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Top Political Analysts Digest Federal Election Results at Economic Summit

Summit delegates will get the opportunity to hear insights from top political analysts just two days after the federal election.

Robert Asselin

Robert Asselin is a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and is Senior Director (Global) of Public Policy at BlackBerry. He recently served as Policy and Budget Director (2015-2017) to the Minister of Finance of Canada. Before serving in the Department of Finance, Robert was the Associate Director of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa from 2007 to 2015.

Shachi Kurl

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. She is an alumnus of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.


Dan Hurley, Director, Communications & Public engagement, VIU, will moderate the session: “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.”


Mindful Travellers

Tourism is a leading generator and contributor to quality of life on Vancouver Island. While the industry has long flown under the radar, recent growth in visitor numbers has brought the industry into mainstream consciousness and some communities are beginning to ask ‘when is enough, enough?’

Industry experts will share their perspectives at the Summit on responsible tourism best practices and approaches to ensuring the long term viability of our visitor economy. Thank you to HA Photography for sponsoring this valuable session.


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