John M. Beck
Janet De Silva
Geoffrey A. Wilson
Douglas E. Turnbull
John M. Beck
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aecon Group; and Chairman of the Advisory Board, Toronto Global Forum
John M. Beck is founder and President and Chief Executive Officer of Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE), Canada’s premier construction and infrastructure development company. A leader in providing services to private and public sector clients throughout Canada and internationally, Aecon primarily serves the Infrastructure, Energy and Mining sectors.
A graduate in Civil Engineering from McGill University, Mr. Beck has more than 50 years of experience in the construction industry in Canada and internationally. His background includes corporate leadership in numerous construction activities including heavy civil projects and public-private partnerships for the development of infrastructure, such as airports, toll roads and transit systems.
Mr. Beck is currently a member of the Board of Directors of PPP Canada, the Ontario Financing Authority, the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as Co-Chair of the Infrastructure & Urban Development Industries at the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and is also a member of the Business Council of Canada. He was previously Chairman of the Board of the Ontario Power Authority, a government agency with responsibility for planning and procuring all of the province’s power needs for the next 20 years. He was named P3 Champion of the Year by the Canadian Council of Public Private Partnerships in 2013. In recognition of his distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession, Mr. Beck was inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Janet De Silva
President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Region Board of Trade (TRBOT)
Jan De Silva is President & CEO of Toronto Region Board of Trade, a role she assumed in January 2015. The Board represents the business interests of 12,000 members and 200,000 business professionals across this dynamic urban region.
For 14 years Ms. De Silva led businesses internationally. She was CEO of Sun Life Financial’s business in Hong Kong and its Mainland China joint venture and then co-founded and was CEO of Retail China Limited, a company that was acquired in 2010. In 2011 Ms. De Silva became Dean of Ivey Asia, leading the Hong Kong campus and Mainland China operations of Ivey Business School of Western University.
Ms. De Silva has served terms as Chair and President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Chair of Canada China Business Council, Beijing. She currently sits on the boards of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance and Intact Financial Corporation.
She holds an MBA from Ivey Business School of Western University received an honorary doctorate by Thompson Rivers University.
Chief Executive Officer, Abacode
Mr. Ferris has been a Founder, Chairman and CEO of several companies throughout his 20-year career.
Michael began his entrepreneurial aspirations in 1992 after playing football at Missouri Southern State University. Soon thereafter, Mr. Ferris moved to Florida and started TBR Asset Management. After selling TBR, Michael founded Valet Living www.valetliving.com and spent 17 years creating a market-leading company that provided innovative services and technology to the multifamily real estate sector.
Valet’s principal partner was New Mountain Capital private equity group.
In 2012 Mr. Ferris founded Cerca Trova Holdings. www.cercatrovaholdings.com
Cerca Trova has two related firms.
Occam Technology Group - www.occamtechgroup.com
Occam Technology Group is an award winning engineering firm that designs and develops intelligent, sensor-based products and devices for organizations throughout the world. OTG has special expertise in system level design, embedded security, communication protocols and the integration of IoT (Internet of Things).
Abacode Cybersecurity – www.abacode.com
Abacode is a technology firm solely dedicated to cybersecurity and the cyber-threat landscape for businesses in the Americas, Caribbean, LATAM and Europe. As a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) Abacode employs global thought leaders and industry experts in ethical hacking, cryptography and corporate governance which provides organizations with strategic solutions and guidance before attacks become disruptions and financial hardships.
Mr. Ferris is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable and sits on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity Taskforce Committee in Washington DC.
Michael is involved in numerous business organizations and international committees, and was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. Michael has been a Judge for the EY awards program from 2012 – 2017.
Mr. Ferris is a proud contributor to the Occam STEM Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Marine Corps. Heritage Foundation.
Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Stanley Hartt has decades of leadership experience in business, law and public policy. This experience enables him to deliver strategic advice to our domestic and international clients.
Immediately prior to joining our Toronto office, Mr. Hartt was chairman of Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. Before this he practised law as a partner for 20 years at a leading Canadian business law firm and was chairman of Citigroup Global Markets Canada and predecessor Salomon Smith Barney Canada. Mr. Hartt also served as chairman, president and CEO of Campeau Corporation, and deputy minister at the Canadian Department of Finance. In the late 1980s he was chief of staff in the Office of the Prime Minister.
In his roles as a business leader, Mr. Hartt has worked for major Canadian corporate clients in sectors including financial institutions, technology and innovation (telecommunications), energy, transport and real estate. His primary focus is on M&A, investment banking, restructuring and insolvency, private equity and debt finance and he has extensive experience in income and consumption tax matters.
Mr. Hartt has a great deal of US cross-border and international experience and participated actively in negotiating the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (he was one of eight Canadians in the room when the agreement was signed).
Chief Investment Officer, Ontario Investment Office
Allan O’Dette is the President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), the voice of 60,000 businesses from across Ontario which collectively employ over two million people and produce nearly 17 percent of Ontario’s GDP.
Prior to joining the OCC, Allan was an entrepreneur and a senior executive in the biopharmaceutical industry with over 25 years of experience.
Allan serves on the CivicAction Steering Committee, and is a mentor to a DiverseCity Fellow through CivicAction’s Emerging Leaders Network. He is also a member of the board of directors at Markham Stouffville Hospital.
Allan has served on numerous public and not-for-profit boards and committees. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to his community and his philanthropic and volunteer activities.
Allan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trent University, an MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto, and has an ICD.D designation.
Vice-President, Power Generation Business and Nuclear Operations, Cummins Sales and Service
Benoit Parent manages the Power Generation Division and Nuclear Operations’ teams inside Cummins Eastern Canada LP.
He has a Bachelor’s degree from Sherbrooke University in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree from Sherbrooke University in Engineering Management.
He has occupied every single sales positions in the Power Generation Division of Cummins Eastern Canada LP, beginning his career as a Sales Representative for the South Shore of Montreal, being promoted to Sales Managers, then General Manager of Power Generation of Ontario, (that is when he first met the OCI) then General Manager of the Power Generation Division and, finally, to his current position of Executive Director – Power Generation Division and Nuclear Operations.
President and Chief Executive Officer International Economic Forum of the Americas
Nicholas Rémillard, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA), is responsible for the direction and strategy of the IEFA’s four major economic events: the Conference of Montreal, the Toronto Global Forum, the World Strategic Forum and the Conference of Paris.
Since the organisation’s inception over 20 years ago, Nicholas Rémillard has held a variety of management roles, ultimately serving as President and CEO from 2010. His contribution led to the rapid expansion of the organization where he launched the Toronto Global Forum and the Palm Beach Strategic Forum in 2007 and 2011, respectively. The latter event is now held in Miami under its new appellation: the World Strategic Forum. In addition to these North American conferences, the IEFA has announced its shift towards Europe and will be hosting its first edition of the Conference of Paris in December 2017.
Beyond his role at the IEFA, Nicholas Rémillard also serves as Honorary Consul General of Iceland in Montreal and President of RDÉE Canada’s working group, the Economic Corridor of La Francophonie.
Nicholas Rémillard holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa.
President and Chief Executive Officer, InstarAGF Asset Management; and Executive Chairman, Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners
Gregory Smith is widely recognized as a pioneer and authority in the infrastructure investment community. As President and CEO of InstarAGF, Gregory brings more than 20 years of experience in the investment, operation, acquisition, and financing of public and private infrastructure, real estate, power, and utility businesses.
Prior to founding the Instar Group of Companies, Gregory was Managing Partner and head of Brookfield Financial’s Global Infrastructure Advisory Group. During his tenure, Brookfield Financial expanded to over 100 professionals in eight countries and became a leading developer in North American Public-Private Partnerships. Gregory was also the President of Macquarie Capital Funds Canada Ltd. where he was responsible for the establishment, growth and operations of Macquarie's unlisted and listed funds business in Canada along with the active management of Macquarie's Canadian assets owned by off-shore funds. During this time, he also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie Power & Infrastructure Income Fund (TSX:MPT.UN), a Toronto Stock Exchange-listed fund, and as a Director and Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie Essential Assets Partnership, a private fund. Prior to Macquarie, Gregory was Managing Director and Co-Head of RBC Capital Partners - Mezzanine Fund and a Managing Director at Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance.
Gregory has held various board positions and acted as an observer/advisor to the Board of Directors for several reporting issuers, including 407ETR International, AltaLink Management Ltd. and Leisureworld Senior Care GP Inc. as well as private companies such as Sea-to-Sky Highway Investment Limited Partnership and Erie Shores Wind Farm. Gregory is currently the Executive Chairman of Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners, which owns the passenger terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, and also sits on the advisory boards of Lighthouse Equity Partners, a private equity provider, and Avrio Ventures, an agriculture technology fund. Active in the private equity and venture capital sector since 1994, Gregory previously served for a number of years on the Board of Directors of Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association, including as Chair and President.
Gregory is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University.
Chairman, Kilmer Developments; and Vice-Chairman, Kilmer Van Nostrand (KVN)
KEN TANENBAUM is Chairman of Kilmer Developments, the entity leading the $400M renewal and 50 year concession operations of the 23 ONroute Highway Service Centres, in partnership with HMS Host, as well as the design, finance and construction of the $800M 2015 Pan Am Games Athletes’ Village project in partnership with Dundee Realty; he is the Founder and Chairman of the Kilmer Brownfield Equity Fund, which is committed to creating value by remediating and repositioning contaminated land; and, he also serves as Vice Chairman of Kilmer Van Nostrand (KVN), a family holding company with interests in sports & media, private equity and infrastructure. Ken joined KVN's wholly owned subsidiary, The Warren Paving and Materials Group in 1991 and, following the merger of this business with Lafarge in 2000, served with the combined entity on its Executive Team and as President of concrete producer Innocon before returning to KVN in 2006. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Ken has a long history of volunteer leadership with many organizations, including UJA Federation, Mount Sinai Hospital, MADD Canada, Evergreen, University of Toronto, and Upper Canada College. He is an active member of YPO, is a recipient of the Canadian Urban Institute’s “Brownie Award”, and was recognized as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 in 2001. Ken is passionate about the promise of Canada and is committed to aligning his business interests with building healthy cities and vibrant communities. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Jennifer, and their four children.
Councillor and Chair, Economic Development and Culture Committee, City of Toronto; and Chair, Invest Toronto
Michael Thompson is a Toronto City Councillor, Chair of Toronto's Economic Development and Culture Committee and Chair of Invest Toronto's Board of Directors. Councillor Thompson is a strong, active and influential leader in Toronto's efforts to build economic development relationships with partner countries around the world.
Over his thirteen years at City Hall, he has earned a reputation as a community focused consensus builder and one of Toronto's hardest working Councillors.
Michael's strong advocacy for public safety resulted in a City-wide Community Safety Plan, a police task force on guns and gangs and positive programs for young offenders. As Chair of Scarborough Community Council, he led the campaign to create the first ever TTC transit strategy for Scarborough to enhance public transit for residents. He also spearheaded the Taste of Lawrence Festival, which has attracted tens of thousands of people celebrating cultural diversity.
Prior to entering politics, Mr. Thompson earned his business credentials as an entrepreneur in the business and financial services sector. He is the recipient of the African Achievement Award for Excellence in Politics, the York University International Award, the Jain Society of Toronto Community Award, the Bob Marley Award, The Bob Marley Lifetime Achievement Award and continues to work with a number of charitable organizations including participation in the LIUNA Local 506 Scholarship Fund. He is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal.
Geoffrey A. Wilson
President and Chief Executive Officer, PortsToronto
Geoffrey Wilson is an international business leader with more than 25 years in the multimodal transportation, shipping, infrastructure and aviation businesses. Having held senior executive roles throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific, with companies such as Triton Container International Inc., Budget Car and Truck Rental, and Kerr Steamship Agency Inc., Mr. Wilson brings a unique skill set and global perspective to his role as CEO of PortsToronto. A government business enterprise, PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Canada’s ninth busiest airport, the marine Port of Toronto and the Outer Harbour Marina.
Mr. Wilson’s professional experience includes global infrastructure and asset management, international market development and strategic alliances. Prior to his current role, Mr. Wilson served as Chief Operating Officer of Cartel Communications Systems Inc., Canada's leading wireless equipment distributor and integrator.
Mr. Wilson serves on the advisory board of Toronto Global Forum, associated with the International Global Economic Forums of the Americas, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Empire Club of Canada, the country’s oldest and largest speaker’s forum. Mr. Wilson joined the Board of the Council of the Great Lakes Region in October 2016.
Chairman, Barclays Capital Canada; Former Finance Minister of Canada; and Former Canadian Ambassador to the United States
Michael Wilson is the Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada Inc. building on 37 years experience in the investment business.
Previously, Mr. Wilson was Canada’s 22nd Ambassador to the United States of America from March 13, 2006 to October 9, 2009. Prior to taking up this position, Mr. Wilson was Chairman of UBS Canada, an operating division of UBS AG.
Before joining UBS in July 2001, Mr. Wilson was responsible for RBC Financial Group's Institutional Asset Management business and also served as a Vice Chairman of RBC Dominion Securities.
Mr. Wilson was elected to the House of Commons in 1979. In September 1984, he was appointed Minister of Finance. In May 1991, he became Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister for International Trade. During his tenure as a member of the Cabinet, Mr. Wilson had responsibility for the NAFTA negotiations and represented Canada at the G-7, IMF, World Bank, OECD, GATT and other international meetings.
Prior to his career in public life, Mr. Wilson's career was in investment banking with various responsibilities in corporate, government and international finance. He was also Director of a number of companies including BP plc and Manulife Financial.
Mr. Wilson is currently Chancellor of the University of Toronto and chairs the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He has been active in a number of professional and community organizations, including Brain Canada, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance. He has received a number of awards for his work in these fields, as well as from The Conference Board of Canada, The Public Policy Forum, The Rotman School of Business and The Canadian Club of Toronto.
Mr. Wilson is a Companion of the Order of Canada and has honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, University of Calgary, York University, Trinity College at the University of Toronto and the Royal Military College of Canada.
Mr. Wilson is married to Margie. They have two children and five grandchildren. He also finds time for golf and powder skiing.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Blue Orange Capital
Bertrand Badré is the CEO and Founder of BlueOrange Sustainable Capital. As former Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Financial Officer, Badré was responsible for the financial and risk management and IT strategies of the World Bank Group. He contributed to international dialogue on financial standards and practices through his representation of the Group at the Financial Stability Board, as chair of the World Economic Forum Global Action Council on Sustainable Development, and through his participation in meetings of the G20 and G7 as well as the heads of multilateral development banks. Previously, he was Group CFO at Société Générale and Crédit Agricole, and Managing Director of Lazard. During the 2003 Evian G8 summit, Badré served as President Chirac’s deputy personal representative for Africa and as a spokesperson on new international financial contributions to fund development. He was on the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure, chaired by Michel Camdessus, and served in the French Ministry of Finance. He currently co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on International Governance and Public-Private Cooperation; he is also on the advisory board of the International Water Bank.
Chairman of the President’s Advisory Board, Rogers Enterprise Business Unit, a division of Rogers Communications
Douglas E. Turnbull
Vice-Chairman and Country Head, Canada, DBRS
Douglas E. Turnbull is Vice Chairman and Country Head, Canada at DBRS. Mr. Turnbull has been in the position since January 2016. In his role, Mr. Turnbull is responsible for overseeing all of DBRS’s day-to-day operations in Canada. As part of the global management team, Mr. Turnbull, 59, also focuses on the strategic development of DBRS’s rating business and senior outreach activities for the company.
Mr. Turnbull has more than 36 years of experience in the investment banking industry, most recently as Deputy Chairman, TD Securities Inc. Mr. Turnbull has worked in Toronto, Tokyo and New York, where he advised government, corporate, infrastructure and public sector clients on numerous public and private market transactions.
In addition, Mr. Turnbull has held a number of board positions with public sector and not for profit organizations, including, Metrolinx, the Ontario Financing Authority, George Brown College Foundation, the Toronto Financial Services Alliance and ORBIS. In 2014, Mr. Turnbull was appointed by the Government of Canada as one of two Co-Chairs of the Canada-Assembly of First Nations, Joint Working Group on Resource Development, and delivered the final report in 2015.