Buying Canada: Strategic industries, state-owned enterprises and the national interest

October 17, 2012

In the wake of CNOOC’s blockbuster bid for Nexen, Canada 2020 hosted an expert panel that explored what is at stake when state-owned enterprises seek to take over Canadian companies.

The panel explored whether there are strategic sectors in Canada that should be ‘protected’, and asked what makes us nervous about these kind of takeovers.

The panel also spent a great deal of time engaging in the notion that Canadians are more nervous about Chinese takeovers than takeovers from other countries.

Read a summary of this event here.

This event was held on October 17th at the Chateau Laurier Hotel, 4:30 PM

As the government mulls over the blockbuster Nexen-CNOOC deal, and searches for the so-called ‘net benefit’, Canada 2020′s provocative and insightful panel helped our audience better understand the political, economic and global power issues at play. Hosted by Eugene Lang and moderated by Don Newman, the panel asked what precedent the decision will set for Canada’s strategic and trade relations and look at the implications for Canada’s economic future.

Watch individual video interviews with each of the panelists below:

Finally, Canada 2020′s own Chairman Don Newman has written about the bid (read it here), as has Co-Founder Eugene Lang (read his perspective here).

Featured Participants

Charles Burton

Brock University Bio.

Don Newman

Chair, Canada 2020 Advisory Board Bio

Laura Dawson

Dawson Strategic Bio.

Thomas D'Aquino

Norman Paterson School of International Affairs Bio.

Wenran Jiang

University of Alberta Bio.

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