october 10-11, 2018
Holiday Inn
St. John's, NL

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CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

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Glen Hodgson

International Economist and Author
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International economist and author Glen Hodgson has over 35 years of experience in global and Canadian macro-economics, international trade and finance, fiscal and tax policy, and other “big picture” topics. He is the first-ever Senior Fellow at The Conference Board of Canada, after spending twelve years as the Board’s Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist.

Glen’s career has spanned the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C., the federal Department of Finance, Export Development Canada (EDC), as well as the Conference Board of Canada. He has travelled the world and Canada as a financial negotiator, economic thinker, and advisor to governments and international organizations. He has published two books, one on the 2008 global financial crisis, and the other on the business economics of pro sports. He has written over 350 reports, briefings and articles, shares regular commentary in the Globe and Mail, and delivers many speeches and presentations each year to clients.

Glen has led organizations and served on boards. He is also a member of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, which undertakes research and provides advice on how price signals can be used to modify behavior and economic performance for the better.

Glen provides insights on the energy transition that is now quietly underway, and how this transition could shape an economy with lower GHG emissions, but without impairing the Canadian economy’s growth capacity. These insights come from his research, and his role as the chair of a new research centre at the Conference Board on the low-carbon growth economy.



Hon. Andrew Parsons

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment
Minister Responsible for the Office of Climate Change
Minister Responsible for the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board
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Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment
Minister Responsible for the Office of Climate Change
Minister Responsible for the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board
Minister of Justice and Public Safety
Minister Responsible for the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Office
Attorney General

Government House Leader


Andrew Parsons has represented the district of Burgeo – La Poile since 2011. A lifelong resident of Channel-Port aux Basques, he trained as a lawyer and was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador bar in 2005. Mr. Parsons practiced law in the region before entering provincial politics. He previously served as the Opposition House Leader and the Opposition Critic for Justice, Health and Community Services, and other key portfolios.

Mr. Parsons has served on the executive of Port aux Basques Minor Hockey, including four years as president. He served as a committee member for Port aux Basques Come Home Year 2005, a member of the Southwest Coast Marine and Mountain Zone Committee, and as a board member on the Dr. Charles L. Legrow Health Care Foundation. He has also served as president of the Port aux Basques Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized and awarded numerous times for his public service and volunteerism.



Hon. Christopher Mitchelmore

Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
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Christopher Mitchelmore was first elected to the House of Assembly in 2011 and was re-elected in November 2015. He is from Green Island Cove, a small fishing village on the Great Northern Peninsula.

Mr. Mitchelmore has a Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Co-op) degree from Memorial University, with international study experience in the United Kingdom and at the University of Economics in the Czech Republic. He worked with the Department of Innovation, Business, and Rural Development; the Newfoundland and Labrador Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities (PUB); and London Offshore Consultants.

Prior to entering politics, Mr. Mitchelmore worked as a client services officer and a youth ventures coordinator with the Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) Nortip. He has an extensive track record of community involvement, including time as vice president of the Straits – St. Barbe Chronic Care Corporation and director and member of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network. He was appointed Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development on December 14, 2015.


Hon. Siobhan Coady

Minister of Natural Resources
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Siobhan was raised to believe “you make a living by what you get, a life by what you give” and is a dedicated community volunteer. She has chaired the regional economic development board, the NL Business Hall of Fame, and has been the Campaign Chair for Red Cross. She has contributed to the Board of Directors of the St. John’s Airport Authority, The Genesis Centre, The Atlantic Innovation Council, the Institute of Corporate Directors, Genome Canada, Compute Canada and Children’s Wish to name a few.

She is an award winning entrepreneur and recognized as one of the top 50 CEO’s in Atlantic Canada. She has owned and operated companies as diverse as Newfound Genomics Inc. and Bonaventure Fisheries Inc. She is Past Chair and Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Past President of the St. John’s Board of Trade.

Educated at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Oxford University and the University of Toronto, she is an accredited Director of the Institute of Corporate Directors and an Accredited Public Relations Professional.

On November 30, 2015, Siobhan was elected to represent the District of St. John’s West in the House of Assembly. She is currently Minister of Natural Resources, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and Deputy Government House Leader with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to joining provincial politics, from 2008 to 2011, she was the Liberal Member of Parliament for the Riding of St. John’s South–Mount Pearl and Critic for Treasury Board.

Siobhan, and her husband Pat, live in St. John’s where they enjoy the outdoors and their Labrador Retrievers.


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