Event (Upcoming)


September 2022

Balancing Domestic and International Energy challenges and Opportunities

11:45am-1:30pm | Delta Hotels Marriott Toronto - 75 Lower Simcoe Street, Toronto, ON M5J 3A6, Purchase Tickets

Energy is a topic that is top-of-mind for governments and business leaders across the world. The future of energy is a global conversation – and everyone has a role to play in navigating its challenges and responsibly seizing upon its opportunities. Join the Premier of New Brunswick and other distinguished guests as they lead a conversation around transitioning to low-carbon energy, addressing energy security, and how the Province of New Brunswick, home to one of Canada’s largest and most highly diversified energy portfolios, has taken on a leadership role in developing and adopting solutions to support local needs as well as global challenges.

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Balancing Domestic and International Energy challenges and Opportunities

Bill Walker

President and CEO
Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI)

Bill Walker

Bill Walker is a third-term Member of Provincial Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

He was re-elected to the Ontario Legislature on June 7, 2018, capturing 55 per cent of the popular vote to retain his seat in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound.

From June until November 2018, he served as the Chief Government Whip. On November 5 he was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Government and Consumer Services. Most recently, he was appointed to serve as Associate Minister of Energy on June 20, 2019.

Bill also served seven years in Opposition as the Progressive Conservative Critic for Seniors, Long-Term Care and Accessibility, Community and Social Services, Long-Term Care and Wellness, Children and Youth Services, as well as Deputy Health Critic for Rural and Northern Ontario. He is also a long-time PC Caucus Nuclear Chair. In 2020, Bill was awarded the Provincial Public Policy Stewardship Award by the Canadian Nuclear Isotope Council in recognition of his contributions to public policy in the field of medical isotopes.

Prior to his election to provincial parliament, Bill worked as Operations Manager at Bruce Power, and was Executive Director at the Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation where he led a successful campaign to raise $3 million for the Lion’s Head and Wiarton hospitals.

He was born and raised in Hepworth where he developed a strong sense of family values and a deep appreciation for our rural heritage. For this reason, Bill has long been active in Grey and Bruce, committing his time to social and economic causes. He has served on the popular Wiarton Willie Festival, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Bluewater Education Foundation.

Bill and his wife Michaela have two sons, Zach and Ben. In his spare time, Bill is a practicing amateur auctioneer and a “Marrying MPP” who is quickly becoming a very popular Marriage Officiant for Bruce-Grey!

Faisal Kazi

President and CEO
Siemens Canada Limited

Faisal Kazi

Faisal Kazi is the President and CEO of Siemens Canada. Mr. Kazi is
responsible for leading the overall strategic management, direction and
leadership of Siemens activities in Canada.

In addition to his role as President and CEO, Mr. Kazi is responsible for the
leadership of the Smart Infrastructure business and serves as a board member of multiple Siemens affiliates in Canada.

Mr. Kazi joined Siemens in 1990 and has worked in various areas of the organization, including Siemens Energy, Industry, IT and Infrastructure businesses in Germany, The Netherlands, Brazil and the United States. In 2011, he joined Siemens Canada as the regional and sales head of the Transformers business in North and South America. He has also led the Siemens Transmission division for North America.

Mr. Kazi is on the Board of Directors for the Business Council of Canada, the Toronto Board of Trade and the Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a
Masters in Business Administration. A passionate champion of Siemens Canada’s corporate social responsibility programs, Mr. Kazi takes pride in giving back to the community.

He lives in Oakville, Ontario where he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Ian Whitcomb

Irving Oil

Ian Whitcomb

Ian Whitcomb is the President of Irving Oil. Within its energy portfolio, Irving Oil has extensive shipping, distribution and marketing assets in the Atlantic Basin and operates Canada’s largest and Ireland’s only oil refineries, as well as blending assets in Europe. In addition to day-to-day company management and the relationship with the company’s Board of Directors, Mr. Whitcomb is responsible for the development and implementation of corporate strategy, the achievement of planned results across a broad spectrum of responsibilities, and the safe and reliable operation of the company’s assets in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Mr. Whitcomb is a graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S. He spent many years as a senior partner at Deloitte during his 35-year career with the firm where he consulted with a variety of clients, primarily in the energy space. Prior to joining Irving Oil, Mr. Whitcomb was also a member of the Board of Directors of Deloitte Canada. He is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Professional Accountant.

John Stackhouse

Senior Vice-President, Office of the CEO

John Stackhouse

John Stackhouse is a nationally bestselling author and one of Canada’s leading voices on innovation and economic disruption. He is senior vice-president in the Office of the CEO at Royal Bank of Canada, leading the organization’s research and thought leadership on economic, technological and social change. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail and editor of Report on Business. He is a senior fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and sits on the boards of Queen’s University, the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada and the Literary Review of Canada. His latest book, Planet Canada: How Our Expats Are Shaping the Future, explores the untapped resource of the millions of Canadians who don’t live here but exert their influence from afar.

The Hon. Blaine Higgs

Government of New Brunswick

The Hon. Blaine Higgs

Blaine Higgs, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Quispamsis, was born in Woodstock, New Brunswick. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1993, he completed the Executive Management Training Program at Queen’s University. He also has taken courses in finance in 2003, and Leadership and Influence at Babson Executive Training and Education in 2006.

Immediately following university, Mr. Higgs joined Irving Oil Limited in Saint John, New Brunswick, where he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, refining operations and in the transportation sector. Prior to retirement in May 2010, he was Director of Logistics and Distribution, with overall responsibility for the transportation and bulk storage requirements for the reliable supply of refined products to customers throughout Eastern Canada and New England.

He was a member of the Irving team negotiating with Repsol on the Canaport LNG project. He also served on the Board of Directors for Canaport LNG and the New Brunswick Gateway Council.

First elected to the Legislative Assembly on September 27, 2010, he represents the riding of Quispamsis. On October 12, 2010, he was sworn-in as Minister of Finance, Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Liquor Corporation, Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Investment Management Corporation, Minister responsible for the New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation, and Chair of the Board of Management. He also served as Minister of Human Resources until October 9, 2012.

Mr. Higgs was re-elected to the Legislative Assembly on September 22, 2014, as MLA for Quispamsis. In 2016 he was elected Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. On September 24, 2018, was elected for a third term as the MLA for Quispamsis. On November 9th, 2018 he formed the first minority government in 100 years and became the 34th Premier of New Brunswick. On September 14th, 2020, Premier Higgs was elected for a fourth term and formed a majority government, becoming the first Premier since Premier Bernard Lord to secure a second mandate from the people of New Brunswick.
He has traveled extensively for business and pleasure. The insight learned through this interaction with different cultures provides him with a real appreciation for the challenges that New Brunswick faces in the global economy.

Mr. Higgs has been a resident of Quispamsis for over 40 years, and a long-standing member of Kennebecasis Baptist Church. He and Marcia were married in 1978 and have four daughters: Lindsey, Laura (Reid Gilmore), Sarah (Jeff Wilkinson) and Rachel (Matthew Hiltz). They are also blessed with 4 grandchildren, Nadia, Alexander, Samuel and Sadie. They all enjoy spending time in the country and pursuing many outdoor activities, such as swimming, boating, skiing, snowmobiling, and fishing.

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