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.
Journalist Frances Cairncross is one of the UK’s most respected economic commentators. Formerly Management Editor of the Economist, she has held senior positions at The Times, The Banker, The Observer and The Guardian and presents BBC Radio 4’s Analysis programme. Her broad-based knowledge of economics encompasses environmental change, the internet and mass communications.
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.
David has received consistently high acclaim for his thirty years of award-winning work in broadcasting, explaining the complexities of science in a compelling, easily understood way. He is well known to millions as the host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s popular science television series, The Nature of Things.
Ben Saunders is a record-breaking long-distance skier with four North Pole expeditions under his belt. He is the youngest person to ski solo to the North Pole and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton. Since 2001, Saunders has skied more than 2,500km (1,500 miles) in the high Arctic and is currently preparing for three groundbreaking expeditions between 2009 and 2012.
Barbara Crowhurst is a retail specialist, business coach, writer, international speaker and trainer. Her comprehensive and detailed approach to retail comes from years of working in the industry. Her career has taken her from working with some of the largest corporate retail stores in North America to consulting with thousands of owner-operators. Barbara’s comprehensive Retail Makeovers and Retail Store Design have become the retail industry’s sensation.
Andrew Bowerbank is a respected authority on channel-to-market strategies for new technologies, systems and processes. Through his current work with The Innovation Fund, Mr. Bowerbank acts as Special Advisor to industry leaders developing new and innovative solutions for the global marketplace and supports trade and investment opportunities across North America, Europe and Asia. He is also a Council member at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and a member of the BRE Global Standing Panel of Experts (UK).
Andrew Winston strategizes with leading companies on using environmental thinking to drive growth. He has consulted with start-ups and Fortune 500 companies such as Bank of America, Reuters, Cisco, HP and IKEA. He is co-author of the bestseller Green to Gold, which highlights what works – and what doesn’t – when companies go “green,” and Green Recovery: Get Lean, Get Smart and Emerge from the Downturn on Top. He also served as marketing and development director for TIME magazine, director of business development for MTV and VH1, and VP of marketing and business development for the online arm of a national retailer.
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