November 8 - 9, 2017
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Toronto

Conference Highlight Video



The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney

Canada's 18th Prime Minister | Speaker | Writer | Lawyer

In September 1984, Brian Mulroney led the Progressive Conservative party to the largest victory in Canadian history, becoming Canada’s eighteenth Prime Minister.

He was re-elected with a majority government four years later thereby becoming the first Canadian Prime Minister in 35 years to win successive majority governments and the first Conservative Prime Minister to do so in 100 years. He resigned in June 1993, having served almost 9 years as Prime Minister.

His government introduced bold new initiatives such as the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Canada-U.S. Acid Rain Treaty. Mulroney’s government also introduced a series of privatizations, a low inflation policy, historic tax reform, extensive deregulation and expenditure reduction policies that
continue to be the basis of Canada’s impressive economic performance today.

Mulroney was born in Baie Comeau, Quebec in 1939, one of six children. His father, Benedict, was an electrician with the Quebec North Shore Paper Company. He graduated from St. Thomas College High School, Chatham, N.B., received his honors undergraduate degree from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, N.S., and a law degree from Université
Lavalin Quebec City.

Mulroney has been awarded Canada’s highest honour, Companion of the Order of Canada, has been made a Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, and has also been honoured with the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo of South Africa. He has received honorary degrees and awards from universities and governments at home and abroad.

In 2000, the McGill University North American Studies Institute determined that Mulroney had the best economic record of any Prime Minister since World War II. In 2003, the Institute for Research on Public Policy placed Mulroney 2nd in a ranking of the best prime ministers of the previous 50 years. In 2006, a panel of Canada’s leading environmental groups determined that Mulroney was “The Greenest Prime Minister in history.” In 2007, Mulroney’s autobiography, Memoirs, became Canada’s #1 national best seller and was described by the Ottawa Citizen as “the finest and most comprehensive memoir of any Prime Minister in Canadian history”. In 2009, a survey conducted by The Hill Times selected Mulroney as “the most admired” former Prime Minister of Canada.

In 1973, he married Mila Pivnicki and they have four children: Caroline (1974), Benedict (1976), Mark (1979) and Nicolas (1985).

They reside in Westmount, Quebec.

Jonny Harris

Star of CBC's Murdoch Mysteries | Still Standing

Jonathan “Jonny” Harris (born September 22, 1975) is a Canadian actor and comedian from Newfoundland and Labrador. Harris is best known for his roles in the television series Murdoch Mysteries as Constable Crabtree, Still Standing and Hatching, Matching and Dispatching.

Dr. Marla Shapiro

Medical Contributor to CTV's CanadaAM and CTVNews

Well-known medical contributor Dr. Marla Shapiro brings the latest medical news and health stories to viewers every week as the medical contributor to CTV’s Canada AM and CTV News as well as W5.

Dr. Shapiro completed medical school at McGill University and trained at the University of Toronto for her Masters of Health Science. She concluded her specialty training in Community Medicine, receiving her Fellowship in Preventive Medicine and Public Health from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and is currently a Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

In addition to her weekly appearances on Canada AM, Dr. Shapiro is seen on CTV NewsChannel and is the medical consultant on CTV’s National News. She wass the host of Dr. Marla and Friends and hosted Balance: Television for Living Well. She writes her weekly blog for CTV. She is the founding editor of Parents Canada, where she also writes a regular “Ask Dr. Marla” column, and is also the author of the bestselling book, Life in the Balance: My Journey with Breast Cancer.

In 2015, Dr. Shapiro was named a Member of the Order of Canada for her contributions as a family physician and trusted source of health information. One of Canada’s highest civilian honours, the Order of Canada recognises outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation.

Dr. Mary Donohue

Communications Expert

Social scientist and communication expert Dr. Mary E. Donohue uses her extraordinary knack for understanding generations to help her clients with everything from understanding their boss to making sense of what their parents and kids say.

Dr. Mary s a cancer survivor who worked with Paul Newman, learned from Robert Kennedy, Jr., made her movie debut with former Toronto mayor David Miller, and was briefly (very briefly) a Supreme with Diana Ross. Named as one of the 18 Outstanding Women In Tech, and Diversity MBA’s top 50 under 50, Dr. Donohue is a passionate advocate of revolutionizing today’s workforce training through technology and developing internal talent. Her book with Jack Canfield became a bestseller on Amazon in the both the US and Canada.

She is CEO of Donohue Learning™, and her clients include Walmart, American Airlines, TD Bank, Kaiser Permanente, OLG, and many other private and public organizations. Dr. Mary is a world-renowned speaker and TEDX presenter, television personality and columnist. Her work appears in the Huffington Post and Financial Post. She has won awards for her volunteerism and research and continues to give back daily to her community both domestically and internationally.

Dr. Donohue is also an Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Management, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Ron Tite

Branding and Creativity Expert

Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations each and every time he takes the stage. Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, he’s been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of the world’s most respected brands, including Air France, Evian, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, and Volvo. Addressing a variety of topics surrounding branding, corporate strategy, creativity, content, and social media, Tite’s presentations are not only information-packed, they’re also infused with his unique humour–guaranteed to have you laughing while you learn.

Currently, Tite is CEO of The Tite Group, a content marketing agency based in Toronto. His work has been recognized by The London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals of Advertising, The Crystals, The Extras, The Canadian Marketing Association, and The Marketing Awards, to name just a few.

Tite is also executive producer and host of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning show Monkey Toast, and publisher of the award-winning and bestselling humour book, This is That Travel Guide to Canada, with CBC Radio’s hit show, This is That. He has written for a number of other television series, penned a children’s book, and wrote, performed, and produced the play, The Canadian Baby Bonus.

His newest book, Everyone’s An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be), was published by HarperCollins in 2016.

Gabe Zichermann

Expert on Gamification

Gabe Zichermann is the world’s foremost expert and public speaker on the subject of gamification, user engagement and behavioral design and CEO/co-founder of addiction recovery startup Onward. Zichermann is the author of The Gamification Revolution (McGraw Hill, 2013), Gamification by Design (2011) and Game-Based Marketing (2010), as well as the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the industry’s primary publication, In addition, Gabe helped co-design live-event gamification platform Livecube and co-founded strategy/design consultancy Dopamine where he works with leading brands to drive customer and employee engagement. Zichermann’s talks, workshops, books and courses have inspired an entire generation of marketers, customer loyalty experts, HR professionals, strategists and product designers to make the world a more fun and engaging place.

Garry Watanabe

Performance Coach

Garry Watanabe is a lawyer, an instructor at Queen’s Smith School of Business, an inspirational speaker, and holds a Masters Degree in Sport Psychology. Most of all, whether he’s on the pool deck, in the classroom, or at the lectern, Garry is the consummate coach.

Garry spent the first five years of his career as a corporate lawyer before a passion for coaching led him to leave the legal profession and obtain his Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology. He spent the next ten years as a national level swim coach, directing programs at Carleton University and in Southern California—the most competitive swimming
environment in North America.

Looking to combine his business experience with his coaching background he joined Performance Coaching in 2002. Since then, he has helped thousands of managers apply the principles of coaching and high performance in their professional and personal lives—working with Senior Executives and front-line managers alike across numerous industries and geographies, and teaching at Queen’s Smith School of Business.

In addition to his work in the corporate arena, Garry continues to prepare elite athletes and coaches for competition. He works with skaters at the Mariposa International Training Centre, and is the architect of Coach To Leader, a 12-month leadership journey for National Team coaches delivered in partnership with the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario.

Finally, Garry is a key player in our work with Right To Play—where he has adapted a Coaching for High Performance program to meet the needs of 15,000 volunteer coaches, and traveled to Rwanda to roll the program out to internal RTP facilitators.