Keynote Address by Rex Murphy

Journalist and Social Commentator


Rex Murphy has been one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most celebrated journalists and social commentators since the 1970s. He was born and raised in St. John’s, NL., where he graduated from Memorial University. In 1968, Murphy, a Rhodes Scholar, went to Oxford University (along with former U.S. president Bill Clinton).

Back in Newfoundland and Labrador, he was soon established as a quick-witted and accomplished writer, broadcaster and teacher. He is noted throughout Newfoundland for his biting comments on the political scene and his television tussles with prominent politicians, including premier Joey Smallwood, became required viewing for a huge audience.

He has worked extensively with the CBC where he has contributed many items on current affairs issues. He has done a number of documentaries for The National, provided commentary on The National’s Point of View, and served as the host of CBC radio’s long-running Cross Country Checkup. He has also contributed to Morningside, Land and Sea, The Journal, Midday and Sunday Report.

He has also been a columnist for The Globe and Mail and currently for the National Post.

Murphy has won several national and provincial broadcasting awards. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Waterloo, honorary doctorates of letters by Memorial, St. Thomas, and Nipissing Universities and was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the Canadian Institute of Management.

He divides his week between Toronto and Montreal, with frequent forays to St. John’s, NL.

Day 3 Keynote – Dag Sletmo

Senior Vice President – Seafood Analyst – DNB Bank, Norway


Dag Sletmo is a senior advisor in the seafood department in DNB Bank in Oslo. DNB is Norway’s leading bank, and also the largest seafood bank globally. It does business with 17 of the 20 largest salmon farmers worldwide. Prior to joining DNB Dag was head of investor relations and business development in Cermaq, the global salmon farmer. He has also been head of research and seafood analyst at ABG Sundal Collier, the Nordic investment bank. He holds an  MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and a degree from the Norwegian School of Economics.  

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