Past Speakers

University Presidents’ Panel – The Future of Education

April 12, 2018

Topic: University Presidents’ Panel – The Future of Education

The Empire Club is pleased to present our University Presidents’ Panel featuring: Dr. Meric Gertler, President of The University of Toronto;  Dr. Rhonda Lenton, President and Vice Chancellor, York University and Dr. Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice Chancellor, Queen’s University in conversation with Sheldon Levy, CEO NEXT Canada.

Canada was
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Kelly Craft, U.S. Ambassador to Canada

April 3, 2018

Topic: Building on the World’s Best Friendship…Future Directions for the Canada/US Alliance.

Biography: Ambassador Kelly Craft is a leader, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who has made community service and improving education the cornerstone of her career.

A third generation Kentuckian, Ambassador Craft demonstrates a deep commitment to her home state by serving in several leadership roles with the Salvation Army of Lexington
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Josh Blair, Executive Vice President, TELUS Health & Chief Corporate Officer, TELUS

March 9, 2018

Topic: Creating Healthier Communities in the Digital Age

Join Josh Blair as he discusses how technology, collaboration and innovation are critical in transforming healthcare and enabling better health outcomes in Canada.


Josh oversees TELUS Health and Payment Solutions, a Canadian leader in electronic medical and health records, consumer health services, and benefits and pharmacy management solutions. In addition, Josh
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Women Who Lead Panel

March 7, 2018

Topic: Women Who Lead Panel 

In the lead up to International Women’s Day, the Empire Club of Canada is pleased to present our Women Who Lead panel discussion featuring Teresa Resch – VP of Operations and Player Development,  Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE); Caroline Riseboro – Chief Executive Officer, Plan International; Phillip Grosch – Partner and National Leader
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Vern Brownell, CEO, D-Wave Systems Inc. & James Olson, Dean, Applied Science, UBC

March 6, 2018

Topic: Forging Partnerships to Shape the Future. Come Learn how Quantum Computers are Transforming the Future and the Future of Engineering.

Vern Brownell’s Biography:

Vern Brownell joined D-Wave as CEO in 2009, leading the company through its transition from research into the leader in the development and delivery of quantum computing systems and software. During his tenure D-Wave secured its
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Minister Chris Ballard – Major Climate Change Action Plan Announcement

March 6, 2018

Topic: Confronting the Challenge and Opportunities of Climate Change During a Period of Accelerating Change


Chris Ballard was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Newmarket—Aurora.

Ballard currently serves as Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. He was previously Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy. Prior to that,
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The Honourable Bill Morneau, Canada’s Minister of Finance

March 1, 2018

Topic: Equality & Growth a Strong Middle Class

The Honourable Bill Morneau, P.C., M.P.

 Bill Morneau is Canada’s Minister of Finance and has been in that role since 2015. He is the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre, and an accomplished business leader.

As Canada’s Minister of Finance, Bill has played a key role in shaping government policy and initiatives,
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The Honorable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

February 26, 2018

Topic: “A Plan for Fairness and Opportunity in Ontario”


Kathleen Wynne is Ontario’s 25th Premier.

Since taking office in 2013, Premier Wynne’s accomplishments include balancing the provincial budget for the first time in a decade, making record-breaking infrastructure investments in Ontario’s roads, schools, hospitals and transit systems, and securing a historic national deal to improve retirement security by enhancing the
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NAFTA Panel featuring Hon. Andrew Leslie, Scotty Greenwood & Robert Benzie

February 16, 2018

Join us for an evening of conversation, debate and networking in our new series of evening events! Beverages and Hors D’oeuvres to be served. 

Title: The Giant Next Door: Navigating NAFTA in 2018


The Honorable Andrew Leslie

Born into a multi-generational military family, Andrew enjoyed a decorated 35 year career with the Canadian Armed Forces. His career has included a variety of
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