011
Speaker: Wendy Dobson, Professor of Business Economics and Co-Director, Institute for International Business, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Topic: China, India and Rising East Asia: Canada’s Long-term Strategy.

Date: April 6, 2011
Speaker: Bharat Masrani, Managing Director, India, TD Financial Bank Group
Topic: The State of the US Banking System

Date: March 23, 2011
Speaker: Wendy Dobson, Professor of Business Economics and Co-Director, Institute for International Business, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Topic: The Changing Global Economic Landscape.
Synopsis: In this discussion Prof. Dobson will talk about five major trends changing the shape of the world economy (not least is the rise of China) and what is driving these trends before looking at the implications for international business and how the world economy is currently being managed.

Date: February 4, 2011
Speaker: Anand Giridharadas, Columnist, The New York Times and International Herald Tribune; Author, India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking (Times Books 2011)
Topic: “An Intimate Portrait of India’s Remaking"

Date: January 19, 2011
Session: Crispo Public Policy Forum @ Rotman.
Synopsis: John Crispo was Dean of the Rotman School of Management; Professor Emeritus of Economics and Founding Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations at the University of Toronto. The Crispo Public Policy Forum discusses issues and challenges related to Canada’s trade and labor policies.

TRADE POLICY PANEL: This discuss the historical context to Free Trade as well as the challenges and opportunities in the bilateral relationship two decades later.
Moderator: Wendy Dobson, Co-Director, Institute for International Business and Professor of Business Economics, Rotman School of Management
Panelists:
Tom d'Aquino, Chairman and Chief Executive, Intercounsel Ltd. and former Chief Executive and President, Canadian Council of Chief Executives (1981-2009)
Richard Lipsey, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Simon Fraser University
Michael H. Wilson, Chairman, Barclays Capital Canada and Former Canadian Ambassador to the United States, Government of Canada

LABOUR POLICY PANEL - This panel will address contemporary labour policy concerns drawing on historical developments as well as the future challenges of a global economy.
Moderator: Anil Verma, Professor of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Panelists:
Buzz Hargrove, Former National President, Canadian Auto Workers
Rick Macdowell, Former Chair, Ontario Labor Relations Board
Bob Rae, Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre and Former Premier of Ontario

The final chapter of John Crispo's professional life involved his role as a community activist and municipal politician. During the reception, three speakers will briefly comment on John's involvement with the Creemore Community and Clearview Township.
Panelists:
Judy Fuke, Healthcare Consultant
Thom Paterson, Member of Clearview Township Council
Jeffrey Shearer, Publisher of On The Bay magazine and Past Publisher of Saturday Night magazine.

Date: November 10, 2010
Speaker: Wendy Dobson, Professor of Business Economics and Co-Director of Institute for International Business, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Topic: “The G20 and Gravity Shift: Where are the Leaders?"

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