Waterloo, Canada – October 6 – The Centre for International Governance Innovation invites media to register for its annual fall conference, CIGI ’11, being held October 28-30, 2011.

As world leaders prepare for next month’s G20 Summit in France, the CIGI ’11 conference will look deeper into multilateral processes with sessions on the global economy and other sectors of governance.

Former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo and former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin will open the conference with a public conversation, moderated by Thomson Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland, on Friday, October 28. The former leaders will discuss how to secure the future success of the G20 and, more generally, a blueprint for filling the gaps in global governance. This event will also be live webcast to a global audience.

The public event will be followed by an invitation-only weekend conference, October 29-30. International participants will address questions around the global agenda in the following thematic areas:  Global Economy, Energy and Environment, Global Development and Global Security.

For the full CIGI ’11 agenda and list of conference participants, visit www.cigionline.org/cigi11.

Media interested in covering any portion of CIGI ’11 are invited to formally register by contacting Communications Specialist Declan Kelly at 519-885-2444, ext. 356, or [email protected].


Chrystia Freeland (moderator) was appointed editor of Thomson Reuters Digital in April 2011. Previously, she served as the US managing editor of the Financial Times, and, from 1999 to 2001, was deputy editor of The Globe and Mail.

Paul Martin served as Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006, and Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2002. In 1999, he became the inaugural chair of the Finance Ministers’ G20, an international group of finance ministers and central bankers from the G7 and emerging market nations. As prime minister he pushed strongly for its elevation to the leaders’ level, which subsequently occurred in 2008.

Ernesto Zedillo served as President of Mexico from 1994-2000, and is the Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. He is also Chairman of the Global Development Network, and was recently appointed by the President of the World Bank to chair a high-level commission to explore ways in which the bank can operate more effectively in a transformed global political economy.

MEDIA CONTACT:                                                                                                  

Declan Kelly, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 356, Email: [email protected]

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit www.cigionline.org.

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