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8:30am  Registration

9:30am  Opening and Keynotes

(Lang, Carlisle)

12:00pm  Lunch

1:00pm  Afternoon Keynotes

(Le May Doan, Podesta)

4:00pm Networking Event

5:15pm  Dr. Robert Ballard

6:15pm Wrap Up

6:30pm  Sponsor Meet & Greet by Invitation Only

*Schedule subject to change


Dr. Robert Ballard

Founder and President of the Ocean Exploration Trust

Discovered the RMS Titanic

The Pursuit of Discovery

Famous for discovering iconic ships the Titanic, and the Bismarck, Dr. Ballard will share his experiences of exploration; past, present and future.  Experience remarkable stories and imagery of iconic navigation history and a journey into the little known underwater world that makes up 70% of our planet. Further, he will discuss his “Guiding Principles” of Leadership such as having passion as the most important driving engine, embracing the risk of failure, as well as the importance of learning how to follow before you can lead. Dr. Ballard believes that the way to form a team is by showing people what they are truly capable of, and knowing what they have the capacity for by challenging and pushing.

Catriona Le May Doan

3-Time Olympic Medalist, Officer of the Order of Canada

Lead Athlete Mentor for 2018 Olympic Winter Games

Senior Director, Community & Sport Engagement, Sport Calgary

Leadership with a Purpose

Catriona’s career has taken her from standing on top of the Olympic podium, to promoting community sport, being a broadcaster and now being an athlete mentor for the 2018 Olympic Games. In each of these leadership roles the purpose and definition of success is different.  Being a great leader is helping others to achieve their full potential.  Sometimes we lead from the front and pave the way for others to come after us.  Sometimes we guide from the back - as mentors and support.  Either way, being a leader is committing that we will try to go farther than we thought possible and along the way, showing others that success is a discovery that has many adventures! Catriona will bring her stories of success, the leadership lessons she has learned along the way in achieving excellence and the wonder of behind the scenes stories of the 2018 Olympics Winter Games. 

Stephen K. Carlisle

President and Managing Director

General Motors of Canada Company

The Future of Technology and Innovation

Stephen, who got his start with GM in 1982 as a co-op student in a truck assembly plant, will share his comprehensive 36 year career journey and his leadership towards General Motors vision of being the world leader in transportation products and services. A believer in both innovation and determination, he will share his insights, his personal characteristics of leadership and the challenges he faced as the world changed. Tremendous technology innovation is being invented within the automotive industry which will redefine the world we live in and how we do business. Stephen will share insights into the incredible innovation happening at General Motors, their long tradition of discover, and what future of the automotive world will look like.

Connie Podesta

Human Resource Specialist and Award Winning Author

Hall of Fame Speaker

Life Would Be Easy, If It Weren't for Other People

The Power of Personality and Communication to Increase Engagement

Difficult people? Move over! Crazy demands? Under control! Critical conversations? No problem!

Imagine what you could accomplish if you could decode the mystery of human behavior and truly understand what makes people do what they do and say what they say (including yourself!) Research shows that the #1 key to SUCCESS is the ability to get along with other people. At work and at home Bottom line: how you choose to relate to, communicate with, be accountable to, resolve conflict with and garner respect from other people will directly impact your ability to attract and sustain healthy relationships so you can lead, manage, sell, produce, collaborate, work as a team, enjoy life, stay healthy, be happy and...experience success. With laugh-out-loud humor, killer take-away strategies and her amazing insights into ourselves and others (including a few who “drive you crazy”), Human Relations expert Connie Podesta will both challenge you and empower you with the knowledge you need to get along better with the people in your life. Connie will take you right inside the minds and personalities of the people you deal with every day--bosses, colleagues, partners, customers, friends, and family-- so YOU can ACT, rather than REACT to whatever life throws your way. Get ready for less stress and more success!

Darci Lang

Western Canadian Based Bestselling Author

Culture and Employee Engagement Specialist

Focus on the 90%

If you are ready to show up, embrace your life by "leading into the future, discover, innovation and perseverance" — you're in the right place. If you've ever felt stuck, unmotivated, or feel like you need a new direction — Darci Lang shows you how to turn it all around. Are you ready to Focus on the 90%?

Darci suggests that with her tool, we can learn to discover 90% of what is good:  in our jobs, with our coworkers, with our clients and at home. But it doesn't stop there! Darci gives real life practical answers and engages the audience by asking them to think about their own real-life situations building into leadership, customer service, and overall life-satisfaction.

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