TRMC 2017 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Craig Kielburger
Social Entrepreneur & Co-founder of WE

Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Along with his brother Marc Kielburger, Craig co-founded Free The Children, which provides a holistic development model called WE Villages, helping to lift more than one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Back at home in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, WE Schools & WE Day provide comprehensive service learning programs to 10,000 schools, engaging 2.4 million young change-makers. Lastly, he is the co-founder of ME to WE, a pioneering social enterprise, the profits from which help sustain the work of his charitable organization. His work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and the BBC.

Craig is the youngest ever graduate from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He has also received 15 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Craig is a New York Times bestselling author who has published 12 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. Craig has received The Order of Canada, the Nelson Mandela Freedom Medal and the World Children’s Prize, and was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for his humanitarian efforts and his work to empower youth to change the world. He was recently voted by Canadians as one of Canada’s top most trusted influencers in a Readers Digest poll, and along with his brother Marc, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector in 2015.

David Henderson
Founder & Partner of XPV Water Partners

As the founder of XPV, David is a thought leader and sought after advisor and speaker in the area of water technology and investing. David combines his marketing and business development knowledge to create new opportunities for our partners. His grasp of market trends and insights help to connect entrepreneurs to invaluable resources that drive or accelerate growth.

David has built an extensive global network in the water sector as a respected investor, speaker and expert contributor. Some of the organizations he has worked with include: Canadian and US water utilities, US Environmental Protection Agency, Global Water Intelligence, Water Environment Federation, Government of Ontario and Canada, White House Water Initiative, Singapore International Water Week, One Drop, The China Green Technology Initiative, InterAction Council, Confluence, Imagine H2O, Cleantech Group, and the Brookings Institute.

David attended Ryerson University’s School of Business, where he specialized in the Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development program and received the Ryerson Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research Award. He is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, the Ontario Premier’s Award of Excellence, the National and Global Enactus Alumni of the Year Award and was given the Global Champion Award for SIFE (now Enactus) for his contribution to its international success. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Brookfield Institute, Ryerson.

Innovation Panel


Rick Huijbregts
Vice President, Digital Transformation and Innovation of Cisco Canada

Dr. Rick Huijbregts oversees the digital transformation practice for industries with a focus on healthcare, oil and gas, mining, financial services, real estate, manufacturing and education. Dr. Huijbregts is also responsible for Cisco Canada’s smart city strategy, and a frequent speaker on topics of innovation, disruption, and urban digitization. His team includes experts and investments in Corporate Social Responsibility, the Cisco Networking Academy program, the Cisco Canada Innovation Centre, academic relationships and Research Chairs, Cisco Canada’s $150M Investment Fund, and its Canadian Customer Experience Centre.

For Cisco Canada, Rick and his team fuel and lead the digital transformation of customers, industries, institutions, governments, and ultimately the country.

In previous roles, Rick was responsible for business development of Cisco’s real estate sector in the United States, Canada, and the Emerging Markets; as well as led the digital transformation efforts for the commercial segment of Cisco Americas.

In addition to his responsibilities at Cisco, Rick is the Executive-in-Residence at George Brown College in Toronto; a faculty member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education; and serves on several boards of Canadian academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations.

Michelle Holland
Advocate for the Innovation Economy and Toronto City Councillor

Councillor Michelle Holland was elected to Toronto City Council in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. She has served on the most important City Council Committees including Executive Committee, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, Budget Committee and Economic Development Committee. She is currently Chair of Scarborough Community Council, Vice Chair of the Economic Development Committee and Chair of the City’s Corporations Nominating Panel where she has been leading efforts to facilitate gender equality on boards.

As a graduate of the Director’s Education Program she has considerable board experience including the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Design Exchange and the Art Gallery of Ontario among other boards. For several years she has been a leading voice on the innovation and technology file. In December 2016, Michelle was appointed by Mayor John Tory to serve as the City’s first Advocate for the Innovation Economy. She will lead the City’s efforts to encourage growth in the sector, promote and protect innovation and technology jobs, encourage greater gender diversity and position Toronto as a leader in the innovation economy in all respects.

Adam Blinick
Head of Public Affairs, Uber Canada

Adam Blinick is the Head of Public Affairs for Uber Canada. From August 2014 to December 2015, Adam oversaw Uber’s Public Policy team for Canada, the Midwest and Texas, headquartered in Chicago. Prior to joining Uber, Adam held many senior roles in the Canadian government, including Deputy Chief of Staff to the Minister of Public Safety, Director of Policy to the Minister of Transport, and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister. Adam holds a Masters in International Affairs from the George Washington University.

Oren Berkovich
CEO of SingularityU Canada Summit

Oren has years of experience leading teams both as an entrepreneur working in the Israeli startup ecosystem and as a manager of strategic growth at Deloitte’s national innovation office in Canada. He is a catalyst for long-term growth and passionate about connecting people with ideas. In our rapidly changing business environment., Oren spends his time helping individuals and organizations look around the curve to find new ways to leverage emerging technologies and generate value.

As a CEO of a new venture he launched with Singularity University, Oren leads a team that is working to educate and inspire leaders and entrepreneurs to positively impact a billion people using technology.


Valerie Fox
Chief Innovation Officer of The Pivotal Point

Valerie Fox co-founded the DMZ at Ryerson University and was responsible for its launch and development until July 2015. At that time, the DMZ had grown to become North America’s Number One university business incubator and Number Three in the world (UBI Global 2015).

Since then, she began a new venture called The Pivotal Point, which helps build successful incubation models with corporations, academic institutions and regions, and brings communities of diverse skill sets together to collaborate, design and deliver impactful innovation around the world.

Valerie has over 30 years in the creative digital industry and has been recognized for multiple awards, including the 2016 Canada Innovation Leaders team, the Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, CNE Woman of Distinction and a number of notable patents and awards through IBM.

Ryerson Business Forum


Tanya van Biesen
Executive Director of Catalyst Canada

Tanya is the Executive Director of Catalyst Canada, the leading global nonprofit working to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. In this capacity, Tanya is responsible for leading the growth of Catalyst’s operations in Canada, shaping strategies to advance Catalyst’s mission with supporters, corporate partners, professional organizations, CEOs, senior leaders, and stakeholders.

A recognized leader and influencer with deep experience in the executive search sector at the most senior levels of corporate Canada, Tanya brings more than two decades of corporate leadership and diversity experience to Catalyst. Most recently, she co-led the Financial Services Practice at Spencer Stuart and was a key member of the Canadian Boards Practice, focusing on executive search assignments at the board, CEO, and general management levels. She also led the firm’s Canadian Diversity Practice, specializing in the placement of chief diversity officers and diverse slates of candidates across all search assignments.

Tanya began her career at Procter & Gamble, working in both Toronto and Calgary in regional and national sales leadership roles. A sought-after speaker on the topic of diversity in the boardroom, Tanya has contributed to several research studies and articles analyzing leadership trends and attributes. She holds an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, and speaks English, French, and Dutch.

Patrick Kramer
Chief Executive Officer of BDO Canada

Patrick Kramer, CPA, CA, was named the Chief Executive Officer of BDO Canada, one of Canada’s largest professional services firms, in July 2015. He leads a team of over 3500 partners and staff across the country with $534 million in revenue.

As CEO, Pat has ushered in a new era for the firm, positioning BDO Canada as the best professional services firm in the mid-market. Under his tenure, he has transformed the firm to become strong, innovative, and client-focused. Pat’s leadership of business and strategy across Canada gave recognition to BDO as the growth leader among the largest global accounting networks in Canada in 2015.

Pat brings over 30 years of extensive professional services and business experience, with a proven track record of driving sustainable growth in leadership positions and an innate ability to recognize trends and guide clients adapting to changing landscapes. He has held numerous leadership roles throughout his career at BDO and was previously the Business Line Leader for the assurance and accounting practice, the Office Managing Partner of the Calgary practice, and leader of the national industry program. Over the years, Pat has worked with a diverse group of businesses of all sizes and industries, and entrepreneurial business is his passion. He is resolutely committed to supporting entrepreneurs to thrive in the vibrant Canadian economy.

Mark Swierszcz
Manager of YouTube Space Toronto

Mark oversees the newest of nine global YouTube Spaces and the first in Canada. A collaboration between YouTube and George Brown College, the new Space on Richmond Street East is a place where you can learn, create and connect.

Mark has held a variety of positions driving digital innovation. Before joining Google/YouTube, he was the Director of Digital for Bell Media Specialty, overseeing the digital strategy and rollout of properties including Much Digital Studios, MuchMusic, MTV, M3, E! Canada, The Comedy Network, Space, Bravo and The Loop.


Diane Francis
Editor-at-Large of Financial Post

Diane Francis, Editor-at-Large of the Financial Post, is an entrepreneur, author, broadcaster, speaker and columnist. She became a columnist with the Financial Post in 1987, joined its Board of Directors in 1988 and became its Editor from 1991 to 1998 when the paper was bought and incorporated into the National Post. Diane has been a columnist for 25 years with the Toronto Star, Maclean’s, the Southam newspaper chain and Sun newspaper chain as well as a regular broadcast commentator on business and politics.

Workshop Facilitators

Andrew Mullin
Partner of McKinsey & Company

Andrew is a Partner in McKinsey’s Toronto Office and a leader in the Private Equity and Institutional Investor practice. Since joining the Firm in 2005, he has worked with a range of investor clients and their portfolio companies across the deal cycle including developing investment strategies and fund design, due diligence, portfolio company operations and exits. He also works with corporate clients on M&A.

Andrew has lead over 60 due diligences, market scan and growth and thematic investing efforts over the past 2 years across a broad range of sectors and geographies.

  • Lead dozens multiple diligences in the telecom and call center spaces
  • Leads portfolio company transformations in a broad range of tech and telecom oriented spaces (new customer acquisition, pricing, cost cutting, etc.)
  • Helped develop the operating plan for a major PE-owned call center
  • Developing and improving the ALM process for a large pension fund
  • Developing the business case and strategy for raising a new PE fund
  • Setting the compensation model for a pension fund’s investment group

Jim Reid
CHRO of Rogers Communications Inc.

Jim Reid has served as Rogers Chief Human Resources Officer since 2011. He is responsible for shaping the talent, culture and engagement strategy at Rogers.
With a keen understanding of what it takes to win, Jim has elevated the employee experience agenda by strengthening key programs in the areas of leadership development, frontline training, talent management, and culture. Over the next three years, Jim will lead Rogers’ workplace transformation initiative, enabling the company to become more collaborative, agile and flexible.

During his tenure, Rogers has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Employers in Canada, a Top Employer for Young People, and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers.

Jim has more than 20 years of experience leading large, global human resources teams, including Husky Injection Molding Systems and the global health sciences company, MDS Inc. He is a former tactical helicopter pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces and served more than three years in West Germany. Jim holds an MBA from McMaster University and is a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.

Jane Lee
Executive in Residence of Shopify

After graduating from the Schulich School of Business at York University with a focus on brand management, Jane worked as a brand manager at General Mills on the Yoplait acquisition team, where she led product innovation. She later was involved with the Exact Media team (at the time a 5 person start up) based in NYC and worked on growing the business in the US. After gaining experience at a start-up she quit to start her own business, silly b intimates – a bold, light-hearted and cheeky lingerie brand that specializes in creating the most reliable underwear for the modern woman. She is now the entrepreneur in residence, building the Shopify store and working on product marketing.

Fahad Meer
Manager of PwC

Fahad is a Manager in the Assurance practice at PwC Canada. As a qualified “CPA, CA” (Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant), he enjoys his role as a business advisor to both private and public clients in the engineering, construction, energy, technology, food, health care, consumer products, pharmaceutical, distribution and real estate industries. He is also actively involved in the recruiting process at PwC and is also a national instructor for the assurance program at the firm.

Although his interest lies in public accounting and catering to the business needs of his clients, his passion lies in mentoring and coaching professionals and students in their personal, professional and educational careers. He fulfills his passion through public speaking and blogging on various platforms for diverse organizations.

Having been mentioned and published in magazines, newspapers and in a university-published textbook Canada-wide on topics relating to personal branding, overcoming adversity and professional growth, he is an advocate and true believer in making a positive impact in every step of both his career and the career of others.

Visit to read his blog and to connect with him.

David P. Miller
Chief Legal Officer & Secretary of Rogers Communications

As we shift the focus to the TRMC brand this year, we wanted to re-engage our biggest partner and supporter since the inception of the conference back in 2010. We’re proud to have David P. Miller, Chief Legal Officer (CLO) & Secretary of Rogers Communications kick off the conference and introduce the #TRMC17 Opening Keynote Speaker. He will speak on behalf of Rogers Communications and the Rogers family. We appreciate their ongoing support and enthusiasm for TRMC.

As Chief Legal Officer & Secretary, he is responsible for providing expert legal advice, ombudsman and corporate support to the company.
David is an accomplished leader and strategic advisor with expertise in mergers and acquisitions and wide variety of commercial agreements. He has a special interest in how options can benefit the company. His real passion, however, is contributing to any initiatives that will improve service for their customers! He has more than three decades of legal experience in the telecommunications and media industries.

In 1987, David joined Rogers as its first ever Vice President and General Counsel. Since then, he has served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Rogers Wireless Communications and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to joining Rogers, David spent more than two years in private practice and also served as General Counsel for Lavalin Inc., one of the world’s largest international engineering and construction companies.

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