Still haven’t completed your registration? Looking for some dynamic sessions to attend? Consider some of the Early Bird and Super Sessions! These sessions highlight some of the most engaging, entertaining and informative speakers in the industry, sharing thought leadership on some of the most pressing HR and business topics of the day. You don’t want to miss these! 

FEB 1st

Leadership Tools for Team Excellence

FEB 1, 7-8 AM

Dr. Ivan Joseph

  • Currently the Director of Athletics at Ryerson University, Dr. Joseph is an award-winning coach who knows how to transform a culture for optimal performance.
  • While serving as a professor and soccer coach at Graceland University, he lead both the men’s and women’s teams to a #1 national ranking, and the men’s team to a national championship.
  • In this session, explore the 4 key tools for team excellence and learn tips to help lead your team to achieve a higher level of performance.


Employer Do’s and Don’ts in Responding to a Union Organizing Drive

FEB 1, 10-11 AM


  • Julie specializes in management labour and employment law.
  • Acting for both private and public sector clients, she has been involved in all aspects of collective bargaining and in the enforcement and administration of collective agreements.
  • In this session, learn how to respond to a potential union drive in the workplace.



  • Brandin advises management in all areas of workplace law, including the administration of collective agreements, employee discipline and dismissal, provincial employment standards, and drafting contracts and policies.
  • He is also an instructor for Osgoode Hall Law School’s Lawyer as Negotiator course.
  • In this session, learn how to respond to a potential union drive in the workplace.


For Your Own Good: Persuasion for Fun and Profit

FEB 1, 10-11 AM


  • Julian has over three decades of experience leading and managing teams and organizations ranging in size from a few individuals to thousands.
  • He is also one of the world’s select few Master Trainers for Effective Intelligence™.
  • In this session, learn a robust and easy-to-use, eight-step persuasion and influence process.


Thriving in the Age of Distraction

FEB 1, 3-4 PM


  • Curtis has spent years studying the impact of tech on human behavior. As a business owner, entrepreneur, and founder of FocusWise, he sees how lack of focus impacts today’s workplace and its leaders.
  • In this session, learn how to help your workforce win the battle against digital distractions.

FEB 2nd

Connecting the Leaders of Today with the Leaders of Tomorrow

FEB 2, 7-8 AM


  • He’s the founder of, the world’s largest peer-to-peer mentoring service.
  • He has twice been recognized as a Marketing Magazine Top 30 Entrepreneur Under 30.
  • He is actively involved as a mentor, board member, and social entrepreneur in numerous youth, innovation, and marketing organizations including the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), CivicAction, Cannes Lions Young Marketers, Trans Canada Trail, and the Institute of Communications Agencies (ICA), among others.


Speak Up and Stand Out: How to Structure your Presentations, Master your Fears, Captivate your Audience, and Be Outstanding

FEB 2, 7-8 AM


  • A presentation skills and public speaking strategist, executive speech coach and keynote speaker, Suzannah helps entrepreneurs, business professionals and experts unleash their ultimate speaking potential.
  • With more than 10 years of experience in the public speaking field, Suzannah teaches both new and experienced speakers a unique step-by-step formula for creating structured, engaging and compelling presentations.
  • In this session, discover how to connect and engage with your audience so that they’re hanging onto your every word.


Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?

FEB 2, 10:30-11:30 AM


  • Timothy is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.
  • An unrivalled communicator, he debunks myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector.
  • In this session, learn about common health myths and get practical, evidence-based, recommendations on living a healthy lifestyle.


Employee Experience: Creating an Organization where People Want to Show Up, Not Need to Show Up

FEB 2, 10:30-11:30 AM


  • Jacob Morgan is one of the world’s leading authorities on the future of work, employee experience, and how the workplace is changing.
  • He is also the co-founder of The Future of Work Community, a global innovation council of the world’s most forward-thinking organizations exploring the new world of work.
  • In this session, hear what some of the world’s most forward thinking companies are doing to create meaningful employee experiences.


Peak Performance in Unforgiving Climates, Changing Industries & Unstable Markets

FEB 2, 3-4 PM


  • Sébastien Sasseville was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Faced with this health obstacle, he vowed that his condition would never keep him from living life to the fullest.
  • He has reached the summit of Mount Everest, finished 6 Ironman triathlons, and completed the mythical Sahara Race, a 250-kilometre ultra marathon in the harshest desert on the planet.
  • In this session, explore the mechanics of peak performance, how to create it, maintain it and transmit this desire for excellence to all team members.



Be a Career Champion: Training to Win on the Bad Days Too

FEB 3, 7-8 AM


  • Marnie McBean is one of Canada’s most decorated Olympians, and an expert in turning potential into performance.
  • As a former Specialist in Olympic Athlete Preparation and Mentoring for the Canadian Olympic Committee, she prepared athletes emotionally and psychologically to ensure that they performed at the highest level.
  • In this session, learn how to minimize the difference between your bad days and your great days.


Talent Identification in the Digital World

FEB 3, 7-8 AM


  • Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is an international authority in psychological profiling, talent management, and people analytics.
  • He has has published eight books and over 120 scientific papers making him one of the most prolific social scientists of his generation.
  • In this session, examine the comparative accuracy and user-experience of old and new talent management and identification tools.


Leading with Grit, Passion & People: Evolve or Die

FEB 3, 11-12 PM


  • Michael Hyatt is a serial entrepreneur, active investor and the executive chairman of Bluecat, one of Canada’s most successful private software companies.
  • He is also a weekly business commentator on CBC’s “The Exchange,” CBC’s “Business Panel” and a Dragon on CBC’s “Dragons’ Den – Next Gen Den.”
  • In this session, learn how to identify what employees really want and bring it to life in your organization.


Disruptive Technologies and Business Opportunity

FEB 3, 11-12 PM


  • Alex Tapscott is a globally recognized thought-leader, speaker and writer focused on the impact of emerging technologies on business, society and government.
  • He is also the co-author of the critically acclaimed #1 Globe and Mail Non-fiction best-seller, “Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money Business and the World.”
  • In this session, learn about blockchain’s transformative capabilities, its potential applications in global finance, government, healthcare, education, as well as its promise for the start-up world.