Economic Summit


Preliminary program

Please note that hours of programming are those of New Brunswick.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Pre-Summit Activities

at the Edmundston Convention center
(Assomption room)
74 Canada Road, Edmundston, New Brunswick

8:30 am

Breakfast with the French Chamber of Commerce in Canada Atlantic Network

Bussiness opportunities in St. Pierre and Miquelon

10:00 am

Presentation: The Economic Information Observatory

Speaker: Monica Mallowan

11:00 am

Presentation on free trade agreements (CETA and NAFTA)

Speaker: Michel Têtu

Economic Summit

at the Edmundston Convention center
(République room)
74 Canada Road, Edmundston, New Brunswick

8:00 am


(Lobby Jardin Botanique)

11:00 am

Business Connections B2B/2GO

(Petit Témis and Mont Farlagne rooms)


Business Picnic

Presentation of Business Plan Competition Winners

1:00 pm

Opening ceremony

Opening remarks

  • His Worship Cyrille Simard, Mayor of Edmundston
  • Mister Émilien Nadeau, President, CMA 2014
  • The Honorable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie
  • The Honorable Percy Mockler, Senator

Keynote Speaker
Gaëtan Frigon, Executive Chairman of Publipage and Investor in the TV show “Dans l’oeil du Dragon” Radio-Canada

2:15 pm

Panel of Economists

«Challenges and Opportunities in the Region and the Urgent Need to Work Together»

  • André Leclerc, Université de Moncton, Edmundston campus
  • Bradly Ritz, University of Maine at Fort Kent
  • Guy Caron, Member of Parliament
for Rimouski-Neigette – Témiscouata – Les Basques (Québec)

3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:15 pm

Presentations and Discussions on the Establishment of a Trade Zone

  • Wade Merritt, Maine International Trade Center
  • David Campbell, Jupia Consultants Inc.

4:00 pm

End of first day of the Summit

6:00 pm

Dîner en Blanc Edmundston

Activity not included in registration fee

(Pre-registration is required)

Detail available, in French only, at:

Friday, August 22, 2014

at the Edmundston Convention center
(République Room)

8:30 am

Business Breakfast

  • Alain Bélanger, Corruven
  • Roger Robitalle, Réseau Forêt-Bois-Matériaux de Témiscouata
  • Jay Lajoie, LaJoie Growers
  • arcel and Steve Lizotte, Lizotte Consultants
  • Chuck Cyr, Third Eye Global
  • Mychèle Poitras, Brasseurs du Petit-Sault
  • Ginette Bégin, Fromagerie Le Détour

9 am to 5 pm

Business Connections B2B/2GO

(Petit Témis and Mont Farlagne rooms)

9:00 am

Presentation: Conference Board of Canada Study on the Economic Impact of Bilingualism

Speaker: Jean Léger, RDÉE Canada

9:45 am

Presentation of Key Economic Issus and Workshop

  • Access to Workforce
    (République room)

Facilitator: Lise Ouellette

  • Business Succession
    (Assomption 1 room)

Facilitator: Mathieu Lemieux

  • Communications
    (Assomption 3 room)

Facilitators: Cindy Rivard and Julie Bayly

  • Tourism and culture
  • (Madawaska room)

Facilitators: Caroline Chassé and Johanne Bérubé-Gagné

  • Transportation
    (Saint-Jean room)
Facilitators: Ginette Bégin and Ryan Malmborg

10:45 am

Networking Break

11:00 am

Plenary Session: Common Key Issues


Lunch and Lauch of Local Governance Conference

Speaker : Jean-Paul L'Allier, former Mayor of Quebec City

1:00 pm

Business information Kiosks  Bleu Blanc Rouge

Business Service Providers

(Lobby Jardin Botanique)

1:30 pm

Panel Discussion: Economic Development ant the Role of Municipalities

  • Honorable Jean D’Amours, Minister for Transport and the Implementation of the Maritime Strategy, Minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent region and the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region and former mayor of Rivière-du-Loup
  • Cyrille Simard, Mayor of Edmundston
  • Rachel Bocher, Councillor and Paul Billaudeau former executive director, City of Nantes, France

3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:15 pm

Presentation: The Economic Impact of CMA 2014

4:00 pm

Economic Outlook Post-CMA 2014

Signing of Partnership Agreement

5:00 pm

Happy Hour Cocktail: Celebrating Our Successes

(Lobby Jardin Botanique)

End of Summit

*This preliminary program is subject to change. Please visit the website for any updates prior to the beginning of the Economic Summit.
**The Dîner en Blanc Edmundston is not part of the Economic Summit. For further details, in French only, on this activity, please visit


The Economic Summit is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada

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Economic Summit
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165, Hébert Boulevard, Edmundston (NB) E3V 2S8
Tel: +506-737-2014 (ext. 5435)

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