2023 Speakers

Keynote Speaker - David Zaruk (The Risk-Monger)

David is an environmental-health risk governance analyst specialised in EU policy
debates. Until 2006, he worked twelve years in chemicals issue management for
Solvay, Cefic and Burson-Marsteller. Until 2022, David was a professor in
communications, public relations, lobbying and marketing at Vesalius College,
Facultés Saint-Louis and Odisee University College. In 2001, he was one of the
founders of GreenFacts, a science-based risk communications tool for non-specialists.

A pioneer in science communications and science and society issues for more than
two decades, David sits on various research ethics panels and frequently serves
as a chair, expert, rapporteur, ethics adviser or evaluator for European-funded research projects. He writes a blog under the pseudonym: The Risk-Monger, assessing the European use of evidence in environmental-health policy management.

Luncheon Speaker - Adam Bighill

Adam started his career in the CFL in 2011, coming directly from Central Washington University. He spent 2011-2016 with the BC Lions winning while winning Grey Cup his rookie year. He then made his way to the NFL in 2017 to play for the New Orleans Saints. Following the NFL, Adam arrived in Winnipeg in 2018 and has been with the Bombers ever since.
Adam has now won 3 Grey Cups, 2 most recently back-to-back with our Bombers. He also has been named the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player 3x (2015,2018,2021).
Adam is also a 6x CFL All-Star. Adam is currently 7th all time in tackles in CFL history and is climbing the ranks. Aside from his life on the football field, Adam is also a financial advisor with Wellington-Altus Private Wealth.
His wife Kristina and he have been married since 2014 and have 3 kids, AJ who is 6, Leah who is 5, and Beau who is 3.