Walls vs. Bridges: Moving Goods, People and Ideas

Walls vs. Bridges: Moving Goods, People, and Ideas

A panel discussion to address the future of globalization. Can it overcome the perils ahead and deliver peace and prosperity for all?

A program in celebration of the inaugural Bachelor of International Economics graduating class and the new home of the Vancouver School of Economics 


  • 3:00pm: Reception & Tours of Iona
  • 4:00pm: Panel Discussion

Location: Rm. 301, Iona Building

The exchange of goods, movement of people and flow of ideas is what defines the global economy. These activities peaked in the early 1900s but retreated at the onset of WWI. A century later, globalization is again at a crossroads. Technology has made it easy for the world to interact in real time, yet the integration of goods, capital and labor markets is threatened by populism, inequality and the threat of war. Can a global integrated economic system overcome these perils and deliver prosperity for all?

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Matilde Bombardini
Associate Professor, Vancouver School of Economics
Prof. Bombardini is a Fellow in the Institutions, Organizations and Growth Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, a Research Associate in the Political Economy Program of the National Bureau of Economic Analysis and Co-Editor of the Canadian Journal of Economics.


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David Emerson, PC, OBC
Corporate Director and Public Policy Advisor
Mr. Emerson has held senior positions with the Government of Canada, including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Industry and Minister of International Trade. He has also served as President and CEO of Canfor Corporation and President and CEO of the Vancouver International Airport Authority.

Chris Fowler (BA, MA)
President and Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Western Bank
Mr. Fowler joined the executive team at Canadian Western Bank in 2008 as Executive Vice President, Banking, moving into the role of President and COO in 2012.

Frederick L.A. Grauer (BA)
Senior Advisor and Director, Course Hero; Director, Credit Sesame
Mr. Grauer was a Senior Advisor to Barclays Global Investors and its acquirer, BlackRock, Inc. Prior to this he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Barclays Global Investors for 15 years.

Darren Huston (MA)
Founder & CEO, BlackPines Global Advisors
Mr. Huston previously served as President and CEO, Priceline Group. He has also held senior executive positions at Microsoft Corporation including Corporate Vice President, Global Consumer and Online, and President and CEO, Microsoft Japan.

Patricia M. Mohr (BA, MA)
Corporate Director & Economist / Commodity Market Specialist
Patricia Mohr is the former Vice-President, Economics and Commodity Market Specialist for Scotiabank.

Panel moderated by Prof. Moura Quayle, Director, Liu Institute for Global Issues

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