A new conference hosted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAAOD) has been announced in Calgary, Canada.
The conference, which was announced Friday, aims to provide a more transparent approach to the government’s decision-making process, and to build on the momentum for greater transparency.
The conference, called the Canadian Economic Summit, is a joint initiative of CFIB, the CAAOD and the Association of Petroleum Producers.
The goal is to provide “an opportunity for Canadians to hear from industry and business leaders,” according to the CFIB website.
The CFIB and CAAOCD have both been involved in the conference for the past year, with the CFBB chairing the agenda and CFIB acting as chair.
The agenda for the conference is a combination of economic, policy and regulatory issues.
The main theme of the conference, according to CFIB spokesperson Peter McVicar, is to “give the Canadian public a more engaged voice in the decision-taking process of our country’s government.”
McVicarc also said the CFMB and CACOD “will bring the most relevant experts together to discuss the most important policy and business questions of our time, while focusing on important issues of our day.”
McDVicarr told CBC News that the conference will address issues such as: “what will it take to increase transparency and accountability in the oil and gas sector; the future of the oilpatch; and the impact of climate change on our economy.”
“What is going to be discussed at this event is an opportunity for people in Canada to hear more from experts, from business leaders and from the public about our economy and our politics,” McVicsar said.
The first day of the event will take place Friday.
The full agenda for that day can be found at the CFIFB website.
“We are very proud of the work that we’ve done in Calgary and look forward to continuing our efforts to bring greater engagement and transparency to the economic decision-makers of Canada,” CFIB executive director Peter Fitzpatrick said in a statement.
McVICAR added that “the conference will bring the best of the Canadian energy industry and economic leadership to the country.”
The CAAOOD has also been participating in the economic talks since 2015, with a similar focus on policy.
The group is led by economist David MacNaughton.
The CAAOP was founded in 2006 to address the challenges of a changing world and is known for its focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.
“This is a unique opportunity to gather the best in industry leaders to hear their views on important topics of the day and to engage the public in a deeper conversation about how we can move forward together,” MacNaugtsar said in an emailed statement.
The Conference of Industrialists and Chambers of Commerce of Alberta, the largest industry group in Alberta, has been invited to attend.
The association has been involved since 2011 and has been at the forefront of the debate over the future economy.