TORONTO – Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:
Oil-and-gas summit: The Western Canada Oil and Gas 2016 conference kicks off Monday in Calgary. Speakers include CEOs, investors, financiers, government leaders, First Nations representatives, community leaders, environmentalists and renowned experts — all of whom are expected to grapple with what’s looming ahead for the beleaguered industry.
Earnings galore: A slew of companies report their earnings this week, including Scotiabank and Maple Leaf Foods on Tuesday, Torstar on Wednesday, and SNC-Lavalin and Canadian Natural Resources on Thursday.
Economy: Statistics Canada releases economic growth figures for December and the fourth quarter on Tuesday. The Canadian economy grew in the third quarter, but economists have raised concerns about the country’s fiscal fortunes in the last three months of 2015.
Conference Board confab: The president of the Conference Board of Canada sits down with Alberta business leaders in Edmonton on Wednesday to discuss the hard-hit province’s economic outlook for 2016.
Trudeau and clean energy: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and provincial and territorial premiers meet with First Nations, Inuit, and Metis leaders in Vancouver on Wednesday. The discussion is focused on the global so-called clean growth economy and how Canada can become a major player.