Symposium Speakers

Anne Kelly

DM Co-Chair of 2020 APEX Symposium

Anne Kelly, Commissioner, Correctional Service Canada

Anne Kelly was appointed Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada on July 30, 2018.

Ms. Kelly started her career with the Correctional Service of Canada in 1983 as a case management officer. Over the years she had a variety of assignments, mostly in the Ontario Region, at the institutional, community and national levels, including case management supervisor, unit manager and project officer at National Headquarters.

Ms. Kelly was also the deputy warden at Mountain Institution in the Pacific Region for a period of two years, from 1996 to 1998. Following her return to National Headquarters in 1998, she held the positions of director of Institutional Reintegration Operations, director general of Offender Programs and Reintegration, and acted as assistant commissioner of Correctional Operations and Programs. Ms. Kelly was appointed Deputy Commissioner for Women in July 2004.

In September 2006, Ms. Kelly was appointed Regional Deputy Commissioner, Pacific Region, where she served for five years until her appointment as Senior Deputy Commissioner in 2011.

Daniel Watson

DM Co-Chair of 2020 APEX Symposium

Daniel Watson, Deputy Minister, Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Daniel Watson is a proud public servant who is passionate about the role that public institutions play in shaping Canada and the lives of Canadians. His appointment at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Indigenous Affairs is his fifth appointment as a Deputy Minister, having been Deputy Minister (and previously Associate Deputy Minister) of Western Economic Diversification, Chief Human Resources Officer for the Government of Canada and Chief Executive Officer, Parks Canada.

Much of his career has focused on work with Indigenous peoples and issues, having been the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy and Strategic Direction at the former Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Director General of the Aboriginal Justice Directorate at the federal Department of Justice, and Director of Aboriginal and Territorial Relations at INAC’s Northwest Territories Regional Office.

With the Government of British Columbia, he was Director of Treaty Implementation and Settlement Legislation where he led the development of the Nisga’a Final Agreement Act (British Columbia) among other major initiatives and, with the Government of Saskatchewan where he was responsible for first negotiations between provincial Department of Education and what was then the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.

In the context of these positions, he played key roles in the negotiation of modern treaties, specific claims and many other agreements and processes. He was also the lead for several key legislative initiatives, litigation files and alternative justice programs. He has worked with Inuit, Métis and First Nation governments, communities and entities in every jurisdiction across Canada, and has lived in British Columbia, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.

Beyond this experience, Daniel has significant background in economic development and innovation issues, federal-provincial-territorial relations, labour relations and human resources issues, and cultural and ecological heritage matters. He has represented Canada on numerous issues at forums around the world and has represented the federal government in several national federal-provincial-territorial forums.

Daniel is a pilot, sang for a time with the Regina Philharmonic Choir, has taught firearms safety and hunting courses, and has represented Canada in French, English and Spanish. His record for riding a Harley-Davidson from Ottawa to Edmonton is 46 hours and 10 minutes, one he intends never to repeat or beat.

Jacqueline Rigg

Jacqueline Rigg was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada in June 2019. APEX is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the professional needs of its members, the senior leadership of the federal public service.

Jacqueline comes to APEX after serving as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Human Resources Branch at Canada Border Services Agency, a position she held since September 2017. She has also served as Director General in a Human Resources capacity at both Canada Border Services Agency and the Department of National Defence as well as, prior positions at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. Prior to joining the public service in 2007, she was an executive at Bell Canada, where she worked in Finance, Marketing and Communications.

Jacqueline holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Major Finance) from the University of Ottawa and an Executive Leadership Program Certification from Queen’s University. She is active in community youth programs, sits on the Board of Trustees of the Ottawa Grace Manor, and is a seasoned talent management/leadership coach.

Dominic Barton

Mr. Dominic Barton was appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of the China by the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on September 4, 2019.

Prior to his nomination, Ambassador Barton was a Global Managing Partner at McKinsey & Company where he served from 2009 to 2018. Ambassador Barton also served as Chairman of Teck Resources and as Non-Executive Director at the Singtel Group in Singapore and Investor AB in Sweden. He was also a board member of the Olayan Group, a private family-owned company.

In 2016, Ambassador Barton assumed the responsibility of Chair for the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth. He was also the Chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council for six years prior to his nomination. Ambassador Barton also served as a Senior Trustee of the Brookings Institution, as a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, and as a member of the boards of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Mr. Barton is also one of the founders of Focusing Capital on the Long Term (FCLTGlobal).

In 2018, Ambassador Barton was named Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. He has also served as Co-Chair on the Max Bell School of Public Policy Advisory Board at McGill University and on the University of Toronto Psychiatry Campaign Cabinet where he engaged in volunteer support, community outreach and leadership development. In addition to these roles, Ambassador Barton served on the board of the Malala Fund, has been actively involved in the HeForShe initiative, and worked with the Mastercard Foundation to create employment in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ambassador Barton has co-authored four books, including on topics related to financial management and leadership. He is an Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, and the recipient of eight honorary doctorates, including from the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and the University of Edinburgh.

Ambassador Barton graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and has a Master of Philosophy in Economics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Ambassador Barton was born in Kampala, Uganda, in September 1962. He is married and has three children.

Rumeet Billan

Dr. Rumeet Billan is on a mission to increase human achievement by helping people build resilience and emotional intelligence. Rumeet provides a platform that encourages youth, women, communities and organizations to envision what could be possible. As a speaker, Rumeet continues to leave a lasting impression by engaging her audiences and encouraging them to develop their full potential. Her mission is: Reimagining education. Uncovering potential.  Making an impact. Expanding perspectives. Enriching lives. Teaching resilience.

As President and Chief Learning Architect of Viewpoint Leadership, Rumeet focuses her efforts on enabling opportunities in education, learning and development. Rumeet has led a ground-breaking study on the Tall Poppy Syndrome which reveals the impact of this silent systemic syndrome on organizations. Further, her children’s book, Who Do I Want To Become? challenges the relevance of the age-old question, defies gender stereotypes, and promotes a mentally healthy self-awareness.

It’s no secret that Rumeet loves what she does because she knows building resilience, emotional intelligence and psychological capital is critical to success in all aspects of life. She is also committed to promoting human welfare and has contributed to initiatives that improve access to quality education in Africa, North America and South America including the development of a teacher’s college in rural Kenya.

Based on her inspiring work, Rumeet was selected to represent Canada at the 6th Annual UNESCO International Leadership Programme and the European Regional Forum in Italy. She was the Canadian Ambassador for FIFA World Cup and is currently the National Ambassador for Not Myself Today®, an initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association that aims to transform workplace cultures. She addressed the graduating class at the University of Toronto with a convocation speech and continues to nurture our next generation of leaders.

Susan Black

In May 2018, Dr. Susan Black joined The Conference Board of Canada as CEO. The Conference Board is Canada’s foremost independent, evidence-based & not-for-profit research organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower leaders to build a stronger future for Canada.

Dr. Black has held executive positions including CHRO with Intact Financial Corporation, and Senior VP, People with Holt, Renfrew and Co., Limited. She also is the former President of Catalyst Canada.

Dr. Black has served on the boards of York University, the Metro Toronto Housing Authority, and North York General Hospital. She currently sits on the board of Gore Mutual Insurance Company.

Dr. Black is a graduate of Yale University (BA), is a Harvard MBA and, in her life-long quest to better understand human behaviour, obtained a PhD in organizational studies from York University.

Dan Couture

On December 29, 2016, Mr. Dan Couture was appointed to the position of Assistant Commissioner and Chief Human Resources Officer, Human Resources Branch (HRB) at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Mr. Couture began his career in the federal public service in 1990 with the CRA. He spent the earlier part of his career in various operational positions in client services, revenue collections and field investigations. From 1997 to 2000, he was the Executive Assistant to the Commissioner. Mr. Couture has then held various executive positions in both Corporate and Program areas including the Public Affairs Branch, the former Assessment and Collections Branch, and the Human Resources Branch. He was appointed as Director General, Executive Personnel Programs Directorate, HRB in October 2006 and Director, Ottawa Technology Centre, Ontario Region, in November 2009. Since July 2013, Mr. Couture was the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for HRB.

Mr. Couture holds a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations from McGill University and is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, Public Service Leadership and Governance Certificate Program, the Management Trainee Program and the Living Leadership Program.

Mr. Couture was also the recipient of the 2016 APEX Leadership Award.

Mary Crossan

Mary Crossan is a Professor of Strategic Leadership at the Ivey Business School and was awarded Western University’s highest honour – Distinguished University Professor – for sustained excellence in teaching, research and service over a substantial career at Western. Prior to joining the School, Crossan worked for such organizations as Bell Canada, the RCMP, Finance Canada and the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics. She earned a BA, MBA, and Ph.D. from Western University.

Mary teaches in the undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Programs. Her research on organizational learning and strategic renewal, leader character and improvisation has been widely published in such journals as the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, the Journal of Management Studies, Leadership Quarterly and Organization Dynamics.

She has extended her research to management practice through a collection of over 50 cases, many of which have been published in a book she co-authored entitled Strategic Management: A Casebook. She is also an author of the “Developing Leadership Character” book, the “Strategic Analysis and Action” textbook and has been acknowledged as one of the top case-writers in the world. Her Starbucks case alone has sold over 100,000 copies.

In a joint venture between the Ivey Business School and the Second City Improvisation Company, Mary developed a management video entitled “Improvise to Innovate” which extends traditional concepts of strategic management to development tools and techniques for more innovative, flexible and responsive strategic action.

Her recent research focuses on the development of leader character as a critical foundation to support and elevate leader competencies. She and her colleagues have developed courses, cases, a diagnostic assessment to develop leader character and she is a co-author of “Developing Leadership Character” published by Routledge.

Her research, case-writing and consulting have provided broad exposure to companies around the world including HSBC, Mattel Asia, Bank of Montreal, TD Bank, CIBC, Sun Life, Manulife, General Dynamics, many public sector organizations, and an NHL team.

She and her husband Larry have a daughter Corey and son Matt. They collectively share a love of sports and she has transitioned from her days playing varsity volleyball to sports like skiing and golf she can enjoy with her family. Hot yoga several times a week is a mainstay.

Nathalie G. Drouin

Nathalie G. Drouin was appointed Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada on June 23, 2017. Mrs. Drouin previously served as Senior Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Justice of Canada since September 12, 2016.

From 1991 to 1998, Mrs. Drouin has held various positions, such as Certification Manager and Counsel and Coordinator of Legal Services (1991-1996) and Director of Legal Affairs (1996-1998), at the Conseil des assurances de personnes.

In 1999, she joined the Bureau des services financiers, which preceded the establishment of the Autorité des marchés financiers, as the Director of Legal Affairs. She held different positions within the Autorité between 2004 and 2012, first as the Director General of Market Supervision and Legal Affairs, and, starting in 2012, as the Superintendent of Solvency Supervision and Director General of Legal Affairs.

Finally, from September 2012 to her current appointment, Mrs. Drouin was Deputy Minister of Justice and Deputy Attorney General for the Gouvernement du Québec.

Mrs. Drouin was named Business Legal Advisor of the Year 2009 by the magazine Le monde juridique, and received the 2012 Lawyer Emeritus (“Ad. E.”) distinction awarded by the Barreau du Québec (Quebec Bar).

Nathalie G. Drouin holds a Bachelor’s degree in law and a post-graduate diploma in business administration, both from Université Laval. She has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1992.

Chris Forbes

Chris Forbes was appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in May 2017.

Prior to re-joining AAFC, Chris was Associate Deputy Minister at Finance Canada from November 2016 to May 2017.  In that role, he was responsible for providing advice on a wide range of economic, social, and fiscal policies.

Chris was Associate Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada from January 2015 to November 2016.

Chris was an Assistant Deputy Minister at Environment Canada from 2013 to 2015, focusing on environmental policies and regional programs, and he worked at the Department of Finance for a decade, in the areas of tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations.

Before joining the federal government, Chris worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Toronto Dominion Bank. He holds a Masters in Economics from McGill University.

Patricia Fuller

Patricia Fuller was named Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change on June 5, 2018 for a term of three years.

The mandate for Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change includes:

  • providing advice on climate change considerations in Canada’s international priorities;
  • leading bilateral engagements with partner countries on clean growth and climate change;
  • representing Canada in international cooperative initiatives related to climate change; and
  • promoting Canada’s clean growth and climate change priorities.

Ms. Fuller holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Political Studies from Queen’s University, and a Master of Science with distinction from the London School of Economics.

She served abroad as Ambassador of Canada to Uruguay from 2004 to 2007 and as Ambassador to Chile from 2012 to 2015. Previous international assignments also included Mexico and Guatemala.

In Ottawa, Ms. Fuller has specialized in trade and economic policy, as well as climate change and energy. At Canada’s foreign ministry, she served as Deputy Director for Trade Remedies (1997-1999), Director of the Softwood Lumber Division (2003-2004), Chief Economist (2007-2010), Director General of Planning and Reporting (2010-2012) and Director General of Economic Development (2017-2018).

She was seconded to Natural Resources Canada from 2015 to 2017, to head up the Office of Energy Efficiency. She also managed environment and climate change files earlier in her career while working at the Privy Council Office where she supported the Cabinet Committee on Economic and Regional Development Policy from 2000 to 2003.

Jill Hewlett

Jill Hewlett, a recognized Brain Fitness Expert and Wellness Authority, combines neurology and physiology to turn her audience members into “neuroplasticians”. Jill Hewlett’s work is based on a joy and passion for assisting others in understanding themselves, connecting with their potential and making healthy changes so they can have a Fit Brain and a Fit Life!

Licensed in the field of Educational Kinesiology and a Brain Gym® consultant of two decades, Jill has the skillful capacity to draw out the natural leadership in individuals and organizations to support them in reducing stress and achieving greater levels of efficiency, resiliency, productivity and success.

Impactful and refreshingly unique, Jill’s approach provides audiences with practical tools that can be implemented immediately and easily in real life situations at work and in daily life. Using simple, fun and effective wellness and Brain Fitness strategies, Jill assists others in achieving their potential.

Jill believes that everyone, at every age can proactively build a Fit Brain and a Fit Life.

Michael Keenan

Michael Keenan was appointed Deputy Minister of Transport on March 14, 2016.

Michael has extensive experience in management, engagement, economic analysis and policy development in the Government of Canada. Michael was appointed as the Associate Deputy Minister at Natural Resources Canada in January 2013.  Before that he served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy at Environment Canada from 2009-2013.

Michael has also served as the Vice-President of Organizational Leadership at the Canada School of Public Service, and as Director General, Economic Analysis at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Earlier in his career, he worked at the Privy Council Office and Finance Canada.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) from Saint Francis Xavier University and a Master’s degree in Economics from Queen’s University.

Danl Loewen

Danl Loewen has more than 27 years’ executive and consulting experience in Canada and overseas, including more than 17 years in the federal public service. Since 2017, he has delivered and supported program design in leadership development and related fields at the Canada School of Public Service.

Following the 2011 Strategic Review, Danl led his group through workforce adjustment and was invited to advise senior management in dozens of departments on lessons learned. He later led departmental planning and service delivery at Public Services and Procurement Canada when hundreds of staff were affected by the 2012 Deficit Reduction Action Plan. Subsequently, he engaged a dozen business lines in resolving service gaps for 60 small departments and agencies and aligning their services overall with the Treasury Board’s new Policy on Service and the updated Management Accountability Framework in Service Management.

Prior to joining the public service, Danl worked in the telecommunications sector; served in political communications for 10 years at the House of Commons; sat on provincial advisory and quasi-judicial boards; advised a newly democratic African government; revitalized a local AIDS service provider; and led public sector culture-change initiatives, including at OC Transpo following the fatal shootings.

Sapna Mahajan

Sapna Mahajan recently joined the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer as the Director leading the Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace, and supporting the development of the Centre for Wellness, Inclusion and Diversity.

Sapna joins Treasury Board on a two year interchange from the Mental Health Commission of Canada, where she was the Director of Programs and Priorities. She joined the Commission in 2009, leading and directly accountable for the Commission’s priorities in the areas of workplace mental health, peer support, post-secondary student mental health, e-mental health and cannabis. She helped lead the development of the first in the world National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, and since then has been working with organizations globally to drive widespread adoption and implementation. She is currently part of the Canadian mirror committee to develop an international Standard based on Canada’s psychological health and safety Standard, and co-chairs the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Workplace Wellness and Resilience Focus Area Work Group.

Prior to joining the Commission, Sapna worked at the Queen’s Center for Health Services and Policy Research. She has also worked with the William J Clinton Foundation and the Centre for International Health and Development.

Sapna holds a Masters in International Public Health – Health Policy and Management from Boston University. She is a Canadian Healthcare Executive and a Project Management Professional. In 2015, she was chosen to participate in the Governor General Canadian Leadership Conference.

She is an active community member volunteering with several charities and not for profit organizations, including as a Board member of the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, VoiceFound, Mindful Employer and the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

Mary Lou Maher

A FCPA, FCA, Mary Lou Maher is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario’s and became a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2009.  Mary Lou has been chief human resources officer for KPMG Canada and Partner in Charge of GTA audit practice.  She served a seven-year term as chief financial officer of KPMG Canada and also took on the duties of chief inclusion officer.  She was appointed the Canadian managing partner for quality and risk management in January 2018, in addition to her role as global head of inclusion and diversity.  She also created KPMG Canada’s National Diversity Council and is the executive sponsor of pride@kpmg.

In 2005, Mary Lou was named a Trail Blazer for Women Chartered Accountants and inducted into the Hall of Fame for the WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. She has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Standing Proud, a business networking organization of LGBT professionals, and the Senior Leadership Award for Diversity from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. In 2019, she was the honoured recipient of the 2019 Wayne C. Fox Distinguished Alumni Award.

A busy volunteer, Mary Lou was a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario Governance Council, she also was chair of the board of Women’s College Hospital and served on the board of LEAF Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund.  An active Mac alumna, she has been part of the Alumni Business Advisory Group, participated in Knowledge@DeGroote panel discussions and established the Mary Lou Maher DeGroote Experience Fund.

Stéfane Marion

Stéfane Marion is Chief Economist and Strategist for National Bank of Canada and National Bank Financial, a position he has held since November 2008. In 2018, Mr. Marion was ranked the leading economist in Canada according to Brendan Wood International.

In 2012, the C.D. Howe Institute appointed Mr. Marion to its Monetary Policy Council and to the newly established Business Cycle Council. In 2019, he was appointed to Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Macroeconomic Accounts.

Mr. Marion joined NBF’s Economics Group in 1999. Previously, Mr. Marion worked for several years in the federal departments of Finance and Industry in Ottawa, where, in addition to economic analysis and forecasting, he also worked on microeconomic policy impact studies. In particular, he participated in the development of forecasting models and the analysis of the FTA and NAFTA free-trade agreements with the United States and Mexico.

Mr. Marion holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Economics from the Université de Montréal.

Gordon McBean

Professor Emeritus since 2015, Gordon McBean PhD, is in the Department of Geography, Western University and Chair in Policy, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. He came to Western in 2000 as a Professor of Geography and Political Science.  He has been very involved with international science and was President, International Council for Science (2014-18), Co-Chair, Future Earth Program Governing Council (2016-18) and Chair, Science Committees for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (2006-11) and the World Climate Research Programme (1988-94). From 1994 to 2000, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment Canada, responsible for weather, climate and air quality sciences and services, including advising Ministers for Kyoto Protocol and related issues.

Previously, he was Professor, Atmospheric-Oceanic Sciences, University of British Columbia (1988-94); and Senior Scientist in Environment Canada.  He is a: Member, Orders of Canada and Ontario; Fellow: Royal Society of Canada, American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union and Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society”.  He was awarded: 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, for his contributions to the IPCC; 2015 University of British Columbia Alumni Award of Distinction; 2015 American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award; and 2015 American Meteorological Society Cleveland Abbe Prize; and the 2017 International Meteorological Organization Prize.

Aaron Shull

As managing director and general counsel at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Aaron Shull acts as a strategic liaison between research programs and other departments while managing legal affairs and advising senior management on a range of legal, operational and policy matters. A member of CIGI’s executive team, Aaron provides guidance and advice on matters of strategic and operational importance, while working closely with partners and other institutions to further CIGI’s mission.

Prior to joining CIGI, Aaron practised law for a number of organizations, focusing on international, regulatory and environmental law. He has taught courses at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and was previously a staff editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. He received his LL.M. from Columbia Law School.

Catrina Tapley

Ms. Catrina Tapley was appointed Deputy Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on August 19, 2019.  Prior to this, she was the Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Operations), Privy Council Office.

Before joining the Privy Council Office, Ms. Tapley was with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada from 2010-2016, serving as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister. for Strategic and Program Policy and as Associate Assistant Deputy Minister. She was responsible for leading Canada’s immigration and citizenship policy pertaining to the selection and admissibility of permanent and temporary residents and refugees, and helping all new comers integrate into Canadian society and the economy including through Canadian citizenship.

In 2011, Ms. Tapley played a senior role in the creation and negotiation of the Beyond the Border Action Plan as a part of the very Beyond the Border Working Group.  The Beyond the Border Action Plan is a Canada-United States agreement on economic competitiveness and perimeter security.

Before joining Citizenship and Immigration, Ms. Tapley held numerous positions at the Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat.  It was during this time she played an integral role in the policy and legislative process for the development of the Federal Accountability Act.  As the Executive Director, Security and Justice Division, she was responsible for management and financial oversight of sixteen different federal departments and agencies in the Public Security and Justice portfolios.

Before 2006, Ms. Tapley held executive positions at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Duncan Wardle

We are all born creative. We are born with amazing imaginations, are full of curiosity, and carry this remarkable built-in tool known as intuition.

As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe.

As founder of iD8 & innov8 he now brings his extensive Disney experience to audiences around the world using a very unique approach to Design Thinking, that not only places the end user at the core of the creative thinking process, but also looks in new and usual places to uncover insights for innovation, helping people capture unlikely connections, leading to fresh thinking and disruptive ideas

Delivering a series of keynotes, workshops and ideation forums, his unique Design Thinking process helps companies embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA.

He is a multiple Ted X speaker and contributor to Fast Company Magazine. He teaches Master Classes at Yale, the University of North Carolina, Duke University and the University of Florida. In 2008 he received the American Citizen of Choice Award at the White House. In 2014 he was awarded an Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh University in Scotland. He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Award presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Senator Vernon White

Vernon White was sworn in as Chief of Police of the Ottawa Police Service in May 2007. Prior to this, he led the Regional Police Service in Durham, Ontario, and spent over 20 years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, leaving as an Assistant Commissioner.

Mr. White holds a Diploma in Business Administration from the College of Cape Breton, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Psychology from Acadia University, a Masters Degree from Royal Roads University in Conflict Analysis and Management and a Professional Doctorate in Police Leadership from the Charles Sturt University.

Mr. White has been honoured with a number of awards and commendations over the years, including a Commissioners Commendation, a Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and a United Way Community Builder of the Year Award.

Mr. White resides in Ottawa, Ontario, with his wife Sari.