2012 Durham Economic Prosperity Conference

Friday, November 9, 2012


550 Beck Crescent, Ajax, Ontario L1Z 1C9

Durham Economic Prosperity ConferenceOn Friday, November 9th, the who’s who of Durham’s business, civic, labour, non-profit, Aboriginal and academic communities came together for the fourth biennial Durham Economic Prosperity Conference to discuss opportunities for growth focusing on “Sharpening Durham’s Competitive Edge”.

The one half day “think tank” Conference focused on “Sharpening Durham’s Competitive Edge”. Through the candid exchange of ideas, speakers and delegates explored the opportunities for working together and gave us some sense of where Durham Region stands in the global economy and provided a greater insight of the challenges we need to deal with, the opportunities we need to seize and the threats that we need to come to grips with.

The Durham Economic Prosperity Conference (DEPC), introduced in 2006, is a partnership between the Region of Durham, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and has been an unprecedented success. Every second year forward thinking leaders from across the Region meet to discuss the most pressing issues facing Durham Region. The Conference has maintained its reputation as the go-to forum for decision makers from across the Region.

The Durham Economic Prosperity Committee would like to express its sincere appreciation to everyone who attended the 2012 Durham Economic Prosperity Conference. Your contributions, input and ideas were essential to its success.

If you missed the Conference, or wish to review the information, please click on the links below to view the transcriptions, videos and power point presentations.

The Conference culminated with a written report generated and sent to all participants and all levels of government for follow up on the initiatives identified in the report. Partnerships and alliances are often formed to act on specific collaborative projects and initiatives identified at the Conference. It is anticipated that the report will encourage dialogue among community leaders and lay the groundwork for future economic initiatives in Durham Region. The next Conference will be held in November 2014.


2012 Conference Speakers:


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The Emcee for 2012 DEPC


Don Pitman • Host of Pitman on Politics, Rogers TV


Transcript | Video | Bio

Opening Remarks


Roger M. Anderson • Regional Chair & CEO, Regional Municipality Of Durham


Transcript | Video | Bio

Dr. Tim McTiernan • President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Co-Chair, Durham Economic Prosperity Conference


Transcript | Video | Bio

Breakfast Keynote Speaker


The Honourable Gary Goodyear • Minister of State (Science and Technology) and (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario)


Transcript | Video Part 1 Video Part 2 | Bio

Forum Speakers & Panelists


George Hanus • President & CEO, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance (GTMA)


Transcript | Video | Presentation PDF | Bio

Dave Hare • President, Petley-Hare Insurance


Welcome Transcript Video | 2010 Conference Report Transcript Video | Closing Remarks | Bio

Carlos Gomes • Senior Economist & Automotive Industry Specialist, Scotia Capital


Transcript | Video Part 1 Video Part 2 | Presentation PDF | Bio

Jeffrey R. Izzo • Chief of Political and Economic Section Consulate General U.S. Department of State


Transcript | Video Part 1 Video Part 2 | Bio

Dr. Ron Oberth • President, Organization of CANDU Industries (OCI)


Transcript | Video | Presentation PDF | Bio

John Cruickshank • Project Manager, Alliance of Ontario Food Processors


Transcript | Video | Bio

Matt Crossley • Director Canadian Engineering, General Motors of Canada


Transcript | Video | Presentation PDF | Bio

Kathy Weiss • Region of Durham Economic Development & Tourism


Transcript | Video | Presentation PDF | Bio

Matt Wilson • V.P. Policy, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME)


Transcript | Video | Bio

Jianwei Yu • Consul (Commercial) Consulate General of the P.R. China in Toronto


Transcript | Video Part 1 Video Part 2 | Presentation PDF | Bio

Closing Keynote Speaker


Dr. Christine Kaszycki • Assistant Deputy Minister, Ring of Fire Secretariat, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines


Transcript | Video | Presentation PDF | Bio

2012 DEPC Closing Remarks


Dave Hare • President, Petley-Hare Insurance


Closing Remarks | Bio


The Durham Economic Prosperity Conference is dedicated to advancing the economic prosperity of Durham Region, develop solutions and uncover new opportunities for growth.

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