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Summit Program

Summit Structure

The Summit Program is structured around a series of interconnected topics that impact business. An Igniter-Moderator™ leads each session. This peer-level facilitator will catalyze the discussion and stories of business and innovation leaders and entrepreneurs who have tackled big challenges. This is complemented by a real time discovery of how to apply these insights to your organization and region.

Summit Program

Please take a moment to review the Global Leadership and Innovation Summit Program At-A-Glance (below). The topic names may change when final content is detailed, in collaboration with keynote speakers and partners. This list is a representation of the depth and scope of what will be touched upon at the Summit and will be updated as details are confirmed. Check back often!

Summit Program At-A-Glance

Summit Themes

Today’s business realities represent the most significant and challenges in history. It’s never been more important to network with your peers, learn their secrets to overcoming challenges and turn those insights into actions.

Day One – October 20, 2014

Opening Plenary and Creating Chemistry for a Sustainable Future, MaRS Auditorium

8:30 AM

Registration and Networking

10:00 AM

Opening Remarks: Setting the Stage for the Summit


Ilse Treurnicht
President & CEO, MaRS Discovery District

Yasmin Glanville

Yasmin Glanville
Founder & CEO, Rethink Sustainability Initiatives

10:15 AM

Leadership and Innovation Research Report

A summit-focused poll study.

Jason Lockhart

Jason Lockhart
Vice President, Innovative Research Group

10:30 AM

The Future is Here – Be the Change (a future outlook)

Mission Critical Insights for Leading, Innovating and Thriving In The New Realities Of Today And Tomorrow.

  • Scenarios of what’s new, what possible, what’s critical
  • Quick deep dive insights and action for now
Peter Boyd - face

Peter Boyd 
COO, Carbon War Room & Founder, Time4Good

11:00 AM

Weather Gone Wild: So What?

Weather–we all experience it, but few sectors have begun planning for it.

  • What weather changes can we expect?
  • How does weather impact business?
  • What are the opportunities, new business models and the drivers?
  • What changes might we not be able to predict?
  • How will these changes affect your business?
  • How can companies understand the climate readiness of the countries where they operate?

Dr. Feltmate will highlight how Canadian cities can address the financial and social costs of worsening extreme weather events through highly accessible, yet often underutilized, built and natural infrastructure adaptation initiatives.

Featured Speakers
Dianne Dillon

Dianne Dillon-Ridgley
Interface Inc.

Linda Lang

Linda Lang
International Climate Change Expedition Artist and Speaker

Photo-Speaker- Alexander Hay (Alec Hay)

Alexander Hay
Risk, Resilience and Security Planning Principal, Southern Harbour

Dr Feltmate

Blair Feltmate (Moderator)
Chair, Climate Adaptation Project, University of Waterloo, Canada

12:00 PM

Deep Dive Discoveries Lunch

Applying insights to real challenges and opportunities that impact your organization, sector and region; plus key takeaways for advancing your future readiness.

1:25 PM

Quick Report Outs of Key Discovery Insights

Sharing the findings and summarizing the key points of the connections forged and insights gleaned over the Deep Dive Discoveries Lunch.

2:00 PM

Sustainable Food, Fish Supplies and Water Systems

Feeding the world is a multi-billion dollar industry, but are we ready for the future?

Wilder weather, declining stocks, and the loss of farmland and freshwater resources are all issues that we will have to face in the years to come. What can we do to get ready and support farmers and the environment at the same time?

Featured Speakers
Picture_Mike Liewen

Michael Liewen
Senior Vice President, Food Safety, Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs, Loblaw Companies Ltd.


David Miller
President & CEO, World Wildlife Fund-Canada


Al Salomon
President, Marigolds and Onions

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Paul Uys (Moderator)
Senior External Director, The Food Institute, University of Guelph

3:05 PM


3:25 PM

Energy Innovation

With a focus on future energy, this segment features senior business and energy leaders, along with innovators known for driving success within organizations and communities. They are calculated risk takers. They see the big picture.  They are willing to explore familiar and unfamiliar places to discover, invent and/or build solutions that hit the ground working and can be scaled and adapted to thrive in other jurisdictions.

Featured Speakers

Annette Verschuren
Chair & CEO of NRStor Inc.

Justin Woodward

Justin Woodward
Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer, JCM Capital


Mark Rabin
CEO, Zolair Energy

Peter Love

Peter Love (Moderator)
Chairman, Rethink Sustainability Initiatives; President, Love Energy

4:25 PM

Open Forum – Key Actions & Questions

This is an opportunity to mix and mingle and discuss the day’s ideas with the other Summit attendees. Spark new ideas, elaborate on old ones, and connect with colleagues to develop solutions to the world’s most pressing and challenging problems.

5:15 – 6:30 PM

Day One Insights and Networking

Day Two – October 21, 2014

Schedule runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm, followed by a group photo, reception and a surprise guest speaker.

7:30 AM

RBC Discovery Breakfast for Innovators and Leaders

Mars Collaboration Room 3

Open to registered delegates, sponsors and speakers. Capacity for 70 people.

Join Sandra Odendahal, Director of Corporate Sustainability at RBC and Cherise Burda in an explorative discussion about “What makes a good city great?”

Featured Speakers

Opening remarks

Photo-Speaker- Sandra Odendahl

Sandra Odendahl
Director, Corporate Sustainability and Head, Social Finance Initiative, RBC

“What makes a good city great?”

Photo-Speaker- Cherise Burda

Cherise Burda 
Regional Director, Pembina Institute

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

“Mindsets and Mindshifts: How Clean Energy Can Restore, Renew, and Revitalize Communities and Canada”

Photo-Speaker- Christopher Henderson

Chris Henderson 
President, Lumos Energy, author of Aboriginal Power

9:45 AM

Community Systems in Cities: Energy, Nature, Water, Transport & People

By 2030, global population will have reached close to 8 billion people. Cities will account for 65% of global GDP and generate close to 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. Competitiveness will be linked to low carbon products and services that help cities become self-sufficient in energy and water production to improve the quality of life in local communities around the world.

Explore the anticipated acceleration of urban construction for housing, office space and transport services over the next 40 years.

Community Energy Systems are about creating smart energy communities by linking energy use and supply across land use, buildings, transportation, water, waste and related infrastructure.

Are you leveraging the value of your natural and built assets in your communities? Are you connected or are you a passive participant?

Featured Speakers
Photo-Speaker- David Waverman - closer photo

David Waverman
Global Planning, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Technical Community Leader, Golder Associates

Photo-Speaker- Neetika Sathe

Neetika Sathe
VP Corporate Development, PowerStream Inc.

Trevor-Ducharme - face

Trevor Ducharme
Managing Director, C02 Exchange

frank carnevale

Frank Carnevale
SVP, SustainCo Inc.

Brent Gilmour

Brent Gilmour  (Moderator)
Executive Director, QUEST – Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow

10:50 AM


11:10 AM

Commercial solutions to some big challenges facing business and society – related to Summit topics.  Presented by four innovators of enterprising organizations, products and services.


RWDI Habitat  |  2030 COMPASS
Presented by:  Mike Williams

Howard Weinstein - Copy

Solar Ear
Presented by:  Howard Weinstein


Solaris Geothermal Inc. |  SunPump
Presented by:  Bruce Gray


The panel judges are leading entrepreneurs, investors and experts, representative of energy, food, water, securities, and people. They include:

Khurram Shot - copia

Khurram Malik
Co-Head of Equity Research, Jacob Securities Inc.

Ryan Duffy - face

Ryan Duffy
President & CEO, Blackstone Energy 

Peter Boyd - face

Peter Boyd
Former COO of Carbon War Room & Founder Time4Good

Photo-Juri- Ted Boyd - One Advertising

Ted Boyd
CEO, One Advertising


David Berliner
Co-Founder & CEO, CoPower

Photo-Speaker- Jeff Dennis

Jeff Dennis (Moderator)
Entrepreneur in Residence, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin

12:45 PM

Deep Dive Discoveries and Lunch

Applying insights to real challenges and opportunities that impact your organization, sector and region; plus key takeaways for advancing your future readiness.

2:00 PM

Quick Report Outs of Key Discovery Insights

Sharing the findings and summarizing the key points of the connections forged and insights gleaned over the Deep Dive Discoveries Lunch.

2:30 PM

Making It Real – Fishbowl Conversation

Full group discussion and decision-making about ‘making it real’ in the context of business and communities.

3:30 PM


3:45 PM

Decisions and Actions for Advancement

5:00 PM

Acknowledgements and Closing Remarks

5:30 – 8:00 PM

Group Photo and Action Partners Reception and Networking