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Wind Generated Controversy and the financial, legal and political implications of Ontario’s Green Energy Act.

02 June 2011 The growing movement of opposition to industrial wind energy in Ontario, and the challenges Ontario’s Green Energy Act faces from a ...

Wind Generated Controversy and the financial, legal and political implications of Ontario’s Green Energy Act.
The Conservative Fiscal and Economic Plan for the Future of Canada

Speaking on the day the Prime Minister’s party releases its much-anticipated election platform. Reference to previous speeches at for Empire Club. ...

The Conservative Fiscal and Economic Plan for the Future of Canada
The New Liberal Vision of Canada

Canadians as a great people up for a great challenge. The Liberal platform released two weeks ago. Stephen Harper’s platform released yesterday. ...

The New Liberal Vision of Canada
The Current State of the Economy and How the Government Is Dealing with the Global Financial Crisis

Pressures and challenges for the Canadian economy, the same as for the rest of the world. Working with our international partners to find ways to ...

The Current State of the Economy and How the Government Is Dealing with the Global Financial Crisis
Ontario’s Financial Situation

Challenges facing the finance minister and how they are not as daunting as those facing families who have lost a job. Ontario grappling with this ...

Ontario’s Financial Situation
The “Have” Province

A story from Saskatchewan. Friendly faces at the head table. Some introductions. Sources of perspective. Heady times for the province of ...

The “Have” Province
Social Media and Corporate Trust

Introduction of panellists by Boyd Neil who continues to speak. The decline in trust in companies over the past few years. Social tools such as ...

Social Media and Corporate Trust
Ryerson as a City Builder

Some particular introductions and welcoming remarks from the speaker. The speaker’s fascination with the connection between universities and cities. ...

Ryerson as a City Builder
Accountability in the Public Sector: Auditing Canada’s Economic Action Plan

A non-cheerful backdrop for the speaker’s talk. Encountering doom and gloom on the economic front. A backdrop that also provides valuable context for ...

Accountability in the Public Sector: Auditing Canada’s Economic Action Plan
Canada Day and Canadian Politics

Some opening humorous remarks about the speaker’s invitation to speak. Reference of the departure of Don Newman from the CBC. The speaker continues ...

Canada Day and Canadian Politics
Progressive Conservative Party Leadership

A panel discussion led by Larry Stout and beginning with Christine Elliott: Personal bio graphical details. The needed debate about policy, ...

Progressive Conservative Party Leadership
Post Election Panel

Jamie Watt: How Mr. Harper sees the outcome of the election. The challenges of even a stronger minority government. Several important milestones ...

Post Election Panel
Moving Forward From Hardship to Hope

The speaker’s family history with The Empire Club and The Canadian Club. Listening to lead. Questions the speaker has heard from Canadians. Taking ...

Moving Forward From Hardship to Hope
The New AGO

Several slides are shown during this speech. An acknowledgement of donors and others in the audience that helped to make the new AGO possible. ...

The New AGO
Canada’s Pension Challenge

Pensions as front-page news. The wide-reaching affect of pensions. The very public debate about pensions – retirement security, affordability, ...

Canada’s Pension Challenge
Creating a Space for Canadian Voices in a Chaotic Media Landscape

The speaker’s position as head of CBC/Radio-Canada. What he soon discovered about the public broadcaster after he arrived in 2008. The 29 services ...

Creating a Space for Canadian Voices in a Chaotic Media Landscape
How to Create a Culture of Innovation

Providing some insight on innovation. Innovation now as the prime driver of economic growth and how that is so. The experience of three companies ...

How to Create a Culture of Innovation
The Canadian Forces—Today and in the Future

Some introductory remarks. The speaker in his fifth month as Chief of Defence Staff and how he is enjoying the job. His former job. A description of ...

The Canadian Forces—Today and in the Future
The Third World—Is It Sinking or Shrinking?

The tendency to be pessimistic about the future of mankind right now and why. One of the greatest challenges presented by globalization. Future ...

The Third World—Is It Sinking or Shrinking?
Education Panel Discussions

Lynda Palazzi: A great time to talk about Gen Ys and Gen Zs- a huge group from 11-30 now in our schools and workplaces. How powerful these groups ...

Education Panel Discussions
AIMCo—Edmonton’s New Investment Opportunity

The speaker’s participation in Ontario Teachers for almost 10 years. How we intend to give substance to the provincial government’s dream to create ...

AIMCo—Edmonton’s New Investment Opportunity
Is There a Future for Manufacturing in Canada?

A time of extraordinary economic challenge. Living in a global economy. The impact of the U.S. credit crisis. The speaker’s opinion as to what we are ...

Is There a Future for Manufacturing in Canada?
Children’s Mental Health Week

Valerie Pringle and Margaret Trudeau in dialogue about children and youth mental health. Ms. Trudeau’s bipolar condition. Background and history to ...

Children’s Mental Health Week
Annual Investment Outlook 2009

Thomas S. Caldwell: Understanding the future by first understanding the present and the immediate past. A story. The current circumstances that we ...

Annual Investment Outlook 2009
Lights… Orchestra… Curtains: Bring on the Best of World-Class Live Theatre!

The speaker’s response to the oft-asked question “Why did you get into the theatre business?” Getting the theatre bug. Co-productions with Canstage. ...

Lights… Orchestra… Curtains: Bring on the Best of World-Class Live Theatre!
Annual Christmas Luncheon 2008

December 18, 2008<br></br> The Hon. David C. Onley<br></br> Lieutenant-Governor of ...

Annual Christmas Luncheon 2008
Alternative Energy: How Soon Is Too Soon?

A definition of alternative energy – or what it isn’t. Narrow focus on alternative green energy. How things are changing for alternative energy. ...

Alternative Energy: How Soon Is Too Soon?
Financial Forum 2008

Donald G.M. Coxe A quote from Leon Trotsky. A century that has begun with a redefinition of the capital markets and is continuing to do so. The ...

Financial Forum 2008
Ontario’s 2008–2009 Budget

The presentation of the 2008-09 Ontario budget to the legislature yesterday. Stronger-than-expected growth in 2007. The growth expected in 2008. Some ...

Ontario’s 2008–2009 Budget
Reflections on Developments in the Canadian Financial System

The speaker delivering his final public speech as Governor of the Bank of Canada. What the speaker means by “financial system.” Why the Bank of ...

Reflections on Developments in the Canadian Financial System
An End to Rhetoric: Putting Patients First

Greetings from the more than 65,000 physician-members of the Canadian Medical Association. The speaker addressing the club as the 140th president of ...

An End to Rhetoric: Putting Patients First
The Role of NATO in Afghanistan

NATO; its operation in Afghanistan; its future and the vital role that Canada plays in the NATO alliance. Canada’s distinguished military history. ...

The Role of NATO in Afghanistan
Forum on the 2008 United States Presidential Election

This is a moderated panel. John Ibbitson acts as moderator. The address is a series of questions and answers, an exchange of views. Questions from ...

Forum on the 2008 United States Presidential Election
The IT Talent Gap: Answering Canada’s Greatest Human Capital Challenge

Technology and the talent required that makes technology a vital part of our national economy. Reference to the Institute for Competitiveness and ...

The IT Talent Gap: Answering Canada’s Greatest Human Capital Challenge
The Canada-U.S. Relationship

Declaring a small bias. New York City. Some quotes about Americans and Canadians. The diplomat’s job. Some American and Canadian traits. The nature ...

The Canada-U.S. Relationship
The Importance of International Accounting Standards

An invitation to an accounting standard-setter as a reflection of the times. Finger-pointing at accounting standards as the cause of the current ...

The Importance of International Accounting Standards
The Ontario we have and the Ontario we deserve

Some introductory remarks. A story about the speaker’s sister. The gap between the Ontario we have and the Ontario that we deserve. A leadership gap. ...

The Ontario we have and the Ontario we deserve
Partnership, Consultation, Education

A salute to the Empire Club of Canada. The Empire Club with an affinity for Aboriginal issues. The lands of Canada’s North and its Aboriginal peoples ...

Partnership, Consultation, Education
Alberta—Canada’s Engine of Growth

Alberta’s contribution to Canada. Alberta facing unprecedented global demand for their resources. Alberta providing energy security to Canadians. A ...

Alberta—Canada’s Engine of Growth
New Approaches and Partnerships to Meet the Labour Market Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

Reference to the federal government making great progress on some big commitments. Some personal history. Now less about hard hands and raw land and ...

New Approaches and Partnerships to Meet the Labour Market Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

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