Conversations with Power
Experience lectures from our archive.
Established in 1903, as a response to Canadian political unrest, the Empire Club ofCanada (ECC) quickly became a leading speakers’ forum. Beginning with speeches to address Canada’s relationships with the British Empire and the United States, the ECCcontinues to tackle issues that affect the lives of Canadians.
The club invites speakers to present various perspectives—including those that may not be popular but should be heard. Since its inception, the ECC has hosted 3500prominent Canadian and international leaders, including Prince Edward, the Prince ofWales (later Edward VIII), Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Audrey Hepburn,Margaret Mead, Christopher Plumber, Roberta Bondar, Maureen Forrester, AdrienneClarkson, Margaret Thatcher, Vladamir Putin and Bill Gates, to name but a few. Topics encompass business, politics, education, trade, labour, culture, international issues, as well as, other relevant topics that emerge.
Get up close and personal to the most relevant issues of the day and network with other like minded members.
A Sesquicentennial Series Event:
Featuring a video clip of Prince Harry
AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH MEMBERS OF TEAM CANADA
Michael Burns is CEO of Invictus Games—Toronto 2017, the largest international competition in the world featuring ill and injured soldiers from more than 17 nations. Burns brings to Invictus more than 20-years of an extensive experience in marketing, financial services, technology and entrepreneurial start-up.
TOPIC: Have we entered a G2 world?
Prepare for the G2 world Canada
Kenneth Courtis is an economist, entrepreneur and adviser to world leaders. Since leaving Canada as a graduate student he has spent most of his working career in Tokyo. But having watched economic progress in China, and done business there, he foresees sweeping implications for the world. China’s economy is already second in scope to only that of the United States, and it could be the largest by 2030. The country’s pace of innovation is ranked ahead of all other developing nations’, and only four notches behind that of Canada. Already China is too big to bully, too big to ignore, Courtis warns. He has urged the Trudeau government to re-establish a dialogue of mutual respect, disregarding any objections from the United States. He has suggested that Canada apply to join other developed nations in the Asian International Infrastructure Bank, which aims to invest some four trillion dollars in infrastructure projects over the next 10 to 12 years. Friction is evident within China, with posters screaming for democracy. Concerns have been raised about Chinese investment in foreign technology firms. But Courtis says the Chinese government has become far less overbearing, far less oppressive. Regardless, he warns we must prepare for a ‘Group of Two’ or ‘G2’ world, with China and the U.S. vying to be greatest. Hear what more Courtis proposes for Canada and Canadian businesses when he addresses the Empire Club of Canada on September 21.