Michael Burns – Former CEO, Invictus Games Toronto 2017 & CEO, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

Transforming Empathy Into Empowerment
The Invictus Games Toronto 2017

Michael Burns has been in the news a lot lately. As CEO of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017, he spearheaded its recent success. He has recently taken on a new role: as President and CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, one of the largest foundations in the country. His track record of success includes having been Chair of the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation Board and Co-founder of the True Patriot Love Foundation.
Michael’s dedication to helping others is personal; his drive to support veterans and military families was prompted by the death of his friend’s son, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. He’ll share with you the story behind the success of the Invictus Games.




Joe Canavan – President & CEO, LOGiQ Asset Management

The Gift

Joe Canavan has a wonderfully unique perspective. The business community knows him well. He’s a leader in the financial sector who helped build Fidelity Investments from the ground up, and launched as founder and CEO GT Global Canada, now part of Invesco Trimark. He also founded Synergy Asset Management, built it up and sold to CI Financial which they purchased, hoping that he and his team could restructure and reposition Assante Wealth Management. Now, Joe is helping turn around a few older firms under the brand LOGiQ Asset Management. He’s also made his mark in the not-for-profit sector as the chair of the Children’s Aid Foundation, where he notably stepped off the board at a critical point in their history to act as interim CEO for 18 months. As Joe says, “It was a gift for me to apply my leadership skills in a new arena and help transform the lives of deserving young people who have suffered abuse, neglect and abandonment, looking to heal and grow into independent adults and breaking the cycle for generations to come.”

Now he’s volunteered his time to chair D3 and share his insights and those of many of his colleagues and friends with us.



Victor Dodig – President & CEO, CIBC

Common Purpose
Empowering Your Team to Engage With Purpose Toward a Common Goal

With over 43,000 employees at CIBC, Victor Dodig knows a lot about leading a team. As CEO he sets the example and is strengthening his CIBC team by focusing on a common purpose. As he says, “We are living in a time of disruption, and success and prosperity hinges on our ability to embrace and thrive in a dynamic environment. For any organization – whether public, private or non-profit – the ability to be resilient and stay ahead lies in our people and the culture we create. Empowering a team to engage with purpose toward a common goal is one of the single most powerful factors that can make an organization stand out and propel it forward.”



Samuel L. Duboc – Executive Chair & CEO, CBT Associates/BEACON

Social/Cause Impact Investing
Making It Work

Sam Duboc is busy. He’s an entrepreneur, investor, government policy leader and private equity/venture capitalist. He’s the founder and Board Chair of Pathways to Education Canada and a co-founder of LEAP: The Centre for Social Impact.
Sam is Executive Chair & CEO of CBT Associates and MindBeacon Health, providers of evidenced-based cognitive behavioural therapy through clinics and a digital platform. He also co-founded EdgeStone Capital Partners, one of Canada’s leading mid-market PE firms and the Loyalty Group Inc. (now called LoyaltyOne), the parent company of the AIR MILES Reward Program.



Lisa Lisson – President, FedEx Express Canada and Best-selling Author

Navigating Life, Loss and the Road to Success
Making Tough Choices to Become Your Best Self

Lisa Lisson is the first Canadian and first woman to hold the position of President of FedEx Express Canada. She currently serves on the board of SickKids Foundation and the Business Council of Canada, and has just released her first book called Resilience: Navigating Life, Loss and the Road to Success. She joined FedEx Express in 1992 as a junior marketing specialist and took on increasingly senior roles, becoming President in 2010. Lisa has an inspiring story and is a role model for women in leadership. She broke through the glass ceiling to become one of Canada’s top business leaders, and she was inducted in the Women’s Executive Network’s Hall of Fame after being named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women four years in a row. Along the way she’s had to make many tough choices to become her best self and to navigate her path to where she is today.



Brett Marchand – Global Marketer & Innovator

Finding Your Voice
Engaging More Effectively in This Competitive Landscape

Brett Marchand believes that charities need to find their voice and engage more effectively to succeed in this ever more competitive charitable landscape. As President and CEO of Vision7 International and Executive Chairman of Cossette, he has distinguished himself in the Canadian marketing and advertising community as a champion of great advertising and an ardent believer in the power of creative communications to build business. Cossette’s recent work for SickKids is a great example of his approach; the campaign has taken the city by storm and has many talking.




Dr. Danielle Martin – Physician, Health Care Innovator & Best-selling Author

Better Now
Improving Medicare in Ways That Will Benefit Us All

Dr. Danielle Martin is on a mission to improve Medicare in ways that will benefit us all. She’s a family doctor, vice president at Women’s College Hospital, an advocate for change and a passionate believer in the value of fairness that underpins the Canadian health care system. You’ve probably already seen her in action. Her address on Capitol Hill has gone viral and has been seen by millions of viewers around the world. Now, this champion of Canadian health care and author of the new book Better Now is sharing her message of how to make our system better with us.



Tomi Poutanen– Chief AI Officer (Technology), TD Bank Group

The Future of AI – A Canadian Story
Using Artificial Intelligence to Learn and Anticipate Customers’ Needs

The world is changing at an ever increasing speed and deep learning is an accelerator of this change. Canada is a hotbed of deep learning talent and one of the people at the fore of this movement is Tomi Poutanen. He is a co-founder and co-CEO of Layer 6 AI, a Toronto-based company using artificial intelligence in its platform to analyze various forms of data to learn and anticipate an individual customer’s needs. Layer 6 was recently purchased by TD Bank.
Tomi is a serial tech entrepreneur whose previous companies have sold to Microsoft and Yahoo. He is also a founder of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and a founding Fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab, the World’s leading AI venture accelerator.




Sam Sebastian – CEO, Canada’s Weather Network

Managing Through This Disruptive World
Lessons Learned From Google and Other Disruptive Industries

Is there anything more Canadian than talking about the weather? As the CEO of Canada’s Weather Network, Sam Sebastian is focused on keeping us in touch with our environment and helping us cope with all that the seasons have in store. Sam recently joined the company and is leading its business transformation as it grapples with disruptive forces in the ecosystem. Previously, Sam was with Google for 11 years and is used to operating in a very disruptive environment. He’s ready to share the five things he learned at Google that he’s applying in his new role to help transform Canada’s Weather Network and manage through this world of disruption.



John Tory – Mayor, City of Toronto

A Better City

Mayor John Tory doesn’t sit still. He’s spent a lifetime giving back to the city he loves. He’s reducing congestion in the city and building better transit. He’s working at the federal and provincial levels to secure additional funding for the many projects vital to the continuing health of the city. You’ll see him around the city at many of the community activities that make Toronto such an interesting city to live and work. He’s been a lawyer, Commissioner of the CFL and CEO of Rogers. He’s also a tireless community volunteer, one of the best fundraisers in the city and a champion of many charities that make our community strong. He’s got a message to deliver to us as leaders in our sector.



Aaron Zifkin – Managing Director for Canada, Lyft

The New Economy P2P
Meeting Consumers’ Current and Evolving Needs

Aaron Zifkin thinks a lot about staying in tune with consumers. He’s focused on meeting their current and evolving needs and creating an experience that encourages them in new ways. In 2014, Aaron joined Airbnb as its first Canadian employee to spearhead the company’s growth in Canada. Aaron quickly rose within the organization to become the Regional Director Operations for North and South America. Aaron is passionate about working for companies who put people as the driving force behind their missions. Now he’s joined Lyft in a similarly transformative role as the managing director for Canada.