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Sonia Jhas is an award-winning mindset and wellness expert featured globally in traditional broadcast, print and digital media. She has been recognized as a top wellness influencer and power woman making waves in her industry year after year. With a huge following of over half a million social media fans, Jhas is one of the leading voices in wellness. She is currently working on her highly anticipated first book. For more information, visit www.soniajhas.com
Jennifer is a recovering corporate executive, Keynote Speaker, Facilitator, Emcee, Moderator and Trainer who works with leaders, teams, and organizations to help them solve problems, plan strategically and make innovation and creativity a reality in their workplace. Her UnScripted philosophy and approach, which includes being able to challenge assumptions and the status quo, being able to let go of the scripts of the past, in order to take advantage of change, allows her to work successfully in organizations currently experiencing change to, not only learn to adapt to change, but to drive change in order to innovate and grow.
Prior to starting Clean Slate, Jennifer was Vice President of both Human Resources and Marketing for a national retailer and understands the importance of both employee and customer engagement. As a graduate of both Ivey’s Executive MBA program and Second City, Jennifer operates where the business and creative worlds collide. Jennifer is a certified Facilitator and Trainer in Creative Problem Solving and is certified in the Basadur Creative Problem-solving Profile and is a Certified Professional Innovation Advisor. Jennifer has worked with diverse groups including the Alberta Real Estate Association, the Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board, Sutton Quantam Realty, CSAE, BMO and NASA.
Jennifer is a guest lecturer at the Ted Rogers School of Management and is a member of the International Association of Facilitators, the Global Speakers Federation, the Canadian Society for Association Executives, the Human Resources Professional Association, and the Applied Improvisation Network. Jennifer sits on the Board of Directors for Meetings Mean Business Canada and on the National Board of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Jennifer is a contributor to Forbes and is the Author of the upcoming book “UnScripted”.
Our passion to understand violence for the protection of others has provided us the gift of helping many people. Being trained and certified as Core Professionals with SAFE International, the World’s Leader in Violence Education, we have had the privilege of training Professional Realtors across Ontario and Western Canada and into parts of the United States through a reality training workshop called Realtor Self Protection & Strategies to Avoid Violence.
We specialize in awareness and the understanding of violence, with De-Escalation Tactics being our main focus, however we also know that 6% of Canadian Realtors will or have faced Anti- Social Violence encounters. Due to this alarming number, we also specialize in a form of Self Defence referred to as Pure & Applied Debilitation Training. We have trained children as young as 7 to adults in their early 80’s, and we look forward to seeing and meeting you at the Executive Officers’ Summit, where we will discuss a topic we call Asocial Violence
Dr. Michael Parent is a recognized expert on Corporate Governance in Canada, with a focus on cybersecurity and IT governance. He has been an academic for over 25 years and is currently a Professor at the Segal Graduate
School, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Michael is an experienced executive educator and has taught programs for the federal and provincial governments in Canada and the US, Crown Corporations, and over 100 public and private, for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He is the Academic Director for the Vancouver cohort of the
Directors’ Education Programs for Canada’s Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), co-Academic Director for the Montréal cohort, Founding Academic Director of the Ottawa cohort, and teaches the IT and Cybersecurity Risk Oversight module nationally.
Author, Communicator, Collaborator
For every association and its unique goals and challenges, Melynn often sees a common denominator in her work – connecting and unifying people through clear and open communications. With an intentional blend of brains, heart, guts and energy she works with association leaders to develop approaches to help them reach their goals – both the strategic ones and the tactical ones.
In her book Breakthrough Value – Discover Your One of a Kind Value Proposition, Melynn helps leaders, their board and staffs move from an internal focus on the organization’s strengths to a focus on member value from the outside-in. This often results is a change of perspective, a shift in planning and execution, and a renewed focus on what’s most important to the member.
Melynn is a seasoned sales and marketing executive who got a taste for creating and deploying integrated marketing programs at Xerox Corporation. She combines the best marketing communication strategies from 22 years in corporate marketing and 15 years in association marketing. She partners with Executive Officers like you to make positive change.
Public speaking and communication expert Lauren Sergy has helped thousands of people become more effective leaders by developing critical communication skills such as persuasion, presentation, and executive presence. She has worked with clients and audiences in Canada, the US, the UK, and Europe including KPMG, T-Mobile, Grant Thornton, the University of Alberta, Hypertension Canada, and many more. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a certificate in Management Development. Her book, The Handy Communication Answer Book, was featured on Library Journal’s Best Reference Books of 2017 list. Lauren teaches business communication courses at the University of Alberta and frequently guest lectures at other post-secondary institutions. You can learn more about her work at https://LaurenSergy.com.
Tom (TJ) Abbott, CSP™ is the co-founder and CEO of AMC NPO Solutions and an authority on Governance. He has over 25 years of experience as CEO, President and board director of several not-for-profit organizations. He is also a Certified Speaking Professional™, a designation held by 1.5% of speakers globally.
Leonard Brody is a business and technology visionary. He has been recently named one of the top 30 up-and-coming management thinkers in the world, Leonard Brody is known as “a leader of the new world order”. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, venture capitalist, bestselling author, and a two-time Emmy-nominated media visionary. In his compelling, customized talks — for clients ranging from the United Nations to Visa and Pepsi — Leonard addresses the rapid pace of change, innovation, and disruption facing us all, and what to do about it. Will discuss historical cycles over the past 350 years that demonstrate how things post Covid-19 will shake out. Will learn about key behavioural shifts that will remain after the pandemic and what changes are likely to be only temporary.
Jane is driven to help organizations and leaders achieve their goals. By leveraging her experience as a board member, chartered accountant, regulator, entrepreneur, and her passion for leadership development, Jane brings a breadth of experience to individuals and teams she works with.
Halford Consulting Inc. serves boards and CEOs to accelerate performance and improve the success of their incoming leader. She also speaks and teaches on governance, leadership, and executive transitions.
Jane is an active board member of Farm Credit Canada (Chair), Alpha Phenomics (Chair), United Way (Past Chair), Delta Genomics Centre, Institute of Corporate Directors Edmonton Chapter (Past Chair), and Sawridge Group of Companies.
Graham is a sought-after facilitator and executive coach and has been with HORN since 2006. Graham is a charismatic and compelling public speaker who inspires audiences through passion, knowledge, and personal experience. He brings to the learning environment a successful track record in senior leadership, particularly in Marketing, Sales and Strategy.
Prior to joining the firm, he accumulated over fifteen years’ experience working with companies in Canada and globally, including Labatt Breweries, Pfizer, Adams Brands and Cadbury Schweppes.
Graham is also a seasoned executive coach. Graham has helped senior executives identify what holds them back in order to build a specific path toward achieving their personal and professional potential. He also coaches athletes in pursuit of achieving their potential.
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.
An accomplished speaker and facilitator, Erin’s particular expertise is 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.
David Kurt is a Broker Owner of Lake City Realty Ltd., in Sudbury Ontario. He has been involved at a volunteer capacity at all levels 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, inaugural chair 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.
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.
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.
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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.