Minister Morneau to Attend World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

News release

January 14, 2019 – Davos, Switzerland – Department of Finance Canada

Canada is home to a strong and growing economy, and the Government of Canada is committed to making sure that this growth benefits not only Canadians, but also people around the world.

Minister of Finance Bill Morneau will take Canada's plan for building a strong economy that works for everyone to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 23 to 25, 2019.

The Minister will meet with his counterparts from around the world, with global business leaders, and with representatives of civil society, to explore more ways to create new jobs for Canadians, encourage foreign investment in Canada, and build new opportunities for Canadian businesses to succeed.

At the annual meeting, the Minister will also stress the importance of continuing to invest in middle class jobs, and in the people who work hard to keep our economy strong and growing.


"The constantly shifting global economy requires us to be more competitive, and more resourceful than ever before. By working with our international partners, we can create more jobs for the middle class, offer real hope and opportunity for those who are working hard to join the middle class, and build a better world where everyone benefits from the growth we create together."

- Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

Quick facts

  • The World Economic Forum brings together the world's private, public, and civil society leaders in collaborative activities focused on shaping global, regional, and industry agendas.

  • Minister of Finance Bill Morneau will be joined in Davos by Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, and Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr, each of whom will have their own program of meetings during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. Canada's strong presence at the Forum underscores the importance of this meeting for shaping the international agenda and advancing economic opportunities for Canadians.

  • Under the theme "Globalization 4.0," this year's Forum will encourage leaders from all sectors to explore bold ideas and exciting opportunities for collaboration and co-operation to advance economic progress, address global economic imbalances, and improve the environment and natural resource security.

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Pierre-Olivier Herbert
Acting Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Finance

Media Relations
Department of Finance Canada

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