Transnational Corporations Review (TNCR) is pleased to announce in Ottawa, Canada that the TNCR has reached an agreement with the Canadian Economics Association (CEA) in early February 2015 regarding co-hosting two special sessions entitled “Transnational Corporations in the World Economy: A Focus on Canada and China” at the CEA’s 49th Annual Conference from May 29 to 31, 2015 at Ryerson University in Downtown Toronto. The purpose for these sessions is to facilitate the academic dialogue between the experts in China and Canada as well as the rest of the world, in particular in the research fields of transnational corporations, foreign direct investment (FDI), and international trade.
Boasting around 1500 members across Canada and from abroad, the CEA is the organization of academic economists. The CEA publishes the foremost economics journal in Canada, the Canadian Journal of Economics, and organizes its flagship annual conferences, which held annually at the leading Canadian universities.
With the support from its special advisers and editorial board, the TNCR initiated its partnership with the CEA annual conference in 2013 and consequently sponsored a special session with a fascinating theme of “Canadian Engagement in China and Other Emerging Economies” at the CEA’s 47th Annual Conference in Montreal. This first joint effort proved to be a success and gained recognition from experts from both China and Canada. The year of 2015 has seen the partnership between the two sides is developing remarkably through a more in-depth cooperation in co-hosting two special sessions of “Transnational Corporations in the World Economy: A Focus on Canada and China”. Focusing on transnational corporations’ activities and strategies in both Canada and China, and their impact on the world economy, these two sessions are in collaboration with a number of well-known experts from Canada, China, and the rest of the world.
China has been Canada’s second largest trade partner since 2010. Transnational corporations through their trade, investment, and innovation activities have been the key drivers of Canada’s national economy and are playing an increasingly important role in sustaining Canada's economic vitality and dynamism. Meanwhile, Chinese economy has been continuing to globalize, especially by attracting a large amount of inward FDI and strategically adopting the so-called “going-out” policy for outward FDI since the late 1990s.
The two TNCR sessions being unveiled at the forthcoming CEA conference have been created against such a Canada-China dynamics background and are associated with the institutionalization and internationalization of the Chinese transnational corporations which help better our understanding of the Chinese motivation of going global and also enrich the studies of transnational corporations and international business.