Past Speakers

The Honourable Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta

November 20, 2017


Rachel Notley made history in May of 2015 when the New Democrats were elected to form government for the first time in Alberta.

Premier Notley’s gender-balanced and diverse cabinet is working to make life better for Albertans and is proud of its many accomplishments, including:
•Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
•Supporting a National Inquiry
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Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company

November 17, 2017


Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company. In his 30 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrials. Prior to his current role, Dominic was based in Shanghai as McKinsey’s Asia Chairman from 2004 to 2009 and led the Korea
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Mayo Schmidt, President & Chief Executive Officer, Hydro One

November 16, 2017


Mayo Schmidt is the President and CEO of Hydro One, Limited. Prior to joining Hydro One, Mr. Schmidt served as President and CEO at Viterra, Inc., a global integrated agriculture export firm headquartered in Canada. During his tenure, Viterra grew to operate in 14 countries with industrial assets and a supply chain to 50 countries. Mr. Schmidt is
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The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada

November 14, 2017

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C.,
Chief Justice of Canada

Chief Justice McLachlin spent her formative years in Pincher Creek, Alberta and was educated at the University of Alberta, where she received a B.A. (Honours) in Philosophy in 1965. She pursued her studies at the University of Alberta and, in 1968, received both an M.A. in
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Lou Eccleston, Chief Executive Officer, TMX Group

October 27, 2017

Lou Eccleston is Chief Executive Officer of TMX Group Limited. He joined TMX Group on November 3, 2014. Mr. Eccleston is a member of the TMX Group Board of Directors; he is also a member of the Board of Directors of several TMX Group subsidiaries, including TSX Inc., TSX Venture Exchange Inc., Montreal Exchange and NGX. Mr.
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Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

October 12, 2017

Topic: Creative Canada – A vision for Canada’s creative industries

Join Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, as she outlines the Government of Canada’s vision for cultural and creative industries in a digital world. Our diverse and vibrant creative sector is a source of pride for all Canadians. It is a powerful force for economic growth and development,
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Jorge Araya, President & CEO, Imperial Tobacco Canada with Mike Eppel

September 29, 2017

On September 28th, one of Toronto’s best-known business reporters, Mike Eppel of 680 News, will sit down with the CEO of Imperial Tobacco Canada, Jorge Araya, to discuss these issues and look at where this industry is headed in the next 10 years. Some of what is happening will surprise people who tend not to focus on
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Mr. Kenneth Courtis, Chairman, Starfort Investment Holdings

September 21, 2017

TOPIC: Have we entered a G2 world?

Prepare for the G2 world Canada

Kenneth Courtis is an economist, entrepreneur and adviser to world leaders. Since leaving Canada as a graduate student he has spent most of his working career in Tokyo. But having watched economic progress in China, and done business there, he foresees sweeping implications for the world. China’s
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Mr. Michael Burns, CEO, Invictus Games Toronto 2017

September 13, 2017

Featuring a video clip of Prince Harry

Michael Burns is CEO of Invictus Games Toronto 2017, the largest international adaptive sport competition in the world featuring ill and injured soldiers and veterans. Burns brings to Invictus more than 20 years of experience in marketing, financial services, technology and entrepreneurship.

Burns took
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Dr. Laura Toogood in conversation with Mr. John Cruickshank

July 26, 2017

The Empire Club of Canada in Partnership with the Canadian Public Relations Society

Topic: Journalism and PR: News Media and Public Relations in the Digital Age

John Cruickshank is the Publisher of the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, and President of Star Media Group. Mr. Cruickshank is the 9th publisher in the newspaper’s 123-year history.

Mr. Cruickshank has enjoyed a distinguished
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