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FEATURED SPEAKERS 2011

Dominic
Barton

Lt-General
Andrew Leslie

Hon. John
Manley

Bruce
Ross

Tonya
Surman

Bruce
Poon Tip

Daniel
Debow

Shahrzad
Rafati

Yaeko
Tong
Dominic Barton
Global Managing Director
McKinsey & Company
Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie
(retired) former, Chief of Transformation, Canadian Forces and now Senior Vice President, CGI
Hon. John Manley
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Council of Chief Executives
Bruce Ross
President
IBM Canada Ltd.
Tonya Surman
Founding Executive Director
Centre for Social Innovation
Bruce Poon Tip
Founder
Gap Adventures
Daniel Debow
Co-founder and Co-CEO
Rypple
Shahrzad Rafati
Founder and CEO
BroadbandTV Corp
Yaeko Tong
Co-Founder, COO
Sweet Caesar Inc.
Dominic Barton
Global Managing Director
McKinsey & Company

Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company. In his 25 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries – including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrial – but his core area of work is in financial sector development and reform.

Prior to his current role, Dominic was McKinsey’s Chairman of Asia from 2004-2009, based in Shanghai, and he led McKinsey’s office in Korea from 2000-2004.

Dominic is an active participant in many international fora including Davos, Les Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence, the Asia Business Council and the Aspen Strategy Group. He is also a prolific writer – authoring more than 80 articles on financial services, Asia, history and the issues and opportunities facing global and Asian markets. He is the co-author – with Roberto Newell and Greg Wilson – of Dangerous Markets: Managing in Financial Crises (Wiley & Sons, 2002). His most recent book is China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China (Talisman, 2007).

Dominic is a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, is Chairman of the International Advisory Committee to the President of South Korea on National Future and Vision and recently became a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council. In 2009 he was awarded the Magnolia Gold Prize by the Shanghai Government for his outstanding contributions to the city’s development. In June 2011, Dominic was selected as an INSEAD Business Leader for the World Award. Dominic is also named in the National Association of Corporate Directors list of 100 most influential people in corporate governance and the Boardroom. Dominic was made a Rhodes Trustee in April 2010 and is an Honorary Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford.
Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie
(retired) former, Chief of Transformation, Canadian Forces and now Senior Vice President, CGI

Lt Gen Andrew Leslie family has a tradition of military service and he joined the 30th Field Artillery Regiment while at Ottawa University. While a student in England he was attached to the Honorable Artillery Company. In 1980 he attended the International Peace Academy UN Staff Seminar in Vienna, Austria. In 1981, he transferred to the regular force and initially served with the 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Germany, the regiment that - like his father before him – he eventually commanded.

After a succession of field tours with mechanized and airborne combat units in Germany, Cyprus and Canada and command appointments up to regimental level, in early 1995 he was promoted to Colonel and sent to the Former Yugoslavia as Chief of Staff Sector South (Brigade Level). He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his actions under fire during the fighting for Knin in August 1995. He then became the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander of UNCRO (Division level), and finally Chief of Staff of UNPF (Mission level). Following the UN hand-over to NATO forces, LGen Leslie returned to Western Canada as the Area Chief of Staff in 1996, and served in that capacity during the Manitoba floods of Spring 1997.

In July 1997 he became the Commander of 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1CMBG), an infantry-heavy combat formation based in Western Canada, where the focus was on live-fire combined arms training. In early 1998, 1CMBG deployed to the South shore of Montreal to assist with ice-storm disaster relief operations, followed by an almost continuous cycle of Battle Group and Brigade exercises. That same year he was awarded the Order of Military Merit. In 1999 he was promoted Brigadier-General while a student on the Advanced and National Securities Studies Courses in Toronto. In 2000 he was appointed the J6 of the Canadian Forces, responsible for commanding the communications field groups and regiments, the signals and electronic intelligence functions and supporting the various computer networks used by the Forces. In 2002 he became the Commander Land Force Central Area, responsible for one regular and three reserve Brigades as well as several bases and training establishments.

LGen Leslie was appointed Commander Task Force Kabul and Deputy Commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan as of June 2003, and on his return he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross. He then became the Assistant Chief of the Land Staff. In Fall 2004 to June 2005 he was a full-time PhD student at the Royal Military College in Kingston. In June 2005, he was appointed Director General Strategic Planning in Ottawa. In June 2006, he was promoted to his current rank and appointed Chief of the Land Staff.

LGen Leslie's education includes several degrees and he has studied in Ottawa, London, Toronto, Kingston and at the Harvard Business School. His interests are military history, political science, running and alpine skiing.
Hon. John Manley
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Council of Chief Executives

Mr. Manley is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. He was first elected to Parliament in 1988, and re-elected three times. From 1993 to 2003 he was a Minister in the governments of Jean Chrétien, serving in the portfolios of Industry, Foreign Affairs and Finance, in addition to being Deputy Prime Minister.

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Mr. Manley was named Chair of a Cabinet Committee on Public Security and Anti-terrorism, serving as counterpart to Governor Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. In recognition of the role he played following 9/11, TIME Canada named him "2001 Newsmaker of the Year".

After a 16-year career in politics, Mr. Manley returned to the private sector in 2004. From 2004 to 2009 he served as Counsel to McCarthy Tétrault LLP, a leading Canadian law firm. In that capacity he provided strategic advice in matters relating to public affairs, including trade, telecommunications, security and finance.

Since leaving government, Mr. Manley has continued to be active in public policy, as a media commentator, speaker and adviser to government. In 2003, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty asked him to lead a review of the province’s electricity sector. In 2005, he co-chaired the Independent Task Force on the Future of North America for the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-partisan think tank based in New York City. In 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper named Mr. Manley to chair an Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan.

In addition to his role as President and Chief Executive of the CCCE, Mr. Manley serves on the boards of several publicly traded companies and is active in the not-for-profit sector.
Bruce Ross
President
IBM Canada Ltd.
 

In 100 years of experience, IBM has learned valuable lessons about how to survive, thrive and get ahead of change. These lessons are important for anyone in or aspiring to a leadership position and are especially critical for the next generation of leaders and forward thinkers who are charting their path as global citizens.

As President of IBM Canada, Bruce Ross is responsible for setting the strategic direction and overseeing the day-to- day operations of the IBM organization in Canada. He is a member of the IBM Integration and Values Team, a group of senior leaders from across the corporation.

Since 1985, Bruce has held a variety of management, technical and marketing positions at IBM in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Before returning to Canada in early 2010, Bruce served as General Manager for IBM Global Technology Services in the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. Based in London from 2006 through 2009, he led a significant expansion of the U.K. services business, including a doubling of the client base and double-digit growth in revenues. He was a member of the Board of Directors of IBM UK Limited.

Previously, as Vice President of Global Technology Services, Banking Industry, Bruce built IBM’s strategic outsourcing business with leading financial institutions in North America. In that role, he was responsible for business development and sales as well as for service delivery. Within IBM, he was a member of the Global Services Sales Executive Council.

In Canada, Bruce serves on the boards of the Conference Board of Canada, and the Toronto Region Research Alliance. He is the Technology Chair of the United Way Toronto Campaign Cabinet. He also is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

Bruce is a professional engineer and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. He is married, with two children, and lives outside Toronto.
Tonya Surman
Founding Executive Director
Centre for Social Innovation
 

Tonya Surman is a social entrepreneur, community animator and network choreographer. With a passion for bringing life to world-changing projects, Tonya is the founding executive director of the Centre for Social Innovation – a dynamic convergence space in Toronto whose mission is to catalyze, connect and support new ideas that are changing the world. CSI provides shared space to 200 social mission groups, acts as a community centre for social innovators and is an incubator for world-changing projects. www.socialinnovation.ca

In 2009, CSI was awarded the ‘City Innovation’ award from the Canadian Urban Institute and Tonya was recognized as a ‘Leader in Social Change’ from the Canadian New Media Awards. In 2010, Tonya became a Global Ashoka Fellow for her innovative work building models of collaboration. 2010 also saw CSI innovate a citizen-based Community Bond for the purchase of an old building to create another vibrant social change community in Toronto.

Prior to CSI, Tonya was the founding Partnership Director for the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment, whose work, in part, led to a new legislative framework to manage chemicals and the banning of Bisphenol A in baby bottles. Tonya has been creating and leading social ventures since 1987 and has built her body of knowledge around multi-sectoral collaboration and entrepreneurship for social change.

A list of publications and resources is available from www.socialinnovation.ca
Bruce Poon Tip
Founder
Gap Adventures
 

In 1990, 23-year-old Bruce Poon Tip founded Gap Adventures with two credit cards and a burning desire to create an authentic, sustainable travel experience available to all. While his business acumen powered the growth of a visionary company, his path to success faced significant hurdles along the way.

A gold medal-winner in the prestigious Junior Achievement youth business program at age 14, Bruce demonstrated an early penchant for entrepreneurship. The same could not be said of his desire to work for others. At 16, Bruce was fired from a job at Denny’s Restaurants after just two weeks, while fast food giant McDonald’s decided his maverick style didn’t gel with its own work culture, promptly dismissing him before his training was complete.

It wasn’t until he donned a backpack and set out to explore the world that he found his visionary stride. According to his business plan, the budding entrepreneur would organize small group adventure tours to off-the-beaten-path destinations. While he felt the idea was a sure winner, bank managers were less than enthused.

Unfunded–save for his maxed-out credit cards–but unfazed, Bruce put his plan in motion, offering adventure-craving travelers an alternative to the resorts, cruises and motor coach tours to which they were accustomed. Twenty years later, his belief in the core values that powered the company in those early days are as strong as ever.

Chief among those core values is Bruce’s passion for changing people’s lives through travel by providing unforgettable adventures and industry-leading service with benefits such as 24/7 customer service, lifetime trip deposits and a policy not to punish solo travelers with single supplements.

Consistent with Bruce’s commitment to changing people’s lives were his efforts on the sustainability front, deciding to put people, places and ecosystems ahead of profits. He founded the non-profit Planeterra Foundation in 2003 to develop and support extensive community-development and conservation initiatives around the world. In recognition of this dedication to ethical business practices and sustainable tourism, Gap Adventures was awarded the 2009 World Savers Award by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, the 2009 Travel and Leisure Global Vision Leadership Award for voluntourism and the 2009 Responsible Travel and Tourism Leadership Award.

Not surprisingly, remarkable business success and a visionary value system have led to widespread industry recognition. Bruce has been twice honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has been recognized as Travel Personality of the Year by the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies.

A top draw on the international speaking circuit, Bruce’s numerous engagements have included talks on sustainability and tourism at the 2010 TED Whistler, TED Bangkok and TEDx Toronto events, and an invitation from the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders’ Forum to present at the inaugural United Nations World Tourism Organization Seminar on Ethics in Tourism. He has also presented at the UNWTO Conference on Climate Change and Tourism in Switzerland, the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference in the USA and addressed the UN World Tourism Forum for Peace and Sustainable Development. At the request of the World Bank and UNESCO, Bruce was asked to lecture in China on Sustainable Development and has also presented at the United Nations launch of The Year of Eco Tourism in New York City.
Daniel Debow
Co-founder and Co-CEO
Rypple
 

Daniel Debow is co-founder and co-CEO of Rypple, a social performance management platform that helps Facebook, Gilt Groupe, and other innovative companies recognize great work, run fast, efficient feedback loops, and coach employees to achieve their goals. A sought after speaker on how social media is changing the workplace, Daniel is a regular contributor to Fortune.com and the Huffington Post. He’s been widely quoted in Wired, the Financial Times, the Economist and the Wall Street Journal. He holds a JD/MBA from the University of Toronto and an LLM in Law, Science and Technology from Stanford University.
Shahrzad Rafati
Founder and CEO
BroadbandTV Corp
 

Ms. Shahrzad Rafati is the founder and CEO of BroadbandTV Corp. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Rafati founded BBTV more than three years ago after graduation from The University of British Columbia’s Computer Science Program, with a stop at the esteemed Université Paris Sorbonne to study French along the way. During this short time, Rafati has vaulted BBTV into a leading position in the video curation/monetization online video marketplace. BroadbandTV, has amassed millions of subscribers, and driven billions of impressions across the its network working with companies such as the NBA, WarnerBros and Endemol. In light of this amazing work, BBTV and Ms. Rafati have been named; one of the world’s top 100 creative business thinkers by Fast Company, one of 20 women destined to shake up corporate Canada as selected by Canadian Business Magazine and 2nd on Marketing Magazine’s list of ‘Canada’s Digital Media Companies To Watch.’
Yaeko Tong
Co-Founder, COO
Sweet Caesar Inc.
 

From the nascent days of internet endeavours to the contemporary age of mobility, Yaeko Tong has developed a unique understanding of what it means to be competitive in today's wireless landscape.

With an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering, Yaeko found an interest in data and online interaction. After being part of several online startups, she found passion in seeing through the execution of planning and strategy to technological fruition.

These days Yaeko, along with her MBA classmate, Bogdan Chmielewsk, has spearheaded a niche in the mobile space by creating Sweet Caesar Inc., a provider of intuitive application experiences for the business, media, and entertainment industries.

Engaged with clients, business leaders, and technologists, Yaeko and the Sweet Caesar Team provide the necessary bridge that brings these disparate worlds into harmony, to continue a vision and future for our modern information age.
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