Speakers / Topics: Global Issues

War. Climate Change. Foreign Policy. These are just some of the issues facing our global community every day. Our speakers hail from the tops of their fields in business, politics, journalism and more – and all help to make sense of what’s moving the world forward, and what’s holding it back.

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Sally Armstrong

Human Rights Activist | Journalist | Author

Sally Armstrong has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to Congo and Afghanistan, her eyewitness reports have earned her the Amnesty International Media Award three times over, as well as acclaim all over ...

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The Hon. John Baird

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

As Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird demonstrated his leadership on the world stage by championing freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. Holding the position in the cabinet of Prime Minister Stephen Harper from 2011 to 2015, Mr...

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Maude Barlow

Social Justice Advocate | Author

Maude Barlow is a leading voice in Canada and around the world for social, environmental, and economic justice. A political activist, policy critic, and author, Barlow serves as the national volunteer chairperson for The Council of Canadians, a non-p...

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Ian Bremmer

Global Political Risk Expert

Specializing in US foreign policy, states in transition, and global political risk, Ian Bremmer is one of the world’s leading global political risk researchers and consultants. Renowned for merging the study of political science with current financ...

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Todd Buchholz

Global Economic Commentator and Policymaker

The Associated Press has said that Todd Buchholz “lights up economics with a wickedly sparkling wit.” A former associate director for economic policy at The White House and advisor to such investment firms as the Soros Fund, Goldman Sachs...

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The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark

Former Canadian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister

Canada’s 16th Prime Minister―The Right Honourable Joe Clark―is one of the most widely respected Canadians in history. A leader in fighting apartheid and promoting human rights, and the architect of significant Canadian initiatives in the Mi...

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Anderson Cooper

Award-Winning CNN Anchor and Journalist

Anderson Cooper untangles the complex webs surrounding today’s biggest news stories and engages audiences with his world view of the latest hot spots and global issues. The anchor of Anderson Cooper 360, a provocative weekday program on CNN tha...

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Andrew Coyne

Nationally Syndicated Political Journalist

Andrew Coyne delivers insightful, provocative commentary on political and economic issues to Canadians across the country. The former national editor of Maclean’s, and currently a nationally syndicated columnist with Postmedia, Coyne’s t...

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Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Environmental Activist

At just 12 years old, Severn Cullis-Suzuki gained international attention when she delivered her famous speech at the Rio Earth Summit, pleading for the delegates to preserve the planet. Since then, Severn has gone on to speak to audiences around the...

Science & Technology Speakers

John Dalla Costa

Expert on Business Ethics & Trust | Bestselling Author

Organizations are aiming too low. Pulled by numerous pressures for performance, leaders have become overachievers in pragmatism but under-estimators of what creates worth and worthiness. With shifting expectations from globalization, sustainable deve...

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Wade Davis

Anthropologist | Explorer

Wade Davis’s presentations―illustrated by his exquisite photographs―are a wild and moving celebration of the wonder of humanity and the diversity of the human spirit, as expressed through the myriad of cultures he has encountered. An explorer-i...

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Niall Ferguson

Internationally Renowned Historian

Named by Time magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Niall Ferguson’s work impacts industry, finance, government, and academia. Controversial, expansive, and eloquent, Ferguson’s talks explore themes that have urge...

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Richard Florida

Renowned Economist | Bestselling Author

Richard Florida is one of the world’s most sought after speakers on global trends, economics, prosperity, competitiveness, and growth. Combining in-depth analysis, a fascinating personal story, and a touch of self-deprecating humor, it’s no wonde...

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Mellissa Fung

Journalist | Bestselling Author of Under an Afghan Sky

Mellissa Fung is a veteran correspondent and bestselling author. She covered the war in Afghanistan for the CBC, and also produced the award-winning documentaries Canada’s Ugly Secret and No Country for Horses. Her bestselling book, Under an Afghan...

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Hana Gartner

Award-Winning CBC Journalist

For over three decades, Hana Gartner travelled the nation and the world on behalf of CBC Television. One of Canada’s most respected journalists, Gartner shares stories from her distinguished 35-plus-year career―drawing on her encounters with ever...

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Sir Bob Geldof

Influential Global Visionary | Pop Icon

Rock musician, songwriter, and political activist, Sir Bob Geldof is the rare combination of musical talent and successful businessman. He created the Live Aid concerts, built a media empire, called urgent attention to the world’s most vulnerab...

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Rick George

Former CEO of Suncor Energy

Rick George is both a contrarian and an optimist. One of Canada’s most transformative business figures, during the twenty years he spent as president and chief executive officer of Suncor Energy, it went from being Canada’s “unlucki...

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Lisa Glithero

Environmental Educator | Youth Advocate | Community Innovator

How can we engage today’s youth to effect positive social change?  What does education for sustainability mean? How can we build inter-generational learning communities that mobilize knowledge and solution-oriented ideas? In her captivating talks,...

Science & Technology Speakers

Rudyard Griffiths

Anchor, Bloomberg North | Munk Debates Moderator

Rudyard Griffiths never shies away from discussing the big issue of the day. The anchor of Bloomberg North on Bloomberg TV Canada, and the organizer and moderator of the semi-annual Munk Debates, the world’s preeminent public debating forum, Griffi...

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Scott Harrison

Founder and CEO of charity: water | World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

Scott Harrison has helped to bring clean drinking water to over 6.3 million people worldwide. The founder and CEO of charity: water, one of the most well-known philanthropic organisations in the world, shares how his approach to running a non-profit ...

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Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon

Award-Winning Author | Public Intellectual

Bestselling author of The Ingenuity Gap, Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon shows audiences how to adapt and prosper in a world of ever-increasing complexity, speed, and surprise. Called “one of the best-informed and most brilliant writers on global affairs to...

Leila Janah

Social Entrepreneur | Founder of Sama and Laxmi

Leila Janah is a celebrated social entrepreneur who uses technology and lean business methods to promote social and economic justice. Named one of Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs” in 2013, Janah is the founder of the Sama ...

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Earvin “Magic” Johnson

NBA Legend | Hall of Famer | Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Earvin “Magic” Johnson has become the most powerful African-American businessman in the world. Having left the basketball court for the boardroom, Johnson has successfully parlayed his skills and tenacity on the court into the business world as C...

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Katty Kay

Lead Anchor, BBC World News America | Co-author, Womenomics and The Confidence Code

Katty Kay is the lead anchor for BBC’s World News America where she covers the full gamut of American and global affairs―reporting on US elections, the White House, Congress, Wall Street, global economies, and world trouble spots. Kay also frequ...

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Craig Kielburger

Activist | Co-Founder of Free the Children | Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Me to We

Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Along with his brother Marc Kielburger, Craig cofounded Free The Chil...

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Marc Kielburger

Activist | Co-Founder of Free the Children | Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Me to We

Marc Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Along with his brother Craig Kielburger, Marc co-founded Free The Childre...

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Ezra Levant

Broadcaster | Provocateur | Bestselling Author

As Canada’s best-known conservative pundit, Ezra Levant provokes discussion and debate wherever he appears. Whether it’s taking a hard look at human rights, political correctness, the ethics of oil, or the political events of the day, he has some...

Greg Lindsay

Expert on Cities, Mobility, Travel, Trade, and the Future of Work

Greg Lindsay is literally a man on the street, reporting from the intersection of global trends and local wisdom. Widely cited as an expert on the future of travel, technology, and transportation, on the design and resiliency of cities, and on how to...

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The Hon. Preston Manning

Founder of the Reform Party of Canada

Preston Manning tirelessly championed the cause of democratic and political reform throughout his impressive career as one of Canada’s great visionaries. His presentations provide a dynamic and substantive discussion of both current issues and an o...

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Vikram Mansharamani

Yale Lecturer | Global Equity Investor | Bestselling Author of Boombustology

Boom-bust cycles. They’re occurring more frequently than ever. The most notorious ones impact financial markets, but they also impact nations, healthcare, food, energy, education, technology and many other areas as well. Vikram Mansharamani, the be...

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James Maskalyk

Medical Doctor | Humanitarian | Author of Six Months in Sudan

Equipped only with his experience as an emergency physician in an urban hospital and a desire to understand the hardest parts of the world, James Maskalyk travelled to Sudan in 2007 to treat casualties―from civilians to soldiers―of the war-torn n...

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Chris Mathers

Crime, Terrorism and Security Expert

Chris Mathers spent most of his life working undercover for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, US Drug Enforcement Administration, and the US Customs Service.  Posing as a gangster, a drug trafficker, and even as a money launderer, Mathers has seen ...

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Bob McDonald

Host of CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks

Loved by audiences across Canada for making complex scientific issues understandable, meaningful, and fun, Bob McDonald is in high demand. A fixture in broadcasting for more than 30 years, he is currently the host of CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks...

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Dr. Samantha Nutt

Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada

One of the most original and influential voices in the humanitarian arena, Dr. Samantha Nutt, a medical doctor and a founder of the internationally renowned non-profit War Child, is a speaker who is constantly in demand. For over 15 years, she has be...

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Tom Rand

Environmental Sustainability Expert | Venture Capitalist

Tom Rand’s ambition is to help bring clean technology to life. A global thought leader with a recognized record of extraordinary achievement in the promotion of a low carbon economy, Rand is a green entrepreneur, investor, advisor, and author. He c...

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Jeremy Rifkin

President of the Foundation on Economic Trends

A futurist of extraordinary vision, Jeremy Rifkin doesn’t just illuminate the complexities of global trends, he helps to mold them. An advisor to heads of state and government officials around the world, Rifkin speaks frequently to government, ...

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Jeff Rubin

Economist | Energy Expert | Bestselling Author

What do sub-prime mortgages, Atlantic-salmon dinners, SUVs, and globalization have in common? They all depend on cheap oil. Jeff Rubin, one of the world’s most prominent experts on the future of “black gold,” explains why the end of cheap suppl...

John Ralston Saul

Award-Winning Essayist and Novelist

Declared a “prophet” by Time magazine, John Ralston Saul is a leading thinker and visionary—known for his astute commentaries on wide-ranging topics, such as civilization, citizenship, human rights, globalization, economics, warfare, and societ...

Jeffrey Simpson

Former National Affairs Columnist, The Globe and Mail

Jeffrey Simpson has his finger on the pulse of Canada―and the world. The former Globe and Mail national affairs columnist (a position he held for 32 years), Simpson has analysed many of the major political, social and economic issues of our time...

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Greg Smith

Wall Street Insider | Former Goldman Sachs Executive

Greg Smith is a New York Times bestselling author and an advisor to policy makers, regulators, public pension funds, and private investors on issues surrounding prudent investment strategy, saving and retirement, transparency, and fiduciary duty with...

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Janice Gross Stein

Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Whether it’s economics, geopolitics, or international security and terrorism, few people have a better understanding of global issues than Professor Janice Gross Stein. Her dynamic presentations provide a unique perspective into what’s re...

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Dr. David Suzuki

Award-Winning Scientist, Environmentalist and Broadcaster

Dr. David Suzuki has made it his life’s work to help humanity understand, appreciate, respect and protect nature. A  scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, he is a gifted interpreter of science and natur...

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Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci

Co-Founders of Living on One | Award-Winning Documentary Filmmakers

From living in a tent in a Syrian refugee camp to working as radish farmers and surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are pioneering a new style of documentary film-making, using immersive storytelling to raise awareness ...

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Peter Thum

Founder, Ethos Water | Founder and CEO, Liberty United and Fonderie 47 | Recognized Social Entrepreneur

Peter Thum is CEO and founder of Liberty United, which recycles illegal guns from American cities into jewellery that funds programs to reduce gun violence. He is also the CEO and co-founder of Fonderie 47, a venture that transforms AK47s from Africa...

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Alexandre Trudeau

Documentary Filmmaker | Journalist

Documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist, Alexandre Trudeau shares his bold views on the political, social, and economic forces of our times. Having gained widespread recognition for his edgy and insightful humanism and for his brave iconoclasm...

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Mike Walsh

Futurist and Authority on Digital Trends in Emerging Markets

What does it take to lead a 21st century company? Can we re-imagine the way we do business? Mike Walsh prepares business leaders for what’s next. A leading authority on the intersection of emerging technologies, consumer behavior, and fast growth m...

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Environmental, Cultural and Human Rights Advocate

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision makers for over a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. ...

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Andrew Weaver

Internationally Acclaimed Climate Scientist

Andrew Weaver is one of the world’s foremost climate scientists and a leading expert on global warming. Through his work, Weaver has re-energized a new generation of discussions on climate change and sustainability, setting off what David Suzuk...

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Micah White

The Future of Protest | Social Change | Social Movements

Is protest broken? Micah White, the co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, former AdBusters editor, and the author of The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, thinks so. Recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history, yet thes...

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