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Global Competitiveness: The Role of Innovation and Productivity
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The International Economic Forum of the Americas: Toronto Global Forum

27 October 2014
The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Canada



Global manufacturing has entered a dynamic yet challenging phase that will require innovative methods and processes if it is to sustain momentum. What new capabilities are most critical to respond to today’s highly competitive marketplace? How can manufacturers increase their competitiveness amidst economic uncertainty, volatile currencies and energy constraints? What types of strategies and policies must be implemented to incentivize and increase economic competitiveness within the new global manufacturing landscape?

Moderator: Richard Bradley, Editor-in-Chief, Worth Magazine


  • Jean-René Halde, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Robert Hardt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Canada
  • Motomu Takahashi, Chief Operating Officer, America Business Unit, Mitsui & Co. Group, and President and Chief Executive Officer, Mitsui & Co. USA
  • Stephen Hoover, Chief Executive Officer, PARC