Online Conference


The Past|Future of the Public Corporation Series

Note: This is a free conference.  Registrants will receive a link to watch the sessions live, and will be able to re-watch if they missed the live event.



  • The public corporation as we know it in the 21st century is both massive and pervasive. Its history as a form of economic and financial activity has been central to the story of our unfolding economy. The corporate form, in fact, has been a powerful and deeply ingrained organizational engine that generates millions of jobs and massive amounts of capital. In the past decade and more, however, the public corporation has been under increasing scrutiny. A context of declining institutional trust, environmental degradation, and growing awareness of racial, social and income inequality have ignited a global debate about the proper role and purpose of the public corporation. Questions about concentration of ownership, shareholder power, massive technological change, and what the future of work will actually look like have all led back to the central question: how is the corporation evolving? What role could and should the corporation play as societies turn to building economic and social resilience?


  • Ms. Mona Malone, CHRO & Head, People and Culture, BMO Financial Group
  • Dr. Laurence B. Mussio, Historian and Chair, Long Run Institute


  • Mr. Brian Gallant, CEO of the Canadian Centre for the Purpose for the Corporation and former premier of New Brunswick
  • Dr. Judy Stephenson, Economic Historian, University College London

Panel Topics:

  • Adapting Purpose for the Post-Pandemic World: Emerging Roles and Responsibilities of the Public Corporation
  • The Future of the Corporation as a Workplace

Panel Members:

  • Dr. Michael Aldous, Associate Professor in Management, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Mr. Rahul K. Bhardwaj, LL.B, ICD.D., President and CEO, Institute of Corporate Directors
  • Mr. Michael C. Bush, CEO, Great Place to Work®
  • Mr. Mathew Mehrotra, Chief Digital Officer, North American P&BB and Wealth Management, BMO Financial Group
  • Ms. Sevaun Palvetzian, Chief Communications Officer, Rogers Communications
  • Prof. John Turner, Professor of Finance & Financial History, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Mr. David Walmsley, Editor-in-Chief, The Globe and Mail (Moderator)
  • Dr. Miyo Yamashita, President and CEO, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation