November 2016

It's Time to Measure Up: A look at the need to invest in the health and safety of Canada's children (Toronto Edition)

11:30am-1:30pm | The Marriott Eaton Centre - 525 Bay St. , Toronto

Canada is the 5th most prosperous nation in the world, but Canadian kids aren’t reaping the benefits. We rank 17th globally for the wellbeing of children, and drop to 27th place for child health and safety. We can and must do better: Canada’s future depends on it. The Economic Club of Canada in partnership with Children First Canada, is proud to present a lunch engagement to discuss this important topic. Featured speakers include Kathleen Taylor, Chair of the Board at RBC Royal Bank and Sick Kids Foundation, and Sara L. Austin, Founder and CEO of Children First Canada.

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Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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It's Time to Measure Up: A look at the need to invest in the health and safety of Canada's children (Toronto Edition)

Kathleen Taylor

Chair of the Board
Royal Bank of Canada

Kathleen Taylor

Kathleen (Katie) Taylor is Chair of the Board of RBC. She has served on the Board since 2001, where she has chaired the Human Resources and Corporate Governance Committees, and served on the Audit and Risk Committees. She is also Chair of the Board of the Sick Kids Foundation, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Sick Children and a Co-Chair of the SickKids Capital Campaign.

Ms. Taylor is a director of Air Canada and a member of its Audit, Finance and Risk, Human Resources, and Governance and Nominating Committees. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Adecco Group and a director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, where she serves on the Audit and Human Resources Committees.

Ms. Taylor is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. During her 24-year career with the iconic global company, she held a number of senior leadership roles and was instrumental in building the firm’s global brand and its international portfolio of luxury properties.

Her many accolades for business achievement include the Schulich School of Business Award for Outstanding Executive Leadership and the inaugural Medal for Career Achievement from the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University. She has been inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends and was named to Canada’s Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) after being honoured by WXN in 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017. In 2016, Ms. Taylor received the Governance Professionals of Canada Peter Dey Governance Achievement Awards and was made a Member of the Order of Canada. Report on Business magazine named Ms. Taylor among the 50 most powerful people in Canadian Business in 2017, and was also named a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors and became a Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Ms. Taylor has an MBA and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Schulich School of Business and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from McGill University and Trent University and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University.

Ms. Taylor is a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s National Council where she Co-Chair’s the Human Capital Policy Council. She also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business and on the Principal’s International Advisory Board at McGill University.

Ms. Taylor lives in Toronto with her husband and has three grown children.

Lisa LaFlamme

Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor, CTV National News

Lisa LaFlamme

As Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor of CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME since 2011, Lisa LaFlamme leads the country’s #1 newscast where she has cemented her role as the face of news in Canada. In June 2016, LaFlamme won the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTDNA) President’s Award, recognizing her decades of distinguished service reporting on Canadian airwaves. In March 2015, LaFlamme was named Best News Anchor at the Canadian Screen Awards for the second year in a row, once again winning highest honours following her recognition for both Best National News Anchor and Best National Newscast at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. In addition, LaFlamme won the prestigious 2014 RTDNA Bert Canning Award for Best Network Television Newscast, marking the third consecutive year of capturing this distinction since becoming Anchor.

Never far from the heart of the story, LaFlamme was in Sochi delivering the newscast for the week leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games; in May 2014, LaFlamme landed an exclusive interview with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, following a three-day international summit on maternal and child health; in January 2014, at a crucial time in the Middle East peace process, LaFlamme took CTV NATIONAL NEWS to Jerusalem for an exclusive interview with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In December 2013, as the world united in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela, LaFlamme was in Johannesburg, South Africa, delivering live coverage of Mandela’s memorial service. She was in Rome in March 2013, broadcasting live from Vatican City, taking viewers inside the historical Papal Conclave and the election of Pope Francis; and she was in Egypt during the uprising in February, 2012, anchoring CTV NATIONAL NEWS live from her Cairo hotel room as protesters called for President Mubarak to step down, in the crisis that left more than 300 people dead and several thousand injured.

Prior to assuming the Anchor chair in 2011, LaFlamme spent a decade on the road as National Affairs Correspondent for CTV NATIONAL NEWS, covering everything from wars and elections, to natural disasters, from some of the world’s most dangerous locations. LaFlamme was in Rome to report on the death of Pope John Paul II; has reported from Sri Lanka on the devastation from the Tsunami that hit South Asia; was in New Orleans to cover the impact Hurricane Katrina had on New Orleans; and has journeyed to Haiti several times to cover the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake and political turmoil gripping the country.

One of Canada’s top journalists, LaFlamme is a trailblazer for women in Canadian news broadcasting, covering some of the biggest stories of the times. LaFlamme anchored CTV National News from London, England during the 2012 Summer Olympics, and helmed CTV’s non-stop coverage of the Royal Wedding of William and Kate, live from Buckingham Palace in 2011. She played an integral part of CTV’s national broadcast team at Vancouver 2010 as co-host of OLYMPIC DAYTIME and most recently helmed CTV NATIONAL NEWS from London during the 2012 Olympic Games.

From the heart of the G20 riots that shook Toronto in 2010 to the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and the World Cup in South Africa to the miracle of the Chilean miners, LaFlamme has had a front row seat to some of the most compelling stories of a generation. She has covered every angle of the aftermath of 9/11- from New York to Afghanistan, Iraq to Guantanamo Bay. Over the years, LaFlamme has reported extensively on the Canadian mission in Afghanistan as well as the humanitarian crisis facing the Afghan people.

A graduate of the University of Ottawa, LaFlamme began her broadcasting career in 1989 at CTV Kitchener (then named CKCO) in her hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo. She received an honourary Doctorate from her alma mater University of Ottawa in 2014, a Doctor of Laws degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON and was awarded the Distinguished Canadian Award from the University of Ottawa, along with Julie Payette, Rick Mercer, and Michael Burgess.

A passionate advocate of democracy in journalism, LaFlamme traveled with Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) to the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2013, to mentor and train young journalists in Goma, in the heart of the conflict zone. LaFlamme also heads up a program with CTV News to identify eligible and deserving staff journalists to participate in JHR missions around the world. In 2014, LaFlamme serves as co-chair of JHR Night for Rights event.

LaFlamme is an ambassador of PLAN International, traveling to remote areas to promote child rights and to end poverty around the world.

Sara L. Austin

Founder, President & CEO
Children First Canada

Sara L. Austin

Sara is a world class champion for children, with more than 20 years of global and Canadian experience. As the Founder and CEO of Children First Canada, she leads a national movement to make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up.
You’ll find her name on several “most powerful” lists, and for good reason. She has led highly successful advocacy, public awareness and philanthropic campaigns and shaped major public policy efforts. She has learned multiple languages and is fluent in the parlance of diplomacy. Her work has taken her into the top circles of power in the UN, national governments, and boardrooms around the world. In recognition of her efforts, she has twice been awarded the Top 25 Women of Influence, and in 2017 she was the youngest person to be inducted into the Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame.
Sara has a proven track record of leading high achieving teams with local and global impact. Most recently she served as the CEO of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, where she led Canada’s most advanced frontline agency responding to child abuse. Previously she served as Director of the President’s Office of World Vision Canada, supporting the CEO and Board of Directors and leading strategic initiatives for children and workplace diversity and inclusion.
Her leadership has impacted the lives of millions of children. Most notably, she led a global campaign that resulted in the adoption of the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child for a Communications Procedure (OP3). This ground-breaking law allows kids or their advocates to hold governments accountable for violations of children’s rights.
On a personal level, Sara is married and has a son, and she is a cancer survivor. She is an avid downhill skier, water sports enthusiast and international traveler.

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