Keynote Speakers

2021: Angus Reid

The Angus Reid Institute was founded in October 2014 by Dr. Angus Reid, Canada’s best-known and longest-practicing pollster. He’s spent more than four decades asking people what they think and feel about top social, governance and economic issues. From 1979 to 2001, he was founder and CEO of Angus Reid Group, which grew into the largest research firm in Canada, with revenues of $60 million. It was sold to Ipsos SA in 2000. In 2003 he joined his son Andrew’s research software start up, Vision Critical, as CEO. When he retired as executive chair in 2014 Vision Critical had 600 employees worldwide and revenues over $100 million.

Angus has written numerous columns on economic, social and governance issues and well as the best-seller; “Shakedown: How the New Economy is Changing our Lives” (1996). He has a B.A. and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Manitoba, and in 1974 he received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa.

He is the recipient of a Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship, the Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends (2010).

CEO, Angus Reid Institute

Angus Reid

2020: Janet Podleski

Author: # 1 National bestselling cookbooks - The Looneyspoons and others

Host : Food Network Canada TV show – Eat. Shrink & Be Merry!

janetandgreta.com

Janet Podleski

2019: Chris Kneeland

CEO and Co-Founder of CULT COLLECTIVE & COMMUNO

cultideas.com

communo.com

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2018: Danial Jameel

Founder/CEO of OOHLALA

www.oohlalamobile.com

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2017: Steven Woods

Senior Engineer - Google Canada

www.google.com

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2016: Christine Magee

Co-founder & Chair - Sleep Country Canada

www.sleepcountry.ca

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2015: Vikram Vij

Co-star - Dragons' Den

Chef/Co-owner- Vij's

www.vijs.ca

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2014: Sean O’Dea

Co-Founder- Second Cup

Board Member- Canada Association of Professional Speaking

www.secondcup.com

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2013: John Stanton

Founder/CEO- Running Room

Author of 10 books on running and walking

www.runningroom.com

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2012: Kavis Reed

Head Coach, Edmonton Eskimos

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2011: Arlene Dickinson

CEO - Venture Communications

Co-star -Dragons' Den

www.venturecommunications.ca

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2010: Derek Bullen

President -SI Systems Ltd.

www.sisystems.com

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2009: Lyle Best

CEO- Quickcard Group of Companies

www.quikcard.com

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2008: Brett Wilson

Three Season Panelist: Dragons' Den

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2007: Patrick Laforge

President/CEO - Edmonton Oilers

www.oilers.nhl.com

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2006: Eveline Charles

President/CEO - Eveline Charles Salons and Spas

www.evelinecharles.com

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2005: Brian Hesje

Chair, Board of Directors - Fountain Tire Ltd.

www.fountaintire.com

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2004: Rick Kulow

President/CEO - Bioriginal Food & Science Corp.

www.bioriginal.com

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2003: John Cross

Chair, Board of Directors - POS Bio-Sciences

www.pos.ca

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2002: Ron S. Waldman

CEO - Great Western Brewing Company Ltd

www.gwbc.ca

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2001: Normal W. Wallace

President - Wallace Construction LTD.

www.wallace.sk.ca

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1999: Al Anderson

Owner - Al Anderson Source for Sports

www.sourceforsports.com

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1998: Jim Yuel

Founder- Pic Investment Group Inc.

Co-Chair - Capital Campaign

www.picgroup.ca

 

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