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Monday, January 17, 2022
12:00 PM
 - 1:00 PM
Online only.

Seizing Canada’s Clean Growth Opportunity

Don Lindsay (Teck), Karn Manhas (Terramera), Dave McKay (RBC) & Susannah Pierce (Shell), with Nadia Theodore (Maple Leaf Foods)
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Canada has an opportunity to lead the energy transition by responsibly supplying the low-carbon products and expertise the world needs. But seizing that opportunity requires us to act fast, and make bold decisions and critical investments today.

Join Canadian Club Toronto on January 17 as a part of our 125th Season Signature Series when Don Lindsay, President and CEO of Teck, a leading Canadian resource company, and Chair of the Business Council of Canada, kicks off the event by highlighting the big choices that governments, companies and people need to make to realize the country’s potential.

The event continues with Nadia Theodore, Senior Vice President of Global Government and Industry Relations at Maple Leaf Foods, moderating a discussion with Don and executives of leading Canadian enterprises representing a range of sectors that each play a key role in the transition:

  • Karn Manhas – Founder and CEO, Terramera
  • Dave McKay – President and CEO, RBC
  • Susannah Pierce – President and Country Chair, Shell Canada


**A link to the live stream will be provided closer to the event date.**


Donald R. Lindsay

President and Chief Executive Officer, Teck Resources Limited.

Don Lindsay is President and Chief Executive Officer of Teck Resources Limited. He is currently Chair of the Business Council of Canada and a Director of Manulife Financial Corporation. He recently completed a three-year term as Chair of the International Council on Mining and Metals, and was previously Chair of the Board of Governors for Mining and Metals at the World Economic Forum. He also serves on the Board of Directors for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Alpine Canada, York House School, and is an Honorary Governor of the Royal Ontario Museum. Prior to joining Teck, Mr. Lindsay was President of CIBC World Markets Inc.; led the bank’s Investment and Corporate Banking Division, the Asia Pacific Region; and was founder of CIBC’s Global Mining Group. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (B.Sc., Hons.) and Harvard Business School (MBA).

Karn Manhas 

Founder and CEO, Terramera

Terramera Founder and CEO, Karn Manhas, is an AgTech industry pioneer on a mission to transform how food is grown and the economics of agriculture. With Terramera’s revolutionary Actigate™ platform and a powerful suite of machine learning tools, the company is tackling audacious goals of reducing global synthetic pesticide loads 80%, increasing global farm productivity by 20%, and boosting organic soil carbon 100% by 2030. Founded in 2010, the Vancouver-based company has earned international recognition for its technologies that protect human health and the environment to ensure an earth that thrives and provides for everyone. Recognitions include: The Global Cleantech 100 list, Nutrien-Radicle Challenge Canada (winner), BDC and Business Council of Canada CLIC Challenge (winner), Fast Company World Changing Idea (finalist).

Terramera has raised over C$100M in capital from private and public sources. The company’s growth is fuelled by its ability to fuse science, nature, and artificial intelligence to support the transition to climate-smart regenerative agriculture practices that enable the natural sequestration and retention of soil organic carbon. Privately held, Terramera’s international IP portfolio has grown to more than 250 patents (granted or pending).

Using game-changing technology to improve the performance of active ingredients by up to 10x, Actigate remedies conventional farming practices that can result in 50-90% of applied farm chemicals washing away into the environment. The company is also in the process of commercializing scalable, accurate, low-cost remote-sensing technology, to reliably measure the carbon content in soil. This will provide a global standard for consistent soil carbon quantification, opening a new and stable market for nature-based soil carbon credits and allowing farmers to be incentivized for the carbon they sequester.

Karn’s diverse background spans being the youngest Member of the Legislative Assembly elected in British Columbia to being a TEDx speaker and sought-after thought leader on sustainability, clean food, and innovative organizations. He is a member of YPO, fellow at Unreasonable Group and was named one of Business in Vancouver’s top Forty Under 40 businesspeople. Karn holds a Juris Doctor in Law from the University of British Columbia and a B.Sc. in Biology and Biotechnology from McGill University.

Dave McKay

President & Chief Executive Officer, RBC

Dave McKay is President and CEO of RBC, Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based  on market capitalization. He is reimagining the future of financial services to help RBC’s clients thrive and  communities prosper.

An unwavering champion of innovation, big ideas, and creativity, Dave is a leading force behind RBC’s  investments in artificial intelligence and machine learning to help unlock the insights and power of data for  clients. In his home market, he is a passionate advocate for Canada’s future prosperity and preparing youth  for the future of work through the support and development of RBC Future Launch, a 10-year, $500 million  commitment to help young people build the skills required to succeed in a changing world.

Dave joined RBC in 1983 as a co-op student in computer programming before moving to the organization’s  retail banking arm. He then held progressively senior roles in retail and business banking, group risk  management, and corporate banking. He became Group Head of Canadian Banking in 2008. During his  tenure leading the division, Dave helped reinvent the bank’s retail operations, introducing new technology that  has enabled RBC to adapt and evolve to rapidly-changing consumer demands.

Shortly after being appointed President and CEO in 2014, he led the acquisition of City National Corporation,  creating a platform for growth with institutional, corporate and high net worth clients in the U.S.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and an honorary Doctor of Mathematics degree from the University of  Waterloo. He also holds an MBA and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Richard Ivey School of  Business at the University of Western Ontario, and an honorary degree from Ryerson University. He is both a  member and a Board of Director at the Business Council of Canada and a member of the U.S. Business  Council. Dave also serves on the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board and is the chair of the Business/Higher  Education Roundtable, which brings together Canada’s top businesses, universities and colleges to find ways  to better link workplaces and classrooms.

Susannah Pierce 

Shell Canada Country Chair 

Susannah has held senior positions in the energy and technology sectors in  Canada, the United States and Europe, most recently as Director of Corporate  Affairs for LNG Canada.

She joined LNG Canada in 2013 as a Shell secondee and has been responsible  for the project’s federal and provincial regulatory approvals, Indigenous  relations, government relations, media relations and community communications. Under her leadership, the project achieved federal and  provincial environmental approvals on schedule and received unprecedented  support from First Nations, communities and governments.

Prior to joining LNG Canada, Susannah served as Vice President, Value Chain  Integration, Shell Canada. In this capacity, she was responsible for identifying  new business opportunities across Shell’s multiple businesses in Canada. Prior to  this position, Susannah was Vice President, Communications, Upstream  International based in The Hague.

Susannah was previously Head, Government Relations for Shell Canada, where  she established the government relations practice to support Shell Canada’s  Upstream, Downstream, and manufacturing businesses.

Prior to joining Shell in 2009, Susannah was Director, Government Affairs for  TransCanada Pipelines based in the United States, where she was responsible  for driving government policy at federal and state levels in support of  TransCanada’s existing power and pipeline interests, as well as new business  development activities.

Susannah was named one of Vancouver magazine’s Power 50 in 2019 and on  B.C. Business’s 2015 Most Influential Women in Business list. She was also  recognized as a 2019 Most Influential Woman in Business by Business in Vancouver magazine.

Susannah is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and The George Washington University, and  speaks English, Spanish and French. She lives in Vancouver with her two  children, Robert and Gabriela.

Nadia Theodore

Senior Vice President, Global Government and Industry Relations of Maple Leaf Foods

Nadia is Senior Vice President, Global Government and Industry Relations with Maple Leaf Foods. In this role, Nadia leads Maple Leaf Foods’ global government relations and public policy functions, collaborating across the organization in developing and implementing the company’s government and industry relations strategy.

Prior to joining Maple Leaf Foods, Nadia spent over 20 years in the Canadian federal public service where she built a reputation for forging strong partnerships with government and business leaders, managing complex, priority trade files and leading multi-disciplinary teams. She has held senior leadership roles on several international trade negotiations and directly prior to joining Maple Leaf Foods, served as Canada’s Consul General to the Southeast USA, based in Atlanta.

Nadia is a proud contributor to organizations committed to empowering people and culture. She has served as a Carleton University Alumni Mentor, as a Global Advisor with G(irls)20 and on the Carter Center Advisory Board.

Nadia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a Master of Arts in Political Science, both from Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Laws from University of London.