Better Business Keynote
Changing the Way We Do Business
Lynda Kuhn is a Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Purpose Champion at Maple Leaf Foods, where she leads communications and the activation of the Company’s purpose to Raise the Good in Food and vision to be the most sustainable protein company on earth.
Ms. Kuhn is also Chair of the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security, a registered non-profit organization established in 2016. In this capacity, she is responsible for leading the implementation of the Centre’s mandate to work collaboratively to reduce food insecurity in Canada by 50% by 2030. To support this objective, the Centre’s work focuses on advocacy, knowledge transfer and funding innovation that advances sustainable food security.
Ms. Kuhn joined Maple Leaf Foods in 2002 as Vice President of Investor and Public Relations. In 2013, she assumed responsibility for developing and leading the implementation of a holistic strategy to embed sustainability into Maple Leaf’s culture and business. Prior to joining the corporate world, Ms. Kuhn spent her earlier career leading the development and execution of development strategies and initiatives at the regional and community level, including eight years working with First Nations Mi’kmaq communities in Atlantic Canada.
In 2009, Ms. Kuhn founded Nyota, a home for orphaned and destitute children in Kenya. She has subsequently worked with local educators in Kenya to establish the Wezesha Education Foundation, with the vision to empower them to become leaders through education. Wezesha provides financial support and mentoring to high potential,
extremely impoverished young people, which enables them to pursue their secondary and post-secondary education.
Ms. Kuhn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from Dalhousie University, Halifax and a Master of Arts degree in Economic Anthropology from McGill University, Montreal.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading consumer protein company, making high quality,
innovative products under national brands including Maple Leaf®, Maple Leaf Prime®,
Maple Leaf Natural Selections®, Schneiders®, Schneiders® Country Naturals®, Mina®,
LightlifeTM and Field Roast Grain Meat Co. TM. The Company employs approximately
11,500 people and does business in Canada, the U.S. and Asia. The Company is
headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario and its shares trade on the Toronto Stock
Dr. Éliane Ubalijoro
Better Society Keynote
Innovation for Good: Bringing the sectors together for greater prosperity, sustainability, competitiveness, and well-being
Dr. Éliane Ubalijoro is the Executive Director of C.L.E.A.R. International Development Inc. She is a Professor of Practice at McGill University, a member of Rwanda’s National Science and Technology Council, a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and a Board member of the International Leadership Association.
Eliane is a member of Rwanda’s Presidential Advisory Council. A former scientific director in a biotechnology company, she has co-lead Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenges Exploration grants related to neglected tropical disease drug discovery and innovative participatory feedback from female smallholder farmers. Eliane has facilitated the leadership experiences module in the Emerging Leaders for Sustainable Community Development program co-lead by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues, McGill and Vancouver Island University. She has consulted in Haiti and Africa in economic green growth pathways. Eliane gave a TEDx talk on Reimaging the World from Scarcity to Prosperity. In 2018, she joined the Board of trustees of WWF International. She is a contributor to the 2012 released book “The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the 21st Century” by Berrett- Koehler Publishers. She is a Founding Signatory of the Fuji Declaration that was launched in Japan in May 2015. Eliane contributed to the 2015 ebook Becoming A Better Leader. She contributed to the 2016 book Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World. She was a mentor at the first Global Women in Science Leadership Workshop October 6-9, 2016, held at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity by the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research. For the second Global Women in Science Leadership Workshop held February 21-24, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda, she was a co-facilitator. She also recently spoke at the 2018 Next Einstein Forum Global gathering and at Gender Summit 14.