July 6, 2016 4:28 pm
Updated: July 6, 2016 5:05 pm

What’s Justin Trudeau doing in Sun Valley, Idaho?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reporters as he takes part in a news conference to mark the end of the parliamentary session Wednesday June 22, 2016 in Ottawa.


Wednesday marks the first day of the Sun Valley media conference in Idaho, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is right in the thick of it.

The conference, hosted by Allen & Co. each year, sees the world’s billionaires, top company executives and select world leaders come together.

But what is going on at the conference?

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While the guest list and itinerary are supposed to be secret, reports over the years give us insight on what’s going on in Idaho.

Deals that were started at the secretive conference include Disney’s acquisition of ABC in 1995, or the purchase of AOL by Verizon.

As for this year, it’s been reported that Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Sheryl Sandberg will be there, along with CEOs from Snapchat, Airbnb, and Dropbox.

Along with, of course, Trudeau, who was asked to speak to investors in an attempt to convince them to spend their money in Canada, a government official told Global News.

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Conference -goers told Variety magazine that Trudeau spoke on Tuesday and was warmly received while he focused on ways to improve U.S.-Canada trade, but he “made no major news.”

Nonetheless, the “crowd was charmed,” one attendee told the magazine.

Trudeau’s not the only politician there; Bloomberg News reports that Argentina President Mauricio Macri will be there as well.

But it’s not all business for them; the conference has been called the summer camp for billionaires. While the mornings are filled with talks, attendees can bring their family for white water rafting, ping pong or other summer activities.

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