Government of Ontario, Chief Prevention Officer (CPO)
Day One - Breakfast Keynote
BMO Financial Group, Chief Economist
Day One - Lunch Keynote
Sheridan College, Director, Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies
Day Two - Breakfast Keynote
NGen – Next Generation Manufacturing Canada, CEO
Day Two - Lunch Keynote
Ron Kelusky is Ontario's new Chief Prevention Officer (CPO). The CPO oversees the Prevention Office within the Ministry of Labour, and has a wide range of responsibilities, including:
Prior to his appointment as CPO, Ron was President and CEO of Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA), a Health and Safety Association of the Ministry of Labour. Before joining PSHSA, Ron held senior positions within the private and not for profit sectors and in municipal government. Ron holds a Master of Business Administration, is a Certified Municipal Manager (CMM III) and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and Canadian Society of Safety Engineers.
Douglas Porter has over 30 years of experience analyzing global economies and financial markets. As Chief Economist at BMO Financial Group, he oversees the macroeconomic and financial market forecasts and co-authors the firm’s weekly flagship publication, Focus. His team has won numerous awards including Best Forecaster for Canada by Focus Economics, top Canadian forecaster by Bloomberg and the prestigious Lawrence Klein award for forecast accuracy of the U.S. economy.
As a respected commentator on economic and financial trends, he is regularly quoted in the national press and often interviewed on radio and television.
Before joining BMO, Mr. Porter held the positions of Economist and Country Risk Analyst with other Canadian financial institutions, and began his career at the Bank of Canada.
Mr. Porter has been a member of C.D. Howe’s Monetary Policy Council since 2008 and serves on the Investment Management Committees of the Bank of Montreal’s Canada Pension Plan and Western’s Endowment Fund. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Toronto Finance International and on the American Bankers Association’s Economic Advisory Committee.
Mr. Porter, CFA, earned a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Michelle Chrétien is the Director of the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies at Sheridan College. Prior to joining Sheridan in 2018, Michelle spent 12 years at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) in various roles including Global Program Manager (Electronic Materials), Senior R&D Manager (Materials Science), and Program Manager (Strategic Partnerships). At Xerox and at Sheridan Michelle focusses on leading and enabling applied research in advanced manufacturing including: 3D printing, automation, robotics, computer aided design, printed and flexible electronics and more.
“I have an inquisitive nature and I thrive on solving tough problems and thinking about how to put data and science to work. I've tackled challenges such as developing new materials and processes for 3D printing and printed/flexible electronics as well as building new capability and infrastructure to support innovation in Advanced Manufacturing.”
Michelle is passionate about the commercialization of innovation and public engagement in science. She has substantial experience with Canadian funding programs for academia, entrepreneurs, and small/medium-size enterprises and enjoys working with companies to help them achieve their business and technology goals.
Michelle received her BSc in Chemistry from Dalhousie University and PhD from the University of Ottawa for work in photochemistry and photophysics. Her PhD thesis was nominated for the Governor General’s Medal and was awarded the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists. Michelle was an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry in Montréal. Michelle has published 21 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 81 US patents on novel materials and manufacturing technologies.
Jayson Myers is an award-winning business economist, specializing in industrial and technological change, and has been widely recognized as one of the most influential policy advocates in Canada. He is an advisor to both private and public sector leaders, and has counselled Canadian prime ministers and premiers, as well as senior corporate executives and policymakers around the world.
With more than 25 years' experience building alliances among businesses, academic institutions, as well as community, labour, and advocacy organizations, Myers has been instrumental in shaping the public policy environment in Canada. Between 2007 and 2016, he served as President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, Canada’s largest industry and trade association. He was also the founding Chair of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, Vice Chair of Canada’s National Roundtable on Skills, and Vice Chair of the Ontario and Great Lakes Manufacturing Councils.
Myers currently Chairs the Global Gateways Federation, and is an advisor to legal and consulting firms in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. As Principal of Jayson Myers Public Affairs Inc., he helps organizations identify and manage opportunities arising from the changes that are reshaping industry and international business.
He studied at Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia in Canada, as well as at the London School of Economics and Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He has held appointments as a Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and as a lecturer in politics, economics, and international studies at both Oxford and the University of Warwick.
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