March 2015

Canada's Transportation Future

7:45am-9:00am | The Fairmont Château Laurier - Laurier Room - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Please join The Honourable Lisa Raitt at the Economic Club of Canada as she discusses the future of Canada's transportation industry. In recognition of International Women's Day, Minister Raitt will also discuss the growing presence of women in transportation, with a special introduction by Canada's Minister of Status of Women, The Honourable Kellie Leitch.

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Table (seats 10): $801 +HST

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Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

Canada's Transportation Future

The Honourable Dr. K Kellie Leitch

Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
Government of Canada

The Honourable Dr. K Kellie Leitch

Dr. Leitch is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and an associate professor of surgery. In addition to her work as a surgeon and professor, she is the former Chair of the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership and she also served on various councils and boards, including the YMCA and Community Living.

Dr. Leitch earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1994, MBA from Dalhousie University in 1998, completed the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program in 2001 at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles/University of Southern California in 2002.

As a volunteer, Dr. Leitch served as council member on the NRC (National Research Council of Canada), was a board member of Genome Canada, a director on the YMCA (GTA) board of directors, Vice-President of CANFAR (Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research) and founder of The Sandbox Project. In addition, Dr. Leitch has hosted an annual golf tournament to raise funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Dr. Leitch was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for her work in both medicine and business in 2005. She has published in the clinical and best practice model areas of the health care field. In 2010, Dr. Leitch received the Order of Ontario for her work advocating for children and youth.

The Honourable Lisa Raitt

MP for Halton
Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party

The Honourable Lisa Raitt

The Hon. Lisa Raitt, MP for Halton, was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008, and was re-elected in 2011.

In July 2013, Ms. Raitt was appointed Minister of Transport, having to almost immediately deal with the tragic train derailment at Lac-Megantic, Que., quickly laying down measures to not only help with the trauma and devastation the community faced, but to impose stiff temporary rail restrictions and then pushing successfully for tougher tank-car standards while the Transportation Safety Board carried out its arm’s-length investigation.

Previous to the Transport portfolio, she was appointed Minister of Natural Resources in October 2008 and Minister of Labour in January 2010.

Prior to her election, Ms. Raitt was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto Port Authority (TPA), where she had previously held the important positions of general counsel and harbourmaster.

As a lawyer, Ms. Raitt specialized in the areas of intellectual property, commercial litigation and commercial shipping.

Ms. Raitt is an engaged member of her community where her sons, J.C. and Billy, are actively involved in hockey, soccer and football. She continues to work closely with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness. In 2002, Ms. Raitt was invited to become a member of the Canadian chapter of the worldwide Young Presidents’ Organization.

She was raised by her grandparents as the youngest of seven children in Whitney Pier, Cape Breton, where her grandfather was a union executive after having worked as a “scalesman” at the International Coal Pier.

A graduate of St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Ms. Raitt also holds a Master of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Guelph, and later earned her law degree at Osgoode Hall.

She resides with her boys in Moffat, Ontario.

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