The Honourable Rona Ambrose is a dynamic national leader, a champion for the rights of women and girls, the former leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons, and the former leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.
By the time she announced her retirement from politics in 2017, she had served as a cabinet minister across several government departments, including serving as vice-chair of the Treasury Board and as chair of the Cabinet Committee for public safety, justice and aboriginal issues.
Her service includes developing federal policies in military procurement, industrial strategies, health innovation and improvements to sexual assault laws. As the former environment minister, Rona was responsible for Canada's GHG regulatory regime in place across several industrial sectors today.
Rona is a passionate advocate for supporting and protecting disadvantaged women and girls. Her commitment to this fight led the global movement to create the “International Day of the Girl” at the United Nations. Rona serves on the board of directors for Plan International Canada and is the co-author of a best-selling children's book "International Day of the Girl: Celebrating Girls Around the World". Rona's proceeds from the book are donated to Plan International Canada.
Her efforts were recently recognized by the U.N. Women's She Innovates initiative as 1 of 100 women who are "Impossible to Ignore". Currently, Rona continues to press the Canadian government to ensure her legislation for mandatory sexual assault law training for judges becomes law. As an advocate for diversity, Rona is proud to be the first leader of her Party to march in a Pride parade.
Rona is a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre Canada Institute and served on the Government of Canada’s advisory council for the renegotiation of NAFTA, and the advisory board of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Rona is also the recipient of the Famous Five Nation Builder Award, Public Policy Forum’s “Service to Canada” Award, Friends of Africa Humanity Award, the U.N. Women Canada National Committee Award, and the Canadian AIDS Society leadership pin.
When she’s not working, Rona is usually found in the Rockies horseback riding, hiking or skiing with her husband, JP, and three kids.
Dale Atkinson, chief operating officer & chief nuclear officer, joined NuScale Power in 2014. In his current position, he is responsible for Operations, Engineering, Projects, Supply Chain Services, Quality Assurance, Human Resources, and Regulatory Affairs.
Prior to joining NuScale, Atkinson worked at Energy Northwest and served as chief nuclear officer & vice president of Nuclear Generation, vice president of Energy Business Services, vice president of Technical Services, Engineering manager, Quality manager, and Reactor Engineering/Fuels manager.
Before his time at Energy Northwest, Atkinson was a supervisor of Nuclear Startup Testing with General Electric and was a former instructor on General Electric boiling water reactors. He is certified as a senior reactor operator and is also qualified as a station nuclear engineer and shift technical advisor at Columbia Generating Station. Atkinson has 41 years of experience in the nuclear power industry, including five years of service as an officer serving on nuclear attack submarines in the U.S. Navy and has provided consulting services on initial power plant testing to several utilities.
Atkinson holds a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from Oregon State University, a Master of Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Atkinson is a member of the Oregon State University Academy of Distinguished Engineers, a member of the Oregon State University Dean of Engineering’s Leadership Council, and is the former chairman of the advisory board for the Nuclear Science and Engineering department at Oregon State University.
Clare brings a unique perspective having both private and public sectors experience in international business development and marketing, economic development, attracting Foreign Direct Investment, communications, and place branding and marketing. She has deep business development and marketing expertise cultivated through more than fifteen years with the provincial government focused on Ontario’s economic competitiveness, in addition to prior private sector experience in the technology space.
Clare served as Ontario’s representative in the United Kingdom with a mandate to further Ontario’s trade, investment and broader economic interests. She also established Ontario first Investment Office, leading international business development.
Prior to joining the Province of Ontario, Clare held marketing and business development roles in tech focused businesses of all sizes, including leading international expansion plans for an internet development firm.
Clare is now proud to be leading FDI attraction and Business Retention Expansion programs for the City of Brampton, part of the Greater Toronto Region. Her focus is also on building a new Innovation District in the City’s historic downtown and entrepreneurship led economic development.
Dick Benschop joined Royal Schiphol Group in May 2018 from Royal Dutch Shell. Prior to Shell he was deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for The Netherlands. He is also Non-executive member of the Board of Directors of Brisbane Airport Corporation PTY Ltd and Non-executive member of the Board of Groupe ADP (Aéroports de Paris).
Mary Callahan Erdoes is Chief Executive Officer of JPMorgan Chase's Asset & Wealth Management line of business – one of the largest and most respected investment managers and private banks in the world, with more than $3 trillion in client assets and a 200-year-old legacy as a trusted fiduciary to corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. Since joining the firm 20 years ago, Erdoes has held senior roles across Asset & Wealth Management before becoming its CEO in 2009 and joining the JPMorgan Chase Operating Committee, the firm’s most senior management team.
Erdoes serves on the boards of the U.S.-China Business Council and the Robin Hood Foundation of New York City. She is also a board member of Georgetown University, where she earned her Mathematics undergraduate degree, and serves on the Global Advisory Council of Harvard University, where she received her MBA.
Erdoes lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters.
Jean-Pierre Clamadieu is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des mines de Paris and an engineer of the Corps des mines. He began his career within the French Administration, particularly working for the Ministry of Industry and as technical advisor to the Minister of Labor. In 1993, he joined the Rhône-Poulenc group where he held several management positions. In 2003, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Rhodia group, and then Chairman-CEO in 2008. In September 2011, following the merger of the Rhodia and Solvay groups, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu was named Vice Chairman of the Solvay Executive Committee. From May 2012 to the end of February 2019, Jean-Pierre Clamadieu served as Chairman of the Executive Committee and CEO of Solvay. On May 18, 2018, he was named Director and Chairman of the Board of ENGIE.
Dr. Cook has been a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of New Brunswick since 2004. In 2016, he was appointed as Director of the Centre for Nuclear Energy Research (CNER), a university-based research institute. Dr. Cook has established expertise supporting plant chemistry control, corrosion mitigation and prevention in nuclear power plant systems. Research interests include use of high temperature and pressure test systems that simulate the operational conditions in conventional nuclear power reactors, Generation IV supercritical water-cooled reactors, and advanced SMR technologies. Through the NB SMR R&D Cluster that was launched in 2018, Dr. Cook is leading the UNB efforts in supporting the targeted research and training required to bring the next generation of reactor technology online.
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.
CEO and Chairman: Africa investor (Ai), Chairman: AiSWPFF, Chairman, African Union Continental Business Network (CBN), African Green Infrastructure Investment Bank Advisory Board (AfGIIB)
Mr Danso is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Africa investor (Ai) Group – a pan African Infrastructure Investment Holding Company for institutional investors. He also serves as the Chairman of the CFA New York Society Global Asset Owners’ Advisory Council, the Chairman of the African Sovereign Wealth & Pension Fund Leaders Forum and is the current Chair of The African Union Development Agency’s (AUDA) Heads of State Continental Business Network (CBN) and the Chair of the African Green Infrastructure Investment Bank Advisory Board (AfGIIB).
Mr Danso also serves on HRH The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Advisory Council, the World Benchmarking Alliance Just Transition Advisory Group (WBA-JTAG) and the UNDP High-Level Project Steering Committee, advising on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Investor Map.
Mr Danso leads Ai’s Pension and Sovereign Wealth Infrastructure Co-Investment Platform and advises corporates, institutional investors, governments and development finance institutions on ESG trends, infrastructure allocations and private equity investments in Africa. Mr Danso was instrumental in establishing the NEPAD-AU 5% Agenda Infrastructure Investment Initiative, for Pension and Sovereign Wealth Fund infrastructure investors.
Hubert holds an LLB in Business Law and an LLM Masters in International Commercial Law from the University of Sussex in England.
Kelly De Fogain-Taylor est la fondatrice et directrice générale d’Afropolitan Canada, un organisme à but non lucratif bilingue qui outille la jeune communauté noire ontarienne pour qu’elle acquiert des compétences professionnelles, entrepreneuriales et financières.
Titulaire d’un baccalauréat en sciences politiques et en traduction et d’un certificat en gestion des organismes à but non lucratif, Kelly a d’abord exercé en tant que traductrice pour les organismes non gouvernementaux environnementaux avant de rejoindre le gouvernement de l’Ontario où elle a occupé les fonctions de conseillère aux ministères des affaires francophones et de l’éducation; et à l’Office de la condition féminine.
Aujourd’hui, Afropolitan Canada occupe une place importante dans la sphère franco-ontarienne noire. Le Sommet et prix des femmes de la diversité est l’événement phare de l’organisme. Célébré pendant le weekend qui précède la journée internationale de la femme, le Sommet et prix des femmes de la diversité est un événement qui célèbre chaque année plus de 150 femmes de minorités visibles qui ont réussi mais qui sont très souvent sous-représentées voire invisibles dans les sphères entrepreneuriales des femmes canadiennes. En plus de cet événement, Afropolitan Canada développe et offre des ressources et un programme accélérateur de développement de compétences à plus de 200 participantes ontariennes chaque année.
Mélissa est l'une des trois femmes propriétaires de Design de Plume. Une firme de conception graphique et de site web située à Sudbury depuis 2009 et qui emploie une équipe de 11 personnes en Ontario et au Nouveau-Brunswick.
En tant que directrice de création, cette franco-queer est passionnée par les travaux axés sur l'accessibilité et l’inclusivité. Elle se spécialise dans la gestion du personnel créatif, la conception d’idées, les stratégies créatives et l’élaboration des images de marque. Sa capacité à créer des visuels inspirants et informatifs lui a permis d’acquérir une expertise dans la narration d’idées complexes.
En tant qu’ancienne éducatrice et coach sportive, Melissa dirige l’équipe créative avec motivation.
Elle est fière de sa capacité à aider les clients en anglais et en français.
Nació en Bogotá el 1º de agosto de 1976. Es abogado de la Universidad Sergio Arboleda, con estudios mayores en filosofía y humanidades. Experto en temas económicos, con estudios ejecutivos en Harvard, y con maestrías de Georgetown, en Gerencia de Políticas Públicas, y de American University, en Derecho Económico.
Se ha desempeñado como columnista y profesor. Fue jefe de la división de Cultura, Creatividad y Solidaridad del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), liderando temas de innovación social, emprendimiento, juventud y economía creativa. Fue consultor de la presidencia del BID y consejero principal por Colombia.
Como Senador sacó adelante cinco leyes de la República: la Ley Naranja, que impulsa las industrias creativas y la cultura como motor de desarrollo; la Ley de cesantías, que permite el uso de las cesantías para prepagar la educación de hijos y dependientes; la Ley de desfibriladores, que obliga a la instalación de reanimadores en sitios públicos y en transportes de emergencia en Colombia; la Ley de ‘Empresas B’, que brinda las condiciones para crear y desarrollar las sociedades comerciales de Beneficio e Interés Colectivo, y es coautor de la Ley que extendió la licencia de maternidad de 14 a 18 semanas.
Es autor de los libros IndignAcción, ideas para la Colombia del Futuro; Pecados Monetarios; Maquiavelo en Colombia; Efecto Naranja; El Futuro Está en el Centro; Arqueología de mi Padre, y El Humanismo Importa. Así mismo, es coautor, junto con Felipe Buitrago, del libro La Economía Naranja.
Iván Duque, además de su actividad legislativa, se ha destacado en varios ámbitos de la actualidad política del país. Fue quien redactó, presentó y defendió la demanda contra el Acto Legislativo para la Paz, ante la Corte Constitucional, que limitó el fast track y le permitió al Congreso hacer cambios en la implementación de los acuerdos con las Farc. En el 2016 fue elegido como uno de los líderes más destacados del país por la Revista Semana y la Fundación Colombia Líder, y durante sus tres años como congresista fue elegido como mejor Senador por sus propios compañeros y por varias organizaciones locales que destacan y miden la labor de los legisladores colombianos.
El Presidente Duque está casado con la señora María Juliana Ruiz, con quien tiene tres hijos: Luciana, Matías y Eloísa.
El 17 de junio de 2018, Iván Duque fue elegido Presidente de Colombia para el periodo constitucional 2018 - 2022, con 10’398.689 votos, y un programa de gobierno basado en Legalidad, Emprendimiento y Equidad.
Mr. Entrecanales is actively engaged in some of the leading public-private initiatives supporting sustainable development and the fight against climate change, including United Nations Global Compact, the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, the World Economic Forum’s Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders Group and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
He is a founding member of the Pro CNIC Foundation, the main public-private initiative for cardiovascular research in Spain, patron of the Princess of Asturias Foundation, of the Prado Museum and of the Alalá Foundation. He is also member of the Board of the Instituto de la Empresa Familiar (Spain’s leading organization for family-owned businesses, of which he was Chairman from 2012 to 2014).
Mr. Entrecanales is Chairman of both acciona.org, dedicated to promoting universal access to water and energy, and of the José Manuel Entrecanales Foundation for Innovation in Sustainability.
He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Corporación ACCIONA Energías Renovables, S.A.
Dr. Magnus Frodigh has been Vice President and Head of Ericsson Research since 2018.
Dr. Frodigh was Research Area Director for Network Architecture and Protocols at Ericsson Research from 2007 to 2018 with responsibility for driving long-term technology leadership research in the areas of network architecture and protocols comprising radio, transport and core networks, including network management.
Dr. Frodigh joined Ericsson in 1994 and has since held various key senior positions within Research & Development and Product Management, focusing on 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G technologies, and expanding collaborations between with both academia and industries. He holds 29 patents.
Dr. Frodigh was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1964. He holds a Master of Science degree from Linköping University of Technology, Sweden and earned his Ph.D. in Radio Communication Systems from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
Dr Frodigh is adjunct Professor at Royal Institute of Technology in Wireless Infrastructures since 2013.
Andrés Gluski has served as President and CEO since 2011. Under his leadership, AES has become a world leader in implementing clean technologies, including energy storage and renewable power. In 2020, Fast Company named AES as one of the Best Places to Work for Innovators, the only US-based energy company to be recognized. Guidehouse has consistently ranked Fluence—AES’ joint venture with Siemens—as the #1 grid-scale energy storage integrator in the world.
Andrés also established sustainability and corporate social responsibility goals that resulted in AES’ inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America and designation as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere® Institute for eight straight years. In 2021, the company established new aggressive carbon reduction goals including a target to achieve net zero carbon emissions from electricity sales by 2040.
He is a member of the Boards of Waste Management and Fluence. He is also Chairman of AS/COA and serves on the US-Brazil CEO Forum. Andrés is a magna cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University and earned his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Virginia.
James P. Gorman is Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Gorman became CEO in January 2010 and Chairman in January 2012. He joined the Firm in February 2006 and was named Co-President in December 2007.
Before joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Gorman held a succession of executive positions at Merrill Lynch. Prior to this, he was a senior partner of McKinsey & Co. and began his career as an attorney in Melbourne, Australia.
Among his civic activities, Mr. Gorman serves as a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Council on Foreign Relations, Chairman of the Financial Services Forum, and Co-Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Business School, and is a member of the Business Council and the Business Roundtable.
He formerly served as President of the Federal Advisory Council to the U.S.
Federal Reserve Board, Co-Chairman of the Partnership for New York City, Chairman of the Board of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and Co- Chairman of the Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Mr. Gorman, who was born in Australia, earned a B.A. and Law degree from the
University of Melbourne and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Steven J. Goulart is executive vice president and chief investment officer (CIO) of MetLife, Inc., and president, MetLife Investment Management (MIM), MetLife’s institutional investment management business.
Named CIO in May 2011, Goulart oversees MetLife’s $660 billion in total assets under management and more than 900 investment and support professionals around the world.
In 2012, he led the development and launch of MIM, and serves as its president. In August 2017, he oversaw the separation and subsequent transition of Brighthouse Financial, Inc.’s $80 billion investment portfolio management to MIM, and the successful acquisition of Logan Circle Partners in September 2017.
In conjunction with his CIO and MIM responsibilities, Goulart also served as the interim head of MetLife’s operations in Asia from November 2017 to August 2018. Prior to becoming CIO, Goulart served as senior managing director and head of MetLife’s portfolio management unit since January 2011. He joined MetLife in 2006 to head the company’s mergers and acquisitions unit, and in 2009 was also named treasurer. In these roles, he was responsible for the strategic management of MetLife’s financial resources, including capital planning and financings, risk-based capital management, liquidity and cash management, international treasury and mergers and acquisitions. In these key finance positions, Goulart oversaw the completion of capital financings exceeding $21 billion and more than fifteen strategic transactions, including MetLife’s successful $16.4 billion acquisition of Alico and the innovative tax-free split-off of MetLife’s majority stake in Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated.
Prior to joining MetLife, Goulart was a senior managing director in Bear Stearns’ financial institutions group. Prior to joining Bear Stearns in 2001, he was managing director in Morgan Stanley’s global insurance group, where he co-led U.S. client coverage of the industry. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 1998, he was managing director in the financial institutions group at Merrill Lynch, where he had been since 1984, beginning in the fixed income division. Over the course of his career, Goulart has led or participated in many transactions in the financial services industry, including insurance company demutualizations, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt offerings and initial public offerings.
Goulart received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of the Pacific, where he was elected to the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame and served as a member of the board of regents for nine years. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves as a member of the board of trustees for Tri-County Scholarship Fund and the board of directors for MetLife Foundation.
Mario Greco joined Zurich in March 2016 as Group Chief Executive Officer and member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Greco started his professional career in management consulting, working in McKinsey & Company’s Milan office from 1986 until 1994, where he became a partner in 1992 and subsequently a partner leader in the insurance segment. In 1995, he joined RAS (Allianz Group) in Milan as head of the claims division. He became general manager in charge of the insurance business the following year. In 1998, he was appointed managing director and in 2000, he became the company’s CEO. At the end of 2004, Mr. Greco joined Allianz AG’s executive board, with responsibility for France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey. In April 2005, he joined the Sanpaolo IMI Group in Milan as CEO of EurizonVita and in October 2005, he was appointed CEO of Eurizon Financial Group. From 2007 to 2012, he served at Zurich, first as CEO Global Life and from 2010, as CEO General Insurance. In 2012 he was appointed CEO of Generali.
Mr. Greco is chairman of the Pan-European Insurance Forum and a member of the board of directors of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the International Advisory Council of Bocconi University, a member of the Executive Faculty and a member of the EMBA X advisory board at the University of St.Gallen and a member of the advisory board of the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich.
Mr. Greco holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Rome and a master's degree in international economics and monetary theory from Rochester University.
Paul Hudson is leading the execution of Sanofi’s Play to Win strategy, a five-year plan (2020-2025) designed with the ambition to leverage breakthrough science to change the practice of medicine and to foster a workplace where people can bring their best selves to work. The strategy has sharpened the focus on key R&D areas, including immunology, vaccines, hemophilia, oncology, and rare diseases, with the objective of delivering breakthrough solutions to patients and improve people’s health worldwide. Under Paul’s leadership, and in the middle of a global pandemic, Sanofi has renewed its commitments to society, putting sustainability and social responsibility at the core of its long-term strategy.
Before joining Sanofi, Paul was CEO of Novartis Pharmaceuticals from 2016 to 2019, and a member of the Novartis Executive Committee. His career in healthcare has spanned the globe, with assignments in the US, Japan and Europe. Prior to Novartis, he worked for AstraZeneca, where he held several increasingly senior positions and most recently carried out the roles of president, AstraZeneca US and executive vice president, North America. He began his career in sales and marketing roles at GlaxoSmithKline UK and Sanofi-Synthélabo UK.
Paul holds a degree in economics from Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, and in July 2018 his alma mater awarded him an honorary Doctor of Business Administration for his achievements in industry.
A father of three, Paul is a hands-on dad and an ardent Manchester United football fan.
Steven K. Hudson is a highly accomplished entrepreneur, senior executive, and investor with extensive experience in leading new business initiatives and achieving growth objectives with some of the world’s leading finance companies. He has a distinguished track record across several business sectors with extensive expertise in the global financial and capital markets.
Mr. Hudson is Chief Executive Officer of ECN Capital Corp. (TSX: ECN), a leading provider of prime credit portfolios to more than 90 US financial institutions. With managed and advised assets of US$32 billion, ECN Capital originates, manages, and advises on prime credit assets offering unsecured and secured consumer portfolio solutions as well as credit card portfolios.
Previously, Mr. Hudson served for five years as the Chief Executive Officer of Element Financial Corporation. Under Mr. Hudson’s leadership, Element’s assets increased from just over $400 million to more than $24 billion, establishing it as North America’s largest independent equipment finance company and as one of the largest fleet management companies in the world.
Mr. Hudson is an active community leader and philanthropist, including serving as a significant donor to St. Michael’s Centre for Urban Health Solutions as well as being named a World Fellow by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
He has served as a board member on numerous organizations, including CHC Helicopter Corporation, First International Asset Management, Altamira Investment Services and AGRA.
Mr. Hudson has a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University. In recognition of his achievements, he received his Fellowship with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2000.
An entrepreneur, investor and incubator of successful businesses, Mr. Hudson has a distinguished track record across several business sectors, with deep expertise in financial and capital markets. He is the founder and principal of Cameron Capital, a private investment firm established more than 20 years ago. In 1984 Mr. Hudson founded Newcourt Credit Group. Under his leadership as CEO, Newcourt grew to become a worldwide leader in equipment and asset finance with owned and managed assets exceeding $36 billion prior to its sale to CIT Group in 1999.
Mr. Hudson has been an active director on numerous boards of both public and private corporations and an active community leader and philanthropist.
Mr. Hudson graduated from York University in 1981 with an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree and received his Fellowship with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2000. In 1996, Mr. Hudson received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.
Blake is the President and Chief Executive Officer of OMERS, 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.
Michael Katchen is Co-Founder and CEO of Wealthsimple, a leading financial services innovator operating in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K.
Michael cares deeply about entrepreneurship, advancing innovation in Canada, and enabling everyone, regardless of age or net worth, access to the tools and services they need to achieve financial freedom. He is an active member of the Canadian Business Council and is on the Board of the SickKids Hospital Foundation, and the Wealthsimple Foundation, an initiative that helps children from low-income families save for post-secondary education.
Michael has been called an Industry Mover by the Financial Post, a Change Agent by Canadian Business Magazine, and one of Toronto’s 50 most influential people by Toronto Life. Mr. Katchen has received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst & Young, Canadian Startup Awards, and Techvibes, as well as been named one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40".
Mr. Dinesh Khara is Chairman of the country’s largest Bank - State Bank of India. Having joined the bank as a Probationary Officer in 1984, he has rich experience in all facets of Banking. Before assuming office as Chairman, Mr. Khara has held several key positions in SBI such as MD (Global Banking & Subsidiaries), MD (Associates & Subsidiaries), MD & CEO (SBI Mutual Funds) and Chief General Manager - Bhopal Circle. He was also posted at Chicago for an overseas assignment.
As Managing Director, he led the International Banking Group, Large Corporate and Treasury operations in addition to the non-banking subsidiaries of the Bank viz., SBI Cards, SBIMF, SBI Life, SBI General etc. He also seamlessly executed the merger of five erstwhile Associate Banks and Bhartiya Mahila Bank, with SBI. Additionally, he also headed the Risk, IT and Compliance functions of the bank at various points.
Mr. Khara is a postgraduate in commerce from Delhi School of Economics and an MBA from FMS, New Delhi. He is also a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB). Mr. Khara is passionate about reading and has travelled extensively across the world.
Robert Koopman is Chief Economist and Director of Economic Research and Statistics Division at the World Trade Organization.
In this post Bob provides the Secretariat and Member Countries with analysis and information that promotes a deeper understanding of trade and trade policy's role in economic growth and development. Prior to this, he served as the Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for the United States International Trade Commission.
Bob oversaw the Commission’s trade policy research and negotiation assistance to the President, the U.S. Trade Representative, and Congress; antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard; investigations; intellectual property investigations; maintenance and analysis of the Harmonized Tariff System, as well as the agency’s strategic planning and performance measurement initiatives.
He also previously served as Chief Economist at the USITC, and various leadership positions at the Economic Research Service of USDA. He is also currently a visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute in Geneva.
Matti Latva-aho is a Director for 6G Flagship Program in Oulu, Finland, and serves as an Academy Professor in the University of Oulu, where he has worked on wireless communications research since early 1990s.
He was a Director of Centre for Wireless Communications (CWC) at the University of Oulu during the years 1998−2006, and a Head of Department of Communication Engineering until 2014. Prior to his joining the CWC, Matti worked as a Research Engineer at Nokia Mobile Phones in Oulu, Finland.
Matti completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Oulu, Finland in 1998. His research interests lie in the area of wireless radio data communications, and currently his research group focuses on 6G systems research ranging from theory to design and implementation. He has worked so far with all the generations from 1G to 6G of mobile networks.
Matti has published close to 500 conference or journal papers in the area of wireless communications. He has received a several awards, including Nokia Foundation Award in 2015 for his achievements in wireless communications research.
Dr. Jean-Charles Le Vallée is the country Representative for the IICA Delegation in Canada. Prior to joining IICA in 2019, Jean-Charles was the former head for food research at The Conference Board of Canada and a former World Bank Food and Commodity Economist. Jean-Charles has also coordinated Canada's Food Security Bureau at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and managed the world's largest online food security community for the Development Gateway in Washington, D.C. He has extensive teaching and research experience in a dozen countries with the United Nations FAO, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the World Food Prize, USAID, Global Affairs Canada, and numerous universities such as Cornell, Laval, Michigan State, and Ryerson. Jean-Charles has written extensively on food issues including a book on fostering food system resilience in Belize, and book chapter in India on political will for food security. He helped produce the 2014 Canadian Food Strategy and published various world rankings (over 100+ million media impressions) across 17 OECD countries on food industry performance; agri-food trade; food safety; public trust; food security; healthy foods, nutrition, diseases & diets; food waste & environmental performance. He helped train agri-food SMEs in Colombia, Senegal and Vietnam to grow their business and increase trade, as well as developed agriculture market information systems in Ethiopia, Mali and Mozambique. He brings thought leadership to food policy, industry and sector issues, is a regular speaker and media guest in print, TV and radio, and a frequent witness at agri-food and trade senate standing committees.
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.
King Lee is the Director Harmony Programme at World Nuclear Association leading the Harmony Programme, the nuclear industry’s vision for the future of electricity. In this role Mr Lee head a team promoting nuclear energy by working with the nuclear community to engage with key policy makers and stakeholders on the important role of nuclear energy as part of the clean energy system for sustainable development.
Mr Lee led strategic cooperation with key international institutions, such as United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Clean Energy Ministerial and World Energy Council, on development of nuclear power.
Previously, Mr Lee was Head of Nuclear Development at Lloyd’s Register, where he led strategic business development and provided technical and commercial oversight to support major nuclear projects in UK, China, Korea and UAE. This includes advice to government and industry leaders on regulatory and safety issues concerning the challenges for the nuclear industries. He has also been involved a range of power and energy projects with considerable experience on risk and assurance management.
Mr Lee was the Vice-Chair of the Energy Institute Process Safety Committee. He is a member of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Nuclear Innovation 2050 Advisory Panel and Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Flexible Nuclear Campaign Working Group. Mr Lee is the Chair of UNECE Nuclear Fuel Working Group and Vice Chair of UNECE Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems.
Mr Loh Boon Chye joined SGX as CEO on 14 July 2015. He is also an Executive and Non-Independent Director on the SGX Board. As CEO, he drives SGX’s growth strategy, with the aim of transforming SGX into a world-class multi-asset exchange.
Over the years, Mr Loh has played a key role in the development of Southeast Asia’s capital markets, having held a number of senior advisory positions. Apart from his directorship on the SGX Board from 2003 to 2012, he has also been on the Boards of GIC Pte Ltd since November 2012, Economic Development Board Singapore since February 2017 and the World Federation of Exchanges since September 2017. He is also Chairman of the Sim Kee Boon Institute for Financial Economics Advisory Board and Co-Chair of the Council for Board Diversity.
With a career in the financial industry that spans close to 30 years, Mr Loh was most recently Deputy President and Head of Asia Pacific Global Markets at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch from December 2012 to May 2015. He was also the bank’s Country Executive for Singapore and Southeast Asia and a member of its Asia Pacific Executive Committee.
Mr Loh began his career as an Investment Officer with the Monetary Authority of Singapore in 1989. He joined the Singapore branch of Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. of New York in 1992, managing its Southeast Asia fixed-income and derivatives business. From 1995 to 2012, he was with Deutsche Bank AG, where he held various leadership roles including Head of Corporate & Investment Banking for Asia Pacific and Head of Global Markets for Asia.
Mr Loh is a council member and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Banking & Finance Singapore and a council member at the Singapore Business Federation. He was also previously Chairman of the Singapore Foreign Exchange Market Committee, as well as Deputy President of ACI Singapore. He was awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Markets in Asia in the Euromoney Awards for Excellence in 2010, and was presented the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Market Reform Award 2017.
Mr Loh holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the National University of Singapore.
Jessica Lovering is the co-founder of Good Energy Collective. She is a Fellow with the Energy for Growth Hub, looking at how advanced nuclear can be deployed in sub-Saharan Africa. She previously directed the Energy Program at the Breakthrough Institute, a pioneering research institute changing how people think about energy and the environment. Her work at Breakthrough sought policies to spur innovation in nuclear power technologies to drive down costs and accelerate deployment as part of a solution to climate change and economic development. She has a bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics from University of California Berkeley, a Master’s degree in Energy Policy from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, where she focused her dissertation on how commercial nuclear trade affects international security standards and how very small nuclear reactors could be deployed at the community level.
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.
Annie Marsolais was appointed BDC’s Chief Marketing Officer in 2018.
Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in communications and marketing, she spearheads the development and execution of BDC’s multichannel marketing and client experience strategies across the country. She also oversees the bank’s brand and reputation management, as well as social impact programs.
Ms. Marsolais’ main focus is on service excellence so Canadian small and medium-sized businesses have access and receive the support they need no matter how they choose to engage with BDC, whether it’s online, via mobile devices or in person. She achieves this by leading a multidisciplinary team with expertise in digital strategies, sales enablement, multichannel marketing, communications, and client analytics.
When she joined BDC in 2015 as Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Ms. Marsolais led a complete overhaul of the bank’s image. Her deployment of a new communication platform raised market recognition and awareness of BDC.
Prior to BDC, Ms. Marsolais held management and executive positions at TELUS, Yellow Pages and Weber Shandwick.
She is an active community member and sits on the board of Fondation Marie-Vincent, which helps children who are victims of sexual abuse. On behalf of BDC, she also acts as an advocate to increase mental health awareness among entrepreneurs.
Ms. Marsolais holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Université du Québec à Montréal and a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature from Université de Montréal.
David McCormick is the CEO of Bridgewater Associates. Prior to Bridgewater, he was the US Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs in the George W. Bush Administration during the global financial crisis, and also had senior roles on the National Security Council and in the Department of Commerce.
Previously, David served as CEO and then President of two publicly-traded software companies, and before that was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, a veteran of the First Gulf War, and has a Ph.D. from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs.
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.
As Vice President of Technology and Solutions, Mike Nawrocki focuses on strategic initiatives to advance ATIS members’ business and technology priorities.
Bringing extensive telecommunications strategy experience and a service provider perspective, Mike provides ATIS direction on emerging technology trends as well as next generation technologies and networks. Before ATIS, he served as Director – Standards for Verizon Technology, and previously, as principal technologist in Verizon’s CTO organization. His extensive career with major service providers includes working in network planning and engineering positions at Verizon and AT&T Bell Labs. Mike has previously served on the MoCA Board of Directors and participated on FCC working groups, including the Technological Advisory Council, CSRIC and Network Reliability Council. At ATIS, he serves as a key policy interface with the FCC and other agencies.
Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering – Communications from the George Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Science. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Lenore Newman is the director of the Food and Agriculture Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley where she studies technology and food security. Lenore is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada's New College. Lenore studies agricultural land use policy and agricultural technologies including cellular agriculture and vertical agriculture. Her first book, Speaking in Cod Tongues, was published to wide acclaim in January, 2017. Her award winning second book, Lost Feast, was published by ECW Press in 2019. She holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from York University.
Mr. Perez Fortea joined GLOBALVIA in 2011 and has been serving as Chief Executive Officer since 2013. He is a Member of UNECE PPP Business Advisory Board since April, 2016 and Member of the Advisory Board of Cornell University's Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP) since October, 2016.
He is a Civil Engineer with over thirty years’ experience who started his professional career in the world of construction. He worked firstly in Spain and then in the USA, Indonesia, The Philippines and Jamaica as Country General Manager for several Spanish construction companies.
He has worked in the transportation infrastructure PPP world having been involved in the world's largest projects of this nature. He worked for Cintra (1999-2011) as Highways Director for Spain, Europe and South America and handled a total investment of over €8 Billion worldwide having participated in the successful refinancing of H407ETR after award.
Mr. Perez Fortea has been responsible for the financing, construction and operation of infrastructure projects in 14 countries in 3 different continents.
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.
The Honourable Lisa Raitt joined CIBC Capital Markets in January 2020, having previously worked in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Raitt’s current focus is on senior client coverage and business development with clients in the energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors, which align closely with her deep expertise.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Raitt was the President and CEO of the Toronto Port Authority. She was elected into the House of Commons in 2008, where she went on to hold three senior portfolios serving as Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Labour, and Minister of Transport. Most recently, Ms. Raitt was the Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and the Conservative Party of Canada.
Ms. Raitt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University and a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Guelph. She possesses an LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario bar in 1998. In 2020 Ms. Raitt was named a Woodrow Wilson Center Global Fellow of the Canada Institute.
Michael W. Rencheck is President and Chief Executive Officer of Bruce Power. Bruce Power provides over 30% of the electricity for Ontario, and produces medical grade isotopes that help to sterilize 40% of the single-use medical devices around the world, while also treating cancer. Bruce Power provides electricity from eight nuclear reactors, and a five-turbine wind energy facility. 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. Prior to joining Bruce Power in 2016, he 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 five million customers in 11 states, with 38,000 megawatts 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 U.S. Department of Energy as a STEM ambassador, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority. Mike currently sits on the board of directors of the Nuclear Energy Institute.
He also has demonstrated a commitment to many organizations that make a difference in people’s lives including Habitat for Humanity and the United Way.
He is a Professional Engineer and certified senior reactor operator and currently serves on the Advisory Councils of several small modular reactor companies.
Minister Sarkaria has the honour of representing his community as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton South and serving the people of Ontario as the President of the Treasury Board.
Through his role as President of the Treasury Board, he is responsible for the province’s expenditure management efforts, the government’s internal audit work, and is the official employer of Ontario’s public servants. He also serves as Vice Chair of the province’s Future State Modernization Committee.
Prior to assuming leadership of the Treasury Board Secretariat, he held the role of Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, during which time he was named one of the ‘Top 50 most influential Torontonians of 2020’ in Toronto Life magazine.
Before answering the call to public service, Minister Sarkaria worked as a corporate and commercial Associate at Miller Thomson LLP. He earned his law degree from the University of Windsor as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he majored in Finance. Prior to his legal career, he worked at TD Securities.
In April 2020, he and his wife, Sarpreet, welcomed their daughter, Devya, into the world. He is an avid sports fan who enjoys playing and watching golf, hockey, basketball, and football. If ever you have the opportunity to visit his office, you won’t fail to recognize which team won the 2019 NBA Championship.
Minister Sarkaria entered public service in order to advocate for hardworking families in Brampton South and all across Ontario. He’s committed to vocalizing the concerns of everyday people, who he is humbled to serve.
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.
Mr. Siebel is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of C3.ai, a computer software company that provides a Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) applications for rapidly developing and operating enterprise-scale big data, predictive analytics, AI, and IoT solutions.
Mr. Siebel was the founder and chief executive officer of Siebel Systems, one of the world’s leading software companies. Founded in 1993, Siebel Systems pioneered the CRM software market, becoming the global leader with more than 8,000 employees in 32 countries, over 4,500 corporate customers, and annual revenue in excess of $2 billion in less than seven years. Siebel Systems merged with Oracle Corporation in January 2006.
Mr. Siebel is the chairman of the Thomas and Stacey Siebel Foundation. Established in 1996, the Foundation funds projects to support energy solutions, educational and research programs, public health, and the homeless and underprivileged. In 2015 the Foundation launched the Siebel Energy Institute, a global consortium for innovative and collaborative energy research for the public domain. The Siebel Energy Institute fosters research collaboration among premier universities and spurs the greatest minds in engineering and computer science to address the most pressing energy challenges of our time.
Mr. Siebel serves on the College of Engineering boards at the University of Illinois and the University of California, Berkeley. He is a director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Siebel is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History, an M.B.A., and a Master of Science in Computer Science. He is the author of four books, including most recently Digital Transformation: Survive and Thrive in an Era of Mass Extinction (RosettaBooks, 2019).
Sir Martin Sorrell is Founder and Executive Chairman of S4 Capital plc, which is building a purely digital advertising and marketing services business for global, multinational, regional, local clients and millennial-driven influencer brands.
Sir Martin was CEO of WPP for 33 years, building it from a £1 million “shell” company in 1985 into the world’s largest advertising and marketing services company. When Sir Martin left in April 2018, WPP had a market capitalisation of over £16 billion, revenues of over £15 billion, profits of approximately £2 billion and over 200,000 people in 113 countries. Prior to that, Sir Martin was Group Financial Director of Saatchi & Saatchi plc for 9 years and worked for James Gulliver, Mark McCormack and Glendinning Associates before that.
S4 Capital plc merged with MediaMonks, its content practice, in July 2018 and MightyHive, its programmatic practice, in December 2018 and has added eight further content programmatic and data companies to both practices in 2019 and six in 2020. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange under SFOR.L and after a little over two years, S4 Capital plc has over 2870 people in 30 countries, with a market capitalization of over $2.7 billion.
Sir Martin supports a number of leading business schools and universities, including his alma maters, Harvard Business School and Cambridge University and a number of charities, including his family foundation.
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.
Alexander (Sandy) Taylor is President of SNC-Lavalin’s global Nuclear sector, which provides deep expertise across the entire nuclear life cycle including reactor new build support and consultancy, operations and maintenance, life extension, decommissioning and waste management in the company’s many geographies, as well as other non-power related nuclear solutions. Mr. Taylor’s oversight includes the design and delivery of CANDU® reactors, the development of advanced fuel technologies for implementation in international markets and small modular reactor (SMR) support.
Prior to this role, Mr. Taylor was President of SNC-Lavalin’s former Power sector which comprised nuclear as well as hydropower, renewables, conventional power, and transmission & distribution.
Mr. Taylor joined SNC-Lavalin in 2014 after 29 years with ABB. He held a number of senior roles including Senior Group Vice-President of the Global Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals business unit, and President and CEO of ABB Canada. His expertise spans various engineering sectors, with an excellent track record in power projects and in providing services to industrial and utility clients around the world.
Mr. Taylor began his career at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL) in 1979, where he contributed to the successful start-up and operation of various CANDU sites.
Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Wajax Corporation.
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.
Eric Usher Heads the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative, UNEP FI, a global partnership bringing together the UN with a global group of banks, insurers and asset managers working to develop the sustainable finance and responsible investment agendas. Eric oversees governance, strategy and day-to-day management of UNEP FI’s work programme and global network development. Over the years UNEP FI has established some of the most important sustainability oriented frameworks within the finance industry, including the Principles for Responsible Investment (2006), the Principles for Sustainable Insurance (2012) and the Principles for Responsible Banking (2019). Since joining in 2015, Mr. Usher has focused on accelerating the deep integration of sustainability risks into financial practice, including addressing climate change, natural capital loss and human rights abuses, as well as building out the frameworks for positive impact finance needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Eric sits on several industry bodies including as UN representative on the Board of the Principles for Responsible Investment, and as a member of the governing boards of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative, the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, the Investor Agenda and the impact fund REPP Africa.
Prior to leading UNEP FI, Mr. Usher has over twenty years of experience in the low carbon sectors, spanning technology commercialisation in Canada, solar rural electrification in Morocco and financial sector development across emerging markets. During 2011, Mr. Usher worked on the establishment of the Green Climate Fund and led efforts to create its Private Sector Facility. Eric has been an editor of the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment report published annually with Bloomberg and was lead author for finance of the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources. Earlier in his career, Eric was General Manager of a solar rural electrification company based in Morocco.
As Global Head of Healthcare, Anna leads the KPMG healthcare network of 5,000 professionals who provide Audit, Tax and Advisory services to healthcare organizations in more than 55 countries and territories around the world.
Anna is a trusted advisor to health leaders ranging from ministers of health, hospital CEOs and executives of payor organisations across six continents. She draws on more than 30 years of experience in diverse senior managerial, board and consultancy roles in the sector. She understands the complex nature of the sector and brings not only a bold vision for the future of health but also the experience to execute on transformation initiatives.
Anna is the author of several KPMG International publications on topics that include organizational transformation, health equity, COVID-19 recovery and resilience, value-based healthcare, out of hospital care provision, and technology-enabled care delivery systems. She is also a well-regarded keynote speaker at international events covering topics that include healthcare system effectiveness and resilience, digital transformation and health equity.
Prior to her appointment as Global Head in 2020, Anna was Head of Healthcare for KPMG in the Netherlands, where she founded and grew the firm’s healthcare advisory business. In this role, 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. Anna was also global lead for KPMG’s Care System Redesign proposition group, in this capacity she worked extensively with clients to transform and help futureproof care systems.
Before joining KPMG in 2011, Anna held senior-level positions at several hospitals and academic health sciences centers, where she led and executed transformations. As CEO of the Dutch Diagnosis Related-Groups (DRGs) and Pricing Office, Anna was a major force behind the adoption of DRG systems for providers and the introduction of a new national healthcare payment system.
Anna has a PhD in Economic Sciences from Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is fluent in English, French, German and Dutch.
Matt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Guardians 1 July 2018. He is responsible for the general management of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation and of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund under delegation from the Board.
Matt joined the Guardians in May 2008 as General Manager, Private Markets. In 2014 Matt became Chief Investment Officer overseeing the Investments Group, responsible for the Fund’s portfolio construction and investment activity in listed and unlisted markets, both directly and through investment managers. Matt’s achievements in this role included the development of the Fund’s climate change investment strategy, risk allocation process and risk budget framework, along with the strengthening of the Guardians’ New Zealand and international direct investment capabilities.
Before joining the Guardians, Matt was at Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) where he was Head of Financial Sponsor Coverage for nonJapan Asia. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director at First NZ Capital in New Zealand and a Vice President at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. Matt began his career as a Barrister and Solicitor with Russell McVeagh in Auckland.
Matt is a member of Focusing Capital on the Long Term, a Director of Netball New Zealand and Co-Chair of the Aotearoa Circle’s Sustainable Finance Forum. Matt has previously served as a member of the World Economic Forum General Agenda Council on the Future of Investing, and as Chair of the InZone Education Foundation.
Andrew Willis is a business columnist for the Report on Business at The Globe and Mail, based in Toronto. He has been in business communications and journalism for three decades. From 2010 to 2016, he was senior vice president of communications for Brookfield Asset Management. Andrew's career in journalism included stints at a number of publications, including writing the Streetwise column at the Globe and Mail from 1995 to 2010. He also worked at The Financial Post, The Financial Times of Canada, Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal, and Maclean’s magazine. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from University of King's College, Halifax.