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February 27+28

Westin Prince
Toronto Hotel

900 York Mills
Toronto, ON 02-27-2013 15:00:00 02-28-2013 13:30:00 15 Wisdom Exchange 2013 Forum for CEOs, presidents and owners of Ontario’s high-growth firms offering a key resource for Ontario’s business leaders to share knowledge, learn best practices and make valuable networking connections. The Westin Prince Toronto Hotel Ministry of Economic Development & Innovation false DD/MM/YYYY
Jim Balsillie
Co-Founder, Research In Motion

Jim Balsillie (B.Com Toronto, FCA Toronto, MBA Harvard) co-founded Research In Motion, founded The Centre for International Governance Innovation, The Balsillie School of International Affairs, The Canadian International Council, and is the private sector representative on the UN High-Level Panel for Global Sustainability. His awards include the Mobile World Congress Lifetime Achievement Award, India's Priyadarshni Academy Global Award, Time Magazine World's 100 Most Influential People, Canadian Business Hall of Fame, three times Barron's list of 'World's Top CEOs', and once CNBC's list of 'Worst CEOs'.
John M. Lutz
President, IBM Canada Ltd.

As President of IBM Canada Ltd., John Lutz sets the strategic direction of the IBM organization in Canada, and oversees its day-to-day operations. He is also a member of the Corporation’s Integration and Values Team; a group of IBM’s most senior leaders who develop and execute IBM’s vision across its global enterprise.

Prior to his appointment as President of IBM Canada in January, 2012, John was the General Manager of IBM Global Process Services. In this capacity he and his team helped clients worldwide build shared services operations by outsourcing various business functions and customer-related services; providing them with sustainable competitive advantage. In this role John led delivery teams in over twenty countries.

John started his IBM career in 1984 after an internship at the IBM Research headquarters in New York State. Over his 28 years at IBM, he has held a variety of global roles including General Manager of IBM’s Financial Services Sector – a role where he worked with many of the world’s leading banks, helping them become more customer-centric and better manage risk. John also served as Vice President for Insurance, Europe, and as Executive Assistant to IBM Chairman and CEO, Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

Outside of IBM, John is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and a board member of the Conference Board of Canada. As well he sits on the Conference Board’s International Chief Executives in Canada (ICE-C) committee.

He is a native of southern Ohio, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in Computer Science and Linguistics. He lives with his wife, Alethea, and their three children in Toronto.

Don Drummond
Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy, Queen's University, and Chair, Commission on the Reform of Ontario Public Services

After a brilliant career as a senior federal finance official and bank chief economist, in which he has been a force in shaping and interpreting the modern Canadian economy, Don Drummond is now the Matthews Fellow and Visiting Scholar in the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University.

Don Drummond has been present at the defining moments of recent Canadian economic history. As a key strategist in the Department of Finance in the 1990s, he helped tame the deficit and debt crises and set the country on the road to substantive tax reform.

He seamlessly shifted to the private sector, turning the position of Toronto-Dominion Bank's chief economist into a critical piece of the bank's marketing effort, basically reinventing the role of economist as media star.

He had a front-row seat on the 2008 financial meltdown, which, despite pain for many people, was fascinating grist for an economist's intellectual mill. Indeed, as a finance mandarin, Mr. Drummond helped create the conditions that allowed Canada to come through the disaster in better condition than almost any other industrial power.

During his 23 years at the federal Depart of Finance, Mr. Drummond held a series of progressively more senior positions in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy and tax policy.

In 2012, Mr. Drummond served as Commission on the Reform of Ontario Public Services. The Commission’s main tasks were to advise the Ontario Government on how to return to budget balance in a timely manner and increase the value-for-taxpayers' dollars in everything Ontario does. A major pre-occupation of the Commission is a re-design of health care. The final report was released on February 15, 2012.

Chris Mathers
International Security Expert

Chris Mathers spent most of his adult life working undercover for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the US Drug Enforcement Administration and the US Customs Service. Posing as a gangster, a drug trafficker and finally as a money launderer, Mathers has done it all, and his book, CRIME SCHOOL: Money Laundering, tells it all.

Mathers retired after a 20-year career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At the time of his retirement, he was the senior undercover operator at the RCMP Proceeds of Crime Section where he established and operated a number of “storefront” money laundering businesses in Canada and the US, targeting Colombian, Russian and Asian organized crime groups. Mathers personally infiltrated criminal organizations in North America, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe.

In 1995, Mathers joined the Forensic division of the international accounting firm, KPMG. In 1999, he was appointed to the position of President of KPMG Corporate Intelligence Inc. where he was responsible for international due diligence, asset recovery operations and the investigation and prevention of organized crime and money laundering.

Mathers established his own firm where he provides crime and risk consulting services to selected domestic and international clients, specializing in fraud, money laundering, terrorism and organized crime issues. Mathers concluded an offshore asset tracing assignment on behalf of the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-For-Food Programme in Iraq.

A popular media commentator and speaker, Mathers has served as a consultant on several feature films and documentaries relating to organized crime, espionage and money laundering. He has appeared on television and radio interviews on CNN, PBS, MSNBC, all of the Canadian national news networks as well as media outlets in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean. Mathers is also the host of The Egyptian Job, on the National Geographic Channel.

As a speaker, Mathers’ controversial style describes the secret underworld of gangsters and terrorists, explaining the terms and identifying the characters, in a candid, no-punches-pulled style that is consistent with this extraordinary man.