Speaker Profiles

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Dr. Enid Slack

Dr. Enid Slack

Director

Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk Centre for International Studies

Don Lowry

Don Lowry

President & CEO

EPCOR Utilities Inc.

Dr. Ehud (Udi) Levi

Dr. Ehud (Udi) Levi

Director, Counter Terrorism and Proliferation Finace Bureau

Office of the Prime Minister, Government of Israel

Dr. Sherry Cooper

Dr. Sherry Cooper

Executive Vice-President & Chief Economist

BMO Financial Group

Dr. Sherry Cooper is in constant demand as a speaker and writer because of her ability to simplify and de-mystify the complex subjects of economics and finance. Sherry is a member of the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association, a renowned group of twelve bank economists that meet in Washington, DC to provide perspectives on the U.S. and global economies to the Federal Re...

Don Drummond

Don Drummond

Chief Economist

TD Bank Financial Group

Dr. Richard Florida

Dr. Richard Florida

Director

Martin Prosperity Institute

Dr.Robert Ouellet, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC

Dr.Robert Ouellet, MD, CSPQ, FRCPC

President

Canadian Medical Association

Born in Longueuil, Quebec, Robert Ouellet received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montréal in 1970. Between 1971 and 1975, Dr. Ouellet trained at the University of Montréal, obtained his certificate of specialty in diagnostic radiology, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He also trained later in ultrasound,CT s...

Dr. Leonard Waverman

Dr. Leonard Waverman

Dean

Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

Don Thompson

Don Thompson

Executive Advisor, Sustainability and Oil Sands Outreach

Canadian Oil Sands Limited

Don Thompson is the Executive Advisor, Sustainability and Oil Sands Outreach, Canadian Oil Sands Limited. Most recently, he was President of The Oil Sands Developers Group (OSDG). As President, he was the external voice presenting OSDG members’ actions and ideas to audiences primarily across Canada and in the United States – industry, community and government. Prior to that, Mr. Thompson served...

David Bradley

David Bradley

President & CEO

Ontario Trucking Association & Canadian Trucking Alliance

David Naylor

David Naylor

President

University of Toronto

Professor David Naylor was appointed in 2005 as the 15th President of the University of Toronto. He holds degrees from Toronto (MD) and Oxford (D Phil) where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Professor Naylor is the co-author of approximately 300 scholarly publications, spanning social history, public policy, epidemiology, and health economics, as well as clinical and health services research in ...

Dr. Raphael (Rafi) Hofstein

Dr. Raphael (Rafi) Hofstein

President & CEO

MaRS Innovation

David Jacobson

David Jacobson

United States Ambassador to Canada

Dr. David Vincent

Dr. David Vincent

Director, Projects

Carbon Trust

I graduated in 1969 from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK with a 2nd Class Honours Degree in Chemical Physics; and in 1973 with a PhD in low temperature fluorescence spectroscopy of anthracene and related molecular crystals. I am a Member of the Institute of Physics; and an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

Dene Rogers

Dene Rogers

President & CEO

Sears Canada

Dene L. Rogers has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Sears Canada Inc. since December 22, 2006. Mr. Rogers served as Executive Vice President of Restructuring and Business Improvement of Sears Holdings Corporation. He served as Acting President of Sears Canada Inc., from May 9, 2006 to December 22, 2006. He served as an Executive Vice President of Kmart Holding Corporation. Mr. Roge...

Dr. Anne Doig  CCFP, FCFP

Dr. Anne Doig CCFP, FCFP

President

Canadian Medical Association

Don Lindsay

Don Lindsay

President & CEO

Teck Resources Limited

David Appia

David Appia

President & CEO

Invest in France

Dean A. Connor

Dean A. Connor

President and Chief Executive Officer

Sun Life Financial

Dean A. Connor was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer, Sun Life Financial effective December 1, 2011, and is a member of the Company's Board of Directors.

David Patchell-Evans

David Patchell-Evans

Founder and Owner

GoodLife Fitness

GoodLife Fitness founder and owner David Patchell-Evans’ vision—to give all Canadians the opportunity for to live a healthy and fit good life. The company was founded in 1979 as one club while ‘Patch’, as he likes to be called, was still a university student in London, Ontario. Remarkably GoodLife grew by 100% in 2009 and now has close to 300 clubs stretching across Canada from Newfoundland to ...

Dr. Christopher Spence

Dr. Christopher Spence

Director of Education

Toronto District School Board

Dr. Christopher Spence is a renowned educator and dedicated community advocate. He took on his most recent role as the Director of Education for the Toronto District School Board on July 1, 2009. Dr. Spence has more than 15 years senior administration and teaching experience and has authored several books.

Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith

Leader

Wildrose Alliance Party

October 17, 2009 Danielle Smith was elected as the Leader of the Wildrose Alliance Party. A fiscal conservative, she believes in the power of free enterprise to drive the economy and “high performance government” to deliver essential social services cost effectively and with maximum value.

Dennis Rivera

Dennis Rivera

Chair

SEIU Healthcare

Described as “the point man on health reform for the nation’s most powerful union” by The New York Times, Dennis Rivera brings decades of experience as a “bridge builder” and political strategist to his current role as chair of SEIU Healthcare and director of the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) national ongoing work to ensure affordable, quality healthcare for every man, woman an...

Dr. Neil Alexander

Dr. Neil Alexander

President

Organization of CANDU Industries

Dr. Neil Alexander has been involved in the nuclear industry for more than 20 years with consulting experience and in-depth knowledge of business management, marketing and sales. A long-time advocate of nuclear power as a secure and environmentally sensitive source of energy, Dr. Alexander has worked for business-to-business service companies within the nuclear services, waste management and r...

Donald a. Stewart

Donald a. Stewart

CEO

Sun Life Financial Ltd.

Despite its relatively small population and GNP, Canada weathered the global economic recession stronger than any of its fellow G8 economic powers. Its diverse economy, resource strength and well regarded financial system, has positioned Canada to recover faster than any of the G8 members.In his keynote address to the Economic Club of Hong Kong, Don Stewart will speak on the strength of the Can...

Dr. Jack M. Mintz

Dr. Jack M. Mintz

Palmer Chair in Public Policy

University of Calgary

Dr. Anne Golden

Dr. Anne Golden

President & CEO

Conference Board of Canada

Dr. K. Kellie Leitch

Dr. K. Kellie Leitch

Chair

The Ivey Centre for Health Innovation

Dr. K. Kellie Leitch is currently Chair of the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership and Director of the Health Sector MBA program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. Dr. Leitch is also an orthopaedic paediatric surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto working with the affiliated...

David J. Mondragon

David J. Mondragon

President and CEO

Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited

David J. Mondragon is president and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited, appointed to the position in August, 2008. He leads Ford of Canada's extensive operations across the country, including a national headquarters, three regional offices, two branch offices, four vehicle assembly and engine manufacturing plants, and two parts distribution centres.

Dr. Fatih Birol

Dr. Fatih Birol

Chief Economist

International Energy Agency, Paris

Dr. Jack M. Mintz

Dr. Jack M. Mintz

Executive Director & Palmer Chair in Public Policy

School of Public Policy, University of Calgary

Dr. Jack M. Mintz was appointed the Palmer Chair in Public Policy at the University of Calgary in January 2008. Widely published in the field of public economics, he was touted in a 2004 UK magazine publication as one of the world’s most influential tax experts. He serves as an Associate Editor of International Tax and Public Finance and the Canadian Tax Journal, and is a research fellow o...

David Sculthorpe

David Sculthorpe

Chief Executive Officer

Heart And Stroke Foundation of Ontario

David Sculthorpe’s career is global in its scope and spans both the entrepreneurial and corporate worlds. He has held a variety of executive positions including President at consumer product and pharmaceutical corporations such as Warner Lambert, Cadbury Schweppes PLC, and Pfizer; he has successfully established and run his own companies; and he has worked in South America, France, the United S...

Dianne Carmichael

Dianne Carmichael

President

Best Doctors Canada Inc.

Ms. Carmichael has extensive executive management experience in both professional services and growth companies across a number of industries. She has over 25 years of business experience that started with a marketing and sales management career with leading packaged goods companies, including Procter & Gamble (P&G), RJ Reynolds (Nabisco), and Gillette. This was followed by the rapid developmen...

David M. Malone

David M. Malone

President

International Development Research Centre

David M. Malone was appointed as President of IDRC on July 1st, 2008, for a term of five years. Prior to that, Mr. Malone served as Canada`s High Commissioner to India and non-resident Ambassador to Bhutan and Nepal. Other positions he has held include: Assistant Deputy Minister (Global Issues) in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; President, International Peace A...

David A. Potts, LLP

David A. Potts, LLP

Defamation Lawyer and Author

"Cyberlibel: Information Warfare in the 21st Century?"

David A. Potts received his BA from Cape Town University, his LLB from Dalhousie and his LLM from Osgoode Law School. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1979. Since then David has specialized in libel and slander law and in reputation management for a diverse range of clients in public life. He served on the Ontario Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on the law of defamation, and is a sough...

Dr. Brett Skinner

Dr. Brett Skinner

President and CEO

The Fraser Institute

Brett Skinner is President and CEO of the Fraser Institute. He holds a B.A. from the University of Windsor, an M.A. through joint studies between the University of Windsor and Wayne State University in Detroit (Michigan), and a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, where he has lectured in both the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Department of Political Science. Since 2002, Dr. Skinn...

Dani Reiss

Dani Reiss

President and C.E.O.

Canada Goose

• Dani has been the president and C.E.O. of Canada Goose since 2000 and works out of the company’s global headquarters in Toronto, Ontario, Canada • A third generation company president, Dani’s grandfather Sam Tick started Canada Goose in 1957 and Dani has carried on this long tradition by making Canada Goose the most beloved extreme weather outerwear manufacturer in all of Canada •...

Dr. John Haggie

Dr. John Haggie

President

Canadian Medical Association

Donna Rubin

Donna Rubin

Chief Executive Officer

Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors(OANHSS)

Donna Rubin is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS). OANHSS is a provincial association of non-profit providers of care and services to seniors. Members represent the full spectrum of the continuum including long term care facilities, seniors housing and community services. Ms. Rubin has worked at OANHSS since 1990. Prio...

Doris Grinspun

Doris Grinspun

Executive Director

Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO)

Doris Grinspun is the Executive Director of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), the professional association representing registered nurses in the province of Ontario. RNAO’s mandate is to advocate for healthy public policy and for the role of registered nurses. Grinspun assumed this position in April 1996. From 1990 to 1996, Grinspun served as Director of Nursing at Mount ...

David Bercuson, OC, FRSC

David Bercuson, OC, FRSC

Program Director

Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute

David Bercuson, OC, FRSC, was born in Montreal in August 1945. He attended Sir George Williams University, graduating in June 1966 with Honours in History and winning the Lieutenant-Governor's Silver Medal for the highest standing in history. After graduation he pursued graduate studies at the University of Toronto, earning an MA in history in 1967 and a Ph.D. in 1971. Dr. Bercuson has been...

Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith

Leader of the Wildrose Official Opposition and MLA for Highwood

Danielle Smith was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Highwood on April 23, 2012. She was elected as leader of the Wildrose Party of Alberta on October 17, 2009. Prior to entering politics, Ms. Smith was the director of provincial affairs for Alberta with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, CFIB. She worked with all levels of government to represent the intere...

Dr. John Haggie

Dr. John Haggie

President

Canadian Medical Association

Born in Manchester, England, John Haggie graduated from the Victoria University of Manchester School of Medicine in 1977. He completed his graduate studies in General Surgery and was certified by the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1981. Subsequently, Dr. Haggie completed a two–year fellowship at the University Hospital of South Manchester and at the Christie Hospital’s Paterson I...

Dr. Roberta Bondar

Dr. Roberta Bondar

NASA

Dr. Mark Milke

Dr. Mark Milke

Senior Fellow

The Fraser Institute

David Bertschi

David Bertschi

Prospective Candidate for Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

Born in Ste. Adèle, Québec, David Bertschi learned from an early age the importance of hard work, perseverance and honesty. It’s the foundation of who he is today and it’s what he would bring to the race for Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. David is not a career politician. He has his life working in the private sector, giving him firsthand experience creating jobs and building strong com...

Dan Albas

Dan Albas

Member of Parliament for Okanagan -Coquihalla

Government of Canada

Dan Albas has been a Penticton resident since 1981. After attending Okanagan University College, Dan choose to move into small business where his company Kick City Martial Arts has flourished, training hundreds of men, women and children to bring out their best. For his work on child safety and awareness, Dan was the recipient Penticton’s “2005 Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Dan ...

Dr. Barry McLellan

Dr. Barry McLellan

President & CEO

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Barry McLellan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario. In this role, Dr. McLellan provides leadership for one of Canada's largest academic health sciences centres with 10,000 staff and physicians, 1,200 beds and an annual budget of more than $800 million. Each year, the hospital conducts more than $100 million in research, pr...

David Abney

David Abney

Chief Operating Officer

UPS

David Abney leads all operations for UPS, which is a global leader of logistics and the world's largest package delivery company. As chief operating officer, he has responsibility for UPS logistics, sustainability, and engineering. In these roles, David directs all facets of the UPS transportation network serving more than 220 countries and territories. UPS's global transportation network...

Dr. John Haggie

Dr. John Haggie

President

Canadian Medical Association

Born in Manchester, England, John Haggie graduated from the Victoria University of Manchester School of Medicine in 1977. He completed his graduate studies in General Surgery and was certified by the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1981. Subsequently, Dr. Haggie completed a two–year fellowship at the University Hospital of South Manchester and at the Christie Hospital’s Paterson Insti...

Donald K. Johnson, O.C., LL.D

Donald K. Johnson, O.C., LL.D

Education: Mr. Johnson was born on June 18, 1935 in Lundar, Manitoba. He obtained his BScEE at the University of Manitoba in 1957 and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 1963. Career Highlights: Mr. Johnson is currently a Member of the Advisory Board of BMO Capital Markets, the Investment Banking Division of BMO Financial Group, on...

Dr. Geoffrey Hale

Dr. Geoffrey Hale

Author and leading Canadian expert on Canada-US relations

Geoffrey Hale, University of Lethbridge political scientist and author of So Near Yet So Far: The Public and Hidden Worlds of Canada-U.S. Relations (UBC Press, 2012), writes widely on Canada-US relations and the interaction between domestic and cross-border politics in each country, including on energy, border security, and trade issues. In addition to So Near Yet So Far, he is the author of Un...

Dr. Graham Sher

Dr. Graham Sher

Chief Executive Officer

Canadian Blood Services

Graham is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Blood Services, the agency charged with managing Canada's national blood, plasma and stem cell programs in all provinces and territories across Canada, excluding Quebec. He has been with Canadian Blood Services since it began operations in September 1998, when he joined as its first Vice President Medical, Scientific & Clinical Managem...

David Jacobson

David Jacobson

U.S. Ambassador to Canada

David Jacobson presented his credentials to the Governor General of Canada and became the 22nd U.S. Ambassador to Canada on October 2, 2009. Before coming to Ottawa, Ambassador Jacobson served as Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel. Prior to serving in the White House, Ambassador Jacobson spent 30 years as a lawyer in Chicago as a partner at the law firm Sonnenschein,...

David Wilkins

David Wilkins

Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada

Ambassador David H. Wilkins is Special Advisor to Global Public Affairs and a Partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP where he chairs the Public Policy and International Law practice group, which focuses primarily on representing businesses on both sides of the US-Canadian border and offers experience on a wide range of strategic bilateral issues.

Dr. Mona Nemer

Dr. Mona Nemer

Professor of Biochemistry and the University of Ottawa Vice-President, Research

Mona Nemer is Professor of Biochemistry and the University of Ottawa Vice-President, Research. Dr. Nemer’s research interests focus on cardiovascular disease, particularly heart failure and congenital heart diseases. She is renowned, amongst other things, for her pioneering work on the regulation of natriuretic heart hormones and the identification of several genes essential for heart d...

Dennis Darby

Dennis Darby

P. Eng, ICD.D Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Pharmacists Association

Since being appointed CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association in March 2008, Dennis Darby has led the Association representing the professional view of more than 13,000 pharmacists in Ontario. His mandate includes promoting the role of pharmacists as healthcare providers with expanded scope of practice, building member services at OPA (including education), and leading the Board’s strategic...

Dr. Marla Sahpiro

Dr. Marla Sahpiro

MDCM, CCFP. MHSc, FCFP, NCMP

Medical Contribution to CTV

Dr. John Barrett

Dr. John Barrett

President and Chief Executive Officer

Canadian Nuclear Association

Dr. Barrett brings to the CNA a rich expertise in international relations, Canadian foreign policy, corporate business planning, and strategic communications. His career spans the federal public service, international organizations, policy think-tanks and universities, with a particular focus on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Dr. Barrett has guided numerous international negotiations, ...

Dr. Isra G. Levy

Dr. Isra G. Levy

Medical Officer, Ottawa Public Health

Member of the Canadian Public Health Association

Isra Levy is a physician who graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. After working in South Africa and England, Dr. Levy immigrated to Canada, where he obtained an MSc (Epidemiology) from the University of Ottawa and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and of the American College of Preventive Medicine. He has also attended the Sen...

Dr. Keith Denny

Dr. Keith Denny

Director of Research & Policy

Canadian Healthcare Association

Keith is the Director of Research & Policy at the Canadian Healthcare Association where he oversees all aspects of policy development, research projects and advocacy-related initiatives. Before joining CHA, he was a manager with the Research & Analysis Division of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), where he led the development of analytical reports and mixed methods approache...

Dan Kelly 1

Dan Kelly 1

President & Chief Executive Officer

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Dan Kelly serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). In this capacity, Dan is the lead spokesperson and advocate for the views of the Federation's 109,000 small and medium-sized member businesses.Dan joined CFIB in 1994 as Policy Analyst for the Prairies and, soon after, became Director of Provincial Affairs for Manitoba. Dan led m...

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Dr. Eric Hoskins

MPP, St. Paul's

Dr. Eric Hoskins was first elected as the MPP for the Toronto riding of St. Paul’s in 2009. He was appointed as Minister of Children and Youth Services in October 2011. He previously served as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Eric is a renowned humanitarian, family doctor, husband and father - and a proud Ontarian with a long and dedicated record of public service. After finishing...

Douglas Porter

Douglas Porter

Chief Economist and Managing Director

BMO Financial Group

Douglas Porter has over 30 years of experience analyzing global economies and financial markets. As Chief Economist at BMO Financial Group, he oversees the macroeconomic and financial market forecasts and co-authors the firm’s weekly flagship publication, Focus. Mr. Porter manages the team that has won numerous awards including Best Forecaster for Canada by Focus Economics in 2016, top Canadian...

Dan Kelly

Dan Kelly

President and Chief Executive Officer

Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)

Dan Kelly serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). In this capacity, Dan is the lead spokesperson and advocate for the views of the Federation's 109,000 small and medium-sized member businesses. Dan joined CFIB in 1994 as Policy Analyst for the Prairies and, soon after, became Director of Provincial Affairs for Manitoba. Dan led ...

Deborah Coyne

Deborah Coyne

Candidate

Liberal Party of Canada Leadership

Deborah Coyne is committed to building a better Canada. Lawyer, university professor, constitutional activist, public servant, writer and mother of two children, her skills and hard work have placed her inside the great public debates of our times.

Doug Bloom

Doug Bloom

Chairman

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)

Doug Bloom is chairman of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and president of Spectra Energy’s Canadian LNG business. At Spectra Energy, Doug is responsible for leading the company’s development efforts related to significant liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure opportunities in Western Canada, including the multi-billion joint venture between Spectra Energy and BG Group to bui...

Domenic Pilla

Domenic Pilla

President and Chief Executive Officer

Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation

Domenic Pilla was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation on November 1st, 2011. Mr. Pilla brings nearly 30 years of leadership experience in the health care and retailing sectors to the Company. Mr. Pilla’s experience in the health care sector includes community pharmacy, pharmaceutical distribution and sales management, specialty health networks, chr...

David Naylor

David Naylor

President

The University of Toronto

David Naylor has been President of the University of Toronto since 2005. He earned his MD at Toronto in 1978, followed by a D Phil at Oxford where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Naylor completed clinical specialty training and joined the Department of Medicine of the University of Toronto in 1988. He was founding Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (1...

Dr. Hartley Stern

Dr. Hartley Stern

Executive Director

Jewish General Hospital, Montreal

Dr. Hartley Stern was appointed Chief Executive Director of the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal in March 2008. Prior to this, he was Vice President of The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre and the Provincial Head of Surgical Oncology with Cancer Care Ontario. He is originally from Toronto, having completed his undergraduate medical education and surgical training at the University of ...

Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra

President and CEO

Canada Post

Mr. Chopra is responsible for this $8-billion enterprise that is the largest enabler of remote trade and commerce through its postal network and principal subsidiaries Purolator Inc., SCI Group Inc. and Innovapost Inc. Under Mr. Chopra’s leadership, Canada Post has taken major steps to redefine its role in the increasingly digital economy, transforming from a letter-centric business to a custom...

Dr. Anne Snowdon, BScN, MSc, PhD

Dr. Anne Snowdon, BScN, MSc, PhD

Chair, World Health Innovation Network (WIN)

University of Windsor, Odette School of Business.

Dr. Anne Snowdon is a Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and the Chair of the World Health Innovation Network (WIN), at the University of Windsor, Odette School of Business. Dr. Snowdon leads the work of WIN, which partners with health system stakeholders to source innovation, create the evidence for value, and then develop models for scalability to embed innovative technologies, pro...

Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti  MD, PhD, MPH, FRCPC, FACPM, CCFP, FRCP(Ire), FRCP(Edin), ICD-D, CCPE

Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti MD, PhD,...

President

Canadian Medical Association

Over the course of his career, Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti has made it his mission to raise awareness of public safety and to promote injury prevention. Born in Montreal, Dr. Francescutti received his combined Doctor of Philosophy (Immunology) in 1985 and his Doctor of Medicine in 1987 from the University of Alberta. While training as a general surgery resident, he became fascinated with the su...

Dominic Monchamp

Dominic Monchamp

Detective Sergeant Investigations Supervisor Multidisciplinary investigation section and youth coordination, West Vice division

Montreal Police Department

Detective Seargent Dominic Monchamp has been serving the SPVM for 20 years and specializing in the domain of human trafficking and sexual exploitation for the last 15 years. His vast investigation experience includes overseeing and coordinating undercover operations, including electronic surveillance and fieldwork. He has specialized in units related to this field as an Investigations Superviso...

David Kilgour

David Kilgour

Director

Council for a Community of Democracies

David Kilgour is currently a Fellow of the Queen's University Centre for the Study of Democracy and a director of the Council for a Community of Democracies (CCD). He was one of the two longest-serving MPs in the House of Commons for the 38th Parliament. First elected in 1979 in the riding of Edmonton Strathcona, he has been re-elected seven times, most recently in 2004 to represent the constit...

Dr. Ben S. Bernanke

Dr. Ben S. Bernanke

Former Chairman of the The Board of Governors

Federal Reserve System

Ben S. Bernanke served two terms as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2006 to 2014. He also served as chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body. Before his appointment as chairman of the Fed, Bernanke was chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, from June 2005 to January 2006, and he serv...

David Akin

David Akin

Parliamentary Bureau Chief

Sun Media

Gemini Award-winning journalist David Akin is the National Bureau Chief for Sun Media and host of “Battleground”, a program that focuses exclusively on elections here and around the world at the federal, provincial and municipal level broadcast Monday to Friday on Sun News Network. Since arriving on Parliament Hill in 2005, Akin has covered events as varied as Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s an...

Dr. Michael Teehan

Dr. Michael Teehan

President

Canadian Psychiatric Association

Dr. Michael Teehan is an educator and clinician-researcher from Halifax, Nova Scotia with an abiding interest in severe and persistent mental illness. More recently his clinical work has focused on treating patients experiencing early psychosis. Dr. Teehan is currently Deputy Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie ...

Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott

Fellow, Martin Prosperity Institute

Author, Speaker and Advisor on Media, Technology and Innovation

Don is one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology and advises business and government leaders around the world. He has authored or co-authored 15 widely read books including Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet (revised paperback 2012) and most recently Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success, a...

Dr. Darryl Hudson

Dr. Darryl Hudson

Chief of Research and Quality Assurance

The Peace Naturals Project

Darryl Hudson was born and raised in southern Alberta and has always had a keen interest in agriculture. He studied Biology at the University of Calgary and University of Lethbridge from 2000 to 2005 where he performed research in both developmental plant biology and epigenetics/carcinogenesis in mammals. Following completion of his undergraduate degree, he was awarded the NSERC Alexander Grah...

Dr. Samir K. Sinha

Dr. Samir K. Sinha

Director of Geriatrics

Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals

Dr. Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults. Dr. Sinha currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto and in 2012 he was appointed by the Government of Ontario government to serve as the expert lead of the Ontario's Seniors Strategy. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department...

Dr. Michael Apkon

Dr. Michael Apkon

President & CEO

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Dr. Apkon has a BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University as well as MD and PhD degrees from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Prior to coming to SickKids, Dr. Apkon was Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Chief Medical Officer for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Profe...

Dr. William Warren Smith

Dr. William Warren Smith

President

Caribbean Development Bank

William Warren Smith, Ph.D., is the fifth President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the regional development finance institution based in Barbados. He was elected at a special meeting of the CDB Board of Governors held on Friday October 29, 2010, and assumed offi ce on May 1, 2011. At the time of his election, Dr. Smith was acting in the capacity of Vice-President (Operations) at CDB. ...

Dr. William Warren Smith

Dr. William Warren Smith

President

Caribbean Development Bank

Dr. Eric Benchimol

Dr. Eric Benchimol

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology

University of Ottawa

Eric Benchimol is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He is also a pediatric gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), a scientist at the CHEO Research Institute, and an adjunct scientist at The In...

Dr. Brenda Kenny

President & CEO

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

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...

Dr. Brenda Kenny

President and CEO

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

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...

Dr. Brenda Kenny

Dr. Brenda Kenny

President and CEO

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

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...

Dr. Franco J. Vaccarino, FCAHS

Dr. Franco J. Vaccarino, FCAHS

President, Vice-Chancellor, Professor of Psychology

University of Guelph

Dr. Franco J. Vaccarino has led a distinguished academic career and is an internationally-recognized and widely-published researcher and scholar with more than 100 publications.

Dr. David S. Goldbloom, OC, MD, FRCPC

Dr. David S. Goldbloom, OC, MD, FRCPC

Chairman

Mental Health Commission’s Board

Dr. Goldbloom was born in Montreal and raised in Quebec and Nova Scotia. He completed an honours degree, majoring in Government, at Harvard University and then attended the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar where he obtained an M.A. in Physiological Sciences. He trained in medicine and psychiatry at McGill University and is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Gold...

Dr. Elliot Goldner

Dr. Elliot Goldner

Professor, Centre for Applied Research for Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA)

Simon Fraser University

Dr. Goldner is a psychiatrist-researcher who received an Honours BSc at the University of Toronto, an MD at the University of Calgary, and completed his Psychiatry residency training and MHSc in Health Care & Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He founded and directed the Eating Disorders Program at Providence Health Care, directed Outpatient Psychiatry at UBC Hospital and...

David O’Toole

David O’Toole

President and CEO

Canadian Institute for Health Information

As of May 12, 2014, David O’Toole is the new president and CEO of CIHI. Prior to joining CIHI, Mr. O’Toole spent more than 20 years in the Ontario public sector, most recently as deputy minister, Ministry of Natural Resources. He began his career in health care, working in both the public and private sectors. For six years, he was senior project director for the Ontario Drug Benefit Program and...

Dr. Pierre Blier, MD, PhD

Dr. Pierre Blier, MD, PhD

Full Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa

Director, Mood Disorders Research Program, University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Care Center

Dr. Blier is a Full Professor of the Departments of Psychiatry and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, at the University of Ottawa, and Director of the Mood Disorders Research Program at the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Care Center. Dr. Blier is on the editorial boards of nine journals, the field editor for Translational Medicine for Interna...

Dr. Ash Bender, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Ash Bender, MD, FRCPC

Staff Psychiatrist and Medical Head of the Work, Stress and Health Program (WSH), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Bender is a staff psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is the Medical Head of Work, Stress and Health (WSH), which is a multidisciplinary program specializing in assessment, treatment and research of occupational disability. Dr. Bender is an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and has several publications in th...

Dr. J. Douglas Bremner, MD

Dr. J. Douglas Bremner, MD

Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology and Director of the Emory Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (ECNRU), Emory University School of Medicine

Director of Mental Health Research, Atlanta VA Medical Center

J. Douglas Bremner, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology and Director of the Emory Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit (ECNRU) at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta Georgia and Director of Mental Health Research at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia. He is also on the faculty of the Neuroscience Graduate Program in the Division of Biological and Behavioral S...

Dr. Glenda M. MacQueen,  PHD, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Glenda M. MacQueen, PHD, MD, FRCPC

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary

Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary

Glenda M. MacQueen, PhD, MD, FRCPC is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is also the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Dr. MacQueen earned her PhD in Psychology from McMaster University and her MD from McMaster University Medical School, where she also completed her residency in psychiatry...

Dr. Kenneth I. Shulman

Dr. Kenneth I. Shulman

Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto

Dr. Shulman graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and did postgraduate training in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He went on to do specialty training in Geriatric Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, England and later completed a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has been based at Sunn...

Dr. JianLi Wang

Dr. JianLi Wang

Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and of Community Health Sciences

University of Calgary

Dr. JianLi Wang received his Masters degree from the School of Public Health, Harbin Medical University and his PhD (Epidemiology) from the University of Calgary. He is currently an associate professor of the Departments of Psychiatry and of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary. His research interests are in psychiatric epidemiology with a focus on workplace mental health and develo...

Dr. Ken Coates,

Dr. Ken Coates,

Director of the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) and a Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Ken Coates is Director of the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) and a Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (University of Saskatchewan campus). He is a well-known historian specializing in the history of the Yukon and Northern Canada in general, who has written many books both for academic and...

Dan Gagnier

Dan Gagnier

Chair of the Board, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Former Chief of Staff to Quebec Premier Jean Charest

Mr. Gagnier was formerly Alcan Inc.’s senior vice president, Corporate and External Affairs. In this position, his responsibilities included corporate communications, government relations and environment, health and safety. Mr. Gagnier was appointed vice president, Corporate Affairs with Alcan in December 1994 and in 1995 his responsibilities were expanded to include environment, occupational...

Douglas Stout

Douglas Stout

Vice President, Market Development & External Relations

Fortis BC

Mr. Stout joined the company in 2001 as Vice President, Gas Supply and Transmission. He has held senior roles with Belkorp Industries Inc. and Husky Energy Inc., and has served as Director for Sultran Ltd., Pacific Coast Terminals and Hillsborough Resources. He is Chair of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and a Director of the Northwest Gas Association.

David Axelrod

David Axelrod

Political Consultant, Author

David Axelrod served as senior advisor to President Barack Obama and to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition, as well as senior strategist to Barack Obama's historic campaign for the presidency in 2008 and his reelection in 2012. Today he serves as director of the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago and as a senior political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He was recently indu...

Dr. Carolyn Pim, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Carolyn Pim, MD, FRCPC

Associate Medical Officer of Health

Ottawa Public Health

Dr. Pim has worked as public health physician in Canada for over 25 years, at the local, provincial/ territorial and federal levels in epidemiology, communicable disease control, immunization, health promotion and cancer prevention and screening. As an Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Pim serves as a medical advisor to OPH communicable disease, outbreak management and immunization progr...

Dr. John S. Spika M.D.

Dr. John S. Spika M.D.

Director General, Center for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases

Public Health Agency of Canada

Dr. Spika is a specialist in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, who has worked in public health for over 25 years, including time at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Canada/Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. He is a graduate of the US CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service program. He as published over 90 articles ...

Dr. Kimberly Matheson

Dr. Kimberly Matheson

Vice-President, Research and International

Carleton University

Dr. Matheson is Vice-President (Research and International) at Carleton University. She is also a Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, and cross-appointed to the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychology. She received her PhD in Psychology in 1988 from the University of Waterloo and is a Carleton alumna (BA Hons/82, MA/83). Her research and teaching focuses on social determina...

Dave Bagler

Dave Bagler

Interim President

Green Party of Canada

Dave Bagler is the interim president of the Green Party of Canada. He was a provincial candidate for the Green Party of Ontario in Ottawa–Vanier in both the 2011 and 2014 provincial elections. Dave has held many leadership roles within the federal and provincial Green Parties during the past nine years. He has been the provincial policy critic for Community & Social Services and Economic Develo...

Dr. Mohamed El-Erian

Dr. Mohamed El-Erian

Chief Economic Advisor

Allianz

Mohamed A. El-Erian is Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO where he formerly served as chief executive and co-chief investment officer. He chairs President Obama’s Global Development Council, is a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributing editor at the Financial Times. Dr. El-Erian first joined PIMCO in 1999 and was a senior member of PIMCO's portfolio...

Dr. Ved Tandan

Dr. Ved Tandan

133rd President, Ontario Medical Association

General Surgeon, Hamilton, Ontario

Dr. Ved Tandan is the 133rd president of the Ontario Medical Association. During his year as president of the OMA, Dr. Tandan will focus on laying the groundwork to create the healthcare system of the future with a view to enhancing the patient experience. Dr. Tandan believes the key is to strengthen partnerships between physicians and healthcare institutions such as hospitals, breaking dow...

Don Iveson

Don Iveson

Mayor

City of Edmonton

Since his election as Edmonton's 35th Mayor in 2013, Mayor Iveson has set his sights on transforming Edmonton into a highly uplifting, more resilient, globally competitive, well-governed city that is recognized as one of Canada’s very best places to build something great. In his time on Council and as Mayor, Iveson has earned a reputation for being pragmatic, creative and collaborative in hi...

Dr. Pratap R. Chokka, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Pratap R. Chokka, MD, FRCPC

Founder and CEO, Chokka Center for Integrative Health

Clinical Professor, Psychiatry University of Alberta

Dr. Chokka graduated with a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Alberta in 1990. He subsequently completed his specialist training in Psychiatry and obtained a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1995. He is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta and a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmon...

Dr. Louis Francescutti

Dr. Louis Francescutti

Professor of Public Health, MD, PhD, MPH, CCFP, FRCPC, FACPM, FRCPI, FRCPE, FRCP, ICD-D, CCPE

University of Alberta

Dr. Francescutti has spent more than two decades delivering one single message: Live Smart. Reputed as one of Canada's leading medical visionaries and regarded internationally for his 'down to earth' and often 'bold' methodologies, Lou is not intimidated by political correctness, nor is he afraid to tell it like it is. Dr. Francescutti holds numerous distinctions: MD, PhD, MPH, CCFP, FRCPC...

Dr. Ian Pike

Dr. Ian Pike

Director

BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit

Dr. Pike is the Director of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit and chairs the Expert Advisory Committee for Parachute. Dr. Pike’s research includes national projects to develop and validate injury indicators for Canadian children and youth; injury prevention among First Nations and Inuit children and youth; child passenger safety; risky play; and, the efficacy of social marketing to red...

Dr. Jack Kitts

Dr. Jack Kitts

President and CEO

The Ottawa Hospital

Dr. Jack Kitts received his medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 1980. After interning at the University of Toronto, he completed a three year tour as a medical officer in the Canadian Forces before returning to the University of Ottawa to complete specialty training in anesthesia in 1987. He spent one year as a research fellow at the University of California in San Francisco. Dr. K...

Dr. Daniel Drucker

Dr. Daniel Drucker

Senior Investigator

Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Drucker is currently a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, who studies a family of hormones produced in the pancreas, gastrointestinal tract and brain at his laboratory in the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Regulatory Peptides and the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre-Novo Nordisk Chair in Incretin...

Durhane Wong-Rieger

Durhane Wong-Rieger

President & CEO

Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders

Durhane is Immediate Past-Chair of the International Alliance of Patient Organizations, Co-Chair of the Health Technology Assessment International Patient /Citizen Involvement Interest Group and Board Member of DIA International. In Canada, she is President of the Institute for Optimizing Health Outcomes, President of the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders and chair of the Consumer Advoca...

David O’Toole

David O’Toole

President and CEO

Canadian Institute for Health Information

David O’Toole is the president and CEO of CIHI. Prior to joining the organization, Mr. O’Toole spent more than 20 years in the Ontario public sector, most recently as deputy minister, Ministry of Natural Resources. He began his career in health care, working in both the public and private sectors. For six years, he was senior project director for the Ontario Drug Benefit Program and executive a...

Dr. David Naylor

Dr. David Naylor

Physician, Medical Researcher & Immediate past President

University of Toronto

Dr. David Naylor is a physician, medical researcher and immediate past President of the University of Toronto. He received his MD from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine in 1978 with scholarships in medicine, surgery, and paediatrics, and his D.Phil. in the Faculty of Social and Administrative Studies at Oxford University in 1983, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He became a F...

Dr. Cindy Forbes

Dr. Cindy Forbes

President

Canadian Medical Association

Originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Dr. Cindy Forbes has been a practicing family physician for over 28 years. Originally interested in teaching, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education at Dalhousie University in 1980 and was a recipient of the Dalhousie University Medal for Academic Achievement. With a passion for health and wellness, Dr. Forbes decided to pursue a c...

Don Drummond

Don Drummond

Stauffer-Dunning Fellow

Global Public Policy - Queens University

Don Drummond is the Stauffer-Dunning Fellow in Global Public Policy and Adjunct Professor at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. In 2011-12, he served as Chair for the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services. Its final report, released in February 2012, contained nearly four hundred recommendations to provide Ontarians with excellent and affordable public services.

Dr. Alex MacKenzie

Dr. Alex MacKenzie

Principal Investigator, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute & Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa

Dr. Alex MacKenzie is a principal investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He is a specialist in the field of Spinal Muscular Atrophy and has published extensively in the areas of molecular genetics of pediatric disease. He is co-lead of the ‘Enhanced CARE for RARE Genetic Diseases in Canada’ in...

Denise Pickett

Denise Pickett

President of U.S. Consumer Products & Services

American Express

Denise Pickett is President of U.S. Consumer Products & Services at American Express, which includes the company’s U.S. Charge Card and Co-Brand portfolios, the industry-leading Membership Rewards program, as well as the Travel & Lifestyle Services group. In this role, Denise is responsible for leading the creation and management of products, benefits and services that empower consumer Card Mem...

Don Forgeron

Don Forgeron

President and CEO

Insurance Bureau of Canada

Appointed Insurance Bureau of Canada’s President and CEO in 2009, Don has a successful track record of over 25 years in the property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry. He has a strong foundation in the public and private sectors, having worked for Alberta’s Department of Environment and the National Research Council in Nova Scotia early in his career. After joining IBC in 1993 as Vice-Pr...

David A. Bennett, Director

Communications and External Relations

FortisBC

David A. Bennett is Director, Communications and External Relations for FortisBC. He is responsible for all corporate and customer communications, government, municipal and aboriginal relations. David has been involved in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years, holding positions with Shell Canada, Westcoast Energy, Centra Gas BC and most recently, FortisBC. During that time, his roles have ...

Diane Jacovella

Diane Jacovella

Assistant Deputy Minister

Global Issues and Development Branch at Global Affairs Canada

Ms. Jacovella is responsible for leading the department’s policies and programs on a wide range of global issues to advance Canada’s prosperity and poverty-reduction agenda and ensure integrated advice and coherence on these global issues across the department. In her role, she leads Canada’s institutional relationships and programming with multilateral and global organizations, including w...

Dr. Catherine Zahn, C.M.

Dr. Catherine Zahn, C.M.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Dr. Zahn was appointed President and CEO of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in 2009. CAMH is Canada’s leading mental health hospital.

Dr. Sylvia Stockler, MD, PhD, MBA

Dr. Sylvia Stockler, MD, PhD, MBA

Clinical Investigator, CFRI Professor and Head, Division of Biochemical Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia Program Director, Biochemical Diseases, BC Children's Hosp...

is an expert in pediatric metabolic diseases who has championed international research efforts on rare metabolic diseases. She is Clinical Investigator at the Child and Family Research Institute, Professor and Head, Division of Biochemical Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia and Program Director, Biochemical Diseases, BC Children's Hospital. Dr. Stockler applies...

Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur

Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur

President and Vice-chancellor

The University of Waterloo

Feridun Hamdullahpur was appointed president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo on March 11, 2011. A professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Hamdullahpur earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia. Throughout his career ...

Danielle Bochove

Danielle Bochove

Business Journalist

Bloomberg News

Danielle is a Canadian business journalist with Bloomberg News in Toronto. Before joining Bloomberg she worked as a national television and radio host for CBC News, hosted her own daily business program on Canada's Business News Network, and spent nine years with Reuters in Chicago, Tokyo and London. She majored in International Relations and English Literature at Trinity College, University of...

Dr. Cindy Blackstock

Dr. Cindy Blackstock

Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada & Associate Professor, University of Alberta

Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, Associate Professor, University of Alberta. A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Cindy has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. Her promotion of culturally based and evidence informed solutions has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initi...

David MacNaughton

David MacNaughton

Canada's Ambassador to the U.S.

David MacNaughton presented his credentials as Canada’s Ambassador to the United States on March 3, 2016.

Dr. Hazen Gandy, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Hazen Gandy, MD, FRCPC

Head, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Dr. Gandy is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. He is the Division Chief of Community-Based Psychiatric Services at CHEO, the Head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and Medical Director of the Eastern Hub site of the Ontario Tele-Mental Health Service. With over 25 years in clinical practice Dr. Gandy h...

David F Goldstein

David F Goldstein

President and Chief Executive Officer

Destination Canada

David has had a long and distinguished career in Canada’s tourism and media sectors. He has extensive experience in national leadership and strategic business planning as well as deep knowledge of communications and stakeholder (government, media and investors) relations. Before joining the CTC in December 2014 as President and CEO, David led the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIA...

Daniel Gélinas

Daniel Gélinas

General Manager

Le Festival d'été de Québec

Having graduated from the Université de Montréal with a degree in sociology and from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières with a masters in recreation science, Daniel Gélinas initially worked as general manager of the Corporation de développement socio-économique de la MRC de Maskinongé. In 1989, he took charge of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, and during his almost 10 year...

Dwight Ball

Dwight Ball

Premier

Newfoundland and Labrador

Dwight Ball is the 13th premier of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Having spent decades as a healthcare professional and an entrepreneur in Newfoundland and Labrador, Premier Ball understands the needs and challenges of communities in the province and has dedicated himself to public service in order to make a difference in people’s lives. Mr. Ball is the leader of the Liberal Par...

Dr. Brock Friesen

Dr. Brock Friesen

President & CEO

First Air

Dr. Friesen was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of First Air in March 2013. In the two years prior to his appointment he led a successful new regional airline (Starbow) based in Accra, Ghana. Previously, he was Chief Commercial Officer at Air Malta and Vice President of Finance & Strategy with Star Alliance in Frankfurt. From 1986 to 2000 he held various executive planning ...

Donald Fehr

Donald Fehr

Executive Director

National Hockey League Players' Association

Donald Fehr is the Executive Director of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), a position he held since December 18, 2010. Since joining the NHLPA, Don has focused his efforts on building active participation by players in their union, and has travelled extensively to meet and consult with players around the league.

Dan Near

Dan Near

Head

adidas Hockey

Dan Near joined adidas Group North America in March 2016 as Head of adidas Hockey. Last Fall the adidas Group announced a new 7 year partnership with the NHL and the World Cup of Hockey, aligning with one of the most dynamic and progressive Leagues in North American sport. Since the announcement, Mr. Near has been responsible for shaping the brand’s hockey strategy and reimagining how to bring ...

David Keane

David Keane

President

BC LNG Alliance

In an energy industry career spanning 33 years David has conducted business in over 16 countries. He has managed various forms of the business and has established a strong external reputation in the energy industry. As BC LNG Alliance’s President, David has responsibility for promoting and developing a robust LNG export industry in British Columbia that is safe, environmentally and socia...

Derek Burleton

Derek Burleton

Vice President & Deputy Chief Economist

TD Bank Group

Derek is Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist for TD Bank Group. In his role, he leads a team of economists that provides leading analysis on the U.S., Canadian and global economies and financial markets. Each year, he travels extensively across Canada, speaking at more than 75 events on economic and financial developments. As a respected commentator, Derek has been quoted by many media ou...

Dwight Drummond

Dwight Drummond

Host

CBC Toronto News

Dwight Drummond is an award-winning journalist and the host on CBC Toronto News, which airs weeknights at 6 p.m. on CBC television. Dwight has been a reporter and news anchor for over two decades. He was awarded the Ryerson University Alumni Award of Distinction and has been inducted into the Faculty of Radio and Television Arts’ Wall of Fame. Recently, with Dwight at the helm, CBC Toronto News...

Dr. Dan Wicklum, PhD.

Dr. Dan Wicklum, PhD.

Chief Executive

Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance

Dan Wicklum is the Chief Executive of COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance), a position he took in March 2012. COSIA enables responsible and sustainable growth of Canada’s oil sands while delivering accelerated improvement in environmental performance through collaborative action and innovation. To date, COSIA’s member companies have shared 936 technologies worth over $1.33 billion. C...

Dan Wicklum, PhD

Dan Wicklum, PhD

Chief Executive

COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance)

Prior to joining COSIA, Dan occupied various senior positions for Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada including Director General of Wildlife and Landscape Science, Director General of Water Science and Technology, and Director of Strategic Alliances. Dan has a vast range of experience in sustainable development. He was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Canadian Federal Minister of Natu...

Dr. Wendy Cukier, MA, MBA, PhD, DU (hon) LLD (hon) M.S.C.

Dr. Wendy Cukier, MA, MBA, PhD, DU (h...

A Professor of Information Technology Management and coauthor the best seller “Innovation Nation: From Java to Jurassic Park”, Wendy Cukier has led strategies to drive social and economic transformation. As Vice President Research and Innovation at Ryerson University she helped increase research funding by 60% and enhanced the innovation ecosystem. She founded the Diversity Institute to pro...

Diane Francis

Diane Francis

Editor-at-Large

National Post

Diane Francis is a journalist, author, entrepreneur, and Editor-at Large at The National Post. She is also a regular contributor to the New York Post, Huffington Post, think tanks, and Newsweek. Her popular twitter feed on tech and corruption now has more than half a million followers around the world.

Danielle Larivee

Danielle Larivee

Minister of Children's Services

Government of Alberta

Danielle Larivee was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as the Member for the constituency of Lesser Slave Lake on May 5, 2015. She was appointed Minister of Children's Services on January 19, 2017. She previously served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Service Alberta. Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Ms. Larivee worked for over 17 ye...

Darrell J. White, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FACP

Darrell J. White, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FACP

Senior Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Professor, Department of Medicine (Hematology)

QEII Health Sciences Ctr and Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

Darrell White is a Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University and a hematologist at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a graduate of Dalhousie Medical School, trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Western Ontario and Hematology at Dalhousie. He completed a fellowship at the Myeloma and ...

Dr. Mark Tyndall

Dr. Mark Tyndall

Executive Medical Director, Professor of Medicine

BC Centre for Disease Control, University of British Columbia

Dr. Mark Tyndall is the Executive Medical Director of the BC Centre for Disease Control and Professor at the UBC School of Population and Public Health. He also serves as a deputy Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia. Prior to coming to Vancouver, he was the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Ottawa and a Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research...

Douglas Elliott

Douglas Elliott

Partner

Cambridge LLP

R. Douglas Elliott is a partner in Cambridge LLP. He received his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1979, his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1982, and was called to the Bar in 1984. The Law Society certified him as a Specialist in Civil Litigation in 2003, and awarded him the Law Society Medal in 2010. His practice encompasses a wide range of complex business litigation...

Daniele Zanotti

Daniele Zanotti

President & CEO

United Way Toronto & York Region

President and CEO of United Way Toronto & York Region, Daniele Zanotti is an effective and inspiring leader. With more than 20 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, Daniele’s previous role as the CEO of United Way York Region was pivotal to the historic merger of United Ways across Toronto and York Region in 2015. Leading resource development of the first combined Unite...

David Clark

David Clark

Senior Claims Counsel, Major Case Unit Specialty Insurance

Travelers Canada

David is Senior Claims Counsel in the Major Case Unit for Specialty Insurance at Travelers Canada. He handles large and complex professional liability claims including D&O, E&O, Crime, EPL, and Cyber liability. David holds a Canadian law degree from the University of Windsor and a U.S. law degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy. He also possesses an advanced law degree in E-Business Law...

David Walmsley

David Walmsley

Editor-in-chief

The Globe and Mail

David Walmsley was appointed the Editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail in March 2014. His appointment returned him to The Globe and Mail where he previously worked as the Managing Editor and National Editor. Under his editorship, The Globe and Mail has won the Michener Award, national newspaper awards, top honours among an international field at the global Online Journalism Awards and a series ...

Dino Trevisani

Dino Trevisani

President

IBM Canada

Dino Trevisani is President, IBM Canada, where he leads a team that is passionate about delivering value to its clients; helping Canadian organizations, both large and small, use innovative technology to transform their businesses and realize their full potential.

Dahti Tsetso

Dahti Tsetso

Resource Management Coordinator

Dehcho First Nations

Dahti Tsetso works as the Resource Management Coordinator for Dehcho First Nations in Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories. As a part of her work for DFN, Dahti has been working with the DFN member communities to develop a regional initiative known as the Dehcho K'ehodi Stewardship Program. This stewardship program seeks to implement conservation from a uniquely Dene perspective by developing st...

Dubie Cunningham

Dubie Cunningham

Vice President, Enterprise Innovation, Digital Banking

Scotiabank

Dubie Cunningham is the Vice President, Enterprise Innovation, Digital Banking at Scotiabank. With over twenty years of experience in the financial services and technology sectors, Dubie has held several leadership roles in Scotiabank.

David Sweanor

David Sweanor

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

Honorary (Consultant) Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham

David is an adjunct professor of law, and chair of the advisory committee for the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, at the University of Ottawa, and Honorary (Consultant) Assistant Professor, University of Nottingham.

Dominic Barton

Dominic Barton

Global Managing Partner

McKinsey

Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Partner of McKinsey. In his 31 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrials. Prior to his current role, Dominic was McKinsey’s Asia Chairman from 2004 to 2009 and led the Korea office from 2000 to 2004.

Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd

Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd

Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data Stewardship

Director of Research at the Social Media Lab

Anatoliy is the Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data Stewardship, Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University (Canada), and Director of Research at the Social Media Lab. His research focuses include: Online Communities, Social Media Data Stewardship, Online Social Networks, Social Networks Analysis, Information Visualization and Computer-Mediated Commu...

DIVINE

DIVINE

CEO & Founder

BLAK Fintech

Divine is a disruptor in every sense of the word with his relentless ambition, determination, grind and hustle. A former substantial drug dealer, and Hip-Hop/Rap recording artist turned "techpreneur", he first appeared on the tech community radar in 2014 when he reached out to billionaire and famed Silicon Valley venture capitalist (VC) Ben Horowitz, Co-Founder of top-tier VC firm Andreessen Ho...

Dr. Bill Cameron

Dr. Bill Cameron

Senior Scientist, Division of Infectious Diseases and Respirology

Medical Director, Clinical Research, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Dr. Bill Cameron is Medical Director for Clinical Research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Senior Scientist for the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Professor for the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Ottawa, and physician for the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Ottawa Hospital. He has practiced general infectious disease medicine...

Dr. Darrell Bricker

Dr. Darrell Bricker

CEO

Ipsos Global Public Affairs

Ipsos’ Public Affairs has offices in 30+ countries and a staff of 600 research professionals. It is the world's leading social and corporate reputation research firm. Ipsos Public Affairs is part of Paris-based Ipsos which is the 3rd largest market research company in the world. Prior to joining Ipsos in 1990, Dr. Bricker was Director of Research in the office of Canada's Prime Minister....

Denis Leclerc

Denis Leclerc

President & CEO, Écotech Québec

Panelist

Since 2009, Denis Leclerc is President and CEO of Écotech Québec, representing the Québec cleantech cluster. He is also the Chairman of the International Cleantech Network, based in Copenhagen (Denmark).

Daryl Wilson

Daryl Wilson

President & Chief Executive Officer, Hydrogenics

Panelist

Daryl Wilson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hydrogenics, a global provider of advanced hydrogen solutions and one of Canada’s prominent clean technology companies. As a leader in electrolysis and fuel cell technology, Hydrogenics delivers carbon free energy solutions to significant partners globally including E.ON in Germany, Enbridge in Canada and Alstom Transport in France and Ge...

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