Rudyard Griffiths

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, geopolitics, and corporate decision making. He is also an expert at moderating Q&A format presentations, one-on-one interviews, and panels with business leaders and executives.

In 2015, Griffiths moderated the first ever Canadian federal election debate dedicated to foreign policy issues. He has been a columnist with the Toronto Star and the National Post as well as a television anchor on BNN, CTV News Channel and Bloomberg TV Canada. He is the author of the 2009 Globe and Mail Book of the Year, Who We Are: A Citizen’s Manifesto and has edited over 20 books on international affairs, politics and history.

As a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and chair of the evidence-based policy initiative, Ontario 360, Griffiths continues his deep engagement in public debate and discussion. He studied history and political science at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and completed a master’s degree in political theory at Cambridge University.

How Geopolitics Moves Markets and Affects Financial and Corporate Decision Making

Since the European debt crisis in 2011, decision makers have often learned the hard way that crisis a world away can have lasting and profound impacts on their core assumptions about growth, risk and reward. As our world become ever more interconnected the challenge of understanding and property assessing geopolitical risk is now a critical aspect of enterprise leadership. Griffiths brings to audiences his unique insights into the risks that need to be on our collective radar honed from his unparalleled access to the world’s leading analysts, thinkers and leaders.

The Macro-Economic Trends That Define Today's Business Environment and Risk Taking

From central bank policy to exchange rates to economic growth projections, we are all immersed in world of conflicting, confusing and complex financial information. Drawing on his experience as an anchor with Bloomberg TV Canada, Griffiths cuts through the noise and provides decision makers with actionable insights about the macro-economic trends that will drive growth and smart risk taking.

The Canadian and American Political Situation and its Implications for the Economy

An ambitious, reform oriented government in Ottawa…. Eight years of President Obama’s leadership coming to an end…. Growing populist movements on the right and left of the political spectrum…. How will business be effected by the fast changing political environment in Canada and the United States? And, what political trends are going to impact economic growth and opportunity? By combining the expert analysis of Bloomberg’s global reporting team with his access to top-level decision makers in Canada and the US, Griffiths unpacks the complex political reality in North America to provide audiences with new insights into our shared political and economic future.