Ralph Mercer

Researcher, Salto Mortale
  • Salto Mortale
  • Canada
Valérie Plante

Mayor, City of Montréal

375 years after its foundation, Montréal has elected its first-ever woman mayor. I will carry out this mandate with pride, dignity and passion. I am committed to ensuring that the decisions made over the course of the next four years will always serve the best interest of the population. I am committed to ensuring that Montréal meets the needs and aspirations of its citizens. I am committed to ensuring that Montréal becomes as appealing as ever for families who wish to make the city their home, for start-ups who wish to grow in the city, as well as for the major corporations who choose to settle in it. As mayor, I aim to build the city of tomorrow together with Montrealers. I am prepared to undertake this new chapter in the history of Montréal and I feel that my fellow citizens are prepared for what is to come. Together, let us create an inspiring, open and diverse city for ourselves. Together, let us make the Montréal of our dreams a reality.
Vaclav Smil

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba

Vaclav Smil is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of forty books, including Energy and Civilization, published by the MIT Press. In 2010 he was named by Foreign Policy as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. In 2013 Bill Gates wrote on his website that “there is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil."
Tony R. Walker

PhD, Associate Professor, Dalhousie University

Dr. Walker currently focuses his research efforts on management and remediation of plastic pollution, contaminated sites, ecological impacts and mitigation of industrial pollution, ecological risk assessment and environmental effects monitoring, management of aquaculture impacts, management of Arctic and Antarctic natural resources, air pollution impacts on ecosystems. Most of his recent research has been in partnership with industry related to environmental management and monitoring across Canada.

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Tatiana Glad & Karen Kun

Co-founder; President and Co-founder, Waterlution

Tatiana Glad is an entrepreneur, sustainability practitioner and change strategist working across sectors and cultures with a focus on impact entrepreneurship, innovation & sustainability, and the next generation. Tatiana is co-founder and director of Impact Hub Amsterdam, chair emeritus of the global Impact Hub Association Board, and co-founder of social enterprise Waterlution. Tatiana is Canadian, based in Amsterdam.

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Karen Kun is Co-founder and President of Waterlution and Co-founder of Greatness – The Great Lakes Project. Karen incorporates storytelling, building personal connections, peer-to-peer social engagement and empathy as fundamental tools in creating meaningful water dialogue. As a mother, entrepreneur and mentor, Karen proudly supports youth development. Along with her water background, she is a skilled business leader who from 2005-2012 was publisher of Corporate Knights magazine.

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Tareq Hadhad

CEO & Founder , Peace By Chocolate

Tareq Hadhad is telling his story. He was a Syrian refugee, longtime peacekeeping advocate and now living his new life with his entrepreneurial family in Canada’s east coast. Tareq is the founder of Peace by Chocolate, a medical researcher and is passionate about peace and entrepreneurship. His family relaunched the family business to recreate the chocolates they once exported across the Middle East. Tareq and his family are now focused on job creation. They utilize a network of Syrian refugees from across Nova Scotia to help with distribution and support the local economy. This is the message . . . if you offer the newcomers a welcoming arm, kindness and support, they can succeed faster.
Steve Orsini

Head of the Ontario Public Service, Ontario Government

Sean Hinton

CEO & Founder, SkyHive

Sean Hinton is CEO & founder of SkyHive, celebrated by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer for its transformative application of artificial intelligence (AI) in democratizing labour opportunities globally. Sean is a recognized thought leader and innovator in labor economics and the Future of Work. He is the Co-Chair of the Entrepreneurs Circle of the Canadian American Business Council (CABC), a member of OECD's Future of Work Forum Engagement Group, and a member of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), one of the most extensive collaborations on AI policy and the first international standard for AI.

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Raza Moghal

Project Services Officer, Global Affairs Canada

Rahul Pallan

Policy Advocate , Young Diplomats of Canada

Rahul is a policy advocate, helping amplify young voices and ideas across several international forums and institutions. He represents Canada to the G7 as a Y7 delegate for the 2020 US and 2021 UK presidencies. His participation on panels at the Civil Society 20, Unite 2030, and Youth 7 summits are an extension of his engagement at the highest levels of youth diplomacy. From 2016-2018 he served the OECD as assistant for outreach to Canada and support staff on the OECD Secretary-General's official engagements. During his time at the OECD, he had the opportunity to engage diplomats and policymakers from around the world, on delegations to the United Nations, World Bank, IMF, and G20, among other leading forums and institutions. His experience has also allowed him to engage parliamentarians in his efforts to promote inclusive youth issues in Canada's Parliament and on Capitol Hill in the United States. He understands the importance of inviting stakeholders across several policy areas to the table, to create a sustainable and inclusive road map for the future and is committed to helping pave the way for young leaders in multilateral spaces. From 2018-2020, he worked for 'University of Calgary International', supporting the Office of the Vice Provost International. Rahul is a master's candidate in International Affairs and Global Cyber Security at King's College London. He earned his BA in International Relations and Political Economy from the University of Calgary in 2016.
Paula Rochon & Surbhi Kalia and Paul Higgs

Founding Director, Women’s Age Lab & Strategy Lead, Women’s Age Lab; Professor of the Sociology of Ageing, Women’s College Hospital & University College London

Paula Rochon is a geriatrician, senior scientist, and Founding Director of Women’s Age Lab at Women’s College Hospital. She is a professor and inaugural RTOERO Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto. She obtained her MD from McMaster and MPH from Harvard.  Dr. Rochon’s research focuses on the unique needs of older women, and promotes their health and wellness. She has contributed to our understanding of aging, equity, and its impact on patients and the healthcare system, highlighting the need to consider sex, gender and age in research so results are more relevant to older women and men.

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Surbhi Kalia is the Strategy Lead of Women’s Age Lab – a centre focused on improving the health and wellbeing of older women, which is affiliated with the Women’s College Hospital. Surbhi engages in change initiatives in research, public policy, and advocacy in healthcare. Surbhi has received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Public Policy from the University of Toronto and the University of London respectively.

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Paul Higgs is Professor of the Sociology of Ageing in the Division of Psychiatry at University College London. Dr Higgs edits the journal Social Theory and Health.  He is a Fellow of both the UK Academy of Social Sciences and the Gerontological Society of America.

Maryam Monsef

Minister of Status of Women, Canada

Marianne Hatzopoulou

Canada Research Chair in Transportation and Air Quality; Head of the Transportation and Air Quality research group, University of Toronto

Dr. Marianne Hatzopoulou is a Canada Research Chair in Transportation and Air Quality, and leads the Transportation and Air Quality (TRAQ) research group. Her expertise is in modelling road transport emissions and urban air quality as well as evaluating population exposure to air pollution. Her research aims to capture the interactions between the daily activities and travel patterns of urban dwellers and the generation and dispersion of traffic emissions in urban environments. She has developed regional GHG emission inventories for Toronto, Montreal, and Philadelphia as well as evaluated the potential of travel demand and technology scenarios on emission reduction. She has been invited on a number of panels and colloquia to speak about strategies to reduce transportation-related GHG emissions. In addition, Dr. Hatzopoulou has an active research stream in air pollution exposure and health. She has spearheaded a number of large air pollution monitoring campaigns and investigated potential determinants of exposure including meteorological effects, road geometry, the types of built environments, and traffic composition. She has also designed and implemented panel studies aiming at linking exposure to traffic emissions with measurable physiological changes in study participants. She works closely with epidemiologists in the development of improved measures for air pollution exposure and has received funding from federal and provincial health agencies to conduct integrative research in transportation, air pollution, and public health.

Mariana Brussoni

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

Dr. Mariana Brussoni is a developmental psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She is an investigator with the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the British Columbia Injury Research & Prevention Unit. Dr. Brussoni is a founding member and on the leadership group of Outdoor Play Canada. Her award-winning research investigates child injury prevention and children’s risky play, focusing on parent and caregiver perceptions of risk, and design of outdoor play-friendly environments.

Kamran Khan

Founder and CEO, BlueDot

Dr. Kamran Khan is a practising infectious disease physician and a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is also the Founder and CEO of BlueDot, a digital health company that combines the power of big data, human and artificial intelligence to help governments, private enterprises, and healthcare systems build resilience and readiness to infectious disease threats.
Jeffrey Siegel

Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto

Jeffrey Siegel, Ph.D., is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto and a member of the university’s Building Engineering Research Group. He holds joint appointments at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences. He holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley as well as a B.Sc. from Swarthmore College. He is fellow of ASHRAE and a member of the Academy of Fellows of ISIAQ. His research interests including healthy and sustainable buildings, ventilation and indoor air quality in residential and commercial buildings, control of indoor particulate matter, the indoor microbiome, and moisture interactions with indoor chemistry and biology. Dr. Siegel is an active member of ISIAQ and ASHRAE and was an associate editor for the journal Building and Environment from 2014-2018. He teaches courses in indoor air quality, sustainable buildings, and sustainable energy systems. Prior to his position at the University of Toronto, Dr. Siegel was an Associate Professor at the University of Texas.

Jeffrey R. Brook

Principal Investigator and Scientific Director, The Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research; Assistant Professor Consortium (CANUE); , University of Toronto

Jeff Brook is an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto. Jeff was a tireless advocate for the creation of an environmental exposure data platform for many years, leading to the development of a funding call at the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the ultimate establishment of CANUE in June of 2016 in collaboration with many of Canada’s leading environmental health researchers. As CANUE’s Scientific Director, Jeff acts as the key liaison between environmental health research groups, in government and in academia, in Canada and internationally, toward keeping CANUE at the leading edge of environmental health research and policy. He brings 25 years of experience as an Environment Canada scientist working at the science-policy interface, 15 years of experience as an Adjunct at the University of Toronto, 12 years of leadership of the Environmental Working Group of the Canadian Health Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study, Canada’s largest birth cohort, and 5 years of service on the Research Committee of the Health Effects Institute (HEI) (Boston). Jeff has led scientific assessments to inform policy nationally and internationally, and advised multi-stakeholder groups shaping policy, and is one of Canada’s leading experts in air quality, recognized at all levels of government and academically, including for his substantial contributions in air pollution health research.

Greg Evans

Director, Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research; Professor, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto

Greg Evans directs a multidisciplinary centre that is investigating how air pollution impacts environment, climate and human health. His research uses advanced instrumentation and modelling to understanding spatial and temporal trends in the concentration, composition and origins of air pollution. The goal is to make key connections between emissions of pollutants, the quality and composition of urban air, and the impacts on human health and the environment. He has done extensive research on transportation related emissions and the resulting exposure of urban populations.  Greg also offers expertise in engineering education and is the Director of the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP).

Farah Mohamed

SVP, Strategic Initiatives, Policy and Public Affairs, Toronto Region Board of Trade

Farah is an award-winning social profit entrepreneur with a specific interest in empowering youth, women and diverse populations. She has extensive executive experience in communications, partnerships, government relations and leading teams built for purpose. Until very recently, Farah was CEO, Malala Fund. Before working with Malala, Farah created G(irls)20 and served as its CEO for 5 years. Prior to this, she spent almost 10 years working on Parliament Hill in Canada. Recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and Meritorious Service Medal, Farah was recently named 1000 Most Influential People in London by the Evening Standard. She holds degrees in Political Science from Queens University and Western University and was recently conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Western University. A former Ugandan refugee, Farah is of Indian heritage and was raised in Canada.
Dominique Charron

Vice-President, Programs and Partnerships, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Dominique Charron is IDRC’s Vice-President, Programs and Partnerships. Prior to being Vice-President, Dominique was the Director of IDRC’s Agriculture and Environment program area. She supervised research focused on increasing agricultural productivity and food security, reducing vulnerability to climate change, and protecting the public against infectious diseases and non-communicable diseases. Dominique joined the Centre in 2006 as head of the Ecosystems and Human Health program. Previously, she managed research programs at the Public Health Agency of Canada. Dominique Charron holds a PhD in epidemiology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Guelph.
Dan Breznitz

University Professor, Co-director, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto, Innovation Policy Lab,

Dan Breznitz, is a University Professor and Munk Chair of Innovation Studies, in the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy with a cross-appointment in the Department of Political Science of the University of Toronto, where he is also the Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research where he co-founded and co-directs the program on Innovation, Equity and the Future of Prosperity.

Professor Breznitz is known worldwide as an expert on rapid-innovation-based industries and their globalization, as well as for his pioneering research on the distributional impact of innovation policies. He has been a member of several boards, as well as serving an advisor on science, technology, and innovation policies to multinational corporations, governments, and international organizations. His work in the policy world led, in 2011, to him being awarded the GTRC 75th Anniversary Innovation Award for Public Service, Leadership, and Policy. In 2008 Breznitz was selected as a Sloan Industry Studies Fellow. Before joining the Munk School, Breznitz spent eight years in Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) as a professor in the Scheller College of Business, the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Public Policy. In an earlier life he founded and served as a CEO of a small software company. In addition to publishing numerous academic articles in multiple disciplines, opinion pieces in leading media outlets, and national and regional policy documents, he has been an award winning author of three books. His first book, Innovation and the State: Political Choice and Strategies for Growth in Israel, Taiwan, and Ireland, won the 2008 Don K. Price for best book on science and technology. His second book (co-authored with Michael Murphree) The Run of the Red Queen: Government, Innovation, Globalization, and Economic Growth in China, was chosen as the 2012 Susan Strange Best Book in International Studies by the BISA, and was featured in multiple media outlets including The Economist, the New York Times and Forbes. Breznitz’s third book, Third Globalization: Can Wealthy Nations Stay Rich? (co-edited with John Zysman), looked at the challenges and opportunities faced by Western economies in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the rapid changes in the global production system.