4Front Atlantic Conference

About 4Front 2012: What

The 4Front conference series was designed to position Atlantic Canada as a leader in navigating the new global economic landscape. A private sector led conference, supported by university leaders and sponsored by McInnis Cooper and BMO Financial Group, the 2012 4Front Atlantic Conference built upon the themes and trends identified in the inaugural 2011 conference.

At the second instalment in 2012, 200 thought leaders focused on discussing and identifying what needed to happen for businesses in Atlantic Canada to proactively reshape themselves and to reach their potential on the world stage.

2012 Speakers

Jim Carr

President and CEO, Business Council of Manitoba

The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch

Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group

John Risley

Director and Co-Founder, Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated

Bill Currie

Managing Director for the Americas, Deloitte

Marie-Lucie Morin

Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean The World Bank

Peter Mansbridge

Chief Correspondent/Anchor

Michael Lazaridis

Co-Founder, Vice Chairman, Chairman of Innovation Committee and Member of Strategic Planning Committee, RIM

Iain Klugman

President and CEO, Communitech

Mike Ashar

President, Irving Oil

Elyse Allan

President and CEO, GE Canada

George Cooper

Counsel and Chair of the Board of Directors, McInnes Cooper

Gerry Pond

Chairman, Mariner Partners Inc.

Jane Taber

Atlantic Bureau Chief, Globe & Mail

John Bragg

President and Co-CEO of Oxford Frozen Foods Limited

Edward Greenspon

Vice President, Torstar/Toronto Star

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Reception

McInnes Cooper Offices, Purdy’s Wharf Tower II

Friday, May 25, 2012

Opening Remarks

Conference Chair: John Bragg, President and Co-CEO, Oxford Frozen Foods Limited

Video Address: Reminder of A Call to Action

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

Keynote Address: “Canada’s Imperative to Go Global”

Elyse Allan, President and CEO, GE Canada

Panel Discussion: the Drivers of Change

Moderated by Peter Mansbridge, Chief Correspondent, CBC News and Anchor of The National

  1. Talent: Mike Ashar, President, Irving Oil and Jim Carr, President and CEO Business Council of Manitoba
  2. Innovation and Productivity: John Bragg, Chairman, President and Co-CEO, Oxford Frozen Foods and Bill Currie, Vice‐Chair and Americas Managing Director, Deloitte
  3. Going Global: John Risley, Director and Co‐Founder, Clearwater Fine Foods Inc. and Marie‐Lucie Morin, Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean, World Bank
  4. Access to Capital: Iain Klugman, President and CEO, Communitech and Gerry Pond, Chairman, Mariner Partners Inc.

Breakout Sessions on Talent, Innovation, Going Global and Access to Capital

Luncheon Address

Mike Lazaridis, Co‐Founder and Vice‐Chair RIM Board of Directors

Panel: Debrief from Breakout Sessions

Moderator: Peter Mansbridge, Chief Correspondent, CBC News and Anchor of The National

  • Mike Ashar, President, Irving Oil Ltd.
  • John Bragg, Chairman, President and Co-CEO, Oxford Frozen Foods
  • Jim Carr, President and CEO, Business Council of Manitoba
  • Bill Currie, Vice‐Chair and Americas Managing Director, Deloitte
  • Iain Klugman, President and CEO, Communitech
  • Marie‐Lucie Morin, Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean, World Bank
  • Gerry Pond, Chairman, Mariner Partners Inc.
  • John Risley, Director and Co‐Founder, Clearwater

Panel: Young Leaders

Moderator: Jane Taber, Atlantic Bureau Chief, Globe & Mail

What We Learned and Next Steps

Moderator: Ed Greenspon, Vice‐President, Torstar/Toronto Star

  • George Cooper, Senior partner and the Chair of the Board of McInnes Cooper
  • John Bragg, John Bragg, President and Co-CEO, Oxford Frozen Foods Limited
  • The Honourable, Kevin Lynch, Vice‐Chair, BMO Financial Group
  • John Risley, Director and Co‐Founder, Clearwater

Closing Remarks

Conference Chair: John Bragg, President and Co-CEO, Oxford Frozen Foods Limited


2012 News

Conference News

Time for Action: 4Front Atlantic committee responds to OneNS report

HALIFAX, Friday, February 14 – The 4Front Atlantic advisory committee welcomes the strong recommendations and urgent call to action detailed in the recently released report by the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy. The report titled, Now or…

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Immigration a buoy for Atlantic Canada

Today, structural trends and seismic events are reshaping economies, societies, politics, power and expectations around the globe. The future is hiding in plain sight, and the question before us is whether we have the wisdom to spot it, and the…

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Can the east coast economy be revived?

It’s been more than four decades since Kevin Lynch left Cape Breton Island to pursue a career that would carry him to the top of the federal civil service, as clerk of the Privy Council. Atlantic Canada, meanwhile, has remained…

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