AIB-Canada Conference: ICT Investments and MNCs

Friday, May 3, 2018 (8:00 am – 6:00 pm) Rotman School of Management 105 St. George St. Toronto

All are welcome to join at 8AM to learn more about JIBS and JIBP, and to sit in on table discussions for the Paper Development Workshop. Otherwise, please arrive for breakfast and registration at 9:00AM.

8:00-9:30 JIBS/JIBP Joint Paper Development Workshop

Reviewers: John Cantwell, Rutgers University
Klaus Meyer, JIBS area editor, Journal of International Business Studies

Ari Van Assche, Deputy Editor, Journal of International Business Policy (Presentation)
Anthony Goerzen, Queen’s University
Walid Hejazi, University of Toronto

9:00-10:00 Registration and Breakfast

10:00-10:30 Welcome and opening comments

Walid Hejazi, University of Toronto & Anthony Goerzen, Queen’s University


10:30-12:15 Practitioner Session “International Business in the Digital Age”

Moderator: Anthony Goerzen, Queen’s University

Robin Gambhir, Co-Founder, Fair Trade Jewelry Company ( Fairtrade, B Corp, involved in certifying gold chain of custody from mine site. (Presentation)
Ryan Taylor, CEO, Consensas ( Create data management systems to optimize policy compliance, risk mitigation, environmental and social impacts within global value chains
Ivan Tsarynny, CEO and Founder ( to enable Canadian companies to deploy global strategies. (Presentation)
Sue Noble, Senior Director, RBC. To discuss RBC’s Go Global Strategy.

12:15-13:45 Lunch & Keynote Address

John Cantwell, Distinguished Professor and Former Editor-in-Chief of Journal of International Business Studies, Rutgers University
Title: Rethinking the Eclectic Paradigm for the Information Age


13:45-15:45 Competitive Paper Session

Chair: Walid Hejazi, University of Toronto

John Cantwell, Lucia Piscitello Jessica Salmon. “The effects of ICT on knowledge complexity”
Discussant: Aurora Liu, Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst
Klaus E. Meyer, Chengguang Li and Andreas P. J. Schotter. “The Subsidiary of the Multinational Enterprise: Servant of Two Masters.” Ivey Business School
Liena Kano, Eric Tsang and Henry Yeung. “Global Value Chains: A Review of a Multi-Disciplinary Literature” (Presentation)
Discussant: Yves Plourde, HEC Montréal

15:45 – 16:00 Break


16:00 -17:00 Panel Session: “Burning issues: What we need to know about GVCs”

Moderator: Anthony Goerzen, Queen’s University

John Cantwell, Rutgers University

Klaus Meyer, Ivey Business School, Western University  (Presentation)
Joanne Oxley, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto  (Presentation)
Ari van Assche, HEC Montréal (Presentation)


17:00-18:00 Conference Debrief & Light Refreshments

Moderators: Walid Hejazi, University of Toronto & Anthony Goerzen, Queen’s University


For further information, please contact

Anthony Goerzen, PhD (
D.R. Sobey Professor of International Business
Chair, Academy of International Business—Canada
Vice President, International Forum on Sustainable Value Chains
Smith School of Business
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada