Speakers

In recent years, amongst our Guests of Honour/speakers, we have been pleased to welcome world leaders, government officials, prominent businessmen and renowned individuals. Below is a list of previous speakers we have hosted:

World Leaders

The Rt Hon Stephen Harper MP

Prime Minister of Canada

2006, 2008 & 2012

HRH Prince Andrew the Duke of York



2012

H.E. David Johnston

Governor General of Canada

2012

Mr. Boris Johnson

Mayor of London

2010

The Rt Hon Tony Blair MP

British Prime Minister

2006

William Jefferson Clinton

42nd President of the United States

2005

Canadian Federal and Provincial Government

The Hon Chrystia Freeland 

Minister of  International trade

2016

The Hon Brian Gallant 

Premier of New Brunswick 

2016

The Hon Stephen McNeil 

Premier of Nova Scotia 

2016

The Right Hon Brian Mulroney  

Former Prime Minister of Canada 

2016

H.E. Janice Charette

Canada's High Commissioner to the UK

2016

The Hon Denis Coderre

Mayor of Montreal 

2016

The Hon Charles Sousa 

Minister of Finace for Ontario 

2016

The Hon Michael De Jong 

Minister of  Finance for British Columbia 

2016

Philippe Couillard 

Premier of Quebec 

2015

The Hon Lisa Raitt

Minister of Transport for Canada 

2014

The Rt Hon Pauline Marios 

Deputy Premier of Alberta   

2013

The Hon Thomas Lukaszuk

Premier of Quebec  

2014

The Hon James Flaherty P.C. M.P.

Canada’s Finance Minister

2006, 2007, 2009 & 2010

The Hon Lawrence Cannon

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister

2010 (twice)

The Hon Jason Kenney

Canada's Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

2010

The Hon Peter G. Mackay

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister

2006

The Rt Hon Kim Campbell, PC, QC

Former Prime Minister of Canada

2005

The Rt Hon Pauline Marois

Premier of Quebec

2013

The Rt Hon Brad Wall

Premier of Saskatchewan

2011 & 2012

The Rt Hon Alison Redford

Premier of Alberta

2012

The Rt Hon Jean Charest

Premier of Quebec

2008 & 2011

The Hon Ed Stelmach

Premier of Alberta

2008

The Hon Jean Charest

Premier of Quebec

2008

The Hon Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

2008

The Hon Joe Handley

Premier of Northwest Territories

2007

The Hon Gordon Campbell

Canada’s High Commissioner to the UK

2006, 2011 & 2012

The Hon Gary Doer

Premier of Manitoba

2006

H.E. James R. Wright

Canada’s High Commissioner to the UK

2006-2011 annually

H.E. Mel Cappe

Canada’s High Commissioner to the UK

2002-2005 annually

The Hon Iris Evans

Alberta Minister for Industry

2007, 2010 & 2011

The Hon Sandra Pupatello

Ontario Minister of Economic Development

2010

The Hon Dwight Duncan

Ontario Finance Minister

2009 & 2006

The Hon Mel Knight

Minister of Energy for Alberta

2008 (twice)

The Hon Hector Goudreau

Minister of Employment & Immigration for Alberta

2008

UK Government and Opposition

R.t. Hon Boris Johnson 

Secretary of state for Foreign & Commonwealh Affairs 

2016

Proffessor Lord Anthony Giddens 

House of Lords 

2015

Lord Gus O'Donnell 

Former Cabinet Secretary & Head of the Civil Service     (2005-11)

2015

Lord Stephen Green

Minister of State for Trade & InvestmentMayor of London

2011 & 2012

The Hon Roger Gale MP (Cons)

Chairman Banking Bill Committee

2009

The Hon Adrian Bailey MP (Lab)

Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Committee

2009

The Hon Gareth Thomas MP (Lab)

Minister for International Development & BERR

2008

The Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP

Minister for London and the Olympics

2007

The Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

2006

The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP

Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office

2007

EU Commission

The Rt Hon Peter Mandelson

EU Commissioner for Trade

2006

From the Business Community

Frank McKenna 

Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group & Chairman, Brookfield Asset Management 

2016

Evan Siddall 

President & CEO of Canada Morgage & Housing Corporation

2016

Governer Stephen S. Poloz

Bank of Canada 

2015

Monique Leroux 

Chair of the Board & President & CEO, Desjardins Group

2015

Nicola Horlick 

CEO, Money & Co

2015

Claire Cockerton 

Founder , Innovate Finance & Entiq, Co-Creator, Level39

2015

 Michael Downey

Founder , Innovate Finance & Entiq, Co-Creator, Level39

2015

The Hon Lord Bilimoria 

Chairman & Founder of Cobra Beer 

2014

Gordon Fyfe 

President & CEO, Public Sector Pension Investment Board 

2014

Blake Hutcheson

President & CEO, Oxford Properties Group 

2014

The Rt Hon The Lord Bell 

Chairman, Bell Pottinger Private  

2013

The Hon John Manley

President & CEO, Council of Canadian Chief Executives 

2013

Mark Wiseman

President & CEO,Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board 

2013

Lorraine Mitchelmore 

President & Canada Country Chair,  Shell Canada 

2013

Mr. Mark Carney

Governor of the Bank of Canada

2008

Mr. Michael Sabia

President & CEO, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

2012

Mr. David Denison

President & CEO, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

2012

Mr. Kevan Cowan

President TSX Markets & Group Head of Quities, TMX Group

2012

Ms. Janet Ecker

President, Toronto Financial Services Alliance

2012

Mr. Guy Giorno

Former Chief if Staff to Prime Minister Harper & Partner, Fasken Martineau

2012

Ms. Barb Stegemann

Canadian Award Winning Entrepreneur & CEO, 7 Virtues Inc

2013

Mr. Jaime Watt

Executive Chairman, Navigator Ltd

2013

Mr. Oliver Borges

Partner, McCarthy Tetrault

2013

Dr. Warren Jestin

Chief Economist, Scotiabank

22010, 2011 & 2012

Mr. Stefane Marion

VP, Chief Economist & Strategist, National Bank of Canada

2010, 2011 & 2012

Mr. Douglas Porter CFA

Deputy Chief Economist, Bank of Montreal

2010, 2011 & 2012

Dr. Avery Shenfeld

MD & Chief Economist, CIBC

2010, 2011 & 2012

Mr. Derek Burleton

Vice President & Deputy Chief Economist, TD Bank

2012

Mr. Paul Ferley

Assistant Chief Economist, Royal Bank of Canada

2012

Mr. Dick Pound

Former Vice President IOC, Former Chair WADA & Partner Stikeman Elliott

2012

Mr. Tom Hulme

Design Director, London Office, IDEO

2012

Mr. Daniel Weil

Partner, Pentagram

2012

Mr. Craig Alexander

Senior VP & Chief Economist, Scotiabank

2010 & 2011

Mr. Craig Wright

VP & Chief Economist, RBC

2010 & 2011

Mr. Marcel Aubut

President, Canadian Olympic Committee

2011

Mr. Tim Richards

Founder & CEO Vue Entertainment

2010

Mr. Jean Dupre

CEO, Canadian Olympic Committee

2010

Mr. Chris Overholt

COO & CMO, Canadian Olympic Committee

2010

Prof. Keith Ambachtsheer

Director, RICPM, University of Toronto

2010

Mr. Roger Gray

CIO, Universities Superannuation Scheme

2010

Mr. Chris Hitchen

CEO, Railpen, & Railways Pension Trustee Co.

2010

Mr. Tim Jones

CEO, National Employment Savings Trust

2010

Mr. Gord Nixon

President & CEO Royal Bank of Canada

2006 & 2009

Mr. Frank McKenna

Deputy Vice Chairman, TD Bank

2009

Mr. Daniel Lamarre

President & CEO, Cirque Du Soleil

2009

Ms. Angela Knight

CEO, British Bankers Association

2009

Mr. Lou Ragagnin

COO, Canadian Olympic Committee

2009

Mr. Rupert Duchesne

President & CEO, Groupe Aeroplan Inc

2009

Mr. Robert Wigley

Master, Worshipful Company of International Bankers

2009

Dr. Mark Deptuck

Geologist, Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board

2009

Mr. Anthony Ariganello

President & CEO, CGA Canada

2009

Mr. Richard Aitken-Davies

President, ACCA

2009

Mr. Daniel E. Chornous CFA

Chief Investment Officer, RBC Asset Management

2008

Prof Tim Besley

Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England

2008

Mr. Richard Mould

Head of Procurement, LOCOG

2008

Mr. David Dodge

Governor, Bank of Canada

2007 & 2005

Mr. Clive Mather

President & CEO Shell Canada

2007

Prof. Willem Buiter

London School of Economics

2007

From the World of Entertainment

Poppy Trowbridge 

Consumer Affairs Correspondent, Sky News 

2014

Mr. Hugh Pym

BBC Chief Economics Correspondent

2012

Mr. Gavin Hewitt

BBC Europe Editor

2011

Mr. Evan Davis

BBC Radio 4 & Dragon’s Den Presenter

2010

Mr. John Simpson CBE

World Affairs Editor, The BBC

2009

Mr. Justin Webb

Radio 4 Presenter, The BBC

2009

Mr. Brian Hanrahan

Diplomatic Editor, The BBC

2008

Mr. Michael Donovan

Canadian Oscar winning film producer "Bowling for Columbine"

2007

Ms. Kate Fox

Anthropologist and author of "Watching the English"

2006

From Education

Dr. Linda Papadopoulos 

World leading-Psycologist, Author, Academic & Broadcaster 

2015

Antonio Hurtado 

Alberta Innovation & Advanced Education

2014

Prof  Henry Mintzberg

Desautels Faculty of  Management, McGill University 

2013

Prof  Amit Chakma

Principle, Western University-Ontario 

2013

Prof. Roger Martin

Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

2012

Prof. Heather Fraser

Rotman DesignWorks Strategy Innovation Lab

2012

Prof. Indira V Samarasekera, O.C.

President & Vice Chancellor, University of Alberta

2010

Sir Howard Davies

Director, The London School of Economics

2010

Prof. Jeffrey Gandz

Managing Director, Richard Ivey School of Business

2010

Dean Carol Stephenson

Managing Director, Richard Ivey School of Business

2010

Prof. Heather Munroe-Blum

Principal & Vice Chancellor, McGill University

2009

Other

Ms. Pat Ferguson

President & CEO, Operation Eyesight Universal

2012

Mr. Mark Tewksbury

Olympic Medalist & Chef de Mission 2012 Canadian Olympic Team

2010 & 2011

Ms. Chantal Petitclerc

Paralympic, Olympic & Commonwealth Games medal winner

2010

Mr. Tim Godwin QPM OBE

Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police

2010

Mr. Tony Shepherd

CEO, Safer London Foundation

2010

 

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