Conference Secretariat

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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.

IAN ANDERSON PortraitIAN ANDERSON Executive Director
IAN ANDERSON Portrait
IAN ANDERSON
Executive Director


Ian was named Executive Director of the 2017 GGCLC by Conference Chair Donald Lindsay and the Conference Board of Directors.

Ian Anderson served as Executive Director of the 2015, 2012, 2008 and 2004 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conferences. He also served as Executive Director of the 1998 Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference. More than 90% of the emerging leaders who attended each of the Canadian Conferences rated the Conference as the best they had ever attended.

Ian is founder and President of Temple Scott Associates (TSA) and serves as TSA’s senior strategist. Ian’s projects include internationally recognized strategies and issues management counsel for major companies, associations, governments and NGOs.

Ian was named to the Queen’s Honours List for 2008 and inducted into the prestigious Victorian Order by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in June 2008. He was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012 by Governor General David Johnston for services to Canada.

Ian worked in senior positions of the Government of Canada and national media. From 1985 to 1987, Ian served the Prime Minister of Canada as Deputy Principal Secretary and, from 1983 to 1985, as Director of Communications. He worked as a journalist and commentator for several national and international media organizations. Between 1973 and 1983, Ian reported for Reuters, the Montréal Gazette and Maclean’s newsweekly.

He co-wrote a history of the Duke of Edinburgh and the Commonwealth Study Conferences that was launched at Buckingham Palace in 2006.

Ian sits on the boards of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation and Red Sky Performance (Canada’s preeminent Aboriginal dance and theatre company), and co-founded organic food producer Yorkshire Valley Farms. He and his family divide their time between Toronto and their 250 acre organic farm near Port Hope, Ontario.

Ian Anderson with the Queen of England   Ian Anderson receiving the Jubilee Medal
DUNCAN RAYNER PortraitDUNCAN RAYNER Director of Operations
DUNCAN RAYNER Portrait
DUNCAN RAYNER
Director of Operations


Duncan has served as Director of Operations for the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2015 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
SÉBASTIEN SOGNE Portrait
SÉBASTIEN SOGNE
Deputy Director of Operations


Sébastien served as Deputy Director of Operations for the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. The 250 conference members started in St. John’s 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.