Jennifer is co-founder and Executive Director of TakingITGlobal, a non-profit organization with the aim of fostering cross-cultural dialogue, strengthening the capacity of youth as leaders and increasing awareness and involvement in global issues through the use of technology. In 2005, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2007, the Women’s Executive Network named her one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. TakingITGlobal was recognized by the 2007 Tech Museum Awards as a winner in the Education category. In 2003, Jennifer was a member of the Official Canadian Government Delegation to the World Summit on the Information Society. She has presented and supported civil society engagement at events including the World Urban Forum, International AIDS Conference, World Summit on Sustainable Development, Youth Employment Summit and Global Knowledge Partnership International Forum. She has served as a youth engagement strategy consultant for a range of organizations including Microsoft, TD Bank, VanCity Credit Union, Ontario Science Centre and the Government of Canada. Jennifer has a BA in Liberal Studies with a focus on business, communications, technology and culture, and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University.
Tom Flanagan studied political science at Notre Dame University, the Free University of West Berlin, and Duke University, where he received his Ph.D. He has taught political science at the University of Calgary since 1968. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1996 and was named University Professor in 2007. His book First Nations? Second Thoughts received both the Donner Prize and the Canadian Political Science Association’s Donald Smiley Prize for the best book on Canadian politics in the year 2000. Dr. Flanagan managed Stephen Harper’s campaigns for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance in 2002 and of the Conservative Party of Canada in 2004, as well as the Conservative Party’s national election campaign in 2004. He was the Senior Communications Adviser in the Conservative war room during the 2005–06 election campaign. These experiences are described in his book, Harper’s Team: Behind the Scenes in the Conservative Rise to Power (2007). His most recent book, Beyond the Indian Act: Restoring Aboriginal Property Rights (2010), explains how Canada’s First Nations can enjoy the institution of private property on their land reserves.
James M. Flaherty is a second-term Member of Parliament for Whitby–Oshawa (Ontario). He serves as Canada's Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area. As Minister of Finance he is an ex-officio member of all Cabinet Committees. A Governor of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, Minister Flaherty was recently awarded Euromoney Magazine’s Finance Minister of the Year award. Euromoney credited him with enhancing Canada’s reputation for sound fiscal policy while taking full account of social justice and overseeing a strong regulatory regime that has kept the financial sector out of chaos. Prior to serving as an Member of the Parliament of Canada, he served for over 10 years as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Whitby-Ajax (Ontario). He served as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, Attorney General and Minister of Labour. He has degrees from both Princeton University (cum laude) and Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Bar in Ontario with honours and practiced law for more than twenty years before being elected to public office.
Anne Golden has been President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada since October 2001. Prior to that, Dr. Golden served as President of The United Way of Greater Toronto for fourteen years. She gained national recognition through chairing two influential task forces: one in 1996 on the future of the Toronto area and another in 1998 on homelessness. Dr. Golden has held research positions with the Ontario Liberal Party (1981–82), as Special Advisor to the Provincial Leader of the Opposition (1978–81) and as Research Coordinator for the Bureau of Municipal Research (1973–78). In 2003, she was named a Member of the Order of Canada. She received honorary doctorates from University of Western Ontario (2008), Royal Roads University (2005), the University of Toronto (2002), York University (2000) and Ryerson Polytechnic University (1997). In 2004 she received the Urban Leadership Award for City Engagement from the Canadian Urban Institute, as well as the WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: The Top 100 Award. In 2003 and 2002, the National Post named Dr. Golden among the elite of Canada's businesswomen; in 2000 it named her one of the “City of Toronto’s Top 10 Power Brokers.” In 1993 Toronto Life magazine chose her as one of the “Eight Best People in Metropolitan Toronto.”
Joseph Heath is a professor in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. He was born in Saskatoon in 1967, received his BA from McGill University in 1990, and his PhD from Northwestern in 1995.
He has taught at the University of Toronto since then, except for a brief stint as Canada Research Chair in Ethics and Political Economy at the Université de Montréal.
He is the author of three bestselling trade books (The Efficient Society (Penguin, 2001), Filthy Lucre (HarperCollins, 2009), and co-authored with Andrew Potter, The Rebel Sell (HarperCollins, 2004)), as well as two non-bestselling academic books (Communicative Action and Rational Choice (MIT Press, 2001) and Following the Rules (Oxford, 2008)).
Dr. Alex Himelfarb is Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs at York University. He also leads the Centre for Global Challenges, which brings together decision makers, researchers, practitioners, and students to explore the challenges confronting Canada in a changing world. Dr. Himelfarb was a Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick from 1972 to 1981. From 1979 to 1981, he undertook an executive interchange with the federal Department of Justice. In 1981, he joined the Government of Canada, where he held a number of positions with the Department of the Solicitor General of Canada, the National Parole Board, the Privy Council Office and the Treasury Board Secretariat. While serving as Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board, he headed the federal Task Force on the Social Union. In June 1999, Dr. Himelfarb became Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage. He served as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet from May 2002 until March 2006, when he was nominated as Ambassador of Canada to the Italian Republic and as High Commissioner for Canada to the Republic of Malta. Dr. Himelfarb has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto.
Thomas Homer-Dixon holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ontario and is a professor in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. In 1999 he received the University of Toronto’s Northrop Frye Teaching Award for integrating teaching and research. His recent research focuses on threats to global security and on how societies adapt to complex economic, ecological, and technological change. His writings have appeared in leading scholarly journals, popular magazines, and newspapers, including International Studies Quarterly, International Security, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Scientific American, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times. His books include The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization (2006); The Ingenuity Gap (2000), winner of the 2001 Governor General’s Non-fiction Award; and Environment, Scarcity, and Violence (1999), which received the 2000 Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize from the American Political Science Association. Dr. Homer-Dixon has lectured at leading universities in the United States and at such international forums as the World Bank and the World Economic Forum. He has provided briefings to various Canadian and American government departments. He received his PhD in Political Science from MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
P. Thomas Jenkins is Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer for Open Text™ Corporation of Waterloo, Ontario, the largest software company in Canada. Recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential People” in knowledge management by KMWorld for five years in a row, Mr. Jenkins has been involved with the Internet since it emerged in the early 1990s. He was instrumental in creating one of the first internet search engines and then directed the component technologies that would become early forerunners of the Enterprise Content Management technology. Mr. Jenkins co-authored the Enterprise Content Management Trilogy, as well as his most recent book, Managing Content in the Cloud. Mr. Jenkins is the Chair of the Canadian Digital Media Network. He is a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and past member of both the Government of Canada’s Competition Policy Review Panel and the Province of Ontario’s Commercialization Network Review Committee. He has an M.B.A. from York University, an M.A.Sc. in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, and a B.Eng. & Mgt. in Engineering Physics and Commerce from McMaster University.
Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Alberta
Wenran Jiang is the Mactaggart Research Chair of the China Institute at the University of Alberta, Senior Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Special Advisor on China, The Energy Council and Project Director, Canada- China Energy & Environment Forum. He was also a public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., from September 2009 to March 2010. He is also a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He has earned the following degrees: Ph.D Carleton University, an MA from the International University of Japan and his BA from Peking University
Dr. W. Andy Knight is Chair of the Department of Political Science and Professor of International Relations at the University of Alberta. He is an advisory board member on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Welfare of Children. In March 2007, Dr. Knight was appointed to the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre and serves on the executive of that body. From 2000 to 2005 he co-edited the journal, Global Governance and served as vice-chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies, the Canadian Consortium for Peace Studies, and the Education for Peace Academic and Research Council. Recent books he has either authored or co-authored include: Global Politics: Emerging Networks, Trends and Challenges (2010), The Ashgate Research Companion to Political Leadership (2009), Adapting the United Nations to a Postmodern Era: Lessons Learned (2005), Building Sustainable Peace (2004), and A Changing United Nations (2000). On April 24, 2010, Dr. Knight was awarded the National Harry Jerome Trailblazer Award in Toronto.
Nicholas Le Pan
Chair of the Canadian Public Accountability Board, member of the board of the Toronto Centre for Leadership in Financial Sector Supervision, and past Superintendent of Financial Institutions for Canada (2001–2006)
Nick Le Pan has extensive experience in financial services regulatory and supervisory matters. He was the Superintendent of Financial Institutions for Canada from 2001–2006, and from 1995 to 2001 held senior positions in that organization responsible for regulatory policy and for the supervision program for banks, insurers and federally regulated pension plans. From 1987 to 1995 he served as Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of Finance responsible for recommendations for federal legislation and regulatory structure for banks, Canadian federally regulated insurers and pension plans. He was Vice Chair of the Basle Committee for Banking Supervision and chaired the Basle Accord Implementation Group.
He now Chairs the Board of Directors of CPAB, the independent Canadian regulator of audit firms of reporting issuers. He is also on the Board of CIBC, a major Canadian chartered bank, and chairs its risk committee. He consults on financial services matters, including for the IMF. He acted as a Senior Expert Advisor to the Commissioner of the RCMP, recommending ways to improve their work against white-collar crime. Most recently, as part of an IMF Financial Sector Assessment, he assessed the US and Chinese banking regulatory systems against the Basle Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision.
Margaret MacMillan is the Warden of St. Antony’s College and a professor of International History at the University of Oxford. Her books include Women of the Raj (1988, 2007); Peacemakers: The Paris Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War (2001), published in the United States as Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World (2002); and Seize the Hour: Six Days that Changed the World, published in Canada as Nixon in China: Six Days that Changed the World and in the United States as Nixon and Mao: Six Days that Changed the World. Her most recent book is The Uses and Abuses of History (Dangerous Games in the US). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Officer of the Order of Canada. (Photo by Greg Smolonski)
Velma McColl is a partner in Earnscliffe Strategy Group, one of the leading government relations firms in the country. Ms. McColl specializes in energy, climate change and clean technology issues and has served in senior positions to federal Cabinet Ministers. From Western Canada, her career has spanned the public policy spectrum from business to not-for-profit organizations to the public sector and includes domestic, North American and international experience.
The Right Honourable Paul Martin was the twenty-first Prime Minister of Canada, serving from 2003 to 2006 and was the Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2002. In September 1999, he was named the inaugural chair of the Finance Ministers’ G-20. Currently, he is co-chair of a two hundred million dollar British-Norwegian poverty alleviation and sustainable development fund for the ten nation Congo Basin Rainforest. He also sits on the advisory council of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa, an initiative sponsored by the African Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank. He is a member of the International Monetary Fund’s Western Hemisphere Regional Advisory Group. Domestically, he is responsible for two new initiatives: the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, which aims to increase the number of Aboriginal students attending post-secondary institutions; and, with his son David, the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship Fund, which helps establish and grow successful Aboriginal businesses. Before entering politics, Mr. Martin had a distinguished career as a business executive at Power Corporation of Canada in Montreal and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CSL Group Inc. Mr. Martin studied philosophy, history and law at the University of Toronto. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1966.
Roger Martin has served as Dean of the Rotman School of Management since 1998. Previously, he spent 13 years as a director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He writes extensively on business design and is a regular columnist for the BusinessWeek.com Innovation and Design Channel. He is also a regular contributor to: Washington Post’s On Leadership blog: the Financial Times’ Judgment Call column: and Harvard Business Review’s The Conversation blog. Roger has written nine Harvard Business Review articles and published three books: The Design of Business (2009), The Opposable Mind (2007) and The Responsibility Virus (2002). In 2010, Business Week named Roger one of the 27 most influential designers in the world. In 2009, The Times (of London) and Forbes.com named him one of the 50 top management thinkers in the world. Business Week named him a “B-School All-Star” in 2007 and one of seven “Innovation Gurus” in 2005. In 2004, he won the Marshall McLuhan Visionary Leadership Award. Roger serves on the Boards of Thomson Reuters Corporation, Research in Motion, The Skoll Foundation, the Canadian Credit Management Foundation, and Tennis Canada. He is a trustee of the Hospital for Sick Children and chair of the Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress. A Canadian, he received his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981.
Angela Redish is Professor of Economics at the University of British Columbia, where she has taught for 25 years. She has written extensively on the history of monetary and banking systems in Europe and North America, addressing such questions as the origins of the gold standard and the relative stability of the US and Canadian banking systems. She is author of a monograph “Bimetallism: An economic and Historical analysis” (2000) and co-author of Money, Banking and Financial Markets. Dr. Redish served as Special Advisor to the Bank of Canada in 2000/1, has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and is a current member of the Monetary Policy Council of the C.D. Howe Institute. She has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic History, the Executive Council of the Canadian Economics Association, and as a Trustee of the Economic History Association. After joining the UBC in 1982, she was head of the Department of Economics from 2001 to 2006 and senior advisor to the President of UBC from 2006 to 2008. Dr. Redish received her BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and her MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Jeff Rubin has been the top-ranked economist in Canadian financial markets for more than a decade. Rubin recently stepped down as Chief Economist at CIBC World Markets to devote his time exclusively to speaking and writing on economic issues. He is the author of the path-breaking book, Why Your World Is About To Get A Whole Lot Smaller, as well as The Globe and Mail column, “Ahead of the Curve.” Rubin has made numerous television appearances on ABC, CBS, CNN and CNBC. His opinions and insights have appeared on the front page of The New York Times, as well as The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Financial Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek and The Economist. On the podium, Jeff Rubin is a provocative speaker who brings unparalleled experience, insight and candour to his presentations.
Doug Saunders is European Bureau Chief for The Globe and Mail, the paper's international-affairs columnist and author of the book Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and educated at Toronto's York University. After early success in magazines and journalistic research, he first worked for The Globe and Mail as an editorial and feature writer. In 1996, he joined the weekend section and in 1999, he became the paper's Los Angeles bureau reporter, covering social and political stories in the American west and the broader developments in U.S. society. In 2002, he returned to Toronto, where he took a position as a roving international-affairs writer and launched a long-format column in the Focus section that examined developments in intellectual and political ideas. He became the paper's European Bureau Chief in 2004, covering 35 European countries and also reporting from the Indian Subcontinent, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Libya and Russia. Mr. Saunders has won the National Newspaper Award on four occasions, including three consecutive awards for critical writing in 1998–2000 and one honouring his column “Reckoning” as Canada’s best column in 2006. He has also won the Stanley McDowell Prize for writing.
Neil K. Shenai is a PhD candidate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies studying the political economy of financial crises under Dr. Charles Doran. His research interests include innovation policy, the comparative political economy of welfare states in advanced industrial states, and the most recent global financial crisis. Prior to beginning his doctorate, Neil worked as a fixed income trader at Citigroup Global Markets. He has appeared on BBC World Radio, covering issues in the global economy. He also blogs about finance, business, economics, and the global macro-economy for The Huffington Post.
Independent documentary filmmaker, winner of the 2006 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, former Thinker in Residence for the Premier of South Australia
With a career spanning 30 years and involvement in more than 100 films, Peter Wintonick is a producer, director, writer, consultant and editor of film, video, multi-media and “now” media. Wintonick's company is a multi-faceted media production centre based in Montreal which develops and produces feature length documentary cinema, television and “next” media on social, cultural and political issues. Broadcast internationally and in many languages, the films have appeared at hundreds of the world's film festivals and won dozens of awards. Winner of the 2007 Premier's Prize and the 2006 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, he was co-founder of DocAgora on new forms, new platforms and new ways of funding creative docmedia. In 2005, he was named “Thinker in Residence” to the Premier of South Australia, He writes on film for (inter)national cinema magazines, newspapers and websites and is international editor of Canada's national film magazine, POV. His recent works include: editorial advisor on the Lixing Fan's Last Train Home, executive producer with AMP Films Sweden of Noko: The North Korean Blue Jeans Story; executive producer of Sylvie Van Brabant's feature doc Earthkeepers; consulting director of Loaded Pictures’ H2Oil. Be Like Others Transsexuals in Tehran (2008) as co-producer, directed by Tanaz Eshaghian, winner of three awards Berlin Film Festival 2008; and Second Sight (2008), as executive producer, directed by Alison McAlpine. He co-directed and co-produced the award winning Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media with Mark Achbar.
Armine is a senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. She joined the Centre in 2008 to advance the work of the Growing Gap project. A long-time research associate, she has participated in the Alternative Federal Budget since its launch in 1994. She has tracked trends in labour markets, income distribution, government budgets and access to services (particularly training and health care) for over twenty years. Armine was honoured as the first Atkinson Foundation Economic Justice Fellow (2002) and received the Morley Gunderson Prize (2003) from the University of Toronto, where she obtained her MA in Industrial Relations. She serves on the boards of the Canadian Institutes on Health Research Institute of Population and Public Health, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, and the Canadian Association for Business Economics.
2016 Summer Conference
The Canada Project
Identity, Citizenship, and Nationhood in a Changing World
August 5-7, 2016
The YMCA Geneva Park Conference Centre, Orillia, ON