Hon. Joe Oliver
Canada’s former Minister of Finance, Minister of Natural Resources, and Minister Responsible for the GTA
The Hon. Joe Oliver offers a unique view of Canada’s financial past and future. He has served various roles in government and in the corporate sector. He was Minister of Natural Resources, Minister Responsible for the GTA, and, of course, Minister of Finance, where he presented a balanced budget for the world’s eleventh largest economy. In the corporate sector, Oliver has held senior positions running investment banking operations at Merrill Lynch Royal Securities, Nesbitt Thomson, and BMO Nesbitt, among others.
A Proud Talk about a Modest Nation: Canada’s Economic and Financial Future
Canada is the greatest country in the world, says Joe Oliver. We’re blessed with a stable democracy, a diverse and highly educated population living in peace, with vast natural resources and a wealthy economy. However, there is uncertainty: a fragile global economy, a collapse in commodity prices, and other geopolitical risks. In this talk, Oliver takes the pulse of Canada’s financial markets, drawing on his work in government, on Bay Street, and from his travels across the country and around the globe. We need to reach out to the world to expand our exports and attract capital, he says, while protecting our sovereignty and standing tall as a reliable ally. Canada can have a prosperous and secure future. But we must make decisions that reflect our core values and long-term strategic interests. From Montreal to Paris to Boston to New York to Toronto, Oliver’s career has spanned investment banking, securities regulation, and politics. A lively speaker, he discusses our fiscal strengths, the economic and security risks we face, the global political and financial environment, and why, ultimately, he is optimistic about a bright future: for this, and for future generations.
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