Breakout Session Speakers

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Dr. Kim Stanton graduated from the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and practiced litigation at a national law firm in Vancouver after a clerkship at the British Columbia Supreme Court. Prior to law school, she worked at a human rights commission and on a legal team preparing a genocide case before the International Court of Justice. She has worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Gaza Strip and with the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development in Accra, where she was an Official Observer of Ghana’s National Reconciliation Commission. In Canada, she established her own law practice, focusing on constitutional and Aboriginal law. Kim completed her Masters of Law on the subject of amnesties, constitutions and truth commissions, and her Doctorate of Juridical Science on the topic of truth commissions and public inquiries in established democracies, both at the University of Toronto, where she is a Senior Fellow of Massey College. Kim was appointed to two administrative tribunals (the Ontario Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and Health Services Appeal and Review Board) in 2012. She is the Legal Director of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), a national equality rights organization.


Brett Caraway is an Assistant Professor in the iSchool at the University of Toronto St. George and in the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He holds an MA and a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Caraway teaches courses in economics, law, communication studies, and critical theory. His research focuses on the intersections of digital media, law, economics, technological development, and cultural production. He is currently investigating trends in intellectual property law and in the use of new media systems for collective action.

Jos Schmitt has more than twenty-five years of experience in the financial services industry both internationally and in Canada, with particular expertise in the market infrastructure space, across asset classes and across geographies.

Prior to joining Aequitas, Jos served as CEO of the Alpha Group of companies, including the Alpha Exchange; and as EVP Head of the Americas and Global Head of Capital Markets for a global professional services company focused on the financial services industry. During his tenure at this professional services company, he acted as strategic advisor and director of operational and/or technology programs for some of the largest market infrastructure organizations and broker-dealers around the globe.

Some of his previous roles include: President and CEO of a European Derivatives Exchange and Clearing House, President and CEO of a pan-European Indices Publisher, Chairman of a Derivatives SRO, and Head of Strategy and Business Operations at a European Stock Exchange.


David Lindsay became President and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) in September 2012.  He was most recently a senior Deputy Minister in the Government of Ontario in the portfolios of Energy and Infrastructure, Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Natural Resources, and Tourism and Culture. Before this, he was President and CEO of Colleges Ontario.  Lindsay was founding President of the Ontario SuperBuild Corporation responsible for the infrastructure planning and privatization agenda of the Ontario government from 1999 to 2003.  For two years he was President and CEO of the Ontario Jobs and Investment Board.  From 1990 to 1997 he served as Principal Secretary and Chief of Staff to the Premier of Ontario. Lindsay is a Director of several private sector and not-for- profit Boards and is a Governor of McMaster University and a Fellow of the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies.  He has been a Director of the Ireland Park Foundation, the Ontario Innovation Trust, the World Wildlife Fund, the Canadian Tourism Commission, the Public Policy Forum and the Empire Club. A Graduate of Queen’s University School of Business (Commerce ’81), he is married to Charmaine and has two adult children, Tim and Sarah.

Dr. Micheline Manseau occupies a shared position between Parks Canada and the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Manitoba. Dr. Manseau completed her Ph.D. in Biology at Université Laval and occupied the position of Executive Director of the Institute of Environmental Monitoring and Research, Labrador, prior to coming to Manitoba. She is teaching a project course in animal/landscape ecology and is also very active both locally and nationally on a number of wildlife issues/committees. She closely works with parks biologists and managers on ecological issues pertaining to western and northern national parks and supervises graduate students in the areas of conservation biology, animal/landscape ecology, community-based monitoring/research and management of protected areas.


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