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Keynote

The Hon. Wab Kinew

KEYNOTE

Premier of Manitoba

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Premier Wab Kinew is the 25th premier of Manitoba. Kinew was first elected as the MLA for Fort Rouge in 2016 and was elected party leader and leader of the official opposition in 2017. He is the son of Dr. Tobasonakwut Kinew and Dr. Kathi Kinew and is from the Onigaming First Nation in northwestern Ontario. Before becoming an MLA, Kinew worked as a broadcaster and as an administrator at the University of Winnipeg. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Manitoba and a master’s degree in Indigenous governance. Kinew is an honorary witness of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a bestselling author. He is a caring dad to three boys and a devoted husband to his wife Lisa, who is a doctor.

Fireside Chat

Kathleen Monk

MODERATOR

President, Monk + Associates

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Kathleen Monk is a seasoned campaign strategist, award-winning communicator, and successful entrepreneur. As President of Monk + Associates, she works with business and civic leaders to build strategies that shape public opinion and secure public affairs victories.

With 20 years of experience in media, politics, and the nonprofit sector, she helps clients target, engage, and persuade decision makers. She has directed campaigns that received international recognition for media relations, digital communications, TV advertising and integrated marketing. This included a prestigious Campaign & Elections Reed Award in 2020, a Platinum MarCom award in 2019 and an International Golden Quill award in 2020.

A sought-after media commentator, Kathleen appears weekly on CTV Question Period’s ‘Sunday Strategy Session’, CTV Power Play’s ‘Front Bench Panel’ and has been named one of the 100 most influential people in government and politics by The Hill Times. She was the founding Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute, and prior to that, served as director of communications for the late NDP leader Jack Layton’s historic 2011 federal campaign. Before entering her career in politics, Kathleen worked in newsrooms in Toronto, Ottawa, and Washington, D.C.

Kathleen is an active board member of CIVIX, a non-partisan charity dedicated to building engaged citizenship among young Canadians, and a member of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Institute for Global Affairs. She holds an MSc in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics.

The Hon. Wab Kinew

SPEAKER

Premier of Manitoba

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Premier Wab Kinew is the 25th premier of Manitoba. Kinew was first elected as the MLA for Fort Rouge in 2016 and was elected party leader and leader of the official opposition in 2017. He is the son of Dr. Tobasonakwut Kinew and Dr. Kathi Kinew and is from the Onigaming First Nation in northwestern Ontario. Before becoming an MLA, Kinew worked as a broadcaster and as an administrator at the University of Winnipeg. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Manitoba and a master’s degree in Indigenous governance. Kinew is an honorary witness of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a bestselling author. He is a caring dad to three boys and a devoted husband to his wife Lisa, who is a doctor.

Andrew Gibbons

CLOSING REMARKS

Vice President, External Affairs, WestJet

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