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Aryeh Green

Aryeh Green

Director

MediaCentral

Aryeh Green is director of MediaCentral, a Jerusalem-based project providing support services to foreign journalists based in or visiting Israel (www.m-central.org). He has been an advisor to Natan Sharansky and a high-tech business executive and consultant for the past decade and more, and is a frequent speaker on Israel, human rights in the Middle East, and current affairs.

Andre Marin

Andre Marin

Ombudsman of Ontario

André Marin was appointed as Ontario’s sixth Ombudsman in April 2005, for a five-year term. He brings to the Ombudsman’s office a highly respected and extensive background in the oversight of public institutions. Since his appointment, he has reorganized the Ombudsman's office and refocused its resources on high-profile, systemic investigations into issues affecting millions of Ontarians, from ...

Andrew Ross Sorkin

Andrew Ross Sorkin

Reporter and Columnist

The New York Times

Andrew Ross Sorkin is The New York Times’s chief mergers and acquisitions reporter and a columnist. Mr. Sorkin is also the editor of DealBook (nytimes.com/dealbook), an online daily financial report he started in 2001. In addition, Sorkin is an assistant editor of business and finance news, helping guide and shape the paper’s coverage.

Anita Dunn

Anita Dunn

Obama White House Communications Director, 2009

Beginning with her time as an unpaid intern answering phones at the White House and culminating at Obama for America headquarters on the night of November 4th, 2008, Anita Dunn rose to the very pinnacle of strategic communications. As the brain-trust behind the most disciplined, coherent,and creative presidential campaign ever, she implemented a strategy that broke the traditional rules of camp...

Ann Cavoukian

Ann Cavoukian

Executive Director

Privacy and Big Data Institute - Ryerson University

Appointed as the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada in 1997, Dr. Ann Cavoukian served for an unprecedented three terms as Commissioner. In that time, she elevated the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner from a novice regulatory body to a first-class agency, known around the world for its cutting edge innovation and leadership. Dr. Cavoukian is best known for ...

Achim Steiner

Achim Steiner

Executive Director

United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations General Assembly in 2006 unanimously elected Mr. Achim Steiner as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme for a four-year term, and subsequently for a further four years in 2010. Following the decision of the 68th General Assembly of United Nations, Mr. Steiner’s mandate has been extended for two years up to June 2016.

Austan Goolsbee

Austan Goolsbee

Chairman, President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers (2010-2011)

Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Austan Goolsbee is a Professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he researches tax policy, American industry, technology and innovation as the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics.

Avrim Lazar

Avrim Lazar

President & CEO

Forest Products Association of Canada

As the President and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada since 2002, Avrim Lazar has guided Canada’s Forest Products Industry into the 21st century. Named to the RISI Top 50 Power List in 2011, Mr. Lazar stewarded the landmark Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement in 2010, bringing together 21 FPAC member companies and nine environmental organizations. For his leadership, Mr. Lazar was ...

Anthony F. Griffiths

Anthony F. Griffiths

Author

Corporate Catalyst

Mr. Griffiths was born in Rangoon, Burma. He was educated at McDonogh School, Maryland, McGill University in Canada (BAI954) and at The Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (MBAI956). In 1956, he began his career with Canadian Resins and Chemicals in market research and product development. In 1959 and 1960 he was a management consultant and joined a client, Consumers Packagin...

Andy Byford

Andy Byford

Chief Executive Officer

Toronto Transit Commission

Andy Byford was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Transit Commission in March, 2012. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the largest transit agency in Canada, and the third largest in North America, carrying over 500 million riders on an annual basis. Andy joined the TTC as Chief Operating Officer in November, 2011 and was responsible for the delivery of safe, punc...

Anne-Marie Kee

Anne-Marie Kee

Executive Director

Canadian Accredited Independent Schools

Anne-Marie Kee completed a B.A. in English, a B.Ed. and an M.Ed. from Queen’s University in Kingston; her Additional Qualifications include Special Education, Design & Technology and Principals Qualifications Parts One and Two. She has attended the Annual Independent School Institute at Harvard and is currently enrolled in the Director's College Chartered Director Program. She taught in the Kin...

Alberta G. Cefis

Alberta G. Cefis

Executive Vice-President & Head of Global Transaction Banking

Scotiabank

As Executive Vice-President & Head of Global Transaction Banking (GTB), Alberta Cefis leads a key business within Scotiabank. GTB delivers comprehensive banking solutions on a global basis to all business client segments – ranging from sole proprietorships to commercial enterprises, multinational corporations, financial institutions, government entities, and not-for-profit organizations. The se...

Adam White, President, AMPCO Paul Murphy, President of IESO Ron Dizy - EMBALA

Adam White, President, AMPCO Paul Mur...

Arie Raif

Arie Raif

CEO & Vice-Chairman

The Canadian Peres Center For Peace

-A diplomat with a distinguished Government service record Consul of Israel to Canada, Trade Mission Delegation, from 1976 to 1981 Consul General (Hon) of Botswana to Canada from 1988 -Vice Chairman & CEO, The Peres Center for Peace Canada -President, Canadian Friends of MEIR HOSPITAL Kfar Saba –Israel -Vice President, AMOS-Air Marshall Operation...

Anthony Haines

Anthony Haines

President and Chief Executive Officer

Toronto Hydro

Mr. Haines is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Hydro Corporation and its subsidiaries. Toronto Hydro is one of the largest urban electricity distribution companies in North America. Toronto Hydro serves 2.5 million residents of the city of Toronto and operates assets of $2.5 billion with an annual revenue of $2.8 billion. Mr. Haines has worked in the Canadian energy...

Ambassador Gary Doer

Ambassador Gary Doer

Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America

Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America Ambassador Gary Doer In October 2009, Gary Doer assumed his responsibilities as Canada’s 23rd representative to the United States of America. Prior to taking up his current position in Washington, Ambassador Doer served as Premier of Manitoba for ten years. During that time, he worked extensively with U.S. Governors to enhance Canada-U...

Andrea Horwath

Andrea Horwath

Leader

Ontario’s New Democratic Party

Andrea Horwath Leader, New Democratic Party of Ontario MPP for Hamilton Centre, Andrea Horwath was elected leader of Ontario’s New Democratic Party on March 7, 2009. She is the first woman to lead the Ontario NDP and only the second woman in history to lead a major party in Ontario. Ms. Horwath was first elected in a by-election in the former riding of Hamilton East in May, 2004. Prior to ...

Anna Reid, MD, CCFP-EM

Anna Reid, MD, CCFP-EM

President

Canadian Medical Association

Anna Reid was born in 1958 in Nairobi, Kenya, and moved at age six to Dundas, Ontario. Childhood family trips to the University of Toronto Anatomy Lab to visit her great-uncle Dr. John Grant sparked an interest in medicine. In 1981 she received an honours degree in wildlife biology from the University of Guelph and in 1986 her medical degree from the University of Ottawa. In 1988 she compl...

Andy Ruben

Andy Ruben

Former Vice-President of Corporate Strategy and Business Sustainability

Walmart

Andy Ruben is a transformative business leader who has pioneered some of the most significant and far-reaching change in retail in recent times. Ruben launched sustainability at Walmart. His strategic leadership and innovative approach has been credited with integrating sustainability to mainstream business, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in bottom line efficiencies. Following h...

André Picard

André Picard

Public Health Reporter

The Globe and Mail

André Picard is one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators. Currently the public health reporter at The Globe & Mail, he has been a staff writer for over 20 years. He is also the author of three books and has received much acclaim for his writing and for his dedication to improving healthcare. In 2010, he was awarded a National Newspaper Award as Canada’s top newspa...

Amy Chua

Amy Chua

Author

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, THE TRIPLE PACKAGE: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America

Amy Chua is a professor at Yale Law School and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2011. She is the author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which unleashed a firestorm debate about the cultural value of self-discipline, as well as 2014’s bestselling The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America, ...

Alex Munter

Alex Munter

President and Chief Executive Officer

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Alex Munter is President and CEO of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa, a world-class centre that provides outstanding family-centred patient care, pioneering research, and training for the health care professionals of the future. Since joining CHEO in 2011, he has helped CHEO earn recognition as one of Canada’s most admired corporate cultures and a leader in research, ...

Alan N. Young

Alan N. Young

Professor of Law

Osgoode Hall School of Law

Alan Young is an Associate Professor of Law at Osgoode Law School, and for nearly two decades has provided free legal services to those whose alternative lifestyles have brought them into conflict with the law. Through his work representing countless people suffering from AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis who were charged after using marihuana for medicinal purposes, the Federal Government wa...

Andrew Pyle

Andrew Pyle

Senior Wealth Advisor, Portfolio Manager

ScotiaMcLeod

For over two decades, Andrew has held several senior market analyst positions in Canada’s financial industry, advising individual clients and small businesses on financial issues. Prior to joining ScotiaMcLeod, he was the VP and Head of Capital Market Research for Scotia Economics and also the Chief Canadian Strategist for the Dutch bank, ABN AMRO. During his career, he has provided economic an...

Al Monaco

Al Monaco

President & CEO

Enbridge Inc.

Al Monaco was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on October 1, 2012. He is also a member of the Enbridge Inc. Board of Directors. Prior to being appointed President of Enbridge Inc. in February 2012, Mr. Monaco served as President, Gas Pipelines, Green Energy & International with responsibility for the growth and operations of Enbridge’s gas pipelines, including the Gas Gathering &...

Avnish Mehta

Avnish Mehta

Principal

Stand and Command

Avnish is the Principal at Stand and Command, a Calgary based strategic consulting and presentation firm. Born and raised in Calgary, Avnish graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree that focused on Human Resources and Public Policy. Avnish had a successful career in the corporate sector as a currency trader, in the risk management industry, and then finally as an owner an...

Adam Inglis

Adam Inglis

Senior Counsel

SurveyMonkey

Adam Inglis joined SurveyMonkey in April 2012 and is Senior Counsel within the legal team. Adam’s primary areas of responsibility include international operations, M&A and transactional work, intellectual property issues, and governance. Before joining SurveyMonkey, he was a senior associate in Norton Rose Canada’s Calgary office and prior to that an associate in Fasken Martineau DuMoulin’s T...

Adam Inglis

Adam Inglis

Senior Counsel

SurveyMonkey

Adam Inglis joined SurveyMonkey in April 2012 and is Senior Counsel within the legal team. Adam’s primary areas of responsibility include international operations, M&A and transactional work, intellectual property issues, and governance. Before joining SurveyMonkey, he was a senior associate in Norton Rose Canada’s Calgary office and prior to that an associate in Fasken Martineau DuMoulin’s T...

Adam Inglis

Adam Inglis

Senior Counsel

SurveyMonkey

Adam Inglis joined SurveyMonkey in April 2012 and is Senior Counsel within the legal team. Adam’s primary areas of responsibility include international operations, M&A and transactional work, intellectual property issues, and governance. Before joining SurveyMonkey, he was a senior associate in Norton Rose Canada’s Calgary office and prior to that an associate in Fasken Martineau DuMoulin’s T...

Alexander Mora

Alexander Mora

Minister of Foreign Trade

Costa Rica

Founder and co-founder, chairman and manager of several companies in the technological sector, including TecApro, Indromics, Evicertia, InnovApro and Infonet International. Vice Chairman of the Bank of Costa Rica and the International Bank of Costa Rica. Chairman of the BCR - Mutual Funds Management Company and BCR - Insurance Brokerage firm. Chairman of the Bank of Costa Rica Transformation an...

Andrea Mandel-Campbell

Andrea Mandel-Campbell

Director of the Board, Startup Canada

Former BNN Anchor; Author,

Andrea Mandel-Campbell is a veteran business journalist, author, policy entrepreneur and communications specialist who became a founding Board Director of Startup Canada in 2012. Currently she is the Director of Corporate Communications at Kinross Gold Corporation in Toronto. Before that Andrea was a television anchor on CTV’s Business News Network. She hosted SqueezePlay, a primetime current a...

Ann Dowsett Johnston

Ann Dowsett Johnston

Founding Director

Faces and Voices of Recovery Canada

Ann Dowsett Johnston is the bestselling author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol, named one of the top 10 books of 2013 by the Washington Post and recipient of the American Alcoholism Research Media Award.

Avery Shenfeld

Avery Shenfeld

Managing Director & Chief Economist

CIBC World Markets

Avery Shenfeld is Managing Director and Chief Economist of CIBC World Markets Inc. He has been with CIBC since 1993 and is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading economists for his perceptive analysis and insight on economic developments and their implications for financial markets.

Aran O’Carroll

Aran O’Carroll

Executive Director

Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement Secretariat

Aran O'Carroll has worked with the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) both as national conservation planning coordinator for the CBFA’s work on protected areas and species at risk, and now as Executive Director. Previously, he worked with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, where he was the national manager of legal and regulatory affairs and its lead negotiator for the CBFA.

Alexander (Sandy) Taylor

Alexander (Sandy) Taylor

President

Power Group, SNC-Lavalin

Alexander (Sandy) Taylor is President of SNC-Lavalin’s Power Group. He is responsible for the company's Nuclear, Hydro, Transmission & Distribution and Thermal divisions. Mr. Taylor joins SNC-Lavalin after 29 years with ABB, where he held a number of senior roles, including Senior Group Vice-President of the Global Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals business unit, and President and CEO of ABB Cana...

Anna Gainey

Anna Gainey

President

Liberal Party of Canada

Anna was elected President of the Liberal Party of Canada in February, 2014. She campaigned primarily on preparing the Liberal Party for the next election by empowering its grassroots, focusing on volunteers and developing a digital culture within the organization. In addition to being an active member of the Liberal Party for over 15 years, Anna has also worked as a special assistant to Minist...

Allan Rock

Allan Rock

President & Vice-Chancellor

University of Ottawa

Allan Rock is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa. A graduate of the University’s Faculty of Law, he practiced for more than two decades as a trial lawyer with the Fasken firm in Toronto. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1988 and was elected as head of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1992. In 1993, Allan Rock was elected to ...

Art Sterritt

Art Sterritt

Executive Director

The Coastal First Nations

Art Sterritt is currently the Executive Director of the Coastal First Nations- Great Bear Initiative (CFN-GBI) in Vancouver, British Columbia. As Executive Director he provides leadership and vision to ensure the CFN achieves its goal of an ecologically and economically sustainable coast now known as the Great Bear Rainforest. The CFN is an alliance of First Nations on British Columbia's Nor...

Aaron M. Engen

Aaron M. Engen

Managing Director and Co-Head

Power & Energy Infrastructure Group Investment & Corporate Banking

Aaron is a Managing Director and Co‐Head of the Power & Energy Infrastructure Group at BMO Capital Markets. He joined the firm in 1999 and has extensive experience advising clients on merger and acquisition opportunities involving both corporate and asset transactions. He has worked with clients on many debt, preferred share and equity financings (including initial public offerings). Aaron has ...

Ali Asaria

Ali Asaria

Chief Executive Officer

Tulip Retail

Ali Asaria was formerly the CEO and founder of Well.ca, Canada's largest online health, baby and beauty store. Prior to founding Well.ca, Ali worked at Research In Motion (RIM) Blackberry devices; where he independently developed “BrickBreaker”, the most popular Blackberry game that is now on more than 100 million devices worldwide. In 2005, Ali was RIM's youngest patent recipient. Prior to RIM...

Al Reid

Al Reid

Executive Vice-President, Environment, Corporate Affairs & Legal

Cenovus

As Executive Vice-President, Environment, Corporate Affairs & Legal, Al is accountable for the company’s environment strategy and performance, as well as regulatory applications and compliance. He’s also accountable for ensuring Cenovus builds strong relationships and communicates effectively with stakeholders including investors, government, media, the public, employees and the communities whe...

Ambassador Gary Doer

Ambassador Gary Doer

Embassy of Canada in Washington

In October 2009, Gary Doer assumed his responsibilities as Canada's 23rd representative to the United States of America. Prior to taking up his current position in Washington, Ambassador Doer served as Premier of Manitoba for ten years. During that time, he worked extensively with U.S. Governors to enhance Canada-U.S. cooperation on trade, agriculture, water protection, climate change and re...

Ambassador Nicolas Chapuis

Ambassador Nicolas Chapuis

Ambassador of France to Canada

CV/Resume ____________________________________________________________ Born November 8, 1957 in Neuilly sur Seine, France Married, two children EDUCATION : DEA in Chinese Studies, University of Paris VII (1997) MA in Chinese Studies, University of Paris VII (1978) BA in World History, University of Paris (1978) BA in Mongolian Studies, INALCO, Paris (1977) Weicker scholar, Saint P...

Ambassador Werner Wnendt

Ambassador Werner Wnendt

Ambassador of Germany to Canada

Werner Wnendt was appointed Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Canada in September 2012. Prior to assuming his present position, he served as Assistant Deputy Minister for Culture and Communication at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. From 2005 until 2007, Mr. Wnendt was Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, having previously completed an assignment as Senior Deputy Hi...

Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado

Ambassador Gian Lorenzo Cornado

Ambassador of Italy to Canada

CV/Resume ____________________________________________________________ 1985-1987 Department of Social Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome • 1987-1992 First Secretary at the Embassy of Italy in Ottawa, Canada • 1992-1994 Consul of Italy in Toulouse, France • 1994-1997 Department of Human Resources of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome • 1997-2000 Counselor at th...

Ambassador Bruce A. Heyman

Ambassador Bruce A. Heyman

Ambassador of United States of America to Canada

Bruce Heyman was confirmed as President Obama’s personal representative to Canada on March 12, 2014. He is a 33 year veteran of Goldman Sachs, where he served as the managing director of the Private Wealth Management Group from 1999 until December of 2013. Mr. Heyman has served as a board member for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation....

Ambassador Kenjiro Monji

Ambassador Kenjiro Monji

Ambassador of Japan to Canada

CV/Resume ______________________________________________________ Name: Kenjiro MONJI Date of Birth: August 17, 1952 Education: March 1975 Graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law Professional Career: April 1975 Entered Ministry of Foreign Affairs January 1991 Counsellor, Embassy of Japan in Belgium August 1993 Director, International Agreements Division, T...

Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx

Ambassador of the European Union to Canada

Andrew Bell

Andrew Bell

Anchor

BNN

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Andrew Bell worked as an investment reporter and editor with The Globe and Mail for 12 years prior to joining BNN. Bell is a keen student of investing idiocy and corporate blunders, relishing the opportunity to examine stocks and mutual funds. Bell gives his blunt, well-researched assessment on the hot stocks of the day and takes viewers through the detailed numbers...

Allan MacGillivray

Allan MacGillivray

Senior Policy Advisor to the President

Canadian Internet Registration Authority

As Senior Policy Advisor to the President of CIRA, the manager of the .ca ccTLD for Canada, Allan provides advice and leadership on Internet governance issues. He is active in the ICANN multi-stakeholder Internet governance process, principally in the ccNSO where CIRA’s CEO, Byron Holland, is Chair. He has also played an active role in larger, broader Internet governance processes, attending r...

Anne Sado

Anne Sado

President

George Brown College

A native of Toronto, Anne Sado has been President of George Brown College since 2004. Her impact on the vision, direction and culture of the college has resulted in significant growth at George Brown, and has activated a critical public discussion on the value of college education in Ontario’s economic development.

Andrew Garsch (Capt Retired, P.Eng. PMP)

Andrew Garsch (Capt Retired, P.Eng. P...

Andrew Garsch (Capt Retired, P.Eng. PMP) joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 2001, attending the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). He graduated from RMC in 2005 with a B. Eng (Mech) and was posted to 1 Combat Engineer Regiment. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 as an Engineer Troop Commander. Upon his return he was posted to the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineers as an...

Andrea Stairs

Andrea Stairs

Managing Director

eBay Canada

As eBay Canada’s managing director, Andrea Stairs leads the Canadian strategy and operations of one of the world’s largest online marketplaces and Canada’s second largest e-commerce business. In this role, Andrea is responsible for cultivating eBay’s community of Canadian users -- from individual consumers to established brands and retailers -- and for overseeing all of eBay’s Canadian functio...

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