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Pundits to Analyze Election Results at Summit

Don’t look now, but the federal election is only two days before the Economic Summit

Who will be winners? Who will be losers? The results will be in but what will it all mean? Will we be on the same path? Will we be taking an abrupt turn left or right? Majority of minority? Pipelines? Reconciliation? Taxes? Trade? Health? Social Justice? Interest Rates? Infrastructure? What will the future be likely to hold?

VIEA has invited two top political analysts to share their insights in a keynote presentation at the Summit – Shachi Kurl, Executive Director of Angus Reid Institute and Robert Asselin, Senior Global Director of Public Policy, Blackberry.

As Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute, Shachi Kurl can be found offering analysis on CBC’s “At Issue,” Canada’s most-watched political panel, in the Wall Street Journal, the New York times, the Globe and Mail, and on the editorial pages of the Ottawa Citizen, among other places. Kurl is a recipient of the prestigious Jack Webster Award for Best TV Reporting. Along with former Australian and UK Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and Margaret Thatcher, she is an alumnus of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
Robert Asselin joined BlackBerry in 2017 as Senior Global Director, Public Policy. Also in 2017, he was appointed Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto and Fellow at the Public Policy Forum. From 2015 to 2017, he served as Policy and Budget Director to Canada’s Finance Minister.  From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Asselin was the Associate Director of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. In 2014, he was a Visiting Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Mr. Asselin was a Policy Advisor to Prime Ministers Paul Martin and Justin Trudeau.

‘Since we will all still be digesting the results of the federal election, our Summit Program Committee thought this a great opportunity to hear, up close and personal, what experts have to say. Shachi and Robert are seasoned observers, close to Canada’s political pulse, and refreshing in their perspectives. We’re excited to hear what they will have to say.’ –  Dan Hurley, VIEA Chair-Elect.

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