Conference – 2017



Date:   September 11-12, 2017

Location:  Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Presenting Sponsors: Power Corporation of Canada, Great-West Lifeco

Partner Sponsors:  Historica Canada, Deloitte, TD Bank Group, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History

Co-Presenters: Historica Canada; Canada’s History Society; Michael Lee Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship; Oral History Centre, University of Winnipeg; Department of History, University of Toronto; Economics Department, University of Toronto; Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History - Trinity College, University of Toronto.

Fee:  $50 per person, includes all sessions, materials, meals.

Synopsis:  A national 2-day conference to highlight 150 Years of Canadian Business, presented in conjunction with Canada’s Sesquicentennial birthday celebrations.  The conference is multi-disciplinary and open to participation by academics, business leaders, professional archivists and the public.

The conference will present a range of session topics on business sectors that have played an important role in shaping the Canadian economy since Confederation.  Keynote dinner and luncheon speakers will be presented by high-profile experts and will address broad issues on several topics.

An edited book will be published and include selected papers presented at the conference.  A permanent digital archive of the conference and the book publication will be maintained with free public access.


DAY ONE: September 11th, 2017

8:00 am – 8:45 am        Registration, coffee/tea and Continental Breakfast

8:45 am – 9:00 am        Introductory Remarks, Professor Dimitry Anastakis, CBHA
Welcome, Tiff Macklem – Dean, Rotman School of Management

9:00 am – 10:30 am      Plenary Session

Session One: Plenary Session - Regions and Provinces in Canada’s Business History

Prairies: Bill Waiser (University of Saskatchewan)
Central: Penny Bryden (University of Victoria)
Quebec: Thierry Nootens (Universite du Quebec a Trois Rivieres)
Atlantic: Don Nerbas (Cape Breton University)

10:30 – 10:45 am        Comfort Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm  

Session TwoThe Role of Women in Canadian Business History
Melanie Buddle (Trent University)
Tabitha Fritz (Rotman School of Management)

Session Three - Journalism, the Press, and Canada’s Business History
Gordon Pitts (DeGroote School of Business)
Howard Green (author)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Luncheon

Keynote Speaker –  Robert McIntosh, Director-General, Library & Archives Canada  Archives and Canadian Business History 

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Session Four: Archives Session  TBD

David Kirsch (University of Maryland)
Christian Desîlets (Université Laval)

Session Five: Global Trading and Investment (Multinational Investors, FDI)
Walid Hejazi (Rotman School of Management)
Stephen Azzi (Carleton University)
Mira Wilkins (Florida International University)

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Comfort Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Session Six: The Importance, Relevance and Necessity of Teaching of Canadian Business History
Joe Martin (Rotman School of Management)
Red Wilson (Business Executive, Co-founder: Historica)
Lauren Epstein (Director of Investments, Epstein Enterprises)

Session Seven: Advertising and Marketing, and R&D, to Canadians over 150 Years
Daniel Robinson (Western University)
Janis Thiessen (University of Winnipeg)
Bruce Smardon (York University)

5:30 pm Reception and Dinner

Announcement of CBHA/ACHA Book Prize Winner

Keynote Speaker Mr. Jim Leech,  –Former Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan,  Pension Plans in Canadian Business History

DAY TWO: September 12th, 2017

8:00 am – 8:45 am    Coffee, Tea and Continental Breakfast

8:45 am – 9:00 am    Chris Kobrak and Michael Bliss Memorial

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Session Eight: Plenary Session - The Resource Sector and Multinationals in Canadian Business History
Robin Gendron (Nipissing University)
Stan Sudol (Communications Consultant)
Mark Kuhlberg (Laurentian University)
Graham Taylor (Trent University)

10:30 am – 10:45 am Comfort Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Session Nine:  150 Years of Canadian Banking Industry -Domestic to Global Growth, and Banking Oversight

Helen Sinclair (Former President, Canadian Bankers Association)
Robert Wright (Augustana University)
Laurence Mussio

Session Ten: Exploring how politics, case law and experiences have shaped securities regulation, disclosure, and independent auditing in Canada.
Jim Baillie (Retired, Torys)
Jim Goodfellow (Retired Partner & Vice Chair – Deloitte)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Luncheon

Keynote Speaker Mr. Perrin Beatty, President & Chief Executive Officer - Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Commerce in Canada’s Business History

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Session Eleven: 150 Years of the Canadian Financial Industry
Amy Young (Upside Consulting) – Stock Exchanges
Patricia Best (Author) – Trust Companies
Mark Bonham (Massey College) – Insurance Companies

Session Twelve: Canadian Rural Business History
University Professor Emeritus Doug McCalla (University of Guelph)
Simon Berge (University of Winnipeg) – Co-Operatives
Josh McFayden (Arizona State University)

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Comfort Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Session Thirteen: Indigenous Canadians and Canadian Business History

Brian Gettler (University of Toronto)
David Newhouse (Trent University)
Alison Kemper (Ryerson University)

Session Fourteen:  New Trends and Issues in Canadian Business History
Donica Belisle (University of Regina)
Jason Russell (Empire State College)
Andrew Smith (University of Liverpool)

5:15 pm                     Closing Cocktail Social and Thank You
CBHA Chris Kobrak Research Fellowship Announcement
Nick Terpstra, Head - History Department, University of Toronto
Comments from Historica, Ann Dadson