Frances Cairncross

Frances Cairncross, Business and Economy Speaker, Journalist, Profile Image

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

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. Richard LeBlanc

Richard LeBlanc, Business Management and Organization Speaker, Corporate Governance, Profile Image

Professor Leblanc is a tenured, award-winning teacher and researcher, consultant, lawyer and specialist on boards of directors. He is also a former recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ award. The award recognizes individuals from across Canada based on accomplishments demonstrating vision, leadership, innovation and achievement.

Dr. David Suzuki

Dr. David Suzuki, Envrionmentalist Speaker, Business Speaker, Profile Image

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.

Denny Morrison

Denny Morrison, Adventure and Sports Speaker, Olympic Medalist, Profile Image

Denny Morrison is writing the story of a small town boy who makes good in the big city.

Growing up in Fort St. John, British Columbia, he gave the province a recognizable face and a name that everyone got to know in Vancouver at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Already an Olympic silver medalist in the Team Pursuit from the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, he came into the 2010 Olympics looking to move up the podium in two individual races – the 1500m and the 1000m – and the Team Pursuit.

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.

Charles Hamelin

Charles Hamelin, Sports Speaker, 2010 Olympic Speed Skating Champion

“These will be my Games.”

After trading world titles in short track’s glamour event with Dancing with the Stars winner Apolo Anton Ohno, Charles came into Vancouver looking to win an even bigger prize – an Olympic gold medal on home ice against his wildly popular American rival.

Chantal Vallee

Chantal Vallée, sports speaker, head coach Windsor Lancers Women's Basketball, Profile Image

Chantal Vallée is the Head Coach of the University of two-time Canadian University Champion Windsor Lancers Women’s Basketball.

She has been selected “Coach of the Year” 9 times in the last four years with a winning percentage of 90%.

Chantal was hired by the University of Windsor in 2005 even though she had never before coached a university team. At the time, they were ranked second-last in Canada; in the 2 years prior to Chantal’s arrival, the team had won only 8 of their 60+ games and were known as the “doormat of women’s basketball.”

Chantal Hebert

Chantal Hebert, French / Bilingual Speaker, Political Raconteur and Columnist, Profile Image

Chantal Hébert is a regular participant in television and radio current affairs shows in French and in English. Prior to taking her position, Hébert worked as the Montreal correspondent for the Toronto Star from February 1999 to September of the same year. She started her career in 1975 in Toronto working for Radio-Canada television news.