D3 2016 SPEAKERS
Asimina Arvanitaki is an exceptional scientist just entering her peak years of research productivity. Her work has been characterized as “particle physics without the colliders,” as she uses unique methods to probe the crucial connections between theoretical and experimental research into the building blocks of nature. A native of Kalamata and a graduate of the University of Athens, she earned her PhD at Stanford University under the renowned Savas Dimopoulos, now a Distinguished Visiting Research Chair at Perimeter Institute.
Not only does Mina’s research promise to deepen our understanding of the universe at its most fundamental levels, but she hopes her example will help inspire the next generation of scientific explorers in Greece. “I’ve wanted to do physics my whole life,” says Arvanitaki. “I am from a very small village in Greece, less than 150 people, and physics was a very strange thing to be interested in.” She wants to change that perception among youth in her home country.
JORDAN BANKS, Managing Director, Facebook Canada @Jordan_Banks
Jordan Banks wants to be your friend. As the managing director of Facebook Canada he is responsible for leading and managing all commercial operations at Facebook Canada. His background is eclectic and extensive as he’s previously held executive positions at Thunder Road Capital, JumpTV, eBay Canada and the National Hockey League. A lawyer by profession, Jordan also practiced corporate law at Goodmans in Toronto.
Over the course of the past two decades, Jordan has personally championed numerous efforts relating to raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research and care. As part of that commitment, Jordan was the founder of both the Twitter movement called “A Million Tweets to Remember” as well as the popular fundraising event called Sportsfest. Jordan is also a Charter Member of C100, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Canadian technology entrepreneurship and investment and is a business mentor as part of the Next 36, an organization focused on helping launch the entrepreneurial careers of 36 of Canada’s most promising and innovative undergraduate students. Jordan is a member of the Young President’s Organization and was previously named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40″ honourees.
RON BREMNER, President and Owner, Gold Medal Consulting Group Ltd.
Ron Bremner not only travels North America speaking about Leadership, he has lived it for the past 30 plus years. Whether running leading radio/tv stations, the Calgary Flames or one of America’s Premier Sports Publishing Businesses in New York City, Ron has always put a premium on Profits, Performance and his People. In the Community he has Chaired and helped countless organizations from Hospital Foundations to Police Boards, from The Canadian Television Board to the Salvation Army. He is the recipient of Variety Club’s Highest Award, the Golden Heart Award and he is a member of the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame and has been honoured with the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Award. Today he is one of Canada’ s most sought after Executive Coaches working with many of the country’s top Corporate Leaders from coast-to-coast.
DR. MIKE EVANS, Healthcare & Medical Expert, and YouTube Sensation @docmikeevans
Dr. Evans is a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, an Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, and Lead, Digital Preventive Medicine at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute.
“Dr. Mike” is known worldwide for his work in innovative health messaging to the public. His media lab fuses creatives, patients and experts to pioneer “peer to peer healthcare” where medical evidence is “storyfied” and animated to make it engaging enough that people share in their social networks. His YouTube Med School for the Public has over 13 million views and 60,000 subscribers. The lab is just launching The Better Life Experiment, Locker Room Doctor, and Pimp My Clinic. His radio show on CBC’s Fresh Air is listened to widely, he was a doctor at the Sochi Olympics, and started a Med School for the Public at the University of Toronto.
His work has been profiled in a wide range of publications from JAMA, the BMJ, and the Lancet, to the Readers Digest and the hit Netflix series “Orange is the New Black”. Recent awards include being chosen as the top 10 innovators in health by the Canadian Medical Association, top 45 Canadians over 45, and the 2015 Canadian Cancer Research Alliance award for Distinguished Service to Cancer Research. In 2014 he was given the first worldwide endowed chair in Patient Engagement (and Childhood Nutrition) at the University of Toronto and awarded the McNeil Medal from the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of outstanding communication of science and medicine to the public. He is asked to speak widely about innovation, patient engagement, creativity, and best health. He lives in the Annex neighbourhood of Toronto with his family of five who all play hockey.
KATHLEEN MCLAUGHLIN, President, Walmart Foundation and Senior Vice President, Sustainability @KathleenForGood
Kathleen McLaughlin is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Walmart, and the President of the Walmart Foundation. Walmart uses its strengths to create economic opportunity for individuals and foster inclusive economic development; enhance the sustainability of food, apparel, and general merchandise supply chains; and strengthen the resilience of local communities. Last year, in addition to business initiatives investing in people and businesses in supply chains, the company surpassed over $1.4 billion in giving worldwide, including $1 billion of food donations. McLaughlin joined Walmart in 2013. Before that, she spent over 20 years with the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company. McLaughlin earned a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, and she also earned a Master of Arts from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.
MICHAEL I. NORTON, Faculty, Harvard Business School
Michael I. Norton is the Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and a member of Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group. He is the co-author – with Elizabeth Dunn – of the book, Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending. In 2012, he was selected for Wired Magazine’s Smart List as one of “50 People Who Will Change the World” and his TEDx talk, How to Buy Happiness, has been viewed more than 3 million times.
RICHARD PEDDIE, Best selling author, iconic business leader, consultant and speaker @RichardAPeddie
Who better to write the book on leadership than Richard Peddie. He’s held senior roles in consumer products, communications and sports. He’s run the largest sports venue in the country (then known as Skydome and now as the Rogers Centre), and helmed Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment for 14 very busy years. Now, he’s sharing the insights of a successful lifetime with us. In his books “Dream Job” and more recently in “21 Leadership Lessons” Richard offers insights on leading successful organizations and being a city builder, all the while remaining true to his core values. At D3 he’ll share these lessons learned with us. Don’t miss this frank talk from an outstanding Canadian leader.
CHRIS RUDGE, Former CEO of the Canadian Olympic committee, and creator of Own The Podium
Chris Rudge is a Canadian business executive. He currently serves as executive chairman and CEO for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Following a successful business career in the printing industry with Quebecor World Printing where he was president of the Canadian and International Operations as well as a member of the Office of the CEO, Rudge served as CEO and Secretary General of the Canadian Olympic Committee from 2003 through the Games in Vancouver 2010. He also chaired the successful Canadian program ‘Own the Podium’ which funded and developed Canadian high performance athletes in winter sports, preparing for the 2010 Olympics.
Rudge began his professional career as a Physical Education Teacher with the Toronto Board of Education, teaching both junior and high school students.
Rudge is and has been active on a number of boards, including Calgary based Niko Resources, The Paxen Group Inc. (Melbourne, Florida), Merrill Lynch Canada, the Organizing Committee for the 2015 Pan Am Games, the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the National Ballet of Canada, and the White Ribbon Campaign. He was also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the 2012 Grey Cup Festival and is currently the Chairman of the Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario.
MICHAEL SERBINIS, Founder, Kobo @mserbinis
We read books differently thanks to Michael Serbinis. As the founder of the world’s largest dedicated eReading platform Kobo, Serbinis created a way for people around the world to access digital books – any time, any place and on any device. Serbinis is the now CEO and Founder of LEAGUE, a new personal health platform and marketplace, with the exciting mission to “give everyone the power to act every day and live longer, healthier lives.”
Serbinis is currently the founder of Three Angels Capital, a member of the Board of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Board of the Creative Destruction Lab, the Board of Trustees at the Ontario Science Centre, and is a member of YPO. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from Queens University and a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.
RON TITE, CEO, The Tite Group @rontite
Montreal born and Second City trained, Ron Tite exceeds expectations each and every time he enters a room or takes the stage. Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, he’s been an award-winning advertising Writer, Creative Director and Executive Creative Director for some of the world’s most respected brands including Air France, Evian, Hershey, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, Volvo, and many others.
Ron’s work has been recognized by The London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals of Advertising, The Crystals, The Extras, The Canadian Marketing Association, The Marketing Awards and others.
Alongside running TTG, Ron’s also the Executive Producer and Host of the Canadian Comedy Award winning show Monkey Toast, and is a featured marketing expert (with Amber Mac), on the new Mark Burnett-produced business reality show, Dream Funded. He has written for a number of other television series, penned a children’s book, and wrote, performed, and produced the play, The Canadian Baby Bonus. Represented by Speakers Spotlight, Ron is in demand as a speaker all over the world.
His first book, Everyone’s An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be), will be published by HarperCollins in spring, 2016.