Agenda


Monday, 16 September, 2019

14:00
REGISTRATION OPENS
15:00
NETWORKING HOUR
16:00
OPENING PLENARY SESSIONS

16.00–16.25
WELCOME AND “THE BIG GET-TO-KNOW-YOU”

Hosts:
Nina Easton, Chair, FORTUNE MPW International
Maithreyi Seetharaman, Co-chair, FORTUNE MPW International

16.25–16.45
OUTLOOK CANADA: A RECIPE FOR INVESTMENT

When Quebec wanted to shake up its investment arm and make it more aggressive on the ground, they brought in a Canadian Business and Investment Industry Hall of Famer. Monique Leroux has been described as proactive and energetic, and is one of Canada’s most powerful women in finance. She spearheaded Desjardins’ revival from the financial crisis and today, shares her vast experience with firms worldwide. What is her recipe for creating the perfect investment environment? And in an increasingly dynamic and fast-paced business environment, how can Canada fuel its own economic growth, create better jobs, and propel more women into business?
Monique Leroux, Chair of the Board, Investissement Québec; Vice Chairman, Fiera Holdings Inc.
Interviewer: Maithreyi Seetharaman, FORTUNE

16.45–17.05
A MEXICAN UNICORN

The woman at the helm of Latin America’s largest IT services company opens a window on the future of innovation in Mexico, what she’s doing to get more women involved in tech, and why investing in emerging markets is good for the bottom line.
Blanca Treviño, President and CEO, Softtek
Interviewer: Nina Easton, FORTUNE

17.05–17.20
RETAIL, REDESIGNED

Meet the woman who is modernizing a 56-year-old furniture chain by redesigning stores with surprise offerings and investing heavily in digital platforms and partnerships to transform the customer experience.
Neela Montgomery, Chief Executive Officer, Crate and Barrel
In conversation with: Pattie Sellers, FORTUNE

17.20–17.45
CHOOSING JOY

One has defied the odds in sports and shown just how much the human spirit can endure. The other has described her life as “extreme,” refusing to be defined by societal norms. A candid conversation with two Canadian greats—on mental health, embracing failure, and finding joy in life’s darkest moments.
Silken Laumann, Four-time Canadian Olympian; Author, Unsinkable
Margaret Trudeau, Author, and Mental Health Advocate
In conversation with: Valerie Pringle, Canadian Television Host & Journalist; Board Member, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

17:45
COCKTAIL RECEPTION
19:00
DINNER AND PROGRAM

Performance from ViVA Trio:
Anna Bateman, Coloratura Soprano
Eugenia Dermentzis, Mezzo-Soprano
Katya Tchoubar, Lyric Soprano

Keynote interview: LESSONS IN LEADERSHIP
As one of the longest-serving female CEOs of a Fortune 500 company, Indra Nooyi made her mark on the business world as a champion of long-term thinking and a “performance with purpose” strategy for growth. Now, she’s embarking on a new journey to share her leadership lessons and help more women
succeed in the workplace.
Indra Nooyi, Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
In conversation with: Nina Easton, FORTUNE

Special Guest: BEYOND THE SCREEN
A popular Netflix show is helping to amplify the stories of Canadian immigrants, shattering hurtful stereotypes and tired sitcom tropes. Now filming its fourth season, Kim’s Convenience has developed a global following by offering authentic, relatable stories of immigrants and their families. The show’s matriarch shares her journey as an actress and what she thinks can be done to help more Asians and women of color succeed in entertainment.
Jean Yoon, Actor, Kim’s Convenience
In conversation with: Maithreyi Seetharaman, FORTUNE

21:15
ADJOURN

Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

7:45
NETWORKING BREAKFAST
8:30
MORNING PLENARY SESSIONS

08.30–09.00
A WAY FORWARD: PARITY IN GLOBAL BUSINESS

TOWN HALL DISCUSSION
Women are seeking parity at a time when the ground underneath us all is shifting and cracking. A.I. and other disruptive technologies mean that, to succeed, women need to be more skilled, flexible, mobile, and tech savvy than ever. At the same time, relationships inside companies are recalibrating, sometimes uncertainly, to accommodate diversity and inclusion. What have we learned in a post-#MeToo world, what do we know about future challenges, and how do we build effective pathways for women to achieve pay parity and equal visibility in leadership?
Discussion Leader:
Dame Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner, U.K. and Ireland, McKinsey & Company
Moderator: Nina Easton, FORTUNE
Firestarters:
Gianna Manes, President and CEO, Enmax Corporation
Saijal Patel, Founder and CEO, Saij Elle

09.00–09.15
REACHING BILLIONS

P&G’s products reach more than 5 billion people worldwide, while the company has emerged as a voice on social issues. How is this mega global brand working to connect to diverse consumers, maintain its competitive edge, and drive sustainability?
Carolyn Tastad, Group President, North America, P&G
In conversation with: Maithreyi Seetharaman, FORTUNE

09.15–09.30
BETTING ON FINTECH

With more than 10 million customers in Brazil alone, fintech startup Nubank is banking on its ability to break up Latin America’s financial monopolies. The strategy? Extend credit cards to the unbanked, and offer zero-fee services and easy-to-use digital platforms. Will Nubank be able to beat the big banks at their own game? And what can we learn from Latin America’s fast-rising fintech scene?
Cristina Junqueira, Co-founder, Nubank
In conversation with: Jen Wieczner, Senior Writer, FORTUNE; Co-Chair Brainstorm Finance

09.30–09.45
SOLVING HUMANITY’S GRAND CHALLENGES

There is no shortage of critical global challenges facing humanity today: demographic shifts, food scarcity, inequality, health care, education, climate change. Big, breakthrough ideas to solve these grand challenges can come from anywhere. But how do we find them? And how can each of us cultivate innovation beyond our own backyards?
Anousheh Ansari, Chief Executive Officer, XPRIZE
In conversation with: Nina Easton, FORTUNE

09.45–10.00
A CULINARY EMPIRE

In 1996, Janet Zuccarini opened Cafe Nervosa in Toronto’s Yorkville neighborhood. Decades later, she continues to build collections of restaurants and innovative culinary experiences in both Toronto and Los Angeles. Learn how grit, authenticity, and an entrepreneurial spirit have produced a culinary empire that pays tribute to the past while rewriting the rules for the future.
Janet Zuccarini, Chief Executive Officer, Gusto 54 Restaurant Group
In conversation with: Maithreyi Seetharaman, FORTUNE

10.00–10.15
EQUITY: ON AND OFF THE PLAYING FIELD

As the first transgender woman to play in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League—and one of few within elite female sports—Jessica Platt found herself surrounded by overwhelming support: from family, friends, and her own teammates. She has also confronted challenges all too familiar to female athletes: lack of community support, meeting the demands of a rigorous training schedule, and the added burden of seeking outside employment to supplement modest athlete stipends. A story of perseverance from a fierce advocate for transgender rights and equity for women in sport—both on the playing field and off.
Jessica Platt, Former Professional Hockey Player, Canadian Women’s Hockey League; Transgender Advocate
In conversation with: Pattie Sellers, FORTUNE

10.15–10.30
MINING A HIGH TECH FUTURE

Still a very traditional industry, mining has been slow to adapt and engage A.I. and other emerging technologies. But now the world’s largest gold mining company is leading the way on pairing humans and machines to work together, significantly improving safety, efficiency, and production.
Catherine Raw, Chief Operating Officer, North America, Barrick Gold
In conversation with: Maithreyi Seetharaman, FORTUNE

10.30–10.55
BEYOND THE BALANCE SHEET

Women are finding more and more influence as CFOs. Two top Fortune 500 CFOs reveal how they’re shaping company vision even as they drive financial results and boost company performance.
Tracey T. Travis, Executive Vice President, Finance, and CFO, The Estée Lauder Companies
Robin Washington, Executive Vice President and CFO, Gilead Sciences
In conversation with: Nina Easton, FORTUNE

10.55–11.10
HOW I MADE IT: LESSONS IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

As a serial entrepreneur and the youngest “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragon’s Den, Michele Romanow has launched five companies and invested in eight times more female founders than the industry average. What are her entrepreneurial secrets and where will she place her next big bet?
Michele Romanow, Co-founder and President, Clearbanc
In conversation with: Pattie Sellers, FORTUNE

11:10
NETWORKING BREAK
11:35
CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Choose 1 of 4

Top to Bottom Line: Driving Sustainable Growth and Value in Business
Hosted by Royal Bank of Canada
Top leaders from diverse sectors share their views on driving sustainability and growth, how they manage the bottom line, and where the global economy is headed.
Catherine Raw, Chief Operating Officer, North America, Barrick Gold
Patti Shugart, Managing Director and Head, Global Corporate Banking, Royal Bank of Canada
Tracey T. Travis,Executive Vice President, Finance, and CFO, The Estée Lauder Companies
Robin Washington, Executive Vice President and CFO, Gilead Sciences
Moderator: Jen Wieczner, FORTUNE

Raw Truths: Women, Money, Power, and the Workplace
Hosted by Herman Miller
Across sports, politics, the arts, in the workplace or in the boardroom, women are challenging the status quo. But their relationship with power and money for their own purpose is still complex. How do women business leaders today view power and money?
Saijal Patel, Founder and CEO, Saij Elle
Carolyn Tastad, Group President, North America, P&G
Blanca Treviño, President and CEO, Softtek
Moderator: Nina Easton, FORTUNE
Opening Remarks: Mary Stevens, Senior Vice President of New Product Development, Herman Miller

Driving Tech Innovation: What’s Next?
Hosted by Accenture
Emerging and exponential technologies—including 5G, A.I., and machine learning—are coming at us fast and furiously, forcing companies to reevaluate strategies and operations. As we look toward 2020, what have we learned so far, how do we prepare our workforces, and what will be the innovation breakthroughs that redefine business?
Foteini Agrafioti, Chief Science Officer and Head of Borealis AI, Royal Bank of Canada
Inmar Givoni, Senior Engineering Manager, Uber ATG Toronto
Iliana Oris Valiente, Managing Director, Canada Innovation Strategy Lead, Accenture
Yvonne Wassenaar, Chief Executive Officer, Puppet
Moderator: Pattie Sellers, FORTUNE

Brand YOU
We are all familiar with business brand strategy. But what about branding ourselves and our careers? In today’s culture, articulating a personal vision and story is becoming key to moving ahead. This session explores how successful women are building and leveraging personal brands to grow, impact change, and create meaningful careers.
Natalia de Greiff, Vice President, Cloud and Cognitive Software, Latin America, IBM
Claudia Romo Edelman, Founder, We Are All Human Foundation; Co-host, Global GoalsCast, CBS News Digital
Shelley Zalis, Founder and CEO, The Female Quotient
Moderator: Maithreyi Seetharaman, FORTUNE

12:45
“NEXT GEN” LUNCH AND PROGRAM

Special Performance:
Erika Nielsen, Cellist and Author, Sound Mind
Introduction: Nina Easton, FORTUNE

Featured Interview:
FEEDING THE WORLD

Sara Menker left a lucrative job on Wall Street to tackle an issue all too familiar to her while growing up in Ethiopia: massive imbalances in the global supply and demand for food. There is far too little visibility into the complex interplay of multiple dynamics impacting the global agriculture industry, particularly at a time when the system is stressed by climate volatility and an uncertain world economic order, she says. Hear how this innovative, data-obsessed entrepreneur is using artificial intelligence to track patterns, predict market shifts, and dramatically improve market efficiencies for the entire industry.
Sara Menker, Founder and CEO, Gro Intelligence
In conversation with: Maithreyi Seetharaman, FORTUNE

14:15
PROGRAM CLOSE