Economic Summit

The Economic Summit is a gathering of world-renowned business leaders and visionaries, bringing together some of the best minds in Canadian business to one venue.

The 2019 Economic Summit took place on Thursday, May 8. The Future is 2020 featured two keynote addresses from world-renowned thought leaders and five hyper-targeted 15-minute FUTURE TALK presentations from industry-leaders embracing artificial intelligence and automation.

2019 | Economic Summit: The Future is 2020

Keynote Addresses

Economist: Dawn Desjardins, Vice President & Deputy Chief Economist, RBC Royal Bank

Futurist: Ryan Peterson, CEO & Co-Founder, Finger Food

Future Talks (15 min. presentations from industry experts)

  • Connectivity: Osman Naeem, Telus
  • Urban Growth: Gaetan Royer, CEO, CityState Consulting Services
  • Transportation: Andrew McCurran, Translink
  • Communication: Darian Kovacs, Jelly Marketing
  • AI: Ye Lu, AltumView


2018 | Economic Summit

Keynote: Niels Veldhuis, President, The Fraser Institute

Blockchain Panel: The Future of Currencies

    • Chris Jensen, Co-Founder & COO, RightMesh

  • Frans Tjallingii, Co-Founder & CEO, First Coin Capital
  • Dr. Peter Chow-White, Professor, Simon Fraser University
  • Moderator: Kevin Rathbun, Rise Advisors

Cannabis Panel: Economic Impact of Legalization

  • Allan Lingwood, Chief Compliance Officer, FARM
  • Dr. Anil Soni, Director, Rejuva Medispa and Laser
  • David Martyn, President, Compass Cannabis Clinic
  • Matt Chistopherson, VP of Business Development, Keirton
  • Moderator: Barinder Rasode, CEO, NICHE Canada


2017 | Economic Summit

Keynote: Dr. Sherry CooperChief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

Canada & Trump Panel:

  • Greg Timm, CEO, Pacific Custom Brokers (Canada & USA)
  • James Moore, Senior Advisor, Dentons
  • Maria Rajanayagam, Board Chair, American Chamber of Commerce in Canada

Game Changers:

  • Caren McSherry, Owner, The Gourmet Warehouse
  • John Volken, Founder, United Furniture Warehouse
  • Wim Vander Zalm, President, Art Knapp Plantland


2016 | Economic Summit 2.0

Keynote: Dr. Sherry CooperChief Economist, Dominion Lending Centres

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CEO Panel:

  • Dave Lanphear, President, Envision Financial
  • Gary Mauris, CEO, Mortgage Centre Canada and President & CEO, Dominion Lending Centres
  • Rex Sheehy, President, Earth’s Own Food Division
  • Faye Wightman, Former President & CEO, Vancouver Foundation

Energy Panel:

  • Chris O’Riley, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, BC Hydro
  • Stewart Muir, Executive Director, Resource Works
  • Doug Stout, VP Market Development & External Relations, Fortis BCEconomic Summit 2016 - Tech Panel - Close Up - 2 - websize
  • Ben Themens, Director, Lonsdale Energy Corporation

Technology Panel:

  • Wilkins Chung, Co-Founder, A Thinking Ape Software
  • Michael van Hemmen, Public Policy Manager, Uber
  • Greg Malpass, CEO & Founder, Traction on Demand
  • Trent Shumay, Co-Founder & CTO, Finger Food Studios


2015 | Economic Summit

Keynote: James Moore, Minister of Industry

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CEO Panel:

  • Rod Baker, CEO, Great Canadian Gaming
  • Jean-Pierre LeBlanc, Co-Founder & Chief Wellness Officer, Saje Natural
  • Darrell Jones, CEO, Overwaitea Food Group
  • Dr. Debbie Samsom, President, Back in Motion

Tech & Innovation Panel:

  • Ryan Benn, President, Teldon Media & Alive Publishing Group Inc
  • Wade Larson, President & COO, UrtheCast
  • Ryan Peterson, CEO, Finger Food Studios
  • Thorsten Wesse, CEO, Automotive Fuel Cell CooperationEconomic Summit 2015 - Federal MP Panel

Federal MP Panel:

  • MP Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of Canada
  • MP James Moore, Minister of Industry
  • MP Joyce Murray, Critic for National Defence and Western Diversification
  • MP Kennedy Stewart, Official Opposition Critic for Science & Technology