From the origins of life to the future of cities: 11 new speakers

At C2 Montréal 2017, marvel alongside an astronomer who’s exploring the origins of life at NASA; get into the head of the woman who’s positioning GE at the vanguard of the digital industrial revolution; discover the doctor who’s reshaping real-life medicine with life-changing simulations; and let creators, inventors, researchers and authors regale you with their visions of a future brimming with possibility.

Here are 11 new speakers with whom we’ll be exploring the ecosystems of talent, entertainment, marketing, cities and moonshots:

Linda Boff
Chief Marketing Officer, GE
This self-described digital explorer is helping to position GE as the 125-year-old startup that’s spearheading the digital industrial revolution.

Dr. Michelle Thaller
Deputy Director for Science Communication, NASA Headquarters
An omni-curious astronomer, Michelle observes the stars to better understand life on Earth. Her research universe encompasses everything from climate change to the evolution of stars.

Nicola Farinetti
CEO Eataly, USA
Passionate about gastronomy and culture, Nicola is creating a unique culinary experience that blurs the distinctions between restaurant and retail, and where guests share more than a meal.

Ben Boyd
President of Practices and Sectors & CEO for Canada and Latin America, Edelman
As an advocate for ethics in institutions, Ben gauges public confidence in government, brands and the media so that they remain drivers of positive innovation.

Monika Bielskyte
Creative Strategist & Founder, ALLFUTUREEVERYTHING
A futurist with an artist’s eye and an inventor’s vision, Monika combines science and imagination to prototype VR models of cities in the future.

Laura Henderson
SVP of Marketing, BuzzFeed
An international marketing prodigy, Laura leads brands to produce captivating content that’s of value to both consumer and provider.

Tim Kring
Screenwriter and Television Producer
The award-winning screenwriter behind Heroes and many other successful series, Tim uses gamification, multiplatform narratives and interconnectivity to take storytelling to a whole other experiential level.

Farah Ramzan Golant 
CEO, Girl Effect
Former CEO of the UK’s biggest independent TV company and ad agency, Farah puts her experience to full use creating brands that empower girls living in poverty to gain better access to services and life opportunities.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly 
Minister of Canadian Heritage
A lawyer and engaged citizen, Mélanie understands that the future is digital. Her objective: help the government offer digital services that correspond to the interests and expectations of citizens and businesses.

Dr Rajesh Aggarwal
Director, Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning at McGill University
A professor of surgery and a visionary, Rajesh is reinventing the way health care is provided by rethinking the technical, human and institutional aspects of medical practice using state-of-the-art simulations.

Chris Burch 
CEO, Burch Creative Capital
Always attentive to the customer and well-attuned to consumer trends, Chris invests in those who know how to turn good ideas into great success.

These 11 new speakers join the ranks of C2 Montréal 2017, the final additions to which – stay tuned! – will be announced in the coming weeks.