The Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference


Opening Plenary Agenda - Halifax, N.S. - June 1- June 3, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Commonwealth Foyer, Westin Nova Scotian

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Conference Warm-Up.
Led by Olympic canoeist Maxime Boilard and Barbara Oberleitner
Commonwealth A, Westin Nova Scotian

3:00 pm

Governor General and Conference Chair Officially Open Conference

3:45 pm

Study groups meet in their breakout rooms

4:55 pm

Study groups walk to Pier 21 (adjacent to Westin)

5:00 pm

Chair’s Reception
Pier 21

6:00 pm

Call to dinner
Pier 21

7:30 pm

Keynote Speeches by Sergio Marchionne, President and CEO of FIAT S.p.A. and Chrysler Group and Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers: “Leadership and Sustainable Communities”

Saturday, June 2, 2012

8:00 am

Welcome by Conference Chair

8:05 am

Speakers include:

  • David Foot, Economist and demographer

  • Monique Leroux, President & CEO, Groupe Desjardins

  • Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director, Oxfam International

  • Linda Silas, President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

(Each speech to be followed by 15-20 minute of questions and discussion)

1:00 pm

Speakers include:

  • Dominic Barton, Managing Director, McKinsey & Company

  • Peter Tertzakian, Chief Energy Economist and Managing Director, ARC Financial Corporation

  • Ingrid Srinath, Secretary General, Civicus

(Each speech to be followed by 15-20 minute of questions and discussion)

5:00 pm

Depart Westin Nova Scotian for Chester, N.S.

6:00 pm

Reception, Dinner and Entertainment

Sunday, June 3, 2012

8:30 am

Speakers include:

  • Professor Thomas Homer-Dixon, University of Waterloo

  • Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary

  • Calvin Helin, Author and Lecturer (Dances with Dependency)

(Each speech to be followed by 15-20 minute of questions and discussion)

11:30 am

Break for Lunch

1:00 pm

Speakers include:

  • Professor Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

  • Hon. Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group

(Each speech to be followed by 15-20 minute of questions and discussion)

3:45 pm

Opening Plenary Concludes
(Closing remarks from the Governor General and the Conference Chair)

4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Several study groups departing for Halifax International Airport; others remain for the evening and depart on Monday morning

Monday, June 4, 2012


Remaining Study Groups depart for Halifax International Airport

Please note: the agenda for the Opening Plenary is subject to change.

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