2018 Centre Stage

Tuesday, April 17 | 8:30am – 10:00am

14th Annual GBTA Conference 2018 – Toronto Opening Remarks

Panel Discussion: Today’s Procurement Practitioner
The increasing reliance of organizations upon their procurement teams has evolved.  Corporate pressures to reduce expenditures and modify behavior for all addressable spend has changed. During this Centre Stage discussion, hear from procurement executives within leading market companies on how corporate procurement strategies filter down and intersect into the world of business travel.  They will discuss the big picture challenges and opportunities driven from c-suite decisions, how they manage these expectations, suppliers and employees, while positively contributing to the overall business strategy.

Moderated by:

Geoff Parsons, GBTA Canada Advisory Board
GeoPar Consulting




Andy Bonanno
Vice President
Business Development and Service Delivery
Procurement and Supplier Management
Rogers Communications
Donald (Don) Smith
Vice President
Corporate Services, Strategic Sourcing
Global Procurement Services
Joe Waring
Vice President
Strategic Sourcing
Mattamy Homes


Executive Talk with John Lee, Managing Director, Enterprise Innovation and Product Development, TMX Group - Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies

John Lee
Managing Director, Enterprise Innovation and Product Development
TMX Group


Panel Discussion: The Momentum of Technology & Innovation in Business Travel
Technology and Innovation is impacting business travel in more ways that we can ever imagine. Integrations of various platforms that include Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, along with a variety of digital enhancements and smart technology are advancing our industry in rapid pace.  In keeping with the conference theme of Momentum, this panel discussion will discuss the Momentum of Technology and Innovation in Travel, today, tomorrow and in light years ahead.

Moderated by:

Michael Gulmann
Chief Product Officer




Lydie Charpin
Global Head of Corporate Solutions


Mark Nasr
VP Loyalty & eCommerce
Air Canada



Executive Talk with Dave Leonard, Chief Executive Officer, McCarthy Tétrault – Diversity in the Workplace

Dave Leonard
Chief Executive Officer
McCarthy Tétrault


Tuesday, April 17 | 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Keynote: The Momentum of Women
Lily Jamali, Executive Producer and Television Correspondent of Bloomberg, Canada will sit down with WE Movement’s, Kim Plewes, Activist, Advocate and Social Leader, and WE Village’s, Mama Pasiyio, Kenyan Women’s Leader, to discuss empowerment of girls and women. From the villages in Africa to today’s business environment and life situations, enriching the dialogue with and for women, inspires change, equality and opportunity for all.

Moderated by:

Lily Jamali
Executive Producer and Television Correspondent


Guest Speakers:


Kim Plewes
Activist, Advocate and Social Leader
WE Movement
Mama Pasiyio
Kenyan Women's Leader
WE Village
Wednesday, April 18 | 9:00am – 10:00am

Beyond Business: The Impact of Business Travel on the Canadian Economy and Jobs
Have you ever thought about how business travel contributes to more than just your company's bottom line? When businesses send workers on the road, jobs are created, sales and taxes are generated and the national economy grows. This session will provide highlights from the study on the economic contribution made by business travel to the overall Canadian economy.


Jeanne Liu
VP, Research


Panel Discussion: Cross Border Security 
GBTA's Executive Director and COO, Michael W. McCormick, sits down with CATSA (Canadian Air Transport Security Authority) Vice President, Service Delivery Neil Parry, GTAA (Greater Toronto Airports Authority) Vice President of Customer and Terminal Services Scott Collier, and CBSA (Canadian Border Service Agency) Vice President, Operations Branch, Jacques Cloutier to discuss the current state of cross border security, updates in procedures, and the future of airport security.



Michael W. McCormick
Executive Director and COO




Scott Collier
Vice President of Customer and Terminal Services
Jacques Cloutier
Executive Vice President
Neil Parry
Vice President, Service Delivery
Wednesday, April 18 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Closing Centre Stage

Peter Mansbridge is an iconic Canadian news anchor and one of Canada’s most respected and recognizable figures. For five decades, including 29 years as anchor of CBC’s The National, he has guided us through the political, economic, and cultural events that have shaped the country. In keynotes, he highlights the very real contribution of Canada, and its citizens, in building a better world.


GBTA Conference 2018 – Toronto Closing Remarks