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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 ...

Chantal Hebert

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...

Glen Hodgson

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...

Tasha Kheiriddin

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...

Amanda Lang

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...


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...

Linden MacIntyre

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...


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...

Frank McKenna

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 ...

Kevin Page

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...

Tom Rand

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, ...

Jeremy Rifkin

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...

Carol Roth

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...

Jeffrey Simpson

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...

Janice Stein

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 ...

Chris Temple & Zach Ingrasci

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...