Keynote Speakers

The Institute of Corporate Directors is pleased to announce the Keynote Speakers for the 2020 National Conference & Fellowship Awards Gala, on May 27-28, 2020 in Halifax.

Conference Keynote Speaker - Rita Gunther McGrath
Professor, Columbia Business School

Rita Gunther McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School. Rita is one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth and is one of the most regularly published authors in the Harvard Business Review. She is consistently ranked among the top 10 management thinkers in the world and was ranked #1 for strategy by Thinkers50.  Rita is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013). Her new book is Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019).

Gala Keynote Speaker - David Frum
Social & Political Commentator
Senior Editor at The Atlantic

Whether it is the latest foreign policy debate or the inner workings of the White House, David Frum offers refreshing and clear insights of complicated issues of the day. He is currently a senior editor at The Atlantic, and the author of New York Times Bestseller Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic among numerous other titles. He appears often on MSNBC, BBC, CBC, and CNN. 

As a speaker, David has the rare ability to engage audiences at a deeper level: that of their belief systems. Even if you do not agree with his views, David’s encyclopedic knowledge of hot topic issues is unmatched. Audiences appreciate his thought-provoking style and ability to boil complex subjects into digestible bites. David’s deeply researched and thoughtful talks are also laugh-out-loud funny. In his quest for the truth, David has been a long-time advocate for shaking up the polarized U.S. political system. He provides fascinating insight into what political outcomes mean for specific audiences around the world.

David served as a speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush, as a senior foreign policy adviser to the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign in 2007-2008, as a director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, and as chairman of the board of the United Kingdom’s leading center-right think tank, Policy Exchange.

In a 2016 essay for The Atlantic, Frum explained that he would vote for Hillary Clinton to stop Donald Trump. In a 2017 profile, GQ magazine described Frum “first among equals” among “Never Trump” Republicans.  He is now at work on his tenth book, about how to renew American world leadership after Trump.