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Executive Dinner Series 2019


The Executive Dinner Series is an exclusive national dinner program that will bring together senior executives and thought leaders for a dialogue on top issues impacting Canadian business.   At each event, you will hear from our President and CEO, the Hon. Perrin Beatty, OC, and a panel of Canada’s most influential business leaders.


*Agenda – a similar agenda format for each event (*subject to change)

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Networking reception

6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m. Dinner

8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Panel discussions



May 9, 2019

Theme: Disruptive Technology and the Digitization of Infrastructure: Changing How We Work

Canada is uniquely positioned to be a world leader in emerging technologies and must take steps to promote its advantages globally. By doing so, we can identify and focus on areas where we can continue to excel and make growing and attracting the most skilled talent a priority.  

Join us for an evening of fascinating discussion on how disruptive technologies, like artificial intelligence and blockchain, are emerging as the digital strategy solution to things like trade enabling infrastructure and the digitization of the movement of goods. These digital strategies are ultimately helping to bring Canada to the forefront of Industry 4.0.



June 6, 2019

Theme: Resources - A Nimble Regulatory System for the 21st-century

For Canadians working in the resource sector, Canada’s regulatory system has been top of mind. There can be no doubt that the cancellation of the Northern Gateway project and suspension of Transmountain have raised significant concerns about the predictability, objectivity and capacity of Canada’s regulatory system to support the completion of major infrastructure projects.

At the same time, Government’s are being pushed to create regulatory systems that nimble and agile enough to manage the pace of change promised by artificial intelligence, internet of things systems, and virtual reality. This dinner series explores a relatively simple question: what might a 21st-century regulatory system look like, what new technologies might it be able to incorporate to lower the costs of project management, and generate more data to make the approval system simpler and ensure public trust in major projects?

For instance, the Calgary based start-up Veerum, has developed digital twin technologies that allow infrastructure projects to fully simulate the affects of time and adverse events on infrastructure projects. Technologies like this could simplify the environmental assessment process, reduce the work of regulators, and lower project costs. Technologies such as these and steps we need to take to incorporate cutting edge technologies into the assessment process deserve attention and could be key to restoring Canada’s competitiveness and building the infrastructure to support our energy producers.



June 25, 2019

Theme: Competitiveness of Canada – Trade and Transportation Network

Efficient and reliable supply chains and trade corridors are crucial to Canada’s prosperity. This is especially true on the West Coast, where Canada’s international trade competitiveness in the Asian-Pacific region depends on the policy and infrastructure decisions of a diverse set of public and private supply chain participants. As long-term forecasts point to the need for significant capacity expansion to move goods to and through B.C. ports, there is a growing urgency to ensure that necessary trade corridor projects are approved in a timely manner. Join us for a dinner discussion about the intersection of policy and infrastructure in Vancouver how we can continue to enhance Canada’s trade and transportation performance.



October 24, 2019

Theme: Federal Election Results and the Impact on Canada’s Future

Please join the Canadian Chamber of Commerce for an analysis of the 2019 federal election results and a discussion about what they mean for Canadian businesses and the economy. The evening will feature a special guest who will provide a detailed analysis of the election results, the political mood in Canada and what the means for business. Our special guest will be joined by the Hon. Perrin Beatty, P.C, O.C., President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce as well as a select group of panellists to share their perspectives on the federal election and what it means for Canadian businesses. The audience will be invited to participate during the Q&A with Mr. Beatty, our guest speaker and panellists.



November 21 2019

Theme: Labour, Immigration and Populations Growth

Labour and skills shortages continue to dominate the headlines across the country, and are particularly acute on the East coast. Businesses throughout Atlantic Canada continue to report difficulties finding new workers, along with addressing changing environments and requirements for existing employees. Where the Atlantic Pilot Program has made inroads in attracting skilled immigrants, the focus necessarily needs to shift to retention and recruitment across skill levels. And while there is much discussion around education and training, re-skilling and up-skilling, we need to better appreciate what is being done – and what is working. Join us for a dinner discussion on what business can be doing - concretely and successfully - to address community and sectoral workforce challenges across the region.


Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information on the Executive Dinner Series, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melissa McGee, Director of Corporate Relations and Sponsorship at or at 416.868.6415 (3236).