Past Speakers

Keynote speakers presented below include their title at the time of presentation.

2020 – Nation Building: Canada 2.0

David Dodge
Former Governor of the Bank of Canada
Curtis Stange
President & CEO, ATB Financial
Anthony Viel
CEO, Deloitte Canada
Nancy Southern
Chair & Chief Executive Officer, ATCO Group and Executive Chair, Canadian Utilities Limited
Alicia Dubois
CEO, Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation
Don Lindsay
President & CEO, Teck Resources Ltd.
Ambassador Kelly Craft
Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations
David Frum
Social & Political Commentator and Senior Editor at The Atlantic
Premier Jason Kenney
Government of Alberta
Dr. Brian Lee Crowley
Managing Director, Macdonald-Laurier Institute
Dr. Ted Morton
Executive Fellow, The School of Public Policy and Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Calgary
Rex Murphy
Social Commentator, Editorialist & Distinct Canadian Voice
Therese Brisson
President & CEO, Alpine Canada
John Cassels
Chairman, Winterstart Events Ltd.

2019 – Leadership in Uncertain Times

David Dodge
Former Governor of the Bank of Canada
Adam Legge
President, Business Council of Alberta
Mary Moran
President & CEO, Calgary Economic Development
Edward Sims
President & CEO, WestJet
Dr. Karen MacNeill
Founding Partner & Chief Product Officer, headversity
Sean Willy
President & CEO, Des Nedhe Development Corporation
Christy Clark
Former Premier of British Columbia
Vivian Krause
Researcher & Writer
Premier Jason Kenney
Government of Alberta

2018 – World in Transition: Trade, Trump & Technology

David Dodge
Former Governor of the Bank of Canada
Jim Gibson
CEO, JAGYYC
Oren Berkovich
CEO, SingularityU Canada
Rex Murphy
Social Commentator, Editorialist & Distinct Canadian Voice
Laura Dawson, PhD
Director, Canada Institute
Lu Xu
Consul General, People’s Republic of China, Calgary
Ambassador Kelly Craft
Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations
Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque
CMG, British High Commissioner, Canada

2017 – Navigating Disruption

David Dodge
Former Governor of the Bank of Canada
Siegfried Kiefer
Chief Strategy Officer, ATCO Ltd & Canadian Utilities Ltd. and President, Canadian Utilities Ltd.
Todd Roberts
Senior Vice-President, Enterprise Payments & Innovation, CIBC
Judy Fairburn
Senior Vice-President, Enterprise Payments & Innovation, CIBC
Gary Kovacs
Former CEO AVG Technologies, Board Member, Advisor, Technologist
Susan le Jeune d’Allegeershecque
CMG, British High Commissioner, Canada
Peter Tertzakian
Executive Director, ARC Financial Corp.
Hon. John R. Baird, P.C.
Former Federal Minister (Foreign Affairs, Environment, Transport & Infrastructure)

2016 – Business of Politics: The Changing Nature of Democracy

Kevin Chan
Head of Public Policy, Facebook Canada
The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Business Council of Canada
Ian Anderson
President, Kinder Morgan Canada
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, PC, MP
Former Interim Leader of the Conservative Party and former Leader of the Official Opposition
Rex Murphy
Social Commentator, Editorialist & Distinct Canadian Voice

2015 – The Future of Energy: Innovation and Competitiveness

Peter Tertzakian
Chief Energy Economist & Managing Director, ARC Financial Corp.
Tim McMillan
President & CEO, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Andrew Swart
Partner, Monitor Deloitte, Deloitte Canadian Mining Consulting Leader
Peter Istvanffy
President & CEO, Centre for Educational Research Applications

2014 – Water: The New Oil?

Marq de Villiers
Journalist and Author
Nancy C. Southern
Chair, President & Chief Executive Officer ATCO Ltd. & Canadian Utilities Limited.
Bob Sandford
EPCOR Chair and United Nations Water for Life Decade, Canada
Kim Sturgess
Founder & CEO, Alberta WaterSMART
Dr. Dan Wicklum
Chief Executive, COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance)

2013 – North American Energy: Market Access

Kevin Chan
Government of Alberta
Premier David Alward
Government of New Brunswick
Miles Richardson
Former President of the Haida Nation and Former Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission
Ian Anderson
President, Kinder Morgan Canada
Douglas Bloom
President, Canadian LNG, Spectra Energy
Paul Browning
President & CEO, Irving Oil Limited
Russell Girling
President & CEO, TransCanada Corporation
Al Monaco
President and CEO, Enbridge Inc.
Rex Murphy
Writer & Broadcaster

2012 – Global Energy: The Canadian Challenge

David Dodge, O.C.
Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP and Former Governor, Bank of Canada
N. Murray Edwards
Chairman, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.
Honourable Jim Prentice P.C., Q.C.
Senior Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman, CIBC
Peter Tertzakian
Chief Energy Economist and Managing Director, ARC Financial Corporation

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2011 – Contemporary Capitalism: Governments and the Markets

Marq de Villiers
Journalist and Author
Felix Chee
China Investment Corporation (CIC), Representative Office in Toronto
Lorraine Mitchelmore
Vice-Chair, President & Canada Country Chair, Shell Canada Limited
David Dodge, O.C.
Former Governor of the Bank of Canada, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP

2010 – Canada Rising: Our Future as a Global Economic Leader

David Dodge, O.C.
Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP and Former Governor, Bank of Canada
Dr. Wenran Jiang
Mactaggart Research Chair, China Institute at the University of Alberta
Hal Kvisle
Retired President & CEO, TransCanada Corporation
The Honourable Kevin G. Lynch, P.C.
Vice-Chair, BMO Financial Group
Jiang Shan
Minister Counsellor of Commercial Affairs, Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in Canada

2009 – The Great Reckoning: Shaping the New Economic Order

Douglas Porter
Managing Director & Deputy Chief Economist, BMO Capital Markets
Christopher Burnham
Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Deutsche Asset Management
Claudio X. González
Chairman of the Board & CEO, Kimberly-Clark de México, S.A.B.
David Dodge, O.C.
Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP and Former Governor, Bank of Canada

2008 – The Business of Climate Change

The Honourable Jim Prentice
Minister of Environment
Nancy Southern
President & CEO, ATCO Ltd. & Canadian Utilities Limited
Pete Wilson
Former Governor of California, US Senator, Mayor of San Diego
Gray Taylor
Partner & Chair of Climate Change and Emissions Trading Practice, Bennett Jones LLP

2007 – The Business of Climate Change

Dr. David Keith
Director, ISEEE Energy & Environmental Systems Group, Canada Research Chair in Energy and Environment, University of Calgary, Adjunct Professor Department of EPP, Carnegie Mellon
The Honourable Maxime Bernier
Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Honourable Jim Prentice
Minister of Environment
Jeff Rubin

Chief Economist & Chief Strategist, CIBC World Markets Inc.

2006 – Global Security and its Impact on the North American Economy

The Honourable Thomas J. Ridge
Former Governor of Pennsylvania, the nations first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Gwynne Dyer
noted Canadian authority on global events
Dr. Richard Reiner
Chief Security & Technology Officer, Telus Information Security Solutions
David Dodge, O.C.
Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP and Former Governor, Bank of Canada

2005 – Energy – Canada’s Role in the 21st Century

Pierre Alvarez
President, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Hal Kvisle
President & CEO, TransCanada Corporation
The Honourable Richard Neufeld
Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, BC