Keynote Sessions

Wednesday, June 27th — 9 AM-10 AM

Dr. Roberta Bondar
Astronaut | Physician | Scientist | Photographer

Leadership & Vision
Dr. Roberta Bondar was the first Canadian woman to fly in space. An astronaut, physician and photographer, Dr. Bondar expanded the horizons of millions when she joined the space shuttle Discovery for its 1992 mission. Dr. Bondar is truly inspirational – she is an Officer of the Order of Canada, was appointed to the Order of Ontario, is a Laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, and has received 24 honorary doctorate degrees from North American universities. Dr. Bondar’s highly motivational keynote – punctuated by her stunning photographs – will focus on change, social responsibility and our environment. Let Dr. Bondar guide you through an out-of-this-world perspective on leadership, inspiring you to see your environment in a positive light, and enabling you to become more attuned to the characteristics and factors that influence change.

Thursday, June 28th — 1 PM-2 PM

The Hon. Rona Ambrose,
Former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons

Women in Leadership

The Honorable Rona Ambrose is a dynamic national leader, a champion for the rights of women and girls, the former Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition in the House of Commons, and the former leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Rona is a passionate advocate for women in Canada and around the world and led the global movement to create the “International Day of the Girl” at the United Nations. She has spent her life passionately fighting for disadvantaged women and girls.

Rona serves on the advisory board of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and was recently named to the Advisory Council on the North American Free Trade Agreement.



Friday, June 29th — 1 PM - 2 PM

Paul Wells
Senior Editor, Maclean’s Magazine

Canadian Politics: The Heart of the Matter

Nobody knows Ottawa better than Paul Wells, the senior editor of Maclean’s magazine and former national affairs columnist at the Toronto Star. In more than two decades on the Hill, Paul has covered seven federal elections, three prime ministers, and a big piece of Canadian history.

Surprisingly funny, heartwarming and inspirational, Paul Wells draws from nearly a quarter-century covering Canada’s greatest political battles, shows the human side of our leaders and explains how we can learn from their triumphs and defeats.

Wells has won three gold National Magazine Awards and a National Newspaper Award, and has filed stories from 17 countries around the world.