2019 Keynote Speaker: Rick Mercer
Dave Kelly is an award-winning host, writer, and interviewer who creates intelligent and deeply human moments for events and keynote conversations around the world. He is the host of Dave Kelly Live – Canada’s own talk variety show, currently in its 5th season. He has led conversations with business and political leaders across North America and beyond, from Stanford School of Business in California to Amman, Jordan and everywhere in between. Last year Ellen Degeneres selected Dave as the moderator and interviewer for her multi-city tour across Canada, and he recently hosted a conversation with President Barack Obama in Calgary and sat down for a conversation with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in Montreal. This year Dave sat down with Ellen for another hour long conversation at the Hard Rock Casino and Resort in Miami as part of Super Bowl Weekend. Dave is the co- founder of Kelly Brothers Productions, an award-winning video and entertainment company.
Mac is a Founder, Director (1989 – 2018), and Partner (Present) of ARC Financial Corp, the largest private equity investment management company in Canada, and a Founder and former Chair (1996 – 2016) of ARC Resources Ltd., a leading Canadian oil and gas company. He joined the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) as an original director in 2007 and was the Chair of the Board from 2014-2017. Mac is a co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership (CCAL), and the Vice Chair and founding member of the Business Council of Alberta (BCA). Mac is also Founder and Chairman of Viewpoint Group, a private group of companies which includes investment management, research, and philanthropic activities.
Climate change politics has gripped our country, yet Canada only produces 4% of the world’s oil, 1.6% of total emissions and houses only 0.5% of its population. Nine other countries we never even mention produce 67% of total emissions; progress is impossible without their cooperation. Meanwhile, demand for affordable energy will rise 30% in the next 20 years, most of it from fossil fuels. Author and speaker, David Yager takes a deep dive into the heart of the history of climate change, current carbon politics, and the future of hydrocarbons and Alberta.
Technology doesn’t discriminate. It has the power to catapult organizations forward while it equally (and regularly) brings the world’s greatest companies to their knees. And as technology becomes increasingly embedded in the global culture; all organizations, regardless of the industry, sector and size must evolve to match. The question leaders of today are presented with is more complicated than ‘should we invest in tech?’ the answer to that is easy (yes). The challenge for leaders today is selecting the right technology, managing the change within your organization and looking forward to the next tech evolution around the corner.
This session will discuss the role and impact of sustainable finance issues on the major players in the Finance industry – banks, pensions, insurance and asset managers, with representatives from the major groups. Discussions will focus on the macro level (ie the financial sector as a whole – including some discussions re the recommendations of the Canadian Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance) and at a more micro level (ie what it means to banks, pensions, etc) in particular.
In 2019, more than $215 million of Canadian investors’ money was put at risk when the founder of the cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX suddenly died. Investors were left with no recourse, hoping to getsome of their money back as the company went through bankruptcy proceedings. The QuadrigaCX story is an extreme example, but since Bitcoin came into existence in 2009 the cryptocurrency market has been the investment version of the Wild West– no regulation, little oversight, frauds and thefts, and massive volatility.
This session will explain what bitcoin is, its history, and its future. This session will explain why investors need exposure to the asset class in their portfolios and the opportunity in the evolving crypto space and will take a broader look at digital money, and how these emerging technologies could reshape the financial world and money as we know it.
How the concentration of wealth and power in an ever-smaller number of people, companies and places threatens the global economy.
Over the last four decades, technological and political changes have accelerated the flow of goods, money and ideas across borders – raising living standards and reducing global income inequality. But these changes have enabled the rise of a ‘winner-takes-all’ economy – in which many players simply do not pass Go. Gaps have opened up between high school graduates and educated elites, consumers and owners of capital, governments and large corporations – and between major economies themselves.
In this session, Karl will trace many of today’s economic headlines back to these imbalances, showing how weak growth, rising debt, geopolitical turmoil and trade wars are rooted in the way modern societies distribute wealth and power. New technologies and misguided policies in China, Europe and the United States have, through advancing the interests of elites over those of workers, unleashed forces that will shake the political landscape, distort financial markets and reshape the global economy in the years to come – while also setting the stage for a rebalancing process that changes the rules of the game.
The FEI Canada Governance & Risk Committee along with Rahul Bhardwaj, President & CEO of ICD and other panelists will share their insights and expertise.
Emerging technologies such as data analytics, augmented intelligence and collaborative tools provide early adopters a significant competitive advantage. This session will outline examples of finance leading the deployment of these technologies. In particular, the session will address: