Speakers

Speaker biographies and photos will be added as they are confirmed.

Greg Barnes
Base Metals Analyst, TD Securities

Greg joined TD Securities in November 2005 as the firm's base metals analyst. He currently covers the Canadian large capitalization base metal, gold and fertilizer companies and has been an equity analyst for 18 years. Prior to joining TD Securities, Greg worked as a mining analyst for several Canadian independent brokerage firms. He has a strong background in the mining industry, having spent two years with Kennecott Canada, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto, and four years with Falconbridge Ltd., where he was involved in corporate development and marketing. Prior to that, Greg worked as a geologist with an engineering consultancy firm. He has been ranked as an All Star Analyst by Brendan Wood International for the past eleven years and since 2008 has been ranked the No. 1 Base Metals analyst in Canada. Greg is also ranked at the No. 2 Precious Metals analyst in Canada.


Scott Bonikowsky
Vice President, Corporate, Public & Government Affairs, Tim Hortons Inc.

Scott Bonikowsky is Vice-President of Corporate, Public & Government Affairs at Tim Hortons Inc., one of North America's largest restaurant companies measured by market capitalization. In this role, he also serves as the Company's IRO. Tim Hortons is listed on both the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to joining Tim Hortons, Bonikowsky was Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations at Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited.



Mauk Breukels
Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Affairs, Finning International Inc.

Mauk Breukels has been responsible for Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs for Finning International Inc. since May 2009. Mauk joined Finning in 1988 and started his career in equipment sales and branch management. He worked in several locations before he moved to Finning Canada’s head office as Manager, Health and Safety. He subsequently held positions in Marketing, Project Management, and Organizational Development. In 2000, Mauk joined Finning International as Corporate Manager, Operations Review. He moved to Chile in 2003 to become Director, Inventory and Logistics for Finning South America and returned to Finning International in 2007 as Director of Strategic Planning.


Meghan Brown

Director, Investor Relations, Endeavour Silver Corp.

Meghan has over 20 years of experience in communications and investor relations in the resource sector. She joined Endeavour Silver in March 2013 as Director of Investor Relations. Meghan started her career with Suncor Energy and has also worked in communications and investor relations for Transcanada, Placer Dome, Ventana Gold, and a number of publicly traded mineral exploration and development companies with assets in North and South America, Africa and Asia. Meghan is a past Director of CIRI BC (1997-2013) and served as President of the BC Board of CIRI for two years (2011-2013). She is currently Vice Chair of the CIRI National Board of Directors, Co-chair of the HR and Governance Committee, and a member of the Audit Committee. She has completed the Canadian Securities Course and the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Governance Essentials Program for Directors of Not-for-Profit Organizations, and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She holds a BA from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from Queen’s University.


Tamara Brown
Vice President, Investor Relations, Primero Mining Corp.

Tamara Brown is an IR executive with 18 years of mining experience. She is currently VP of IR at Primero Mining. Her past roles include Director, Investor Relations at IAMGOLD, several years as an IR consultant, and the role of partner at a boutique investment bank. She has a bachelor of engineering and is a chartered business valuator.

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Richard Carleton
Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Securities Exchange

Richard Carleton is the CEO of the Canadian Securities Exchange and is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the organization.  Prior to this appointment, Richard served as Vice-President Corporate Development with responsibility for the CSE’s technology, operations, market data and trading sales teams. Before joining the exchange, Richard worked as a business development consultant in Toronto and New York in the risk management and index product fields after spending twelve years with the Toronto Stock Exchange, serving most recently as a member of the exchange’s senior management team. Active in industry affairs, Richard served two terms as chair of the market data industry’s global trade association in the late 1990's, is a frequent panelist at market structure and trading technology events and serves as a member of the TMX Information Processor Governance Committee. A member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1987, Richard is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (B.A. ’81) and the University of Toronto (LL.B. ’85). He has also completed the executive development programme at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Gladys Caron
Vice President, Public Affairs, Communications & Investor Relations, Laurentian Bank

Acting today as Vice President, Public Affairs, Communications and Investor Relations, Ms Gladys Caron has spent most of her career in the fields of communications and marketing. Holding a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Université Laval, she joined Laurentian Bank in 2002 as Director of Communications. She subsequently assumed the role of Senior Manager, Marketing, before being appointed Vice-President of Public Affairs, Communications and Investor Relations in 2004. In this position, she is responsible for investor relations, media relations, sponsorships, donations, public
relations and internal communications. Prior to joining the ranks of the Laurentian Bank, Ms. Caron was Manager, Communications and Marketing for Roche Ltd, Consulting Group. Gladys Caron has always had a firm commitment to community involvement. Currently sitting on the Board of Directors of CIRI-Québec, of the Théâtre d’aujourd’hui and of the Fondation des Jeunesses musicales du Canada, she has also served as President of the Mouvement québécois de la qualité’s Quebec City chapter.

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Max Chan
Director, Treasury, Captial Markets & Debt Investor Relations, Enbridge

Max is the Director, Treasury for Enbridge and leads the team responsible for all capital raising for Enbridge's publicly issuing entities. These include Enbridge Inc., Enbridge Pipelines Inc., Enbridge Gas Distribution, Enbridge Income Fund, Enbridge Income Fund Holdings, Enbridge Energy Partners LP, and Midcoast Energy Partners LP. Since joining Enbridge in 2012, Max and his team have executed over $14B of capital raising for various Enbridge entities including debt, preferred equity, and common equity in both the Canadian and US capital markets. Max also oversees the team responsible for Enbridge's enterprise wide bank credit facilities which total over $17B of authorized credit. Lastly, Max is responsible for Enbridge's enterprise wide debt investor relations program.

Prior to joining Enbridge Max spent over a decade with the Bank of Montreal in a variety of senior roles including Corporate Finance and with BMO Capital Partners. Max holds a BA in Economics from the University of Calgary and an MBA from Dalhousie University.


Shirley Chénier

Senior Director, Investor Relations, Bombardier, Inc.

Shirley Chénier was appointed Senior Director, Investor Relations in February 2007 after five years as Director, Investor Relations. She is in charge of Investor Relations for Bombardier globally, thus providing strategic direction and guidance for the company’s position in the financial markets as well as managing the company’s relationships with its various investors and analysts. She also reports regularly to the Senior Management Team and the Board of Directors on events affecting Bombardier and/or its share price. Shirley has been with Bombardier Inc. since January 1995 and has risen in the ranks to her present level. Prior to her appointment in Investor Relations, she was Manager of Strategic Initiatives, also at Bombardier Inc.’s corporate office. Before joining Bombardier, she was Head of Accounting for a small lighting equipment manufacturer located in the Montreal region. She graduated with a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), the business school affiliated to the Université de Montréal.


Brian Christie
Vice President, Investor Relations, Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.

Mr. Christie joined Agnico-Eagle in December 2012 as Vice President Investor Relations. Prior to that he worked in the investment industry for over 17 years, primarily as a precious and base metals mining analyst; his previous experience includes positions at Desjardins Securities, National Bank Financial, Canaccord Capital and HSBC Securities. Prior to working as an equity analyst, Mr. Christie spent 13 years in the mining industry as a geologist for a variety of mining companies, including Homestake, Billiton, Falconbridge Copper and Newmont Mining. Mr. Christie holds a BSc degree in Geology from the University of Toronto and an MSc degree in Geology from Queen’s University. He is a member of the Saskatchewan Association of Professional Engineers and Geologists, the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada and the Society of Economic Geologists.

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Cristina Circelli
Deputy Corporate Secretary & General Counsel, Canadian National Railway Company

Cristina Circelli joined CN in June 1994.  She is currently CN's Deputy Corporate Secretary and General Counsel and her responsibilities include preparing the material for CN’s Board of Directors and Committee meetings and coordinating Board events, as well as overseeing corporate governance matters and providing ongoing advice on legal requirements and best practice recommendations to the CN Board of Directors. She has over twenty-five years of experience in corporate financing, securities, and pension law, both as a previous partner of a prominent law firm in Montreal and, over the past 18 years, within the Law and Corporate Secretarial department at CN.  She is a member of CN's Corporate Services Leadership Team, which comprises the Law, Corporate Secretary, Public and Government Affairs, Risk Mitigation and Security groups, CN's Corporate Disclosure Committee, as well as a management representative member on CN's Pension Committee. Cristina holds Law degrees from McGill (B.C.L., LLB 1982) and is a graduate of the ICD Directors Education Program (2009).  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (CIRI) and the Management Committee of the Institute of Corporate Directors – Quebec Division.


Doug Clark
Managing Director, Liquidity, ITG Canada Corp.

Doug has nearly 20 years of experience trading derivative and equity products. During the last 3 years he moved into a research role, heading up ITG Canada’s Liquidity Research. This group regularly publishes reports on index events, ETF developments, market structure changes and institutional trading costs. They also consult with asset managers and pension plans to help them measure and control trade implementation costs. Doug is currently a board member of the Securities Traders Association of America, and sits on the OSC’s Market Structure Advisory Panel as well as IIROC’s Market Regulation Advisory Committee.


John Cobb
Vice President, Investor Relations & Information Technology, Keyera

John has worked with Keyera since its inception in 1998 and has over 30 years of experience in all sectors of the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining Keyera, he held a number of roles in the upstream and refining sectors in the areas of accounting, finance, and engineering John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie University) and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Aston in Birmingham, England.  

Meggie Daoust

Senior Analyst, Responsible Investment, Equity Markets, Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec

Meggie is a senior analyst with the responsible investment equity markets team at the Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec. She supports portfolio management decisions in providing expertise on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. Meggie also regularly engages with companies to better understand how ESG issues are managed and promotes the adoption of best practices. Prior to joining the Caisse’s responsible investment team, she worked in different equity research positions at large Canadian pension funds in Montreal and Toronto. She holds a BA from HEC Montreal, an MBA from Concordia University, has completed Concordia University’s Sustainable Investment Professional Certification, and is a CFA charterholder.

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Anne Day
Vice President, Investor Relations & Communications, AuRico Gold Inc.

Anne Day is AuRico’s Vice President of Investor Relations and Communications. She brings over 17 years of experience in investor relations, primarily in the mining sector. As part of the senior executive team, Anne leads the development and implementation of AuRico’s global investor relations strategies as well as internal and external communications programs of the Company. Prior to joining AuRico, Anne held senior IR roles with Nexient Learning and Etruscan Resources. Anne holds a BComm degree (Marketing) and an MBA (Finance) from Saint Mary’s University.

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Stephen Devito
Chief Financial Officer, Marketwired

As Marketwired's CFO, Stephen Devito oversees the Company's worldwide finance organization with responsibility for financial reporting, tax and legal matters, investor relations, and mergers and acquisitions. He also leads the facilities and human resources teams. In conjunction with the Chief Executive Officer, Stephen is instrumental in determining the organization's business and financial strategies. With over 13 years of financial, operational and strategic planning experience in both private and public companies, Stephen has succeeded in taking companies through rapid growth and expansion, including initial public offerings, hostile take-over bids, restructurings, and more. Stephen joined Marketwired in 2008 after leaving his post of CFO at Second Cup Royalty Income Fund (TSX: SCU.UN), the largest franchiser of specialty coffee cafés in Canada. Prior to Second Cup, Stephen held leadership roles at DWL Incorporated, a fast-growing CRM solutions company specializing in the insurance area, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the world's largest professional services firm and Schwartz Levitsky Feldman LLP, a mid-sized professional services firm with head offices in Toronto and Montreal. Stephen is a designated Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.


Brian Ector
Vice President, Capital Markets, Baytex Energy Corp. 

Mr. Ector was appointed Vice President, Investor Relations on June 20, 2011. He joined Baytex in November 2009 and held the position of Director of Investor Relations from November 2009 to June 2011. Prior to joining Baytex, Mr. Ector spent 15 years as a sell-side research analyst covering both energy trusts and exploration and production corporations. He spent the last seven years with Scotia Capital where he was consistently ranked as one of the top rated analysts in Canada. Mr. Ector received a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in finance from the University of Calgary and received his CFA designation in 1996. He is a national board member of CIRI as well as a member of NIRI, the CFA Institute and the Calgary CFA Society.

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Janice Fukakusa
Chief Administrative Officer & Chief Finacial Officer, Royal Bank of Canada

Janice Fukakusa is RBC's Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer. As a member of RBC's Group Executive, she is one of eight executives responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC. In addition, she chairs Group Operating Committee, responsible for enabling the integration of governance and overseeing the day to day functional, operating and technology activities across RBC.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Fukakusa was Executive Vice-President, Finance. Her various roles and responsibilities included Vice-President, Portfolio Management, Senior Vice-President, Multinational Banking, Chief Internal Auditor, and Executive Vice-President, Specialized Services, RBC Banking. Since joining RBC in 1985, she has held positions in retail and business banking, corporate banking, account management, corporate finance, treasury, strategic development and corporate functions.

Ms. Fukakusa is a director of various RBC subsidiaries, including RBC Europe Limited, and Symcor Inc. She serves on a number of professional and charitable organizations including Wellspring Cancer Support, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Ryerson University and Schulich School of Business. In addition, Ms. Fukakusa has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (FCPA). In 2007 she was inducted into Canada's Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame and in 2013, she was named as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker magazine. Ms. Fukakusa was selected as Canada's CFO of the Year by Financial Executives Canada, PwC and Robert Half in 2014.


Wesley Gee
Director, Sustainability, The Works Design Communications 

Wesley Gee, M.Sc., AIEMA, is Director of Sustainability at The Works Design Communication Ltd. He has worked in management consulting and sustainability for 14 years, and has substantial knowledge of and experience in areas including strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, materiality and performance analysis, corporate governance, CSR/sustainability reporting, and management systems. Most recently Wesley was a Senior Sustainability Consultant at Stantec Consulting Ltd. and Senior Corporate Social Responsibility Advisor at Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR). In these roles, Wesley advised leading companies including Loblaw Companies Limited, Scotiabank, Xstrata Nickel, Bombardier, Hydro-Quebec, and Stantec at executive and operational levels to improve their identification of key business risks and opportunities, and approaches toward leadership in sustainability.


Martin Grosskopf
Vice President & Portfolio Manager, Director of Sustainable Investing, AGF

Martin Grosskopf is Portfolio Manager and Director, Sustainable Investing on the Acuity team. In addition to directing Acuity’s clean tech and ESG portfolios, Martin’s coverage areas spans across the industrial, energy and materials sectors. Martin worked as an environmental scientist for a large Canadian engineering firm prior to joining Acuity in 2000. Martin obtained his MES from York University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and NIMBAS.


Peter Haynes
Managing Director, Index Products, TD Securities Inc.

Peter Haynes joined TD Securities (TDSI) in June, 1995.  Currently, Peter heads up TDSI’s Index Products team, a group responsible for index and market structure research and ranked number 1 by Brendan Woods in every year since 2004.  In addition, Peter handles relationship management for a few key Ontario-based institutional investors, and manages TD Securities Client Relations Committee.  Previously at TDSI, Peter was responsible for equity derivatives sales and portfolio trading.  Prior to joining TDSI, Peter worked for one year in Montreal with Credit Lyonnais Canada, marketing global equity derivatives to Canadian investors. Before Credit Lyonnais, Peter started his career at the Toronto Stock Exchange, spending 6 years in their index and derivatives marketing department, involved in both retail and institutional efforts to develop the listed Canadian index products and equity derivatives business.  He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.  Peter is a member of S&P’s US, Canadian and Global Index Advisory Panels as well as the Ontario Securities Commission’s Market Structure Advisory Committee.


Melanie Hennessey
Vice President, Corporate Communications, NOVAGOLD Resources Inc.

Mélanie is NOVAGOLD's Vice President, Corporate Communications, responsible for all aspects of the Company's internal and external communications functions and investor relations activities. Mélanie has extensive experience within the precious metals mining industry particularly in investor relations, corporate communications, crisis management as well as mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining the Company, she served in a variety of executive and senior roles with such precious metals companies as Goldcorp Inc., New Gold Inc., and Hecla Mining Company. Mélanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Ottawa.


Megan Hjulfors

Advisor, Investor Relations, ARC Resources Ltd.

Megan Hjulfors is an Investor Relations Advisor at ARC Resources Ltd., a mid-sized oil and gas producer. Megan has been a member of ARC’s IR team since 2010, and is responsible for much of ARC’s external communication strategy and materials with a key focus on corporate reporting, website content and social media platforms. Prior to joining ARC, Megan worked as a Communications Advisor at the agency BMIR, where she collaborated on investor relations programs for multiple oil and gas clients. Megan has completed the Canadian Securities Course and holds a Bachelor of Arts from York University and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics.


Warren Jestin

Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, Scotiabank

Warren Jestin is Scotiabank’s Chief Economist and has been with the Bank since 1979. Warren is a popular public speaker and media commentator on economic issues in Canada and abroad. He travels extensively meeting with clients and experts from around the globe to keep pace with the latest economic, political and financial market developments. Warren is on Advisory Boards for the Sobey School of Business at 
St. Mary’s University, and the University of Guelph where he is the Economist in Residence at the College of Management & Economics. Warren also serves on several other advisory boards including The Learning Partnership, the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education and the Markham Stouffville Hospital, where he is past Chair. He has also been a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Monetary Policy Council and has been involved with policy committees of the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade. Before joining Scotiabank, Warren earned a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, worked at the Bank of Canada and taught at several universities.

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Stuart Kedwell
Senior Vice President & Senior Portfolio Manager, Canadian Equity Committee, RBC Global Asset Management

Stu is Co-Chairman of the Canadian Equity Team and a member of the RBC Investment Strategy Committee, which is responsible for establishing the firm-wide global asset mix covering mutual funds, and institutional and high-net-worth private clients. Stu began his career in 1996 with RBC Dominion Securities in the firm's Generalist program, a two-year internship in which participants rotate through different areas of the firm. In 1998, he joined the RBC Investments Portfolio Advisory Group, which provides investment ideas and recommendations to RBC DS Investment Advisors. He was also a member of the RBC DS strategy & focus list committees. Stu has been with the firm since 2002 and is a CFA charterholder.

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Heather Keeler-Hurshman
Director, Investor Relations, High Liner Foods Inc.

Ms. Heather Keeler-Hurshman is Director of Investor Relations for High Liner Foods Incorporated.  Heather began her career with Grant Thornton LLP and after earning her Chartered Accountant designation, spent 15 years working with Emera Inc., an international energy company listed on the TSX and headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Heather held several roles of increased responsibility during her tenure with Emera, including Director of Finance (Controller) for Emera Inc., along with senior finance roles in the company’s operating subsidiaries.  Heather’s extensive background spans financial accounting and reporting, performance reporting, audit, financial analysis and project management. Always intrigued by the role of the Investor Relations professional, when the opportunity to join High Liner Foods (TSX:HLF), a leading North American frozen seafood company, as Director of Investor Relations presented itself in May 2013, Heather decided it was too good to pass up.  The IR role is truly unique and one that allows her build on her financial reporting expertise and communication skills, while being exposed to new opportunities and challenges.  Currently, Heather’s responsibilities include developing and managing all aspects of the company’s investor relations plan, along with preparing the Company’s MD&A and playing a key role in preparing the Company’s Annual Report, issuing press releases and responding to the media.

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George Kesteven
Manager, Corporate & Investor Relations, Sterling Resources Ltd.

George is currently Manager, Corporate and Investor Relations with Calgary-based Sterling Resources Ltd., an international junior oil and gas company with operations in the United Kingdom, Romania, and France. Prior to joining Sterling in mid 2008 he was Manager, Investor Relations at PrimeWest Energy Trust, a position he had held since 2001. Concurrent to much of his tenure with PrimeWest he served as President of the Canadian Association of Income Funds (CAIF) from 2004 to 2006, and assumed the role of Chair from early 2007 until year-end 2008. Prior to his involvement with the income trust world he held senior roles in corporate finance and investor relations with TransCanada Pipelines and Petro-Canada respectively. George is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds both an MBA (Finance) and a B.Comm. (Marketing) from the University of Calgary. He is an active member of CIRI Alberta and the Calgary CFA Society. He and his wife Nancy and daughter Paige reside on Vancouver Island, and he commutes to Calgary, Aberdeen, and Bucharest as required.


Karen Keyes
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, Aimia Inc.

Karen Keyes joined Aimia as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations in January 2013, relocating from the UK to Canada. Prior to joining Aimia, Karen held the role of Head of Investor Relations of Logica plc (LSE, EURONEXT: LOG) from 2006 until its acquisition by CGI in August 2012. Between 2004 and 2006, Karen headed IR at Marconi (LSE, NASDAQ: MONI) where she was involved in the disposal of its telecommunications equipment business to Ericsson. She started her career at Nortel Networks in 1994 and worked in business development and government relations working in both Canada and the UK.

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Greg Kist
President, Pacific NorthWest LNG

Greg is President, Pacific NorthWest LNG Ltd., a Vancouver-based subsidiary of PETRONAS, which is seeking to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Prince Rupert, B.C. Prior to this, he served as Vice President, Marketing, Corporate and Government Relations at Progress Energy Resources Corp. and also served as a member of the Executive Committee that initiated the PETRONAS/Progress LNG export joint venture in British Columbia in 2011. Prior to joining Progress Energy in June 2004, he was Manager, Investor Relations for EnCana Corporation and its predecessor company, Alberta Energy Company (AEC) since 1997. Greg joined AEC in 1991 and held various project and operational positions within AEC. He is a business administration graduate from MacEwen University (Edmonton, Alberta). Additionally he has completed executive programs in Investor Relations at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and Purchasing Management at the University of British Columbia. Greg is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Mount Royal University Foundation (Calgary, Alberta).


George Lazarevski
Managing Director, Debt Research, BMO Capital Markets

George joined BMO Capital Markets Corporate Debt Research group in 2006. He covers the banks and diversified financials sector. Until 2010, George also covered the Maple Bond sector, including U.S. Financials. George previously worked as a ratings analyst for three years at Standard and Poor’s, covering the Income Trust, Telecom & Cable sectors. Prior to that, he worked as Senior Financial Analyst in the Corporate Treasury department at Nortel Networks. The Greenwich Associates Survey has consistently ranked the Canadian Corporate Debt Research group #1 for quality the past seven years. George holds a BBA (finance) from York University (2001) and is a CFA charterholder.

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Viki Lazaris
Chief Administrative Officer, Wealth Management, BMO Financial Group

Viki Lazaris is Chief Administrative Officer, Wealth Management. She is accountable for leading and executing Wealth Management’s client experience strategy and wealth planning strategies, providing leadership to the Canadian Wealth Management retail sales team, project management leadership to Wealth Management and cross Enterprise initiatives, as well as operational and regulatory oversight. Viki joined BMO in 2001 as Director of Financial Performance Management. The following year, she assumed her first executive position with her promotion to Vice President of Financial Performance Management. In 2003, Viki was appointed Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Personal and Commercial Banking Canada. Three years later she was appointed Senior Vice-President, Investor Relations and in 2012 was named President & CEO, BMO InvestorLine. Viki is currently Chair of Moneris Solutions Corporations and a member of the CIRI National Board of Directors. She served a six year term as a member of the CICA Corporate Performance Reporting Board and chaired this Board in 2008 and 2009. She is also on the BMO InvestorLine adviceDirect Review Committee. Viki holds a BA from the University of Toronto and has a CA designation.


Tim Lynch
Partner, Joele Frank

During a career spanning New York and London, Tim has advised companies and individuals on communications strategy in a wide variety of transactions and corporate situations, with a particular focus on multinational companies and cross-border transactions. His areas of expertise include Shareholder Activism, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investor Relations & Public Relations and Crisis Communications. Tim joined Joele Frank in 2006. He previously served as a Consultant at Tulchan Communications, a capital markets consultancy based in London, England. Tim graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA (hons) in Classical Studies. He received a Graduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law, London.


Ian MacLean
Vice President, Investor Relations, B2Gold Corp.

Ian MacLean began his Investor Relations career in 1996 with Nevsun Resources. From 1999 to 2001 he was involved as an executive of the predecessor company to Everton Resources.  In 2001 Mr. MacLean joined Bema Gold as the Manager of Investor Relations and was appointed Vice President Investor Relations in 2006. Mr. MacLean has been Vice President of Investor Relations for B2Gold since the Company’s inception in 2007.

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Pat Marshall
Vice President, Communications & Investor Relations, Cineplex Inc.

Pat Marshall joined Cineplex Entertainment in May 2003 as Vice President Marketing and Communications.  In November 2003, she took on the added responsibility of Investor Relations.  In her current role she oversees all Corporate, Media and Employee Communications, Investor Relations and Corporate Giving.  Prior to joining Cineplex, Ms. Marshall was Vice President, IMAX Theatres for IMAX Corporation, where she was responsible for all of the company’s worldwide corporate theatre operations, marketing and communications. Before this she held management positions at Westin Hotels and Commonwealth Holiday Inns.  Ms. Marshall is a graduate of the Hotel and Restaurant Administration program from Red River College in Winnipeg. Ms. Marshall is a member of the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Theatre Associations of Canada, a founding member of Access2Entertainment and a Cabinet Member for Sick Kids Hospital Leaders.  She is also the recipient of IR Magazine’s Best Investor Relations Officer award in 2007 and 2008 in the small to mid-cap category. In 2013, she was honoured to receive the CIRI Ontario Professional of the Year award and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award. 


John McCartney
Managing Director, Co-Head Global Equity Sales & Trading, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets

John McCartney is Co-Head of Institutional Equity Sales & Trading with joint responsibility for global institutional equity sales and trading activities. John manages day-to-day sales and marketing efforts in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. He began his career in the financial services industry with a major Canadian Investment Bank in the corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions practice.  With postings in Toronto and Vancouver, he worked on numerous equity and debt financings, acquisition and divestiture advisory mandates and ongoing private transactions.  John joined the institutional equity sales and trading team at Scotia Capital in 1996.  Since that time, he has taken on increasing responsibility. Prior to his current appointment he was Managing Director - Head of Institutional Equity Sales.  He holds both HBA and MBA degrees from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. In addition, John has overall management responsibilities for our Howard Weil team in Houston and New Orleans.


Janet McFarland
Reporter, The Globe and Mail's Report on Business

Janet McFarland joined The Globe and Mail's Report on Business in 1995, and has specialized in reporting on corporate governance, compensation and securities regulation. In 2002, Janet was instrumental in launching the Globe's Board Games project, an annual review of corporate governance practices of Canada's largest companies. During her tenure at the Globe, Janet has written extensively on issues of governance, leadership, women in business and executive compensation. She also covers securities industry regulation and enforcement, including activities of the Ontario Securities Commission. Janet is a graduate of the London School of Economics and has received a number of awards for her work, including two National Newspaper Awards for business reporting and two other NNA nominations. She has also received three nominations for Michener Awards, which are granted annually by Canada’s Governor General to recognize excellence in public service journalism.

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Sue McNamara
Vice President, Fixed Income, Beutel Goodman

Sue joined Beutel Goodman in 2006 and has over 20 years of investment experience. She is a portfolio manager and a dedicated credit analyst, also involved in strategy and product design. Prior to joining BG, Sue worked as a Pipelines and Utilities Credit Research Analyst for at BMO Nesbitt Burns. Prior to that Sue worked in equity research at BMO Nesbitt Burns, Merrill Lynch Canada and TD Securities, primarily covering pipelines, utilities and income trusts. Sue is a graduate BA (Honours) of the University of Western Ontario and is a CFA charterholder.

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Robert A.G. Monks
Founder, GMIRatings

Pioneering shareholder activist and corporate governance adviser, Robert AG Monks, has written widely about shareholder rights & responsibility, government capture, corporate impact on society and global corporate issues. He is the author of Corporate Governance (with Nell Minow), Power & Accountability (with Nell Minow), Watching the Watchers, The New Global Investors, The Emperor's Nightingale, Corpocracy and Corporate Valuation (with Alexandra Lajoux).
 
Mr. Monks is an expert on retirement and pension plans and was appointed director of the United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation by President Reagan, who also appointed him one of the founding Trustees of the Federal Employees’ Retirement System.  Mr. Monks served in the Department of Labor as Administrator of the Office of Pension and Welfare Benefit Programs having jurisdiction over the entire U.S. pension system. Mr. Monks was a founder of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), now the leading corporate governance consulting firm.  He also founded Lens Governance Advisers and co-founded GMIRatings (formerly The Corporate Library).  He is a shareholder in and advisor to Trucost, the environmental research company.


Alex Moore
Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP 

Alex Moore is a partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Corporate/Commercial, Mining, Energy and Communications & Media practices. He has been involved in a broad range of transactions, including public company M&A, private equity transactions, proxy contests and contested transactions. In addition to advising companies and their boards of directors, Alex regularly advises significant shareholders of Canadian public companies on their rights and obligations under Canadian corporate and securities laws. He has experience in advising shareholders on requisitioning shareholder meetings and conducting proxy battles for board control. Alex joined Davies as a partner in 2005. He was previously a partner with a leading law firm in San Francisco, California.

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Irene Nattel

Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets

Irene Nattel is a senior equity analyst at RBC Capital Markets, having joined the Montreal office in late 1995. Irene has been covering the consumer area for over twenty years, most recently focusing on Consumer Staples and Consumer Discretionary names. Irene started her career in the fall of 1986 at Levesque, Beaubien, Geoffrion (now known as National Bank Financial), where she spent four years developing her skills. Her efforts did not go unrecognized, and she was appointed a vice president in 1989 - the youngest ever at Levesque! She then spent five years at BZW Canada, where in addition to her research responsibilities she was named Manager of the Montreal Institutional Equity Department in 1993 and attained the position of vice president and director. As part of BZW’s global drinks team, Irene developed her expertise in the worldwide alcoholic beverage industry and regularly contributed articles on Canadian beer and spirits companies to global publications. Since joining RBC Capital Markets Irene has gained a reputation as "the" analyst to watch on situations in both the Consumer Staples and Consumer Discretionary sectors. The quality of Irene's work has consistently ranked among the top in Canada by independent surveys of institutional investors and corporations.

Wade Nesmith
Chairman of the Board, Primero Mining Corp.

Wade Nesmith is the founder of Primero Mining Corp. He was the Company's CEO and Co-Chair until June 2010 when he assumed the role of Executive Chairman of Primero, a position he held until March 2012. Mr. Nesmith obtained his Bachelor of Law degree from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1977. He was the Superintendent of Brokers for the Province of British Columbia (1989 – 1992), and subsequently a senior partner, specializing in securities law with Lang Michener LLP (now McMillan LLP) (1993 - 1998). Mr. Nesmith was a founding director of Westport Innovations and from 1998 to 2003 he worked for the company, helping to lead their public markets activities and retiring as President, Westport Europe. He is a founding and current director of Silver Wheaton Corp. (NYSE/TSX). Mr. Nesmith has previously been a director of, among others, Geovic Mining, Selwyn Resources, Polymer Group, Inc., Broadpoint Securities and Oxford Automotive.

Director, Investor Relations, Nordion Inc.

Ana Raman is Director of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications at Nordion Inc. and has been with the Company for four years. Her responsibilities include executing the Company’s investor relations program, managing the relationship with shareholders and the affiliated investor community, leading the annual disclosure process, providing strategic counsel to senior management and the board of directors, and managing the Company’s public information program. Ana has extensive experience in communications and finance roles spanning the banking, energy and life sciences industries. Prior to joining Nordion in 2010, she was Senior Advisor of Corporate Communications with Suncor Energy and previously Petro-Canada, supporting the merger between the two companies. After working as an Analyst and Senior Financial Manager with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce for several years, Ana worked as an Associate Producer with the Business News Network. Ana is a board member of the Canadian Public Relations Society (Ottawa-Gatineau Chapter), the Canadian Investor Relations Institute (Ontario Chapter), as well as Ottawa’s Odyssey Theatre. She is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Patricia Olasker
Senior Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP 

Patricia Olasker is a senior partner in the Corporate/Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Mining practices. She advises domestic and foreign acquirors, targets, hedge funds, special committees and investment banks in M&A transactions. She represents issuers and underwriters in some of Canada's most complex and innovative financing transactions. She also specializes in public market derivatives, the development of innovative structured debt and equity products, high-yield debt financings and Multi-Jurisdictional Disclosure Systems (MJDS) offerings. Patricia advises boards of directors and special committees on corporate governance and transaction-specific matters.

President & CEO, Crescendo Partners, L.P.

Mr. Rosenfeld has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Crescendo Partners, L.P., a New York based investment firm, since its formation in November 1998. Prior to forming Crescendo Partners, he held the position of Managing Director at CIBC Oppenheimer and its predecessor company Oppenheimer & Co., Inc for fourteen years. He was chairman of the board of Spar Aerospace Limited from 1999 through 2001. Mr. Rosenfeld is a regular guest lecturer at Columbia Business School and he is a founding faculty member at the Directors College. He has served on numerous panels at Queen’s University Business Law School Symposia, McGill Law School, the World Presidents’ Organization, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Conference and the Canadian Foundation for Investor Education. He has also been a regular guest host on CNBC. Mr. Rosenfeld received an MBA from Harvard University and an AB degree in economics from Brown University.


Rudy Sankovic
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, TD Bank Group

Rudy Sankovic is Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, at TD Bank Group. As head of Investor Relations, Rudy works closely with the Executive Team to communicate TD’s corporate strategy and financial and business performance to the investment community, and provide investor feedback to the Executive Team on strategy and capital management decisions. Rudy joined TD in February 2004 as SVP and CFO of the Wealth Management Division responsible for Finance, Risk and Strategy with teams in Canada, UK and the USA. Rudy was part of the executive team that helped grow the division from $125 million in earnings in 2003 to over $500 million in 2007. Prior to joining TD, Rudy was SVP and CFO of the Personal and Commercial Banking Division of Royal Bank of Canada, where he had a team of 300 in the USA and Canada, responsible for finance and strategy.

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Ward Sellers
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Sherritt International Corporation

Ward Sellers is Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Sherritt International Corporation, a world leader in the mining and refining of nickel from lateritic ores with operations in Canada, Cuba and Madagascar, and a market capitalization of approximately $1.3 billion.Ward joined Sherritt in October, 2013 after 24 years at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, where his practice focused on M&A, corporate finance, corporate governance and general securities and corporate law. He was Co-Chair of the firm’s M&A Practice Group and worked over the years at the firm’s Toronto, New York and Montreal offices.

Vice President, Investor & Public Relations, PotashCorp

Denita Stann is responsible for external communications and engagement with many of PotashCorp’s key stakeholders. She leads an integrated team focused on proactive communications and relationship-building with investors, government, media and the public. Ms. Stann joined PotashCorp in 2006 and in 2007 was named Director, Investor Relations. In 2009, she was promoted to Senior Director, Investor Relations, and she assumed her current responsibilities in 2011. Before joining PotashCorp, she spent most of her career in the mining industry. As a member of the senior management team at Agrium’s Saskatchewan potash operations, Ms. Stann oversaw the finance, information technology, purchasing and materials management departments. In previous jobs, she had been Manager, Finance with Areva Resources Canada (the uranium arm of Areva, a global nuclear and renewable energy company), and had served mining clients of PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand) in Sydney, Australia. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and has earned her Canadian designation as a Chartered Accountant and her US designation as a Certified Public Accountant.

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David Stenason
Managing Director, Rempart Asset Management

David Stenason is currently the Managing Director and co-owner of Rempart Asset Management in Montréal, Québec. Founded in 2003 under a predecessor name, Rempart offers investment portfolio management services to both private clients and charitable organizations. The firm currently manages about $575 million. David received his formal education at Western University (BA – Economics ’78) and McGill University (MBA – Accounting & Finance ’80), and obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1989. David’s career began at Gulf Canada Ltd., where he worked in several financial areas throughout the company’s operations. In 1985, he became a “sell side” institutional equities analyst covering the Canadian energy and pipelines industries. He worked as an analyst at Levesque Beaubien (now National Bank Financial), CIBC World Markets, Gordon Capital and Scotia Capital. He left the equities research world in 2002 and initiated plans to develop what is now Rempart Asset Management. David is either a former or current volunteer with several “not for profit” entities. He is currently Vice Chair and Investment Committee Chair of the MAB-Mackay Foundation, Chair of the ECS Foundation, Member of the Investment Committee overseeing the endowment funds at Western University, Advisor to McGill University (Desautels Faculty of Management) Investment Program, and a Trustee of the Canadian Athletic Foundation (CIS Sports – BLG Awards).


Neil Stewart
Editorial & Research Director, IR Magazine

Neil is an editor and conference leader for IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary. Working with the magazines’ editors and research experts, he guides the development of print and online content for both magazines. He is involved in the investor surveys behind the IR Magazine Awards worldwide as well as practice surveys of IR and governance professionals. Neil first joined IR Magazine in 1996 and helped found Corporate Secretary in 2002. He has moderated more than 50 IR Magazine think tanks and conferences in North America, Europe and Asia in addition to speaking at dozens of third-party events. Originally from Montreal, Neil has appeared on CNBC Europe, CNBC Asia, CNBC Australia, Canada’s BNN, TheStreet.com TV and Bloomberg Television.

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Lynn Stout
Distinguished Professor of Corporate & Business Law, Cornell University Law School

Professor Stout is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of corporate governance, securities regulation, financial derivatives, law and economics, and moral behavior. She is the author of numerous articles and books on these topics and lectures widely. Her most recent book is The Shareholder Value Myth: How Putting Shareholders First Harms Investors, Corporations and the Public (Berrerr Koehler 2012). Professor Stout also serves as an Independent Trustee for the Eaton Vance family of mutual funds; as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Aspen Institute’s Business & Society Program; as Executive Advisor to the Brookings Institution Project on Corporate Purpose; and as a Research Fellow for the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research. She holds a B.A. summa cum laude and a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a J.D. from the Yale Law School.


Alison Trollope
Director, Communications & Investor Education, Alberta Securities Commission

Alison Trollope possesses 17 years of investor relations, corporate communications and regulatory compliance experience across a broad range of industries and geographic locales. Alison is currently the Director or Communications & Investor Education with the Alberta Securities Commission. Prior, she was Manager, Investor Relations for Canadian Oil Sands Limited where she successfully broadened the company's U.S. and European investor base post transition from an income trust. From 2005-2010, Alison established and led the award-winning investor relations and corporate communications department of a mid-cap energy producer listed on the TSX. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Investor Relations for Isis Pharmaceuticals and prior to that the Director of Investor and Public Relations for Maxygen, Inc., both of  California and listed on Nasdaq. Before moving to California she worked in public relations agencies in New York City, developing and implementing strategic communications programs. Her clients included organizations in the energy, healthcare, technology and consumer goods sectors, from pre-IPO start-ups to large-cap companies with global brands. Alison holds a Master of Science in Public Relations from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Calgary.

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Crystal Verbeek
Manager, Investor Relations, Stantec Inc.

Crystal is the Manager, Investor Relations and Strategic Planning at Stantec Consulting, a North American professional consulting services firm with more than 13,000 employees providing planning, engineering, architecture, environmental and other integrated services for infrastructure and facilities projects. Stantec trades on the TSX and on the NYSE. Prior to working at Stantec, Crystal worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade providing trade and business development advice to Canadian oil & gas and environmental firms.  She previously worked for TD Asset Management providing financial and investment advice.  She has a Bachelor of International Management and has completed numerous investment industry and global trade courses including the Canadian Securities Course.

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John Vincic
Independent Consultant

John Vincic was most recently Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for Hudbay Minerals Inc., a mid-cap mining company based in Toronto. In this role, he was responsible for developing the company’s overall investor relations strategy, maintaining key buy- and sell-side relationships and acting as the first point of contact between the investment community and the Company. John joined Hudbay in August 2009 and led the implementation of a proactive investor relations engagement strategy focused on non-deal marketing efforts in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. In 2012 he led a successful rebranding effort aimed at integrating a major acquisition in Peru. Mr. Vincic was also responsible for all aspects of corporate communications, media relations, and government relations while at Hudbay. Prior to joining Hudbay, Mr. Vincic spent nearly six years at one of Canada’s leading investor relations consulting firms where he advised a cross-section of clients on various issues including ongoing investor engagement strategies, IPO communications, mergers and acquisitions, and special situations. He has also held senior corporate communications positions with Royal Bank of Canada and Sun Life Financial Inc. Mr. Vincic has nearly 20 years of experience in investor relations and corporate communications and he is also a volunteer member of the board of directors for the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute.

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Joacim Wiklander
Chief Market Data & Trading Officer

Joacim is the Chief Market Data & Trading Officer responsible for building and managing the public market offerings at Aequitas.  Joacim has extensive electronic trading experience in both the equities and derivatives markets, and was most recently the CEO of Neonet Securities, a European agency broker who pioneered Smart Order Routing. Prior to Neonet, Joacim held several different executive positions with the Orc Group, a global provider of electronic trading technology, including Chief Strategy Officer and VP Product Management. Joacim holds a MSc in Engineering Physics and a BSc in Business Administration and Economics.

Principal, Wyatt Strategic Communications

Elaine has provided communications consulting to publicly traded companies in Canada and the United States for more than a decade. Her focus and passion is investor perception surveys. Working with fellow CIRI member and financial analyst Angela Joyce, she has refined a methodology for measuring the Street's understanding of the factors driving shareholder value in a company and identifying variances from the perceptions of management and directors. Taking this a step further, she can measure a company's ability to perform on and explain its value drivers. Elaine is a writer, editor and author with a career that spans almost 40 years. She is a former editor and director of product development at the Financial Times of Canada, The Globe and Mail and The Financial Post. She is also the author of several books on money management and investing. She is a founding Director of the Ontario Securities Commission Investor Education Fund. More information about the IEF can be found at www.getsmarteraboutmoney.ca.

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