(June 1 to 4, 2017)

All 250 participants will meet in Whistler, British Columbia, for a three-day plenary session. Members will be addressed by high-profile Canadian speakers on issues that provide focus and substance to the Conference theme.


Thursday, June 1, 2017
2:00 pm
Early Registration opens at Fairmont Chateau Whistler
5:30 pm
Private tour of the Audain Art Museum
7:00 pm
Reception at the Whistler Brewhouse
Friday, June 2, 2017
7:00 am
Buses depart for Sea-to-Sky Gondola
9:00 am
Registration re-opens
Continental breakfast available in Macdonald ABC
11:30 am
Buses return from Sea-to-Sky Gondola
12:00 pm
Lunch available at Fairmont Chateau Whistler
1:30 pm
Deadline for arrival of all Conference members in Whistler
2:00 pm
Study Groups meet in their breakout rooms
4:15 pm
Walk from Fairmont to Squamish-Lil’Wat Cultural Centre
4:30 pm
Opening Ceremony at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
6:15 pm
Members will be drummed back to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler
6:30 pm
Opening Gala Dinner

  • Rosalie Abella, Justice, Supreme Court of Canada
  • Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Leroy Little Bear, University of Lethbridge
  • Laure Waridel, Strategic Advisor, Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en opérationnalisation du développement durable (CIRODD) Ecole Polytechnique
Saturday, June 3, 2017
8:00 am
Welcome by Conference Chair Donald Lindsay
8:05 am
Session 1: Leadership and the Canada We Will Build – Economy

12:30 pm
1:45 pm
Session 2: Leadership and the Canada We Will Build – Arts and Culture

  • Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Nathalie Bondil, Director General and Chief Curator, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Alan Doyle, Musician, Author and Co-Founder of Great Big Sea
4:30 pm
Free time to prepare for evening event
6:00 pm
Members board Whistler Gondola
6:30 pm
Members depart for Whistler Mountain Gondola and dinner and dance at The Roundhouse
11:00 pm
Last Gondola departs The Roundhouse for Whistler Village
Sunday, June 4, 2017
7:20 am
Session 3: Leadership and the Canada We Will Build – Health, Education and Happiness

10:00 am
Session 4: Canada At Home in the World (1)

11:00 am
Break for Lunch
12:15 pm
Canada At Home in the World (2)

1:45 pm
Closing remarks from the Governor General and Conference Chair Donald Lindsay
2:00 pm
Opening Plenary concludes