DAVID WERKLUND has been a farmer, an oilman, an entrepreneur, a CEO and a philanthropist. Born in 1945, he grew up on a farm in Alberta and worked his way through the ups and downs of the Alberta oil business to found Canadian Crude Separators (CCS), which developed the most stringent environmental practices in the oil field services world.
Graeme Ferguson was co-inventor of the IMAX® motion picture system that changed the way we see movies. He was co-founder of IMAX Corporation, and, for over 20 years, the company’s first president. He produced and directed several pioneering films, including Polar Life, a multi-screen film for Expo ’67 in Montreal; North of Superior, the first film to be shot entirely in IMAX; and The Dream Is Alive, the first IMAX film to be shot in space. He was also an antique boat enthusiast and owned a cabin launch, Heather Belle, which was once powered by a fuel called naphtha. Ferguson’s [...]
Jan Stewart is a highly regarded mental health governance expert and advocate. Her brutally honest memoir Hold on Tight: A Parent’s Journey Raising Children with Mental Illness describes her emotional roller coaster story parenting two children with multiple, complex mental health disorders. Her mission is to empower and inspire parents to persevere, as well as to better educate their families, friends, healthcare professionals, educators, and employers on the parental perspective. Jan chairs the Board of Directors at Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Canada’s largest autism services provider, and was previously vice chair at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She [...]
As a wealth advisor for over 35 years, Susan assisted her clients to financially plan for their retirements and manage their investments. She saw a common thread among her clients. Having enough money to retire was only a piece of the retirement puzzle. It was the non-financial side that had the greatest impact on the predictability of a successful retirement. Susan is a co-founder and partner in Next Chapter Lifestyle Advisors. Susan is a family enterprise advisor, FEA (Family Enterprise Exchange), and holds an Executive MBA. Susan is a former board member of Richardson Financial Group and holds her ICD.D [...]
An award-winning journalist formerly at the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail, Brehl now operates his own consulting, communications, and writing firm called abc2 communications inc. He is the co-author of bestselling books Relentless: The True Story of the Man Behind Rogers Communications, Right Hand Man: How Phil Lind Guided the Genius of Ted Rogers, Canada’s Foremost Entrepreneur, and Hurricane Hazel: A Life with Purpose about Mississauga’s Hazel McCallion, the longest-serving mayor of a major city in Canadian history. Brehl has also authored other books, including the bestseller The Best of Milt Dunnell, the legendary Canadian sports columnist from St. [...]
Rebecca Morrison is Nurse Practitioner who specializes in addiction/mental health and chronic pain with Alberta Health Services. She advocates for the most vulnerable populations. Rebecca is president of The Calgary Beach Volleyball Association. She loves animals and writing, and wants to make this world a better place.
Douglas Hunter is a writer and artist who lives in Port McNicoll, Ontario. He is the author or co-author of more than 20 books with leading publishers in Canada and the United States. He has been a winner of and finalist for the National Business Book Award, and a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award (non-fiction). He holds a PhD in history from York University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo. You can learn more at douglashunter.ca.
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 [...]