The Big Picture 2011: The Spirit of the Summer Conference. Downtown

The Big Picture

One night. Twelve outstanding Canadians. Twelve timely issues. 

John ManleyThe Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs and The Honourable John Manley, P.C., O.C. present The Big Picture.

The Big Picture, the Couchiching Institute’s annual November dinner, brings the spirit of the storied summer conference downtown. No keynote; no prepared notes for a passive audience. The Big Picture puts the emphasis on interaction: small, intense discussions over dinner. At tables limited to eight [to ensure it’s a real conversation], each led by a prominent individual known for posing tough questions or provoking change, the event offers a rare opportunity to engage in lively, wide-ranging discussions on issues that matter. From “Depoliticizing Climate Change” to “Canada’s Failing Justice System,” each table is its own conversation.

The event attracts a cross section of the kinds of people Couchiching excels at convening – business leaders, politicians, public servants, artists, entrepreneurs, academics – who are thoughtful, knowledgeable and passionate about issues.

Table Hosts & Conversations

Tony Burman

1. Tony Burman

Ryerson School of Journalism, formerly Al Jazeera and CBC News

How Can the Media Create Powerful Socio-Economic Change?


Edward Burtynsky

2. Edward Burtynsky, O.C.

Internationally acclaimed art photographer

Depoliticizing Climate Change


Martha Hall Findlay

3. Martha Hall Findlay

Former MP and Official Opposition Critic for International Trade

How Can the Media Create Powerful Socio-Economic Change?

roger Garland

 4. Roger Garland

Chair, Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Game Organizing Committee

More Than A Game – Sport as Powerful Socio-Economic Force


Anne Golden

5. Anne Golden

President and CEO, The Conference Board of Canada

The Future of Canada’s Cities


Shirlee Sharkey

6. Shirlee M. Sharkey

President and CEO, Saint Elizabeth

Transforming Health Care Today for Tomorrow: Innovative Solution


Craig Skjerpen

7. Commander Craig Skjerpen

Former Commanding Officer, HMCS Charlottetown, Royal Canadian Navy

The Battle of Misratah – HMCS Charlottetown and Operation Mobile


Benjamin Tal

8. Benjamin Tal

Managing Director and Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets Inc.

The Post-Great Recession Economy and the Emergence of the New Mix


Tasha Kheriddin

9. Tasha Kheiriddin

Co-Host, National Affairs, CTV News Channel

Political Polarity in Canada: One-Hit Wonder or Enduring Reality?


Clayton C. Ruby

10. Clayton C. Ruby, C.M., B.A., LL.B., LL.M., LL.D. [honoris causa]

Partner, Ruby Shiller Chan Barristers

Canada’s Failing Justice System


Bernard Lord

11. Bernard Lord, O.N.B.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association; former Premier of New Brunswick

Maritime Union


Michael Clemons

12. Michael “Pinball” Clemons

Vice Chair, Toronto Argonauts;Founder, Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation

Tackling Social Responsibility – If You Were the Coach Which Play Would You Call?

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