The current global economic landscape is dominated by uncertainty—Brexit, a trade war between the U.S. and China, and sovereign debt concerns in Greece and Italy are only the beginning. At the same time, budget deficits and low interest rates are limiting Canada’s responsiveness to future economic downturns.

Learn how to operate in this type of charged landscape. The Next Recession Conference will blend data and statistical insights with practical experience. We’ll use global perspectives, contextualized for local economies. We will tell the story of uncertainty and economic risk.

This experiential and evidence-based event will walk delegates through the continuum of economic recession, from reacting appropriately and operating decisively to post-recession rebuilding and resilience.

We are going to kick-start conversations and strategic thinking by:

  • understanding the evidence;
  • engaging in candid dialogues;
  • examining real-world examples;
  • gleaning insights from tried-and-tested mitigation and management strategies;
  • learning ways to forge ahead, stronger than ever, post-crisis


Alan Arcand

Chief Economist, Canadian Manufactures & Exporters

Alicia Macdonald

Associate Director, Economic Forecasting, The Conference Board of Canada

David Rosenberg

Founder and president of Rosenberg Research & Associates

Goldy Hyder

President and CEO
Business Council of Canada

Harry Sharma

Director, Innovation and Technology

Matthew Stewart

Director, National Forecast, The Conference Board of Canada


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

8:00 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Welcome and opening remarks
8:45 a.m.

We will kick off The Next Recession Conference with a keynote that will stimulate thinking, start conversations, and raise awareness of today’s business risks.

The points raised in this presentation will be addressed throughout the day as our presenters come together to share insights, expertise, and experience to support others who are operating in business to thrive while the next recession looms.

David Rosenberg

Founder and president of Rosenberg Research & Associates

9:15 a.m.

Demographic shifts, employment trends, global trade, and technology all impact the global economy. But given all these factors, how is Canada faring?

Hear the latest research, evidence, and projections from The Conference Board of Canada. In this panel, senior Conference Board experts will present the leading outlook on Canada’s position in the contemporary global economic landscape. They will also highlight the biggest risks that are—or will be—shaping the direction of Canadian business.

Pedro Antunes

Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada

Nancy Nazer

Director, Forecasting and Analysis, The Conference Board of Canada

10:15 a.m.
Networking break
10:45 a.m.

What can we do while the going’s good? On this moderated panel, we will hear real-world examples of how leaders in government, businesses and other stakeholders are operating in the current economic landscape, with an eye to mitigating future risks.

Panelists will speak openly about what keeps them up at night, where it stems from, and how they are tackling the issue to ensure they are best positioned to succeed in the future. You are guaranteed to relate to our panelists in this candid dialogue and get ideas to bring back to your organization.

Alan Arcand

Chief Economist, Canadian Manufactures & Exporters

Trevin Stratton

Chief Economist and Vice President, Policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

11:45 a.m.
Networking lunch
12:45 p.m.

We hear about business risks all the time. But what happens when a real economic crisis hits? How should businesses respond? Hear from those who have been there. This panel will provide evidence-based insights from business leaders who have worked through—and survived—previous economic crises, offering you:

  • First-person accounts of operating in a time of crisis;
  • A view into the expected and unexpected ways that recession affected their companies;
  • Tried-and-tested procedures to support “status quo” business operations when the economic environment is anything but “status quo;”
  • Ways to put risk mitigation strategies in place when the time comes.
Alicia Macdonald

Associate Director, Economic Forecasting, The Conference Board of Canada

1:45 p.m.

When the dust settles post-financial crisis, it’s time to rebuild. Our speakers have been there.

Join us as panel members walk us through their direct experiences in restoring capital, reputation, and structure to their organizations in the aftermath of recession. Discover which of their recovery plans worked and which didn’t, and what and whom they turned to for help. This panel will be the perfect blend of real-life exemplars and lessons learned. Find out how these business leaders not only survived, but flourished post-crisis. Recognize parallels with your own organization and apply our speakers’ stories and strategies to your own economic recovery plan.

Harry Sharma

Director, Innovation and Technology

2:45 p.m.
Networking break
3:15 p.m.

Economic downturn—and the liabilities, deficits, and uncertainty that go with it—is an unavoidable part of the economic cycle. But how do you maintain your organization’s reputation and public perception when times get risky?

Anyone can lead during the good times. It’s during trying times that a truly talented leader will rise to the top. Our final keynote session is designed to get you there.

Building Public Confidence will expand your definition of what’s possible during an economic downturn. Build and continue public confidence through exceptional leadership, and help your organization stay steady in an uncertain climate.

4:00 p.m.

This is your chance to get our experts’ opinion on what keeps you up at night. Ask your most burning questions to our expert panel. Our facilitators will also gather questions from delegates throughout the day and bring up the most interesting ones during this question-and-answer session. Gain thoughtful insights and context on how to recession-proof your business.

5:00 p.m.

Give feedback on the conference and the knowledge you have gained today.

5:00 p.m.
Networking reception

Please check in regularly for any updates to the proposed agenda.




Early Bird Price
April 17, 2020

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