Speaker Profiles

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Mr. Gohna

Mr. Gohna

Press Man

Grteyunm

Big Man in the land

Michael Marzolini

Michael Marzolini

Chairman & CEO

POLLARA

Michael Russell MSP

Michael Russell MSP

Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution

Scottish Parliament

Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Deputy Chairman

Planning Commission of India

Marwan Muasher

Marwan Muasher

Vice President, External Affairs

World Bank

Michael Hale

Michael Hale

President

Canadian Institute of Actuaries

Mayor Phil Gordon

Mayor Phil Gordon

Mayor

City of Phoenix

Phil Gordon was elected Mayor on Sept. 9, 2003, sworn in on January 2, 2004 and re-elected to a second term in 2008. Born in Chicago on April 18, 1951 to Sid and Judy Gordon, he is the oldest of three children. In the mid-1960s, the Gordon family moved to Phoenix where Phil attended Madison Meadows Elementary and Middle School and Central High School. He attended the University of Arizona a...

Mayor Tom Leppert

Mayor Tom Leppert

Mayor

City of Dallas

Tom Leppert was elected mayor of Dallas in June 2007. Since taking office, The Mayor and the City Council have pursued policies that have dramatically improved the quality of life in Dallas.

Mr. Alderman Ian Luder

Mr. Alderman Ian Luder

The Right Honourable Lord Mayor

City of London

Mr Alderman Ian Luder was elected as the 681st Lord Mayor of the City of London on Monday 29th September and will take office on Friday 7th November 2008. As Lord Mayor he will promote the Square Mile as the world’s leading international financial and business centre, and his project will be sponsoring the spread of financial literacy.

Marcel Coutu

Marcel Coutu

President and CEO

Canadian Oil Sands Trust

Mr. Coutu joined Canadian Oil Sands Limited as President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2001. Marcel also is Chairman of the Board of Syncrude Canada Ltd. and chairs the Syncrude Joint Venture CEO and Management Committees. a director of Brookfield Asset Management, Great-West Lifeco., United Way of Calgary, and the Pension and Compensation Committee of the Calgary Stampede Board. He ...

Mark Halperin

Mark Halperin

Editor-at-large and senior political analyst

TIME

Melanie L. Aitken

Melanie L. Aitken

Commissioner of Competition

Canadian Competition Bureau

Melanie L. Aitken is Commissioner of Competition The Commissioner is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Competition Act and three labelling statutes, the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act, the Precious Metals Marking Act and the Textile Labelling Act. Under the Competition Act, the Commissioner can launch inquiries, challenge civil and merger matters before the C...

Mary Simon

Mary Simon

National Inuit Leader

President Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Michael Cloutier

Michael Cloutier

President and CEO

Canadian Diabetes Association

Since July 5, 2010, Michael Cloutier has been leading the Canadian Diabetes Association, a non-profit organization with a strong presence in communities across the country. Established in 1953, the Association offers Canadians who are living with diabetes the promise of a brighter future through its support of education and services, advocacy, research and public awareness.

Marcel R. Coutu

Marcel R. Coutu

President and Chief Executive Officer

Canadian Oil Sands Trust

Mr. Coutu joined Canadian Oil Sands Limited as President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2001. Marcel is also Chairman of the Board of Syncrude Canada Ltd. and chairs the Syncrude Joint Venture CEO and Management Committees. He is also a director of Brookfield Asset Management, Great-West Lifeco., United Way of Calgary, the Pension and Compensation Committee of the Calgary Stampede Boa...

Mark Stabile

Mark Stabile

Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy Director

School of Public Policy and Governance, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Mark Stabile is Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Rotman School of Management, and Director of the School of Public Policy and Governance. His current research interests include the economics of child health, economics of health care and health insurance, and tax policy and health insurance. His work has been published widely in journals including the Journal of...

Mark J. Carney

Mark J. Carney

Governor

Bank of Canada

He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), and Chairman of its Committee on the Global Financial System (CGFS). Born in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Mr. Carney received a bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University in 1988. He received a master's degree in economics in 1993, and a doctorate in economics in 1995, both from O...

Mark Pieth

Mark Pieth

Chair, Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Dr. Mark Pieth is the Chair, Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as Professor of Criminal Law, Basel University, and the Chair of the Board, Basel Institute on Governance. He is a member of the Swiss Federal Gaming Commission, the Independent Inquiry Committee into the Iraq Oil-for-Food Programme...

Mr. Barry Fishman

Mr. Barry Fishman

President and CEO of Teva Canada

Chair of the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association (CGPA)

After graduating from McGill University in Montreal with a concentration in finance, he went on to become a CPA while working for Deloitte in Southern California. Barry began working in the healthcare field with Eli Lilly in Toronto. He spent almost two decades in a variety of disciplines including human resources, supply chain, business development and marketing.

Mr. John Tsang

Mr. John Tsang

Financial Secretary

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

After receiving his high school education in Hong Kong and New York City, Mr John Tsang pursued his interest in architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and went on to receive a Master Degree in Bilingual Education from Boston State College and a Master Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Michael Roizen, M.D.

Michael Roizen, M.D.

Chair, Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

Chief Wellness Officer, Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Michael Roizen has founded twelve companies, co-invented a drug approved by the FDA and has published a series of highly popular and #1 New York Times bestsellers: YOU: The Smart Patient, YOU: The Owner's Manual, YOU: On A Diet, and YOU: Staying Young all co-authored with Dr. Mehmet Oz. Dr. Roizen co-founded RealAge Inc. and his first general-audience book, RealAge: Are You as Young as Yo...

Mr. Thomas Jenkins

Mr. Thomas Jenkins

Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer

Open Text Corporation

P. Thomas Jenkins is Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of Open Text Corporation of Waterloo, Ontario Canada, the largest independent software company in Canada. He has served as a Director of Open Text since 1994 and as its Chairman since 1998. From 1994 to present, Mr. Jenkins was President and then Chief Executive Officer and then Chief Strategy Officer of Open Text. Mr. Jenkins h...

Michele McKenzie

Michele McKenzie

President & CEO

Canadian Tourism Commission

Michele McKenzie, President & CEO, Canadian Tourism Commission. Michele McKenzie has served as the President and CEO of the Canadian Tourism Commission since 2004. Since then she has guided the evolution of the CTC to become a fully integrated brand marketing organization that is active in 11 international markets.

Michel D. Landry

Michel D. Landry

Chief, Doctor of Physical Therapy Division

Dept. of Community and Family Medicine

Michel D. Landry is the Chief of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Division, in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Centre in Durham North Carolina. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University o...

Michael Reeves

Michael Reeves

President

President Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor Coalition, Texas

Michael Reeves was appointed as president of the Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor Coalition in the spring of 2004. Reeves has extensive knowledge of transportation issues and governmental affairs at local, state and federal levels.During his time at Ports-to-Plains, Reeves has focused on strengthening relationships with state departments of transportation and building partnerships in Canada and M...

Maureen A. McTeer, BA, MA, LLB, LLM, LLD Honoris Causa

Maureen A. McTeer, BA, MA, LLB, LLM, ...

Co-chair

National Expert Commission

Maureen McTeer is a lawyer who speaks extensively on issues of equity and ethics in the area of health and medical law. She holds Master’s degrees in health law from Dalhousie University and biotechnological law and ethics from the University of Sheffield in the U.K. She is currently the co-chair of the National Expert Commission established by the Canadian Nurses Association to report on the n...

Marlene Smadu, RN, EdD

Marlene Smadu, RN, EdD

Co-chair

National Expert Commission

Marlene Smadu is a Canadian and international nurse leader and champion of health, nursing and education. Currently she serves as associate dean, Southern Saskatchewan Campus and International Student Affairs, for the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Smadu holds a diploma in nursing from the Regina Grey Nuns School of Nursing, a baccalaureate in nursing from the University of ...

Martin Wolf , CBE

Martin Wolf , CBE

Leading Economist, Commentator

Financial Times

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times Author of the acclaimed book: "Fixing Global Finance" Forum Fellow, World Economic Forum Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers, 2009 & 2010 Martin Wolf is an extremely effective speaker on global economics, with unparalleled experience as both an economist and a journalist. Martin was a member of the UK governm...

Michael Sneyd

Michael Sneyd

CEO

Skyline International Development

Mike Crawley

Mike Crawley

President

Liberal Party of Canada

Mike Crawley was elected President of the Liberal Party of Canada at the Ottawa 2012 - Liberal Biennial Convention. Since joining the Party at a young age, Mike has acted in a variety of executive roles at all levels of the Party. Mike has come to understand the Liberal Party of Canada from the ground up. Professionally, Mike turned a start-up renewable power company into the Canadian divis...

Marie Lemay

Marie Lemay

CEO

National Capital Commission

In January 2008, Marie Lemay became chief executive officer (CEO) of the National Capital Commission (NCC), the first to occupy this position since the role of chair and CEO was split into two positions. In her role as the inaugural CEO, she is leading the drive to make the NCC a more dynamic and transparent organization, one that engages in collaborative partnerships with both the public a...

Matthew Anderson

Matthew Anderson

President & CEO

William Osler Health System

Matthew Anderson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of William Osler Health System (Osler). Osler is among the largest community hospital systems in Canada serving a population of over 1.3 million people living in one of the fastest growing and most culturally diverse regions in the country. Amalgamated in 1998, Osler is comprised of hospital three sites: Etobicoke General Hospital,...

Marc Mayrand

Marc Mayrand

Chief Electoral Officer of Canada

Elections Canada

Marc Mayrand's appointment as Chief Electoral Officer of Canada was unanimously approved by the House of Commons on February 21, 2007. He became the sixth person to hold the office since the position was established in 1920. Before heading Elections Canada, Mr. Mayrand had served as Superintendent of Bankruptcy since May 1997. After joining the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy in 1...

Mike Greenley

Mike Greenley

Chairman

Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries

Mike Greenley is Vice President International for General Dynamics C4 Systems with executive responsibility for development and implementation of C4 Systems’ integrated international growth strategy and market offering. In this role, Mike is responsible for international expansion including the identification of marketing and sales channels. In addition, Mike provides executive oversight of the...

Michael Leven

Michael Leven

President & Chief Operating Officer

Las Vegas Sands Corp

Mr. Leven has served on the Las Vegas Sands Corp. Board of Directors since 2004. On March 11, 2009, he became the company’s president and chief operating officer and assumed responsibility for the overall operations of the company’s U.S. and international locations. Mr. Leven is a veteran hospitality executive with more than 50 years of experience in the business and a distinguished and wel...

Max Long

Max Long

President

Microsoft Canada Inc

As President of Microsoft Canada, Max Long is focused on helping consumers, students, partners, businesses and public sector organizations realize their full potential. Committed to making positive contributions to Canadian communities through its citizenship efforts, Max is also dedicated to ensuring Microsoft Canada is a great place to work. Over his 15 years with Microsoft, Max has helped...

Marc Laliberté

Marc Laliberté

President and Chief Executive Officer

VIA Rail Canada

In January 2010, Mr. Laliberté was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer at VIA Rail Canada. Between 2003 and 2009, he held the position of President and CEO for the Quebec Railway Corporation, the largest Canadian owned shortline railway. His vast experience in both the railway and business sectors is certainly a valuable asset at VIA Rail. Mr. Laliberté began his rail career in 1...

Maureen O’Neil

Maureen O’Neil

President

Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

Maureen O’Neil is President of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. Previous positions include President of the International Development Research Centre, Interim President of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, President of the North-South Institute, and Deputy Minister of Citizenship for the Government of Ontario. Ms. O’Neil is Chair of ...

Martha Hall Findlay

Martha Hall Findlay

Candidate

Liberal Party of Canada Leadership

Martha Hall Findlay is a successful, lawyer, businesswoman and entrepreneur with expereince in small businesses and major multi-national corporations. She is currently the Chief Legal Officer at EnStream LP and Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. She is the former Liberal MP for Willowdale and has held Official Opposition Critic roles for International ...

Marc Aboud

Marc Aboud

Managing Director

SAP Canada Inc.

Mark Aboud is the Managing Director of SAP Canada, a subsidiary of SAP AG. He is responsible for all of SAP’s business operations in Canada and helping SAP Canada’s 1,200 customers become best run businesses. With more than 2,300 Canadian employees, SAP has offices across Canada, including three research and development centres in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver which are part of SAP’s Global ...

Maria Soklis

Maria Soklis

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Kia Canada Inc.

Maria Soklis was named Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Kia Canada Inc. on April 14, 2009. Ms. Soklis leads a team of 162 corporate staff, including 4 Regional Offices, a parts and distribution warehouse and overlooks 180 Kia dealerships nationally. She joined Kia Canada in early 2006 and has since held positions in Sales, Corporate Planning and Operations. Since her most recen...

Michele Kuruc

Michele Kuruc

Vice-President for Marine Conservation

World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US)

Michele Kuruc joined World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US) as Vice-President for Marine Conservation in January 2013. She coordinates the marine program and deals with a broad cross section of issues. Prior to moving back to the US, she worked with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, specializing in fisheries enforcement technologies and operations, and advising on illegal f...

Michael Dejak, P.Eng.

Michael Dejak, P.Eng.

Vice President

Global Business Development Eco-Tec Inc.

Michael Dejak is Vice President, Global Business Development, at Eco-Tec Inc., a Pickering, Ontario based developer and manufacturer of advanced clean tech equipment for industrial water treatment and chemicals purification.

Mary Deacon

Mary Deacon

Chair

Bell Let’s Talk Mental Health Initiative

Mary Deacon is Chair of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative, the largest-ever corporate initiative of its kind in Canada. Bell has committed more than $67 million to support new mental health research, workplace best practices, improved care and access, and anti-stigma programs including Bell Let’s Talk Day and Clara’s Big Ride for Bell Let’s Talk. Mary holds a BA and is a Certified...

Mark Gobuty

Mark Gobuty

CEO & Founder

The Peace Naturals Project Inc.

In 2011, Mark founded the Peace Naturals Project, an organization committed to helping shepherd this new industry through safety, harm reduction and self-care agri-health solutions. The Peace Naturals Project includes a state-of-the-art medical Cannabis production facility and an industry leading Client Care department. The Peace Naturals Project successfully became the first newly licensed med...

Marc Kealey

Marc Kealey

Lead Advocate

Canadian Vaping Association

With over 30 years of experience in public policy, advocacy and management Marc Kealey is a leading voice for transformation in health - most notably in prescription drug reform, healthcare delivery, smoking cessation and medical human resource management.

Mr. David Miller

Mr. David Miller

President and CEO, WWF-Canada

Chair of the Expert Panel on the Potential for New and Innovative Uses of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for Greening Canada

David Miller is President and CEO at WWF Canada. In this role, he assists the firm in developing its international clean technology and renewable energy practices. Mr. Miller is currently engaged in advising various organizations on urban, technological and environmental issues. In 2010, he was appointed as an advisor to the World Bank on cities and environment. He is also an advisor with th...

Major-General Dean J. Milner, OMM, MSC, CD

Major-General Dean J. Milner, OMM, MS...

Commander Designate

1st Canadian Division Headquarters

Major-General Dean J. Milner entered Royal Roads Military College in 1980 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Commerce from the Royal Military College. Major-General Milner also has a Masters in War Studies from the Royal Military College. Major-General Milner's regimental duty commenced in 1984 with a posting to The Royal Canadian Dragoons, (The RCD) 4 Mechanized Brigade...

Maryam Sahar Naqibullah

Maryam Sahar Naqibullah

Afghan Interpreter

Raised in Kandahar, Maryam Sahar Naqibullah has dedicated her life to building peace, democracy and equality in Afghanistan. While living in conflict-ridden Kandahar, Maryam worked as a Protection Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as a Gender Advisor for the US Department of State, as a Legal Interpreter for the International Legal Foundation – Afghanistan, ...

Mike Schwartz

Mike Schwartz

Senior Vice-President, Group Benefits & Executive Director

Great-West Life & Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace

Mike joined the Company in 1984, and is a member of the Group Insurance Division senior management team, with functional responsibility for group claims operations (life, disability, health and dental) and contact centre operations. Mike has also been very involved in efforts to better prevent or reduce the impacts of mental health issues in workplaces. He has served as Executive Director ...

Michael Krestell

Michael Krestell

President

M Partners

Michael is the President of M Partners, a Toronto based full service independent investment bank that has raised over $30 million for Canadian medical cannabis companies. Michael is a CFA charterholder and he received an MBA with distinction from the Schulich School of Business specializing in Finance and Strategic Management. In 2009 Michael received a Starmine award by being the num...

Mike Kessel

Mike Kessel

President & CEO

Cleveland Clinic Canada

Michael A. Kessel, MBA, CPA president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic Canada, is an executive with over 20 years of experience in strategy, finance, operations and entrepreneurial activities. In addition to his work at Cleveland Clinic Canada, Mr. Kessel plays an active role on the board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and is a member of the International Chief Executives in Canada Co...

Mr. Luis Guillermo Solís

Mr. Luis Guillermo Solís

President

Costa Rica

Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera is the current president of Costa Rica. He was elected in April 2014 and assumed office in May 2014. Mr Solis is a professor, a politician and a diplomat. He has also held managerial positions in philanthropic and multilateral organizations in Costa Rica and internationally.

Mr. Ghislain Picard

Mr. Ghislain Picard

National Chief

Assembly of First Nations

Mr. Ghislain Picard is Innu from the community of Pessamit. Between 1976 and 1989, he dedicated most of his time in the area of communications. He was responsible for communications and media relations for the Conseil Atikamekw Montagnais (CAM). He published a periodical called « Tepatshimuwin » intended for Atikamekw and Innu communities. At the beginning of the 80’s, Mr. Picard was Preside...

Michelle Michalak

Michelle Michalak

Head of Financial Literacy

Visa Canada

As the Head of Corporate and Public Affairs at Visa Canada, Ms. Michalak oversees external and internal communications programs to support the company’s business goals. As a part of this mandate, Ms. Michalak spearheads Visa’s financial literacy initiatives in Canada, which include the Practical Money Skills Canada and Choices and Decisions programs. Prior to joining Visa in 2012, Ms. Micha...

Michael Green

Michael Green

President and CEO

Canada Health Infoway

Michael Green has an international reputation and proven track record of transforming healthcare through the use of digital health. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Health Infoway, he works with Infoway’s jurisdictional partners and other key stakeholders to accelerate the development and adoption of digital health in Canada, which will provide clinicians and patients with i...

Malini Giridhar

Malini Giridhar

Vice President, Gas Supply & Business Development

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.

Malini Giridhar was appointed to the position of Vice President Gas Supply and Business Development in 2013. She is responsible for gas supply procurement, dispatch and budgeting activities, and also responsible for the Strategic Planning and Business Development activities for Gas Distribution. She joined Enbridge in 1994 as a financial analyst and held progressively more senior position...

Murray Rankin

Murray Rankin

Member of Parliament for Victoria

Murray Rankin is the Member of Parliament for Victoria. In Ottawa, Murray has served as the Official Opposition critic for National Revenue and Pensions, leading national initiatives to expand the Canada Pension Plan and tackle the problem of offshore tax havens. Murray currently serves as the Official Opposition critic for Health and chair of the BC caucus. Murray is a nationally recogn...

Murray Rankin,Q.C., M.P., Official Opposition Critic for Health, Deputy Critic for National Revenue, Member of Parliamen

Murray Rankin,Q.C., M.P., Official Op...

Murray Rankin is the Member of Parliament for Victoria. In Ottawa, Murray has served as the Official Opposition critic for National Revenue and Pensions, leading national initiatives to expand the Canada Pension Plan and tackle the problem of offshore tax havens. Murray currently serves as the Official Opposition critic for Health and chair of the BC caucus. Murray is a nationally recogn...

Marie-Hélène Labrie

Marie-Hélène Labrie

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications

Enerkem

Marie-Hélène Labrie joined Enerkem in May 2008. Prior to that, she worked in communications, business strategy, and market analysis as Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning at CAE, and as a consultant for numerous organizations, such as Oliver Wyman Delta Organization & Leadership and Desjardins Financial Security. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Écotech Québec, a cl...

Mr. Fred Horne

Mr. Fred Horne

Former Minister of Health

Alberta

Fred Horne served as Alberta’s Minister of Health from 2011-2014. A frequent speaker and panelist on health system issues in Canada, Fred is currently Principal of Horne and Associates, Health Policy Consultants, and Adjunct Professor with the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health. Fred began his career as a community health planner and offers over thirty years’ experience in h...

Michael Bryant

Michael Bryant

Principal

Ishkonigan Inc.

Michael Bryant began his recovery from alcoholism in 2006 while serving as the Attorney General of Ontario. He served as Member of Provincial Parliament for mid-town Toronto from 1999-2009, and as a Cabinet Minister for six years. As Attorney General, he overhauled the Ontario Human Rights System, re-established both the Police Complaints Commission and the Law Reform Commission, and legislated...

Michael Wilson, P.C., C.C.

Michael Wilson, P.C., C.C.

Chair of the Board of Directors

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Michael Wilson is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada Inc. building on 37 years experience in the investment business. Previously, Mr. Wilson was Canada’s 22nd Ambassador to the United States of America from March 13, 2006 to October 9, 2009. Prior to taking up this position, Mr. Wilson was Chairman of UBS Can...

Michael Cleland

Michael Cleland

Chair of the Board of Directors at the Canadian Energy Research Institute

University of Ottawa

He is formerly President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association. Prior to joining CGA, he was Senior Vice President Government Affairs for the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA). Before joining CEA, he was Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Energy Sector in the Department of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), formerly Energy, Mines and Resources (EMR) and before that, Director General of the ...

Michel Chikwanine

Michel Chikwanine

Former child soldier, motivational speaker, writer

A former child soldier, Michel Chikwanine has already endured and overcome unimaginable pain and struggles. His passion and belief in the possibility for change makes him a truly remarkable individual and humanitarian. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michel grew up amid the terror of the Great War of Africa. He witnessed the torture of his father, who was singled out for his politi...

Mary Turner

Mary Turner

President

Canadian Tire Financial Services

As the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Tire Bank and Chief Operating Officer of Canadian Tire Financial Services, Mary Turner is responsible for growing revenue and managing operational costs and credit risk for both businesses.

Mary Moran

Mary Moran

President & Chief Executive Officer

Calgary Economic Development

Mary joined Calgary Economic Development in 2010 as Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Research and has extensive leadership experience working across a number of sectors for both national and multi-national companies including TELUS, Delta Hotels, Canadian Airlines and WARDAIR. Mary has led teams in the development of strategy, marketing, stakeholder relations and fund development. ...

Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir

Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir

Head of the Department of Foreign Relations

Regional Government of Iraq

Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir was appointed as the first Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations in September 2006, tasked with administering KRG foreign policy and bolstering the Region’s relations with the international community for the government’s fifth cabinet. He was reappointed as the Head of the Department in each successive cabinet, including ...

Martine Duffy

Martine Duffy

Panelist

Jr. EC TV

Minister Charles Sousa

Minister of Finance

Charles Sousa is Ontario’s Minister of Finance and MPP for Mississauga South. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Treasury Board and Management Board of Cabinet. As Minister of Finance, Charles is championing a first-of-its-kind provincial pension plan to help ensure that Ontarians can retire with security and peace of mind. He is also responsible for the Supporting Small Businesses Act, whi...

Michael Chan

Michael Chan

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration & International Trade

Provincial Government

Michael Chan was first elected to the Ontario legislature as the MPP for Markham in a byelection in 2007. He was then elected as the MPP for Markham-Unionville in 2007, and re-elected in 2011 and 2014.

Meg Beckel

Meg Beckel

President & CEO

Canadian Museum of Nature

On June 6, 2011, Meg Beckel began her five-year appointment as President & CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature. Beckel joins a team of passionate and committed individuals dedicated to the museum’s vision to inspire understanding and respect for nature. Prior to joining the Museum, Meg was Vice-President, External Relations at the University of Waterloo for four years and Chief Operating Off...

Mark Scholz

Mark Scholz

President

Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors

Mark Scholz is the President of the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors. As President, Mark is the voice of the Canadian drilling and service rig industry, promoting safer and more efficient operations through advocacy, communications and needed products and services. Mark is the official spokesperson for Oil Respect, a campaign to give regular Canadians an opportunity to s...

Michael Crockatt

Michael Crockatt

President & CEO

Ottawa Tourism

Michael is a recognized leader in tourism and aviation in Canada. Prior to joining Ottawa Tourism, Michael served as Senior Vice President with InterVISTAS Consulting, where he was responsible for the firm’s airline, air service development, and tourism practices in Canada. Michael has over 15 years experience at the management level with two of Canada’s major airports, the Winnipeg Airports Au...

Michèle Maheux

Michèle Maheux

Executive Director & COO

Toronto International Film Festival

Celebrating her 27th Festival this September, Maheux is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for TIFF, where she is responsible for all business operations of the $44-million cultural charity — including TIFF Bell Lightbox, the organization’s year-round home. She has been a member of provincial, municipal, industry and arts organization committees, and has served as a juror at int...

Mike Savage

Mike Savage

Mayor

City of Halifax

Mike Savage was elected Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality on October 20, 2012. Mayor Savage ran on a platform to make Halifax the most liveable, entrepreneurial and inclusive city in the country, principles that continue to shape his work at City Hall and in the community. He is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Big City Mayors’ Caucus and a strong voice in ...

Mélanie Joly

Mélanie Joly

Minister of Canadian Heritage

Government of Canada

The Honourable Melanie Joly is the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville in Montreal. A passionate supporter of the arts throughout her career, Minister Joly’s responsibilities as Minister of Heritage include oversight of the Government of Canada’s arts and culture policies and organizations, and a dynamic creative sector that extends across music, fil...

Mina Mawani

Mina Mawani

President & CEO

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada

Mina is a change navigator who leads nonprofits from vision to strategy to results. She has guided nonprofits towards improved capacity, stronger partnerships, better funding models and clearer vision for the future. Har Grover, Chair of the Board of Directors of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, says, “The Board is extremely pleased to appoint Mina to this important role. Her passion and enthusiasm ...

Moezine Hasham

Moezine Hasham

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Hockey 4 Youth

Moezine (Moe) Hasham is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Hockey 4 Youth (H4Y). H4Y (hockey4youth.org) provides new Canadian youth in high risk neighbourhoods with an opportunity to play hockey at no cost while also developing life skills through our T.E.C.H. program (Technology, Entrepreneurship, Community, Hockey). H4Y operates programs in Montreal and Toronto.

Mitzie Hunter

Mitzie Hunter

Minister of Education

Government of Ontario

Mitzie Hunter is the Minister of Education, and the MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood. Prior to this post, she served as the Associate Minister of Finance, responsible for pension reform. Mitzie Hunter understands our community and the power of working together. A lifelong citybuilder, she is passionate about unlocking the city’s potential by ensuring fair and inclusive access to employment and ...

Mary Jo Haddad

Mary Jo Haddad

Member of the Board of Directors

Telus

Mary Jo Haddad is a corporate director and has executive experience in the healthcare industry in Canada and the U.S. In 2013, she retired as President and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, a position she held since 2004. Prior to that, she held several leadership positions at SickKids, including Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Nurse Ex...

Mitchell J. Silver

Mitchell J. Silver

Commissioner of Parks & Recreation

New York City

As NYC Parks Commissioner, Mitchell J. Silver has overseen several major initiatives bringing equity, innovative design, and cutting-edge placemaking techniques to New York City’s 30,000-acre park system. Since he became Commissioner in May 2014, he has led the launch of the Community Parks Initiative, which is bringing $285 million in capital overhauls to more than 60 historically underserved ...

Michel Leblanc

Michel Leblanc

President and Chief Executive Officer

Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Michel Leblanc is President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Quebec’s leading private economic development organization. In this position, he is the official spokesperson of the organization, and is responsible for planning, managing, coordinating and monitoring all its operations. With extensive experience in the public and private sectors, Michel Leblanc has an ...

Martin LeBlanc

Martin LeBlanc

President & CEO, Caprion Biosciences Inc.

Président et chef de la direction, Caprion Biosciences Inc.

A co-founder of Caprion, Martin has for over 15 years led Caprion’s technology development, laboratory operations and commercial strategy focused on specialized laboratory research services in the fields of proteomics, immune monitoring and personalized medicine. Profitable and rapidly growing based on its research contracts and strategic partnerships with over 75 global pharmaceutical and biot...

Michael Crockatt

Michael Crockatt

President & CEO

Ottawa Tourism

Michael is a recognized leader in tourism and aviation in Canada. Prior to joining Ottawa Tourism, Michael served as Senior Vice President with InterVISTAS Consulting, where he was responsible for the firm’s airline, air service development, and tourism practices in Canada. Michael has over 15 years experience at the management level with two of Canada’s major airports, the Winnipeg Airports Au...

Mary Ann Turcke

Mary Ann Turcke

President

Bell Media

Mary Ann Turcke is President of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Renowned for a wide breadth of executive leadership roles and team building skills, Ms. Turcke was previously Group President, Media Sales, Local TV and Radio, where she leveraged Bell Media properties and brands across all plat...

Marcius Extavour, PhD, MSc, BASc

Marcius Extavour, PhD, MSc, BASc

Director, Energy

XPRIZE Foundation

Marcius Extavour comes to the XPRIZE with more than 6 years experience working at the intersection of science, energy policy, education, and technology development. As the Director of Technical Operations for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, Dr. Extavour combines his experience in partnership building and strategy with his training in physics and engineering to help lead the transition to a clean e...

Ms. Shannon MacDonald

Ms. Shannon MacDonald

VP, Communications & Public Affairs

Johnson & Johnson Inc.

Shannon MacDonald is the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for Johnson & Johnson Inc. (Canada) where she leads internal and external communications, federal and provincial advocacy, and stakeholder relations. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the health and life sciences sectors, and a consistent track record of leading achievement through collaboration with a broad s...

Michael Coteau

Michael Coteau

Minister of Children and Youth Services, Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism

Government of Ontario

Michael Coteau was elected in 2011 as the MPP for Don Valley East. He currently serves as Minister of Children and Youth Services, as well as Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism. Previously, he was Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, as well as Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, and before that, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

Michael Perley

Michael Perley

Director

Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco

Michael Perley received his M.A. in French Language and literature from the University of Toronto in 1971. Following his participation in successful campaigns to control the causes of acid rain in the United States and Canada in the 1980s, Michael Perley joined the Ontario Campaign for Action on Tobacco (OCAT) as Director in 1993. On behalf of the Ontario medical and public health communitie...

Marianne Harrison

Marianne Harrison

President & CEO

Manulife Canada

Marianne Harrison is President and CEO of Manulife’s Canadian Division. She also sits on the Company’s Executive Committee. In this role, Ms. Harrison is responsible for all aspects of the diversified and balanced insurance, investment and banking business provided by Manulife’s Canadian Division. Ms. Harrison is a key driver for cultural and operational change within the organization. Under...

Maxime Bernier

Maxime Bernier

Member of Parliament for Beauce, Québec

Maxime Bernier is known as a dependable politician who speaks his mind. A man of ideas, his belief in personal responsibility and freedom is at the heart of his political vision. In his public statements, he expresses those values and his unwavering commitment to reducing the size of government. Maxime Bernier was born January 18, 1963, in St-Georges-de-Beauce. He is the father of two girls....

Marie-France Lalonde

Marie-France Lalonde

Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Facilities

Government of Ontario

Marie-France Lalonde was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Ottawa-Orléans. Lalonde currently serves as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and as Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs. She was previously Minister of Government and Consumer Services. Prior to that, she was Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development,...

Michael Echols

Michael Echols

Keynote Address

CEO, International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI); Former Director, Joint Program Management Office, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Michael A. Echols is a senior cybersecurity executive and critical infrastructure protection strategist working with senior corporate leaders and government officials to make the U.S. more resilient. He is leading a revolution to stand-up and support Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAO). As such, Mr. Echols leads a global effort to harmonize cyber threat information sharing. He...

Miranda Mulholland

Miranda Mulholland

Recording Artist & Entrepreneur

Classically trained on violin and in voice, Miranda is a versatile performer and in high demand as a fiddler and singer covering a wide range of styles. Her debut full length solo album, Whipping Boy, was released in May 2014 to critical acclaim. It became the flagship of her own record label, Roaring Girl Records which at just shy of 3 years old is quickly gaining a reputation for as a home f...

Michael Tremblay

Michael Tremblay

President & CEO

Invest Ottawa

Michael Tremblay joined Invest Ottawa as President and Chief Executive Officer in March of 2017. Prior to joining Invest Ottawa, he was the Vice President of Public Sector for Microsoft Canada since April 2007. Michael led all of Microsoft Canada’s public sector activities including sales to Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments, as well as to the Healthcare and Education sectors. Mike ...

Marni Soupcoff

Marni Soupcoff

Writer, Commentator & Policy Analyst

Marni Soupcoff is a writer, commentator, and policy analyst, with a particular interest in and focus on education and health. Her writing appears in the National Post and Regulation magazine. Her work has previously appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, the Stanford Journal of International Law and other publications.

Mike Henry

Mike Henry

Co-Executive Champion

HeForShe at Scotiabank

Mike Henry is Executive Vice President, Retail Payments, Deposits and Unsecured Lending. Mike and his team are responsible for designing and delivering financial solutions that drive growth through Scotiabank’s Canadian branch network, call centres and digital channels. Mike is also the co-executive champion of HeForShe at Scotiabank, which builds on the HeForShe movement created by UN Women an...

Mohamed Lachemi

Mohamed Lachemi

President and Vice-Chancellor

Ryerson University

Dr. Mohamed Lachemi is president and vice-chancellor of Ryerson University, appointed by the Board of Governors effective April 4, 2016. An internationally recognized researcher and accomplished academic administrator, he has been a key contributor to the growth and development of Ryerson over a transformational time in the university’s history.

M.J. Hood, Lieutenant-General, CMM, CD

M.J. Hood, Lieutenant-General, CMM, CD

Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force

Lieutenant-General Michael Hood began his military career in the infantry as a guardsman with the Canadian Grenadier Guards before enrolling in the Regular Force and receiving his air combat systems officer wings in 1988. Most of his subsequent flying career was spent in the tactical airlift role on the mighty CC-130 Hercules, as well as a tour as an electronic warfare officer on the T-33 Si...

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

Director of Education

MediaSmarts

Matthew Johnson is the Director of Education for MediaSmarts, Canada’s center for digital and media literacy. He is the author of many of MediaSmarts’ lessons, parent materials and interactive resources and a lead on MediaSmarts’ Young Canadians in a Wired World research project. As an acknowledged expert in digital literacy and its implementation in Canadian curricula, Matthew is the architect...

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