The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) has been at the forefront of research and dialogue on the institution and role of the G20. CIGI held an invitation-only conference, International Governance Innovations: Issues for 2010 Summits (May 2010), that centered on: 1) the role of the new FSB in reducing risk and fostering stability in the international financial system; 2) the future working of the Framework for strong, sustainable and balanced growth which was launched at the September 2009 Pittsburgh summit; 3) the future G20 agenda (and by extension the role of G8, plus questions of process, outreach and legitimacy). Conference attendees also considered how a network of think-tanks could support the G20, and the best approach to achieve this.

This conference overview features Avinash Persaud, Gordon Smith, Amar Bhattacharya, The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Colin Bradford and Tom Bernes.

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  • A former Canadian deputy foreign minister, NATO ambassador and G7/G8 Sherpa, Gordon Smith is a leading expert on the evolution of the G20 and global summitry.

  • Thomas A. Bernes is a CIGI distinguished fellow. After an illustrious career in the Canadian public service and at leading international economic institutions, Tom was CIGI’s executive director from 2009 to 2012.