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Roger Martin

Roger Martin

Dean

Rotman school of Management

Russell Williams

Russell Williams

President

Rx&D

Russell Williams is a passionate advocate for innovation in health care and in economic development. Since joining Rx&D in March 2004, Mr. Williams has promoted policies that improve patient outcomes by expanding patient choice and access to new medicines and vaccines. He works tirelessly to ensure that Canada is a world leader in attracting biopharmaceutical investments, which are key componen...

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader

Author

Political Activist

Ralph Nader is one of America's most effective social critics. Named by The Atlantic as one of the 100 most influential figures in American history, and by Time and Life magazines as one of the hundred most influential Americans of the twentieth century, his documented criticism of government and industry has had widespread effect on public awareness and bureaucratic power. He is the "U.S.'s t...

Rahaf Harfoush

Rahaf Harfoush

New Media Expert

Member of Obama's Social Media Team

Richard L. George

Richard L. George

President and Chief Executive Officer

Suncor Energy

Robert Howard

Robert Howard

President

Canadian Institute of Actuaries

Bob Howard is Assistant Vice-President, Financial Management Actuarial with Sun Life Financial in Waterloo, Ontario. His current responsibility is as practice leader for pricing in Canada. Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers.

Robert Bell

Robert Bell

Co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum

New York

Robert Bell

Robert Bell

Co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum

New York

Rosemary McCarney

Rosemary McCarney

President & CEO

Plan International Canada Inc. (Plan Canada)

Rosemary McCarney is President and CEO of Plan International Canada Inc. (Plan Canada), an international, humanitarian, child-centred development organization. Founded in 1937 as Foster Parents Plan, Plan now works in more than 45 developing countries helping children, their families and communities to achieve lasting improvements in their lives.

Robert Dutton

Robert Dutton

President and Chief Executive Officer

RONA Inc.

Robert Dutton has been at the helm of RONA Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer since 1992. From 1990 to 1992, he was Executive Vice-President and Chief of Operations at RONA. From 1977 to 1990, Mr. Dutton held several positions, including Vice-President, Development at RONA, where he was responsible for all services related to marketing, retail operations, sales and corporate deve...

Rose Reisman

Rose Reisman

Entrepreneur, Author, Restaurateur, Caterer, and Media Personality

The Art of Living Well

Randy Bernard

Randy Bernard

Chief Executive Officer

INDYCAR

Randy Bernard joined INDYCAR as chief executive officer on March 1, 2010. As CEO, Bernard is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the top level of open-wheel racing in North America, Firestone Indy Lights, the official developmental series for those striving to reach the IZOD IndyCar Series, and the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system. Prior to joining INDYCAR, Ber...

Robert Levine

Robert Levine

Author

Free Ride - How Technology Companies Are Killing The Culture Business

Ross McMillan

Ross McMillan

President and Chief Executive Officer

Tides Canada

Ross is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tides Canada, the country’s largest public foundation focused on the environment and social justice. Ross has worked in association with Tides Canada over the past twelve years, identifying opportunities to bring philanthropy, civil society, business, and government together in pursuit of positive social change and advising donors and pa...

Rick Waugh

Rick Waugh

President & CEO

Scotiabank

Rick Waugh became President and Chief Executive Officer in 2003. He began his career with Scotiabank in Winnipeg in 1970 as a branch employee and, over the years, has served in the Bank's treasury, corporate,international and retail banking areas. In 1985, he moved to New York as the most senior executive in the U.S. Rick returned to Toronto in 1993, and was appointed Vice-Chairman, Corpo...

Ron McKerlie

Ron McKerlie

Interim President and CEO

Ornge

Ron McKerlie was appointed Interim President and CEO of Ornge in January 2012. His mandate is to improve the transparency, accountability and operational excellence of Ontario’s Air Ambulance and Medical Transport service. Prior to his appointment to Ornge, Ron was Deputy Minister, Government Services, Associate Secretary of the Cabinet and Secretary of Management Board of Cabinet for the Ont...

Rex Murphy

Rex Murphy

He is one of the faces of Canada, radiating intelligence and trustworthiness. He is one of its voices, heard in a Newfoundland brogue coast to coast as moderator of Cross Country Checkup, our only national, open-line program. His mind is as sharp as the Rockies. National treasurers need no introduction, and so it is with Rex Murphy, writer, broadcaster and professional thinker. He k...

Rod Phillips

Rod Phillips

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

Rod Phillips is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG). He works closely with the OLG Board of Directors to manage this crown corporation with annual revenue of over $7 billion. OLG contributes up to $2 billion to its shareholder, the Province of Ontario, every year for Ontario hospitals, schools, charities, amateur sports and culture.

Rocco Rossi

Rocco Rossi

President & CEO

Managing Director of PCCN

Rocco Rossi is a Canadian businessman, executive and former political candidate. After graduating from McGill and Princeton University, Rocco’s career included positions with Advanced Material Resources), The Boston Consulting Group, Torstar, Labatt/Interbrew and MGI Software.

Richard Alvarez

Richard Alvarez

President and Chief Executive Officer

Canada Health Infoway

Mr. Alvarez is a leader in Canadian health care. He is known for taking on challenging mandates and building successful organizations. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Health Infoway, he has been a catalyst for accelerating the development of electronic health records in Canada. He has established strong, collaborative relationships with the federal, provincial and territor...

Rob Ford

Rob Ford

Mayor

City of Toronto

Rob Ford was elected Toronto's 64th mayor in October 2010 after serving 10 years as Councillor for Ward 2 (Etobicoke North).Since he was sworn in as Mayor on December 1, 2010, Mayor Rob Ford has led a very busy Council agenda. In very short order, Mayor Rob Ford eliminated the Personal Vehicle Tax, putting $64 million back into taxpayers' pockets. He also declared the Toronto Transit Commissio...

Ruben Ignacio Moreira Valdez

Ruben Ignacio Moreira Valdez

Governor

State of Coahuila, Mexico

Richard W. Hekeler

Richard W. Hekeler

Assistant Vice President and Director of Custom Research

LIMRA/LOMA

For most of his 21 years at LIMRA, Hekeler has been involved in designing, conducting, and interpreting fee-based consortia and individual company proprietary research projects. During the last several years, he has also conducted research among employers and producers in the U.S. and Canadian group insurance marketplace and has been key player in LIMRA’s Strategic and Emerging Issues Research ...

Robert A. Funk

Robert A. Funk

Chairman of the Board and CEO

Express Employment Professionals

Robert A. “Bob” Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. With international headquarters in Oklahoma City, the company has more than 700 franchises in Canada, the U.S. and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 5 million people to work worldwide. Sales for the international franchise company totaled more than $2.5 billion, with nea...

Roland Paris

Roland Paris

Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS), University Research Chair in International Security and Governance, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and Internat...

University of Ottawa

Roland Paris is founding Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) at the University of Ottawa. He is also University Research Chair in International Security and Governance, and Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He was previously Director of Research at the Conference Board of Canada; Policy Advisor in the Privy Council Office ...

Ric McIver

Ric McIver

Candidate for Leader of PC Party of Alberta

PC Party of Alberta

Ric was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-Hays on April 23, 2012. Ric was appointed as Minister of Transportation in May 2012 and served in that role until December 2013, at which time he was sworn in as Minister of Infrastructure, a role he held until earlier this month. Ric was also a member of Treasury Board and the Southern Alberta Ministerial Flood Rec...

Richard Blickstead

Richard Blickstead

President and CEO

Canadian Diabetes Association

Rick specializes in strategic organization revitalization, governance, stakeholder management, complex systems thinking, and executional excellence within healthcare, population health, and consumer-centric organizations. He is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Diabetes Association, a national health charity and the past CEO of the Wellesley Institute, a national applied rese...

Roseann O’Reilly Runte

Roseann O’Reilly Runte

President and Vice-Chancellor

Carleton University

Roseann O’Reilly Runte is President and Vice-Chancellor of Carleton University. Dr. Runte graduated with a BA summa cum laude in French from the State University of New York and obtained her MA and PhD from the University of Kansas. She has previously served as president of l’Université Sainte-Anne, principal of Glendon College, president of Victoria University and of Old Dominion University...

Richard M. Kruger

Richard M. Kruger

Chairman, President & CEO

Imperial Oil Limited

Rich Kruger was appointed chairman, president and chief executive officer of Imperial on March 1, 2013. Mr. Kruger started his career with ExxonMobil in 1981 in Houston, Texas, and held various technical, supervisory, and management positions throughout the United States. Over the last 30 years, he has led projects around the world in a number of countries and regions, including Malaysia, A...

Rita Notarandrea, M.H.Sc., C.H.E

Rita Notarandrea, M.H.Sc., C.H.E

Chief Executive Officer (interim)

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

Rita Notarandrea, M.H.Sc, C.H.E, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) through a Governor in Council appointment on July 28, 2015. Ms. Notarandrea works with all levels of government as well as the not-for-profit and private sectors to ensure that addiction is recognized as health issue, that it remains on the national agenda for action and that ...

Roger Martin

Roger Martin

Academic Director

Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management

Roger Martin is Premier’s Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness and academic director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management. From 1998 to 2013, he served as dean. Previously, he spent 13 years as a director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he served as cohead of the firm for two years. His research w...

Rebecca Blaikie

Rebecca Blaikie

President & Quebec Campaign Director

New Democratic Party of Canada

Rebecca Blaikie is the President and Quebec Campaign Director for Canada’s New Democrats. Rebecca was born in Winnipeg, where she worked in community development, Aboriginal education, and for the Government of Manitoba. In 2007, she helped elect Tom Mulcair in a historic by-election that paved the way for the NDP’s Quebec breakthrough and rise to Official Opposition. She has been invited aroun...

Ross R. Bayus

Ross R. Bayus

President

Valero Energy Inc.

Responsible for Valero Energy Corporation’s Canadian Operations including strategic direction, financial performance, integration with Valero’s international activities and positioning in the community. The Canadian Operations include the Levis refinery, 32 marine, rail and pipeline terminals and extensive Wholesale and Commercial sales operations. The leadership of Mr. Bayus is focused ...

R. Kenneth Carty

R. Kenneth Carty

Professor Emeritus of Political Science

University of British Columbia

R. Kenneth Carty is a professor emeritus of political science at the University of British Columbia where he was also the Brenda and David McLean professor of Canadian studies. As one of the country's foremost experts on Canadian party politics, he was honoured with the Mildred A. Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Political Science Association in 2013. A former president o...

Rob Livingston

Rob Livingston

President & Country Manager

Visa Canada

Rob Livingston is President and Country Manager for Visa Canada, where he oversees the strategic direction, key relationships, marketing, operations and financial performance of Visa’s Canadian business.

Robin Sherrington, PhD

Robin Sherrington, PhD

Senior Vice President Business & Corporate Development

Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Robin Sherrington, PhD, Senior Vice President of Business & Corporate Development for Xenon Pharmaceuticals has twenty years of biopharmaceutical industry experience. He has successfully negotiated partnerships with Roche, Takeda, Merck, Isis, Genentech and Teva, and Xenon’s Genome Canada, Genome BC, and IRAP funded projects. In aggregate these deals could be worth over $1.5 billion in milest...

Ratna Omidvar

Ratna Omidvar

Executive Director - Global Diversity Exchange, Ryerson University

Chair - Lifeline Syria

Ratna Omidvar is an internationally recognized expert on migration, diversity and inclusion. She came to Canada from Iran in 1981 and her own experiences of displacement, integration and citizen engagement have been the foundation of her work.

Ron Dizy

Ron Dizy

President & CEO

EMBALA

Ron Dizy, a veteran of the high-growth technology industry, uses his breadth of experience to focus ENBALA’s strategic direction, value, and growth. With his respected perspective on the Smart Grid and the evolution of the power system, he was recruited to the board of the Ontario Energy Association and elected vice-chair of the Corporate Partners Committee of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum and t...

Raj Kothari, FCPA, FCA

Raj Kothari, FCPA, FCA

Managing Partner

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Raj Kothari is the Managing Partner for the Greater Toronto area for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and National Practice Leader for the Asset & Wealth Management Industry in Canada. Raj graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and obtained an MBA from the City University Business School, London, England. He also qualified as a chartered accountant from the UK a...

Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, C.C.

Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, C.C.

Canadians for a New Partnership

Joe Clark is a Canadian statesman, author, and corporate director, active in international development and business. He was elected eight times to the House of Commons of Canada, and is a former Canadian Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Minister of Constitutional Affairs, and Acting Minister of National Defence and of Justice. He is vice-chairman of the Global Leadership Foundation, and a memb...

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