Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland will be attending the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting.

The global organization is hosting its 2023 annual meeting in the Swiss mountain town of Davos next week. 

The conference theme is “Cooperation in a Fragmented World,” which the WEF says is necessary given the “sheer number of ongoing crises” facing the world right now.

Freeland has attended Davos several times and sits on the WEF’s board of trustees.

It’s not yet clear if Freeland will be speaking. She did not attend the WEF’s 2022 meeting, but spoke on a panel about implementing “stakeholder capitalism” at the 2021 event, which was held virtually.

The WEF positions itself as a platform for convening private and public sector leaders to tackle global challenges.

Other attendees at the 2023 meeting include former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres, and US climate envoy John Kerry.

At a pre-meeting press conference Tuesday morning, WEF founder Klaus Schwab said this year’s meeting will have “unprecedented” participation, including from dozens of finance ministers and foreign ministers from countries around the world.

True North will be on the ground in Davos starting this weekend to report on the proceedings.


  • Andrew Lawton

    A Canadian broadcaster and columnist, Andrew serves as a journalism fellow at True North and host of The Andrew Lawton Show.