Event description

On March 21 and just after the budget release, join host Catherine Clark and special guest host David Akin as they examine Canada’s investment climate and are we continuing to be competitive? On the show we hear from business interests, academic perspectives and government on what is being done and what we need to be doing.

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 2018 World Investment Report, Canada was the 15th destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in the world in 2017, losing 3 places compared to the previous year. Canada attracted USD 24.2 billion of FDI in 2017, a decrease of 35% compared to 2016, higher than the global trend (-23%). Inflows to Canada dropped substantially in recent years because of the primary sector crisis and reduced loans between companies, especially in the energy and mining sector, and divestments in oil sands assets.

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Elizabeth Roscoe

  • Sr. VP & National Practice Leader Public Affairs, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Bob Masterson

  • President & CEO, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

David Akin

  • Chief Political Correspondent, Global News