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Rotman Asset Management Association and Century Initiative - "Building a Bigger, Bolder Canadian Economy"

11:30am – 12:00pm check-in; 12:00pm sharp – 1:00pm panel discussion

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Speaker Series | Panel Discussion

Date: Monday April 15, 2019 | 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Speaker(s): Mark D. Wiseman (LLB/MBA’96), Global Head of Active Equities & Chairman of BlackRock Alternative Investors, BlackRock

Tiff Macklem, Dean of Rotman School of Management

Doug Saunders, International Affairs Columnist, The Globe and Mail and Author of Maximum Canada: Why 35 Million Canadians Are Not Enough (Knopf, 2017)

Moderator: Jacquie McNish, Senior Correspondent, The Wall Street Journal
Topic: "Building a Bigger, Bolder Canadian Economy"
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second floor, South Building) | map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: None. All are welcome. Pre-registration is mandatory by 9:00am on April 15
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SESSION SYNOPSIS: Century Initiative is a growing national network of Canadians who believe that Canada's long-term prosperity depends scale – i.e. 100 million Canadians by the year 2100. Big, bold and proactive policy and investment decisions to support population growth of this scale will increase Canada’s economic strength at home and its influence abroad.  Coordinated ideas and action are needed in the areas of education, urban development, infrastructure, early childhood support, employment, entrepreneurship and immigration to meet this ambitious goal.  Join us for a panel discussion featuring diverse perspectives on this vision for Canada's future and innovative ideas on how we can collectively build a more prosperous Canada over the course of this century.


Jacquie McNish joined The Wall Street Journal's Canada Bureau in 2015 as a Senior Correspondent, based in Toronto. Prior to that she was a Senior Writer with The Globe and Mail and before that she was a Toronto reporter with The Wall Street Journal. She is the author of four best-selling books, the latest of which, Losing The Signal; The Untold Story Behind The Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular fall of BlackBerry was shortlisted for the 2015 Financial Times/MckInsey Business Book of the Year Award.

Tiff Macklem served as senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, sharing responsibility with the governor and four deputy governors for monetary policy and the Bank’s role in promoting financial stability. In that role, he was also the Bank’s chief operating officer and a member of its board of directors, overseeing strategic planning and coordinating the Bank’s operations. Macklem has also played a leading role in efforts to ensure stable financial systems worldwide through the Financial Stability Board.

Doug Saunders is an author, journalist and consultant of Canadian and British citizenship. He is the author of the books Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World (2011), The Myth of the Muslim Tide (2012) and Maximum Canada (2017) and is the international-affairs columnist for the Canadian national newspaper The Globe and Mail. He served as the paper’s London-based European bureau chief for a decade, after having run the paper’s Los Angeles bureau, and has written extensively from East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and North Africa. He writes a weekly column devoted to the larger themes and intellectual concepts behind international news, and has won the National Newspaper Award, Canada’s counterpart to the Pulitzer Prize, on five occasions, as well as the Schelling Prize for Architectural Theory, the Donner Prize and the National Library of China Wenjin Book Award. He was a co-designer of the Germany pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, which was based on is book Arrival City, and is a 2019-20 Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin.

Mark D. Wiseman (LLB/MBA’96) is Global Head of Active Equities for BlackRock Inc. and Chairman of BlackRock Alternative Investors. A Senior Managing Director, he also serves as Chairman of the firm’s Global Investment Committee and on its Global Executive Committee. Mark joined BlackRock in 2016 from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) where he served as its President and CEO since 2012. Before becoming CEO, Mark was Executive Vice-President, Investments, for CPPIB and was responsible for managing all of the organization’s investment activities. He joined CPPIB in June 2005 as Senior Vice-President, Private Investments. Prior to joining CPPIB, Mark was responsible for the private equity fund and co-investment program at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He has worked as an officer with Harrowston Inc., a publicly traded Canadian merchant bank, and as a lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell, where he practiced in New York and Paris. He also served as a law clerk to Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada. Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Mark earned a bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University as well as a law degree and an MBA from the University of Toronto. He also was a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University, where he obtained a Master of Laws degree. Mark is a regular lecturer at the Harvard Business School and an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University. Mark is a member of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, which advises the Canadian Finance Minister on economic policies to achieve long-term, sustainable growth. He is also the Chairman of the Focusing Capital on the Long Term initiative, which he co-founded. Mark serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Sinai Health Services in Toronto, the Capital Markets Institute and the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Mark is a certified member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.

Rotman Asset Management Association
Century Initiative

QUESTIONS: Pulkit Sabharwal | MBA Candidate, 2019 | Co-president, Rotman Asset Management Association | (403) 690-9370 |

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