Workshop: Canadian Perspectives on the Role of the IMF

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 10:00 AM
Rideau Club, Ottawa, Canada
Jun 4

Workshop: “The Future of the IMF: A Canadian Perspective”

On June 4, 2009 CIGI hosted in Ottawa, in partnership with the Canadian International Council, a joint task force on Canadian perspectives of the IMF's future role in the international financial system.

This workshop was the first phase of a larger project that seeks to analyze the future of the IMF in the international system, and focuses on such topics as recruitment, conditionality, surveillance, global governance, payment systems, financial regulation, HIPC program, quota reform and executive board composition.

Participants included policy practitioners from the International Monetary Fund, policy experts, academics, non-government representatives, and Jennifer Jeffs, Senior Vice President of the Canadian International Council. CIGI speakers included: Bessma Momani, John Curtis, and Eric Helleiner.

This workshop was a project of the International Law, Institutions and Diplomacy working group.


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Event Speakers

CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani has a Ph.D. in political science with a focus on international political economy and is full professor and interim assistant vice‑president of international relations at the University of Waterloo.

A prominent Canadian economist, policy analyst and commentator on international economic policy issues, Daniel Schwanen is a senior fellow at CIGI and an expert on global economic governance, trade and regional integration. Since joining CIGI in 2004, he has contributed to the organization in senior executive and research capacities. Daniel is also Associate Vice-President, Trade and International Policy, at the C.D. Howe Institute in Toronto.

Eric Helleiner is CIGI chair in international political economy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and professor in the University of Waterloo’s Department of Political Science. His current research interests include political economy of the current global financial crisis, international financial regulation, changing power in the international monetary and financial system, the history of international development and North-South monetary relations in the postwar period.

John M. Curtis’s research covers all aspects of international trade, with a recent focus on the relationship between trade and intellectual property, innovation and competitiveness. John was the founding chief economist of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He also is an adjunct professor at Queen’s University and chair of Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on International Trade.