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The Canadian Business and Economic Group was formed in 1985. The group organises events in partnership with other organisations and normally has one or two major events in a year. A recent focus upon retail activity has led to high levels of attendance at themes that are topical in Canada and the UK. An event organised with a theme that focused on WalMart drew in participants from the retail trade, including managers from Asda and Tesco.

In May 2004 a joint event was co-hosted by Canadians in Europe, and took place at the Commonwealth Club. Peter C Newman spoke about his extensive writing on the Canadian business establishment, and about gaining access to business elites. In July 2004 an event at Canada House focused on retail change. Contributors included Professor Jen G. Jones of Ryerson University, John Bridgeman CBE, Britain’s former Director General of Fair Trading and a member of the Board of the Foundation for Canadian Studies. Papers were also presented on a programme of ESRC funded research into retail management.

On 15 February 2006 the group organised a meeting on the survival of the small shop. Dr Tony Hernandez from CSCA, Toronto provided current data on the fast-changing retail scene in Ontario. Other contributors included Jim Dowd MP (Labour, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group, whose own report on British small shops launched the same day. Giving an overview, as in 2004, was John Bridgeman CBE and an audience of more than 50 Parliamentarians, Business people, Academics, Consultants and Government Officials joined in a round table event to close the proceedings. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the timing impeccable, with widespread media coverage of the small shops debate.

Small shops seminar, Canada House

Future themes will include Business Enterprise and the Winter Olympics, Vancouver 2010.

Convenor: Professor Alan Hallsworth, Surrey University
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