Livestream: Foreign policy experts attend Ottawa Forum, Jan. 28-29

With talks by Canadian ministers of foreign affairs and defence, Fareed Zakaria and many more, this year’s forum promised to be two days of lively debate. 

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Can the relationship between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico move beyond trade and security to global leadership on the climate and energy agenda? What will the impact be of the displaced due to climate change?  What role, if any, can the major international institutions set up after WW2 (UN, IMF, World Bank, etc.) play in today’s changing world?

Join some of Canada’s top experts in foreign policy for two days of discussion around these questions, and more, at this year’s Ottawa Forum, held Jan. 28 and 29 at Ottawa’s Château Laurier, hosted by Canada 2020 and the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa.

OpenCanada’s editorial team will be reporting from events on the ground, while our readers can follow the live discussions with a livestream feed hosted here above. Join the discussion online by using #Can2020 and #OttawaForum

The full conference agenda is as follows:

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

8:30 a.m.: Opening Keynote, Hon. Stephane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs

9:15 a.m.: Panel One, International Institutions in 2016
Participants: Dr. Rohinton Medhora, CIGI, David Petrasek, University of Ottawa, Margaret Biggs, Queen’s University, and Robert Greenhill, Global Canada (moderator)

11:15 a.m.: Special Presentation, Report from World Economic Forum 2016

Featuring Hon. John Manley, PC, Canadian Council of Chief Executives 


1 p.m.:  Panel Two, Getting the North American Relationships Right
Participants: Dr. Fen Olser Hampson, CIGI, Hon. Gordon D. Giffin, Dentons LLP, Ian Mallory, SeaNG Corporation, Agustín Barrios Gómez, Mexico Image Foundation, Hon. Anne McLellan, PC, Bennett Jones (moderator)


2:30 p.m.: Panel Three, Building Blocks for a Canada-Asia Strategy 

Participants: Stewart Beck, Asia Pacific Foundation Canada, Kevin Lynch, BMO Financial Group, Hon. Sandra Pupatello, PwC Canada, Janet De Silva, Toronto Region Board of Trade, Paul Wells, Maclean’s (moderator)

5:30 p.m.: Public Lecture (sold-out)
Featuring Dr. Fareed Zakaria, Host of CNN’s GPS in conversation with Dr. Roland Paris

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

8:30 a.m.:  Welcoming Remarks + Special Presentation
Marc-André Blanchard, Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, followed by Hon. Antonio Guterres, Former Chief of the UNHCR

9:15 a.m.: Panel Four, Nowhere to Go – Displaced Persons and their Effect on Global Stability
Panelists: Hon. Antonio Guterres, Former Chief of the UNHCR, Jennifer Bond, University of Ottawa, Arif Virani, Member of Parliament, Don Newman (moderator)

11 a.m.: Panel Five, The Changing Nature of Global Power 

Panelists: Simon Palamar, CIGI, Dr. Taylor Owen, University of British Columbia, Dr. Peter Jones, Centre for International Policy Studies, Dr. Roland Paris, Prime Minister’s Office (moderator)

 12:30 p.m.: Closing Keynote,
 Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

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