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June 1 to 3, 2021

As governments transition from crisis management to economic recovery, a central question is how to foster economic growth when entire sectors of the economy as well as public finances have been upended. The Competition and Growth Summit will examine this issue and the role that competitive markets can play in driving economic growth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Competition and Growth Summit will feature a series of three virtual panels from June 1 to June 3, 2021. International and domestic experts will discuss topics including how competition can foster inclusive growth, government strategies to apply a competition lens in achieving policy goals, and lessons learned by competition authorities through the pandemic.

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Registration

Interested parties are encouraged to submit a request for registration using our online form A member of the Summit team will respond with more information and to confirm participation where available.

Panels

Panel 1 – Competition, productivity and economic growth

Panel details:

The global health crisis has disproportionately affected small- and medium-sized businesses as well as vulnerable communities and threatened the future competitive intensity and dynamism of markets. This has prompted some governments to focus on measures to enhance productivity and ensure inclusive economic growth.

The kickoff panel will open the debate on the role of competition in delivering economic recovery and growth. Some of the key questions this panel aim to address include:

  • What are the links between competition, productivity and competitiveness?
  • What can we learn from government responses in previous economic downturns to support domestic industries and drive growth?
  • To what extent does competition have a role to play in supporting inclusive growth and the diffusion of economic opportunity?

When:

  • June 1, 2021 from 9:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (EDT)

Keynote speaker:

  • The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Science, Innovation and Industry

Moderator:

  • Jeanne Pratt, Senior Deputy Commissioner, Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch, Competition Bureau

Panelists:

  • Alain de Serres, Deputy Director, OECD Economic Department, Policy Studies Branch
  • Christopher Ragan, Director, Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University
  • Trevin S. Stratton, Ph.D., Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Carolyn A. Wilkins, Corporate Director, Intact Insurance Company and Former Senior Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada

Panel 2 – Competition and government agendas

Panel details:

Competition is only one of many goals policymakers must balance in the design and implementation of effective policy. The panel will discuss the levers available to governments to increase the competitive intensity of their economies, and how governments can incorporate a competition lens in their policymaking while also meeting other critical objectives.

Some of the key questions this panel aim to address include:

  • How does competition intersect with other public policy objectives? Has the pandemic shifted these intersections?
  • What levers can governments use to increase competitive intensity post-pandemic?
  • What barriers do governments face in delivering on competitive markets?

When:

  • June 2, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (EDT)

Moderator:

  • Francis Bilodeau, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategy and Innovation Policy Sector, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Panelists:

  • Melanie Aitken, Co-Chair, Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment, Bennett Jones (US) LLP
  • Senator Colin Deacon
  • Denise Hearn, Author, "The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition"
  • William B.P. Robson, Chief Executive Officer, C.D. Howe Institute

Panel 3 – The perspective from heads of competition agencies

Panel details:

At the outset of the pandemic there was a global conversation on the role of competition authorities in times of crisis. In 2021, there is an opportunity to revisit this topic and reflect on the experiences of international authorities and the tools at their disposal to support competitive markets. The panel will focus on the effect of the pandemic on the role of competition authorities around the world.

Some of the key questions this panel aim to address include:

  • To what extent adjustments are needed to enforcement activities to promote economic recovery?
  • How can authorities best advocate to policy makers in support of open markets in the aftermath of the pandemic?
  • Are the objectives of economic inclusion and fairness (gender, race, disability etc.) fair game for competition authorities? If so, what does inclusive competition enforcement and policy look like in practice?

When:

  • June 3, 2021 from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (EDT)

Keynote speaker:

  • Senator Amy Klobuchar, Chair of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights

Moderator:

  • William Kovacic, Non-Executive Director, U.K. Competition and Markets Authority, Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy and Director, Competition Law Center, The George Washington University and Former Member and Chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Panelists:

  • Matthew Boswell, Commissioner of Competition, Competition Bureau of Canada
  • Andrea Coscelli, CBE, Chief Executive, U.K. Competition and Markets Authority
  • Richard A. Powers, Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Anna Rawlings, Chair, New Zealand Commerce Commission
  • Rod Sims, Chair, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
  • Rebecca Slaughter, Acting Chair, U.S. Federal Trade Commission

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