The Economist ( 1993-2006)View Speaker Bio
President and Chief Executive Officer
Imperial Tobacco CanadaView Speaker Bio
Benjamin Kemball, President and Chief Executive Officer of Imperial Tobacco Canada, took up his current position on February 11, 2005. Since January 2002, he had been the President and Managing Director of Cigarrera Bigott in Venezuela.
BDO Dunwoody LimitedView Speaker Bio
Blair works with BDO’s Financial Recovery Services practice, specializing in the refinancing and restructuring of underperforming companies. Blair has over 25 years of insolvency and restructuring related experience, including 18 years as a partner with KPMG’s Transaction Advisory Services practice where he successfully restructured numerous businesses through a combination of opera...
Business Development Specialist
City of Moncton, New BrunswickView Speaker Bio
Originally from the Eastern Townships in Quebec, Ben moved to Moncton in 1998 when he was offered a Market Analyst position with Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation. In 2001, Ben was promoted to Senior Market Analyst for New Brunswick, a position that he held for 4 years. In June 2005, Ben joined the City of Moncton to lead the new Economic Development Office. In his role as the City’s Busi...
LoyaltyOne, Inc.View Speaker Bio
As President of LoyaltyOne (formerly Alliance Data Loyalty Services), Bryan Pearson is responsible for leading the organization’s six loyalty enterprises including: the AIR MILES® Reward Program, North America’s premier coalition loyalty program; COLLOQUY®, a global loyalty marketing publisher; Direct Antidote, a full-service direct marketing agency specializing in data-driven campaigns designe...
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Public Accountability BoardView Speaker Bio
Brian Hunt was appointed CEO of the Canadian Public Accountability Board on January 29, 2009. Mr. Hunt was active in CPAB’s creation and served as a Director since its inception. Prior to his current position at CPAB, Mr. Hunt was President and CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Prior to his position with the Ontario Institute, Mr. Hunt held numerous executive positions i...
Chairman, President & CEO
Imperial Oil Ltd.View Speaker Bio
Bruce March is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Imperial Oil Limited and has been a director of Imperial since January 1, 2008.A native of Middleport, New York, Mr. March is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology. He joined Mobil Oil at the Buffalo Refinery as a project engineer in 1980 and advanced through increasingly responsible management assignments in refin...
Macdonald-Laurier InstituteView Speaker Bio
Brian Lee Crowley has headed up the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) in Ottawa since its inception in March of 2010, coming to the role after a long and distinguished record in the think tank world. He was the founder of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) in Halifax, one of the country’s leading regional think tanks. From 2006-08 Crowley was the Clifford Clark Visiting Econom...
Former Representative of Canada in Kandahar, Afghanistan
Government of CanadaView Speaker Bio
Following a year as the Deputy Head of Mission for Canada’s Embassy in Kabul, Ben Rowswell held the position of Representative of Canada in Kandahar (RoCK) Afghanistan from September 2009 to August 2010. As Canada’s senior civilian in southern Afghanistan, Mr. Rowswell led the Government of Canada’s coordinated diplomatic and reconstruction efforts, in close cooperation with the Canadian Forces...
Candidate for the Leadership
New Democratic PartyView Speaker Bio
When he’s not running his union (ACTRA Toronto), chairing the board of his credit union (Creative Arts Savings and Credit Union), attending the board meetings of Film Ontario (the industry association he co-chairs) of ROI Fund (a $1.4 billion venture capital fund) or of Pinewood Toronto Studios (Toronto’s biggest film studio), or doing his work as a long-time volunteer and activist in the NDP...
The Russian Democratic OppositionView Speaker Bio
Boris Nemtsov is a leader of the Russian democratic opposition and a former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia. He was born in Sochi, graduated from Gorky State University, and received his Ph.D. in physics. In 1990, Nemtsov was elected to Parliament as a candidate of the anticommunist “Democratic Russia” movement. Between 1991 and 1997, he served as Governor of Nizhny Novgorod region, earning the...
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business SchoolView Speaker Bio
Ben is an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets unit. Ben's current research explores the public and private forces shaping Internet architecture and business opportunities. He has written about the implications of growing market concentration in Internet search and resulting risks for advertisers. Examining the mechanisms that allocat...
Chief Investment Strategist
BMO Capital MarketsView Speaker Bio
Brian Belski is Chief Investment Strategist at BMO Capital Markets. He joined the firm mid-April 2012 and in this role provides in-depth equity portfolio strategy products for the U.S. and Canada. Most recently, Mr. Belski was Chief Investment Strategist at Oppenheimer & Company in New York, where he distributed four proprietary strategy and portfolio strategy publications for institutional ...
President & CEO, William R.Rhodes Global Advisors, LLC , Leadership role in negotiating a resolution to the sovereign debt crises in Latin America and Asia, Professor-at-Large, Brown University ,...View Speaker Bio
Mr. Rhodes gained a reputation for international financial diplomacy in the 1980s as a result of his leadership in helping manage the external-debt crises that involved developing nations and their creditors worldwide. During that period and in the 1990s, he headed the advisory committees of international banks that negotiated debt-restructuring agreements for Argentina, Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico...
Federation of Canadian MunicipalitiesView Speaker Bio
With over 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, FCM's President, Councillor Berry Vrbanovic of Kitchener, Ontario, has a long history of professional municipal experience and elected community leadership. Initially joining the City of Kitchener as a staff person in 1986, Councillor Vrbanovic was first elected in 1994 and since then has worked tirelessly not only for his...
President & CEO
Cenovus EnergyView Speaker Bio
As President & Chief Executive Officer, Brian is responsible for overall leadership of Cenovus Energy’s strategic and operational performance. He is also a Director of Cenovus Energy. Brian joined a predecessor company in 1984 and became a member of the Management Team in 1994. His business experience includes a variety of areas in finance, business development, reserves, strategic plannin...
Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner
PwC CanadaView Speaker Bio
On July 1, 2011, Bill McFarland assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner of PwC Canada. Bill's election as CEO follows an extensive career path with PwC that began in 1980. Bill has been one of two National Managing Partners for the Canadian firm since 2005 as part of the firm's executive. Based in Toronto, he became a partner in 1992 and was the leader of our audit an...
President & CEO
MetrolinxView Speaker Bio
Bruce McCuaig has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Metrolinx since September 4, 2010. Bruce began his career in public service in 1984, and has worked in areas involving land use planning and policy, municipal policy, and transportation planning, policy and operations over the intervening years. He served in various capacities at the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and...
Chairman & CEO
AGF Management LimitedView Speaker Bio
Blake C. Goldring is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AGF Management Limited, a premier independent investment management company with operations in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Named Chairman in 2006, Chief Executive Officer in 2000 and President in 1997, Blake has led the growth of AGF's business, which today manages over $39 billion (C$) in investors' assets globally...
Mastercard CanadaView Speaker Bio
As president, MasterCard Canada, Ms. DeVita oversees all Canadian operations and sits on the global MasterCard operating committee. Committed to furthering MasterCard’s position as the fastest growing payments brand in Canada, Ms. DeVita is dedicated to promoting the advantages of electronic payments, accelerating Canada’s cashless journey and advancing global commerce.
President and CEO
Imagine CanadaView Speaker Bio
Bruce served as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada for ten years and prior to that as the organization’s Vice-President of Marketing. Bruce is bilingual, has led major change initiatives and developed long and innovative partnerships with corporations and other charities. Bruce has been active in many organizations, including two YMCAs, the Ontario Senior Games and Kinsmen and Kinette Cl...
Chief Economist for Canada’s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector
Imagine CanadaView Speaker Bio
Brian Emmett completed undergraduate studies in economics at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Essex in England and did postgraduate work at the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Emmett began his career in the Public Service with Environment Canada in 1973, in the Office of the Science Advisor. From 1979 to 1...
Investor and Co-Founder
Round13 CapitalView Speaker Bio
Long before “social networking” became a buzzword, Bruce Croxon made his mark as a digital pioneer by co-founding Lavalife in 1987 and revolutionizing how people connect. Under his direction, he grew this early tech start-up into the marquee brand in online dating with over two million users. Partner, chairman and CEO, Croxon helped lead the company’s growth from four to 600 employees, and achi...
Financial Consumer Agency of CanadaView Speaker Bio
Ms. Goulard was appointed Deputy Commissioner on March 17, 2014. Before joining the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, Ms. Goulard was the Vice-President, Policy and Government Relations, for the Credit Union Central of Canada. An experienced policy professional in the Canadian financial services industry, Ms. Goulard has been employed in legal and policy roles with several industry asso...
President & CEO
Invest OttawaView Speaker Bio
Bruce Lazenby is President & CEO of Invest Ottawa. He was Chairman of the Ottawa Software Cluster; Vice President in Canada for Corum Group Ltd., an M&A advisory firm and CEO of FreeBalance Inc., raising funds for venture capital and debt financing. A graduate of Royal Military College, Bruce served in Department of National Defense as a Logistics Officer and Navy Diver. He speaks at know...
Vice President Commercial
First AirView Speaker Bio
Bert was appointed a Vice President at First Air in November 2013. He is responsible for all commercial activities on a day-to-day basis as well as the strategy development and restructuring of the airline. He has a strong track record built up with 16 years in the industry with extensive airline turnaround experience and airline commercial management responsibility in various parts of the worl...
Chair and Chief Information Officer
Saguenay Strathmore CapitalView Speaker Bio
Brian Walsh cofounded Saguenay Capital in 2002 to manage alternative portfolios for a client base of international institutions and family offices. Walsh has over 30 years’ experience in investment banking, international capital markets and investment management. He had a long career at Bankers Trust that culminated in his appointment as cohead of the Global Investment Bank. Prior to that, Wals...
Senior Managing Director and Canada President
AccentureView Speaker Bio
Bill Morris leads Accenture in Canada. He was appointed to this role effective June 1, 2014 and is based in Toronto. Previously, from 2011 to 2014, Bill led Accenture’s North America Resources operating unit. In this role, he was responsible for clients in the oil and gas, power, chemicals and natural resources industries. Bill managed the expansion of Accenture’s Digital business within th...
Vice President of Corporate Affairs
Woodfibre Natural Gas Limited (A Pacific Oil & Gas Company)View Speaker Bio
Joined Woodfibre Natural Gas Limited (part of the Pacific Oil & Gas group) in April 2013 as the company’s first North American employee. Immediately prior he was with a large Canadian copper/gold mining company. Byng is responsible for corporate affairs including regulatory affairs, government relations, community relations, aboriginal affairs and communications. He is also currently Chairma...
Partner, PURE Reserve
former Senior Director, Innovating for Sustainability, Oil Sands, ConocoPhillips CanadaView Speaker Bio
Bob is a partner in the Calgary-based energy technology commercialization partnership called PURE Reserve. Until February 2015, Bob had been the Senior Director, Innovating for Sustainability in the Oil Sands Business Unit of ConocoPhillips Canada (CPC). When he joined CPC in 2007, Bob co-founded the Oil Sands Leadership Initiative (OSLI) and co-chaired its management committee for 5 years....
WildroseView Speaker Bio
Brian Jean was elected Leader of the Wildrose Party on March 28th, 2015. He is currently running to be the MLA for the riding of Fort McMurray – Conklin. Brian is a businessman, a lawyer and for 10 years he was a dedicated MP in Stephen Harper's Conservative government. Besides real world business and government experience, Brian has been active in his community chairing many senior roles in...
President and CEO
Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)View Speaker Bio
Brenda Kenny is President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) where she works with industry partners and key stakeholders to advance pipeline safety, operating excellence and sound policy. Leadership in outreach and collaboration to solve problems and implement solutions is central to her role at CEPA. Brenda has extensive experience in energy regulation, sustainability a...
President & Chief Executive Officer
Cenovus EnergyView Speaker Bio
As President & Chief Executive Officer, Brian is accountable for overall leadership of Cenovus Energy’s strategic and operational performance. He is also a Director of Cenovus Energy. Brian joined a predecessor company in 1984 and became a member of the Management Team in 1994. His business experience includes a variety of areas in finance, business development, reserves, strategic plann...
Vice President of Programs
Canadian Institute for Health InformationView Speaker Bio
Brent Diverty is the Vice President of Programs at CIHI. He has executive responsibility for CIHI’s range of health services, expenditure and workforce data holdings and many of the standard information products that flow from them. Prior to re-joining CIHI in February 2013, Mr. Diverty spent two years at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in Canberra, where he provided strategic le...
MasterCard CanadaView Speaker Bio
As President, MasterCard Canada, Mr. Lang oversees all aspects of the company’s operations, including regional strategy, business development, acceptance expansion, operations, regulatory, marketing and product introductions with a mandate for continued growth and innovation.
President and CEO
Council of Ontario UniversitiesView Speaker Bio
Professor Bonnie Patterson is the President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), a post she has held since September 2009. She was the President and Vice-Chancellor of Trent University from 1998 to 2009. She has served previously as President of COU from 1995 to 1998, as Dean of Business at Ryerson University (then Ryerson Polytechnic Institute), and chaired and taught at Ryers...
Ambassador of United States of America to CanadaView Speaker Bio
Bruce Heyman was confirmed as President Obama’s personal representative to Canada on March 12, 2014. He is a 33 year veteran of Goldman Sachs, where he served as the managing director of the Private Wealth Management Group from 1999 until December of 2013. Mr. Heyman has served as a board member for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation....
Chief Economist and Vice President
TD Bank GroupView Speaker Bio
For more than 17 years, Beata Caranci has conducted analysis on global economies and financial markets. As the Chief Economist and Vice President for TD Bank Group, she leads a dynamic team of 15 economists who deliver on both the stress testing requirements of TD Bank and forecasts for the Canadian, U.S., and global economies.
Senior Vice President of Human Relations
ShopifyView Speaker Bio
Brittany Forsyth is the Senior Vice President of Human Relations at Shopify and has been in this role since 2014. She has been with the company since 2010 and previously served as the Director of HR. Brittany is actively involved with a number of HR organizations across North America. Brittany obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree at Carleton University.
Premier of New BrunswickView Speaker Bio
Brian Gallant is New Brunswick’s 33rd Premier. At age 32, he is the youngest elected premier in Canada in the last two centuries.
Chief Economist for Canada’s Charitable and Nonprofit SectorView Speaker Bio
As Chief Economist for Canada’s Charitable and Nonprofit Sector, Brian Emmett is tasked with measuring the impact of the sector and bringing economic issues facing charities and nonprofits to the forefront of public policy decision makers. Mr. Emmett is an economics graduate of the University of Western Ontario and the University of Essex in England, and has enjoyed a long and distinguished p...
Group President & CEO
TD Bank GroupView Speaker Bio
Bharat Masrani was appointed Group President and Chief Executive Officer of TD Bank Group on November 1, 2014. Bharat has more than 29 years of banking experience and is a member of the TD Bank Group Board of Directors. He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for TD Bank Group from July 2013. Bharat has held many senior executive roles across the bank. In 2006, he became the Presi...
Founding Director & CEO
True Patriot Love FoundationView Speaker Bio
Ms. Bronwen Evans is a Founding Director and CEO of the True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL), which has been raising record funds to support military families through its signature Tribute Dinners since its inception in 2009. Under her leadership since 2012, TPL has successfully spearheaded Expeditions to the Himalayas, North Pole and Antarctica, partnering prominent business leaders with wounded...
Privateer HoldingsView Speaker Bio
Brendan is the Chief Executive Officer of Privateer Holdings which carries three major cannabis companies in its portfolio: Leafly, Marley Natural and Tilray.
Premier of ManitobaView Speaker Bio
Brian is an alumnus of Brandon University, with degrees in arts and education. From 1976 to 1979, he taught social studies at William Morton Collegiate in Gladstone, Manitoba. In 1980, he became a chartered financial consultant and started a financial services company that grew into Pallister Financial.
Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy CentreView Speaker Bio
Bonnie Johnston has dedicated her career to serving children and families. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, a position she has held since November 2012. Bonnie began her career as a nurse in an Aboriginal community in northern Alberta and later had a variety of increasingly responsible roles in the health care field in Edmonto...