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Keynote Speakers

We will have two Keynote Speakers at each Outlook conference in 2017 


Halifax  November 6

The Hon. John McCallum, Canadian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China

John McCallum was appointed as Canada’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China in January of this year.  Before that, he served for 17 years as a Member of Parliament for Markham and held six ministerial portfolios, including National Defence and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.  He led the initiative to welcome more than 40,000 Syrian refugees to Canada in 2015-16 and nominated Nelson Mandela as an honorary citizen in 2001.


From 1994-2000, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at the Royal Bank of Canada. This followed an 18-year academic career at McGill University, Université du Québec à Montréal, Simon Fraser University and University of Manitoba.  Educated at Queens College, Cambridge and McGill, where he earned his PhD,  Mr. McCallum is married with three sons.


Brian Porter, President and Chief Executive Officer, Scotiabank

Brian Porter joined Scotiabank in 1981, and has progressed through a series of increasingly senior positions across the Bank, including executive roles with Global Banking and Markets, Global Risk Management, Group Treasury and International Banking. Brian served as Scotiabank’s Chief Risk Officer from 2005-2008, as Group Head of Risk & Treasury from 2008-2010 and as Group Head of International Banking from 2010-2012. He was appointed President of Scotiabank in November 2012, and was elected to the Scotiabank Board of Directors in April 2013. Brian assumed the role of CEO on November 1, 2013.

Brian has been actively involved with many industry, educational, community, health and arts organizations. His current board memberships include the Business Council of Canada, the Council of the Americas, and the Washington-based Institute of International Finance (IIF), where he serves as Vice Chairman and Treasurer. Brian is also the Chair of the University Health Network (UHN) Board of Trustees.

Brian earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree from Dalhousie University in 2008. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.


St. John's   November 7

Susan le Jeune d'Allegeershecque, British High Commissioner to Canada 

Susan le Jeune d'Allergeershecque became Britain's High Commissioner in Ottawa in September 2017.  Her previous diplomatic appointments include HM Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to UN and other International Organizations in Vienna from 2012-2016, and Consul General and Counsellor, Change Management at British Embassy in Washington from 2005-2007. She has also served in a variety of diplomatic roles in Singapore, Venezuela and Columbia, and worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since joining HM Diplomatic Service in 1985.

Ms le Jeune d'Allegeershecque is a graduate of Bristol University (1985) and the London School of Economics, where she earned her MSC in International Strategy and Diplomacy (2012). She is married with two sons (21 and 22).


John Parsons, Partner, McKinsey & Company  

John Parsons currently leads McKinsey’s Global Organization Practice for Energy and Materials, where he oversees a team focused on helping McKinsey’s global client base understand what type of organization, culture, and talent is required to win in today’s oil and gas, chemicals, mining, and electric power sectors.  His clients are among the largest and most innovative companies, including an international oil company, a Canadian oil sands leader, and a North American power generator that is making the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy.  He is also serving one of the world’s largest chemical producers, helping to deploy a new organizational model that will ensure rapid and effective deployment of ”Digital” across manufacturing sites.


Over his 13+ years at McKinsey, John has served clients on six continents, and over 100 different locations and facilities. Prior to joining McKinsey, John worked for Bombardier Aerospace in a variety of capacities, including manufacturing process optimization and new business development.  Following Bombardier, John attended The Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he graduated with a Master’s in Engineering Logistics.


A native of Newfoundland, John was born and raised in St. John’s, with his family roots in Conception Bay.  He attended Memorial University and holds a Bachelor of Commerce.   Like many graduates from the 1990s, he completed his studies and moved away, but frequently comes “home” to visit with his wife Michelle (also a native Newfoundlander) and their two children Elizabeth and Charlie.


Saint John    November 9

Peteris Ustubs, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada

Ambassador Ustubs began his posting as the European Union's top diplomat in Canada in September 2017. Prior to his arrival in Canada, he served as Americas Senior Advisor in the Cabinet of Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission.   

Ambassador Ustubs has held senior positions with the European External Action Service (EEAS), including as Director for West and Central Africa. Prior to that, he was Deputy Head of Cabinet of Andris Piebalgs, former European Commissioner for Development.

Ambassador Ustubs joined the Latvian diplomatic service in 1993 and served as the Representative of Latvia to the Political and Security Committee of the EU, the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Under-Secretary of State – Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


Matthew Hoag  Operations and Commercial Director, Americas Region, DP World 

Matthew Hoag is responsible for leading operations strategy and commercial relationships for six port facilities throughout the Americas including: Vancouver; Caucedo, Dominican Republic; Paramaribo, Suriname; Santos, Brazil; Callao, Peru; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Matt has over 20 years proven leadership, terminal management, and terminal global consulting experience.  Educated as a U.S. Merchant Mariner, he began his professional career as a supervisor of marine operations and advanced to manager of terminal operations. 

He has experience managing container terminal operations with Maersk Pacific and Sea-Land.  His most recent position was General Manager for DP World Canada, Inc. which comprises three business units DP World Vancouver, marine container terminal and DP World Stevedoring, a bulk, ro-ro and general cargo stevedoring provider as well as DP World Nanaimo a multi-purpose terminal located on Vancouver Island. 

As an operations expert, he has conducted process improvements and operational reviews, improving terminal performance and reducing costs worldwide.  He has implemented recommendations that have increased terminal productivity from 23 gross moves per hour to 30 gross moves per hour and terminal throughput from 365, 000 TEUs to 800,000 TEUs at Sea-Land’s Long Beach, CA terminal.  

Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.  He attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he began his Master of Business Administration.  He has also served in the United States Navy Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander. 


Charlottetown   November 10

David Alward    Canada's Consul General to New England

David Nathan Alward was appointed as Canada’s Consul General to New England in May of 2015, and serves as Canada’s representative in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

He was born in Beverly, Massachusetts. He graduated from Nackawic Senior High School in New Brunswick and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee.

Mr. Alward was employed with the Canadian federal government from 1982 until 1996.  He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in 1999, was sworn in as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2003, and took the oath of office to become the 32nd Premier of New Brunswick in 2010.

As an active member of his community, Mr. Alward volunteered as an emergency medical technician and laboratory instructor with St. John Ambulance and as a firefighter with the Meductic Fire Department. He and his wife Rhonda have two adult sons, Jonathan and Benjamin. He and his family still maintain a small family farm in Riceville, New Brunswick, where they raise purebred Hereford cattle.


Oliver Technow    President, BioVectra

Oliver Technow is President of BioVectra Inc., a Contract Development and Manufacturing and Organization (CDMO), based in Charlottetown. He has more than 25 years of global experience in the Life Sciences sector with focuses in General Management, strategic marketing, market research, business development, pipeline management and product launches.

In his current role, Mr. Technow directs the Executive Leadership Team at BioVectra that manages the company’s operations, offering services across the spectrum of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing and custom drug development sector. BioVectra, a Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals company, manufactures ingredients for global pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients offering therapeutics used in the treatment of cancer, kidney disease, cardio-vascular disease, multiple sclerosis and many other serious diseases.

Mr. Technow serves as a Director of the Board for BIOTECanada and the PEI BioAlliance, as a Steering Council Member of Innovative Medicines Canada (IMC) and he most recently got elected as an Advisory Council member of DCAT (Drug, Chemical and Associated Technologies Association).

Prior to joining BioVectra, Mr. Technow served as President and General Manager of Eisai Limited in Mississauga, where he managed all business aspects in Canada from 2013 to June 2015. Mr. Technow’s career also includes roles at Fresenius AG, Bad Homburg, Germany. Mr. Technow completed and earned his Diploma as Industry Master from the Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Frankfurt, Germany. He is fluent in German and English.


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