DATE: OCTOBER 26, 2023
TIME: 8:30am – 4:30pm
LOCATION: COPPER CREEK GOLF CLUB, VAUGHAN
Canadian Business Journalist
An award-winning business journalist, Amanda Lang has covered North America’s top business stories for 25 years. Today, she is the host of Taking Stock, a weekly national television news program airing across multiple Bell Media networks, including BNN Bloomberg, CP24, and CTV News Channel, and available as a weekly podcast on iHeart. Known for her no-holds-barred approach to the people, companies, and stories making the news, Lang is available for keynote speeches or as an interviewer/moderator.Prior to Taking Stock, Lang was host of Bloomberg Markets, a global program airing in Canada on BNN Bloomberg and on the Bloomberg Television network globally. Lang has also worked as CBC’s senior business correspondent, reporting for its flagship nightly news program, The National, and as host of The Exchange with Amanda Lang, a daily business program that aired on CBC News Network. For five years before that, Lang hosted The Lang and O’Leary Exchange, with Kevin O’Leary. The pair also co-hosted SqueezePlay on BNN for six years. Read more here.
Michelle E. DiEmanuele
Secretary of the Cabinet
Michelle has spent her career in the public and private sectors leading large-scale service change and cultural transformation. A dynamic, people- and service-oriented leader, Michelle is known for her ability to lead large, complex organizations through periods of significant change and renewal, driving high levels of service and financial performance for consumers, the public and vulnerable populations through effective leadership. Michelle built her 21-year Ontario Public Service career serving across multiple ministries, leading teams and files across the social, health and justice portfolios, as well within central agencies. Her commitment to people-centred outcomes and her work with the most vulnerable in her society include her role as Associate Secretary of the Cabinet, Deputy Minister of Human Resources, Chair of the Public Service Commission of Ontario and Deputy Minister of Government and Consumer Services. Read More Here.
Managing Director and Chief Economist, CIBC Capital Markets
Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, RBC
As a chief economist, Craig leads a team of economists providing economic, fixed income and foreign exchange research to RBC clients. Craig is a regular contributor to a number of RBC publications and is a key player in delivering economic analysis to clients and the media through the Economics Department’s regular economic briefings. A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto, Craig was appointed Chief Economist in 2001 having joined RBC 1994 after working at another financial institution for seven years. Craig is a participant in a number of the key RBC internal committees and is a member of the CD Howe Monetary Policy Council, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics Wilfrid Laurier University, Dean’s Advisory Council at Wilfrid Laurier University and the British Columbia Economic Forecast Council. Read More Here.
Founder & CEO, Future Design School
Sarah has developed transformational strategy for some of the country’s biggest business leaders and renowned brands. Globally recognized for her work in human-centered design and entrepreneurship, she is proud to work alongside an incredible team of educators to drive innovation inside schools. Schools across North America leverage Future Design School in order to build capacity with their existing teams and to drive critical skill development with their students. The organization works with school leaders to establish holistic, long term strategic plans that have immediate, measurable impact. Through a wide range of services that include world-class professional development and comprehensive curriculum; the Future Design School team actively supports educators in designing exceptional, experiential learning for students. The company proudly supports over 20,000 educators and more than 350,000 students. Read more here.
Former Federal Finance Minister
Bill Morneau served as Canada’s 39th Minister of Finance from 2015 to 2020, and was also Governor at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Between 1990 and 2015, Mr. Morneau led the mutinational human resources firm Morneau Shepell (now TELUS Health). In 2021, he was Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute at Yale University. Mr. Morneau currently serves as Chairman of NovaSource Power Services, Director at CIBC and at Clairvest, Chair of the Advisory Board of Magnet, Senior Advisor at BCG, Member of The Wilson Center’s Canada Institute Advisory Board, and Co-chair of the National Arts Centre’s The Next Act Campaign. In January 2023, he released his book Where to From Here, outlining his views on how Canadian economic policy can increase prosperity. Mr. Morneau founded a school for Somali and Sudanese girls in a UN Refugee camp in northern Kenya and is currently sponsoring a scholarship program for young women refugees at the University of Toronto. He is past chair of St. Michael’s Hospital, Covenant House and the C.D. Howe Institute. He holds an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, an M.B.A. from INSEAD, and a B.A. from Western University.
Executive Vice-President and Head of Commercial and Private Banking, National Bank of Canada
A seasoned business leader with more than 35 years of management experience, Michael Denham has dedicated his career to advising Canadian companies with regards to their challenges and opportunities, working with large-scale organizations on corporate strategy, financing, mergers and acquisitions and global partnerships. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and looks to bring financial and business solutions to entrepreneurs to help them achieve their goals. He is currently a Vice-Chair of the Commercial Bank and Financial Markets at National Bank of Canada. Before joining National Bank, he served two terms as the CEO of BDC. Prior, he had senior roles at Accenture, CGI, Bombardier and McKinsey and Company. He is active in the community, volunteering in education, health care and as a mentor to entrepreneurs.
Iain Klugman is a world-leading innovation strategist and ecosystem architect. For nearly two decades he was the CEO of Communitech — one of North America’s leading innovation organizations. Under his leadership, Communitech supported the growth of more than 5,000 small, mid-sized and large technology companies – and over 100 large corporations via innovation programming. Iain believes passionately in the power of an entrepreneur-driven economy, and its ability to deliver big results for any jurisdiction. Iain has been recognized with many awards over his career including: 50 most influential people by Toronto Life, and 50 most powerful business people in Canada by Canadian Business Magazine.
Executive Chair, EllisDon & Chair, OG100
Geoff Smith is the Executive Chair and former President & CEO of EllisDon, an employee-owned, $5 billion-a-year construction services and technology company that has grown exponentially beyond its modest origins in London, Ontario. Geoff was crucial in creating EllisDon’s culture of entrepreneurial enthusiasm empowering employees to challenge the status quo and evolve EllisDon into a leading global construction services company. Geoff also proudly spearheaded the employee-ownership program where 100% of the company’s equity will be transferred to the company’s employees to create an environment of fairness, prosperity, and innovation for the future. Additionally, Geoff has earned recognition as the recipient of the Ontario General Contractors Association’s Jock Tindale Award for Integrity in 2011 and EY’s Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2013. Geoff is also Chair of OG100.
Partner, Radical Ventures
Salim is a Partner with Radical Ventures where he leads the firm’s Velocity Team. Salim is a board member for Aspect Biosystems and Promise Robotics. Salim brings over 25 years of experience in the technology sector as an entrepreneur, venture investor, corporate innovator and innovation ecosystem builder. Prior to Radical Ventures, Salim served as President, Venture Services for Toronto-based MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s largest urban innovation centres. Salim has held leadership roles with Indigo Books & Music, CX Digital and was a Partner with early-stage VC firm Brightspark Ventures. Salim was also a Co-founder of San Francisco-based MobShop Inc, a pioneering e-commerce venture funded by GE Capital, Visa International, Mayfield Fund and Marc Andreessen. Salim is a graduate of the Ivey Business School at Western University.
Managing Senior Partner Western Canada, McKinsey & Company
John is a leader in our Global Energy and Materials and People & Organizational Performance Practices. John brings extensive experience to serving oil-and-gas, petrochemical, mining, and power-generation companies, with a focus on overall operations and organizational-performance transformation. An expert in change management and culture change, he has helped executives in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa get the most out of their organizational investments. Since joining McKinsey, John has led or participated in more than 30 corporate-wide or large manufacturing site performance transformations in a variety of industries. He is a graduate of McKinsey’s Lean Operations Academy. Read More Here