MaRS Global Leadership features talks from global thought and business leaders on the latest in leadership thinking and innovation trends.

Join us in 2016 for a new year of Global Leadership.


Past Speakers

Greening Cities, Healthy Planet: Strategies that work, opportunities for change

Speaker: Geoff Cape

Evergreen focuses on innovations related to sustainability and cities and a series of complex problems that involve multiple stakeholders. They don’t look for the hardest problems to solve, they look for ideas that are stuck—but ready to move. Over the years Evergreen has defined itself a convener and a change agent. With a focus on the future, Geoff Cape, CEO of Evergreen, reflects on the past 25 years of work led by Evergreen and looks to the future on where the organization may go in the years ahead.

Lessons from the UK: Building the Canadian impact investment market

Speaker: Sir Ronald Cohen

Sir Ronald Cohen (Sector Representative and Chairman, Social Impact Investment Taskforce and Chairman, The Portland Trust) talks about his innovative work in the world of social ventures and impact investing. A central figure in the global growth of social impact investing, Sir Ronald charts his journey working with groups like the UK government to prove that investing in innovation can solve social problems.

The Innovators with Walter Isaacson

Speaker: Walter Isaacson

Watch the full length presentation from, and interview of Walter Isaacson, CEO of The Aspen Institute, and acclaimed biographer of his latest book “The Innovators: How a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution.” Hear his perspectives on the value of collaboration and creativity in innovation, the value of innovation as a partnership between man and machine, and the characteristics that drove some of the world’s greatest innovators.

The Collaborative Economy: How sharing is powering a sustainable future

Speaker: April Rinne

April Rinne, Chief Strategy Officer of Collaborative Lab, shows how the collaborative economy has the potential to transform how we design products and services, create sustainable and “shareable” cities, re-imagine public services, reduce waste and connect communities.

Innovating Innovation: How MaRS combines business, tech and social innovation for greater impact

Speaker: Dr. Ilse Treurnicht

Why will social innovation play an important part in the quality of Canada’s future? Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO of MaRS Discovery District, has a powerful message for the public and private sector, innovators and people who care about society, which begins by answering the fundamental question: “What do we actually value in our organization, community and country?” What we value will be the ultimate alignment factor between science, technology and social innovation.