Opening Plenary

(May 22 to 24, 2015)

All 250 participants will meet in St. John’s, N.L., for a three-day plenary session. Members will be addressed by high-profile Canadian and international speakers on key issues that provide focus and substance to the Conference theme.

Opening Site
Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Friday, May 22, 2015
8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Registration
Reception Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
After registering, all Members are encouraged to meet up with their group in the Fort William Room. Tables will be set aside for each group.
8:30 am – 11:00 am
Breakfast available in the Fort William Room
Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
12:00 pm
Lunch available in the Court Garden
Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
1:30 pm
Study Groups meet in their breakout rooms at the Sheraton
3:30 pm
Gather in the Sheraton Lobby for transportation to Opening Reception
4:00 pm
Governor General and Chair Open Conference
The Rooms
5:45 pm
Transportation from The Rooms to the Sheraton
6:30 pm
Opening Gala Dinner
Fort William Room, Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
7:45 pm
Keynote Speaker:
Chris Hadfield, Astronaut and First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station
Saturday, May 23, 2015
6:45 am – 7:45 am
Breakfast available in the Court Garden
Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
8:00 am
Welcome by Conference Chair Lorraine Mitchelmore
Fort William Room, Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
8:05 am
Morning Speakers:

(Each speech and panel will be followed by 15-20 minutes of questions and discussion)

11:45 am
Lunch available in the Court Garden
1:00 pm
Hassan Yussuff, President, Canadian Labour Congress
2:00 pm
Panel discussion on Leadership, Innovation and Our Shared Future in Canada
3:00 pm
Zita Cobb, President, Shorefast Foundation
3:55 pm
Free time to prepare for evening event
4:20 pm
Buses depart for Brigus
Note: four buses will depart from the Sheraton and one each from the Quality Hotel and the Courtyard Marriott.
5:30 pm
Reception, dinner and evening entertainment in Brigus
10:15 pm
First buses return to St. John’s
(Two other buses will depart at 15 minute intervals)
Sunday, May 24, 2015
6:30 am – 8:15 am
Members staying at the Quality Hotel must check-out and drop off Ottawa-bound luggage in the Hill O’Chips Room at the Quality Hotel
Note that the luggage you plan to take with you on the study tour can be stored in your group’s breakout room at the Sheraton.
7:00 am – 8:15 am
Breakfast available in the Court Garden
Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Members staying at the Sheraton can drop off Ottawa-bound luggage in the Signal Room (Main Level)
8:30 am
Panel discussion on Innovation and Entrepreneurial Vision
9:50 am
Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts
10:40 am
Panel discussion on Leadership, Sustainability and Innovation
  • Elizabeth Fretheim, Director, Logistics Sustainability, Walmart North America
  • Bob Oliver, Chief Executive Officer, Pollution Probe
  • Bruce Parry, Head of Sustainability, Product ‎Development Engineering, Bombardier
11:50 am
Lunch available in the Court Garden
Note: Members must check-out of their hotel and drop off their Ottawa-bound luggage to the Signal Room (Main Level).
1:00 pm
Heather Munroe-Blum, Chair, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and former Principal of McGill University
2:05 pm
Tom Jenkins, Chair, OpenText Corporation and Chair, National Research Council
3:00 pm
Closing remarks from Conference Chair Lorraine Mitchelmore
3:15 pm
Opening Plenary concludes
3:45 pm
Nova Scotia Study Group departs for St. John’s Airport
(bus will depart from the Sheraton)
4:00 pm
Manitoba, Ontario 1, Ontario 2, Ontario 3, Saskatchewan and Yukon Groups depart for St. John’s Airport
(buses will depart from the Sheraton)
5:00 pm
Alberta, British Columbia, and Northwest Territories Groups depart for St. John’s Airport
(buses will depart from the Sheraton)
5:30 pm
Quebec 1, Quebec 2, New Brunswick and Nunavut Study Groups depart for St. John’s Airport
(buses will depart from the Sheraton)
5:45 pm
Newfoundland and Labrador Study Group begins its study tour
(refer to your study tour agenda)
8:45 pm
Prince Edward Island Study Group departs for St. John’s Airport
(bus will depart from the Sheraton)