Keynote Speaker: Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work is celebrated on an international scale. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played every major film festival, and been sold and distributed around the globe.  Known for her Elemental Trilogy: Earth, Fire, Water, the final film of which received an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film, her other films include; Bollywood/Hollywood, Heaven on Earth, and the epic adaptation of Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie’s three-time Booker Prize winning novel.

Mehta’s work challenges traditions and stereotypes and is always daring, fearless and provocative. It’s this spirit that saturated her latest work, Anatomy of Violence. Amongst her many honours, she has just received her star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Honorary Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cinema at the Reykjavík International Film Festival.


Event Emcee: Marcia MacMillan

Marcia MacMillan anchors the morning edition of CTV News Channel, weekdays from 9 to noon. She has been part of the CTV News team since starting as a reporter for CTV Toronto News in 2005.

MacMillan has covered a wide range of breaking news and major events during her time with CTV News, including the election of U.S President Donald Trump, the scandal surrounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and on lighter side, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).  She has interviewed a range of celebrities from superstar Taylor Swift to Vice President Al Gore. Other career highlights include hosting a one-hour special for CTV News Channel in 2013 on the mental health crisis in Canada’s military, and the 2009 Buffalo plane crash for which she won an RTNDA Award.

Before moving to CTV News, Marcia worked as an anchor and health reporter for Toronto 1 (2004) and CHCH-TV (2003) in Hamilton.

Originally from Ancaster, Ontario, MacMillan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Western Ontario and a graduate degree in journalism from Ryerson University. In her spare time, Marcia is involved with Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Women of Influence, and The Alzheimer’s Society.  Marcia is an advocate for women’s health and wellness. Inspired by her own health scare, (pulmonary embolism) Marcia completed the Iron Girl Triathlon in 2014.


Interviewer: Steve Paikin

Steve Paikin is the host of TVO’s flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, the gold standard for in-depth analysis and thoughtful debate in Canadian media. In more than 30 years in the business, Steve has built a sterling reputation as an eminently fair journalist who has moderated federal and Ontario election debates. Earlier in his career, Steve worked at CBC News as an anchor and correspondent, a reporter for the Hamilton Spectator and CHFI radio, as well as radio and television stations in Boston. Steve has authored seven books including his latest, Bill Davis: Nation Builder, and Not So Bland After All. He has produced several feature-length documentaries, and reported from two different war zones. In October 2013, Steve became an educational ambassador beginning a five-year term as Chancellor of Laurentian University in Sudbury, where he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. Steve also has honorary degrees from Victoria University at the University of Toronto, McMaster University in Hamilton, and an honorary diploma from Humber College. In December of 2013, Steve was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions as a journalist who engages, informs and educates viewers on a broad range of public policy issues, and was invested into the Order of Ontario in 2014.


Health and Wellness Panel: Cleveland Clinic 

Dr. Kim S. Daniel, M.E.d., Ph.D.

Dr. Kim S. Daniel is mental health clinician currently working in Toronto, Ontario. She completed her PhD in an APA/CPA accredited Counselling Psychology program from McGill University in Montréal, which provides clinical training in the context of a scientist-practitioner (Boulder) model. Her academic background in Psychology, Sociology, and Education gives her a strong foundation to appreciate the complexity of human problems and development across the lifespan. Dr. Daniel completed her Pre-doctoral Internship at Surrey Place Centre (SPC) in Toronto. SPC is a community-based organization which provides a range of services including complex cognitive assessments, diagnostics, and treatment for individuals living with differing intellectual disabilities. She completed a Post-doctoral Clinical Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto working in the Paediatric Clinical/Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine Division. She worked with children, adolescents and their families in inpatient and outpatient settings and provided consultation, short-term and long-term psychotherapeutic treatment for a wide range of pediatric disorders and illnesses. To date, Dr. Daniel continues to work, on staff, both at SPC (Children and Youth Division) and at SickKids (Haematology/Oncology Division). Dr. Daniel also works at CBT Associates where she provides cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to children, adolescents, adults, and families who are dealing with grief and loss, health issues, anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues and other mental health challenges. Lastly, Dr. Daniel is an adjunct professor and teaches at ADLER in the continuing education program. Notably, Dr. Daniel is also engaged in research and an advocate for higher learning. She is a member of Ontario Psychological Association (OPA)

Jennifer Sygo, M.Sc., RD, CSSD

Jennifer Sygo is a dietitian, sports nutritionist, author, and speaker specializing in prevention and performance. After completing an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at McMaster University and a Masters of Science in Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph, Jennifer joined the team at Cleveland Clinic Canada in 2006, where she uses evidence-based strategies to help busy professionals, athletes, and active individuals make simple dietary changes to improve their health and performance, and reduce their risk of disease. A leading sports nutritionist, Jennifer works with athletes ranging from weekend warriors to professional athletes in the NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, and professional tennis.  She currently serves as the team dietitian for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Athletics Canada, and Gymnastics Canada. Jennifer is also a popular speaker and seminar leader, and routinely provides presentations and keynote addresses at conferences and for major corporations across Canada.  Her nutrition expertise has routinely been featured in the media, including the National Post, the Toronto Star, Oxygen and Ricardo Magazines, and CBC and CTV News.  In 2014, Jennifer’s first book, “Unmasking Superfoods:  the Truth and Hype about Acai, Quinoa, Chia, Blueberries, and More“, was published by HarperCollins Canada, and became a national best-seller. Outside of her work, Jennifer is an avid athlete and sports enthusiast, and a proud mother of two young boys.


Dr. Evelyn Linda Maxwell, MD, MBA, FRCSC, FACS

Over the past 15 years, as a healthcare executive, management professional, and noted innovator, Dr. Linda Maxwell has led successful institutional partnerships, public and private-sector business initiatives, and knowledge translation and commercialization activities within hospital and university settings. Dr. Maxwell is Founding and Executive Director of the Biomedical Zone, a healthcare technology and business development programme and infrastructure (business incubator). The Biomedical Zone is a first-in-class, hospital-embedded business incubator for emerging health technology companies. It is an innovative strategic partnership between St. Michael’s Hospital and Ryerson University. Under Dr. Maxwell’s stewardship, the Biomedical Zone has gone from concept to creation to going concern, supporting Toronto’s leading health technology businesses. Since its founding in 2015, the Biomedical Zone has supported over 160 innovators, facilitated fundraising for startup companies in excess of $15 million dollars in private investment, supported companies through two commercial exits, and engaged in twenty-five hospital innovation projects.
Dr. Maxwell’s academic medical career is distinguished by university appointments as a clinical instructor, medical school faculty member, and published scientific author. She also holds rich international professional experience in different health business domains. She led the strategic partnering of the National Health Service and University of Oxford on innovation and research commercialization, managing a diverse portfolio of pre-market and market-ready life sciences technologies through all commercial stages including licensing, company creation, business building, and early stage capital raising. She has also been an international business strategy consultant for healthcare multi-nationals covering South America.
In addition to her professional endeavors, Dr. Maxwell is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She sits on several boards including the MedicAlert Foundation Canada, Toronto Global, CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals. She serves as a subject matter expert for Canadian Space Agency, Canadian Medical Association, Ontario Chief Innovation Strategist.
In 2016, Dr. Maxwell was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), an award recognizing talented leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  Dr. Maxwell earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University (Biology, cum laude), an M.D. from Yale University, and an M.B.A. from University of Oxford.