Agenda


Monday, 5 November, 2018

14:00
Registration Opens
14:30
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

FINANCE, GROWTH, AND THE BOTTOM LINE
Hosted by Royal Bank of Canada
The disruptive forces of technology and globalization are making it increasingly challenging for businesses to stay relevant and competitive. The CFO’s role is no longer tied to just the balance sheet, and today’s business leaders must take a broader approach—from focusing on strategy to talent acquisition and maximizing return on investment. A roundtable discussion on competition and growth in the global marketplace.
Cynthia Devine, Chief Financial Officer, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment
Theresa Jang, Executive Vice President, Stantec
Karen Parkhill, Executive Vice President and CFO, Medtronic
Introduction: Patti Shugart, Managing Director and Global Head, Corporate Banking and Global Credit, RBC Capital Markets
Moderator: Leigh Gallagher, Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune

16:00
WELCOME AND THE BIG GET-TO-KNOW-YOU

Host: Pattie Sellers, Executive Director, Fortune MPW Summits and Live Content

16:25
TOWN HALL: ADVANCING WOMEN IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

Empowering more women to become participants in the global economy could add $12 trillion to global GDP by 2025. Studies show that gender equity can help spur growth, alleviate poverty, and further innovation. Despite these benefits, women worldwide face a multitude of challenges—from lack of education to access to capital. What lessons have we learned in the decades since research began to reveal the economic benefits of female participation? How can global businesses take the lead, both in fostering women leaders and in addressing the pay equity gap? A conversation on where we are now, and how the private sector can move the dial on making inclusion a reality.
The Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, Government of Canada
Kathleen Taylor, Chair of the Board, Royal Bank of Canada
Moderator: Nina Easton, Chair, Fortune Most Powerful Women International

17:00
LEADING THROUGH INNOVATION

Since taking the reins at Lockheed Martin in 2013, Marillyn Hewson has led the company through unprecedented technological and political change. A look at how Hewson is navigating one of the biggest defense contract companies through a multitude of 21st-century challenges: from the breakneck speed of innovation, to a growing workforce skills gap and a fiercely competitive global market.
Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President, and CEO, Lockheed Martin
Interviewer: Leigh Gallagher, Fortune

17:20
REINVENTING RETAIL

As the new CEO of HBC, Helena Foulkes has been taking bold steps to better position the diversified global retailer in a rapidly-changing retail market. How will the changes she is making shape the future of this iconic company?
Helena Foulkes, Chief Executive Officer, Hudson’s Bay Co.
Interviewer: Pattie Sellers, Fortune
Introduction: The Hon. Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Government of Canada

17:40
BREAKING BARRIERS, BUILDING INSTITUTIONS

Drawing from her long history of activism, Afghanistan First Lady Rula Ghani has made it her goal to empower a nation of women who’ve survived years of suppression under the Taliban regime. In today’s Afghanistan, female entrepreneurs have invested more than $66 million in the economy, and created nearly 50,000 jobs. Hear how women around the world can help them continue to strengthen Afghanistan’s economy and create opportunities for all Afghan citizens.
H.E. Rula Ghani, First Lady, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Interviewer: Nina Easton, Fortune

18:00
COCKTAIL RECEPTION
19:00
DINNER AND KEYNOTE CONVERSATION

Keynote Interview:
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, Government of Canada
In conversation with: Nina Easton, Fortune
Introduction: Jennifer Tory, Chief Administrative Officer, Royal Bank of Canada
Remarks: Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal
Special Guest Performance: Charlotte Cardin, Singer-Songwriter

21:15
ADJOURN

Tuesday, 6 November, 2018

8:00
POWER BREAKFAST
8:30
UNDERSTANDING THE NEW WORLD ORDER

The geopolitical challenges of our times are more complex than ever. As globalization continues to spread in some parts of the world, the strength of developing countries is increasing, creating tensions between emerging and established powers and giving rise to protectionist and nationalist sentiment. As our population rises, millions of global citizens will join the middle class, placing new demands on governments and service providers. How should global business leaders respond to these dynamics and what will American leadership look like in this new world order?
Jami Miscik, Vice Chairman and CEO, Kissinger Associates
Interviewer: Leigh Gallagher, Fortune

8:50
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IN BUSINESS

Mastering digital transformation is imperative in today’s global marketplace. AI is reshaping the way businesses are run, and customers’ demands and tastes are changing as they become more and more connected. A conversation about how businesses can master the most important advances in tech and what it takes to thrive in our digital world.
Heather Brunner, Chairwoman and CEO, WP Engine
Barbara Humpton, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens USA
Interviewer: Maithreyi Seetharaman, Co-chair, MPW International Summit London

9:15
THE NEXT FRONTIER OF AI

Imagine an AI machine that can debate humans with clarity, confidence, and a little bit of humor. Project Debater, an AI system, is mastering the power of persuasion and human decision making by processing vast data sets to make compelling arguments. Hear about the implications for the future of business and day-to-day life, from one woman who is breaking new ground in AI.
Ranit Aharonov, Global Manager, Project Debater, IBM Research
Interviewer: Kristen Bellstrom, Deputy Digital Editor, The Broadsheet, Fortune

9:30
FOUNDER’S STORY

From fitness tracking devices to meditation apps, digital solutions to manage our personal health and wellness have been around for a while. Yet, only recently have we seen advances in apps and devices that cater specifically to women. As a pioneer in global “femtech,” Danish entrepreneur Ida Tin is on a mission to help women take control of their health and wellbeing with intuitive, predictive, and easy-to-use technology–all just one click away.
Ida Tin, Co-founder and CEO, Clue
Interviewer: Maithreyi Seetharaman, Anchor and Executive Editor, Euronews;
Co-chair, MPW International Summit London

9:45
PRIVACY IN A DIGITAL AGE

Digital transformation is changing every aspect of our lives, from the way we shop, to the way we bank and seek medical help. While these changes often make our lives easier, they also put our personal data at risk. How can companies navigate the vast regulations being put around how they use data and keep their customers safe in today’s digital age?
Caroline Louveaux, Executive Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer, Mastercard
Interviewer: Claire Zillman, Co-chair, MPW International Summit London; Editor, Fortune

10:00
FOUNDER’S STORY

At 19 years old, Manjit Minhas scraped together $10,000 and launched her first beer brand. Today Minhas Breweries is the producer of 120 brands of beers, spirits, liqueurs and wines that are sold around the world. A conversation with a Dragon’s Den star on her path to success and why she believes that the effective use of science and engineering can do a lot of good in people’s lives.
Manjit Minhas, Co-founder CEO, Minhas Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries
Interviewer: Beth Kowitt, Senior Writer, Fortune

10:15
AMERICAN DIPLOMACY

A conversation with the United States’ top diplomat in Canada on USMCA and cross-border trade, America’s role on the world stage, and the advancement of women in public policy.
Kelly Craft, U.S. Ambassador to Canada
Interviewer: Nina Easton, Fortune

10:30
NAVIGATING THE CHALLENGE

Linda Hasenfratz is tasked with growing one of Canada’s biggest auto parts manufacturers as the future of world trade hangs in the balance. How will she lead the multibillion-dollar global company in today’s tense political climate and in the face of game-changing technological disruption?
Linda Hasenfratz, Chief Executive Officer, Linamar Corporation
Interviewer: Pattie Sellers, Fortune

10:45
NETWORKING BREAK
11:15
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Choose 1 of 4

Paths to Power: Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership
A conversation about how to balance the business leadership pipeline and put more women into seats of power. What practical actions can companies take to help break the cycle of female underrepresentation in C-suites and boardrooms?
Jill Ader, Chairwoman, Egon Zehnder
Jimena Almendares, Vice President, Global Expansion, Intuit
Martine Irman, Vice Chair and Head, Global Enterprise Banking, TD Securities; Senior Vice President, TD Bank Group; Chair, Export Development Canada
Monique F. Leroux, Chair of the Board, Investissement Québec; Vice-Chairman, Fiera Holdings Inc.; Former Chair and CEO, Desjardins Group
Moderator: Pattie Sellers, Fortune

Sustainable Growth: The Rise of the Responsible, Inclusive Corporation
Companies are increasingly under pressure to ensure their path to profitability is responsible, fair, and beneficial for all. A discussion about how companies can drive growth and commercial success by making inclusion and sustainability a cornerstone of their business strategy.
Hosted by Accenture
Nili Gilbert, Co-founder, Matarin Capital
Heather Loomis Tighe, Managing Director, BlackRock
Nicole Verkindt, Founder and CEO, OMX
Moderator: Leigh Gallagher, Fortune
Introduction: Madeleine Chenette, Managing Director, Accenture

Digital Transformation: A Future Built by AI
Hear from corporate executives across a range of sectors about how AI will transform the way we work and live in the future.
Joelle Pineau, Director, FAIR Montreal (Facebook AI Research Lab)
Ellyn Shook, Chief Leadership and Human Resources Officer, Accenture
Solmaz Shahalizadeh, Vice President, Data Science and Engineering, Shopify
Moderator: Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune

Building 21st-century Talent
As digital transformation takes hold, the demand for talent increases. How can business leaders better prepare current and future workforces to meet the needs of 21st-century workflows?
Rola Dagher, Vice President, Sales; President, Cisco Canada, Cisco
Alex Paladino, Global Managing Director, Head of Technology Practice, Thomson Reuters
Mary Sullivan, Senior Managing Director and Chief Talent Officer, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)
Moderator: Nina Easton, Fortune

12:30
SWITCH BREAK
12:45
LUNCH AND KEYNOTE CONVERSATION

The Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President, European Commission
In conversation with: Nina Easton, Fortune

14:30
ADJOURN