Fahd Al-Rasheed is the Group CEO and Managing Director of Emaar the Economic City (EEC), a publicly listed company leading the development of one of the largest private sector projects in the world, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). KAEC is a next-generation city on the Red Sea coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with a planned population capacity of two million people and a total investment of over USD 100 billion.
Under Al-Rasheed's leadership, KAEC developed the first private deep-water container port in the region and attracted more than 120 leading global and regional companies to establish operations in the city, making KAEC the fastest growing logistics and manufacturing hub in the Middle East. In addition, Al-Rasheed is spearheading the development of a significant number of residential and leisure projects that will transform KAEC into one of the leading tourism destinations in the region.
Al-Rasheed is the Founding Chairman of the non-profit Red Sea Foundation, a Geneva-based NGO think-tank established in 2016 to support the development of the Red Sea region, which is the largest, fastest growing emerging market in the world (750 million people today growing to 1 Billion by 2030).
Al-Rasheed is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Prince Mohamed Bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Saudi Arabia’s first world-class business educational institution to focus on entrepreneurship and leadership. The College is developed in partnership with the Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation, Babson Global and Lockheed Martin.
Prior to joining EEC, Al-Rasheed held the post of CFO and Deputy Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA). Previous to his work in SAGIA, Al-Rasheed led strategic initiatives in investments and corporate finance for Saudi Aramco.
Al-Rasheed serves on the boards of several organizations including EEC, King Abdullah Port, Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Council, Petromin, Saudi Airlines Catering Company, the New Cities Foundation, and the Foundation Board of the Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum. Al-Rasheed was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011.
Al-Rasheed holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the Stanford Business School.
H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), has been integral to the success of the Authority since its inception in 2009, with the guidance of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Shurooq.
(Shurooq) is the driving force behind the transformation of Sharjah as an investment, tourism, and business destination, guided by the Emirate’s traditions and inspired by innovation. Steered by Al Sarkal’s creativity and drive, the Authority has adopted world-class standards in providing services and studies to attract investors from the UAE, the Middle East, and all over the world.
Possessing a sharp understanding of the market and in-depth insight into the functioning of economies and international legalities and legislation, Al Sarkal has proven his mettle in quality, operations control, and strategic planning. He was also instrumental in the shaping of the Sharjah arts and culture scene, through the launch of the Maraya Art Centre.
He is distinguished for his exceptional leadership style, as an excellent motivator who strives to create a friendly working environment in which all employees are encouraged to create, innovate and openly express their ideas. He is a keen proponent of creating opportunities for talented UAE Nationals representing almost 40%, holding various positions including executives and management positions.
Alongside his role at the helm of (Shurooq), Al Sarkal is a Board Member of the Sharjah Football Club, a patron of Design Days Dubai, Chairman of the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK)-Sharjah Chapter, Trustee of the Emirati-Swiss Friendship Forum, Deputy Head of Knowledge Without Borders and a former Board Member of Sharjah Tourism and Development Authority.
He is also a Member of the Sharjah Tourism Advisory Committee, and serves on the Board of Governors of Skyline University College and a member of several UAE Ministry of Economy joint councils with other countries. Having held a multitude of senior positions, he is widely considered a key figure in Sharjah’s growth ambitions.
An independent government entity, (Shurooq) facilitates partnerships and connects investors, corporations, and entrepreneurs with the right opportunities. Since the Authority’s creation, Sharjah’s GDP has grown from AED 61 billion in 2009 to AED 114 billion today.
To achieve its mission, (Shurooq) seeks to evaluate and follow-up on tourism, investment, and heritage-related infrastructure projects, participating in the comprehensive construction and development processes both within the emirate of Sharjah and in the UAE as a whole. (Shurooq’s) portfolio of unique mixed-use developments – combining retail, cultural attractions, and F&B – offer premium investment opportunities in exceptional master-planned destinations.
Alissa Amico is the Managing Director of GOVERN, Economic and Corporate Governance Center, which works with public and corporate leaders in advancing corporate governance and economic governance in the Middle East and North Africa and other emerging markets through research. Until 2015, Amico was responsible for overseeing OECD’s work on financial markets and corporate governance in the Middle East and North Africa. She joined the OECD in 2005 to establish a regional program on private sector development in the MENA region with the relevant Ministers in the area. Amico holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University, and a Master’s degree in Political Economy with a specialization in the Middle East from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a member of the French Institute of Directors’ International Commission. Alissa was named one of the Top 100 Leaders in Europe and the Middle East by the Centre for Sustainability and Excellence in 2011, and was recognized by Columbia Law School as the Rising Star of Corporate Governance in 2014.
Colin provides strategic advice to senior public and private sector executives regarding finance, electricity and health system transformation, including climate change leadership, green finance, system sustainability, energy poverty, behavioural economics and digital wellness.
Colin is Chair of the Energy Council of Canada, which was established in 1923 as a founding member of the World Energy Council. The Energy Council of Canada strives to shape an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy sector for the benefit of all Canadians. The Energy Council covers all sectors involved in energy in Canada, and brings together senior executives from industry and government engaged in regional, national, continental and global activities. He is also Senior Executive Fellow at WISE (Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy – University of Waterloo)
Colin was Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), responsible for ensuring a reliable, sustainable, cost-effective supply of electricity for Ontario. He led the organization in its efforts to coordinate province-wide conservation initiatives, plan the electricity system for the long term and procure clean supply resources.
Prior to joining the OPA, Colin held a variety of senior financial and policy positions in the Ontario Public Service, including as Deputy Minister of Finance, of Revenue, of Policy, Cabinet Office and Acting Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; Secretary of Treasury Board; Chair of the Ontario Financing Authority; and Chair of the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation.
In these and other senior management positions, Colin provided successive governments with advice and assistance on all aspects of fiscal and financial policy and planning, expenditure management and overall stewardship of Ontario’s financial resources. In addition, he has led strategic asset management initiatives, extensive intergovernmental negotiations at the federal and municipal level and large-scale infrastructure and procurement projects.
He has a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary.
Jens Bjørn Andersen began his career as a trainee in Samson Transport Co. A/S in 1988. After he had completed his traineeship in 1990, he worked with various freight forwarding assignments until 1992, when he took up a position as Department Manager of the road transport activities of Samson Transport Co. A/S.
In 1995, Mr Bjørn Andersen was asked to focus on project work for the company's executive management. Two years later, he assumed a position as Branch Manager in Norway with Samson Transport Norge AS. Following DSV's acquisition of Samson Transport Co. A/S later the same year, he was appointed CEO of the combined DSV and Samson Transport activities in Norway.
From 2001, Mr Bjørn Andersen was the CEO of Tollpost Globe AS in Oslo until he was recruited for the position as CEO of DFDS Transport Ltd./DSV Road Ltd. in England in 2003. He also held various supervisory board positions in the DSV Group.
In 2007, Mr Bjørn Andersen became the CEO of DSV Road Holding A/S and was appointed Group CEO with effect from August 2008. He also chairs the Supervisory Boards of DSV Air & Sea Holding A/S and DSV Solutions Holding A/S and is member of the Supervisory Board of DSV Road Holding A/S.
Non-DSV posts include member of the Board of Directors for the Nordea Foundation and The Children's Cancer Fund. He is also a member of the Olympic Sports Forum established by The Sport Confederation of Denmark.
Mr Andersen was born in 1966.
Marjorie April est animatrice de l’émission matinale Y a pas deux matins pareils, sur Ici Radio-Canada Première à Toronto.Marjorie a obtenu un baccalauréat en journalisme de l’Université du Québec à Montréal en 2007. Déjà avant la fin de ses études, Marjorie a commencé sa carrière de journaliste en 2006 à Radio-Canada Montréal. Affectée à la salle des nouvelles comme reporter, puis principalement à l’émission L’heure des comptes sur Ici Radio-Canada Première, elle a développé une expertise en économie qui l’a ensuite amenée à devenir chroniqueuse économique à la radio et à la télévision. Elle a offert des chroniques économiques à différentes émissions d’Ici Radio-Canada Première partout au pays durant plusieurs années et a animé l’émission nationale Classe économique à la radio à Montréal. Son emploi de journaliste et d’animatrice à Radio-Canada lui a permis de travailler dans plusieurs villes d’un bout à l’autre du pays, dont Calgary, Edmonton, Québec, Montréal et Toronto, où elle réside depuis 2009.Marjorie a également animé le Téléjournal Ontario et a été chef d’antenne à la radio avant de prendre la barre de l’émission phare de Radio-Canada Toronto, diffusée dans le sud de l’Ontario.
Mr. Audet has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc. since 1993. He joined Cogeco in 1981, occupying several positions including Vice President, Marketing and Development, Executive Vice President, as well as President and Chief Operating Officer. He has led the drive at Cogeco to establish the company as a leader in the telecommunications sector.
He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc., and a member of their respective Strategic Opportunities Committee.
He previously sat on the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association, Clarica, CableLabs, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, the Corporation de l'École Polytechnique de Montréal, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the Association canadienne de la radio et de la télévision de langue française, and served as Governor of the Council on Canadian Unity. He was also Chairman of the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf Development Fund.
He has been involved in several major fund-raising campaigns for charitable causes and is a member of the campaign cabinet of the Foundation Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) since March 2012. He is co-Chair of the 2017 campaign for Centraide of Greater Montreal. He was Chair of the 2014-2020 fundraising campaign for the Old Brewery Mission Foundation, a major foundation which provides emergency and other services for homeless people in the Montreal area.
Mr. Audet holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School (Boston, MA) and has graduated from École Polytechnique (Montréal) with an Engineering Degree, Electronics and Communications. He holds a college diploma (DEC) from Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf (Montréal).
He was named Member of the Order of Canada in 2013. He was inducted, in 2012, into the Club des entrepreneurs du Conseil du patronat du Québec. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Université de Montréal Alumni Association in 2010, as well as the Merit Award of the École Polytechnique Alumni Association in 2008.
Bertrand Badré is CEO and Founder of BlueOrange Capital, an investment fund with the objectives to finance the Sustainable Development Goals with market level financial returns. Previously, Mr. Badré was Managing Director of the World Bank Group and Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to joining the World Bank Group in 2013, Bertrand was the group chief financial officer at Société Générale. He also served as group chief financial officer of Crédit Agricole from 2007 to 2011. Between 2004 and 2007, Bertrand was a managing director of Lazard in Paris and responsible for the Financial Services Group. In 2003, he was invited to join President Jacques Chirac's diplomatic team and was closely involved in the preparation of the G-8 summit in Evian. In that capacity, he served as the president's deputy personal representative for Africa and as a spokesman for the working group on new international financial contributions to fight poverty and fund development, which produced the Landau Report. In 2002, he was a member of the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure chaired by Michel Camdessus.
In 1999 Badré joined Lazard, where he spent 18 months as assistant director in London before transferring to New York as director of the mergers and acquisitions department with specific focus on the financial services sector. From 1995 to 1999, he served in the French Ministry of Finance where he led a number of control, audit, and consultancy missions for the French National Audit Office. He began his career in 1989 as assistant group controller for BFI-IBEXSA, a Franco-American company that is now part of Avnet.
Bertrand has served as director on a number of boards, including the supervisory board of Eurazeo between 2010 and 2012, Haulotte Group between 2005 and 2013, various boards of the leading French regional daily newspaper group Ouest France, and represented Crédit Agricole and Sociéte Générale on the boards of a number of their subsidiaries. He is a member of the advisory board of the newly created International Water Bank and of the Paris based IDDRI (Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations). He is a board member of the French-American Foundation, an honorary member of the Cincinnati Society and a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is chair of the Global Future Council on International Governance, Public-Private Cooperation and Sustainable Development and an advisor for the World Economic Forum.
He has taught and is currently teaching in a number of schools and universities, and is the author of several books, the most recent being “Money Honnie, si la finance sauvait le monde?” which is expected to be published in English in 2017.
Bertrand is a graduate of ENA (Ecole Nationale d'Administration) and Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. He also studied history at Paris IV University (La Sorbonne), and graduated from HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris) business school.
Mr. Zaré Baghdasarian has more than 30 years of business experience as an Executive Director, Entrepreneur, Operations Manager, Investor, and Private Equity Investment Consultant with a passion for business startups and technology.
He has an expansive education background starting with an Executive MBA from TRIUM, an executive MBA degree jointly delivered by New York University (NYU), the London School of Economics (LSE) and HEC School of Management Paris, a Masters degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University, an Executive Management degree from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a BSEE from Villanova University. He was the Co-Founder of two engineering technology companies, Monterey Networks—a company acquired by Cisco Systems in 1999 to fulfill their optical network strategy, and IRIS Group, which ceased operations in 2001.
Currently he is Co-Founder and CEO for Avata Intelligence. Avata Intelligence has developed robust, next-generation AI technology utilizing proprietary computational game theory developed by the company's world-renowned scientists which produces superior results for real-world problems.
Customers with critical needs in logistics, security and investment planning are currently using Avata's cloud-enabled, distributed and scalable AI technology to preeminently discover actionable strategies in real time for competitive advantages.
Navdeep Bains was a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management and holds an MBA with a specialization in Finance. As a Certified Management Accountant, he has worked several years in accounting and financial analysis for the Ford Motor Company of Canada. Navdeep is a long-time resident of both Mississauga and Brampton and has strong ties to the social and cultural associations of Mississauga–Malton. Navdeep has been active in a variety of community organizations, as a board member for the Mississauga Food Bank, having worked with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Guru Gobind Singh Children’s Foundation, as well as having served as an Ontario board member with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. He is the recipient of a number of awards recognizing his work in promoting diversity within his community. Having served as the Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Brampton South from 2004 to 2011, Navdeep gained extensive experience as the Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Paul Martin and as the Critic for Public Works and Government Services, the Treasury Board, International Trade, Natural Resources, and Small Business and Tourism.
Jim Barber has served as president of UPS International since 2013, with responsibility for distribution, forwarding, small-package delivery, brokerage, customs compliance, and UPS's other service offerings in more than 220 countries and territories outside the U.S.
Jim and his team of 150,000 international employees are currently leading the company's next wave of international investment while implementing the "One UPS" initiative that will seamlessly integrate UPS's services globally across business units and enterprise priorities. Jim has also led UPS's growing investment in emerging markets, including the creation of the ISMEA operating district to capture the opportunities in south-to-south trade in the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Africa.
Jim previously served as president of UPS Europe, helping oversee the second wave of international expansion for UPS that first began in the mid-1990s. Drawing upon his experience in UPS's Mergers and Acquisitions Group, Jim oversaw several key acquisitions and integrations including several European healthcare companies and domestic courier, express and parcel companies in Poland, Turkey and the UK.
His team also oversaw the acquisition and integration of the Kiala collection point network in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain. The Kiala model was expanded into Germany and the UK during 2013 under the UPS Access Point brand. Jim and his team also led a $200 million expansion of the Cologne air hub, an investment that was completed in 2014.
Jim joined UPS as a delivery driver in 1985. He later held a series of finance, accounting and operations management positions in the U.S., Belgium and Germany before relocating to London in 2006 as managing director of the United Kingdom & Ireland for UPS.
Jim also serves as a member of the UPS Management Committee, which is responsible for day-to-day management of the company.
He holds a degree in Finance from Auburn University.
Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company. In his 27 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrial. Prior to his current role, Dominic was based in Shanghai as McKinsey’s Asia Chairman from 2004 to 2009 and led the Korea office from 2000 to 2004.
Dominic is an active participant in international fora including Davos, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Les Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence, the Asia Business Council and the China Development Forum. He has authored more than 80 articles on the role of business in society, leadership, financial services, Asia, history and the issues and opportunities facing markets worldwide. Dominic is a co-author, with Roberto Newell and Greg Wilson, of Dangerous Markets: Managing in Financial Crises (Wiley & Sons, 2002), and his most recent book is China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China (Talisman, 2007).
Dominic leads McKinsey’s work on the future of capitalism, long-term value-creation and the role of business leadership in society. This is a set of research initiatives and projects to convene organisations and leaders for constructive action. One such project was a task force on Inclusive Capitalism, which Dominic co-led with Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild (sponsored by the Henry Jackson Society, a London-based think tank). The task force – comprised of business and public leaders in the US and UK – developed approaches for engaging and scaling business actions to address issues that create both social and economic value.
He is a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, an advisor to the Asia Development Bank, a member of the Advisory Board for the China Development Bank Capital Group and a Board Member of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Dominic has received multiple awards for his business leadership and contributions to the communities in which he has lived – for example, in February 2013 Dominic received the Order of Civil Merit (Peony Medal) from former President Lee of South Korea. He is a Rhodes Trustee and an Honorary Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. Dominic is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Tsinghua University, Beijing.
Laurence Batlle is Chairwoman of the RATP Dev Executive Board, and has sat on the RATP Group Executive Board since 1st January 2017. She joined RATP Dev in 2007 as CFO, and since then has played a major role in defining its strategy and supervising its international growth. She became a member of the Executive Board in 2011, and was in charge of its Americas-Africa and Sightseeing Business Units from 2014 to 2016. She has also been an independent Board member of Elior Group since 2014.
Laurence Batlle has a proven executive management track record: prior to joining RATP Dev, she spent 14 years driving sales growth in major consulting firms, first for PricewaterhouseCoopers and then as VP Global Finance Support at Atos Origin for two years. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Institut Commercial de Nancy, and is a Knight of the French National Order of Merit.
The Honourable Perrin Beatty is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. Mr. Beatty is the principal spokesperson advocating the policy positions of the Canadian Chamber’s members to the federal government, international organizations, the media and the general public. Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber in August 2007, Mr. Beatty was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).
A descendant of one of Canada’s most prominent manufacturing families, Mr. Beatty grew up in Fergus, Ontario and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1971. In 1972 he was elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative and in 1979 he was appointed Minister of State (Treasury Board) in the government of Joe Clark. He held six additional portfolios in subsequent Progressive Conservative governments, including National Revenue in 1984, Solicitor General in 1985, National Defence in 1986, Health and Welfare in 1989, Communications in 1991, and Secretary of State for External Affairs in 1993.
In 1994, Mr. Beatty joined a number of private sector boards and worked as a consultant in the field of communications. He was a Honourary Visiting Professor with the Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario. He wrote a weekly column on government and politics for a major Canadian newspaper. From 1995 - 1999, Mr. Beatty was President and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Mr. Beatty has served on a number of Canadian government advisory committees, is a member of the advisory council of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian International Council. In 2008, Mr. Beatty was named Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute Of Technology. In 2012, Mr. Beatty became a member of the Board of Directors of Mitsui Canada.
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.
Tracey joined the Company as senior vice president of global growth and development in December 2016. Her focus is on assessing and executing opportunities to grow Fortune Brands’ business around the world in current segments, adjacencies, new segments and new geographies.
Before coming to Fortune Brands, Tracey spent four years as the executive vice president of strategy at Mondelez International, Inc. There she led a group of 40 individuals in executing the company’s growth strategies. Prior to that she spent 13 years consulting at Bain & Company where she had an opportunity to work with clients in the industrial products, airline and consumer products categories with a focus on creating strategic performance improvement programs to deliver sustainable value.
Tracey began her career in academia at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and at the University of Bonn in Germany. She holds both a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and a B.S. in economics and mathematics from the University of Alberta.
Holly Benson founded Infosys’ Enterprise Change consulting practice in 2005, where she helps global organizations manage the human changes that are driven by technological change. She writes and speaks on the future of work and the digital workforce, including diversity and generational issues, and is a member of Infosys’ Global Diversity Council. Originally a petroleum geologist, Holly holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. from the University of Texas, both in geological sciences. Holly lives in Houston, Texas in the USA.
Joe Bernik has two decades of experience creating and implementing cyber security management programs at global Financial Institutions. While serving as CISO and head of Information risk and security at ABN AMRO, Fifth Third Bank and BNY Mellon, Joe led teams dedicated to protecting customer data, complying with data-related laws and regulations, and managing incident response programs. Joe started his career with the US Defense Department (DOD) protecting military systems.
Joe is an avid speaker and writer and has held posts on several industry groups including the Federal Reserve Council on Fraud, the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).
Bernik recently spoke at the Harvard Business School Finance conference and the Payments Source Card Forum.
Richard Bradley is Editor-in-Chief and Chief Content Officer of The Worth Group. He is also the #1 New York Times best-selling author of American Son: A Portrait of John F. Kennedy, Jr. A seasoned and respected editor and journalist, Bradley’s career has always combined journalism and academia. American Son generated tremendous national attention, including the cover of People magazine and a guest appearance on NBC’s Today Show. Mr. Bradley was also the subject of a Barbara Walters interview on ABC’s 20/20. American Son spent seven weeks on The New York Times non-fiction bestseller list, ultimately climbing to number one. In addition to his jobs as a magazine editor and his book writing, Richard Bradley has authored articles for numerous publications, including: The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, George, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, Boston Magazine, Salon.com, The Washington Monthly, Worth, and Mother Jones. He has also written a column of media analysis for the website TomPaine.com.
Simon Brown is co-founder of LeBaronBrown and the co-Chairman of Charkit Chemical Company LLC. Prior to co-founding LeBaronBrown in 2015, Mr. Brown was a Member of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. ("KKR"), having joined KKR in 2003. Mr. Brown served as former Chairman of the Board of Brightview and is a former member of the Board of Big Heart Pet Brands (fka Del Monte Foods), Nielsen N.V., and The Sealy Corporation. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Brown worked at Madison Dearborn Partners, Thomas H. Lee Company, and Morgan Stanley Capital Partners. He received an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, and a B.Comm with First-Class Honors from Queen's University at Kingston, Canada.
Marisa is the Deputy Global Head of Sustainable Finance at JPMorgan Chase & Co. She plays an integral role in the firm’s efforts to manage environmental and social risks, and advance environmentally sustainable solutions for clients and its operations. She has also built the firm’s knowledge and leadership on climate change and carbon disclosure, and helps to lead the firm’s efforts on ESG reporting and engagement.
Marisa has over 15 years of experience working on environmental and energy issues. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Marisa was a research analyst at Bloomberg, where she focused on assessing the impacts of U.S. policy on the energy sector. She also developed methane reduction projects in the mining and oil & gas sectors with Verdeo Group, a developer, owner and operator of clean energy projects. In addition to identifying and evaluating project development opportunities, she managed activities related to the certification of carbon assets, and served as the company’s expert on U.S. and international climate and energy policy. She also developed renewable energy and methane reduction projects with Econergy International, an independent power producer with assets in Latin America and the U.S., which was acquired by GDF Suez. She began her career with the Surdna Foundation’s environmental team, providing grants to nonprofit organizations supporting sustainable forestry, smart growth, renewable energy and market-based solutions to climate change.
Marisa received a B.A. from Wellesley College and a M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Valerie Buckingham leads marketing at Carbon, joining in 2016 after a tenure at Microsoft and Nokia spanning more than a decade. In addition to holding various roles at early-stage Bay Area startups, she most recently led North American marketing for Microsoft Mobile Devices, launching their first Microsoft-branded smartphones in the region. A Canada native, Valerie holds an MFA in Intermedia from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the University of Victoria.
Adam Camenzuli has lived in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania for the last three years running a social enterprise empowering 20,000 people with his solar “hockey puck” lamps. Adam’s work experience spans the private (General Motors), public (Global Affairs Canada) and non-profit sectors (Street Kids International). With General Motors, he ran a production team of 50+ workers and with Street Kids International, he ran a year-long project empowering street youth in East Africa. He holds an International Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business (York University), an Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Certificate from Stanford University and he is a CFA Charterholder. He is a Canadian Top 30 Under 30, Laureate Global Fellow, G20 YEA Canadian Delegate, UN Global Accelerator and he holds a US patent. He speaks Swahili, French, Spanish, and German. His work has been featured in Forbes Africa, CNN, The Globe and Mail, and the CBC.
Ailish Campbell joined Global Affairs Canada as the Chief Trade Commissioner in March 2017. The Trade Commissioner Service provides Canadian business with practical advice on foreign markets to help companies sell, export and grow through more than 160 offices in Canada and around the world.
Previously she was General Director at Finance Canada and Vice President, Policy - International and Fiscal Issues, at the Business Council of Canada.
She serves on the board of the Banff Forum, a national non-partisan not-for-profit organization promoting leadership and public policy engagement, and the International Advisory Council of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary.
Ailish holds a BA (Honours) from Queen’s University, a Master of Science, Economics (International Relations and International Political Economy) from the London School of Economics and a D. Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford. In 2014 she was designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Graham Campbell was appointed President of the Energy Council of Canada on December 16, 2013. After starting in the oil and gas industry with Shell Canada Resources, Graham’s career has progressed through roles in government and regulatory agencies culminating as Director General, Office of Energy Research and Development, Energy Sector with Natural Resources Canada from 1997 to 2008. Graham’s earlier experience includes the National Energy Board, the Canada Oil and Gas Lands Administration, and the federal departments of Energy, Mines and Resources and Indian and Northern Affairs.
Following his work at NRCan, Graham undertook policy research at the Conference Board of Canada and he led the Carleton University Sustainable Energy Research Centre as the Centre’s Executive Director. In the area of international energy collaboration, he has served as the chair of the International Energy Agency’s senior technology committee, and he co-chaired the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy. Graham has a broad perspective on energy issues based on his work in a range of energy sector organizations engaged in exploration, energy regulation, technology development and policy research.
A Vice President with FireEye’s Mandiant consulting group, Charles is one of our leading incident response experts. Based in Washington, D.C., he and the team he oversees has helped hundreds of organizations respond to major security breaches orchestrated by foreign governments, cybercriminals, and political hacktivists.
Charles has 17 years of experience helping some of the most recognized organizations in the world become more resilient to cyberattacks. He is also one of FireEye’s most sought-after cybersecurity spokespeople.
In 2014 he appeared on a 60 Minutes segment focused on credit card theft. Earlier this year, he led FireEye efforts focused on FIN10, a threat actor carrying out financially motivated intrusion operations targeting organizations in Canada.
Prior to joining Mandiant, Charles served in various leadership roles within PwC in the US and Australia. Charles received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Florida
Michael Chan was first elected to the Ontario legislature as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Markham-Unionville in a by-election in 2007, and was re-elected in 2007, 2011, and 2014.
Michael Chan serves as Ontario’s Minister of International Trade. He previously served as Minister of Revenue; Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, and Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.
As the longest serving Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, he strengthened Ontario’s reputation as a premier destination for investment in multiple sectors. In doing so, he oversaw key priorities of economic growth through close collaboration with Ontario’s creative industries, the expansion of the Celebrate Ontario program, the creation of the Ontario Music Fund, the successful implementation of Regional Tourism Offices throughout the province, and the development of a sustainable long-term plans of several cultural and tourism agencies. In his capacity as Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, he ensured that the largest multi-sport event in Canadian history showcased Ontario’s reputation as a world-class sport host and left a lasting legacy for generations to come.
During his tenure as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, he focused on enhancing Ontario’s ability to attract jobs and skilled employees, and worked to expand the province’s Bridge Training Programs to assist newcomers with economic integration. In 2015, he also oversaw the preparation and welcome of refugees from the Syrian conflict.
As Minister of International Trade, Minister Chan is harnessing the province’s creative and diverse potential to build opportunities for all Ontarians, by increasing trade beyond Ontario’s traditional markets of the U.S. and Western Europe. He is also promoting export market diversification and investment by leveraging diversity as an economic driver to open fast-growing and emerging markets for Ontario’s goods and services.
Prior to embarking on his political career, Chan — who emigrated from Hong Kong more than 40 years ago and has lived in Markham since 1995 — founded and operated a successful insurance brokerage firm.
Michael and his wife, Elaine, live in Markham with their two sons, Alex and Brian.
Jean-Louis Chaussade, born on December 2, 1951, has an engineering degree from ESTP (1976) and holds a Master’s degree in Economics (Sorbonne, 1976). He is also a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (1980) and the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program (1988). He first joined Degrémont in 1978 and was subsquently appointed Chief Operating Officer of Degrémont Spain, headquartered in Bilbao in 1989. During this period, he was also appointed Director of Aguas de Barcelona. In addition, Jean‑Louis Chaussade became Chief Executive Officer of Dumez Copisa Spain in 1992.
In 1997, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Lyonnaise des Eaux in South America, and Chief Operating Officer of SUEZ for South America. He was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Degrémont in 2000 and, in 2004, Deputy CEO of SUEZ and Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ environnement.
He has been Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ since July 23, 2008. Jean‑Louis Chaussade has been a Director of Criteria Caixa S.A.U. since October 19, 2011. He co-chairs the France-China
Committee, and also chairs the France–Arabian Perninsula Council of Businessmen within the MEDEF.
Elena Cherney is the Coverage and Planning Chief of the Wall Street Journal. Until recently, she was Canada Bureau Chief and Global Energy Editor. She was previously Managing Editor at The Globe and Mail, and editor of the paper’s Report on Business. As a reporter, she worked for the Wall Street Journal as a Canada correspondent for seven years, from 2000 to 2007, and before that, reported for papers including the Peterborough Examiner and The Gazette in Montreal. Ms. Cherney grew up in Montreal and was educated at Yale University, where she studied English and History.
Tom Clark joined Global after almost 45 years at the most senior levels of Canadian journalism.
Tom left Global News on January 1, 2017, after serving as the network’s chief political correspondent and host of The West Block. He has interviewed every Canadian Prime Minister since Lester B. Pearson and has covered every federal election campaign since 1974. He has reported in eight active war zones and from over 33 countries.
Tom was CTV’s China Bureau Chief and was also its Chief Washington Correspondent for five years. He has a deep understanding of Canada’s position in an increasingly complicated international dynamic.
Tom is the recipient of Radio Television Digital News Association lifetime achievement award and has been named one of the most influential journalists in Ottawa.
Dr Cool is the Chief Operating Officer of Hybrid Enterprises LLC, the worldwide exclusive reseller of Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airships. Prior to the establishment of Hybrid Enterprises, Dr. Cool was the operations subject matter expert for Lockheed Martin on the development of its Hybrid Airships. Dr. Cool was also the President and Chief Engineer of Kivalliq Marine Exploration in Canada, an Arctic and Antarctic marine exploration, survey and logistics company that served many governments and large mining and oil & gas companies. Dr. Cool is a Professional Engineer and holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in spacecraft design, and a BASc in engineering from the University of Toronto.
Leader in business development in Canada and overseas, Ethel Côté is involved in economic development, particularly with women's organizations to foster financial independence and
sustainability. During the last 5 years, she was actively involved in a network that brings together women entrepreneurs from 8 countries. As a practitioner and developer, she developed and
adapted some training/development tools to incorporate a gender perspective to business development - it's a success. Currently, she is developing a new workbook for business development - all stages of development. As well, she also developed many other curriculums about Entrepreneurship and succession planning. She is founding member of Alliance économique francophone – a Pan Canadian Economic Alliance), and a few other networks and organizations. She contributed as administrator, treasury, chair of an International committee for many years, co-chair of a national public policy committee. Now actively involved in an Emerging International Network of Women Businesses: Réseau des entrepreneurs solidaires. She represented Canada for 7 years at RIPESS – an intercontinental network. She is a board member of IPD Pan African Development Institute.
As Chief Commercial Officer at IPsoft, Jonathan Crane is responsible for key strategic initiatives with a primary focus upon partnership development, new market initiatives and new product/services marketing. Mr. Crane has worked in the communications industry for more than 35 years, including executive positions at MCI, Savvis, Marcam Solutions, BBN and ROLM.
James Crawford is the founder and CEO of Orbital Insight, a geospatial big data company creating actionable data through proprietary deep learning analysis of satellite and UAV images to understand and characterize socio-economic trends at scale. He has two decades of experience leading innovative software projects: empowering farmers with climate data at the Climate Corporation, working to a commercial robot on the moon at Moon Express, making the world’s books searchable at Google, or managing robotics at NASA's Ames Research Center. At Orbital Insight, he’s using software expertise to create a whole new source of market data for all kinds of industries.
Wayne Critchley is Chair of the Board of the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD), a national non-profit body which advocates on behalf of over 120 patient organizations for health policy and a healthcare system that works for those with rare disorders.
Wayne has extensive experience in the public and private sectors in pharmaceuticals pricing and reimbursement. He served as Executive Director of the federal Patented Medicine Prices Review Board from 1990 to 2005 and as a Vice President of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health in 2009. He is currently Senior Associate with the Health and Life Sciences practice of Global Public Affairs in Ottawa. Wayne is regularly called upon to write and present on Canadian pharmaceutical issues.
Gigi Dawe leads the Corporate Oversight and Governance department at the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). As such, she oversees CPA Canada's development of influential, thought leading resources that improve board performance. Gigi built the governance discipline at CPA Canada to facilitate enhanced board and executive response to market demands. Her history includes consulting in organizational and human resource development in a variety of industries.
Gigi is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the Institute of Corporate Directors, and the International Corporate Governance Network. She is on the International Corporate Governance Network’s Corporate Risk Oversight Committee and sits on the advisory board of Women Get on Board and Simon Fraser University's Next Generation Governance Project. She is a past board member of Active Healthy Kids Canada and Family Daycare Services Toronto.
Gigi obtained a Master of Laws at Osgoode Hall Law School. She teaches Corporate Responsibility and Ethics in the Masters of Financial Accountability program at York University.
Mr. D’Souza is a seasoned, results-producing leader with experience steering and directing all aspects of investigations, security processes and risk management protocols. He has extensive international skills through working, travelling and living in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. He spent eight years with the Toronto Police Service, the majority of which, he was involved in an undercover capacity dealing with major, large-scale investigations. He has led several cases to successful conclusions through every level of the court system. In addition to working for large multi-national organizations, Mr. D’Souza also spent time consulting on regulatory requirements and laws, as they apply to business, ensuring compliance across a wide cross-section of financial, retail and commercial sectors.
Currently, Mr. D’Souza leads an elite team of investigators at Facebook positioned across the globe, to resolve complex internal and external investigations, including but not limited to external fraud, threats to people or the workplace, supply chain and data center investigations, misconduct, property crimes, and kidnaps for ransom or extortion. He also leads all protective intelligence operations for the CEO, COO and company Executives globally.
Mr. D’Souza holds a MBA degree from Columbia Southern, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is accredited as a Forensics Investigator and has been formally trained in Mobile Surveillance, Workplace Violence Detection and Prevention, Major Case Management, Interviewing and Interrogation, Drug Interdiction and Investigation, Death Investigations, Anti-Terrorism and Anarchist Detection, and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED).
Alexandre de Juniac became the seventh person to lead the International Air Transport Association (IATA) when he took on the role of Director General and CEO from 1 September 2016.
De Juniac has almost three decades of experience in both the private and public sectors. This includes senior positions in the airline and aerospace industries and the French government.
De Juniac served as Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM (2013-2016) and prior to that as Chairman and CEO of Air France (2011-2013). Under de Juniac’s leadership Air France and Air France-KLM underwent a successful restructuring that improved efficiency and strengthened performance. He has also served on the IATA Board of Governors (2013-2016).
De Juniac has broad aviation sector experience, including 14 years at French aerospace, space, defense, security and transportation company Thales, and its predecessor companies Thompson-CSF and Thompson SA (1995-2009). In his last position at Thales, de Juniac was responsible for the company’s operations and sales in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
De Juniac has also held positions in the French government. His career began with the Conseil d’Etat (State Council) from 1988 to 1993. Subsequently, he served in the Department of Budget (1993-1995); and in the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment as Chief of Staff to then Minister Christine Lagarde (2009-2011).
A French citizen, de Juniac was born in 1962. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris and Ecole Nationale de l’Administration. At IATA he will work from both the association’s main offices in Montreal, Canada and Geneva, Switzerland..
Jan De Silva is a seasoned international business executive with a proven track record of excelling in on-the-ground leadership roles.
As President & CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Jan is spearheading efforts to make Toronto one of the most competitive and sought after business regions in the world.
Prior to joining the Board, Jan was CEO of Sun Life Financial Hong Kong and co-founded Retail China Limited, which was acquired in 2010. She’s also served as Dean of Ivey Asia, part of Western University.
Highly respected for her business advocacy and government engagement efforts, Jan has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, a Woman of our Time by Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post and made the Canadian Board Diversity Council’s inaugural Diversity 50 list. She currently sits on the boards of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, Intact Financial Corporation and Blue Umbrella Limited.
Mr. Juan Pablo Del Valle Perochena is the chairman of the board of Mexichem SAB, a regional leader in plastics, the world leader in fluorspar mining and derivatives and one of the worlds largest plastic pipes and fittings producers. He is an industrial Engineer from Universidad Anahuac and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Del Valle serves on the board of Johnson Controls, Grupo Lala SAB and Elementia SAB.
He participates in diverse nonprofit associations focused on education and the environment in Mexico and the United States. He is the Chairman of Mexico city´s Water Fund a member of The Nature Conservancy´s LACC, Co-chairman of the Council of the Americas advisory board and member of Harvard´s DRCLAS advisory board.
William De Vijlder is the Group Chief Economist of BNP Paribas. After starting in 1987 in the Economic Research Department at Belgium’s Generale Bank he joined the Asset Management division in 1989. He was subsequently Managing Director and Global Chief Investment Officer at Fortis Investments. When joining BNP Paribas Investment Partners in 2010, he became CIO and member of the Executive Committee. Since September 2014 he is Group Chief Economist of BNP Paribas.
William has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Ghent (Belgium). He has been a senior lecturer in Finance and Economics at the same university since 1991.
Since 2008, William maintains a blog on which he regularly comments on the economic and market environment. He is also active on Twitter and in 2014 he has been selected to become one of the 500 LinkedIn Influencers worldwide.
Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano joined VIA Rail in 2010 and was appointed President and CEO in May 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was the Corporation's Chief Corporate & Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. A seasoned executive, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano leads with passion, respect and transparency. He is known for embracing innovation and encouraging creative ideas. A natural communicator, he is in high demand as a keynote speaker at conferences, business events and universities. He prides himself on being an accessible CEO, and values every opportunity to meet and converse with both travellers and employees.
Prior to VIA Rail, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano held several senior positions in legal, regulatory and government relations, business and corporate development, marketing communications and finance. In Montreal and Toronto, he worked for private and publicly held companies, in the information technology, telecommunications, marketing and entertainment industries. Past President of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was also Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Labour and Minister of State for Transport.
Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano holds a law degree (LL.L.) from l’Université de Montréal and he completed Graduate Studies in Law (GSD) at McGill University. He also has a designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) and is a member of the Barreau du Québec.
In 2016, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano received the Business Achievement Award from the Quebec General Counsel Awards, presented by ZSA Legal Recruitment. He was rewarded for his achievement in developing and implementing the business strategy that has led to VIA Rail’s success since his appointment as President and CEO. His customer-focused vision has persuaded more travellers to come onboard, expanding the company’s client base and boosting its revenue for the first time in several years. He was also honoured by Women and Board in the CEO category for his outstanding contributions to advancing the role of women in corporate governance as the President and CEO of VIA Rail.
Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was appointed Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Régiment de Maisonneuve in November 2016.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Minister for Finance of The Netherlands, was elected Eurogroup President on 21 January 2013, and re-elected for a second term on 13 July 2015. His mandate ends in January 2018.
When Dijsselbloem assumed office, the green shoots of a sustained economic recovery began to emerge in the euro area. However, in the aftermath of the crisis, the situation was still fragile and safeguarding the stability of the euro was a top priority.
Dijsselbloem was and is an advocate of showing solidarity with distressed countries in their effort to implement difficult reforms necessary to secure a balanced growth. Under his presidency, the Eurogroup continued to support the countries with whom it had in earlier years agreed on a financial assistance programmes financed through the stability mechanisms established by Eurozone members. The implementation of agreed policy reforms enabled several of them successfully exit their programmes and regain market access.
Another important milestone for Dijsselbloem is the implementation of the banking union. Completion of the banking union is a key priority in order to increase euro area’s resilience.
Dijsselbloem has a Msc degree in agricultural economics, Wageningen University (1985-1991) and performed a business economics research at the University College Cork, Ireland (1991). Currently, he is the Dutch minister of Finance (since 2012), President of the Eurogroup (since 2013), Member of Dutch Parliament (2000-2012 and since March 2017) and Chairman of the Board of Governors ESM (since 2013).
Daniel L. Doctoroff is CEO of Sidewalk Labs, an urban innovation company he launched with Google to improve cities for residents, businesses and city governments. Prior to founding Sidewalk, he was president and CEO of Bloomberg L.P. Dan previously served as deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding for the City of New York. With Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Dan led the city’s dramatic economic resurgence, spearheading the effort to reverse New York’s fiscal crisis after 9/11 through a five-borough economic development strategy, including the creation of PlaNYC, a 127-point plan designed to create the first environmentally sustainable 21st-century city.
Sean Donnelly is a Professional Engineer and the Manager of Station Operations and Licensing at Amec Foster Wheeler Nuclear Canada, headquartered in Toronto. Sean is an experienced project manager, technical contributor and integrator in a wide variety of multi-disciplinary projects within the nuclear power generation industry. In addition to providing technical, safety, and licensing support for operating reactors, Sean is leading Amec Foster Wheeler activities in Canada to develop, commercialize, and deploy small modular reactors and advanced reactors. He has advised a variety of technology developers and potential end-users on the advantages and challenges of deployment of nuclear technology for electricity, heat generation, and other uses, including unique considerations for integration into existing distribution grids and remote off-grid or edge-of-grid applications. Sean’s technical expertise has been built through involvement in a variety of industry projects including Owner’s Engineer for the Darlington New Nuclear Project and various initiatives related to nuclear refurbishment and plant life extensions.
Brad Duguid currently serves as Minister of Economic Development and Growth. He was previously Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, and Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. Prior to that, he served as Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Innovation, during which time Duguid focused on creating jobs, promoting Ontario as a smart place to invest, building a culture of entrepreneurship and growing a strong, innovative economy.
He ushered in Bill 11 (Attracting Investment and Creating Jobs Act 2012), a marquee piece of legislation that established the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund and made permanent the Eastern Ontario Development Fund.
Previously, as Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Duguid launched Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan, which built on Ontario’s commitment to clean energy.
As Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, he worked at building relationships and launched PLAY, a program for aboriginal youth using participation in sports and activities to teach life-skills.
Duguid’s involvement in politics began more than 25 years ago while working at Queen’s Park and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Duguid lives in Scarborough with his wife, Crystal, and has two sons, Kennedy and Jordan.
Neil is the Global Strategist for AllianzGI, based in London and is responsible for ‘AllianzGI house view’, the development of the biannual Investment Forums and our investment thought leadership content. He is a member of the Global Investment Management Group and is also responsible for the Economics and Strategy team, as well as our monthly Global Policy Council calls. He continues to manage Equity portfolios including our successful European Equity Dividend Fund and other Pan-European equity portfolios. .
Neil joined the company in 2001 as Head of UK and European Equity Management from JPMorgan Investment Management where he had been a UK and European specialist portfolio manager since 1996. He began his investment career in 1988 with Kleinwort Benson Investment Management as an analyst, later as a fund manager before moving to Fleming Investment Management in 1992. Neil holds a BA in Classics from Durham University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Dr. Shahram Ebadollahi is the Vice President of Innovations (R&D) and Chief Science Officer of IBM Watson Health. He is the technical founder of Watson Health, IBM's first vertical industry business unit in 2015, building on his previous role as the global head and founder of Health Informatics Research for IBM. He oversees all product engineering, innovation incubation, and intellectual property for Watson Health. In his capacity as the Chief Science and Technology Officer, he determines the overall technical and scientific strategy for Watson Health and IBM as a whole in the area of healthcare and life sciences.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Ebadollahi was the global head and founder of Health Informatics Research for IBM, which spanned IBM's global research labs in Asia, Europe, Africa and the US. He has pioneered novel technologies in the area of health analytics and computational health, has published many scientific publications, and has led scientific projects funded by national agencies.
Dr. Ebadollahi received his masters and doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, where he worked on the analysis of multi-modal medical documents. He also has a MBA degree from Columbia University. His interests span, healthcare, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at various healthcare and health analytics related events.
Bart W. Édes has served as the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) Representative in North America since October 2017. In this capacity, he mobilizes financing for ADB’s developing member countries; shares development knowledge and experience; establishes and deepens partnerships with public, private and nonprofit organizations in North America; and raises public awareness of ADB in Canada and the United States.
His earlier ADB experience includes leading teams responsible for knowledge management, social development, gender equity, the social sectors, civil society engagement, ICT for Development, inclusive business, governance, and public sector management. He guided the formulation of ADB’s Public Communications Policy, which set a new global benchmark for transparency and information sharing among the international financial institutions. Mr. Édes has also served as Alternate Chairperson of ADB’s Appeals Committee, and Member of the ADB Integrity Oversight Committee.
Between 1994 and 2000, Mr. Édes managed communications at SIGMA, a joint initiative of the European Union and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development providing support to public governance reform in Central and Eastern European countries. Mr. Édes has also worked as a journalist, researcher, policy analyst, and specialist on international trade and foreign direct investment.
He has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government (cum laude) from Georgetown University. Mr. Édes is a dual national of Canada and the United States.
Hikmet Ersek is Chief Executive Officer and Director of The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a Fortune 500-ranked global leader in cross-border money-movement services. Ersek has executive management responsibility for a global platform and a powerful brand spread over 200 countries and territories. Western Union has a rich history encompassing more than 165 years of innovation and today is also one of the world's most diverse companies, with employees from more than 100 countries.
During Ersek's tenure as CEO, which began in 2010, Western Union has successfully diversified and transformed its business model to a global FinTech payments company. Beyond growing its retail money-transfer business to more than 550.000 worldwide locations, over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks and via connections to billions of bank accounts and mobile wallets, he successfully expanded the digital business globally.
He joined Western Union in September 1999, and held several senior international roles of increasing responsibility within the company. Under these roles he was a major force for the global expansion of Western Union.
Ersek began his career in financial services in 1986 at Europay/MasterCard in Austria. In 1996, he joined General Electric (GE) Capital, and also represented the GE Corporation as a National Executive in Austria and Slovenia.
Ersek has a Master's (Magister) degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Wirtschaftsuniversität (University of Economics) in Vienna, Austria. He speaks English, German and Turkish fluently. He had a short career as a professional basketball player. Hikmet Ersek is currently also the Austrian Honorary Consul for Colorado & Wyoming.
In 2012, Ersek was recognized by Corporate Responsibility Magazine as a Responsible CEO of the Year. He was also recognized by the American Advertising Federation as a Diversity Achievement Career Achiever. In 2016 he received the Austrian of the Year Award.
Rodulfo Figueroa Alonso is the Chief Strategy Officer at Petroleos Mexicanos. He joined Pemex Gas and Basic Petrochemicals (PGPB) in 2003. From 2006 to early 2013 he served as Information and Evaluation Manager and Planning Manager. Later, in 2013 he was appointed as Planning Deputy Director at PGPB. Finally, in May 2015 he was appointed as Chief Strategy Officer at Pemex.
He has an Economics degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and postgraduate studies in econometrics, time series, and senior management of public entities.
Including Pemex, he has held high level positions for 31 years in the federal public administration (Social Development, Energy, Communications and Finance Ministries).
Martin Fleming is Vice President, Chief Analytic Officer and Chief Economist.
In leading the Chief Analytics Office, Martin provides leadership and governance in IBM's innovation and deployment of analytics tools to improve IBM’s business performance and achieve IBM’s financial goals. The Chief Analytics Office drives business process transformation across IBM by creating new data sources and applying advanced analytic techniques for the creation of new insight and business value.
As IBM’s Chief Economist, Martin provides regular insight and analysis on relevant economic issues to IBM’s senior leadership team. Martin provides regular global economic forecasts; publishes economic flash reports to a broad cross-section of IBM managers; promotes a consistent IBM global economic outlook for internal decision making; and engages with select IBM clients to provide a view of the global economic outlook.
Previously, in IBM Corporate Strategy, Martin led Smarter Planet strategy development and execution with a focus on energy, climate change, transportation, water and Smarter Cities.
Prior to joining IBM, Martin was a Principal Consultant at Abt Associates, Cambridge Massachusetts. He was also Vice President, Strategy for Reed-Elsevier, Inc. Martin began his professional career at the System Dynamics Group, Sloan School of Management, MIT.
Martin is a member of the American Economic Association and the Conference of Business Economists.
His work has been published in a number of professional journals, such as the Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, Business Economics and American Demographics as well as other general interest publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Martin has testified to various US Congressional committees, including the Joint Economic Committee.
Martin holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from Tufts University and a B.S. cum laude in Mathematics from University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Diane Francis is a well-known journalist, author of 10 books, and Editor-at Large at The National Post. She is Faculty at Singularity University in Mountain View California, a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC, a Distinguished Professor at Ryerson University, and also on the boards of the Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative and the Canada-US Law Institute.
She writes for newspapers and magazines around the world and her popular twitter feed on tech and corruption now has more than 680,000 followers around the world.
She is a software developer, a director, investor, and advisor to start-up companies in Silicon Valley and Kyiv Ukraine, and is also working on a major motion picture project in Hollywood.
She is a member of Abundance360, created by Silicon Valley influencer and space pioneer Peter Diamandis, who leads this exclusive group of 250 entrepreneurs.
Ms. Freeland was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre in a by-election in November 2013 and then re-elected in October 2015 as the Member of Parliament for University–Rosedale. Between November 2015 and January 2017, she served as Canada’s 18th Minister of International Trade.
An esteemed journalist and author, Ms. Freeland was born in Peace River, Alberta. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University before continuing her studies on a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford.
After cutting her journalistic teeth as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Economist, Ms. Freeland went on to wear many hats at the Financial Times, including U.K. news editor, Moscow bureau chief, Eastern Europe correspondent, editor of the FT Weekend Magazine and editor of FT.com. She served as deputy editor of The Globe and Mail between 1999 and 2001 before becoming deputy editor and then U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times.
In 2010, Ms. Freeland joined Canadian-owned Thomson Reuters. She was a managing director of the company and editor of Consumer News when she decided to return home and enter politics.
She has written two books: Sale of the Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution (2000) and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012). Plutocrats is an international best-seller and won the Lionel Gelber Prize and National Business Book Award. In 2013, Ms. Freeland gave a TED Talk about global income inequality, based on the issues dealt with in Plutocrats. It has been viewed almost two million times.
Ms. Freeland speaks English, French, Ukrainian, Russian and Italian.
Ms. Freeland is married and has three children. She and her family live in University–Rosedale.
Christoph Frei became WEC’s youngest Secretary General in April 2009. During this time, he has lead the further development of the world-renowned London-based organisation through a number of initiatives, including the initiation of WEC’s on-going Global Energy Scenarios and Energy & Climate Policy Assessment flagship projects or, the facilitation of high-level World Energy Leaders’ Summits to enhance the relevance and impact of the 90 years old organisation.
Prior to joining WEC, Christoph was a member of the Executive Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its Senior Director in charge of Energy (2001-2009). He is also an Adjunct Professor at EPFL (since 2006) and a member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Energy Security (since 2009).
Christoph received his PhD es sc. from EPFL (1997-2000). He holds a diploma in electrical engineering (ETHZ, 1989-1995) and masters in energy economics & management (EPFL, 1995-1997), econometrics (University of Geneva, 1997-2000), and applied ethics (Ethics Centre, University of Zurich, 2001-2002).
Christoph has initiated projects including EPFL’s Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels, the South Africa based Energy Access Partnership, or the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, which in 2008 lead Ethisphere to rank him among the 100 most influential people in business ethics.
Creator of LOVIS EOS, the first Enterprise Operating System, which has been established by global renowned researchers as the replacement of ERP and pre-condition for Enterprise 4.0.
Awarded with The Creators National Great Order of Honour by President Vicente Fox and the Science and Technology Prize by the then Governor of the State of Mexico, and current President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto. Under his leadership DynaWare occupied the second position in Mexico and seventeenth in Latin America in the Great Place to Work Institute rankings.
He is the first Member of the “Muro al Mérito EXATEC” of the “Tecnológico de Monterrey”, where he graduated as an Industrial and Systems Engineer. Rafael has been Member, Vice-President and President of the Board of the Mexican IT Industry Association (AMITI). He was a Member of the Steering Committee of “México Visión 2020: por el México que todos queremos”, developed by AMITI and CANIETI and participated in the Science & Technology and Interior Governance committees for the “Plan Visión México 2030” convened by President Felipe Calderon.
He is Member of the Board of AMITI, Member of the Executive Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, Patron of the Mexican Chamber of Commerce in the United Kingdom, Member of the Board of the Tecnológico de Monterrey Information Technology Industry Development Centre for Mexico (CeDITIM) and Member of the Mexican Foreign Affairs Council
Rafael was speaker at the 2016 OECD Ministerial Summit on Digital Economy and at the 13 and 14editions of Mexico Business Summit. He is Lecturer at The Social Union of Mexican Businessmen (USEM) and Leadership Professor for the “Tecnológico de Monterrey”. Currently Rafael is Executive Chairman at LOVIS, Global Business Technology and Consultancy Firm based in the United Kingdom.
Dan Galves is Senior VP and Chief Communications Officer for Mobileye, the global leader in vision processing for Advanced Driver Assist Systems and autonomous vehicles. He has responsibility for investor and media relations for the company globally. Prior to joining Mobileye, Dan’s 20+ years of automotive experience included Lead Automotive Research Analyst at Credit Suisse, Research Associate at Deutsche Bank, and Finance Manager at General Motors. Dan holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of North Carolina.
James is a Director, Business Development for Aecon Energy and Director for the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industry (OCNI). In his role at Aecon, he is responsible for market analysis, strategic direction, business plan development, international market and new services development, client relationship management, and contract negotiation. As a Director and past chair (2015-2016) of OCNI, James spearheaded many new initiatives for the better industry engagement and strengthening the relationship with utilities and ministry.
James is a Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario. With more than 22 years of international experience developing and implementing successful business strategies. He has proven abilities and a broad understanding of the diversity and complexity of energy industry in Canada and around the globe. Before joining Aecon, James has held progressively responsible positions in construction, manufacturing and service organizations in Canada and internationally. James experience spans large and complex negotiations, business strategy development and project execution in Power generation and the Oil & Gas market.
James vision is to have a strategic partnership between suppliers, academia and Canadian utilities for the development of skilled resources, superior services and products. Aligned approach and jointly developed capabilities are the cornerstone of the successful domestic projects and can be explored in targeted export markets.
Shuman Ghosemajumder is Chief Technology Officer at Shape Security.
Shape’s artificial intelligence-based global defense platform protects the world's largest banks, airlines, retailers, and government agencies against cybercriminal fraud. Shape is one of the largest processors of login traffic and protects over 20% of all in-store mobile payments. It secures the online accounts of more than 500 million users and prevented over $1 billion in fraud last year. It was named by CNBC as one of the 50 most disruptive companies in the world.
Shuman previously led global product management for click fraud protection at Google, where his team protected and enabled the world’s largest advertising system ($23 billion in annual pay-per-click revenue). He joined Google in 2003 as one of the early product managers for AdSense, held key product management roles in growing that business to $2 billion in annual revenue, and helped launch Gmail.
Shuman is co-founder and chairman of TeachAIDS, an educational technology nonprofit spun out of Stanford, which creates research-based health software. Backed by Barclays, Microsoft, UNICEF, and others, it was named a technology that would “change the world” by MIT Technology Review , and its software is used in 82 countries.
Shuman is co-author CGI Programming Unleashed , a contributing author to Crimeware , and a regular guest lecturer at Stanford. He holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was named by the Boston Globe to their MIT150 list of the top innovators in the history of MIT.
Deborah Gillis is President & Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst, the leading research and advisory organization working to change workplaces and improve lives by accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. She is the fourth President in Catalyst’s 54-year history, the first from outside the United States and the first internal successor from within Catalyst’s ranks to hold this office.
Her distinguished career at Catalyst includes leading the organization’s global growth strategy and expansion into India, Australia, and Japan. Prior to Catalyst, Ms. Gillis spent over 20 years advising decision-makers in the public and private sectors, including management roles in two multi-national firms. She has served as a candidate for elected office and has made coaching and mentoring of women in business and political life a personal priority. She is frequently quoted in the global media and regularly addresses senior leaders around the world in a variety of business, academic, and public policy venues.
Jacques Gounon, 64, is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (France).
From 1977 he held the position of Director of major projects in the sector of construction and infrastructures, and was involved as industry advisor for Ministers for work and Transport (1991 to 1996).
Deputy Chief Executive of ALSTOM (1996), he became Chairman of the business sector and Member of the Executive Committee (2000), then he became Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of the worldwide engineering electric branch (2001).
He has been Chairman and Chief Executive of GET SA (2005), which became Groupe Eurotunnel (2007).
He is a member of the board of directors of the Groupe Aéroport de Paris.
Ryan is Principal of RGL Strategic, a Berlin-based consultancy working in the fields of impact investing, social innovation, technology for good, and corporate social responsibility. His work ranges from startup acceleration through to impact investment strategy. Previous roles include leading the social finance practice at the BMW Foundation, and co-founding StormFisher Biogas, one of the earlier energy-from-organics companies in North America. He is co-founder of and advisor to CanadaHelps, a donations platform that has facilitated more than $700 million in charitable donations, for which he was awarded E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year (Social Enterprise, Canada) in 2016. He holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Bjarne Graven Larsen leads the global investment program for Ontario Teachers'. He is responsible for all aspects of its investment activities, including the real estate portfolio managed by wholly-owned subsidiary, Cadillac Fairview, and Ontario Teachers' international offices in London and Hong Kong.
Mr. Graven Larsen has more than 25 years of experience in the financial industry. He is the former Chief Investment Officer and executive board member of Denmark's ATP, that country's largest, and Europe's fourth largest, pension plan. He was most recently Chief Financial Officer at Novo A/S in Copenhagen. Mr. Graven Larsen was also the CEO of FIH Erhvervsbank A/S (FIH). He also held positions at Realkredit Denmark, the country's largest Mortgage Bank, now part of Danske Bank; and in Denmark's Central Bank and Ministry of Finance. He holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Aarhus.
Mr. Graven Larsen joined Ontario Teachers' in 2016.
Moya Greene was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Royal Mail Group in July 2010. She is a member of the Royal Mail Group Board of directors and also chairs the Chief Executive Committee, responsible for the management of the business and the development of the strategy. Moya is a trustee at the Tate since November 2016. She also joined the easyJet plc Board as a non-executive director in July 2017.
Prior to joining Royal Mail, Ms Greene was President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Post from May 12, 2005 where she led a successful transformation programme, significantly improving profitability despite declining mail volumes. As President and CEO, she sat on the Board of Directors of Canada Post Corporation. She also chaired the Strategy and Priority Committee, responsible for managing Canada Post's and the Canada Post Group of Companies’ vision, strategies, priorities, long-term goals and policy framework targets. Ms Greene also sat on the Board of Directors of Purolator Courier Ltd, a subsidiary of Canada Post; Tim Horton’s Inc; and Great West Life.
Ms. Greene has been a senior officer of three of Canada's largest multinational companies, first in banking and financial services, where she held the positions of Managing Director, Infrastructure Finance at TD Securities Inc. from 1996 to 2000; and Senior Vice President, Retail Products at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce from 2000 to 2003; and then recently as Senior Vice President, Operational Effectiveness at Bombardier Inc. 2003 to 2004.
Ms. Greene has a strong track record in strategic planning, complex negotiations and relationship building in the private sector. She also has a strong public sector background, developed over a 17-year period when she assumed progressively senior roles in seven different Ministries of the Canadian federal public service.
As Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy, at Transport Canada from 1991 to 1996, Ms. Greene was responsible for broad reform of the over-burdened transportation system; the privatization of CN Rail; the deregulation of the Canadian airline industry; and the commercialization of the Canadian port system. Reform was also her mandate when, as Director General, Policy, at Employment and Immigration Canada, Ms. Greene led the effort to overhaul the Unemployment Insurance System.
Ms. Greene started her public service career in 1979 as an Immigration Adjudicator, and moved from there to take on senior policy positions first in the Department of Labour, and subsequently in the Privy Council Office, where she held the senior policy position responsible for transportation. Ms. Greene has managed a number of difficult federal-provincial files as well, first in her capacity as Director of Inter-Provincial Affairs in the Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs and later in the Office of Federal -Provincial Relations.
Ms. Greene was recognized in 2003 by the National Post as one of Canada's Top 100 influential women and in 2004, 2008 and 2011 by Women’s Executive Network (WXN) as one of Canada's most powerful women for her work in the private and public sectors. In 2013, Ms Greene received the Sunday Times Business Person of the Year Award and in 2014; she received the Financial Times Boldness in Business Award. Moya was ranked one of the most powerful EMEA female CEOs in Fortune 2015
Peter Gregg is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Under Mr. Gregg’s leadership, the IESO oversees the safe and reliable operation of Ontario's bulk electrical system and market, the province’s energy planning and procurement, and works with its partners to guide conservation efforts across the province.
Mr. Gregg is an experienced leader in Ontario’s electricity sector. As the President and CEO of Enersource from 2014 to 2016, he was integral in the merger of four of Ontario’s largest local distribution companies to create Alectra Energy Solutions Inc., the second largest municipally-owned utility in North America. Prior to this, Mr. Gregg served as COO at Hydro One Networks, overseeing effective power distribution across Ontario. Throughout his career, he’s been recognized for his leadership abilities and in 2015 and 2016 received the Ontario Energy Association’s “Leader of the Year Award”.
Mr. Gregg received a Masters of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business and holds the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D (Certified Director) designation.
Volodymyr Groysman is the Prime Minister of Ukraine since April 14, 2016.
Prior to taking the office, he served as the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine since November 27, 2014 after being elected at early parliamentary elections on October 26, 2014.
From February 2014 until December 2014 he served as the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine/Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine, primarily responsible for implementation of decentralization policy in the country.
Previously Volodymyr Groysman was the Mayor of the city of Vinnytsia. He was elected Mayor of Vinnytsia in 2006 at the age of 28, becoming the youngest Mayor of a regional center of Ukraine. In 2010, Mr. Groysman was re-elected as Vinnytsia Mayor for the second term, having received the support of 77.81% voters.
Serving as the Prime Minister of Ukraine following the economic crisis and recession of 2014-2015, Volodymyr Groysman managed to stabilize the financial system, initiate the economic renaissance, ensure GDP growth, as well as to prepare the launch of new large scale reforms.
Decentralization – the basic reform supervised by Mr. Groysman during his terms in offices of the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, as well as the Prime Minister of Ukraine – has reached a qualitatively new level of implementation. The reform of inter-budget relations and amendments to the tax legislation led to increased cash flow to the local budgets, as well as created new progressive relations in the management of budget resources and growth of income base of local budgets. In the recent years of decentralization reform, local budgets grew by UAH 100 billion, and the trend is getting momentum.
A special mentioning should be made of Volodymyr Groysman’s initiative to raise the minimum wage to UAH 3200. Now the parliament is considering subsequent important social initiatives developed simultaneously by the Prime Minister’s team: the pension, education and medical reforms.
A profound modernization of highways takes place in the context of Mr. Groysman’s flagship “thorough overhaul of the country”. In addition, the government contemplates the construction of concessionary roads connected to the projects of realization of European transport corridors. The energy efficiency reform, implemented by a special government program, represents yet another important reform aimed at the modernization of critical infrastructure; the reform covers both public and civic sectors.
Mr. Groysman was born on 20 January 1978 in Vinnytsia. He has graduated from the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management with a bachelor’s degree in Law, and the National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine with a master’s degree in Public Administration, where he chose administration of public development and management at the regional and local levels as his priority. Mr. Groysman is married with two daughters and a son.
Gil Rémillard holds degrees in Philosophy (1965), Politics and Economics (1968) and has a doctoral degree in Law (1972). He has worked in the fields of teaching, private law and politics.
Upon returning from Europe in 1973, where he completed his Ph.D., Mr. Rémillard began teaching constitutional and administrative law at Laval University’s Faculty of Law and practiced law at the Chouinard, Rémillard, Bussière & Robinson law firm. During this time, he also acted as advisor to the Québec and Ottawa governments on reforming administrative bodies. In 1983, he became a special constitutional advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada and an advisor to the United Nations Canadian delegation in New York. He has appeared before all levels of the Canadian court system, including the Supreme Court of Canada. From 1981 to 1985, he chaired the Québec Constitutional Conferences, which numbered Prime Ministers Trudeau and Mulroney, as well as Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (former Secretary-General of the United Nations).
On December 2, 1985, Mr. Rémillard was elected as the member for the Québec City riding of Jean-Talon; 10 days later, he was sworn in as a Member of Premier Robert Bourassa’s Liberal government. Within that government, he held several positions, being successively Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of International Relations, Minister of Public Security, and Minister of Justice. As Québec’s Minister of Justice for nearly six years, Mr. Rémillard was responsible for the implementation of the new Civil Code of Québec, which came into effect January 1, 1994. In 1990, he presided over the creation of the Human Rights Tribunal of Québec and, in 1992, convened a major Justice Summit, which resulted in the creation of the Prix de la justice Award that, each year, recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals who have worked to ensure and promote the quality, universality and accessibility of justice.
As Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr. Rémillard headed the negotiations which led to the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords, in 1987 and 1992 respectively. While not officially part of the Canadian Constitution, these two agreements had a considerable impact on Canadian federalism, primarily because the Parliament of Canada recognized the “Quebec nation” and the Supreme Court of Canada acknowledged the principles of cooperative federalism.
In January 1994, Mr. Rémillard left the political arena. Starting on February 1, 1994 and for the next 22 years, he taught at the École Nationale d’Administration Publique (ÉNAP), where he lectured on administrative and international law and gave a course on the principles and issues involved in public administration (February 1994 – April 2016). He also served as counsel to the law firm Dentons Canada LLP. In 1995, along with his wife Marie DuPont and his son Nicholas Rémillard, he founded the International Economic Forum of the Americas which annually presents the Conference of Montreal in June, the Toronto Global Forum in September and the World Strategic Forum in April in Miami. These forums are intended to promote understanding of the major issues involved in economic globalization.
From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Rémillard was an advisor to the governments of the Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria concerning the reform of their Civil Codes, as part of the preparation for their entry into the European Union.
From 2008 to 2012, he acted as a negotiator for the Québec Government and Secretary General of the Québec-France Mutual Recognition Agreement that establishes equivalency of professional qualifications for many trades and professions on both sides of the Atlantic.
Mr. Rémillard is the President and publisher of the economic magazine FORCES. He is also the author of several books and articles, among them Le fédéralisme canadien, Volumes I and II, and has edited a number of collections, including Global Economy: The Foundation for the Next Era of Growth, published in 2014.
In 1992, he was made Doctor Honoris Causa by the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Aix-Marseille University, France. In 1994, he was awarded the Mérite du Barreau by the Québec Bar for his assistance in creating the new Civil Code of Québec. In 2001, he was appointed to the Order of Canada and, in 2002, was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2004, he received the Ordre national du Québec and, that same year, was made a Knight of France’s Légion d’honneur by French President Jacques Chirac. In May 2007, he was granted the honorary title of Advocatus Emeritus by the Québec Bar. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the France-Canada Institute’s Samuel de Champlain prize. That same year, Ottawa’s Saint Paul University named him Alumnus of the Year and established a fund in his name, and that of his wife, Marie DuPont, to help children with learning disabilities. In January 2014, Mr. Rémillard was elected President of the Légion d’honneur Members’ Association, Montréal chapter. In October 2016, he was made an Officer of France's Légion d'honneur by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
A dyslexic himself, Mr. Rémillard devotes his philanthropic efforts to a variety of organizations that help children with learning disabilities. He serves on a number of Boards of Directors, among them that of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, co-chaired by Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada, and John Ralston Saul, that helps welcome new citizens and integrate them into Canadian life.
Kelsey Gunderson was appointed Global Head of Trading Products in January 2017. In this role he has responsibility for all of BMO Financial Group's trading-related businesses, including:
Equity Products, encompassing equity research, cash equity sales and trading; equity derivatives, including listed equity options, convertible bonds and preferred shares; prime brokerage; and securities lending.
Fixed Income, Currency & Commodities (FICC), including sales and trading of foreign exchange, fixed income and commodities as well as securitization.
Structured Products, which provides broad structuring solutions tailored to a broad spectrum of retail and institutional investor clients.
Mr. Gunderson was co-head of the Equity Products group from 2015 to 2017. He joined BMO in 2007 and rose through increasingly senior positions on the trading floor, including Head of Investor Origination Group in Debt Products and Financial Products, where he had oversight of the global distribution of equity and interest rates derivative products to institutional clients as well as the fixed income origination and government finance teams. Mr. Gunderson is a representative on various leadership committees within BMO Capital Markets. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Bishop Strachan School and is a member of the United Way of Toronto and York Region Major Individual Giving Cabinet.
Mr. Gunderson's previous experience includes work at Credit Suisse Group in New York and CIBC in Toronto. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and McMaster University.
Angel Gurría came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service that included two ministerial posts. As Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 1994 to January 1998, he made dialogue and consensus-building one of the hallmarks of his approach to global issues. From January 1998 to December 2000, he was Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit. For the first time in a generation, he steered Mexico’s economy through a change of Administration without a recurrence of the financial crises that had previously dogged such changes.
Anthony Haines is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Hydro Corporation and its subsidiaries, one of the largest urban electricity distribution companies in Canada. He is a seasoned leader with over 25 years of experience in the Canadian energy industry, including 15 years in various senior roles in the natural gas industry.
Mr. Haines is currently the Chair of the Ontario Energy Association (OEA). In addition, he served as Chair of the Canadian Electricity Association from 2013-2015. Anthony is actively involved in fundraising efforts for the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital. This is the largest and most advanced burn treatment centre in Canada and a leading researcher on electrical injury rehabilitation.
Mr. Haines is the recipient of the Electricity Distributors Association’s Chair’s Citation Award, OEA’s Leader of the Year and the Energy Council of Canada’s 2014 Canadian Energy Person of the Year. Most recently, he was honoured as the first Canadian to receive the Responsible CEO of the Year award from Corporate Responsibility Magazine.
Dr the Hon Timothy Sylvester Harris (born 1964 in Tabernacle, St Kitts) is the third Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis. Dr Harris served in almost every ministerial portfolio before his meteoric rise to the Office of Prime Minister.
Dr Harris successfully participated in elective politics in 1993 and has since won his seat in each parliamentary election held in 1995, 2000, 2004, 2010 and 2015. Dr Harris has been Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Housing; Minister of Education, Labour and Social Security; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Education; Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, and Minister of Finance.
In 1988, he graduated from the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies with a B.Sc degree with First Class Honours in Accounting. Dr Harris was the only grauate of the B.Sc Accounting Programme to obtain this distinction. He also received the Victor Cooke Prize for Best Accounting Student.
In 1990-92 he pursued his M.Sc degree in Accounting at the St Augustine Campus of UWI in Trinidad. He graduated top of the class with an M.Sc degree with a Distinction in Accounting.
In 2001, Dr Harris successfully defended his Ph.D dissertation at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. The doctoral programme is a joint Ph.D programme involving Concordia University, McGill and two French Universities, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Montreal (HEC Montreal) and Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM). He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Administration majoring in Accounting.
He has published several works and received several awards including St Kitts Youth Council Award for Excellence in Education, the FESTAB Community Award for his outstanding contribution to the Tabernacle Festival of Arts (FESTAB) and a certificate for his outstanding contribution to the Cayon High School.
Margaret Herndon, Head of Marketing and Communications for Ericsson in North America, is responsible for leading the marketing and communications strategy to support regional business objectives in the United States and Canada. She also oversees the development of the company’s brand to strengthen Ericsson’s position as a global transformation leader in the ICT industry.
Prior to joining Ericsson in 2015, Herndon served as the Vice President of Global Marketing for Avigilon Corporation, where she was responsible for leading Avigilon’s communications and marketing strategy. Previously, Herndon spent 10 years at Hewlett Packard (HP), holding senior leadership positions in software, enterprise services and the corporate marketing divisions of the company. In these roles, she led marketing and product marketing teams tasked with creating strategy, messaging and global launch campaigns targeting a C-level audience.
Herndon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in French and Japanese from Georgetown University and an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Columbia University New York City.
Laura leads ASIC's Financial Capability team responsible for Australia's National Financial Literacy Strategy and ASIC's MoneySmart website providing guidance for consumers and investors. Laura also oversees ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching program, a national program designed to build financial capability in educators and young Australians.
Laura has 25 years' experience across education, strategic policy and program management. Prior to joining ASIC Laura was a Senior Adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and in the Department of Education and Training, and was Education Manager - Europe (2009-2012) at the Australian Embassy in Brussels. Laura began her career as a teacher and has a Bachelor of Education (Queen's University) and an Honours Bachelor of Arts (University of Waterloo).
Based in Dubai since 2014, Beth Hirshfeld is the Executive Director of the Canadian Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, one of the largest and most active business councils in the Middle East. In this role, Beth assists 500+ Canadian companies and business leaders develop commercial and governmental networks and strategic alliances, understand local practices/regulations, and grow their businesses successfully in the region.
As a strategy consultant and founder of Thrive By Design, Beth is also a globally recognized expert in operational implementation, and strategic design and communications in sectors relating to the aging demographic as well as family offices / wealth management.
Previously, Beth practiced commercial and securities law at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms, before becoming the Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, as well as the Minister of Finance. In these roles, she was responsible for implementing several critical government initiatives, including overseeing multi-billion-dollar ministerial budgets and developing and managing the services transformation process to ensure the sustainability of public services during the 2008 global financial crisis and beyond.
Steve Hoover is the chief technology officer for Xerox Corporation. He was appointed a senior vice president of the corporation and to this position effective Jan. 1, 2017.
Steve is responsible for the global research, development, and engineering organizations that deliver Xerox’s award-winning products and services to the market. In this role, Steve is committed to driving innovation across the company, enabling expansion into new growth markets, and creating more value for Xerox’s customers and partners.
Previously Steve was the CEO of PARC, A Xerox Company, where he helped broaden the research and innovation agenda to support an ever-changing technology landscape including advancements in IoT, analytics, healthcare, transportation, energy and digital manufacturing. As PARC CEO for six years, Steve helped PARC not only develop highly relevant innovations for Xerox, but also transitioned PARC to be a leader in open innovation while creating multiple strategic innovation partnerships and collaborations.
Joining Xerox in 1994, Steve eventually became the vice president of the Xerox Research Center of Webster, N.Y. In this role he delivered core and next-generation research and development for new services and products for all of Xerox’s businesses. Steve later led the global product development organization responsible for the company's software and electronics development. In these positions, he delivered to the market products and technologies in grid and cloud computing, nanotech, mobile, analytics, transportation, the Future of Work, and the advanced printing and mass customization technologies that underlie many of Xerox’s offerings today.
Steve earned his Ph.D. and Masters of Science from Carnegie Mellon University as an AT&T Bell Labs fellow and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. He has seven patents.
Hoover serves on the Dean’s advisory council of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and has served on the Board of Directors for the Rochester Museum and Science Center, including leading its K-12 STEM Education Task Force; and has been a regional Board Member of FIRST Robotics, an organization which inspires young science, technology, and engineering leaders through mentor-based programs.
David A. Hunt is President and Chief Executive Officer of PGIM, the investment business of Prudential, Inc. PGIM is a leading global asset manager with more than $1 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2016. PGIM has 31 offices in 16 countries and provides a wide range of asset classes including public and private fixed income, fundamental and quantitative equities and real estate.
In addition to his PGIM role, David serves on the Operating Committee for Prudential’s U.S. businesses. Before joining Prudential, David was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company and co-leader of its North American Asset Management practice.
David earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Princeton University and an MBA in finance and multinational management from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. David is a member of the Board of Directors for the Toigo Foundation, an organization devoted to diversity in the investment management business.
Simon Irish is Chief Executive Officer of Terrestrial Energy Inc. He has 20 years of global investment banking and investment management experience in New York and London. He has a formal education in the quantitative sciences and quantitative finance, and has established and managed multi-billion-dollar alternative investment businesses in North America.
In 2010, he focused on opportunities in breakthrough energy technologies and in particular nuclear energy given its unparalleled energy density and the commercial potential of advanced reactor technologies.
Mr. Irish is the former Head of Man Global Strategies (MGS) in North America, the strategic investment division of Man Group Plc, a leading global investment management business. During his tenure at Man, Mr. Irish was responsible for building and managing the largest and most active strategic investment and managed account business in North America. Mr. Irish was a member of the Investment Committee and responsible for corporate acquisition opportunities in North America for Man Group Plc.
Mr. Irish holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Finance from the London Business School.
With a long and innovative involvement in commerce and entrepreneurial activities, Mark has honed his business skills across a broad spectrum of grass roots start up’s to Boardroom debates in larger corporations.
For several years Mark was a prominent global adventurer which allowed him to promote philanthropic programs while at the same time attempting to set Guinness World records.
He successfully led a world record breaking paramotor expedition in Australia before attempting to fly a paraglider from the summit of Mount Kilimnajaro, the tallest free standing mountain in the world.
Mark is also more than familiar with the rigours of global transportation and the inability to often guarantee an arrival at your destination. PAL-V is a partial solution to that problem.
In the past four years he turned his attention to flying cars and became pivotal in rolling out the PAL-V in to a brand new transportation market in The Americas.
Mark has a clear focus and understanding of what separates innovation from invention
JUMAstudio is a lifestyle gift shop concept and design studio specializing in fashion, home, interiors and gifts. Jamil Juma is the Co-founder and Creative Director of JUMAstudio and the in-house label JUMA, which is carried in shops worldwide as well as the company’s own multi-brand gift shops in China. JUMA products include clothing, bags, socks, scarves and toys along with home accessories including pillows, bed covers and fabric screens. The line is an expression of their upbringing, mixing their childhood experiences with their eclectic lifestyle. Jamil Juma along with his sister Alia Juma have shown JUMA at Toronto Fashion week, New York Fashion Week, Singapore Fashion Week as well as Shanghai Fashion Week. JUMAstudio also develops customized creative products for retail clients, hospitality clients and other industries. Clients include MAC Cosmetics, Four Seasons Hotels, W Hotels, Roots Canada and Nio Electric Cars (China). The label has been worn by Nicki Minaj, Coca Rocha, Solange Knowles, Rachel Bilson, Alicia Keys as well as Rachel McAdams. Jamil Juma attended McGill University and studied Biosystems Engineering before launching the company with his sister.
Leanne Kemp is the Founder & CEO of Everledger, a digital global ledger that tracks the provenance of high-value assets in an authenticated immutable manner.
Using her extensive background in emerging technology, business, jewellery and insurance, Leanne is pushing boundaries with Everledger in building a global verification system that asserts transparency along the entire supply chain process. This enables the tracking and protection of high-value assets, consequently mitigating risk and fraud in global marketplaces.
Leanne is an appointed member of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain Council and a Co-Chair for the World Trade Board's Sustainable Trade Action Group.
Jim joined HOOPP in 1999, bringing more than 25 years of institutional investing experience with several national firms. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Ottawa, he obtained his MBA at Queen's University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has completed the Directors Education Program (Rotman School of Business) at the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Most recently, as Senior Vice President, Investment Management & Chief Investment Officer (CIO), Jim was responsible for the overall operation of HOOPP's Investment Management Function. Prior to his appointment as Senior Vice President and CIO, he held the position of HOOPP's Vice President of Portfolio Strategy & Derivatives.
Jeffery Kong is a Canadian designer born in Kingston, Jamaica. Jeffery has worked extensively internationally in all areas of women’s and men’s fashion design including, apparel and accessories. His experiences include all levels of markets including, Luxury, Designer, Bridge, Contemporary, Vertical and Department Stores. He started his career in 1984 after initially studying Fashion Design and Merchandising at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute with the opening of a concept store called Virtually Unknown featuring Toronto’s then up and coming fashion students just turned designers. He was employed at Gilmar Divisione Industria SpA. in Italy to design for the Iceberg brands. At Gilmar, he spent 8 years building and developing the strategies and sensitivities of brands. Jeffery collaborated and developed the international jeans collections licensed and distributed by the company with notable designers Anna Sui, Christian Lacroix and Marc Jacobs. Jeffery has since worked for Emanuel – Emanuel Ungaro, Escada, CityDKNY, St. John Knits, Elie Tahari. He was the Creative Design Director of Escada Sport in Munich, Germany. And recently, Brand Ambassador and Creative Design Director (Apparel, Accessories and Home) of Simply Vera/Vera Wang at Kohl’s Department Stores.
As Head of Latin America, Canada and Caribbean World Wide Public Sector at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Jeffrey Kratz is the executive responsible for government, education & non-profit business in these key regions. His experience building & managing complex international teams has accelerated the regional customer engagement, specifically in social media, Internet-of-Things, big data, workflow, security, storage/archiving & web hosting arenas. Given a strong sales, licensing, international development & cloud services background, Jeff has been frequently asked to speak on international technology trends, start-up channel sales dynamics & public sector growth strategies.
Prior to joining Amazon, Jeff had a long career at Microsoft since 1992 holding a variety of executive positions both within the Microsoft field sales & marketing organization as well as at the corporate headquarters. His last role at Microsoft was leading the world-wide Public Sector partner channel, driving channel migration efforts to cloud services. He came to Microsoft from Data Trek, Inc., a software start-up firm specializing in automation & information retrieval systems for corporate & public libraries.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science & Mathematics from Prinicipia College, located outside of St. Louis, Missouri with graduate work at the Pepperdine University Graziado School of Business & Management. A former elected official for the Seattle Queen Anne Community Council, Jeff represented his borough in the city’s community efforts. He is an active member of the Aircraft Owner’s & Pilot’s Association, as well as Seaplane Pilot’s Association. When not in an airplane exploring the Pacific Northwest backcountry as a FAA commercial pilot, Jeff can probably be found kayaking within the waters of the greater Seattle Washington area.
Dr. Sermet Kuran is responsible for development, testing and commercialization of new fuels and fuel cycles in existing reactors as well as the development and commercialization of new fuel cycle reactors.
Sermet joined the nuclear industry 26 years ago. He specialized in the development and commercial introduction of new fuel cycles into current and new build CANDU reactors.
Recently, Sermet delivered various new commercial development programs including Natural Uranium Equivalent (NUE) fuel—a mixture of Recycled Uranium and Depleted Uranium for Chinese CANDU 6 (C6) units in Qinshan. His current focus is on design of the first successful commercial application of Thorium and high burn up Recycled Uranium fuel in CANDU reactors, as well as adapting and optimizing C6/Enhanced CANDU 6® reactor design basis for use of Thorium and Recycled Uranium.
Dr. Gordon Kurtenbach is head of Autodesk Research, the industrial research group for Autodesk. His group is one of the rare industrial research groups in Canada which has thrived while still being part of a Silicon Valley based tech company. Recently, his group has become a key tenant at the MaRS innovation hub in Toronto. Dr. Kurtenbach oversees a large range of research related to how we use software to design, make, and operate the built world. This includes research on human-computer interaction, machine intelligence, IoT, environment and ergonomics, computational computing, and computer aided design (CAD) for life-sciences. Dr. Kurtenbach has more than twenty years of experience in doing research and bridging the gap between research and commercialization. Dr. Kurtenbach has published numerous research papers and holds more than fifty patents in the human-computer interaction field. In 2011, Dr. Kurtenbach shared the NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation for collaboration between U. of Toronto and Autodesk Research. In 2005, he received that UIST Lasting Impact Award for his early work on issues combining gestures and manipulation.
Marie-France Lalonde was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Ottawa-Orléans.
Lalonde currently serves as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and as Minister of Francophone Affairs. She was previously Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs and Minister of Government and Consumer Services. Prior to that, she was Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, focusing on economic development, and to the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.
She serves on the Standing Committees on Government Agencies and Social Policy, as well as the Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment.
With a degree in social work from the University of Quebec in Hull, she put her leadership and skills to work in a career that began at the Children's Aid Society, followed by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Hospital.
Throughout the last decade, Marie-France continued her career in caring for people and became the co-owner and executive director of the Portobello Manor in Orléans. Ms Lalonde opened Portobello Manor in 2008 to not only effect change in the community, but to address a growing need for long term and senior care. During her career at the Portobello Manor, Lalonde’s work and passion in senior care led to her receiving the 2010 New Business of the Year Award from the Orléans Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Portobello Manor was recognized as the Community Service Business of the Year at the 2013 Orléans Business Excellence Awards.
Lalonde – who has lived in Ottawa—Orléans for 15 years – was also a Regional Director of Marketing and Sales in Eastern Canada for All Seniors Care Living Centres.
Along with her career in social work, Ms Lalonde has served on the Community Advisory Committee for the Champlain Community Access Centre and was part of the working group on affordable housing for seniors with the United Way. Lalonde also served as Vice-President of CARP Ottawa, where she continued her advocacy for seniors and senior care.
In 2012, her community involvement earned her a Leading Women Building Communities award from the Government of Ontario.
Award-winning business journalist Amanda Lang has been covering business in North America for 20 years. Lang was an anchor for Bloomberg Television Canada, on Bloomberg North with Amanda Lang. Previously, Lang was CBC’s senior business correspondent, reporting for its flagship nightly news program, The National, and host of The Exchange with Amanda Lang, a daily business program airing on CBC News Network. For five years before that Lang hosted The Lang and O’Leary Exchange, with Kevin O’Leary. Prior to that the pair co-hosted SqueezePlay, on BNN, for 6 years.
Lang studied Architecture at the University of Manitoba, before becoming a journalist. Her first job in journalism was for the Globe and Mail, and subsequently Lang joined the Financial Post newspaper, where she became the paper’s New York correspondent. In New York she made the leap to television, where she first was part of the team that launched BNN and before long wound up at CNN as a reporter and anchor. Lang is also a best-selling author. “The Power of Why,” (HarperCollins, October 2012) explores the connection between curiosity and success. “The Beauty of Discomfort” (HarperCollins, April 2017) examines how difficult change can be, and set out strategies for how to achieve it.
William (Bill) Lee is chief economist at the Milken Institute. He leads the Institute’s effort to develop collaborative policies to improve the functioning and access to capital markets, strengthen financial stability, and foster global macroeconomic, financial, and regulatory conditions to bolster job creation. He is also responsible for formulating and communicating action-oriented solutions to global policymakers, thought leaders, and market participants.
Prior to joining the Milken Institute, he was managing director and head of North America economics for Citi, Before joining Citi in 2011, Dr. Lee was deputy division chief at the International Monetary Fund, where he established its Hong Kong office, improved financial market surveillance protocols, and was the IMF resident representative in Hong Kong from 2000 to 2003. His IMF country work included being mission chief for Singapore and deputy division chief covering the United States and Germany. Before the IMF, Dr. Lee was division chief and economist at the Federal Reserve in NY, and at the Board of Governors, respectively.
Dr. Lee holds a B.Sc. in operations research and a Ph.D. in economics, both from Columbia University.
Rich Lesser is President and CEO of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He has offices in New York and Beijing and has served as CEO since January 2013.
Under his leadership, BCG has continued its strong global growth across all regions and practices, fueled by investments in new offices, digital and analytics, and capabilities to drive innovation and transformation. Rich oversaw the launch of BCG Digital Ventures, a global corporate investment and incubation firm; BCG Gamma, a cutting-edge advanced analytics and machine learning team; and BCG TURN, a turnaround, restructuring, and transformation unit. BCG has also opened eight new offices since early 2013, expanding its presence to 50 countries.
Rich is a member of several leading organizations, such as the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council and the US Business Roundtable. He has also sustained BCG’s strong investments in social impact through its many partnerships, including the World Food Programme, Save the Children, Teach for All, and WWF.
Previously, Rich served as BCG’s chairman for North and South America from 2009 to 2012 and as head of the New York Metro office system from 2000 to 2009. Since joining BCG in 1988, Rich’s client work has focused on innovation, strategy, and large-scale transformation in the health care and consumer sectors. In 2009, Consulting Magazine named him one of the industry's Top 25 most influential consultants.
Prior to joining BCG, Rich worked in product development at Procter & Gamble. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar, and a BSE in chemical engineering, summa cum laude, from the University of Michigan. A native of Pittsburgh, he is married with three children.
Sophie L’Helias began her career as an M&A attorney in New York and Paris. She later joined an event-driven hedge fund in New York as Managing Director and founded a strategic corporate governance advisory firm with a focus on shareholder activism. An expert on governance issues, she is co-founder of the International Corporate Governance Network (www.ICGN.org) and founder of LeaderXXchange™ a purpose-driven organization that delivers innovative solutions to investors, companies and other market participants that seek to radically increase leadership and board diversity.
Sophie holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Laws from the law schools of the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne- Paris I, following law studies at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany.
She serves on the board of Kering (KER), chairs the compensation committee and serves on the audit committee. Kering is listed on Euronext Paris and global luxury group that includes Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and other powerful global luxury brands.
Sophie is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Lazardis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises, as well as Senior Fellow at The Conference Board, Governance Center and at the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance at Cardozo Law School in New York.
Tom Linebarger became Chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc., the largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products in the world, on January 1, 2012. Prior to becoming Chairman and CEO, he served as President and COO from 2008 to 2011, Executive Vice President and President, Power Generation Business from 2003 to 2008, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2000 to 2003, and Vice President, Supply Chain Management from 1998 to 2000.
Tom grew up in California and in 1986 received joint undergraduate degrees in management engineering from Claremont McKenna College and mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He later returned to Stanford University to earn an MS in manufacturing systems from the School of Engineering and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business in 1993.
Prior to joining Cummins, Tom was an investment analyst and investment manager at Prudential Investment Corporation where he lived in both Singapore and Hong Kong. While at Stanford, he worked at Cummins as an intern and spent his summer working on the manufacturing line at the Cummins Midrange Engine plant in Walesboro, Indiana. He liked the values, the people, and the business challenges he found at Cummins and decided to join full time in February 1993.
Tom has been on the board of directors of Harley Davidson since 2008. He is also a board member of the Business Roundtable where he serves as Chair of the International Engagement Committee, as well as, a member of the Executive Committee, US-China Business Council, Energy Systems Network and Canvas.
Tom and his wife Michele live in Indianapolis and enjoy traveling to spend time with their adult daughters, Alex and Emily.
Todd Lynn gives rock ‘n’ roll allure to every client that slips into his sharp tailoring or cool leather jackets. Born in Canada, the London designer is the Central Saint Martins MA alumni who has dressed everyone from Beyoncé to Courtney Love, and acted as bespoke tailor for Bono, Mick Jagger, PJ Harvey and Marilyn Manson to create hard-edged, performance looks that reflect their iconic status. Since 2006, British fashion award nominated Lynn has proposed ready-to-wear for men and women that doesn’t require appointment, available in a selection of the finest stores across continents. The elegantly-waisted girls and guys that stomp down Lynn’s catwalk have cemented the designer as a talent beloved to both fashionistas and life-fast rockers alike, seen in magazines from Dazed & Confused to i-D and Vogue. Creating his own sartorial language has been crucial to Lynn, it’s the foundation of his modern take on gender. It’s glorious, futuristic and hedonistic, a world that rests on persona. Exactly why his clothes are loved by such strong characters.
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Lord Marland is Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and Enterprise and Investment Company Ltd. In December 2015, he was awarded the Order of Merit of Malta.
He retired as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy and Chairman of the Business Ambassador Network at 1 January 2014.
He was Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change from 2010 – 2012 and subsequently for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Lord Marland was one of the founding directors of Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc, a multinational insurance business.
He has founded or led the acquisitions of several companies including:
Janspeed Ltd, Hunter Boot Ltd, Insurance Capital Partners, Jubilee Insurance Ltd, Wisden Cricketer Ltd, Tricouni Brand Ltd, Ecoworld Management and Advisory Services (UK) Ltd and Digital Shopping Channel Ltd.
He is Chairman of Tickets for Troops and the Churchill International Society, President of The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir, Trustee of Peggy Guggenheim (UK) and The Atlantic Partnership and Patron of Salisbury and South Wiltshire Cricket.
Eleanor McMahon was elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as MPP for Burlington. After serving as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, she was appointed as the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport on June 13, 2016.
Eleanor has worked in senior roles in business, government and the not-for-profit sector and is the founder of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition. She spent the early part of her career on Parliament Hill where she held a number of positions, including Press Secretary to the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien. Her experience also includes time with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Petro-Canada, the United Way Ottawa, the Ontario Medical Association, and as a member of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women.
The tragic death of Eleanor’s husband, OPP Sergeant Greg Stobbart – killed while cycling by a driver with five convictions for driving under suspension – led her life in an entirely new direction. In response to this unthinkable loss, Eleanor began a campaign to improve road safety in Ontario. In 2008, she launched the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, a provincial cycling policy and advocacy organization that brought together cycling groups from across Ontario to work with municipalities to make their communities more bicycle-friendly.
Eleanor also lobbied for enhanced penalties for suspended drivers in Ontario. As a result of her advocacy, Greg’s Law was passed on April 22, 2009 and became law in September 2010, making our communities safer by reducing the number of suspended drivers and repeat offenders on Ontario’s roads.
Through her breadth of private sector and community-based experience, Eleanor understands how to work with the business community to create jobs and grow our economy, and how to create stronger communities by investing in people.
On 1 June 2016 Andrew was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of the Systra Group, a French headquartered company (with offices in the UK) specialising in rail and public transport engineering and consultancy services. Andrew was previously Director of Engineering and Construction for Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc.
Andrew has some 30 years’ experience of delivering major infrastructure in the UK and overseas. As both a project manager and an executive officer he has been responsible for many of the country’s major infrastructure projects in recent years, including Terminals 2 and 5 at Heathrow, the widening of the M25 and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
Prior to his appointment at Tidal Lagoon, Andrew was the Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty plc (until May 2014). Prior to joining Balfour Beatty, Andrew spent 10 years with the Kier Group. He held a range of executive positions in his 17 years at Balfour Beatty, including Chief Operating Officer and latterly Chief Executive Officer.
Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has served as a Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and was previously named Civil Engineering Manager of the Year by the Institution.
Business Ambassador Activity Highlights:
Andrew led a high level HVO Healthcare Infrastructure trade mission, on behalf of UKTI, to Hong Kong and Southern China in March 2015, to assess the opportunities for the UK sector.
Andrew was appointed as a Business Ambassador in January 2014.
Dr. McTiernan has held a variety of executive roles as a university administrator, college administrator, government official and government negotiator, including the positions of Cabinet Secretary, and Chief Yukon Government Negotiator for Land Claims, Self Government and Devolution with the Yukon Territorial Government; President of Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario; Acting Deputy Minister during the establishment of the Ontario Government’s Ministry of Research and Innovation; and Assistant Vice-President Research and Interim Vice-President Research, University of Toronto.
He serves on the boards of Atlantic Corridor – Ireland, and The Ireland Fund of Canada, and is a member of the Global Irish Network. He previously served on the Boards of the Yves Landry Foundation, Science Rendezvous, MaRS Discovery District (Toronto), MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund Inc., MaRS Innovation, and BioDiscovery Toronto. He has served as a trustee of the Ontario Innovation Trust, as Co-Chair of the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), and as Chair of Universities Canada Education Committee. He also served as a member the Council of Canadian Academies' Expert Panel on Science Performance and Research Funding, and on the Industrial Research Assistance Program Advisory Board for Canada’s National Research Council.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts (Mod) in Psychology and Philosophy from Trinity College in Dublin, and his MA and PhD in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.
Frank McKenna was appointed Deputy Chair of TD Bank Group on May 1, 2006. He is responsible for supporting the Bank in its customer acquisition strategy, particularly in the area of Wholesale and Commercial Banking.
Frank has held numerous leadership positions in both the public and private sector. For a decade (1987–1997) he was Premier of New Brunswick, having earned three consecutive majority governments, including the historic victory in 1987 of all 58 seats in the legislature. The McKenna government significantly improved the province’s standard of living and quality of life. Among its accomplishments, it balanced budgets, pioneered e-government services, attracted innovative industry clusters and improved educational outcomes. Frank also played a central role on the national stage, where among other initiatives, became a lead advocate for the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement.
Prime Minister Martin nominated Frank as Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America in 2005, where he was charged to navigate contentious bilateral issues related to trade and security. In 2006, Frank resigned this position upon change of national government.
In the private sector, Frank is in wide demand as a corporate director. Currently he is the Chairman of Brookfield Asset Management and is on the board of Canadian Natural Resources. He has also been Chairman of the Board of CanWest Global and served on the Boards of Noranda, Shoppers Drug Mart and General Motors.
Frank is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University as well as Queen’s University, where he completed his post-graduate degree in political science and the University of New Brunswick Law School. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2008 and is the recipient of ten honourary degrees.
Frank and his wife Julie have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Alexandre Meira da Rosa, a Brazilian citizen, was appointed Vice President for Countries in July 2014. Before he served as Manager of the IDB's Infrastructure and Environment Sector. During the last decade before joining the IDB, Mr. Rosa held different positions in Brazil’s Federal Government.
Until May 2010, Mr. Rosa was Vice-Minister in charge of International Affairs at the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management, a position through which he represented his country on the IDB Board of Governors as well as in five other multilateral development institutions, serving as the main Brazilian officer responsible for the formulation of policies in said institutions. In that capacity, he also headed the Committee on External Financing (COFIEX), the Brazilian government body responsible for the approval and monitoring of execution of all development projects—at the three levels of government—financed with foreign resources, totaling an active portfolio of more than $15 billion.
As a member of the Financing and Guarantee Committee (COFIG) between 2004 and 2010, Mr. Rosa participated in the structuring of loans and guarantees provided by Brazil to overseas infrastructure projects through the National Bank of Economic and Social Development (BNDES) and participated in numerous bilateral negotiations on loans and investment projects in Latin America and Africa.
Mr. Rosa was also a member of the Board of Furnas Centrais Elétricas S.A and of the Board of Banco Popular do Brasil, a micro-finance subsidiary of Banco do Brasil.
Before becoming Vice-Minister, Mr. Rosa also served as Deputy Vice-Minister and Economic Advisor to the Minister of Planning. During this period, he participated in the development of the Brazilian legislation for Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), which was sent to Congress in December 2003. He also contributed to the studies that gave the foundation of the PPP Unit at the Brazilian Federal Government, and participated in the formulation of the investment parameters for the 2004–2007 Multi-Year Investment Plan of the Brazilian Federal Government.
Mr. Rosa has a Bachelor's degree in Law from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, a Master's degree in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York and a Graduate Certificate in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.
Former senior banking executive and advisor, Patricia Meredith is a global thought leader, author and consultant in the emerging field of strategic governance. She is best known for her role as Chair of Canada’s Task Force for the Payment System Review, bringing together government, community and industry leaders to transform the payments system in under two years.
Pat Meredith is a Director of many public, private and not-for-profit organizations. She was Executive Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer of a major financial institution and Senior Strategy Advisor to financial services and technology companies for a global strategy consultancy.
From 2010 to 2012, Pat was the Chair of the Task Force for the Payments Review. The Task Force – which applied a catalytic governance process – delivered a community supported action plan that enabled government and industry to quickly act on all four of the recommendations. With her Catalytic Governance co-authors, Steven Rosell and Ged Davis, she is working to create a community of leaders developing better approaches to governing in the information age.
Dr. Meredith has a PhD in Business Strategy, an MBA in Management Information Systems and a Bachelor of Mathematics. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and of the Clarkson Institute for Board Effectiveness at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She teaches Advanced Strategic Management and Competitive and Organizational Strategy to MBAs and executives. Patricia is Chair, of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).
Ms. Flore-Anne Messy is Head of the Financial Affairs Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Executive Secretary of the International Network on Financial Education (INFE) created by the OECD in 2008.
She joined the OECD in June 2000 originally to develop the activities of the Secretariat for the Insurance and Private Pensions Committee (IPPC). As such, she was in charge of a series of projects in the financial sector including the governance of insurers; the financial management of large-scale catastrophes; work related to ageing and insurance; private financing of health care as well as financial education. Since 2010, she has been steering the work of the OECD financial education unit (including the OECD/INFE and PISA financial literacy exercises) and subsequently the OECD financial consumer protection activities (including the G20/OECD Task Force on Financial Consumer Protection).
Prior to the OECD she worked at Deloitte and Touche Tomatsu Audit Paris, in the insurance and banking field. She graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris and received her thesis in international economies from University Pantheon-Sorbonne of Paris in 1998.
Peter Misek is a partner in the IT Venture Fund, based in Toronto. He comes with over 14 years of venture capital experience as an Advisor/ Venture Partner for DN Capital including direct involvement in 2 unicorns. He has almost 20 years of investment banking experience as Managing Director and Co Head of Global Technology Research for Jefferies in NYC and as Director of Research and Global Technology Analyst for Canaccord.
Peter holds a CA, CPA, CPA from Illinois as well as a CFA. He is a hobby programmer who has founded technology companies.
Steve Morriss is Group President, Design and Consulting Services, Americas at AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a premier, fully integrated infrastructure firm that designs, builds, finances and operates assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries.
In this role, Mr. Morriss leads the group's technical services business, numbering more than 20,000 employees across the United States, Canada and Latin America. The capability of the business includes master planning, design, environment, planning, cost management, engineering, and project management for a range of market sectors including transportation, water, defense, power and energy, sports and leisure, education and healthcare.
He is a member of AECOM’s Executive Leadership Team at the enterprise level. Previously, Mr. Morriss served as President and Chief Executive of AECOM’s EMIA geography, which includes the U.K., Continental Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.
Mr. Morriss joined AECOM in January 2011 from Mouchel where he served as Managing Director of Government and Business Services. Additionally, his 28-year career includes senior executive roles with Serco PLC and WS Atkins. A Civil Engineer, he also served in the Royal Engineers and Royal Marines Reserve.
Arif Naqvi established The Abraaj Group in 2002 and has served as its Group Chief Executive since inception, building it into one of the leading private equity firms in the world. He is the Chair of the Global Investment Committee at the Firm.
Abraaj is widely recognized as a pioneer of growth markets investing with over 17 offices including five regional hubs in Dubai, Istanbul, Mexico City, Nairobi and Singapore. Mr. Naqvi has over three decades of experience of investing in public and private companies and has led the Group’s investment strategy, resulting in some of the most notable private equity transactions across growth markets over the last decade.
Mr. Naqvi is a Trustee of the Interpol Foundation, Board Member of the United Nations Global Compact, B Team Global Business Leader and Founding Commissioner at the Business and Sustainable Development Commission. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Allianz SE, Columbia Global Leadership Council, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in London. Mr. Naqvi has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Oslo Business for Peace Award, the highest form of recognition given to individual private sector leaders for fostering peace and stability through business, and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, a prominent civilian honor awarded by the Government of Pakistan.
In 2011, Private Equity International named him as one of the 50 most influential people in the global private equity industry. In 2008, Mr. Naqvi and his family established the Aman Foundation, the largest private social sector enterprise in Pakistan, which supports sustainable development in healthcare, nutrition and education.
Mr. Naqvi is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Nicolas Notebaert is a member of the VINCI Group Executive Committee and serves as CEO of VINCI Concessions, bringing together global market leaders VINCI Airports, VINCI Highways and VINCI Railways. He oversees a network of world-class transport infrastructures spanning over 18 countries, including 35 airports, 26 road infrastructures and 4 railway projects - among which the South Europe Atlantique High-Speed Line (France), one of the world’s largest infrastructure projects ever delivered with a PPP scheme. As President of VINCI Airports, Nicolas Notebaert also holds leadership positions in prominent projects throughout the world: President of the Board of Nuevo Pudahuel, the consortium operating Santiago’s airport bringing together VINCI Airports, Aéroports de Paris and Astaldi; Chairman of the Board of Cambodia Airports; and Chairman of the Aéroports du Grand Ouest Concession Company. He serves as a board member of Aeroportos de Portugal (ANA), Kansai Airports (Japan) and Aéroports de Lyon (France).
Nicolas Notebaert joined the VINCI Group in 2002 as Head of Operations for the French road concession Cofiroute, before being appointed Director of Business Development for VINCI Concessions France in 2004. In February 2008, he became Chairman of VINCI Airports and joined VINCI Concessions’ Executive Committee. Prior to joining the VINCI Group, he held various positions in the French Ministry of Public Works and was a cabinet member of the French Minister for Transportation and Infrastructure between 1995 and 2002. He started his career in 1994 as a consultant to the World Bank. Nicolas Notebaert is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (X 89) and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (Ponts 94).
Mikki Nasch is the Co-founder and Head of Business Development at Evidation Health. At Evidation, Ms. Nasch is responsible for revenue and strategic business development. Prior to co-founding Evidation, she was the EVP of Business Development for Sense Networks, a pioneering machine learning company founded by leading scientists at MIT and Columbia. She has also held executive roles at Fair Isaac (NYSE: FIC) and held leadership positions in the incubation phase of numerous startups while at Brightspark Ventures, a leading venture capital company in Canada. A serial technology entrepreneur, Ms. Nasch was part of the founding team of Backweb Technologies (NASD: BWEB) and managed business development projects at AT&T Business Network, Europe Online, and Reuters.
Anna Nicolaou is US consumer and retail correspondent for the Financial Times, based in New York. Ms Nicolaou joined the FT in 2014 and has previously covered Canadian politics and media.
Before joining the FT, she reported on banking for the Globe and Mail and wrote about fin-tech companies for Fast Company. She won the Standard & Poor's award for Economic & Business Reporting in 2014, earning an Overseas Press Club Foundation fellowship that sent her to Brussels, where she reported on the European elections and the Russia-Ukraine energy crisis for Reuters.
Ms Nicolaou is a graduate of the University of Toronto, earning a Fellowship in Global Journalism, and McGill University, earning a bachelor's degree in economics.
En charge de programmes liés au commerce, à l’investissement et au financement, il contribue au pilotage des partenariats avec des organismes internationaux tels que la Commission de l’Union européenne, le Secrétariat du Groupe ACP, le Secrétariat du Commonwealth, l’Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle, l’Organisation mondiale du commerce, ainsi que les organisations d’intégration économique régionale d’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre. Il a travaillé auparavant comme du service de la politique commerciale à la Commission de la Communauté économique et monétaire d’Afrique centrale.
Sergiy Savchuk is a Head of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE).
Since his appointment in August, 2014 Mr. Savchuk has achieved a significant success in developing energy efficiency and renewable energy spheres of Ukraine. Due to the initiated and implemented measures and incentives in Ukraine there are some main achievements:
- adopted National Action Plans on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy till 2020;
- more than 360 thousand Ukrainian families became participants of the state energy efficiency support program;
- Energy Performance Contracting and energy management in the public sector were introduced for the first time in Ukraine.
- installed 1.7 GW of new non-gas heat power capacities with investments of more than 400 million euros;
- over the 2015-2016 heating season 7.2 billion m3 of natural gas were reduced by individual consumers, heat production companies and budgetary institutions in comparison with the 2013-2014 heating season;
- installed 353 MW of renewable power capacities worth 345 million euros;
- more than 2300 households have installed solar panels with capacity of 37 MW.
Among other important initiatives there are:
- improved “feed-in” tariffs connected with rate of Euro so that they are among the most attractive in the world;
- introduced stimulating tariff for heat energy from alternative sources;
- developed and submitted through the Parliament 7 Laws of Ukraine in the spheres of energy efficiency and renewable energy;
- developed draft law on Ukraine’s accession to IRENA.
Overall, Mr. Savchuk has more than 20-year professional experience. He held executive positions both in public administration and private sector. Thus, Mr. Savchuk worked as a Deputy Head of the Energy Department at the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Particularly, in 2004 he led the project on the completion of two nuclear power plants construction. Then he became a Member of the Supervisory Board at the JSC Naftogaz of Ukraine in 2010, a Deputy Head of the License Control Department at the National Energy Regulation Commission in 2011, an Advisor on energy issues to the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine in 2012, a Member of the Supervisory Board at the commercial bank in 2013. Working in private sector, Mr. Savchuk also headed the renewable energy project in 2012-2013.
Mr. Savchuk holds a master's degree in public administration from the Ukrainian Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine (2003) and a degree in business management from the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" (1997).
Eric is the Managing Partner, Greater Toronto Area, for EY, as well as the Advisory Services Leader for Central Canada.
Over the years, Eric has served as lead partner on some of EY’s largest clients, including public sector pension plans, financial services, retail, energy and Crown corporations. He has also filled the role of engagement partner on several business transformation projects, helping clients with transaction integration, organizational design and major process and information technology transformation.
Eric has had many leadership positions over the years in EY’s Advisory practice, including overseeing the Finance and Performance Management, Performance Improvement and Risk service lines.
He has worked with senior energy executives in establishing vision and organizational design to prepare corporations for an emerging competitive market. He has also helped clients assess their existing financial systems to meet the changing needs of line and finance managers and designed future state financial processes and systems.
Eric was awarded the FCPA, FCA designation in recognition of his outstanding career achievements and leadership contributions to the community and the accounting profession.
He holds a B.Comm. from the University of Toronto and an MBA from York University.
Eric currently serves on the board of the Canadian Club of Toronto and on the LEAP: The Centre for Social Impact advisory board. He is a member of the Pathways to Education and United Way campaign cabinets and has held volunteer committee roles with Canadian Standards Association and the ISO.
As Dentons' Canada Chief Executive Officer and a member of the global leadership team, serving on the Global Board and Global Management Committee, Beth is leading the Firm in Canada through an aggressive and targeted focus on exceeding our clients' expectations of value and results, and commitment to an inclusive culture that empowers diverse teams and supports an entrepreneurial spirit and performance based culture. A respected senior strategic business leader, Beth is focused on ensuring that Dentons continues to be a workplace of choice for leading talent in Canada and around the world.
Prior to assuming her role as the Firm's Canada CEO, Beth served as Managing Partner at KPMG in the Greater Toronto Area, where she led the largest business unit in Canada. Beth served as a member of KPMG's Management Committee in various leadership positions, including Canadian Managing Partner Community Leadership, Canadian Managing Partner Regions and Enterprise with responsibility for 24 regional offices across Canada, and Chief Human Resources Officer. She also held various global leadership roles.
Beth is widely known and respected in the Canadian business community and is an accomplished and dedicated community leader. She exemplifies this through her board and community involvement, and her advancement of women in business, and has been recognized by leading organizations such as YWCA Toronto, Canadian Women of Influence and WXN.
The auditing and consulting professions, similar to the legal profession, are undergoing significant disruption and transformation. Beth's extensive experience and leadership is playing an important role in shaping how Dentons responds to this disruption.
Usha Rao-Monari is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Global Water Development Partners, the water investment platform of the Blackstone Group.
Prior to this position, Ms. Rao-Monari was the Director of the Sustainable Business Advisory Department in the International Finance Corporation where she worked for 23 years. Ms. Rao-Monari has substantial experience in the Infrastructure, Manufacturing and Petrochemicals sectors, with a focus on the Water, Waste and Gas sectors. Ms. Rao-Monari was the Global Head responsible for IFC’s investment operations in the Utilities sectors, with a particular focus on water, waste and natural gas. In that role, she was instrumental in the formation of the Water Resources Group, a public-private platform housed in IFC which works with governments in transforming the water sectors in their countries.
Prior to joining IFC, Ms. Rao-Monari worked in the Investment Banking and Mergers and Acquisitions areas at Prudential-Bache Capital Funding, both in New York and London.
Mark Zimny P.Eng. is the founder President and CEO of Promation companies, which has been supplying robotic machinery, tooling and special systems to automotive, nuclear and to the other industry markets since 1995. Promation shipped its products to Canada, US, Mexico, Korea, Japan, South Africa, Argentina, Poland, China. Promation successfully expanded into manufacturing of highly complex systems for nuclear and soon into defence market. Promation has been awarded The Oakville Award for Business Excellence in 2017. Mark Zimny promotes innovation and he is involved in SMRs, 3D Laser Metal Printing, and Integrated Plant Automation projects. Mark holds a Master’s Degree of Mechanical Engineering and is an accredited Professional Engineer.
Mark is a director on the board of Southern Ontario Defence Association and the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI). He received the OCI President’s Award for his contributions and dedication to championing OCI’s cause. Mark also extended his advocacy by participating in the Nuclear Industry Forum and the Ontario Council of Manufacturing Executives, part of Canadian Manufacturing Exporters. He has contributed to the Mississauga Board of Trade Policy Advisory Committee, initiating and co-authoring new Scientific Research and Development policy amendments that were endorsed and adopted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Mark served on the Sheridan College Advanced Technology Advisory Board and on the board of the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce.
Mark is committed to the sustainable growth of Promation by fostering close connections with the local community, including development of skilled a workforce for the industry. He contributed to the development of skilled labour programs with the Ontario Aerospace Council and has received the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council award for mentoring newcomer professionals. Promation has received recognition from Ontario's Parliament for its contributions to the industry and of the Business Development Bank of Canada for product development. Mark was invited by Prime Minister Harper for trade mission to Netherlands and most recent to Poland. He represented OCI at the meeting with Nuclear Energy Department at Polish Ministry Economy initiating mutual nuclear industry trade missions. Mark is also actively collaborating with colleges and universities to promote the manufacturing industry and the value of entrepreneurship. Mark is a spokesman for Promation and for the Industry.
Philip B. Scott became the 82nd Governor of Vermont in January 2017. As Governor, he is committed to making a difference in the lives of Vermonters by growing the state’s economy, making Vermont more affordable, and protecting the most vulnerable.
Throughout his years of public service, Gov. Scott has focused on economic and affordability issues. During the first legislative session as Governor, he worked with the Legislature to ensure the Fiscal Year 2018 state budget did not raise taxes and fees, and made critical investments in economic and workforce development, childcare and early learning, higher education, housing, clean water, and more.
Previously, he was elected and served three terms (2011-2017) as Vermont’s 79th Lieutenant Governor, where he launched the Everyday Jobs Initiative and Vermont Economy Pitch sessions for the opportunity to learn from Vermont’s employers and workers. In 2011, in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, he organized the removal and disposal of mobile homes around the state, which were destroyed by the flood, all at no cost to homeowners and without spending any taxpayer dollars.
Prior to that role, he was elected to the Vermont Senate for five terms, representing Washington County. During his 10-year service in the Senate, he was Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee and Chair of the Institutions Committee.
Gov. Scott is also active in community service projects. In 2005, he founded the Wheels for Warmth program, which allows Vermonters to donate tires they no longer need. The tires that meet state inspection standards are offered for resale at affordable prices, with all proceeds benefiting heating fuel assistance programs. The program has raised more than $300,000 for emergency fuel assistance, sold nearly 15,000 safe donated tires, and recycled more than 25,000 unsafe tires.
For more than thirty years, Gov. Scott was a co-owner of his family construction business, and races the #14 car at Barre’s Thunder Road, where he has the most career wins as a Late Model driver at the track. He’s also an avid cyclist.
Gov. Scott is a native Vermonter who grew up in Barre, and is a graduate of Spaulding High School and the University of Vermont. He lives in Berlin with his wife Diana McTeague Scott, and has two grown daughters, Erica and Rachael.
Mr. Winterhalt joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in 2002 and has more than 20 years of business development, risk assessment, trade policy and human resources experience. He was named Vice President and Managing Director, Global Trade in March 2016 with responsibility for EDC’s industry teams, Canadian capabilities databases and worldwide B2B matchmaking efforts. Mr. Winterhalt previously served as Group Vice President - International Business Development, overseeing international business origination via EDC’s growing network of international representations in 19 key centres. Earlier assignments include; Vice President - Human Resources, with responsibility for EDC’s Learning and Development and Organizational Development units and Chief International Research Advisor - Financing Group, with line responsibility for the Corporate Research Department, Policy and International Relations and Technical Advisory teams. Before joining EDC, Mr. Winterhalt served in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade for six years where he held various positions, including Consul and Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Consulate General in São Paulo, Brazil. Mr. Winterhalt holds a BA (Honours) from Western University, a graduate diploma in American history, and a M.Sc (American Intelligence) from the University of Edinburgh. The inaugural recipient of EDC’s Excellence in People Leadership award, he is a past-President of the Canadian Association of Professional Intelligence Analysts.
Prof. CAO Wenlian, born in 1960, PhD on economics, researcher and doctoral
supervisor, is the current Director-General of the International Cooperation Center of the National Development and Reform Commission (ICC-NDRC). He joined the State Planning Commission (now NDRC) in 1989, and served successively as Director and Deputy Director-General of the Department of Fiscal and Financial Affairs of NDRC and took the current office from 2010. He is concurrently the Vice President of China Economic System Reform Research Association. As a senior expert on China's macro-economics, fiscal and financial affairs, he has taken a long-term participation in studying and formulating China’s major macro-control policies, and developing medium- and long-term planning and major reform programs. Due to his significant contributions to the research on joint-stock reform, he won jointly with LI Yining the Award of Second China Economic Theory Innovation. Again due to his great contributions to promoting equity investment fund industry development, he was granted the Award of China Ten-year Major Policy Contribution to Venture and Private Equity Investment, and he was then only
government official to win this award.
Mr. LI Pumin, born in 1957, PhD on economics, is the current Secretary-General of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China. He joined the State Planning Commission (now NDRC), and served successively as Director, Deputy Director-General and Director-General of the Department of Policy Studies, NDRC. He held the post of Deputy Secretary-General of NDRC from July 2010 until May 2012 when he took the office as the Secretary-General of NDRC. Mainly responsible for policy studies, economic system reform, and management of basic industries, he assists the Chairman of NDRC to coordinate major activities and important work. Dr. LI Pumin had an in-depth study on the macro-economic policy, development and investment of enterprise and enterprise group as well as planning and other aspects of the reform.
The Honourable Pierre Pettigrew is Executive Advisor, International at Deloitte Canada. He is also the Government of Canada Special Envoy for the Canada-European Union Trade Agreement (CETA).
Pierre has had success in both the public and private sectors. While a consultant at the Deloitte Montreal office from 1985-1995, he emerged as a strong voice for business on international trade issues and unity matters that brought him an appointment to the Federal cabinet in 1996.
Pierre served as a Minister for 10 years, most notably as Minister of Human Resources Development, as Minister for International Trade and Foreign Minister. He represented in Parliament the Montreal district of Papineau now represented by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Pierre is on the advisory board of Forbes Manhattan, a Toronto-based private merchant bank specialized in commodities. He sits on a number of profit and non-profit boards. He is the only Canadian on the board of the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington.
Pierre regularly arbitrates international trade disputes between countries at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva.
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor was elected in October 2015 as a Member of Parliament in the riding of Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe. Ms. Petitpas Taylor serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Private Members' Business of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, and is a Member of the Subcommittee on Private Members' Business of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, and of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs. She also served as the Deputy Government Whip from December 2015 to January 2017. In January 2017, she was named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance.
Ms. Petitpas Taylor has spent her entire life advocating for a fair and just society for all. She was the former Chair of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women and a member of the Coalition for Pay Equity. She has volunteered with several community organizations, both provincially and locally, including the Coalition Against Abuse in Relationships and the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Suicide Prevention Committee in Moncton.
Ms. Petitpas Taylor was the Codiac RCMP Victim Services Coordinator, during which time she provided crisis counselling, domestic violence intervention, and domestic violence risk assessment to victims of crime. She also served on the City of Moncton's Public Safety Advisory Committee, which was commissioned by Moncton City Council in 1996 to proactively influence the community through crime prevention promotion and to help Council respond to problematic issues as they arise.
Ms. Petitpas Taylor grew up in Dieppe, New Brunswick, and graduated from l’Université de Moncton with a Bachelor’s degree in social work.
Fangjin Yang is the co-founder, president, and CEO of Imply Data Inc. - one of the leading cutting-edge data analytic companies in Silicon Valley. Fangjin is also a co-author of the popular Druid open source database, which is used by numerous businesses around the world for rapid data analysis. Fangjin has spent most of his career in various engineering roles at startups and enterprises alike, and has architected data stacks designed to handle some of the world’s largest and most complex data sets. Fangjin holds a BASc in Electrical Engineering and a MASc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, where is he also a distinguished alumni. He is originally from Calgary, AB, Canada.
Bill Soteroff is president of Keller Williams Worldwide. One of the leading figures in international real estate franchising, Soteroff has helped build Keller Williams into the world’s largest real estate franchise by agent count, with 136,000 associates across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has served as chief operating officer of RE/MAX Europe and executive vice president of RE/MAX LLC. Born in Canada, Soteroff received a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and a certificate in negotiations from Harvard. He has taught at the University of Colorado and University of Texas business schools. A passionate teacher and frequent presenter at business conferences around the world, Soteroff has written extensively on franchising. He advises Keller Williams regions on developing RED Day initiatives to give back to their communities and is active in charitable causes supporting women, children and the elderly. Soteroff is married to his college sweetheart. They have two children and live in Austin.
Ana Serrano is the Chief Digital Officer of the CFC and Founder of CFC Media Lab, the world-renowned and award-winning institute for interactive storytelling created in 1997.
With her visionary direction and digitally-forward approach to organizational growth, Serrano is driving the digital transformation of the CFC into a unique blend of talent, product and company accelerator and creative production house. She continually evolves the CFC’s programs as digital media demand new approaches – from the early exploration of web-based storytelling to today’s world of audience-driven multiplatform entertainment. Most recently, she launched Canada’s first digital entertainment accelerator ideaBOOST with founding partners Shaw Media, Corus Entertainment, and Google.
In her capacity as CDO, Serrano created the CFC’s digital roadmap which includes the design, development, and multi-stakeholder execution of the CFC’s digital communications and cloud-based operations infrastructure, and the digital strategy surrounding all of their program offerings. A major part of this roadmap is the complete redesign of the user experience, architecture, and backend of the CFC’s website, featuring fully responsive design, data-driven information architecture, and improved customer service functionality.
To date, Serrano has directed the development of over 130 digital media projects, mentored over 50 start-ups, and produced some of Canada’s seminal works in interactive media. Such projects include the critically-acclaimed Late Fragment, the first interactive dramatic feature film to be featured at the Toronto International Film Festival and distributed by Mongrel Media, to the most recent award-winning Webby-Honouree Body/Mind/Change, starring David Cronenberg, an interactive narrative experience that generates a physical 3D printed object.
Serrano has received numerous awards from the digital media, film, and theatre industries in both Canada and the U.S., including a DigiAward for Visionary of the Year, a Best Canadian Feature Film Award from the International Reel Asian Film Festival for her own transmedia production Prison Dancer: the Musical, and a Jim Blackaby Ingenuity Award for Body/Mind/Change.
She is an adjunct professor at OCADu, an Executive Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) which presents the Webbys, and frequently speaks at digital media and film festivals around the world about the creation and business of digital entertainment.
Dr. Bala Venkatesh is both founding academic director and head of the Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) at Ryerson University. He is also a tenured professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He specializes in electric power systems with interests in transmission and distribution systems, renewables, energy storage and smart grids. He works with industry partners such as Hydro One, Toronto Hydro, the Independent Electricty System Operator (IESO), Schneider Electric, eCAMION, Temporal Power, Alectra Utilities and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited. In total, his extramural funding is over $15 million. In the last two decades, he has worked on over 30 consulting and research projects in India and Canada.
With a Ph.D. from Anna University (India), Dr. Venkatesh is a registered professional engineer in Ontario, Canada. Since 1994, he has also taught at the University of New Brunswick, Multimedia University (Malaysia) and Anna University.
Dr. Venkatesh has extensive journal publications to his credit and has supervised over 50 MASc and PhD theses.
David joined Canadian Nuclear Partners (a subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation) in February 2017 and has been focusing on continued successful delivery of the isotope portfolio while developing new isotope opportunities.
David leads a team of isotope product managers in the marketing and sale of OPG’s current isotope portfolio: Cobalt 60, tritium, deuterium (heavy water), and heavy water detritiation services. In addition, David is leading the development of new isotope projects at OPG including Darlington Cobalt 60, Plutonium 238, and Helium 3.
David has worked in the nuclear industry for over 10 years at OPG, PALLAS Reactor and Amec Foster Wheeler and held the positions of Isotope Market Intelligence Analyst, Manager of Business Development, Project Manager and Nuclear Engineer. With a nuclear centred career, David’s focus has been on the business of radioisotopes and nuclear consulting services. David has a global perspective on the radioisotope industry having worked in both North America and Europe in radioisotope production.
David has a Nuclear Engineering Degree and a Safety and Licensing Graduate Diploma from University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Ontario and is currently completing a part time Global Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Purdue in Indiana.
After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick, Dave joined CNL (formerly Atomic Energy of Canada) in 1989 as a Control Systems Designer. Dave is now the Principal Engineer in Information and Control systems at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization. He supports senior leadership strategy decisions related to Research and Development activities. His particular expertise is in the areas of cyber security, supervisory control and data acquisition systems, real-time software development for mission critical systems, standards compliance, and project management. Dave has been instrumental in establishing CNL’s research capability in cyber security for industrial control systems, securing investment in multi-million dollar projects and facilities as well as establishing international partnerships and collaborating relationships.
Juan Manuel Santos was elected President of Colombia in 2010 for a 4 year term and reelected in 2014 for a second term.
During his government Colombia has achieved several milestones, among them: through economic growth and government assistance, for the first time in its history, the largest group of the country's 48 million people is in the middle class; the homicide rate is the lowest in 40 years; Foreign Investment is at a record high and poverty has been reduced from 40.3% to 27.8% in 5 years.
President Santos successfully negotiated a Peace Agreement with the oldest guerilla group, FARC, an organization that has now laid down its weapons and accepted the jurisdiction of a transitional justice system to answer for their actions and will become a political party. This is the first peace agreement in modern history where there will be a justice system to investigate and sanction war crimes, crimes against humanity and grave human rights abuses. The peace agreement puts victims of the conflict at the center of the process and focus on their rights in peacebuilding efforts.
President Santos was awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 50 year old conflict.
An economist by training and a journalist before he entered politics, he was the first Foreign Trade Minister (1992-1994) of Colombia, lowering tariffs and opening the economy to foreign investment and competition. He was appointed Finance Minister in the midst of a severe financial crisis (2000-2002) and steered the economy back into growth. He also served as Minister of Defense (2006-2009) when he was responsible for the biggest blows against the FARC guerillas.
President Santos graduated from the Colombian Naval Academy. He obtained a bachelor degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Kansas and did post graduate studies in economic development at the London School of Economics and a MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has published several books, including The Third Way with Tony Blair and Check on Terror that describes the operations against FARC during his tenure as Minister of Defense.
Jane Rooney was appointed Financial Literacy Leader in April 2014, to exercise leadership at the national level to strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians. As Canada’s Financial Literacy Leader, Ms. Rooney works to engage and collaborate with stakeholder groups from the public, private, and non-profit sectors across the country to coordinate efforts and strengthen the financial literacy of Canadians. A priority since her appointment has been the development and implementation of the National Strategy for Financial Literacy—Count me in, Canada. Ms. Rooney also established and chairs a federal government committee on financial literacy. She is Canada’s representative and National Coordinator for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) International Network on Financial Education (INFE). Ms. Rooney also sits on the INFE’s Advisory Board and co-chairs an expert sub-group on core competencies in financial literacy.
Over her career Ms. Rooney has worked 20-plus years in the financial sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Carleton University.
Daniel Shemie leads The Nature Conservancy’s water funds strategy which helps cities and communities to protect their water sources. In this role, he works with partners to accelerate the incorporation of watershed protection within infrastructure spending. Before joining the Conservancy, Daniel was a partner at mWater, a mobile water monitoring company and worked previously at the World Bank on water projects in sub-Saharan Africa and China. Daniel holds a BA from McGill University and an M.Sc. in water science and management from the University of Oxford. He currently resides in New York.
Tony Van Bommel is the Senior Managing Partner of the Industrial, Clean and Energy (ICE) Technology Venture Fund for BDC Capital investing exclusively in Canadian companies and is located in the Toronto, Ontario office. A champion of the Cleantech sector for more than16 years, Tony shapes BDC Capital’s investment direction. He oversees the $287M ICE Fund. Tony has been with BDC Capital since 2001 and held positions in the BDC Halifax, Nova Scotia and Vancouver, British Colombia offices. He holds or has held numerous Board of Directors seats and currently is working with Axine, Bit Stew, CarbonCure, Sofdesk, Invixium and Vizimax, all emerging Canadian Venture backed companies. Tony was also recognized in 2015 as one of Canada’s CLEAN50 and as one of the World’s most influential environmental investors by the Journal of Environmental Investing.
Prior to joining BDC, he spent four years at InNOVAcorp, a General Partner for the Nova Scotia First Fund, an early stage knowledge-based venture fund, where he helped implement a venture capital program and provided assistance to emerging technology companies. While at InNOVAcorp he completed two secondments to Ocean Nutrition – completing a market map and market strategy - and to Dalhousie University – teaching courses in business strategy, building innovative companies and market strategy. For 10 years prior to this, he worked as a lawyer and partner in the business law firm, Little & Wright in London, Ontario. Tony has held multiple directorships in both public and private emerging growth companies across Canada and holds the CVCA “VC Deal of the Year award” for the funds exit in the sale Q1 Labs to IBM in 2012. In 2016, Tony was involved in the exit of Bit Stew to GE for $207M, the largest Venture backed exit in Canada that year which deal also won the 2016 CVCA “VC Deal of the Year” award. Finally, he was instrumental in bringing Radian6 to BDC Capital, the CVCA “VC Deal of the Year Award” winner in 2011 for the sale to Salesforce.com.
Tony earned the Dalhousie Governor General’s Gold Medal for the top graduate student chosen from all faculties at Dalhousie University and the gold medal from the Dalhousie University MBA program. He received his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Western Ontario where he won the Pitney Bowes Award for the top graduating law student in Ontario who combined academics, athletics and service to the community. He is a past Chairman of Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia and Volunteer of the year for that organization. As
BDC Capital is one of the most active Industrial, Clean and Energy technology investors solely focused on investing in Canadian companies. The BDC ICE Fund tailors its investments towards capital-efficient and scalable businesses with the potential to reach and operate across a global market. With $287M under management they invest in early and development stage companies use our experience in materials, electronics and ICT to build global companies to be commercial successes.
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.
Monique Vialatou is an experienced banker, having worked for BNP Paribas group for more than 25 years.
Her career spans from French Retail Banking to Corporate and Investment Banking; she has held various positions as Senior Relationship Manager within the Corporate Coverage and Capital Markets teams in France as well as the US from 1993 to 1997 and from 2006 to 2008. Prior to her appointment in Canada, she was Country Manager of BNP Paribas in Thailand, based in Bangkok.
Monique graduated from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP).
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton—Mill Woods and the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
Prior to being elected Member of Parliament, Minister Sohi was a three-term Edmonton City Councillor. This experience taught him the importance of infrastructure as the foundation for citizens to create strong, sustainable, and inclusive communities.
Dedicated to improving Edmonton’s infrastructure and liveability, Minister Sohi represented the city on the Canadian Urban Transit Association and strongly advocated for Light Rail Transit. He also brought forward his passion for inclusive city-building through his representation at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and in leading City Council’s Immigration, Multiculturalism, and Racism Free Edmonton initiatives.
Since assuming the Infrastructure and Communities portfolio, Minister Sohi has overseen the design and early implementation of a more than $180 billion plan over 12 years – the largest infrastructure investment plan in Canada’s history. This plan invests unprecedented amounts in public transit, green infrastructure, clean water and waste water, affordable housing, trade-enabling infrastructure, rural and northern communities, and more.
Minister Sohi has received several awards in recognition of his community leadership and lives in Edmonton with his wife and daughter.
Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier.
Since taking office in 2013, Premier Wynne’s accomplishments include balancing the provincial budget for the first time in a decade, making record-breaking infrastructure investments in Ontario’s roads, schools, hospitals and transit systems, and securing a historic national deal to improve retirement security by enhancing the Canada Pension Plan.
Premier Wynne’s plan for building Ontario up focuses on creating new opportunities for people and businesses, and ensuring a fairer, more secure future for everyone in the province. Under her leadership, as Ontario has regained its place as the economic engine of Canada, the Premier has worked to ensure the benefits of growth are shared evenly. To this end, her government is making tuition free for hundreds of thousands of students, raising the minimum wage for workers and creating 100,000 new child care spaces.
Earlier this year, Premier Wynne introduced a ground-breaking plan for the biggest expansion of Medicare in a generation. OHIP+ will provide free prescription medication for young people in the province, from birth until they turn 25. The Premier also received international attention for launching a basic income pilot project in three Ontario communities.
At a time of global change and uncertainty, Premier Wynne is unwavering in her support for a fair and open society, and has increased her advocacy for free trade and open borders. She has led international business missions to countries including China, India, Mexico and the United States. To ensure the interests of Ontario’s workers and businesses are represented as NAFTA is renegotiated, Premier Wynne has increased her U.S. engagement, focusing on building partnerships and deepening ties with the U.S. states that rely on free trade with Canada.
Premier Wynne was first elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Don Valley West in 2003, and has served as Minister for five departments and been re-elected three times. When her three children were still in school, she was motivated to run for office by her passion for publicly funded education and her desire to give every child in Ontario the best possible start. Before becoming an MPP, Premier Wynne served as a trustee on the Toronto District School Board. Prior to that, she led citizens’ groups in a number of grassroots community projects and played a major role as an organizer, facilitator and mediator.
Premier Wynne grew up in Richmond Hill, where she learned to question the status quo at a young age. In high school, she joined with her friends to challenge the rule that prevented girls from wearing pants to school. She has lived with her partner, Jane, in North Toronto for more than 25 years. She has three children and three grandchildren.
John Tory is the 65th Mayor of Toronto.
Born and raised in Toronto, Mayor Tory has spent his career promoting and giving back to the city he loves.
As Mayor, his top priorities have been tackling transit and traffic congestion. He is focused on taking action to reduce commute times so Toronto residents can get to work on time and home to their families sooner. Under Mayor Tory's leadership, the city is addressing Toronto’s transit crisis by finishing the York-Spadina subway extension, getting on with the Scarborough subway extension and beginning work on SmartTrack.
Many of Mayor Tory's initiatives over the last three years have been focused on making sure Toronto remains a livable and affordable city for all. He has led Council in approving three budgets that keep taxes low by encouraging City staff to find more efficient and modern ways to deliver services.
Over the last three years, the Mayor has been a tireless defender of Toronto and successfully advocated for much-needed funding for transit and housing from the federal government.
The early years of Mayor Tory’s career were spent practicing law in Toronto, and he was later elected as a managing partner of one of Canada’s biggest law firms. In the 1980’s he served as Principal Secretary to Premier Bill Davis and as Associate Secretary of the Ontario Cabinet. In September 2004, Mayor Tory was elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario. In 2005, as PC Party Leader, Mayor Tory would serve as the Leader of the Official Opposition at Queen’s Park.
Mayor Tory has an extensive background in volunteer community service. He served as volunteer Chairman and Commissioner of the Canadian Football League and has chaired fundraising campaigns for St. Michael’s Hospital and the United Way. He has also held leadership positions in a wide range of charitable organizations ranging from Canadian Paraplegic Association, Crimestoppers, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto Association for Community Living, the United Way, and the Women's Legal Education & Action Fund (LEAF).
Mayor Tory’s community work has been widely recognized. Mayor Tory was a founding Board Member and Chair of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. He is a recipient of both the Paul Harris and Mel Osborne Awards from the Rotary and Kiwanis organizations respectively and was named a Life Member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. He is also the recipient of an African Canadian Achievement Award and the Harry Jerome Award. Mayor Tory has also been awarded the Order of Ontario for being a “consummate champion for the Greater Toronto Region.”
Born on May 28, 1954, Mayor Tory is a lifelong, and long-suffering, Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Mayor Tory and his wife Barbara have been married for 39 years. They raised their four children, John Jr, Chris, Susan and George in Toronto and are now delighted to have five grandchildren to spoil.
Ilse Treurnicht is CEO of MaRS, a large-scale innovation hub in Toronto. MaRS supports entrepreneurs building growth businesses, providing access to critical talent, capital and customer networks. In addition, MaRS works with partners to accelerate adoption and diffusion of innovation in key sectors. Ilse joined MaRS in 2005 from her role as CEO of Primaxis Technology Ventures. She was Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance (2010), served on the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) and is a member of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth. Ilse holds a DPhil in chemistry from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.
Bruce Sellery a personal finance expert and the author of two Globe & Mail bestsellers including, “Moolala: Why smart people do dumb things with money (and what you can do about it)”.
He hosts a national radio show for SiriusXM called “Moolala: Money Made Simple”, and is a regular contributor to CBC Radio, Cityline, Breakfast Television and MoneySense. He was the host of Million Dollar Neighbourhood on the Oprah Winfrey Network and an anchor and New York Bureau Chief for CTV’s Business News Network.
Bruce is the Executive Advisor on the Financial Literacy Program at Carrot Rewards, an app that rewards users with loyalty points for improving their physical and financial health. He sits on the Board of Directors of The Canadian Club of Toronto, and on the Advisory Board of the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, his alma mater. He is also an alumnus of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
Richard Wiens is the Director of Strategic Supply at Nordion Inc., a global specialty health science company that provides market-leading products used for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease
In his current role, he is focused on developing and implementing long-term strategies for the supply of isotopes used in applications such as medical device sterilization, diagnostic imaging and cancer treatment. Richard’s combination of business and technical acumen, coupled with experience in complex markets, provide a solid basis for building these highly-specialized supply chains.
Richard has over 20 years’ experience in product management, manufacturing and supply chain, in industries ranging from commercial aircraft production to software development. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Management Science specialization from the University of Waterloo, and is a licensed Professional Engineer, as well as being Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) from the American Production and Inventory Control Society.
Geoffrey Wilson is an experienced leader with more than 25 years in the intermodal transportation, shipping, infrastructure, and aviation businesses. He has 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. A government business enterprise, PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, Canada’s ninth busiest airport, the Port of Toronto and the Outer Harbour Marina. 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 the Toronto Global Forum, associated with the International Economic Forum of the Americas, and sits on the Board of Directors for Moorelands, an organization providing programs and support for low-income children residing in Toronto, and the Empire Club of Canada, the country’s oldest and largest speakers’ forum.
Bob Sandford holds the EPCOR Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water Environment and Health. In this capacity Bob was the co-author of the UN Water in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water.
In his work Bob is committed to translating scientific research outcomes into language decision-makers can use to craft timely and meaningful public policy and to bringing international example to bear on local water issues. To this end, Bob is also senior advisor on water issues for the Interaction Council, a global public policy forum composed of more than thirty former Heads of State including Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, U.S. President Bill Clinton and the former Prime Minister of Norway, Gro Brundtland. Bob is also a Fellow of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan and a Fellow of the Biogeoscience Institute at the University of Calgary. He is a senior policy advisor for the Adaptation to Climate Change team at Simon Fraser University and is also a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW), a national water policy research group centred in Toronto. In 2011, Bob was honoured with the Premier’s award for his collaboration on the Northwest Territories water stewardship strategy.
In addition to many other books, Bob is also the author or co-author of a number of high-profile works on water including Cold Matters: The State & Fate of Canada’s Snow and Ice; Saving Lake Winnipeg; Flood Forecast: Climate Risk & Resilience in Canada; The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer; Storm Warning: Water & Climate Security in a Changing Canada and The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity, which he co-authored with former Deputy Minister of Environment Jon O’Riordan, all published by Rocky Mountain Books. The Columbia Icefield and North America in the Anthropocene followed in 2016, both published also by Rocky Mountain Books. His latest book Our Vanishing Glaciers: The Snows of Yesteryear and the Future Climate of the Mountain West will be released in the summer of 2017.
Sarah Thomas is the managing director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, part of Deloitte LLP’s Life Sciences and Health Care practice. As the leader of the Center, she drives the research agenda to inform stakeholders across the health care landscape about key trends and issues facing the industry. Market and policy forces include the shift from a volume-based system to one more focused on cost and quality outcomes, the rise in consumerism, and changes coming from new political leadership. Sarah aims for the Center to be a source of clarity for consumers, businesses, governments, and other stakeholders. She has deep experience in public policy – ranging from reimbursement to quality issues in Medicare, Medicaid, and the private health insurance market, including health insurance exchanges and marketplaces.
Sarah was previously vice president for public policy and communications at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), where she was responsible for the development of NCQA’s public policy strategy, its work with the federal and state government, as well as its media and communications operations. She also served as the director of the Public Policy Institute (PPI) Health Team at AARP. She oversaw AARP’s advocacy in areas of cost, access, and quality related to health care reform, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drugs, private insurance, and public health.
In addition to her nonprofit work, Sarah has 14 years of experience in the federal government. She was deputy director at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and served at the Congressional Budget Office and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Sarah has worked for national associations, in state government, and for the Advisory Board Company. She holds a M.S. in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Pitcher is a graduate of the Engineering Science Program at the University of Toronto. He has worked within the Nuclear Fusion scientific community for 37 years, at several fusion laboratories in Canada, the USA and Europe. He is both a fusion reactor physicist and a professional engineer. He current heads the division at ITER responsible for Remote Handling, the Hot Cell Facility and Radwaste.
Gregory J. Smith Gregory Smith is President and Chief Executive Officer of InstarAGF, and is widely recognized as a pioneer and authority in the infrastructure investment community, bringing 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, Mr. Smith served as Managing Partner and head of Brookfield Financial’s Global Infrastructure Advisory Group; President of Macquarie Capital Funds Canada Ltd.; Managing Director and Co-Head of RBC Capital Partners–Mezzanine Fund; and Managing Director at Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance.
Mr. Smith is currently the Executive Chairman of Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners, which owns the passenger terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and 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, Mr. Smith served for a number of years on the Board of Directors of Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, including as Chair and President. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator.
Arne M. Sorenson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc., the largest lodging company in the world. Following Marriott’s September 2016 acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the company includes over 6,000 properties across 30 brands in more than 120 countries and territories. In fiscal year 2015, Marriott reported revenues of more than $14 billion.
Mr. Sorenson joined Marriott in 1996. He became the third CEO in the company’s history in 2012 – and the first without the Marriott surname. Prior to that, he served as Marriott’s President and Chief Operating Officer. He has held a number of positions, including Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and President of Continental European Lodging. He was elected to Marriott’s Board of Directors in 2011.
Additionally, Mr. Sorenson served as Vice Chair of the President’s Export Council. He is the immediate past Board Chair for Brand USA and continues as a member of the board. Other affiliations include: Chair, U.S. Travel Association CEO Roundtable; member of the Luther College Board of Regents; Stewardship Board of the World Economic Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Mobility; and member of the Board of Trustees for The Brookings Institution.
Mr. Sorenson’s Influencer blog, which appears on LinkedIn, has more than 400,000 followers. Marriott’s Global Sustainability Council was co-founded by Mr. Sorenson in 2007. The following year, he launched Marriott’s rainforest preservation partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation in Brazil. Mr. Sorenson chairs Marriott’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council. The Council, along with the Marriott Board of Directors’ Committee for Excellence, monitors and evaluates Marriott’s strategy to promote a diverse workforce, as well as ownership, customer and vendor communities around the world.
Before he joined Marriott, Mr. Sorenson was a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions litigation. He is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and the University of Minnesota Law School. He and his wife Ruth live in the Washington, D.C. area, where they raised their four children.
Michael Schlein is the president and CEO of Accion, a global nonprofit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world. For more than half a century, Accion has been a pioneer in providing financial services for the world’s three billion financially underserved women and men. Accion has helped build financial service providers in nearly 40 countries around the world that serve millions of clients. It leverages digital tools like big data, alternative credit scoring, and mobile technology, and challenges the entire industry to respect and value their clients. Previously, Mr. Schlein served as the president of Citigroup’s International Franchise Management. Prior to that he ran Citigroup’s communications, philanthropy, government relations, branding and human resources. He served as chief of staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under President Bill Clinton, and with New York City Mayors David Dinkins and Ed Koch. In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed him Chairman of the NYC Economic Development Corporation.
In his position as LA Metro CEO, Washington manages an annual operating budget of $1.6 billion and is responsible for overseeing $15 billion in capital projects and providing oversight of an agency that transports 1.4 million boarding passengers on an average weekday, riding on a fleet of 2,000 clean-air buses and six rail lines. LA Metro also is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for LA County. As such, it is a major construction agency that oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects – together representing the largest modern public works program in North America.
Washington was a leader in the successful effort to pass a new half-cent sales tax in LA County, which garnered 71.15% voter approval. Measure M will build 40 major highway and transit projects in the first 40 years, create 778,000 jobs through construction and various programs, and provide $133.3 billion in economic impact.
Washington came to Los Angeles from Denver, where he was Assistant General Manager for nearly 10 years, prior to being named CEO in 2009. In Denver, Washington implemented the FasTracks program, one of the largest voter-approved transit expansion programs in the country. Under his leadership, Denver’s West Line Rail was completed under budget and eight months earlier than scheduled, and the award-winning Denver Union Station was completed five months early.
Also in Denver, Washington spearheaded implementation of the first-of-its-kind $2.2 billion transit Public-Private Partnership (P3). His emphasis on measuring and managing agency performance led to a nearly 90% on-time bus and rail service, and 96% ADA on-time performance. Washington has had numerous prestigious assignments and honors. In 2007, he was appointed by the Mayor of Denver, to head the Host Transportation Committee for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. In 2009, he was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to serve on the State of Colorado’s Workforce Development Council helping the State create a 21st century workforce. Washington was named 2013-2014 Outstanding Public Transportation CEO of the Year in North America by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
In 2014, he was selected by the editors of Engineering News-Record for special recognition as one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2013. In 2016, he was chosen by the National Safety Council as one of the CEOs Who “Get It” – an honor bestowed on CEOs who demonstrate leadership in safety at the highest levels. He has testified before U.S. Congressional Transportation Subcommittees and was awarded a White House Transportation Innovators Champion of Change award in 2012.
Originally from the south side of Chicago – the Chicago Housing Projects of Altgeld Gardens – Washington is a 24-year veteran of the United States Army where he held the rank of Command Sergeant Major, the highest non¬commissioned officer rank an enlisted person can achieve. He retired from active duty being awarded the prestigious Defense Superior Service Medal (DSSM) for exceptional service to his country. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Columbia College and an M.A. in Management from Webster University. He is a past chair of APTA.
Michael Woo Kim Kong was born in Hong Kong and went to the United States to study at Whittier College, a famous university focusing in systematic thinking and creative management. He majored in business administration, computer studies, information technology and psychology. On his graduation from the college, Mr. Woo studied at the Gemological Institute of America and awarded the title of G.I.A. (Graduate Gemologist)
After the completion of his studies in the United States, Mr. Woo came back to Hong Kong to join the family business - Woo Leung Lee Group where he remains to today. Founded in 1960 in Hong Kong, Woo Leung Lee Group has been one of the leading companies in K Gold sales in China and Asia Pacific area for more than 5 decades.
Mr. Woo becomes a successful entrepreneur and an investor with rich operating experience in the fields of jewelry, real estate and e-commerce. Mr. Woo is also the co-founder of Central Exchange Limited, a platform connecting investors and startups. He is the Vice President of Silicon Valley Technology Council and has assisted in the establishment of close relations with the research and technology departments of the elite universities including Harvard, MIT and Stanford.
Being the President of Hong Kong Chiu Chow Chamber of Commerce and the Executive President of International Teochew Youth Federation, Mr. Woo is aware of the weight and the responsibility laid on his shoulder by the history and the glorious tradition of the Chamber which should be carried forward. He has made great efforts in the promotion of cross-order collaboration and in the innovation and network establishment.
Mark Wiseman: Senior Managing Director at BlackRock, Global Head of Active Equities, Chairman of its Alternatives business, Chairman of BlackRock’s Global Investment Committee, and serves on BlackRock’s Global Executive Committee.
Prior to BlackRock, Mark was President & CEO of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Mark joined CPPIB in 2005 as the organization’s Senior Vice-President, Private Investments, and later named Executive Vice-President, Investments, responsible for managing all of the investment activities of CPPIB. He was named President & CEO in 2012.
Prior to CPPIB, Mark was responsible for the private equity fund and co-investment program at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Previously, Mark was an officer with Harrowston Inc., a publicly traded Canadian merchant bank and a lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell. He also served as a law clerk to Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Born in Ontario, Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and a law degree and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Toronto. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University, where he obtained a Master of Laws. Mark is a regular lecturer at the Harvard Business School and an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University.
Mark is a member of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, is Chairman of the Focusing Capital on the Long Term initiative, which he co-founded, and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations, including Sinai Health Services, the Capital Markets Institute and the University of Toronto’s Dean’s Advisory Board.
Gary is the CEO and Co-founder of Water.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation. (Water.org is the resulting organization of the July 2009 merger between WaterPartners, co-founded by Gary in 1990, and H2O Africa, co-founded by actor Matt Damon). He developed Water.org’s WaterCredit Initiative, creating new financing options for poor populations to meet their water supply and sanitation needs. Gary also developed and now leads WaterEquity, an innovation of Water.org focused on raising and deploying social impact investment capital.
Over the past 25 years, Gary’s entrepreneurial vision has driven innovations in the way water and sanitation projects are delivered and financed, innovations that now serve as a model in the sector.
Gary is a leading advisor in the water and sanitation space, counseling organizations such as the Skoll Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, IKEA Foundation, and the Caterpillar Foundation on responses to the global water crisis. Gary is a founding board member of the Millennium Water Alliance and Water Advocates.
Gary was selected as a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2009 and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2012. In 2011, he was named to the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people. In 2014 he was named to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water.
Gary’s educational credentials include three degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Missouri University of Science & Technology.
Galen is the co-founder and CEO of Jibu, a young B-Corp that has quickly reached over 450,000 people with access to affordable drinking water and created jobs for over 500 people, mostly youth, across East Africa. Jibu’s profitable social franchise model has been featured by the BBC, Guardian, Fast Company, EY’s global newsletters, the Franchise Times, and by Forbes’ 30 under 30.
Galen has been a speaker at Harvard’s Social Enterprise Conference (SECON) ’16 and has presented at NYU’s School of Law. Aside from Jibu, Galen serves on the advisory board of the University of New Hampshire’s Social Sector Franchise Initiative, is a mentor at the Unreasonable Institute, and as is an honorary member of Toniic impact investor network. Previously he has been a Peace Corps Volunteer, a small business owner / co-founder, and a field manager for Colorado’s Fund for the Public Interest.
Angela is a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she works with the the firm's fintech & insurance investment portfolio including companies like Branch, OpenInvest, PeerStreet, Propel, Point, Quantopian. She a board member and former co-chair of C100, a non-profit that bridges Canadian entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley’s most influential expat technology entrepreneurs, executives, and investors to help Canadian companies win on the global stage. She also serves on Canadian Finance Minister Morneau's Economic Growth Council.
Angela came to a16z from Google, where as a Product Manager she launched and grew Chrome for Android and Chrome for iOS into one of Google's most successful mobile products. Prior to Google, Angela was Director of Product Management and Business Development at Ruba.com (acquired by Google) and a Senior Associate Partner at Bay Partners where she focused on the Consumer Internet sector.
Angela has also worked as a Consultant at Mercer Management Consulting in the technology practice in Toronto. While at Mercer, Angela won several marathons and achieved a seventh place national ranking in Canada. She spent two years training as a professional athlete.
Wayne T. Smith is a Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. He assumed this position in April 2012. Smith is, since May 2015, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BASF Corporation. He is currently responsible for the divisions Catalysts, Coatings, Performance Materials, Market & Business Development, Site & Verbund Management North America, as well as Regional Functions & Country Platforms North America. Prior to this, since 2010, Smith was President of BASF’s Polyurethanes division, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
In 2004, Smith started his career with BASF as Group Vice President Intermediates NAFTA in Florham Park, New Jersey, United States. From 2006 until 2010 he was President of the Catalysts division and Executive Vice President of BASF Corporation. Before joining BASF, he held several management positions at the industrial gases company BOC Group as well as the specialty chemicals producer W. R. Grace & Co. in the United States.
Wayne T. Smith was born in Rochester, New York, United States, in 1960. From 1978 onwards, he studied Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University, United States, and received his bachelor’s degree in 1982. In 1989, he completed his master in Business Administration at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, United States. Smith is married and has two children
Michèle Small is the Director, Head of the EBRD’s North American Representative Office. The primary purpose of the office is to support business development by establishing and maintaining senior relationships with key partners, Government Officials as well as potential foreign direct investors into the Bank’s regions, and to raise awareness of the Bank’s mandate, capabilities and instruments.
Michèle spent 18 years at the bank from 1994 to 2012, mainly as a senior banker then Acting Director in the real estate sector. As part of her responsibilities Michèle managed key client relationships within the sector, business development in EBRD countries of operations in central, eastern and southern Europe as well as North America, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
During 2012 and 2016, Michèle worked as an international advisor covering the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and East Africa.
Michèle holds a MSc in Real Estate Investment from the Cass Business School.
Rick Scott is the 45th Governor of the great State of Florida. As promised during his campaign, Scott is focused on creating jobs and turning Florida’s economy around. Born in Bloomington, Illinois, and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, his father was in the 82nd Airborne during World War II. After the war, Gov. Scott’s father was a city bus driver and then a truck driver. His mother worked as a JC Penney clerk. At times the family struggled financially, and when Gov. Scott started public school, they lived in public housing. In high school, Gov. Scott met Ann, and the high school sweethearts have been married for 43 years and have two daughters, Allison and Jordan, and four grandsons, Auguste, Quinton, Sebastian, and Eli.
After attending high school and community college, Gov. Scott enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served on active duty aboard the USS Glover as a radar man. The G.I. Bill enabled Gov. Scott to attend college and law school. While enrolled at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and working full-time at a local grocery store, Gov. Scott and Ann made their first significant foray into the business world by buying two Kansas City doughnut shops for Gov. Scott’s mother to manage. Following graduation from UMKC with a degree in business administration, Gov. Scott earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University.
After law school, Gov. Scott stayed in Dallas, working for the city’s largest law firm, Johnson & Swanson, primarily representing companies in the health care, oil and gas and communication industries. In 1987, while still practicing law, Gov. Scott made an offer to purchase HCA, Inc. When the offer was rejected, Gov. Scott started Columbia Hospital Corporation with his and Ann’s entire life savings of $125,000. Gov. Scott also started Conservatives for Patient’s Rights, which advocated for free market principles of choice, competition, accountability and personal responsibility in health care. Gov. Scott wanted to prevent further government encroachment on the rights of patients.
When Gov. Scott left Columbia in 1997 at age 44, it was one of the most admired companies in America. It had grown to become the world’s largest health care company with more than 340 hospitals, 135 surgery centers, and 550 home health locations in 37 states and two foreign countries. Columbia employed more than 285,000 people, making it the 7th largest U.S. employer and the 12thlargest employer worldwide.
Faith, Family and Community
Before moving to Tallahassee, the Scott family lived in Naples. When they are back home, they still attend Naples Community Church, which Rick and Ann helped start in 2006. Throughout their lives, Gov. Scott and First Lady Ann have served their community through volunteer and charitable work. Rick has served on the National Board of the United Way, and Gov. Scott and Ann have worked with World Vision to create a primary health care system in Bunyala, a poor area of Kenya. In addition, they fund scholarships that enable a low-income student to attend SMU Law School each year. They also fund an entrepreneur contest at George Washington University where one of their daughters received a business degree.
Businessman and Entrepreneur
Gov. Scott is known as an innovator in business, health care, and politics. His specialization was in health care mergers and acquisitions, and it was during his work on these transactions that he recognized how patients could be better served by improving hospital efficiency, lowering costs, and focusing on better outcomes.
Through his entrepreneurship, Gov. Scott developed a reputation in the health care industry for providing affordable, high quality care to patients. As Governor, he brings a similar vision for quality and efficiency to benefit the people of Florida.
Samir Saran is Vice President of the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He spearheads ORF's outreach and business development activities. He curates Raisina Dialogue, India’s annual flagship platform on geopolitics and geo-economic, and chairs CyFy, India’s annual conference on cyber security and internet governance.
Samir is a frequent commentator on issues of global governance and is featured regularly in Indian and international print and broadcast media. Some of his academic publications include India’s Climate Change Identity: Between Reality and Perception (Palgrave 2016); “New Norms for a Digital Society” (ORF Special Report, 2016); “India’s Contemporary Plurilateralism” in Oxford University Press Handbook on India’s Foreign Policy (2016); “Navigating the Digital Trilemma” in the latest CyFy Digital Debates, of which he is the editor; and New Room to Manoeuvre: An Indian Approach to Climate Change (Global Policy–ORF Series, 2015). Samir's doctoral studies were on Indian attitudes towards climate change at the Global Sustainability Institute, UK.
Samir is Commissioner, The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, and member of the South Asia advisory board of the World Economic Forum as well as part of its Global Future Council on Cybersecurity. He is Director of the Centre for Peace and Security at the Sardar Patel Police University, Jodhpur, India.
Andrew Rush is President & CEO of Silicon Valley-based Made In Space, Inc. He oversees the operations, business development, and strategy of Made In Space (MIS) as it continues to push boundaries of manufacturing technology in space, at sea, and in other extreme environments for government, commercial and defense customers.
Andrew served as general counsel during MIS’s startup phase and became CEO in 2015. His vision of an interplanetary existence for humanity guides MIS to drive forward offerings that enable life and work in space. As the first manufacturing company to operate in space, MIS is uniquely positioned to unlock the tremendous potential of the space economy by creating the tools, infrastructure and equipment necessary for humankind to build among the stars.
Previously, Andrew worked in the intellectual property, business and ground crew/launch prep organizations at Masten Space Systems. Before becoming an attorney, he was a research assistant in a Solid State Physics Laboratory at the University of North Florida (UNF).
He currently serves on the Physics Advisory Group at UNF. Andrew holds a B.S. in physics from UNF and a J.D. from Stetson University. He is also a recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award from UNF.
Named President and Chief Executive in 2009, Calin has led a financial and commercial turnaround to transform our flag carrier into a global champion.
In a time of global financial uncertainty that afflicted airlines severely, Calin established a new direction and vision for Air Canada. The result: six consecutive years of record earnings, a 40 per cent passenger increase, and 3,500 per cent stock return. More record results were announced just last week.
For employees, a massive pension deficit became a $2 billion surplus, 10-year labour agreements were signed, and 4,000 jobs created.
Corporate Social Responsibility has also been emphasized, including establishing the Air Canada Foundation and the company has been named one of Canada’s Top Diversity employers.
Calin was named Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year in 2016 and is deeply engaged with developing leadership in youth. He is Chancellor of the University of Ottawa and recipient of Honorary Doctorates from six universities in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
Jean Rosanvallon is a 1974 graduate of France’s business school Hautes Études Commerciales.
In 1975, he was recruited by Dassault Aviation to coordinate the Company’s Falcon business jet programs between its Paris headquarters and its U.S. subsidiary, then called Falcon Jet Corporation, based in Teterboro, NJ, a joint venture between Pan-American World Airways and Dassault Aviation.
From 1974 through 1984, Jean Rosanvallon came to the United States as Assistant to the President of Falcon Jet Corporation, and was later promoted to Vice President, Finance.
From 1984 through 1994, He was Vice-President of Marketing based in Paris.
Returning to the U.S. in 1994 as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Jean Rosanvallon was responsible for consolidating the worldwide sales and marketing of Falcon business jets. He was named President of Dassault Falcon Jet in November 1996.
With 30 years of experience in environmental law and policy, he served as Minister of Environment of Peru (2011 to 2016) and President of UNFCCC’s COP20. In 1986 he founded the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, an influential institution in Latin American, serving as its Executive Director for 20 years.
Mr Pulgar Vidal holds a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú –where he is professor- and has concluded studies for a master’s degree in business law at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas.
He is also a board member of Forest Trends, Amazon Conservation Asociation and Consultative Member of the Carbon Institute.
Adama Ouane a été nommé Administrateur de l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) en 2015 par la Secrétaire générale de la Francophonie. Il a pour principales missions d’exécuter, d’animer et de gérer la coopération intergouvernementale multilatérale ainsi que d’assurer la gestion des affaires administratives et financières de l’OIF.
Détenteur d’un doctorat d’Etat en sciences linguistiques appliquées de l’Académie des sciences de Moscou, Adama Ouane, de nationalité malienne, a occupé de hautes fonctions à l’UNESCO en tant que Directeur de l’Institut pour l’apprentissage tout au long de la vie à Hambourg de 2000 à 2011 et Représentant en Haïti d’avril 2013 à avril 2014.
Au sein du gouvernement de transition du Mali en 2012, il a été Ministre de l’éducation, de l’alphabétisation et de la promotion des langues nationales.
Adama Ouane est Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Burkina Faso, Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mali. Il a obtenu la médaille de la coopération internationale de Hambourg. Il a été nommé à l’International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame (IACEHOF) de l’Université d’Oklahoma.
Olatorera Oniru is an assiduous entrepreneur passionate about all things Africa. As CEO of Dressmeoutlet.com, she is currently leading initiatives to realize a pinnacle in Africa’s history whereby we would rely less on importation and innovate more with natural resources and citizenry capabilities. A member of The National Scholars Honor Society USA, Olatorera flourished her career working for two Fortune Top 5 companies namely Bank of America Merrill Lynch and General Electric. She also worked for one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, Lars Magnus Ericsson, as a global consultant and later as Head of Sales Governance. During the course of her employed years, she travelled to over 50 cities in over 10 countries in 4 continents.
Olatorera loves to speak publicly on topics related to leadership, entrepreneurship and technology driving Africa's growth. Olatorera has been invited to speak at over 100 preeminent events including AfricaCom, NigeriaCom, World Retail Congress, TMT Finance, Seamless Africa, African Development Forum, Women in Business South Africa, Mobile West Africa and several other leading events. She has been recognized by Commonwealth Africa Awards, Forbes Most Promising Africans, Africa.com's Top 5 Youngest Entrepreneurs and African Achievers Awards. Her track record of success has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, CNN and several other leading publications.
Olatorera has a scholarship-based Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the prestigious Emory University USA and Executive Management Certificates from Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden and International Institute for Management Development, Switzerland.
Passion: Innovation, Poverty Alleviation, National Development, Good Governance, Happy People.
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.
The Hon. Brian Tobin was named as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013 for his contribution to Canadian public policy as a federal and provincial politician, and for supporting economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Mr. Tobin served as the Federal Minister of Industry from October 2000 to January 2002, prior to which he served as the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1996 to 2000. Mr. Tobin served as a Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1996 and served as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in the federal cabinet from 1993 to 1996.
Mr. Tobin is currently Vice Chair with BMO Capital Markets in Toronto. Mr. Tobin serves as Chairman and director of New Flyer Industries Inc., Lead Director and Chairman of Aecon Group Inc. and is a director of Element Fleet Management Corp.
Mr. Tobin also served as Executive Chairman, President & CEO of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd. Mr. Tobin lead the negotiating team that sold CLM to Cliffs Natural Resources for 4.9 billion dollars which was one of the biggest global mining deals in 2011.
Mr. Tobin is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a graduate of the Directors Education Program. Mr. Tobin has been awarded honorary degrees by both St. Francis Xavier University and Brock University.
Recognized as a results-driven figure, the Honourable Christian Paradis was Member of the Parliament of Canada for the Mégantic-L’Érable from 2006 to 2015, and Cabinet Minister between 2007 and 2015, of Public Works and Government Services, Natural Resources, Industry and International Development and La Francophonie. During his years in office, he led very important files in Canada and at the global stage, he played a leadership role with his involvement in developing and pushing on blended finance for international development.
The Honourable Christian Paradis did not seek a fourth mandate and he joined GardaWorld in January 2016 as Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, Protective Services. His mission is primarily to promote the benefits of public-private partnerships of security services in Canada. When implemented with rigor and common sense, outsourcing is equally capable of making a significant contribution to public services. Over the last years, the Honourable Christian Paradis could indeed see and appreciate the importance of the protection services of the population, both in Canada and around the world.
Mr. Paradis graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in civil law and holds a graduate degree in corporate law from Université Laval. He has been member of Quebec Bar since 1997.
The Honourable Christian Paradis is member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada since 2007. He is recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).
He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Canada, Canada World Youth and Canadian Wildlife Foundation. He also co-founded Global Development Solutions (GDS) Canada inc., an organisation facilitating social impact investments in frontier and emerging markets.
Michael Sabia is President and Chief Executive Officer of la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Appointed in March 2009, Mr. Sabia is responsible for the strategic direction of the fund and the global growth of the organization.
Before joining la Caisse, Mr. Sabia was with BCE, holding such positions as resident and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Canada International. From 1993 to 1999, he occupied various roles with Canadian National Railway, including Chief Financial Officer. He spent the preceding decade working as
senior official in the Government of Canada.
Mr. Sabia obtained a Bachelor of Arts in economics and politics from the University of Toronto and holds graduate degrees in economics and politics from Yale University.
Mr. Sabia is a member of the Canadian government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth. He is a trustee of the Foreign Policy Association of New York and a member of the Canada-Mexico Leadership Group and the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council. Among many other community activities,
Mr. Sabia currently co-chairs the capital campaign of Université de Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal.