The Conference was honoured to have the following exceptional leaders speaking at the Opening Plenary during the 2017 Conference. The speakers for the 2020 edition of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference will be announced at a later date.

 

Rosalie Siberman Abella

The Honourable Rosalie Siberman Abella

Rosalie Silberman Abella was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004 after serving on the Ontario Court of Appeal for 12 years.

Jenny J. H. Ahn

Jenny J. H. Ahn

Jenny Ahn is the Assistant to Unifor National President, Jerry Dias. Unifor is Canada’s largest private sector union, with more than 310,000 members working in every major sector of the Canadian economy.

Cameron Bailey

Cameron Bailey

Cameron Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. He is responsible for the overall vision and execution of Festival programming, as well as maintaining relationships with the Canadian and international film industries.

Dominic Barton

Dominic Barton

Dominic Barton joined Teck’s Board of Directors in September 2018 and was appointed Chair of the Board on October 1, 2018. Until July 2018, he was the Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company, a role he held for nine years.

Nathalie Bondil

Nathalie Bondil

Nathalie Bondil is the Director General and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. She was appointed Chief Curator in 2000 and Director in January 2007.

Daniel Boyer

Daniel Boyer

Daniel Boyer is president of the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec(FTQ), a position he has held since 2013. He had served as the labour federation’s general secretary in the previous three years.

Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell

An eminent British Columbian, Gordon Campbell served as Canada’s High Commissioner to The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland (2011-2016), British Columbia’s Premier (2001-2011) – elected in three successive elections – and Mayor of Vancouver (1986-93).

Clint Davis

Clint Davis

Clint Davis is the Partner and Managing Director of Acasta Capital Indigenous (ACI), an Indigenous-owned subsidiary company of Acasta Capital.

Alan Doyle

Alan Doyle

Alan Doyle, actor, producer, best-selling author, and best-known as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea for over 20 years hardly needs an introduction.

John F. Helliwell

John F. Helliwell

John F. Helliwell, of the Vancouver School of Economics at UBC, long-time Research Associate of the NBER, is Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and Co-Director of CIFAR’s program on ‘Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being’.

Kathy Kinloch

Kathy Kinloch

Kathy Kinloch is President of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Canada’s premier polytechnic institution, a position she has held since January 2014.

Marie-Josée Lamothe

Marie-Josée Lamothe

Marie-Josée Lamothe has been Managing Director at Google Canada since 2014, leading Branding and the Consumer Products industry, while also overseeing business development in Quebec.

Leroy Little Bear

Leroy Little Bear

Leroy Little Bear’s dedication to for Indigenous peoples, education, leadership, community-building and advocacy has led to a United Nations declaration, changed the Constitution of Canada and influenced the lives of thousands of students.

Lino A. Saputo, Jr.

Lino A. Saputo, Jr.

Lino A. Saputo, Jr. is Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board of Saputo Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Concordia University. He has been actively involved in the Company’s operations for over 30 years.

Vaclav Smil

Vaclav Smil

Vaclav Smil does interdisciplinary research in the fields of energy, environmental and population change, food production and nutrition, technical innovation, risk assessment, and public policy. He has published 40 books and nearly 500 papers on these topics.

Sharleen Stewart

Sharleen Stewart

The eldest of six siblings, Sharleen Stewart grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She credits her mother for inspiring her to be strong and independent and her father for teaching her the importance of love and respect.

Kathleen Taylor

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.

Laure Waridel

Laure Waridel

Laure Waridel has been a driving force for large-scale ecological programs and sustainable development initiatives. Some of her recent work includes research on the emergence of a socio-ecological economy in Québec.