Our 2021 Keynote Speakers

Innovation in Real Places: Strategies for Prosperity in an Unforgiving World

Dan Breznitz

Munk Chair of Innovation, University of Toronto

Dan Breznitz is the author of Innovation in Real Places and The Third Globalization. He is the Munk Chair of Innovation Studies at the University of Toronto, where he also co-directs the Innovation Policy Lab. Professor Breznitz is known worldwide as an expert on innovation.

Making Canadian Cities Affordable Again

Jennifer Keesmaat

Former Chief Planner, City of Toronto

Jennifer Keesmaat is passionate about creating places where people flourish. Named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Maclean’s, she spent five years as Toronto’s Chief City Planner, where she was celebrated for her forward-thinking approach. Jennifer is a Distinguished Visitor in Residence Emeritus at the University of Toronto.

Dream, Dare, Do: Why it’s Pacific Canada’s Time to Lead in the Blue Economy

Julie Angus

CEO & Founder, Open Ocean Robotics

Julie Angus is CEO of Open Ocean Robotics, a company that develops autonomous energy-harvesting boats to collect information from our oceans and instantly relay it. The goal is to protect our oceans, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build an Internet of Things for the ocean. Julie is a founding board member of the Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST) and a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.