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Niagara Economic Summit Registration

November 2, 2018 • 7:30am–2:30pm
White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa

The Niagara Economic Summit brings us together to celebrate shared successes, strategize the way forward for our regional economy, and increase collaboration. Participants from academy, senior ranks of government, economists, organizational leaders and business owners explore the importance and opportunities presented by diversification.

Our Topics

Power Talk 1

A Blueprint to Attract New Industries

A series of initiatives offered by experts to enhance our economy, leveraging partnerships and specialized resources. This bottom-up effort turns regional feedback on local economic needs into a catalyst for economic growth.

Power Talk 2

1+1=3: Together, We Are More

Exploring the synergies between private, public and non-profit organizations and their opportunity to be a force for the good of all.

Power Talk 3

Tomorrow’s Reality — Trends to Watch For

Analyzing contemporary global demographic and economic trends and considering their implications for Niagara, most importantly their effects on our competitiveness in the global market.

Our Speakers

Hear from a diverse lineup of business and civic leaders helping to shape the future of Niagara.
Find out more about our speakers by clicking on their photo.


Peter Armstrong

Peter Armstrong

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Peter Armstrong

Peter Armstrong

Peter Armstrong Peter Armstrong is a Canadian radio and television journalist, working with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He is currently the economics reporter for CBC News, and was the host of the business news series On the Money on CBC News Network.

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Ashley Challinor

Ashley Challinor

Vice President, Policy, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Ashley Challinor

Ashley Challinor

Ashley ChallinorAshley Challinor is Vice President of Policy at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and is the lead on their health policy file. Prior to joining the OCC in 2015, she worked in market research in Toronto, media in Tbilisi, and migration policy in Washington, DC. Ashley has an MSc. from the London School of Economics, an MA from the University of Southern California, and a BA from the University of Toronto. She currently serves on CivicAction’s Mental Health in the Workplace Champions Council.

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Gervan Fearon

Dr. Gervan Fearon

President and Vice-Chancellor, Brock University

Dr. Gervan Fearon

Gervan Fearon

Gervan FearonGervan Fearon began a five-year term as Brock University’s President and Vice-Chancellor on August 1, 2017. Before joining Brock, he served at Brandon University as President and Vice-Chancellor (2014-17) and also as Provost and Vice-President Academic (2013-14). Prior to his time at Brandon, Fearon served several other academic positions, including as the Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University; as Associate Dean at York University’s Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies; as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington; and as an Associate Professor at York University.

Fearon received his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, after having received his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Economics at the University of Guelph. He also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) designation. Besides academic achievements, his career includes several years in the Ontario government in roles as a senior analyst at Treasury Board Division, Ontario Ministry of Finance, and an executive assistant to Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

He is passionate about the role of post-secondary education in supporting regional development, and has served on numerous community boards and helped champion significant community development initiatives.

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Ursula Gobel

Ursula Gobel

Associate Vice-President, Future Challenges at Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Ursula Gobel

Ursula Gobel

Ursula GobelUrsula Gobel was appointed associate vice-president, future challenges, at SSHRC in April 2014. As a member of SSHRC’s senior management team, Ursula leads the development and implementation of strategies to identify and address future societal challenges for Canada in a global context, overseeing strategic foresight, stakeholder engagement, knowledge mobilization and partnership development, nationally and internationally.

Ursula brings extensive experience in leadership and management across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, notably in the Science, Education, Arts and Culture, and Tourism sectors. She has extensive Board and volunteer experience with national and regional organizations, including the Institute for Public Administration of Canada, the Canadian Tourism Commission, the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, the Ottawa Economic Development Corporation, and the United Way.

Ursula holds executive leadership training from Queen’s University, and as well as business and economics diplomas from Algonquin College and John Abbott College.

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Ken Janzen

Ken Janzen

CEO, PenFinancial Credit Union

Ken Janzen

Ken Janzen

Ken JanzenWith over 30 years of experience within the credit union system, Ken was appointed Chief Executive Officer of PenFinancial Credit Union in August 2016.

Ken is an accomplished leader and possesses a great mix of inspiration, operational experience and a strong relationship building passion within the agricultural sector specifically in the grape and wine industry in Niagara. Ken has witnessed and participated in the evolution of the grape trade and the proliferation of the cottage wine industry since the early 1990’s.

A life-long resident of Niagara, Ken’s philanthropic efforts within the Niagara Region and beyond have played an important role in the well-being and sustainability of not for profit and community organizations. A local Rotarian, Ken is also a member of the board of directors for the Niagara Children’s Centre and the Red Roof Retreat in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Ken’s co-operative and humanitarian efforts also extend nationally as a member of the board of directors for the Foundation for International Development Assistance, a Canadian Charitable organization that provides resources to rural communities in Haiti who are motivated to advance themselves economically by forming a productive agricultural co-operative.

Ken is a proud Business and Economics graduate of Brock University and has completed a variety of credit union focused courses in leadership, management and agricultural banking practices.

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Tony LaMantia

Tony La Mantia

President & CEO, Waterloo EDC

Tony La Mantia

Tony La Mantia

Tony La MantiaTony LaMantia’s career spans more than 25 years of experience in large public sector organizations as well as private sector growth-oriented companies before joining Waterloo EDC as President & CEO.

Previously, LaMantia has worked for the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, where he was the assistant deputy minister of the investment and industry division. LaMantia helped lead the Ministry in both attracting investment to the Province and working with industry and regional stakeholders to grow existing anchor companies such as Cisco, OpenText, Toyota and Ford.

Tony has held responsibility for the Eastern Ontario Development Fund and the new Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, which support local businesses in Ontario. Tony’s private sector repertoire includes executive-level roles with innovative and entrepreneurial companies in the technology and mining sectors.

Tony is a proud graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Co-op program and plays an active role in mentoring students.

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Bruce MacDonald

Bruce MacDonald

CEO, Imagine Canada

Bruce MacDonald

Bruce MacDonald

Bruce MacDonaldBruce served as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada for ten years and prior to that as the organization’s Vice-President of Marketing. Bruce is bilingual, has led major change initiatives and developed long and innovative partnerships with corporations and other charities. Bruce has been active in many organizations, including two YMCAs, the Ontario Senior Games and Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs. He brings passion, knowledge and skill to everything he does.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Sports Administration and a Masters in Management in the Voluntary Sector.

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Dan Patterson

Dr. Dan Patterson

President, Niagara College

Dr. Dan Patterson

Dan Patterson

Dan PattersonWith a genuine enthusiasm for student success and an unwavering dedication to his college and the community, Dan Patterson, PhD, has been Niagara College’s president since 1995. Under his leadership, the College has doubled its enrollment to over 10,000 full time students in over 100 programs with an operating budget of over $145 million.

Patterson is known as a leader in the Ontario College system and is former chair of the Committee of Presidents, which advocates on behalf of Ontario’s 24 Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. Patterson led the Committee of Presidents through a critical time for the College system, resulting in the introduction of baccalaureate degrees in Ontario Colleges and a new provincial mandate.

Patterson’s public service has been recognized with various awards including the Canadian Red Cross Power of Humanity, Niagara-on-the-Lake Citizen of the Year, RBC Business Citizen of the Year, St. Catharines Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellow, Community Leadership Award, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal as well as a Visiting Fellowship at Green Templeton College (Oxford University, U.K.). He is a passionate advocate for the important role that colleges play in the economic life of their communities. Patterson is the post secondary education representative on the Niagara Region’s Economic Development Advisory Panel.

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Del Rollo

Del Rollo

Senior Director, Industry and Estates, Arterra Wines Canada

Del Rollo

Del Rollo

Del RolloWhile attending Ryerson University for the Hospitality and Tourism Program, Del Rollo discovered his passion for food and wine. In August 2000, Del was invited by Donald Triggs and Dr. Allan Jackson to join them in launching a state-of-the-art wine production and hospitality facility in Niagara. Del played a pivotal role in seeing the doors to Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate open in July of 2001 with enormous success. Since then, Del has held a variety of positions within Arterra Wines Canada and currently is responsible for Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate, Inniskillin Winery and Industry Relations.

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Trevin Stratton

Dr. Trevin Stratton

Chief Economist, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Trevin Stratton

Trevin Stratton

Trevin StrattonDr. Trevin Stratton is an award-winning business economist, specializing in global and technological change. He helps organizations identify and manage opportunities arising from the trends that are reshaping industry and international business. Trevin is an advisor to both private and public sector leaders, and has counseled senior corporate executives and policymakers around the world.

With a decade of experience building alliances among businesses, academic institutions, as well as trade associations, labour, and non-profit organizations, Trevin has been instrumental in shaping the public policy environment in Canada and abroad. As Chief Economist at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, he helps develop national policy positions aimed at improving Canada’s economic performance and the competitiveness of Canadian business. Prior to joining the Chamber, Trevin was named as one of Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 for founding and leading BDO Canada’s national economic development consulting line.

Trevin’s research has been published in Routledge’s International Studies in Business History, cited in NATO’s Strategic Foresight Analysis, and taught at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

He studied at Carleton University in Canada, as well as at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland. He has held appointments as an International Scholar at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, as an E.C. Harwood Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, and as a lecturer in politics, economics, and international studies at the American University in Dubai.

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Domenic Ursini

Domenic Ursini

Director, Economic Development, Niagara Region

Domenic Ursini

Domenic Ursini

Domenic UrsiniDomenic Ursini has had the distinct honour of working with Canadian SMEs over the last 18 years. The majority of this time has been as a development banker to help entrepreneurs succeed and grow in their businesses. Canadian SMEs continue to be the backbone of the national economy. Currently, Domenic works with both regional and local colleagues in order to continue this work from an economic development perspective. In this role, he now works with the very same entrepreneurs — but on the other side of the relationship.

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Debbie Zimmerman

Debbie Zimmerman

Emcee • CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario

Debbie Zimmerman

Debbie Zimmerman

Debbie ZimmermanSince 2003, Debbie has been the CEO of the Grape Growers of Ontario, the official organization that represents over 500 actively producing growers of 17,000 acres in the province’s three viticulture areas: Niagara Peninsula, Lake Erie North Shore and Prince Edward County. Embracing new technology and creating a focus on growing Ontario’s VQA wines is the culture embraced by the organization.

Debbie was actively involved in local politics for 36 years. Her political career began in 1978 as a local alderman for the Town of Grimsby, and in 1989 was elected to Regional Council. In 1997 Debbie was elected as Regional Chair for the Regional Municipality of Niagara, a position that she served for two terms. In 2014 Debbie decided to pursue other interests and did not seek re-election.

Debbie is the past Chair of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation for the Province of Ontario (2004-2010), and was assigned by the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, to the 2015/16 Provincial Review Panel for Ontario’s Land Use Plans. Debbie currently sits on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Niagara and McNally House, and is the Co-Chair of the Pathstone Mental Health Fundraising Campaign.

Debbie has been the recipient of many awards including the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce “Community Leadership Award” in 2013, the “Niagara Award” in 1998, the Niagara College “Board of Governors Award” in 2001 and the YWCA “Woman of Distinction” award in 2003. In 2015 Debbie was awarded the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation’s “Local Food Champion” award for her commitment to local food and her years of service to Niagara.

Panelists

Our panelists add in-depth analysis and identify issues important to each session.
Read our panelist bios by clicking on their photo.


Betty Ann Baker

Betty Ann Baker

Executive Director, Niagara Peninsula Homes

Betty Ann Baker

Betty Ann Baker

Betty Ann BakerA resident of Welland, Betty Ann is the Executive Director of Niagara Peninsula Homes, and sat with the former Coordinated Housing Access Niagara (CHAN) Board. She is a past chair of the Niagara Housing Authority and has more than 39 years experience in the co-operative and non-profit housing sectors both in development and management. She is the recipient of the CMHC award recognizing involvement in the Co-op Housing Sector.

Betty Ann received the 2008 Business Woman of the Year Award. She was also recognized as one of Chatelaine’s women of the year in 2000 for her work with Niagara Presents and Niagara Women’s Enterprise Centre and Niagara Peninsula Homes. Served on the Niagara College Board of Governors.

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Jeff Boggs

Dr. Jeff Boggs

Associate Professor of Geography, Brock University

Dr. Jeff Boggs

Jeff Boggs

Jeff BoggsDr. Jeff Boggs is an economic geographer who studies the Niagara Region. He is employed as an Associate Professor in Brock University’s Department of Geography and Tourism Studies. He completed his Ph.D. in Geography in 2005 at UCLA. As a member of PEPiN (Poverty and Employment Precarity in Niagara), he examined the extent of precarious employment in Niagara in 2017. He also co-authored a recent report on Brock University’s economic impact on the Niagara Region and Ontario. His early work examined the shifting geographies of Canada’s cultural industries, especially book publishing and video game production.

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Bill Elliot

Bill Elliot

Partner, Global Investment Attraction

Bill Elliot

Bill Elliot

Bill Elliot Bill Elliot is one of three principals of the Global Investment Attraction Group (GIAG), formed to provide Canadian economic development agencies with the development of strategies and action plans for investment attraction and retention. Bill is also President of Global Integrative Trade Consultants Inc.. He has over 30 years of professional experience encompassing the financial services and information technology sectors, economic development, and foreign direct investment attraction.

Bill’s broad business experience has led to a well-developed consultative business development aptitude; gained through client interactions in Commercial Banking, Fortune 1000 company consultations and Investment Attraction facilitation. Prior to establishing his consulting practice in 2012, Bill led business development for Waterloo Region’s Canada’s Technology Triangle Inc (CTT Inc), one of Canada’s premier investment attraction agencies, resulting in 58 investment wins over 10 years. An independent study of 12 wins concluded that the direct, indirect and imputed value to Waterloo Region was in excess of $200 million annually. Bill pioneered half-a-dozen pan-regional FDI attraction consortia.

Bill’s career has provided him with experience in public, non-profit, academic and private sectors at local, national and international level. Geographic areas of experience include Europe, Asia, Brazil and USA. Bill has been a panelist, guest speaker and presenter for the Conference Board of Canada, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Trade, Economic Developers Association of Canada, University of Waterloo and other associations / trade groups.

Bill is a member of the Economic Development Council of Ontario, Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto.

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Dottie Gallagher-Cohen

Dottie Gallagher

President & CEO, Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Dottie Gallagher

Dottie Gallagher

Dottie Gallagher Dottie Gallagher is President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the area’s regional chamber of commerce and privately-funded economic development organization. Partnership members employ more than a quarter of a million people in the Buffalo Niagara region.

Prior to joining the Partnership, she was president & CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara, the region’s tourism promotion bureau. She spent nearly 15 years with The Buffalo News and served as a member of their executive management team.

Dottie currently serves on the Boards of Buffalo Urban Development Corp, Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA), Visit Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, InvestBN, Unshackle Upstate, UB School of Management, Dean’s Advisory Council, AAA of Western and Central New York and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (A.C.C.E.).

Dottie received her undergraduate degree from Towson University (Baltimore, Maryland) and her MBA from the University at Buffalo.

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Doug Hamilton

Doug Hamilton

2021 Canada Games Transformational Leader

Doug Hamilton

Doug Hamilton

Doug Hamilton After chairing Niagara’s Bid for the 2021 Canada Summer Games, Doug has now agreed to continue as volunteer Chair of the Host Society responsible for organizing the Canada Summer Games in 2021. Doug worked as a lawyer in Toronto for 30 years and moved to Niagara 10 years ago with his wife, Lynn, when their sons started playing hockey for the Niagara Ice Dogs. A former World Champion and Olympic medallist in rowing, Doug has continued to be active in Canadian sport as a volunteer with several national sport and multi-sport organizations.

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Farah Huq

Farah Huq

Director, Future of Canada, Deloitte Canada

Farah Huq

Farah Huq

Farah Huq Farah is Director of the Deloitte’s Future of Canada Centre. As director she oversees the research and development of Deloitte Canada’s seminal thought leadership pieces, including the multi-year initiative Canada at 175 (www.Canada175.ca). Farah has over 10 years of experience in public policy research and development, working for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris and with federal government in various departments, including the Privy Council Office. Farah began her career in consulting, working for specialized economic advisory firms in California.

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Mike Kirkopoulos

Mike Kirkopoulos

CAO, Town of Lincoln

Mike Kirkopoulos

Mike Kirkopoulos

Mike KirkopoulosMichael Kirkopoulos is currently the Chief Administrative Officer/City Manager for the Town of Lincoln. Lincoln is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the Niagara Region.

In his leadership role with Lincoln, Michael oversees the delivery of municipal services, while ensuring the long-term vision of Lincoln is integrated in all decision-making to achieve a sustainable and complete community.

Having been in his role since 2015, Michael has spent most of his time focused on changing the way the Town does business. From a focus on enhanced communication, leveraging growth opportunities, more community outreach, economic development, partnership and institutional expansion, there is no shortage of projects currently underway under his leadership.

Prior to taking on this role in Lincoln, Michael was the City of Hamilton for 18 years holding the role of Director - Communications, Inter-governmental Affairs and Special Projects. During his time he lead many transformational projects with the City of Hamilton.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology, and a minor in Economics. He also holds a Master's degree in Management and has studied and trained in conflict resolution, mediation, government and media studies. He is a member of the Canadian Management Professional's Association, the International Association of City Managers, the Ontario Municipal Administrators Association and holds a CMP designation.

Michael also sits on a number of community-based boards and agencies, most recently being appointed to the Greater Niagara United Way ‎and is a member of numerous provincial committees.

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Stephen Murdoch

Stephen Murdoch

Vice President, Public Relations, Enterprise Canada

Stephen Murdoch

Stephen Murdoch

Stephen MurdochAs Vice President of Public Relations, Stephen Murdoch provides outstanding media and public relations counsel to a wide range of clients. Since joining our firm in 2004, he has spearheaded hundreds of public relations, media relations and promotional projects, helping clients build their reputations and raise awareness of commercial and charitable initiatives.

He maintains excellent relationships with journalists across Canada, who respect his news judgment and his ability to position information effectively.

Stephen has also delivered well-received information and instructional courses to members of various associations and teaches a course in public relations at Niagara College.

Stephen has provided industry comment to a number of outlets, including: Marketing magazine, Canadian Business, PR Daily, Newstalk 1010, AM 640 News and many others.

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Dr. Tom Stewart

Dr. Tom Stewart

CEO, Niagara Health

Dr. Tom Stewart

Dr. Tom Stewart

Dr. Tom StewartDr. Tom Stewart is an internationally recognized healthcare executive, academic and physician leader who not only brings a deep commitment to our mission of compassionate care and service but a wealth of experience, energy and enthusiasm.

Tom is well known beyond Niagara for his outstanding contributions to the health care system provincially and nationally. He has worked in a number of academic hospitals and distinguished himself as an award-winning leader in critical care medicine. He has led many provincial initiatives and was a key architect of the Ontario Critical Care Strategy.

Dr. Stewart graduated with a Doctor of Medicine with Honors from University of Ottawa. He specialized in internal medicine and adult critical care medicine and undertook research fellowships at the University of Paris VI and the University of Toronto. He is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University who, while at the University of Toronto, led a number of international clinical trials leading to publications in some of the most reputable journals in the world, including the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Stephanie Thompson

Stephanie Thompson

Engineer and STEM Advocate

Stephanie Thompson

Stephanie Thompson

Stephanie Thompson Stephanie Thompson is a passionate engineer who actively pursues new and innovative ways of promoting science, technology and learning to women in the Niagara area.

Originally from Ottawa, Stephanie attended the University of Waterloo, then took on a role with the engineering team at General Motors. Currently an Engineering Team Leader, she recently led her team to complete the upgrade installation of an assembly line, which brought the manufacturing of high performance engines back to Canada.

As part of the FIRST Robotics after school program, Stephanie has led robotics programming at local schools since 2005. Her focus is on empowerment of female students on the team in leadership and technical roles. She continues to reach out to former students in a mentoring capacity. She was a recognized by the robotics community with the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award, which celebrates the effective communication of mentors in the art and science of engineering and design.

Stephanie holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering and is Professional Engineer in Ontario. Stephanie graduated from the Leadership Niagara Program in 2016, and applied to be an Astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency that same year.

She and her husband Richard are raising their 2 year old daughter Amelia, and spend time together in challenging Escape Rooms and travelling to exotic locations, recently having travelled for fun to China.

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Dr. Justin Williams

Dr. Justin Williams

Director of Global Education, Niagara College

Dr. Justin Williams

Dr. Justin Williams

Dr. Justin WilliamsDr. Justin Williams brings over two decades of experience in industry and as an international educator to Niagara College.

With an industry background in Human Resources, Employee Relations and experience in Strategic Planning, Justin found his passion for education while teaching at Royal Roads University. As an educator at the undergraduate and graduate level in organizational behavior and leadership, Justin leveraged his industry experience to apply theoretical knowledge in the classroom. Justin continued his passion for travel and education in Iran with Royal Roads University and then in the Emirate of Qatar with the College of the North Atlantic and then the University of Calgary. A strong supporter of applied theory and interactive learning, Justin is also an advocate of the intrinsic value of using international experience to build valuable 21st century skills.

Justin is the Chair (Outreach) of the Academy of International Business (MENA), a regular peer reviewer with the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, the Australia/New Zealand Academy of Management and the Academic Journal “Education, Business and Society: Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues.”

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Carmen D'Angelo

Carmen D’Angelo

CAO, Niagara Region

Carmen D’Angelo

Carmen D'Angelo

Carmen D'AngeloCarmen D’Angelo has held senior leadership positions in both municipal and healthcare sectors. Carmen has a strong understanding of Niagara’s economic, social and political environment, having worked closely with Niagara’s 12 municipalities and surrounding areas as CAO of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Association.

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Agenda

Friday, November 2, 2018
7:30 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks, including Niagara College President Dan Patterson, and Brock University President Gervan Fearon
8:20 a.m. Progress Report from GNCC President & CEO Mishka Balsom
8:40 a.m. Power Talk 1: Tomorrow’s Reality — Trends to Watch For
Presented by Ursula Gobel, Associate Vice-President, Future Challenges at Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Panel discussion to follow
10:00 a.m. Break
10:20 a.m. Keynote Address 1: Report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Presented by Ashley Challinor, Vice President, Policy, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
10:40 a.m. Power Talk 2: 1+1=3: Together, We Are More
Presented Bruce MacDonald, CEO, Imagine Canada

Panel discussion to follow
12:00 p.m. Lunch Break
12:45 p.m. Keynote Address 2: Report from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Presented by Dr. Trevin Stratton, Chief Economist, Canadian Chamber of Commerce
1:05 p.m. Power Talk 3: A Blueprint to Attract New Industries
Presented by Tony La Mantia, President & CEO, Waterloo EDC

Panel discussion to follow
2:20 p.m. Closing Remarks

Venue

White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa

253 Taylor Road
Niagara-on-the-Lake

Directions from Toronto:
Take the QEW Hamilton through Niagara and across the Garden City Skyway. Take Glendale Avenue South / Regional Road 89 Exit.

Directions from Buffalo:
Cross the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie. Take the QEW Toronto through Fort Erie and Niagara Falls. Take Glendale Avenue South / Regional Road 89 Exit.

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