Topic: Canada’s Kids at Risk: Systems to Improve Children’s Health
Dr. Apkon is a physician executive and physician scientist serving in C- level leadership roles at several top academic hospitals in the United States and Canada. He has served as the CEO at SickKids, since January 2014. In that capacity, he leads a 300 bed hospital staffed by 10,000 employees, scientists, medical staff, students and volunteers with a $1 BB budget. SickKids is recognized as one of the world’s top children’s hospitals, Canada’s most research-intensive hospital, and a highly successful clinical, educational, and research organization. In addition
to his role at SickKids, Dr. Apkon Chairs the Ontario Provincial Council on Maternal and Child Health, a provincial program of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care aiming to foster the evolution of a more effective provincial healthcare system for women and children. He also serves as a Director of MaRS Innovation, a commercialization cooperative and incubator for the life sciences and technology industries in the greater Toronto area.
Dr. Apkon has extensive international management experience in both pediatric and adult- oriented healthcare, working with organizations and governments in the UK, Europe, China, Africa, and the Middle East as well as North America. He has consulted widely on business development, capacity development, and management systems as well as quality and safety improvement. He is an expert in strategy, systems development, and operations management, as well as the application of lean and high reliability organizational thinking to drive improvements in quality, safety, and efficiency.
In addition to deep expertise in healthcare strategy and management Dr. Apkon has considerable experience with corporate governance and with government relations. In his current role, he reports directly to the Board of Trustees and has directly supported the governing bodies of his prior employers. He has also served as a Trustee for not-for-profit healthcare organizations and for other charitable organizations as well as serving as a Director for MaRS Innovation, Director for a pre-revenue medical device company, and as an Officer for the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario. Current and prior roles have resulted in considerable experience working with Provincial and State governments as well as with Federal and international governments.
Prior to coming to SickKids, Dr. Apkon was Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Chief Medical Officer for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania as well as a practicing Paediatric Intensive Care specialist. Dr. Apkon also served in leadership roles at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Health System including being the Vice President for Performance Management at the Yale New Haven Health System and the Vice President/Executive Director leading Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital as well as serving on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine and the Yale School of Management.
Dr. Apkon has a BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University as well as MD and PhD degrees from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and an MBA from the Yale School of Management where he taught healthcare management.
Topic: What’s Next for Ontario
Andrea Horwath is the Leader of Ontario’s New Democrats. From her early career in community development to today, she’s always believed that government should be about giving people the opportunity to build a good life no matter where in Ontario they live, or when this province became home.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Andrea was elected to Hamilton City Council in 1997, then as the MPP for Hamilton-Centre in 2004.
Andrea spends time travelling the province she loves, seeing and hearing first-hand the challenges Ontarians are facing – and proposing solutions.
Rob Mcewen, Chairman & Chief Owner, McEwen Mining Inc. & Dr. Michael Laflamme, Senior Scientist, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute.
Biography – Rob McEwen
Rob McEwen: Chairman and Chief Owner of McEwen Mining Inc., founder, former Chairman and CEO of GoldCorp Inc., that today is one of the world’s largest gold producers, by market
capitalization. During the last thirteen years as CEO, GoldCorp’s share price grew at a compound annual rate of 31%.
Rob and his wife have donated in excess of $50 million to encourage excellence and innovation
in healthcare and education. Their donations have funded the establishment of the McEwen
Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the McEwen Leadership Program at St. Andrew’s College,
McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University, Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building Schulich School of Business, York University, in addition to Lakefield College, Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital and Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre.
Rob was awarded the Order of Canada in 2007. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws and MBA
from York University. Other awards include Mining Man of the Year, Most Innovative CEO and
most recently, Rob was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2017.
Rob is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, Schulich School of Business; X Prize Foundation: Board of Trustees; International Society of Stem Cell Research; Global Advisory Counsel; CEO,
Biography: Dr. Laflamme
Dr. Michael Laflamme is the Robert McEwen Chair in Cardiac Regenerative Medicine at University Health Network and a Senior Scientist in the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Physics at Georgetown University, Dr. Laflamme completed the Medical Scientist (MD/PhD) Training Program at Emory University, where he studied the regulation of calcium homeostasis by beta-adrenergic signaling in adult ventricular cardiomyocytes. After residency in Anatomic Pathology and subspecialty training in Cardiovascular Pathology at the University of Washington Medical Center, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Charles Murry, investigating the role of exogenous and endogenous stem cells in myocardial repair. His independent research career has been largely focused on the development of cell therapies based on human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), and his laboratory has made a number of important contributions in this area including 1) widely-used protocols to guide the differentiation of hESCs and induced pluripotent stem cells into cardiomyocytes or specialized cardiac subtypes (e.g. ventricular myocytes versus pacemaker cells), 2) the first proof-of-concept study showing that the transplantation of hESC-CMs can “remuscularize” scar tissue and improve left ventricular contractile function in rodent MI models, and 3) the first direct demonstration that grafts of hESC-CMs can electrically couple with host myocardium following transplantation in injured hearts. Dr. Laflamme has been the recipient of honors including the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology Young Investigator Award, the Perkins Coie Award for Discovery and the American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy Outstanding New Investigator Award. He is also a board-certified physician in Anatomic Pathology and practices diagnostic Cardiovascular Pathology.
Bob Chiarelli was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 1987 as the MPP for Ottawa West. He was re-elected in 1990 and 1995. Chiarelli was elected as the MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean in 2010, then re-elected in 2011 and 2014.
Chiarelli currently serves as Minister of Infrastructure. He has also served as Minister of Energy, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation. As Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation, he was responsible for implementing Ontario’s first 10-year infrastructure plan, Building Together.
Chiarelli also served as the Regional Chair of Ottawa-Carleton and was later elected as the first Mayor of the amalgamated City of Ottawa. In those roles, he championed expansion of light rail and other public transit, new recreational and health care infrastructure and maintaining Ottawa’s triple-A fiscal rating.
Prior to entering politics, Chiarelli ran a community law practice for 18 years. During his break from politics, he served as Vice-Chair of the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, member of the board of Peace Camp Ottawa, a fundraising volunteer with Citizen Advocacy and a Senior Fellow in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa.
Bob lives in Ottawa with his partner, Randi, and has five children and two grandchildren.
Join the Hon. Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, as she outlines the vision for public education in Ontario in the new economy. Ontario’s public education system is one of the best in the world, and building on this success will be key to our competitiveness and prosperity in the 21st Century. Through an emphasis on experiential learning and transferable skills we are equipping our students with the tools they need to take on the future.
Mitzie Hunter is the Minister of Education, and the MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood. Prior to this post, she served as the Associate Minister of Finance, responsible for pension reform.
Mitzie Hunter understands our community and the power of working together. A lifelong citybuilder, she is passionate about unlocking the city’s potential by ensuring fair and inclusive access to employment and prosperity
As the former CEO of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, Mitzie worked to solve some of our toughest social, economic and environmental challenges. She was also previously the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Vice-President with Goodwill Industries and a Regional Director at Bell Canada.
Mitzie and her family immigrated to Canada from Jamaica in 1975. She grew up in Scarborough, graduated from U of T (Scarborough Campus) with a BA, and recently completed her MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
As part of Kathleen Wynne’s team, Mitzie will bring people together to solve problems, and to create jobs and opportunity in our community.
Topic: Empowering Indigenous Children and Youth to build a Stronger Canada
Mr. Martin will speak to the importance of Indigenous children and youth in Canada, and the need to support communities across the country to improve not only their children’s education but also the wider determinants that influence their educational outcomes all within a context that is culturally relevant. From their earliest years through to high school graduation, First Nations, Metis and Inuit children have the same potential to succeed as any other Canadian, and must have the same opportunities to succeed.
The Right Honourable Paul Martin was Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006 and Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2002.
During his tenure as Minister of Finance, he erased Canada’s deficit, subsequently recording five consecutive budget surpluses while paying down the national debt and setting Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio on a steady downward track. He was the co-founder of the Finance Ministers’ G-20, and in September 1999 was named its inaugural chair.
During his tenure as Prime Minister, Mr. Martin set in place a ten year, forty-one billion dollar plan to improve health care and reduce wait times; signed agreements with the provinces and territories to establish the first national early learning and child care program and created a new financial deal for Canada’s municipalities. Under his leadership the Canadian Government reached an historic deal with Aboriginal people of Canada to eliminate the existing funding gaps in health, education and housing known as the Kelowna Accord.
After leaving public life, Mr. Martin created the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship (CAPE) Fund, an investment fund investing in Indigenous business and founded the Martin Family Initiative (MFI) focusing on the early childhoods and elementary and secondary education of Indigenous children and youth. The mission of MFI is to walk alongside Indigenous experts, communities and leaders to ensure that the educational opportunities from birth through to secondary school for Indigenous children are as good as any in the country and are culturally appropriate.
Mr. Martin has advised the African Development Bank and works closely with the Advisory Council of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa, sponsored by the African Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank. He was a founding co-chair of the Congo Basin Forest Fund, a 200 million dollar British-Norwegian-Canadian poverty alleviation and sustainable development fund for the Congo Basin Rainforest. Mr. Martin was also a commissioner for the Global Ocean Commission.
Before entering politics, he had a distinguished career as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CSL Group Inc., the largest self-unloading shipping company in the world. Its acquisition by Mr. Martin in 1981 represented the most important leveraged buyout in Canada at that time.
Patrick Brown is the Leader of the Ontario PC Party and is the Ontario PC candidate for Barrie-Springwater-Oro Medonte.
He was elected as Leader of the Ontario PC Party in May 2015, and MPP for Simcoe North in September 2015.
Patrick studied political science at the University of Toronto before earning his law degree from the University of Windsor.
Patrick has dedicated his life to public service. He was first elected at the age of 22 to Barrie City Council. Patrick then ran for the Conservative Party of Canada, defeating a Liberal cabinet minister to become the MP for Barrie, where he served for nine years.
He is active in his community and has helped to raise nearly $2 million dollars for local hospitals and charities.
What drives Patrick to serve is his optimism that Ontario can once again be the economic engine of the country, and he can make life more affordable for families who want to pay less and get ahead.
Glenn Thibeault was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2015 as the MPP for Sudbury.
He was appointed Ontario’s Minister of Energy in June 2016. As Minister of Energy, Glenn is focused on ensuring all Ontarians have access to an affordable supply of clean, reliable energy. Beginning in Fall 2016, he is leading consultations across the province on Ontario’s renewed Long Term Energy Plan.
He previously served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, focusing on bringing forward the Climate Change Action Plan. Prior to entering provincial politics, Thibeault was the Member of Parliament for Sudbury and the Executive Director of the Sudbury United Way.
As a director with the United Way, he led many successful campaigns in support of community development. He has also been a volunteer with many not for profits, as well as with minor hockey and football leagues as a coach and official.
Thibeault was born and raised in Sudbury, and is a graduate of Cambrian College. He lives in Sudbury with his wife, Yolanda, and their two daughters.
2018 Annual Investment Outlook Luncheon featuring:
Ian Russell, CEO, Investment Industry Association of Canada “IIAC”
David Rosenberg, Chief Economist, Gluskin, Sheff & Assoicates Inc.
Nick Barisheff, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bullion Asset Management Group Inc. “BMG”
Ian Russell is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Investment Industry Association of Canada, a position he has held since its inauguration in April 2006.
Prior to his appointment at IIAC, Mr. Russell headed the Industry Relations and Representation group of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada. In his 20-year tenure at the Association, he has participated actively in many committees and working groups involved in regulatory and tax issues related to the securities industry and capital markets in Canada. He is a frequent columnist in industry publications and is a presenter and speaker on industry issues and developments. This past June, Mr. Russell was appointed Chariman of the Standing Committee on Regulatory Affairs at the International Council of Securities Associations (ICSA).
Mr. Russell has an honours degree in economics and business from the University of Western Ontario, and a postgraduate degree from the London School of Economics. He has completed the Partners, Directors and Officers Qualification Examination and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute.
Mr. Rosenberg is the Firm’s Chief Economist & Strategist 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.
Nick Barisheff is the founder, president and CEO of BMG Group Inc., a company dedicated to providing investors with a secure, cost-effective, transparent way to purchase and hold physical bullion. BMG is an Associate Member of the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), an Associate Member of the Responsible Investment Association (RIA) and signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).
Widely recognized as international bullion expert, Nick has written numerous articles on bullion and current market trends that have been published on various news and business websites. Nick has appeared on BNN, CBC, CNBC and Sun Media, and has been interviewed for countless articles by leading business publications across North America, Europe and Asia. His first book, $10,000 Gold: Why Gold’s Inevitable Rise Is the Investor’s Safe Haven, was published in the spring of 2013. Every investor who seeks the safety of sound money will benefit from Nick’s insights into the portfolio-preserving power of gold. www.bmg-group.com