MediaCentralView Speaker Bio
Aryeh Green is director of MediaCentral, a Jerusalem-based project providing support services to foreign journalists based in or visiting Israel (www.m-central.org). He has been an advisor to Natan Sharansky and a high-tech business executive and consultant for the past decade and more, and is a frequent speaker on Israel, human rights in the Middle East, and current affairs.
Ombudsman of OntarioView Speaker Bio
André Marin was appointed as Ontario’s sixth Ombudsman in April 2005, for a five-year term. He brings to the Ombudsman’s office a highly respected and extensive background in the oversight of public institutions. Since his appointment, he has reorganized the Ombudsman's office and refocused its resources on high-profile, systemic investigations into issues affecting millions of Ontarians, from ...
Reporter and Columnist
The New York TimesView Speaker Bio
Andrew Ross Sorkin is The New York Times’s chief mergers and acquisitions reporter and a columnist. Mr. Sorkin is also the editor of DealBook (nytimes.com/dealbook), an online daily financial report he started in 2001. In addition, Sorkin is an assistant editor of business and finance news, helping guide and shape the paper’s coverage.
Obama White House Communications Director, 2009View Speaker Bio
Beginning with her time as an unpaid intern answering phones at the White House and culminating at Obama for America headquarters on the night of November 4th, 2008, Anita Dunn rose to the very pinnacle of strategic communications. As the brain-trust behind the most disciplined, coherent,and creative presidential campaign ever, she implemented a strategy that broke the traditional rules of camp...
Privacy and Big Data Institute - Ryerson UniversityView Speaker Bio
Appointed as the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada in 1997, Dr. Ann Cavoukian served for an unprecedented three terms as Commissioner. In that time, she elevated the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner from a novice regulatory body to a first-class agency, known around the world for its cutting edge innovation and leadership. Dr. Cavoukian is best known for ...
United Nations Environment ProgrammeView Speaker Bio
The United Nations General Assembly in 2006 unanimously elected Mr. Achim Steiner as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme for a four-year term, and subsequently for a further four years in 2010. Following the decision of the 68th General Assembly of United Nations, Mr. Steiner’s mandate has been extended for two years up to June 2016.
Chairman, President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers (2010-2011)
Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of BusinessView Speaker Bio
Austan Goolsbee is a Professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he researches tax policy, American industry, technology and innovation as the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics.
President & CEO
Forest Products Association of CanadaView Speaker Bio
As the President and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada since 2002, Avrim Lazar has guided Canada’s Forest Products Industry into the 21st century. Named to the RISI Top 50 Power List in 2011, Mr. Lazar stewarded the landmark Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement in 2010, bringing together 21 FPAC member companies and nine environmental organizations. For his leadership, Mr. Lazar was ...
Corporate CatalystView Speaker Bio
Mr. Griffiths was born in Rangoon, Burma. He was educated at McDonogh School, Maryland, McGill University in Canada (BAI954) and at The Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (MBAI956). In 1956, he began his career with Canadian Resins and Chemicals in market research and product development. In 1959 and 1960 he was a management consultant and joined a client, Consumers Packagin...
Chief Executive Officer
Toronto Transit CommissionView Speaker Bio
Andy Byford was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Transit Commission in March, 2012. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the largest transit agency in Canada, and the third largest in North America, carrying over 500 million riders on an annual basis. Andy joined the TTC as Chief Operating Officer in November, 2011 and was responsible for the delivery of safe, punc...
Canadian Accredited Independent SchoolsView Speaker Bio
Anne-Marie Kee completed a B.A. in English, a B.Ed. and an M.Ed. from Queen’s University in Kingston; her Additional Qualifications include Special Education, Design & Technology and Principals Qualifications Parts One and Two. She has attended the Annual Independent School Institute at Harvard and is currently enrolled in the Director's College Chartered Director Program. She taught in the Kin...
Executive Vice-President & Head of Global Transaction Banking
ScotiabankView Speaker Bio
As Executive Vice-President & Head of Global Transaction Banking (GTB), Alberta Cefis leads a key business within Scotiabank. GTB delivers comprehensive banking solutions on a global basis to all business client segments – ranging from sole proprietorships to commercial enterprises, multinational corporations, financial institutions, government entities, and not-for-profit organizations. The se...
CEO & Vice-Chairman
The Canadian Peres Center For PeaceView Speaker Bio
Arie Raif is a diplomat with a distinguished Government service record; Consul of Israel to Canada, Trade Mission Delegation (1976 - 1981), Consul General (Hon) of Botswana to Canada, Vice Chairman & CEO of The Peres Center for Peace-Canada, President of the Canadian Friends of Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba - Israel, Vice President of AMOS (Air Marshall Operational System) - developed by an Israel...
President and Chief Executive Officer
Toronto HydroView Speaker Bio
Mr. Haines is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Hydro Corporation and its subsidiaries. Toronto Hydro is one of the largest urban electricity distribution companies in North America. Toronto Hydro serves 2.5 million residents of the city of Toronto and operates assets of $2.5 billion with an annual revenue of $2.8 billion. Mr. Haines has worked in the Canadian energy...
Ontario’s New Democratic PartyView Speaker Bio
MPP for Hamilton Centre, Andrea Horwath was elected leader of Ontario’s New Democratic Party on March 7, 2009. She is the first woman to lead the Ontario NDP and only the second woman in history to lead a major party in Ontario. Ms. Horwath was first elected in a by-election in the former riding of Hamilton East in May, 2004. Prior to her involvement with provincial politics, Ms. Horwath...
Canadian Medical AssociationView Speaker Bio
Anna Reid was born in 1958 in Nairobi, Kenya, and moved at age six to Dundas, Ontario. Childhood family trips to the University of Toronto Anatomy Lab to visit her great-uncle Dr. John Grant sparked an interest in medicine. In 1981 she received an honours degree in wildlife biology from the University of Guelph and in 1986 her medical degree from the University of Ottawa. In 1988 she completed ...
Former Vice-President of Corporate Strategy and Business Sustainability
WalmartView Speaker Bio
Andy Ruben is a transformative business leader who has pioneered some of the most significant and far-reaching change in retail in recent times. Ruben launched sustainability at Walmart. His strategic leadership and innovative approach has been credited with integrating sustainability to mainstream business, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in bottom line efficiencies. Following h...
Public Health Reporter
The Globe and MailView Speaker Bio
André Picard is one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators. Currently the public health reporter at The Globe & Mail, he has been a staff writer for over 20 years. He is also the author of three books and has received much acclaim for his writing and for his dedication to improving healthcare. In 2010, he was awarded a National Newspaper Award as Canada’s top newspa...
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, THE TRIPLE PACKAGE: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in AmericaView Speaker Bio
Amy Chua is a professor at Yale Law School and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2011. She is the author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which unleashed a firestorm debate about the cultural value of self-discipline, as well as 2014’s bestselling The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America, ...
President and Chief Executive Officer
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)View Speaker Bio
Alex Munter is President and CEO of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre. Since joining CHEO in 2011, he has helped CHEO earn recognition as one of Canada’s most admired corporate cultures and a leader in research, health technology and patient-centred care. CHEO is a world-class centre that provides outstanding family-centred patient ca...
Professor of Law
Osgoode Hall School of LawView Speaker Bio
Alan Young is an Associate Professor of Law at Osgoode Law School, and for nearly two decades has provided free legal services to those whose alternative lifestyles have brought them into conflict with the law. Through his work representing countless people suffering from AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis who were charged after using marihuana for medicinal purposes, the Federal Government wa...
Senior Wealth Advisor, Portfolio Manager
ScotiaMcLeodView Speaker Bio
For over two decades, Andrew has held several senior market analyst positions in Canada’s financial industry, advising individual clients and small businesses on financial issues. Prior to joining ScotiaMcLeod, he was the VP and Head of Capital Market Research for Scotia Economics and also the Chief Canadian Strategist for the Dutch bank, ABN AMRO. During his career, he has provided economic an...
President & CEO
Enbridge Inc.View Speaker Bio
Al Monaco was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on October 1, 2012. He is also a member of the Enbridge Inc. Board of Directors. Prior to being appointed President of Enbridge Inc. in February 2012, Mr. Monaco served as President, Gas Pipelines, Green Energy & International with responsibility for the growth and operations of Enbridge’s gas pipelines, including the Gas Gathering &...
Stand and CommandView Speaker Bio
Avnish is the Principal at Stand and Command, a Calgary based strategic consulting and presentation firm. Born and raised in Calgary, Avnish graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree that focused on Human Resources and Public Policy. Avnish had a successful career in the corporate sector as a currency trader, in the risk management industry, and then finally as an owner an...
SurveyMonkeyView Speaker Bio
Adam Inglis joined SurveyMonkey in April 2012 and is Senior Counsel within the legal team. Adam’s primary areas of responsibility include international operations, M&A and transactional work, intellectual property issues, and governance. Before joining SurveyMonkey, he was a senior associate in Norton Rose Canada’s Calgary office and prior to that an associate in Fasken Martineau DuMoulin’s T...
Minister of Foreign Trade
Costa RicaView Speaker Bio
Founder and co-founder, chairman and manager of several companies in the technological sector, including TecApro, Indromics, Evicertia, InnovApro and Infonet International. Vice Chairman of the Bank of Costa Rica and the International Bank of Costa Rica. Chairman of the BCR - Mutual Funds Management Company and BCR - Insurance Brokerage firm. Chairman of the Bank of Costa Rica Transformation an...
Director of the Board, Startup Canada
Former BNN Anchor; Author,View Speaker Bio
Andrea Mandel-Campbell is a veteran business journalist, author, policy entrepreneur and communications specialist who became a founding Board Director of Startup Canada in 2012. Currently she is the Director of Corporate Communications at Kinross Gold Corporation in Toronto. Before that Andrea was a television anchor on CTV’s Business News Network. She hosted SqueezePlay, a primetime current a...
Faces and Voices of Recovery CanadaView Speaker Bio
Ann Dowsett Johnston is the bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, named one of the top 10 books of 2013 by the Washington Post and recipient of the American Alcoholism Research Media Award.
Managing Director & Chief Economist
CIBC World MarketsView Speaker Bio
Avery Shenfeld is Managing Director and Chief Economist of CIBC World Markets Inc. He has been with CIBC since 1993 and is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading economists for his perceptive analysis and insight on economic developments and their implications for financial markets.
Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement SecretariatView Speaker Bio
Aran O'Carroll has worked with the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) both as national conservation planning coordinator for the CBFA’s work on protected areas and species at risk, and now as Executive Director. Previously, he worked with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, where he was the national manager of legal and regulatory affairs and its lead negotiator for the CBFA.
Power Group, SNC-LavalinView Speaker Bio
Alexander (Sandy) Taylor is President of SNC-Lavalin’s Power Group. He is responsible for the company's Nuclear, Hydro, Transmission & Distribution and Thermal divisions. Mr. Taylor joins SNC-Lavalin after 29 years with ABB, where 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 Cana...
Liberal Party of CanadaView Speaker Bio
Anna was elected President of the Liberal Party of Canada in February, 2014. She campaigned primarily on preparing the Liberal Party for the next election by empowering its grassroots, focusing on volunteers and developing a digital culture within the organization. In addition to being an active member of the Liberal Party for over 15 years, Anna has also worked as a special assistant to Minist...
President & Vice-Chancellor
University of OttawaView Speaker Bio
Allan Rock is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa. A graduate of the University’s Faculty of Law, he practiced for more than two decades as a trial lawyer with the Fasken firm in Toronto. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1988 and was elected as head of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1992. In 1993, Allan Rock was elected to ...
The Coastal First NationsView Speaker Bio
Art Sterritt is currently the Executive Director of the Coastal First Nations- Great Bear Initiative (CFN-GBI) in Vancouver, British Columbia. As Executive Director he provides leadership and vision to ensure the CFN achieves its goal of an ecologically and economically sustainable coast now known as the Great Bear Rainforest. The CFN is an alliance of First Nations on British Columbia's Nor...
Managing Director and Co-Head
Power & Energy Infrastructure Group Investment & Corporate BankingView Speaker Bio
Aaron is a Managing Director and Co‐Head of the Power & Energy Infrastructure Group at BMO Capital Markets. He joined the firm in 1999 and has extensive experience advising clients on merger and acquisition opportunities involving both corporate and asset transactions. He has worked with clients on many debt, preferred share and equity financings (including initial public offerings). Aaron has ...
Chief Executive Officer
Tulip RetailView Speaker Bio
Ali Asaria was formerly the CEO and founder of Well.ca, Canada's largest online health, baby and beauty store. Prior to founding Well.ca, Ali worked at Research In Motion (RIM) Blackberry devices; where he independently developed “BrickBreaker”, the most popular Blackberry game that is now on more than 100 million devices worldwide. In 2005, Ali was RIM's youngest patent recipient. Prior to RIM...
Executive Vice-President, Environment, Corporate Affairs & Legal
CenovusView Speaker Bio
As Executive Vice-President, Environment, Corporate Affairs & Legal, Al is accountable for the company’s environment strategy and performance, as well as regulatory applications and compliance. He’s also accountable for ensuring Cenovus builds strong relationships and communicates effectively with stakeholders including investors, government, media, the public, employees and the communities whe...
BNNView Speaker Bio
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Andrew Bell worked as an investment reporter and editor with The Globe and Mail for 12 years prior to joining BNN. Bell is a keen student of investing idiocy and corporate blunders, relishing the opportunity to examine stocks and mutual funds. Bell gives his blunt, well-researched assessment on the hot stocks of the day and takes viewers through the detailed numbers...
Senior Policy Advisor to the President
Canadian Internet Registration AuthorityView Speaker Bio
As Senior Policy Advisor to the President of CIRA, the manager of the .ca ccTLD for Canada, Allan provides advice and leadership on Internet governance issues. He is active in the ICANN multi-stakeholder Internet governance process, principally in the ccNSO where CIRA’s CEO, Byron Holland, is Chair. He has also played an active role in larger, broader Internet governance processes, attending r...
George Brown CollegeView Speaker Bio
A native of Toronto, Anne Sado has been President of George Brown College since 2004. Her impact on the vision, direction and culture of the college has resulted in significant growth at George Brown, and has activated a critical public discussion on the value of college education in Ontario’s economic development.
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Andrew Garsch (Capt Retired, P.Eng. PMP) joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 2001, attending the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). He graduated from RMC in 2005 with a B. Eng (Mech) and was posted to 1 Combat Engineer Regiment. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 as an Engineer Troop Commander. Upon his return he was posted to the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineers as an...
eBay CanadaView Speaker Bio
As eBay Canada’s managing director, Andrea Stairs leads the Canadian strategy and operations of one of the world’s largest online marketplaces and Canada’s second largest e-commerce business. In this role, Andrea is responsible for cultivating eBay’s community of Canadian users -- from individual consumers to established brands and retailers -- and for overseeing all of eBay’s Canadian functio...
AMPCOView Speaker Bio
Adam White joined the Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario as their President in August 2005. The Association of Major Power Consumers in Ontario is a not-for-profit consumer interest advocacy organization that promotes the competitiveness of Ontario industry through reliable supplies of electricity at affordable rates. AMPCO represents business consumers in the forestry, chemica...
TSN & CBCView Speaker Bio
CBC Sports' Andi Petrillo is a veteran sportscaster who most recently returned from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she hosted the Olympic Daytime Coverage alongside David Amber. Petrillo also serves as host of CBC Sports' Road To The Olympic Games each weekend. She, along with co-host Scott Russell, guides viewers through CBC Sports' coverage of national and international elite high-performance ...
Vice-President, Research & Patient Programs, Crohn's and Colitis Canada
Vice-présidente, Recherche et programmes à l’intention des patients, Crohn et Colite CanadaView Speaker Bio
Aida Fernandes is the current Vice-President, Research & Patient Programs at the Crohn’s and Colitis Canada (CCC). In her role, Aida leads the organization’s research, patient services and advocacy programs. She is responsible developing and implementing the organization’s scientific and education strategy and building partnerships that will advance basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic...
President and CEO
Calgary Chamber of CommerceView Speaker Bio
Adam Legge joined the Calgary Chamber as the President + CEO in September of 2010. Adam is a strong believer in a vibrant and healthy business community and the role that it plays in the overall prosperity of the city. His focus at the Calgary Chamber is to ensure that the environment exists for all businesses to be successful. Before joining the Calgary Chamber, Adam held the role of vi...
Vice-President, Marketing & Communications
Crohn's and Colitis CanadaView Speaker Bio
Angie Specic joined Crohn’s and Colitis Canada in January 2016. An accomplished marketing leader with over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Angie brings extensive capabilities in brand strategy, advertising, communications and digital engagement.
WhitemanView Speaker Bio
Ashley Whiteman is a high school graduate from Edmonton, Alberta, who is passionate about supporting her community. At school, she was part of several different programs and committees such as the Jean Forest Leadership Academy, Personalized Self-directed Learning, and the Student Union; she also mentored through the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, Social Justice, and was involved ...
PD Frazer AssociatesView Speaker Bio
Ambassador Paul Frazer brings to his clients 20 years well-grounded in Washington, DC and several years working abroad. He draws upon extensive experience in both the public and private sectors to counsel clients on the best strategic approach to securing their interests. No one in Washington can claim his international and domestic U.S. and Canadian policy bona fides. Paul advises a broad a...
Anchor & Reporter
BNNView Speaker Bio
Amber Kanwar is an anchor and reporter appearing on Business Day AM and The Disruptors. Kanwar is a relentless digger, always looking for ways to break news and bring exclusive information and insight to BNN’s audience. Amber is a homegrown product of the BNN newsroom, working her way up from intern, to segment producer, and now to anchor. She specializes in equity markets and is constantly ...
President & Vice-Chancellor
Western UniversityView Speaker Bio
Amit Chakma is the 10th President & Vice-Chancellor of Western University. He also currently serves as a member of the Science, Technology & Innovation Council of Canada, and as a council member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Canadian Pharmacists AssociationView Speaker Bio
Alistair Bursey is the Chair of the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA). He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2014 as the New Brunswick Pharmacists’ Association (NBPA) representative and as Vice Chair in 2015.
Co-Founder and Chairman
Myeloma CanadaView Speaker Bio
Since being diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2002, Mr Del Col has directed his attention to creating an effective national platform to address the needs of the Canadian myeloma community. In 2004 he founded the Myeloma Montreal Support Network, and in 2005 he co-founded Myeloma Canada. Mr Del Col has focused his efforts on establishing the organization as the voice of the Canadian myeloma com...
Anchor Bloomberg North
Author, The Beauty of DiscomfortView Speaker Bio
Amanda Lang is considered one of Canada's top business journalists. After 20 years of working the beat in North America's major markets, Amanda brings her impressively savvy expertise in financial markets and the global and Canadian economies to Bloomberg TV Canada. Amanda's reputation for conducting captivating interviews with high-profile guests, combined with her quick-witted and insightful ...
Member of Provincial Parliament
Beaches–East YorkView Speaker Bio
Arthur Potts was first elected as Member of Provincial Parliament for Beaches–East York on June 12, 2014. He brings to the role a passion for public service and a history of working with others to find sustainable solutions. As an entrepreneur and small-business owner, Arthur understands the challenges and opportunities of Ontarians trying to make their way in our great province. Arthur bega...
Conservative Leadership ContenderView Speaker Bio
Andrew Scheer has spent his working life both in the public and private sectors, providing him with the experience and intimately knowledge of the many opportunities and challenges that face other hard-working families in Canada. Andrew studied History and Politics at the University of Ottawa and the University of Regina, and is fluent in both official languages. For several years prior t...
Editor in Chief Toronto Sun and 24Hrs TorontoView Speaker Bio
Adrienne Batra was born and raised in Saskatchewan. She has an undergraduate degree in political science and a Masters in Public Administration. Ms. Batra worked at the Saskatchewan Legislature as a researcher with the opposition caucus office. She then moved on to be the Manitoba Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canada's largest taxpayer advocacy group. In 2010, Ms. Ba...