Public health restrictions may limit participants in this event.
Friday, April 29
Chairman, OpenExO, Author – Exponential Organizations, Board Member – X Prize,
Founding Executive Director, Singularity University.
Salim is the Founder and Chairman of ExO Works and OpenExO, which help companies to implement the lessons from Exponential Organizations by emulating the world’s fastest growing companies. They inspire innovators to replace incremental innovation with 10X improvements, implement groundbreaking technologies and profitably achieve large-scale social impact. Salim’s quantum physics and philosophy education combined with his career experience gives him a uniquely macro vision of how the institutions that underpin our society and economy are broken and should be fixed. His entertaining, irreverent, epiphany-inducing presentations are known for impressing even the most skeptical listeners. Read more here.
Saturday, April 30
Ambassador David L. Cohen
U.S. Ambassador to Canada
Before his appointment by President Biden and unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate as U.S. Ambassador to Canada, David L. Cohen served as Senior Advisor to the CEO at Comcast Corporation as of January 1, 2020. He was previously Senior Executive Vice President at Comcast, where his portfolio included corporate communications, legal affairs, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, corporate administration, corporate real estate and security, and community impact. Cohen also served as the company’s first chief diversity officer. Read more here.
Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Simon Kennedy was named Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) in September 2019. He has overseen ISED’s response to the global pandemic, working with industry to pivot towards the production of medical supplies and to build up Canadian biomanufacturing capacity, rolling out new programs to aid businesses affected by the pandemic, and partnering with Canadian companies to support innovation and industrial transformation. Read more here.
President, National Research Council Canada
In August 2016, Iain Stewart was appointed the 12th President of the National Research Council of Canada. His current term extends to September 2025. In September 2020, Mr. Stewart took a one-year leave of absence to become President of the Public Health Agency of Canada. He returned to the NRC in October 2021, after the successful implementation of Canada’s national COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Prior to joining the NRC, Mr. Stewart was Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board Secretariat, and Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy, at the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED). Read more here.
Deputy Minister of International Trade and personal representative of the Prime Minister for the G7 Summit
President and CEO for GE Canada, President for GE Healthcare Canada
The world’s foremost Digital Industrial company, GE Canada has produced industrial solutions for over 128 years and employs thousands of Canadians across multiple sectors. Heather Chalmers is passionately committed to leading businesses that consistently deliver Canadian innovation and outcomes to customers in Canada and globally. As of 2018, Heather leads GE Canada as they work to serve customer needs in the Aviation, Healthcare, Power and Renewable Energy Sectors. She heads GE businesses that partner with business and government leaders to reposition the Canadian economy for the future with a focus on climate change, digital, AI and Additive Manufacturing. Read more here.
Dr. Gina Parvaneh Cody
Corporate director, philanthropist and co-chair of the Campaign for Concordia
Dr. Cody has more than 30 years of professional practice in the private sector as a professional engineer, corporate executive and principal shareholder of an engineering firm. Dr. Cody has provided professional engineering services to some of Canada’s largest Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), financial institutions, builders and developers. Dr. Cody is a recipient of the Award of Merit by the Canadian Standards Association, was awarded the Order of Montreal in 2019, was named one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada in 2020, and one of Canada’s Top Women Entrepreneurs in 2010 by Profit Magazine. In December 2020, she was appointed Member of the Order of Canada. Read more here.
President and Chief Executive Officer Export Development Canada
Since joining EDC in 2014, Mairead Lavery has put values and ethics at the center of her leadership approach. Appointed President and CEO in 2019, Mairead set out three pillars for her leadership: Champion for Trade; Environmental, Social and Governance Responsibility; and Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. These values are the centerpiece of her – and EDC’s – business agenda. Under her direction, Canada’s export credit agency has pursued ambitious objectives, achieving strong growth, and helping more Canadian companies do business in 200 markets around the world, while generating over $100 billion in trade and investment annually. Read more here.
P. Thomas (Tom) Jenkins
OC, CD, CBHF, FCAE, PhD, DSc, LLD, MBA, MASc, B Eng&Mgt
Board Chair, OpenText Corp.; Honorary Chair, OG100
Mr. Jenkins is Chair of the Board of OpenText. From 1994 to 2005, Mr. Jenkins was President, then Chief Executive Officer and then from 2005 to 2013, Chief Strategy Officer of OpenText. Mr. Jenkins has served as a Director of OpenText since 1994 and as its Chairman since 1998. In addition to his OpenText responsibilities, Mr. Jenkins is Chair of the World Wide Web Foundation, Commissioner of the Tri-Lateral Commission and an Honorary Chair of Ontario Global 100 (OG100). Mr. Jenkins has also served as a board member of Manulife Financial Corporation, Thomson Reuters Inc. and TransAlta Corporation. He was also past Chair of the OG100 and past Canadian Co-Chair of the Atlantik Bruecke. Read more here.
Lieutenant-General A.D. Meinzinger, CMM, MSM, CD
Commander Royal Canadian Air Force
LGen Meinzinger has experience in Haiti, Afghanistan, 1 Canadian Air Division, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Royal Military College and National Defence Headquarters. A pilot with 34 years of service, LGen Meinzinger has flown the CH-135 Twin-Huey and CH-146 Griffon during his career. In April 2018, he was promoted to Lieutenant-General and subsequently appointed to his current position as Commander Royal Canadian Air Force. Read more here
John A. Davis
Founder & Chairman, Cambridge Family Enterprise Group; Faculty Director, Family Enterprise Programs; MIT Sloan School of Management
Professor John A. Davis is founder and chairman of Cambridge Family Enterprise Group, a global organization devoted to helping families and ownership groups navigate the new economy and achieve multigenerational success for their families, enterprises, and financial wealth. Professor Davis is a globally recognized pioneer and authority on issues related to the family enterprise, family wealth, and the family office. In the context of today’s turbulent era, his insights help to build shareholder value, grow resilient portfolios, develop leaders and owners, strengthen families, professionalize organizations, and pass sustainable enterprises to the next generation. Read more here.
Anchor of CBC’s The National for 29 years
Peter Mansbridge is one of Canada’s most respected and recognizable figures. For five decades, including his 29 years as the anchor of CBC’s The National, he has guided us through the political, economic, and cultural events that have shaped the country. Through a unique lens of journalistic expertise, Mansbridge offers us guidance on how to cultivate trust, take pride in our heritage, and navigate leadership through times of upheaval. Read more here.