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Dr. John Izzo - Bestselling Author | Business Visionary 

Dr. John Izzo helps companies maximize their potential from the ground up.  For over 20 years, Dr. Izzo has worked with thousands of leaders around the world, on employee engagement strategies and brand transformations.  He has been a pioneer in employee engagement, leading change, shifting employee and consumer values and corporate social responsibility, and is known for his hard hitting practical content, his inspirational storytelling and the lasting impact he has on organizations. 

Dr. Izzo has advised some of the best companies in the world on activating purpose including DuPont, TELUS, Manulife, McDonald's, Tim Horton's, SAPA, RBC, Lockheed Martin, Qantas Airlines, Humana, Microsoft and the Mayo Clinic. 

He is the bestselling author of seven books, including the international bestsellers Awakening Corporate Soul, Values Shift, The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, Stepping Up, and The Five Thieves of Happiness.  His latest book, The Purpose Revolution, was published in 2018. 

Frequently profiled in the media, Dr. Izzo has been profiled by the likes of Fast Company, PBS, CBC, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Inc. magazine. 

Keynote: 100% Responsibility / 0% Excuses:  How Taking Responsibility Changes Everything

Taking responsibility means stepping up and seeing yourself as the agent of change, whether it is changing your life, career, company, or the world.

Research shows that people who take 100% personal responsibility are more productive, happier, more admired, more likely to get promoted and more successful.  We also know that people who focus on what they can change rather than the excuses as to why they can't succeed achieve superior results. 

Dr. John Izzo shows how "stepping up" creates positive change while improving satisfaction at work and in life.  Dr. Izzo's simple concept, called "100/0" (100% responsibility/zero excuses) can transform a company when we decide to put aside our excuses and take initiative to create change. 

Filled with inspiring examples of how people have stepped up to make things better, audiences will leave knowing that the more each of us takes personal accountability the better the workplace, our life and the world. 

Beverley Busson - One of Canada's Most Powerful Women

Bev Busson never imagined her decision to join the RCMP back in 1974 as one of the first female members would lead her to become one of Canada's most powerful women and allow her to experience a career marked with trailblazing success stories and such incredible challenges along the way. 

Not only was Bev one of the first women to join the RCMP but she was also the first woman to be appointed to the position of Commanding Officer of a province, the first woman to be appointed as Commissioner of the RCMP and the first police officer to ever be awarded the Order of British Columbia.  She is also a Commander of the Order of Merit of Police Forces, and in 2006 was named one of Canada's Most Powerful Women.

From her experience as a rookie cop through her extensive experience as a serious crime investigator and later the leader of a 25,000 member police force, Bev not only survived, but thrived in a dynamic, ever-changing environment. Bev earned the reputation as a 'straight shooter' and someone you could trust to always do the right thing. This leadership style earned her the respect and support she needed to take on the position of Canada's top cop during some very difficult times. 

Today, Bev is a keynote speaker sharing her leadership lessons with audiences across the country.  She offers her comments and advice on how to navigate the workplace from the bottom up.  She has lessons to pass on from the unique perspective of a woman employed in a male-dominated work environment and in strategically leading a complex and dynamic organization. 

Keynote: Women in Leadership

A leader does not only describe the position at the top, but also the person who is fully engaged at every level.  Bev shares why it's important to use perspective as a leader and the most valuable attributes of a truly effective leader are to know that kindness and authority, empathy and strength are not opposing terms.  Bev will explore this assertion using her personal experiences and observations to demonstrate why she feels women in particular are natural born leaders.

Dr. Brynn Winegard - Expert on Business Brain Science 

Dr. Brynn Winegard is not your conventional neuroscience speaker.  Whether keynoting or delivering a workshop, she engages her audiences on why we do what we do and the important role our brain plays in literally every aspect of our day.
On stage, Dr. Winegard is an energetic, professional and enthusiastic speaker who simultaneously informs, and inspires.  Whether she's sharing why women multi-task or she's talking about just how fast our brains process information, she has the unique ability to make brain science accessible to every level of science knowledge.
Dr. Winegard combines real-world experience with cutting-edge research to deliver a customized program that will please audiences and elevate outcomes at work and personally.  She leaves audiences informed, humoured, and inspired to tackle their challenges armed with fresh insights.  Dr. Winegard believes an understanding of brain science can help us be more effective, efficient, productive, informed, influential, persuasive, and successful.
Dr. Winegard completed her formal education in Neuroscience and Psychology but was practically raised in corporate Canada: before her 20th birthday she started her first full-time decade-long career in corporate marketing working for such companies as Pfizer, Nestle, Bank of Montreal, ScotiaBank, CIBC and Johnson & Johnson.  She currently teaches the next generation of business leaders at Ryerson University and Guelph Unviersity.  She is a regular on media outlets informing business phenomena using insights from social and brain sciences.  Dr. Winegard can be seen on CTV, BNN, CBC, CTV, CityTV, Global, The Globe and Mail, Maclean's and PROFIT Magazine, among more than 40 others.

 Keynote:  The Ageless Brain in the Workforce

This presentation explores how the brain changes over the course of a life and career; how brains are different later in life; the changes that lead to friction and a lack of understanding between older and younger workers; what to do to slow the neural aging process, common cognitive errors and pitfalls of aging in brains and business professionals.  Dr. Winegard also offers up a primer on the neuro-cognitive changes to expect during semi- and full-retirement. 

Dr. Dave Williams - Record-Breaking Astronaut, Aquanaut & Leadership Expert

With a passion for healthcare and risk management, prior to entering the Canadian Space Agency's program, Dr. Dave Williams worked as an emergency room doctor and later as Director of Emergency Services at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Formerly, he was the director for the McMaster Centre for Medical Robotics, where he led a team dedicated to developing innovative technologies to assist the development of local and remote patient care.  In July, 2011, Dr. Williams became President and Chief Executive Officer of Southlake Regional Health Centre.  In June, 2012, he was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame.
Dave Williams joined an exclusive club when he blasted into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia and again on Shuttle Endeavour where he walked out into the great beyond.  Having also lived and worked in the world's only underwater ocean laboratory, he became Canada's first dual astronaut and aquanaut.
Dr. Williams is one of the NASA space program's most accomplished astronauts, setting records in spacewalking.  The veteran of two shuttle missions has logged more than 687 hours in space, including three spacewalks, the highest number of spacewalks ever performed in a single mission.  His work with NASA also continued on the ground when the space agency appointed him as Director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate, making him the first non-American to hold a senior management position.

 Keynote:  What CEOs Want From Their Boards and HR Departments 

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