Ian D. Smith

Ian D. Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of Clearwater Seafoods. Mr. Smith joined Clearwater in May 2010 with over 29 years of international experience in the food and consumer products industry. Prior to joining Clearwater, Mr. Smith held senior leadership positions at the Campbell Soup Company within Canada, the United States and China.  Prior […]

The Honourable Christian Paradis

The Honourable Christian Paradis is a former Member of the Parliament of Canada for Mégantic-L’Érable (2006-2015), and Cabinet Minister of Public Works and Government Services, Natural Resources, Industry and International Development and La Francophonie (2007-2015). During his years in office, he was responsible for very important files in Canada, and, from a global standpoint, he […]

Sue Paish, Q.C.

Sue Paish is the CEO of Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster—- driving the development of digital technology platforms and products that will transform businesses and industries while making Canada a world leader in digital technology. The Supercluster brings together organizations of all sizes, from industry, academia, the private and the public sector to work together on […]

Louisane LeBlanc

Louisane LeBlanc is a doctoral candidate in translation, option Translation Studies, at the Université de Montréal. Her research focuses on audio description in Canadian museums. She is trying to understand how visual content is “translated” into audio content to make the works and objects exhibited in museums accessible to blind and amblyopic visitors.   In […]

Elizabeth Kwan

Elizabeth Kwann is a Senior Researcher with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).  Her work at the CLC includes immigration, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, International Mobility Program; and equity and human rights, protections and labour-related areas of groups such as Indigenous Peoples, racialized peoples, immigrants, women, seniors, persons living with visible and invisible disabilities, persons […]

Zabeen Hirji

Zabeen Hirji is a Strategic Advisor to the private, public and academic sectors, and a director on corporate and not-for-profit boards. Prior to this, she had a distinguished career at RBC, spanning senior executive roles in Human Resources and Business leadership, including Chief Human Resources Officer from 2007-2017.  As Executive Advisor Future of Work at […]

Seren Friskie

Seren Friskie is an Indigenous student of St-lo ancestry, in the honours Psychology Program at Thompson Rivers University-Douglas. She holds various research assistant positions, including projects such as the Impacts Project at McGill University, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Bounceback Advisory Committee and The University of British Columbia research centre SARAVYC. Ms. Friskie also […]

Tabatha Bull

Tabatha Bull is an Anishnaabe Kwe from Nipissing First Nation. As  president and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, she is committed to help rebuild and strengthen the path toward reconciliation and a prosperous Indigenous economy to benefit all Canadians.  With a focus on Indigenous economic development, Ms. Bull often works with various […]

Margaret Biggs

Margaret Biggs is the Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy at Queen’s University and the Massey College/Graham Centre Visiting Scholar in Foreign and Defence Policy. She is also Chair of the International Development Research Centre and World University Services Canada, a member of the Advisory Council for FinDevCanada and Vice Chair of the Canadian Partnership […]

Larissa Bezo

Larissa Bezo presently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Bureau for International Education.  Ms. Bezo has served in senior leadership positions in both the public and not-for-profit sectors, including as the youngest Deputy Clerk in the history of Saskatchewan, Senior Advisor to a Federal Royal Commission and most recently, as Interim […]