Speakers

Speaker List

Fariba Anderson

Fariba Anderson is the Chief Executive Officer at AcuteNet providing software solutions for the Healthcare industry. Fariba has held senior positions with Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, Allstream, Bell, Compuware, Rogers and Imperial Oil. Fariba is recognized by the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario as Privacy Ambassador due to her leadership to embed Privacy by Design within the technology construct.

Fariba is a Director at Seneca College Board of Governors, St Joseph’s Health Centre and Rotman Vision Fund Board. Fariba also is a member of the University of Toronto College of Electoral and YMCA of Greater Toronto Audit Committee, Seneca College Academic Planning and Student Affairs Committee, St Joseph’s Health Centre Quality Committee and Pension Committee. Fariba has been recognized as one of Canada’s top 100 Women Entrepreneurs and recipient of the University of Toronto Arbor Award. In 2011 Fariba was shortlisted as one of Canada’s Top 25 Immigrants. In 2014 and 2013, Fariba was respectively nominated for ITAC CIO of the Year Award and CATA Alliance Wilfrid Laurier University Public Sector Leadership in Advanced Technology.

Fariba holds a MBA from University of Toronto Rotman School of Management and a Computer Science Degree from York University. Fariba is also a Certified Management Consultant with CGEIT (Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT) designation.

Event: 09-29-2015 Women On Boards

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Nira Arora

Nira Arora has been working in the broadcasting world for the last 20 years- 15 of those have been in radio. She is a morning show on-air host at 94.5 Virgin Radio who engages her audience on a daily basis with her quick wit and humour. She is also a TV personality, blogger and believer of Karma.

Nira is an island girl from Nanaimo who moved to Vancouver to attend SFU and get a Communications and Political Science degree. Her passions include the ocean, scary movies, vampires, playing softball and spiritual books. She loves spending time with her two boys Shae and Aavi, baby girl Jaya and husband Garry, plus their English Bulldog BosKo.

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Shelli Baltman

Shelli Baltman is the President and Founder of The Idea Suite, a Toronto based boutique Innovation Agency. She started her career as a management consultant with Mercer Management Consulting in Toronto and then joined McKinsey & Co. in London, UK after completing her MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

In 2002, she joined ?What If!, the world’s largest independent Innovation Agency in London, as an Inventor. She then started and built their Customer Experience Innovation practice into a $4 million business before being promoted to Managing Director in 2007.

Moving home to Toronto in 2010, she founded & built Hotspex Innovation and turned it into a multi-million dollar business delivering over 100 innovation projects for clients as diverse as Loblaws, Nestle, Mars, Catelli, RBC, Clover Leaf, and Constellation Brands. With The Idea Suite, she’s worked with clients building global brands and launching new products.

She’s a prolific speaker on the topics of insights & innovation, and you can find her thought leadership alongside Fiona Stevenson in Strategy Daily. Shelli is devoted to her family. She has a 2 year old son, a Labradoodle named Doctor, is a passionate downhill skier and a fan of the performing arts.

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Nancy Botkin

Nancy Trites Botkin

As a co-founder of two successful globally-focused companies – Think8 Systems, a Strategic Corporate Design firm, and First Star International, a Media and Communications Company – as a writer-director in film and television with 60 international awards plus an Oscar short-listed movie to her credit, as a mother of five, and a business and life partner with her husband Mark Shekter, Nancy is uniquely qualified to help women realize the full scope of who they are and to realize their full potential using their passion, creativity and brilliance.

Whether as a business strategist for worldwide corporations, Life-and-Career Architect, or as a speaker/facilitator, at heart, Nancy is passionate about enabling women to find their Purpose. Every woman knows there is something more that she is meant to become. Nancy’s work helps her find that Purpose to form an integrated whole in life and career.

Nancy travels worldwide, speaking and conducting workshops as well as one-on-one work with women entrepreneurs, career professionals and CEO’s. Her work, using Think8, enables a woman to live authentically and align her life to live On Purpose, both personally and professionally.

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01-28-2014 Living Life Out Loud: Knowing My Message
06-24-2014 Mean Girls at Work
02-24-2015 Make Your Partner a True Partner

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Devon Brooks

Devon Brooks co-created Blo Blow Dry Bar, the retail franchise chain that sparked the blow dry bar market category, the fastest growing category in beauty business. She is a mentor and board member at Futurpreneur Canada, whose been dubbed one of America’s Next Top Mentors, by The New York Times. Devon has already begun to make her mark as an impact entrepreneur, pouring her heart into all that she endeavors to do. As the founding activist of social venture BabeRally.org, the only digital publication and resource for victims of sexual trauma focusing on life post-crisis, she is exploring and exposing the deeply entrenched cultural conditioning that influences our collective confidence.  Never not creating — now her sights are set on her first venture in technology as she builds Sphere, a wellness platform combining life-coaching with data science, machine learning and AI to elevate the experience of personal development. For her, everything is about defying the status quo — even when it comes to raising feminists, Rozen and Clooney, her son and daughter.

@devsdevelopment @baberally | www.sphereishere.com

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Paul Clark – Executive Vice President of Specialized Commercial Banking, TD

Paul Clark, Executive Vice President, Specialized Commercial Banking, has built an extensive career that spans across the Bank’s businesses, including retail and commercial banking, internal audit and TD Securities.

Paul started at TD in 1983 as a part-time Customer Service Representative. In 1989, he moved to TD Commercial Banking and progressed through increasingly senior positions in the Greater Toronto Area over the next 10 years.

As part of TD Business Banking, Paul’s portfolio encompasses TD Auto Finance, Commercial National Accounts, the National Real Estate Group, Commercial Mortgage Group, TD Equipment Finance, National Agriculture, Commercial Restructuring and Aboriginal Banking.

Paul is on the Board of Directors for Royal St. George’s College. He has played a leading role in the TD’s United Way Campaign for several years and is also currently the Chair of the People with Disabilities Committee and a member of the Diversity Leadership Council at TD. In 2006, Paul was recognized as one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40,” a national program honouring Canadians under the age of 40 for achieving significant professional success.

Paul and his wife Susan live in Toronto with their two children.

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Sara Cohen – Founder, Fertility Law Canada at D2Law LLP

Sara R. Cohen, LL.B. is a fertility law lawyer based in Toronto, with clients throughout Canada and beyond. Sara is the founder of Fertility Law Canada at D2Law LLP where her entire practice is devoted exclusively to the practice of fertility law. She regularly acts for intended parents, surrogates, donors, cryobanks, hospitals, distributors and fertility clinics on a wide range of fertility law issues. Sara has recently been named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada. She is the co-chair of the Ethics and Law Special Interest Group of Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, a director of Fertility Matters Canada, and an adjunct professor of reproductive law at Osgoode Hall Law School. Sara co-chaired Canada’s first national symposium on fertility law in Canada, is one of two international members of the executive council of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Committee of the ABA’s Family Law Section, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA).

Sara has been published on issues relating to reproductive law in the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, Huffington Post, and Lawyers Weekly and is a frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail on fertility law issues. She is an in-demand speaker, having lectured at Suffolk University Law School, University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School, McMaster University, AAARTA, Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association, Law Society of Upper Canada, American Bar Association, and Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society. She is the winner of the 2013 Precedent Setter Award and a Clawbie Award for her blog about fertility law in Canada.

Sara is an avid user of social media and invites you to follow her on twitter @fertilitylaw and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FertilityLawCanada.

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Diane Craig

Diane Craig

Diane Craig is the corporate world’s choice for Executive Presence Training.

As President and Founder of Corporate Class Inc., Diane’s ongoing 30-year career mentoring business professionals internationally spans Fortune 500 companies, multinationals and numerous educational institutions. She has consulted with political leaders and celebrities, prepped guests of Royal families and prepared attendees of the G20 summit.

She is acclaimed for her Executive Presence Training System. While providing customized training aligned with organizational goals, Diane’s System, recognized as “the gold standard for corporate training,” facilitates employee advancement at every stage of corporate life. Its focus is to ensure key employees and leaders – from new recruits to C-suite executives – achieve their optimum potential.

The core of Diane’s System is her conviction; “Executive Presence is neither exclusive nor elusive. It can be learned.”™

Her perspectives on social, political and business etiquette — from conduct issues and appropriate attire to body language interpretation — are sought after by the media. She is frequently quoted in The Globe and Mail and National Post, and appears regularly on CBC and CTV.

Frequently heralded for her inspirational role in leadership, Diane is the recipient of many awards including the Governor General of Canada Meritorious Service Medal; Canadian Living Magazine and Avon Canada’s Women of Inspiration Award; Toastmaster International’s Communication and Leadership Award.

Event: 03-31-2015 Executive Presence is Neither Exclusive Nor Elusive

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Alison Dantas

Ms. Alison Dantas joined the Canadian Chiropractic Association as Chief Executive Officer in July, 2012 following an exemplary advocacy and management career in not-for-profit professional healthcare associations—including positions as the CEO of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Executive Director of the Association of Ontario Midwives. She has obtained valuable experience in government (Ombudsman Ontario), social services (Community Social Planning Council of Toronto), community involvement (Peel Rape Crisis Centre) and social housing (Peel Living). Ms. Dantas is also the recipient of awards from the Canadian Society of Association Executives and the Peel Institute. The Peel Rape Crisis Centre honoured her with its Remarkable Woman Award for significant contributions toward ending violence against women and children. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Waterloo in Regional Planning and Resource Development; has completed the Advanced Alternate Dispute Resolution Training with Stitt, Feld and Handy; and has held numerous voluntary positions in a wide variety of educational, social, religious and fundraising groups for over 25 years. Ms. Dantas is currently enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching program at Royal Roads University and has achieved her governance designation as a Certified Director with the Caribbean Governance Training Institute.

Event: 04-26-2016 Women in the C-Suite

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Anat Davidzon – Operating Partner, Aroma

Anat Davidzon played a key role in expanding aroma espresso bar to Canada and has held the title of Operating Partner since its first location opened in Toronto in 2007. Ms. Davidzon’s role at aroma espresso bar includes business development, overseeing day-to-day operations, and working directly with franchisees on all levels. Her experience prior to joining aroma espresso bar included working as a Senior Security Officer with El Al Airlines and as a Commanding Officer with the Israeli Air Force. Ms. Davidzon earned an MBA from the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.

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Lina Duque

Lina Duque

Lina Duque, MBA is a social media strategist whose work has appeared in the likes of Forbes and the Globe and Mail. She coaches C-suite executives and entrepreneurs on developing online presence and thought leadership. Lina has presented at top schools and organizations, including Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, York University, International Association of Business Communicators and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the world’s largest bank. She also teaches Social Media for Executives at Ryerson University’s Chang School. Lina is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. She has an Executive MBA from the Ivey Business School, Western University.

Lina’s inspiring lean in story on how she juggled full-time work, school and motherhood has been featured on Leanin.org.

Event: 04-28-2015 How to Build a Strong Personal Brand

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Liz Falconer – President and CEO, Brees Communications

Liz Falconer founded Brees Communications, an independent full-service marketing agency in 2004. Before that, Liz spent 12 years with Sharpe Blackmore Euro RSCG where she was Senior Vice President, Group Account Director. Strategic communications is a particular passion for Liz, working closely with clients throughout her career developing ground-breaking, brand-building, and award-winning work. With a passion for effective communications and great design, Liz believes in challenging the status quo and redefining outdated models of operation. If it’s never been done before, Liz is interested.  With a portfolio of clients that span the technology, retail and non-profit sector, Liz’s long list of clients include:  Xerox, Microsoft, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Alzheimer Society of Canada, Stewardship Ontario, Oxford Properties, Bentall Kennedy, Triovest and more. In addition to the numerous agency awards that Liz shares with her team at Brees, Liz has been ranked three times as Canada’s Top 100 Women entrepreneurs by Profit Magazine.

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Natasha Fatah

Natasha Fatah

Natasha Fatah is a Breaking News Reporter with CBC News Network. Prior to that, she was a producer with CBC Radio One’s current affairs show ‘As It Happens’. She hosted and co-produced the highly acclaimed 10-part documentary series ‘Promised Land’ on refugees escape stories to Canada. For 10 years Natasha wrote the column ‘Minority Report’ on Canada’s various ethnic, cultural and visible minority communities. She has written for the Globe and Mail, The National Post, Toronto Star and Toronto Life Magazine; and produced documentaries from Pakistan, India and Indonesia.

Event: 02-25-2014 Are You My Mentor?

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Jackie Foo

Jackie Foo is Chief Operating Officer for The Source, a Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) company, and one of Canada’s leading Consumer Electronics and Wireless retailers with 650+ locations across Canada.

Prior to joining The Source, Jackie was Vice President of Bell Corporate Stores. She was responsible for all aspects of retail operations for Bell and Virgin Mobile branded stores. Jackie led Bell’s retail transformation. Virgin Mobile Canada’s recent JD Power and Associates Award for best wireless purchasing experience is a reflection of Jackie’s work.

Jackie is a seasoned management professional. She has successfully led 5 major retail chains and 2 national call centre teams. Jackie has extensive experience in building and re-building retail organizations from the ground up. She is best known for creating retail programs for store management, sales, service, operations, merchandising, store design and distribution that result in record retail growth.

Outside of her career, Jackie loves to travel the world with her husband Steven and daughters Sidney (17) and Rachel (4). She lives in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, just north of Toronto.

Event: 04-26-2016 Women in the C-Suite

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Clare Freeman

Clare Freeman is a senior feminist leader with extensive experience in gender equity, including violence against women (sexual and domestic), harassment and discrimination. She was the executive director of a women’s shelter and counseling organization for the past thirteen years. Clare has extensive experience as a consultant and trainer to schools, police and justice, child welfare, government, researchers and business. She holds a master’s degree in social work and has practiced as a clinical therapist for women and children.

Event: 02-23-2016 Workplace Harassment

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Ann Frost

Ann Frost

Ann Frost joined the Ivey faculty in 1995 after finishing her doctoral studies in industrial relations at the Sloan School of Management, MIT. Her many academic achievements include being a doctoral fellow at the Center for Industrial Competitiveness at the University of Massacheusetts, Lowell, a research associate at MIT’s Industrial Performance Center and obtaining both her undergraduate and Masters degree from the Faculty of Commerce at UBC.

Her research focuses on workplace restructuring and the implementation of high performance work systems as well as knowledge management in services. At Ivey, she has taught MBA, EMBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behaviour and negotiations. Among the suite of courses that she teaches, her second year course, Interpersonal Negotiations, is consistently the most over-subscribed elective in Ivey’s HBA program. In the Executive Education area, she specializes in organizational issues – engagement, change, leadership effectiveness and high performance teams – for clients in a variety of sectors, particularly government and not-for-profit. She is currently Faculty Co-Director of CommunityShiftTM, a leadership development program designed exclusively for C-level leaders of Canadian charities and not-for-profit organizations, founded by KPMG Enterprise and Ivey. Other clients in this space include Ministry of Community and Social Services, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, and Canadian University Boards Association.

A native of Vancouver, she is married to another MIT-educated Ivey professor, Tony Frost. They have three children.

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Joanna Griffiths

Joanna Griffiths is the founder, CEO and inventor of Knix Wear, one of the fastest growing companies in Canada and globally in the intimate apparel space. Joanna has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, Dragon’s Den and hundreds of other media outlets.

A conversation with her mom, a doctor and mother of four, inspired Joanna to start Knix Wear. It was then that she discovered that 1 in 3 women experience the occasional light leak and realized that women’s underwear just wasn’t cutting it, and that women everywhere deserved an underwear upgrade.

Knix Wear launched in winter of 2013, and three short years later, has become the leader in active intimate apparel. Their growing product line is now sold online through www.knixwear.com and in over 500 retail doors across North America. Knix Wear holds the record for the most-funded fashion project in Kickstarter history and the most-funded women’s project with over $1.6M in product pre-sales for their 8-in-1 Evolution Bra.

Joanna holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD, the top-ranked MBA program in the world, where she won the Business Venture Competition and the Women’s Award for Entrepreneurship – securing the initial capital to start the business.

She sits on the advisory board for Master Card’s Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy and has a passion for mentoring other young female entrepreneurs.

Joanna lives in Toronto with her husband, Dave, and her dog, Alfie.

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Emanuela Heyninck

Emanuela Heyninck is the head of the Pay Equity Commission for Ontario, an independent agency of the Ministry of Labour. The Commission enforces the Ontario Pay Equity Act, which aims to redress systemic gender compensation issues. In addition to its enforcement and education mandate, the Commission has the authority to research and make recommendations to the Minister of Labour on issues related to pay equity, gender wage gaps and women and work.

In April of 2015, Ms. Heyninck was one of four individuals appointed by the government to the Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee, which is conducting research and seeking public input into solutions to close the gender wage gap in Ontario. The Committee’s recommendations will be submitted to the Minister of Labour in the spring of 2016.

Ms. Heyninck is immediate Past President of the Society of Adjudicators and Regulators and has served on several of SOAR’s committees and on the Board of Director and Executive. She is a member of several Advisory Councils, including Conestoga College and the University of Western Ontario Student Law Clinic and is a mentor at Brescia College. She holds an Hon. B.A. in Italian and French from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Windsor. Before her appointment to the Pay Equity Commission, she practiced civil, family and administrative law in London, Ontario for 25 years.

Event: 03-29-2016 Pay Equity & Inclusion: The Facts on Women in the Workplace

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Susan Hodkinson

Susan Hodkinson is the Chief Operating Officer at Crowe Soberman, where she has management responsibility for the operations of the firm, including finance, information technology, human resources, facilities and marketing. She is also the Human Resources Practice Group Leader.

Susan’s background includes over twenty years of senior management experience in professional services firms, as well as five years acting as Senior Vice President, Operations, for ClubLink Corporation, Canada’s largest owner, operator and developer of private and resort golf courses.

Susan is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. She has completed Executive Education at Queen’s University, Chicago Booth University, McGill University and the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.

Susan is very active in community activities, and is particularly committed to groups that focus on creating opportunities for women to work together to achieve greater levels of business and personal success.

Included in Susan’s community activities are the Board of Directors of the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation, an agency of the government of Ontario under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and Up With Women, an organization supporting at-risk and homeless women. Susan is also a passionate fundraiser for various charities, including the One Walk to End Cancer program. She is Vice-Chair of the Toronto Chapter of the International Women’s Forum, Toronto.

Event: 04-26-2016 Women in the C-Suite

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Judi Hughes

Judi Hughes is the co-founder of Your Planning Partners Ltd. She and Nick have worked together building successful businesses since 1979.

Judi has applied her strong marketing and sales skills to her work with hundreds of small business clients. She has been instrumental in helping her clients set a clear destination, develop strategic action plans and focus on implementing those plans.

Judi has written numerous articles, been a key-note speaker, taught a wide range of hands-on workshops and led numerous seminars all directed at bringing small business owners the tools and knowledge they need to create an exceptional business.

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Tara Hunt

Tara Hunt

Tara Hunt has over 16 years experience in digital marketing and was named one of the most influential women intechnology by Fast Company Magazine. She wrote one of the first books on how social media is changing the web, The Whuffie Factor, published in 7 languages. She has spoken at over 150 conferences worldwide, and built and raised money for her fashion tech startup, Buyosphere. She is a proud member of the Canadian LeanIn community and lives in Toronto with her partner and two adorable pugs.

Event: 09-24-2014 Celebrating a New Partnership with Pantene!

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Samantha Hurwitz

Samantha Hurwitz

Samantha Hurwitz is Co-Founder and Chief Encouragement Officer of FliPskills. She is a leadership and followership coach, consultant, trainer and writer with 25 years corporate and entrepreneurial experience, including nine at the executive level: Controller of a $6/yr billion organization, IT Executive with $50 million project portfolio,and Chair of a Strategic Talent Management Program. She enjoys helping people have those “aha” and “ahhh” moments.

Sam is known for being uniquely positive, practical and perceptive!

Event: 06-23-2015 Leadership is Half the Story

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Fotini Iconomopoulos – Negotiation Consultant and CEO, Forward Focusing

“I help people get what they want.”

Nicknamed “the negotiator” as a child, Fotini has always channeled her energy into a passion for the power of forward thinking. Today, business executives partner with her to achieve their business goals, increase profitability and create a competitive advantage. Fotini empowers executives and their teams through her expertise in negotiation, communication and persuasion. To share her strengths with more business leaders, she is also an adjunct professor of MBA Negotiations at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto where she completed her MBA in Organization Behavior.

After a decade of owning and managing small businesses in the retail sector, Fotini refined her negotiation skills in the corporate world in the consumer packaged goods industry before becoming a management consultant. She created a successful negotiation advisory practice for another global firm before branching off on her own. Over the last 7 years she has helped clients all over the globe focus their energy on moving their commercial objectives forward. Fotini thrives on guiding clients through high-stakes scenarios in such industries as CPG, retail, professional services, energy, telecommunications and finance.

Fotini is passionate about helping people develop the confidence to take on whatever challenges come their way, and has a particular interest in empowering women and disadvantaged groups. When not with clients or in the classroom, she spends her time public speaking on negotiation, communication, leadership and conflict management, and offering her experience to meaningful non-profit initiatives including the Network of Executive Women, Rethink Breast Cancer and Up With Women.

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sharon irwin

Sharon Irwin-Foulon

Sharon is currently an Executive Director at the Richard Ivey School of Business. She has had a progressive career in marketing and communications and currently manages a team that is globally recognized as one of the most innovative and effective stakeholder relations teams in the competitive Business School environment.

Sharon leads the team’s extensive client engagement and communications activities, including student and executive programs designed to focus on the fundamentals of consciously developing Executive Presence and working with global organizations to enhance their employment brands.

Over the course of her career, Sharon has independently worked on leadership and change development engagements in London Ontario, Toronto and Hong Kong in a number of industries including automotive, financial services, healthcare, and entrepreneurship.

Sharon holds a BA in Administrative and Information Studies from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters in Human Systems Intervention from Concordia.

Sharon lives in London Ontario with her husband, daughter and their Chesapeake Bay Retriever.  She is active on a number of private sector and volunteer boards and committees within her community.

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Jesse Jones

Jesse Jones

Your passion can be your life’s work.

As an innovator, brand builder, cultural architect and public speaker – Jesse Jones lives by these words. He has made it his mission to help others tap into their own passions and actualize their dreams through their careers.

As founder of TEN81 Lifestyle Inc., Jesse helps brands manage their public image and create an authentic connection with their target audience through creative, lifestyle-based marketing strategies. TEN81 is the culmination of Jesse’s experience in lifestyle marketing, brand management, partnership development, Generation Next engagement and strategy.

With an extensive background working with a broad range of organizations – McDonald’s, Yale University, Ernst & Young, Bell, Valeant, Much Music, Mattel, Royal Bank of Canada, Energizer, adidas and Ford, to name a few – Jesse is well equipped to guide today’s forward-thinking companies in building successful, consumer and employee relationships in today’s ever-changing landscape. His presentations have been described by attendees as “infectious”, “inspirational”, “memorable”, “powerful”, “beneficial” and “thought-provoking”. By combining his expertise in generating consumer excitement for brands with his innate ability to inspire individuals to ignite passion within their own lives, Jesse has become a powerful force, leaving an indelible mark on the world.

Event: 12-08-2014 Men Lean In

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Cher Jones

Cher Jones

Cher Jones is a Corporate Social Media Trainer & Personal Branding Strategist with the love of technology hardwired into her personality. She leverages over 15 years of PR, marketing and broadcasting experience and has worked internationally with a wide variety of organizations including the City Of Toronto, Hong Kong Police, Meeting Professionals International, NBA TV Canada, The UK Trade and Investment, Emirates Steel, The Ontario Ministry of Education and CBC to name a few.

Cher is dedicated to helping professionals develop S.M.A.R.T. personal brands that drive results. She`s regularly invited to speak at conferences, schools, and industry events. Her passion, knowledge and expertise have many people referring to her as one of Canada’s top personal branding experts. As a corporate trainer, she helps companies remain relevant and competitive with useful social media training that means business.

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Vandana Juneja

As Senior Director with Catalyst, Vandana is a trusted thought partner for Catalyst’s supporting companies in Canada. She coaches Canadian companies with respect to their strategies to advance women into leadership and create inclusive work environments where women, men, and all diverse groups can thrive.  Vandana is a frequent speaker on workplace and inclusion-related topics to accelerate progress for women and diverse groups into leadership, and has delivered engagements across Canada, the US, and Australia. Prior to joining Catalyst, Ms. Juneja practiced immigration law, following which she worked in the Global Diversity and Inclusion groups of two Canadian banks. With a passion for empowering women, she has also worked as a Research Associate for the Pay Equity Task Force in Ottawa, and travelled to Vietnam with an NGO in partnership with the University of Toronto to evaluate and report back on a micro-finance project designed to help women living in poverty to understand and enter the mainstream banking system. Ms. Juneja has earned a B.Comm. from McMaster University, an MBA from the University of Windsor, and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. You can follow Vandana under the Twitter handle @ms_juneja.

Event: 03-29-2016 Pay Equity & Inclusion: The Facts on Women in the Workplace

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Janet Kestin

Janet Kestin is co-founder of Swim, a “creative leadership lab”. From designers to bankers to “America’s Top 40 Architects Under 40”, the people she works with get new tools and insights to have greater impact. Swim’s unconventional approach to leadership training has been noted in Forbes and Fast Company.

Janet was Co-Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy Toronto from 1998 to 2011. She led their office to global recognition for work like Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty. Her teams brought home the world’s top awards including two Cannes Grand Prix.

Janet was included in Creativity magazine’s Top 50 Creative People of 2008, and named advertising Women of the Year at the WIN Awards and the AWNY Awards in 2007. In 2012 she was included in Advertising Age Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising. She continues to be thought leaders in the ad industry.

Janet penned Pick Me (Wiley & Sons) in ‘05, now a staple in advertising schools from Texas to Turkey. Their bestselling ’14 HarperCollins release, Darling, You Can’t Do Both (And Other Noise To Ignore On Your Way Up), is described by Fast Company co-founder Alan Webber as “A guide to breaking the rules that stunt careers and wreak havoc at home. The how-to follow-up to Lean In.” She’s tapped for her perspective on workplace gender issues by companies, schools and organizations like Facebook, Google, UCLA, Princeton, Bell, HBC, Catalyst and Women of Influence. Her career advice and thought leadership appears regularly in spaces like Huffington Post and Fast Company.

Janet speaks at events across North America on subjects ranging from inclusive leadership to how to tap into your greatest creativity. She is represented by the National Speaker’s Bureau.

Janet is a member of NextGenLeaders, a collaborative network of Canadian-based management consultants focused on developing the next generation of leaders.

 

 

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Andrew Kirby – Vice-President, SapientNitro

Andrew has been involved with digital marketing since the ‘dial-up’ days and counts himself fortunate to have been a part of the pioneering years of the Internet. Since then, he has held delivery or account management roles for a wide range of Fortune 500 clients around the world.

Currently, he is a Vice-President at SapientNitro, a new breed of agency for a connected world, where his focus is to deliver transformative experiences for customers and drive substantial impact for clients. Additionally, he is a proud to play a role on SapientNitro’s Culture and Community team and the Women’s Leadership Network. Andrew’s passion is to build high performance teams and he believes deeply in the power of diversity to drive great results.

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Theresa Laurico

Theresa Laurico

Theresa Laurico is a passionate entrepreneur & founder of SociaLIGHT, a company focused on empowering and inspiring startups, entrepreneurs and small business owners with an emphasis on the triple bottom line “People. Planet. Profit.” The annual SociaLIGHT Conference attracts more than 1,000 national delegates and past speakers and contributors include Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin, Tony Hsieh and more.

Theresa is also a seasoned media producer and personality with several national television series, commercials, music videos and international broadcast experience for clients like CTV, Muchmusic, HGTV, Rogers and Citytv. She holds a Broadcast Journalism degree from Ryerson University where she graduated as President, and an Executive Media Leadership MPP from Schulich School of Business.

Some of her accolades include Toronto Lean Startup Machine winner, nomination by the Toronto Board of Trade for Business Excellence as “Startup of the Year” and recipient of a leadership award from former Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Hilary Weston.

Her “Love in Action” projects include national campaigns that have resulted in supplying medical supplies in the Philippines, housing and education resources in Kenya, local support in Peru, and 208 eye restoration surgeries in Tibet through Seva Canada. She is a member of United Global Shift and her program, “Love in Action” is now an accredited leadership education course in New York City.

Theresa is also an international speaker and her greatest passion is to source others’ greatness and combine media, systemic leadership, and entrepreneurship for positive global impact.

Event: 02-03-2015 How to Create Your Dream Into a Movement

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Sylvia Link

Sylvia Link, APR ABC MC

Sylvia Link leads marketing and communication for RTO/ERO, with its 73,000 members from the broader education community. Prior, she worked at the Ministry of Education and led communication and stakeholder engagement for child care and the new full-day kindergarten program in Ontario. Before joining the Ontario Ministry of Education, Sylvia served as manager of communications at Peel District School Board and worked in health care PR.

Sylvia teaches Communications Management part-time at University of Guelph. She also conducts communication audits for Canadian school boards and educational associations.

Sylvia is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including the Master Communicator lifetime designation from IABC Canada and Gold Quill Award of Excellence and Business Issue Award. She writes and presents about topics such as diversity communications, employee engagement and internal communication.

Married with three children, Sylvia is also an active volunteer. Connect with her @SylviaLink.

Event: 02-25-2014 Are You My Mentor?

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Raymond Luk

Raymond Luk is a technology entrepreneur and investor having built, invested in and sold companies over his twenty year career. He is the founder and CEO of Hockeystick, a financial data software company, the founder of Scalability (sold in 2015), co-founder of Year One Labs a VC fund, and founder of Flow Ventures, Canada’s largest startup consulting firm. He lives in Toronto with his partner Elle (founder of Zvelle) and their puppy Chilby.

Event: 11-24-2015 Men Lean In

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Andrew MacDougall – Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Andrew is a partner in the corporate law group at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.  Osler was recognized in 2016 as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. It was the first large Canadian corporate law firm to admit a woman as a partner, and that partner, Bertha Wilson, who went on to become the first female Justice appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Andrew leads the Osler corporate governance practice, advising boards, in-house counsel and others on director duties, director and officer insurance and indemnification, stakeholder engagement, disclosure and other governance matters. His long-standing interest in corporate governance matters is reflected first in his involvement as a staff member of the Toronto Stock Exchange Report on Corporate Governance (Dey Committee), then as a member of the Risk Oversight and Governance Board of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and now as an inaugural fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel.

Andrew co-chairs the Osler Executive Compensation practice, advising on plan design, drafting and disclosure, corporate and securities regulatory requirements and corporate governance aspects.  He is also a leader in shareholder activist matters at Osler, having represented both activists and corporate clients which have been targeted.

An expert and thought leader on corporate governance and compensation matters, he is a frequent writer, speaker and commentator on new developments.  With other members of the Osler team, he co-authored a comprehensive Osler report on gender diversity disclosure and best practices of TSX-listed companies which was released this summer.

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Ann Marie MacDougall

Ann Marie MacDougall, President at LeaderBoom Inc., Board Member and Speaker.

Ann Marie is a life strategist who demonstrates transformation by example. She began her career in the Canadian Banking Industry where she successfully managed national and diverse teams in multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-channel environments. In 2011 she completed an executive global MBA, studying in six countries, through St. Gallen University in Switzerland. In 2012, she completed research with 50 global leaders living in 17 countries to understand the systemic leadership challenges faced by their teams. In 2013, she launched her global leadership consulting, training and coaching business, LeaderBoom Inc.

Ann Marie’s passion is to help leaders and teams see a bigger picture perspective on complex challenges and to identify agile solutions to overcome them. Her goal, through LeaderBoom, is to empower organizational and community leaders to actualize their full potential by presenting a road map for building inner sustainability during times of uncertainty and accelerated global change– overcoming fear, self-limitation and focusing behaviors to essential human values.

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Trevor Mayoh

As part of White Ribbon, the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity, Trevor Mayoh manages projects on violence prevention in the private sector and corporate engagement around gender diversity. A key part of Trevor’s portfolio at White Ribbon is the recently launched innovative social enterprise called Parker P. Consulting, a consulting practice bringing unique gender equality and violence prevention solutions to the private sector.

Event: 11-24-2015 Men Lean In

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Amber MacArthur

Amber Mac started her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. As a strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches.

Amber left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. In 2006, with her brother, she started her own digital agency. The company’s first client was world-renowned business coach, Tony Robbins. 

In 2010, she wrote the national bestselling business book Power Friending (Portfolio: New York).  In 2016, she co-wrote an Internet safety book called Outsmarting Your Kids Online. Amber has keynoted more than 300 events around the world.  Topics include business innovation, Internet of things, online safety, and what it takes for companies to adapt and grow.

She is a regular host and expert for Fast Company, CNN, Bloomberg TV, CBS, BNN, The Marilyn Denis Show, and Sirius Radio.  As a child, Amber attended a two-room country schoolhouse on PEI and shared a party telephone line with neighbouring houses. She is now recognized internationally as an innovation and technology leader.

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Donna Messer

Donna Messer is an author, speaker, coach and mentor, an inspiring and passionate motivator who has addressed thousands of people on three continents. Her client base includes governments, education, industry and not for profit organizations.

A former broadcast journalist, Donna is the author of more than 4,000 articles published around the world. Her book Effective Networking Strategies is a Canadian best seller.

She hosts both radio and television programs interviewing Canadians with a story to tell. Donna is social media savvy and knows the importance of international visibility. She’s on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Event: 07-29-2014 Effective Networking Strategies

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Emily Mills – Founder, How She Hustles

Emily Mills knows what it’s like to ‘hustle’ – to pursue your entrepreneurial passions while balancing the demands of life as a busy working woman in Toronto. She’s the founder of How She Hustles, a vibrant network that connects 5,000 diverse women through social media and special events in this city. Emily also has a demanding full-time career as a senior communications professional at one of the largest media companies in Canada. She’s a proud wife and mom of two active little boys.

How She Hustles began in 2010 after Emily posted a personal reflection on social media about the many responsibilities we juggle as women. The post instantly sparked an online conversation and lead to the first gathering. For six years, Emily has sold-out virtually every How She Hustles event, including a Mother’s Day tribute this spring with 250 women featuring Jully Black, Vicki Saunders, Trey Anthony and more. Through the network, Emily profiles women on the move, hosts online conversations and shares information through a growing digital community of social influencers across Canada, the United States, Africa, The Middle East, Europe and the Caribbean. The network has also raised funds for local grassroots women’s initiatives. How She Hustles continues to evolve without any corporate sponsors or government funding.

Emily holds degrees in journalism and music, and has studied public relations. In 2015, she was nominated for YWCA Toronto’s Women of Distinction Award, named one of 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada and received the inaugural Women’s Empowerment Award at the Black Canadian Awards.

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Marguerite Orane

Marguerite Orane is a free and laughing mix of light, joy and intention. With over 20 years in strategy consulting and general management, Marguerite’s commitment is to help leaders and their teams joyfully bring strategy to life to achieve their desired results. She is committed to spreading her message of Joy at Work, emboldening people to step up and claim their bliss at the place in which they spend most of their moments. She is known for her insights on leadership, strategy, entrepreneurship and personal growth delivered in her own energetic, joy-filled way – with ease and grace.

A Harvard MBA, lifetime entrepreneur and Huffpost blogger, she is also the author of “Free and Laughing: Spiritual Insights in Everyday Moments”. She is an avid distance runner, yogini and a Laughter Yoga Leader. Marguerite is very serious about joy – at work, play, home – wherever you are, Marguerite believes that joy should be!

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Casey Palmer

Casey Palmer

By day, Casey leads a dynamic team in implementing multimillion dollar IT projects, leveraging a myriad of skills to get the job done and exceed expectations!

But by night, he’s one of Canada’s foremost Dad bloggers, writing on the experience of transitioning into fatherhood, and telling men why it isn’t so scary with articles on food, travel and lifestyle adventures to show that he’s not dead now that he’s raising a child — he’s just a Dad.

Casey’s balanced his #BloggerLife with marriage, parenthood and the 9-5, an ever-challenging experience fuelling his narrative-driven content!

Event: 12-08-2014 Men Lean In

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Karlyn Percil

Karlyn Percil is a Leadership Coach, Author and Motivational Speaker who believes in the power of women. Her mission is to see a world where women are living their highest and best version of themselves. Her purpose in life is to help women optimize their leadership skills and realize their full potential.

Using the “Elephant Story” model & the power of story telling, Karlyn helps women identify their internal barrier – the “Elephant” in their life, discover what’s holding them back in life and break through their personal “glass ceiling”– empowering them to pursue their ambitions & goals in life.

Karlyn coaches individuals or groups of women to discover their authentic self and increase their personal effectiveness in life. Her signature tools & strategies help women navigate the blocks, find their “happy” in life & in love. The truth is when women are happy, healthy and empowered they L.E.A.D (live & engage authentically daily) their lives consciously with passion & purpose. They make better decisions & better choices, set boundaries and choose to create a life they really love.

Her Authentically YOU Leadership Program helps women to play bigger in life & in love empowering them to create opportunities to start their own Mentorship Program – helping other women heal & find their purpose & the confidence & courage to live a life they really love. Isn’t it time you lived the life you’ve always imagined? I’m here to show you how.

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Michelle Ray

Over the past twenty years, Michelle Ray has delivered thousands of presentations to diverse clientele across five continents. She challenges individuals, as well as clients and audiences, to take charge of themselves, shift perspectives and discover their greatest potential. Her witty, refreshing, uplifting and common sense message has inspired thousands of audiences. The premise is powerfully simple: Leadership is first and foremost a state of mind.

Michelle has delivered her powerful messages on leadership, accountability and engaged workplaces to the “C-Suites” of global corporations, academia, diverse associations, government groups as well as front-line staff. Her clients include notable brands such as Proctor & Gamble, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Shell, Xerox, Paypal, Qantas Airways, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Playboy Enterprises and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Lally Rementilla

Lally Rementilla, CPA, CMA is an accomplished operator and investor with a track record of profitably growing technology companies – from start-ups to global businesses – and for advocating the advancement of women in the technology sector.

Currently serving as Vice President Finance at Nulogy Corporation, she leads all aspects of finance, legal and other administrative areas of the business. Concurrently, Lally is the founder of Coco Capital – an entrepreneurial practice which she started in 2011 to capitalize in the high growth female market and to advise female entrepreneurs. One of her investments is The Gal’s Got Game promotes the advancement of professional women through the intersection of women + leadership + sports.

An advocate for diversity in industry, Lally is currently a board member of Pique Ventures (where she also sits in the Investment Committee) and had previously served on the boards of the Information Technology Association of Canada, Canadian Women in Communications, Innoversity and Theatre Passe Muraille.

Lally has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the Ateneo de Manila University and a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business. She is based in Toronto with her husband, two daughters and pet fish.

Event: 09-29-2015 Women On Boards

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Noelle Richardson

Noelle Richardson is a pioneering leader in diversity and a consultant in organizational change strategies to maximize human potential. For over 20 years, she has spoken on issues of social inclusion and organizational practice in North America, the continent of Africa, at the European Union and has just returned from Pakistan where she has been doing work with the Asian Productivity Organization.

In 2008, Noelle was hired as the Chief Diversity Officer of the Ontario Public Service (OPS), the first such position in any public sector organization in Canada. She has led the creation and implementation of a diversity and inclusion strategy for both the OPS and the broader public sector agencies of the Ministry of the Attorney General. As a result of her seminal work on creating an inclusive public service, the OPS has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers since 2008.

Event: 10-27-2015 Gender Bias in the Workplace

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Deborah Rosati

Deborah Rosati is an accomplished corporate director, entrepreneur, Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA) and certified Corporate Director (ICD.D) with more than 25 years of experience in the retail and technology sectors. An experienced audit committee chair, Deborah provides extensive knowledge as a Corporate Director in the areas of financial and enterprise risk management, corporate strategy, CEO succession planning, strategic planning, public company accounting and reporting and corporate governance.

Currently, Deborah’s corporate engagements are as a Corporate Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for Sears Canada and her recent appointments to the NexJ Systems Board and Chair of the Audit Committee, and to the Department Audit Committee for Correctional Services Canada. She is also a Co-Founder of Women Get On Board, a member-based forum that connects and promotes women to corporate boards. Deborah’s community engagement include her alma mater’s Goodman’s School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and the launch of the Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurship Co-op Award.

Deborah is a frequent speaker on corporate governance, leadership and entrepreneurship. Selected as a Diversity 50 2014 candidate, she was also recognized in 2012 as one of WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the corporate director category award. She was Chair of the Nomination Committee and the Chair of the Board of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, and also the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the National Ballet School. In addition, Deborah was also the Co-chair of the Ottawa Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a former member of CPA Canada Risk Oversight Governance Board.

Event: 09-29-2015 Women On Boards

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Scott Schieman

Scott Schieman

Scott Schieman is a Canada Research Chair, Professor and Chair of the Sociology department at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the social psychology of inequality, with a special emphasis on work and stress in the work-family interface. He is currently leading a national study of over 6,000 Canadian workers to understand the factors that contribute to emotional inequality in the population.

Event: 12-08-2014 Men Lean In

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Subhas Sen

Subhas Sen

Subhas Sen was appointed Chief Operating Officer of BMO Asset Management Inc. in December 2009. Prior to joining BMO, he worked with Barclays Canada for over 12 years. He was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for Barclays Global Investors Canada Limited for over 9 years. He was also the Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) for Barclays Global Investors Services Canada Limited, and served as Acting CFO for Barclays Capital Canada Limited (IIROC registrants). In addition, Subhas spent over 10 years in senior executive positions with global corporations in southern Africa and India.

Subhas completed B.A. (Honours) Economics from St.Stephen’s College, Delhi University. He is also a chartered accountant (India) and certified public accountant (US).

Event: 12-08-2014 Men Lean In

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Mark Shekter

Mark Shekter

Mark co-founded and is CEO of two successful companies – Think8 Systems, a Strategic Corporate Design firm serving entrepreneurs and corporations globally, and First Star International, a Media and Communications Company. With his background as a multi-award winning Hollywood writer-producer and composer, Mark has worked with the world’s top talent including Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, Elton John and Ray Charles. This has given him a deep understanding of the creative process and how to apply it in one’s professional and personal life.

Mark developed the Think8 methodology, in use worldwide, that enables individuals and corporations to unleash their full creative potential to formulate a “whole business”, with all parts fully integrated and aligned around a dynamic Re-Visioning and Re-Design of the company.

A core offering of Think8 is its program to establish “True Partnerships” within and without the organization. Success in business and in life is the direct result of solid, sustainable relationships, with each partner willing and able to contribute their best.

With his wife Nancy, co-founder of their two companies, he understands the power of a true partnership, and helps companies create an ideal work environment of motivated, dedicated executives and staff working together to achieve their goals.

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12-08-2014 Men Lean In
02-24-2015 Make Your Partner a True Partner

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Hena Singh

Hena Singh is one of the founding lawyers/partners of Singh Lamarche LLP. Hena assists with workplace issues of all types – from the contemplation of an employment relationship, to assisting in its continuation, as well as termination. She also has the experience of having conducted hundreds of workplace investigations for companies of all types and sizes, ranging from workplace harassment to violence, fraud, theft and misuse of property. Co-author of Law of Termination in Ontario and a frequent presenter on various employment law, human rights and workplace investigation issues, Hena is recognized for providing her clients with practical and tailored solutions to employment issues.

Event: 02-23-2016 Workplace Harassment

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Shannon Skinner

Shannon Skinner

Shannon Skinner is an award-winning television and radio host, inspirational speaker and author. She is the creator and host of the television series and online platform, Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner, the ultimate online life-guidance resource for women. She has interviewed hundreds of influencers, experts and celebrities. Some notable guests include actress Mariel Hemingway, TV personality/entrepreneur Debbie Travis, and singer/songwriter Jully Black.

In June 2015, Shannon launched SHANNON SKINNER LIVE radio show broadcast on VoiceAmerica Women’s Channel.

Shannon is the author of The Whispering Heart: Your Inner Guide to Creativity, a how-to book on unleashing creativity and living an extraordinary life. As a writer, she contributes to several publications including The Huffington Post, and covers topics such as creativity, inspiration, feminine leadership, influence and travel.

She is the recipient of the University of Saskatchewan, College of Arts & Science’s Alumni of Influence Award 2014. Shannon studied creative writing at the University of Oxford and film studies at Ryerson University, and received her B.A. at the University of Saskatchewan. She is based in Toronto.

Event: 04-29-2014 Unleash Your Creativity

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Janet Spritzer

Janet Spreitzer

Janet has worked in the finance industry for over 15 years in various capacities. She has experience in Operations, Training and Development, Global Resourcing and recently obtained her Project Management Professional designation. Currently she fulfills two roles; first as a Transition Manager for Global Resourcing with Manulife Financial, and secondly as a Director of Strategy and Finance for a full service creative agency.

Lifelong learning has been a constant throughout Janet’s career which has allowed her to take on multiple challenges and strive to achieve her career goals.Her multi-disciplinary skill-set, commitment to excellence, client-centric focus and keen management skills have helped shape and define her career path in both organizations.

Event: 02-25-2014 Are You My Mentor?

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Suzanne Stevens

Suzanne F. Stevens, CSP

Suzanne F. Stevens has interviewed 70 pioneering leaders, mostly in Africa, and they all share two common traits:

1. They all reached their aspirations by doing something that pushed the edge of their comfort zone.

2. Although they challenged their own ability, the true beneficiaries were their companies, community and country.

Over the last fifteen years Suzanne has coached leaders, business and sales professionals how to move from average to awesome by challenging their perception of self and coaching them to creating a new reality. She will encourage you to look at yourself, personally and professionally. She will share what we should examine, discover, grab and express to look beyond your immediate circumstance and to explore your edgeness™. In essence – pushing your edge in everyday living, in business and beyond. Life begins at the edge.

Event: 05-26-2015 Explore Your Edgeness™

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Karen Stintz

Karen Stintz

Karen Stintz was appointed the new Executive Director of ArtsBuild Ontario in April 2015. Karen has a broad range of experience in the public and private sector, working with the municipal sector, health care sector and building infrastructure projects. Karen was a Toronto City Councillor for 11 years and during her career as a Councillor served as Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission. She has also served on the Foundation Board for Providence Health Care and on several Municipal Boards.

As a regular guest-lecturer at York University for the Schulich School of Business MBA program, Karen speaks about creating shared-value in the public, private and nonprofit sector.

She received a BA (honours) from the University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of Science in Administration from Boston University and a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s University.

Event: 05-13-2014 Leaning In with Karen Stintz, Toronto Mayoral Candidate

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Cindy Stradling – CSP, CPC

Sales Agent, Faciltator and Coach, Cindy Stradling brings over 25 years of practical hands-on business experience to her work.  She has worked across various sectors including production, logistics, materials management, retail,  customer service and sales. She has achieved her professional sales designation (CSP) through the Canadian Professional Sales Association and she is a certified coach (CPC) graduated from Erickson College. Cindy is a member of the Canadian Professional Sales Associaton and the International Coaching Federation.

Cindy works with entrepreneurs, individuals and corporations such as Canon Canada, 3M Canada, Scotia McLeod, BMO, Marsh and Mercer, RGA International, Nealanders, Pareto and MMM Group.

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Katie Telford – Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau

Katie Telford is the current Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. She previously served as the National Campaign Co-Chair and National Campaign Director for Trudeau on the successful 2015 election campaign. Her leadership spearheaded a new focus on grassroots organizing and innovative campaign technologies that contributed to the election of the first Liberal majority mandate from Canadians in 15 years. She has lead and advised on multiple campaigns including her role as National Campaign Director on Justin Trudeau’s Leadership Campaign in 2013. Over her career Katie has provided senior counsel on a wide range of federal and provincial issues to non-profit organizations, the private and public sectors, the Liberal Party of Canada and the Ontario Liberal Party. Katie received her Honours Degree in Political Science with a minor in History from the University of Ottawa where she studied in both French and English. She and her husband Rob Silver are proud parents of their son George and dog Biko!

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Bobby Umar

Bobby Umar is one of the most prolific heart-based leaders in North America. Inc. Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers, alongside such noteworthy giants as Richard Branson and Brene Brown. He is a 4x TEDx speaker and social media influencer, with over 350,000 followers. He has been named the 2nd best business coach to follow on Twitter and the 4th best leadership influencer according to Kred. Bobby is an international author of two books, including an Amazon #1 best-seller, and is a Huffington Post contributor. Bobby was also named a “2015 Speaker to Watch” by the National Speakers Bureau and Global Speakers Agency.

With a background in brand marketing (Kraft & Unilever), engineering (Bombardier) and the performing arts (Second City), Bobby is now a recognized thought leader in Networking, Social Media and Personal Branding. He founded the DYPB conference, the largest event in North America dedicated solely to personal branding, featuring 60 experts and over 300 delegates. 100,000+ people from across the world have experienced Bobby’s high-energy keynotes & programs.

Bobby is a fiercely proud and committed dad, a feminist and is passionate about diversity, gender equality and entrepreneurship. He has worked with thousands of women to ramp up their careers, find their authentic path of passion and purpose or become branded thought leaders.

Event: 11-24-2015 Men Lean In

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Rita Vinieris – Designer, RIVINI and Alyne

Making women look and feel beautiful on their special day has long been a passion of Toronto native Rita Vinieris. Born and raised in Canada, she went to University of Toronto where she studied Economics. Yet, her dream was to do something in design. She later went to study fashion at the International Academy of Design. In 1995, using her skills as an opportunity to breathe new life into bridal wear, Vinieris began to design a collection of wedding dresses which is now an international preeminent luxury bridal brand, RIVINI. In 2009 she launched Alyne a second bridal collection in a way for a greater number of women to enjoy her couture-like aesthetic; sophisticated ease with effortless glamour and chic silhouettes in rich fabrics, energized by refreshing design details for a strong fashion statement. Her inspiration comes from her love of beauty, life and desire to maintain a focus on luxury fabrics, architectural draping and meticulous fit.

Prior to creating Rivini and Alyne, Rita Vinieris worked as a designer for an evening dress company for 6 years, freelanced as a designer for Izod Lacoste Mens Canada, designed furs for the Japanese market and later was a design coordinator for Fairweather. After 17 years designing one of the preeminent luxury Bridal Collections, RIVINI and Vinieris turned her focus on the debut of her first Eveningwear Collection. Vinieris is determined to make each woman’s special occasion unforgettable. “I love being able to help women find that perfect dress that expresses their personal style.” Vinieris has been honoured with many industry awards: 2002 New Designer of the Year, 2006 Best Ad Campaign of the Year, and 2007 Best Ad Campaign of the Year.

Creating from a blank slate and always searching for newness in design, Rita Vinieris now wields her mastery from day to night. Fluid silhouettes and meticulous attention to detail have long been designer Rita Vinieris’ understated signature. Vinieris infuses her Collections with a sense of light-handed charm. It’s feeling born of sublime luxury and low-key ornamentation. Subtle finishing touches include soft tucks and pleats, understated beading, sheer panels of fabric, a beguiling illusion, and a variety of couture techniques and styles. Workmanship of the highest level, uncompromising quality and fit are the cornerstones to her collections. Vinieris’ unerring sense of what modern women desire has shaped a brand that is alluring in its design, chic in its perfection, the essence of simple luxury.

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Nancy Vonk

Nancy Vonk is co-founder of Swim, a “creative leadership lab”. From designers to bankers to “America’s Top 40 Architects Under 40”, the people she works with get new tools and insights to have greater impact. Swim’s unconventional approach to leadership training has been noted in Forbes and Fast Company.

Nancy was Co-Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy Toronto from 1998 to 2011. She led their office to global recognition for work like Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty. Her teams brought home the world’s top awards including two Cannes Grand Prix.

Nancy was included in Creativity magazine’s Top 50 Creative People of 2008, and named advertising Women of the Year at the WIN Awards and the AWNY Awards in 2007. In 2012 she was included in Advertising Age Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising. She continues to be thought leaders in the ad industry; Nancy serves on the board of The One Club in New York and Creative Circus in Atlanta.

Nancy penned Pick Me (Wiley & Sons) in ‘05, now a staple in advertising schools from Texas to Turkey. Their bestselling ’14 HarperCollins release, Darling, You Can’t Do Both (And Other Noise To Ignore On Your Way Up), is described by Fast Company co-founder Alan Webber as “A guide to breaking the rules that stunt careers and wreak havoc at home. The how-to follow-up to Lean In.” She’s tapped for her perspective on workplace gender issues by companies, schools and organizations like Facebook, Google, UCLA, Princeton, Bell, HBC, Catalyst and Women of Influence. Her career advice and thought leadership appears regularly in spaces like Huffington Post and Fast Company.

Nancy speaks at events across North America on subjects ranging from inclusive leadership to how to tap into your greatest creativity. She is represented by the National Speaker’s Bureau.

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Roshni Wijayasinha

Roshni Wijayasinha – VP of Marketing, Benecaid

Roshni is a driven marketing professional with almost 10 years of progressive marketing experience and a consistent track record for delivering results, exceeding expectations and leading and infecting passion through her teams. With a robust & diverse background spanning top brands on the agency side, she built her reputation by bringing her creativity and strategic insights to leading global technology brands such as Microsoft, Sony & Kobo, being recognized as Marketing Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 in 2013. Most recently, she has focused on building out Marketing departments, processes and brands at domestic tech-based leaders in their own respective verticals, Juice Mobile, Thinking Capital, and Benecaid.

A passionate advocate for young marketers and women in leadership, Roshni continues to speak at events dedicated to developing early marketing careers and issues facing women in technology and in the workplace.

Event: 02-25-2014 Are You My Mentor?

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rwijayasinha@gmail.com

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Fereshteh Zeineddin

Fereshteh Zeineddin is a retail executive with over 10 years of experience working for a number of global brands. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing from UBC and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. Fereshteh started her professional career as an Account Executive with L’Oreal Canada. After completing her MBA in 2010, she joined Louis Vuitton and took on the role of Client Development and Business Analysis Manager at the Canadian headquarters in Toronto. Through her many interactions with the stores, Fereshteh quickly discovered a passion for retail operations and people management. Since that time, she has held retail management positions with Louis Vuitton Hotel Vancouver, Nordstrom Vancouver and Tesla. She is currently the District General Manager for Western Canada at Tesla.

  1. Your very first job was…tourguide and bus driver at Landsea Tours in Vancouver
  2. Your two most recent positions held: District General Manager, Tesla Vancouver ; Assistant Store Manager, Nordstrom Vancouver
  3. 3 key areas of expertise; General Management and retail
  4. List of past speaking engagements (your choice of 3)
  5. How have the lessons/ideas of Lean In helped as you progressed through your life and career? Have the confidence to pursue the extraordinary
  6. What three characteristics do you believe helps YOU make things happen/get things done? Grit, passion and creativity
  7. One career or life lesson you want to share with the Lean In community. Have a deliberate plan on where you’d like to go but be open to emergent opportunities along the way. You never know where life takes you.

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