Chair & Moderator

Perry Spitznagel

Vice Chair, Bennett Jones LLP

Perry Spitznagel is Vice Chair of Bennett Jones, a former longstanding Managing Partner of the Calgary office and a senior corporate lawyer with extensive national and cross-border experience in a broad range of matters. Perry has acted for clients in some of the largest transactions in Canada, including many of Canada’s and North America’s largest national and cross-border financings and mergers. He has been recognized by Financial Post Magazine as one of the 25 most influential people in corporate Canada. He is also widely recognized as a leading lawyer in his areas of expertise.

Perry is a director of a large private holding company and is a director and past Chair of WinSport which manages the legacy assets and programs of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. He is also a director of the Calgary Zoological Society and a member of the Advisory Board of the Samara Centre for Democracy, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening Canada’s democracy. He is a past member of the Alberta Securities Commission Advisory Committee, a past Co-Chair of the Pipestone Securities Law Conference and a past director of Alpine Canada, the governing body for alpine ski racing in Canada.

A former international ski racer, Perry remains active in skiing.

Perry is a graduate of McGill University, BA (Economics), 1979, with great distinction, and Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 1982.

He is a frequent speaker and has chaired national and international conferences on a variety of topics. Perry speaks French and German.

Keynote Speaker

George Friedman

Geopolitical Forecaster, Author & Strategist on International Affairs

George Friedman is an internationally recognized geopolitical forecaster and strategist on international affairs and the founder and chairman of Geopolitical Futures.

Dr. Friedman is a New York Times bestselling author. His most recent book, THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM: America’s Discord, the Coming Crisis of the 2020s, and the Triumph Beyond, published February 25, describes how “the United States periodically reaches a point of crisis in which it appears to be at war with itself, yet after an extended period it reinvents itself, in a form both faithful to its founding and radically different from what it had been.” The decade 2020-2030 is such a period which will bring dramatic upheaval and reshaping of American government, foreign policy, economics, and culture.

His most popular book, The Next 100 Years, is kept alive by the prescience of its predictions. Other best-selling books include Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, The Next Decade, America’s Secret War, The Future of War and The Intelligence Edge. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages.

Dr. Friedman has briefed numerous military and government organizations in the United States and overseas and appears regularly as an expert on international affairs, foreign policy and intelligence in major media.

For almost 20 years before resigning in May 2015, Dr. Friedman was CEO and then chairman of Stratfor, a company he founded in 1996. Friedman received his bachelor’s degree from the City College of the City University of New York and holds a doctorate in government from Cornell University. 

Panels

Geopolitical Insights

Sabine Sparwasser
Ambassador of Germany to Canada
Hon. Anne McLellan
Former Deputy Prime Minster of Canada
Sir John Bell
Immunologist & Geneticist

Industry Perspectives

Alexis von Hoensbroech
CEO, WestJet
Hon. John Baird
Chairman, Canfor; Director, CP Rail; Former Senior Cabinet Minister, Government of Canada
Ken Seitz
President & CEO, Nutrien

Capital Formation

Blake Hutcheson
President & CEO, OMERS
Tim Hodgson
Managing Partner, Alignvest Capital Management
Michelle Scarborough
Managing Partner, Women in Technology Venture Fund
Jos Schmitt
President & CEO, NEO Exchange & Head of Global Listings, Cboe Global Markets
Evan Siddall
CEO, Alberta Investment Management Corporation

Energy Transformation

Alex Pourbaix
President & CEO, Cenovus
Martha Hall Findlay
Chief Climate Officer, Suncor
Peter Tertzakian
Energy Economist & Bestselling Author

We are finalizing our panelists, please check back soon.

Sponsors

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