11th Annual Trudeau Conference
20-22 November 2014

Weathering Change
Pathways to Sustainability
in Canada


From 20 to 22 November 2014, the 11th Annual Conference of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation will bring the most knowledgeable and innovative experts to Toronto to share the latest thinking on the ultimate collective action problem: global warming.

Recent climate disasters are causing climate change to strike home for more and more people, but growing awareness continues to be outstripped by geophysical change. At the same time, breakthroughs in technology, communications, and behavioural science are succeeding one another rapidly, and political and economic upheaval is opening the door to new balances of power.

Weathering Change: Pathways to Sustainability in Canada will ask executives from the insurance and financial sectors, social entrepreneurs, an advisor to the US military, energy experts, and some of Canada’s top economists to take a hard look at such topics as food security, the future of international governance arrangements, and Canada’s energy landscape. Join the conversation about whether the way out should be global or local, or both; whether avant-garde technical innovations can be made feasible with the right fiscal policies and legal frameworks; and whether reframing the climate crisis to transform culture, behaviour, and political participation can clear a durable path towards sustainability in Canada and beyond.

All sessions will take place at:
Park Hyatt Toronto
4 Avenue Road
Toronto, ON M5R 2E8

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Jane Ambachtsheer

Global Head of Responsible Investment, Mercer Consulting

Jane Ambachtsheer is a partner at Mercer Investments and the head of Mercer’s global responsible investment business. She advises investors in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific on topics such as climate change, sustainable capitalism, shareholder engagement, and thematic investing. Jane is currently leading a major global study that is exploring how different climate scenarios will impact strategic asset allocation. She is a member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Investor Advisory Pane, and sits on the Advisory Committee of the Carbon Disclosure Project for the Americas and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund Investment Committee. An adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Jane has taught a graduate course on sustainable investment since 2007.

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Ross Beaty

Founder and Chairman of Pan American Silver Corp, Executive Chairman of Alterra Power Corp. and President of the Sitka Foundation

Ross J. Beaty is a geologist and a resource company entrepreneur with more than 40 years of experience in the international minerals industry. He founded and currently serves as the chairman of Pan American Silver Corp., one of the world’s largest silver producers, and Alterra Power Corp., a wind, hydro, and geothermal power producer. He has also founded and divested a number of other public mineral resource companies, including Northern Peru Copper and Global Copper Corp. In addition, Mr. Beaty is the president of the Sitka Foundation, one of Canada’s leading environmental foundations; a patron of the Beaty Biodiversity Center at the University of British Columbia; and a director of The Nature Trust, BC’s pre-eminent land conservancy. Mr. Beaty is a past president of the Silver Institute; a fellow of the Geological Association of Canada and of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum; and a recipient of the Institute's Past President Memorial Medal. In 2007, Mr. Beaty received the Association of Mineral Exploration of BC's Colin Spence Award for excellence in global mineral exploration. In 2008, he was given the Mining Person of the Year award by the Mining Association of BC and the Natural Resources & Energy Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Ernst & Young. In 2010, Mr. Beaty was awarded the prestigious Viola MacMillan Award by the Prospector and Developers Association of Canada and was selected Mining Person of the Year for 2011 by Canada’s Northern Miner newspaper. In 2014, Mr. Beaty received CIM’s Vale Medal for Meritorious Contribution to Mining.

Mr. Beaty was born in Vancouver, Canada. He was educated at the Royal School of Mines, University of London, England (MSc with distinction in mineral exploration, 1975) and the University of British Columbia (BSc with honours in geology, 1974, and LLB (law), 1979).

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Elizabeth Beale

Trudeau Mentor and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council

Ms. Beale is president and CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC), a position she has held since 1996. Prior to this, she worked for 10 years as a consultant economist and was APEC's chief economist from 1981 to 1986. Ms. Beale's policy and research interests include energy, labour market, and innovation strategies. Ms. Beale has authored numerous studies and is a frequent guest lecturer. She led an Atlantic research team on an OECD-IMHE project on higher education and regional development from 2005 to 2008 and was a member of the federal-provincial Labour Market Information Advisory Panel and the Nova Scotia Economic Advisory Panel in 2009.

Although economic policy has been the focal point of Ms. Beale's career, her interests extend well beyond. She was an associate fellow and lecturer in the School of Journalism at the University of King's College from 1981-1991and a governor of Dalhousie University from 2000 to 2010.

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Tzeporah Berman

Former Co-Director of Greenpeace International's Global Climate and Energy Program and author of
This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge

Tzeporah Berman has been designing and winning environmental campaigns in Canada and internationally for 20 years. She currently works as a strategic advisor for dozens of environmental organizations, First Nations, and philanthropic advisors on clean energy, oilsands, and pipelines. Tzeporah Berman is the former co-director of Greenpeace International's Global Climate and Energy Program, the former executive director and co-founder of PowerUp Canada, and the former co-founder and campaign director of ForestEthics. In 2009, the premier of British Columbia appointed her to the Green Energy Task Force to help make recommendations for the development of renewable energy in the region. Tzeporah was one of the experts in Leonardo Di Caprio's environmental documentary 11th Hour, was one of six Canadian nominees for the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was profiled by Utne Reader as one of 50 “Visionaries Changing the World,” and was "Canada's Queen of Green" in a cover story for Readers Digest. The BC Royal Museum has included her in its permanent exhibit of 150 people who have changed the face of British Columbia. Last year, Tzeporah was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of British Columbia, Corporate Knights named her a Top Woman in Sustainability (Canada), and Responding to Climate Change nominated her “Climate Woman of the Year.” Her first book, This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge, was recently published by Knopf Canada.

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Françoise Bertrand

Trudeau Mentor and President-CEO of the Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce

Françoise Bertrand has been the president and CEO of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) since 2003. FCCQ is the most important network of business people and businesses in Québec. It includes 150 chambers of commerce, and represents 60,000 businesses and 100,000 businesspeople active in all economic sectors throughout the province.

In 2001, Françoise Bertrand partnered for three years with Groupe SECOR. During that time, she shared her expertise in strategic council with senior executives of such communication companies as Alliance Atlantis, Bell Globe Media, BCE Inc., Rogers Communications, GTC and GTVA. She also developed a team of professionals in SECOR's offices in Canada and France charged with working in the culture, media and telecommunications sectors.

Ms. Bertrand is the recipient of many awards and distinctions among which the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur insignia received in France in 2001. In 2007, Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 recognized her as one of the most influential women in the country. In 2008, she received the highest distinction award by the Québec government: the Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec (ONQ).

A graduate in sociology from Université de Montréal and the holder of a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University, Françoise Bertrand is also a graduate of the Rotman School of Management Directors' Education Program.

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Chad M. Briggs

Strategy Director, Global Interconnections, and Minerva Chair for Energy and Environmental Security for the US Air Force (2010-2012)

Dr. Chad Briggs is the strategy director at GlobalInt LLC, an adjunct professor of security studies at Johns Hopkins University, and a senior fellow at the Institute for Environmental Security in The Hague. He specializes in complex risk assessments and strategic planning for energy/environmental hazards and disasters.

From 2010-2012, Briggs was the Minerva Chair of Energy and Environmental Security at the Air University of the United States Air Force, where he led a team of researchers in identifying and assessing critical risks and vulnerabilities to military operations and strategies. The Minerva projects not only engaged the Pentagon but were central in defining climate and disaster security for the US security community, and the Air Force team worked closely with militaries in Baghdad, Brussels, Canberra, London, Ottawa, and Singapore. Minerva also conducted theater-wide assessments and scenario planning for European Command, Pacific Command, and NATO.

Previous to this appointment, Briggs worked as team leader (Abrupt Climate Change & Security) under the Energy and Environmental Security Directorate at the United States Department of Energy. From 2008 to 2010, he was the senior advisor for international security affairs and a special advisor on climate change and strategic assessment at the Department of Energy. In 2005-06 and 2008, Chad Briggs was a Fulbright professor to Budapest and Berlin. He also attended school in France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Serbia, and the United Kingdom.

Briggs’ publications have appeared in geography and medical journals as well as in venues devoted to military strategy and climate change. Briggs’ research has examined post-conflict environmental health and energy reconstruction (particularly in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq), disaster planning in the Arctic and Asia-Pacific, and the integration of energy and environmental risks in joint planning and intelligence operations. His recent articles have appeared in Parameters, International Affairs, and Intelligence and National Security.

Briggs holds a PhD in political science from Carleton University in Canada. He is currently writing a book related to NATO-related work in Ukraine.

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Jennifer Clapp

Trudeau Fellow and Canada Research in Global Food Security and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo

Jennifer Clapp holds a Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability in the Environment and Resource Studies Department at the University of Waterloo. She also serves as the associate dean for research in the university’s Faculty of Environment. Professor Clapp received her BA in economics from the University of Michigan and her MSc and PhD in international relations from the London School of Economics.

Throughout her career, Professor Clapp’s research has focused on the global governance of problems that arise at the intersection of the global economy, the environment, and food security. In particular, she studies how international economic policies can better foster food security and environmental sustainability goals on a global scale.

Professor Clapp received the 2012 Award for Excellence in Research from the Canadian Association for Food Studies and her book Hunger in the Balance was shortlisted for the 2012 Donner Prize. Professor Clapp has carried out consulting work for the United Nations World Food Programme, the Canadian International Development Agency, and Oxfam Great Britain. She is a regular blogger for the Triple Crisis website.

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Ann Dale

Trudeau Fellow; Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development, Department of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads University; Principal Investigator of the Meeting the Climate Change Challenge project

Ann Dale is both an academic -- one of Canada's foremost experts in sustainable development -- and an environmental activist deeply committed to building capacity in the environmental movement.

Professor Dale has led several major research initiatives at Royal Roads University. She is the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development. She is the principal investigator at the Canadian Consortium for Sustainable Development Research, a director of the World Fisheries Trust, a fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the National Advisory Committee on Energy Efficiency. In 2011, she began leading a new research project entitled "MC3: Meeting the Climate Change Challenge in British Columbia" funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Change Studies. In addition, Ann Dale led the creation of the National Environmental Treasure, a $30 million people's trust for the environment. The group, the board of which she is presently a director, is devoted to the exclusive funding of Canadian environmental organizations for capacity building in critical areas such as environmental education, communications and infrastructure. Professor Dale is also the president of the Canadian Biodiversity Institute.

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Stewart Elgie

Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Ottawa and Chair of Sustainable Prosperity

Stewart Elgie is a professor of law and economics at the University of Ottawa and a director of the university’s interdisciplinary Environment Institute. He is also the founder and chair of Sustainable Prosperity, Canada’s major green economy think tank and policy-research network. His research involves many aspects of environmental and economic sustainability, with a focus on market-based approaches.

Elgie started his career as a Bay Street lawyer. He went off to Harvard for an LLM, then ended up in Alaska with a public interest environmental law firm where among other things he litigated the Valdez oil spill. He then returned to Canada and founded Ecojustice, now Canada’s largest non-profit environmental law organization, and was counsel on many precedent-setting cases and law reform initiatives from 1991-2001 before returning to school for a doctorate in law and economics at Yale. He has served on or chaired many government advisory bodies in the areas of sustainability and the environment. In 2001, Elgie was awarded the Law Society of Upper Canada medal for exceptional lifetime contributions to law – the youngest man ever to receive the profession’s highest honour.

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Steven Guilbeault

Co-Founder of Équiterre and Director of Équiterre’s Collective Choices Program

Cofounder and senior director of Équiterre, Steven Guilbeault is an environmentalist who has focused on climate change since the early 1990s. He worked for Greenpeace Canada and Greenpeace International for ten years, has been a senior advisor for Deloitte and Touche, and has contributed to such media outlets as the Métro newspaper, Radio-Canada, La Presse and Corporate Knights magazine. Throughout his career, Steven, who co-chaired Climate Action Network International for five years, has attended a number of United Nations climate meetings. His experience at the meetings served as the topic for his first book, Alerte! Le Québec à l'heure des changements climatiques, published in 2009. Steven has been a member of Quebec's Cercle des Phénix, an honorary society for environmentalists, since 2009. He is also an honorary fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. The French newspaper Le Monde has called him one of the world's top 50 players in sustainable development, and in 2012, the Université de Montréal awarded him its medal for lifetime achievement. In 2014, Steven published his second book, Le prochain virage, with co-author François Tanguay.

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Art Hanson

Trudeau mentor and International Chief Advisor and Member, China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development

Art Hanson is a Distinguished Fellow with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and earlier served as IISD’s president and CEO. He conducts research and provides advisory services on innovation for sustainable development, environment and economy relationships, biodiversity, oceans, and international development. Currently, he is the international chief advisor and a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. This body provides advice to the State Council and the premier of China.

Dr. Hanson has a strong interest in linking science to public policy, and has worked with government bodies in Canada, the United States, and Asia on natural resources and environmental management as well as on mechanisms of accountability and governance for sustainable development. He also served two terms on Canada’s National Round Table on the Environment and Economy and was Canada’s ministerial ocean ambassador with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for four years. He has provided advice to the Office of the Auditor General of Canada since 1990, and to many other branches of the Canadian Government as well.

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Michael Harcourt

Trudeau Mentor, former Premier of British Columbia and Chair of QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow

As former premier of British Columbia, Mayor of Vancouver and City Councilor, Mike Harcourt helped British Columbia earn its reputation as one of the most livable, accessible and inclusive places in the world. His focus on conservation and sustainable development – and his resolve to contribute to the transformation of cities and communities around the world – has played a significant role in promoting quality of life for those in Canada and abroad.

After stepping down from politics, he was appointed by the prime minister to serve as a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy, where he served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Urban Sustainability Program. He was a federally appointed B.C. Treaty Commissioner and was Chair of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee for Cities and Communities and co-chaired the National Advisory Committee on the UN-HABITAT World Urban Forum in Vancouver in 2006.

Mr. Harcourt is Honorary Co-Chair at the University of British Columbia’s President’s Advisory Council on sustainability. In addition to acting as Chairman of Quality Urban Energy Systems for Tomorrow (QUEST;, he chairs the Canadian Electricity Association’s Sustainable Electricity Program Advisory Panel.

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Eric Helleiner

Trudeau Fellow and Faculty of Arts Chair in International Political Economy, University of Waterloo

Eric Helleiner is the Faculty of Arts Chair in International Political Economy at the University of Waterloo. He received his BA in economics and political science from the University of Toronto, and his MSc and PhD from the Department of International Relations of the London School of Economics. He is currently working on a book-length research project on the global history of thought in international political economy. He was awarded the Trudeau fellowship in 2007.

He is presently co-editor (with Jonathan Kirshner) of the book series "Cornell Studies in Money" and is a member of the editorial advisory boards of a number of scholarly journals. He was founding director of the MA and PhD programs in global governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and he has taught at the London School of Economics, York University, and Trent University, where he held a Canada Research Chair.

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Matthew Hoffmann

Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; author of Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Experimenting with a Global Response After Kyoto

Matthew J. Hoffmann is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and the University of Toronto, Scarborough. He is also the co-director of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and the chair of the Board of Directors for the Sustainability CoLab. Professor Hoffmann holds a bachelor of science in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University and a PhD in international relations from George Washington University. His research and teaching interests include global governance, climate change politics, complexity theory, and international relations theory. In addition to a number of articles and book chapters on climate politics, carbon markets, and global governance, he is the author of Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Experimenting with a Global Response after Kyoto (Oxford University Press 2011) and Ozone Depletion and Climate Change: Constructing a Global Response (SUNY Press 2005). He is also the co-editor of Contending Perspectives on Global Governance (Routledge 2005) and a co-author of a collaborative book, Transnational Climate Change Governance (Cambridge University Press 2014). Professor Hoffman’s current research project, funded by Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council, is entitled "Policy Pathways to Decarbonization."

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Evaleen Jaager-Roy

Trudeau Mentor; Chair of the Board of Directors of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design; former Vice-President of Electronic Arts

Evaleen Jaager Roy is the principal of Jaager Roy Advisory Inc., a Vancouver-based firm specializing in business strategy and human resources. Previously, Evaleen was employed at Electronic Arts, where she held three senior vice-presidential roles, the last of which was global in scope. As the head of human resources for EA Europe, Evaleen helped lead a $1.5 billion, 24-country business unit based in London. Evaleen has also worked in the energy and auto sectors in the United States and Canada.

Currently the chair of the Board of Governors at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Evaleen is also a former chair at Simon Fraser University, where she was the first alumnus to hold this role. She presently serves on the Board of the Vancouver YWCA and on the Advisory Council of the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Studies at Simon Fraser University.

Evaleen holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an Honors BBA (Outstanding Alumni) from Simon Fraser University. In 2011, she received Business in Vancouver’s Influential Business Woman Award and in 2012 she was given a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for service to Canada.

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Daniel Johnston

Managing Partner, Pacific Resolutions

Daniel B. Johnston, LLB, is a specialist in conflict prevention and resolution. Well known for his completion in the 1990s of the Whitehorse Mining Initiative, a multi-stakeholder national mining strategy, and for the resolution of the decade-long conflict over British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, Mr. Johnston was also instrumental to the completion of the Canadian Roundtable on Corporate Social Responsibility and Canadian Extractive Industries Operating in Developing Countries in 2007 and the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement in 2010.

Most recently, Mr. Johnston has been involved in the matters associated with the development of liquified natural gas in BC and the development of Alberta’s oil sands. Cited in the National Post in 2006 as one of Canada’s top twenty natural resource lawyers, Daniel Johnston has over 2500 days of hands-on experience mediating and/or facilitating bilateral disputes and multi-stakeholder negotiations involving large numbers of representatives of industry, nongovernmental organizations, provincial and federal governments, and First Nations. Mr. Johnston is counsel to Gowling Lafleur Henderson, LLP, Barristers and Solicitors; a principal of Hope Johnston and Associates, Arbitrators and Mediators; a principal of Pacific Resolutions; and a member of the Law Society of BC, the Canadian Bar Association, the BC Bar Association, and the Arbitrators Association of BC. He is also a founding member and director of Cedar Opportunities Coop, an organization created in 2010 to create employment and socialization opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities within their communities. Mr. Johnston resides on Vancouver Island, Canada.

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Fiona Jones

General Manager (Sustainability), Suncor Energy Inc.

Fiona Jones is the general manager of sustainability at Suncor Energy. In this role, she oversees an internal team that helps the company drive environmental excellence in the industry, setting and stewarding sustainability goals and managing Suncor’s climate change strategy. Her mandate includes sustainability reporting and disclosure and the work of Suncor’s Community Investment Program. In her previous role as Suncor’s director of energy and climate change policy, Fiona Jones led a team that represented Suncor's interests in energy policy and evolving climate change policy. Prior to joining Suncor, Fiona was Petro-Canada’s director of ethics and compliance and director of corporate responsibility, in which capacity she led strategy development for business ethics and integrity, the environment, stakeholder and community relations, and human rights and employee practices. She has also managed Petro-Canada’s Market Risk and Derivatives Group and has held positions with leading financial institutions in foreign exchange and financial markets trading.

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Paul Kovacs

Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction; President and CEO, Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation

Paul Kovacs is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction at Western University and the chief executive officer of the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation. Since 1996, he has been a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world's leading forum for the study of climate issues and the winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Paul has commented on insurance, disaster safety, and economic policy for over 35 years, and has written more than 200 publications on insurance, disaster resilience, and adaptation to climate extremes. He has worked in private industry and the public sector as well as in academia. He co-chairs the Infrastructure and Buildings Working Group of Canada’s Adaptation Platform as well as the Science and Technology Working Group of Canada’s Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction. As the head of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, he oversees a team of more than 30 senior scientists and 100 students who over the Institute’s first 15 years completed research worth more than more than $65 million and published more than 300 papers on a broad range of disaster resilience issues, including the design and construction of disaster resilient homes and the development of comprehensive hazard risk management tools for municipal leaders.

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Avrim Lazar

Trudeau Mentor and former Chief Executive Officer of the Forest Products Association of Canada

Avrim Lazar has held senior policy positions in the Government of Canada in the ministries of justice, agriculture, environment, and human resource development. During this period, he was responsible for national policy in areas as diverse as climate change, biodiversity, child poverty, employment insurance, and labour force training. His other appointments include that of chairperson of the Committee of the Whole of the Second UN Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and president of the International Council of Forest and Paper Association. He also chaired the National Business Association Roundtable. From 2002 to 2012, Mr. Lazar was the chief executive officer of the Forest Products Association of Canada during a decade of turbulent creative transformation.

Presently, Avrim Lazar works as an independent consultant providing coaching for policy and communications excellence to organizations and groups. He assists diverse groups in identifying common goals and he supports them in reconciling social, environmental, and economic interests and navigating the interface between government, civil society, and business. His current clients are concentrated in the forest products and aquaculture sectors in Europe and North and South America. In addition, he advises foundations in Canada and Europe on accelerating progress toward the green economy.

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Nathan Lemphers

Trudeau Scholar and doctoral candidate in comparative politics, University of Toronto

Nathan’s research explores the relationship between fossil fuel development and effective climate governance. In particular, he is interested in what Canada can learn from how other fossil fuel-rich advanced nations, such as Australia, Norway, and the United States, are addressing climate change.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Nathan spent four years as a senior policy analyst at the Pembina Institute, a Canadian environmental and energy policy thinktank. In that capacity, he published policy reports and op-eds on the environmental impacts and economics of oilsands and pipeline development. In 2013, he testified at the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline Joint Review Panel hearing, on market diversification in the energy sector at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Natural Resources, and on the safety of hydrocarbon transport in Canada at the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources.

Currently, Nathan is a research assistant at the Environmental Governance Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and a member of the Atlantic Council’s Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Program.

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Mary MacDonald

Senior Vice President and Chief Conservation Officer, WWF-Canada

Mary MacDonald is the senior vice president and chief conservation officer at WWF-Canada. Mary has built and led collaborative and innovative conservation initiatives across five continents.

In southern Africa, she conducted fieldwork documenting the environmental and social impacts of mining and built an action coalition of community groups, scientists, aid agencies and mining executives. From Stockholm, she contributed to drafting the United Nations Convention on Climate Change and was a part of a team of European Union scientists writing protocols for integrating scientific findings into decision-making. From Washington, Mary co-led a World Bank project that established sustainability roundtables in more than 40 developing countries.

At the City of Toronto, Mary initiated the roll-out of more than 10 new initiatives including the Climate Change and Clean Air Action Plan, the Renewable Energy Action Plan and the Green Economic Development Strategy. Mary has held positions at the Metcalf Foundation, the Stockholm Environment Institute, the United Nations, and the World Bank, the Earth Council, the City of Toronto and with an international engineering firm. In addition to her work at WWF-Canada, Mary was an advisor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City in his capacity as Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

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Marie-Lucie Morin

Trudeau Mentor; former Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the World Bank; former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada;

Marie-Lucie Morin served as the executive director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the World Bank from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was appointed national security advisor to the prime minister of Canada and associate secretary to the Cabinet in November 2008. From 2006 to 2008, she served as deputy minister of international trade, and from 2003 to 2006, as associate deputy minister of foreign affairs.

Ms. Morin acquired extensive experience abroad during postings to San Francisco, Jakarta, London, and Moscow. In 1997, she became Canada's ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Iceland, a position she held until 2001. She was awarded the Governor General’s 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal. In 2011, she received the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada’s (APEX) Global Public Servant Award. Ms. Morin was made “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” (France) in 2012.

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Laura-Julie Perreault

Member of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and journalist, La Presse

A member of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Laura-Julie Perreault is a journalist at La Presse and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Born in Lévis, Québec, she received her B.A. in International Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead Scholar.

Laura-Julie was hired by La Presse in 2002, after taking a one-year reporting trip across the ex-Soviet Union for UK-based Gemini News Service. At La Presse, she covers foreign affairs. Over the last decade, she has worked in over 35 countries, covering subjects ranging from the Tunisian Revolution and the Chechen War to the famine in Somalia.

Following her undergraduate studies, she started her journalism career at Le Soleil in Quebec City before moving to Russia where she worked for the CNN Moscow bureau and freelanced for various publications and radio stations.

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Jean Piette

Senior Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Quebec Council of Executives for the Environment

Jean Piette is a senior partner at Norton Rose Fulbright, the chair of the firm’s environmental law team, and the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Conseil patronal de l'environnement du Québec (the Quebec Council of Executives for the Environment). In 1972, Mr. Piette became the first lawyer in Quebec to develop a practice devoted entirely to environmental law. Mr. Piette represents clients in negotiations with environmental authorities, in environmental litigation before administrative and judicial tribunals, and in private transactions involving environmental problems. He is a registered consultant in environmental law to the World Bank. Before joining the firm, he worked successively for the Environment Protection Services, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministry of Environment of Quebec.

The 2011 Who’s Who of Canadian lawyers describes Mr. Piette as enjoying a stellar reputation for his expertise in climate change, energy, natural resources and mining matters. In 2012, he is referred to as having an outstanding reputation in both his advisory and contentious work.

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Chris Ragan

Associate Professor of Economics, McGill University, and Chair of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission

Christopher Ragan is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at McGill University in Montreal and a research fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute in Toronto. He is also the chair of Canada's Ecofiscal Commission, a new collection of non-partisan Canadian economists promoting the use of fiscal tools to improve economic and environmental outcomes. From 2010 through 2013, Ragan held the David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy at the C.D. Howe Institute, and for many years, he was a member of the Institute’s Monetary Policy Council. From January 2009 through June 2010, he was the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at the Department of Finance in Ottawa, where he served as a senior advisor to the minister. During 2004-05, he was special advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Canada.

Ragan is the author of Economics (formerly co-authored with Richard Lipsey), which after fourteen editions is still the most widely used introductory economics textbook in Canada. Ragan also has a regular column in The Globe and Mail. His 2004 book, co-edited with William Watson, is called Is the Debt War Over? Dispatches from Canada’s Fiscal Frontline. In 2007, he published A Canadian Priorities Agenda, co-edited with Jeremy Leonard and France St-Hilaire from the Institute for Research on Public Policy. During the mid-1990s, he was the founding editor-in-chief of World Economic Affairs.

In addition to his teaching work at McGill – for which the university awarded him the Noel Fieldhouse teaching prize in the Faculty of Arts in 2007 – Ragan has been teaching microeconomics regularly for McKinsey & Company for the past fifteen years. He also teaches regularly in EDHEC’s Global MBA program in Nice, France, and in the McGill-HEC executive MBA program.

Chris Ragan received his bachelor’s degree in economics in 1984 from the University of Victoria and his master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University in 1985. He completed his PhD in economics at MIT in 1989.

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Tom Rand

Author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit and Waking the Frog: Solutions for Our Climate Change Paralysis; Managing Partner of the MaRS Cleantech Fund

After a number of years as a successful software entrepreneur. Tom Rand now focuses his efforts on carbon mitigation. He's active in cleantech venture capital, technology incubation and commercialization, and public advocacy. Tom is the managing partner of ArcTern Ventures, a senior advisor at the MaRS Discovery District, and a member of the boards of several clean energy companies and organizations. Tom also developed Planet Traveler, a low-carbon hotel project in downtown Toronto. Tom's first book, Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit, was published in early 2010; his second, Waking the Frog, became a bestseller in the spring of 2014. It is Tom’s belief that we have yet to have a serious, public conversation about the threat of climate change and the economic opportunities afforded by the global transformation to a low-carbon economy. Tom holds a BSc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MSc in the philosophy of science from the University of London and the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto. He is a fellow of Action Canada.

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Claudia Ringler

Deputy Director, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute

Claudia Ringler is the deputy division director of the Environment and Production Technology Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute. She co-leads the Institute’s water research program and is a theme leader of the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Lands and Ecosystems. She also currently serves on the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Water Systems Project and on the Global Water Partnership’s Water Security Taskforce. Claudia’s research interests are water resources management, especially river basin management, and agricultural and natural resource policies for developing countries. Over the last 10 years, she has also investigated the impacts of climate change on developing country agriculture and appropriate adaptation and mitigation options. Claudia has produced over 100 publications on water management, global food and water security, natural resource constraints to global food production, and the synergies of climate change adaptation and mitigation. She received a business administration degree from ESB Business School, Reutlingen, and ICADE, Spain, as well as a MA degree in international and development economics from Yale University and a PhD in agricultural economics from the Center for Development Research, Bonn.

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Mary Simon

Trudeau mentor and Senior Advisor to the National Committee on Inuit Education

Born in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik, Mary Simon, OC, QC, is known for advancing critical social, economic, and human rights for Canadian Inuit regionally, nationally, and around the world. Over four decades, she has held such senior leadership positions as president of Makivik Corporation (the land claims organization for Inuit of Nunavik), president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Canadian ambassador for circumpolar affairs, and Canadian ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark. She also led Canada’s negotiations during the creation of the eight-nation Arctic Council in the mid-1990s: the Council includes the Indigenous peoples of the circumpolar region as permanent participants. More recently, Ms. Simon was the president senior advisor Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Canada’s national Inuit organization, for six years.

Ms. Simon is presently the senior advisor of the National Committee on Inuit Education. In this capacity, her mandate is to implement a comprehensive national strategy aimed at improving Inuit educational standards and achievements.

Mary Simon is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Gold Order of Greenland. Her other distinctions include seven honorary doctorates from Canadian universities and service as the chancellor of Trent University.

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Joël Thibert

Trudeau Scholar and Associate, McKinsey & Company

Joël Thibert is consultant at the Montréal offices of McKinsey & Company. He has a master’s in urban planning from McGill University and a Ph.D. in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. His journey – from working with underprivileged children, to teaching environmental education, to urban planning project management to doctoral studies in urban policy – has followed a single line of reasoning: to gain a better understanding of the relationship between humans and the world they live in and the means at their disposal to fashion their own universe.

He divides his time between working as a consultant for McKinsey & Co., exploring nature in the city with his son Gabriel, doing renovation projects with his wife Stéphanie, and writing about a variety of topics, including urban planning. He is the co-founder and co-organizer of Marcher la région, an annual three-day expedition across Greater Montreal that began in 2010, and a commissioner with the Office de consultation publique de Montréal.

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Paul Uys

Senior Director – External, The Food Institute,University of Guelph; Former Vice President – Innovation, Loblaw Companies Limited

Paul Uys is the senior director (external) of the University of Guelph's Food Institute and a former senior executive at Loblaw Companies, Canada’s largest supermarket. During his 25-year tenure at Loblaw’s, Paul headed the emerging product development department of the company’s control brands – including No Name and President's Choice, Canada’s the largest consumer brand – and oversaw the creation and launch of Loblaw’s Organics, Healthy Eating, and Perishable programs. He also spearheaded Loblaw’s sustainable seafood procurement initiative and played a key role in establishing the company’s responsible sourcing position, known as Food for the Future. In 2013, TV Ontario recognized Paul’s sustainable leadership efforts in the documentary series Green Heroes. In addition to heading the Food Institute, Paul is presently an advisor to WWF-Canada on strategic matters relating to the ocean industry.

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Peter Victor

Professor in Environmental Studies, York University and author of Managing Without Growth

Dr. Peter Victor is one of the founders of the emerging discipline of ecological economics. He was the first president of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics and has worked as an economist on environmental issues for over 40 years. He is presently a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. From 1996 to 2001, he led the Faculty as dean. Prior to his time at York, Dr. Victor served several years as assistant deputy minister in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and spent many years as a private consultant.

Dr. Victor has served on numerous boards and advisory committees. Currently he chairs the Greenbelt Council of Ontario, is a full member of the Club of Rome, is a member of the Advisory Committee on Environmental Statistics for Statistics Canada, is part of the Academic Advisory Panel of TruCost, sits of the boards of directors of the David Suzuki Foundation and the Centre for the Advancement of the Steady-State Economy, and is on the editorial advisory board of several academic journals. His most recent books are Managing without Growth: Slower by Design, not Disaster (Edward Elgar, 2008) and The Costs of Economic Growth (ed) (Edward Elgar, 2013). At present, he is collaborating with Professor Tim Jackson on the development of ecological macroeconomics.

Dr. Victor is the recipient of the 2011 Molson Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts and the 2014 Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award from the International Society for Ecological Economics.

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Emily White

Trudeau Scholar and doctoral candidate in legal theory and human rights, New York University

Emily Kidd White is a doctoral candidate at the New York University School of Law. Her JSD project, supervised by Professor Jeremy Waldron, draws upon the philosophy of emotion to examine the legal concept of human dignity. Emily specializes in legal theory, constitutional law, and international human rights law. After completing her doctorate, Emily plans to pursue an academic career in law.

Born in Toronto, she studied politics and philosophy at Queen’s University, where she graduated with a first-class BA (honours). Emily spent two exciting years working with the Litigation Group at McMillan LLP before entering the International Legal Studies LLM program at the New York University School of Law. Upon graduation, Emily was awarded the Jerome Lipper Prize for distinction in the program and was offered a two-year research fellowship under Professor Joseph Weiler at the Jean Monnet Center for Regional and International Economic Law and Justice. During this time, Emily served as the associate editor of the European Journal of International Law and as the teaching assistant for the Institute for International Law and Justice Colloquium.

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Thursday 20 November 2014

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Queen’s Park Ballroom and Foyer, Main Floor

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Queen’s Park Ballroom and Foyer, Main Floor

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Gloria Harris, Professor at George Brown College
Queen’s Park Ballroom, Main Floor

6:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

John McCall MacBain, Chairman, The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
Queen’s Park Ballroom, Main Floor

6:15 p.m. - 6:25 p.m.

BMO Financial Group, Principal conference partner
Queen’s Park Ballroom, Main Floor

6:20 p.m. - 6:35 p.m.

Morris Rosenberg, President and CEO, The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
Queen’s Park Ballroom, Main Floor

6:35 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.


How is Japan’s tsunami linked to civil war in the Ukraine? What happens to deforestation in the Congo if St Lawrence water levels become too low for freighters to carry grain? This session’s speaker reveals how the US military is planning for the cascading effects of climate change, and why weak signals and tipping points have become part of the new rules of evidence.

Queen’s Park Ballroom, Main Floor
Chair: Maria Banda
Keynote speaker: Chad M. Briggs
Session Presenter: Google

7:15 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Queen’s Park Ballroom, Main Floor

Friday 21 November 2014

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

University Ballroom, Second Floor (hot breakfast),
and Queen's Park North, Main Floor (continental breakfast) and

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.


Twitter 101: Everything you ever wanted to know about Twitter, but were afraid to ask. A look at the history of Twitter, how it has fundamentally changed the way the world communicates, and what you can do to create change, 140 characters at a time. Muffins and coffee will be served.

Queen’s Park Ballroom, Main Floor
Leader: Steve Ladurantaye, Head of News and Government, Twitter Canada @sladurantaye

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Even as the global commons suffer from states’ failure to reach international agreement on climate change, a groundswell of innovations in cities, among civil society organizations, and in the private sector is inspiring new faith in our ability to live more sustainably. This panel describes how stakeholders are uniting to build smart energy communities, how social entrepreneurs have crafted win-win ways to manage resources, how finance is adapting to (and influencing) a new environmental landscape – and what initiatives like theirs augur for the future.

Queen’s Park Ballroom, Main Floor
Chair: Joël Thibert
Speakers: Jane Ambachtsheer, Tzeporah Bermanand Brent Gilmour
Session Presenter: Suncor

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Queen’s Park North and Foyer, Main Floor

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


In this part of the session, conference participants are invited to join the speaker of their choice in one of three break-out groups. In each group, the speaker will be joined by a second expert and the audience will be invited to weigh in on the thornier aspects of the issue.

Why Wait? Greening Initiatives at the Local Level

With 70% of the world’s population expected to dwell in urban areas by 2050, cities and megacities are assuming new weight in politics, finance – and climate change. This break-out group exposes the unexpected opportunities and the ongoing frustrations facing cities looking to function more sustainably, and discovers the surprising ways that communities have found to circumvent obstacles to greening.

Queen's Park Ballroom, Main Floor
Chair: Ann Dale
Commentators: Brent Gilmour and Mary MacDonald

Against All Odds: Citizens As Change Agents

In an era where political power and environmental protection have often presented as a zero-sum game, adversarial relations and downright conflict between governments, industry, and citizens have become more and more frequent, especially when resource extraction is involved. Yet companies and civil society organizations in Canada and abroad are finding ways to align their interests over the most intractable-seeming disputes. This break-out group asks a social entrepreneur and an industry executive how they found that silver bullet, what costs and benefits were involved, and what role they perceive for the civil society/industry interface going forward.

The Roof Salon, 18th Floor (South Tower)
Chair: Evaleen Jaager-Roy
Commentators: Tzeporah Berman and Ross Beaty

Tools For a more resilient Economy

Some barriers to a more sustainable economy are neither technological nor political, but structural. This break-out group discovers the insurance industry’s plans for climate change mitigation and exposes the role played by responsible investing and innovative financing mechanisms – two underexplored areas where recent innovations promise great returns.

University Ballroom, Second Floor
Chair: Eric Helleiner
Commentators: Jane Ambachtsheer and Paul Kovacs

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

University Ballroom, Second Floor, and Mezzanine near check-in desk

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Even as developing countries leapfrog their way to more efficient, less resource-intensive ways of operating, richer nations ponder ways to overcome path dependency and move massive interlocking systems and institutions onto a more sustainable path. The scale of the change is enormous: among other things, it requires retrofitting billions in infrastructure and moving quickly to cleaner technologies and pratices. This panel asks an energy expert, an authority on food systems, and a green economy guru, how sustainability can be reconciled with some of the most deeply entrenched interests and sectors in Western society and with development ambitions abroad.

Queen’s Park Ballroom, Main Floor
Chair: Marie-Lucie Morin
Speakers: Stewart Elgie, Fiona Jones, and Claudia Ringler

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Queen’s Park Foyer, Main Floor

3:30 p.m – 5:00 p.m


In this part of the session, conference participants are invited to join the speaker of their choice in one of three break-out groups. In each group, the speaker will be joined by a second expert and the audience will be invited to weigh in on the thornier aspects of the issue.

Canada’s Energy Landscape

Bitumen pipelines, oil sand expansion, carbon pricing – what were once technical terms have gone mainstream as Canada struggles over its identity as a resource extractor and its choices for its economical, ecological, and social future. This break-out session asks two energy experts to distinguish points of contention from areas open to compromise, and invites them to describe their vision of the options in light of the costs and benefits.

Queen's Park Ballroom, Main Floor
Chair: Nathan Lemphers
Commentators: Fiona Jones and Steven Guilbeault

Climate Change and Food Security

The food system is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, and global food needs are rapidly growing; at the same time, climate change is expected to reduce crop yields and undermine food security. Meanwhile, there is enough food presently for everyone on the planet, but inefficiencies and poverty deprive millions of adequate nutrition: these inequities worsen in times of food shortages. In this break-out session, experts from an international organization, academia, and the corporate sector discuss policy pathways to ensure adequate access to food for everyone on the planet, today and in the future.

The Roof Salon, 18th Floor (South Tower)
Chair: Jennifer Clapp
Commentators: Claudia Ringler and Paul Uys

The Future of Growth: Prospects for a Sustainable Economy

Are the economy and the environment on a collision course? Most scientists agree that we are approaching (or exceeding) Earth’s ecological limits not only for greenhouse gas emissions, but also for water use, biodiversity loss and many other environmental issues. Some argue that continuing efforts to grow GDP are hamstringing future generations. Others argue that we can decouple environmental harm from economic growth. This panel discusses whether it is feasible and desirable to foster a growing economy while staying within the Earth’s limits.

University Ballroom, Second Floor
Chair: Françoise Bertrand
Commentators: Stewart Elgie and Peter Victor

Saturday 22 November 2014

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

University Ballroom, Second Floor (hot breakfast) and Queen's Park North, Main Floor (continental Breakfast)

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


The rapidity with which green technology is coming on line is one of the most exciting aspects of society today; so is the recent groundswell of support for stricter emissions controls among industrialists, economists, and investors. But will new technology really translate into less greenhouse gas-intensive agriculture and a deep shift in transportation? Can Canada catch up to China on policies to scale up green innovations? And what role does fiscal policy play in the sustainable landscape: how do Canada’s policies compare to the policies of what will soon be the world’s largest economy, and who would be the winners and losers of measures that incentivize a green shift?

Queen’s Park Ballroom, Main Floor
Chair: Elizabeth Beale
Speakers: Art Hanson, Chris Ragan and Tom Rand

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Queen’s Park North and Foyer, Main Floor

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


What role do bottom-up, experimental coalitions play in today’s climate governance landscape; what value have multistakeholder associations added to sustainable resource management, and are subnational alliances the way out of gridlock? This panel explores alternate governance arrangements as a means to protect the environment, and asks what to expect in the way of climate agreements going forward.

Queen’s Park Ballroom, Main Floor
Chair : Laura-Julie Perreault
Speakers : Matthew Hoffmann, Daniel Johnston and Jean Piette

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

University Ballroom, Second Floor, and Mezzanine Lounge near check-in desk

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


We face many challenges in the social, environmental, and economic domains, and leadership is critical to mobilizing the creative energy needed to address them. But with leadership, the medium is often more powerful than the message. In this keynote speech, Avrim Lazar argues that how we stand is just as important as what we stand for. And that we can only choose our stance if we look in at ourselves at the same time that we look out at the world where we hope to make a difference.

Queen’s Park Ballroom, Main Floor
Introduction : Emily White
Speaker: Avrim Lazar

3:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Morris Rosenberg, President and CEO
The Pierre Elliott Trudeau foundation
Queen’s Park Ballroom, Main Floor
Program sponsor: Air Canada

This conference is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of our partners and donors, including BMO Financial Group (principal partner), Google and Suncor Energy (session presenters), Air Canada (program sponsor), and Intact Financial Corporation, Lafarge Canada, and Resolute Forest Products (friends). / The Foundation warmly thanks the members of its extended network who contributed to the design and success of this event. / The Foundation is a Canadian registered charity (no 895438919RR0001) and accepts donations to pursue its work.


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Conference participants flying on Air Canada are eligible to a special group rate. Promotional codes are given to participants in the registration confirmation e-mail. Among ground transportation options, Via Rail trains stop at Union Station in downtown Toronto and many bus routes are available from the Toronto Coach Terminal. To reach the Park Hyatt Hotel from the Pearson airport, you may take a taxi or use public transit.


All sessions for the main conference will take place at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Toronto.

A block of rooms for conference participants has been reserved at a negotiated rate at the Park Hyatt Hotel. The room rate is $209 per night, single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes. The number of rooms in the block is limited.