We are pleased to introduce our 20 industry experts and insightful speakers who will lead the discussion during the 2021 Niagara Economic Summit. Click on any photo or name for more information about our speakers.
The Honourable Perrin Beatty has been CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce since 2007, and is a fomer federal member of Parliament and cabinet minister.
The Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy is Ontario’s Minister of Finance, before which he served as President of the Treasury Board.
The Honourable Steve Clark is Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and has served as a Member of Provincial Parliament since 2010.
Pierre Cleroux is the Vice-President of Research and Chief Economist at the Business Development Bank of Canada, a post he has held since 2012.
Rafiq Dhanji is Executive Director of Sustainability Leadership from Sustainable Hamilton Burlington, and works with organizations across Hamilton, Burlington, and Niagara to develop a resilient, low-carbon economy.
The Honourable Doug Ford is the 26th and current Premier of Ontario, elected both to the Premiership and the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party in 2018.
Mia Huntington is Executive Vice-President at Elavon Canada, an international company consistently rated one of the world’s most ethical.
Sean Kennedy is the sixth President of Niagara College, joining in 2020, and a member of the College’s senior management team from 2006.
Dr. Mike Moffatt is the Senior Director of Policy and Innovation at the Smart Prosperity Institute, a Professor of Business, Economics and Public Policy at the Ivey Business School, and a former economic advisor to Justin Trudeau.
Matthias Oppenlænder is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Grape Growers of Ontario.
Michael Sutherland is Director of Urban Solutions at Hatch, developing projects around infrastructure, transportation, and energy for cities across Canada.
Sean Vanderklis is a journalist who co-founded the One Dish, One Mic podcast and is the current host of CBC Radio One’s Superior Morning show.