Topic: The Changing Nature of Political Communications
Sarada Peri is a speechwriter and communications strategist who has helped top leaders and thinkers – from Fortune 50 CEOs to the President of the United States – inspire and persuade audiences.
She was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Speechwriter for President Barack Obama. Prior to joining the White House, she was a Principal at West Wing Writers, where she worked with corporate, political and non-profit clients on speechwriting, speech delivery, op-eds, books, and message strategy. She was also a member of the 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Convention speechwriting teams.
A recovering policy wonk, Sarada worked on Capitol Hill as lead education and health care policy advisor to former Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA). She started her career as a high school English teacher in New Orleans through Teach for America.
Sarada graduated from Tufts University and holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School. She is currently a Visiting Global Fellow at the Ryerson Leadership Lab.
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Don Guy has been described as a “legendary political strategist”, a “brilliant strategist” and a “policy wizard” who has a unique understanding of the nexus between communication and policy. He is pleased to return home to Pollara as owner and Chief Strategist.
He is a founding partner of KTG Public Affairs and a member of global research and strategy firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and has provided the research and strategies that have fuelled some of the most successful public affairs campaigns in Canada.
Don is treasurer of the InterAction Council of Former Heads of State and Government, an international NGO think tank. Don’s graduate academic training was at the University of Toronto, where he took his MA and doctoral studies in political and democratic behaviour.
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Topic: Leading Change in Global Soccer: Concacaf journey of reform, growth and the FIFA World Cup 2026, a watershed for the region.
Victor Montagliani – FIFA Vice President and Concacaf President
With a lifelong commitment to football, as a player and administrator Victor Montagliani’s passion for the game has led him to become a leader within the sport. Montagliani serves as Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President since May 2016. He also chairs the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee.
Through his ONE Concacaf Vision, Montagliani continues strengthening the foundations of the Confederation, while focusing on developing a professional and solid structure for its 41 Member Associations. With football at its core, the ONE Concacaf Vision consists of four pillars to further growth the game, including: Good governance, successful strategic planning for competitions and commercial partnership, investment in football development and infrastructure, and solid leadership.
Montagliani served as President of the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) until May 6, 2017. Through his leadership at the CSA, he brought efficiency and a corporate style to the Association.
Montagliani is a partner in a nationwide insurance brokerage firm, which he has grown since its inception in 2010 to over 250 employees, working alongside his two business partners.
In addition to his vast knowledge and experience within the game, Montagliani has concluded studies in Political Science, Public Administration, French and Spanish.
Some of his major accolades within the game include:
• Global Mentor, Young Leaders Mentorship Program, Sport at the Service of Humanity, global movement inspired by His Holiness Pope Francis (2018)
• Chair of FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee (2017)
• Member of the United Bid Committee, 2026 FIFA World Cup (2017)
• Chairman of the Board of Directors of FIFA Ticketing AG
• FIFA Reform Committee (2016)
• Concacaf Reform Committee (2015)
• Member of the Concacaf Council (Former Executive Committee, starting April 2013)
• Former chair of the National Organizing Committee for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014™ and FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™
• Member of the Local Organizing Committee for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007
• Member of the Concacaf Gold Cup Organizing Committee
• Member of the FIFA Legal Committee
• National Futsal Team
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Kristian Jack – TSN Soccer Analyst Kristian Jack is widely considered to be one of Canada’s top young soccer broadcasters. Jack brings more than 20 years of covering the beautiful game to TSN covering the Montreal Impact, Toronto FC, and Vancouver Whitecaps, as well as the top stories from around the league.
Working for TSN since 2013, he is known by soccer fans in Canada as a voice they can trust when it comes to reporting on the beautiful game domestically and internationally. Jack has been an analyst for the past five Premier League seasons, the 2014 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Brazil™, the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada™, the 2016 UEFA European Championships in France, the 2017 Gold Cup in the United States of America. Jack has also covered multiple MLS Cups and the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League final in Mexico for all of TSN’s platforms, including TSN.ca. Jack is also set to appear alongside Wileman and Caldwell during TSN’s coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
Spending a decade at The Score, he co-hosted The Footy Show and was a regular analyst on their Premier League and Serie A coverage. In addition, he also worked on the three European Championship tournaments as well as the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2011 Copa America.
As a football journalist, Jack’s career covering the game began at the 1996 European Championships, in addition to four years writing for newspapers covering many football clubs in the hotbed of North West of England. The Birmingham, England native made his home in Preston where he graduated from journalism school at the University of Central Lancashire.