The secretive Bilderberg Meeting commenced over the weekend in Madrid, Spain marking its 70th session with two high-profile Canadians in attendance.

This annual event, known for gathering influential figures from politics, business, and academia, ran until Sunday.

Among the notable attendees this year were former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney and Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development François-Philippe Champagne.

Carney has also been floated as a potential candidate to replace Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. 

The Bilderberg Meeting has often been at the centre of speculation and conspiracy theories due to the high profile of its attendees and the secretive nature of the discussions. 

This isn’t the first time Carney has attended the event. 

The Bilderberg Meeting operates under the strict Chatham House Rule, meaning participants can’t be identified for comments they made during the meeting. 

This year, the agenda covered several topics including a focus on artificial intelligence. The state of artificial intelligence and its safety implications was a major focus.

Another agenda item included the “changing faces of biology,” as well as climate change. 

The future of warfare, considering the evolution of conflict in a technologically advanced era, was another key issue.

Economic challenges facing both Europe and the United States were also explored, highlighting issues in two of the world’s largest economic regions

Participants also delved into U.S. politics.

True North reached out to both Carney and Champagne for comment about their attendance but did not receive a response.