Previous Calgary resident and daughter of Imperial Oil’s former CEO, Denise Hearn is now co-authoring a book called The Myth of Capitalism. How is that for conversation at family events? In the book, Denise is pushing back on what capitalism has come to be in recent decades, while championing core tenants like equal opportunity and entrepreneurialism.

Currently, Denise is Head of Business Development at Variant Perception – a global macroeconomic research and investment strategy firm that advises the world’s leading hedge funds and family offices. She has an MBA from the Oxford Saïd Business School, where she co-chaired the Social Impact Oxford Business Network, and a BA in International Studies from Baylor University. Denise has always been interested in human flourishing, and has managed a variety of projects including: building new impact investment models in Canada, presenting to over 50,000 people while designing nationwide educational curriculum, and helping to create the world’s first Trustmark for Sharing Economy companies in the UK. Denise also participated in the Alt/Now: Economic Inequality residency program at the Banff Centre.