Tackling Canada’s productivity gap: It starts with entrepreneurs

Thursday, October 20, 2016 from noon to 2 P.M.


Lise Thériault

Michael Denham
President and Chief Executive Officer
Business Development Bank of Canada

Biography >

Michael Denham was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of BDC on August 10, 2015.

Mr. Denham brings more than 20 years of management experience to BDC, having led large organizations with a pan-Canadian presence.

Based in Montreal since 2001, Mr. Denham most recently served as President and CEO of AquaTerra Corporation. Prior to this, he was the Senior Managing Director of Accenture’s Canadian division, a role he held since 2011 after joining the company in 2007. Before this, he was President, Business Process Services with CGI Group, and Senior Vice President, Strategy at Bombardier Inc., where he was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy and global partnerships.

Mr. Denham began his career in 1987 with McKinsey & Company, and was a Leader of their Canadian practice, focussing on manufacturing and mining from 1994 to 2001.

He is a former member of the board of directors of Futurpreneur Canada (formerly CYBF), an organization focused on supporting youth entrepreneurship in Canada. He currently sits on the board of the Montreal Chest Institute Foundation of the McGill University Health Centre and is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Selwyn House School in Montreal.

Mr. Denham is bilingual and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) from Princeton University and a Master of Science in Economics with distinction from the London School of Economics.

What’s at the root of Canada’s much-discussed productivity gap? How is this impacting our small and medium-sized businesses’ bottom line and their ability to compete? What do the most successful entrepreneurs do to up their game?

 Come hear the answers as Michael Denham, President and CEO of BDC—the only Canadian bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs—reveals the results of a comprehensive study on productivity of 1,500 Canadian business owners.

 You will also hear about Canada’s first ever business productivity benchmarking tool that BDC will be launching this fall. This free tool will allow business owners from all industries to compare their productivity levels to those of other companies in the same sector and learn where they can improve their performance.

Speech language: to be confirmed


  Members Non members
Ticket(s) $95* $135*
Table(s) of 10 $855* $1350*
* Taxes not included. Become a MemberRegister


Online >By fax > By phone
514 871-4001

Cancellation policyNo reservations, cancellations or refunds as of 2 days before the event. Participant substitutions are accepted at no extra charge until the event is held. Please note that only written cancellation notices sent by fax at 514 871-5971 or by email at achat@ccmm.qc.ca will be accepted.

Presented by:

Investissement Québec

Registration deadline

October 18, 2016


Palais des congrès de Montréal
1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle

Get directions >

Put productivity at the heart of your performance!

Organized by:

In collaboration with:

  • Hydro Québec
  • Ivanhoé Cambridge
  • RioTinto

Add to cart

Description Price Qty Amount*
Michael Denham, October 20, 2016 (Ticket(s)) $135.00 $0.00*
Michael Denham, October 20, 2016, Table(s) of 10 $1,350.00 $0.00*

* Taxes not included.

Are you a member?

You must register in order to benefit from the member rate.

Wish to become a Board of Trade member?

Call us at 514 871-4000, ext. 4016 or apply for membership online.