The Honourable Rod Phillips was sworn in as Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks on June 29, 2018. Minister Phillips, MPP for Ajax, assumes his current role following a successful business career.
Most recently, he was Chair of Afiniti Canada, a global artificial intelligence company, and Postmedia, Canada’s largest news media company. The minister is a former President and CEO of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, and of Shepell.fgi, a Canadian-based international employee health company. As well, he was volunteer chair of CivicAction, which brings together business, labour and community leaders to address challenges facing the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
The minister has also served as chief of staff in the offices of then-Minister of Labour Elizabeth Witmer and former Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman. Born in Newmarket, the minister has an Honours BA in political science and english from the University of Western Ontario, and an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Topic: The Challenge of Our Generation: Building a Modern, Sustainable Ontario Government
Restoring trust and accountability in the province’s finances is at the core of the mandate of Premier Doug Ford’s provincial government. As part of that goal, Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, President of the Treasury Board, recently announced the results of EY Canada’s line-by-line review of government spending.
Managing Transformation A Modernization Action Plan for Ontario examined government spending and brought forward new ideas to do government differently. The work will support the broader expenditure management exercise underway, and will support finding innovative ways of administering government services while ensuring that funding is directed to those who need it most.
As we approach the Fall Economic Statement, Minister Bethlenfalvy will be sharing his vision for building a modern, sustainable, government in the digital age.
On June 29th, 2018, the Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy was appointed President of the Treasury Board Secretariat by Premier Doug Ford, leading the government’s efforts on openness and modernization.
Peter draws upon over 25 years of senior leadership experience in capital markets, risk management and investments. He has held senior roles at CST Consultants, Manulife, DBRS, and TD Securities.
Peter is passionate about giving back to his community through organizations that support mental illness, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and Veterans and their families.
Peter holds Bachelors of Science and Masters of Business Administration degrees from McGill University.
Topic: P3s, The Economy and The New Face of Labour
Born in Hamilton on September 11 1957 to Italian Immigrants Enrico and Victoria, Joseph Mancinelli hit the ground running. His father dedicated his life’s work to building better communities for marginalized populations within Ontario and throughout Canada. From an early age, Joseph was able to appreciate the value and importance of opportunity. With a heightened awareness for equality, Joseph became motivated by the notion that opportunities are not evenly distributed and therefore not always accessible to all social streams. He and his wife Enza have been married for thirty years and have five children and two grandchildren.
Joseph S. Mancinelli serves as the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) International Vice President and Regional Manager of Central and Eastern Canada a diverse and multi-faceted union with over 120 000 members in Canada. Joseph is also the Chair of the Labourers’ Pension Fund of Central and Eastern Canada (LPFCEC); President of the LiUNA Ontario District Council, Chair of the Labourers’ Central and Eastern Canada Organizing Fund (CECOF) and is a Trustee on the LiUNA Health and Safety, Training and LECET Board.
Throughout Joseph’s career and multitude of philanthropic initiatives, it is evident that he has always demonstrated innovation and creativity while delivering lasting results. He believes that education is a human right and a catalyst for change. Under his leadership, vision and persistence as President of his home local, LiUNA Local 837 in Hamilton, Joseph remains a driving force behind many redevelopment initiatives including the restoration of the former CN Rail Station now known as LiUNA Station, and the development of LiUNA’s Long-term care facilities Queens Garden and Regina Gardens. Under Joseph’s leadership, LiUNA has restored and redeveloped an Ontario landmark, the Lister Block, a building in Hamilton whose cultural significance has resulted in it being named a provincial historical site and continues to seek opportunity to build better communities from the ground up. A member since 1978, Joseph continues to oversee many of its related entities including its Health & Welfare Plan, its Training Trust Fund and its affordable housing division.
Joseph is a thought leader and an advocate of community building and is a champion of benevolent causes having served on numerous committees including the Wynne Government’s Transit Advisory Panel; The Toronto Region Board of Trade Infrastructure Committee, he was a founding director of the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation and also founding Chair of the Bay Area Health Trust. He was also founding Chair of TradePort International, the administrative arm of the Hamilton International Airport. He sits on the Mohawk College President’s Advisory Campaign Council. He is an ardent supporter of the arts, is passionate about the restoration of historical sites and a community champion for philanthropic achievements. Under Joseph’s leadership LiUNA raises approximately 5 Million Dollars a year over for various initiatives including programs for children with special needs, terminal illnesses and disabilities.
His many awards and recognitions include being inducted into the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction, receiving the Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Club, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and the David Crombie Award by the Canadian Urban Institute, the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association’s Award for Business Excellence and was honoured with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from McMaster University, and a recognition for his Philanthropic initiatives across Canada.
Topic: The Business of Blockchain
Please note: All attendees will receive a copy of the latest version of Don and Alex Tapscott’s critically acclaimed non-fiction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World,
Ana Badour co-leads McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s Fintech Group. She is a partner in their Financial Services Group, a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and a Certified Bitcoin Professional. She advises financial services entities, including financial institutions and Fintech entities, on regulatory compliance matters. She holds a LLM in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University, a LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a BMath (Operations Research) from the University of Waterloo.
Fatema Pirone joined CIBC one of 5 largest banks in Canada in 2003; she is currently Senior Director Enterprise Innovation. In this role Fatema provides leadership in 3 key areas of driving Innovation awareness and education, quick test and learn for ideas, and champion complex innovation initiatives.
Last 15 year of contributions in banking spans over variety of areas from Frontline Operations, Cards Technology, Product Management, New Business Development and Innovation. She has provided leadership in delivery and launch of numerous high scale projects and continue to pave the way to make CIBC the bank of the future.
Fatema holds an eMBA from Kellogg School of Management and Schulich along with a Honour Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University.
Matthew Spoke is the founder of Aion, a world-leading blockchain protocol designed to solve the most prevalent challenges limiting blockchains mainstream adoption: scalability, interoperability and governance. Matt serves as CEO of the Aion Foundation. Prior to his current role, Matt founded Deloitte’s first blockchain team, Rubix.
Matt is an active and founding board member of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance and a founding director of the Blockchain Technology Coalition of Canada.
Since the earliest days of blockchain, Matt has been a leading advocate for the potential social benefits of decentralized technologies and is working actively to establish fair and responsible rules and principles for the future governance of this important new industry. Matt believes blockchain is a revolutionary technology that has the potential to solve some of the world’s greatest online challenges.
Alex Tapscott is a globally-recognized writer, speaker, investor and advisor focused on the impact of emerging technologies, such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, on business, society and government. He is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed non-fiction best-seller, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies is Changing the World, which has been translated into more than 15 languages.
In 2017, Alex co-founded (with Don Tapscott) the Blockchain Research Institute, a multi-million-dollar think-tank that is investigating blockchain strategies, opportunities and use-cases. In November of 2017, Alex and Don Tapscott were recognized with the Digital Thinking Award from Thinkers50, as part of their Distinguished Achievement Awards
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Sven Dickensen – Professor and past Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto; Vice President, Chief Scientist, and Head of the Samsung Toronto AI Research Center
Sven Dickinson received the B.A.Sc. degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, in 1983, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, in 1988 and 1991, respectively.
He is Professor and past Chair of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, and is also Vice President, Chief Scientist, and Head of the new Samsung Toronto AI Research Center, which opened in May, 2018. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at Rutgers University where he held a joint appointment between the Department of Computer Science and the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS).
His research interests revolve around the problem of shape perception in computer vision and, more recently, human vision. He has received the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the Government of Ontario Premiere’s Research Excellence Award (PREA), and the Lifetime Research Achievement Award from the Canadian Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Society (CIPPRS).
He currently serves on eight editorial boards, including the role of Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, and the role of co-editor of the Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Lectures on Computer Vision. He is a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR).
Topic: Making Money in the Global Markets in 2019
Gianni Kovacevic is an investor, author and strategist who has enlightened audiences around the world with his unique brand of storytelling. Drawing from over 20,000 hours of research, he is frequently interviewed by the media and is known for the colourful way he decodes complicated modern themes.
His recently published book, My Electrician Drives a Porsche?, was introduced to audiences by way of a one-of-a-kind journey across America in an all-electric Tesla, now credited as the world’s first zero emission book tour.
Gianni is a graduate of electrical studies from The British Columbia Institute of Technology, and he is a sought-after expert in the analysis of the global energy matrix and in the study of how technology will impact commodities and emerging markets. Fluent in English, German, Italian, and Croatian, he makes his home in Vancouver.
Pierre Ouimet is Executive Director Senior Investment Strategist Canadian Equities, UBS Bank (Canada) Pierre is the investment strategist for both UBS Bank (Canada)’s Wealth Management and Global Asset Management groups on our Canadian equity strategies and Asset Allocation. As Chair of the Canadian Asset Mix Committee, Pierre had responsibility for top-down macro inputs to our investment management process.
Pierre was Head of UBS Bank’s Canadian Equities and was responsible for research and portfolio construction activity in the Canadian market. In this role he was the lead portfolio manager for large-cap portfolios. Pierre holds a BAA from the University of Montreal and a MBA with a specialty in finance from McGill University.
David Rosenberg is Chief Economist & Strategist, Gluskin Sheff & Associates, with a focus on providing a top-down perspective to the Firm’s investment process and Asset Mix Committee. Mr. Rosenberg received both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Gluskin Sheff in the spring of 2009, Mr. Rosenberg was Chief North American Economist at Merrill Lynch in New York for seven years, during which he was consistently ranked in the Institutional Investor All-Star analyst rankings. Prior thereto, he was Chief Economist and Strategist for Merrill Lynch Canada, based out of Toronto.
Mr. Rosenberg is also the author of Breakfast with Dave, a daily distillation of his economic and financial market insights.