On May 18, May 19 and May 20, the 36th Congress of the Quebec Association of Business Economists (ASDEQ) will be held in Gatineau. This year, the delegates will discuss the challenges raised by the rise of information technology. Under co-chairs François Delorme, president of the Quebec Association of Business Economists, and Marc Duhamel, executive director of the Canadian Institute for Research on Public Policy and Public Administration, the congress will bring together over 200 economists from across Quebec to discuss emerging economic, social and cultural issues related to information technology.
Several guest speakers will be on hand for the event, including:
Dr. Preston McAfee, vice-president and research fellow at Yahoo!
Dale Jorgensen, economist
Samuel W. Morris, professor at Harvard University
Bruno Guglieminetti, director of digital communications at National Public Relations
Gina Desjardins, journalist and blogger
Political representatives will join us as well, including:
Denis Coderre, MP for Bourassa, known for his effective use of Web 2.0
Clément Gignac, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade
Also in attendance will be figures from the business, university and IT communities to discuss topics such as the digital economy, the media weight of economists, economy and innovation, and many other ideas.
“The constant growth in the use of information technologies within our organizations has led to many new challenges. At the 36th ASDEQ Congress, we will discuss the means we should develop to allow us to make the most of this technological revolution,” said Marc Duhamel, co-chair of the 2011 Congress.
“In a period of economic and social transition like the one we’re experiencing today, the ASDEQ Congress will give stakeholders an opportunity to discuss their experiences and the means at our disposal to build bridges between the economy and information technology,” said François Delorme, president of the Quebec Association of Business Economists.