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As a nation, we have spent 156 years fostering relationships dedicated to delivering results for our citizens. Politics, after all, serves the interests of the people. However, the rising polarization on both ends of the political spectrum presents an increasing challenge. Nevertheless, we must not forsake the collaborative efforts that have defined our country, our nation, and our society, even in the face of these difficulties.

Join Canadian Club Toronto on October 11 to hear from The Honourable Dennis King, 33rd Premier of Prince Edward Island. The Premier will engage in a conversation about the pressing issues affecting our nation and the hurdles posed by a world growing ever more divided. Joining Premier King in moderating this discussion is The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Vice Chair, Global Investment Banking, CIBC.


*For virtual attendees, please note that the live stream will begin at approximately 12:40 pm ET & the link will be provided closer to the event date*



The Honourable Dennis King

Premier of Prince Edward Island (PEI)

Dennis King has served as the 33rd Premier of Prince Edward Island since May 2019 after forming the first minority government in Prince Edward Island since 1890. Dennis adopted a collaborative leadership style that continues to this day, seeking input from all parties on key government policies, legislation, and budget investments.

King’s tenure as Premier has been marked by navigating major public events such as two hurricanes, cyberattacks, an international trade dispute, and a global pandemic.

Before being elected Premier of Prince Edward Island in 2019, Dennis worked as a journalist and communications advisor; as an entrepreneur and industry executive; and as an author, broadcaster and storyteller.

Dennis grew up in Georgetown, graduating from Montague Regional High School in 1990. He and his wife Jana live in Brookfield and they are the proud parents of Jacob, Camdyn and Callum.


The Honourable Lisa Raitt

Vice-Chair Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets

The Honourable Lisa Raitt joined CIBC Capital Markets in January 2020, having previously worked in both the public and private sectors. Ms. Raitt’s current focus is on senior client coverage and business development with clients in the energy, infrastructure and industrial sectors, which align closely with her deep expertise. Prior to her current role, Ms. Raitt was the President and CEO of the Toronto Port Authority.

She was elected into the House of Commons in 2008, where she went on to hold three senior portfolios serving as Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Labour, and Minister of Transport. Most recently, Ms. Raitt was the Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and the Conservative Party of Canada.

Ms. Raitt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis Xavier University and a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Guelph. She possesses an LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario bar in 1998.

In 2020 Ms. Raitt was named a Woodrow Wilson Center Global Fellow of the Canada Institute.