Speakers

 

Jim Bottomley, Consultant and Futurist

One of Canada’s foremost futurists, Jim Bottomley is also a management consultant and successful entrepreneur. A consultant for more than 25 years, Jim has helped industries, government and associations find future direction, identify opportunities, improve customer satisfaction, and cope with the stress of rallying change. Working within many sectors, Jim can suggest innovative strategies that cross boundaries. Previously, Jim graduated with the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He managed marketing programs for Quaker Oats and helped launch new products such as Kibbles ‘n Bits ‘n Bits and specialized agri-products. Jim lives in Jasper, Alberta where, along with his wife Deb, he operates, a destination retail store. Jim specializes in helping clients across sectors develop strategic solutions to build future success and is consistently rated at the highest level, serving to motivate, excite and inspire. Jim will offer practical knowledge and advice to help you get fired up about the future!

John Boyd, Consultant to Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

John Boyd was appointed as Global Practice Lead for Infrastructure in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in October 2012.  In May, 2013, he was named Canadian Co-Chair of the Infrastructure Working Group of the Russia-Canada Intergovernmental Economic Commission. John worked for Golder Associates for 35 years, 20 of those years in senior management roles. He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) and served as FIDIC's President from 2007-09.  John is a member of the FIDIC Committee on Sustainable Development, and is currently Chair of FIDIC's Climate Change task force. He provides training in management of engineering consultancies through his partnership in Design Firm Seminars.

 

 

Brock Carlton, Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Since joining FCM 20 years ago, Brock Carlton has established himself as a leader on municipal issues, both domestically and internationally. He managed ideas, resources and opportunities to build FCM’s global program, which focuses on strengthening municipal government and local governance, and on enhancing policy frameworks toward local sustainability. He represented Canada on the OECD Urban Municipal Development Secretariat’s Sustainable Cities Working Group in the early 1990s and was a faculty member of the Local Government Leadership Institute at the Banff School of Management and of the Cambridge University Business and Environment Seminar. Mr. Carlton currently sits on the Leadership Council for Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration.

 

Penny Collenette, Adjunct Professor, Common Law Faculty of the University of Ottawa

Penny Collenette's experience spans the worlds of business, academia, politics and public policy allowing her to research, write and comment on issues of ethics, corporate responsibility, governance and leadership. She is well known as a media commentator and is active on social media @penottawa. She is currently Adjunct Professor, Common Law Faculty of the University of Ottawa where she has created two new law courses: “Whistleblowing: The Busy Intersection of Law and Ethics” and “A New International Corporate Reality: The Business of Human Rights”. Past positions include Director of Appointments, Prime Minister’s Office (1993-1997). Maclean’s magazine has called Ms. Collenette one of Canada’s 50 Most Influential People.

 

Warren Everson, Senior Vice-President, Policy, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Warren Everson was appointed Senior Vice-President, Policy with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in September 2010. His responsibilities include the identification of priority issues and development of related policies. Mr. Everson manages a multi-sectoral team of researchers and lobbyists, and coordinates the work of eight policy committees. In 2011 he developed the “Top Ten Barriers to Competitiveness,” which has become an important product in the Chamber’s policy and advocacy roles. He joined the Canadian Chamber from StrategyCorp, a government relations consultancy based in Ottawa and Toronto. Previously, he worked as a Director of government relations at Bell Canada and was Vice President for Policy and Strategic Planning for the Air Transport Association of Canada..

 

Guy Giorno, Partner, Fasken Martineau

Guy Giorno practises public law with an emphasis on accountability and ethics laws. He is Chair of the “Law of Lobbying and Ethics” committee of the Canadian Bar Association, is co-author of the book Lobbying in Canada and routinely speaks, writes and advises clients on the emerging, complex field of accountability and ethics law. Guy originally joined Fasken Martineau in June 2002. He rejoined the partnership in January 2011 after serving two and one-half years as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada. He has significant experience in public sector ethics, conflict-of-interest codes, accountability legislation (including freedom of information law), lobbyist registration law and election finance law. He is also versed in strategic communication, crisis communication and issue management and stakeholder relations.

 

Janet Keeping, Chair and President, Transparency International Canada

Janet Keeping joined the board of Transparency International Canada in 2010 and has been chair of TI-Canada since June 2012. Ms. Keeping was president of the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership from 2006 to 2012. Since then she has been the Foundation’s Rule of Law fellow. Prior to joining the Chumir Foundation, Ms. Keeping was Director of Russia Programs and a Research Associate at the Canadian Institute of Resources Law at the University of Calgary where she ran a number of projects funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, the object of which was to expose Russians to market-oriented and democratic processes for regulating their oil and gas sector. A crucial part of these programs was an effort to instill respect for the rule of law.

 

Dr. Kellie Leitch, Member of Parliament

Dr. Kellie Leitch is the sitting Member of Parliament for the Ontario riding of Simcoe – Grey. Since being elected in 2011, she has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and to the Minister of Labour. Dr. Leitch is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and an associate professor of surgery. She is the former Chair of the Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership.

 

Perry Mitchelmore, President, Meco

Perry Mitchelmore is President and Chief Executive at Meco. He started Meco as a sole proprietor in 2002 and has stewarded the business into a leader in civil engineering in the fields of dam engineering and dam safety. An engineer first, Mr. Mitchelmore continues to provide project management and technical advisory services for select projects at Meco. He started his professional career in dams as a student, participating in the closure of the Bull Arm drydock dam at Hibernia. Mr. Mitchelmore went on over the next decade to contribute to design and construction of embankment, rock fill, concrete and timber dams throughout Atlantic Canada and, briefly, internationally. Since 2002, he has applied that knowledge to Meco in developing a business dedicated to dam safety and dam engineering, and now growing as a full service civil engineering enterprise.

 

Stephen Panciuk, Vice-President, Architects & Engineers, ENCON

Stephen Panciuk joined ENCON as a claims analyst for the Architects & Engineers program in 1997. His previous five years' experience in heavy civil construction, coupled with a civil engineering degree from Queen's University, brought a solid construction background well suited to a diversified claims team. In 2004, Stephen moved to the underwriting team and is now a Vice-President, managing the Architects and Engineers department.

 

Graham Parsons, President, Organisation for Western Economic Cooperation (OWEC) and Vice President Development, Clifton Associates Ltd.

Graham Parsons is a PhD economist trained in regional economic development at the University College London, U.K. He has practiced nearly all aspects of economic development as a Deputy Minister, Secretary to Executive Council and senior public servant in federal and provincial governments. He has also worked as a consultant to industry, governments and international development agencies and as Chief Economist for Western Canada for the Canada West Foundation. Recent work has involved him in federal Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Policy and Research Initiatives, Panama mining developments, Saskatchewan and Prairie water and irrigation development, environmental policy and climate change legislation and regulation. Today he provides trusted advice to governments, industries and development agencies throughout the world.

Brian Pearse, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Weir & Co. Ltd.

Brian Pearse is responsible for the overall guidance of Stewart Weir, including the development and implementation of strategic plans relating to operations, growth, and direction. Mr. Pearse has over 26 years of experience in management and team leadership involving program management, environmental engineering, transportation engineering and functional planning. His experience includes providing support to all levels of Transportation Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Materials Testing/Geotechnical Engineering. He has extensive experience in functional planning, directing the development and integration of project schedules including resource loading and levelling, cost estimating, budget analysis, variance reporting and at-completion forecasting for functional planning.

 

Hussein Poonjani, Director, Grant Thornton Corporate Finance Inc.

Hussein Poonjani joined Grant Thornton in 2010, bringing with him over 10 years of experience in audit, business valuations, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance and financial analysis. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Mr. Poonjani was an acquisition specialist for a large multinational engineering and architectural firm. Previously, he worked at a professional services firm performing corporate finance and audit functions, providing support for corporate finance mandates and participating in due diligence, financial modeling, and assessing strategic options and other corporate finance issues for his clients.

 

John Ritchie, Consultant, JKC Project Compliance Program

John Ritchie is a Civil Engineer with more than 35 years of experience in the field of hydropower and water resources planning, engineering and management, and in the field of business integrity management for consulting engineering firms. He is a member of FIDIC's Integrity Management Committee, and currently serves on the Board of BC Hydro and on the Board of Transparency International – Canada. He served as President of Consulting Engineers of British Columbia in 1995-96, and served on the Board of Directors of ACEC from 1997 to 2001.

 

Allan Russell, President and Chief Executive Officer, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.

Allan Russell joined McElhanney in 2011 as Vice-President, Vancouver Region Engineering and Major Projects, taking on the role of President and CEO in April 2013. Prior to this, he was Senior Vice-President of Trow Associates Inc. (now exp Services Inc.). Mr. Russell has over 25 years' experience in the civil engineering and construction industry, with expertise in business development, sales and marketing, and business and project management. He has been involved in many of Western Canada's largest infrastructure projects, acting as project initiator, a Red Team Review member, and/or project manager for several billion dollars of infrastructure works over the last 15 years.

 

Owen Pawson, LLB, Partner, Miller Thomson

Owen Pawson practices as a solicitor in construction law with the firm Miller Thomson. He assists government, crown corporations and a variety of construction companies, architects, engineers and interior designers to identify issues and resolve conflicts in construction law. Owen also develops commercial arrangements for traditional design-tender-build projects through to major engineer, procure and construct facilities and public-private partnerships projects. He is also a major contributor on ACEC's Contracts Committee in the production of Standard Agreements.

 

Enrico Vink, Managing Director, International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)

Enrico Vink was appointed Managing Director of FIDIC in 2004, after being involved in FIDIC since 1990. Prior to joining FIDIC, he spent ten years as chief executive of the Association of Consulting Engineers NZ (ACENZ). Prior to that, he worked for the NZ Government from 1979-1989, and spent four years as Trade Commissioner in Germany. While with ACENZ, Mr. Vink was a member of the FIDIC Selection Task Force from 2002-2003, the FIDIC Young Professionals Forum from 2000-2004, and the FIDIC Conference Committee from 2003- 2004. In addition he was involved in FIDIC’s Risk Management Forum and FIDIC’s Strategic Review Task Force.

 

Huw Williams, President, Impact Public Affairs

Huw Williams is President of Impact Public Affairs and specializes in government and media relations. He has appeared frequently as a corporate spokesperson on CBC and CTV national news. Huw's government experience is diverse, having served as Acting Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. Mr. Williams authored "A Government Relations Guide For Directors of Non-Profit Organizations" published by the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) and was awarded with the CSAE Griner Award for outstanding "Business Excellence" in 2010.

 

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