Keynote Speakers

Peter Mansbridge

Wednesday – July 12

Extraordinary Canadians: Stories from the Heart of our Nation

Peter Mansbridge celebrates Canada’s heritage by exploring the stories of remarkable Canadians who embody the values of our great nation—kindness, compassion, courage, and freedom—and inspire us to do the same.

About Peter Mansbridge

Peter Mansbridge is best known for his five decades of work at the CBC where he was Chief Correspondent of CBC News and anchor of The National for thirty years. He has won dozens of awards for outstanding journalism, has thirteen honorary doctorates from universities in Canada and the United States, and received Canada’s highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada. Through his unique journalistic lens, Mansbridge takes audiences on a journey through our shared national story and heritage, sharing lessons on how to cultivate trust and lead through extraordinary times.

Denise Donlon

Thursday – July 13

Backwards and In High Heels… What? Still!? Why now’s the time to Wo/man Up and Embrace Diversity with Vigor

We all know the numbers. Women and racialized people are woefully under-represented on boards, in politics and as CEOs. And the pandemic didn’t help – exacerbating the barriers to leadership. Denise Donlon’s vast executive experience as a female business leader in the cultural industries has furnished her with unique insights and extraordinary experiences. She’ll inspire your audience with wit, wisdom and a deeper understanding of the fact that when inclusion is embraced, when equality is an integral part of any company’s culture, we all win.

About Denise Donlon

Denise Donlon tackled the male- dominated music industry, giving her unique insights on female power in the workplace – how to get it, how to wield it and how to bounce back when you lose it. She took over as president of Sony Music Canada just as the music industry’s business model was imploding. Denise proved that the ability to adapt quickly and with integrity is the only way to thrive in any sector that is changing rapidly. A member of the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame, she paved the way for women in corporate leadership and brought social justice issues plus equity, inclusion and diversity to the forefront in the media. A brilliant presenter, she explains how to navigate corporate culture with courage, authenticity and a passion to be a force for good.

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