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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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 politics....

Rona Ambrose

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. Baird ha...

The Hon. John Baird

Perry Bellegarde

Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Chief Perry Bellegarde has dedicated his life to championing the rights and well-being of First Nations. For 35 years, he has held various First Nations leadership roles, including two terms served as the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). ...

Perry Bellegarde

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. He helps business leaders, policy makers, and the general public make sense of th...

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. Clark reaches across divides — from chairing the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers campaign against apartheid, to winning unanimous agre...

The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark

Tom Clark

Legendary Broadcast Journalist

One of Canada’s premier broadcast journalists, Tom Clark reported on the local, national, and international stories that shaped Canada for over 25 years. With in-depth knowledge of the political and economic issues affecting Canadians coast-to-coast, he...

Tom Clark

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-at-large of Fortune magazine, Colvin draws on his unparalleled access to top global busi...

Andrew Coyne

Nationally Syndicated Political Journalist

Insightful, provocative commentary on political and economic issues is what Andrew Coyne delivers to Canadians across the country. With topical and timely presentations, the former national editor of Maclean’s magazine and currently a nationally syndicated c...

Andrew Coyne

Daniel Dale

CNN Reporter | Award-Winning Journalist

Daniel Dale has spent nearly a decade reporting on populist politicians with an aversion to the truth. Beginning with Mayor Rob Ford’s infamous reign in Toronto City Hall to CNN where he’s responsible for fact-checking every word former President Donald Tr...

Daniel Dale

Ilona Dougherty

Leading Expert on Millennials and Generation Z | Social Entrepreneur

For businesses, organizations, and governments striving to succeed in the innovation economy, and anyone who hopes for a bright future, Ilona Dougherty’s perspective is what you have been waiting for. Ilona Dougherty is an award winning social innovator and ...

Ilona Dougherty

Mike Downie

Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker | Co-Founder, Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

Mike Downie is a multi-award-winning documentary filmmaker and the co-founder of the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. A celebrated and inspirational storyteller, Downie takes his audiences on a ride that explores how our stories define us, remind us of o...

Rudyard Griffiths

Co-Founder, Chair, and Moderator of the Munk Debates

Rudyard Griffiths never shies away from discussing the big issue of the day. As the co-founder, chair, and moderator of the Munk Debates, Canada’s premier international debate series, Griffiths is a highly sought-after commentator on global economics, ge...

Rudyard Griffiths

Chantal Hébert

Political Raconteur | Columnist

Chantal Hébert is a political columnist whose work appears in The Toronto Star and the magazine, L’Actualité. She is also a weekly participant on CBC The National’s political panel “At Issue”. A prolific journalist who is passionate about Canadia...

Chantal Hebert

Ambassador Bruce Heyman

Former US Ambassador to Canada | Author, The Art of Diplomacy

Bruce Heyman served as the US Ambassador to Canada under President Barack Obama from 2014 until 2017. His leadership emphasized the importance of the Canada-US relationship and pushed for more collaboration and cross-border investments. Today, he continues to ...

Bruce Heyman

Sandy Hudson

Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter Canada | Political Activist | Podcaster

The co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement in Canada and Black Lives Matter – Toronto, Sandy Hudson is an activist, public intellectual, and an award-winning writer. She has a unique ability to distill complex ideas into manageable concepts and a tale...

Sandy Hudson

Simon Jackson

Movement Builder | Founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition

Simon Jackson is a storyteller and movement builder who has dedicated his life to finding a better balance between the needs of people and nature. At just 13 years old, Jackson founded the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, leading a network of six million people in...

Simon Jackson

Katty Kay

Award-Winning Journalist and Anchor | Co-author, Womenomics and The Confidence Code

Katty Kay is an award-winning journalist and news anchor who brings an instinctively global perspective to her observations on American politics and global affairs. She spent nearly 30 years with BBC News as a reporter and then news anchor, where she reported ...

Katty Kay

Tasha Kheiriddin

Bilingual Host, Moderator, and Media Commentator

Tasha Kheiriddin is one of Canada’s best-known commentators, analysts, and strategic thinkers. She is currently a principal with Navigator Ltd., one of Canada’s leading high stakes strategic advisory and communications firm, as well as vice president of th...

Martin Luther King III

Global Human Rights Activist

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III serves as an ambassador of his parents’ legacy of non-violent social change. Motivating audiences with his message of hope and responsibility for...

Martin Luther King III

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 current issues a...

Peter Mansbridge

Former Chief Correspondent for CBC News and Anchor of The National

For more than five decades, Canadians have trusted Peter Mansbridge to guide them through the political, economic, and cultural events that have shaped our nation. He is one of Canada’s most respected and recognizable figures, having spent 30 years as CB...

Peter Mansbridge

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 one of the m...

Frank McKenna

The Hon. Catherine McKenna

Former Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

As the former Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, The Honourable Catherine McKenna spearheaded groundbreaking environmental initiatives across Canada. She was a lead negotiator of the Paris Agreement, successfully defended landmark legislation to e...

Carol Roth

Panel Moderator | Business Media Personality

An authoritative voice in business and news media, 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 with all audiences. She is also known for prov...

Carol Roth

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 really happe...

Tanya Talaga

Award-winning Journalist | Author of Seven Fallen Feathers

Tanya Talaga is an award-winning Anishinaabe journalist and author. An acclaimed storyteller, she is the author of the national bestselling book, Seven Fallen Feathers, which introduced us to seven Indigenous high school students who mysteriously died in Thund...

Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci

Co-Founders of Optimist | Award-Winning Documentary Filmmakers

From living in a Syrian refugee camp to surviving on $1 a day in Guatemala and spending 10 years documenting the journey of an undocumented boy living in New York City, Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci are award-winning humanitarians, activists, and filmmakers. ...

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 and fierc...

Alexandre Trudeau

Paul Wells

Senior Editor, Maclean's Magazine

Nobody knows Ottawa better than Paul Wells, the senior editor of Maclean’s magazine and former national affairs columnist at The Toronto Star. Wells has spent more than 25 years on the Hill, covering eight federal elections, four prime ministers, and a b...

Paul Wells

The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould

Former Member of Parliament | Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., was raised to be a leader. The daughter of a hereditary chief and Indigenous leader, she always knew that she would seek leadership roles and responsibilities. As a lawyer, an advocate, and a leader among Canada...

Jody Wilson-Raybould

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 Woodward into the CIA, “He has an extraordinary ability to get otherwise responsible adults to spill [their] guts to him…his ability to get people to talk about stuff the...

Bob Woodward

Peter Zeihan

Geopolitical Strategist

Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist — he helps people understand how the world works. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, Zeihan combines an expert understanding of demography, economics, energy, politics, technology, and sec...

Peter Zeihan