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Denise Amyot

President and CEO

Colleges and Institutes Canada

Denise Amyot was appointed in 2013 President/CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada, the voice of Canada’s colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics, and an international leader in education for employment in over 25 countries.

Denise was the President/CEO of a Federal Crown Corporation.

Denise has worked as Assistant Deputy Minister at the federal level in her last three roles. Worked in policy and programs in social, scientific, economic and cultural areas both in Ottawa and in regions in several federal departments including Human Resources Development Canada, National Defense, Natural Resources Canada, Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Canadian Heritage, the Public Service Commission and the Canada Public Service Agency. She also worked as an administrator for the Department of Education of the Northwest Territories (NWT) and taught in Ontario, Quebec and the NWT.

Chair and past Chair of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics and current Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Institute of Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) and was appointed by the Government of Ontario to the Ontario Trillium Foundation Board for six years. Denise is a board member of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), the Canadian Centre for Science and Policy, Montfort hospital, and has been appointed by the Government of Canada on the Future of Skills Council of Canada.

Denise has received several leadership awards and is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally.

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Janet E. Halliwell


J.E. Halliwell Associates, Inc.

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Mehrdad Hariri

CEO & President

Canadian Science Policy Conference

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Janet King

Associate Deputy Minister

Public Services and Procurement Canada

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Jeff Kinder

Director, Innovation Lab

Institute on Governance

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Homa Kheyrollah Pour

Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair

Wilfrid Laurier University

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Andre Albinati


Earnscliffe Strategy Group

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Karimah Es Sabar

Canadian Life Sciences Leader + Chief Executive Officer & General Partner

Quark Venture LP + Corporate Director

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Dr. Naveed Aziz

Chief Executive Officer