2016 Annual Meeting


  Speaker Highlights

Plenary Speakers

Daniel Altman

Daniel Altman is an economist and internationally bestselling author. He is the creator of the Baseline Profitability Index, a tool for assessing the attractiveness of investing in markets around the world that is published by Foreign Policy magazine. He also serves as an adjunct associate professor of economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where he teaches long-term macroeconomic forecasting and sports analytics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the expert advisory board at Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Daniel previously wrote economic commentary on the staffs of The Economist, The International Herald Tribune, and The New York Times, where he was also one of the youngest-ever members of the editorial board. In between stints as a journalist, he was an economic advisor in the British government. He now writes a global economics column as senior editor for economics at Foreign Policy magazine, and he publishes articles on soccer analytics online for The New Yorker. Daniel was born in Connecticut and received his doctorate in economics from Harvard University. He has lived and worked on four continents and is a citizen of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He likes wine, too.

Charlie Cook

When Charlie Cook makes a pronouncement based on his analysis of the political scene in America, people who want to be “in the know” sit up and listen. For more than two decades he has been Washington’s most trusted – and most accurate – voice on all things political, whether it’s the outcome of a Congressional, gubernatorial, or presidential election.

As the editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for the National Journal Group, his prodigious writing is a direct line to the heart of politics. He writes weekly for National Journal magazine and National Journal Daily, and he also pens a regular column for the Washington Quarterly. Once deemed “the Picasso of election analysis” by the Wall Street Journal, Cook produces the sharpest political handicapping in the business, serving as the one-man, go-to-source for Americans who want to be truly informed.

The New York Times has called Cook “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” and noted that the Cook Political Report is “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative.” Bob Schieffer of CBS News calls it “the bible of the political community,” and David Broder of the Washington Post said Cook is “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races.” In its feature “The Top 50 Journalists in Washington,” the Washingtonian called him a “master observer” and “the man who knows more about politics than anyone else,” and in 2010 Cook was a co-recipient of the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Carey McWilliams Award to honor “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.”

Cook’s expertise has been featured on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news programs, as well as Good Morning America, TODAY, Nightline, Meet the Press, and This Week. He has also been an election night analyst for CNN, CBS, and NBC News and for every presidential election since 1994. He founded the Cook Political Report in 1984, and became a twice-weekly columnist for Roll Call, Capitol Hill’s premier newspaper, before joining the National Journal Group in 1998.

Laura Dawson, PhD

Laura Dawson, PhD is Director of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute. Named one of Canada’s Top 100 foreign policy influencers by the Hill Times in 2014, Dawson is a speaker, writer, and thought leader on Canada-U.S., NAFTA and international trade issues. Previously, she served as senior advisor on economic affairs at the United States Embassy in Ottawa and taught international trade and Canada-U.S. relations at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. Dawson continues to serve as Emeritus Advisor at Dawson Strategic, which provides advice to business on cross-border trade, market access and regulatory issues. She is a Fellow at the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute and serves on the board of the Council of the Great Lakes Region. Dawson holds a PhD in political science.

Charles D. Ellison

Charles D. Ellison is a veteran political strategist and Founding Principal of B|E Strategy. Charles is Contributing Politics Editor at The Root, the first-ever Washington Correspondent for the Philadelphia Tribune, a frequent contributor to The Hill, and the weekly Washington Insider for WDAS-FM in Philadelphia. He is also Executive Producer and Host of The Ellison Report, a weekly public-affairs magazine broadcast and podcast at WEAA 88.9 FM in Baltimore.

Louis Fortier

Graduated from Laval (MSc 1979) and McGill (PhD 1983) universities, a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow (Plymouth, UK 1984-1985), and Professor at Université Laval, Louis Fortier is a specialist of the ecology of marine zooplankton and fish. In 2001, he founded Québec-Océan, le Groupe interinstitutionnel de recherches océanographiques du Québec. He holds the Canada Research Chair on the response of arctic marine ecosystems to climate warming. He was a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada from 2005 to 2008.

An indefatigable promoter of a multidisciplinary and cross-sector approach to the ecosystem-level concerns raised by the warming of the Arctic, Louis Fortier has coordinated the Canadian participation to several international arctic research programs such as the Saroma-Resolute Study (SARES) and the Northeast Water Polynya Study (NEW). Since 1997, he has led the International North Water Polynya Study (NOW) and the Canadian Arctic Shelf Exchange Study (CASES), two NSERC Research Networks on the response of the Arctic Ocean to climate warming. He is heading the pan-Canadian consortium of Arctic specialists who mobilized the CFI-funded Canadian Research Icebreaker Amundsen in 2002. Under his leadership, the best northern specialists in the natural, social and health sciences formed Canada’s Network of Centres of Excellence ArcticNet (2004-2018) with the objective to anticipate the impacts of climate warming and development on the economy and societies of the Canadian Arctic. With Marcel Babin, he developed the Canada Excellence Research Chair on the Remote-sensing of Canada’s New Arctic Frontier, and the Unité Mixte Internationale Takuvik of the French Conseil national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS).

Mr. Fortier has received many awards for his research including Scientifique de l’Année (2004) (Radio-Canada) and Personnalité scientifique de 2005 (La Presse and Radio-Canada) ; Grand Diplomé and Gloire de l’Escolle Medal of the Alumni Association of Université Laval (2006); Officer of the Order of Canada (2007); Honorary Ph.D., University of Manitoba (2007). Officier de l’Ordre National du Québec (2008); Personnalité scientifique de 2008 (Le Soleil and Radio-Canada); Stefansson Medal of the Explorers Club (2009). Prix Armand-Frappier du Québec (2010) for Excellence in Research and Research Development; Governor General Northern Medal (2011); W Garfield Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research (2012); Timothy R. Parsons Award for excellence in Ocean Sciences (2012) and the Northern Science Award and Centenary Medal Commemorating IPY1882-1883, (2015).

Pierre Marc Johnson, BA, LL.L, MD, FRSC, Ph D (hc) GOQ

Both an attorney and physician by training Pierre Marc Johnson is a former Premier of Québec. He is of Counsel to the offices of Lavery, de Billy, Attorneys in Montreal.

He has been an active member of negotiation teams in UN environmental Conventions. He was also Chief negotiator for the Québec Government in the US-Canada dispute on softwood lumber (2001-2007). A former professor of Law at McGill University, he has published on various aspects of globalization. In the past 20 years Mr. Johnson has sat and still does on senior and junior corporate Boards in Canada, the US, Mexico and France.

Mr. Johnson has been since 2009 the Québec Government Chief negotiator in the CETA talks, a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union.

Noel Lateef

Noel V. Lateef has been President and CEO of the Foreign Policy Association since August 1, 1995. Founded in 1918, FPA is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization whose purpose is to stimulate wider interest in, and greater understanding of, world affairs among American citizens. It is the nation’s oldest organization devoted to citizen education in international affairs. Among its many accomplishments are a network of world affairs councils that stretches across the United States in 95 cities, the longest running television series devoted to international affairs, and the leading foreign policy web site.

In New York City, FPA sponsors an active meetings program with world leaders and experts on foreign policy. FPA’s annual World Leadership Forum provides an incomparable opportunity for business leaders to think strategically about the future with their peers and with cutting-edge thinkers from the public sector and academia. FPA publications reach an audience of 8 million readers in all 50 states. FPA educational materials are currently used by 1,100 institutions of higher learning.

Before joining FPA, Mr. Lateef was chairman of The Bowery Savings Bank, a venerable New York institution founded in 1834. During his tenure, over a period of nine years, he helped grow the bank from 20 branches to 52.

Mr. Lateef received his JD degree from Yale Law School in 1982. At Yale Law School, Mr. Lateef was elected Executive Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He received his BA from Princeton University, where he received advanced standing and majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, graduating with High Honors in 1978.

Jean Lemire

Trained as a biologist, Jean Lemire began a parallel career in filmmaking in 1987 to combine his love of research and science communication. In 2001, he converted an ocean-going schooner into a scientific research platform and production studio, and he has since been crisscrossing the world’s oceans to raise awareness of environmental issues. His work on climate change and biodiversity has led to large-scale scientific missions. He and his team of sailors and scientists took the legendary Northwest Passage in 2002 (Arctic Mission), overwintered in the Antarctic in 2005-2006 on a 430-day mission (Antarctic Mission), and, in 2012, embarked on 1000 Days for the Planet, a three-year journey around the world to take stock of worldwide biodiversity, in conjunction with the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. In association with the Sedna Foundation, he has designed numerous teaching programs that have become references in the field of education. His films have won many prestigious prizes, including over 20 Gémeaux and Gemini awards, recognizing excellence in televisual production.

Professional Development Speaker

David Landis

David Landis is a former State Senator from Nebraska and currently the Director of the Urban Development Department for the City of Lincoln, Nebraska. He is an award-winning teacher and a skilled negotiator in the public arena. As a State Senator, Mr. Landis has brokered legislative agreements between labor and management, utilities and ratepayers, big banks and small banks, insurance companies and trial attorneys and other seemingly intractable foes. He has passed legislation to create a statewide network of mediation centers, establish a system for negotiated administrative rulemaking in state government and to create the state labor-management collective bargaining system. Mr. Landis’ skill has been developed at training seminars at Harvard, MIT and the University of Illinois.