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Canada Growth Summit 2024: Fixing productivity once and for all
Michael is a renowned television anchor and reporter, whose broadcasting career has spanned more than two decades of covering some of the most challenging news stories in real time. In addition to being the face of CPAC’s live programming, he hosts the channel’s nightly political round-up, PrimeTime Politics, and is the first Filipino-Canadian male to anchor a national newscast in Canada. In 2023, Michael was recognized with a Canadian Screen Award for his work anchoring a breaking news special on the Ottawa occupation in February 2022.
Prior to joining CPAC in 2022, Michael spent 12 years as a host and anchor with CBC News Network. Before that, he was a reporter with CTV British Columbia and CityNews Toronto.
Murad Al-Katib, President, CEO and Board member of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. An international agri-food, strategic business and financial thinker, Murad founded AGT Foods in 2001, building a Canadian start-up into a global billion-dollar value-added, plant-based protein company supplying pulses, staple foods and ingredients to customers around the globe.
Murad was born and raised in a small rural community, Davidson, Saskatchewan, born to Turkish immigrant parents. Murad completed a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) with Distinction in Finance and Organizational Strategy at the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of International Management with great Distinction from Thunderbird School of Global Management (Arizona State University). His career began in the public service with the Government of Canada and then as a founding director of the Saskatchewan Government’s international trade and export development agency the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP).
Murad has a varied experience in board roles including appointments to the Industry Strategy Council of the Government of Canada in 2020; Chair, Government of Canada National Agri-Food Strategy Roundtable; Chair of the SME Advisory Board for Canada’s Trade Minister; Chair, Executive Committee, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; the Board of Pulse Canada and as Board Chair of Economic Development Regina as well as a panel member for the Government of Canada’s renewal of Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy and the Advisory Committee for the Review of the Canada Transportation Act for the Minister of Transport. Murad’s current Board appointments include the Canadian Pulse and Special Crops Trade Association, the Protein Industries Canada Supercluster, the Century Initiative and the Board of Directors of Saudi Arabia Milling Company, the recently privatized flour mills of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Murad is also a graduate of the Rottman Institute of Corporate Directors ICD course.
Murad is a passionate advocate of Canadian agriculture speaking extensively on the opportunities and challenges facing the Canada’s agriculture sector. Murad is also passionate about entrepreneurs, championing compassionate entrepreneurism and working to expand female, youth and First Nations participation in business start-ups, advocating the role of entrepreneurs in driving social change and innovation in the new global economy.
Murad’s awards include the 2021 ABEX Business Leader of the Year, 2020 Globe & Mail “Innovator CEO of the Year”, the 2021 Canadian Western Agribition “CWA Top 50 in Canadian Agriculture”, the 2017 Saskatchewan Order of Merit, a University of Regina Honorary Degree, the 2017 “Oslo Business for Peace” Honouree, 2017 EY “World Entrepreneur of the Year”, 2016 UN Association of Canada “Global Citizen Laureate”, PROFITGuide Magazine’s “30 Most Fabulous Entrepreneurs of the Past 30 Years” list, Globe & Mail “Canada’s Top 40 under 40” and the Western Producer “44 Innovators Who Shaped Prairie Agriculture”.
As the co-founder and CEO of Promise Robotics, Ramtin brings more than 16 years of leadership experience in helping the building industry to innovate and adopt new technologies for better productivity and sustainability. Ramtin is a mission-driven leader with a deep passion for positively impacting our communities and advancing the industries. He brings a unique blend of expertise in the development of deep tech, real estate, operational savviness, and corporate strategy.
Prior to founding Promise Robotics, Ramtin was a founding member of Autodesk Research, where he assumed several key leadership roles during his 13 years career at Autodesk. As the former Head of Autodesk Technology Centre in Canada, Ramtin was responsible for the strategic vision, implementation and operationalization of Autodesk’s new flagship R&D center located at the MaRS Discovery in Toronto; and the first AI-assisted office design in large scale housing 200 employees, in addition to a state-of-art prototyping facility for technology startups. At a different capacity, Ramtin was a Distinguished Research Scientist at Autodesk as he led the development of core technology visions and strategies, including Autodesk Moonshots in Industrialized Construction and Autodesk’s new AI & Robotics activities in EMEA. A technical savvy CEO, Ramtin is also an inventor and holds multiple patents related to BIM, IoT, Digital Twin, and Simulation technologies.
De Martin has over 25 years of experience in software development, focusing on cutting-edge technologies such as holographic applications and an AI-powered digital twinning platform for agriculture. He formerly held leadership positions at Microsoft, where he increased the size of the Vancouver office from 300 to 1,700 employees. In addition, he served as a General Manager in the Microsoft Dynamics division, overseeing the development of Dynamics 365 Guides and Remote Assist in the mixed reality space.
Earlier in his career, De Martin was Franchise Development Director at Vancouver’s Electronic Arts, where he led the delivery of Need for Speed Underground, a top-selling video game worldwide. He was recognized for his operational excellence in the gaming industry, earning consecutive “Best Company” awards during his time at Next Level Games.
Currently, he is the CEO & Co-Founder of Industrio AI, a company that specializes in the design and building of scalable AI solutions for business.
In addition, De Martin uses his expertise to support organizations that are shaping the Canadian tech ecosystem like DIGITAL, Canada’s Global Innovation Cluster for digital technologies. He also sits on the boards of InnovateBC, The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, and the Richmond Hospital Foundation.
The Honourable Sean Fraser was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Central Nova in 2015. He now serves as the Minister of Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities. He has previously served as Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and to the Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance, and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. In 2021, he also served concurrently as Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister.
Prior to entering politics, Sean built a successful legal practice as a commercial litigator with one of Canada’s top-ranked law firms, and studied international law under a Judge of the International Court of Justice and a Former Secretary-General of NATO as part of his Master’s Program in The Hague in the Netherlands. He also spent time working as a human rights lawyer for marginalized groups and individuals in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Minister Fraser grew up in Pictou County Nova Scotia, where he and his wife, Sarah, are raising their young family.
Ray has previously served in several deputy minister positions since joining the public service 17 years ago.
Before joining the Alberta government, Ray worked for the City of Medicine Hat and spent 15 years in the banking and financial services industry. Ray is a CPA and graduated with a masters of business administration and a bachelor of science in agriculture.
John Hannaford was named the 25th Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet on June 24, 2023.
Prior to becoming Clerk, John served as Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada, from 2022 to 2023, where he helped advance some of the government’s signature clean energy initiatives.
He contributed to the public service for the preceding two decades representing the Canadian government on key international files, from free trade to foreign and defence policy.
After graduating from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in history, he earned a Master of Science in international relations at the London School of Economics, before completing a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Toronto.
John joined the federal public service’s Department of Foreign Affairs as a newly minted lawyer in 1995, working on a range of issues including maritime jurisdictions, environmental law and trade.
His following career included being Deputy Minister of International Trade at Global Affairs Canada from 2019–2022, after having served in several high-profile senior leadership positions in the public service, including:
• Foreign and Defence Policy Adviser to the Prime Minister (2015–2019);
• Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet of Foreign and Defence Policy in the Privy Council Office (2012–2015); and
• Ambassador of Canada to Norway (2009–2012).
John’s first act as Clerk was to launch a broad discussion on public service values and ethics to ensure the civil service is equipped to serve Canadians’ changing needs in today’s dynamic and increasingly complex environment.
He believes the values of the public service are the cornerstone of our democracy and the compass to ensure “the peace, order and good government” it provides remain relevant and real to every Canadian, every day.
He is married to Anne Lawson. Together they have two adult children.
Simon Kennedy was named Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) in September 2019. He has led ISED’s response to the global pandemic, working with industry to pivot towards the production of medical supplies and to build up Canadian biomanufacturing capacity, and rolling out new programs to aid businesses affected by lockdowns. He has overseen an ambitious recovery agenda at ISED, partnering with companies to support innovation and industrial transformation, taking steps to overhaul economic legislation, support underrepresented entrepreneurs and small businesses, advance Canadian science and research, and roll out the largest investments in broadband in the country’s history.
Previously, he served as Deputy Minister of Health. During his tenure, the Department assumed a national leadership role in responding to the opioids crisis; negotiated new funding with the provinces and territories for home care and mental health services; and launched major reforms to pharmaceutical pricing, nutrition labelling, vaping, and tobacco packaging. Mr. Kennedy also oversaw Health Canada’s implementation of the government’s initiative to legalize and regulate cannabis.
Mr. Kennedy has served in a variety of progressively senior roles in seven different federal organizations, including in six deputy minister-level appointments. He was the Prime Minister’s personal representative, or “Sherpa”, to the G-20 from 2012 to 2014. He has degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University and Syracuse University, and is a graduate of INSEAD’s Advanced Management Programme. Mr. Kennedy has been a member of the board of a variety of organizations, including the Canadian Tourism Commission, Canadian Institute for Health Information, Mental Health Commission of Canada, and Ottawa Community Foundation, among others. He co-chairs the Ottawa Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Laura Lee Langley is the Deputy Minister of the Office of the Nova Scotia Premier, Deputy Minister of Treasury Board, Clerk of the Executive Council, Public Service Commissioner, and Head of the Nova Scotia Public Service.
After more than 15 years as a journalist, she began her decades-long career in the public service. Laura Lee has demonstrated success in engaging employees while working in complex systems, tackling wicked problems, and driving a whole-of-government, citizen centered approach to developing public policy. She has an interest in transforming how we work in the
Westminster model of government while advancing the modernization of the public service.
Laura Lee is a sought-after speaker on leadership, workplace communication and leading in complex systems, and is a certified facilitator in understanding and seeing organizational systems. She has a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University (2002), and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University (2015).
Laura Lee has served as a board member for various professional and community organizations and is a known advocate for diversity and inclusion. She has been recognized by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission as a Champion of the Workplace, and in 2018 she was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women as a strategic and engaging
public sector leader.
Álvaro S. Pereira is currently the Director of the Policy Studies Branch in the Economics
Department. He provides leadership in the co-ordination and management of the activities of
the Directorate and ensures that it is at the forefront of the international political economy
agenda. He identifies ways in which the OECD can promote policies to improve member and
partner countries long-term economic performance.
Prior to OECD, Mr. Pereira was Minister for Economy and Employment in Portugal (2011-2013)
and previous to that he was a professor at Simon Fraser University, Canada, a lecturer at
University of British Columbia, Canada and University of York, UK.
Shannon Salter is Deputy Minister to the Premier, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the BC Public Service. She previously served as Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister Responsible for Housing for British Columbia. Prior to that role, Shannon was the Chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada’s first online tribunal resolving small claims, condominium disputes, and motor vehicle accident disputes for almost 8 years. She is also an adjunct professor at the UBC Allard School of Law, teaching administrative law and legal ethics and professional regulation. She earned her BA and LLB from UBC, and her LLM from the University of Toronto. Ms. Salter was a BC Supreme Court judicial law clerk before practicing civil litigation at a large Vancouver firm. She has served as a vice chair of the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal, vice president of the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals, a director of the BC Financial Services Authority and a Law Society of British Columbia disciplinary hearing panel member. She is a board member of the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII).
In 2021 Ms. Salter was named an ABA LRTC Women of Legal Tech Honouree, and was previously named one of the 25 Top Most Influential Lawyers in Canada, one of Canada’s New Law Pioneers by the Canadian Bar Association and an Access to Justice All-Star by the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSLAP). She received the Adam Albright award for outstanding teaching by an adjunct professor in 2016. Ms. Salter is also a fellow of the National Centre for Technology and Dispute Resolution at the University of Massachusetts and a visiting professor at the Sir Zelman Cowan Centre in Victoria University in Melbourne. Ms. Salter is a frequent speaker at international conferences on online dispute resolution, administrative law, legal education, and the future of law and technology.
Mikal Skuterud is a Full Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of
Waterloo, Director of the Canadian Labour Economics Forum (CLEF), Fellow-in-Residence
and Roger Phillips Scholar of Social Policy at the C.D. Howe Institute, and a Research Fellow
at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). He received his Master’s degree in Economics from
the University of British Columbia and his Ph.D. in Economics from McMaster University.
His research interests include: the labour market integration of immigrants, labour market
policies that influence hours of work, and the economics of trade unions. His work has
appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Labor Economics, and the
Canadian Journal of Economics, and has received national media coverage in the New York
Times and the Globe and Mail.
Kaylie Tiessen is an economist and policy analyst at Unifor where she focusses on issues relating to the future of work and macro economic policy. She leads the unions research relating to aerospace and heavy vehicle manufacturing and air transportation. Prior to joining Unifor Kaylie held positions in anti-poverty, strategy and research. Kaylie applies her research efforts to questions related to resilience and equity, authoring papers relating to a future of work that is good for workers and how to create and promote a prosperous and equitable Canada.
Trevor Tombe is a Professor and Graduate Program Director at the University of Calgary’s Department of Economics and a Research Fellow at The School of Public Policy. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Toronto. His research explores a broad set of topics from international trade to public finances and fiscal federalism. He has published in top economics journals, is co-author of the textbook Public Finance in Canada, co-editor of the recent volume Fiscal Federalism in Canada, and is Co-Director of Finances of the Nation. In addition to his academic work, he actively advises various governments on wide range of issues and is an active contributor to Canadian policy development and discussions through regular op-eds, articles, and active media engagement.
CAROLYN WILKINS is a senior research scholar at Princeton University’s Griswold Center for Economic Policy, where she is a lecturer in the Department of Economics. She is also an external member of the Financial Policy Committee at the Bank of England and serves on the board of directors of Canada’s Intact Financial Corporation. She is a mentor to fintech entrepreneurs at the Creative Destruction Lab (HEC).
Wilkins worked for twenty years at the Bank of Canada, and served as Senior Deputy Governor from 2014 to 2020. She has contributed to international financial regulation, including as a member of the Financial Stability Board and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. In 2022-23, she was one of three panelists leading the external review of the Reserve Bank of Australia. Wilkins earned her MA from the University of Western Ontario and her BA from Wilfrid Laurier University, both in economics. She received an Honorary Doctorate from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2022. She was named as a winner of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in 2016 and 2018.
Rupa Banerjee is Associate Professor of Human Resource Management at Toronto Metropolitan University, and Canadian Research Chair of Economic Inclusion, Employment and Entrepreneurship of Canada’s Immigrants. Her research examines employment outcomes of newcomers, a topic on which she has published extensively. Her research interests also include diversity and ethno-racial discrimination in the workplace. Dr. Banerjee’s current program of research focuses on the role of post-secondary institutions and employers on the migration and labour market integration of temporary residents and immigrants in Canada.
Brett House is Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia Business School and Senior Fellow with the Munk School and Massey College at the University of Toronto.
Previously, Brett was Vice-President and Deputy Chief Economist at Scotiabank. Prior to joining Scotiabank in October 2016, Brett was Chief Economist at Alignvest Investment Management in Toronto and Global Strategist at Woodbine Capital Advisors, a New York-based global macro fund. Earlier in his career, Brett served as Principal Advisor in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General and as an Economist at the International Monetary Fund. He cut his teeth in financial markets at Goldman Sachs International in London and at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Brett is a Rhodes Scholar with degrees in economics from the University of Oxford and Queen’s University at Kingston. In addition, he has taught at Oxford University, McGill University, and the University of Cape Town, and has held research roles at Columbia University and Massey College.
Brett has served on the investment committees of the boards of Pearson College, Massey College, and the Canadian Rhodes Scholars’ Foundation. He is additionally a member of the boards of the Canadian Association for Business Economics (CABE) and The 519, Toronto’s municipal organization dedicated to advocacy for the inclusion of LGBTQ+ communities. He received the 2014 Québec Notable Award in Finance, the 2015 Good Citizen Award from his hometown of Lincoln, Ontario, and the 2018 Professional Leader Award from Start Proud. Brett was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (Davos) and one of 100 top global LGBT+ executives by INvolve & Yahoo Finance. Brett is also a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and holds the ICD.D designation from Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors.
Shingai is the Head of AI Education at ChainML where she works with clients on AI education, adoption, and implementation. Shingai takes clients from an AI product idea to an affordable and scalable deployment. A seasoned data scientist, Shingai has a background in retail analytics, generating data insights to top tier manufacturers and retailers, and she has led technical education at the Vector Institute for AI. Shingai is also the founder of Fireside Analytics Inc., an online data science education company. Over half a million learners have taken her courses on platforms such as IBM and Coursera. Shingai sits on a number of boards and advisory committees, and she is an award-winning speaker and children’s book author.
Luiza Ch. Savage is an executive editor at POLITICO, an international news organization focused on politics and policy. Based in the Washington, D.C., area, she focuses on growing POLITICO’s digital journalism across video, audio, live events, newsletters, and thought-leadership. Luiza was responsible for the creation of POLITICO Canada, which now includes the daily Ottawa Playbook and POLITICO Pro Canada, an intelligence service for policy professionals. She is a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center and a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Prior to joining POLITICO, Luiza was the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for Maclean’s, the national weekly news magazine of Canada. In that role, she covered several presidential elections, wrote and produced two television documentaries about Canada-U.S. relations, and was a regular commentator on television and radio news programs. She previously worked as a reporter for the New York Sun, the National Post, and the Ottawa Citizen. Luiza was born in Poland and grew up in Calgary and Ottawa. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College and a master’s degree from Yale Law School, where she was a Knight Foundation journalism fellow. She is married to New York Times reporter Charlie Savage; they have two children.
Heather crafts and pursues the strategic priorities of the Council in collaboration with her Council colleagues and members. Her focus is finding practical solutions to the major economic and growth challenges of our time – competitiveness, climate and a constantly changing workforce.
Previously, Heather spent 30 years in journalism, covering economics, policy and politics at the Toronto Star, The Canadian Press and the Globe and Mail. She has a Masters degree in journalism and an undergraduate degree in International Relations.
Edward Greenspon has worked at the intersection of journalism and public policy for more than 30 years. Before becoming President & CEO of the Public Policy Forum, Ed was a journalist with The Globe and Mail, Bloomberg News and newspapers in Western Canada. He is also the author of two books on Canadian politics, policy and public opinion.
At the Globe, Ed specialized in politics, economics, foreign affairs and business while serving as Editor-in-Chief, Ottawa bureau chief, European correspondent and managing editor of the Report on Business. He was an early proponent of digital transformation as founding editor of globeandmail.com.
At Bloomberg News, he was Editor-at-Large for Canada and global managing editor for energy, environment and commodities, a group situated in 22 countries on six continents.
Ed is the author of Double Vision: The Inside Story of the Liberals in Power, which won the 1996 Douglas Purvis Award for best public policy book, and of Searching for Certainty: Inside the New Canadian Mindset. He was a winner of PPF’s Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism. In 2010, he chaired a 13-person panel for the Canadian International Council that produced a bold international policy strategy called Open Canada: A Global Positioning Strategy for a Networked Age.
Ed holds a combined honours degree in journalism and political science from Carleton University and was a Commonwealth Scholar at the London School of Economics, earning an M.Sc. (Econ.) with distinction.