2016 Speakers

Perry Spitznagel
Vice-Chairman & Managing Partner (Calgary), Bennett Jones LLP

Perry Spitznagel is vice-chairman of Bennett Jones, managing partner of the Calgary office and a member of the firm’s Partnership Board.

Perry is a corporate lawyer with extensive national and cross-border experience. He has acted for clients in some of the largest transactions in Canada, including many of Canada’s and North America’s largest national and cross-border mergers.

Perry has been recognized by Financial Post Magazine as one of the 25 most influential people in corporate Canada. He is also recognized by Chambers Global, the Legal Media Group, Best Lawyers in Canada, PLC Which Lawyer, the IFLR 1000 and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in his areas of expertise.

Perry is a director of public and private companies. He is also a director of Winsport Canada, which manages the legacy assets and programs of the Calgary Winter Olympics, and is a past director of Alpine Canada. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Samara Canada and a past member of the Alberta Securities Commission Advisory Committee. A former ski racer, Perry remains active in skiing.

Perry is a graduate of McGill University, BA (Economics), 1979, with great distinction, and Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 1982.

He is a frequent speaker and has chaired national and international conferences on a variety of business law topics. Perry speaks French and German.

David Dodge
Canada & International Economic Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP

A native of Toronto, Mr. Dodge received a bachelor’s degree (honours) from Queen’s University, and a PhD in economics from Princeton. During his academic career, he taught economics at Queen’s University; at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; at the Faculty of Commerce at the University of British Columbia; and at Simon Fraser University. He also served as Director of the International Economics Program of the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Mr. Dodge has been awarded honorary degrees from a number of Canadian universities. In 2009, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

During a distinguished career in the federal public service, Mr. Dodge held senior positions in the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Anti-Inflation Board, and the Department of Employment and Immigration. After serving in a number of increasingly senior positions at the Department of Finance, including that of G-7
Deputy, he was Deputy Minister of Finance from 1992 to 1997. In that role, he served as a member of the Bank of Canada’s Board of Directors. In 1998 he was appointed Deputy Minister of Health, a position he held until his appointment as Governor of the Bank of Canada. Mr. Dodge, appointed Governor of the Bank of Canada, effective 1 February 2001 for a term of seven years, retired on 31 January 2008. From July 2008 to June 2014, he served as Chancellor of Queen’s University. From 2009 to 2015, he was a member of the board of directors of Canadian Utilities Limited, ATCO Limited and the Bank of Nova Scotia.

Mr. Dodge is Senior Advisor at Bennett Jones LLP one of Canada’s leading law firms. He also serves on the board of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and Chairs the National Council of the C.D. Howe Institute.

Kevin Chan
Head of Public Policy, Facebook Canada

Kevin Chan is Head of Public Policy, Canada for Facebook. In this capacity he leads the company’s public policy efforts in Canada, facilitating an ongoing dialogue with the policy and communications communities about Facebook’s products and services, and engaging in a broad range of issues that impact the Internet sector. He is also Facebook Canada’s public policy and politics spokesperson.

Kevin was previously Deputy Secretary-General of McGill and Non-Residential Fellow at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society, and before that held executive roles in the Privy Council Office and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. He sits on various boards including Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, MediaSmarts, the Dean’s Council at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and Canada 2020. He is a co-founder of DreamCatcher Mentoring, which won a Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative Award, and has held visiting appointments at Simon Fraser University.

Kevin graduated from Harvard Kennedy School, the Ivey Business School and the Royal Conservatory of Music. A 2004 Action Canada Fellow and a 2013 CommunityShift Fellow, he is a recipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Business Council of Canada

The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C., is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada, representing the CEOs and entrepreneurs of 150 leading Canadian companies. A former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, he was first elected to Parliament in 1988, and served four terms. From 1993 to 2003 he served in Cabinet consecutively as Minister of Industry, Foreign Affairs, and Finance. As Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister, he led the government’s response to the 9/11 attacks, ultimately serving as counterpart to Governor Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.  Since leaving government in 2004, Mr. Manley has continued to be active in public policy, currently as chair of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and the Canadian Branch of the Trilateral Commission, and as a member of the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Institution and the Wilson Center Global Advisory Council. An Officer of the Order of Canada, he is Chair of CIBC, one of Canada’s largest financial institutions, and also serves on the boards of other publicly traded companies. Prior to entering politics, Mr. Manley practiced law, having graduated as gold medalist in common law at the University of Ottawa and serving as law clerk to the Chief Justice of Canada. He is the recipient of six honorary doctorates.

Ian Anderson
President, Kinder Morgan Canada

Ian Anderson has served as President of Kinder Morgan Canada since December 2005. In this role, he provides executive leadership to Kinder Morgan’s Canadian operations, growth pursuits and social responsibility initiatives. For Mr. Anderson, this means “articulating a clear vision for the company” and all projects, “diving fully into the details” and “building and growing the personal relationships” he believes are vitally important — both in business and life.

Before joining Kinder Morgan, Mr. Anderson held senior executive positions in finance, regulatory affairs, administration and business development at companies including Terasen, Centra Gas and Westcoast Energy.  Mr. Anderson has helped shape Canadian utility and pipeline regulatory policy for decades, and has been an active advocate for meaningful and productive engagement and prosperity sharing between the energy industry and Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Mr. Anderson is a board member of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA). In this capacity, and in his previous role as Board Chair, he has worked tirelessly to broaden the voice of the pipeline industry in Canada, and to ensure the voices of all providers — small and large — are being heard. He is also a member of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) and was recently appointed to the Board of Governors of the Business Council of British Columbia (BCBC).

Mr. Anderson is a Certified Management Accountant and a graduate of the University of Michigan Executive Program.  Originally from Winnipeg, today Mr. Anderson and his family call Calgary home.

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, PC, MP
Interim Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Official Opposition

First elected as a Member of Parliament for Edmonton – Spruce Grove in 2004, Ms. Ambrose was re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2011, and most recently in 2015 in the new riding of Sturgeon River – Parkland.

In November 2015, Ms. Ambrose was selected by the Conservative Caucus to serve as the Interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons.

Previously, Ms. Ambrose held several cabinet positions including Environment, Intergovernmental Affairs, Western Economic Diversification, Labour, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Receiver General, Status of Women, Regional Minister of Northern Alberta, and Health.

When she was appointed Minister of the Environment in 2006, she was the youngest woman to be appointed to Cabinet in Canadian history. As Environment Minister, Ms. Ambrose introduced the Clean Air Act and was a leader in calling for a new international agreement, which would include all major emitters, a position now adopted by the international community in the Copenhagen Accord.

As Minister of Labour, she helped resolve strikes at VIA Rail, Ottawa’s public transit system and the Canadian National Railway.

In her role as Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, Ms. Ambrose made improving the transparency, accountability and fairness of the procurement process one of her top priorities. When the Government of Canada made the historic decision to build the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard fleets in Canada, it was under her leadership that the Government of Canada developed and implemented the successful National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. This strategy ensured that the process used to award $33 billion in contracts was fair, independent and merit-based.

As Minister for the Status of Women, she worked tirelessly to address the problem of violence against women and girls. She has shown leadership by raising awareness of honour crimes in Canada and promoting equal rights for Aboriginal women.

She led Canada’s call for an “International Day of the Girl” at the United Nations to help raise awareness of the discrimination faced by girls, as well as their tremendous potential. The House of Commons unanimously supported a motion put forward by Ms. Ambrose to have Canada lead this international campaign. The resolution designating the International Day of the Girl was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 19, 2011. Canada celebrated the first International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2012.

As Minister of Health she was responsible for various departments including Health Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. With all-party support she oversaw the passage of “Vanessa’s Law”, a major milestone for patient safety in Canada that protects Canadians from unsafe drugs.

Her community service has included involvement with organizations working to end violence against women; including the Status of Women Action Group, the Victoria Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre, and the Edmonton Women’s Shelter.

Ms. Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta.

Rex Murphy
Social Commentator, Editorialist & Distinct Canadian Voice

Canadian’s are treated to weekly commentary from Rex on CBC’s The National along with his Saturday column in the National Post. He’s also acted as an editorial contributor to CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera. For over 20 years he was the host and moderator of CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup. The show brought over 1 million listeners and at times 15,000 callers wanting to join in discussions.

As a speaker, Rex radiates intelligence and trustworthiness. His endearing style brings forth a sarcastic intellect and deep insight into issues affecting individuals and businesses. Audiences can expect to be simultaneously informed and entertained by Rex’s provocative commentary.

He knows what makes Canadians tick, and what drives our political and social affairs. Rex makes us important, reminds us we have culture beyond hockey. His thought-provoking, sometimes stinging commentary and original insights are delivered through a vocabulary to make Webster’s consider updating.

A Rhodes scholar, Rex was born and raised in St. John’s, Nfld., where he graduated from Memorial University. In 1968, he went to Oxford University, along with former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Rex later ran twice in provincial elections and lost both times. Maybe he was too honest?

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