Rank #1: David McKay and Al Monaco, President and CEO, RBC and President and CEO, Enbridge Inc.
The choices made on energy development today will impact Canada for generations to come. An important conversation on the nation’s energy future as Dave McKay, President and CEO of RBC, hosts an in depth discussion with Al Monaco, President and CEO of Enbridge. The session will cover how Canada can become a global leader in energy and climate solutions, what stakeholders across the country must do today to solve competitiveness roadblocks, and why investing in and building resilient and sustainable energy infrastructure could be the key to a prosperous future for the country. Biography: David McKay, President and CEO, RBC Dave McKay is President and CEO of RBC, Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization. Dave is credited with helping transform the bank’s retail division and introduce new technology that has enabled RBC to adapt and evolve to rapidly changing consumer demands. Appointed President and CEO in 2014, the following year he led the acquisition of City National Corporation, creating a platform for growth with institutional, corporate and high net worth clients in the U.S. Dave started his career at RBC in 1988 as a computer programmer before moving to the organization’s retail banking arm. He then held progressively senior roles in Canada and Japan in retail and business banking, group risk management, and corporate banking, ultimately becoming Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking in 2012. Dave was named Retail Banker of the Year in 2012 and 2015 by Retail Banker International. An unwavering champion for Canada’s innovation ecosystem, Dave is leading RBC’s support for and partnerships with universities, start ups and accelerators, particularly in transformational technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain. He is also a passionate advocate for youth, promoting the benefits of work integrated learning and supporting the development of RBC Future Launch, a 10 year, $500 million commitment to help young people build the skills and capabilities required to succeed in a changing world. Dave holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and an honorary Doctor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo. He also holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson University. Al Monaco, President and CEO, Enbridge Inc. Al Monaco was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Enbridge Inc. in 2012. Prior to his appointment, he served as the company’s President, Gas Pipelines, Green Energy and International. Mr. Monaco has more than 30 years’ experience in the energy business including the upstream oil and gas exploration, development and pipelines businesses. Since joining Enbridge in 1995, he has held positions across Enbridge’s energy infrastructure businesses including Executive Vice President, Major Projects and Green Energy, and as President, Enbridge Gas Distribution; Senior Vice President, Corporate Planning and Development; and Vice President, Financial Services and Treasurer for Enbridge's U.S. based master limited partnership. Mr. Monaco earned a Master of Business Administration, Finance, from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. He holds a CPA, CMA designation and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Monaco is a Director and member of the American Petroleum Institute’s Finance and Executive Committees, a member of the National Petroleum Council, and of the Business Council of Canada.
Rank #2: Come From Away - 2017 Canadians of the Year
WINNERS OF THE 2017 CANADIANS OF THE YEAR AWARD Presented by Canadian Club Toronto Since 1992, Canadian Club Toronto has presented its Canadian of the Year Award to distinguish and recognize those whose efforts and example have improved the lives of others and inspired us as a nation. This year we proudly recognize the Come From Away creators, Irene Sankoff and David Hein, and the creator of The Canadian Music Theatre Project, Michael Rubinoff as our 2017 Canadians of the Year for their impressive work, showcasing the best of Canadian values on an international stage. Come From Away tells the story of when 38 planes and thousands of passengers were diverted to the Town of Gander, Newfoundland, a remote community that became the epicenter of a remarkable true story filled with unusual characters, unexpected camaraderie and uncommon generosity. From the original idea to the sold out and seven Tony Nominations success story, our panelists, Irene Sankoff and David Hein ,Writers/Composers; Sue Frost and Randy Adams, Producers, and Christopher Ashley, Director, will discuss their journey and what’s next on the horizon. Come From Away creative team took the stage to discuss the award winning Broadway musical that is making a grand return to Toronto. Biography: IRENE SANKOFF and DAVID HEIN: BOOK, MUSIC, LYRICS Irene and David are a Canadian married writing team. Their first show, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, based on David’s mother’s true story, was the hit of the Toronto Fringe Festival, and then picked up for a commercial run by Mirvish Productions. It has now played and won best musical awards in the New York Musical Theatre Festival and across North America, with Sankoff and Hein performing in most productions. Come From Away was developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project and Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists, showcased at the NAMT Festival of New Works and enjoyed a record setting world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory, followed by Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto and the Gander Community Centre Hockey Rink. Come From Away won three 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, four Helen Hayes Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards and three Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical. David and Irene were nominated for Tony Awards for Best Book and Score and won the 2017 Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for Best Book. They are currently writing the screenplay for Come From Away, to be produced by Mark Gordon. Irene and David are proud members of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP. CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY: DIRECTOR Artistic Director, La Jolla Playhouse. Come From Away at La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Ford’s Theatre. Broadway: Memphis, Tony Award® nomination; Xanadu, Leap of Faith, All Shook Up, Rocky Horror Show, Tony Award® nomination. West End: Memphis. New York: Blown Sideways Through Life, Jeffrey, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla, Regrets Only, Wonder of the World, Communicating Doors, Bunny Bunny, The Night Hank Williams Died, Fires in the Mirror, Lucille Lortel Award. Kennedy Center: Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Lisbon Traviata. La Jolla PLayhouse selected credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Darrell Hammond Project, Hollywood, His Girl Friday, Glengarry Glen Ross, Restoration. TV/Film: Lucky Stiff, Jeffrey; American Playhouse, PBS: Blown Sideways through Life. RANDY ADAMS: PRODUCER Randy Adams is a Tony award winning Producer and founding partner of Junkyard Dog Productions, JYD, a theatrical producing company dedicated to the development and production of new musical theatre. JYD has most recently been represented on Broadway with First Date at the Longacre Theatre. The National Tour of Memphis, by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, completed a successful multi year run foll
Rank #3: Murad Al Katib, President and CEO, AGT Food and Ingredients Inc.
A discussion about Canada’s agricultural endowment and the linkage to global food security, as the world moves towards 10 billion people and rising incomes in emerging markets. Many have termed this the Agriculture Century and some speculate that this will be Canada’s opportunity to respond to the global need for food production. It’s estimated that the world will need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as has been produced in the past 10,000 years of civilization. Named one of Canada’s 30 Fabulous Entrepreneurs of the past 30 years by Profitguide Magazine and the 2017 Ernst and Young World Entrepreneur of the Year, Murad Al Katib will relay his story of a basement startup in Saskatchewan growing into a multi billion dollar international processor and exporter of staple foods including lentils, chickpeas, peas and pasta. The discussion will also provide his insights into the National Strategy Table Report for Agriculture and Food tabled with the Government of Canada in October 2018 and provide perspectives on Canada’s need to focus on a National Corridors and Gateways strategy to move its products to international markets. Biography: Murad Al Katib, President and CEO, AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. Murad Al Katib, President, CEO and Board member of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. An international agri food commodity trading strategic business and financial thinker, Murad founded AGT Foods in 2001, building a Canadian start up into a global billion dollar value added pulses, staple foods and ingredient company. Murad serves as the National Agri Food Strategy Roundtable Chair, on the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Board and as the Economic Development Regina Board Chair. Past Boards include the CSCA, Pulse Canada and Canadian Government advisory boards and panels. Murad’s awards include the 2017 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, a U of R Honorary Degree, 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Honouree, 2017 EY World Entrepreneur of the Year, 2016 UN Association of Canada Global Citizen Laureate, PROFITGuide Magazine’s 30 Most Fabulous Entrepreneurs of the Past 30 Years list, Globe and Mail Canada’s Top 40 under 40 and the Western Producer 44 Innovators Who Shaped Prairie Agriculture. Gillian Riley, Executive Vice President, Canadian Commercial Banking, Scotiabank In the role of Executive Vice President, Canadian Commercial Banking, Gillian is responsible for the overall strategic positioning, growth and direct management of several key integrated business areas that provide financial offerings including corporate finance solutions to businesses throughout Canada. She was appointed to this position in December 2015. Gillian began her career with Scotiabank in 1994 in Commercial Banking, and has held progressively senior positions in the Canadian Bank with Retail Mortgages, Retail Deposits and Payments, Dundee Bank and most recently, Commercial Banking. Gillian is a member of the Risk Policy and Senior Credit Committees at the Bank. She is also Chair of Roynat Capital’s Board of Directors and sits on the Board of the Canadian Club of Toronto. Gillian holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hartford Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, Western University. She and her husband, Chris, have three children.
Rank #4: Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Official Opposition and Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, discusses his vision for the country. Andrew will share his thoughts on how Ottawa decision makers can strengthen the Canadian economy through a plan for lower taxes, responsible government spending, and a commitment to creating opportunities for the next generation. Biography: Andrew Scheer is the Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. He was first elected Member of Parliament for Regina Qu’Appelle in 2004 by defeating the longest serving member of the House of Commons. Re elected four more times, he held the position of Speaker of the House of Commons from 2011 to 2015, becoming the youngest Speaker in Canadian history. After the 2015 election, Andrew served as the Official Opposition House Leader before successfully seeking the Conservative leadership. Andrew studied History and Politics at the University of Ottawa and the University of Regina. He passed the Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker program and began his working career in the insurance industry in Regina. As a father of five, Andrew has been known all his life for being true to his conservative principles in politics and out.
Rank #5: Honourable Bill Morneau, Federal Minister of Finance
Minister Morneau discusses the details of the November 21 Fall Economic Statement, highlighting its benefits for Canadians, for the business community, and for the economy. He will talk about the work the government has done to strengthen and grow the middle class, and the next steps government is taking to strengthen investor confidence and build a more competitive Canada. Minister Morneau's remarks will be followed by a moderated question and answer with Valerie Pringle. Biography The Honourable Bill Morneau, P.C., M.P. Bill Morneau is Canada’s Minister of Finance and has been in that role since 2015. He is the Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre, and an accomplished business leader. As Canada’s Minister of Finance, Bill has played a key role in shaping government policy and initiatives, including the introduction of the Canada Child Benefit, tax cuts for the middle class and small businesses, and the negotiation of an enhanced Canada Pension Plan. Between 1990 and 2015, Bill led the human resources firm, Morneau Shepell, through a period of transformational growth. Under his leadership, the firm grew from 200 employees to 4,000, becoming the largest firm of its kind in Canada, providing services to thousands of Canadian organizations and millions of Canadians. As a community leader, Bill has worked to support the arts, help at risk youth, and improve access to health care and education. Over a period of 20 years, he served as the chair of the board at St. Michael’s Hospital, Chair of Covenant House and Chair of the C.D. Howe Institute, and sat on many boards, including at the Loran Scholars Foundation and the Learning Partnership. Internationally, Bill founded a school for Somali and Sudanese girls in Kakuma Refugee Camp, a UNHCR camp in northern Kenya. Bill has co authored a book, The Real Retirement, and previously served as pension investment advisor to the Ontario government. He holds a BA from Western University, an MSc, Econ, from the London School of Economics and an MBA from INSEAD. Valerie Pringle, Canadian Television Host and Journalist Valerie Pringle is one of Canada's best known and most respected broadcasters public figures and volunteers. She started her career at age 19 as a student reporter with CFRB Radio in Toronto after graduating from Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson. She helped launch the CBC TV news and current affairs program, MIDDAY. Valerie moved to CTV in 1993 and co hosted Canada AM until 2001. Valerie then helped produce, write and host documentaries and series including Valerie Pringle Has Left the Building, Test of Faith and The Canadian Antiques Roadshow. She is now involved full time in not for profit work. She is Chair of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation. She is a member of the Foundation Board of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation, The Ontario Brain Institute,the Canadian Broadcast Heritage Museum and the International Festival of Authors.She is a mentor for the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. Valerie was awarded an honourary doctorate from Ryerson University and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2006 for her contributions to communications and her volunteer work.
Rank #6: Mark Machin, President and CEO, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Investing for Canadians: Meet the CEO steering the billion dollar growth strategy that is funding the retirement of 20 million Canadians. Mark Machin, of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board speaks about the $366B fund and how the organization engages in capital markets, including plans to navigate disruptive technologies, changing demographics, rise of emerging markets and ESG concerns that are driving shifts in the world economy. Biography Mark was appointed President and CEO in June 2016, where he is responsible for leading CPP Investment Board and its investment activities. Mark joined CPPIB in 2012 as CPPIB’s first President for Asia. In November 2013, he became Head of International where he was responsible for the organization’s international investment activities, managing global advisory relationships and leading the organization internationally. Prior to joining CPPIB, Mark had a 20 year career at Goldman Sachs, where he was most recently Vice Chairman of Asia ex Japan. Mark has been based in Asia for more than 20 years where, among other roles, he ran the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in Asia ex Japan for six years. Mark was a member of Goldman Sachs’ Asia Management Committee and the Firmwide Capital Committee. Mark studied undergraduate and graduate medicine and holds a BA in Physiological Sciences from Oriel College, Oxford University and BM BChir from Downing College, Cambridge University. He qualified as medical doctor in 1990. After practicing medicine in the UK, in 1991 he joined Goldman Sachs in London in European Corporate Finance. Mark is married with two children. He was named one of Canada’s Top 10 CEOs in 2018 by Glassdoor in its Employee Choice Awards.
Rank #7: Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services
The links between violence against women and human trafficking are undeniable. We all have a role to play. Educating our youth to recognize signs of abuse and trafficking is vital to a successful preventative strategy, just as partnering with the business community is key to raising awareness. Minister Lisa MacLeod, Children, Community and Social Services and Women's Issues, discusses next steps to safeguard women and children from predatory and criminal behavior. Biography Lisa MacLeod is the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services with responsibilities for Women’s Issues, Immigration and Poverty Reduction.A native of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Lisa attended St. Francis Xavier University where she obtained a BA Honours degree and completed Masters level course work in Strategic Intelligence at American Military University in Virginia. Lisa was first elected in 2006 and was re elected in 2007, 2011, 2014 and 2018. In her terms in Opposition Lisa served as Vice Chair of the Legislative Assembly Committee, the Government Agencies Committee and the Public Accounts Committees. She held senior critic portfolios in Finance, Treasury Board, Energy and Education, among others. She also served as Vice Chair of the Quebec Ontario Parliamentary Committee and the Steering Committee for the Commonwealth Women’s Parliamentary Association. As an opposition member, Lisa was able to receive all party support on numerous occasions for important initiatives such as making Queen’s Park Family Friendly, protecting Ontario horseracing, including the Rideau Carleton Raceway, Rowan’s Law, Canada’s first concussion legislation, Lebanese Heritage Month and Trans Remembrance. As supporter of Equal Voice for many years Lisa was instrumental in the ground breaking Daughters of the Vote initiative which brought 338 young women to Parliament Hill during Canada’s 150th. For that work she was awarded the 2018 EVE Award for the advancement of women in politics. Lisa was also the recipient of the Royal Canadian Legion Friendship Medal and the St. John’s Ambulance Commendation. For her work in Ottawa she was named Top 25 in the Capital, Top 50 in the Capital and Faces Magazine’s Favourite MPP. In Nepean, Lisa was a co founder of the South Nepean Autism Centre, SNAP, is a member of the Barrhaven Legion, an avid supporter of the Barrhaven Food Cupboard and a former parent volunteer at Manordale Public School and the Nepean Hotspurs. A hockey Mom, Lisa was a trainer with the Nepean Wildcats hockey team. Lisa is also the author of a cookbook, I’d Rather Be Baking Cookies, A Collection of Recipes from Lisa MacLeod and Friends. Lisa and her husband Professor Joe Varner live in Nepean with their daughter Victoria and their dog Bonnie Brae and cat Puddymac III.
Rank #8: Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco
Cisco is a global technology leader at the forefront of Corporate Social Responsibility. Chairman and CEO Chuck Robbins believes what is good for the world and good for business are more closely connected than ever before. Hand in hand with this commitment is a powerful focus on people, teams and culture. Join him in a conversation with BNN Bloomberg’s Amanda Lang on how these foundational priorities drive success. Biography Chuck Robbins, Chairman and CEO, Cisco Chuck Robbins is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cisco. He assumed the role of CEO on July 26, 2015 and was elected Chairman of the Board on December 11, 2017. As Chairman and CEO, Chuck is focused on helping companies, cities and countries around the world as they look to Cisco to connect everything and everyone by building the highly secure, intelligent platform for digital business. Over his 20 years at Cisco, he has served as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations, where he led the Worldwide Sales and Partner Organizations, and helped drive and execute many of the company's investment areas and strategy shifts; Senior Vice President of The Americas, Cisco's largest geographic region; Senior Vice President of U.S. Enterprise, Commercial and Canada; Senior Vice President of U.S. Commercial Sales; and Segment Vice President, U.S. and Canada channel organization, where he was instrumental in helping build the industry's most powerful partner program. Prior to joining Cisco, Chuck held management positions at Bay Networks and Ascend Communications. Chuck is on the Board of Directors for BlackRock; Chairman of the US Japan Business Council; a Member of the International Business Council for the World Economic Forum; on the Board of Directors for the Business Roundtable where he serves as Chairman of the Immigration Committee; and a member of the International Council for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. Chuck holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics with a computer science concentration from the University of North Carolina. Amanda Lang, Anchor, Bloomberg Television Canada Amanda Lang rejoined BNN Bloomberg in January 2018, returning to the channel she helped create almost 19 years earlier. As New York correspondent, she was a key part of the team that launched BNN Bloomberg’s predecessor, ROBTV, in 1999. Lang has been covering business news in North America for 20 years. She started her journalism career at The Globe and Mail and then the National Post, before moving into television with ROBTV and then CNN. Lang returned to BNN Bloomberg ROBTV in 2002 as anchor of the network’s flagship morning show before creating and hosting SQUEEZEPLAY, a nightly issues driven debate show with Kevin O’Leary. In 2009, Lang left BNN Bloomberg to join the CBC as its senior business correspondent. Most recently she worked as an anchor for Bloomberg Television Canada. Lang studied architecture at the University of Manitoba before becoming a journalist. Her best selling book, The Power of Why, HarperCollins, October 2012, explores the connection between curiosity and success. Her second book, The Beauty of Discomfort, was published in 2017.
Rank #9: Right Honourable Stephen Harper, 22nd Prime Minister of Canada
In this timely and insightful new book, Stephen J. Harper, Canada's 22nd Prime Minister, draws on a decade of experience as a G 7 leader to help leaders in business and government understand, adapt, and thrive in an age of unprecedented disruption. The world is in flux. Disruptive technologies, ideas, and politicians are challenging business models, norms, and political conventions everywhere. How we, as leaders in business and politics, choose to respond matters greatly. Some voices refuse to concede the need for any change, while others advocate for radical realignment. But neither of these positions can sustainably address the legitimate concerns of disaffected citizens. Right Here, Right Now sets out a pragmatic, forward looking vision for leaders in business and politics by analyzing how economic, social, and public policy trends, including globalized movements of capital, goods and services, and labour have affected our economies, communities, and governments. Harper contends that Donald Trump's surprise election and governing agenda clearly signal that political, economic, and social institutions must be more responsive to legitimate concerns about public policy, market regulation, immigration, and technology. Urging readers to look past questions of style and gravitas, Harper thoughtfully examines the substantive underpinnings of how and why Donald Trump was able to succeed Barack Obama as President of the United States, and how these forces are manifesting themselves in other western democracies. Analyzing international trade, market regulation, immigration, technology, and the role of government in the digital economy, Harper lays out the case for pragmatic leadership as a proven solution to the uncertainty and risk that businesses and governments face today. Biography The Right Honourable Stephen Harper Stephen Joseph Harper is an economist, entrepreneur, and former G 7 leader who served as Canada's 22nd Prime Minister for nearly a decade, from February 6, 2006 to November 4, 2015. Today, he is the Chairman and CEO of Harper and Associates Consulting, a firm that helps its clients navigate global business risk. He speaks regularly to global audiences about investment trends, international trade and geopolitics. In 2018, Harper was elected Chairman of the International Democrat Union, the world's preeminent alliance of centre right political parties. John Walsh, Managing Director, General Counsel John Walsh was appointed to the Executive Team as Managing Director, General Counsel in January 2015. Mr. Walsh joined OPTrust in 2006 as an investment professional in OPTrust’s Private Markets Group, responsible for transaction negotiation, structuring and execution, corporate governance and operations. As Managing Director, General Counsel, Mr. Walsh provides legal counsel to all of OPTrust and oversees all corporate governance, compliance, enterprise risk management and transactional structuring matters. Before joining OPTrust, Mr. Walsh practiced corporate and securities law for a decade at two leading Canadian law firms. Mr. Walsh has also worked at the senior levels of politics and government in Canada and the United States.
Rank #10: Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto Mayoral Candidate
Jennifer Keesmaat presents her plan to build a better Toronto with strong, decisive leadership. Keesmaat will discuss her bold but realistic plan to build 100,000 new affordable homes, create a better transit network and safer streets for everyone. Biography Jennifer Keesmaat is a passionate and outspoken advocate of city building efforts that enhance the livability, affordability, and sustainability of the City of Toronto. As Toronto's Chief Planner, Jennifer's priorities included the implementation of the Planning Division's new Strategic Plan; the promotion of mid rise development along the city's Avenues as part of a strategy to develop more complete communities; providing residents with more access to city building conversations through an improved consultation process; a renewed focus on evidence based transit planning; and overseeing development review for the City's 5000 plus annual development applications. Jennifer's expertise was honed through her extensive work in the private sector, characterized by an emphasis on the creation of complete communities, the facilitation of collaborations across sectors, and broad engagement with residents, municipal staff, Council, developers, business leaders, NGOs, and other stakeholders. She was a founding partner of DIALOG, an award-winning urban planning firm that today employs more than 600 people in offices across Canada and the U.S, and she served as the CEO of Creative Housing Society, a not for profit organization dedicated to the creation of affordable rental housing in Canada’s major cities. Over the past decade, Jennifer has been recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute, the Design Exchange and EDRA for her work in municipalities across Canada, having earned a variety of awards for planning excellence. She has also served as Chair of the Urban Land Institute and a Distinguished Visitor in Residence at the University of Toronto. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from Western University and Masters of Environmental Studies, Planning from York University, and lives in Toronto with her husband, Tom, and children, Alexandra and Luis.
Rank #11: Roy Gori, President and CEO, Manulife
Technology continues to reshape customer expectations and upend entire industries, and the world of insurance and wealth and asset management has not been immune. Rather than viewing this seismic shift as a threat, Manulife President and CEO Roy Gori sees a massive opportunity. Join Roy in conversation with Terrie O'Leary, Executive Vice President, Business Strategy and Operations, Toronto Global, for a discussion about what it takes to delight consumers, drive transformative change, embrace technology and pull the industry out of the Dark Ages and into the future. Biography Roy Gori, CEO and President, Manulife: Roy Gori was appointed President of Manulife on June 5, 2017 and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board on October 1, 2017. He is also Chair of the Company’s Executive Leadership Team. Roy joined Manulife in March 2015 as President and Chief Executive Officer, Manulife Asia. In that role, he was responsible for Manulife Asia operations in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. During his time leading Manulife’s rapidly growing business in the region, Manulife Asia rolled out a new strategy to further accelerate its growth, strengthen its competitive position and reposition its business around its customers. Roy was also the driving force behind a number of key innovations that Manulife brought to market, including the award winning Manulife MOVE insurance product. Prior to joining Manulife, Roy was Head of Consumer Banking, North Asia and Australia, and Regional Head of Retail Banking, Asia Pacific, at Citigroup. In these roles, he was responsible for the company’s insurance and wealth management businesses and its Asia Pacific Sales and Distribution organization. A native Australian, Roy has worked and lived in Sydney, Singapore, Thailand, and Hong Kong, and is now based in Toronto. Terrie O'Leary Executive Vice President, Business Strategy and Operations, Toronto Global Terrie O’Leary was appointed as the Executive Vice President, Business Strategy and Operations at Toronto Global, the Toronto Region’s foreign direct investment marketing and Sales Corporation, in December, 2016. Prior to this Terrie served as the Interim President and CEO of Invest Toronto. A seasoned executive, Terrie was with Invest Toronto from its inception and helped establish the organization as the investment attraction agency for Canada’s largest city. Prior to joining Invest Toronto, Terrie represented Canada at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., and sat on the Bank’s Board of Directors for four years. Canada represents itself as well as 11 Caribbean nations and Ireland at the World Bank. As a resident member of the Board of Directors, Terrie provided advice, guidance and instruction to member countries and World Bank staff. In addition to her experience internationally, Terrie also has substantial public sector and government experience. She was the Chief of Staff to Canada’s Minister of Finance, Paul Martin, from 1993 to 1998, when Canada eliminated its deficit for the first time in 30 years. Following the historic 1995 budget, other key accomplishments during her tenure included reforming Canada’s pension plan, establishing the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, CPPIB, enhancing financial sector supervision and transparency, introducing Registered Education Savings Plans, RESP’s, and establishing the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Ms. O’Leary also served on the Prime Minister’s transition team in 2003, and coordinated and developed policy platforms for several national election campaigns. A graduate of McGill University with a BA in Economics, Terrie moved back to Toronto in 2007, where she was born and raised, and is an active member of the community. Terrie was appointed to serve on the Board o
Rank #12: L.G.B.T. on B.A.Y: Omo Akintan, Luc Mongeau, Charlotte Wang and Jaime Watt, moderated by Michael Serapio
When employees can bring their entire selves to work, everyone wins. Businesses do better, people are happier and young people have the chance to envision themselves living authentically in a number of roles. Join Canadian Club Toronto as we celebrate Pride month with LGBT on B.A.Y.: A panel of successful Toronto individuals reflecting on how far we’ve come in the workplace and the importance of being OUT. Biography Omo Akintan Omo is the Acting Director of the City of Toronto's Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Division. Prior to commencing that role in June 2017 she was a labour, employment and human rights lawyer in the City of Toronto's Legal Services Division. She's a past member of the boards of Community One Foundation, previously Lesbian and Gay Community Appeal Foundation, and the Sherbourne Health Centre and is currently on the board of the Massey Centre. Luc Mongeau Luc Mongeau was appointed President, Weston Foods on January 19, 2017. Luc is a seasoned consumer goods executive with extensive branding, product development, operations and P and L management experience in the food, chocolate and petcare categories. Over a 15 year career at Mars, his roles included leading the Canadian business, Mars Petcare’s multi billion dollar North American business and setting the global strategic and marketing direction for some of Mars’ leading Petcare brands. Charlotte Wang As a 20 year IT industry veteran, as well as an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Charlotte specializes in designing complex automation and cloud architecture solutions, as well as integrating Hybrid Cloud Management Services to deliver real time business value on the state of the ecosystem. In her current position as Chief Technology Officer for IBM Services Canada, she has the opportunity to apply her patented automation technology to cloud migration and cognitive transformations in hybrid cloud platforms. This technology combined with her knack for strategic thinking, commitment to customer satisfaction and ability to effectively break down complex IT problems into easy to understand concepts allows Charlotte to bring value to any challenging IT situation. She passionate about professional development; contributing to the vitality of the IBM technical community; and promoting the role of women in technology as a member of Society of Women Engineers. Jaime Watt Jaime Watt is the Executive Chairman of Navigator. He specializes in complex public strategy issues, serving both domestic and international clients in the corporate, professional services, not for profit, and government sectors. Widely regarded as Canada’s leading high stakes communications strategist, he is a trusted advisor to boards of directors, business and professional leaders as well as political leaders at all three levels of government across Canada. Jaime has led ground breaking election campaigns that have transformed politics because of their boldness and creativity. Jaime has been involved in governance education and thought leadership throughout his career. He is a guest lecturer at a variety of Rotman School programmes at the University of Toronto and is a Lecturer at the Ivey School of Business at Western University. He regularly provides expert opinion in challenging governance situations. Currently, Jaime chairs the board of OCAD University and the Literary Review of Canada. He serves on the boards of many organizations including the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto, the Shaw Festival in Niagara on the Lake, as well as Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre and Crimson Asset Management. He is a past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto and the Albany Club. Deeply involved with efforts to promote equality and human rights issues, he was the inaugural recipient of
Rank #13: The Right Honourable David Johnston, Former Governor General of Canada, 2010 to 2017 and Chair, Rideau Hall Foundation
Canadian Club Toronto is proud to present the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to The Right Honourable David Johnston, an award that celebrates the lifelong efforts and leadership of extraordinary Canadians. An accomplished academic and professor, Mr. Johnston has made a career of loving and serving Canada. From his time as the 28th Governor General, to his creation of the Rideau Hall Foundation, he has earned the trust and respect of Canadians and the world as he uses his platform to give voice to issues he’s passionate about, such as Indigenous issues and the environment. Join us in conversation with his daughter, CBC Radio Canada’s Alex Johnston, as they reflect on his illustrious career and discuss what’s next for Mr. Johnston and Canada. Biography: WINNER OF THE CANADIAN CLUB TORONTO LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD The Right Honourable David Johnston Governor General of Canada, 2010 to 2017 Chair of Rideau Hall Foundation The Right Honourable David Johnston was Canada’s 28th governor general. During his mandate, he established the Rideau Hall Foundation ,RHF, a registered charity that supports and amplifies the Office of the Governor General in its work to connect, honour and inspire Canadians. Today, he is actively involved as Chair of the RHF Board of Directors, and serves as an Executive Advisor at Deloitte. Prior to his installation as governor general, Mr. Johnston was a professor of law for over 30 years, and served as President of the University of Waterloo from 1999 to 2010. He was president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and of the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec. He was the founding chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy and chaired the federal government’s Information Highway Advisory Council. He has served on many provincial and federal task forces and committees, and has served on the boards of a number of public companies. Alex Johnston, Vice President, Strategy and Public Affairs, CBC Alex Johnston was appointed to the position of Vice President, Strategy and Public Affairs on January 29, 2016. In her role as Vice President, Ms. Johnston’s mandate is to continue shaping and implementing the Corporation’s strategic direction. Ms. Johnston oversees Enterprise Strategy, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Public Affairs and Enterprise Communications. Prior to working at CBC Radio Canada, Ms. Johnston led Catalyst Canada as the Executive Director, responsible for growing Catalyst’s impact in Canada. Ms. Johnston is a long time advocate for women, in particular accelerating women’s progress through inclusion in the workforce. Before working at Catalyst, Ms. Johnston practiced corporate law at Goodmans LLP. In 2003, she worked in the office of former Premier, Dalton McGuinty, as Executive Director of Policy where she worked closely with policy, community and business leaders, and senior members of government to develop, implement and communicate the Government’s agenda. Ms. Johnston sits on the board of directors for Desjardins General Insurance Group, on the board of trustees for the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and on the advisory board for the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care. Ms. Johnston holds a BA, LLB and BCL from McGill University. She is based in Toronto with her husband and three young children.
Rank #14: Buy, Sell or Hold: What's the Outlook for Canada's Housing Market? Panelist: Romy Bowers, Stephen Smith and Tim Hudak, Moderated by Bruce Sellery
Has Canada’s housing market reached a breaking point? Rising mortgage rates, the new mortgage stress test, and changes for foreign buyers have lead to a shift in the market. So what’s next? Stephen Smith, First National; Tim Hudak, OREA; and Romy Bowers, CMHC; discuss the outlook for the housing market. Biography Romy Bowers Romy Bowers is Chief Commercial Officer of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, CMHC; with responsibility for leading the corporation’s securitization and mortgage loan insurance businesses. Ms. Bowers joined CMHC in 2015 as Chief Risk Officer, bringing to the organization over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining CMHC, Ms. Bowers worked at a large Canadian bank where she held various finance and risk management related positions in the areas of corporate funding, capital management, stress testing and operational risk management. Ms. Bowers holds a Masters of Arts from McGill University and a Masters of Business Administration, Finance, from the University of Toronto. She lives in Toronto with her husband. Stephen Smith STEPHEN SMITH, one of Canada’s leading financial services entrepreneurs, is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co Founder of First National Financial Corporation. He has been an innovator in the development and utilization of various securitization techniques to finance mortgage assets as well as a leader in the development and application of information technology in the mortgage industry. Mr. Smith is Chairman of Canada Guaranty Mortgage Insurance Company, which he owns in partnership with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He is the largest shareholder in Equitable Bank, one of Canada’s leading alternative lenders and the country’s ninth largest bank. Mr. Smith is a member of the Board of Governors of the Royal Ontario Museum, the Board of Directors of the C. D. Howe Institute, E L Financial Corporation and the Canada Infrastructure Bank. He is also Chairman of Historica Canada, producer of the Heritage Minutes and publisher of The Canadian Encyclopaedia. In 2012, Mr Smith received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada. In 2015, Queen's University announced the naming of The Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business at Queen's University in honour of Mr. Smith and his historic $50 million donation to the school. Mr. Smith holds a B.Sc, Hons.; in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University and a M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics. Tim Hudak Tim Hudak is the CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association, OREA, Canada’s largest provincial real estate industry association representing 70,000 REALTORS®. After a distinguished 21 years of public service in the Ontario Legislature, including five years as Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario and Leader of the Official Opposition, Hudak made the move to OREA. Since becoming CEO in December 2016, he and his OREA team have focused on transforming OREA into Ontario’s most effective professional association that delivers high impact advocacy on behalf of REALTORS® and consumers, and provides quality services to members. During his first year as CEO, Hudak was named one of the most powerful people in residential real estate by Swanepoel Power 200 2017/18. He continues to travel the province, speaking directly with REALTOR® leaders, associated professions, and government decision makers to gain insights and a local perspective on the real estate profession. These insights will help strengthen the profession and help build stronger communities. Hudak earned an Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario, and was subsequently awarded a full academic scholarship to the University of Washington, where he obtained his Master of Arts in Economics. He is married to Deb Hutton
Rank #15: Canada's Incubators: Lauren Robinson, Abdullah Snobar and Salim Teja, moderated by Amber Kanwar
Business incubation is a unique and highly flexible combination of business development processes, infrastructure and people designed to nurture new and small businesses by helping them to survive and grow through the difficult and vulnerable early stages of development. Toronto has become the Canadian home base for a handful of incubators looking to foster dynamic start ups into market giants. The leaders of MaRS, DMZ, and Highline BETA, discuss what success in this space looks like and what we can expect for the future of incubators. Biography Lauren Robinson: Lauren is Chief Operating Officer at Highline BETA, a early stage investor that launches new ventures with leading corporations and entrepreneurs. Highline BETA works with forward thinking, Fortune 1000 companies to reimagine and co create the future of their industries through Corporate Innovation Programs, New Venture Creation and Investment Funding. Previously, Lauren led operations at Highline VC, a Pre Seed Fund and Acceleration Platform that invests in innovative technology companies conquering global markets. With offices in Toronto and Vancouver, Lauren was responsible for evaluating Canadian and International deal flow, portfolio management, overseeing national programming and driving new platform initiatives to better support portfolio founders. Lauren is an active speaker and recognized leader in the Canadian technology, accelerator and innovation ecosystems, through her contributions to various Boards and other national and global initiatives. She has served as an active Board member for the National Angel Capital Organization, NACO, Canadian Acceleration and Business Incubation, CABI, Association and Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum, VEF, and has led multiple initiatives to support and empower women investors and entrepreneurs, including in her role as Executive Director of Female Funders. Abdullah Snobar: Abdullah Snobar is the Executive Director of the DMZ at Ryerson University, the number one university based incubator in the world. He leads a team that is passionate about helping Canada’s most promising startups scale their business and create innovative technology that changes lives. Since inception, the Toronto based incubator has helped scale over 325 companies, which have raised more than $400 million and fostered 3,100 jobs. Under his leadership, the DMZ has successfully expanded into the U.S. with its first office in New York City’s financial district, launched a leading revenue and sales growth accelerator program for high potential startups, and created a world class Entrepreneurs in Residence program, which matches some of the best leaders in tech with DMZ’s high value entrepreneurs. Focused on designing quality programming and expanding the incubator’s international reach, Abdullah spearheaded a new Advisory Council comprised of the top business and tech minds in North America. As an active leader in the local entrepreneurial community, he played an instrumental role in launching the DMZ’s Sandbox, the city’s first free skills development space for aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs, his vision is to equip individuals with the skills needed to succeed in a complex marketplace. Abdullah’s previous leadership positions involved overseeing non profit and government partnerships, developing city wide educational plans and managing strategic funding initiatives. He has held roles at well known organizations such as, Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, the Canadian Armed Forces, and Fortune 500 companies such as Fairmont and Marriott Hotels and Resorts. Passionate about giving back to the community, he has spent years volunteering in various capacities. He currently serves as a board member with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, City of Toronto Innovation Economy Advisory Council, and RBC’s Futu
Rank #16: Michael Kolm, Chief Transformation Officer, City of Toronto
Michael Kolm is the City of Toronto's first ever Chief Transformation Officer. He discusses the short and long term roadmap for Toronto to become one of the world's leading smart cities. He will also discuss the City's recent proposal to the federal Smart Cities Challenge and the role such competitions play to mobilize long term strategic planning and foster collaboration with the private sector, academic institutions and community partners. Biography Michael Kolm is the City of Toronto's first ever Chief Transformation Officer. A seasoned executive with extensive experience in business transformation, Michael provides strategic leadership to help the City become more effective and efficient in its delivery of public services, now and in the future, while delivering maximum value for public dollars. With a long and successful background in consulting with powerhouse firms such as EY and PwC, Michael worked with private and public sector clients to plan for and realize the benefits of implementing business transformation. Leading the City's Transformation Office, Michael works closely with internal and external leaders, partners and stakeholders to lead transformational projects that will ultimately drive social, environmental and economic benefits for all those who live, work and play in Toronto. One of Michael's current focus areas is developing a Smart City strategy which includes leading the City's submission to the Federal Smart Cities Challenge.
Rank #17: Ali Velshi, MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC
Ali Velshi in conversation with Heather Hiscox discusses topics ranging from the weaponization of culture through identity politics, how fake news grows in a post fact world and other tales from the anchor desk in the Trump era. Biography Ali Velshi Ali Velshi is an MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. Velshi has covered a wide range of breaking news events and global affairs throughout his career, including U.S. presidential elections, ISIL and the Syrian refugee crisis, the Iran nuclear deal from Tehran, the tensions between Russia and NATO from Eastern Europe and the High Arctic, the debt crisis in Greece, the funeral of Nelson Mandela, and the global financial crisis. Before joining NBC News and MSNBC, Velshi hosted Ali Velshi On Target, a nightly primetime show on Al Jazeera America. Before that, he served as CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, anchor of CNN International’s World Business Today and host of CNN’s weekly business roundtable Your Money. Velshi also co hosted CNN’s morning show, American Morning. An award winning journalist, Velshi was honored with a National Headliner Award for Business and Consumer Reporting for How the Wheels Came Off, a special on the near collapse of the American auto industry. His work on disabled workers and Chicago’s red light camera scandal in 2016 earned him two News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations, adding to a nomination in 2010 for his terrorism coverage. Additionally, Velshi has taken his economic analysis to Oprah, The View, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Velshi is the author of Gimme My Money Back,Sterling and Ross, 2008; and co author with CNN’s Christine Romans of How to Speak Money, Wiley, 2010. Born in Kenya and raised in Canada, Velshi graduated from Queen’s University in Canada, which bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Laws upon him in 2016. Velshi splits his time between New York City and Philadelphia. Active in the community, Velshi serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago History Museum, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also volunteers with New York’s Center for Urban Community Services homeless outreach program. Heather Hiscox Heather Hiscox is in her 13th season answering the 2:30 a.m. alarm to begin the news day as the host of Morning Live on CBC News Network, bringing viewers all the information they need to start their day. What has changed in the world overnight? What are the stories that are going to become important today? It’s an exciting, dynamic program and Hiscox is thrilled to be at the centre of it, telling the important stories, talking to the newsmakers, and, when events warrant, taking the show to where the story is happening. Hiscox did just that for the Humboldt bus crash; the mosque attack in Quebec City; the terror attacks in Paris and Ottawa; the shooting deaths of three RCMP officers in Moncton, NB; the nursing home fire in l’Isle Verte, QC; the historic presidential election in the United States that put Barack Obama in office; the deadly Cougar helicopter crash in the Atlantic off St. John’s, NL; the Royal Wedding of Will and Kate; the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II, among others, and she will again for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meaghan Markle in May. On stories like those, Hiscox is able to draw from her prior extensive and varied experience as a network reporter. Before she moved into the morning studio, Hiscox was out in the field. She was based in Toronto for three years as a reporter for CBC News: The National and also travelled abroad, covering international stories for the program. She has worked extensively out of CBC’s bureaus in Washington and London, England and has been part of CBC’s coverage team at eight consecutive Olympic Games, in Athens, Turin, Beijing, Vancouver, London, Sochi, Rio and Py
Rank #18: Blake Hutcheson, President and Chief Pension Officer, OMERS and Chair, Oxford Properties Group
Real Estate is perhaps the one thing Canadians talk about more than hockey, and Oxford Properties is at the forefront of the industry. Their portfolio of properties represents more than 50 million square feet of office, retail, hotel, industrial, land and multi residential assets in key markets across the globe. Blake Hutcheson, President and Chief Pension Officer, OMERS and Chair, Oxford Properties Group, shares the story of their growth into a global real estate powerhouse and what the future holds for Oxford Properties. Biography: Blake has recently been named the President and Chief Pension Officer of OMERS responsible for the Strategy, Government Relations, Communications, Pension Services, Technology and Operations of the $100 Billion Pension Plan. Prior to that Blake was the Chief Investment Officer of Real Estate and Platform Investments at OMERS overseeing approximately 15 percent of the OMERS Investment Portfolio covering the Pension Funds real estate holdings as well as its direct energy investments, ventures portfolio and other new platform investments. He was also President and CEO of Oxford Properties Group since 2010 where he was responsible for overseeing the global business, consisting of approximately $50 billion of assets under management and 2,200 employees in Canada, Europe and the USA. Prior to that he was based in New York as the Head of Global Real Estate Investing for a multi strategy private equity firm, with offices in New York, London, Hong Kong and Mumbai. Prior to that, he was the Chairman and President of CB Richard Ellis Canada, 1999 to 2008, and Latin America, 2001 to 2008, overseeing all operations in multiple countries with over 2,500 employees. Mr. Hutcheson has also served on several Boards and Committees including: The Executive Committee of OMERS; Director of Algoma Central Corporation, listed on the TSE; Member of the Toronto Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing 2015; Chair of Build Toronto, 2010 to 2012; Member of the Premier’s Transit Advisory Panel, 2013; Chair of the Mayor of Toronto’s Fiscal Advisory Committee, 2008; President of the University Club of Toronto; Director of RealNet Canada; Director of REALpac and Chair of the Canadian Real Estate Forum, 2005 and 2016. He is also the recipient of the ICONS of the Industry Award through BOMA, Ottawa and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Columbia University Masters Real Estate Development Program. He has been named as one of the 100 Most Powerful Real Estate Executives in New York City for 2013 to 2017. Mr. Hutcheson is a long time member of YPO and WPO and was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, the London School of Economics, England, with distinction, and has an MSc in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, New York. He is married and has two children.
Rank #19: Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth
From the depths of the recession, to recovery and job growth and to the trade challenges looming on the horizon, the story of Ontario's economy in the last decade has been one of resilience and determination fueled by the ingenuity of our people. The Honourable Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth, lays out Ontario's plan to compete and win in a complex global economy that requires smart, steady leadership. Biography : Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Growth, the Hon. Steven Del Duca has a proven track record of outstanding community involvement and a clear dedication to public service. Del Duca was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in September 2012 in a provincial byelection. He was re elected in June 2014 and appointed Ontario’s Minister of Transportation in Premier Kathleen Wynne’s cabinet. As Minister, he oversaw the largest transit and transportation build in the history of the province of Ontario. GO Regional Express Rail, which is being built across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, is the single largest infrastructure project in Canada’s history, and will bring all day two way electrified rail service every 15 minutes to commuters across the GO network. This substantial investment in public transit will dramatically change the way people in the GTHA move across the region. Del Duca is also a strong supporter of commuter cycling as a means to improve your health, reduce emissions and ease congestion on Ontario’s roads. He oversaw the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling program, which will provide funding to municipalities in Ontario to build new or enhance existing commuter cycling infrastructure. This investment is designed to promote safety for cyclists and make cycling more comfortable and appealing for daily commutes and other frequent trips. In 2017, Minister Del Duca proposed new legislation protecting some of the most vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists, seniors and children. Building on robust fines and sanctions for distracted and drug and alcohol impaired driving that he introduced through the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Acts, Del Duca proposed to strengthen those laws by introducing a zero tolerance for the presence of alcohol and drugs for all youth, novice and commercial drives, as well as the most robust fine and sanction structure for distracted driving and a new provision in the Highway Traffic Act for careless driving causing bodily harm and death. Del Duca obtained a bachelor of laws from Osgoode Hall law school in 2007. Previously, he studied political science and Canadian history at the University of Toronto and Carleton University. He is originally from Etobicoke, and first moved to Vaughan in 1987 when his family settled in Kleinburg. Today, he lives in Woodbridge with his wife and two daughters.
Rank #20: Honourable Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing
Housing is essential for everyone, yet too many people are being affected by the growing pressures of trying to buy a home or afford their rent. The Honourable Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing, discusses the housing market and the work Ontario's government is doing to increase housing supply and make it easier to buy or rent a home. Biography Peter Milczyn was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Milczyn currently serves as Minister of Housing, as well as Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy. He was previously Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, as well as to the Minister of Infrastructure and the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs. Prior to that, he was Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, focusing on Infrastructure. Milczyn graduated from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture in 1989, and went on to found PZM Design, which focused on both private and public projects. He served as the Executive Director of Tatry Non Profit Housing Corporation in Mississauga from 1993 to 1994. His interest in urban planning led him into municipal politics. He was elected as a councillor in the former City of Etobicoke in 1994, and later continued to represent Etobicoke on Toronto City Council for fourteen years. Milczyn is fluent in Polish and French. He grew up in Mimico and is a lifelong resident of Etobicoke, where he and his wife are proudly raising their daughter.