September 24 - September 28, 2018
The Hyatt Regency Hotel & The TELUS Convention Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
He is one of the faces of Canada, radiating intelligence and trustworthiness.
His mind is as sharp as the Rockies.
National treasurers need no introduction, and so it is with Rex Murphy, writer, broadcaster and professional thinker.
He knows what makes Canadians tick, and what drives our political and social affairs. He makes us important, reminds us we have culture beyond hockey. His thought-provoking, sometimes stinging commentary and original insights are delivered through a vocabulary to make Webster’s consider updating.
Canadian’s are treated to weekly commentary from Rex on CBC’s The National along with his Saturday column in the National Post. He’s also acted as an editorial contributor to CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera. For over 20 years he acted as the host and moderator of CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup. The show brought over 1 million listeners and at times 15,000 callers wanting to join in discussions. He calls himself a Newfoundlander biting at the heels of Canadian conservatism.
Murphy, a Rhodes Scholar, was born and raised in St. John’s, Nfld., where he graduated from Memorial University and, in 1968 went to Oxford University, along with former U.S. President Bill Clinton.
Rex ran twice in provincial elections and lost both times. Maybe he was too honest?
Certainly, as a speaker, he’s quality. He’s profound. Oh, and entertainer Murphy can spin a funny yarn. Each presentation is customized to your topic and audience with a touch of his delicious “Rex appeal.”
Science broadcaster and writer Jay Ingram was co-host of Discovery Channel's science show, Daily Planet for 16 years. It remains television’s only daily hour-long prime-time science and nature news magazine. Jay joined Discovery in 1994 and was instrumental in helping shape the program format.
From 1979 to 1992, Ingram hosted CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks and earned two ACTRA Awards, one for Best Host. In 1992 and 1993, Ingram hosted two CBC Radio series: Cranial Pursuits, a series “by, for and about the brain”, and The Talk Show, a series bout language that won a Science in Society Journalism Award.
For 10 years, Jay wrote articles for popular children's publication Owl Magazine. He wrote a weekly science column for the Toronto Star for 12 years, and is currently a columnist for Canadian Wildlife magazine.
Since 2005 he was been Chair of the Science Communications Program at the Banff Centre, a unique undertaking to promote creative science writing, broadcasting and social media. He is also co-founder of Beakerhead, an arts and engineering happening which began in 2013 in Calgary, Alberta.
In 1984, Jay was awarded the Sandford Fleming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute for his efforts to popularize science, and he also earned the Royal Society of Canada’s McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science in 1997. In 2000, Jay was awarded a Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Alberta, and has received five honorary doctorates. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2009 he was named to The Order of Canada.
Jay has written thirteen books, three of which have won Canadian Science Writers' Awards and almost all of which have been on the bestseller list. They have been translated into 14 languages. He is the 2015 recipient of the Walter C. Alvarez award for medical writing given by the American Medical Writers Association. Jay is an engaging, provocative speaker who can address complex, scientific issues in non-technical terms, making them interesting, relevant and accessible to a wide range of audiences.
Gregg Saretsky joined WestJet in June 2009 as Vice-President of WestJet Vacations, before being named Executive Vice-President, Operations, for WestJet in October 2009. He became WestJet President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2010. In 2013 Gregg was honoured by Canadian Business Magazine as the Top New CEO in Canada, an award bestowed on the top performing CEO during the first five years of their tenure.
Gregg began his career in aviation with Canadian Airlines in 1985 as a route development planner and rose through the ranks to the position of Vice-President, Airports, and Vice-President, Marketing, before joining Alaska Airlines in 1998 as Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Planning.
He also served as Executive Vice-President of Flight Operations and Marketing, responsible for the airline's flight crews, operations, and consumer programs and activities.
Gregg grew up in Quebec and British Columbia, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia.
Gregg joined WestJet's Board of Directors in April 2010.
Professor Phil Hopkins is an independent consultant, with his own company: Phil Hopkins Ltd. He was previously Executive Director of the pipeline engineering company Penspen Limited, UK, and Managing Director of the pipeline engineering consultants, Andrew Palmer and Associates (APA), UK. He has over 35 years engineering experience in transmission pipelines, and.continues to be involved with universities: he teaches at both Newcastle and Northumbria universities in the UK.