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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The Hon. Rona Ambrose

Former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons

The Honourable Rona Ambrose is a dynamic national leader, a champion for the rights of women and girls, the former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons, and the former leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. Rona knows...

Rona Ambrose

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 four times over, as well as acclaim all over t...

Sally Armstrong

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...

The Hon. John Baird

Maude Barlow

Social Justice Advocate | Author

Maude Barlow is the Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She serves on the executive of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based...

Maude Barlow

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...

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

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...

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...

Andrew Coyne

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

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...

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...

Niall Ferguson

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...

Richard Florida

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...

Bob Geldof

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...

Rudyard Griffiths

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 ...

Scott Harrison

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...

John Ibbitson

Award-Winning Political Journalist | #1 Bestselling Author

One of Canada’s most acclaimed political journalists, John Ibbitson makes sense of government at home, south of the border, and around the world. The bestselling author of Stephen Harper: A Biography, and the co-author of the bestseller, The Big Sh...

John Ibbitson

Leila Janah

Social Entrepreneur | Founder of Sama and LXMI

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 ...

Leila Janah

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...

Earvin “Magic” Johnson NBA Speaker

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

Jennifer Keesmaat

Former Chief Planner, City of Toronto | Renowned Urbanist

Jennifer Keesmaat is passionate about creating places where people flourish. Named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Maclean’s, and one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life, she spent five years as Toronto’s Chief City P...

Jennifer Keesmaat

Craig Kielburger

Activist | Co-Founder of We Charity (Formerly Free The Children and 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...

Craig Kielburger Activist Speaker

Marc Kielburger

Activist | Co-Founder of We Charity (Formerly Free The Children and 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...

Marc Kielburger Activist Speaker

Martin Luther King III

Civil Rights Activist & Global Humanitarian

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III has seized the torch lit by his parents by continuing their quest for equality and justice for all. Motivating audiences with his message of ...

Martin Luther King III

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...

Amanda Lindhout

New York Times Bestselling Author | Expert on Resilience, Survival, and Optimal Mindset

In 2008, Amanda Lindhout travelled to Somalia — a country often called “the most dangerous place on earth”. Abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road, Amanda was held hostage for 460 days, and survived on her strategy, fortitude, and...

Amanda Lindhout

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...

Greg Lindsay

The Hon. Preston Manning

Political Activist and Commentator

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

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...

Vikram Mansharamani

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 ...

Chris Mathers

Bob McDonald

Host of CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks

Bob McDonald is one of Canada’s best known science journalists, bringing science to the public for more than 40 years. In addition to hosting Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program that is heard by 500,000 people each week, McDo...

Bob McDonald

David McWilliams

Economist | Broadcaster | Bestselling Author

David McWilliams is ranked among most influential economists in the world. Consistently accurate in his forecasts, he was the only economist in Ireland who accurately forecast a strong UK Brexit vote, the Trump victory, and the 2008 global crash. ...

David McWilliams

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...

Samantha Nutt

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

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...

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

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...

David Suzuki

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 award-winning humanitarians, activists, and filmmakers. On-stage, they demystify some of the world&...

Chris Temple and 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...

Alexandre Trudeau

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...

Mike Walsh

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. ...

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

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...

Micah White

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...

Bob Woodward

Peter Zeihan

Geopolitical Strategist

Geopolitical Strategist Peter Zeihan is a global energy, demographic and security expert. His worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to provide a deep understanding of how global politics impacts markets and economic trends, to...

Peter Zeihan