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The Canadian Club addresses routinely generate national coverage across multiple platforms. In addition to reported media coverage and our in-person audience of several hundred people, we make our programming accessible to all Canadians through broadcasts on cable television and webcasts, available online. Events run between September and June in downtown Toronto. As an independent, non-profit organization, we make all our events open to the public. Tickets can be purchased online or through our office at 416-364-5590.

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The Honourable Stephen Lecce, Ontario's Minister of Education

Globalization, technological progress and a new demographic of workers are creating a profound impact on labour markets. There is an increasing demand for STEM, financial literary, technological fluency and soft skills. How can we manage this transition? Join Canadian Club Toronto when The Honourable Stephen Lecce discusses what these changes mean to him, and how the Ontario government is setting up today's students for the jobs of tomorrow. Minister Lecce will be joined in conversation by Adrienne Batra, Editor in Chief of the Toronto Sun. Biography: The Honourable Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce is the Minister of Education for the Province of Ontario and the Member of Provincial Parliament, MPP, for King Vaughan. As Minister, Stephen is fighting for student success and is working to build an education system that is equipped to support our next generation. It is his mission to ensure that students are given every opportunity to develop the transferable skills needed to lead productive lives and secure good jobs. Stephen stands for an inclusive and equitable system of education and believes that our future as a province and as a country, depends on unlocking the potential of all youth. Stephen’s experience in politics began in his home town of Vaughan where he was involved with the 1999 election of the late MPP Al Palladini. Since then, he has served as the Chief Spokesperson for former Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, as Deputy Government House Leader, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier. Stephen is a community leader, who has devoted over half his life to public service. He continues to give back and support his local community as MPP, and as the former First Vice President of the National Congress of Italian Canadians, an active member of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce and former Youth Education Chair of Vaughan’s Royal Canadian Legion, Mackenzie Branch 414. Stephen lives in Vaughan, where he grew up, and remains active in his community. Adrienne Batra, Editor in Chief, Toronto Sun Director, Canadian Club Toronto Adrienne Batra was born and raised in Saskatchewan. She has an undergraduate degree in political science and a Masters in Public Administration. Ms. Batra worked at the Saskatchewan Legislature as a researcher with the opposition caucus office. She then moved on to be the Manitoba Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canada’s largest taxpayer advocacy group. In 2010, Ms. Batra was the Director of Communications for the Rob Ford for Mayor campaign, and moved on to serve in the Office of the Mayor as Ford’s Press Secretary. Upon leaving City Hall, she became the Comment Editor and columnist for the Toronto Sun and political commentator on Newstalk 1010. Ms. Batra hosted her own TV show on Sun News Network, focused on political, social and economic issues. In June of 2015, Ms. Batra was appointed as the Editor in Chief of the Toronto Sun and 24Hrs Toronto. She has appeared on Fox Business News, CNN and BBC and is a frequent contributor on Global News, CBC National, CP24, AM 640 and CTV News Channel. Ms. Batra also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, obtaining the rank of Lieutenant, and was nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction award. In 2013 she was awarded with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and serves on the Board of Governors for the National Newspaper Awards and the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

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The Honourable Stephen Lecce, Ontario's Minister of Education

Canadian Arts Leadership: Panel - Weyni Mengesha, Sasha Suda and Joana Vicente

For centuries, the arts have been used as a tool to tell stories that reflect the past and envision the future. At times when we feel the most divided, galleries, film and theatre have been able to build bridges across class, race and gender. Some of Canada's most lauded arts institutions have newly appointed leadership. What opportunities do these new leaders see for their institutions and beyond in the coming decades? How can Canada harness it's arts energy to inspire a new generation of Canadians in a world of distractions? Join Canadian Club Toronto when Weyni Mengesha, Soulpepper; Sasha Suda, National Gallery of Canada and Joana Vicente, TIFF, discuss new leadership in the community, and opportunities for the next decade. Biography: Weyni Mengesha, Artistic Director, Soulpepper Theatre Company Weyni Mengesha is the Artistic Director of Soulpepper Theatre Company and an award-winning director, known for her groundbreaking work and community engagement. Weyni is responsible for two of the most popular shows to come out of Canada in the last two decades, da Kink in my Hair, Mirvish Productions and Kim’s Convenience, Soulpepper, both have gone on to break box office records, tour nationally and internationally, and both having been developed into television shows playing on CBC, Global, and Netflix. Other recent work has been seen in New York City and Pasadena, garnering a NAACP nomination for Best Direction; and she has been nominated for the Outstanding Direction Dora Award five times. She has been an instructor at the National Theatre School of Canada, and was Co Artistic Director and teacher with The Artists Mentoring Youth Project for 7 years. In 2017, Weyni was one of the Women In View Five in Focus , and was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in Toronto by Toronto Life Magazine. Sasha Suda, Director and CEO, National Gallery of Canada Sasha Suda is the Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada. The youngest person to assume this post in more than a century, Sasha was appointed in February 2019 and is passionate about revitalizing the Gallery’s relevance to audiences across Canada and beyond. Her ambitions for the Gallery reflect both the times in which we live and art’s importance to them: to bridge cultures, to engender diversity and perspective, and to unleash the power that civic institutions hold. To this end, Sasha has demonstrated immediate leadership by establishing three core institutional values that will help the workforce move in a bold new direction: the Gallery is centered on art; it offers a warm and generous welcome; and it embraces the unfamiliar and the future. Born in Toronto to Czech parents, Sasha studied at Princeton University before completing her Master’s degree in art history at Williams College and her PhD at New York University. Her professional career began at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where she worked in various roles in the Medieval Department between 2003 and 2011. Following this, Sasha returned to her native Toronto to work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, first as an assistant curator, and eventually as Curator of European Art and the Elliott Chair of Prints and Drawings. In these roles, she led major international exhibition projects and spearheaded innovative digital initiatives that presented historical art to audiences in a new light. In addition to her work in major art institutions, Sasha sat on the Association of Art Museum Curators’ Committee for Career Advancement and represented Ontario at the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. She lives in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood of Ottawa with her two children, Frances and Felix, her husband Albert, and their trusty dog Phil. Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co Head, TIFF Joana Vicente is the Executive Director and the Co Head of the Toronto International Film Festival. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Independent Filmmaker Project, IFP, as w

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Canadian Arts Leadership: Panel - Weyni Mengesha, Sasha Suda and Joana Vicente

Yung Wu, CEO, MaRS Discovery District

We are living in extraordinary times. Forest fires and extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and more intense. Parts of northern Canada are already warming up at three times the global average. To avoid irreversible damage and keep global warming under 1.5 degrees, we only have 10 years to find solutions. Uniquely poised to help lead a global initiative, MaRS is making the climate crisis a priority. We are accelerating the adoption of carbon reducing solutions through scaling cleantech ventures, working with business and government to create sustainable markets, and using our innovation hub as a platform to explore ideas and inspire change. Yung Wu, CEO of MaRS, discuss the MaRS Mission. An ambitious initiative towards a brighter, cleaner, and more sustainable future. Biography: Yung Wu, CEO, MaRS Discovery District Yung is a pioneering entrepreneur, serial investor and experienced corporate director. He has a proven track record of founding, scaling and backing several breakthrough scale stage companies spanning digital automation, mobile analytics and big data, media and entertainment, enterprise software, financial services, and pharma. Before joining MaRS, Yung was chair of NFQ Ventures, an early stage investment firm based in Toronto. He has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 and for leading one of the country’s 50 Best Managed Companies.

44 MIN1 w ago
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Yung Wu, CEO, MaRS Discovery District

The Big Ask : Kevin Goldthorp , Marilyn Brown and David Palmer, moderated by Valerie Pringle

Over the last year we've seen a number of big names and big dollar investments in charitable initiatives. How is charity evolving in Canada? What external factors are impacting the way organizations fundraise? How are these organizations leading in attracting the big gifts? Our esteemed panelists Kevin Goldthorp, President and Chief Development Officer, SickKids; Marilyn Brown, Vice President, Philanthropy, ROM Governors; and David Palmer, Vice President, Advancement, University of Toronto, sit down with journalist Valerie Pringle to discuss the trends, opportunities and challenges in the fundraising sector, how you can stay ahead of it and how you can bring in the big gifts. Biography: Kevin Goldthorp, President and Chief Development Officer, SickKids Foundation Kevin Goldthorp is President and Chief Development Officer at SickKids Foundation, where he has served since October 2016. In his role, Kevin oversees the execution of the $1.3 billion SickKids VS Limits campaign. Kevin is an accomplished and dynamic leader with a strong track record of managing successful, high profile fundraising campaigns within the academic and health care sectors. Previously, Kevin was Chief Executive Officer, Sinai Health Foundation, formerly Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, and Executive Vice President, Advancement and Marketing, Sinai Health System. In just over three years, Kevin raised an unprecedented $250 million for the Campaign to Renew Sinai, the largest campaign in Mount Sinai’s history. Prior to joining Sinai, Kevin served as Vice President, External Relations, at Western University where he drove a transformational campaign, re branding strategy, aligned international foundations and launched a new International Advisory Board. Before rejoining Western, he spent six years as Chief Executive Officer of the Sunnybrook Foundation where he completed the integration of separate foundations and launched a successful multi hundred million dollar fundraising campaign and re branding of the Hospital and Foundation. Kevin holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Trinity College in the University of Toronto. He has three children and is an active volunteer with Trinity College, a Board member of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and Board member and treasurer of his condominium corporation. Marilyn Brown, Vice President, Philanthropy, ROM Governors With more than 20 years experience in the charitable sector, Marilyn is continually inspired by the donors she works with to achieve tremendous impact through their philanthropy in support of important projects and causes. She has led high performing integrated fundraising teams and comprehensive campaigns for Kids Help Phone, Canadian Cancer Society and Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation. She is Vice President, Philanthropy for the ROM Governors, since Sept 2019. She began her career in fundraising at the University of Toronto based in her alma mater, the Faculty of Music, during the ground breaking Great Minds Campaign. Marilyn is on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter as VP Marketing and Membership and has served on the governing boards of Toronto Summer Music and Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. David Palmer, Vice President, Advancement, University of Toronto Since 2007, David has served as Vice President, Advancement for the University of Toronto, Canada’s largest research intensive university, with 88,000 students on three campuses, 21,000 faculty and staff, and 580,000 alumni in more than 180 countries. Under David’s leadership, the University of Toronto publicly launched the Boundless campaign in November 2011 with a $2 billion goal. In December 2018, Boundless concluded as the largest campaign in Canadian history, with $2.64 billion raised and more than 104,000 unique donors contributing. David Palmer is a Senior Fellow of Massey College, a Trustee of the Council for Advancement a

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The Big Ask : Kevin Goldthorp , Marilyn Brown and David Palmer, moderated by Valerie Pringle

Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC Radio Canada

CBC Radio Canada has always played an essential role in Canada's news and content ecosystem. What's different today in a borderless digital world brimming with content choices? Join Catherine Tait, President and CEO of CBC Radio Canada, in conversation with Arlene Dickinson, General Partner of District Ventures Capital and star of Dragons’ Den, as she shares her vision for Canada's 21st century public broadcaster, an engine for democracy, social cohesion and cultural expression. Biography: Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC Radio Canada Catherine Tait is the President and CEO of CBC Radio Canada. After assuming the post in 2018, she launched a new strategic plan for the Corporation, Your Stories, Taken to Heart . This plan seeks to reinvigorate Canadians’ interest in and loyalty towards their public broadcaster and to ensure our country and Canadian creators are seen and heard the world over. As of 2019, she is also leading a new Global Task Force on Public Media to build recognition for the unique value of public broadcasting in Canada and around the world. Previously, Ms. Tait made her career as a producer and entrepreneur with companies such as Duopoly Inc, iThentic and Hollywood Suite. She also held managerial positions at Salter Street Films, the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris and Telefilm Canada. Arlene Dickinson General Partner, District Ventures Capital and Star of Dragons' Den Arlene Dickinson is the General Partner of District Ventures Capital, a venture capital fund focused on helping market, fund and grow entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies in the food and health space. She is a two time best selling author, accomplished public speaker, and is best known for her role as a Dragon Venture Capitalist for over ten seasons on the multi award winning television series Dragons Den. Ms. Dickinson’s leadership has been recognized many times, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as PROFIT and Chatelaine’s Top 100 Women Business Owners. She is also a Marketing Hall of Legends inductee and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award. Dickinson serves as an Honourary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy. She sits on several public and private boards and is actively involved in supporting the community.

40 MINJAN 22
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Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC Radio Canada

43rd Annual Outlook 2020: Kevin Carmichael, Amanda Lang, Jean-François Perrault, Matt Gurney, Shauna Sexsmith, moderated by Bruce Sellery

For over forty seasons, Canadian Club Toronto and the National Post have gathered expert panelists each New Year for a forecast luncheon on the economy, the markets and political issues that will affect Canadians in the year ahead. This year's expert panel will be moderated by Bruce Sellery, Personal Finance Journalist and President of Canadian Club Toronto, and will feature: Kevin Carmichael: National Business Columnist, Financial Post Amanda Lang: Anchor, BNN Bloomberg J.F. Perrault: Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Scotiabank Matt Gurney: Executive Producer-Comment, National Post Shauna Sexsmith: Senior Managing Director, Manulife Biography: Kevin Carmichael, National Business Columnist, Financial Post Kevin Carmichael is the National Business Columnist at the Financial Post and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. For more than a decade, he shifted between Ottawa and Washington, DC, writing about economics and politics for Bloomberg News and the Globe. For two years starting in the autumn of 2014, he was based in Mumbai, taking advantage of a chance to for a new vantage point on global affairs. More recently, Kevin has written for Canadian Business, Maclean's and FiveThirtyEight. He has been described as one of Canada's leading business journalists, contributing to several award winning projects at the Globe and Mail and earning a nomination for a Canadian National Magazine in Canada in 2010. Amanda Lang, Anchor, Bloomberg Television Canada Amanda Lang rejoined BNN Bloomberg in January 2018, returning to the channel she helped create almost 19 years earlier. As New York correspondent, she was a key part of the team that launched BNN Bloomberg’s predecessor, ROBTV, in 1999. Lang has been covering business news in North America for 20 years. She started her journalism career at The Globe and Mail and then the National Post, before moving into television with ROBTV and then CNN. Lang returned to BNN Bloomberg, ROBTV in 2002 as anchor of the network’s flagship morning show before creating and hosting SQUEEZEPLAY, a nightly issues driven debate show with Kevin O’Leary. In 2009, Lang left BNN Bloomberg to join the CBC as its senior business correspondent. Most recently she worked as an anchor for Bloomberg Television Canada. Lang studied architecture at the University of Manitoba before becoming a journalist. Her best selling book, The Power of Why, HarperCollins, October 2012, explores the connection between curiosity and success. Her second book, The Beauty of Discomfort, was published in 2017. Jean François Perrault, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Scotiabank Jean François Perrault joined Scotiabank on December 31, 2015 as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. He leads a team of Economists to support Scotiabank’s domestic and international business lines and clients from retail to capital markets, providing Scotiabank's senior executives, business lines and customers with perspectives, insights and forecasts on economic, financial market and policy developments. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Jean François held prominent roles with the federal government, the Bank of Canada, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. His educational background includes Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in Economics from the University of Ottawa. Shauna Sexsmith, Senior Managing Director, Equities. Manulife Asset Mangement An investment industry veteran for over 30 years, Shauna Sexsmith manages the Canadian and North American Growth Equity mandates for institutional and retail clients for Manulife Asset Management. Shauna started in the investment industry as a financial advisor, in October 1987, and quickly realized that her passion for investing was better suited for portfolio management. By 1993 Shauna had made the transition to portfolio management and since then has managed the gamut of investment strategies from Dividend and Balanced funds to North American and G

50 MINJAN 8
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43rd Annual Outlook 2020: Kevin Carmichael, Amanda Lang, Jean-François Perrault, Matt Gurney, Shauna Sexsmith, moderated by Bruce Sellery

Ho Ho Ha! Aurora Browne, Gavin Crawford, Elvira Kurt and Miguel Rivas, moderated by Ron Tite

The holidays can be stressful, so kick off the season with Canadian Club Toronto and some of Canada's most respected comedians. We’ve gathered some of the most insightful and witty Canadians to discuss what made us laugh in 2019, why we needed to find the funny in the chaos, and to provide a glimpse into what we might be laughing at in 2020. The US election? Wexit? Block Chain? Fortnite? The options are truly endless. We’ll be joined by Aurora Browne, Baroness Von Sketch Show; Gavin Crawford, Because News; writer and comedian Elvira Kurt, and Miguel Rivas, The Beaverton. The panel will be moderated by best selling author and founder of Church and State, Ron Tite. Biography: Aurora Browne, Co Creator, Writer, Executive Producer, Baroness Von Sketch Aurora Browne is proud to be one of the co creators, writers, executive producers and stars of CBC’s award winning Baroness Von Sketch Show. Aurora has been honing her sketch chops since 2000 when she was hired by Toronto’s Second City. Since then she has appeared on The Writer’s Block, Man Seeking Woman, Orphan Black, The Gavin Crawford Show, InSecurity, and Corner Gas among others. She was also a co creator, co writer, executive producer and co star of the hit web series Newborn Moms, which appeared both on CBC’s and ABC’s digital channels. Aurora has been nominated for many Canadian Comedy Awards for her work in Toronto’s red hot live sketch and improv scene, and in 2008 won the CCA for Best Female Improviser. She was a nominee for the 2000 Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. Her son thinks she is hilarious. Gavin Crawford, Host, Because News Gavin was born at the ripe old age of 0 in Taber, Alberta. After graduating from the BFA Acting Program at the University of British Columbia, Gavin moved to Toronto where he quickly took the comedy scene by storm. His unique style of performing character monologues in a standup setting got him noticed by Toronto’s famed Second City where he joined the cast in 1998 for two mainstage productions: Y2K: The Chip Hits the Fan and Nude Beachwear, 100% Off. Gavin left Second City to co create, with partner Kyle Tingley, and star in The Gavin Crawford Show on The Comedy Network. The Gavin Crawford Show was a critical success for the network, and during its three seasons Gavin created several of his enduring characters, including awkward teen Mark Jackson, fashion designer Uwe Meyer and Verna/Verdeen Howard. During this time Gavin also starred in the short lived WB series Hype, but was lured back to Canada from Hollywood by an opportunity to fill in for Mary Walsh on the long running CBC comedy This Hour Has 22 Minutes. A two week guest spot turned into 8 seasons on the comedy institution, during which he created countless original characters and interviewed many politicians, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, often in character as teen correspondent Mark Jackson. After 8 successful years with 22 Minutes, Gavin made the difficult decision to leave the show. Over the years, Gavin has sustained his love for live performance with appearances at practically all of Canada’s established comedy festivals, including the Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, St. John’s and Halifax comedy festivals, Just For Laughs, as well as the Aspen Comedy Festival. Elvira Kurt, Writer and Comedian Elvira Kurt, comedy legend, gay icon and freakin’ national treasure, is a multiple award winning, Cannes Film Festival , Canadian Screen Award, Canadian Comedy Award,Toronto Fringe Festival Patron’s Pick, NOW Magazine Top 5, World Film Fest: Gold; sold out solo show performing, Funny AF, Fearless, Homosexual Panic, Fired Up, stand up comic and Second City veteran whose credits as star, host, guest, writer and or talent director are simply far too many to mention. Except for these: the upcoming inaugural season of Canada’s Drag Race, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Iron Chef Canada, The Great Canadian Baking Show, Master Chef Canada, SpinOff, Nick Night Out NYC, The Debaters, De

64 MIN2019 DEC 11
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Ho Ho Ha! Aurora Browne, Gavin Crawford, Elvira Kurt and Miguel Rivas, moderated by Ron Tite

Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co Founder, Blackstone Group

A conversation with Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co founder of Blackstone, one of the world’s largest investment firms with over $500 billion in assets under management, and author of the New York Times best seller What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence. The session will be moderated by BNN Bloomberg Anchor Amanda Lang. What It Takes uses stories from Schwarzman’s 50 year career in business to show readers how to make an impact as a leader, learn and adapt from failures, build thriving teams, and generally achieve success in both work and life. The book also explores Schwarzman's contributions to education, philanthropy and public service, including his involvement in U.S. economic and trade policy discussions, the creation of Schwarzman Scholars, this century's version of the Rhodes Scholarship at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and his work with major global academic institutions to study the ethical implications of artificial intelligence. A copy of What It Takes is included in your ticket purchase. Biography Stephen A. Schwarzman is Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, a leading global investment firm with over $500 billion in AUM and businesses in private equity, real estate, hedge funds, credit, infrastructure and life sciences. In both business and philanthropy, he dedicates himself to tackling big problems with transformative solutions. His major gifts have helped establish a new center at the University of Oxford to redefine the study of the humanities for the 21st century, create a new college at MIT dedicated to the study of artificial intelligence, build a first of its kind student center at Yale, renovate and expand the New York Public Library, and found an international fellowship program, Schwarzman Scholars, at Tsinghua University in Beijing to educate future leaders about China. Mr. Schwarzman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Business Roundtable, and International Business Council of the WEF. He was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, topped Forbes’ list of the most influential people in finance, 2016, and ranked on Forbes’ Top 50 World’s Most Powerful People, 2018. His honors include the Légion d'Honneur and Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France, and Order of the Aztec Eagle from Mexico. In 2019, Mr. Schwarzman published his first book, What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence, a New York Times best seller which draws on his experiences in business, philanthropy, and public service.

44 MIN2019 DEC 5
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Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co Founder, Blackstone Group

His Worship John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

Join Canadian Club Toronto for breakfast when we host Mayor John Tory. One year after his re-election on a strong mandate across the city, Mayor Tory will talk about the tremendous progress made over the last year at City Hall and the work ahead that will ensure transit and affordable housing get built in Toronto. Biography: Born and raised in Toronto, Mayor Tory has spent his life giving back to the city he loves, through his tireless work in public, private sector and philanthropic roles. Elected as the 65th Mayor of Toronto in 2014 and re elected in 2018, John Tory is making the city more liveable, affordable and functional. He has improved the way people move around this city, fighting traffic congestion and speeding up major construction projects; introducing free transit for kids 12 and under and discounted transit for low income residents; championing transit expansion; and securing billions in transit investments from other levels of government, the single biggest infrastructure investment in this city’s history. He has kept taxes low, while investing in priority services including affordable housing and poverty reduction, and modernizing the government services on which people rely. Under his leadership, Toronto has attracted jobs and investment and emerged as an undisputed centre of innovation and opportunity on the world stage. Mayor Tory and his wife Barbara have been married for 41 years and have four children and five grandchildren.

42 MIN2019 DEC 5
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His Worship John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

Education: The Next Generation, Honourable Ross Romano , Anne Sado and John Stackhouse, moderated by Hamoon Ekhtiari

Today’s technology is changing industries at a rapid pace, causing the labour market to face a period of uncertainty. Managing this transition is an important challenge, as is preparing for the future beyond an expected increase in automation. Some call it future proofing, others re skilling; but what are Canadian institutions doing to address these concerns, how are employers working with academic institutions to prepare employees? Hear from our esteemed panelists, The Honourable Ross Romano, Anne Sado and John Stackhouse, who will discuss these concerns, offer solutions, and illustrate that stronger links between employment and education are key to progress. Biography: The Honourable Ross Romano, MPP Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano was first elected to the Ontario Legislature on June 1, 2017 in a provincial by election and re elected in June 2018. Ross now serves as the Minister of Colleges and Universities. Born and raised on his family’s farm in the Sault, Ross attended Algoma University before graduating from Windsor Law School and went on to practice law for 12 years in his community. Serving and giving back to the place that raised him has been a guiding force in his life. Romano previously served as the Ward 6 Councillor for Sault Ste. Marie, chaired the local Downtown Association and Downtown Rotary Club, and worked with the city’s youth as a coach for the Sault Youth Soccer Association. A life long Soo ite, Ross understands the challenges his community faces every day and the opportunities that lay ahead. Whether he is at home or at Queens Park, Ross tirelessly works each day for the best interests of Sault Ste. Marie. When he is not cheering on the Soo Greyhounds, Ross can be found volunteering around the community, working in his garage, or spending time with his wife Heather and their three children. Anne Sado, President, George Brown College A native of Toronto, Anne Sado has been President of George Brown College since 2004. Her impact on the vision, direction and culture of the college has seen a doubling of enrolment and a significant increase in its physical footprint in the heart of Canada’s largest city. She has also led a critical public discussion on the value of college education in Ontario’s economic development. Anne’s areas of focus have been the development of a workforce with the right balance of skills for the knowledge economy, innovation in learning and the transition of new Canadians into productive careers to drive economic growth. A strong advocate of experiential learning, she has emphasized the importance of deepening partnerships with industry across the GTA. Beyond her leadership at George Brown, Anne is Co chair of the Business Higher Education, BHER, Roundtable. Anne also serves on the boards of Legacy Private Trust, and Mount Pleasant Cemetery Group. In the past, Anne has served as Chair of Colleges Ontario’s Committee of Presidents, ORION, the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Polytechnics Canada and Trillium Health Centre and on the boards of the Toronto Finance International, YWCA of Greater Toronto, Junior Achievement and the Canadian Hearing Society Foundation. In 2018, Anne was appointed as an Honorary Colonel for the Governor General’s Horse Guards, GGHG. These volunteer efforts have given her a broad perspective on the social and economic challenges facing the GTA. Anne was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in June 2013. She was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence in 2014, a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2012 and one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by WXN over four years, leading to her induction in the WXN Hall of Fame in 2014. She was inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2015, inducted into the University of Toronto’s prestigious Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2010 and awarded the Ontario Professional Engineers Gold Medal in 2007. She has also received the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee Medal

44 MIN2019 DEC 4
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Education: The Next Generation, Honourable Ross Romano , Anne Sado and John Stackhouse, moderated by Hamoon Ekhtiari

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The Honourable Stephen Lecce, Ontario's Minister of Education

Globalization, technological progress and a new demographic of workers are creating a profound impact on labour markets. There is an increasing demand for STEM, financial literary, technological fluency and soft skills. How can we manage this transition? Join Canadian Club Toronto when The Honourable Stephen Lecce discusses what these changes mean to him, and how the Ontario government is setting up today's students for the jobs of tomorrow. Minister Lecce will be joined in conversation by Adrienne Batra, Editor in Chief of the Toronto Sun. Biography: The Honourable Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education Stephen Lecce is the Minister of Education for the Province of Ontario and the Member of Provincial Parliament, MPP, for King Vaughan. As Minister, Stephen is fighting for student success and is working to build an education system that is equipped to support our next generation. It is his mission to ensure that students are given every opportunity to develop the transferable skills needed to lead productive lives and secure good jobs. Stephen stands for an inclusive and equitable system of education and believes that our future as a province and as a country, depends on unlocking the potential of all youth. Stephen’s experience in politics began in his home town of Vaughan where he was involved with the 1999 election of the late MPP Al Palladini. Since then, he has served as the Chief Spokesperson for former Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, as Deputy Government House Leader, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier. Stephen is a community leader, who has devoted over half his life to public service. He continues to give back and support his local community as MPP, and as the former First Vice President of the National Congress of Italian Canadians, an active member of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce and former Youth Education Chair of Vaughan’s Royal Canadian Legion, Mackenzie Branch 414. Stephen lives in Vaughan, where he grew up, and remains active in his community. Adrienne Batra, Editor in Chief, Toronto Sun Director, Canadian Club Toronto Adrienne Batra was born and raised in Saskatchewan. She has an undergraduate degree in political science and a Masters in Public Administration. Ms. Batra worked at the Saskatchewan Legislature as a researcher with the opposition caucus office. She then moved on to be the Manitoba Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Canada’s largest taxpayer advocacy group. In 2010, Ms. Batra was the Director of Communications for the Rob Ford for Mayor campaign, and moved on to serve in the Office of the Mayor as Ford’s Press Secretary. Upon leaving City Hall, she became the Comment Editor and columnist for the Toronto Sun and political commentator on Newstalk 1010. Ms. Batra hosted her own TV show on Sun News Network, focused on political, social and economic issues. In June of 2015, Ms. Batra was appointed as the Editor in Chief of the Toronto Sun and 24Hrs Toronto. She has appeared on Fox Business News, CNN and BBC and is a frequent contributor on Global News, CBC National, CP24, AM 640 and CTV News Channel. Ms. Batra also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, obtaining the rank of Lieutenant, and was nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction award. In 2013 she was awarded with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and serves on the Board of Governors for the National Newspaper Awards and the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

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The Honourable Stephen Lecce, Ontario's Minister of Education

Canadian Arts Leadership: Panel - Weyni Mengesha, Sasha Suda and Joana Vicente

For centuries, the arts have been used as a tool to tell stories that reflect the past and envision the future. At times when we feel the most divided, galleries, film and theatre have been able to build bridges across class, race and gender. Some of Canada's most lauded arts institutions have newly appointed leadership. What opportunities do these new leaders see for their institutions and beyond in the coming decades? How can Canada harness it's arts energy to inspire a new generation of Canadians in a world of distractions? Join Canadian Club Toronto when Weyni Mengesha, Soulpepper; Sasha Suda, National Gallery of Canada and Joana Vicente, TIFF, discuss new leadership in the community, and opportunities for the next decade. Biography: Weyni Mengesha, Artistic Director, Soulpepper Theatre Company Weyni Mengesha is the Artistic Director of Soulpepper Theatre Company and an award-winning director, known for her groundbreaking work and community engagement. Weyni is responsible for two of the most popular shows to come out of Canada in the last two decades, da Kink in my Hair, Mirvish Productions and Kim’s Convenience, Soulpepper, both have gone on to break box office records, tour nationally and internationally, and both having been developed into television shows playing on CBC, Global, and Netflix. Other recent work has been seen in New York City and Pasadena, garnering a NAACP nomination for Best Direction; and she has been nominated for the Outstanding Direction Dora Award five times. She has been an instructor at the National Theatre School of Canada, and was Co Artistic Director and teacher with The Artists Mentoring Youth Project for 7 years. In 2017, Weyni was one of the Women In View Five in Focus , and was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in Toronto by Toronto Life Magazine. Sasha Suda, Director and CEO, National Gallery of Canada Sasha Suda is the Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada. The youngest person to assume this post in more than a century, Sasha was appointed in February 2019 and is passionate about revitalizing the Gallery’s relevance to audiences across Canada and beyond. Her ambitions for the Gallery reflect both the times in which we live and art’s importance to them: to bridge cultures, to engender diversity and perspective, and to unleash the power that civic institutions hold. To this end, Sasha has demonstrated immediate leadership by establishing three core institutional values that will help the workforce move in a bold new direction: the Gallery is centered on art; it offers a warm and generous welcome; and it embraces the unfamiliar and the future. Born in Toronto to Czech parents, Sasha studied at Princeton University before completing her Master’s degree in art history at Williams College and her PhD at New York University. Her professional career began at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where she worked in various roles in the Medieval Department between 2003 and 2011. Following this, Sasha returned to her native Toronto to work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, first as an assistant curator, and eventually as Curator of European Art and the Elliott Chair of Prints and Drawings. In these roles, she led major international exhibition projects and spearheaded innovative digital initiatives that presented historical art to audiences in a new light. In addition to her work in major art institutions, Sasha sat on the Association of Art Museum Curators’ Committee for Career Advancement and represented Ontario at the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. She lives in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood of Ottawa with her two children, Frances and Felix, her husband Albert, and their trusty dog Phil. Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co Head, TIFF Joana Vicente is the Executive Director and the Co Head of the Toronto International Film Festival. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Independent Filmmaker Project, IFP, as w

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Canadian Arts Leadership: Panel - Weyni Mengesha, Sasha Suda and Joana Vicente

Yung Wu, CEO, MaRS Discovery District

We are living in extraordinary times. Forest fires and extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and more intense. Parts of northern Canada are already warming up at three times the global average. To avoid irreversible damage and keep global warming under 1.5 degrees, we only have 10 years to find solutions. Uniquely poised to help lead a global initiative, MaRS is making the climate crisis a priority. We are accelerating the adoption of carbon reducing solutions through scaling cleantech ventures, working with business and government to create sustainable markets, and using our innovation hub as a platform to explore ideas and inspire change. Yung Wu, CEO of MaRS, discuss the MaRS Mission. An ambitious initiative towards a brighter, cleaner, and more sustainable future. Biography: Yung Wu, CEO, MaRS Discovery District Yung is a pioneering entrepreneur, serial investor and experienced corporate director. He has a proven track record of founding, scaling and backing several breakthrough scale stage companies spanning digital automation, mobile analytics and big data, media and entertainment, enterprise software, financial services, and pharma. Before joining MaRS, Yung was chair of NFQ Ventures, an early stage investment firm based in Toronto. He has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 and for leading one of the country’s 50 Best Managed Companies.

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Yung Wu, CEO, MaRS Discovery District

The Big Ask : Kevin Goldthorp , Marilyn Brown and David Palmer, moderated by Valerie Pringle

Over the last year we've seen a number of big names and big dollar investments in charitable initiatives. How is charity evolving in Canada? What external factors are impacting the way organizations fundraise? How are these organizations leading in attracting the big gifts? Our esteemed panelists Kevin Goldthorp, President and Chief Development Officer, SickKids; Marilyn Brown, Vice President, Philanthropy, ROM Governors; and David Palmer, Vice President, Advancement, University of Toronto, sit down with journalist Valerie Pringle to discuss the trends, opportunities and challenges in the fundraising sector, how you can stay ahead of it and how you can bring in the big gifts. Biography: Kevin Goldthorp, President and Chief Development Officer, SickKids Foundation Kevin Goldthorp is President and Chief Development Officer at SickKids Foundation, where he has served since October 2016. In his role, Kevin oversees the execution of the $1.3 billion SickKids VS Limits campaign. Kevin is an accomplished and dynamic leader with a strong track record of managing successful, high profile fundraising campaigns within the academic and health care sectors. Previously, Kevin was Chief Executive Officer, Sinai Health Foundation, formerly Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, and Executive Vice President, Advancement and Marketing, Sinai Health System. In just over three years, Kevin raised an unprecedented $250 million for the Campaign to Renew Sinai, the largest campaign in Mount Sinai’s history. Prior to joining Sinai, Kevin served as Vice President, External Relations, at Western University where he drove a transformational campaign, re branding strategy, aligned international foundations and launched a new International Advisory Board. Before rejoining Western, he spent six years as Chief Executive Officer of the Sunnybrook Foundation where he completed the integration of separate foundations and launched a successful multi hundred million dollar fundraising campaign and re branding of the Hospital and Foundation. Kevin holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Trinity College in the University of Toronto. He has three children and is an active volunteer with Trinity College, a Board member of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and Board member and treasurer of his condominium corporation. Marilyn Brown, Vice President, Philanthropy, ROM Governors With more than 20 years experience in the charitable sector, Marilyn is continually inspired by the donors she works with to achieve tremendous impact through their philanthropy in support of important projects and causes. She has led high performing integrated fundraising teams and comprehensive campaigns for Kids Help Phone, Canadian Cancer Society and Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation. She is Vice President, Philanthropy for the ROM Governors, since Sept 2019. She began her career in fundraising at the University of Toronto based in her alma mater, the Faculty of Music, during the ground breaking Great Minds Campaign. Marilyn is on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter as VP Marketing and Membership and has served on the governing boards of Toronto Summer Music and Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. David Palmer, Vice President, Advancement, University of Toronto Since 2007, David has served as Vice President, Advancement for the University of Toronto, Canada’s largest research intensive university, with 88,000 students on three campuses, 21,000 faculty and staff, and 580,000 alumni in more than 180 countries. Under David’s leadership, the University of Toronto publicly launched the Boundless campaign in November 2011 with a $2 billion goal. In December 2018, Boundless concluded as the largest campaign in Canadian history, with $2.64 billion raised and more than 104,000 unique donors contributing. David Palmer is a Senior Fellow of Massey College, a Trustee of the Council for Advancement a

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The Big Ask : Kevin Goldthorp , Marilyn Brown and David Palmer, moderated by Valerie Pringle

Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC Radio Canada

CBC Radio Canada has always played an essential role in Canada's news and content ecosystem. What's different today in a borderless digital world brimming with content choices? Join Catherine Tait, President and CEO of CBC Radio Canada, in conversation with Arlene Dickinson, General Partner of District Ventures Capital and star of Dragons’ Den, as she shares her vision for Canada's 21st century public broadcaster, an engine for democracy, social cohesion and cultural expression. Biography: Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC Radio Canada Catherine Tait is the President and CEO of CBC Radio Canada. After assuming the post in 2018, she launched a new strategic plan for the Corporation, Your Stories, Taken to Heart . This plan seeks to reinvigorate Canadians’ interest in and loyalty towards their public broadcaster and to ensure our country and Canadian creators are seen and heard the world over. As of 2019, she is also leading a new Global Task Force on Public Media to build recognition for the unique value of public broadcasting in Canada and around the world. Previously, Ms. Tait made her career as a producer and entrepreneur with companies such as Duopoly Inc, iThentic and Hollywood Suite. She also held managerial positions at Salter Street Films, the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris and Telefilm Canada. Arlene Dickinson General Partner, District Ventures Capital and Star of Dragons' Den Arlene Dickinson is the General Partner of District Ventures Capital, a venture capital fund focused on helping market, fund and grow entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial companies in the food and health space. She is a two time best selling author, accomplished public speaker, and is best known for her role as a Dragon Venture Capitalist for over ten seasons on the multi award winning television series Dragons Den. Ms. Dickinson’s leadership has been recognized many times, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame, the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, as well as PROFIT and Chatelaine’s Top 100 Women Business Owners. She is also a Marketing Hall of Legends inductee and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award. Dickinson serves as an Honourary Captain in the Royal Canadian Navy. She sits on several public and private boards and is actively involved in supporting the community.

40 MINJAN 22
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Catherine Tait, President and CEO, CBC Radio Canada

43rd Annual Outlook 2020: Kevin Carmichael, Amanda Lang, Jean-François Perrault, Matt Gurney, Shauna Sexsmith, moderated by Bruce Sellery

For over forty seasons, Canadian Club Toronto and the National Post have gathered expert panelists each New Year for a forecast luncheon on the economy, the markets and political issues that will affect Canadians in the year ahead. This year's expert panel will be moderated by Bruce Sellery, Personal Finance Journalist and President of Canadian Club Toronto, and will feature: Kevin Carmichael: National Business Columnist, Financial Post Amanda Lang: Anchor, BNN Bloomberg J.F. Perrault: Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Scotiabank Matt Gurney: Executive Producer-Comment, National Post Shauna Sexsmith: Senior Managing Director, Manulife Biography: Kevin Carmichael, National Business Columnist, Financial Post Kevin Carmichael is the National Business Columnist at the Financial Post and a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. For more than a decade, he shifted between Ottawa and Washington, DC, writing about economics and politics for Bloomberg News and the Globe. For two years starting in the autumn of 2014, he was based in Mumbai, taking advantage of a chance to for a new vantage point on global affairs. More recently, Kevin has written for Canadian Business, Maclean's and FiveThirtyEight. He has been described as one of Canada's leading business journalists, contributing to several award winning projects at the Globe and Mail and earning a nomination for a Canadian National Magazine in Canada in 2010. Amanda Lang, Anchor, Bloomberg Television Canada Amanda Lang rejoined BNN Bloomberg in January 2018, returning to the channel she helped create almost 19 years earlier. As New York correspondent, she was a key part of the team that launched BNN Bloomberg’s predecessor, ROBTV, in 1999. Lang has been covering business news in North America for 20 years. She started her journalism career at The Globe and Mail and then the National Post, before moving into television with ROBTV and then CNN. Lang returned to BNN Bloomberg, ROBTV in 2002 as anchor of the network’s flagship morning show before creating and hosting SQUEEZEPLAY, a nightly issues driven debate show with Kevin O’Leary. In 2009, Lang left BNN Bloomberg to join the CBC as its senior business correspondent. Most recently she worked as an anchor for Bloomberg Television Canada. Lang studied architecture at the University of Manitoba before becoming a journalist. Her best selling book, The Power of Why, HarperCollins, October 2012, explores the connection between curiosity and success. Her second book, The Beauty of Discomfort, was published in 2017. Jean François Perrault, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Scotiabank Jean François Perrault joined Scotiabank on December 31, 2015 as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. He leads a team of Economists to support Scotiabank’s domestic and international business lines and clients from retail to capital markets, providing Scotiabank's senior executives, business lines and customers with perspectives, insights and forecasts on economic, financial market and policy developments. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Jean François held prominent roles with the federal government, the Bank of Canada, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. His educational background includes Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in Economics from the University of Ottawa. Shauna Sexsmith, Senior Managing Director, Equities. Manulife Asset Mangement An investment industry veteran for over 30 years, Shauna Sexsmith manages the Canadian and North American Growth Equity mandates for institutional and retail clients for Manulife Asset Management. Shauna started in the investment industry as a financial advisor, in October 1987, and quickly realized that her passion for investing was better suited for portfolio management. By 1993 Shauna had made the transition to portfolio management and since then has managed the gamut of investment strategies from Dividend and Balanced funds to North American and G

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43rd Annual Outlook 2020: Kevin Carmichael, Amanda Lang, Jean-François Perrault, Matt Gurney, Shauna Sexsmith, moderated by Bruce Sellery

Ho Ho Ha! Aurora Browne, Gavin Crawford, Elvira Kurt and Miguel Rivas, moderated by Ron Tite

The holidays can be stressful, so kick off the season with Canadian Club Toronto and some of Canada's most respected comedians. We’ve gathered some of the most insightful and witty Canadians to discuss what made us laugh in 2019, why we needed to find the funny in the chaos, and to provide a glimpse into what we might be laughing at in 2020. The US election? Wexit? Block Chain? Fortnite? The options are truly endless. We’ll be joined by Aurora Browne, Baroness Von Sketch Show; Gavin Crawford, Because News; writer and comedian Elvira Kurt, and Miguel Rivas, The Beaverton. The panel will be moderated by best selling author and founder of Church and State, Ron Tite. Biography: Aurora Browne, Co Creator, Writer, Executive Producer, Baroness Von Sketch Aurora Browne is proud to be one of the co creators, writers, executive producers and stars of CBC’s award winning Baroness Von Sketch Show. Aurora has been honing her sketch chops since 2000 when she was hired by Toronto’s Second City. Since then she has appeared on The Writer’s Block, Man Seeking Woman, Orphan Black, The Gavin Crawford Show, InSecurity, and Corner Gas among others. She was also a co creator, co writer, executive producer and co star of the hit web series Newborn Moms, which appeared both on CBC’s and ABC’s digital channels. Aurora has been nominated for many Canadian Comedy Awards for her work in Toronto’s red hot live sketch and improv scene, and in 2008 won the CCA for Best Female Improviser. She was a nominee for the 2000 Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. Her son thinks she is hilarious. Gavin Crawford, Host, Because News Gavin was born at the ripe old age of 0 in Taber, Alberta. After graduating from the BFA Acting Program at the University of British Columbia, Gavin moved to Toronto where he quickly took the comedy scene by storm. His unique style of performing character monologues in a standup setting got him noticed by Toronto’s famed Second City where he joined the cast in 1998 for two mainstage productions: Y2K: The Chip Hits the Fan and Nude Beachwear, 100% Off. Gavin left Second City to co create, with partner Kyle Tingley, and star in The Gavin Crawford Show on The Comedy Network. The Gavin Crawford Show was a critical success for the network, and during its three seasons Gavin created several of his enduring characters, including awkward teen Mark Jackson, fashion designer Uwe Meyer and Verna/Verdeen Howard. During this time Gavin also starred in the short lived WB series Hype, but was lured back to Canada from Hollywood by an opportunity to fill in for Mary Walsh on the long running CBC comedy This Hour Has 22 Minutes. A two week guest spot turned into 8 seasons on the comedy institution, during which he created countless original characters and interviewed many politicians, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, often in character as teen correspondent Mark Jackson. After 8 successful years with 22 Minutes, Gavin made the difficult decision to leave the show. Over the years, Gavin has sustained his love for live performance with appearances at practically all of Canada’s established comedy festivals, including the Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, St. John’s and Halifax comedy festivals, Just For Laughs, as well as the Aspen Comedy Festival. Elvira Kurt, Writer and Comedian Elvira Kurt, comedy legend, gay icon and freakin’ national treasure, is a multiple award winning, Cannes Film Festival , Canadian Screen Award, Canadian Comedy Award,Toronto Fringe Festival Patron’s Pick, NOW Magazine Top 5, World Film Fest: Gold; sold out solo show performing, Funny AF, Fearless, Homosexual Panic, Fired Up, stand up comic and Second City veteran whose credits as star, host, guest, writer and or talent director are simply far too many to mention. Except for these: the upcoming inaugural season of Canada’s Drag Race, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Iron Chef Canada, The Great Canadian Baking Show, Master Chef Canada, SpinOff, Nick Night Out NYC, The Debaters, De

64 MIN2019 DEC 11
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Ho Ho Ha! Aurora Browne, Gavin Crawford, Elvira Kurt and Miguel Rivas, moderated by Ron Tite

Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co Founder, Blackstone Group

A conversation with Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co founder of Blackstone, one of the world’s largest investment firms with over $500 billion in assets under management, and author of the New York Times best seller What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence. The session will be moderated by BNN Bloomberg Anchor Amanda Lang. What It Takes uses stories from Schwarzman’s 50 year career in business to show readers how to make an impact as a leader, learn and adapt from failures, build thriving teams, and generally achieve success in both work and life. The book also explores Schwarzman's contributions to education, philanthropy and public service, including his involvement in U.S. economic and trade policy discussions, the creation of Schwarzman Scholars, this century's version of the Rhodes Scholarship at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, and his work with major global academic institutions to study the ethical implications of artificial intelligence. A copy of What It Takes is included in your ticket purchase. Biography Stephen A. Schwarzman is Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, a leading global investment firm with over $500 billion in AUM and businesses in private equity, real estate, hedge funds, credit, infrastructure and life sciences. In both business and philanthropy, he dedicates himself to tackling big problems with transformative solutions. His major gifts have helped establish a new center at the University of Oxford to redefine the study of the humanities for the 21st century, create a new college at MIT dedicated to the study of artificial intelligence, build a first of its kind student center at Yale, renovate and expand the New York Public Library, and found an international fellowship program, Schwarzman Scholars, at Tsinghua University in Beijing to educate future leaders about China. Mr. Schwarzman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Business Roundtable, and International Business Council of the WEF. He was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, topped Forbes’ list of the most influential people in finance, 2016, and ranked on Forbes’ Top 50 World’s Most Powerful People, 2018. His honors include the Légion d'Honneur and Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France, and Order of the Aztec Eagle from Mexico. In 2019, Mr. Schwarzman published his first book, What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence, a New York Times best seller which draws on his experiences in business, philanthropy, and public service.

44 MIN2019 DEC 5
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Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co Founder, Blackstone Group

His Worship John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

Join Canadian Club Toronto for breakfast when we host Mayor John Tory. One year after his re-election on a strong mandate across the city, Mayor Tory will talk about the tremendous progress made over the last year at City Hall and the work ahead that will ensure transit and affordable housing get built in Toronto. Biography: Born and raised in Toronto, Mayor Tory has spent his life giving back to the city he loves, through his tireless work in public, private sector and philanthropic roles. Elected as the 65th Mayor of Toronto in 2014 and re elected in 2018, John Tory is making the city more liveable, affordable and functional. He has improved the way people move around this city, fighting traffic congestion and speeding up major construction projects; introducing free transit for kids 12 and under and discounted transit for low income residents; championing transit expansion; and securing billions in transit investments from other levels of government, the single biggest infrastructure investment in this city’s history. He has kept taxes low, while investing in priority services including affordable housing and poverty reduction, and modernizing the government services on which people rely. Under his leadership, Toronto has attracted jobs and investment and emerged as an undisputed centre of innovation and opportunity on the world stage. Mayor Tory and his wife Barbara have been married for 41 years and have four children and five grandchildren.

42 MIN2019 DEC 5
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His Worship John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

Education: The Next Generation, Honourable Ross Romano , Anne Sado and John Stackhouse, moderated by Hamoon Ekhtiari

Today’s technology is changing industries at a rapid pace, causing the labour market to face a period of uncertainty. Managing this transition is an important challenge, as is preparing for the future beyond an expected increase in automation. Some call it future proofing, others re skilling; but what are Canadian institutions doing to address these concerns, how are employers working with academic institutions to prepare employees? Hear from our esteemed panelists, The Honourable Ross Romano, Anne Sado and John Stackhouse, who will discuss these concerns, offer solutions, and illustrate that stronger links between employment and education are key to progress. Biography: The Honourable Ross Romano, MPP Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano was first elected to the Ontario Legislature on June 1, 2017 in a provincial by election and re elected in June 2018. Ross now serves as the Minister of Colleges and Universities. Born and raised on his family’s farm in the Sault, Ross attended Algoma University before graduating from Windsor Law School and went on to practice law for 12 years in his community. Serving and giving back to the place that raised him has been a guiding force in his life. Romano previously served as the Ward 6 Councillor for Sault Ste. Marie, chaired the local Downtown Association and Downtown Rotary Club, and worked with the city’s youth as a coach for the Sault Youth Soccer Association. A life long Soo ite, Ross understands the challenges his community faces every day and the opportunities that lay ahead. Whether he is at home or at Queens Park, Ross tirelessly works each day for the best interests of Sault Ste. Marie. When he is not cheering on the Soo Greyhounds, Ross can be found volunteering around the community, working in his garage, or spending time with his wife Heather and their three children. Anne Sado, President, George Brown College A native of Toronto, Anne Sado has been President of George Brown College since 2004. Her impact on the vision, direction and culture of the college has seen a doubling of enrolment and a significant increase in its physical footprint in the heart of Canada’s largest city. She has also led a critical public discussion on the value of college education in Ontario’s economic development. Anne’s areas of focus have been the development of a workforce with the right balance of skills for the knowledge economy, innovation in learning and the transition of new Canadians into productive careers to drive economic growth. A strong advocate of experiential learning, she has emphasized the importance of deepening partnerships with industry across the GTA. Beyond her leadership at George Brown, Anne is Co chair of the Business Higher Education, BHER, Roundtable. Anne also serves on the boards of Legacy Private Trust, and Mount Pleasant Cemetery Group. In the past, Anne has served as Chair of Colleges Ontario’s Committee of Presidents, ORION, the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Polytechnics Canada and Trillium Health Centre and on the boards of the Toronto Finance International, YWCA of Greater Toronto, Junior Achievement and the Canadian Hearing Society Foundation. In 2018, Anne was appointed as an Honorary Colonel for the Governor General’s Horse Guards, GGHG. These volunteer efforts have given her a broad perspective on the social and economic challenges facing the GTA. Anne was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in June 2013. She was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence in 2014, a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2012 and one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by WXN over four years, leading to her induction in the WXN Hall of Fame in 2014. She was inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2015, inducted into the University of Toronto’s prestigious Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2010 and awarded the Ontario Professional Engineers Gold Medal in 2007. She has also received the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee Medal

44 MIN2019 DEC 4
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Education: The Next Generation, Honourable Ross Romano , Anne Sado and John Stackhouse, moderated by Hamoon Ekhtiari
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