It may seem difficult to imagine now, but the COVID-19 lockdown will end. One day, when the numbers tell us it’s safe, we will return to the usual rhythms of Canadian life and re-establish our routines. But should we go back to all of them?
The pandemic has created formidable challenges to all facets of our lives. Labour, the economy, healthcare, the environment and urban planning are just a few examples of areas facing urgency for change and innovation. As Ontario discusses the re-opening of the province, we’re left wondering what re-integration and our new reality looks like.
Join Canadian Club Toronto on May 21, when our panel of experts, Dr. Isaac Bogoch (UHN), Jennifer Keesmaat (Keesmaat Group), Jean McClellan (PwC) and Angus McOuat (McKinsey), discuss the challenges and opportunities in opening up post COVID-19, continuing to manage the risks, and what parts of our lives will need to be re-imagined as we integrate back into society. This expert panel will be moderated by Adrienne Arsenault, Co-Host of CBC’s The National.
This virtual event is free of charge. All you need to access the event is to register.
Dr. Isaac Bogoch
Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Department of Medicine
Infectious Diseases Consultant, General Internist, Toronto General Hospital
Dr. Isaac Bogoch is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medicine, and is an Infectious Diseases consultant and General Internist at the Toronto General Hospital with a focus on tropical diseases, HIV, and general infectious diseases. He completed medical school and Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Toronto, and then specialized in Infectious Diseases at Harvard University. He holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, and has completed fellowships in both Tropical Infectious Diseases and HIV care. Dr. Bogoch divides his clinical and research time between Toronto and several countries in Africa and Asia.
CEO, The Keesmaat Group
Jennifer Keesmaat is passionate about creating places where people flourish, and was named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Macleans, one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life, and one of the top Women of Influence in Canada. Jennifer is a Distinguished Visitor in Residence Emeritus at the University of Toronto, and continues to share her vision for cities of the future and her belief in the importance of public sector leadership through a variety of publications including The Guardian, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and on her podcasts, Invisible City and Within Reach. Keesmaat serves on the Advisory Board of the Urban Land Institute, Toronto and the International Panel of Experts, Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority.
In 2018, Jennifer founded The Keesmaat Group – a creative group of senior-level urbanists who work with future-oriented cities, regions, companies, and organizations to advance solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time: a global housing affordability crisis, the need for mobility in our cities that forgoes dependence on fossil fuels, and smarter, quicker adaptations to a changing climate.
Jennifer holds a Combined Honours degree in Philosophy and English from the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters in Environmental Studies, Politics and Planning, from York University. As a Registered Professional Planner, her work has been repeatedly recognized by professional associations, including as the recipient of the 2016 President’s Award of Excellence, from the Canadian Institute of Planners; the 2016 Bryden Alumni Award, York University, the 2017 City Builders Award from EDIT/the Design Exchange; the International Placemaking Award, City of Lyon, France 2017; and most recently, the 2019 The Edmund N. Bacon Award from the Center for Architecture and Design, Philadelphia
Lead, National People & Organization, PwC Canada
Jean McClellan leads the National People & Organization practice for PwC Canada Consulting. Jean has over 20 years of consulting experience working with multidisciplinary teams to solve complex issues for her clients across the country. She has spent the last decade of her career helping clients to transform their organizations by activating their people and embracing technology. She believes that people & culture are what differentiates highly successful organizations and loves to spend time in the mountains hiking with her family.
Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company
Angus McOuat is an Associate Partner in the Toronto office at McKinsey & Company, and a leader in their retail and consumer goods practice. Angus serves clients in Canada and around the world on topics across strategy, merchandising, marketing, digital, and operations. He is currently working with several Canadian clients to support COVID-19 crisis planning and recovery.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Angus held senior roles at Canadian Tire, Pusateri’s Fine Foods, and most recently Holt Renfrew where he led Ecommerce strategy and operations. Prior to his time in industry, he spent more than a decade in management consulting.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Co-Host, The National
Adrienne Arsenault hosts THE NATIONAL, alongside Andrew Chang in Toronto.
Emmy Award-winning journalist Adrienne Arsenault has been a senior correspondent for THE NATIONAL since 1999, deployed to the biggest breaking news stories and investigative stories in Canada and around the world.
Arsenault's assignments have included disasters, conflicts, politics, sports and human dramas. She won a 2015 International Emmy for her work covering the Ebola crisis. She has covered the Olympics in Sydney, Salt Lake, Beijing, Sochi, and Rio as well as the World Cup in South Africa. Her investigative work on security has seen her cross Canada and pursue terror stories across the globe. Arsenault began her career at CBC in 1991, as an editorial assistant for The National. Over the years since, her postings have included Vancouver, Washington, Jerusalem and London.
Arsenault was named the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association's Journalist of the Year. She has won two Gracie awards for outstanding female correspondent, a Monte Carlo Festival award for her coverage of the Zimbabwe election and several Gemini and Canadian Screen Awards. Arsenault has been telling people for years that she has a crush on her job. Follow Adrienne Arsenault on Twitter @adriearsenault