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The Global Citizen Forum is an annual conference designed to educate, promote and empower global citizenship. For the first time in Canada, the Forum brings together government representatives, financial, immigration and tax advisors, due diligence experts, global real estate developers, high net worth individuals, investors, business leaders and philanthropists to exchange on and further develop the concept of global citizenship.
Curated by Arton Capital, the event is not-for-profit and its proceeds will be donated to the Global Citizen Foundation. Hosted at the Four Seasons hotel, the ultra-stylish venue is located in Toronto's most desirable location and has state-of-the-art conference spaces, expert service and is a living testament of a unique and highly respected global brand of Canadian origins.
Be there when Prime Ministers and government representatives deliver special announcements and legislation updates to their residency and citizenship programs. Learn about new real estate investment projects and discover past success stories.
Withe the event spanning over two days, delegates will have the exclusive chance to meet and network with government representatives, industry specialists, legal and financial professionals and high net worth individuals from around the world. Through carefully planned presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions, the Forum's aim is to give a voice to all stakeholders.
The Forum will bring together government agency representatives, distinguished speakers, philanthropists, as well as financial, legal and family office advisors, industry professionals, business leaders, high net worth individuals and celebrities.
The Global Citizen Forum will be of extreme interest to: accountants, broker-dealers, business development officers, client relationship managers, immigration consultants, estate planning attorneys, estate practitioners, family offices, financial planners, hedge funds managers, independent asset managers, investment advisors, portfolio managers, lawyers, life insurance directors, mutual fund managers, offshore bankers, offshore providers, private banking group managers, professional investors & advisors senior private bankers, real estate developers and agents, representatives of asset management firms, senior wealth/trust executives, tax consultants, team leaders, trust advisors/senior trust officers, trust risk managers, trustees, wealth management advisors, and others.
'Your network is your net worth' as famously laid out by Porter Gale, former Vice President of Marketing at Virgin America from 2007 to 2011. Surrounding yourself with passionate people will help you be a lot more effective.
Participate and contribute in discussions on global issues concerning residency and citizenship and help shape future policies and best practices in the presence of global leaders, industry regulators and practitioners.
You will have a chance to meet and exchange with a wealth and variety of experienced professionals, wealth and estate managers, due diligence providers, banking and finance sector specialists, immigration and citizenship planning consultants, and even celebrities.
Discover new products and services that can enrich your current portfolio and increase new client engagement and longer client retention. Turn promising contacts into promising opportunities. Learn something new by sharing something you are expert in. Join discussions and further your reach.
Learn about global migration trends, government policies, second residence and citizenship planning strategies, and how to better serve high net worth individuals.
Armand, in you we trust to make this world a better one! See you next year!Patrick Liotard-Vogt, Chairman, ASMALLWORLD
Really, really well planned and executed event, which was beyond my expectations. I was happy to be a part of it and share my experience and vision as a global citizen.Joseph Ghossoub, CEO of Menacom Group
Global Citizen Forum 2013 - A great success!Ambrose George, Minister of Information and Telecommunication and Constituency Empowerment of Dominica.
Most elegant setup I have seen to date. For a first, it was First Class.Tariq Qureishy, CEO Vantage Group
The movement has started. Well done, team Arton.Naseem Javed, Author and Founder of ABC Namebank
The event was extremely well organized, insightful, candid, and above all actionable. That has all the hallmarks of a high-value event, which others should experience when invited in future years. It was truly a pleasure, thank you!Mykolas Rambus, CEO, Wealth-X
Sovereign Group are delighted to have been involved as speakers and sponsors of the inaugural Global Citizen Forum. An excellent day of great information, and very beneficial networking. We look forward to our involvement next year.John Hanafin, CEO, Sovereign Group Middle East
It was a great honour to join the Global Citizen Conference and launch the Global Citizen Foundation – an organisation that I have no doubt will make a major impact on the field of education around the world in the coming years.Jake Hyman, CEO, The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC)
A real global tour de force! A Forum for our times.Sergio Marchi, Former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada
It was an honor to be present at the first of many more.M.F., partner and delegate
The conference was very well organized and it was well received by all participants.Francine Baron, High Commissioner, Dominica
You and your team should be very proud of putting on such a first class event. We were very impressed and we look forward to being involved next year as well.Dan Wachtler, President & CEO, IPSA International
Congrats, Mr. Arton and his GCF team.A.S.D., client and delegate
Russell Peters is a Canadian comedian and actor, who began performing in Toronto in 1989. He has set numerous records for sales and attendance at a comedian's performance. In 2007, Russell was the first comedian to sell out Toronto's Air Canada Centre. In 2009 he earned a sales record in London, and in 2010 he attracted the largest audience in Australia for a stand-up comedy show.
Russell Peters' stand-up performances feature observational comedy, where he uses humour to highlight racial, ethnic, class and cultural stereotypes. He often refers to his own life experiences growing up in an Indian family. He impersonates various English accents of different groups in his act to poke fun at each one.
A performance not to miss.
Robin Sharma is the globally celebrated author of 15 international bestselling books on leadership including The Leader Who Had No Title, the phenomenal #1 blockbuster that is inspiring a movement around the idea that “Now, anyone - in any organization - can show Leadership”. His work has been published in over 62 countries and in nearly 75 languages, making him one of the most widely read authors in the world. He shot to fame with The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, which has topped international bestseller lists and sold over 4,000,000 copies.
Robin is the founder of Sharma Leadership International Inc., a training firm with only one focus: helping people in organizations Lead Without a Title. Clients comprise of many of the FORTUNE 500 including Microsoft, GE, NIKE, FedEx and IBM.
Hon. Chris Alexander
Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Mr. Alexander was appointed the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration of Canada on July 15, 2013. Previously, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence. Mr. Alexander has worked for 18 years as a member of the Canadian Foreign Service. His first posting was at the Canadian Embassy in Russia, and by 2003, he became Canada’s first resident Ambassador in Kabul, Afghanistan. Between 2005 and 2009, he served as a Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas
St. Kitts & Nevis
Dr. Douglas is the Prime Minister of the twin-island Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis. This is his fourth term as Prime Minister. Dr. Douglas also serves as Minister with responsibility for Finance, Sustainable Development, Human Resources Development, Constituency Empowerment and Social Security. He represents residents of St. Christopher #6 (which comprises the communities of Newton Ground, St. Pauls, Dieppe Bay, Parsons, Saddlers and Harris') as their Member of Parliament.
Hon. Sergio Marchi
Chairman Board of Advisors, Arton Capital
Former Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada
The Honorable Sergio Marchi is a Canadian diplomat and former politician. First elected as Toronto City councilor, he was subsequently elected to the Canadian Parliament as a Federal MP for 15 years. During his time in givernment, Mr. Marchi served as a Cabinet Minister in three key international portfolios: Citizenship and Immigration, Environment, and International Trade. After leaving the political arena, Mr. Narchi was appointed as Canadian ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva. He went on to be nominated by the UN Secretary General to serve as a Commissioner on the UN Global Commission on International Migration. More recently, he was invited by the World Economic Forum to serve as a member of their Global Agenda Council on Migration.
Dr. Nikolay Milkov
Ambassador, Republic of Bulgaria
Dr. Milkov is the Bulgarian ambassador to Canada in Ottawa since October 30, 2013. Before that, he served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with one of the highest diplomatic ranks. Between 2005-2009, Nikolay Milkov was Consul General of Bulgaria in New York, USA. Prior to that, he served as deputy minister of foreign affairs, responsible for the relationship with NATO, security, the Balkan states, and the two-partite relations with the European countries. Dr. Milkov has been with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria for 17 years. He started his career in the Ministry of Defense in 1992.
Hon. Dr. Keith Mitchell
The Honorable Dr. Mitchell has been Prime Minister of Grenada since 2013. Previously, he served as Prime Minister from 1995 to 2008. Dr. Mitchell is the longest serving Prime Minister Grenada has ever had, holding the office for just over 13 years. Dr. Mitchell's political career spans over 30 years. In his capacity as Prime Minister, Dr. Mitchell has served as Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from January to July 1998 and from July to December 2004.
Mr. Svetoslav Mladenov
Executive Director at InvestBulgaria Agency
Mr. Mladenov is the Executive Director of InvestBulgaria Agency, the government organization, established to attract investment to Bulgaria, to assist project set-up, and to ensure successful project development. His was appointed head of the Agency in September 2013. Mr. Mladenov holds MA degrees in Business Administration from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the University of Minnesota and a BA degree in International Tourism. He has a specialization in Investment Policy from the St. Petersburg State University. Mr. Mladenov has over 10 years of experience in the spheres of pharmaceutical industry and investments.
Mr. Ivo Mouskourov
Consul General, Republic of Bulgaria
Mr. Mouskourov's career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs began in 1985. He was appointed at the position of Consul General of Bulgaria to Toronto, Canada in September 2011. Before that, he headed the Economic, Financial, Budgetary and Administrative Issues Department, United Nations and Global Issues Directorate at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Mouskourov also served as Consul General of Bulgaria in Los Angeles, USA in the period 2005-2009.
Hon. Joe Oliver
Minister of Finance
The Honorable Joe Oliver is Canada’s Minister of Finance. He was elected to the House of Commons for the first time in the 2011 federal election. Before his appointment as Minister of Finance in March 2014, he served in the Canadian Cabinet as Minister of Natural Resources. Prior to his political carrer, Mr. Oliver enjoyed distinguished career in the field of investment banking. During this period, he also served as the executive director of the Ontario Securities Commission and was also named the CEO of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada.
Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit
Mr. Skerrit has been Prime Minister of Dominica since 2004; he has also been the Member of Parliament for the Vieille Case constituency since 2000. Regionally, he has served as the Chairman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and most recently as Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), in 2010. Over the years in the cabinet, Mr. Skerrit has assumed the following portfolios: Foreign Affairs and Social Security, Finance, National Security, and Economic Planning.
Hon. Gaston Browne
Antigua & Barbuda
Mr. Browne is Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, in office since June 13, 2014. He led the Antigua Labor Party to victory in the 2014 general election. Mr. Browne served continuously as a legislator for the past 15 years, five of which he assumed the position of Minister of Planning and Trade of Antigua and Barbuda. Previously, he managed a banking group comprising a domestic bank, an offshore bank, and a trust company.
Hon. Kathleen Weil
Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion, Quebec
The Honorable Mrs. Weil is a Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness. Her political career began in 2008, at the Quebec General Election, when she was elected Member of the National Assembly for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. On December 18, 2008, she was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec. In August 2010, she was named Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities (now Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness). She was also a member of the Cabinet Committees on social, educational and cultural development and a member of the Cabinet Committee on legislation.
Mr. Armand Arton
Founder, Global Citizen Forum
President & CEO, Arton Capital
Armand Arton has an extensive background serving the specialized needs of high net worth and ultra high net worth investors and is a trusted advisor to government agencies around the world in the fields of residence and citizenship planning through immigrant investor programs. His career began in the wealth management division of BMO Nesbitt Burns and evolved as an Executive Vice President with Hampton Securities. He then founded Arton Capital, which grew in the following years and expanded its services internationally. He is also a patron of the Sovereign Art Foundation and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Mr. Dory Jade
President, Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants
Mr. Jade is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with wide experience in corporate governance, international business and human resources. Mr. Jade has wide knowledge of Canada's immigration law and practices in the following categories: Quebec Economic & non-economic, Federal Economic Class, Temporary Residence, and PNP. Mr. Jade is the National President of CAPIC since May 2013. He, as well, runs his own practice and manages the Online Case Management Platform for Immigration Practitioners (eCan).
Mr. Val Kempadoo
Founder, Kittitian Hill
St. Kitts & Nevis
Valmiki Kempadoo is the founder of Kittitian Hill, a luxury resort that is dedicated to the principles of sustainable development and is seeking to redefine the Caribbean resort model. As a social entrepreneur, he has been responsible for a number of initiatives, including founding Terra Forma Developments, a development company committed to the sustainable development of the Caribbean region through private sector and public and private partnership initiatives. He is passionate about the role of art and culture in sustainable development.
Mr. David Leppan
Chairman, Wealth-X, Billionaire.com
Mr. Leppan is the Chairman of Wealth-X, provider of qualified prospects and intelligence on ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals; Billionaire.com, a publication and platform focused on luxury, craftsmanship, philanthropy and social conscience; and Travelshark, a travel planning and destination information provider that publishes "The Hunt" travel guides. Mr. Leppan is the founder and former Chairman of World-Check, a company which provided KYC solutions in 162 countries to over 5,000 financial institutions and hundreds of government agencies.
Mr. Patrick Liotard-Vogt
Chairman of ASMALLWORLD
Based in Zurich, Switzerland, Patrick is an established online entrepreneur and investor who made his mark early in the European start-up scene. He has bought and sold several Swiss and German online social networks. Mr. Liotard-Vogt is a member of the Board of Diners Club AG (since 2009), as well as member of the Board of Sallfort Privatbank AG (since June 2012), making him the youngest board member of PrivatBank in Switzerland.
Dr. Bhupendra Kumar Modi
Chairman, Spice Global
India / Singapore
With nearly 4 decades of business leadership behind him, Dr. Modi has consistently spearheaded the conglomerate's successful alliances with multinational corporations and category leaders like Xerox, Alcatel, Telstra, Olivetti, Lithographic Systems and International Paper, Telekom Malaysia and Mediatek. He is the key technology and business architect in conceptualizing, creating, developing and globalizing the Spice brand. A global citizen with 14 residences around the world, Dr. Modi ranks 32nd in the Forbes list of Singapore’s richest as of July 2014.
Mr. Mykolas Rambus
CEO at Wealth-X
Mykolas D. Rambus is the Chief Executive Officer of Wealth-X. He also serves as an Advisor of Workfolio LLC. Mr. Rambus co-founded Lobby7 Inc. in 2000 and serves as its President. Mr. Rambus is also the Head of Information Technology and Special Projects of Forbes Media in New York City and is responsible for strategic initiatives critical to business growth. Before joining Forbes, he served as a Partner of KAHLE Partners and has held senior positions in companies in the field of telecommunications.
Mr. Dan Wachtler
President & CEO, IPSA International
Mr. Dan Wachtler has been President and Chief Executive Officer of IPSA International Inc. since April 2005. Mr. Wachtler is a 19-year industry veteran who is recognized leader in managing large-scale anti-money laundering remedial projects for global institutions related to Bank Secrecy Act (Anti-Money Laundering/Know Your Customer) and USA Patriot Act (Anti-Terrorist Financing Customer Identification Program). Mr. Wachtler has significant experience in risk advisory and investigative due diligence procedures in the areas of Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), and other anti-corruption laws.
Mr. Dimitrios Zarikos
Regional Vice President and General Manager, Four Seasons Toronto
Mr. Zarikos is a Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto since April 2008. He was named Hotelier of the Year at the 2013 Pinnacle Awards. Mr. Zarikos is with Four Seasons since 1997. His first Four Seasons appointment was as hotel manager in the Four Seasons Hotel New York.
Mr. Jake Hayman
CEO, The Social Investment Consultancy
Jake is a serial entrepreneur who serves as Founder/CEO to the philanthropy advisory firm, The Social Investment Consultancy. Jake has helped launch numerous social enterprises, charities and commercial businesses, including the UK's fastest growing education social enterprise, Future First, which is now spreading internationally. In 2013, Jake was named as a Future 50 Entrepreneur. He is also an UnLtd social enterprise award winner and has a certificate in Global Health from Imperial College, London.
Dr. Khalid Koser
Deputy Director and Academic Dean
Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Migration
Dr. Koser is chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration, and editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies. He is also the Executive Director of the Interim Secretariat of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund and Associate Fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy. Dr. Koser is also Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Research Associate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Non-Resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney and extraordinary Professor in Conflict, Peace and Security in the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Maastricht. Dr. Koser is a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Ms. Elsa Palanza
Director of Commitments, Clinton Global Initiative
Elsa Palanza is responsible for leading the team that guides CGI members in developing their Commitments to Action. After graduating from Middlebury College with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, Palanza worked for several years in Washington, D.C. delivering geopolitical and industry risk analysis to large international energy companies. She then moved to Istanbul, Turkey to lead business and marketing operations for an education company’s pilot program, and subsequently directed operations and development for a start-up cultural diplomacy project focused on Iran. Palanza attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she concentrated on International Security Studies and Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization.
President Petar Stoyanov
President, Center of Global Dialogue and Cooperation
President of the Republic of Bulgaria, 1997-2002
Mr. Stoyanov served as President of the Republic of Bulgaria in the period 1997-2002. He was the first presidential candidate who placed Bulgaria’s NATO and EU membership in the focus of his election campaign. Mr. Stoyanov’s landmark achievements won him an unprecedented public support. In 2002, he founded the Petar Stoyanov Center for Political Dialogue in Bulgaria. He is member of several different international associations, including the Clinton’s Global Initiative, the Board of Global Fairness Initiative, the Judging Committee of the European Business Awards, the International Advisory Board of the American Bar Association, honorary co-chair of the World Justice Project, and is a member of the European Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission.
Ms. Madeleine Sumption
Director of Research, International Program, Migration Policy Institute
Ms. Sumption, a senior policy analyst, oversees the research agenda of the Migration Policy Institute's International Program as its Director of Research. Her work focuses on labor migration, the role of immigrants in the labor market, and the impact of immigration policies in Europe, North America, and other Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries. She is also a Nonresident Fellow with Migration Policy Institute Europe.
Mr. Russell Peters
Record-selling comedian, actor, TV host and Toronto's first global ambassador
Mr. Peters is a Canadian comedian, actor and producer. He began performing in Toronto in 1989. He won a Gemini Award in 2008 and the same year he was voted as the Number One comic of the past 25 years of Just For Laughs and Best Large Venue Comic at the Canadian Comedy Awards. In 2009, Peters was ranked by Forbes — along with Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock — as one of the top-ten highest-grossing stand-up comics in the U.S. In 2013, he climbed the Forbes' ranking and entered the top 3 of top earning comedians. On October 1, 2011, he was awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
Mr. Robin Sharma
Lawyer, Best Selling Author, Leadership speaker
Mr. Sharma is the globally celebrated author of 15 international bestselling books on leadership, including The Leader Who Had No Title. He serves as Chief Executive Officer of Sharma Leadership International Inc., a widely respected leadership development firm that has helped over 4 million people in 50 countries along with clients such as Nike, FedEx, IBM, GM, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, KPMG and Panasonic and organizations such as NASA and YPO. Mr. Sharma is a former litigation lawyer who holds two law degrees, including a Masters of Law.
Mr. Rick Yune
Mr. Yune is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and martial artist. He made his film debute in 1999. As an actor and producer, he is most notably known for The Fast and the Furious (2001), Die Another Day (2002) and Olympus Has Fallen (2013). Mr. Yune is a former Golden Gloves boxer. He qualified for the Olympic Trials in Tae Kwon Do when he was 19.