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His Excellency Fahad Al Gergawi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Investment Development Agency (Dubai FDI), an agency of Dubai Economy – Government of Dubai. In his Current role he leads a team that develops, promotes and supports the foreign direct investment (FDI) environment and projects in Dubai.
H.E. is the President of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), leading the global FDI body from 2019 to 2021. Al Gergawi is a member of Dubai Economy’s Executive Committee; chairs the Dubai Investment Week organizing committee and sits on the advisory board of MODUL University in Dubai.
Al Gergawi holds a Bachelor degree from the United Arab Emirates University, and is a graduate of the elite Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugural program for Young Business Leaders.
Mohammed Bin Mahfoodh Alardhi is the Executive Chairman of Investcorp, leading the Firm’s activities across its global office network in New York, London, Riyadh, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Mumbai and Singapore. Prior to his appointment as Executive Chairman in 2015, Mr. Alardhi was a Board Director on Investcorp’s Board since 2008.
Mr. Alardhi chairs Investcorp’s Executive Committee, Operating Committee and Investment Council.
Since becoming Executive Chairman of Investcorp, Mr. Alardhi announced a new growth strategy aiming to more than double the Firm’s Assets Under Management (AUM) over the medium term. Under Mr. Alardhi’s mandate and new vision, to date, the Firm has increased its AUM to US $31.1 billion.
During the first year of his chairmanship, Investcorp strengthened its institutional shareholder base by selling 20% of the company to Mubadala Development Company, the Abu Dhabi based investment and development firm.
Mr. Alardhi is a retired Air Vice Marshal having joined the Royal Air Force (RAFO) of Oman in 1978 and was subsequently appointed as Chief of the Omani Air Force. In 2000, he was awarded the "Order of Oman" by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said.
Mr. Alardhi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Military Science from the Royal Air Force UK Staff College in Bracknell, UK and a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is a graduate of the Royal Air Force Military Academy in Cranwell, UK, and the National Defence University in Washington D.C..
Mr. Alardhi is a leading figure who speaks regularly on international trade, the relationship between the Middle East and the West and the security of the Gulf. He is an author of three books: "Arabs Down Under”, "Pearls from Arabia" and “Arabs Unseen”.
In addition to his role at Investcorp, Mr. Alardhi is the Chairman of Sohar International Bank. He sits on several boards, including the International Advisory Board of The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., Trustee for the Eisenhower Fellowship in Philadelphia, Community of Chairpersons, World Economic Forum, Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Council and a member of The Arab Gulf Sates Institute in Washington.
Étienne Alary has been Executive Director of the Conseil de développement économique de l'Alberta (CDÉA) since July 1, 2017. He has been working in the francophone minority environment since 1995. Established in Edmonton since 2005, he was director of Le Franco, the weekly newspaper of the Franco-Albertan community, for nearly 10 years, in addition to working at Campus Saint-Jean of the University of Alberta for three years.
Étienne has extensive experience in the francophone community, including four years as president of the Fête franco-albertaine and three years as a member of the Board of Accès Emploi. Since October 2017, he has been a school counsellor with the Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord.
In June 2018, he was appointed to the Government of Alberta's Francophone Advisory Council.
Étienne Alary est directeur général du Conseil de développement économique de l'Alberta (CDÉA) depuis le 1er juillet 2017. Il œuvre dans le milieu minoritaire francophone depuis 1995. Établi à Edmonton depuis 2005, il a notamment été directeur du journal Le Franco, l’hebdomadaire de la communauté franco-albertaine, pendant près de 10 ans, en plus de travailler au Campus Saint-Jean de l’Université de l’Alberta pendant trois ans.
Étienne a une vaste expérience au sein de la communauté francophone : il a notamment été président de la Fête franco-albertaine pendant quatre ans et membre du CA d'accès-emploi pendant trois ans. Depuis octobre 2017, il est conseiller scolaire au Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord.
Au mois de juin 2018, il a été nommé au Conseil consultatif en matière de francophonie du Gouvernement de l’Alberta.
Louis Audet is Executive Chairman of the Board of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc., having stepped into the position on September 1, 2018.
Mr. Audet joined Cogeco in 1981 and held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc. starting in 1993. Under his leadership, Cogeco has become a leading Canadian communications company, operating internationally and generating revenues of over $2.3 billion annually. As Executive Chair, Louis Audet plays an active executive role focusing on major business issues and strategies while working closely with and supporting recently appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, Philippe Jetté.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of CableLabs. He previously sat on the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association, Clarica,the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, 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.
Over the years, Mr. Audet has often been recognized by both the business and philanthropic communities for his numerous achievements. Amongst his contributions, he acted as co-Chair of the 2017 campaign for Centraide of Greater Montréal and as 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).
Louis Audet was named Member of the Order of Canada in 2013. In 2018, he was chosen as the United Nations Association in Canada’s annual Global Citizens Laureate. That same year, he received two Honorary Doctorates from Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. He has also been inducted into the Club des entrepreneurs du Conseil du patronat du Québec, and was awarded the Order of Merit of the Université de Montréal Alumni Association, as well as the Merit Award of the École Polytechnique Alumni Association.
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 Getlink, formerly Groupe Eurotunnel, a public company which manages and operates the Channel Tunnel between England and France. A board member of Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). He is also 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 has been published in English.
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.
Dan Barclay was appointed CEO & Group Head of BMO Capital Markets in November 2018. In this role, he is responsible for BMO Financial Group’s interactions with corporate, institutional and government clients worldwide. Previously, Dan was Co-Head, Global Investment & Corporate Banking (I&CB) where he oversaw relationships with corporate and government clients, including equity and debt underwriting, corporate lending and project financing, mergers and acquisitions advisory services, and global trade and banking.
Dan has over 27 years of investment banking experience in a broad range of industries. He joined BMO in 2003 as a Managing Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions group, and in 2009 was named Head of Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions. In 2014 he was appointed Head of Investment & Corporate Banking Canada and International. Prior to joining BMO, Dan spent 13 years in investment banking at a global and Canadian investment dealer.
Dan serves on BMO Financial Group’s Executive Committee and chairs BMO Capital Markets’ Operating and Executive committees.
As a proud supporter of the United Way, Dan acted as past co-chair of the BMO Capital Markets Employee Giving Campaign and is a recipient of the Women in Capital Markets Champion of Change Award (2016). He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Calgary.
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.
John M. Beck is Founder and Chairman 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.
Horore is an IT Professional with more than 5 years of experience as an entrepreneur in Technology and a key actor in digital transformation, Startups ecosystem and advocating for gender equality in tech industry in Cameroon and Central Africa.
Horore is the Founder and CEO of LIKALO EDUCATION (https://likalolearningcenter.com) an Education and Technology company based in Cameroon which offers innovative courses to teach STEAM with hand-on practices in school, and also design education programs and activities to teach STEAM for underserved schools for specialist and generalist teachers alike, enable students to conduct experiments, solve problems and design prototypes. In the past 2 years, they reached more than 2000 kids in cameroon through online and offline activities. Horore is also the founder and President of African Women in Tech Startups (www.africanwits.org) a non-profit organization and leading Tech hub for women and girls since 2016. In five years, they have reached over 5000 women in Cameroon and beyond Africa. In 2020, Africanwits team won the "Grand Prix CEMAC" of the TEG CAMPUS virtual Hackathon.
In 2018 Horore received a Pan-African CEO Award as the Country Winner for Central Africa. In 2020, Horore was selected among the 54 women for the WIA54 initiative of WOMEN IN AFRICA. She was also selected among the 17 women in Africa for the Lead Tech continental incubation program of the Mohammed VI Polytech University in partnership with AWIEF.
Horore est une professionnelle de l'informatique avec plus de 5 ans d'expérience en tant qu'entrepreneure en technologie et actrice clé dans la transformation numérique, l'écosystème des startups et de la promotion pour l'égalité des sexes dans l'industrie technologique au Cameroun et en Afrique centrale.
Horore est la fondatrice et directrice générale de LIKALO EDUCATION (https://likalolearningcenter.com), une société d'éducation et de technologie basée au Cameroun qui propose des cours innovants pour l’enseignement des sciences, technologies, arts, mathématiques et génie (STEAM en anglais) dans les écoles. LIKALO EDUCATION conçoit également des programmes éducatifs et des activités dédiés aux enseignants spécialistes et généralistes afin d’enseigner les STEAM dans des écoles mal desservies, permettant aux étudiants de mener des expériences, de résoudre des problèmes et de concevoir des prototypes. Au cours des deux dernières années, ils ont atteint plus de 2000 enfants au Cameroun grâce à des activités en ligne et hors ligne. Horore est également la fondatrice et présidente d'African Women in Tech Startups (www.africanwits.org), une organisation à but non lucratif et un pôle technologique de premier plan pour les femmes et les filles depuis 2016. En cinq ans, ils ont atteint plus de 5 000 femmes au Cameroun et au-delà de l'Afrique. En 2020, l'équipe Africanwits a remporté le "Grand Prix CEMAC" du Hackathon virtuel TEG CAMPUS.
En 2018, Horore a reçu un Pan-African CEO Award en tant que gagnante nationale pour l'Afrique Centrale. En 2020, Horore a été sélectionnée parmi les 54 femmes pour l'initiative WIA54 de WOMEN IN AFRICA.
Rachel Bendayan was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Outremont in February 2019.
Over a period of 10 years, Ms. Bendayan built a successful legal practice at Norton Rose Fulbright in the fields of litigation and international arbitration, specializing in international trade law.
Ms. Bendayan also taught at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Law. She later served as Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Small Business and Tourism.
Mother to a toddler and deeply engaged in her community, Ms. Bendayan has a strong connection to the families she represents in the Montréal neighbourhoods of Outremont, Mile End, and Côte-des-Neiges.
Since 1989, Stanley M. Bergman has been Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 500® company and the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental and medical practitioners, with more than 19,000 Team Schein Members and operations or affiliates in 31 countries. Henry Schein is a member of the S&P 500® index. In 2019, the Company's sales from continuing operations reached $10.0 billion. Henry Schein has been a Fortune World's Most Admired Company for 19 consecutive years.
Mr. Bergman serves as a board member or advisor for numerous institutions including New York University College of Dentistry; the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine; the Columbia University Medical Center; University of the People; Hebrew University; Tel Aviv University; the University of the Witwatersrand Fund; The World Economic Forum’s Health Care Governors; the Business Council for International Understanding, the Japan Society and the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Bergman is an honorary member of the American Dental Association and the Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity. Mr. Bergman is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor; the CR Magazine Corporate Responsibility Lifetime Achievement Award; the 2017 CEO of the Year award by Chief Executive Magazine; Honorary Doctorates from The University of the Witwatersrand, Western University of Health Sciences, Hofstra University, A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Case Western Reserve University and Farmingdale State College (SUNY); and Honorary Fellowship from King’s College London - Dental Institute and the International College of Dentists.
Stan and Marion Bergman and their family are active supporters of organizations fostering the arts, higher education, cultural diversity and grassroots health care and sustainable entrepreneurial economic development initiatives in the United States, Africa and other developing regions of the world.
Mr. Bergman is a graduate of The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and is a South African Chartered Accountant and a NYS Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Ms. Beschloss is founder and CEO of RockCreek. Previously, she was Managing Director and Partner at the Carlyle Group. She was Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the World Bank and worked at Shell International and J.P. Morgan. Ms. Beschloss has advised governments, central banks, and regulatory agencies on global public policy and financial policy as well as energy policy. She led the World Bank’s energy investments and policy work on areas including sustainable investing, renewable energy, power, and infrastructure projects to reduce carbon emissions and founded its Natural Gas Group as a transitional fuel.
Ms. Beschloss is Chair of PBS Foundation, and trustee of the Institute for Advanced Study, World Resources Institute, Council on Foreign Relations, Global Alliance for Vaccines, and Georgetown University.
She was recognized by Carnegie Corporation in their Great Immigrants, Great Americans 2020 list, received the Institutional Investor Lifetime Achievement Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award, and been listed among the “Most Powerful Women in Banking” by American Banker.
Ms. Beschloss holds an MPhil (Honors) in Economics from the University of Oxford, where she taught international trade and economic development. She is the co-author of The Economics of Natural Gas and author of numerous journal articles on energy, finance, renewable energy, and impact investing.
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau was elected as the Member of Parliament for Compton—Stanstead in October 2015. She has served as a minister since 2015, and is currently the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Minister Bibeau began her career at the Canadian International Development Agency, and went on postings to Morocco and Benin. After settling down with her family in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, she became a successful businesswoman and was actively involved in her community.
In her formal role as Minister of International Development, she helped refocus Canada’s international assistance on helping the poorest and most vulnerable people and on supporting fragile states. In June 2017, after several months of consultations, Minister Bibeau launched Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy. This innovative new vision will make Canada a leader in the fight against poverty by prioritizing gender equality in the country’s international assistance programming.
Supported by this new policy, Minister Bibeau advocated for actions and initiatives that empower women and girls, and she defended their rights. As well, she was at the heart of Canada’s strategy for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development objectives both at home and around the world.
Helping Canada exercise its leadership on global health issues, she played a key role in ensuring that Canada hosted the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Montréal in September 2016, and that it will host the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver in 2019, which will bring together 6,000 people.
In her current role, Minister Bibeau’s overarching goal is to support the agricultural sector in a way that allows it to be a leader in job creation and innovation. Knowing that Canada’s farmers, ranchers and food processors are the foundation of our food sector, she will help Canada’s agriculture sector be more innovative, safer, and stronger.
André Boucher is the Associate Head for the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. André is responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of the Cyber Centre.
Prior to the appointment to his current role, André was the Director General of the Cyber Security Partnerships directorate, and was responsible for providing IT security advice, guidance and services to Canadian private sector organizations. In this position, André led strategic and collaborative cyber security partnerships to raise the cyber security maturity across the entire Canadian ecosystem of critical infrastructure and provinces. André also worked as the Director of the IT Security Review Program, operating distinct targeted programs aimed at mitigating the important risks within the supply chain.
André joined CSE upon retirement from the Royal Canadian Air Force. During his military career as a Communications and Electronics Engineering Officer, he led a variety of operational and technical teams in Canada, NORAD and NATO. Certified as a Project Management Professional since 2002, he also managed several successful national and international projects. His last assignment as Director of Cyber Force Development focused on establishing all necessary elements required to enable the Canadian Armed Forces to operate successfully in the cyber environment.
André holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Royal Military College of Canada. He also holds a Master’s degree in Defence Study from the Canadian Defence Academy and was a Fellow of the 2012 National Security Studies Programme at Syracuse University.
As Merit Functional Foods’ Co-Chief Executive Officer, Ryan provides strategic vision for company performance and growth plans. He is currently leading the financing, engineering and construction of Merit’s state-of-the-art facility in Winnipeg, where it will produce a portfolio of high purity Non-GMO pea and canola protein ingredients.
Ryan is a professional Engineer (P. Eng) with 18 years of experience in food manufacturing. Before starting Merit Functional Foods with Barry Tomiski and Shaun Crew, Ryan was the Vice President of Innovation for Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, where he led the R&D and Product Development team. Prior to joining the hemp industry, Ryan spent 11 years in the animal protein industry, leading and coaching small and large organizations through continuous improvement rollouts. Ryan is currently a Director of Food & Beverage Manitoba.
Richard Bradley is Editor in Chief of the Worth Group. A respected author, journalist, and speaker, Richard is responsible for the Worth Group’s editorial print, digital, broadcast, and radio content. He sets the overall direction of Worth’s editorial voice as the “authority on excellence” and leads the team that creates Worth content that is distributed through the company’s platforms and those of its partners. Richard leads the editorial direction of the Worth Group’s award-winning print magazine, Worth, which is published quarterly. He spearheads Worth’s flagship franchise, the Power 100, which is Worth’s authoritative look at the most influential people in global finance, and oversees the Worth Group’s aggressive expansion into content distribution across multiple platforms. Richard identifies and secures thought leaders to participate in Worth Group events—Wells Fargo Chairman and CEO John Stumpf, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, FOX Business journalist Trish Regan, and many others—and structures and moderates discussions among them.
Richard’s previous experience includes roles as the executive editor of George, the political magazine founded by John F. Kennedy Jr.; 02138, a lifestyle magazine for Harvard alumni; and Regardie’s, a Washington business monthly. He is the author of three best-selling books: American Son, a memoir of John Kennedy and George; Harvard Rules, an exploration of Harvard University during an important time of its history; and The Greatest Game: The Yankees, the Red Sox, and the Playoff of ’78. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard University, Richard has written for Boston, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Salon, Slate, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Washington Monthly, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, and Vanity Fair, among others.
Franck Bruel has held commercial and general management roles in several multinational corporations. In 2016, with a wealth of international experience and a firm belief in the importance of energy efficiency in fighting climate change, he joined ENGIE – a leader in the energy transition – as Executive Vice President. He is currently ENGIE EXCOM member in charge of Business Units Latin America and United Kingdom, after a couple of years in charge of B2B energy services in France, as well as setting up the global green hydrogen BU.
Since May 2018, he is a member of the Board of Directors of SUEZ.
Franck worked successively at L’Oréal, Pinault Distribution, Samse and Saint-Gobain, where he eventually was appointed CEO of Dahl Group in Scandinavia, and CEO of Point P Group.
In 2010, he joined the family-owned group Sonepar (world leader of electrical material distribution) where he became the Group Chief Executive Officer.
Franck Bruel is the author of the book "Energy efficient, when less and better means more," (in French and English), published in 2018, Débats Publics editions.
Graham became President and COO in 2018, having been Arm’s Chief Operating Officer since 2008. Prior to this he was EVP and General Manager of the Processor Division from 2005. Graham joined Arm in 1992 as a VLSI design engineer and led the development of several of Arm's early system-on-chip designs. Since then he has held a number of engineering, marketing and operations leadership roles. Graham has been a member of the Arm Executive Committee since 2005, and was appointed to the Board in 2017.
Nathaniel Bullard is BloombergNEF's Chief Content Officer. He writes weekly for Bloomberg Green on energy, transport, technology, climate and finance.
Eduardo Cabrera is responsible for analyzing emerging cyber threats to develop innovative and resilient enterprise risk management strategies for Fortune 500 clients and strategic partners. Before joining Trend Micro, he was a 20-year veteran and former CISO of the United States Secret Service with experience leading information security, cyber investigative, and protective programs in support of the Secret Service integrated mission.
He started his career investigating transnational cyber criminal groups targeting the financial and retail sectors and later led cyber forensic operations in support of Secret Service large-scale data breach investigations. He then served as the Secret Service Strategic Advisor to the DHS National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).
Siham Chakrouni is the Economic Reactivation Program Coordinator for Société Économique de l'Ontario. Since joining the SEO two years ago, Siham has worked on the development of several initiatives and projects to support Francophone entrepreneurs in Ontario. She has also greatly contributed, thanks to her solid experience in e-learning and from the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, to the adaptation and continuity of the SÉO's online services.
Since arriving in Canada about ten years ago, Siham has held several positions of high responsibility, including working on the implementation of innovative projects, action research, policy analysis and community mobilization activities aimed at improving the living conditions of Francophone immigrants, particularly women.
Siham Chakrouni est coordonnatrice du programme de Réactivation économique au sein de la Société économique de l’Ontario. Dès son arrivée à la SÉO, il y a deux ans, Siham a travaillé sur le développement de plusieurs initiatives et projets afin d’appuyer les entrepreneurs francophones en Ontario. Elle a également grandement contribué, grâce à sa solide expérience dans le e-learning et dès le début de la pandémie du Covid-19, à l’adaptation et la continuité des services en ligne de la SÉO.
Depuis son arrivée au Canada, il y a une dizaine d’année, Siham a occupé plusieurs postes à responsabilité et a notamment travaillé sur la mise en œuvre de projets innovants, d’activités de recherche-action, d’analyse des politiques et de mobilisation communautaire visant à l’amélioration des conditions de vie des immigrants francophones et plus particulièrement des femmes.
Winston Chan is an entrepreneur and senior advisor of Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Acquisition and Business Families Hub at HEC Montréal. He led Canadian young entrepreneurs trade missions in China, Australia, Turkey, Germany, France, Mexico, Argentina and Japan. He owns a health clinic in Montreal. He is a member of Employment and Entrepreneurship Taskforce of B20-G20 since 2014. From 2011 to 2013, he was President of the board of Quebec Federation of young chambers of commerce. He is the laureate of Quebec University Medal, the Journal Les Affaires Top 25 under 40 award, the Claude Masson award, the UQTR Pythagore award and the Quebec Federation of young chambers of commerce Tribute award for his contribution to youth entrepreneurship in Quebec. He has a first cycle doctorate in chiropractic from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières with honorific distinction to student life. He is the Founding President and Co-founder of the Young Leaders’ Circle of the International Economic Forum of the Americas.
Caroline Codsi, ICD.D. founded Women in Governance in 2010 (aka La Gouvernance au Féminin), a non-for-profit organization with mission to encourage women to develop their leadership, advance their career and sit on boards. She dedicates her life to all matters relating to the access of women to executive roles and board positions in the corporate world in Canada as well as women’s equality rights everywhere in the world.
Women in Governance’s programs have a deep and concrete impact for equality in the Canadian society (major events, mentoring program, governance courses, corporate Parity Certification, etc.).
A graduate in Human Resources from HEC Montréal as well as in languages and foreign civilizations from l’Université Paris-Diderot (Paris-VII), Caroline also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD)’s Program at McGill. She is a Scholar, Valedictorian, Ambassador and Examiner for the ICD.
Born in Beirut, Caroline was only 7 years old when the war started and 22 when it ended. A Citizen of the world having lived on three continents, Caroline is fluent in 4 languages and can understand 6.
A highly sought-after speaker, Caroline is the recipient of Awards from the Quebec Business Women Network, the Arab Women Trophy and Premières en Affaires among others. She was recognized as a Top 20 Diversity Leading Figures in Quebec, Top 75 Canadian Immigrants and Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. She is also the recipient of a Gender Equality Award by the United Nations’ Women National Committee, a Leadership Award from the Mercuriades (Quebec’s Federation of chambers of commerce) and a Leader of the decade for diversity & inclusion award from New Delhi’s Women Economic Forum. Appointed to the National Committee on Gender Equality by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, she works tirelessly in Canada and internationally on the issue of gender equality and women’s access to decision-making bodies.
Caroline Codsi, IAS.A., a fondé La Gouvernance au Féminin en 2010 et créé, avec le soutien probono de McKinsey & Company, la première Certification Parité en Amérique du Nord en 2017 afin de réduire l’écart entre les genres au Canada et aux Etats-Unis.
Ses accomplissements lui ont valu d’être nommée par Justin Trudeau sur le comité national pour l’égalité des genres et par Valérie Plante sur le comité d’affaires de la Ville de Montréal.
Caroline est née à Beyrouth et a grandi dans la guerre civile du Liban; conférencière très en demande, elle s’est adressée à des auditoires à travers la planète. Récipiendaire de nombreux prix dont les Nations Unies, les Mercuriades, le RFAQ, le Women’s Economic Forum de New Delhi, etc. elle a été hissée au rang des 100 femmes les plus influentes au Canada, des 75 Grands Immigrants et des 20 Personnalités de la Diversité du Québec.
Dean A. Connor was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer, Sun Life on December 1, 2011, and is a member of the company’s Board of Directors.
Dean joined Sun Life in 2006 and held a series of roles prior to his current appointment, including head of Sun Life’s Canadian Operations, and Chief Operating Officer. Dean joined Sun Life following 28 years at Mercer Human Resource Consulting, where he rose to be President for the Americas.
Dean serves on the Board of the Business Council of Canada, as a Trustee for the University Health Network in Toronto, and as a member of the Ivey Advisory Board and the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council. He also Chaired the 2017 United Way campaign for Toronto and York Region, and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s ‘Making Incredible Happen’ campaign.
Dean is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. He holds an Honours Business Administration (HBA) from the Ivey School of Business at Western University. Dean was named Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year for 2017® and Ivey’s Business Leader of the Year for 2018.
Since 2017, Chiara Corazza has been the Managing Director of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, the world's leading platform that brings together some of the most outstanding leaders, men and women, from around the world. Headquartered in Paris with global influence, the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society is a do-tank, promoting women’s leadership and initiatives all around the world not only on gender issues but on topics that concern the whole of humanity.
In 2018, she created a Strategic Committee, comprised of international key players accelerating the Women’s Forum ambition and launched the Daring Circles, cross-industry working groups dedicated to bringing the added value of women on crucial topics such as STEM, AI, climate change, access to health and business.
In 2019, following the G7, Chiara Corazza was given the mission by the French government to provide a national action plan to foster the attractiveness of STEM for girls and women and prepare them to the jobs of the future. Her proposals will contribute to the French law for women’s economic empowerment, and beyond.
From 2002 to 2017, Chiara Corazza has been the Managing Director of the Greater Paris Investment Agency (GPIA), in charge of attracting foreign investors to the Greater Paris Region and enhancing its attractiveness by mobilizing political and economic decision makers. Under this framework, she was the “Economic Ambassador” of the French Capital Region. She elaborated investment strategies, launching international road shows abroad with large companies, and organized global forums in Paris and worldwide. She was also a pioneer in conducting regular global benchmark studies that became a reference worldwide, and organized impactful task forces. The success of the “Grand Paris” economic development project has always been at the core of Chiara Corazza’s activities.
From 1999 to 2002, Chiara Corazza has been Director of International Affairs of Paris 2008, in charge of promoting the Paris bid for the 2008 Olympic Games.
From 1985 to 1999, Chiara Corazza initiated and implemented the international affairs policy at the Greater Paris Region, specializing in government affairs, urban management and education. At first (1985-1992), Chiara Corazza has been appointed the Special Counselor for International Affairs to the President of the Greater Paris Region. In this position, she launched Metropolis, the first association of large metropoles. Later in 1992, she created the International Affairs Direction in the Greater Paris Region that she managed until 1999.
During these 15 years, Chiara Corazza negotiated, and successfully achieved economic bilateral cooperation agreements with Capital Regions. The first were Beijing and Montreal in 1987, followed by Tokyo, Mexico, Buenos Aires, Moscow, Warsaw, Budapest, Hanoi, New Delhi, Madrid, Santiago, Johannesburg, Beirut, Dakar, among others. In 1993, she founded a unique Solidarity Fund, to put in place cooperation in Mali, Mauritania and Madagascar. In 1994, she launched the Greater Paris Region Representation in Brussels and initiated a network uniting Europe’s Capital Regions in order to successfully obtain European funds in dedicated sectors. In 1995, she also created the Agency for International Investments in the Greater Paris Region.
Prior to her arrival in France, between 1980 and 1984, Chiara Corazza was an international political and economic journalist at Il Globo in Rome. She started her career at 17 years old, teaching German at the French Lycée in Rome and writing in the Daily American.
Since 2010, Chiara Corazza is member of the AIWF Board (Arab International Women’s Forum). She also served as an independent member of the Board of Directors of APRIL insurance company (2011-2019) and as a representative of the economic sector on the Board of the RATP (2012-2019).
Member of the French Foreign Trade Advisors, Chiara Corazza is also the French Representative to the G20 Business Women Leader Taskforce. In 2019, she has been nominated as one of the top 100 women who changed the world by D La Repubblica.
Chiara Corazza is a British-Italian dual citizen. She holds a degree with honors in Political Science from the University of Rome La Sapienza. She is married to Professor Bernard Poujade and she has two adult children. She speaks Italian, French, German, English and Spanish fluently.
Chiara Corazza was awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur by Minister Christine Lagarde in 2009 and Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia by President Sergio Mattarella in 2015.
Depuis 2017, Chiara Corazza est la directrice générale du Women's Forum for the Economy & Society, la plus importante plateforme mondiale qui rassemble certains des plus grands dirigeants, hommes et femmes, du monde entier. Le Women's Forum for the Economy & Society, dont le siège se trouve à Paris et qui exerce une influence mondiale, est un "do-tank" qui promeut le leadership et les initiatives des femmes dans le monde entier, non seulement sur les questions de genre mais aussi sur des sujets qui concernent l'humanité entière.
En 2018, elle a créé un comité stratégique, composé de personnalités internationales de premier plan qui ont accéléré l'ambition du Women's Forum et lancé les "Daring Circles", des groupes de travail intersectoriels destinés à apporter la valeur ajoutée des femmes sur des sujets cruciaux tels que les STEM, l'IA, le changement climatique, l'accès à la santé et les entreprises.
En 2019, à la suite du G7, Chiara Corazza a été mandatée par le gouvernement français pour fournir un plan d'action national visant à favoriser l'attractivité des STEM pour les filles et les femmes et à les préparer aux emplois de l'avenir. Ses propositions contribueront à la loi française pour l'émancipation économique des femmes, et bien plus encore.
De 2002 à 2017, Chiara Corazza a été la directrice générale du Greater Paris Investment Agency (GPIA), chargée d'attirer les investisseurs étrangers en Ile-de-France et de renforcer son attractivité en mobilisant les décideurs politiques et économiques. Dans ce cadre, elle a été "l'ambassadrice économique" de la région capitale française. Elle a élaboré des stratégies d'investissement, lancé des roadshows internationaux à l'étranger avec de grandes entreprises, et organisé des forums mondiaux à Paris et dans le monde. Elle a également été une pionnière dans la réalisation régulière d'études comparatives mondiales qui sont devenues une référence dans le monde entier, et a organisé des groupes de travail à fort impact. La réussite du projet de développement économique du "Grand Paris" a toujours été au cœur des activités de Chiara Corazza.
De 1999 à 2002, Chiara Corazza a été directrice des affaires internationales de Paris 2008, chargée de promouvoir la candidature de Paris aux Jeux olympiques de 2008.
De 1985 à 1999, Chiara Corazza a initié et mis en œuvre la politique des affaires internationales de l'Ile-de-France, en se spécialisant dans les affaires gouvernementales, la gestion urbaine et l'éducation. Dans un premier temps (1985-1992), Chiara Corazza a été nommée conseillère spéciale pour les affaires internationales auprès du président de la région Ile-de-France. À ce poste, elle a lancé Metropolis, la première association de grandes métropoles. Plus tard, en 1992, elle a créé la Direction des affaires internationales de la région parisienne qu'elle a dirigée jusqu'en 1999.
Pendant ces 15 années, Chiara Corazza a négocié et obtenu avec succès des accords de coopération économique bilatéraux avec les régions capitales. Les premiers furent Pékin et Montréal en 1987, suivis de Tokyo, Mexico, Buenos Aires, Moscou, Varsovie, Budapest, Hanoi, New Delhi, Madrid, Santiago, Johannesburg, Beyrouth et Dakar, entre autres. En 1993, elle a fondé un Fonds de solidarité unique, pour mettre en place une coopération au Mali, en Mauritanie et à Madagascar. En 1994, elle a lancé la Représentation de l'Ile-de-France à Bruxelles et a initié un réseau unissant les régions capitales de l'Europe afin de réussir à obtenir des fonds européens dans des secteurs dédiés. En 1995, elle a également créé l'Agence pour les investissements internationaux en Ile-de-France.
Avant son arrivée en France, entre 1980 et 1984, Chiara Corazza était journaliste politique et économique internationale au journal Il Globo à Rome. Elle a commencé sa carrière à 17 ans, en enseignant l'allemand au Lycée français de Rome et en écrivant dans le Daily American.
Depuis 2010, Chiara Corazza est membre du conseil d'administration de l'AIWF (Arab International Women's Forum). Elle a également été membre indépendant du conseil d'administration de la compagnie d'assurance APRIL (2011-2019) et représentante du secteur économique au conseil d'administration de la RATP (2012-2019).
Membre des Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur de la France, Chiara Corazza est également la représentante de la France au sein du Business Women Leader Taskforce du G20. En 2019, elle a été désignée comme l'une des 100 femmes qui ont changé le monde par D La Repubblica.
Chiara Corazza a la double nationalité britannique et italienne. Elle est diplômé avec distinction en sciences politiques de l'Université de Rome La Sapienza. Elle est mariée au professeur Bernard Poujade et elle a deux enfants adultes. Elle parle couramment l'italien, le français, l'allemand, l'anglais et l'espagnol.
Chiara Corazza a été nommée Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur par la ministre Christine Lagarde en 2009 et Ufficiale dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia par le président Sergio Mattarella en 2015.
Guy Cormier has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group since April 2016. Desjardins is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and sixth in the world, with assets of over $248 billion. It is one of the 20 largest employers in the country, supported by the skills of its 47,000 employees and the commitment of more than 5,000 elected officers. Drawing on the strength of its caisse network in Quebec and Ontario and its subsidiaries across Canada, Desjardins Group offers a full range of financial products and services to its millions of members and clients. Desjardins specializes in wealth management, life and health insurance, property and casualty insurance, personal services, and business and institutional services.
Mr. Cormier has been with Desjardins since 1992, and was General Manager of several caisses in the network. He was Vice-President of Cooperative Network Finance from 2009 to 2012, before being appointed Vice-President of Cooperative Network, in 2012, and then Senior Vice-President of Cooperative Network and Personal Services in 2013.
Mr. Cormier has always encouraged audacity, agility and innovation to improve the experience of members and clients. Under his leadership, the organization's AccèsD Services earned their 11th Customer Operations Performance Center (COPC) certification, making Desjardins the only financial institution in the world to hold the certification that long. It was also under Mr. Cormier that new innovative technology-focused service centres were launched, earning several awards internationally.
In 2014, he was invited to give lectures and take part in round tables for events organized by the World Health Organization and the International Summit of Cooperative.
In 2013, the Quebec MBA Association recognized Mr. Cormier as one of 40 Quebecers with a major influence on business in the province.
Neil Cunningham is President and Chief Executive Officer at the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). Prior to this appointment, Mr. Cunningham acted as Senior Vice President, Global Head of Real Estate and Natural Resources at PSP Investments.
With over 35 years of experience, Mr. Cunningham has deep industry knowledge and expertise in the real estate and financial industries.
Mr. Cunningham joined PSP Investments in 2004 and was instrumental in building the Real Estate group into one of the largest, most respected and successful institutional investment teams in the world. He also led the team responsible for Natural Resources’ success in investing globally and establishing relationships with best-in-class local operators. Mr. Cunningham was responsible for leading and implementing the organization’s transformative workplace strategy. He was also a key contributor to the diversity awareness and inclusion initiatives and the development of a common corporate culture of collaboration and teamwork. He served on the Senior Management Committee, the Management Risk and Investment Committee, as well as the Talent Committee.
Prior to joining PSP Investments, Mr. Cunningham worked in various roles in the finance industry with Merrill Lynch Real Estate Finance Group, Brazos (Hudson) Advisors Canada, National Bank of Canada and Coopers & Lybrand. He also served as Chair of the Board at Revera Inc. Mr. Cunningham holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University and is a Chartered Accountant.
Wim D'Hondt is a Partner with Roland Berger's Montreal office in Canada. He has 20+ years of experience in the Telecom, Media and High Tech sector and is actively involved in a wide range of strategic industry initiatives (telecom, digital economy, utilities, private equity, and automotive) and in a wide range of functional topics, from procurement to digital transformation.
Prior to Roland Berger, he was a Partner at a leading IIOT consultancy and strategy consultancy where he worked on diverse initiatives around growth strategy, technology-enabled transformations, venture-capital investing, strategic alliances, and M&A best practices.
A graduate of the MBA program at the University of British Columbia, Wim holds an M.Sc in Telecommunications from the University of Darmstadt (Germany) and an M.Sc in Electronics from the University of Ghent (Belgium).
Aubrey Dan is the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of EmpowerPharm Inc., the first wholly Canadian-owned pharmaceutical manufacturer and producer in decades. The company is currently developing the first-of-its-kind prescription synthetic CBD tablets to treat anxiety.
Aubrey has over 15 years of industry experience, including serving as a former pharmaceutical executive at Novopharm Ltd. and President of Wampole Canada Inc. Additionally, Aubrey is a Canadian businessman, philanthropist as well as a Tony-Award® winning producer (MEMPHIS) who is also the principal of the Dancap Family Investment Office www.dancap.ca.
He received an honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree (honoris causa) from Assumption University in 2008 and from Western University in 2019.
He also received a Professional Achievement Award in 2015 from Western University. He is a Governor at Tel Aviv University, sits on the board of Avivagen. Aubrey received the Order of Canada in 2019.
Jan De Silva is President and CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, one of the largest and most influential business organizations in North America. She is spearheading efforts to make Toronto one of the most competitive and sought-after business regions in the world.
Jan brings to the role more than 14 years of international CEO experience building ambitious, high-growth organizations. Anchored in her leadership is her belief in the power of economic development to lift communities.
Prior to joining the Board, she served as CEO of Sun Life Financial’s Hong Kong and Mainland China businesses and co-founded and later sold Retail China Limited. Jan also served as Dean of Ivey Asia for Ivey Business School of Western University.
Highly respected for her business advocacy and government engagement, Jan has been Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Chair of the Canada China Business Council in Beijing and served on the Board of the Asian Corporate Governance Association. In 2019, she was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to represent Canada on the APEC Business Advisory Council. Jan also sits on the boards of Intact Financial Corporation, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange; and, Blue Umbrella Limited, a global compliance technology company headquartered in Hong Kong.
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G. Anton Decker, MBBCh, is president of International at Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit, academic health system. With a workforce of 70,000, Mayo Clinic earns $14 billion in annual revenue while caring for more than 1.2 million patients each year from all 50 states and more than 140 countries.
Prior to returning to Mayo Clinic in 2019, Dr. Decker was president of Health Innovation for Bon Secours Mercy Health, an $8 billion net revenue international health system with 48 hospitals and 60,000 staff. He also served as chief clinical officer for Mercy Health, president of Mercy Health Physicians, chief medical officer and board chair for Banner Medical Group, and board chair for Banner Health Network.
Dr. Decker, a gastroenterologist, has authored more than 60 peerreviewed papers and has been an invited speaker at numerous institutions and meetings, most with a focus on health care economics. He is the chair of the American Gastroenterological Association Practice Management and Economics Committee.
Born in South Africa, Dr. Decker completed medical school at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and trained at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science as a resident and fellow. He also earned a master’s degree in health administration.
Having worked in four countries, Dr. Decker brings a global perspective to collaboration with people from all backgrounds and experiences.
Dr. Diokno is the current Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). He finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines (1968), and earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration (1970) and Economics (1974) from the same university. He also holds a Master of Arts in Political Economy (1976) from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA and a Ph.D. in Economics (1981) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, USA.
Prior to his appointment as BSP Governor, he served as Budget Secretary from 2016 to 2019. On his third tour of duty at the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), he pursued an expansionary fiscal policy to finance investments in human capital development and public infrastructure.
His policy expertise and research contribution extend to various areas of public economics, such as the structure and scope of government, tax policies and reforms, public expenditure management analysis, fiscal decentralization, national budget and public debt among other topics. He has extensive experience in implementing reforms at the public sector, having also served as Budget Undersecretary from 1986 to 1991 and Budget Secretary from 1998 to 2001.
He is Professor Emeritus of the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Over more than 40 years, he taught the following courses: Public Sector Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Development Economics and Special Topics (e.g., Public Enterprises Investment and Pricing Policies; Public Sector Reforms; Local Government Finance, etc.). He was also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (City University of Manila).
He served as Fiscal Adviser to the Philippine Senate. He also served as Chairman and CEO of the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) and Chairman of the Local Water Utilities Administration.
Some of the major policy reform contributions of Dr. Diokno include: providing technical assistance to the 1986 Tax Reform Program to simplify the income tax system and introduce the value-added tax, helping design the 1991 Local Government Code of the Philippines, initiating a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get policy to streamline the release of funds, sponsoring the internationally-lauded Government Procurement Reform Act to modernize, regulate, and standardize government procurement activities in the Philippines.
He served as an adviser and consultant to various multilateral agencies like the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Commission, and USAID for work in the Philippines, China and transitioning economies like Vietnam, Cambodia, and Mongolia.
He has also participated in numerous international conferences hosted by the IMF, ADB, World Bank, APEC, UN among other international organizations. Beyond this, he has authored numerous publications and discussion papers regarding his research interests that have been published in academic journals and policy reports.
- Tremendous breadth of experience –built, supervised or managed virtually every business in the financial industry
- Unparalleled geographic experience –worked more than a decade in each of the North American, European and Asian regions
- Consistent record of success in every business he built or managed
- Managed through the Global Financial Crisis in 2008 and was recognized as one of the top performers through the crisis –one of the few firms not to take any government money during the crisis
- Post crisis in 2009, Credit Suisse won virtually every “Bank of the Year” award
- Never had a losing quarter in businesses he managed, with the exception of 4Q2008 when Credit Suisse did dramatically better than any other firm
- In 1990, Brady was one of 15 people who moved from Bankers Trust to Credit Suisse to build from scratch the Credit Suisse Financial Products which went from nothing to a $1Bn bottom line and one of the leading derivatives businesses in the world within 3 years
- In 1996, Brady built Credit Suisse’s Equity business from a money loser to $1Bn in profitability within 2 years. Built the best equity business in the industry with modern systematic trading, prime brokerage, automated execution and derivatives capabilities –the template for what other competitors would become
- Post financial crisis, led Credit Suisse as the leader in innovating in response to the regulatory and market environment with compensation structures (“toxic assets” for employees – perceived as the most responsible compensation structure of the crisis), regulatory capital structures (first issuer of contingent convertible bond – they said it couldn’t be done), and successful restructuring of businesses in response to regulatory changes
A trusted executive in both the public and private sectors, Morgan has a solid reputation and track record for being a diplomatically persuasive advocate on business issues. He has extensive experience managing highly sensitive and complex issues, protecting and growing company revenues, navigating dynamics within family-controlled companies, as well appearing in front of legislative & regulatory authorities.
After more than a decade of working with senior Cabinet Ministers in the Canadian government and prior to joining Huawei, Morgan held executive roles at major media and telecommunications companies such as BlackBerry, Shaw Communications, and Cisco Systems.
He currently is a Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a board member of the Canada-China Business Council. Morgan has also served on a number of other Boards including, Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), and the Information & Technology Association of Canada, and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
Morgan holds an MBA from Queens University, a Masters of Public Administration from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Windsor.
Luke Ellis is Chief Executive Officer of Man Group, a global active investment firm. Man Group has five investment engines (Man AHL, Man Numeric, Man GLG, Man FRM and Man GPM), which manage USD 108.3 billion (as at 30 June, 2020) in a range of liquid and private markets. With a central objective to deliver alpha for clients through time, Man Group provides a wide range of alternative and long-only portfolio solutions for its client base.
As CEO, Luke leads the firm’s Executive Committee, working with teams across investment, distribution, technology and infrastructure, while seeking to deliver the right outcomes for clients and positioning Man Group to adapt to opportunities as markets evolve.
He is also the Deputy Chairman of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI), and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Greenhouse Sports.
Luke joined Man Group in 2010 and was previously President of the firm, responsible for management across investment engines. Prior to this, he was Chairman of Man GLG’s Multi-Manager activities and was Managing Director of Man FRM from 1998 to 2008.
Luke was previously a Managing Director at JPMorgan in London and Global Head of the firm’s Equity Derivatives and Equity Proprietary Trading businesses.
He holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Economics from Bristol University.
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.
Heidi Fillmore is the Global Vice President and Leader for Mobile and Extended Reality for IBM Global Business Services. She is an appointed member of the IBM Industry Academy which is a select community through which IBM's most eminent and innovative industry visionaries can shape global industry agendas, capitalize on multi-industry collaboration to be essential partners to our clients, and cultivate future industry leaders.
Heidi has a deep industry background in aviation and has spent more than 20 years in management consulting, emerging tech, experience design and digital transformation. She has received the Best of IBM award multiple times which recognizes the top 500 employees worldwide for IBM.
Heidi loves music, audio books, gaming and hiking – in that order. She and her family live north of Montreal in Canada with two witless dogs and the world’s most contrary cat.
Dave leads Crisis24's (formerly NYA) pre-incident consulting Americas team responsible for the delivery of a range of complex investigational support with regulatory compliance and other implications, security risk management, travel management, business continuity/resilience, and crisis management capability development.
Prior to joining Crisis24, Dave was the CSO for Irving Oil, an international privately-owned energy company where he was responsible for intelligence-led risk mitigation strategies, and the development and implementation of global security guidelines, procedures, and policies. He responded to a wide range of incidents and developed prevention strategies to reduce internal and external corporate exposure for financial, asset, operational, liability, regulatory, personal, and reputational risk.
This followed a 27-year career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), where he led serious criminal, financial (money laundering, frauds, Ponzi schemes, breach of trust, corruption of foreign officials) and internet/cyber facilitated crimes investigations. In 2012 Dave was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for exemplary service leading a national internet-facilitated investigation into sexual exploitation of children – Project Salvo.
Dave has fulfilled security and emergency preparedness, crisis response and resilience leadership roles in both the Incident Management (IMT) and Crisis Management Teams (CMT) during several high-profile international protected persons, security and catastrophic events that required decisive decision-making and strong leadership.
Dave is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the ASIS – CSO Center, and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) technical committee establishing security management standards for petroleum and natural gas industry systems.
Ms. Freeland was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre in July, 2013. She was elected as Member of Parliament for University—Rosedale in October, 2015 and re-elected in October, 2019.
From 2015 to 2017, Ms. Freeland served as Canada's Minister of International Trade, overseeing the successful negotiation of Canada's free trade agreement with the European Union, CETA. From January, 2017 to November, 2019, she served as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. During this time, she was a leading advocate for democracy, human rights, and multilateralism around the world.
As Foreign Minister, she led and successfully concluded the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
In November, 2019, Ms. Freeland was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. In this capacity, she led Canada’s united response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She was appointed Minister of Finance in August, 2020.
An esteemed journalist and author, the Deputy Prime Minister was born in Peace River, Alberta. She was educated at Harvard University before continuing her studies on a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford.
After launching her career in journalism as a Ukraine-based freelance correspondent for the Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist, Ms. Freeland went on to various roles at the Financial Times of London. She then served as deputy editor of the Toronto-based Globe and Mail between 1999 and 2001, before returning to the Financial Times as deputy editor and then as United States managing editor.
In 2010, she 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 in 2013.
Ms. Freeland 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 has been an international best-seller and won the Lionel Gelber Prize and National Business Book Award.
In 2018, the Deputy Prime Minister was recognized as Foreign Policy's Diplomat of the Year. She was also awarded the Eric M. Warburg Award by Atlantik-Brücke, for her achievements in strengthening transatlantic ties. In 2020, she was awarded Freedom House’s Mark Palmer Prize, in recognition of her years of work in championing democracy and human rights.
Ms. Freeland speaks Russian, Ukrainian, Italian, French, and English. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three children.
Marcie Frost joined CalPERS as chief executive officer (CEO) in October 2016. She is the ninth CEO and second woman to head America's largest pension fund. As CEO, Marcie oversees an annual budget of $1.8 billion, an experienced team of 2,800 professionals, and three lines of business for the fund: pensions, health benefits, and investments.
CalPERS administers a defined benefit retirement system for more than 1.9 million California public sector workers and their families. It is the nation's second-largest purchaser of health care benefits, covering more than 1.5 million lives. CalPERS' global investment portfolios stand at roughly $400 billion.
Under Marcie's leadership, CalPERS is focused on maximizing long-term investment returns to meet the fund's fiduciary responsibility to members and leverage the fund's global strength to drive sustainable markets. CalPERS is a founding member of Climate Action 100+, an initiative with 360 signatories and $34 trillion in assets under management, working cooperatively to ensure the world's largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters take necessary action to address climate change. Marcie has also been appointed as a Guardian for the Council for Inclusive Capitalism at the Vatican and serves on the United Nations Global Investors for Sustainable Development Alliance.
Prior to joining CalPERS, Marcie spent 30 years as a public servant in Washington state. Her early leadership roles were in human resources with an emphasis on employee benefit programs and information technology. She later was named executive director of the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, where she demonstrated strong leadership and innovation, an emphasis on customer satisfaction, and team collaboration.
In 2013 Marcie was named cabinet lead by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee for the Results Washington performance and accountability system, where she served as an early creator and architect for the platform that tracks goals and progress in education, the state's economy, sustainable energy, healthy and safe communities, and efficient government.
Marcie served on the Washington State Investment Board as an ex-officio voting member for four years and served as its chair until she joined CalPERS. The board manages more than $120 billion in assets for 17 retirement plans.
Marcie has also served as chair of the Pension Funding Council, responsible for setting economic assumptions and pension contribution rates for the state's pension plans; was a member of the Technology Services Board in Washington that oversees the state's IT projects with a measurable focus on business alignment, security, open data, transparency, and mobility goals; and was a voting member of the Washington State Legislature's Select Committee on Pension Policy.
Marcie represents the United States on the International Centre for Pension Management Board of Directors.
Michael Fullan, (OC) is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto. He is co-leader of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning global initiative (www.npdl.global). Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, he advises policymakers, local leaders, and school communities in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children’s learning. He served as Premier Dalton’s Special Policy Adviser in Ontario from 2003-2013. Fullan received the Order of Canada (OC) in December 2012. He holds five honorary doctorates from universities around the world.
Fullan is a prolific award-winning author whose books have been published in many languages. For Leading in a Culture of Change he received the 2002 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward—a book that he revised and updated as a Second Edition to appear in January 2020. Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan’s book, Professional Capital received the Grawemeyer Award in 2015.
Fullan’s latest books are: Coherence: Putting the right drivers in action (with Joanne Quinn); Deep Learning: Engage the World Change the World; Dive into Deep Learning: Tools for Engagement (with Quinn, McEachen, Gardner, & Drummy), Surreal Change (autobiography), Core Governance (with Davis Campbell), Nuance: Why Some Leaders Succeed and others Fail, and The devil is in the details: System solutions for equity, excellence , and well-being with Mary Jean Gallagher).
For more information on books, articles, videos, podcasts please go to www.michaefullan.ca.; @MichaelFullan1.
After his Masters in Social and Solidarity Economy Management at the University of Maine in Le Mans, Jean Philippe was responsible for development in an audiovisual agency specializing in the themes of sustainable development and corporate CSR approaches. After 3 years of development, he oriented himself as a network facilitator in a federation with strong general interest where he contributed to the coordination of training for business leaders. His last experience before joining the CCO team was developing incubators in Paris as Deputy Director.
Agent principal et Coordinateur projet réactivation économique, Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario
Après son Master en Management de l’économie sociale et solidaire à l'Université du Maine au Mans, Jean Philippe a été responsable de développement dans une agence audiovisuelle spécialisée sur les thématiques du développement durable et des démarches RSE des entreprises. Après 3 ans de développement, il s'est orienté en tant qu’animateur réseau dans une fédération à fort intérêt général ou il a contribué à la coordination de formations pour les dirigeants d'entreprises. Sa dernière expérience avant de rejoindre l'équipe de la CCO a été le développement d’incubateurs à Paris en tant que Directeur adjoint.
Tom Gann is the Chief Public Policy Officer at McAfee. In this capacity, he manages the U.S. and international advocacy activities and partners with the public relations team to help position McAfee as an industry leader in capitals around the world.
Prior to joining McAfee, Gann managed cyber security policy, government relations, alliances, product marketing, and sales functions at Intel, Sun Microsystems, Siebel Systems, and Digimarc. He started his career on Capitol Hill, working as a legislative director and chief of staff to Congressman Tom Campbell.
Gann has an MS in Management from the London Business School and a BA, with distinction, from Stanford University.
A partner in the litigation group in Toronto, Moya’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial litigation, professional liability, and infrastructure and construction disputes.
In addition to a variety of commercial disputes, clients turn to Moya for her experience and knowledge on cases involving allegations of breach of fiduciary and other employment duties and misuse of confidential information claims. She also focuses on infrastructure litigation, including bid/tender, fairness and procurement processes. Clients in the infrastructure and construction industries will benefit from her ability to provide real time strategic litigation risk management advice on a variety of procurement law.
Moya has both a trial and appellate practice. She has appeared before all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and has been counsel in private arbitrations involving issues of professional negligence and commercial disputes.
Emma Graney covers energy from The Globe and Mail’s Calgary bureau. She landed in Alberta as provincial affairs reporter for the Edmonton Journal, where she hosted the weekly Press Gallery podcast about Alberta politics and was part of the team that won a National Newspaper Award for Fort McMurray wildfire coverage. She has also reported in Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, the U.K., Indonesia and her native Australia, and investigated artificial intelligence in China as an Asia Pacific Foundation media fellow. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.
Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill is one of Canada's leading physicians in digital health innovation and the cofounder CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Careteam Technologies, the digital health platform solving the fragmentation of healthcare that was the recipient of the Canadian Medical Associations' Joule Innovation Award.
After having implemented health innovation at scale and practiced medicine in Quebec, Ontario and BC, she now leads and advises Canada's most promising technology companies. Dr. Greenhill's work has received many recognitions, including Startup Canada’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, YWCA Woman of Distinction - Entrepreneurship, WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, BIV Top 40 under 40 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal of Service.
Michael E. Hansen became CEO of Cengage, a global education and technology company, in September of 2012.
Under Mr. Hansen’s leadership, Cengage has transformed from a print publisher to a company which today is creating some of the most highly rated digital learning products and platforms. Cengage serves learners of all ages, building confidence and momentum, driving measurable success and workplace readiness. In FY 2016, digital unit sales outpaced print textbook sales, a significant milestone for Cengage.
Cengage and McGraw-Hill recently announced plans to merge, and Mr. Hansen is the CEO-designate of the new organization which will be formed when the deal closes.
Mr. Hansen has built a strong reputation for transforming businesses across many media and information sectors. Prior to joining Cengage, he served as CEO of Elsevier Health Sciences. During his tenure, he developed and implemented a successful print-to-digital transition and accelerated the development of new user-focused products. As President and CEO of Harcourt Assessment, Mr. Hansen turned an unprofitable testing business into a growing and highly profitable enterprise. Mr. Hansen has built a strong reputation for achieving results through a rapid strategic assessment, relentless focus on measurable execution, and a keen emphasis on cultural change which drives sustainability.
Earlier in his career Mr. Hansen served as Executive Vice President of Operational Excellence at Bertelsmann leading the portfolio transformation of this $20B global media company. Mr. Hansen spent the first 11 years of his career with the Boston Consulting Group in New York, ultimately becoming Partner and Co-Chairman of the e-Business and Media Practice.
Mr. Hansen is currently a Board Member of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), and on the Advisory Board of ProPublica. Mr. Hansen holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Bonn in Germany and an MBA from Columbia University in New York. He lives with his wife and three sons in New York City.
Judith Hartmann is EVP & CFO of ENGIE since 2015. She is also responsible for steering ENGIE publicly listed subsidiaries (supervision of GTT and coordination with Suez).
She serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of UNILEVER.
Judith has extensive international experience as financial and operational manager in both services and industry.
She started her career in 1993 by joining the Transport Department of the Canadian government in Ottawa. Between 1995 and 1997, she was a Research Analyst at the WU Vienna University of Business Administration & Economics. In 1997, she joined the Finance department of the Walt Disney Company in France.
In 2000, she joined GE where she held various positions in the course of a 12-year period: in France for GE Healthcare Europe, at the headquarter of GE Healthcare in the USA, in 2004 CFO for Global Service GE Healthcare Clinical Systems, in 2007 CFO of GE Water EMEA, based in Belgium then Austria. Appointed in Brazil as CFO of GE Healthcare Latin America in 2009, she later became its CEO. Finally, in 2011, she became CFO of GE Germany.
From 2012, she served as CFO and member of the Executive Board of the Bertelsmann Group in Germany and as non-executive director of the RTL Group, Director of the Board of Penguin Random House LLC and Gruner & Jahr AG & Co KG.
In 2015, she was appointed EVP and CFO of ENGIE. In 2016, she took over the additional responsibility to steer ENGIE operations in the UK and North America.
Judith Hartmann holds a master’s degree in International Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Economics from the WU Vienna University of Business Administration & Economics.
Linda Hasenfratz, BSc'89, MBA'97, is a Canadian businesswoman, innovator, and Chief Executive Officer of Linamar Corporation headquartered in Guelph, Ontario.
Upon joining her father's company, Linamar Corporation, a global manufacturing company, in 1990, Hasenfratz worked her way from Machine Operator all the way up to General Manager, experiencing all aspects of the business, including running a machine, engineering, and operations management. Now
acting as Chief Executive Officer, she has grown the company from an $800 million enterprise to nearly an $8 billion company. The growth of Linamar under Hasenfratz has been important to Canada's economy with the creation of over 28,000 jobs.
Hasenfratz was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame in May of 2016 and has been named one of the Automotive News 100 Leading Women in 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015. Hasenfratz was announced as the Canadian Chair of the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders in February 2017. She has been recognized for her contributions to Canadian business through many leadership awards such as The Ivey School of Business' Ivey Business Leader Award, and Ernst & Young's National Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Canada in 2014.
In 2018, she was named Canada's Outstanding CEO and was made a member of the Order of Canada.
Today, Linamar Corp. operates 60 manufacturing locations and eight research and development centres in 17 countries around the world.
Eduard Hechler has served as the Director of International Affairs in Frankfurt since 2007. His responsibilities include, Foreign and European Affairs, Partner Cities Relations, the Consular Corps Liaison Office and International Networks.
Mr. Hechler began his career with the City of Frankfurt am Main in 1976. He has served in a variety of roles, including at the Frankfurt Opera and Theatre and the Frankfurt Tourism Board.
In 2002, Mr. Hechler was promoted to Head of Sister Cities Affairs and Deputy Head of Protocol and, in 2004, he joined the newly established International Affairs Unit in the Mayor's Office.
With over twenty years of experience, he has directed corporate investigations and security consulting assignments in Latin America and the United States. The investigative matters include large-scale internal fraud and public corruption investigations, product protection, litigation support, due diligence, and hostile takeovers. As a security expert, he has designed the security for international airports, seaports, and complex multijurisdictional distribution networks.
Before joining BRG, Mr. Holder was the chief executive officer of Holder International, which was acquired by FTI in 2007. Before founding Holder International, he was the president of Kroll Inc.’s Consulting Services Group, responsible for operations in more than thirty-five countries. Prior to that, he was the head of Kroll’s Latin America and Caribbean region. Before joining Kroll, he was the president of Holder Associates in Buenos Aires, a risk mitigation and business intelligence firm.
Mr. Holder began his career with the US Air Force as a political-military analyst for the US embassy in Argentina and as a special agent for the Office of Special Investigations at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, with responsibilities in areas including counterintelligence and force protection.
Mr. Holder is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He is an accomplished public speaker with numerous presentations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Brazil on a broad range of topics such as money laundering, risk management, homeland security, and operational risk. He has written articles on similar topics for US and Latin American newspapers and professional journals. He has taught courses in political science and law on the Inter-American system at the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires. He is the author of two books: Narcotics Trafficking: A Constructed Typology of the Deviant Market of Illicit Drugs (1997) and Integrity in Business: Developing Ethical Behavior across Cultures and Jurisdictions (2013).
Mr. Holder holds a PhD and an MA in political science from the Universidad de Belgrano in Argentina and is a summa cum laude graduate of the US Air Force Academy. He won the Airman’s Medal for valor for his actions in the aftermath of the AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Blake has recently been named the President and Chief Executive Officer of OMERS (effective June 1st, 2020), one of Canada’s largest Pension Plans with over $110 billion of equity. Prior to that Blake was the President and Chief Pension Officer of OMERS and prior to that their Chief Investment Officer of Real Estate and Platform Investments. He was also President & CEO of Oxford Properties Group from 2010 to 2018 where he was responsible for overseeing the global business, consisting of approximately $60 billion of assets under management and 2,200 employees in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia. Prior to that he was based in New York as the Head of Global Real Estate Investing for a multi-strategy private equity firm, with offices in New York, London, Hong Kong and Mumbai. Prior to that, he was the Chairman & President of CB Richard Ellis Canada (1999 - 2008) & Latin America (2001 – 2008) overseeing all operations in multiple countries with over 2,500 employees. Mr. Hutcheson has also served on several Boards and Committees including: Director of Algoma Central Corporation (listed on the TSE); Chair of REALpac (2019 – 2020), Director of both Alpine Canada and Canadian Sports Hall of Game, Governor of Upper Canada College, Member of the Toronto Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing 2015; Chair of Build Toronto (2010 – 2012); Member of the Premier’s Transit Advisory Panel (2013); Chair of the Mayor of Toronto’s Fiscal Advisory Committee (2008); President of the University Club of Toronto; Director of RealNet Canada; and Chair of the Canadian Real Estate Forum (2005 and 2016). He is also the recipient of the ICONS of the Industry Award through BOMA, Ottawa and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Columbia University Masters Real Estate Development Program. Since 2013 he has often been named to the Power 100 Most Influential Real Estate Executives in New York City. Mr. Hutcheson is a long-time member of YPO and WPO and was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, the London School of Economics, England (with distinction), and has an MSc in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, New York. He is married and has two children.
Hassan Jarrar is one of the most prominent banking leaders in the GCC region with more than 30 years of international, regional and local banking experience. Prior to joining Bahrain Islamic Bank in 2015 as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jarrar held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank, Bahrain. Mr. Jarrar’s diverse career in Banking includes extensive experience in retail, SME, and corporate banking in the Middle East and the US. Regionally, he served as Head of Corporate and SME Banking at Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, and Head of Corporate Banking at Mashreq Bank, Abu Dhabi. Internationally, he has over a decade of experience in key management positions in leading banking institutions in the USA, namely Security Pacific Bank, and Bank of America. He serves on several boards including:
He has been voted as Best Banking CEO in Bahrain-2019 and Among the top 50 CEOs in the GCC. Mr Jarrar holds a BSc in Finance from California State University, San Jose.
Aruna Jayanthi is the Managing Director, Asia Pacific and Latin America Business Unit, Capgemini. She is also a Member of the Group Executive Committee.
Prior to this, Aruna was Head of Capgemini’s Business Services, a global strategic business unit of over 26,000 people that delivers enhanced operational agility and accelerated transformation of business processes to reimagine our clients’ operations for the digital age. She was responsible for the SBU’s evolution towards increased adoption of intelligent automation, platforms, and “as-a-service” models, continuing our journey as a global market leader in business services.
As CEO of Capgemini India from 2011–2015, Aruna managed the operations of all business units covering consulting, technology, and outsourcing services to support the Group’s growth agenda and strengthen India’s position as an industrialization and innovation hub. During this time, there was a significant increase in Indian integration, performance, and capabilities, with headcount rising from 32,000 to 85,000. Aruna has also served as chair of the country board for Capgemini Sweden since 2014 – 2018.
Philippe Jetté was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Inc. and of Cogeco Communications Inc. in September 2018.
Mr. Jetté was previously President of Cogeco Peer 1 as of October 2015. Before that, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Cogeco Communications Inc. starting in 2013 and served as the Company’s Vice President, Chief Technology Officer from 2011 to 2013.
With more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Jetté combines practical technological know-how, mastery of complex network engineering, years of strategic planning, and experience in development, marketing and sales with an extensive knowledge of the market.
Prior to joining Cogeco, Mr. Jetté was President, PJCS Inc. between 2008 and 2011. He served as Vice President, Wireless Data Solutions, Bell Canada between 2006 and 2008, as well as General Manager, Enterprise Marketing between 2005 and 2006 and Director, Wireless Technology between 2000 and 2005 for Bell Mobility.
Mr. Jetté holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from École Polytechnique (Montréal) where he acts as a Governor of the Alumni Association.
Pradnya Joshi, or P.J. Joshi, is the editor in charge of the Trade and Agriculture teams at POLITICO. She supervises news coverage of government policies on exports, food, farming, international trade, sanctions and related issues.
Before joining Politico in 2017, she worked for The New York Times for 10 years at its New York headquarters. She served in various capacities including assistant business editor for digital news, news editor for DealBook, deputy night editor and copy editor.
Before turning to editing, P.J. was a reporter for 12 years, starting out at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She worked for nine years at Newsday, where she covered various metro and business beats including Wall Street, New York state politics and economic development/real estate.
She graduated with a master’s in journalism and a bachelor’s in journalism and international studies from Northwestern University.
Kunal Kapoor, CFA, is chief executive officer of Morningstar. Before assuming his current role in 2017, he served as president, responsible for product development and innovation, sales and marketing, and driving strategic prioritization across the firm.
Since joining Morningstar in 1997 as a data analyst, Kapoor has held a variety of roles at the firm, including leadership positions in research and innovation. He served as director of mutual fund research and was part of the team that launched Morningstar Investment Services, Inc., before moving on to other roles including director of business strategy for international operations, and later, president and chief investment officer of Morningstar Investment Services. During his tenure, he has also led Morningstar.com and the firm’s data business as well as its global products and client solutions group.
Kapoor holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental policy from Monmouth College and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago, and served on the board of PitchBook, a private firm that provides a comprehensive private equity and venture capital database, prior to its acquisition by Morningstar in late 2016. Kapoor is also a member of the board of trustees of The Nature Conservancy in Illinois. In 2010, Crain’s Chicago Business named him to its annual 40 Under 40 class, a list that includes professionals from a variety of industries who are contributing to Chicago’s business, civic, and philanthropic landscape.
Ranndy Kellogg is the president and CEO of OMRON Healthcare, Inc., a world leader in personal heart health and wellness technology with a North American headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois. Prior to being named to his current position in April 2016, Ranndy held positions in marketing and sales at the company and, as COO, led the initiative to transform OMRON into a more digitally-focused company. Responsible for operations across the U.S., Canada and Latin America, Ranndy spearheads OMRON’s bold mission of Going for Zero – the effort to eliminate heart attack and stroke. The commitment to Going for Zero is reflected in OMRON’s focus on groundbreaking technologies that encourage and enable heart healthy behaviors and sharing of data to improve health outcomes.
Under Ranndy’s leadership, OMRON launched the first wearable blood pressure monitor, HeartGuide, and the first blood pressure monitor with EKG capability for home use, Complete.
OMRON collaborates with like-minded partners like AliveCor, Inc., a leader in cardiac care technology and intelligence, for which Ranndy serves as a member of the board of directors. Ranndy is also on the board of HealthCorps, a non-profit founded by Dr. Mehmet and Lisa Oz, which promotes health and wellness in our nation’s youth.
Rear Admiral Nancy Knight, MD is the Director of the Division of Global Health Protection (DGHP) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role, Rear Admiral Knight leads a team of CDC experts in protecting Americans and people around the world from public health threats.
Prior to joining DGHP in 2017, Rear Admiral Knight spent more than 10 years in Africa, leading CDC’s largest programmatic and financial portfolios. Rear Admiral Knight’s career at CDC started in 2006, where she served in Nigeria as CDC’s Assistant Director for Clinical Programs for PEPFAR and then in 2008 as the CDC Country Director. From 2010-2012, Rear Admiral Knight served in Kenya as the Program Director for CDC’s Division of Global HIV and TB. In 2012, she became CDC’s Country Director in South Africa, leading CDC’s HIV response in the country with the largest epidemic globally.
Throughout her international career, Rear Admiral Knight led the development, coordination, and implementation of key public health policies and programs. She has extensive experience advancing public health priorities through her leadership and close collaboration with government officials and partners.
Rear Admiral Knight began her career with the U.S. government in 2001 at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), where she held various roles in the Bureau of Health Professions from 2001-2003. Rear Admiral Knight’s work at HRSA focused on improving the quality of primary care medical education and services in the United States. From 2003-2006, Rear Admiral Knight was a Ready Responder in the National Health Service Corps. In this role, she worked in public health at the local government level based in the City of Cincinnati Health Department, where she provided primary healthcare services and worked on several response teams that were responsible for local and regional disaster planning and coordination.
Rear Admiral Knight received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Psychology from Washington University. She attended the University Of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with Honors. She completed her residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, and she is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Prior to medical school, Rear Admiral Knight served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho, where she worked as a secondary school science teacher.
Hannah Kuchler writes about pharmaceuticals, biotech, healthcare and health tech for the Financial Times. She is currently reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic, from how hospitals are coping, to the race for a vaccine. She has worked for the FT for over eleven years in the US, Europe and Asia. For five years, she was based in Silicon Valley writing about how technology companies are changing the world.
Ms. Silvia La Ferla is currently the Head of City to City Cooperation within the Foreign Affairs Department – Mayor’s Office of the City of Milan. She coordinates International Cooperation projects, specifically in Africa, Asia, Middle-East and Eastern Europe, along with major local and foreign stakeholders (local authorities, universities and research centres, public and private companies). Projects focus on the following themes: sustainable urban development, food security, migration and development, education to global citizenship). Moreover, she is in charge of international relations, bilateral city to city cooperation dealing with high-level institutional and technical delegations.
Previously, she has worked for the Province of Milan (10 years experience) promoting initiatives and programs aimed at boosting innovation and local economic development. Moreover, she has wide experience in the management of EU funded projects.
Ms. La Ferla holds a Degree in Political Sciences – International Relations and a Post-graduate Master in European Project Management.
Mr. Laframboise is a bilingual senior executive with over 40 years of experience in the corporate sector. After working for 29 years for the Caisses populaires de l'Ontario, he became President and CEO of Your Credit Union in Ottawa, a position he held until his retirement in October 2013.
He has a strong background in leadership, team building, strategic planning, business development and organizational restructuring. Fully involved in his community, he has served as Chair of the Board of the Montfort Hospital Foundation, as well as on the boards of Ficanex, Hydro Ottawa, the Fédération des caisses populaires de l'Ontario and many other organizations at the provincial, regional and national levels.
M. Laframboise est un cadre supérieur bilingue, comptant plus de 40 ans d’expérience au sein du mouvement corporatif. Après avoir travaillé pendant 29 ans pour les Caisses populaires de l’Ontario, il est devenu président et chef de la direction de Your Credit Union à Ottawa, poste qu’il a occupé jusqu’à sa retraite en octobre 2013.
Il apporte avec lui de solides connaissances en leadership, en constitution d’équipes, en planification stratégique, en expansion des affaires, en restructuration organisationnelle. Pleinement engagé dans sa communauté, il a notamment présidé le conseil de la Fondation de l’Hôpital Montfort, a siégé au conseil de l’Hôpital Montfort ainsi qu’aux conseils de Ficanex, d’Hydro Ottawa, de la Fédération des caisses populaires de l’Ontario et de nombreuses autres organisations au niveau provincial, régional et national.
Miranda is a litigation partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and the Retail Sector Lead in the firm’s national Retail and Consumer Markets Group. A skilled litigator, Miranda resolves complex disputes and is a highly regarded trusted business advisor to private and public enterprises. Miranda is also the chair of the firm’s National Gender Equality Action Group, as part of the firm’s Inclusion Now priority.
Miranda’s practice focuses on contractual claims, economic torts, securities litigation, shareholder remedies, corporate governance, internal investigations, as well as internet and e-commerce issues and defamation. Miranda also has extensive experience working with retailers and consumer-facing businesses on consumer protection, supply chain and related strategic and operational issues. She has also advised on a number of procurement mandates, for owners and proponents. Miranda looks at problems holistically to address not only the dispute but also, where possible, the underlying issues.
Miranda is recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the area of General Commercial Litigation in independent publications such as Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada, and Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys. She is also ranked in Chambers Canada as a noted practitioner in retail. In 2019, market research firm Acritas identified Miranda as a “Stand-out Lawyer”. In 2018, she was named to Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50 List of the City’s Most Influential People. She has been identified as a Leading Lawyer under 40 by Lexpert (2017), “Best 40 Under 40” Lawyer by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (2015), and recognized as one of Business in Vancouver’s “Forty Under 40” in 2013. She is a frequent speaker on legal topics, including dispute resolution, the retail sector and diversity and inclusion.
Since joining Export Development Canada in 2014, Mairead Lavery has put values and ethics at the center of her leadership approach. Appointed President and CEO on February 5, 2019, Mairead set out three pillars for her leadership: Champion for Trade; Environmental, Social and Governance Responsibility; and Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. These values are the centerpiece of her – and EDC’s – business agenda.
Under her direction, EDC has pursued ambitious objectives, achieving unprecedented growth, and helping more Canadian companies do business in 200 markets around the world, while generating over $100 billion in trade and investment annually. In 2020, EDC became a major contributor to the Federal government’s COVID-19 economic response, helping deliver billions of dollars in liquidity to companies across Canada.
EDC also stands as the single largest financier of Canadian cleantech, a proud supporter of women-owned and women-led businesses, and regularly ranks among Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Mairead is also the Board Chair for the EDC subsidiary, FinDev Canada, Canada’s international development finance institution.
Prior to joining EDC, Mairead held executive roles at Bombardier, where she managed a range of large complex portfolios over a sixteen-year career. She is a native of Northern Ireland, has a degree in Management and Accounting from Queen’s University Belfast, and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. She is also the first woman to occupy EDC’s chief executive role in its 75-plus year history.
In 2015, Mairead experienced another very proud milestone: becoming a Canadian citizen.
Sonia LeBel is a lawyer who rose to prominence as chief prosecutor for the Charbonneau Commission, attracting widespread public interest for her incisive and combative questioning but also for her sense of humour. She considers the fight against collusion and corruption to be an important cause.
Sonia LeBel graduated from Université de Montréal with a Bachelor's degree in law and went on to work for over twenty years for the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, specializing in criminal law, drugs offences and organized crime. She was a member of the committee on the illegal practice of law at the Montréal Bar for fifteen years.
Sonia LeBel began working for the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) in 2017 as associate chief of staff to François Legault. In October 2018 she was elected as the Member for the riding of Champlain under the CAQ banner, and appointed as Minister of Justice and Minister Responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie. She was also Minister responsible for the Status of Women from October 2018 to January 2019, and Minister Responsible for Democratic Institutions, Electoral Reform and Access to Information from September 2019 to August 2020. In June 2020, she is appointed Minister Responsible for Government Administration and Chair of the Treasury Board.
Avocate de profession, Sonia LeBel a fait un passage remarqué comme procureure en chef à la Commission Charbonneau, où elle s’est fait connaître du grand public pour sa rigueur et sa combativité, mais aussi pour son sens de l’humour. La lutte contre la collusion et la corruption est une cause importante pour elle.
Bachelière en droit de l’Université de Montréal, Mme LeBel a travaillé pendant plus de d’une vingtaine d’années au Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales (DPCP), où elle s’est spécialisée en droit criminel et en infractions reliées aux stupéfiants et au crime organisé. Elle a été aussi membre du comité des infractions du Barreau de Montréal pendant une quinzaine d’années.
Sonia LeBel s’est jointe à la CAQ en 2017 à titre de directrice de cabinet adjointe auprès de François Legault. En octobre 2018, elle est élue députée de la circonscription de Champlain sous la bannière de la Coalition Avenir Québec et nommée ministre de la Justice et responsable des Relations canadiennes et de la Francophonie. Elle a également été ministre responsable de la Condition féminine d’octobre 2018 à janvier 2019, et ministre responsable des Institutions démocratiques, de la Réforme électorale et de l’Accès à l’information de septembre 2019 à août 2020. En juin 2020, lors d’un remaniement ministériel, elle est nommée ministre responsable de l’Administration gouvernementale et présidente du Conseil du trésor.
Stephen Lecce is the Minister of Education for the Province of Ontario and the Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for King-Vaughan. As Minister, Stephen is fighting for student success and is working to build an education system that is equipped to support our next generation. It is his mission to ensure that students are given every opportunity to develop the transferable skills needed to lead productive lives and secure good jobs. Stephen stands for an inclusive and equitable system of education and believes that our future as a province and as a country, depends on unlocking the potential of all youth.
Stephen’s experience in politics began in his home town of Vaughan where he was involved with the 1999 election of the late MPP Al Palladini. Since then, he has served as the Chief Spokesperson for former Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, as Deputy Government House Leader, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier.
Stephen is a community leader, who has devoted over half his life to public service. He continues to give back and support his local community as MPP, and as the former First Vice President of the National Congress of Italian Canadians, an active member of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce and former Youth Education Chair of Vaughan’s Royal Canadian Legion (Mackenzie Branch 414).
Stephen lives in Vaughan, where he grew up, and remains active in his community.
Mr. Lemierre is a graduate of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris and the École Nationale d’Administration; he also has a law degree.
Mr. Lemierre held various positions at the French tax authority, including as Head of the fiscal legislation department and Director-General of Taxes. He was then appointed as Cabinet Director at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance before becoming Director of the French Treasury in October 1995. Between 2000 and 2008, he was President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He became an advisor to the Chairman of BNP Paribas in 2008 and has been Chairman of BNP Paribas since December 1, 2014.
During his career, Mr. Lemierre has also been a member of the European Monetary Committee (1995-1998), Chairman of the European Union Economic and Financial Committee (1999-2000) and Chairman of the Paris Club (1999-2000). He then became a member of the International Advisory Council of China Investment Corporation (CIC) and the International Advisory Council of China Development Bank (CDB). He is currently Chairman of the Centre d’Etudes Prospectives et d’Informations Internationales (CEPII), and a member of the Institute of International Finance (IIF).
Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group from 2008 to 2016, Monique F. Leroux is the President of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the founder and Chair of the International Summit of Cooperatives.
She is also Chair of the Board of Investissement Québec, Chair of the Quebec Economic and Innovation Council, appointed by the Quebec Government in 2016 and a member of The Canada-U.S. Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, created in February 2017.
She is also chair of the Board of Governors of the Society for the Celebrations of Montreal’s 375th anniversary and Metropolis 2017. She serves as an independent Board member of global companies such as Bell (BCE), Couche-tard (ATD), Michelin (ML-France), Crédit Mutuel/CIC as well as S&P Global.
Ms. Leroux is a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec and a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur. She also holds honorary doctorates and awards from eight Canadian universities.
As Senior Associate Deputy Minister (Climate Change) from June 2016 to January 2017, Dr. Lucas led ECCC activities in support of the development and adoption of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
Before joining ECCC, Dr. Lucas was Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Plans and Consultations and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Privy Council Office. From 2013 to 2014, he was Assistant Secretary, Economic and Regional Development Policy, at the Privy Council Office.
As Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Policy Integration at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) from 2009 to 2013, he was responsible for strategic policy development related to energy, mineral and forest resources, climate change and clean energy and international and intergovernmental relations. Prior to that, from 2007 to 2009, he was Assistant Deputy Minister, Minerals and Metals Sector, at NRCan, where he provided leadership on innovation, green mining and corporate social responsibility.
Dr. Lucas was a Director General in the Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) at Health Canada from 2003 to 2007, Senior Director at NRCan for Science, Innovation, Regional and Aboriginal Affairs from 2000 to 2003, and Director of Policy Planning and Coordination in the Earth Sciences Sector at NRCan from 1998 to 2000.
Dr. Lucas started his career as a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada in 1988. He has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geological Engineering from Queen's University and a Ph.D. in structural geology and tectonics from Brown University.
Before joining the Department, Dr. Lucas served as Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) since January 2017.
Steve Lucas joined iCIMS in 2020 as the chief executive officer, bringing 25 years of extensive leadership experience in enterprise software. Lucas is leading the vision and plans for iCIMS into its next phase of growth with product innovation and strategic acquisitions. He is focused on solidifying iCIMS’ position as the world’s leading talent cloud company that touches the lives of 30 million workers across the globe.
As a customer-centric leader, Lucas is elevating the company’s commitment to enhancing its AI-driven talent acquisition platform that integrates with leading HCM systems, enabling iCIMS’ 2+ million global users to scale their companies with more power and fewer barriers. He is leading the vision and strategic plans for iCIMS as it continuously innovates and develops solutions that empower companies across the globe to build their winning workforce, transform their business, and in turn, transform the world.
Lucas brings expertise in building strong workforces from his senior executive roles at global enterprise software organizations including Adobe, Marketo, SAP, Salesforce.com, and BusinessObjects.com. During his tenure as CEO of Marketo, he led a multi-year product expansion and growth strategy resulting in the acquisition of the company by Adobe in 2018, making it the largest acquisition in Adobe’s history.
As a type 1 diabetic, he dedicates much of his time to raising awareness, education and funds for the illness. He has served on the board of the American Diabetes Association and frequently volunteers with the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, where he speaks with type 1 diabetic youth about managing their diabetes and overcoming obstacles. He is also a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. Under his leadership, he has implemented corporate programs and strategies aimed at addressing inequities in the workplace. Lucas firmly believes that a leader’s number one priority should be building a winning, more inclusive workforce.
Lucas holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Colorado, is a published author and serves on multiple philanthropic and education boards.
Stephen Lund is a dynamic leader and expert in economic and business development with over 30 years of experience in banking, venture capital, and international finance.
As CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) for over a decade, he consistently surpassed targets, assisted in the revitalization of Halifax’s downtown core, and played a key role in the province being named by fDi Intelligence as the best-performing region in North America in attracting inward investment. Prior to his NSBI tenure, Stephen was Vice-President of one of Canada’s largest venture capital firms and a corporate banker with Canadian and international banks.
From 2015-2020 Stephen was the CEO of Opportunities NB (ONB), the lead business development organization for New Brunswick, and Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Small Business. Under Stephen’s leadership, ONB consistently exceeded its targets, had among the best results in Canada, and produced the best results in the province in over 20 years. ONB was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top Employers for three years in a row and one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures in 2018.
Under Stephen’s leadership, ONB established CyberNB, a dedicated team focused on advancing the cybersecurity sector and strengthening the province’s skilled workforce. With ONB and CyberNB’s leadership, New Brunswick has attracted national attention and secured major investments from global players such as Siemens, Bell Canada, and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, and worked to introduce cybersecurity/IT curriculum into the province’s K-12 education system.
Stephen has been recognized by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada five times in a row, was named one of the Top 500 most influential people in Financial Centres worldwide, and has been inducted into Atlantic Business Magazine’s CEO Hall of Fame. In recent months, he has participated as a judge at the Canadian FinTech & AI Awards, Accenture’s Healthcare Innovation Challenge, and Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO Awards.
Stephen earned a prestigious X ring from St. Francis Xavier University, holds an MBA from Queen’s University, obtained an ICD.D from the Institute of Corporate Directors, and completed executive-level studies at Harvard, University of Chicago and Queen’s University.
He is currently on the board of directors for the Conference Board of Canada and has served on boards for the IWK Children’s Health Centre and the QE2 Hospital Foundation, championed Junior Achievement, and was the inaugural Chair of the Heart & Stroke Hockey Heroes Fundraiser. Stephen has also participated in the World Triathlon Championships, the Boston Marathon, and the Canadian University Hockey Championships.
Stephen and his wife Sandy have two boys, Connor and Shaun, and a pug named Humphrey.
Dominic is Director of Human Resources for the Toronto, Red Oak and Wichita sites of Bombardier Aviation, a company he has been associated with for 20 years, the last 7 of which were spent in Toronto. He has been President of the Club canadien de Toronto, the Greater Toronto Area Francophone Chamber of Commerce, since 2018. He is also the developer and founding president of the Prix RelèveON, a competition to recognize and showcase Franco-Ontarians 40 years of age and under. A great defender of the economic Francophonie, he is currently working closely with several organizations working in economic development to establish a federation of Francophone business people in Ontario.
Dominic est directeur des Ressources humaines pour les sites de Toronto, Red Oak et Wichita de Bombardier Aviation, une compagnie à laquelle il est associée depuis 20 ans dont les 7 dernières à Toronto. Il est président du Club canadien de Toronto, la chambre de commerce francophone du grand Toronto, depuis 2018. Il est également le concepteur et président fondateur des Prix RelèveON, un concours visant à reconnaître et mettre en valeur les Franco-Ontariens de 40 ans et moins. Grand défenseur de la francophonie économique, il travaille présentement en étroite collaboration avec plusieurs organismes œuvrant en développement économique afin de mettre sur pied une fédération de gens d’affaires francophones en Ontario.
José Luis Manzano is an Argentine businessman with a deep understanding of Latin American public policy and global emerging markets. He possesses significant experience in the investment, media, energy and distress industries. He speaks frequently across the world on these issues.
Dr. Manzano founded the international firm Integra Capital, a private equity and merchant banking firm. Integra also provides services such as mergers and acquisitions, financial structuring, IPOs, due diligence procedures, debt and company restructuring, among others.
Dr. Manzano and his family are relevant shareholders of Phoenix Global Resources, a company engaged in the exploration and production of oil with activity in Argentina. PGR is listed on the London Stock Exchange, AIM Market, and the Stock Exchange of Buenos Aires, produces 10.000 barrels of oil per day and has more than 60 million barrels of proven reserves and 300 million barrels of unconventional resources. Dr Manzano is also a relevant investor in Interoil, an exploration and production company listed in Oslo stock exchange that produces 1600bopd in Colombia.
Dr. Manzano is the major shareholder of Integra Oil & Gas, an oil production company that produces 4000 bopd in Venezuela. He is also a major shareholder in Integra Gas Distribution in partnership with Mercuria Energy Trading. Integra Gas Distribution is a significant shareholder of Metrogas, the gas distribution company of Buenos Aires serving more than 10 million people. He is also a relevant shareholder of Edemsa, the distribution electricity company of the province of Mendoza, HIDROELECTRICA AMEGHINO, a hidroplant producing 60 megas and Altus, a winery producer of premium wines in Argentina.
In relation to the media industry, Dr. Manzano is a major shareholder of Grupo America, the second by size argentine media group he co-founded in 1996. The group owns TV stations, news channels, radios and newspapers, including America Tv, the national leader on live television, La Capital, the oldest newspaper of the country and El Cronista Comercial, the more prestigious business and finance newspaper of Argentina.
Prior to his business career, Mr. Manzano was active in the Peronist party where he was Secretary General. He served as majority leader in the lower house of Argentina’s National Congress from 1983 to 1991 and was appointed as Homeland Security Minister under President Carlos Menem.
Dr. Manzano is a relevant donor to several educational organizations and charities. Dr. Manzano is the President of Universidad de Congreso, where he is actively involved in academics and research activities. He has developed activities with the climate change organization of Novel Awards Al Gore and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is also active with the UK Argentinean Chamber of Commerce and the Cámara de Comercio Argentino Norteamericana. He is a sponsor of the Chinese House of Culture in Buenos Aires and was a member of the B20, the business group in support of the G20 Argentine presidency. Dr Manzano is a regular participant of the activities of the Council of The Americas and the Americas Society and is a member of the Energy Steering Committee of the Institute of The Americas.
Mr. Manzano received his Medical Doctorate and his Post Degree specialization in Occupational Health from the National University of Cuyo. He has been a Visiting Scholar at both Georgetown University and the University of California at San Diego. He has received an International Business Certificate and an International Finance Certificate from Georgetown University. He has received a diploma in leadership from Oxford University and lectured at prestigious universities in Argentina, Japan, Europe and the United States.
Lucas Martinez is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Talent.com. Lucas runs worldwide operations with offices in 6 countries including Medellin in Colombia with 100 people working in IT.
Talent.com went from having 40 Million visitors per month on its website to 80 Million in one year which makes it the third largest job search website in the planet behind giants, indeed.com and LinkedIn. Talent went from 125 employees one year ago to 300 by the end of the year in which 100 are based in Medellin. The company plans to double its size by the end of 2021.
David Masson is Darktrace’s Director of Enterprise Security, and has over two decades of experience working in fast moving security and intelligence environments in the UK, Canada and worldwide. With skills developed in the civilian, military and diplomatic worlds, he has been influential in the efficient and effective resolution of various unique national security issues. David is an operational solutions expert and has a solid reputation across the UK and Canada for delivery tailored to customer needs. At Darktrace, David advises strategic customers across North America and is also a regular contributor to major media outlets in Canada where he is based, included CBC and The Globe and Mail. He holds a master’s degree from Edinburgh University.
Zainul Mawji is a fearless and determined leader, who leverages her tenacity, passion and keen understanding of the industry to lead winning teams at TELUS. In her current role as President, Home Solutions, she spearheads the design and delivery of consumer products for residential, security, automation and health lines of business. Her experience and expertise in scaling
new technology is foundational to how she champions her team to drive innovative experiences and solutions, focused on improving the lives of Canadians.
Raised by entrepreneurs with strong community values, operationalizing innovative ideas and motivating her team to break new ground is part of
Zainul’s DNA. Her ability to detect market trends has directly resulted in exponential growth in TELUS’ ability to deliver more – and better – products and services in the home solutions space.
Over almost two decades at TELUS, she has held key positions in corporate development, marketing, IT, capital management, strategy and technology operations. In each of these roles, Zainul has been passionate about deploying new technology to achieve economic diversity and improved social outcomes. Outside of her day to day, Zainul calls the south side of Edmonton home and keeps busy with her husband, Ashif, and their two sons. The Mawji clan shares a strong desire to give back in the community and enjoys participating in TELUS Days of Giving as a family. Zainul also holds multiple community leadership roles, including Vice-chair of the TELUS Edmonton Community Board, Trustee for the Edmonton Public Library and national member for the Aga Khan Foundation for Canada.
As the inaugural CEO of Invest in Canada, Ian McKay is responsible for positioning Canada as a premier global investment destination. He oversees a team that facilitates investment deals across the country and accelerates large scale transformative investment projects.
Mr. McKay has led a distinguished career in the international financial markets in London, Tokyo and New York and as a political advisor. Most recently as CEO of the Vancouver Economic Commission, he worked tirelessly to accelerate the diversification of Vancouver’s economy and place it on the global investment map. He also served as Chair of the Consider Canada City Alliance, a network of Canada’s thirteen largest economic development agencies collaborating to promote Canada as an ideal destination for global trade and investment.
In January 2018, the Prime Minister appointed Mr. McKay as Special Envoy to assist with the ongoing negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Tokyo, Japan, resulting in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) being signed.
With significant executive leadership experience in both the private and public sectors enhanced by a strong understanding of economic development, Mr. McKay brings notable expertise to enhance global investment into Canada, offering far-reaching economic benefits for Canadians.
Fluent in Japanese, Mr. McKay studied Political Science and Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia and holds a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.
HENRI ELI MONCEAU was appointed Director of the Economic and Digital Francophonie (DFEN) by the Secretary General of the Francophonie, H.E. Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo, and the Administrator of the OIF, Ms. Catherine Cano, on December 9, 2019. He took up his new position on February 3, 2020.
From May 2017 until January 31, 2020, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie to the United Nations in Geneva and Vienna.
Previously, he held the responsibilities of :
- High Representative of the Governments of Wallonia and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Belgium) for Fundamental Rights, the Information Society and the Digital Economy (2014-2017). In this role, he headed the diplomatic representation of the French-speaking Belgian Governments to the United Nations in Geneva and all the specialized organizations;
- Director of Cabinet of the Vice-President of the Government of Wallonia and Minister of the Economy, New Technologies and Foreign Trade (2009-2014) ;
- Advisor for international relations to the Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade of Wallonia (2006-2009);
- Co-director of the "Multilateral Governance and Deliberative Democracy" program at the international foundation Notre Europe/Institut Jacques Delors (2004-2009);
- Director of Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Mobility and Transport of the Belgian Federal Government (1999-2003);
- Advisor to the European Commission (Socrates Program) (1996-1999);
- Project officer for youth and education policies within the Youth Forum of the European Union (1990-1996).
A specialist in creativity, innovation and digital governance issues, he notably developed and implemented the Creative Wallonia program, a pioneering public initiative aimed at fostering the development of a creative ecosystem on a territorial scale. He has also initiated or collaborated on numerous international projects in this field.
Within the Francophonie, he worked as Program and Scientific Coordinator of the second Forum mondial de la langue française (Liège, 2015) and as a member of the steering committee of the Francophone Innovation Network (FINNOV). In addition, he was the Sherpa for the Francophonie of the Minister of Higher Education of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Meetings of Francophone Ministers of Higher Education in Paris (2015) and Bamako (2016) - IDNeuf).
He holds a Master's degree in Public Affairs and International Relations from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and a Master's degree in Economics from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM). He also holds a degree in History from the University of Louvain and a certificate in Innovation Management from HEC Montréal.
Henri Eli Monceau was born on May 22, 1965. He is married and has three daughters.
HENRI ELI MONCEAU a été nommé Directeur de la Francophonie économique et numérique (DFEN) par la Secrétaire générale de la Francophonie, S.E. Mme Louise Mushikiwabo, et l’Administratrice de l’OIF, Mme Catherine Cano, le 9 décembre 2019. Il a pris ses nouvelles fonctions le 3 février 2020.
Il a assumé depuis mai 2017, jusqu’au 31 janvier 2020, la charge d’Ambassadeur et Représentant permanent de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie auprès des Nations Unies à Genève et à Vienne.
Précédemment, il a exercé les responsabilités de :
- Haut-Représentant des Gouvernements de la Wallonie et de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Belgique) pour les Droits fondamentaux, la Société de l’information et l’Economie numérique (2014-2017). A ce titre, il dirigeait la représentation diplomatique des Gouvernements belges francophones auprès des Nations Unies à Genève et de l’ensemble des organisations spécialisées ;
- Directeur de cabinet du Vice-Président du Gouvernement de la Wallonie et Ministre de l’Economie, des Nouvelles Technologies et du Commerce extérieur (2009-2014) ;
- Conseiller pour les relations internationales du Ministre de l’Economie et du Commerce extérieur de la Wallonie (2006-2009) ;
- Co-directeur du programme « Gouvernance multilatérale et démocratie délibérative » au sein de la fondation internationale Notre Europe/Institut Jacques Delors (2004-2009) ;
- Directeur de cabinet de la Vice-Première Ministre, Ministre de la Mobilité et des Transports du Gouvernement fédéral belge (1999-2003) ;
- Conseiller auprès de la Commission européenne (Programme Socrates) (1996-1999) ;
- Chargé de projet pour les politiques de jeunesse et d’éducation au sein du Forum jeunesse de l’Union européenne (1990-1996).
Spécialiste des questions de créativité, d’innovation et de gouvernance numérique, il a notamment conçu et mis en oeuvre le programme Creative Wallonia, pionnier en matière d’initiative publique visant à favoriser le développement d’un écosystème créatif à l’échelle d’un territoire. Il a également impulsé ou collaboré à de nombreux projets internationaux dans ce domaine.
Au sein de la Francophonie, il a oeuvré en tant que Coordinateur programmatique et scientifique du deuxième Forum mondial de la langue française (Liège, 2015) ainsi que comme membre du comité de pilotage du Réseau francophone de l’Innovation (FINNOV). Il a en outre été le sherpa pour la Francophonie du Ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Réunions des Ministres francophones de l’Enseignement supérieur de Paris (2015) et Bamako (2016) – IDNeuf).
Titulaire d’un Master en Affaires publiques et Relations internationales de l’Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne et d’un Master en Economie du Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM), il est également diplômé en histoire de l’Université de Louvain et détenteur d’un certificat en gestion de l’innovation de HEC Montréal.
Henri Eli Monceau est né le 22 mai 1965. Il est marié et père de trois filles.
Lucie Moncion, a Franco-Ontarian, was appointed to the Senate in November 2016 by The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a specialization in co-operative administration from Laurentian University in Sudbury and an MBA from Moncton University. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in the co-operative sector as well as a vast practical experience in the Franco-Ontarian communities. She holds a Chartered Director designation from both Laval University and McMaster University, and she is a member of Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors.
The first woman in Canada to be appointed as head of a caisse populaire federation, she was the President and Chief Executive Officer of L’Alliance des caisses populaires de l’Ontario for 16 years.
Among her many accomplishments, Senator Moncion was behind the creation of the Government of Ontario’s tripartite caucus on co-operatives and social finance. She was also the President and Chair of the Board of Cooperatives and Mutuals Canada and President of Le Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario.
Active on various corporate boards of directors, she has chaired the audit and governance committees of Groupe Média TFO; she was Vice-Chair of Nipissing University’s Board of Governors, Treasurer of the Direction Ontario Board of Directors, Chair of the Circuit Champlain and Coalition of Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires working groups, and a member of the Board of Directors at Collège Boréal.
Originally from Ottawa, Senator Moncion has a deep understanding of the province’s francophone minority, and an in-depth knowledge of Northern Ontario, its economy, business climate, needs and communities, and has recognized experience in the co-operatives and social entrepreneurship sector.
She has three children and three grandchildren, and she lives with her husband Yvon in North Bay, in Ontario.
Sénatrice Lucie Moncion BAA, MBA, ASC, C. Dir.
Après une brillante carrière de plus de 38 ans dans le secteur des institutions financières coopératives, dont les seize dernières à titre de Présidente et chef de la Direction, Lucie Moncion a été nommée à la Chambre Haute du Canada en novembre 2016 où elle représente la communauté francophone de l’Ontario, tout en concentrant ses énergies dans les secteurs des langues officielles, du secteur coopératif et de la régie interne du Sénat.
Cette Franco-ontarienne, originaire d’Ottawa, possède une compréhension avouée du milieu des minorités francophones de la province, une connaissance approfondie du Nord de l’Ontario, de son économie, de son milieu entrepreneurial et des besoins de ses communautés et une expertise reconnue du secteur des coopératives et de l’entrepreneuriat social.
Elle a à son actif plus de trente années d’expérience à titre de gestionnaire d’entreprises du secteur financier, plus de vingt-cinq années d’expérience dans le démarrage et le financement d’entreprises, plus de vingt années d’expérience à titre de membre de conseils d’administration de différents secteurs et plus de quinze années d’expérience à titre de présidente de conseils, de comités et de groupes de travail.
Born in St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba, Mariette Mulaire has served as President and CEO of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg since its official opening in April 2013. Prior to that, she was the President and CEO of ANIM since its inception in 2007, where her involvement in numerous economic development initiatives on behalf of Manitoba included spearheading the creation and hosting of Centrallia, the first international B2B forum of its kind in Western Canada. Her previous economic development experience includes ten years as Executive Director for the Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities (CDEM), and working with Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) and Canadian Heritage.
Mariette Mulaire’s participation in national associations and initiatives includes serving on the Boards of Directors of the Bank of Canada, the Canada-Israel Industrial Research Development Foundation (CIIRDF), Canada West Foundation and TV5, as well as the Advisory Board of the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). She was co-chair of the Canada Summer Games 2017 Host Society and spokesperson for Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, she was named one of the top 10 most influential Canadian Francophones by Francopresse.
Locally, Mariette Mulaire is an active member of organisations such as the Asper School of Business Associates Recruitment Committee. She was also the spokesperson for the 200th anniversary of Université de St. Boniface (2018).
She was awarded the Ordre des francophones d’Amérique in 2010, was the 2011 recipient of the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction award in the “Leadership” category, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. She was the 2015 recipient of the Award of Excellence – Promotion of Linguistic Duality from the Commissioner of Official languages. She received the Prix Riel and the Prix Maurice Gauthier in 2017 in recognition of her ongoing commitment to the promotion of linguistic duality in Manitoba and Canada.
Mariette Mulaire holds a national designation with the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM) as a Professional Manager, in management and administration, and earned the Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation from the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT).
Mariette Mulaire est la présidente-directrice générale du World Trade Centre Winnipeg, l’organisation principale en commerce international au Manitoba. Elle a mené une carrière dédiée au développement d’initiatives économiques et d’échanges commerciaux. Elle est la directrice fondatrice de trois organisations qui sont clés au développement économique manitobain. Mariette a récemment été nommée vice-présidente du conseil d’administration de la World Trade Centers Association ainsi que membre du conseil d’administration du Canada West Foundation. Elle est aussi membre du conseil d’administration de la Banque du Canada, et TV5 Canada-Québec. Elle joue un rôle de leader au sein de la communauté francophone au Manitoba, ainsi qu’à l’échelle nationale et internationale. Mariette a été décernée de nombreux prix à savoir de l’Ordre des francophones d’Amérique en 2010, la Médaille du jubilé de diamant de la reine Elizabeth II, le Prix d’excellence par le Commissariat aux langues officielles ainsi que les Prix Riel et Prix Maurice-Gauthier en 2017 en reconnaissance de son engagement dans la promotion de la dualité linguistique au Manitoba et au Canada.
Caroline Mulroney is Ontario’s Minister Francophone Affairs.
She was elected MPP for the riding of York-Simcoe in June 2018 and has since served as Minister of Francophone Affairs. Since June 2019, Ms. Mulroney is also Minister of Transportation; she was previously Attorney General of Ontario. The Ministry of Francophone Affairs is currently addressing the priority issue of economic development as a catalyst for the vitality of Ontario's Francophonie. This approach stems from the importance that Minister Mulroney places on the culture of entrepreneurship, the skilled bilingual workforce and the role of economic immigration in the contribution of the Francophonie to Ontario's economy as a whole.
Mulroney was the vice president of BloombergSen Investment Partners, a Toronto-based investment firm, where she managed client services, marketing and business development. Prior to that, Mulroney spearheaded corporate and regulatory matters related to growth opportunities in Canada and the United States for Wellington Financial LP.
Mulroney is a graduate of Harvard College and the NYU School of Law. After graduating from the NYU School of Law, Mulroney practiced law at Shearman & Sterling.
She co-founded the Shoebox Project for Shelters, a charitable organization that co-ordinates and delivers gifts to thousands of women and girls in shelters or facing homelessness.
Mulroney and her husband, Andrew Lapham, have four children.
Caroline Mulroney est ministre des Transports et ministre des Affaires francophones de l’Ontario.
Elle a été élue députée provinciale de la circonscription York-Simcoe en juin 2018 et elle occupe depuis le poste de ministre des Affaires francophones. Depuis juin 2019, madame Mulroney est également ministre des Transports ; elle était précédemment procureure générale de l’Ontario.
Le ministère des Affaires francophones se penche présentement au dossier prioritaire du développement économique comme catalyseur du dynamisme de la francophonie ontarienne. Cette approche relève de l’importance que la ministre Mulroney accorde à la culture de l’entrepreneuriat, à la main d’œuvre bilingue qualifiée et au rôle de l’immigration économique à l’apport de la francophonie à l’ensemble de l’économie ontarienne.
Mme Mulroney a été vice-présidente de BloombergSen Investment Partners, une société de placement de Toronto où elle était responsable du service aux clients, du marketing et du développement des affaires. Mme Mulroney a également géré les questions corporatives et réglementaires liées aux possibilités de croissance au Canada et aux États-Unis pour la firme Wellington Financial LP.
Mme Mulroney est diplômée du collège Harvard (Harvard College) et de l’École de droit de l’Université de New York (NYU School of Law). Après avoir obtenu son diplôme de l’Université de New York, Mme Mulroney a pratiqué le droit au sein du cabinet Shearman & Sterling.
Elle a cofondé l’Opération boîte à chaussures, un organisme de bienfaisance qui coordonne des dons et les distribue à des milliers de femmes et de filles dans des refuges ou sans-abri.
Caroline Mulroney et son mari, Andrew Lapham, ont quatre enfants.
Mr. Mussalli is Chief Investment Officer and Head of Research, Equity. He is responsible for oversight of the firm’s Dynamic, Stock Selector, and Diversified Arbitrage strategies, as well as the Equity team’s Data Infrastructure, Portfolio Construction, and Trading teams. He is also a member of the firm’s Investment, Operating, and Directors Committees.
As Chief Investment Officer and Head of Research, Equity, Mr. Mussalli directs innovative equity research used in the development of models used within PanAgora’s equity strategies. Prior to becoming Chief Investment Officer and Head of Research, Equity, Mr. Mussalli served as Head of PanAgora’s Stock Selector strategies. His work focuses on combining fundamental insights with sophisticated quantitative techniques to develop proprietary models designed to analyze companies across many dimensions. In addition to overseeing the management of the firm’s Stock Selector strategies, he has significantly contributed to the proprietary pool of equity research leveraged across the entire firm during his tenure. The research he has conducted also led to the founding of the firm’s Diversified Arbitrage hedge fund strategy in 2010.
Before joining PanAgora, he was a Portfolio Manager on the Putnam Investments Structured Equity team, where he was responsible for Structured Equity portfolios. He contributed to quantitative research and analysis that supported all equity strategies, including International and Global strategies.
Prior to joining Putnam, Mr. Mussalli worked as a Senior Investment Analyst at John Hancock Funds.
Mr. Mussalli is a CFA charterholder.
Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.B.A.
Tufts University, B.S.
Ms. Christine Nakamura is Vice-President at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada's Toronto office. From 1976 to 2011, she was employed in various capacities by the government of Canada in a number of departments including Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Department of Justice and most recently, Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.
She has served overseas in Japan and Korea and holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, where she majored in East Asian Studies.
Ms. Nakamura is a board member of the Japanese Canadian Culture Centre Foundation in Toronto, Vice-President of the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, board director of Operation Smile Canada and a member of the Advisory Council (Canada) for the Prince Takamado Japan Canada Memorial Fund.
Alison Nankivell is Vice President, Fund Investments and Global Scaling. Based in Toronto, she leads BDC Capital’s team of indirect investments – Canada’s largest venture fund investor, with investments in more than 60 funds and close to $1 billion in assets under management.
Bringing over 20 years of experience in the finance industry in Canada and Asia, Alison is also responsible for BDC Capital’s cross-border venture strategy, helping connect large corporates and investors in Asia with high potential Canadian companies and vice-versa.
Prior to her current position, Alison was assuming the role of Vice President, Global Scaling in Hong Kong, from where she was supporting BDC Capital’s highest potential investee companies to grow their business and investment partners in the Asia region.
Previously, she has served as Vice President, Funds and Co-Investments and also as Vice President, Venture Capital Action Plan (VCAP), role in which she was responsible for BDC Capital’s efforts as the key execution agent for the Government of Canada’s Venture Capital Action Plan.
Before joining BDC, she was Director, Funds Asia with Teachers’ Private Capital, the private investment arm of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Prior to this, she was Head of Funds at Export Development Canada (EDC), where she built out the Canadian and Asian private equity and venture capital fund investment platform for EDC’s Investments Team. During her 15 year tenure with EDC, Alison served in a number of financing and investment roles and spent seven years over two postings based in Beijing: First as Chief Representative for Greater China, and then as Principal and Head of Asia Fund Investments.
Alison also lived in Beijing and Hong Kong from 1990 to 1995, where she served as a China economic analyst and editor for the Economist Intelligence Unit. Fluent in Mandarin, she has worked as an independent economist undertaking consulting work for the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Development Program and CIDA in both Beijing and Ottawa.
Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce and Economics from the University of Toronto and a Master in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Allan is the CEO of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), which represents the political, clinical and economic interests of the provinces more than 41,000 physicians, residents and medical students. In this role, Allan is tasked with driving transformation and modernization in the 138-year-old organization.
Previously Allan was appointed the first Chief Investment Officer for the Province of Ontario, in which he led the creation of a customer-focused, cross-functional enterprise generating billions of dollars in new attraction and retention investment to the province.
As president and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for more than five years, Allan led the revitalization of Ontario's most influential business organization, which has 60,000 members in more than 135 communities. In doing so, he established the OCC as an influential thought leader and change agent, with an engaged membership and a sustained financial foundation.
Allan is an entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience in progressive leadership roles in the bio-pharmaceutical sector. Passionate in support of Canadian business and his community, Allan has served on numerous private and not-for-profit boards and committees, including serving as vice chair of the Markham Stouffville Hospital Board of Directors. Allan was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to his community and his philanthropic activities.
Toks Omishakin was appointed the 33rd Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) by Governor Gavin Newsom and sworn in October 2019. As Director, he manages a $15 billion budget and more than 21,000 employees who oversee 50,000 lane miles of highways, maintain 13,000 bridges, provide permitting of more than 400 public-use airports, fund three of Amtrak’s busiest intercity rail services and provide transit support to more than 200 local and regional transit agencies.
Omishakin’s transportation vision for California features a safe, sustainable and multimodal transportation system that builds on strong local partnerships. Transformative innovation will also be needed to achieve zero traffic-related deaths and reduce GHGs by 40% by 2030. All local communities must be heard and share in the benefits of Caltrans projects, and he encourages a Caltrans culture of innovation and taking intelligent risks.
He came to Caltrans following eight years with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). There, he successfully established environmental, multimodal and planning policies to make TDOT one of the best DOTs in the country.
As Deputy Commissioner for Environment and Planning, Director Omishakin was responsible for an administrative and project budget of more than $300 million annually. He also led the activities of the divisions of Environmental Services, Long-Range Planning, Multimodal Transportation Resources, and the Freight and Logistics Division.
Prior to that, he served as Director of Healthy Living Initiatives in the Nashville Mayor’s Office. In that capacity, he led development of Metro Nashville’s Complete Streets Policy and helped establish a more balanced approach to transportation planning and design. This included spearheading creation of two bicycle sharing programs.
In December 2019, Omishakin became Chair of the Active Transportation Council for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). This came after two years serving as committee vice chair and serving as chair of AASHTO’s Multimodal Task Force. He is also on the Board at America Walks and has advised the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis through its Transportation Council Board.
Born in Knoxville, Tenn., Omishakin and his wife have two children. He is completing a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Technology from Mississippi Valley State University.
Iliana Oris Valiente, CPA, CA, CBP (Certified Bitcoin Professional) is a Managing Director at Accenture where she oversees both the Canada Innovation Hub and the Canadian blockchain practice, working with clients to support their strategic transformation journeys leveraging the latest emerging technologies.
Iliana is widely credited for being a trailblazer in the blockchain industry, leading initiatives to conceptualize and build blockchain solutions across industries – focusing on financial services, supply chain, health and public sector. Iliana has strong views on how the network effects of this technology will impact multiple industry verticals, and how it will radically change many status quo business models. Most recently, she founded ColliderX, a non-profit blockchain research and development organization, where she also chairs the board of directors. Iliana is also a contributor to the Tapscott-led Blockchain Research Institute, an Associate at the Creative Destruction Lab, and on the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council for CPA Ontario.
Based in Toronto, Iliana graduated summa cum laude from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and is a certified public accountant and chartered accountant (CPA,CA).
Iliana a published author and sought-after speaker, having presented at a number of North American and European conferences and events. She has been featured in print and online media, radio and television outlets including CNBC, CBC, NPR, BetaKit, IT World Canada, American Banker, and was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People In the Blockchain Industry by Coindesk, the main news publication in the industry in 2017.
Sue is the CEO of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster, organizations from across come together to solve some of society’s and industry’s biggest challenges through Canadian made digital technologies. The Supercluster is speeding up cancer diagnoses so that patients get treatment faster; protecting fresh-water lakes, rivers and streams and using data to predict extreme weather events faster and better than ever before.
Prior to the Supercluster Sue led some of Canada’s foremost organizations. As the Managing Partner of Fasken, one of Canada’s leading law firms (2000 – 2006) Sue grew the firm from one office in BC to nine offices on three continents, as the CEO of Pharmasave, Canada’s largest chain of independent retail pharmacies (2006 – 2012) Sue helped to introduce industry leading technologies for online medication management and as the CEO of LifeLabs, Canada’s largest diagnostic lab (2012-2017), Sue led the introduction of online access to test results and pioneered the roll out of pre-natal genetic testing across Canada. In each of these roles Sue mobilized diverse teams to drive business growth, implement large-scale organizational change and develop and implement transformational technologies.
Sue also is the Chair of the Board of CORIX Group of Companies, and Canexia Health (previously Contextual Genomics), past Chair of the Business Council of British Columbia and a Director on the Board of Own the Podium. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Stemcell Technologies, the Expert Panel on Housing Supply and Affordability and the Government of Canada’s COVID 19 Supply Council.
Sue has been recognized for community and business leadership with awards including: Honorary Doctorate of Technology (BCIT), Queen’s Counsel, UBC Faculty of Law Distinguished Alumni, University of Victoria Distinguished Entrepreneur, YWCA Woman of Distinction, Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women – Hall of Fame, and the Influential Women in Business Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sue’s most cherished moments are those that she spends with her husband, three daughters and her granddaughter – especially if it involves hiking in BC’s wilderness!
Simon takes responsibility for Finastra’s strategic direction and growth. His leadership steers the company as it realizes its open platform vision, encouraging industry-wide collaboration to spark innovation and transform the next generation of financial services.
A firm believer in the principles of doing well by doing good, Simon chairs the World Trade Board and is passionate about how technology and open trade can drive financial inclusion and improve people’s lives.
An inspiring and trusted Fintech thought leader, Simon speaks regularly at large-scale events including the annual World Trade Symposium, Paris FinTech Forum and The Milken Asia Summit. He is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, with refreshing and candid views on equality in the workplace. He was also named in Bank Innovation’s ‘Innovators to Watch’ list for 2018.
Simon joined Finastra (formerly Misys) as President in 2015, was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2017 and became Chief Executive Officer in June 2018. He brings more than 20 years of sales, management and global leadership expertise to the company, having previously held the role of President, Industry Cloud, at SAP. Prior to that he was a senior consultant with McKinsey & Company.
He holds a degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the INSEAD Business School in France and a Bachelor’s degree in Business & European languages from the European Business School.
Amit Patel is an Internet veteran with more than 20 years of experience in digital marketing and e-commerce. As Chief Executive Officer of Rakuten Americas and its subsidiary Rakuten Rewards, he is responsible for developing, implementing, and integrating business strategies that will lead Rakuten Americas’ next phase of growth and cement its status as the world’s largest membership program.
Patel has held executive positions at Rakuten Rewards (formerly Ebates) since 2010 and was appointed its chief executive officer in 2017. In his first two years as CEO, Rakuten Rewards grew its revenue by 38%, the number of people buying through the site by 46%, and more than doubled its head count. Under his leadership the company completed several acquisitions, rebranded from Ebates to Rakuten, and became the nation’s leading membership program for connecting consumers with online retailers, travel companies and on-demand services.
Patel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computing and Management from Loughborough University of Technology in the UK.
Chris is an experienced strategy and communications professional from Canada with 15 years of experience in China. Fully bilingual (written/spoken) English and Chinese, Chris has built his career upon being a constructive bridge between different people, interests, and cultures.
Chris is President and CEO of the Canadian Ecosystem Institute, an organization providing market research, communications strategy and PR support to companies across Canada. Chris is also Co-Founder of Vancouver's preeminent networking and events organization, West Coast Opportunity Accelerator (WCOA) - Inspiring positive action through local opportunities in tech and business.
Chris pursued an MBA from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and is a passionate badminton player and chess player.
Gary has led CFEE since 1981 in efforts to improve economic, financial, and enterprising capability. Gary has developed school curriculum for a number of provinces and written a wide variety of resources including “Money and Youth” which has over 500,000 copies in circulation, “Canada’s Economy: What Path, What Future” for the Department of Finance, and “Money and Monetary Policy in Canada” with the Bank of Canada. He has served as a Director/Advisor to a variety of Canadian national organizations and government departments including the Canadian Bankers Association, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Federal Department of Finance, and the Bank of Canada. Gary was a member of the initial federal government National Steering Committee working with the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada to develop the National Financial Literacy Strategy for Canada. He has created a number of major financial literacy projects and programs including the “Building Futures” and “Talk With Our Kids About Money Day” programs. Gary is a member of financial literacy and education committees for the OECD (Paris) and CYFI (Amsterdam), and was a contributing author to the Guide to Developing an Excellent Financial Education Program that was circulated by the Asia Pacific Economic Community (APEC) to nations in the Asia-Pacific region.
Aliya Ramji is a partner of McCarthy Tétrault and co-founder of MT>Ventures, a wholly-owned division of the firm. Based in Toronto, Aliya is focused exclusively on start-ups, scale-ups and other fast-growth businesses. In addition to delivering tailored legal advice and other strategic value to high-potential businesses in the start-up or scale-up phase, Aliya regularly advises venture capital, angel and strategic investors, as well as parties looking to create strategic alliances or partnerships with founders or start-ups.
Prior to joining the Firm, Aliya was Senior Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs, at Figure1, a highly successful med-tech start-up for health care professionals. Aliya delivered diverse legal and business advice, supporting Figure1 through global expansion to more than 100 countries, various strategic alliances, multiple rounds of venture capital financing, and a host of privacy, data governance and complex regulatory matters.
Aliya is immersed in Canada’s vibrant start-up sector, with particularly deep roots with founders, investors, incubators and academic programs in Toronto, Waterloo, Ottawa and Hamilton. Aliya brings a rare blend of technical legal expertise and business acumen, always underscored by a highly practical and results-oriented mindset. She “speaks the language” of start-ups and has a proven track-record of helping founders and investors seize opportunities, navigate challenges and grow successful businesses.
Aliya presents frequently on a broad range of issues facing founders and the start-up community, and authors a popular advice column, “Ask Aliya”, for lawyers who are the first legal hire at their company. She also teaches Legal Aspects of International Business and Business Law at Ryerson University, and is a committed mentor to several founders and young lawyers, particularly women in start-ups. In 2016, Aliya was named one of the “Top 10 Thirty-Somethings” by the Association of Corporate Counsel and the "Young Alumni of Influence” by the University of Toronto, University College.
Aliya earned a J.D. from Queen’s University and a Masters in Law from NYU School of Law. She is called to the bar in Ontario and New York.
Reetika is an economist with over 10 years of experience in economic and strategic analysis integrated with econometric modelling, financial valuation and experimental research methods.
At Nordicity, Reetika works on quantitative models for public and private clients to determine the impact (commercial, economic, and social) of the significant projects, programs, and regulatory policies. She is also extensively engaged in Nordicity’s Spectrum Auction Strategy practice, assisting clients in understanding the spectrum auction models for competitive bidding and their optimal application under simulated and real scenarios.
Before joining Nordicity, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Delhi, India. Her research interests included Growth Accounting and Economic Valuation of environmental resources using applied economics and econometric techniques. Apart from research, she taught various advanced courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Environmental Economics and Development Economics. In 2016 and 2017, she received fellowships sponsored by the Dutch government, to assess the food security situation in regions of India and Ethiopia. During this time, she served on multi-cultural international committees with participants from EU, Africa, Middle East, and Asia.
Nicholas Rémillard, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA), is responsible for the direction and strategy of the IEFA’s four major economic events: the Conference of Montreal, the Toronto Global Forum, the World Strategic Forum and the Conference of Paris.
Since the organization’s inception over 25 years ago, Nicholas Rémillard has held a variety of management roles, ultimately serving as President and CEO from 2010. His contribution led to the rapid expansion of the organization where he launched the Toronto Global Forum and the Palm Beach Strategic Forum in 2007 and 2011, respectively. The latter event is now held in Miami under its new appellation: the World Strategic Forum. In addition to these North American conferences, the IEFA has also shifted towards Europe and will be hosting its fourth edition of the Conference of Paris in November 2020.
Beyond his role at the IEFA, Nicholas Rémillard also serves as Honorary Consul General of Iceland in Montreal.
Nicholas Rémillard holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa.
Michael W. Rencheck is President and Chief Executive Officer of Bruce Power. Bruce Power provides over 30% of the electricity for Ontario, Canada, and produces medical grade isotopes that sterilize about 40% of the worldwide once use medical devices and treat cancer. Bruce Power provides electricity from eight nuclear and wind energy facilities. We believe in our social responsibility and have award winning economic development and community betterment initiatives.
Over the last 36 years, Mike has served in a number of roles and prior to Bruce Power served as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for AREVA Group overseeing its extensive Global capital portfolio of nuclear and renewable projects. Prior to this, he served as President and CEO of AREVA Inc. in North America leading its diverse nuclear manufacturing and services business in Canada and the United States with a workforce of about 5,000 people.
Prior to joining AREVA, Mike was the Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer at American Electric Power (AEP). AEP is a major investor-owned electric utility in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states with 38,000 MWs of generation assets.
After joining AEP in 1998 as VP of Nuclear Engineering, Mike held various positions during his tenure, including Senior Vice President of Engineering, Projects and Field Services where he led an extensive capital expansion program and strategic initiatives; Senior VP of Engineering, Technical and Environmental Services; and President of AEP ProServ, a wholly-owned engineering and field services subsidiary responsible for major power generation projects and outage management.
Before joining AEP, Mike worked for Florida Power Corporation serving as Director, Nuclear Engineering and Projects for Crystal River Nuclear Station. Earlier in his career, Mike worked at Public Service Electric & Gas Company Salem Nuclear Generating Station as Director of System Engineering and Duquesne Light Company’s Beaver Valley Power Station.
In 2014, Mike was recognized by the National Safety Council for his leadership demonstrating a personal commitment to worker safety and health as part of “CEO’s who get it.” He was designated by the US Department of Energy as a STEM ambassador, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority.
He also has demonstrated a commitment to many organizations that make a difference in people’s lives including Habitat for Humanity and United Way.
He is a Professional Engineer and certified senior reactor operator and currently serves on the Advisory Council’s for several small modular reactor companies.
Jennifer Reynolds is the President & CEO of Toronto Finance International (TFI), a public private partnership whose mission is to promote and develop Toronto’s financial services sector, and to establish its prominence as a leading global financial centre.
Jennifer’s 20-year career in the financial services industry has included senior roles in investment banking, venture capital, and global risk management. Prior to joining TFI, Jennifer was the President & CEO of Women in Capital Markets (WCM), Canada’s largest industry association and advocacy group for women in the financial sector.
Jennifer is a Director on the Board of Citibank Canada, Director on the Board of BF&M Insurance Group Ltd, Director on the Board of the Canada Development Investment Corporation ("CDEV"), and a Director on the Board of Women’s College Hospital Foundation. Jennifer also serves on the Advisory Council for the Institute of Sustainable Finance, housed at Queen’s University. In 2015 and 2017, she was named a Women's Executive Network (WXN) Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.
Jennifer is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Women's Leadership program, and she received her MBA from McGill University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Economics and Political Science from McGill University. Jennifer also holds the Institute of Corporate Directors Designation, ICD.D..
Alex Rice is a founder of HackerOne and currently serve as its Chief Technical Officer. In this role, Alex is responsible for developing the HackerOne technology vision and product, driving engineering efforts, and counseling customers as they build world-class security programs. He previously founded the product security team at Facebook, where he built one of the industry’s most successful security programs and introduced new transport layer encryption used by more than a billion users. Alex also serves on the board of the Internet Bug Bounty, a nonprofit organization that enables and encourages friendly hackers to help build a more secure Internet.
Christiana Riley is responsible for the bank’s businesses in the Americas. She has been a member of the Management Board since Jan 1, 2020.
Christiana joined Deutsche Bank in 2006 where she was most recently Chief Financial Officer of the Corporate & Investment Bank. She previously spent nine years in Group Strategy & Planning, which she ran from 2011 to 2015. Prior to this Christiana worked at the management consultancy McKinsey & Company and at the investment bank Greenhill & Co.
Christiana graduated in 2000 from Princeton University in America where she studied Romance Languages, Literature and Linguistics. She also studied at London Business School in the UK, where she gained a Master of Business Administration in 2005.
Claudia Roessler is Director Agriculture in Microsoft Azure Global Engineering. She is responsible for developing strategic partnerships around Digital Innovation and Technology in the Agriculture and Food Industry. She helps organizations to achieve Growth through Digital Solutions enabled by data & advanced analytics.
Claudia Roessler joined Microsoft in 1992 in Munich, Germany. Her career is focused on Industry Solutions and Business Development. She assumed international roles in several disciplines including Business Development, Strategy & Operations, Sales & Marketing, and Engineering.
In addition, Claudia Roessler is on the Board of Directors for Ag Growth International. She is Venture Partner for Radicle Growth. And, she supports “Women for Agriculture” as part of their Advisory Board for Women in Food and Agriculture.
Mark Romoff is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). Established in 1993, CCPPP’s mission is to promote innovative approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery through public-private partnerships with all levels of government.
Previously, Mark was founding President and CEO of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Canada’s leading innovation, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship development organization.
Over his twenty five year career with the government of Canada, Mark served as Executive Director in the Department of Industry and as a senior diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, serving in Nigeria, Mexico, Malaysia, Japan and the United States.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Career Edge Organization, the Quebec City Conference, the Central Canadian Public Television Association (PBS-WNED), the i-CANADA Governors Council; the World Economic Forum “Strategic Infrastructure Initiative” Advisory Committee; and is Vice-Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Working Party on Public-Private Partnerships Governing Council.
He earned a Bachelor of Science from McGill University, a Masters in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo, and is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives Program and the Directors Education Program of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D designation. Mark is also a recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Rick Savone serves as Senior Vice President (Global Government Relations) for Aurora Cannabis Inc. In this role, Rick oversees Aurora's relationships with governments around the world, helping them to create legislation and regulatory frameworks that will allow greater patient access to medical cannabis products. He is also Chair of the Board of the Cannabis Council of Canada.
Over the course of his career Rick has developed deep government relations experience, most recently as the Director General for Global Affairs Canada. Prior to that, Rick was Canada's Ambassador to Brazil and has held various other senior level positions within the Department including as Consul General of Canada in Shanghai. He has also served in Algeria, Mexico and twice in the United States. He is married and lives on a hobby farm in Almonte, Ontario.
Michelle Scarborough is Managing Partner, Strategic Investments and Women in Technology Fund (WIT). In this role, Michelle leads the origination and execution of strategic initiatives to fill current and future financing gaps in the Canadian ecosystem. She is also responsible for BDC’s $200M WIT Fund to bring capital to high-growth tech companies with women in the lead.
Michelle is an accomplished entrepreneur and investor, who is passionate about leadership and creating a more diverse and inclusive business culture. She brings more than 20 years of experience working with companies across various sectors to innovate and disrupt traditional industries.
Before joining BDC, she was Senior Vice President at Kensington Capital Partners Limited, where she was responsible for the growth and management of its fund of funds and direct investment activity in Western Canada. Previously, as Managing Director of the Invest Ottawa Regional Innovation Centre, she founded one of the first technology accelerators in Ontario, a model that was replicated in across the province. She also structured and launched the $250M Ontario Emerging Technology Fund, and was a co-founder and Managing Partner of Fronterra Ventures—an oil and gas technology venture fund. She has served as CEO of Smart Seed Ventures Management Inc., Scarborough Associates Management, and Solflex. Michelle has also been a founder or co-founder in various private and public companies including Roll Up Capital Corp., Rodeo Capital Corp III, Metropolitan Energy Corp., and Bonita Capital Inc.
Michelle regularly volunteers her time and expertise to the entrepreneur and investment community. Currently, she is a director of the Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association and Venture Capital Association of Alberta. She is past chair of the National Angel Capital Organization and the founder of the Women’s Angel Network in Canada.
Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary and the Corporate Director (ICD.D) designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Kyle Schulz is the Executive Vice President of Business Development and Global Strategy for World Business Chicago (WBC) a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city. Schulz leads World Business Chicago’s business development and global strategy efforts by establishing creative partnerships domestically and the globe that drive further economic collaboration between Chicago and its industry partners.
Schulz has over 10-years of economic development leadership and experience. Prior to joining WBC Schulz served as the Vice-President of Economic Development for the Schaumburg Business Association where he oversaw the organization’s modernization efforts by launching a comprehensive outreach program that accounted for over 20% of the State of Illinois business visits and focusing on strategic foreign relationships to raise the international profile and prestige of Schaumburg.
Schulz spent five years working in economic development in the Austin, Texas metro where he developed a recognized Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) program that identified over $2 million in workforce grant funding, developed an award-winning crowdfunding portal, and served as the lead business recruiter for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce where he worked to attract national and international investment to the greater Austin area by directing a series of on-going trade mission trips that brought small, medium and Fortune 500 companies to the 15-city economic development partnership of greater Austin.
Schulz lives in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood with his wife, JJ, his daughter, Rhynder, and his heterochromia husky Bran.
James Scongack is the Executive-Vice President Corporate Affairs & Operational Services at Bruce Power.
He is responsible for Operational Services including Emergency Protective Services, Information Technology, Waste Management, Environment/Sustainability, Site Support Services and Corporate Affairs including Nuclear Regulatory Affairs, Indigenous and Community relations, Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility and Government/Stakeholder relations. In his role he is also the executive lead for the Site Lease with the Province and Isotope development.
More broadly in the energy sector, he serves as a Generator Representative for nuclear and Vice Chair on the Independent Electricity System Operator Stakeholder Advisory Committee. He is also a Member of the Advisory Board for the Ivey Policy and Management Centre.
James sits on the Board of Life Labs, Canada’s largest independent provider of laboratory services, and is Chairperson of the External Stakeholder Relations Committee of the Board.
His passion for health extends to the important role Canada plays supplying life-saving isotopes. He serves as Chair of the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council, an organization formed to ensure the critical supply of Isotopes for health and industrial purposes is secured for the long-term and also as Co-Chair of Ontario’s Nuclear Advantage.
James is actively involved in many community organizations and charities through the efforts of Bruce Power’s community investment and sponsorship program, environment and sustinability fund and the indigenous community investment fund. He has been a long-time supporter of Easter Seals previously serving as a member of the Board and Chair of the Fundraising Committee and received a diamond award of distinction for his efforts in 2016.
James served as Vice-President Corporate Affairs and Environment for Bruce Power from 2012-2018 and Head of Corporate Affairs from 2011-2012. From 2006-2011, James served
as the Executive Assistant to Bruce Power’s President & CEO, while leading various company initiatives including new-build development projects and environmental reviews in Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan. During this time he served as part of the transaction team enabling the expansion of the site to eight units of operations through various agreements between 2007 and 2013.
Between 2014 and 2015, James was part of the Bruce Power team which successfully negotiated a long-term commercial framework with the Province of Ontario, extending the life of the facility to 2064 enabling the $13 billion life extension program. He also served as executive co-host for the 2015 International Atomic Energy Agency OSART Mission.
He has an Executive MBA from London’s Ivey Business School and a Chartered Director through the DeGroote Business School Directors College. James also holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Guelph College of Management and Economics in Leadership and a BA (Hons) and has completed Master’s-level Project Management certification through York University’s Schulich Business School.
James and his family live in Port Elgin, Ontario where he grew up and he is an active runner.
Jean-Louis Servranckx is President and Chief Executive Officer of Aecon Group Inc. Mr. Servranckx has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry across the Infrastructure and Industrial sectors and is a seasoned leader with expertise in large-scale and complex international projects.
Beginning his career at Spie Batignolles, his roles included Regional Manager for East Africa at Sogea-Satom, a subsidiary of Vinci, before becoming International Development and Special Projects Manager. Mr. Servranckx continued his career at Vinci Construction, where he held progressively senior roles, including Operational Manager for the Mediterranean and Middle East regions, followed by Deputy CEO of the Major Projects Division. In 2011, he became President and CEO of Eiffage Civil Works Division, now known as Eiffage Infrastructures Branch, a business with over $6 billion in revenue and operations throughout Europe, Africa and Canada.
Mr. Servranckx is an Engineering graduate of École des Mines de Paris, holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from INSEAD, and is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Ian Sherr is an Editor at Large for CNET News, a division of CBS. He writes about Apple, Microsoft, social networking, video games, virtual reality and tech’s impact on kids. Previously, he wrote about Apple, the PC industry and video games at The Wall Street Journal. He's also written for Reuters and the Agence France-Presse, among others. He's a native of California’s Silicon Valley, but recently moved to the Washington DC Metro Area, so now he knows what real weather feels like too.
Carey is the President and Chief Operating Officer for Parsons Corporation (NYSE: PSN) where she is responsible for strategy, growth and execution. In this role she leads the profit and loss for the corporation and the company’s global operations in 50 states and 26 countries. Parsons is organized into two segments: Critical Infrastructure and Federal Solutions, and serves the following markets: space and geospatial solutions; cyber and intelligence; engineered systems; missile defense and C5ISR; mobility solutions; and connected communities.
Carey joined Parsons in 2016 as president of the firm’s Federal Solutions business. She was promoted to chief operating officer in 2018 when the company merged its federal and critical infrastructure business segments. During this time, Carey shaped the portfolio, grew the business organically, acquired four companies, expanded margins and played a key role in taking the company public. In 2019 Carey became the president and chief operating officer, assuming additional responsibilities including functional support. Prior to joining Parsons in 2016, Carey held a series of progressive leadership roles within the defense and aerospace industry. Most recently, she was President of the Defense and Space business unit at Honeywell, where she led an expansion of the firm’s business with a broad base of customers, including U.S. government agencies and international defense ministries. At Honeywell, she also served as President of Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. and Vice President of Honeywell Aerospace Customer and Product Support. Prior to Honeywell, Carey held a number of positions at Lockheed Martin, including Vice President of Technical Services, Vice President, Business Development, Maritime Systems & Sensors business unit; and President and CEO of Canada. She began her career as a systems engineer.
Carey holds an M.S. in electrical engineering from Syracuse University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Ohio Northern Universitiy. In 2018, she received an honorary doctorate from Ohio Northern University for her outstanding contributions to the university and the field of engineering.
Carey is a certified Program Management Professional, a certified Green Belt, a certified NACD cyber governance professional and a NACD fellow. She is a member of the Edison International Board of Directors, the Professional Services Council’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors where she serves as Vice Chair, and is a member of the Intelligence National Security Alliance and WashingtonExec.
For 2018 and 2019, Carey was named one of the “Top 25 Execs to Watch” by WashingtonExec and in 2019 a finalist for Executive of the Year by Washington Government Contract Awards (GovCon). In 2017 and 2018, she was named to the Wash100 by Executive Mosaic, in 2014 she was named one of the Top 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM, and in 2017 and 2012 Carey was recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in STEM. Carey was the Marlington High School alumni of the year in 2016 and Ohio Northern University alumni of the year in 2015.
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 25 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 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.
Sabine Soumare is the founder and CEO of dBrief Consulting, a communications, public affairs and government relations firm that provides strategic advice to various institutions and non-profit organizations. She is also the Director, Marketing and Communications at the Diversity Institute of Ryerson University where she leads and develops the marketing and communications strategic direction for the Institute. Before this role, she worked as a Francophone Engagement Consultant for the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, a project part of the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy that aims to increase women entrepreneurs’ access to financing, talent, networks, and expertise.
Provincially, Sabine was a Senior Communications and Stakeholder Relations advisor at the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Francophone Affairs, and the Office of the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. Due to her significant experience in communications and public relations, she teaches public relations and marketing at La Cité College.
She holds a master's degree in marketing from the École Supérieure de Gestion in Paris, as well as a communications degree and a certificate in strategic management.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of l’Alliance Française de Toronto and volunteers as a facilitator at Skills for Change. A sports enthusiast, she was a member of the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games Francophone Committee in 2015.
Sabine Soumare est la fondatrice et directrice générale de dBrief Consulting, une société de communication, d'affaires publiques et de relations gouvernementales qui fournit des conseils stratégiques à diverses institutions et organisations à but non lucratif. Elle est également directrice du marketing et de la communication au Diversity Institute de l'université Ryerson, où elle dirige et développe la direction stratégique du marketing et de la communication de l'institut. Avant d'occuper ce poste, elle a travaillé comme consultante en engagement francophone pour le Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, faisant partie du Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, un projet du gouvernement du Canada qui vise à accroître l'accès des femmes entrepreneures au financement, au réseautage et à l'expertise.
À l'échelle provinciale, Sabine a été conseillère principale en communications et en relations avec les intervenants au Bureau du procureur général et ministre des Affaires francophones, et au Cabinet du ministre de la Sécurité communautaire et des Services correctionnels. En raison de sa grande expérience en communications et en relations publiques, elle enseigne les relations publiques et le marketing au Collège La Cité.
Elle est titulaire d'une maîtrise en marketing de l'École Supérieure de Gestion de Paris, ainsi que d'un diplôme en communication et d'un certificat en gestion stratégique.
Elle siège actuellement au conseil d'administration de l'Alliance française de Toronto et fait du bénévolat en tant qu'animatrice chez Skills for Change. Passionnée de sport, elle a été membre du Comité francophone des Jeux panaméricains de Toronto en 2015.
As the Chief Marketing Officer for eBay’s North American business, Andrea leads all facets of buyer marketing for one of the largest e-commerce players in the region. Andrea also oversees eBay’s Canadian operations as President of eBay Canada Ltd. Prior to her current role, Andrea was GM of eBay Canada & Latin America and was responsible for strategy and operations across more than 40 countries.
Andrea has received a BA from McGill University, as well as LLB and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.
Andrea sits on a number of boards including Export Development Canada, FinDev Canada, Canada’s National Ballet School, and the Toronto Region Board of Trade. She is also the recipient of the Women’s Executive Network’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, in the Corporate Executive category.
A native of Montreal, Andrea lives in Toronto with her husband and young son and daughter.
Alison is a Venture Partner at Builders VC, a San Francisco/Calgary based venture capital fund investing in founders re-imagining large underinvested, antiquated industries. She is an investment committee member of The51. The51 is creating a critical mass of female-powered capital investing in women-led companies. Alison is a Founding Partner and Fellow in the Ag Stream of the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL). CDL delivers an objectives-based mentorship program for massively scalable, seed-stage, science, and technology-based companies.
Formerly as Co-CEO/Founder of GrowSafe Systems Ltd., she grew their research and development skunkworks from an Alberta garage to global operations receiving International recognition for science-based innovation, including the Canadian Information Technology & Communications Association Ingenious Award and the INTEL SME Award for Innovation. GrowSafe developed a technology platform that continuously acquired data from individual animals and their environment, improving profitability and reducing livestock production’s carbon footprint. An active community builder, Alison received the Beef Improvement Federation Service Award and the West Virginia University Pioneer Award for advancing feed efficiency in the beef industry. Previously, Alison led the development of one of Canada’s first electronic data interchange projects with a Canadian railroad.
Alison holds patents for innovative technology and has presented widely on Big Data, the Internet of Livestock Things, and commercializing early-stage technology ventures. She is a member of the Agri-Food Innovation Council, the Canadian Council of Innovators, the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors, and a former member of Canada’s economic strategy table.
On July, 3rd, the cabinet of the government of Québec has appointed Ms. Catherine Tadros as its Chief Representative at the Bureau du Québec à Toronto (BQT).
Since July 2016, Ms. Tadros was serving as Director of Economic Affairs at the BQT. Prior to that, and from 2011 to 2016, Ms. Tadros was Director of Economic Affairs at the Québec Government Office in Chicago, reporting to the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie. During the previous seven years, Ms. Tadros worked at the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et des Exportations as an International Affairs Counsellor working with the France-Benelux region and with India. She began as a Technological Development Counsellor at the Québec government’s Montréal office.
Ms. Tadros holds a Master’s degree in International Management from HEC Montréal, and an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the College of Wooster, located in Ohio, USA.
Le 3 juillet dernier, le Conseil des ministres du Gouvernement du Québec a procédé à la nomination de Mme Catherine Tadros à titre de cheffe de poste du Bureau du Québec à Toronto (BQT).
Madame Tadros occupait ce poste par intérim depuis le 11 avril dernier, à la suite du départ à la retraite de Mme Nicole Lemieux. Depuis juillet 2016, Mme Tadros était directrice aux affaires économiques au BQT. De 2011 à 2016, Mme Tadros a exercé les fonctions de directrice aux affaires économiques à la Délégation du Québec à Chicago, rattachée au ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie. Au cours des sept ans qui ont précédé, Mme Tadros a travaillé au ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation, à titre de conseillère en affaires internationales au pupitre France et Benelux, puis au pupitre Inde, ainsi que comme conseillère en développement technologique à la Direction régionale de Montréal.
Mme Tadros est titulaire d’un baccalauréat en relations internationales du College of Wooster, en Ohio, ainsi que d’une maîtrise en gestion internationale de l’École des hautes études commerciales de Montréal.
Elle possède toutes les qualités et l’expérience nécessaires pour assumer les responsabilités de chef de poste du BQT et le gouvernement du Québec est très heureux de pouvoir compter sur elle pour le représenter sur le territoire à l’ouest du Québec.
Professor Taras has been active at the intersection of labour relations, public policy and law, with a particular interest in bringing multiple disciplines together on important labour market and workplace issues. She was expert advisor to the federal commission on employment standards, a member of the Saskatchewan Minister of Labour’s advisory council and chaired the Educational Relations Board of Saskatchewan.
Professor Taras has published more than 80 journal articles, book chapters, books and journal symposia. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the PhD Students’ Association awards in 2004 and 2010 at the University of Calgary, and the top educator award of the US-based Labor and Employment Relations Association in 2007. In addition, she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Women and a Top 10 Woman of Influence in Saskatchewan in 2012, and YMCA Saskatoon’s Woman of Distinction in Education in 2016.
Professor Taras received her undergraduate degree from York University, and earned a master’s from Duke University, both in political science. She also holds an MBA in new ventures and entrepreneurship, a PhD in labour relations from the University of Calgary, and has an LL.M in Labour and Employment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson is Chair of Toronto’s Economic and Community Development Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Now in his fifth term as Councillor, Michael has earned a reputation as one of Toronto’s hardest working and most effective political leaders.
In 2006, as Chair of the Scarborough Community Council, he led the campaign to create the first ever TTC transit strategy for Scarborough, a strategy designed to significantly expand and enhance public transit services for all Scarborough residents. Throughout his years on Council, Michael’s unrelenting drive for public safety in the face of increased gun violence ultimately led to the development of a city-wide Community Safety Plan, a GTA-wide police task force on guns and gangs, an increase in the numbers of police officers in the street, and a new young offender program designed to divert young people into jobs instead of jail.
Under the banner of “getting things done,” Michael is known to his constituents as a community builder committed to bring people together in a spirit of collaboration. He has led and assisted in the formation of local community associations, youth leadership initiatives and Business Improvement Areas, and holds regular public meetings to engage residents throughout his ward.
In addition to a strong focus on resolving local issues and serving his constituents, Michael’s commitment to developing Toronto’s city-wide economy is longstanding. In his first term in office, he spearheaded the creation of the Wexford Heights Business Improvement Area and established a Job Fair that annually brought thousands of job seekers together with dozens of employers.
He maintains a widespread network of business relationships that has helped the City to enhance business retention, promote growth and increase private sector employment. His active engagement with business has helped speed the launch of new business ventures, resolved business/residential conflicts and gained business participation in a wide range of community-building initiatives. In recent years, the international connections he has developed and nurtured have played a significant role in attracting billions of dollars in new investment to the City, contributing to a more robust economy and substantial job creation.
Recently, Michael was a key member of a Toronto project team that successfully lobbied executives of Collision, one of the world’s leading high technology conferences, to choose Toronto as the conference’s home for 2019 – 2021, bringing 25,000 technology executives and investors to the City and injecting tens of millions of dollars into Toronto’s economy.
Michael is a firm believer in the critical value of culture as a builder of strong communities. When he first took office, he co-founded the Taste of Lawrence Avenue East Festival, which brings together tens of thousands of people each year to experience local performing arts and cuisine. In 2013, he led the City’s efforts to create a new arts and culture plan that provided a bold, new roadmap for cultural vitality, strengthened arts spending and launched a new era of collaboration among arts and culture groups across the City. Michael was also the first Chair of Toronto’s Music Advisory Committee, and played a key role in efforts to attract international film and television productions and studio investments to Toronto.
Michael received his public school education in Scarborough, and his BA from Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to entering politics, he earned his business credentials as an entrepreneur in the business and financial services sector. In 2017, he successfully completed the ICD Directors Education Program offered by the Rotman School of Management and Institute of Corporate Directors.
He is the recipient of the African Achievement Award for Excellence in Politics, the York University International Award, the Jain Society of Toronto Community Award, the Bob Marley Award and the Bob Marley Lifetime Achievement Award.
He continues to work with a number of charitable organizations including participation in the LIUNA Local 506 scholarship fund.
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.
Brian served as the Federal Minister of Industry from October 2000-January 2002, prior to which he served as the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1996-2000. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1980-1996, and as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in the federal cabinet from 1993-1996.
Brian is Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group. He serves as chairman and director of New Flyer Group Inc. He previously served as Executive Chairman, President & CEO of Consolidated Thompson Iron Mines Ltd. He led the negotiating team that sold CLM to Cliffs Natural Resources for $4.9 billion, which was one of the biggest global mining deals in 2011.
Brian is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a graduate of the Directors Education Program. He has been awarded honorary degrees by both St. Francis Xavier University and Brock University.
Adrienne Tongate is the Executive Director of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), an initiative of World Business Chicago that manages Chicago’s 29 international sister city relationships.
Adrienne joined Chicago Sister Cities International as an intern in 2005 and has held several positions during her time with the organization. As Executive Director, she works closely with CSCI’s Council of Chairs, the Chicago Consular Corps, CSCI’s 600 + volunteer committee members, and partner organizations to create programming that promotes Chicago as a global city and that fosters citizen-to-citizen diplomacy.
Adrienne is passionate about fostering girls’ leadership and oversees CSCI’s core education initiative, the annual Global Youth Ambassadors Leadership Summit. She also mentors teenage girls who are emerging leaders in their communities. She is a Chicago representative to the Délice Network and serves on the Advisory Boards of the City Clerk’s 2020 Girls and Womxn Virtual Summit and the Simmons Center for Global Chicago.
She was born in Virginia, raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and visited Chicago in 2004 on vacation and decided to stay. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and in Women’s Studies from the University of New Mexico.
Born and raised in Toronto, Mayor Tory has spent his life giving back to the city he loves, through his tireless work in public, private sector and philanthropic roles.
Elected as the 65th Mayor of Toronto in 2014 and re-elected in 2018, John Tory is making the city more liveable, affordable and functional.
He has improved the way people move around this city, fighting traffic congestion and speeding up major construction projects; introducing free transit for kids 12 and under and discounted transit for low income residents; championing a transit network expansion plan that includes the Relief Line, SmartTrack, the Eglinton East and Eglinton West LRT, Bloor Danforth Subway Extension to Scarborough and the Waterfront Transit Network; and securing $9 billion in transit investments from other levels of government – the single biggest infrastructure investment in this city’s history.
He has kept taxes low, while investing in priority services including affordable housing and poverty reduction, and modernizing the government services on which people rely.
Under his leadership, Toronto has attracted jobs and investment and emerged as an undisputed centre of innovation and opportunity on the world stage.
Mayor Tory and his wife Barbara have been married for 41 years, and have four children and five grandchildren.
Doug Turnbull is Vice Chairman and Country Head, Canada at DBRS Morningstar Credit Ratings. In this role, Mr. Turnbull is responsible for overseeing all of DBRS Morningstar’s day-to-day operations in Canada. As part of the executive team, Mr. Turnbull also focuses on the strategic development of DBRS Morningstar’s global rating business and senior outreach activities for the company.
Mr. Turnbull has more than 35 years of experience in the investment banking industry, and is the retired 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.
Mr. Turnbull is Chairman of the board of directors of The Canadian Ditchley Foundation, the Canadian Foundation of Economic Education and Provident Healthcare Foundation. In addition, he is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation and the Advisory Board of Mera Cannabis Corp. 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, the Advisory Panel of the Canadian Electricity Association and ORBIS Canada. Mr Turnbull was also Co-Chair of the Canada-Assembly of First Nations, Joint Working Group on Resource Development.
Since 2014, Jacques van den Broek is CEO and Chair of the Executive Board of Randstad, the global leader in the HR services industry helping more than 2.5 million candidates find a meaningful job with almost 250,000 clients. With on average 38,820 corporate employees active in 38 markets, Randstad generated revenue of € 23.8 billion in 2018.
After graduating in law, he held a management position with an international trading company and joined Randstad in 1988. Appointments followed as Regional Director in the Netherlands and, subsequently, as Marketing Director Randstad Europe. In 2002, he moved to Capac Inhouse Services as Managing Director, also taking on responsibility for Randstad in Denmark and Switzerland. He joined Randstad’s Executive Board in 2004 and is currently responsible for operations in Germany, the United Kingdom and Ireland. In addition, he is responsible for Global IT, Business Concept Development, HR, Marketing & Communications and Public Affairs.
Jacques van den Broek is married and has two sons. He enjoys playing sports - soccer, running, golf - as well as art, and he collects original comic books.
As KPMG International’s Global Head of Healthcare, Anna oversees a team of more than 4,500 healthcare specialists in 45 jurisdictions and revenues of $1.25 billion (USD).
In leading KPMG’s Global Care System Redesign network, she has worked extensively with clients on five continents to futureproof care systems. Previously, Anna was healthcare lead partner for KPMG in the Netherlands where she supervised a number of successful national and regional transformation programs based on design and implementation of new service delivery, reimbursement and governance models and physical infrastructures. She is a respected partner for boards of larger health systems, teaching hospitals and academic centers in developing and implementing longer-term strategies.
The journey towards digital healthcare and the concept of connected healthcare infrastructure are central elements in her work. Anna is the author of several KPMG International publications on topics that include: COVID-19 recovery and resilience, value-based healthcare, out of hospital care provision, and technology-enabled care delivery systems. She is also a highly appreciated speaker at international industry events.
Anna has more than 30 years of healthcare experience in diverse managerial, board and consultancy roles. Her areas of expertise range from M&A to portfolio strategies, financial restructurings, governance model design, regional service redesign and digitized care delivery model development.
Prior to joining KPMG in 2011, Anna held senior-level positions at several hospitals and academic health sciences centers, where she led transformational projects. As CEO of the Dutch Diagnosis Related-Groups (DRGs) and pricing office, Anna was a major force behind the adoption of DRG systems for healthcare providers and the introduction of a new national healthcare payment system.
Anna has a PhD in Economic Sciences from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Luc leads TELUS Health’s mission to deliver technologies that help connect doctors and healthcare practitioners to one another and to their patients. He is dedicated to creating solutions that harness healthcare information to help transform the healthcare system and health outcomes to the benefit of Canadians.
Luc brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in the information technology sector. Prior to his current role, Luc managed the integration of Emergis after its acquisition by TELUS in January 2008. He subsequently took overall responsibility for mergers and acquisitions for TELUS Health and for strategic partnerships in the healthcare and financial services industries. He has served as Vice-President for the TELUS National Application Group where he was responsible for the development, marketing and management of IT and IP business applications. Prior to joining TELUS, Luc held various leadership positions in systems integration, outsourcing and applications development for leading companies, including SHL Systemhouse, IST and CGI.
Luc is a graduate from the Business Administration Faculty at the University of Sherbrooke. His extensive Board engagements include: President of the Board of Directors for the ALS Society of Quebec; Member of the Board of Directors L’Avenue Hébergement Communautaire, a community shelter for young adults in difficulty; and Board Member of Fondation de l’université de Sherbrooke. In addition to his involvement in the charitable sector, Luc is a past president of the Saint-James Club, Montreal’s oldest private business club.
As Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas in Canada, Sonja Volpe is responsible for leading the Canadian business strategy, overseeing the nearshoring operations platform and all aspects of regulatory and internal controls compliance. Sonja is a member of the Americas Executive Committee, the Americas Business Committee and the Global Banking Americas Executive Committee.
Sonja first joined BNP Paribas in 2015 as Head of Financial Institutions Coverage in Canada. In this role she was responsible for the firm’s global client relationships with the Canadian banks, insurance companies, pension plans and the government sector. She has been instrumental in building a strong client franchise across each client industry segment and establishing a high performance coverage team.
Sonja has 20 years of experience covering Canadian financial institutions and public sector clients. Prior to joining BNP Paribas, she was a Senior Banker at Citibank Canada where she covered a number of large global client relationships in the financial services sector.
Sonja has a Bachelor's Degree in Honours Modern Languages and Linguistics and an MBA from McMaster University.
Andrea Wainer is Abbott’s Executive Vice President, Rapid and Molecular Diagnostics. She was appointed to this role in June 2019.
Andrea joined Abbott in 1997 and served in a variety of roles within our pharmaceuticals business, including divisional vice president and general manager, renal care. She then led our Animal Health business, which was acquired by Zoetis in February 2015. Immediately prior to assuming her current responsibilities, Andrea served as Vice President, Molecular Diagnostics.
In her current role, Andrea leads two innovative businesses; one a leader in molecular diagnostics and the analysis of DNA and RNA at the molecular level; the other the world’s leading provider of rapid point-of-care diagnostics. Each of these offers products that provide clinicians with actionable information that can contribute to better clinical, operational and economic outcomes.
Andrea earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the John M. Olin School of Business, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and her Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Mike Wessinger is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for PointClickCare Technologies, Canada’s largest private software company and industry leading innovator in the effort to solve the global challenges of senior health care.
Mike introduced the first cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) platform in the long-term and post-acute car (LTPAC) industry in 2000 by leveraging a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, the industry’s standard software delivery model today.
His forward-thinking vision to design the industry’s first EHR solution allowed him to quickly become an instrumental force in changing the way healthcare providers leverage technology to deliver the highest quality of service at the lowest cost.
Today, PointClickCare employs more than 1,500 employees, and services more than 22,000 skilled nursing facilities, senior living communities, and home health agencies across North America.
Darryl was appointed Chief Executive Officer of BMO in 2017. He chairs the bank’s Executive Committee and serves as a director of BMO Financial Group, as well as its U.S. subsidiary, BMO Financial Corp.
Darryl joined BMO’s investment and corporate banking business in Toronto in 1994 and returned to his hometown in 2006 as Head of Montreal Investment & Corporate Banking for BMO Capital Markets. In 2014, he was named CEO and Group Head, BMO Capital Markets, and in 2016 was appointed BMO’s Chief Operating Officer.
Darryl is a member of the Ottawa-based Business Council of Canada, the Washington, D.C-based The Business Council, and the Mayor of Beijing’s International Business Leaders Advisory Council. Darryl also serves as a director of The Bank Policy Institute (BPI), a nonpartisan public policy, research and advocacy group, representing leading banks in the U.S.
A long-standing community builder with strong ties to the United Way Centraide movement, Darryl has volunteered for these organizations in Montreal, New York, Chicago and Toronto. In 2018, Darryl became Co-Chair of the Inclusive Local Economic Opportunity Roundtable, a partnership between BMO and United Way Greater Toronto that brings together business and community leaders to develop approaches to reduce economic disparity in the region.
An advocate for BMO’s efforts to ensure a diverse and inclusive workplace, Darryl serves as Vice-Chair of Catalyst Canada’s Advisory Board and has volunteered with the Advisory Council of Women in Capital Markets.
Darryl is a director of Unity Health Toronto, which includes St. Michael's Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Providence Healthcare, and serves as Campaign Cabinet Co-President for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Darryl is also a director of the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens and Alpine Canada, the governing body for alpine, para-alpine and ski cross racing in Canada.
Darryl holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He is a past recipient of Canada’s Top 40 under 40® Award.
Robin Wigglesworth is the FT’s global finance correspondent, based in Oslo, Norway. He focuses on the biggest trends reshaping markets, investing and finance more broadly across the world, with a particular focus on technological disruption and quantitative investing, and writing longer-form features, analyses, profiles and columns.
He was previously the FT's US markets editor, spearheading its coverage of financial markets and asset management across the Americas, deputy head of FastFT, capital markets correspondent, and Gulf correspondent.
Geoffrey Wilson is an international business leader with more than 25 years in the multimodal transportation,shipping,infrastructure and aviation businesses. Having held senior executive roles throughout North America,Europe,the Middle East, Africa,and Asia Pacific,with companies such as Triton Container International Inc.,Budget Car and Truck Rental,and Kerr Steamship Agency Inc.,Mr. Wilson brings a unique skill set and global perspective to his role as CEO of PortsToronto . A government business enterprise, PortsToronto owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport,Canada's ninth busiest airport, the marine Port of Toronto, the Outer Harbour Marina, and several commercial properties along Toronto's waterfront .
Mr. Wilson's professional experience includes global infrastructure and asset management, international market development and strategic alliances. Prior to his current role,Mr. Wilson served as Chief Operating Officer of Cartel Communications Systems Inc.,Canada's leading wireless equipment distributor and integrator.
Mr. Wilson holds his ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors through the Rotman School of Management. He serves on the advisory board of Toronto Global Forum, associated with the International Global Economic Forums of the Americas, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Empire Club of Canada, the Council of the Great Lakes Region,and Neuchatel Junior College.
Jim has had a distinguished career. Most recently he was Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Previously, he was Chief of Perioperative Services, and Surgeon-in-Chief, Department of Surgery, and Vice President, Medical at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Jim oversaw one of the busiest and most advanced paediatric surgery departments in Canada. Equally active in education, Jim won the Robert B. Salter Excellence in Orthopaedic Education Award in May of 1997. Since 1994, he has served as (or is currently serving as) primary or secondary supervisor for more than 30 MSc or PhD students. Additionally, in 2016 he was awarded the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian order. Jim completed his surgical training at the University of Toronto, a clinical fellowship in Melbourne, Australia, graduate work in clinical epidemiology and a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University.
In his over 20 years of experience in the public and non-profit sect ors, Daniele's work is guided by one core value-to work in and with community across all sectors to create positive change.
As CEO of United Way York Region, he played a pivotal role in the merger of United Ways across Toronto and York Region in 2015. Under his leadership, the organization continues to apply an increasingly regional lens - in 2018, joining with Peel Region to form United Way Greater Toro nt o, the largest United Way in the world and largest funder of social services outside of government.
This scaled-up approach is improving opportunities for donors, volunteers, and partners across Peel, Toronto and York Region, and building capacity to expand local investments.
Daniele holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto and sits on advisory committees and boards across the region.
Strauss Zelnick, a partner in ZelnickMedia since 2001, became Chairman of Take-Two in March 2007 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2011. Mr. Zelnick is currently Chairman of ITN Networks and serves on the boards of directors of Naylor LLC, Alloy, Inc. and Starwood Property Trust, Inc. In August 2013, Mr. Zelnick was elected Vice Chairman of the Entertainment Software Association, the interactive entertainment industry’s trade association. In 2014, Mr. Zelnick was elected Chairman of the Entertainment Software Association, the interactive entertainment industry’s trade association.
Prior to forming ZelnickMedia, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of BMG Entertainment, a $4.7 billion music and entertainment company. Mr. Zelnick's appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of BMG Entertainment followed his tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company's North American business unit from 1994 through 1998. Before joining BMG Entertainment, Mr. Zelnick was President and Chief Executive Officer of Crystal Dynamics, a leading producer and distributor of interactive game software. Prior to that, he spent four years as President and Chief Operating Officer of 20th Century Fox, where he managed all aspects of the worldwide motion picture and distribution business.
Previously, he spent three years at Vestron Inc. as a senior executive, and rose to become President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Zelnick also served as Vice President, International Television for Columbia Pictures.
Mr. Zelnick holds an MBA and a JD from Harvard University and a BA from Wesleyan University. He is an associate member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, has served on the Board of Directors of the Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America and is a Trustee Emeritus of Wesleyan University.
Before taking his current position in May 2020, Yan had been the Chief Commercial Officer and Senior Vice President of Canadian Solar. He blueprinted and built up the global operations and sales channels, establishing Canadian Solar the most globalized solar company. From 2007 to 2009, Yan was an independent director of the company.
On his previous jobs, Yan had fifteen years’ experience in consulting, operation and marketing management with multinationals, as well as entrepreneurship. Yan was heading the Asia operations of the global media company, Hands-on Mobile, and was the Director of Marketing Planning and Customer Behavior Research of Motorola APAC.
Yan received his bachelor degree in electrical engineering and master degrees in applied statistics and marketing management respectively from university in China and Canada.