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Marci Ien

Co-Host, The Social | Former Co-Host and News Anchor, Canada AM

For over 15 years, Canadians from coast to coast woke up every morning to Marci Ien’s friendly, familiar face as the co-host and news anchor of the national morning program, Canada AM. Today, Ien is seen across the country as a co-host of one of television’s most popular daytime programs, The Social. On-stage Ien also shines as an emcee, interviewer, moderator, and speaker.

In addition to her broadcasting work, Ien is a former distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts (RTA) program. She now sits on the university’s Board of Governors. In 2014, the program gave her the distinction of an award co-named in her honour. The Marci Ien and Dwight Drummond Award celebrates students from under-represented and marginalized communities who show great potential in any three of the school’s programs. In 2013, Ien was inducted into the RTA’s Wall of Fame for her significant contributions to the field of media.

Ien’s career in television spans over three decades, and has taken her from Halifax, where she joined CTV National News as a reporter in 1997, to Vancouver, where she was the News Anchor for CTV’s Olympic Morning at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In 2016, Ien was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in the category of Best Talk Show Host for her work on Canada AM.

Deeply committed to humanitarian causes, Ien travelled to Sierra Leone on behalf of Journalists for Human Rights, where she met with reporters and led training workshops. That same year, she was honoured by the Black Business and Professional Association with a Harry Jerome Award. Ien also works with World Vision, and travelled with them to Sri Lanka to report on the situation following the 2004 Tsunami.

Karina LeBlanc

Former Goaltender, Canadian Women's National Soccer Team | UNICEF Ambassador

Karina LeBlanc moved to Maple Ridge British Columbia at age 8. Her early life was spent on a small island in the Caribbean and then she was thrust into a new country with different customs and culture. Karina was a smart, shy, misunderstood child with a vibrant personality buried within. It wasn’t until she met some local coaches who invited her the track and field club and basketball team that her confidence rose and allowed her personality to shine. Soon after others would also notice a change in her confidence. This confidence enabled Karina to pursue a college education, play soccer for her country for almost 18 years and further win a Bronze Medal at the Olympics in 2012.

After the World Cup in 2015 she finally decided it was time to hang up her cleats and explore her greater purpose. Being the longest standing soccer player of all time for Canada, (5 World Cups and 2 Olympic games), she would no longer be Karina LeBlanc the soccer player, but now Karina LeBlanc the person seeking to understand her new meaning in life. As Karina journeys through this new transition in life, she is rediscovering herself through others. For her, soccer was more than just a sport she played. It allowed her to gain confidence and realize that her voice is for a reason, which helped her become a UNICEF ambassador. Using her international career as a platform, she uses her experiences from her life and career to empower others and help them on their journey to being the best version of themselves.

Her energy is contagious and she loves to ensure that everyone around her truly enjoys what they’re doing. A motivational speaker, a broadcaster, a host (on air and in person) she can entertain and motivate any crowd, while including humour. She thrives on bringing the best out of people, getting them excited, and getting them involved in every aspect of what’s going on both on or off the field.

Billy Anderson

Founder, The Courage Crusade

Billy’s expertise in leadership development comes from an extremely diverse background, beginning in the advertising industry as an account manager in both Europe and Canada. He then shifted into full-time leadership and development work as a lead instructor for Outward Bound, using the wilderness as a teaching tool.  As a fundraising director for UNICEF, Billy rebuilt a misaligned team that spread across Canada.  As a leader of humanitarian trips in Central America and the South Pacific, Billy built leaders through continuous challenge and self-awareness. Billy has coached corporate executives at all levels to improve their comfort with risk, ability to have difficult conversations and inspire their people. His book is called “Your Comfort Zone Is Killing You” and he was a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail.

Billy also pushes his comfort zone in his spare time.  He has jumped out of an airplane exactly 101 times.  He ran with the bulls in Spain, swam with sharks in Ecuador and hang-glided in the French Alps.  He has been a sugar-cane farmer in Costa Rica and an apple picker in New Zealand.

Doug Bolger

Founder & CEO, Learn2

Doug Bolger wants to change the way the world works. As Founder & CEO of Learn2, Doug believes that every team can achieve inspired results by unlearning, optimizing and creating best practices. At the heart of his award-winning approach to facilitation and design lies Doug’s commitment to participant-centred and experiential Live Sessions. Teams transform and bottom lines grow when leaders and teams get committed to “doing differently”. This results-driven approach to learning has benefitted clients such as Amex, J&J, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft and the Canadian Olympic Team. His business acumen, sizzling insights and creative approach earned the Learn2 team over a dozen industry awards and recognitions. Doug’s conviction that anything is possible releases the power and energy inside participants and inspires them to lead differently.

Sophie Boyko

SkillShift Inc.

Sophie Boyko is an internationally in-demand speaker and one of the most sought-after leading strategic sales & leadership experts. She has consulted thousands of salespeople and hundreds of sales leaders and executives for many of North America's Fortune 500 companies. Her warm, playful, and exuberant style and powerful message are the reasons she stands as one of the top thought-provoking leaders in sales, sales strategy, leadership, and communication.

Sophie has arrived from humble beginnings and continues to accomplish the unexpected. Today, she helps pave the path for women so they can break barriers, defy stereotypes, and shatter glass ceilings. Her ultimate passion is educating and empowering women to thrive in business and in life.

Drawing on her personal experiences and formal training, Sophie's work is dedicated to educating and empowering others to increase their performance by developing a mindset to win. Her solid track-record and clients' success stories are a true testimony that when you shift your mindset, develop your skill competencies, and learn effective strategies — ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

Sherry Campbell

Sherry Campbell

Counselor & Owner, Sherry Campbell Group

As an experienced workshop presenter and conference speaker, Sherry Campbell  has offered dynamic workshops for organizations such as; Canada Revenue Agency, the Greenwood Group, Niagara Regional Police, Casino Niagara as well as multiple District School Boards across Ontario to name a few. She has become well known and recommended for her ability to provide Resiliency Training in the Workplace, Personal Resiliency in Challenging Times & Mental Health Education and Training. 

Sherry earned her Master’s Degree in Life Span Developmental Psychology and she is a Registered Social Worker.  She has extensive training and experience in trauma, marital, individual, group counselling as well as personal growth. Sherry has continued her education through over 27 years of clinical experience. 

She is the principal counsellor and owner of Sherry Campbell Group offering personal, couples and family counselling services throughout the Niagara Region. The group has expanded to answer the call of corporate mental wellness with a full range of counselling, coaching, workshops and retreats for both employees and executives. 
 
 

Kevin Cochran

Co-Founder, enRICHed Academy

Over the last 15 years, Kevin has been one of the most sought-after speakers on the necessity of money management for families, teens and young adults. Having been featured on radio and television programs across the country, he has spoken to well over 100,000 people including professionals, students, schools, communities and corporations on the importance of financial literacy and how to create a foundation for personal wealth.

By the time Kevin was 20 years old he found himself $20,000 in credit card debt. Since then Kevin has played a key role in growing two companies to multi-million-dollar revenue status and removed himself completely from debt while creating a large foundation of wealth.

With the help of many mentors, Kevin has systemized and simplified money management. Kevin believes that money management is a lesson that we all learn eventually. Some learn it the easy way, and some learn it the hard way. Enriched Academy provides a foundation to help people avoid the damage caused from learning it the hard way and sets the stage for people to take control of their financial health. Kevin knows that enRICHed Academy will make a massive difference in people's lives, forever altering their financial future for the better by setting them up for financial success.            

Tracy Cocivera

Tracy Cocivera

Tracy Cocivera, Ph.D., CPCC, C,Psych. - Master Coach, LHH Knightsbridge

Dr. Cocivera is a Master Coach and leads the Executive Coaching Practice at LHH Knightsbridge. As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Cocivera has worked as an Executive and Team Coach for over 15 years. Her business career has evolved through the disciplines of retail, psychology, and management consulting. After co-founding a leadership development firm in Texas, she joined Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge in 2007. As an astute, insightful and trusted leadership advisor, Dr. Cocivera has contributed to the success of many executives and their teams in Fortune 500 companies across most sectors. Her work involves long-term collaborations with senior executives, high potential leaders, and human resources professionals on issues of leadership and team effectiveness.

Dr. Cocivera combines her business experience with her business psychology training to create practical applications of psychology in business. Her clients will tell you that they benefit from her deep expertise in human and organizational behaviour. She engages executives to become more masterfully effective in business by applying her research into the art of power and influence. Dr. Cocivera helps executives and teams better understand interpersonal dynamics and be more influential with stakeholders.

As a trusted leadership advisor, executives value her challenging and supportive approach to meaningful and sustainable behavior change. Dr. Cocivera helps executives and their teams integrate strong analytical capabilities with interpersonal skills, becoming better at how they lead others. As a result, her clients are more fully equipped and resilient executives and teams.

Dr. Cocivera holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Guelph. She is also a Licensed Psychologist in the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Her publications focus on best practices and methodological considerations in executive coaching, as well as on the art of influencing and developing authentic followership as a critical dimension of leadership effectiveness. Dr. Cocivera is member of the following professional associations: Canadian and American Psychological Associations, Institute of Coaching, International Coach Federation, Canadian Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Shelagh Cummins

Strategic Business Coach & Consultant

Shelagh Cummins is an in-demand business coach, consultant and speaker.  She works closely with women entrepreneurs who want to shake their moneymaker, make strategic power moves that help them grow faster, and share their smarts and skills with premium clients who value what they’re worth.

Shelagh’s unique background in experimental education combined with her corporate leadership training inspires her practical, hands-on approach to getting real results for her clients.

Her ultimate mission is to show other women that it’s possible to build a profitable, sustainable business – without drowning in debt, forfeiting family time, or working in their sleep.

Shelagh has a Masters in Education (University of Toronto), Effectiveness Coaching Certificate and Strategic Intervention Coaching Certificate.  She is the creator of Productive, an all-in-one business tool designed to take your days from busy to productive.

Danielle Da Silva

Danielle Da Silva

Founder & CEO, Photographers Without Borders

Danielle is not only named Top 30 Under 30 in Canada's Sustainability Leaders, but she is the CEO & Founder of Photographers Without Borders and the Co-Founder of Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary and the Co-Chair of Dandelion Initiative. She has done not one, but two TEDx talks around the topics of storytelling and the importance of creating connection to make change. Danielle teaches photography, storytelling, and campaign psychology all over the world. She has two honours degrees in Psychology and Conservation Biology, along with a Master of Science in Environment and International Development. She is a professor at the Environmental Visual Communications program at Fleming College in Toronto, which is held in partnership with the prestigious Royal Ontario Museum. Danielle is warm, approachable, and leads from the heart, making her a captivating educator and speaker.

Corey Diamond

Partner, Realized Worth

Corey currently manages operations and business development for Realized Worth, a consultancy that designs and implements corporate volunteering and giving programs with companies across the world.  He joined the company in 2014 after more than 15 years working in the environmental consulting sector.

Corey has spoken internationally, most notably conferences hosted by the Conference Board NYC, the Association of Grantmaking Professionals, and Volunteer Canada.

As an active volunteer in his hometown of Toronto, Corey works with a number of environmental and social justice organizations. His biggest passion is hugging trees with his daughter, Savannah.

 

Carolyn Ellis

Award-Winning Coach and Leadership Trainer, Brilliance Mastery

Carolyn Ellis is the founder of BrillianceMastery.com and helps her clients successfully lead change, innovation and growth. Carolyn is like a modern-day cartographer, helping her clients navigate the challenges they face and uncover the best paths to getting the results they want. Whether as a visual facilitator, speaker, trainer or graphic recorder, Carolyn specializes in helping decision-makers and organizations access creativity, improve engagement, clarify communication and strategic vision, and develop high-performing teams. Combining her Harvard-trained brain, deep listening skills and great sense of humour, Carolyn offers clear insight and practical tools that can be applied right away to make positive change. Her next book, “Savvy Solutions: How to Work Visually, Align Teams, and Accelerate Results”, will be published in 2018.

Maria Gamb

CEO, NMS Communications LLC

Maria Gamb is Founder and CEO of the coaching and training company NMS Communications focusing on creating powerful leadership and happy, healthy organizations that thrive.

As a former Executive, she spent more than twenty years in corporate America directing and managing successful businesses valued in excess of $100 million. Her global experiences lead her to write the Amazon best selling book “Healing the Corporate World”, one of the few women to rank in the top 10 of the business leadership category. Her latest writing project, “Values-Based Leadership for Dummies,”™ with academic publishing powerhouse John Wiley & Sons launches May 2018.

Direct, to the point with a healthy dose of humor: Maria is a sought-after speaker, trainer and retreat leader on the topics of value-based leadership, gender and team communication dynamics. She has worked with executives and groups from Capital One, Oppenheimer Funds, the Jamaican Government, Raymond James, Astra Zeneca, Mid-Atlantic Permanente, Kronos Incorporated, Women’s Health Business Association and Women’s MBA International. Additionally, she has partnered with Colonial Voluntary Benefits as a Development Partner bringing much needed critical illness benefits to corporations.

Maria has been a contributor for Forbes magazine addressing leadership.  She has been featured in Inc Magazine, Time Magazine, Wall Street Radio Network. She is a member of the Women’s MBA International (WMBAI) association and the United Nations Association of New York (UNA – NY).

Maria lives in Brooklyn, NY with her charming husband and three rambunctious kittens. She is passionate about cooking, traveling and exploring the world.

Valeri Hall Little

The Business Architect, intandem business efficiency

Valeri Hall Little is The Business Architect who helps service providers design a business that’s Built to Soar™, so they can get more done without waiving weekends. She shows entrepreneurs how to use systematization, optimization, automation, and repeatable processes to do less of the work they have to and more of the work they want to.

Valeri works with entrepreneurs who are motivated to build a business that’s bigger than themselves. She inspires them to shift from the solopreneur mindset to the CEO mindset, so they can (finally!) rise above the daily grind.

Her clients learn how to implement simple, sustainable, and automated processes that pull them out of the operational weeds, so they can make their profits, productivity, and people SOAR.

Deborah Jann

Founder & Chief Experience Officer, Roll Out Innovation

As Founder and Chief Experience Officer at Roll Out Innovation, Deborah draws on 20+ years of experience in adult education, creative problem solving, sales & marketing, entrepreneurship and management consulting. She is a graduate of the Queen’s Innovation and Design Thinking Program and is recognized by the Creative Education Foundation as a Master Facilitator of Creative Problem Solving, innovation and team building. She is dedicated to influencing workplace culture by building on her experience in business and her passion for innovation to contribute further to the national dialogue on Building a Creative and Entrepreneurial Canada.

Deborah has achieved market success as a business owner in the transportation and adult education
industries. As a principal in management consulting, she’s helped numerous clients win impressive sales,
awards and reputations. She is also certified on psychometric assessments and The Confident Coach™, an ICF-accredited coaching program.

A popular presenter, Deborah has spoken at the national conferences of the Municipal Innovators Community, Institute for Performance and Learning, Retail Council of Canada, Creative Problem Solving Institute, Mindcamp, The North West Company, Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) and Women in Leadership and Business.

Cher Jones

Social Media Trainer, Socially Active

Cher Jones is a Corporate Social Media Trainer & Personal Branding Coach with the love of technology hardwired into her personality. She leverages over 18 years of PR, marketing and broadcasting experience when teaching entrepreneurs and professionals how to effectively get online and develop powerful personal brands for business. She has worked internationally with a wide variety of organizations including the City of Toronto, Hong Kong Police, PokerStars, NBA TV Canada, Rogers, UK Trade and Investment, Emirates Steel, The Ontario Ministry of Education and CBC to name a few.
 

Cherolyn Knapp

Nelson, Watson LLP

Cherolyn Knapp is a partner at the law firms of Nelson, Watson LLP in Guelph, Ontario and Wolfe, Smith & Forster LLP in Fergus. Before becoming a lawyer, Cherolyn worked in human resources, non-profit and business management roles, after which Cherolyn entered law school at the University of Ottawa and graduated cum laude in 2003.

Cherolyn’s litigation practice includes employment, human rights, commercial, estates, property, breach of contract, construction and family disputes. A passionate problem-solver, Cherolyn assists clients to resolve disputes through negotiation and mediation where possible.

Cherolyn is president of the Wellington Law Association 2016-2018, a peer volunteer with Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington, and a member of various steering committees related to equality for equity seeking groups. She is a dynamic public speaker and is frequently invited to present on the topic of women and negotiation.

Leanne Nicolle

Leanne Nicolle

Founder, Ubuntu Marketing

Leanne Nicolle, idea generator, humanity advocate and globally minded social innovator left her private sector marketing executive career to dedicate her life to helping girls around the world and social impact initiatives.  Leanne has a passion for human development and has worked in the social space for UNICEF, Plan Canada and as the founder of girl !mpact. In 2010, she joined the team at Plan Canada as the Director of Corporate Development and Youth Engagement to work primarily on the domestic and global platform for girls’ issues and rights through the Because I am a Girl initiative.

Most recently, Leanne continued her journey in the social space as the Executive Director of the Canadian Olympic Foundation.  Through her work with amateur athletes on the global stage, she is personally invested in ensuring girls stay in sport and that marginalized youth have access to achieving their athletic dreams.  After Rio in 2016, Leanne decided to expand her reach and re-established her consultancy, Ubuntu Marketing, a collective putting organizations in touch with humanity.  Currently, Leanne is the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto where she is thriving in her role as leader and mentor.  BBBST is an organization entirely dedicated to empowering children and youth to reach their potential and break the cycle of poverty through mentorship.

Mother of 2 teenagers, Leanne lives with her husband in Toronto.

Rod Sigurdson

Rod Sigurdson

Owner, BrickInSight

Rod Sigurdson, owner of BrickInSight, has spent his career finding innovative ways of combining joy with problem solving. That might be a lasertag and brainstorming session, an Executive Lego and Visioning retreat, or a wine, cheese and process mapping party. Certified in the science of Lego Serious Play, Rod will bring his unique approach to WILB to teach each of us to "Think with our Hands".

 

 

Brady Wilson

Founding Partner, Juice Inc

Brady Wilson has a vision: organizations that pulsate with creative, innovative energy. As the founder of Juice Inc., Brady functions as a human energy architect, working with leaders to build the conditions in which innovation, value creation and unforgettable customer experiences can fl­ourish.

For 20 years, Brady has inspired some of the world’s largest Fortune 500 companies to consider the possibilities beyond traditional HR strategies; unlock latent organizational energy and harness employees’ potential to go above and beyond the call of duty. He has had the privilege of partnering with many notable companies including American Express, BMO, Co-operators, Loblaw and YUM! Brands.

Brady is the author of four books dedicated to improving employee performance and business results: The Power of Conversation, Love at Work, Finding the Sticking Point and his most recent book Beyond Engagement.

An animated and intensely pragmatic keynote speaker, Brady shares practical tools and the know how to help business leaders step into life’s grittiest tensions: creating an audience experience that moves concepts from theory to application.

Brady’s passion for energy compels keynote audiences to not only get involved in the presentation, but carry their excitement away with them, inspired to create a sustained approach to positive change—and better business results.