Hear from the federal voice of the prairies! On March 4, join us for a fireside chat with Hon. Jim Carr during his first visit to Edmonton since being appointed Special Representative to the Prairies. Moderated by our President & CEO, Janet Riopel, hear directly from Mr. Carr as he discusses his new role and the importance of Alberta to Canada’s economy. Mr.Carr formerly served as the Natural Resources Minister and Minister for International Trade Diversification – both key portfolios to the prairies.
Following the discussion, audience members will have the opportunity to ask Mr. Carr questions about issues their businesses are facing, and share their perspectives on Alberta’s place in Canada.
Doors & registration open: 11:30 AM
Program begins: Noon
About Hon. Jim Carr
Minister Carr has been a dedicated business and community leader in Winnipeg for more than 30 years. He began his career as a musician, as an oboist and trustee with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He then moved on to journalism, working as an editorial writer and columnist with the Winnipeg Free Press as well as for CBC Radio. Jim entered public life in 1988, when he was elected to represent Fort Rouge in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. He was also the deputy leader of his party.
Jim later went on to become the founding CEO of the Business Council of Manitoba, where he worked alongside business leaders to address issues critical to Manitobans and Canadians. In particular, Jim was one of the architects of the ‘Winnipeg Consensus’ process, which brought together Canadian think tanks and energy leaders, and informed the Canadian Energy Strategy released in 2015 by Canada’s provinces and territories.
Jim has been an active volunteer with a number of local, provincial, and national organizations. He was the founding co-chair of the Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Council, and has been a member of several boards including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Canada West Foundation, and the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at the University of Manitoba. Jim’s community leadership has earned him numerous awards, including the Canada 125 Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Order of Manitoba.
In November 2019, Minister Carr was appointed Canada’s Special Representative for the Prairies by the Prime Minister’s office. Mr.Carr formerly served as the Natural Resources Minister (November 2015 –July 2018) and Minister for International Trade Diversification (July 2018 – November 2019).