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President and CEO of The Tapscott Group
Don recently collaborated with Thinkers50 and the Rotman School of Management to create the groundbreaking Don Tapscott App, an interactive tool that explores Don’s thinking in a number of key areas.
In 2013, Thinkers50 awarded Don the Global Solutions Award for launching and leading the Global Solution Networks program at the Martin Prosperity Institute. This program is investigating how the digital revolution enables new models of global problem solving, cooperation and governance. Thinkers50, the definitive list of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world, listed Don as the 4th most influential management thinker alive. In 2011, Don was 9th on the list. In 2012, Don opened TEDGlobal in Edinburgh where his talk 4 Principles for the Open World was viewed by more than a million people online.
Don is an Adjunct Professor of Management at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and the inaugural fellow at the Martin Prosperity Institute. In 2013, he was appointed as the Chancellor of Trent University. He also plays a Hammond B3 organ in the band Men in Suits that has raised millions of dollars for worthy charities.
Samantha Liscio, PhD
Managing Director, Accenture Strategy
Samantha spent over 12 years in the public sector in Canada, as both a CIO and as the Corporate Chief Strategist in the Ontario Public Service. There she defined the multi-year strategic plan for the I&IT organization, led the corporate controllership and security functions and coordinated the development of a standard funding model.
As a prior line of business CIO, Samantha delivered key transformation initiatives including Ontario taxes online and the Ontario infrastructure stimulus tracking portal and oversaw increases in employee engagement and client satisfaction.
Samantha has been a member of the Board of Directors of the CIO Association of Canada and the Institute for Citizen Centred Service, has contributed articles to IT industry publications and has spoken nationally and internationally on topics such as cloud computing, big data and analytics, open data and shared services.
Samantha earned a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a PhD from Queen’s University in Belfast. She is also an accredited Project Management Professional.
Parliamentary Correspondent, VICE News
A long-time freelancer, Ling’s first real accomplishment was not getting arrested, thanks to Twitter. Handcuffed and trying to hammer out a ‘help me’ message on his Blackberry, Ling was eventually released and spent the next several years of his career with the deeply-held belief that digital tools were as important to journalists as pen and paper.
Since Ling arrived in the Parliamentary Press Gallery, he’s seen first-hard what it looks like when the digital realities crash into the antiquated structures of government.
Covering privacy, security, surveillance, digital diplomacy and every point at which they meet, Ling has reported on how governments have no problem exploiting high-tech investigation techniques to clandestinely obtain your personal information, but how they couldn’t possibly fathom releasing unclassified documents on a CD-ROM.
Ling’s work has appeared in the National Post, Globe & Mail, Maclean’s, the Guardian, and he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and the BBC. His now the chief political reporter for VICE Canada.
Inside Politics, CBC
Kady O’Malley has been covering the Hill for more than a decade (yes, really). An Ottawa girl (not born, but raised), she has a passion for politics that borders on the unhealthy, and has liveblogged her way through hundreds of committee meetings, press conferences, judicial inquiries, budgets, cabinet shuffles and even the odd constitutional crisis. And yes, her Boston Terrier really is named “BlackBerry.”
Host, ‘Power & Politics with Evan Solomon’ & ‘The House’, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
As provocative in person as he is on air, Evan Solomon spends his professional life interviewing the power-brokers and politicians that influence crucial decisions in business, innovation, technology, society, and sustainability – in Canada and around the world. To every event, this gifted speaker, moderator, host, and on-stage interviewer brings his years of insight, culled right from the trenches of journalism.
As a broadcaster, Evan is the current host of CBC TV’s Power & Politics with Evan Solomon, as well as CBC Radio’s The House. He was co-host of the Gemini Award-winning programs CBC News: Sunday and CBC News: Sunday Night, and the host of both Futureworld and Hot Type before that. He also hosted and produced The Change Makers, along with a series for PBS called Masters of Technology.
Evan was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Shift magazine, and is the author of numerous books – including Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy Is Changing Everything (which was nominated for the “National Business Book Award” and the “National Science Book of the Year”); Feeding the Future: From Fat to Famine: How to Solve the World’s Food Crises; the bestselling novel Crossing the Distance; and two children’s books.
Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University
Christopher Waddell is an Associate Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa and also holds the university’s Carty Chair in Business and Financial Journalism. From 2006 to 2014 he was associate director and then director of the School.
He joined Carleton in July 2001 after 10 years at CBC Television News. From mid-1991 until late 1993 he was senior program producer for The National and from 1993 to 2001, he was the network’s Parliamentary Bureau Chief in Ottawa. From 1995 to 2001 he was also Executive Producer News Specials for CBC Television, responsible for all national news specials and federal and provincial election and election night coverage during those years.
Between 1984-91 he was at the Globe and Mail where he served in a number of positions including reporter in Report on Business, economics reporter in Ottawa covering among other things the Canada-US free trade negotiations, Ottawa bureau chief in the 1988 federal election In the period from 1990-91 he was associate editor and then national editor of the paper
He has won two National Newspaper Awards for business reporting and programs he supervised at CBC Television won six Gemini awards for television excellence.
He received a PhD in Canadian history from York University in Toronto in 1981, completing a thesis on price and wage controls and consumer rationing in Canada in World War II.
With David Taras of Mount Royal University in Calgary he is the editor of and a contributor to How Canadians Communicate IV: Media and Politics published in May 2012 by Athabaska University Press and How Canadians Communicate V: Sports to be published by Athabaska in early 2015.
Earnscliffe Strategy Group’s strategic communications and Associate Professor of Journalism at Carleton University.
Elly has provided advice on some of the most important issues in recent Canadian history to federal cabinet ministers and departments, including Environment, Finance, Health, Human Resources Development, Indian and Northern Affairs, Industry, Justice, Heritage (Multiculturalism), Natural Resources and Treasury Board. Elly has also advised some of Canada’s leading private sector companies and industry associations including advice on mergers and acquisitions and managing integrated advocacy campaigns. Further, he is an accomplished focus group moderator and interviewer, and has designed and analyzed numerous quantitative research projects. He specializes in elite interview projects on public policy and reputational issues.
Elly worked as a journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from September 1970 to September 1993, having acted as the Parliamentary Bureau Chief for CBC Television News and the National Political Editor for the network. He won one Gemini and was nominated for four others for his work in Special Events coverage. Elly is also a tenured Associate Professor of Journalism at Carleton University, having taught there since 1980 and he currently teaches government communications at the school of policy studies at Queen’s university. He has been a Member of the Board of the Canadian Journalism Foundation and a member of the CJF’s Executive Committee. He has also been a member of the Board of the Institute on Governance. He is a member of the Journal Oversight Committee of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Elly received his B.A. in Honours Sociology from McGill University and his M.Sc. in Journalism from Columbia University.
Vice President, Strategic Engagement, Adobe
He has over 30 years of strategy, sales and business leadership experience in the technology industry with startups, recognized pioneers and visionary organizations such as Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, Accenture & Cisco. Terry has a well-earned reputation for breakout thinking and breakthrough work in the most complex business and sales climates.
Terry is also proudly engaged in community and professional circles. His participation with business and advocacy associations has included numerous local & national organizations, where he has served as both contributor and speaker.
Prior to leading the OPC, Chantal worked at senior levels of the Government of Canada, including as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Socio-Economic Development at Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Canada, as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Community Safety and Partnerships at Public Safety Canada, and as Director of Operations for the Machinery of Government Secretariat of the Privy Council Office. Chantal also negotiated international conventions for Canada as part of the International and Constitutional Law Section of the Department of Justice.
Chantal brings to Dentons the unique insight of a former privacy regulator, as well as the unique mix of knowledge of both the public safety context and privacy law. Her experience as a senior executive also uniquely positions her to understand corporate management challenges and find solutions to both serve corporate interests and comply with the law.
Professor of Strategic Management, Department of Management, University of Toronto Scarborough
Sandford Borins is Professor of Strategic Management in the Department of Management, University of Toronto Scarborough, where he was the founding chair, serving in that capacity from 1991 to 2003. He also holds graduate appointments in the Rotman School of Management, School of Public Policy and Governance, and Political Science Department. He has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley, and Scholar-in-Residence in the Ontario Cabinet Office. He is currently a research fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School.
He is the author of numerous articles as well as nine books. The nine books include Governing Fables: Learning from Public Sector Narratives (Information Age Publishing, 2011), Innovations in Government: Research, Recognition, and Replication (Brookings, 2008), Digital State at the Leading Edge (University of Toronto Press, 2007), “If you build it . . . ” Business, Government, and Ontario’s Electronic Toll Highway, co-authored with Chandran Mylvaganam (University of Toronto Centre for Public Management, 2004), Political Management in Canada, co-authored with Hon. Allan Blakeney, former premier of Saskatchewan (University of Toronto Press, 1998), Innovating with Integrity: How Local Heroes are Transforming American Government (Georgetown University Press, 1998), and The Language of the Skies: The Bilingual Air Traffic Control Conflict in Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1983). The Language of the Skies was recognized as one of the twenty best books in English supported by the Social Science Federation of Canada between 1940 and 1990.
Professor Borins has had a wide range of professional experience. He is a frequent conference speaker. He was a member of the board of directors of the Ontario Transportation Capital Corporation, responsible for developing Ontario’s Highway 407. He was the President of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration from 2003 to 2007.
He did his undergraduate studies at Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He then took a Master in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, and received his Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard.
Principal Advisor to Justin Trudeau, Liberal Party of Canada
Gerald Michael Butts (born 1971) is the Principal Advisor to Justin Trudeau. Before joining the Trudeau campaign, he was President and CEO of the global conservation organization, WWF-Canada (World Wildlife Fund Canada). The official announcement of his WWF-Canada appointment was made on June 25, 2008 and he became President and CEO on September 2, 2008 succeeding Mike Russill. Butts left WWF-Canada in October 2012 and was succeeded by former Toronto Mayor David Miller.
Butts was also a former aide in the Government of Ontario. He was Policy Secretary and then Principal Secretary in the Office of the Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty.
Butts has published articles in the Boston Book Review, the Literary Review of Canada and Gravitas. He has also appeared on television on programs such as W5 and TSN’s Off The Record.
He is married to lawyer Jodi (Heimpel) Butts and has two children, Aiden and Ava.
Chief Research Officer, Institute on Governance
Davide is the Institute’s Chief Research Officer. His research expertise lies in institutional and applied ethics, accountability, governance risk, political theory, theories of public administration and digital era governance.
Before joining the Institute, Davide was a lecturer at the University of Oxford, where he taught ethics and political theory, and a postdoctoral fellow and visiting scholar at McGill University.
He holds a doctorate in ethics from the University of Oxford, a master’s in public administration from Carleton University, a master’s in philosophy from the University of Oxford, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and German from McGill University.
Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy & Administration
Amanda Clarke joined the faculty of the School of Public Policy and Administration in July 2014. Her research explores the intersections of public administration, civic engagement and information technologies. She is particularly interested in the implications of social media and related phenomena, such as crowdsourcing, open data and big data, for governments and civil society.
Amanda is a graduate of Carleton University’s College of the Humanities (Bachelor of Humanities) and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (MA International Affairs). From 2010-2014, Amanda was a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, an Oxford University Press Clarendon Scholar, and a Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
In 2014 Amanda will complete a DPhil in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences with the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. Focusing on the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom, and two sector-specific case studies (foreign policy and social security), Amanda’s doctoral project explores the models of government-citizen relations reflected in government’s engagement with the social web, and identifies reforms required for public sector bureaucracies to capitalize on social media, big data and open data as new instruments of policy development and service delivery.
Amanda also researches and writes on new forms of political participation and civic engagement enabled by digital technologies, and in her next project will explore the skills, partnerships, and governance and accountability arrangements they necessitate amongst civil society groups.
Political author, columnist
Susan Delacourt is a political author and commentator, who’s been writing about Canadian politics since the late 1980s. Currently a weekly columnist with the Toronto Star, she’s also been a reporter with the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen and the National Post, as well as a regular political panelist on CBC and CTV.
At Carleton University’s Riddell School of Political Management, Delacourt is a senior fellow and an instructor in political communication.
Author of four books, Delacourt’s latest was Shopping For Votes — the story of how marketing and consumerism have changed Canadian politics. The book was a finalist for the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Canadian non-fiction in 2014, as well as for the Dafoe prize in Canadian history.
Delacourt has also won two honours for her career in political reporting: the 2014 Hy Solomon award from the Public Policy Forum and the 2011 Charles Lynch prize from her parliamentary-press-gallery colleagues. She has also been a finalist in the National Newspaper and National Magazine awards for her work through the years.
Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
Dutil’s main research interests are political and public sector leadership, institutionalism, the policy development process, and most recently, crowd-sourcing as a new instrument of governance and policy. Dutil is a frequent commentator on public affairs on radio, television, and op-ed pages. He is Editor of the IPAC Series in Public Administration and Governance published with University of Toronto Press and of the Collection Administration et gouvernance published with the Presses de l’Université du Québec. Among many other publications, he was co-author of The Service State: Rhetoric, Reality and Promise (2010, with Howard, Langford and Roy), co-editor of Dreaming of the Regulatory Village; Speaking of the Regulatory State (2004) and editor of Searching for Leadership: Secretaries to Cabinet in Canada ( 2008; reprint 2010). Dutil was the organizer of the seminal “Red Tape to Smart Tape” conference in Toronto in 2002. He has a forthcoming article on crowdsourcing as an instrument of governance with Canadian Public Administration.
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University.
Hershell Ezrin is Former Principal Secretary to the Premier of Ontario and is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management. He also is Managing Director, Tipping Point Solutions, a company focused on social media and advocacy. He teaches classes in government relations at Seneca College. Ezrin was Chief Executive of a publicly traded international automotive care care company; he also served as Chairman and CEO of one of the world’s largest public affairs consultancies and is currently senior counsel at Global Public Affairs. He has more than 30 years’ experience in senior executive roles, in both the public (at all 3 levels of government) and private sectors, as a political advisor, public policy expert, not for profit advocacy leader and strategic communications counsellor. Ezrin has frequently written opinion pieces for the national media and continues to appear on TV, radio and electronic media. He is co-author of a newly released Ryerson study on the ethics of political leadership.
Ezrin has served on a wide cross-section of private and public Boards of Directors at both the national and
regional levels. Ezrin was a former Vice Chair of the Public Policy Forum. Ezrin holds a BA (Hons.) from University of Toronto and an MA from Carleton University, both in history.
President, Institute on Governance
As the President of the Institute on Governance, Maryantonett Flumian is responsible for the development of the Institute’s vision and strategic direction, project and partnership development, and the fostering of programs to promote public discussion of governance issues.
She is a seasoned senior executive at the Deputy Minister level in the Canadian federal Public Service with more than 20 years of large-scale operational experience in the economic, social and federal/provincial domains. She is internationally recognized for her work as a transformational leader across many complex areas of public policy and administration such as labour markets, firearms, fisheries, and environmental issues. She was the first Deputy Minister of Service Canada. Her current research focuses on leadership, collaboration, governance, and the transformational potential of technology primarily in the area of citizen-centered services. Maryantonett was at the University of Ottawa between 2006 and 2009 initiating programming for the development of senior public service leaders.
Maryantonett sits on the advisory board of the Harvard Policy Group, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the advisory group of nGenera’s Government 2.0: Wikinomics, Government and Democracy research program. Maryantonett holds a Master’s Degree in History and completed comprehensive exams towards a PhD in History at the University of Ottawa.
Trudeau Mentor at Trudeau Foundation
Mr. Fonberg is a dynamic and accomplished leader with a track record of success in leading large and complex organizations through challenging transitions. Recognized as one of Canada’s most powerful Deputy Ministers, Mr. Fonberg was a long serving Deputy Minister in the Government of Canada.
First appointed a Deputy Minister in 2000, he served as the most senior public servant in a number of federal departments including International Trade and the Department of National Defence.
Mr. Fonberg was a core member of the Government of Canada’s national security team. As Deputy Minister of National Defence, he was involved in everything from policy to the procurement of multi-billion dollar acquisitions. Mr. Fonberg developed a unique perspective on global and regional economic, trade and security/cyber issues, and established an associated network of partners and contacts in key countries.
Mr. Fonberg has a reputation as a strong collaborator and an outstanding communicator, insightful and at ease with translating complex issues into actionable concepts. Mr. Fonberg has a unique leadership perspective having worked in the executive cadre in both the private and public sector.
In the private sector in the mid 1990s, Mr. Fonberg’s experience with a global professional services firm sharpened his understanding of complex business strategy challenges, and provided unique insights into executive level accountabilities and organizational governance issues. As senior Vice President with the Business Development Bank of Canada, a Crown financial institution Mr. Fonberg deepened his understanding of the financial challenges facing the small and medium size business community.
Mr. Fonberg has been working with organizations that invest in and grow tech start-ups; Mr. Fonberg is frequently asked to provide strategic advice to clients in the private sector. Rob and his wife Yaprak live in Ottawa and have three wonderful, grown-up children.
Member of Parliament, Toronto Centre
After starting as a Ukraine-based stringer for the Financial Times, Washington Post, and The Economist, Chrystia went on to do many jobs at the Financial Times, including Deputy Editor, UK news editor, Moscow bureau chief, Eastern Europe correspondent, Editor of its weekend edition, Editor of FT.com, and US Managing Editor.
Between 1999 and 2001, she was Deputy Editor of The Globe and Mail.
In 2010, Chrystia joined Thomson Reuters as editor-at-large. She most recently worked as Managing Director and Editor of Consumer News at Thomson Reuters.
Her books include Sale of the Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution (2000) and Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else (2012). Plutocrats, a New York Times best-seller, won both the National Business Book Award and the Lionel Gelber Prize in 2013.
Chrystia is married and has three children.
She is a Co-Chair of the Liberal Party’s Economic Advisory Council and the Party’s critic for International Trade.
Managing Partner, NATIONAL Public Relations
Chris Froggatt is Managing Partner of the Ottawa office for NATIONAL Public Relations. His talents include understanding and providing strategic counsel on complex public policy issues, developing practical and thoughtful communication strategies and building and managing teams of professionals.
He has an impressive 20-year record of success in Ottawa and at the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park. Prior to joining NATIONAL, Chris served for seven years as Chief of Staff to the Honourable John Baird, PC, MP, currently Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was also senior advisor to the Minister of Transportation and the Attorney General in Ontario and a senior advisor to Preston Manning, when he was Leader of the Opposition.
During his time in the governments of Canada and Ontario, Chris led the development and effective execution of many challenging policy and communications strategies for various complex public policy files. He has also advised and developed countless crisis and issues management strategies and has provided media and presentation training for many individuals and organizations.
Chris is a frequent political commentator with various news organizations including CTV, CBC, Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail, the Hill Times, CPAC TV and Sun News and he also writes a column for the political news site iPolitics.ca.
Chris is a graduate of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario where he received a degree in Political Science. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management at Carleton University where, as a Fellow of the Program, he lectures on the Canadian political process. Chris is also the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his commitment to his community and to Canada.
Associate Vice-President, Future Challenge, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Ursula Gobel was appointed associate vice-president, future challenges, at SSHRC in April 2014. In her role, she collaborates with the research community and partners across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to advance the social sciences and humanities contributions toward meeting future, long-term societal challenges and opportunities.
Ursula joined SSHRC in 2007 as director of communications. Overseeing the development and implementation of strategic communications for SSHRC, as well as for several international programs, including the Canada Research Chairs and Canada Excellence Research Chairs, on behalf of Canada’s three federal research granting agencies.
Ursula brings 30 years of experience in leadership and management across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including at the National Gallery of Canada. She has been an active volunteer at the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, the Canadian Tourism Commission, and for the United Way, as well as at numerous regional economic development agencies.
Ursula holds executive leadership training from Queen’s University, and as well as business and economics diplomas from Algonquin College and John Abbott College.
Fen Osler Hampson
Distinguished Fellow and Director, Global Security and Politics, Centre for International Governance Innovation
Fen Osler Hampson is a distinguished fellow and director of CIGI’s Global Security & Politics program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. He is also co-director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. Most recently, he served as director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) and will continue to serve as chancellor’s professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Under his leadership, NPSIA established its reputation as a Canadian leader in international relations, expanding the student enrollment and faculty members, and increasing the research budget. Fen was instrumental in creating collaborative learning approaches to international security at NPSIA and in establishing several new research centres at Carleton University.
Fen holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University where he also received his A.M. degree (both with distinction). He also holds an MSc. (Econ.) degree (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and a B.A. (Hon.) from the University of Toronto. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he is the past recipient of various awards and honours, including a Research and Writing Award from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship from the United States Institute of Peace (a non-partisan, congressionally-funded think tank) in Washington, D.C. He has also taught at Georgetown University as a visiting professor.
Fen is the author or co-author of 10 books and editor or co-editor of more than 26 other volumes. In addition, he has written more than 100 articles and book chapters on international affairs. His most recent book, The Global Power of Talk (co-authored with I. William Zartman) was published in March 2012. His most recent book is Brave New Canada: Meeting the Challenge of a Changing World, co-authored with Derek Burney.
He is formerly a senior adviser to the United States Institute of Peace and a member of the Steering Committee of the Program in International Negotiation at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael). Fen serves on the International Advisory Board Committee of the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, and has been a consultant to the International Peace Academy in New York, the Social Science Research Council in New York, the United Nations Commission on Human Security, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the MacArthur Foundation, the International Development Centre, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. He served on the Social Science Foundation board at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, was vice-chair of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre and currently serves on the board of the Parliamentary Centre in Ottawa. Fen has also served as chair of the Human Security Track of the Helsinki Process on Globalization, a joint initiative of the governments of Finland and Sweden, and was also international institutions and content coordinator on International Cooperation at the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism, and Security, hosted by the King of Spain in Madrid, March 8-11, 2005.
Fen is a frequent commentator and contributor in the national and international media. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy Magazine, the Ottawa Citizen, iPolitics and elsewhere. He is a frequent commentator on the CBC, CTV, and Global news networks.
Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Innovation Sector, Industry Canada
Lawrence Hanson became the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Science and Innovation Sector in November 2014. Prior to his nomination, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications Sector since July 2013.
Prior to joining Industry Canada, Lawrence Hanson was Director General, Strategic Policy in the Strategic Policy Branch of Environment Canada. He joined the Public Service in 1996, as an analyst in the Intergovernmental Affairs Branch of the Privy Council Office, and subsequently worked in the Federal-Provincial Relations group at Human Resources Development Canada before returning to the Privy Council Office as an analyst in Social Development Policy in the Operations Branch. Mr. Hanson became Director of Employment Policy at Human Resources Canada in 2001 and joined Environment Canada in 2004. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. He is married and has two children.
Vice-President, Research Programs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Brent joined SSHRC in October 2009. As vice-president, research programs, he is responsible for SSHRC’s Talent, Insight and Connections programs as well as the Canada Research Chairs,the Canada Excellence Research Chairs and the Indirect Costs programs.
Prior to joining SSHRC, Brent worked at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where he held a variety of positions, including, most recently, that of director for social and economic policy programs. He previously worked at the North-South Institute, a leading Canadian think-tank on development issues.
Brent’s own research has focused on understanding the process of innovation, and the way that government policies—including environmental regulation—affect that process. He has also focused on the links between research and public policy, and the role of scholarly research in helping to inform public debate on policy options. He has extensive experience working with government agencies, foundations and the university community to build support for research and scholarship, both internationally and within Canada.
Brent holds a PhD in political science and a master’s degree in international affairs from Carleton University.
Bette-Jo Hughes (via video)
Associate Deputy Minister and Government Chief Information Officer, Province of British Columbia
Bette-Jo has been the Chief Information Officer for the Province of British Columbia since October 2012. The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) plays a leadership role in promoting and guiding the management of government information as a strategic business asset, and supporting technology infrastructure as a key enabler of business transformation. Prior to her current appointment, Bette-Jo was Assistant Deputy Minister of Service BC where she led cross government service delivery initiatives to improve services to the public across online, telephone and in-person channels, registry and statistical services.
Bette-Jo has been involved in the development of service delivery agreements with the private sector, including the negotiation of the Service BC – IBM Alternative Service Delivery Agreement for the provision of web channel and contact centre services.
Prior to joining the Government Agents Branch and Service BC, Bette-Jo worked at the provincial and community level in the field of community economic development. Before starting her career over 20 years ago with the British Columbia public service, Bette-Jo worked in the financial services industry, the federal government and non-profit organizations.
Bette-Jo has previously been the British Columbia representative on the Canadian Public Sector Service Delivery Council and past President of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Citizen Centred Service. She currently is the B.C. representative for the Public Sector Chief Information Officers’ Council.
Vice President, H+K Strategies
Brad Lavigne is a Vice President with H+K Strategies. With more than 13 years of political communications experience and public policy expertise at the federal and provincial levels, Brad is recognized as one of Canada’s top political strategists and campaigners.
Brad was the chief architect and national campaign director for the New Democratic Party’s 2011 historical breakthrough that elected it to the official opposition. He then served as principal secretary to the Hon. Jack Layton. Brad also served as an advisor to two premiers in his native province of British Columbia.
Brad joined H+K Strategies in 2013 and in 2014 was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Lobbyists by The Hill Times. Brad appears regularly as a public affairs commentator in the media, including weekly appearances on CBC News Channel’s Power and Politics with Evan Solomon.
Professor and Director, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria
Dr. Lindquist returned from a two-year leave in 2010-11 to resume his position as Director as of January 2012 (he first served as Director from 1998-2009). Professor Lindquist is also serving as the Editor of Canadian Public Administration, the journal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (starting in January 2012).
Professor Lindquist’s first academic appointment was in the University of Toronto’s Department of Political Science (1988-98). He was the first Visiting Scholar at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (1992-94), a Visiting Scholar at Griffith University in 2004, and a Senior Academic Visiting Fellow with the Canada School of Public Service. During 2010 and 2011, Professor Lindquist held the ANZDOG-ANU Chair in Applied Public Management Research at the Australian National University, where he is an Adjunct Faculty Member with the Crawford School of Economics and Government.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Policy Informatics, Arizona State University
Justin Longo has a PhD from the University of Victoria in public policy and public administration (2013) where he researched the use of enterprise social collaboration platforms inside government policy analysis settings. In his postdoctoral work, he focuses on developing research related to opening governance (as processes of social decision-making) to more diverse sources of knowledge, more avenues of interaction, and enhanced social understanding; and opening government (or, more broadly, formal public institutions) as knowledge organizations, promoting the conditions where knowledge is shared and used, collaboration encouraged, and capacity throughout the policy cycle enhanced. His academic blog is at jlphd.wordpress.com and he can be found on Twitter @whitehallpolicy.
Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, Google Canada
Before joining Google, he worked as the Director of Research and Public Education at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, where his team researched the impact of the digital economy on personal privacy and then built tools to help individuals understand their privacy rights.
Colin is a member of the Government of Canada Advisory Panel on Open Government, and is a member of the board at Media Smarts, a not-for-profit organization that provides youth with critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens.
Geoff Mulgan (via video)
Chief Executive, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta), United Kingdom
Geoff Mulgan is Chief Executive of Nesta (the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). Nesta combines investment in early stage companies, grant programmes in fields ranging from health and education to the arts and giving, and research. From 2004-2011 Geoff was the first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, which became a leading centre for social innovation, combining research, creation of new ventures and practical projects.
Between 1997 and 2004 Geoff had various roles in the UK government including director of the Government’s Strategy Unit and head of policy in the Prime Minister’s office. Before that he was the founder and director of the think-tank Demos. He has also been Chief Adviser to Gordon Brown MP; a lecturer in telecommunications; an investment executive; and a reporter on BBC TV and radio. He is a visiting professor at LSE, UCL, Melbourne University and a regular lecturer at the China Executive Leadership Academy. He is an adviser to many governments around the world, and has been a board member of the Work Foundation, the Health Innovation Council, Political Quarterly and the Design Council, and chair of Involve. He is currently Chair of the Studio Schools Trust.
His books include The Locust and the Bee – a study on the future of economic growth (Princeton University Press, March 2013), The Art of Public Strategy – Mobilising Power and Knowledge for the Public Good (OUP, 2008), Good and Bad Power: the ideals and betrayals of government (Penguin, 2006) and Connexity (Harvard Business Press and Jonathon Cape, 1998).
Daniel Normandeau is a management consultant with over 30 years experience in the private and public sectors, featuring experience in change management, strategic planning, organizational development and organizational and individual learning. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from Carleton University, a Diploma in Education from McGill University and a Bachelor of Science from Concordia University’s Loyola College.
He has been engaged by leaders in private and public sectors at all levels who are facing strategic, operational, policy, program and regulatory challenges. He plays an integral role in the organizational and business improvement processes. His strengths include an ability to assist large as well as smaller groups, executive teams and their organizations to work effectively together to envision, plan, implement and sustain change. His objective for every group conversation is to create the right conditions for groups to create ideas that generate high impact results in any field of endeavour.
Chief Administrative Officer, City of Guelph
Ann has more than 20 years of experience in increasingly senior municipal government roles in Windsor, Kingston, Kitchener and Surrey, British Columbia. She was the City of Guelph’s Executive Director of Community and Social Services prior to becoming CAO in 2011.
Ann is pushing the boundaries of traditional municipal government service delivery. She is challenging existing industrial age government structures and relationships to transform and capitalize on the opportunities of the digital age. Adaptive leadership, open government and building an agile, responsive organization are foundational components of Ann’s efforts to change how local government serves the public.
Ann believes in bold change, disruption when necessary and the need to establish safe/fail environments in the public sector.
Ann holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Western University and Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo.
Internet strategist, Researcher and Broadcaster
Jesse Hirsh is an internet strategist, researcher, and broadcaster based in Toronto, Canada. He has a weekly nationally syndicated column on CBC radio explaining and analyzing the latest trends and developments in technology using language and examples that are meaningful and relevant to everyday life.
He owns and operates Metaviews Media Management Ltd., which focuses on research and consulting around new media business models, big data, and the strategic use of social media. He is also a co-founder of the Academy of the Impossible a peer to peer life long learning facility.
For two years, he was the host of an interfaith show on the Rogers and OMNI networks called 3D Dialogue. That show explored all the world’s religions and spiritual paths through interviews with practitioners, gurus, holy people, and cynics regarding their rituals, scriptures, and beliefs (or lack thereof).
Educated at the McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto, his passion is educating people on the potential benefits and perils of technology.
Modernization of the State Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
Alejandro Pareja is a modernization of the state specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank. He is a telecommunications engineer from Uruguay. Prior to becoming IDB staff he worked for the Uruguayan government as CIO of the environmental protection agency and as the IT leader for several modernization projects focused on citizen service delivery. Before his term in the public sector he had worked for the Spanish firm Indra on numerous projects in several Latin American countries and Spain.
A project management professional, he has several years of experience in public service delivery, e-government, business processes design, BPM and business software implementation projects. Besides his work at IDB, he has worked on projects for various government agencies and firms in the utilities and logistics sectors.
Editor, Ottawa Citizen
Andrew Potter is the Editor of the Ottawa Citizen. He is a former public affairs columnist for Maclean’s magazine, and has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto. He is the author of The Authenticity Hoax, and (with Joseph Heath) The Rebel Sell.
Vice-Chairman, Summa Strategies. Chairman, Abacus Data
With more than 20 years of experience in politics and government, Tim succeeds in getting clients results by carefully planning and executing successful strategies in communications, public affairs, and government relations.
Tim has participated extensively in many aspects of the Canadian political process. He has served as an advisor to both national and provincial party leaders, as well as federal cabinet ministers. He was an aboriginal affairs negotiator for the federal government and an academic research fellow, writing extensively on the Innu of Davis Inlet, Labrador.
Tim is a regular and respected political commentator, appearing frequently on CBC’s “Power and Politics” and on Ottawa radio station CFRA. When in Newfoundland, Tim steps in to host, Back Talk, a VOCM call in radio show. His insight is routinely sought by the Hill Times newspaper, where he publishes a column.
Tim has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Master of Arts degree (Atlantic Canada Studies) from St. Mary’s University, and a Master of Sciences degree (Media and Communications) from the London School of Economics. He is a graduate of ICD-Rotman Directors of Education program and has obtained the Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D designation. Tim has also studied Public Sector Management at Harvard University.
He is a member of the board of Rugby Canada and the Smiling Land Foundation.
Professor, School of Public Administration, Dalhousie University
A leading thinker on the impact of digital technologies on democracy, public sector governance and public-private interaction, Dr. Roy often works as a consultant to governments, multinational corporations and international organizations including the United Nations and the OECD. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, IBM, Cisco Systems and the Government of Canada and Government of Nova Scotia, meanwhile, are among the many and varied bodies that have funded Dr. Roy’s research during the past decade.
Hon. Konrad Von Finckenstein
The Honourable Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C. is an arbitrator of complex Canadian and international business disputes in both institutional and ad hoc settings. He has been in public service for nearly 40 years, and has been extensively involved in the negotiation and settlement of a wide variety of high-profile disputes since the 1980’s.
Justice von Finckenstein has held a number of prominent positions, including Justice of the Federal Court of Canada, Commissioner of Competition, and Chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, where he acquired broad experience in matters involving dispute resolution, business and commercial law, international trade, competition, telecommunications, and administrative law.
In addition to English, Justice von Finckenstein is fluent in French, German, and Spanish.
Co-founder and President, Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance
Anthony D. Williams is co-founder and president of the Centre for Digital Entrepreneurship and Economic Performance (DEEP Centre) and co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the groundbreaking bestseller Wikinomics and its follow-up Macrowikinomics: New Solutions for a Connected Planet.
Anthony is an expert advisor to the Markle Foundation’s Initiative for America’s Economic Future, a senior fellow for innovation with the Lisbon Council in Brussels, executive editor for the Global Solutions Network at the Martin Prosperity Institute and chief advisor to Brazil’s Free Education Project, a national strategy to equip 2 million young Brazilians with the skills required for a 21st Century workforce.
Anthony was recently a committee member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Science for the EPA’s Future, a visiting fellow with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and Program Chair for the 18th World Congress on Information Technology in Montreal. His work on technology and innovation has been featured in publications such as the Huffington Post, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review and the Globe and Mail. He is currently at work on a new book on how micro-multinationals are revolutionizing work, life and the global economy.
*This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.