TECHNATION invites you to a Fireside chat with the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry.

Join us to hear about Minister Champagne's agenda, plans and priorities, and address ways to cultivate an effective partnership-based approach with the tech sector, helping to strengthen Canada’s competitive advantage and meet the needs of its citizens. Minister Champagne will discuss the impact of Monday’s Budget 2021 to the digital economy and important files such as the new privacy Bill C-11, broadband and digital adoption by Canadian industry.
Thursday April 22, 2021 
10:00 a.m.  - 11:00 a.m. ET
TECHNATION Members - Free  |  Non Members $50.00 + HST  

First Part: Minister Champagne
  • Minister Champagne Welcome Remarks
  • Virtual Fireside Chat/Q&A – TECHNATION President Angela Mondou and Minister Champagne
  • Closing Remarks 
Second Part: Industry Roundtable
  • Discussion of the April 19th Federal Budget and Canadian tech sector (25 mins)   
  The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
Minister Champagne is a businessman, lawyer, and international trade specialist with over 20 years’ experience at large international companies in Europe, particularly in the fields of energy, engineering, and innovation.

Before entering politics, Minister Champagne was Vice-President and Senior Counsel of ABB Group, a leader in cutting-edge technology that operates in more than 100 countries. He also served as Strategic Development Director, acting General Counsel, and Chief Ethics Officer and Member of the Group Management Committee of AMEC Foster Wheeler, a world leader in the energy sector.

In 2009, Minister Champagne was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has served on several boards over the years, and was notably President of the Canadian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and the Banff Forum.

After his election in 2015, Minister Champagne served as a parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Finance until 2017, when he was appointed Minister of International Trade. During his time as Minister of International Trade, the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement entered into force, and Canada signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. In 2018, he was named Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and oversaw the federal government’s ambitious $187 billion infrastructure investment plan. He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2019.

Minister Champagne holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Montréal and a Master of Laws in American law from Case Western Reserve University. Minister Champagne also studied public and private international law at The Hague Academy of International Law, in the Netherlands. 

Fireside chat with the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne

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