John Roth is president and chief executive officer of Nortel Networks
He grew up in Lethbridge, Alberta, and came to McGill University to earn
a Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering and a Masters
He began his career with RCA Montreal, and in 1969 joined Nortel, then
known as Northern Electric, as a design engineer. Over the next three
decades, he held a range of management and executive positions.
In the mid-1980s, he was president of the Bell-Northern Research subsidiary.
In the early 1990s, he established Nortel Networks as one of the worlds
leading wireless network suppliers. He was named chief operating officer
in 1995 and, in 1997, president and CEO.
Immediately, he began to transform the 100-year-old company to compete
with the aggressive high-tech firms of Californias Silicon Valley.
By making the right decisions at the right time, he boosted Nortel Networks
sales by 44 per cent between 1997 and 1999 to $32.7 billion (Canadian).
John Roth is committed to making Canada the worlds most connected
nation and a leader in the new global economy. Under his leadership, Nortel
Networks support for education has become the focus of its corporate
citizenship activities. The company is contributing about $25 million
this year to science, math, and technology education.
Mr. Roth has worked to keep high-tech jobs in this country, and he has
served on educational advisory bodies for the governments of Canada, Ontario
and Alberta. He recently co-chaired the Canadian E-Business Opportunities
Roundtable, a joint public and private sector initiative examining what
Canada has to do to prosper in the new Internet economy.
He has received a number of awards, including New York Hall of Science
Distinguished Leadership Award for the Application of Technology to Telecommunications
and Education, and has just been named by a panel of academics and business
people Canadas Outstanding CEO of the Year.
Giancarlo Elia Valori
Giancarlo Elia Valori is an outstanding economist and human rights advocate.
A native of Venice, he was educated in Italy and in the United States,
and lectured at Denver University, the University of Naples and the University
of Bologna. From 1970 to 1977, he was a lecturer on international economics
and international relations at Schiller College, an American institution
From 1968 to 1976, he taught at Buenos Aires University, and from 1978
to 1986, he lectured on the Latin-American economy at the University of
Rome La Sapienza.
He was the first European visiting lecturer on international economics
and politics to be named by Beijing University, and he has held academic
posts at universities in Argentina, Mexico, Korea, Spain and Australia.
He has been a consultant to many organizations, including the United Nations,
the International Monetary Fund, and a number of Italian corporations.
He has written many books, including a scholarly biography of David Ben-Gurion,
Israels first prime minister.
Mr. Valori has been given many honours, including Frances Chevalier
de la Legion dHonneur, the Cavaliere di Gran Croce dellOrdine
al Merito della Repubblica Italiana, Spains Caballero de la Orden
de Isabella la Cattolica, Arginas Caballero de Gran Cruz de la Orden
de Libertador de San Martin, Koreas highest civilian honour, a certificate
of thanks for his contribution to the Jubilee of Israel from that government,
the U.N. International Prize for Culture, and the UNESCO Picasso Medal.
He continues to work on economic and socio-cultural problems world-wide.
For example, he is the president of the Euromediterranean Foundation,
which seeks to improve artistic, architectural and environmental values
in the vicinity of the highway network. He is the director of the Euro-China
Centre of International Relations at Beijing University, and president
of the Industrial Union of Rome.
Since 1995, Mr. Valori has been the chairman of the Autostrade S.P.A.,
the corporation that builds and manages Italys network of highways
and transport infrastructure facilities.