Todd Brand, M.A., PRP is the founder of Todd Brand Consulting. Todd's background and training in organizational leadership span over twenty-five years. Todd currently serves on the Board of Trustees of one of Canada's fastest-growing school divisions. His education and wide experience cover many unique organizations and come together in his ability to coach, lead and train others for organizational effectiveness. As an expert in meeting rules, Todd provides parliamentary services and consultation for organizations. Todd resides in Airdrie, Alberta.
Debi Wilcox is a highly experienced meeting management professional, a seasoned coach with her in-the-trenches business experience as a public sector executive and Professional Registered Parliamentarian. She is a regarded consultant/trainer who is an expert in meeting management, e-agenda change management, board orientation/efficiencies, effective minute taking and Robert’s Rules of Order. As a Parliamentary advisor and coach, she works with her clients to help identify their needs and determine the board efficiencies, training and change management required. Her unique, practical and powerful expertise make her easy to talk to and she has a way of demystifying complicated meeting processes and rules. She holds a Masters of Public Administration, an Executive Masters in Municipal Management, Diploma in Public Administration and is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian, Certified Municipal Officer, Certified Municipal Manager and Certified Life + Transformation Coach.
Warren Weeks sold his first newspaper to his grandmother at the age of five. He was Wayne Gretzky’s PR handler for a day in 1998. In 2010, he started the viral social media campaign to get former NHL coach Pat Burns into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Today, he’s Canada’s most in-demand media and communications coach, working with companies like Shopify, Gymshark, KPMG, Manulife and hundreds of others.
Career Coach and Senior Leadership Development Consultant accredited by both the Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada. Closing speaker of TEDx Concordia 2017 “Motivation BeyondMoney” and Author of “Happy People Work Harder.” Garen's primary focus and mission is to improve life at work. Developing leadership competencies, engaging the workforce and driving performance, Garen leverages his background in business management and coaching expertise to bring the absolute best out of his clients. His background is highlighted by more than 15 years in entrepreneurship, business startups and management. Garen has worked as an employee, as a manager and as an employer. This varied experience allows him to provide his clients with different lenses. This wide perspective along with deep listening skills and empathy allows him to collaborate with clients to drive results and success.
An accomplished speaker and facilitator, Erin’s particular expertise are in the business of the membership association. In over a decade of working with membership organizations, Erin has observed that the not-for-profit organization is a business and must be operated in a business-oriented manner to be sustainable.
Victoria Prince is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She currently is the National Leader of the Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Group. Victoria has had several leadership roles, including on the Toronto management committee. Victoria provides general counsel to her clients in the for-profit and not-for-profit and charity sector on a wide range of issues. Victoria is an enthusiastic supporter of the not-for-profit sector and feels privileged to have the opportunity to work with the sector. She also is able to call on the expertise of colleagues practicing in other areas, such as real estate, intellectual property, employment, litigation, construction, procurement, and IT. Victoria is actively involved in the charity and not-for-profit world. She is a volunteer director of the Kids Up Front (Toronto) Foundation, The Hammer Band: From Violins to Violence and TheBLG Foundation. She is on the executive of the Charities and Not-for-Profit law section committees for both the Ontario and the Canada Bar Associations.
David Kurt is a Broker Owner of Lake City Realty Ltd., in Sudbury Ontario. He has been involved at a volunteer capacity at alllevels of real estate including; president of his local board, director at OREA and volunteer on CREA committees.
Amie is a 3rd generation REALTOR®, broker and business partner at Erie’s Edge Real Estate Ltd Port Dover, Ontario, inauguralchair of OREA’s YPN, Past President (Simcoe & Dist. R.E. Board) & Past Chair (ORTIS). Amie carries both her Accredited BuyerRepresentative & Seller Rep. Specialist designations.
Laura Leyser is no stranger to the real estate profession. As Past President of the Ontario Real Estate Association and the Canadian Real Estate Association, she continues to take an active role to represent the industry on boards and committees across North America. As a Certified Instructor & Facilitator, Laura presents in a high-energy real-life format through-out Canada and the U.S.A. She candidly shares her many experiences first hand during her presentations. Her involvement in a variety of civic and charitable organizations has allowed her the break often needed when working full-time in real estate.
Paul Feuer, CREA Senior Competition Counsel, provides legal advice to CREA and its member boards and associations, primarily on competition, consumer protection, and misleading advertising issues. Paul also conducts presentations for boards, associations, and REALTORS® on the basics of competition law compliance.
Matthew Ferrara has a degree in philosophy, is a photographer, writer and professional speaker. He has spent the last 28 years travelling the world teaching others how to grow their careers and lives through creativity, innovation and leadership and he is an advisor to organizations in 49 states and 16 countries.
Laura has built two highly respected firms that respectively provide proactive HR law and HR consulting advice designed to minimize workplace law challenges, maximize employee engagement and boost bottom-line performance. Laura is also a seasoned workplace investigator, routinely engaged to conduct complex workplace investigations, and is recognized for specific expertise in investigations related to equity, diversity and inclusion. As a professional speaker, Laura regularly delivers keynote talks on topics relevant to entrepreneurs, business leaders, HR professionals and lawyers. Laura has recently launched a podcast for business leaders and HR Professionals called, We ThriveForward–Conversations with Laura Williams which is available on all major platforms.
Juanita Gledhill is an award-winning Human Resources (HR) professional providing public, private and broader public sector organizations with strategic and operational business solutions to improve organizational effectiveness. Her experience includes operational and executive leadership in not for profit organizations, private sector technology firms, and community social and health services. As Principal of MCC Group Inc., founded in 2002, Juanita has provided a full range of services including strategic business planning and leadership development. A skilled facilitator and accomplished public speaker, Juanita has delivered workshops and education sessions for staff, management and boards of directors on a wide range of subjects related to Human Resources, Leadership Skills, Strategic Planning, and Governance Practices. She is adept at bringing the lens of the client to her work. She is able to effectively engage people in one on one conversation and in large group settings maintaining focus and energy to achieve desired outcomes.
Gary holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University. He has been recognized as one of the top 50 most influential leaders in real estate in North America and helped CREA receive gold certification from Excellence Canada. Prior to his role leading CREA, Gary ran a successful consulting practice where he assisted organizations to build practical strategic plans, strong leadership teams and confident boards of directors. His work and consulting experience span a broad range of industries and organizational settings. Having hands-on experience he brings a thoughtful, practical and insightful approach to Board leadership, governance, planning, and issue management. He has facilitated and led many strategic planning sessions, Board orientations and governance reviews. At a volunteer level, he has been and is actively engaged in community, civic and charity-based organizations. It reflects his strong belief that, whether at work or at home, we all have a responsibility to contribute to making our communities better places.
In addition to being a leader in corporate learning and development, Marion has extensive experience in board governance working with not-for-profit boards across the provinces as a consultant, coach and facilitator. She is called on to deliver classroom training sessions and conference presentations and designed training based on gamification theory for board directors. Marion has also ‘sat at the board table’ serving as an elected trustee for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, as a board member with the Board of Governors for St. Jerome’s University, and is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener.
Bill obtained his Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa and has been practising law for the last 40 years. He was a litigator for 14 years before joining The Canadian Real Estate Association in 1993. In his role as General Counsel with CREA, he provided advice, opinion and support on a wide range of legal issues to the CEO, the executive, the Board of Directors, and real estate Boards and Associations across Canada. He has extensive experience in corporate and governance issues, organizational ethics, and the drafting and interpretation of bylaws, rules and policies. Now retired from the practice of law, Bill provides governance support to the TNG leadership group. With his philosophy that you shouldn’t take anything too seriously, Bill’s presentations are engaging, entertaining and easy to grasp.
Content and activities for L300: Enhancing Leadership Skills
Content and activities for L301: Member-Focused Leadership
Content and activities for L401: Laying the Groundwork for Success
Content and activities for L402: Taking the Reins
Personal resource for identifying how you want to apply what you’ve learned
Presiding Like a Pro resource on how to handle motions using Robert’s Rules of Order
Presiding Like a Pro resource on how to handle amendments using Robert’s Rules of Order
Presiding Like a Pro resource for using at meetings to help maintain orderly discussions
A step-by-step worksheet to help association decision-makers exercise diligence on major planning decisions and on urgent and important decisions.