Event Speakers

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.

Aaron Hohn

OPENING REMARKS

Associate Vice President, Canadian Personal Banking, Indigenous People & ESG, TD Bank Group

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Aaron Hohn is the Associate Vice President, Canadian Personal Banking strategy for Indigenous Peoples and Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG), and is a proud member of the Passamaquoddy Nation. His teams focus on ensuring the bank is moving towards a sustainable and socially responsible future. This includes meeting the banking needs of customers from Indigenous communities, and that TD’s work is aligned to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action #92.

Aaron is currently completing an MBA in Sustainable Commerce at the Lang School of Business and Economics and is passionate about giving back to the community. He currently sits on the board of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, which last year provided over $4 million to organizations working to protect our planet. He also serves on the board of Outside Looking In, an Indigenous led organization focused on engaging youth in remote communities through the power of dance and hosts Canada’s largest Indigenous youth performance.

Andrew Gibbons

CLOSING REMARKS

Vice President, External Affairs, WestJet

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Andrew (Andy) Gibbons is WestJet’s Ottawa-based Vice-President of External Affairs.  A nationally recognized leader in advocacy and government relations, Andy leads the WestJet Group’s external relations with a broad range of government, industry and stakeholder partners.

Since starting with WestJet in 2012, Andy has worked to build WestJet’s reputation as a transparent and trusted partner.  At the heart of this has been working with Canada’s federal and provincial governments on legislative, regulatory and policy developments impacting WestJet and the Canadian aviation industry.

His team includes regulatory affairs, responsible for the company’s regulatory compliance, international aero political issues and facilitation and accessibility and regulatory guest relations.  In addition to government and regulatory responsibilities, Andy also oversees the company’s external affairs function which includes stakeholder engagement and relationship-building.

Prior to joining WestJet, Andy served as Vice-President of Public Affairs for H+K Strategies, a global communications and government relations agency.  At H+K, Andy led advocacy efforts for a diverse group of clients in the transportation, finance and health sectors.

Andy is one of Canada’s leading public affairs practitioners and has been named in Canada’s top 100 lobbyists by the Hill Times every year for the last ten years.

When he’s not on the Hill, Andy can be found on a tennis court, a beach and spending quality time with his wife Elizabeth and son Nicholas.  Andy can be reached via his twitter handle @gibbonsandy or on LinkedIn under Andrew Gibbons.