(May 29 to 31, 2020)

All 250 participants will meet in Huntsville, Ontario, for a three-day plenary session. Members will be addressed by high-profile Canadian speakers on issues that provide focus and substance to the Conference theme. The schedule for the 2020 Opening plenary will be published shortly.

For reference purposes, you will below the schedule from the 2017 Conference.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

2:00 pm

Early Registration opens at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

5:30 pm

Private tour of the Audain Art Museum

7:00 pm

Reception at the Whistler Brewhouse

Friday, June 2, 2017

7:00 am

Buses depart for Sea-to-Sky Gondola

9:00 am

Registration re-opens
Continental breakfast available in Macdonald ABC

11:30 am

Buses return from Sea-to-Sky Gondola

12:00 pm

Lunch available at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

1:30 pm

Deadline for arrival of all Conference members in Whistler

2:00 pm

Study Groups meet in their breakout rooms

4:15 pm

Walk from Fairmont to Squamish-Lil’Wat Cultural Centre

4:30 pm

Opening Ceremony at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

6:15 pm

Members will be drummed back to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

6:30 pm

Opening Gala Dinner


  • Rosalie Abella, Justice, Supreme Court of Canada
  • Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Leroy Little Bear, University of Lethbridge
  • Laurearidel, Strategic Advisor, Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en opérationnalisation du développement durable (CIRODD) Ecole Polytechnique

Saturday, June 3, 2017

8:00 am

Welcome by Conference Chair Donald Lindsay

8:05 am

Session 1: Leadership and the Canada We Will Build – Economy

12:30 pm


1:45 pm

Session 2: Leadership and the Canada We Will Build – Arts and Culture

  • Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Alan Doyle, Musician, Author and Co-Founder of Great Big Sea

4:30 pm

Free time to prepare for evening event

6:00 pm

Members board Whistler Gondola

6:30 pm

Members depart for Whistler Mountain Gondola and dinner and dance at The Roundhouse

11:00 pm

Last Gondola departs The Roundhouse for Whistler Village

Sunday, June 4, 2017

7:20 am

Session 3: Leadership and the Canada We Will Build – Health, Education and Happiness

10:00 am

Session 4: Canada At Home in the World (1)

11:00 am

Break for Lunch

12:15 pm

Canada At Home in the World (2)

1:45 pm

Closing remarks from the Governor General and Conference Chair Donald Lindsay

2:00 pm

Opening Plenary concludes