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Chair of the Policy Forum and Adjunct Professor of the School of Policy Studies, Queens University
Naomi Alboim is a Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. She is an active public policy consultant, advising governments and NGOs across Canada, in Europe, in the Caribbean, Vietnam, Indonesia, Ghana, and Kenya.
Previously, Ms. Alboim worked at senior levels in the Canadian federal and Ontario provincial governments for twenty-five years, including eight years as Deputy Minister in three different portfolios. Her areas of responsibility included immigration, human rights and equity, labour market training, workplace standards, culture, as well as women’s, seniors’, disability and aboriginal issues.
She has written extensively on immigration and refugee issues, has been the Chair of the Intergovernmental Committee on immigrant labour market integration for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) since its inception, and led the Maytree Foundation’s immigration policy work for ten years as a Senior Fellow.
In 1979-81 Ms. Alboim was the federal coordinator of the Indochinese refugee movement for the Ontario region when 60,000 refugees from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia were resettled in Canada. She brings that particular experience to bear in her current work with Syrian refugees.
Naomi Alboim is a recipient of several awards including Queen Elizabeth II’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals and is a member of the Order of Ontario.
Managing Director, McKinsey & Co.
Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company. In his 30 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrials. Prior to his current role, Dominic was based in Shanghai as McKinsey’s Asia Chairman from 2004 to 2009 and led the Korea office from 2000 to 2004.
He is the Chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth and the Chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council. He is also a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, and a member of the boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
Dominic is the Co-Chair of the ‘Focusing Capital on the Long Term’ initiative along with Larry Fink (BlackRock), Andrew Liveris (Dow), Cyrus Mistry (Tata) and Mark Wiseman (BlackRock). The initiative seeks to develop practical structures, metrics and approaches for longer-term behaviours in the investment and business worlds.
Dominic has authored more than 80 articles on the role of business in society, leadership, financial services, Asia, history and the issues and opportunities facing markets worldwide. Dominic is a co-author, with Roberto Newell and Greg Wilson, of Dangerous Markets: Managing in Financial Crises (Wiley & Sons, 2002) and China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China (Talisman, 2007).
Dominic has received multiple awards for his business leadership and contributions to the communities in which he has lived and worked. In February 2013 Dominic received the Order of Civil Merit (Peony Medal) from former President Lee of South Korea and in August 2014 he was awarded the Singaporean Public Service Star (Distinguished Friends of Singapore). He is a Rhodes Trustee and an Honorary Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. Dominic is also an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing.
President and CEO, Institute of Corporate Directors
Rahul Bhardwaj is President and CEO of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is an accomplished executive and director with a long and successful track record in the business, community and not-for-profit sectors. Most recently, he served for nine years as President and CEO of the Toronto Foundation.
Mr. Bhardwaj began his career as a corporate lawyer at Meighen, Demers, Barristers & Solicitors, now part of Norton Rose Fulbright, and subsequently served as a Vice-President for Toronto’s 2008 Olympic Bid. He currently serves as a Director of Metrolinx, Rideau Hall Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada (Past Chair).
He has also previously served as Chair of the 2012 Ontario Games, Co-Chair of TO2015 IGNITE (Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games), Chair of the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, a Director of George Brown College (Vice Chair) and Director of Upper Canada College and Stratford Festival, among others.
In 2012, Mr. Bhardwaj’s commitment to city building was recognized as he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has been named one of “The 50 Most Influential” people in the city by Toronto Life magazine and was recently named to the Leader Council at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey Business School, the Quadrangle Society at Massey College and The Ultimate List of Social CEOs on Twitter. His vision for Toronto and Canada has made him a popular presenter and speaker locally, nationally and internationally, particularly on issues relating to leadership and governance.
Founder, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU); Associate Professor of Practice, Columbia University.
Vishaan Chakrabarti is the Founder of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism. Simultaneously, Vishaan is an Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP), where he teaches architectural design studios and seminars on urbanism. His highly acclaimed book, A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America (Metropolis Books, 2013), argues that a more urban United States would result in a more prosperous, sustainable, joyous, and socially mobile nation. Of the book, the Toronto Globe and Mail wrote: “In the world of urbanism and planning, there’s been a barrage of recent books on similar themes…but Mr. Chakrabarti has written maybe the most useful one, a polemic in favor of city living that makes the stakes clear.” Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradlee named A Country of Cities one of the top ten books of 2013 in the Huffington Post.
Chakrabarti has been a guest on The Charlie Rose show, MSNBC’s The Cycle, NY1, NPR, WNYC, and has been profiled in The New York Times and The Financial Times. Vishaan has lectured widely across Europe, Asia and the Americas. In April, 2014, the New York Times published his Op Ed, “America’s Urban Future.”
From 2012 to 2015, Vishaan was a principal at SHoP Architects where he co-led major architecture and urban design projects including the master plan and first building at the Domino Sugar site in Williamsburg as well as the master plan and first building at the Essex Crossing site at Seward Park, which together bookend the Williamsburg bridge in a new form of mixed use, mixed income urbanism.
From 2009 to 2015, Vishaan also served as the Marc Holliday Professor and Director of the Master of Science in Real Estate Development program at Columbia’s GSAPP. While there he became the founding director of the Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE). Chakrabarti is widely credited for transforming the program into one of the finest programs of its kind by establishing an interdisciplinary mission that focused on the potential role urban development could play in generating groundbreaking design, greater sustainability, and shared economic prosperity.
From 2005 to 2009, Chakrabarti was the president of Moynihan Station Venture, and remains an ardent advocate for the reconstruction of New York’s Pennsylvania Station. In addition, Chakrabarti was the inaugural Jaquelin T. Robertson Visiting Professor in Architecture for the University of Virginia in 2009.
From 2002 to 2005, Chakrabarti served under Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the Director of the Manhattan Office for the New York Department of City Planning, where he successfully collaborated on the now realized efforts to save the High Line, rezone Hudson Yards, extend the #7 subway line, rebuild the East River Waterfront, expand Columbia University, and reincorporate the street grid at the World Trade Center site after the tragic events of 9/11.
Prior to 2002, Vishaan was an Associate Partner at the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LP. There he managed numerous skyscraper projects, including the new headquarters for the New York Stock Exchange, as well as the master plan for Columbia University’s new campus in Manhattanville.
Chakrabarti holds a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and dual bachelor’s degrees in Art History and Engineering from Cornell University. He is a registered architect in the State of New York.
He serves on the boards of the Architectural League of New York, and the Regional Planning Association. He is a trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, and is an emeritus board member of Friends of the High Line. He is also a member of the Young Leaders Forum of the National Council on US-China Relations and has served on the National Mayor’s Institute of City Design. Metropolis Magazine named Chakrabarti one of the top 12 “Game Changers” for 2012, he is a former Crain’s “40 Under 40” and David Rockefeller Fellow. Chakrabarti and his family live in Manhattan, where his spouse Maria Alataris is also a practicing architect.
Executive Director of Hospitality House Refugee Ministry
A Nova Scotian by birth and a lawyer by training (Dalhousie University) Tom came to Winnipeg almost 50 years ago from the Bar of Alberta, where he was a practicing lawyer, to join a large business enterprise where he served in law and management capacities. In 1980 he was the founding publisher of a Winnipeg daily newspaper. He was executive director of Winnipeg’s then settlement agency, the International Centre from 1984 to 2000, and of Hospitality House Refugee Ministry since 2006. In 2016 alone Hospitality House has landed in Canada over 1,100 refugees it had sponsored. Tom has served on many public and volunteer boards and was the first chair of the Manitoba Immigration Council and of the Winnipeg Arts Council. His involvement with immigration and its issues, on which he consults, speaks and writes frequently, extends over 37 years. He is a Member of the Order of Manitoba.
Executive Head, Metropolis Project
Howard Duncan received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1981 from the University of Western Ontario where he studied the history and philosophy of science. He was a post-doctoral fellow there and subsequently taught philosophy at the University of Ottawa and the University of Western Ontario.
In 1987, Dr. Duncan entered the field of consulting in strategic planning, policy development and program evaluation. In 1989 he joined the Department of Health and Welfare in Ottawa where he worked in program evaluation, strategic planning, policy, and extramural research. In 1997, Howard joined the Metropolis Project at Citizenship and Immigration Canada as its International Project Director, and became its Executive Head in 2002. He has concentrated on increasing the geographic reach of Metropolis, enlarging the range of the issues it confronts, and increasing its benefits to the international migration policy community by creating opportunities for direct and frank exchanges between researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. Recent of his projects have included the creation of the Metropolis North America and Metropolis Asia initiatives and the creation of a Metropolis Secretariat in Asia (Seoul/Goyang-si and Manila) to supplement the Secretariats in Ottawa and Amsterdam. He moved the Ottawa Secretariat operations from the Government of Canada to Carleton University in Ottawa in 2012.
Executive Director, Rexdale Women’s Centre
Fatima is a strong advocate for social justice and improving the lives of women. Since 1982, she has committed to serve the immigrant and women services sector. She has held various roles including as an ESL instructor, ESL Co-ordinator, settlement and woman’s abuse counselor. She has held various management positions in the social services sector for the last 32 years. Fatima joined Rexdale Women’s Centre (RWC) in 1987 and was appointed the executive director in 1989 and has remained in the position for the last 27 years. Fatima works with culturally diverse staff and boards of directors to address violence against women and barriers to access to services.
Fatima has worked with culturally diverse staff and boards of directors to implement settlement, orientation, English language, crisis intervention, violence against women and children, and services for youth and seniors. Fatima has served on numerous boards of directors in the sector including the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants and held senior officers positions.
Associate Professor of International Competitiveness, Rotman School of Management
Walid Hejazi has been a Professor of Business Economics and International Competitiveness at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management for 20 years, and an Academic Director at the School. He is also cross appointed to the Munk School of Global Affairs. Walid has advised the Canadian and many foreign governments on themes related to Islamic Finance, International Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, International Tax Structures and Global Competitiveness, and has appeared several times before parliamentary committees on these themes. He has been working closely with the Toronto Financial Services Alliance and other financial institutions to enhance the presence of Islamic Finance in Canada. He is also working with the Canadian government on several projects which seek to develop strategies that will enhance the competitiveness of Canadian companies, and hence the overall Canadian economy. Walid is co-founder PW Portfolio Analytics, a FinTech startup, which seeks to democratize portfolio risk management analytics. It is this kind of innovation and entrepreneurial culture that he believes is necessary to enhance the competitiveness of the Canadian economy.
President and CEO, Hill + Knowlton Strategies Canada
Goldy provides strategic communications counsel to the firm’s extensive and diverse client base. Building on his experience in the public and private sectors, Goldy offers clients an acute understanding of the dynamics of public affairs, government relations and strategic communications, particularly from a reputation and issues management perspective.
Goldy works with a wide array of industries, including banking, insurance, energy, environment, mining, health, international trade, transportation and US-Canada relations. He is a seasoned expert on mergers and acquisitions, having worked on numerous transactions, including for state-owned enterprises (SOEs), in a variety of industries from energy to mining to technology.
With a firm grasp of the public policy process and the issues that face the private sector in dealing with federal and provincial governments, Goldy is able to provide clients with strong representation that generates desired results.
Goldy brought to H+K more than 22 years of experience in the private and public sectors. Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Goldy served as director of policy and chief of staff to the Right Honourable Joe Clark, former prime minister and former leader of the then federal PC Party.
Goldy holds a master of arts degree from the University of Calgary in public policy with a specialization in policy-making during times of crisis. Goldy is a board and executive member of United Way Ottawa and co-chaired the 2013-2014 community campaign. He is Chair of the Ottawa Senators Foundation and past-chair of the Communications and Community Investment Committee. Goldy serves on the advisory board of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce and is on the advisory board for Century Initiative where he also a member of the Executive Committee.
Goldy is a regular commentator on business and politics in the national media and appears weekly on the Big Picture Panel on CBC’s hit show The Exchange. Goldy received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 for his distinguished service to Canada.
Business Professional, Writer, Academic, Entrepreneur and Community Leader
@RanyIbrahim is a 2013 RBC Top 25 Immigrant Award Winner and a member of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference in 2015. He is among 21inc’s 2015 Atlantic Canada’s 50 most inspiring entrepreneurial leaders under 40. He won Fusion Halifax’s 2011 Young Newcomer Leader GO Award. In 2012 the Nova Scotia House of Assembly recognized him for his contributions and community involvement. Rany received from both the Province of Nova Scotia and the City of Halifax 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award. He is Business Strategy Professional, Professor, Communicator, Writer, Analyst, Blogger and Explorer. He is an academic and part-time university faculty, a business workforce consultant, and Founder of a Tech Startup. Rany also serves on various academic and professional boards, including the Halifax Regional Library, and the Cape Breton University Board of Governance. He is passionate about Immigration, Human Rights, Freedoms and Democracy.
Co-Founder, Young Diplomats of Canada and Canada’s Top 20 Under 20
Jaxson Khan leads public relations at Influitive, a technology company that helps B2B companies including GE, Box, and Salesforce build a movement behind their brands through the voice of their most passionate advocates. He is also co-founder of Young Diplomats of Canada, an advisor with Venture for Canada, and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum.
Previously, Jaxson worked as a project coordinator in business planning operations with Microsoft and co-chaired a corporate social responsibility board with AstraZeneca. He also worked at education technology startup Paddle in business development and product management. Jaxson has represented Canada at the United Nations in New York City, and served on and coordinated diplomatic and human rights delegations to London, Washington, Sydney, Istanbul, and Rwanda.
Jaxson has spoken at TEDxEdmonton, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Annual General Meetings, and Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre, and been published in The Globe and Mail, University Affairs, and a mass-market book with St. Martin’s Press as a co-author of 2 Billion Under 20: How Millennials Are Breaking Down Age Barriers and Changing the World. He studied global development at Huron University College, Western University as a 3M National Student Fellow.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
Michel Leblanc is President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Quebec’s leading private economic development organization. In this position, he is the official spokesperson of the organization, and is responsible for planning, managing, coordinating and monitoring all its operations.
With extensive experience in the public and private sectors, Michel Leblanc has an in-depth knowledge of metropolitan issues. A trained economist, he has a clear understanding of economic questions and the challenges facing the business community.
Recognized expert in strategy and in economic development, Michel Leblanc was an Associate Partner at SECOR. He had previously occupied senior-level positions at Génome Québec, Montréal International, and the Institute for Research on Public Policy. He has also worked as an economist for the Department of Finance Canada.
Michel Leblanc received a Bachelor of science in economics in 1987 and a Master of science in economics in 1992 from Université de Montréal. He has been named the 2009 honorary graduate of the Université de Montréal’s Economics Department. In October 2012, he was honoured by the Université de Montréal’s alumni association for his professional achievements.
Michel Leblanc chairs the board of directors of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE. He also sits on the boards of directors of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal Foundation, the Institut des troubles d’apprentissage (Institut TA) and C2 Montréal. He chairs the Steering Committee of the Stratégie commune d’intervention pour le Grand Montréal 2013-2015 for francization issues. He is also a member of the Conseil emploi métropole, of the Comité directeur sur la mobilité des personnes et des biens dans la grande région de Montréal (Mobilité Montréal), and of the Steering Committee of Montréal, Cultural Metropolis. He is also ambassador of the Quartier de l’innovation (QI).
Author and Human Rights Advocate
Dr. Monia Mazigh was born and raised in Tunisia and immigrated to Canada in 1991. She is the National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group. She speaks Arabic, French, and English fluently and holds a Ph.D. in finance from McGill University. Dr. Mazigh has worked at the University of Ottawa and taught Finance at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. In 2004, she ran in the federal election as a candidate for the NDP, gaining the most votes for her riding in the history of the NDP.
Dr. Mazigh was catapulted onto the public stage in 2002 when her husband Maher Arar, was deported to Syria where he was tortured and held without charge for over a year. During that time, Dr. Mazigh campaigned vigorously for her husband’s release and later fought to re-establish his reputation and sought reparations. In January 2007, after a lengthy inquiry, her husband finally received an apology from the Canadian.
Dr. Mazigh has authored a book called Hope and Despair which documents her ordeal after her husband was arrested and how she campaigned to clear his name. It was published in 2008.
Dr. Mazigh wrote many articles published in the Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, Le Devoir and other newspapers.
In 2011, Dr. Mazigh published a novel in French, Miroirs et mirages. Stories of four Muslim women living in Canada. Miroirs et mirages was shortlisted for the prestigious Ontario Trillium award, for the Ottawa Book Award and for the Christine Dimitriu-Van- Saanen Award of the Salon du Livre de Toronto.
In summer 2014, Mirrors and mirages was published in English by Anansi House.
Dr. Mazigh published in September 2015, her second novel in French about the events of the Arab Spring. Hope has Two Daughters will be published in English in 2017 by Anansi House.
Dean, Rotman School of Management
Tiff Macklem began his five-year term as Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on July 1, 2014.
Tiff Macklem served as Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, sharing responsibility with the Governor and four Deputy Governors for monetary policy and the Bank’s role in promoting financial stability. In that role, he was also the Bank’s Chief Operating Officer and a member of its board of directors, overseeing strategic planning and coordinating the Bank’s operations. Macklem has also played a leading role in efforts to ensure stable financial systems worldwide through the G20 and the Financial Stability Board.
Prior to his appointment at the Bank, Macklem served as Associate Deputy Minister of the federal Department of Finance and Canada’s Finance Deputy at the G7 and G20. He also served as chair of the Standing Committee on Standards Implementation of the Financial Stability Board. In that role, he worked to establish an international system of peer review to promote and assess the implementation of new financial standards across the 24 most financially important countries in the world.
Macklem is a well-known expert in monetary andfinancial systemsand has contributed articles to academic journals, as well as books and conference volumes.
Since coming to the Rotman School, Tiff Macklem has been appointed the chair of the Board of the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services, a director of the Scotiabank Board and a member of the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council.
Managing Director, Generation Capital Limited
Mr. Milroy is the Managing Director of Generation Capital Limited, a private investment company, and a corporate director. From March 2008 to October 2014, he served as Chief Executive Officer of BMO Capital Markets, where he was responsible for all of BMO’s business involving corporate, institutional and government clients globally. Mr. Milroy is a director of Restaurant Brands International Inc. and of Interfor Corporation.
Mr. Milroy also serves on the boards of a number of charitable organizations including as Chair of the CAMH Foundation and as a Trustee of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Mr. Milroy holds a Bachelor of Law and Master of Law from Cambridge University, an LLB from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. Mr. Milroy is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Professor of Medicine and President Emeritus, the University of Toronto
David Naylor, a physician and officer of the Order of Canada, is president emeritus of the University of Toronto. His background includes a DPhil in social and administrative studies at Oxford, and post-doctoral work in epidemiology. Early in his career, Dr Naylor was a founder of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), a prominent medical research organization and think tank dedicated to smart healthcare policy alternatives. Currently professor of medicine at U of T, Dr Naylor is an active health researcher, with wide-ranging policy interests. His counsel is sought regularly by governments, non-profits, and investor-owned corporations. We checked in with him to get his perspective on Early Childhood Supports and on education in Canada. This instalment focuses on Early Childhood Supports. A later installment will focus on Education.
Andrew S. Nevin
Partner – Chief Economist and Financial Services Advisory Leader, PwC Nigeria
Dr. Andrew S. Nevin works at the complex intersection of economics, strategy, and regulation. Andrew has almost 30 years of professional experience as an economist, strategy consultant, line manager, and private equity investor. Andrew has previously lived and worked in Asia, North America, and Europe. He has been based in Lagos, Nigeria since early 2012.
Before joining PwC, he spent 10 years living in China and was the President of United Family Hospitals during the SARS crisis in 2003 through early 2005. Andrew started his career at McKinsey & Company, serving in the Toronto and Paris offices. He holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, an MA in Philosophy and Politics from Balliol College, Oxford University, and a BSc in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Andrew writes frequently about Canada’s economy.
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Co.
Andrew Pickersgill is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, and Managing Partner of McKinsey’s Toronto office. He has spent 20 years serving clients on a range of corporate strategy, marketing and performance improvement topics. Andrew is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Toronto and resides in Toronto with his wife and three children. Andrew has an honors BA in economics from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Author and Columnist for the Globe and Mail
Doug Saunders is the international-affairs columnist for the Globe and Mail and author of the books Arrival City: The Final Migration And Our Next World (2011) and The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West? (2012). In 2017, Knopf Canada will publish his latest book Maximum Canada, which examines Canada’s history of underpopulation and prospects for creating a more sustainable population. He spent 15 years as the newspaper’s Los Angeles Bureau Chief and London-based European Bureau Chief, and has reported from more than 40 countries. He is a five-time winner of the National Newspaper Award, Canada’s counterpart to the Pulitzer Prize, and his books have won or been shortlisted for the Donner Prize, the Lioner Gelber Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the 2017 Shelling Award for Architectural Theory.
Academic General Pediatrician and Health Services Researcher
Dr. Natasha Saunders is a staff pediatrician in the Division of Pediatric Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and a health services researcher at The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Toronto. Following pediatric residency training at SickKids, Natasha completed a graduate degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Healthcare Research at The Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at The University of Toronto and a post-doctoral fellowship at ICES. A core focus of her research program relates to better understanding health outcomes of pediatric immigrants and identifying ways to improve access to care for immigrant children.
More specifically, Natasha aims to identify how mental health problems and risk of unintentional and intentional injuries among immigrant children differ from those who are Canadian-born and how migration factors such as country of origin, immigration class, and time since migration are associated with these health outcomes. Furthermore, she seeks to understand how immigrant children access and use the health care system and works to identify opportunities for improving quality of care delivery in this population.
Kate Subak is a senior executive with a background in management consulting and business leadership in major arts and financial institutions. Kate deeply appreciates a good strategy and a strong fact base, and she loves working with people on issues they care deeply about. Kate lives in Toronto.
Kate holds Master’s degrees in Finance and Technology from MIT, a CEP in International Development from L’Institut d’Études Politiques, a BA in Economics from Smith College, and a BFA in Photography with honours from OCADU.
Mark D. Wiseman
Global Head of Active Equities and Chairman, BlackRock Alternative Investors
Mark is Global Head of Active Equities for BlackRock and Chairman of BlackRock Alternative Investors. A Senior Managing Director, he also serves as Chairman of the firm’s Global Investment Committee and on its Global Executive Committee.
Mark joined BlackRock in 2016 from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) where he served as its President and CEO since 2012. Before becoming CEO, Mark was Executive Vice-President, Investments, for CPPIB and was responsible for managing all of the organization’s investment activities. He joined CPPIB in June 2005 as Senior Vice-President, Private Investments.
Prior to joining CPPIB, Mark was responsible for the private equity fund and co-investment program at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He has worked as an officer with Harrowston Inc., a publicly traded Canadian merchant bank, and as a lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell, where he practiced in New York and Paris. He also served as a law clerk to Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Mark earned a bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University as well as a law degree and an MBA from the University of Toronto. He also was a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University, where he obtained a Master of Laws degree. Mark is a regular lecturer at the Harvard Business School and an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University.
Mark is a member of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, which advises the Canadian Finance Minister on economic policies to achieve long-term, sustainable growth. He is also the Chairman of the Focusing Capital on the Long Term initiative, which he co-founded. Mark serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Sinai Health Services in Toronto, the Capital Markets Institute and the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Mark is a certified member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.
President, Canadian Labour Congress
Hassan Yussuff brings a record of remarkable achievements to his role as President of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).
Yussuff was elected in May 2014 as the first person of colour to lead the country’s labour movement, winning a mandate for change to increase activism in response to the challenges facing unions.
And Yussuff is committed to working together for fairness – in the workplace and Canadian society, from retirement security for all, to good jobs, to protecting public health care, and creating a national child care program.
Coming to Canada from Guyana at 16 years old, Yussuff was a heavy truck mechanic but quickly became plant chair after just 3 meetings. He went on to senior positions in Unifor – formerly known as the Canadian Auto Workers.
Yussuff was elected as an Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress in 1999, followed by four terms as Secretary-Treasurer.
Yussuff is also respected internationally, serving as president of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, representing over 50 million workers in 29 countries.
The CLC is the voice of Canada’s labour movement, representing 3.3 million workers.
Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert.
Zeihan’s worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends, helping industry leaders navigate today’s complex mix of geopolitical risks and opportunities. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his irreverent approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types.
In his career, Zeihan has ranged from working for the US State Department in Australia, to the DC think tank community, to helping develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Mr. Zeihan founded his own firm — Zeihan on Geopolitics — in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military.
His freshman book, The Accidental Superpower, debuted in 2014. His sophomore project, Shale New World, will be released later this year.