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June 20–21, 2019 – Montréal, QC

Keynote Speakers

Thursday, June 20 – 07:45–9:00

Nick Bontis

Nick BontisThe knowledge era is here. Do you know how to survive? An internationally recognized intellectual-capital expert, Nick Bontis helps individuals and organizations navigate the new world of digital technology, industry disruption, and information bombardment. 

An award-winning tenured professor of strategic management at McMaster University, Mr. Bontis has won more than 12 major teaching awards and has been recognized as “faculty researcher of the year”, “one of the school’s most popular professors” by Maclean’s magazine, and “one of the top 10 lecturers in Ontario” by TVOntario (TVO). He is also a 3M National Teaching Fellow, an exclusive honour for top university professors in Canada. 

As the director of the Institute for Intellectual Capital Research, a leading strategic-management consulting firm, Mr. Bontis’ services have been sought after by leading organizations including the United Nations, Microsoft, Health Canada, Royal Bank, Telus, and IBM.

Mr. Bontis is also the author of Information Bombardment: Rising Above the Digital Onslaught, an associate editor of the Journal of Intellectual Capital, and a frequent contributor on popular TV and radio shows.

Thursday, June 20 – 16:30–18:00

Jean-Claude Ménard

Jean-Claude MenardMr. Ménard joined the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions as chief actuary of Canada in August 1999.

The chief actuary prepares actuarial reports on the Canada Pension Plan, the Old Age Security program, the Canada Student Loans Program, and pension and benefit plans for federal public servants, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, federally appointed judges, and members of Parliament.

Mr. Ménard has been a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and of the Society of Actuaries since 1985, and is a member of the Québec Actuarial Club. He earned a BScAct from Université Laval.

Friday, June 21 – 13:45–14:45

Chantal Hébert

Chantal HebertChantal 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 politics―particularly in relation to Québec―Hébert speaks with authority and passion on public policy and other matters of national importance.

Hébert began her media career in 1975 at the regional television and radio newsroom of the French-language arm of the CBC, Radio-Canada. She eventually became their reporter covering provincial politics at Queen’s Park. After Radio-Canada appointed Hébert to cover federal politics on Parliament Hill, she worked as bureau chief for Le Devoir and La Presse before moving to her current roles. She is also a regular participant in a number of French-language television and radio current affairs programs and is a senior fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto.

Hébert was the 2005 recipient of APEX’s (Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada) Public Service Citation as well as the 2006 recipient of the Hyman Solomon award for excellence in public policy journalism. She is also a member of the Order of Canada.

Jeffrey Simpson

Jeffrey SimpsonJeffrey 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 analyzed many of the major political, social, and economic issues of our time. The author of eight books, including Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century, which won the $50,000 Donner Prize for the best book on public policy, Simpson is a sought-after speaker at major conferences and abroad.

Simpson is currently a senior fellow at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He has also been an adjunct professor at the Institute of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. He was a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University, a Skelton-Clark fellow and Brockington Visitor at Queen’s University, and a John V. Clyne fellow at the University of British Columbia, among other postings.

Simpson has won all three of Canada’s major writing prizes: the Governor-General’s award for non-fiction writing; the National Magazine Award for political writing; and the National Newspaper Award for column writing. He has also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism, and the Arthur Kroeger prize for public discourse.

Simpson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000 for his contribution to journalism, and has received seven honorary degrees from Canadian universities. His views have been published in Saturday Night, The Report on Business Magazine, The Journal of Canadian Studies, and The Queen’s Quarterly.



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