The World Economic Forum will unveil the star-studded list of attendees to this year's gathering in the mountains of Switzerland later this month. No need to wait, though. Here is a sneak preview of the list of Canadian delegates.
It's a varied group that includes, for example, the head coach of an NHL franchise. But, as usual, corporate names are front and centre with executives from companies such as Bombardier Inc., Aimia Inc. and Teck Resources Ltd., as well as the bosses of Canada's three biggest pension funds.
When they get to Davos, they will be discussing the theme "Resilient Dynamism." The idea is to look at ways to refashion the world economically, environmentally, fiscally and in a way that makes growth possible while ensuring we don't have any catastrophic blow-ups.
Below are some of the highlights of the list obtained by Streetwise. (A spokesperson for the forum declined to comment on the list, saying the official announcement has to wait for a press conference on Jan. 16.)
From the policy making world, Bank of Canada Governor (for now at least) Mark Carney will be there. Also, look for cabinet ministers with big trade and finance related portfolios. From the big pension funds, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan head Jim Leech, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board CEO Mark Wiseman and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec boss Michael Sabia are expected to be on hand.
From industry, Bombardier Inc., the plane and train maker, is sending a big contingent. There's chief executive Pierre Beaudoin and chief financial officer Pierre Alary, along with two others. Rupert Deschene, head of the company that runs the Aeroplan rewards program, is a delegate. So is Thorsten Heins, the new CEO of Research In Motion Ltd. From the world of finance, there is Tom Milroy, who runs the securities business at Bank of Montreal, as well as BMO vice chair Kevin Lynch and Monique Leroux, CEO of Canada's largest financial cooperative, Desjardins Group.
From academia, University of Toronto psychology professor Adam Anderson is on the list, as is Roger Martin, dean of U of T's Rotman School of Management and University of British Columbia president Stephen Toope.
And then there are the outliers: Geoff Cape, who heads the innovative Toronto redevelopment of an old brickworks into a hub of community activity and environmental design, and Ralph Krueger, the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers hockey club (Mr. Krueger has a redevelopment project of his own on the go and who is involved with one forum council that looks at leadership techniques).