Conference Secretariat

The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conferences are the work of its Alumni and Volunteers. Without their dedicated leadership and involvement in every region of Canada, the Conferences simply would not happen.

The Conference Secretariat are the individuals who help guide the Conference. The Conference Secretariat is comprised of employees of Temple Scott Associates Inc. of Toronto and Ottawa.

DUNCAN RAYNER PortraitDUNCAN RAYNER Director of Operations
Director of Operations

Duncan has served as Director of Operations for the 2004, 2008, 2012, 2015 and 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conferences, responsible for the logistics surrounding the opening and closing plenary, liaising with the Regional Chairs on study tour development and membership recruitment, and overseeing the Secretariat relationship with Study Group Chairs and Co-Chairs.

Duncan also was a key part of the team that worked with Buckingham Palace to develop a history of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences to help commemorate its 50th anniversary in 2006.

In addition to his Conference role, Duncan is Vice President of Temple Scott Associates (TSA), one of Canada’s leading public affairs firms, and offers government relations and communications counsel to national and international clients.

Duncan holds a B.A. from Bishop’s University and an M.A. from Dalhousie University.

Duncan is a native of St. George, New Brunswick.

SÉBASTIEN SOGNE PortraitSÉBASTIEN SOGNE Deputy Director of Operations
Deputy Director of Operations

Sébastien served as Deputy Director of Operations for the 2017 and 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conferences. The 250 conference members gathered for the opening plenary, then criss-crossed the country in their study groups, before returning to Ottawa for the closing plenary. Sébastien was responsible for the coordination of 16 separate study tours, transportation, accommodation, travel planning and budgeting, and liaison with volunteer committees across Canada.

Sébastien holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Ottawa and a diploma in Business Administration from the Collège préuniversitaire Nouvelles Frontières. He is originally from the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region in Québec, and is fluently bilingual in English and French.