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CIAA Annual Conference: Innovation Landscape 2018

Join CIAA in beautiful Montebello, Quebec for our annual conference. Book your accommodations today to secure a room at the spectacular resort.

September 23-26, 2018

Fairmont Le Château Montebello
392 Notre Dame
Montebello, Quebec
J0V 1L0
1 (819) 423-6341



Jason Chistopherson
Chair, CIAA Annual Conference


Opening Keynote


Glen Hodgson
International Economist and Author

International economist and author Glen Hodgson has over 35 years of experience in global and Canadian macro-economics, international trade and finance, fiscal and tax policy, and other “big picture” topics. He is the first-ever Senior Fellow at The Conference Board of Canada, after spending twelve years as the Board's Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist.

Glen’s career has spanned the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C., the federal Department of Finance, Export Development Canada (EDC), as well as the Conference Board of Canada. He has travelled the world and Canada as a financial negotiator, economic thinker, and advisor to governments and international organizations. He has published two books, one on the 2008 global financial crisis, and the other on the business economics of pro sports. He has written over 350 reports, briefings and articles, shares regular commentary in the Globe and Mail, and delivers many speeches and presentations each year to clients.

Glen has led organizations and served on boards. He is also a member of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, which undertakes research on using price signals to discourage negative outcomes like greenhouse gas emissions or road congestion, and encourage positive ones.

 Closing Keynote



Alexandre Bilodeau
Olympic Champion

When he became the first Canadian athlete in history to win a gold medal on Canadian soil at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Alexandre Bilodeau captured the imagination of an entire nation. In February 2014, he took part in his last Olympics in Sochi, where he successfully defended his title with the fierce determination he has come to be known form. He became the first repeat Canadian Olympic champion. Alex Bilodeau will forever be double Olympic champion.

A native of Rosemère, Quebec, Alexandre first fell in love with freestyle skiing when he watched Jean-Luc Brassard compete in Lillehammer. Following in the footsteps of his idol, he became the top Canadian junior in freestyle at age 14. His career wasn’t always tinged with glory. At times when many would have quit, Alex rolled up his sleeves and worked twice as hard to become the best athlete he could be. His story is rich. When he shares this story, he talks about the values that took him to the highest peaks of his sport.

In the 2013-2014 season, the last of his career, he finished 2 at the first three World Cups, in Finland, Calgary and Deer Valley. He then went on to climb the highest step of the podium at events where he had known previous success in Deer Valley, Lake Placid, and Val-St-Côme. After impressive performances in Japan and Norway 26-yr old Alex won the last World Cup event of his career in La Plagne. Way to leave on a high note!

Alexandre now works as a professional in accounting and finance, specifically in the area of transactional services for KPMG. He intends to leave his mark in the business world. With "dare to dream big" as his watchword, there is every reason to believe he will be just as successful there.