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Panelists

Kyle Fawcett

Associate Minister
Recovery and Reconstruction of Southwest Alberta

Kyle Fawcett was elected to his second term as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-Klein on April 23, 2012. On June 25, 2013, he was sworn in as Associate Minister for Recovery and Reconstruction of Southwest Alberta.

Previous to this, Kyle served as Associate Minister of Finance and as parliamentary assistant for Treasury Board and Enterprise. He has also served as a member of Treasury Board; Standing Committee on Public Accounts; Standing Committee on Finance; Alberta Delegate Council for the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER); and chair of the Cabinet Policy Committee on the Economy.

A graduate of the University of Calgary, Mr. Fawcett has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and economics.

Angus Watt - Summit Moderator

Managing Director, Individual Investor Services
National Bank Financial

Angus Watt graduated from York University in 1974 with a degree in Political Science, and immediately entered the investment industry. Currently, he is Managing Director, Individual Investor Services, National Bank Financial.

Mr. Watt's expertise is in assisting with long-term financial planning, estate planning, and group benefits. He is a past recipient of the Investment Dealers Association Program of Distinction Award for the Prairie Region.

Angus and his group manage over $700 million in assets, have over 130 years of combined market experience, and are specialists in investment management as well as portfolio strategy, financial planning, individual insurance, group insurance and benefits planning. As central Alberta's business authority, Angus broadcasts over 50 times per week on Global TV and 630 CHED.

Leo de Bever

Chief Executive Officer
Alberta Investment Management Corporation

Since 2008, Leo de Bever has served as CEO of Alberta Investment Management Corporation, which manages $70 billion of pension and endowment assets for 27 clients.

Previous to this, Kyle served as Associate Minister of Finance and as parliamentary assistant for Treasury Board and Enterprise. He has also served as a member of Treasury Board; Standing Committee on Public Accounts; Standing Committee on Finance; Alberta Delegate Council for the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER); and chair of the Cabinet Policy Committee on the Economy.

Leo started his 38-year career at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa, and subsequently assisted two Canadian insurance companies and three international financial institutions with economic strategy and asset management. For nearly 10 years, he was responsible for investment strategy, risk management, and real return assets at Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan.

Leo grew up in the Netherlands. He received a BA in economics from the University of Oregon, and a PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin. Leo is a member of the Investment Advisory Committee of Dutch pension fund ABP.

Stuart Landon

Department of Economics
University of Alberta

Stuart Landon is Professor of Economics and Associate Dean (Faculty of Arts) at the University of Alberta. He has a Ph.D. from Queen's University, an M.A. from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, all in economics.

Professor Landon has been a visiting academic/fellow at the Australian National University and Victoria University at Wellington, and has consulted for the World Bank as well as other organizations.

His current research interests are in the areas of stabilization funds and fiscal rules. He has published academic papers in Canadian, U.S., European and Australian economics journals on a wide variety of topics and received the 2006 John Vanderkamp prize (along with three co-authors) for a paper on health spending in Canadian Public Policy.

Robert Bhatia

Partner
Bluestone Leadership Services/Alto Partners

Robert Bhatia is a partner with Bluestone Leadership Services/ AltoPartners, a global provider of board, executive and senior leader services.

Robert served 10 years as a Deputy Minister with the Government of Alberta and was responsible for 4 major portfolios: Finance, Revenue, Seniors and Government Services. Mr. Bhatia holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Alberta and a Master's degree in economics from Queen's University.

Before becoming a Deputy Minister, Mr. Bhatia held a variety of positions in Finance. This included work in economic and policy analysis, financial sector regulation, treasury operations, tax administration and corporate finance. His responsibilities have included a wide range of roles relating to the Alberta Heritage Fund spanning 30 years.

Robert has had significant responsibility for execution of multiple major corporate and financing transactions including the creation of Telus and divestiture of an interest in Syncrude. He is also experienced in addressing governance issues. Robert holds the Institute of Corporate Directors ICD.D certification and has been an examiner for the Institute. He is currently a public member on the City of Edmonton's Audit Committee and a member of the Audit Committee of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.

Michael Holden

Canada West Foundation

Michael Holden joined the Canada West Foundation as a senior economist in October 2010. He currently leads the Foundation's Economic and Fiscal Policy Division, which analyzes and comments on the broad economic, social and fiscal issues facing western Canada.

Prior to joining the Canada West Foundation, Michael worked for nine years as an analyst at the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, providing objective, non-partisan research and analysis to Senators, Members of Parliament and parliamentary committees, most notably the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade.

Michael also worked for three years as an economist with the Halifax-based Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. Michael was born and raised in Edmonton. He has Bachelor of Arts (honours) in economics from the University of Alberta and an Master of Arts in economics from Queen's University.

Cliff Inskip

Managing Director, Head of Infrastructure & Project Finance
CIBC World Markets Inc.

Cliff Inskip has over 25 years of investment and corporate banking experience in Canada and the U.K. He leads a team responsible for providing advisory and bond underwriting services for a wide range of infrastructure issuers and project financings, including recent P3 financings for Iqaluit Airport, Alberta Schools and NE Anthony Henday Drive in Edmonton.

Mr. Inskip has acted as financial advisor to governments and private sector proponents on more than a dozen public private partnerships, including several in Alberta. He led the first port authority, ferry operator and university bond financings in Canada and led $3 billion of pooled financings for Ontario- based school boards. Mr. Inskip has advised on and /or arranged numerous project financings in the power and midstream energy sectors and recently advised on a $2.6 billion award-winning hydroelectric power project.

Mr. Inskip has appeared as an expert witness before the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance. He is a recipient of the TopGun Banker designation by Brendan Woods International given to the highest achievers in the investment banking industry based on client surveys. Previous to his career at CIBC, Mr. Inskip worked at Export Development Corporation with a focus on international financing.

Cliff graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A.Sc. in civil engineering and an M.B.A. He also attended an International Banking Summer School program at Cambridge University. He is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and a former member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (UK). He also is on the board of Oakville Hydro Electricity Distribution Inc.

William Burch

Member
Advisory Committee on Alternative Financing

William Burch is a member of the Government of Alberta's Advisory Committee on Alternative Financing.

Mr. Burch served as a managing partner with a large international accounting firm, held various board appointments in both the private and public sectors, and has been involved in various community initiatives. Mr. Burch is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and lives in Edmonton.

Brad Severin

Chair
Alberta Chambers of Commerce

Brad Severin has over 20 years of experience as a taxation specialist. Most recently, Brad has served as a Tax Partner with a Big 4 accounting firm within the Private Company Services space.

Brad has completed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants' In-Depth Taxation Course, the Advanced Corporate Reorganizations Course and the Advanced Wealth Management Course. He specializes in consulting in the area of Canadian and international taxation matters including corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions and succession planning for family-owned businesses.

Brad has been a lecturer for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, and the Canadian Tax Foundation. He has been a frequent advisor to the media on income tax matters. Brad was described in Parliament by former federal Finance Minister and Prime Minister Paul Martin as an "eminent tax accountant" (Hansard-March 2000) for his role in recognizing and responding to the 2000 Federal Budget's taxation inequity for Albertans.

Brad was named to Alberta Venture Magazine's list of "Alberta's 50 Most Influential People" for the year 2000 and was named a recipient of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta's Early Achievement award. Brad holds a Bachelor of Education (With Distinction) from the University of Alberta. He is a chartered accountant, a chartered financial planner and a registered trust and estate practitioner.

Christopher Skappak

PhD Candidate
Former president of Alberta Graduate Council

Christopher Skappak is originally from Acadia Valley Alberta, and is a third-year medical student at the University of Calgary. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. thesis in pediatric experimental medicine at the University of Alberta.

Christopher has received numerous national and provincial research awards, and has been recognized for his community service with the Lorence Decore Award for Student Leadership Award, the Alberta Graduate Student Citizenship Award, and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's Prairies & NWT Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award. This past year, Christopher was also recognized as an Alberta Science and Technology (ASTech) Foundation Honouree in the Leader of Tomorrow category.

Christopher has served on numerous community and post-secondary boards including the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA), the Alberta Student Finance Board, and the Volunteer Alberta Student Internship Program Advisory Board.

Lucy Miller

President and CEO
United Way of Calgary and Area

Lucy Miller has been President and CEO of United Way of Calgary and Area since March 2, 2012. During this time she has become known for her relational style and her commitment to shared responsibility for the success of the city of Calgary.

Lucy's background is in education, serving most recently as the Chief Superintendent for the Calgary Catholic School District. She has worked as a teacher, principal, curriculum consultant and superintendent in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta and has served as part-time professor at Queen's University and the University of Ottawa. She is also the author of five books and numerous articles.

She is active in the broader community, serving on the boards of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative, the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, the Calgary Local Immigration Partnership, the Safe Communities Opportunity and Resource Centre, the Calgary Economic Development Strategy Advisory Committee and is a member of the Premier's Council on Alberta's Promise.

Lucy's involvement at both the local and international level has garnered her multiple awards, including the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, the Women of Distinction Award, the Lieutenant Governor's Leadership Award, and the Papal Benemerenti Medal of Excellence.