“The Fortune Global Forum is one of the most influential forums on economic development in the world.”
–H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping, President, People’s Republic of China
The 2018 Fortune Global Forum will be held 15-17 October in Toronto, at the invitation of Canada’s Prime Minster Justin Trudeau. This annual by-invitation-only meeting brings together the CEOs of the world’s biggest corporations–the Fortune Global 500–with innovators, builders, and other selected experts to explore the key issues shaping global business. Please click here to register. Click here for more information on the Fortune Boardroom Confidential Roundtable.
Since 1995, the Fortune Global Forum has been hosted by the editors of Fortune in great cities on the dynamic frontiers of global business. Toronto—a vibrant city that is Canada’s economic and financial center and has become a world leader in technology and innovation—is the ideal location for the exploration of our 2018 theme: “The Economic Imperative: Creating Growth that Works for Everyone.”
Participants in recent Fortune Global Forums have included Chairmen and CEOs Jack Ma of Alibaba, Larry Page of Alphabet, Tim Cook of Apple, Robert Iger of Disney, Fred Smith of FedEx, Bill Ford of Ford Motor, Terry Gou of Foxconn, Ginni Rometty of IBM, Chanda Kochhar of ICICI Bank, Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase, Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin, Pony Ma of Tencent, and Greg Penner of WalMart; as well as world leaders including His Holiness Pope Francis, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, China’s Vice President Wang Qishan and Vice Premier Wang Yang, and many others.
Early acceptances for Toronto include CEOs David Abney of UPS, Louisa Cheang of Hang Seng Bank, Tim Collins of Ripplewood, Dai Wei of Ofo, Lynn Good of Duke Energy, Jean-François Gagné of Element AI, Alex Gorsky of Johnson & Johnson, Kevin Johnson of Starbucks, Joe Kaeser of Siemens AG, Mark Machin of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Steve Mollenkopf of Qualcomm, David McKay of RBC, Richard Plepler of HBO, Stefano Pessina of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Chuck Robbins of Cisco; as well as Veon Chairman Ursula Burns, Mastercard Vice Chairman Michael Froman, and Shire Chairman Susan Kilsby
The 2018 program will unfold at a time when multinational companies face technology-driven industry disruption, resource scarcity, changing government policies, volatile markets, and new requirements for satisfying next generation employees and customers. The best companies are finding ways to turn these challenges into opportunities for renewal and growth.
We’ll focus on ways global companies can engage digital technologies like artificial intelligence, automation, and the cloud to transform products and processes; promote clean energy and greater environmental stewardship, win the battle for current and future talent by dedicating resources to education and re-skilling and creating more equitable corporate cultures; and effectively navigate the power shifts occurring across financial markets, trade, and politics.