Conversations with Power
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Established in 1903, as a response to Canadian political unrest, the Empire Club ofCanada (ECC) quickly became a leading speakers’ forum. Beginning with speeches to address Canada’s relationships with the British Empire and the United States, the ECCcontinues to tackle issues that affect the lives of Canadians.
The club invites speakers to present various perspectives—including those that may not be popular but should be heard. Since its inception, the ECC has hosted 3500prominent Canadian and international leaders, including Prince Edward, the Prince ofWales (later Edward VIII), Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Audrey Hepburn,Margaret Mead, Christopher Plumber, Roberta Bondar, Maureen Forrester, AdrienneClarkson, Margaret Thatcher, Vladamir Putin and Bill Gates, to name but a few. Topics encompass business, politics, education, trade, labour, culture, international issues, as well as, other relevant topics that emerge.
Get up close and personal to the most relevant issues of the day and network with other like minded members.
Victor Dodig was named President and CEO of the CIBC group of companies, one of North America’s leading financial services institutions, in September 2014. During his tenure, Victor has helped usher in a new era for the bank, positioning CIBC as a relationship-oriented bank for a modern world. In 2016, he led the acquisition of The PrivateBank, establishing a strong North American platform for CIBC to serve clients and deliver future growth.
Victor brings nearly 25 years of extensive business and banking experience, having led CIBC’s Wealth Management, Asset Management, and Retail Banking businesses. He also led several businesses with UBS and Merrill Lynch in Canada and internationally, and was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.
A member of CIBC’s Board of Directors, Victor also serves on the board of the C.D. Howe Institute and Royal Ontario Museum Board of Governors. He is a vocal advocate for gender diversity in the workplace, as Chair of the 30% Club Canada, Chair of the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board, and a member of the global Catalyst Board of Directors.
Victor is the recipient of the 2017 Catalyst Canada Honours (Company Leader) Champion award. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA and was recognized as a Baker Scholar. Victor holds a Diploma from the Institut d’études politiques in Paris, and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto (St. Michael’s College) in Commerce.
Victor resides in Toronto with his wife Maureen and their four teenage children. He is an active community member, currently serving as Co-Chair of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation’s Promise Campaign.
Topic: Toronto to L.A. (and Back): The Big Business of Canadian Film & Television.
James Villeneuve was appointed Consul General of Canada, Los Angeles in February 2014. He is Canada’s senior representative in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Villeneuve worked for Anheuser Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewing company and the parent company of Labatt Breweries, for more than 27 years. He started with Labatt in Toronto in sales and marketing and was later transferred to Vancouver, where he was regional director of government affairs for Western Canada.
In 1995, Mr. Villeneuve returned to Toronto to manage Labatt’s rebranding initiative and to run the company’s corporate and sports properties. He later became director of corporate affairs and then vice-president of corporate affairs for Canada.
From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Villeneuve worked in Brussels to lead InBev’s global corporate affairs practice. After InBev purchased Anheuser Busch in 2009, Mr. Villeneuve moved to St. Louis to lead the company’s North American corporate affairs department. Mr. Villeneuve has served on many boards during his career, including the Toronto Economic Development Commission, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the 2008 Toronto Olympic Bid, the Granville Island Trust, the Association of Canadian Advertisers, Carleton University, The Canadian Club, Teach for America, the United Way and the Regional Chamber and Growth Association in St. Louis.
He received a Bachelor’s degree from Carleton University in 1985. Mr. Villeneuve is married to Kim Walker-Villeneuve and they have two children, Grace and Andrew.