Derek Yach has focused his career on advancing global health. He is the Chief Health Officer for The Vitality Group, part of Discovery Holdings Ltd. Prior to that he was SVP Global Health and Agriculture Policy at PepsiCo, where he supported portfolio transformation and led engagement with major international groups and new African initiatives at the nexus of agriculture and nutrition. He headed global health at the Rockefeller Foundation, has been a Professor of Global Health at Yale University, and is a former Executive Director for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health of the World Health Organization (WHO). At WHO, he [...]
Eric Termuende is a 24-year-old rising star on the international speaking circuit and is represented by the National Speakers Bureau. He is also the founder of DRYVER, a company leading the change in intergenerational management, specializing in Millennials and the next generation of the workforce. Eric has been named one of the American Express’ Top 100 Emerging Innovators Under 35, is a former G20 YEA delegate, TEDx speaker, and has been featured on Forbes and the Huffington Post.
Don Tapscott is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. He has authored 16 books, including Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, which has been translated into over 25 languages. Don’s most recent book was co-authored with his son, Alex Tapscott. Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies Is Changing the World was published in May 2016 and is, according to Harvard Business School’s Clay Christensen, “the book, literally, on how to survive and thrive in this next wave of technology-driven disruption.” In 2017, Don and Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute, [...]
Alex Tapscott is a globally recognized writer, speaker, investor, and adviser focused on the impact of emerging technologies, such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, on business, society, and government. He is the co-author (with Don Tapscott) of the critically acclaimed non-fiction bestseller Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies Is Changing the World, which has been translated into more than 15 languages. His TEDx San Francisco talk, “Blockchain Is Eating Wall Street,” has been viewed over 692,000 times. In 2017, Alex co-founded the Blockchain Research Institute, a multimillion-dollar think tank that is investigating blockchain strategies, opportunities, and use [...]
Leslie Strong is a Toronto life coach who helps people live happier and more successful lives, both in business and at home. In her first book, The YOU Factor, Leslie shares the tools she uses to help people regain power and joy in their lives. One of the key insights is this: It’s not about them. It’s about you. For many people this is a big shift in perspective. It’s a different mindset because we often feel like we’re the victims of circumstance. Leslie shows us how to adopt a different point of view: If you recognize that you are responsible [...]
Lesley Stowe is a well-known Vancouver chef and the creator of the famous Raincoast Crisps—one of Oprah’s “10 Favorite Things” in 2012. Before becoming the queen of crisps, Stowe ran a highly successful catering and food store in Vancouver that became famous for such delectable desserts as Death By Chocolate, the runaway favourite at Vancouver’s top restaurants. A Paris-trained chef, Stowe has published several successful cookbooks in Canada, including The Lesley Stowe Fine Foods Cookbook, which sold 8,000 copies across the country. Stowe is a well-known face in Canada and dishes out her tips for delicious cooking, entertaining, and festive decorating [...]
Dr. Jacqueline Shan was named Alberta’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005. A natural science entrepreneur, she holds a Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Alberta and Doctorate of Science in Pharmacology from Peking Union Medical College. She has been widely profiled on national TV, in newspapers, and magazines across Canada, and is the creator of the #1 bestselling cold remedy COLD-FX. In September 2013, Shan launched a new company, Afinity Life Sciences Inc., a life science innovation company focused on developing anti-aging products to meet the growing health needs of an aging population. Afinity launched a new line [...]
Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, mentor, and advisor to the next generation of change makers. She founded SheEO, an organization that helps women create new businesses for a better world. SheEO is building a global platform to finance women-led ventures on their own terms. Vicki has co-founded four companies in Europe, Toronto, and Silicon Valley, including one that went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2000. She was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and has spoken at The World Economic Forum in Davos, Women of Influence Series in Canada, Schwab Foundation for [...]
Consultant Steve Pinkus has spent nearly 20 years managing big change at major companies. He specializes in large-scale IT and strategic project management and change. He manages highly complex programs and projects for companies involved in organizational mergers, new strategic initiatives, restructuring, and major technology changes.
Ante Pavlovic is an author, senior teacher, and yoga therapist in the lineage of yoga master T. Krishnamacharya. He lived in Chennai, India, for many years, where he had the privilege of studying directly with TKV Desikachar, the son of Krishnamacharya. While in India, Ante completed a one-year Yoga Therapy internship as part of the teaching faculty at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), a centre renowned worldwide for healing and education. He was part of the first batch of international students to be officially certified as a Yoga Teacher, as well as Yoga Teacher Trainer, in the lineage of Krishnamacharya. Ante's [...]
Beth Parker writes for business and organizations in Canada and the U.S. Her clients range from Fortune 500 companies to start-up entrepreneurs. Beth has an English specialist degree from the University of Toronto (Victoria College) and an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Karen Pape is a neonatologist and clinical neuroscientist. Her groundbreaking work challenges the current thinking that there is no cure for cerebral palsy. The treatments she has developed over the course of her life’s work have all been born of one single belief: a young injured brain has the potential for recovery, if we look for it. Educated at McGill University and the University of Toronto, Dr. Pape was a neonatologist and Director of the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic Toronto’s renowned Hospital for Sick Children with an additional research fellowship in Neonatal Pathology and Ultrasound Brain Scans in London, England, [...]
A passionate advocate for girls’ education and refugee issues, Clare Morneau is a 17-year-old author and speaker who lives in Toronto with her father, Canada’s Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, mother, Nancy McCain, and siblings Henry, Edward, and Grace Acan, who joined the family in 2010 from northern Uganda. Clare is compassionate, driven, and committed to working for real change. As a student at Havergal College, she founded the Kakuma Toronto Girls Education Partnership. In October 2016, she released her first book, Kakuma Girls. She completed a four-week internship at the Global Humanitarian Lab, a partner organization of the United Nations, in [...]
Colleen Moorehead is chief client officer, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, responsible for implementing Osler’s client-focused business development strategy. She was co-founder of ETRADE Canada. Colleen has extensive experience building successful companies and valuable brands. She is a respected business leader with senior management experience in financial services, technology, business, and web-based services. Colleen has held a variety of corporate leadership positions and has a deep understanding of business development strategy in the services sector. Colleen is currently chair of the Governance Committee and board member of Solium Capital (SUM-TSX), board chair of Merrco Payments Inc., and a member of iNovia [...]
Burkhard Mausberg is the CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation and the Greenbelt Fund. A leader in Ontario’s environmental/food sector, Mausberg has worked for charities and non-profit groups for almost three decades. Before joining the Greenbelt Foundation, he directed the programs of the Ivey Foundation. Mausberg was also CEO of several environmental organizations, which he transformed into essential forces for change. Mausberg cut his teeth at Pollution Probe, has served on several NGO boards, and writes widely on vital issues in diverse settings. Mausberg studied environmental science at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto, where [...]
For 40 years, Phil Lind was the right-hand man to Ted Rogers, the late CEO of the massive Canadian communications company. Lind provided the strategic compass to channel Rogers’ entrepreneurial brilliance and shape a powerful organization with vast holdings — wireless, cable, telephone, Internet, and media assets — along with the Toronto Blue Jays and a significant stake in Toronto’s other professional sports teams via Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. Lind has been inducted into the Order of Canada and the U.S. Cable Hall of Fame for his role in expanding Rogers into the U.S. Phil is also a [...]
Toronto cardiologist Dr. Ivan Likar started his career with a scientific thunderbolt. He invented the ECG stress test, used by millions of people around the world to test their hearts. Yet when he was a schoolboy, no one thought he would make it to medical school—except, perhaps, for him.
Erin Phillips knows firsthand what hockey families are up against when they try to eat in a healthy way. She cooks for her husband, NHL superstar Chris Phillips, and for three very active children, all of whom spend most nights on the ice. She gets through the day with a fun and easy approach to food, but it’s grounded in careful study. After studying human kinetics at the University of Ottawa, Erin became a registered nutritional consulting practitioner, specializing in sports nutrition. Today, Erin is devoted to demystifying the nutritional and hydration needs of hockey kids everywhere. She lives in [...]
Veteran travellers and former corporate drones Jim Herrler and Ellen Ma provide everything you need to know to live your retirement like royalty—on a budget: where you should go, what you need to get there, how much it will cost, and the best way to enjoy your time when you are there. Jim Herrler and Ellen Ma practice what they preach. With a combined fifty years’ corporate experience in global advertising and marketing, the two Canadians—both experienced and committed travellers—packed up in 2007 and waved bon voyage to their old lives in Toronto and moved permanently to Singapore for their slice of [...]
Dr. Antoine Hakim, until recently Director of Neuroscience Research at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and CEO & Scientific Director of the Canadian Stroke Network, draws on 40 years of neurology practice for Save Your Mind. Dr. Hakim first trained as a chemical engineer in Alberta. He then earned a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MD at Albany Medical in New York. He completed his neurology residency at the Montreal Neurological Institute and later became a professor at McGill University. He came to Ottawa in 1999. In 2007, Dr. Hakim was named an Officer of the Order [...]
Susan Gibson has been working and volunteering in the non-profit world — for NGOs, UN agencies, and donor governments — for more than 35 years in 70 countries. She is a philanthropist actively engaged in NGOs in areas of refugees, human rights, and education for girls. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Paul Garfinkel is currently a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and staff psychiatrist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He obtained his medical degree from the University of Manitoba, and following an internship at the Toronto Western Hospital, did a psychiatric residency at the University of Toronto. He was chief of psychiatry at Toronto General Hospital, the University of Toronto, and the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. He was appointed chief executive officer of CAMH in 1997 and held this position until 2009. Garfinkel is the author and editor of nine [...]
Tye Farrow has gained international recognition for designing places that enhance our capacity to thrive—culturally, economically, mentally, and physically. He has initiated a global “Cause Health” movement aimed at raising expectations for design as the basis for total health, which extends beyond technical sustainability and physical health to encompass our state of mind. Tye’s projects across North America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East demonstrate leadership in this visionary quest. He has been invited to present his ideas at leading institutions including the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic, as well as venues from Helsinki to Houston. His portfolio includes [...]
Dr. Jeffrey H. Ennis, a psychiatrist who treats people with chronic pain, knows pain—personally. He has experienced chronic pain all over his body for much of his adult life, and yet he runs a busy medical practice and in his spare time carves canoes and bows, paints, plays guitar, and performs magic tricks. He’s now working on a book that reveals one of his secrets: self-hypnosis.
Rebecca Eckler is one of Canada’s best-known journalists and authors. She is the international best-selling author of Knocked Up: Confessions of a Hip Mother-to-Be, Wiped! Life with a Pint-Sized Dictator, and Toddlers Gone Wild, as well as the international bestseller How to Raise a Boyfriend. She has been a columnist at The National Post and The Globe and Mail, and her work has appeared in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. She writes for numerous magazines and parenting blogs across North America. The Mommy Mob is her ninth book. She lives in Toronto with her ten-year-old daughter, Rowan, and one-year-old son, Holt.
As C.E.O. of The T. Eaton Company Limited from 1976 to 1989, Fredrik Stefan Eaton opened department stores in many Ontario cities such as Peterborough, Sarnia and Woodstock. He renewed many other Eaton’s stores and added many new ones in the greater Toronto-Hamilton region, and in London, Sudbury and Ottawa. After retiring from active service with The T. Eaton Company Limited, he served as Canada’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. A serious outdoor enthusiast, Eaton has served as a director of the Ontario Anglers and Hunters Association. He has also been a member of the Algonquin Wildlands League and [...]
Christine Conway is a 32-year-old financial planner and partner at Braun Financial Services in Vancouver. When she and her husband, Cameron, moved to Vancouver from Winnipeg 10 years ago, they were living on an average Canadian income of under $80,000. Then they faced the daunting prospect of trying to live comfortably in an expensive city, buy a home for their family, and save for retirement. Conway found a way: In just six years, the young couple saved $150,000 to pay off a big chunk of their credit card debt and mortgage on a home they own. Now they are within [...]
A committed philanthropist, Michael Dan is a model of social responsibility and generosity. A former neurosurgeon, he has funded organizations that assist marginalized people in Toronto and helped to create the first privately-endowed research institute in the world geared to the unique health needs of Aboriginal people. His commitment to peace in the Middle East is exemplified by his support for The University of Haifa, the Michael and Amira Dan Professorship in Global Health at The University of Toronto, and the St. John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. Michael is a member of the Order of Canada, and holds three honorary degrees. Free [...]
Dr. Abdallah Daar is professor of public health sciences at the University of Toronto, with a cross-appointment in the department of surgery. He is the Chief Science and Ethics Officer and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board at Grand Challenges Canada. He was the founding Chair of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (2009 – 2011) and is Chair of the Advisory Board of the United Nations University International Institute of Global Health. His academic career has spanned biomedical sciences, organ transplantation, surgery, global health, and bioethics. Born in Tanzania, Dr. Daar’s major research focus is on the use of [...]
Chris Clarke is CEO and co-owner of First Affiliated Family Office Group, which helps families in Toronto, across Canada, and overseas manage their finances. She helps her client families deal with a wide array of wealth, lifestyle, and legacy issues, an approach that earned her recognition from the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners as one of the world’s top multi-family offices. Chris is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Trust and Estates Practitioner (TEP), and a Registered Financial Planner (RFP), the highest accreditation offered by the Institute of Advance Financial Planners. Chris is also certified as a Family Mediator [...]
Scott Burk has played golf in Toronto all his life. Born in 1963, he played his early golf on Toronto’s municipal courses, and as a teenager joined the Lambton Golf and Country Club in 1977. Today, Scott plays at the Toronto Hunt Club. He is a member of the Canadian Golf Historical Society and the British Golf Collectors Society. An avid reader and lifelong resident of Toronto, Burk is passionate about both golf and the history of the city. Not surprisingly, he and his wife Dianne and their two sons live on a Toronto street that was once a golf course.
Dr. Vivien Brown is a family physician in Toronto, and a passionate advocate for women’s health. She speaks across Canada and in the U.S. on reducing cancer risks and cancer prevention, adult immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases, stress in the workplace and stress management, health promotion and healthy aging, osteoporosis prevention, menopause, and women’s health. Dr. Brown is the North American vice-president for the Medical Women’s International Association and a former president of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada and the consumer education committee for the North American Menopause Society. She’s a board member of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative [...]
As former president and chief operating officer of Wood Gundy, author Jim Beqaj has personally hired over 900 people in his business career. Among other things, he led the integration of Wood Gundy with CIBC and the expansion into the U.S. in the early 1990s. After hiring over 450 people in 18 months, he realized that putting the right talent together was the most important and enjoyable part of his job. Since 2002, he’s been a coach and adviser, helping corporate clients to attract talented teams and individuals who fit the business and culture.
Laura Beauparlant is an entrepreneur, an award-winning speaker, a design and branding expert, and the founder of Lab Creative. In her more than two decades as a designer and 15 years as an entrepreneur, Laura has learned that it takes more than just being really good at what you do to start and run a successful business. Her mission is to help ambitious entrepreneurs create strong, memorable brands that attract the right clients. She prides herself on finding creative solutions to help aspiring and established entrepreneurs become happy, confident, prosperous business owners. Laura and her team have helped countless small business [...]
Norman Bacal is the bestselling author of Breakdown, a memoir about the rise and fall of a law firm he once ran. He was the former managing partner of Heenan Blaikie, one of Canada’s most prestigious law firms. An expert in film and television finance, he sat on the board of directors of Lionsgate Entertainment for almost 10 years. He speaks regularly on university campuses and to professionals. Norman is married to Sharon, a portrait artist. They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. 2021 New York City Big Book Award Ophelia has been honored as a Distinguished Favorite in the Mystery category.
John Ellis was most recently Global Technologist at the Ford Motor Company, where his team delivered a number of automotive industry firsts including SmartDeviceLink, the open source version of Ford’s award-winning AppLink technology. During most of his career, John worked for Motorola where he held key leadership positions in engineering, product management, software and services, marketing, and strategy. For the past 19 years, John has been the managing director of Ellis & Associates, which serves clients in the world where automotive, consumer, connectivity, and software intersect. John speaks around the world on issues like software security and the new business [...]