Featured Speakers

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Craig Kramer - Keynote Speaker

Craig Kramer is Mental Health Ambassador and Chair, Global Campaign for Mental Health, in Neuroscience External Affairs at Janssen R&D, a Johnson & Johnson company.

In this capacity, Craig leads a Johnson & Johnson team that seeks to transform mental health care globally by raising awareness, reducing stigma, promoting research, improving access, and ensuring better patient outcomes. Key initiatives include a global leaders’ coalition to champion proven, scalable reforms, including “next-in-class” workplace mental health practices.

Prior to this role, Craig held a variety of positions in global corporate and government affairs at Johnson & Johnson and worked as a lawyer in the U.S. Congress, a Washington, D.C., law firm, and an international human rights organization.

Craig is a graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, the University of Michigan School of Law, and Harvard Business School’s General Management Program. He serves on the American Brain Coalition, mhNOW/citiesRISE, the DMAX Foundation, the Global Coalition on Youth Mental Health, International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders, International Schools Services, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, One Mind at Work, Project HEAL, and United for Global Mental Health.

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Mara Lederman - Keynote Speaker

Mara Lederman is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management and the Site Lead of the Creative Destruction Lab’s Toronto site. She joined the faculty at Rotman in 2003 after completing her PhD in Economics at MIT. Mara does empirical research in the areas of Industrial Organization and Organizational Economics. At a broad level, Mara studies how companies compete and how they organize themselves for competitive advantage. On the teaching side, Mara delivers courses on competitive strategy, data analytics and business problem-solving, at both the MBA and executive level.

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Charlene Theodore - Conference Co-Chair

Charlene Theodore is a graduate of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, and a lawyer with a background in public policy and government relations. She started her career with the African Canadian Legal Clinic, advocating against hate crimes and racism before UN, federal and provincial committees.  She then went on to represent unions, acting as Counsel to the Ontario Nurses’ Association, and then the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA). At OECTA, her practice involves providing strategic advice to management and staff on the impact of legislative and regulatory changes in the education sector and providing legal assistance to teachers who are disabled or injured at work. Ms. Theodore also advises on issues related to benefits and pensions.

Ms. Theodore is the 2nd Vice President of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), Past Chair of the OBA Equality Committee, and a member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. She speaks frequently on issues related to race, diversity, and gender.

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Julia Shin Doi - Conference Co-Chair

Julia Shin Doi is General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors of Ryerson University, leading a team of lawyers and professionals and advising the board. Julia is also a member of the Board of Directors of Ryerson Futures Inc.

Julia is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she has taught Legal Drafting since 2001, and at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, where she teaches Applied Contract Law in the LL.M. program. She is also an instructor in Ryerson’s Law Practice Program. She is an Executive in Residence for the Certified In-House Counsel - Canada designation offered by the CCCA and University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Julia is the co-author of the leading Canadian text on drafting boilerplate contract clauses, Behind and Beyond Boilerplate: Drafting Commercial Agreements (Thomson Reuters).

An active member of her community and the legal profession, Julia is past chair and current member of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association Ontario Chapter (Ontario Bar Association). She is a founder and past president of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers and a founding member of the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association. She co-founded the Roundtable of Diversity Associations which brings together diverse professional associations and founded the Women’s General Counsel chapter of the Women’s Law Association of Ontario to support senior women in law. She is also a founding member and executive of Women General Counsel Canada which unites senior women leaders nationally. 

In her community, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Korean Canadian Arirang Age Friendly Community Centre as Vice-Chair. Julia is a founding member and chair of Lawyers for Possibility, a legal community initiative to support Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitiation Hospital. She also serves on the United Way Law Cabinet.

In 2016, the CCCA awarded Julia their highest national honour, the R.V.A. Jones Award, as her career exemplifies the highest standards of service, conduct, and professionalism. In 2017, Julia received the Award of Excellence from the Ontario Chapter of the CCCA, and was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential 2017 in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.

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Fred Headon - Conference MC

Fred Headon, Assistant General Counsel, Labour and Employment Law, at Montreal-based Air Canada, was the first in-house counsel to serve as President of the Canadian Bar Association. He also served as Chair of the CBA’s Legal Futures Initiative.

At Air Canada he leads a team of professionals who are responsible for all aspects of labour and employment law, as well as privacy / data protection law and corporate social responsibility. He also represents Air Canada in proceedings before courts and tribunals and advises on matters ranging from collective bargaining to strategic corporate initiatives.

Prior to joining Air Canada, Mr. Headon worked in private practice in Montreal and taught at the Law Faculty of the National University of Rwanda.

His work with the CBA, and, in particular, it’s Legal Futures Initiative, were cited by Canadian Lawyer magazine when it included him in its 2013 and 2015 lists of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers. His contributions to the profession were also recognized by the Barreau du Québec (Québec Law Society) which awarded him the distinction Avocat émérite (or Lawyer Emeritus) in 2015.

Mr. Headon earned his LL. B. and B.C.L. degrees from McGill University in 1996 and earned his B.A. from the University of Winnipeg in 1992. He has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1997.