The Consider Canada City Alliance was a Supporter of the inaugural FDI Canada Forum held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan September 22 and 23 2015.

Attending the conference from the CCCA were: Ian McKay Vice Chair CCCA and President and CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission, and members from Saskatoon, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and Halifax.

In this era of an increasingly globalized world economy, foreign direct investment (FDI) is a significant driving force behind economic growth and the international integration of markets for goods and services.

The goal of the conference was to shape stronger and smarter Canadian FDI policy by contributing toward a greater understanding of the complexities surrounding international foreign investment and Canada’s position within a rapidly evolving global economy.

On behalf of the CCCA, Ian McKay accepted the first Annual Award for Outstanding Contribution to Marketing Canada and Inward FDI.

Key speakers include:

William J. Fehrman, President and CEO, MidAmerican Energy Company and President and CEO, MidAmerican Renewables, a division of Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. 

Clark Grue, President & CEO, Rainmaker Global Business Development

Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

André Downs, Chief Economist, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Government of Canada

Alex L. Fallon, President and CEO, Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority

Wendy K. Dobson, Professor and Co-Director, Rotman Institute for International Business, University of Toronto, Executive Fellow, The School of Public Policy

Dylan Jones, President & CEO, Canada West Foundation

David Waugh, CEO, North Atlantic Potash

Frank L. Graves, President, EKOS

Eugene Beaulieu, Professor, Department of Economics, Director, International Economic Policy, The School of Public Policy

A panel also discussed the critical role  that cities play in the attraction and retention of FDI.
The panel included (all are CCCA members):

  • Alex Fallon, President and CEO, Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority
  • Gillian McCormack, Vice President, Business Trade and Development, Calgary Economic Development
  • Ian McKay, CEO, Vancouver Economic Commission
  • Michael Stewart, Business Development Executive, Invest Toronto