- Amanda Lang, senior business correspondent, CBC News and host of The Exchange;
- Eric Noël, initiator of the Canada Towards 2030 Project and senior vice president, North America of Oxford Analytica;
- Chris Mathers, crime and risk expert;
- Diane Francis, American-Canadian award-winning columnist, bestselling author, Editor-at-Large at the National Post and Professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management;
- Bob Gray, renowned memory expert.
Before joining CBC, Lang was part of the team that launched BNN in 1999, and, shortly thereafter, moved to CNN as a reporter and anchor. She returned to Canada in 2002 to rejoin BNN and CTV, before moving to the CBC.
Lang is author of the bestseller, The Power of Why: Simple Questions That Lead to Success, a book that shows readers how to reignite curiosity at any age to become more innovative and productive.
At our event, he will present research on trends and risks from the Canada Towards 2030 Project, an apolitical, independent and non-prescriptive initiative dedicated to creating and sharing long term research and thinking about Canada’s future. (www.canada2030.ca)
Oxford Analytica is a leading global analysis and advisory firm which draws on a worldwide network of experts to explain and to anticipate events and trends at the nexus of politics and economics, state and business. The firm publishes the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief and the Global Risks Monitor, as well as delivers customized reports and monitors on emerging risks and opportunities. In January 2014, Oxford Analytica was ranked 6th best private think tank in the “Global Go to Think Tank Index” published by the University of Pennsylvania. (www.oxan.com)
CHRIS MATHERS – Tuesday, September 16th at 8:30 a.m.
In 1995, Mathers joined the Forensic division of the international accounting firm, KPMG. In 1999, he was appointed to the position of President of KPMG Corporate Intelligence Inc. where he was responsible for international due diligence, asset recovery operations, and the investigation and prevention of organized crime and money laundering.
Touching on issues from security, hiring decisions and background checks to money laundering schemes, corporate fraud, bribery, blackmail, extortion and more; Chris offers wise insights on human character and organizational culture that can help you to spot and avoid the perils of white collar crime. Chris is a unique, humorous, and fascinating speaker.
He is also the author of the bestselling book, Crime School: Money Laundering.
Diane has written ten books on white collar crime, politics, immigration, economics and finance, including the bestseller, Who Owns Canada Now: Old Money, New Money and the Future of Canadian Business. Her 10th book, also an e-book in all formats, is Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country was published worldwide by Harper Collins Canada and Harper 360 on October 1, 2013. Diane has blogged for The Huffington Post since 2007, is a seasoned television and radio guest/commentator and has been a columnist for Maclean’s Magazine, The Toronto Star, New York Sun, the National/Financial Post and Toronto Sun Newspapers. She was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy and has been a Media Fellow and participant at the World Economic Forum in Davos for 20 years. In 2013, she was a media advisor at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University in Mountain View, California.
Traveling and entertaining under the stage name of ‘Backwards Bob the Memory Man,’ Bob Gray demonstrated the unique abilities that have netted him a place in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ and a recent appearance on ‘Ripley’s Believe It Or Not?’
He has travelled throughout North America, appearing in comedy clubs, colleges and universities, where he demonstrated his unique abilities in front of tens of thousands of people. Soon, however, he decided to take a break from the road and entered the business world. Starting in the fitness industry, he quickly found that by adapting the memory techniques he had been studying and developing over the years, he was able to move ahead in his career faster than he or anyone else had expected. From never losing track of detailed information, to remembering everything about his many clients, including not only their names and occupations, but also the names of their family members, their birthdays, hobbies and fitness goals, he got the job done with confidence and ease. Along with making a lot of new friends, Bob saw the sales retention of his company increase by 13% in the first year alone.
A recognized authority on memory systems, Bob has spent the last twenty years traveling the globe entertaining and training corporations, governments and associations to adapt memory systems for their particular needs. He has developed a series of sales oriented personal development keynotes and workshops, which have been popular on four continents, as well as writing the best-selling book “Right Brain Rapid Recall”.
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