What the West Wants: Business in Western Canada

Fifty-two of the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders of western Canada—all under 40 years of age—met in Calgary on October 26th, 2007 to discuss the factors they believe will shape the economy over the next 10 to 20 years.

Organized as part of the Canada West Foundation’s NEXT West Project, the conference Generating Wealth: A Summit for Western Canada’s Next Generation of Business Leaders also found out from the participants what they want governments to be doing to help ensure that Canada’s economy is competitive over the long-term, and what they think the private sector should do to adjust to changing economic circumstances.

“Unlike a standard conference on economic policy, where most participants would be in their 50s or 60s and only a handful under 40, the Generating Wealth Summit reversed this and invited only people under 40 years of age,” said Robert Roach, the Canada West Foundation’s Director of Research. “The result was a refreshing take on the economy, where it is headed and what public policy should be doing to ensure its long-term competitiveness.”

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Source: Troy Media Corporation. Canada West Foundation

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