Past Speakers

Understanding Canada’s Coming Cannabis Regime by Looking South to US

June 12, 2018

Topic: Understanding Canada's Coming Cannabis Regime by Looking South to US

Join us on June 12th for an intriguing event that will shine a spotlight on what recreational marijuana legalization will look like in Canada later this summer. To get a look into the future, we will bring up from the United States leading figures who can speak
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The Hon. Sandy Silver, Premier of Yukon

May 30, 2018

Topic:  21st Century Yukon: Reconciliation and a Modern Economy 

Progressing the territory through strengthening government-to-government relationships with First Nations and attracting world-class resource investment has made the Yukon’s economy one of the fastest growing in Canada. Premier Sandy Silver will unveil the great potential this new Yukon means to a breadth of sectors.

Biography: Sandy Silver was first elected to
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The Future of Housing in the GTA: Challenges and Opportunities

May 24, 2018

Topic: The Future of Housing in the GTA: Challenges and Opportunities

Join us for this signature evening panel discussion that will provide attendees with the insider perspective on what the GTA’s housing of tomorrow will look like, and how affordable it will be. Panelists will discuss many of the most important topics in today’s housing industry including the
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University Presidents’ Panel – The Future of Education

April 12, 2018

Topic: University Presidents’ Panel – The Future of Education

The Empire Club is pleased to present our University Presidents’ Panel featuring: Dr. Meric Gertler, President of The University of Toronto;  Dr. Rhonda Lenton, President and Vice Chancellor, York University and Dr. Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Queen’s University in conversation with Sheldon Levy, CEO NEXT Canada.

Canada was
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Kelly Craft, U.S. Ambassador to Canada

April 3, 2018

Topic: Building on the World’s Best Friendship…Future Directions for the Canada/US Alliance.

Biography: Ambassador Kelly Craft is a leader, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who has made community service and improving education the cornerstone of her career.

A third generation Kentuckian, Ambassador Craft demonstrates a deep commitment to her home state by serving in several leadership roles with the Salvation Army of Lexington
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Josh Blair, Executive Vice President, TELUS Health & Chief Corporate Officer, TELUS

March 9, 2018

Topic: Creating Healthier Communities in the Digital Age

Join Josh Blair as he discusses how technology, collaboration and innovation are critical in transforming healthcare and enabling better health outcomes in Canada.


Josh oversees TELUS Health and Payment Solutions, a Canadian leader in electronic medical and health records, consumer health services, and benefits and pharmacy management solutions. In addition, Josh
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Women Who Lead Panel

March 7, 2018

Topic: Women Who Lead Panel 

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, the Empire Club of Canada is pleased to present our Women Who Lead panel discussion featuring Teresa Resch – VP of Operations and Player Development,  Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE); Caroline Riseboro – Chief Executive Officer, Plan International; Phillip Grosch – Partner and National Leader
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Vern Brownell, CEO, D-Wave Systems Inc. & James Olson, Dean, Applied Science, UBC

March 6, 2018

Topic: Forging Partnerships to Shape the Future. Come Learn how Quantum Computers are Transforming the Future and the Future of Engineering.

Vern Brownell’s Biography:

Vern Brownell joined D-Wave as CEO in 2009, leading the company through its transition from research into the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems and software. During his tenure D-Wave secured its
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Minister Chris Ballard – Major Climate Change Action Plan Announcement

March 6, 2018

Topic: Confronting the Challenge and Opportunities of Climate Change During a Period of Accelerating Change


Chris Ballard was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Newmarket—Aurora.

Ballard currently serves as Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. He was previously Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy. Prior to that,
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