“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 Minister 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.”
Early acceptances for Toronto include VEON Chairman Ursula Burns, Hang Seng Bank Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Louisa Cheang, Element AI Founder and CEO Jean-François Gagné, Duke Energy Chairman, President and CEO Lynn Good, Econet Founder and Executive Chairman Strive Masiyiwa, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky, CA Technologies CEO and Chairman Mike Gregoire, Ampere Computing Chairman and CEO Renée James, General Electric Chairman and CEO John Flannery, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson, Siemens AG President and CEO Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Mark Machin, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf, Royal Bank of Canada CEO David McKay, Bank of Montreal Chairman Robert Prichard, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, Heraeus Chairman Jan Rinnert, Byton Co-founder and CEO Carsten Breitfeld, Lean In Co-Founder and President Rachel Schall Thomas, BroadbandTV Corp Founder and CEO Shahrzad Rafati, Morgan Stanley China CEO and Co-CEO Asia Pacific Co-CEO Wei Sun Christianson, Former Chairman and CEO Dow Chemical Andrew Liveris, Global Economist and Director at 3M, Barclays Bank, and Chevron Dambisa Moyo, and Dan Schulman, Chairman, Symantec, President and CEO of PayPal.
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.
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.