Speakers / Topics: Politics | Current Events

Whether a former politician, a pundit, or an expert on policy, our speakers deliver informed, educated analysis on the political climate of the day, and forecast how what’s next will affect your business.

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Michael Adams

Leading Market Researcher

One of Canada’s leading thinkers on public opinion, demographics, and trends, and the president of the Environics group of research and communications consulting companies, Michael Adams delivers ground-breaking social research, customising his...

Michael Adams

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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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...

Ian Bremmer

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...

The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark

Tom Clark

Host of Global TV's The West Block with Tom Clark

One of Canada’s premier broadcast journalists, Tom Clark has reported on the local, national, and international stories that have shaped Canada for the past 25 years. Witness to many of the history-making events during this time, Clark brings h...

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Geoff Colvin

Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine

Millions of eyes and ears count on―and respect―Geoff Colvin’s insights on the key issues driving change in business, politics, and the economy. The senior editor of Fortune magazine, and named by Directorship magazine as one of the “100 Most ...

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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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Ilona Dougherty

Leading Expert on Millennials & Generation Z | Social Entrepreneur

For businesses, organizations and governments striving to succeed in the innovation economy, parents worried about the success of their adult children and anyone who hopes for a bright future for young people, Ilona Dougherty’s perspective is what ...

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Mike Downie

Co-Creator, Secret Path | Documentary Filmmaker

When Mike Downie first heard the story of Chanie Wenjack—an Ojibway boy who died while running away from his residential school—it was like an arrow shot through his heart. Haunted, he shared the story with his brother, celebrated musician Gord D...

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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The Final Round

Ezra Levant and Stephen LeDrew

Ezra Levant and Stephen LeDrew disagree on everything–with great enjoyment–as the duo they dub “The Final Round.”  Levant, Canada’s best-known Conservative pundit, bestselling author, and former host of Sun TV’s always-c...

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Robert Fisher

CBC Journalist | Political Analyst

Award-winning journalist Robert Fisher began his career in broadcasting 49 years ago. His insightful perspectives are based on his in-depth knowledge of provincial, national, and international politics. Fisher, who retired from CBC Radio in July 2015...

Robert Fisher

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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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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Robert Ghiz

Former Premier of PEI

As the former Premier of Prince Edward Island, from 2007 to 2015, Robert Ghiz was known for his achievements when it came to education, health care, and growing the economy. In addition to his role as Premier, he served as Minister for Intergovernmen...

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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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Buzz Hargrove

Former National President of Canadian Auto Workers Union

Why would a union leader speak about the state of Canada’s political, economic and social affairs? As the former national president of the Canadian Autoworkers Association, Buzz Hargrove shares his unique perspective about our nation with the h...

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Poppy Harlow

Anchor, CNN Weekend |CNN Correspondent

As a network correspondent on CNN, Poppy Harlow makes sense of global events, breaking news, business, and economic news for millions viewers throughout North America and around the world. The new anchor of CNN Weekend, a former anchor of CNNMoney....

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Chantal Hébert

Political Raconteur | Columnist

Chantal Hébert is a national affairs writer with The Toronto Star, a guest columnist for L’Actualité, and a weekly participant on the political panel At Issue on CBC TV’s The National. A prolific journalist who is passionate about Canadian ...

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Glen Hodgson

Senior Fellow & Former Chief Economist, Conference Board of Canada

As the Senior Fellow for the Conference Board of Canada, Glen Hodgson brings nearly 35 years of experience in areas such as macro-economics, international trade and finance, and fiscal and tax policy. Supporting the Conference Board’s mandate to ad...

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Simon Jackson

Movement Builder | Founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition

Simon Jackson, who shot to fame as the founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition when he was just 13 years old — is a storyteller, connector and movement builder committed to improving our public discourse and shaping a better balance between...

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...

Katty Kay

Tasha Kheiriddin

Political Commentator

There are few people in a better position to talk politics and current affairs than Tasha Kheiriddin. Fluently bilingual, she writes weekly columns for both The National Post and iPolitics.ca about federal and Quebec politics, as well as a wide va...

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Amanda Lang

Anchor, Bloomberg TV Canada | Bestselling Author, The Power of Why

Amanda Lang has a front-row seat to the world’s daily top stories in business, politics, and economics as an anchor and producer for two weekly shows at Bloomberg Television Canada, called Bloomberg North with Amanda Lang. She has been covering b...

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Stephen LeDrew

Political Analyst and Broadcaster

Stephen LeDrew gets Toronto watching, listening, and thinking. The host of CP24’s Live at Noon, Stephen explores the latest news and events affecting Toronto and the world. Also CP24’s Political Analyst, he is joined by the most compellin...

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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...

Linden MacIntyre

Award-Winning Journalist and Bestselling Author

Linden MacIntrye is best known as the award-winning former host of Canada’s premiere investigative television show, CBC’s the fifth estate, as well as an internationally bestselling novelist. Speaking on topics ranging from mass media and democra...

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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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Frank McKenna

Former Canadian Ambassador to the US | Deputy Chair, TD Bank Group

Frank McKenna brings a unique insider’s perspective to the world of business and politics. An expert on American-Canadian relations, his forceful yet charismatic personality—combined with his unparalleled experience and insight—makes him on...

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Kevin Page

Former Parliamentary Budget Officer | Author of UnAccountable: Truth and Lies on Parliament Hill

In 2008, Kevin Page was appointed by the federal Conservatives to be the country’s first Parliamentary Budget Officer. The move fulfilled a Tory campaign promise to deliver greater government transparency and accountability. But Page was later ...

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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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Carol Roth

Panel Moderator | Business Media Personality

An authoritative voice in business and news media and an on-air contributor for CNBC, Carol Roth is a highly sought after panel moderator and emcee who always ensures that “business is never boring”, making her a time and time again favourite wit...

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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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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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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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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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Paul Wells

National Affairs Columnist, Toronto Star

Nobody knows Ottawa better than Paul Wells, the former political editor of Maclean’s magazine and the current national affairs columnist at the Toronto Star. In more than two decades on the Hill, he has covered seven federal elections, three pr...

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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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Bob Woodward

Legendary Two-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist | Author | Associate Editor, The Washington Post

Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wished he’d recruited Bob Woodward into the CIA. A journalistic icon who gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein broke the deeply disturbing news of the Watergate scandal...

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