TIME: 11:40 AM-12:40 PM

Collaboration Roundtable  –  Moderated by Peter Schwartz- Founder and Chairman -Kognitiv

Panelists: Bruce Croxon (Entrepreneur), Kirstine Stewart (World Economic Forum), Ernest Lang – Founder & CEO -Promerita Group,  Federal Government Representative

Collaboration approach must be used with Data/DATA SECURITY, and PRIVACY as a Recovery Accelerant, which will require Reskilling/Retooling Canada

Synopsis: Drawing on the experience and focus of a diverse set of business and political leaders, Peter Schwartz will lead a powerful conversation on where Canada must focus its energies and expertise to rebound into 2021. Leaving no stone unturned, the panel will discuss themes from immigration and talent reskilling to the balance of data privacy and data security in a world driven almost entirely by data. Expect the panel of opinionated and provocative leaders to leave no sacred cow untouched.



Peter Schwartz
Founder & Chairman - Kognitiv
Founder and Chairman at Kognitiv

Peter Schwartz is an accomplished Canadian technology entrepreneur. Peter was the Chairman & CEO of Descartes Systems Group Inc., a $6 billion global logistics technology company with customers in over 160 countries, that he took public in 1998. Peter is also one of the founders of Communitech, Canada’s pre-eminent technology hub. Communitech serves as a budding ecosystem for the commercialization of innovative technologies and as a model for start-up incubation in Canada.

Since leaving Descartes, Peter founded Laurence Capital which has made over 30 portfolio investments (17 in the technology sector) with some of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs and breakthrough companies. He is presently the founder and Executive Chairman of Kognitiv Corporation which recently completed the successful acquisition of Aimia Loyalty Solutions and Intelligent Shopper Solutions, former business units of Aimia Inc. A founding member of the YPO Great Lakes Chapter, Peter resides in the Waterloo Region and was one of the youngest recipients of the Financial Post’s “Top 40 under 40” award.

Bruce Croxon
A Digital Innovator Finding & Investing in The Next Canadian Wave

Bruce Croxon made his mark as a digital pioneer by co-founding Lavalife and revolutionizing how people connect. Under his direction, he grew this early tech start-up into the marquee brand in online dating with over two million users. Partner, chairman, and CEO, Croxon helped lead the company’s growth from four to 600 employees, while achieving revenue of just under $100 million. Since the sale of Lavalife, Bruce has been active as both an investor and advisor in growth-stage companies in the technology sector.

As an ex-Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, he added a broad range of businesses and products to his portfolio that tapped into his passion for digital media, health and marketing. Croxon currently helms Round13, a company dedicated to investment in growth-stage Canadian tech companies. He also co hosts The Disruptors on BNN and CTV, a weekly show spotlighting Canadian business and believes our entrepreneurs can hold their own with anyone in the world

Kirstine Stewart
Head of the Future of Media at World Economic Forum

Former VP NA Media @Twitter, Founding Head Twitter Canada. Exec VP and Head of CBC, CBC Newsworld, Head of International Hallmark Channels, AllianceAtlantis Lifestyle Channels, President Paragon International President CRO TribalScale CSO Diply

Author of Best-Selling Business Leadership Book "Our Turn" Random House

Founding Member of Chief
CAMH Foundation Board
CILAR Founding Board Member (Innovation Leaders Against Racism)
YGL Alumni

2016 NBA All-Star Game Steering Committee
2015 Canadian Business Magazine "Power 50"
2015 Toronto Life Magazine Most Influential
MacLeans Magazine #15 on the Power List of Canadians 2014
Former DMZ Advisory Council for Start-Ups
2015 Ambassador FIFA WWC
Former Board - theScore
Former Kognitiv Board
Former WOW Entertainment Board
Past Board Writers Trust
Past Honourary Chair - Women's Brain Health Initiative

Ernest Lang
Founder & CEO -Promerita Group

Ernest is the founder of Promerita Group. His experience includes being a founding partner of one of the leading portfolio and wealth management practices at RBC Dominion Securities, Canada’s largest bank-owned investment dealer and wealth management company. He also has an extensive track record of entrepreneurial success, having been instrumental in establishing several significant enterprises in Canada and abroad. Ernest’s professional experience encompasses corporate acquisitions, structured financial products, equity, and debt financing, international trade, real estate finance and development, business start-ups, and multi-asset class investments.

With his roots in family business, his experience in wealth management and as a multi-industry entrepreneur, coupled with his corporate and finance background, Ernest is frequently relied upon by corporations and private family groups to provide strategic business and financial advice and to develop effective risk management, capital allocation, and investment strategies. He has presented these strategies and provided comparative analysis at provincial accounting bodies, international financial industry conferences, global tax and legal firms and has been a university guest lecturer.

Ernest enjoys lifelong learning and earned “Double Firsts” (First Class Honours with a double major degree in History and English) from the University of British Columbia, holds a specialized MBA degree (Banking, University of London, UK), is a designated Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Financial Management Advisor (FMA), and has been appointed a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI).

Ernest has an extensive history of community service as a board director and committee member of a number of leading organizations including the provincial board of the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) of British Columbia where he participated in the original proposal to merge national accounting designations, the national government relations committee for Canada’s pre-eminent financial advisory advocacy and policy association, Vancouver’s Union Gospel Mission as well as the Insurance Council of British Columbia.

Born in Singapore, Ernest is grateful to have been raised in Vancouver and deeply appreciates living in this corner of the globe. Outside of his professional and community involvement, he prizes time with his wife and two sons, enjoys listening to and playing music, and relishes opportunities to expand his culinary horizons through international travel with his family.

Marc Kealey

With over 30 years- experience, Marc Kealey is a lead voice for public policy, management, and public sector governance in Canada. He is the Principal of K&A Inc, a project management, public policy, and advocacy firm with expertise in energy, healthcare, critical infrastructure, and gaming. The firm works closely with private and public sectors on regulatory matters, public acceptance, management, and governance. He was the original founder of the firm in 2007.
Kealey is an expert in management, governance, human relations, advocacy, communications, and policy development. His expertise has been honed from years of practical experience in politics, business, public policy, and public sector governance. At K&A he has been intimately involved in some of the toughest public policy issues like cross-border re-importation of drugs, decriminalization of cannabis, vape regulations, charity gaming legislation, and a re-shift of the energy systems in several provinces.
Prior to founding K&A, Marc Kealey was CEO of the Ontario Pharmacists’ Association from 2003 to 2007– the largest professional pharmacy organization in Canada. During his tenure, he steered the organization through the toughest issues of the day including the Transparent Drug System for Patients Act and cross border drug trade. He lectures worldwide on prescription drug reform to this day.
Marc was appointed General Manager of AECL, Canada’s nuclear trust, in 1999. In his role, he worked in Europe, Asia, and North America. A highlight was when he accompanied PM Chretien to China in 2003 to open CANDU reactors there and oversaw the development of reactors in Romania, Korea, and across Canada. He helped increase public acceptance for nuclear through a strategic and thoughtful program of education and awareness. He continues to provide advice to the nuclear energy sector and is often called upon to advise governments and corporations in the sector.
He was a hospital administrator from 1990 to 1999 and led the Durham Region hospital sector’s multi-million dollar restructuring campaign – the largest undertaking of its kind in Canada at the time. In his role at Whitby General, he helped establish the first multi-hospital system in Canada - Lakeridge Health.
In 1984, he began his career as an Advisor to former Prime Minister of Canada the Rt. Hon. John N. Turner where he was active on political and policy files in the energy and health sectors. He and Mr. Turner remain friends and close associates.
Marc is dedicated to public service and is involved in many organizations and causes. He served on the Boards of McMaster University and the Smart System For Health Agency in Ontario. He currently sits on the Board of Advisors to University of Waterloo’s Pharmacy School, is a Board member of a privately held organization and a publicly-traded company. He is also a founding member of Jamaica Canada Disaster Relief and Resilience Initiative and the Canada India Foundation. In 2014, he received a Knighthood of the Order of France.
He is well-traveled internationally and lectures frequently on governance, infrastructure, and public policy. He can be heard on Satellite Radio on a regular basis on health and energy issues and is a frequent commentator on issues political. In 2005, he was invited with former Prime Minister John Turner to Ukraine to oversee the elections in that country’s move to democracy.
Marc attended Kent State University in Ohio and is a graduate of the University of Waterloo where he excelled as an athlete and member of student government.