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Reimagining economic development futures

March 4, 2021 at 8:30 am - 10:00 am


Places throughout the world are facing multiple challenges: climate change, the health and economic insecurities provoked by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the absence of equity, diversity, and inclusion, to name just a few. In the context of such challenges, what do their economic development futures look like? And how can those futures be shaped by citizens, businesses, universities, and governments? What strategies and policies are required to reimagine our economic development pathways over the next 20 years?

This webinar will bring together invited speakers to reflect on these questions in three very different contexts, from Europe, North America and South America. The speakers will reflect on these experiences and challenges, share their thinking about the economic development futures they envisage over the next 20 years, and consider what is required for these visions to be realized.

About the Panelists

Jordan Coble, Councillor, Westbank First Nation

Jordan Coble was recently elected to Westbank First Nation Council in September 2019. Prior to his appointment to Council, Jordan worked as the Cultural and Operations Administrator for the Sncewips Heritage Museum of Westbank First Nation. Jordan is the president of the Ntityix Resources of Ntityix Development Corporation and serves on multiple boards, the majority of which are mandated to serve and influence the cultural sector to be more inclusive, respectful and honest. Jordan earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from UBC Okanagan in Creative and Critical Studies and also graduated from the Syilx Language House in June 2019.

Jordan is proud to represent his community and strives to highlight the interconnections between people and our connection to place in order to create healthier and more responsible communities in regards to how we treat one another and the diverse ecosystems we depend on.

Mari Jose Aranguren, General Director at Orkestra, Professor in Economics, Deusto University

Mari Jose Aranguren is the General Director at Orkestra and Professor in Economics at Deusto University. She has worked at Orkestra since its beginning in 2006. Mari Jose is a recognised expert in the area of competitiveness and territorial strategy, cluster and networks, and the analysis and evaluation of policies, having published several books and articles in specialised national and international journals of impact.

She has vast experience in leading national and international projects in the research areas previously mentioned and has worked closely with different agents of the Basque Country. In December of 2016 Mari Jose received a special recognition from Harvard’s Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness for her career and contribution to territorial competitiveness.

From 2014 to 2016 Mari Jose was a member of the Advisory Group for the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 programme, in the Societal Challenge 6 ‘Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies’ as well as in the challenge of ‘Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation’.

Micaela Camacho, Director, Competitiveness Institute, Universidad Católica del Uruguay

Micaela Camacho is the Director of the Competitiveness Institute at Universidad Católica del Uruguay (UCU). Originally educated as an economist at UCU (Uruguay), she also earned an MBA from Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) and she holds a PhD in Economics from UCA (Argentina).

Her expertise is in regional competitiveness, innovation, clusters and industrial policy. Her focus is on areas and issues related to sustainable socio-economic development processes. She has both led and participated in several national and international research projects related to those areas, having published several books, chapters and articles in specialized journals.

She has a vast experience in the analysis and evaluation of policies both at the academic level and as an independent consultant for several international organisms (IADB, ECLAC, UN). Micaela is often invited as a guest speaker and/or advisor both national and internationally, to contribute to the debate on the competitiveness matter.


March 4, 2021
8:30 am - 10:00 am

Additional Info

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Event Type
Policy and Social Change
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Families, Partners and Industry, Students, Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Associates