Jim Harris

Jim Harris, Disruptive Innovation Keynote Speaker, Profile Image

Jim Harris is a one of North America’s foremost management consultants, authors and thinkers on disruptive innovation, leadership, innovation, organizational change, future trends and mitigating risk. Association magazine ranked him as one of the nation’s top ten speakers and consultants. He works internationally conducting strategic planning sessions with executive teams.

Jeffrey Simpson

Jeffrey Simpson, Current Events Speaker, Globe & Mail Columnist, Profile Image

Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist, has won all three of Canada’s leading literary prizes — the Governor-General’s award for non-fiction book writing, the National Magazine Award for political writing, and the National Newspaper Award for column writing (twice). He has also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism. In January, 2000, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Jeff Rubin

Jeff Rubin, Business and Economy Speaker, Economist and Energy Expert, Profile Image

Jeff Rubin is the former chief economist for CIBC World Markets and widely recognized for accurately predicted soaring oil prices back in 2000. After almost 20 years with CIBC, he wrote his first book and is now one of the world’s most sought-after energy experts.

General Rick Hillier

Rick Hillier, Current Events and Political Speaker, Military, Canadian Forces, Profile Image

Since becoming Canada’s top soldier in February 2005, General Rick Hillier (Retired) fought two battles, each with his trademark passion and urgency. The first was on the ground in Afghanistan, as Canada’s traditional peacekeeping role segued dramatically into a heavy combat mission in the scorching hills of Kandahar. The second battle was for the hearts and minds of Canadians. The most outspoken Canadian military leader in a generation, he left a renewed military, equipped with new aircraft, vehicles and other equipment as well as real-life battle experience that has earned the notice of the world. As a tireless military advocate, he raised the profile of Canada’s military, which endeared him to his troops and gave Canada an important card to play at the NATO table.

Duncan McCue

Duncan McCue, Current Events and Political Speaker, CBC News, Profile Image

Duncan McCue has been a reporter for CBC News in Vancouver for 12 years. His award-winning news and current affairs pieces are featured on CBC’s flagship news show, CBC News The National.

McCue’s recent honours include a network RTNDA Award for Best Long Feature, and his second regional RTNDA Diversity Award for his coverage of aboriginal issues.

Dr. Sima Samar

Sima Samar, Current Events and Political Speaker, Afghanistan, Profile Image

Dr. Sima Samar is probably one of the most selfless leaders on the world stage today. Dr. Samar fled Afghanistan in 1984 after her husband was arrested and killed during the Soviet invasion. Since then she has been fighting for the rights of women and children suffering under Soviet repression and subsequent Taliban rule. In 2003, Dr. Samar was appointed chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. In 2002, she received Canada’s prestigious John Humphrey Freedom Award and in 2004 the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

Dr. Michael Walker

Dr. Michael Walker, Business and Economy Speaker, Economist, Journalist, Profile Image

Dr. Michael Walker is a Senior Fellow at The Fraser Institute and President of the Fraser Institute Foundation.

From its inception in 1974, until September 2005, Dr. Walker directed the activities of the Fraser Institute. Before which he taught at the University of Western Ontario and Carleton University and was employed at the Bank of Canada and the Federal Department of Finance. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Western Ontario and his B.A. at St. Francis Xavier University.

Don Drummond

Don Drummond, Business and Economy Speaker, Policy Issues Expert, Profile Image

After a brilliant career as a senior federal finance official and bank chief economist, in which he has been a force in shaping and interpreting the modern Canadian economy, Don Drummond, the former senior federal civil servant and Chief Economist at the TD Bank, is now the Matthews Fellow and Visiting Scholar in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University.

Dianne Buckner

Dianne Buckner, Entertainment Speaker, Dragons' Den, Profile Image

Do you have what it takes to be successful in today’s competitive marketplace? Who better to advise eager entrepreneurs than Dianne Buckner, the host of CBC TV’s wildly popular Dragons’ Den. She takes audiences through the “entrepreneur’s journey,” from identifying niche markets to the art of the pitch to taking advantage of business trends—while sharing entertaining backstage peeks into life in “The Den.”

David Dodge

David Dodge, Business and Economy Speaker, Profile Image

David Dodge is currently the chancellor of Queen’s University, and a former economics instructor at Queen’s University, John Hopkins University, the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.

He is a member of the Board of Directors for Canadian Utilities Limited, the C.D. Howe Institute, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.