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LiVE 2018 Keynote Speaker and Special Guest

Keynote Speaker

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell was invested as Ontario’s 29th Lieutenant Governor on September 23, 2014. Her eclectic public service career has spanned provincial, federal, and international borders, and has transcended disciplinary and sectoral lines.

Ms. Dowdeswell began her professional career as a teacher and university lecturer. After serving as the Deputy Minister of Culture and Youth for the Government of Saskatchewan, she held increasingly senior positions in the Canadian public service, most notably as head of the Atmospheric Environment Service. Throughout this period, she managed several public inquiries and royal commissions. Read more >>

Her Honour will be speaking to THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE CITIES & COMMUNITIES GOAL. Visit Sustainable Development Goals for more information. 

Special Guest

Canadian politician and businesswoman, Hazel McCallion is also expected to make a special appearance during the Keynote session. She was first elected in November 1978, and is the longest-serving mayor in the city's history, having served for 36 years at the time of her retirement in 2014. She was a successful candidate in 12 municipal elections, having been acclaimed twice and re-elected 10 other times. Her supporters gave her the nickname "Hurricane Hazel" because of her outspoken political style.