Chic Scott is a mountaineer, skier, guide, historian and author. He has dedicated his life to the mountains.
In 1967, with three companions, he made the first ski traverse across the icefields of the Continental Divide from Jasper to Lake Louise. Later that year, he and two companions made the first winter ascent of Mount Assiniboine. Since then, Chic has climbed extensively in the European Alps and was one of the first Canadians to climb in the Himalaya. He has continued to climb and ski in the Canadian mountains making several long ski traverses through the Columbia Mountains and climbing the east ridge of Mount Logan, Canada’s highest mountain.
For the last 30 years Chic has been researching, writing and producing books about the Canadian mountains. To date he has published about a dozen books — ski guidebooks, biographies and history books. In 2014, Chic published Mountain Romantics — The Whyites of Banff, the story of Banff’s leading family. His most recent book, Mount Assiniboine — The Story, recently won the John Fry Award for Excellence from the International Skiing History Association.
Chic and his wife Kathy live in Banff, where they continue to ski and hike. His current project is a history of the Alpine Club of Canada.
Board Chair, The David and Sharon Johnston Centre for Corporate Governance Innovation
David is one of the world’s most experienced corporate directors and educators. He has served on 39 different boards of directors in Canada, America, Mexico, Australia and England, and has been chairman of 11 public companies.
David was the founding Managing Director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance and he still oversees the Canadian Directors’ Education Program (DEP).
In 2013, he was inducted into the Order of Canada for his work in Corporate Governance – the only person ever to be so cited. In 1994, he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for his services to Papua New Guinea. In 2018, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN).
Managing Partner, Lansberg Gersick Advisors (LGA)
Devin specializes in the financial, organizational, and strategic aspects of family enterprise. He brings a background in corporate strategy, economic analysis and investment banking to his work with family businesses, family offices and family foundations.
He was raised in Toronto, Canada and holds a Master’s from the Kennedy School at Harvard with a focus in finance and economics, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University. He has worked with private and public sector leaders throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and teaches about family enterprise at Harvard and Kellogg.
Devin’s work with family enterprises focuses on continuity planning, governance design, enterprise risk, shareholder education and development, and strategic sustainability initiatives. He is also leading a global research project out of Kellogg on the resilience of family firms in emerging and frontier markets.
Managing Partner, TwinRiver Capital
Eric provides counsel as an investor, director and advisor to a range of companies in the tech and financial space. He is Managing Partner of TwinRiver Capital, an Impact Investment firm with the dual goals of environmental and social impact and strong financial returns.
A seasoned investor, he previously led CPPIB’s Public Markets group, a platform of portfolio managers analysts and traders investing globally over C$180B. Prior, he was CIO, International at Fidelity in Boston.
He sits on the Boards of the TMX Group, IMCO, Enterra Solutions and Niyogin Fintech, and is a past director of the UN-PRI of the CFA Society Boston.
Principal and Founder, Competia
Entrepreneur, trend-spotter, reputed public speaker (in Davos in 2012 on "Sensing Weak Signals"), Estelle Métayer is an expert in strategic intelligence. Her work focuses on working with CEOs and board members to strengthen their strategic oversight and avoid strategic blind spots. Her best work is done when businesses are facing drastic adaptation requiring a strategic action plan, need to drastically change the way they do business and/or grow aggressively.
A skilled and intuitive Board Director, she serves or has served with family businesses, publicly quoted and private companies’ boards globally - in luxury, food, retail, automotive, fintech and consumer goods.
Co-Founder, Watershed Inc.
Geoff is the co-founder of the Watershed Inc. He trained as a clinical psychologist and has helped organizations, leaders and teams realize their fullest potential for more than 30 years.
Geoff has a deep personal and academic passion for the place of risk in our lives: He has been a committed mountain climber since his teenage years and is the author of award-winning books on risk and adventure. Both those experiences inform the work he does with leaders, helping them understand their own appetites for risk and their ability to lead others to take constructive risks.
Geoff has been widely recognized for his contributions to the adventure world — serving 13 years as the Editor of the Canadian Alpine Journal, receiving the President’s Medal from the Alpine Club of Canada and the Bill March Summit of Excellence Award for lifetime contribution to Canada’s mountain culture. Geoff also sat on the Board of Directors of Travel Alberta crown agency.
Rachel is a lawyer, humanitarian and advocate. As a thought leader on reimagining humanitarian health crisis response, Rachel promotes values of humanity, justice and solidarity in all aspects of global health. Unafraid to challenge the status quo, Rachel demonstrates how we can and must take a new approach in responding to health crises. The decolonized approach to humanitarian action she proposes is inclusive, participative, co-created and, most importantly, inspired and led by communities to address their health crises, their way.
Rachel has received several awards for her work, including the Women Y Foundation’s Woman of Distinction Award 2020, and was featured in the Canadian media in 2020 for her work. She also received Future of Good’s “21 New Founders to Watch” Award in 2020.
She has written extensively, most recently for The Lancet, CBC North and Medium. Rachel is known for her storytelling. She speaks frequently at international events, where she weaves together stories from her thirty years of firsthand grassroots experiences to engage audiences on core issues of community and female empowerment, decolonisation and governance, justice in access to medicines and the power of humanity and solidarity.
Athlete, Speaker and Guide
Will is one of the top adventure sports athletes in the world and has been at it for more than 30 years. He has safely led numerous large TV and research expeditions into highly dangerous — and rewarding — environments, climbed Niagara Falls and taught his kids (and doctors and oil sands workers) to positively manage risk with the direct, entertaining and effective tools he learned through a lifetime of living on the edge.
He speaks with personal humor and professional depth on effective and widely applicable tools to stay safe, build team resiliency, succeed in low-knowledge environments and do what the experts said was, “Impossible!”
He has presented more than 200 high-end presentations to groups from Exxon Mobil to incarcerated youth. Most recently, he and his teams found new life forms in glacial caves for a Discovery TV show and helped a planetary scientist sample the world’s oldest rocks in Canada’s Arctic.
Canadian mountain guide and alpinist, Barry Blanchard, was born in Calgary, March 29, 1959. Twelve years later, three boys navigated the Bow River through the western side of the city on a raft nailed together railway ties. Barry was at the helm, steering the adventure. He found mountain climbing in the books of his high school library, some of which are still in his possession. A six-month trip to the French Alps in 1980 set the course of Barry’s life: to climb the steepest and most complicated faces of the world’s great glaciated peaks.
Barry has enjoyed some success: the first ascent of The Andromeda Strain, 1983; the North Ridge of Rakaposhi, 1984; the first ascent of the apocalyptic North Pillar of North Twin, 1985; the West Ridge of Mt Everest, 1986; surviving the Rupal Face of Nanga Parbat, 1988; a solo first ascent on the North Face of Kusum Kanguru, 1991; an attempt on K-2, 1993; first ascents in the St Elias mountains; M-16, a first ascent in winter on the East Face of Howse Peak, 1999; the third ascent of the Infinite Spur on MT Foraker, 2000; the first ascent of Infinite Patience on the Emperor Face of Mt Robson, 2002.
More importantly, Barry has enjoyed all of his outings, even the ones not included in the narrow definition of “success”. Barry moved to the mountains in 1982 to pursue his Mountain Guiding career (he is an internationally certified -UIAGM- mountain guide) which has included making Hollywood features such as “K-2”, “Cliffhanger” and “The Vertical Limit” in his professional life. Barry lives in Canmore, Alberta, with his partner, Nicole, and his two daughters, Rosemary and Eowyn and cat, Orion.
Kathi Irvine, Co-Founder with her husband Geoff Powter of Watershed Inc., works with organizations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. With over 20 years of leadership and training experience, she shares her extensive knowledge of change leadership, knowledge transfer, strategic planning and employee engagement.
She is a strong supporter of community engagement and is currently the vice chair of artsPlace Board of Directors in Canmore, as well as a board member of the Banff Canmore Community Foundation. Kathi lives in Canmore, where she takes advantage of the beauty of the Canadian Rockies skiing, hiking and cycling.
Chair and CEO, Global Wellness Institute
Susie Ellis is chair and CEO of the nonprofit Global Wellness Institute, the wellness industry’s leading research and educational resource. She is also chair and CEO of the Global Wellness Summit, an organization at the heart of the multitrillion-dollar global wellness economy focused on driving collaboration amongst industry leaders. Ellis is a leading authority on wellness trends and a popular speaker at industry events. She sits on numerous academic and industry boards, including the EHL – Swiss Hospitality Management School, the Aspen Brain Institute, the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s “Accelerating Health and Well-being Initiative.” She holds an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.