This online event will take place on October 26-28, 2020. Plenaries, forums and fireside chats will focus on a wide variety of issues including macro issues like shaping the global recovery to the need for meaning and advice on how to run a purpose driven business. It will also feature segments on trailblazing women in 2020 and prioritizing health to rebuild the economy. Building on the success of the IEFA Online Conversation Series launched in April 2020, the International Economic Forum of the Americas continues its pursuit of bringing together the world’s leaders, legislators, economists, Fortune 500 CEOs and world-class experts, to an active and impactful platform for dialogue, corporate insight and collaboration.
This online event contributes to understanding through the exchanging insights, and sharing solutions to the major challenges facing the world today. The event will also provide an array of networking opportunities including information kiosks, media outreach and virtual meetings between delegates and speakers live and in-person. So while this is an online event participants can still engage other participants in private online meetings and exchanges.
Here is a summary of the topics that will be addressed.
CREATING A RESILIENT ECONOMY
In collaboration with ECN Capital
Major forces are shaping the global economy at a time when the very foundation of globalization is shaking under the pressure of travel restriction, the partial collapse of international supply chains and enduring trade wars. How can the global economy recover from the recession created by the coronavirus crisis? How can countries be prepared for future risks of economic instability and global pandemic? What international arrangements are conducive to a vibrant, inclusive, and resilient global economy?
RE-IMAGINING FINANCIAL SERVICES
Financial and investment companies across the globe had to abruptly adapt to the consequences of the 2020 pandemic, and heavily relied on digital technologies to continue their operations. What does the financial and investment landscape look like after several months into this global health crisis? What role did technology play in the conduct of financial operations during the global pandemic? What is going to change in the foreseeable future when it comes to financial products, investments and decision making for economic stakeholders?
INVESTING IN THE WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE
Expanding global talent pools, new organizational structures, accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, as well as mandatory social distancing policies have rapidly changed the world of work as we know it. In this constantly changing environment, how can organizations enhance productivity and deliver better business results? How are employers leveraging technology and data-driven decision-making to improve working practices
and deliver a better employee experience? As countries around the world compete for talent, what critical human capital investment strategies can companies implement to stay ahead?
THE WAY WE INVEST WILL NEVER BE THE SAME
Investment management is in a period of rapid change and the unprecedented global economic crisis generated by the coronavirus has deeply affected the international markets and has pushed investors beyond their traditional boundaries. How is the operating landscape changing for investors, and how are they dealing with the consequences of the pandemic? What are some of the main challenges the investment management industry is facing today? How is investors’ portfolio changing, and what positions are proving to be riskier than anticipated? How can investors prepare for the challenges ahead and turn them into competitive advantage?
SUSTAINABLE INVESTING: ASSESSING AND MANAGING CLIMATE RISK
A rise in awareness of the impact of climate change on both the physical world and the financial and economic systems is urging investors to integrate climate risk considerations within their strategies to ensure long-term economic prosperity and sustainability. How could climate change impact economic growth and profitability in the long-run? With climate risks prompting an overhaul of the financial sector, what alternatives can be offered
to help transform our current model into a more sustainable one? How should financial institutions guide clients through this transition towards more sustainable investment
TOWARDS A FUTURE-PROOF GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE
In collaboration with PortsToronto and InstarAGF Asset Management
Increasing expectations for new infrastructure that is adaptive and resilient is witnessing significant growth in efforts to mitigate the economic and social impacts of global events such as climate change and pandemics. What are some emerging infrastructure trends? What emerging opportunities are providing the scope for radically different solutions to infrastructure needs? How is the adoption and mainstreaming of cutting-edge technologies accelerating change?
A GLOBAL APPROACH TO EDUCATION
In a rapidly changing national and international environment, the necessity and purpose of education is more important than ever. How is the current economic crisis affecting the education systems? How can countries and communities create innovative approaches to education in order to not only provide an efficient and robust workforce, but also help people navigate through the challenges of their daily lives? Is digitalization an answer to bring more equality?
ACCELERATING THE GLOBAL DIGITAL ECONOMY
The transition to a digital economy where virtual technology would be the main driving force behind economic growth would have many impacts on how companies, societies and communities operate and interact on a daily basis. What is the digital economy and what are the current trends affecting businesses and people? How can technology radically change our economies and societies? How can we make sure that technological innovation
and progress benefit everyone?
INNOVATION IN A GROWING AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD SECTOR
In collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sector have demonstrated incredible resiliency to supply healthy food at home and abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic despite an unprecedented disruption in the supply chain. What lessons can the agriculture and agri-food sector pull from this experience? What role does innovation and technology play in ensuring that Canadian agri-food businesses can respond to global challenges and become more resilient to shocks and uncertainty? How can this sector drive Canada’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery and bolster the foundation of food sovereignty and security?
THE ENERGY SECTOR: AN INDUSTRY IN FLUX
In collaboration with Skypower Global
The rapid fall of oil prices during the first quarter of the year as well as the economic shutdowns linked to the global pandemic have pushed the energy industry to adapt to new circumstances and think on the long-term. What does the future of the energy landscape look like, and what factors will be paramount to long-term success? How can companies use technology to thrive in the energy transition? How should energy companies deal with digital challenges including the use of customers’ data?
THE FUTURE OF THE RETAIL EXPERIENCE
When selling online, retailers are able to tap on increasingly growing segment of the population, mostly millennials, which seldom visit physical stores or goes to shopping centers. How does AR fill this gap between the retailer and potential customers? What is its impact in customer experience (CX) and in conversions? What challenges are faced when developing an AR experience within the whole customer experience framework?
THE DIGITAL HEALTH REVOLUTION
In collaboration with Health Canada
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the development and deployment of digital health technologies, with an impact of the future of health and health care delivery. How can the private sector contribute to strengthening Canadian health systems so that they are well-equipped to meet future challenges (such as pandemics, like COVID-19)? How can governments, health institutions and the private industry work together to pull digital and other innovations into the health system that add value by providing better care and outcomes sustainably, while also ensuring interoperability, data integration and seamless patient care? How could stakeholders be engaged in advancing regulatory sandboxes and what is the pathway to adoption to help spread and scale innovations that support the health system and health care?
GLOBAL MANUFACTURING AND THE FUTURE OF GLOBALIZATION
The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented disruption in global supply chains, either by clogging, funnelling or outright paralyzing them. What lessons can be drawn from this global forced experiment? What innovative solutions can we adopt to better handle disruptions in the future? Will global manufacturing return to its pre-crisis state and what will be its future?
Click here for the complete speakers list
Click here to register