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24 02, 2021

Dr. Mary A. O’Sullivan, Renowned Historian Specializing in Capitalism, Profit & Governance, Joins Board of Governors

2021-02-25T11:21:21-05:00

The LRI is honoured to welcome internationally recognized economic historian Dr. Mary A. O’Sullivan to its Board of Governors, effective immediately. Dr. O’Sullivan is a professor of economic history at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Her research focuses on the history of capitalism, with particular attention to enterprises, industries and financial institutions, as well as the history of economic thought with regard to profit, finance and capital.

For more details and a downloadable press release, click HERE.

Dr. Mary A. O’Sullivan, Renowned Historian Specializing in Capitalism, Profit & Governance, Joins Board of Governors2021-02-25T11:21:21-05:00
11 02, 2021

Dr. Andrea H. Schneider-Braunberger, Leading German Business Historian, Joins Board of Governors

2021-02-24T09:55:09-05:00

The Long Run Initiative (LRI) is delighted to announce that Dr. Andrea H. Schneider-Braunberger, CEO since 1996 of the Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte (GUG) (Business History Society), is joining its international Board of Governors, effective immediately. GUG has a lengthy and impressive record of connecting the worlds of academia, business and government in the German speaking nations. For more details about the appointment and a downloadable press release, click HERE.

Dr. Andrea H. Schneider-Braunberger, Leading German Business Historian, Joins Board of Governors2021-02-24T09:55:09-05:00
4 02, 2021

Dr. Gillian K. Hadfield, Internationally Renowned Economist, Law Professor and AI Governance Expert, Joins Board of Governors

2021-02-24T09:55:09-05:00

The Long Run Initiative (LRI) is honoured to welcome one of North America’s pre-eminent legal and technology scholars to the Board of Governors. Dr. Gillian K. Hadfield is the inaugural Schwartz Reisman Chair in Technology and Society, Professor of Law and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto. She is also Director of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society. Her research has had a seminal influence on several fields. Dr. Hadfield has developed innovative legal and dispute resolution systems in advanced and developing market economies. She has also contributed in multifaceted ways to developing a governance model for artificial intelligence (AI), in addition to her pioneering work on other legal questions.

“We are just elated that Dr. Hadfield has agreed to join our governing board. She is a brilliant scholar with unparalleled range and depth. Dr. Hadfield’s work in legal systems, regulatory markets and AI stand out as both a model and an example of how outstanding scholarship can be put to work to respond to some of the great challenges we confront as a society. She has an uncanny ability to weave together interdisciplinary perspectives into an integrated, holistic view. The LRI is honoured to have her aboard at an important inflection point for our organization,” says Dr. Laurence B. Mussio. Dr. Mussio is a Co-Founder/Director of the Long Run Initiative, along with Prof. John Turner and Prof. Michael Aldous, both of Queen’s University Belfast.

“I’m delighted to join the LRI’s Board of Governors, an impressive and accomplished group steering LRI’s course to tackle the big challenges facing business and society today,” says Dr. Gillian K. Hadfield. “One of our biggest challenges right now is adapting our legal, regulatory and economic systems to ensure powerful technologies develop in ways that are safe, fair and beneficial for all. The world is undergoing immense change in our era of digital globalization, and I very much look forward to contributing to the dialogues, reflections and visions for the future that the LRI is working hard to foster.”

Among Dr. Hadfield’s most recent publications is the critically acclaimed Rules for a Flat World: Why Humans Invented Law and How to Reinvent It for a Complex Global Economy (Oxford University Press, 2017). In addition to her roles at the University of Toronto, Dr. Hadfield is also a faculty affiliate at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, based in Toronto, and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Human-Compatible AI at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Hadfield received her B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from Queen’s University, Ontario, her Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Economics, from Stanford University.

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Dr. Gillian K. Hadfield, Internationally Renowned Economist, Law Professor and AI Governance Expert, Joins Board of Governors2021-02-24T09:55:09-05:00
20 01, 2021

De/Re-Industrialisation: Link to Full Discussion

2021-02-24T09:55:09-05:00

In association with the Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s University Belfast, Dr Michael Aldous, Senior Lecturer in Management at Queen’s chaired a thorough discussion of the issues and implications of de/reindustrialisation. Panel members included Dr Graham Brownlow, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Queen’s University Belfast; Dr Judy Stephenson, Associate Professor in Economics and Finance of the Built Environment, University College London;  Dr Tirthankar Roy, Professor in Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science; and Rose Mary Stalker, Chair of Invest Northern Ireland.  The complete discussion is available HERE.

De/Re-Industrialisation: Link to Full Discussion2021-02-24T09:55:09-05:00
23 12, 2020

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: De/Re-Industrialisation

2021-02-24T09:55:10-05:00

On Wednesday 13 January LRI will hold its first event of 2021: De/Re-Industrialisation: Legacies, Challenges and Future Prospects.  A panel of leading economists, historians, and industry representatives will examine the causes and consequences of deindustrialisation. They will also discuss how long run perspectives help them to think about possibilities for reindustrialisation, and the implications these trends have for today’s corporate decision makers and policy makers.

For more information, click HERE.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: De/Re-Industrialisation2021-02-24T09:55:10-05:00
8 10, 2020

Big Tech Conference Draws Big Crowd

2020-10-08T22:01:06-04:00

On October 2, 2020, LRI held its first online conference: Big Tech: Monopoly’s Second Moment? The Evolution and Trajectory of Government Policy and Corporate Strategy. The event far exceeded expectations with nearly a thousand people registering for the event. With viewers from Canada, the USA, the UK, and the EU, the conference underscored just how concerned people are about the consolidation of social, economic, and political power in the hands of a few – the so-called FAANG companies: Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google (Alphabet).

Discussing one of the great public policy challenges of our time, the conference brought together senior representation from the public, academic, and corporate domains. The opinions were varied and thought-provoking, pivoting from historical insight to contemporary analysis. The conference, in short, delivered in full on the LRI mandate to bring experts to the table on matters of significance. A summary document and video highlights will be available shortly.

Co-sponsored by LRI and the Wilson/Currie Chair in Canadian Business History, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, the event provided an important opportunity for the public to access subject experts in debate on this most complex topic.

Our thanks go to event co-chairs Dr. Laurence B. Mussio, Co-Founder and Director of LRI; Dr. Dimitry Anastakis, the Wilson/Currie Chair in Canadian Business History, University of Toronto; keynote guests LRI governor the Hon. Dr. Kevin Lynch, PC, OC, PhD, LLD, and Dr. Richard Langlois, University of Connecticut; and interlocutors Mr. Simon Kennedy, Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; Dr. Gillian Hadfield, Director, Schwartz-Reisman Institute, University of Toronto; Ms. Claudette McGowan, Global Executive Officer for Cyber Security, TD Bank; Mr. Victor Tung, Executive Vice President U.S Chief Technology & Operations Officer & Chief Operating Officer, BMO Financial Group; Dr. Michael Aldous, Senior Lecturer, Queen’s Management School, Queen’s University, Belfast; LRI governor Mr. David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail; Mr. Lawson A.W. Hunter, Senior Counsel, Stikeman Elliott LLP; Dr. Taylor Owen, Max Bell School of Public Policy & Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications, McGill University; Dr. Elizabeth Acorn, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science, University of Toronto; and Mr. David Skok, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, The Logic.

Big Tech Conference Draws Big Crowd2020-10-08T22:01:06-04:00
18 09, 2020

Big Tech: Monopoly’s Second Moment? The Evolution and Trajectory of Government Policy and Corporate Strategy

2020-09-18T22:49:22-04:00

The LRI are delighted to announce our next event Big Tech: Monopoly’s Second Moment? The Evolution and Trajectory of Government Policy and Corporate Strategy

The conference is co-sponsored by LRI and the Wilson/Currie Chair in Canadian Business History, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

The theme addresses one of the great public policy challenges of our time: the power of Big Tech. The FAANG companies – Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google/Alphabet – are the technological/digital behemoths of the 21st century and are increasingly viewed as the “new monopolies.” The consequences of the Great Pandemic of 2020 make discussions on this topic even more timely and relevant.

We are delighted that LRI governor The Hon. Dr. Kevin G. Lynch will be joining us as a keynote guest, along with Dr. Richard Langlois of the university of Connecticut.

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (ET)

More details can be found here Website & Registration

Big Tech: Monopoly’s Second Moment? The Evolution and Trajectory of Government Policy and Corporate Strategy2020-09-18T22:49:22-04:00
25 05, 2020

LRI & CLI Webinar – Precedents in an Unprecedented World: Insights for Pandemic Era Leaders

2020-05-25T23:04:23-04:00

What, if anything, can decision-makers learn from looking to the North Atlantic’s collective long-run experience in dealing with the Great Pandemic of 2020?

In partnership with the William J Clinton Leadership Institute, the Long Run Initiative is delighted to bring together the business historian Dr Laurence B. Mussio and a panel of business and economics historians, to discus how a long-run perspective helps them think about how Covid-19 will affect business, the financial system, inequality and globalisation. In particular they will consider what today’s leaders can learn from past pandemics, economic depressions and national crises.

Panelists include:

Professor John Turner

Dr Chris Colvin

Dr Michael Aldous

Webinar June 2 2020 at 2pm (BST)

More details and registration for the event can be found here

LRI & CLI Webinar – Precedents in an Unprecedented World: Insights for Pandemic Era Leaders2020-05-25T23:04:23-04:00
21 11, 2019

Confronting the Productivity Challenge Roundtable Synopsis

2019-11-21T10:29:06-05:00

On the 8th November the Long Run Initiative hosted a roundtable at Queen’s Management School Belfast on Confronting the Productivity Challenge. The event brought experts and scholars together from academia, government and corporate sectors to discuss the theme of the day in front of an audience of over 60 participants. The proceedings were governed by the Chatham House Rule.

Participants included:

Diane Coyle (Bennett Professor of Public Policy, University of Cambridge)

Nick Crafts (Professor of Economics, University of Sussex)

Emma Flynn (Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research & Enterprise, Queen’s University Belfast)

The Hon. Kevin Lynch (former Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet, Government of Canada)

Angela McGowan (Director of the Confederation of British Industry, Northern Ireland)

David Paulson (Professor of Practice, Queen’s University Belfast)

John Turner (Professor of Finance and Financial History, Queen’s University Belfast)

The event was framed by the fact that for 250 years, consistent improvements in productivity have created an engine for economic growth, greater prosperity and better standards of living. Since the Global Financial Crisis, that two-and-a-half century winning streak has stalled: productivity has flat-lined. Productivity – how to generate it and sustain it – constitutes one of the most complex and serious challenges facing both enterprise and public policy.

This synopsis of the roundtable outlines the key themes and findings identified by the panelists and in the Q/A. As the event was conducted under Chatham House rules the synopsis does not directly identify those expressing opinions or perspectives.

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Confronting the Productivity Challenge Roundtable Synopsis2019-11-21T10:29:06-05:00
19 11, 2019

The Globe and Mail Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley Appointed to Long Run Initiative (LRI) Board of Governors

2019-11-19T11:06:11-05:00

The Long Run Initiative (LRI) is pleased to announce that Mr. David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief of the Toronto The Globe and Mail Canada’s national newspaper, will be joining its international Board of Governors, effective immediately.

David brings a powerful and unique perspective to the LRI board. “On behalf of our Founder-Directors Professor John Turner and Dr. Michael Aldous, I am delighted to welcome David to the LRI,” Founder-Director Dr. Laurence B. Mussio said. “His career experience, his remarkable leadership in Canadian and international journalism and his intuitive understanding of the importance of connecting hindsight to insight about contemporary challenges makes him a perfect addition to the LRI.”

Uniquely among LRI Governors, David has connections to both city reference points of the LRI – Belfast and Toronto. Indeed, his late father George was Dean of Science and Agriculture at Queen’s University, Belfast (2003). David began his journalism career at The Belfast Telegraph in 1992. He was named young journalist of the year for Northern Ireland in 1995 for investigative work. He worked as a reporter and editor at a series of market-leading news organisations in Scotland and London before moving to Canada and assuming the leadership of The Globe and Mail. During his editorship, The Globe and Mail has twice won The Michener Award (Canada’s Pulitzer) for public service journalism.

David is the also chair of the non-profit Canadian Journalism Foundation and is a founding member of The Trust Project (Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, University of Southern California). In 2017 he created World News Day – a global initiative that puts the audience on stage to explain how journalism improved their lives, and in December 2019 David is to be appointed a board member of the World Editors’ Forum, Paris. He also sits on the advisory council of the digital media zone at Ryerson University and is a media member of the World Economic Forum, Davos.

Included in David’s UK reporting was his role as Associate Producer of the Cutting Edge Channel 4 documentary (UK) The Final Flight of Zulu Delta 576 (1997). He was also contributing author to the anthology Reporting the Troubles (2018). Sir Harold Evans, the veteran editor and author, has described Walmsley as “the Man Who Might Save Newspapers” (Town and Country magazine, Sept 2016).

On behalf of the LRI, please join us in welcoming David to the Board of Governors.

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The Globe and Mail Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley Appointed to Long Run Initiative (LRI) Board of Governors2019-11-19T11:06:11-05:00
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