We are proud to announce our Keynote Speakers
for the October 23, 2013 Toronto Summit at First Canadian Place
Dr. Sherry Cooper is a sought-after speaker, writer and advisor renowned for her ability to simplify and de-mystify the complex issues of economics and finance. Among her many accomplishments she received the 2010 Lawrence Klein Award for U.S. forecasting accuracy, beating out a panel of 50 leading economists. Most recently, Dr. Cooper was appointed Chief Economic Counsel to MDC Partners—a Nasdaq-listed global strategic marketing organization based in New York City, and is also pursuing corporate board appointments.
Named “the megawatt celebrity economist” by Canada’s national newspaper –and repeatedly cited as one of the most influential women in Canada, Sherry served as Chief Economist and Executive Vice-President of BMO Financial Group until her retirement in early 2013. Sherry published her third book in 2008 – The New Retirement: How It Will Change Our Future – and it was a blockbuster bestseller.
Dr. Cooper has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. She began her career at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. and subsequently joined the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) as Director of Financial Economics.
Allyson leads the social innovation programs at MaRS including the Ontario node of the national initiative, Social Innovation Generation (SiG@MaRS). With funding from the Province of Ontario, this program supports social entrepreneurs and promotes social innovation through the provision of advisory services; the social finance programs and services of the Centre for Impact Investing; ecosystem development; education; and public policy. She is also establishing the MaRS Solutions Labs, a change lab designed to tackle complex challenges and Studio Y, a new initiative to support youth in creating and thriving in the new economy.
A life long social innovator, she last worked at SickKids where she led Safe Kids Canada and was a passionate advocate for children. She was also the Executive Director of Community Information Toronto where she initiated 211, providing streamlined access to human service information. For this work she received the Head of the Public Service Award and several other prestigious awards for meritorious public service.
Allyson has been leading and volunteering in not-for-profit organizations for over 25 years. Her academic background is in Criminology, Law, Public Affairs, Voluntary Sector Management and Organizational development including Leading Change.
Learn more about the full Summit Program on October 23