The 2012 Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum was a great success! This summit of private and public sector leaders from both countries was initially launched in 2010 in Sydney, Australia.
The goal of the Forums are to foster high level and frank exchanges on issues and challenges of mutual interest to Australia and Canada - partners and allies who share common historical roots and values, among them, respect for freedom and the rule of law, and the advancement of international peace and security.
The 2012 Forum, Co-Chaired by The Honourable Mike Rann and Mr. Thomas d'Aquino, addressed a wide variety of subjects that are top of mind in both countries: competitiveness and international trade priorities; approaches to global economic recovery following a devastating economic and financial crisis; responses to immense opportunities and transformational change in the Asia-Pacific region; and leading edge policies for harnessing technological change.
It is often said that there are no two countries more alike than Australia and Canada and yet our relationship is marked by a great deal of unfulfilled potential. Given that Australia and Canada are blessed with an abundance of natural resources, the Forum addressed topical issues such as global food policy, the supply of minerals and energy in a resource constrained world and the regulation of foreign investment.
Our corporate sponsors included: Macquarie Group; Viterra Inc.; BHP Billiton; Brookfield; Barrick; Rio Tinto Alcan; Air Canada; ATCO Group; Bombardier; SNC-Lavalin; Norton Rose; Cameco; Stikeman Elliott; Paladin Energy; TMX Group and Transfield Services. Our government sponsors include the Australian and Canadian Governments and Export Development Canada. Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum Related Links: The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) recently released a joint statement and two studies that recommend a suite of policy measures to promote increased bilateral trade and investment between Australia and Canada. For further information please see the report here.
The Ai Group commissioned one study, in two parts: Part 1Part 2