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. 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

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

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

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...

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 of Fortune magazine, and named by Directorship magazine as one of the “100 Most ...

Geoff Colvin Fortune Magazine

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

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 is the Managing Director of the Youth and...

Ilona Dougherty

Mike Downie

Co-Creator, Secret Path | Documentary Filmmaker

When Mike Downie first heard the story of Chanie “Charlie” 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, cele...

Mike Downie

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

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

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...

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....

Poppy Harlow

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

International Economist and Author

International economist and author Glen Hodgson has over 35 years of experience in global and Canadian macro-economics, international trade and finance, fiscal and tax policy, and other “big picture” topics. He is the first-ever Senior Fellow at ...

Glen Hodgson

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

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