2017 Keynote Speakers & Panel

Morning, Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kim Wheatley
Kim WheatleyAnishinaabe Cultural Consultant
Kim Wheatley is an Anishinaabe Traditional Grandmother from Shawanaga First Nation Reserve. She has worked in Southern Ontario for over 2 decades providing traditional teachings utilizing song, storytelling and Anishinaabe Traditional Knowledge. She is turtle clan and carries the spiritual name “Head or Leader of the Fireflower”

She received the City of Pickering Heritage Award in 2015 and hopes to leave a legacy of pride, respect and understanding of the Indigenous People of Canada. Kim has represented Canada internationally and locally as a First Nations Cultural Ambassador in sports and citizenship. She has appeared on TV, radio and magazine spots.

Currently Kim is an active Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant & the Southern Regional Vice Chair for the Provincial and territorial organization called the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO), with whom she assisted in securing the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) 2017 taking place in Toronto in July.

Morning, Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Leona Dargis
Leona DargisInspirational/Motivational Keynote Speaker - Leadership - Agvocate
Leona is the eldest of five daughters raised on their family farm in northeastern Alberta near St.Paul. At one point Dargis Seed & Feed Ltd. owned and fed 4,000 head of cattle all while managing over 7,000 acres of land, both in pasture and crop. Together they learned the values of hard work, perseverance and gratitude from their parents the late Jean & Joanne Dargis. Leona graduated from Olds College with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agribusiness and in 2011 was awarded a Canadian Nuffield Scholarship. This enabled her to study succession planning around the world. As a new resident of the Yukon Territory, Leona embarks on a new farming adventure. She strives to breakdown the barriers within Canada’s agricultural industry and is a proud Agvocate. She will share her global stories that exemplify how to take unimaginable change, adapt to it and succeed.

Listen to our announcement of Leona Dargis being one of 2017 Latornell Conservation Symposium Keynote Speakers:

Evening, Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kathryn McGarry
Kathryn McGarryMinister of Natural Resources and Forestry
Kathryn McGarry was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Cambridge. She currently serves as Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. Ms. McGarry was previously Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation.

In her private life, she has been a care coordinator in the community and a nurse for 30 years. Ms. McGarry is very active in her community, particularly as an advocate for health care and cultural heritage. She is a founding member of the Hospice of Waterloo Region, and a past president of Heritage Cambridge.

Ms. McGarry received the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 2009, and a Bernice Adams Memorial Award in 2011 for her community service.

Lunch, Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Terry O'Reilly
Terry O'ReillyRadio Broadcast Host, Keynote Speaker, and Author
Terry O’Reilly is the familiar voice behind the hit CBC radio shows O’Reilly on Advertising, The Age of Persuasion, and his current program, Under the Influence, where he explores the business, the craft, and the promise of promotion. In his intriguing talks, O’Reilly explores how our culture is shaped by marketing, as well as providing his expertise on branding, campaigns, spin, and more.

O’Reilly began his career in radio, and then went on to become an award-winning copywriter for a number of Toronto advertising agencies. He created campaigns for many of the top brands in the country, including Labatt, Molson, Bell, and The Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1990, Terry co-founded Pirate Radio & Television with a staff of 50, with eight recording studios in Toronto and New York City.

O’Reilly has received Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Advertising & Design Club of Canada, The Television Bureau of Canada, and the American Marketing Association. He has also been granted an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from McMaster University in 2012, an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree from Humber College in 2014, and an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law Degree from St. Mary’s University in Halifax in 2015.

He has co-written the bestselling book, The Age of Persuasion: How Marketing Ate Our Culture, and recently released his second book, This I Know: Marketing Lessons from Under The Influence.

Afternoon, Thursday, November 23, 2017

Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion
Water Takings in Ontario: Are We on Course to a Water Crisis in Ontario?

With a growing opposition to water being treated as a commodity, the Province has changed some of the regulations around water taking permits for water bottlers and others, raising the cost of taking water. Some say this doesn’t go far enough and that it doesn’t solve the real issues around water. We need to consider water security, water quality and climate change effects as well as ensuring sufficient water to support environmental needs.

Water issues are complicated and polarize communities. Should we be concerned that there won’t be enough water to support our needs now and into the future?

Join us for what promises to be a lively discussion as our panel of experts educates delegates on water takings in Ontario and explores some of the key issues around water takings.

Steve Paikin, Moderator/Host

Nelson Switzer, Nestle Waters
Ellen Schwartzel, Environmental Commissioner’s Office
Kim Wheatley, Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant
Eric Hodgins, Region of Waterloo
Rob de Loë, University of Waterloo

Steve Paikin
Steve PaikinAnchor and Senior Editor of The Agenda
The anchor and senior editor of The Agenda on TVO, Steve Paikin has moderated leaders’ debates for three federal and two provincial elections, has written multiple books, and has created several documentaries.

Whether in front of the camera or a live audience, Paikin always brings his intelligent analysis to top, headlining stories—be they local, national, or international. For twelve years prior to The Agenda, Paikin co-hosted TVO’s Studio 2. He also hosted TVO’s weekly foreign affairs series, Diplomatic Immunity, which debuted in 1998.

His book, Paikin and the Premiers: Personal Reflections on a Half-Century of Ontario Leaders, examines a half century of Ontario’s leaders. In his book The New Game Paikin looked at the history of hockey, and the changes that shaped the game. In 2005, he penned Public Triumph, Private Tragedy: The Double Life of John P. Robarts, which analyzed the impact of the former Ontario Premier John Robarts on Ontario.  Paikin wrote The Life: The Seductive Call of Politics and The Dark Side: The Personal Price of a Political Life.

His documentary Return to The Warsaw Ghetto won the “Silver Screen Award” at the U.S. International Film and Video Festival, as well as awards at Canada’s Yorkton Film Festival and China’s Shanghai Film Festival. In June 2013 Laurentian University named Steve Paikin their second Chancellor.

In December 2014, he was appointed distinguished visiting professor in The RTA School of Media and School of Journalism at Ryerson University, his term starting January 2015. Steve is originally from Hamilton, was educated at the University of Toronto and Boston University,  which we believe explains his love of the  Hamilton Tiger Cats and Boston Red Sox.  He has spent nearly 25 years in journalism.

Nelson Switzer
Nelson SwitzerVice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, Nestlé Waters North America
Nelson Switzer joined Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) in January 2016 as Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer. In this role, Nelson is responsible for the continued growth and implementation of multi-faceted sustainability strategies and programs. He reports to the company’s Chief Executive Officer and is a member of the Executive Team. Nelson brings more than 15 years of experience working in the public and private sectors at both the local and international level, specializing in sustainable development and management.Nelson Switzer joined Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) in January 2016 as Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer. In this role, Nelson is responsible for the continued growth and implementation of multi-faceted sustainability strategies and programs. He reports to the company’s Chief Executive Officer and is a member of the Executive Team. Nelson brings more than 15 years of experience working in the public and private sectors at both the local and international level, specializing in sustainable development and management.

In his current position at NWNA, Nelson focuses primarily on identifying issues and developing solutions to complex environmental, social and governance challenges by facilitating constructive engagement and collaboration. Before joining NWNA, Nelson was Director and Leader of Sustainable Business Solutions at PwC where he designed and led a premium sustainability and stakeholder engagement management advisory practice.

Prior to that, Nelson was an officer at the consulting firm asherleaf where he designed and managed sustainability programs across a wide range of industries. Nelson also has served as Head of Corporate Responsibility at Centrica plc NA, Senior Manager of Environmental Affairs at the Royal Bank of Canada and has held adjunct positions and executive in residence status at leading universities including the University of Waterloo and Ivey School of Business.

Nelson holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Brunswick.

Ellen Schwartzel
Ellen SchwartzelDeputy Commissioner, Environmental Commissioner’s Office
Ellen is currently the Deputy Environmental Commissioner. She has advised commissioners on a broad suite of policy areas, including climate change, urban air quality, sand and gravel extraction, water taking, environmental assessment and municipal wastewater management. One of her current priorities is to help Ontarians use their citizen engagement toolkit under the Environmental Bill of Rights.

Prior to joining the ECO, Ellen spent several years in advocacy for environmental organizations and research support for Ontario’s Environment Minister. Her academic background is in botany, and she shares a small Toronto garden with her husband, two kids and an ever-changing scramble of native plants, birds and bugs.

Kim Wheatley
Kim WheatleyAnishinaabe Cultural Consultant
Kim Wheatley is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) band member of Shawanaga First Nation. Kim’s love of Indigenous handdrumming/singing and Anishinaabe traditional teachings defines her life journey and is always the framework of interaction that shapes her worldview. She is deeply committed to creating and promoting awareness of the Indigenous perspective.

Kim has provided a wide variety of culture-based workshops throughout the greater Southern region of Ontario that educate, sensitize and expand the minds of those seeking a greater understanding of the Indigenous perspective. Her diverse accomplishments and contributions include membership on the Durham Regional Aboriginal Advisory Circle for the Oshawa Health Center (DRAAC), Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO) as the Southern Regional Vice Chair as well as on the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Aboriginal Advisory Circle.

She continues to actively work throughout the greater southern region of Ontario as an Indigenous Cultural Consultant using her diverse experiences and traditional knowledge for the greater good!

Eric Hodgins
Eric HodginsManager Hydrogeology & Source Water, Regional Municipality of Waterloo
Eric has been employed at the Regional Municipality of Waterloo for 23 years and for most of that time has directed implementation of the Region’s Water Resources Protection Strategy and quarterbacked its’ aquifer management program. In 2004, he was a member of the Technical Experts Committee on Source Water Protection for the Ministry of the Environment and has been an active participant in the development and implementation of the Clean Water Act since its inception. Eric has a Master of Science degree from the University of Waterloo in hydrogeology and is a professional geoscientist.
Rob de Loë
Rob de LoëDepartment of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo
Rob de Loë is a Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, and Director of the Water Policy and Governance Group. His academic research centres on topics relating to water policy, water governance and water management. Factors that facilitate and constrain effective governance are an overriding concern in his research program.

During the past two decades, Rob’s research program has been funded by diverse academic and non-academic sources. He has explored governance challenges in areas that include trans-boundary water management, protection of drinking water sources, climate change adaptation and water allocation.

Rob is becoming particularly interested in more systemic approaches to governance for water and the environment, especially ones that take account of critical external considerations such as changes in demand for food and energy, population shifts, and climate change. Actors, institutions and drivers typically viewed as external to water governance are a primary concern in his new research direction. Rob’s current SSHRC-funded project – Rethinking Water Governance: Towards a New Agenda for Research and Practice– is the first major academic research initiative in this program.