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79th Annual Summer Conference, August 5–8, 2010

Speaker Biographies

Co-founder and Executive Director, TakingITGlobal


Jennifer has a BA (Liberal Studies) with a focus on business, communications, technology and culture, and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University. 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, Jennifer was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and, in 2007, as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network. 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. Jennifer has been a youth engagement strategy consultant for a range of organizations including Microsoft, TD Bank, VanCity Credit Union, Ontario Science Centre and the Canadian Government.

Minister of Finance


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. He is a Governor of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. As Minister of Finance he is an ex-officio member of all Cabinet Committees.

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.

Previously, for more than 10 years, he served 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 graduated from Princeton University cum laude and then graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Bar in Ontario with honours and practiced law for more than 20 years before being elected to public office.

He is married to Christine Elliott, who serves as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Whitby–Ajax. They live in Whitby with their 19-year-old triplet sons.

Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary and former Senior Communications Advisor, Conservative Party of Canada


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.

Dr. Flanagan is best known as a scholar for his books on Louis Riel, the North-West Rebellion, and aboriginal land claims. 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 published in the year 2000. He has also published extensively on Canadian politics, elections, political parties, and game theory as a tool for understanding political life.

His experience working for Preston Manning and the Reform Party is described in his book Waiting for the Wave: The Reform Party and Preston Manning, published in 1995 (2nd ed., 2009).

He managed Stephen Harper’s campaigns for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance (2002) and of the Conservative Party of Canada (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 (2nd ed., 2009).

Dr. Flanagan’s most recent book explains how Canada’s First Nations can enjoy the institution of private property on their land reserves. Entitled Beyond the Indian Act: Restoring Aboriginal Property Rights, it is co-authored with Chris Alcantara and André Le Dressay, with a foreword by Manny Jules.

President and CEO, Conference Board of Canada


Anne Golden, Ph.D., C.M., has been President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada since October 2001. Previous to that, Dr. Golden served as President of The United Way of Greater Toronto for 14 years. She has gained national recognition for her role in the public policy arena through chairing two influential task forces: one in 1996 for the provincial government on the future of the Toronto area, and another in 1998 for the City of Toronto and the federal government on homelessness. Anne is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Region Research Alliance. 

Author of numerous publications on public policy issues, Dr. Golden has held research positions including Director of Policy Research for the Ontario Liberal Party (1981–82), Special Advisor to the Provincial Leader of the Opposition (1978–81) and Research Coordinator for the Bureau of Municipal Research (1973–78).

In 2003, Dr. Golden’s commitment to social justice was recognized in her appointment by the Governor General as a Member of the Order of Canada. She has 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), as well as an honorary diploma from Loyalist College (2005). 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 in 2002, the National Post’s annual ranking of Canada's brightest and best women executives named Dr. Golden among the elite of Canada's businesswomen. In August 2000, she was named one of the “City of Toronto’s Top 10 Power Brokers” by the National Post; and in 1993 she was chosen by Toronto Life magazine as one of the “Eight Best People in Metropolitan Toronto.” 

Professor of Philosophy, University of Toronto and author of Filthy Lucre


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)).


Former Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet


In September 2009, Dr. Alex Himelfarb was appointed as Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, at York University. He guides the expansion of the School’s research capacity and its professional development programming and seeks to strengthen the interface between the School and the public sector.

Dr. Himelfarb also leads the Centre for Global Challenges which, stressing the interplay of domestic and global issues, brings together decision makers, researchers, practitioners, and students to explore challenges confronting Canada in a changing world.

Dr. Himelfarb was a Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick from 1972 to 1981. During this period, he undertook an Executive Interchange with the Department of Justice as Head of the Unified Family Court Project from 1979 to 1981.

In 1981, he joined the Public Service with the Department of the Solicitor General of Canada. He has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility since that time, including Director General, Planning and Systems Group, Planning and Management Branch with the Department of the Solicitor General of Canada; Executive Director of the National Parole Board; Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Social Policy Development with the Privy Council Office; and Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board. While serving as Associate Secretary of the Treasury Board, he also headed the federal Task Force on the Social Union. In June 1999, Dr. Himelfarb became Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage.

He then 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 with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Albania and the Republic of San Marino, and as High Commissioner for Canada to the Republic of Malta.

Alex Himelfarb is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he obtained a Ph.D. in Sociology.

CIGI Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs


Thomas Homer-Dixon holds the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada, and is a Professor in the Centre for Environment and Business in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo.

He was born in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1956 and grew up in a rural area outside the city. In 1980 he received his BA in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa. After completing his PhD in Political Science in 1989 at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts – where he studied international relations, defense and arms control policy, cognitive science, and conflict theory – he moved to the University of Toronto and, in the subsequent eight years, led several international research projects examining the links between environmental stress and violence in developing countries.

Recently, his research has focused on threats to global security in the 21st century and on how societies adapt to complex economic, ecological, and technological change. His work is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on political science, economics, environmental studies, geography, cognitive science, social psychology, and complex systems theory.

Dr. Homer-Dixon teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on environmental security; causes of war, revolution, and ethnic conflict; international relations; and complexity theory. In 1999 he received the University of Toronto’s Northrop Frye Teaching Award for integrating teaching and research.

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 (Knopf, Island Press, 2006); The Ingenuity Gap (Knopf, Jonathan Cape, 2000), which won the 2001 Governor General’s Non-fiction Award; Environment, Scarcity, and Violence (Princeton, 1999), which received the 2000 Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize from the American Political Science Association; and, coedited with Jessica Blitt, Ecoviolence: Links among Environment, Population, and Security (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998).

He has been invited to speak about his research at Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and Cornell Universities, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, MIT, West Point, Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the World Bank, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Dr. Homer-Dixon has also provided briefings to the Privy Council Office, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Department of Defence in Canada; and to the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council, the State Department, the Agency for International Development, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States.

Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer for Open Text™ Corporation of Waterloo


P. Thomas Jenkins is Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer for Open Text™ Corporation (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC) of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the largest software company in Canada. Open Text supports over 100 million digital media users in many of the world's largest companies, government agencies and professional service firms. Open Text’s software manages digital media from web sites to secure social networks helping organizations improve productivity, automate processes and manage large volumes of documents, e-mails, video, web pages and other digital media.

Recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential People” in the world of knowledge management by KMWorld for five years in a row, Mr. Jenkins has been involved with the Internet since it emerged as a major public network in the early 1990s. As CEO of Open Text Corporation, he was instrumental in the creation of one of the first internet search engines that was used by Netscape®, Yahoo!® and IBM®. In partnership with Netscape and later Microsoft, Mr. Jenkins went on to direct the development of the first Internet-based Document Management system as well the earliest versions of internet based Workflow, Portals and Social Networking software. All of these component technologies are early forerunners of current ECM technology. Mr. Jenkins co-authored all three books in the Enterprise Content Management Trilogy as well as his most recent book titled Managing Content in the Cloud.

From 1994 to 2005, Mr. Jenkins was President, then Chief Executive Officer and then from 2005 to present, Chief Strategy Officer of Open Text. Mr. Jenkins has served as a Director of Open Text since 1994 and as its Chairman since 1998.

In addition to his Open Text responsibilities, Mr. Jenkins is the Chair of the federal centre of excellence Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN). He is also an appointed member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), past appointed member of the Government of Canada’s Competition Policy Review Panel and past appointed member of the Province of Ontario’s Ontario Commercialization Network Review Committee (OCN). Mr. Jenkins is also a member of the board of BMC Software, Inc. a software corporation based in Houston, Texas. He is also a member of the University of Waterloo Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council, GRAND, the federal research centre of excellence for digital media, a director of the C.D. Howe Institute, a director of the Canadian International Council (CIC) and a director of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE).

Mr. Jenkins received an M.B.A. in entrepreneurship & technology management from Schulich School of Business at 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.

He lives with his family in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

Professor of International Relations, in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta and editor of Global Governance Journal


Dr. W. Andy Knight is Chair of the Department of Political Science and Professor of International Relations at the University of Alberta. He serves as Advisory Board Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Welfare of Children. Until recently, he was Director of the Peace and Post Conflict Studies Certificate Programme in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies (OIS).

In March 2007, Dr. Knight was appointed by the Canadian Foreign Minister to the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and serves on the Executive of that body. He co-edited the international journal, Global Governance, from 2000 to 2005, was Vice Chair of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), and 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 (CASIS), the Canadian Consortium for Peace Studies (CCPS), and the Education for Peace Academic and Research Council (EPARC).

Professor Knight has written and edited several books, book chapters and journal articles on various aspects of multilateralism, global governance and peace, and United Nations reform. His most recent books are: Global Politics: Emerging Networks, Trends and Challenges (with Tom Keating) – Oxford University Press (2010), The Ashgate Research Companion to Political Leadership (with Joseph Masciulli & Mikhail A. Molchanov) – Ashgate Publishers (2009), Adapting the United Nations to a Postmodern Era: Lessons Learned – Palgrave/Macmillan publishers (2005), Building Sustainable Peace (with Tom Keating) – United Nations University Press and the University of Alberta Press (2004), and A Changing United Nations – Palgrave Macmillan publishers (2000).

On April 24, 2010, Dr. Knight was awarded the National Harry Jerome Trailblazer Award in Toronto.

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)

Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group


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 the West, 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. She now lives in Ottawa with her husband and daughter.



The Right Honourable Paul Martin was the twenty-first Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006.

He was the Minister of Finance during the period 1993 to 2002, during which time he erased Canada’s forty-two billion dollar deficit and recorded five consecutive budget surpluses. He also strengthened the regulations governing Canada’s financial institutions, with the result that Canada is now viewed as an international model for sound financial regulation. In conjunction with his provincial counterparts, he restored the Canada Pension Plan, securing it for future generations. In September 1999, Mr. Martin was named the inaugural chair of the Finance Ministers’ G-20.

His many achievements during his tenure as Prime Minister include: the setting in place of a major forty-one billion dollar initiative to improve healthcare; the signature of a landmark agreement with the provinces and territories for a national early learning and childcare program; the creation of a new financial deal for municipalities and the redefinition of marriage to include same-sex couples. Further, he achieved a historic consensus with the provinces, territories and Canada’s aboriginal leadership on an agreement entitled the Kelowna Accord, the objective of which was to ensure the provision of equal opportunity for Canada’s aboriginal population.

Currently, Mr. Martin is the co-chair, with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, 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 that examines critical issues facing the continent. It is sponsored by the African Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank. He is also a member of the International Monetary Fund’s Western Hemisphere Regional Advisory Group.

Domestically, he is responsible for two new initiatives. First, the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative which aims at reducing the Aboriginal youth dropout rate and at increasing the number of Aboriginal students attending post-secondary institutions. Secondly, he founded with his son David, the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship Fund, which helps establish and grow successful Aboriginal businesses both on and off reserve.

Before entering politics, he had a distinguished career in the private sector as a business executive at Power Corporation of Canada in Montreal and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CSL Group Inc, which manages one of the world’s most important fleets of self-unloading vessels, offshore transshippers and handysize bulk carriers. Its acquisition by Mr. Martin in 1981 represented the largest leveraged buyout in Canada at that time.

Mr. Martin studied philosophy and history at St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the University of Toronto Law School. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1966.

He married Sheila Ann Cowan in 1965. They have three sons: Paul, Jamie and David and they are the proud grandparents of Ethan and Liam, children of David and his wife Laurence.

Dean of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto


Roger Martin has served as dean of the Rotman School of Management since September 1, 1998. Previously, he spent 13 years as a Director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he served as co-head of the firm for two years.

His research work is in Integrative Thinking, Business Design, Corporate Social Responsibility and Country Competitiveness. He writes extensively on design and is a regular columnist for the 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. He has written nine Harvard Business Review articles and published three books: The Design of Business (Harvard Business School Press, 2009), The Opposable Mind (Harvard Business School Press, 2007) and The Responsibility Virus (Basic Books, 2002). He also co-wrote (with Mihnea Moldoveanu) The Future of the MBA (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Diaminds (University of Toronto Press, 2009).

In 2010, he was named one of the 27 most influential designers in the world by Business Week. In 2009, he was named by The Times (of London) and one of the 50 top management thinkers in the world (#32). In 2007 he was named a Business Week “B-School All-Star” for being one of the 10 most influential business professors in the world. Business Week also named him one of seven “Innovation Gurus” in 2005, and in 2004, he won the Marshall McLuhan Visionary Leadership Award.

He 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 from Wallenstein, Ontario, Roger received his BA from Harvard College, with a concentration in Economics, in 1979 and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981.

Professor of Economics, UBC University of British Columbia and former Special Advisor to the Bank of Canada


Angela Redish is Professor of Economics at the University of British Columbia, where she has taught for 25 years. Dr. Redish 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. Her work on bimetallic monetary standards led to a monograph “Bimetallism: An economic and Historical analysis” (Cambridge University Press, 2000), and she is also co-author (with Steve Cecchetti) 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 currently a 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, as a member of the Executive Council of the Canadian Economics Association and is a Trustee of the Economic History Association.

Angela Redish joined the Department of Economics at UBC in 1982, and served as Head of that department from 2001-6. She served as Senior Advisor to the President of UBC from July 2006 to July 2008. 

Dr. Redish received her BA (Hons.) in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and her MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. 

Former CIBC Chief Economist and author of Why Your World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller


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 also made numerous television appearances on ABC, CBS, CNN and CNBC, and 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.

Chief, European Bureau, The Globe and Mail


Doug Saunders is the London-based European Bureau Chief for The Globe and Mail, the paper's international-affairs columnist, and the 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 writer and feature writer. In 1996, he joined the weekend section where he created a specialized writing position on media, culture, advertising and popular phenomena. In 1999, he became the paper's Los Angeles bureau reporter, covering both social and political stories in the American west and the broader developments in wider U.S. society.

In 2002, he returned to Toronto, where he took a position as a roving international-affairs writer. He launched a long-format column in the Focus section, titled “Reckoning,” aimed at examining developments in the world of intellectual and political ideas, keyed to current news developments.

He became the paper's European Bureau Chief in 2004. He has used that berth to report widely on international social and policy trends, and to engage in longer examinations of underlying economic, social and demographic phenomena. From the bureau, he has covered 35 European countries, and has spent extensive time reporting from all four countries of the Indian Subcontinent, from Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Libya and Russia.

He has won the National Newspaper Award, the Canadian counterpart to the Pulitzer Prize, on four occasions, including an unprecedented three consecutive awards for critical writing in 1998–2000, and an award honouring “Reckoning” as Canada’s best column in 2006. He has also won the Stanley McDowell Prize for writing and has been shortlisted for a National Magazine Award.

Beginning in 2007, Saunders spent three years travelling the world for his book Arrival City, which argues that the final wave of rural-to-urban migration will be the crucial motive force in world affairs during this century, and that the transitional urban spaces created by this migration – spaces he calls arrival cities – are the places where either explosive conflict or the next wave of growth will occur. He demonstrates that intelligent policy can turn these urban spaces into the birthplaces of a new middle class both in the developing world and in the West, but observes that too many governments are repeating the mistakes that led to urban conflict. In his research he visited more than 20 cities in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South America and North America.

He lives in London, England, with is wife Elizabeth Renzetti, also a journalist, and their two children aged 4 and 9.

PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies


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 and 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


A career spanning 30 years and involvement in more than 100 films. A producer, director, writer, consultant and editor of all manner of film, video, multi-media and “now” media. Winner 2007 Premier's Prize. 2006 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, Canada's highest such honour. Co-founder DocAgora on new forms, new platforms and new ways of funding creative docmedia. Co-founder Greencode for the Media Industries. 2005 “Thinker in Residence” for the Premier of South Australia, He ceaselessly aids and abets the development of young independent filmmakers. Writes on film for (inter)national cinema magazines, newspapers and websites. International editor of Canada's national film magazine, POV. Advises important film festivals – IDFA, RIDM, Sheffield. Organizes conferences, debates, holds workshops around the world including for the Discovery Campus, European Documentary Network, the Canadian Screen Training Centre (SIFT) IDFA and Indonesia's Dokumenter. Board-member DOC The Documentary Organization of Canada, Quebec's Cinematheque, DocAgora and the Green Media Institute.

Works include recently: Editorial Advisor on the current hit Lixing Fan's Last Train Home, executive producer with AMP Films Sweden of Noko: The North Korean Blue Jeans Story now shooting; in 2009 executive producer 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; Second Sight (2008), as executive producer, directed by Alison McAlpine; Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media Feature Doc and TV series Co-director, co-producer (with Mark Achbar) 25 Awards at 60+ Fests Seeing is Believing: Handicams Human Rights and the News 2002 Co-director (with Katerina Cizek) Abraham Prize at Hampton's FF; Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment Feature Documentary 2000 Director 60+ Fests, awards at Berlin, Banff ; The QuébeCanada Complex Co-director (with Patricia Tassinari) Can. Association of Journalists Award; Daniel Cross' The Street: A Film with the Homeless Feature Doc as executive-producer, editor People's Choice at Hot Docs; The Virtual Film Festival Visionary web-plex 1994–1996 Conception and co-producer (with Glen Salzman) Sundance, Toronto, Berlinale Fests

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. Necessary Illusions' films screen theatrically and educationally around the world. They are broadcast internationally, in many languages. They have appeared at hundreds of the world's film festivals winning dozens of awards. With extensive international experience Wintonick also partners independently in support of other producers eyssteelfilm, Sweden's AMP Films, Alison McAlpine Productions and Loaded Pictures.

Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives


Armine is a senior economist at the CCPA, having joined 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 20 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 CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, and the Canadian Association for Business Economics.