Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

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  • Receive innovative and superior Canadian-focused education
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  • Connect with Canadian industry decision-makers
  • Learn about the latest technology trends to increase efficiency and productivity
    within your organization
  • Create lasting connections in a smaller, more intimate environment

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2016 Keynotes

Allan Hawco
Master of Ceremonies
Sponsored by Destination St. John’s
Allan Hawco, Star, Republic of Doyle  

Allan Hawco is a renaissance man. The creator, writer, executive producer and star of television’s hit show, Republic of Doyle, he is also the executive producer and star of the upcoming program Frontier, a Netflix original series, and the executive producer, show runner, and star of the upcoming series, Caught. In addition, Allan is frequently seen in feature films, other television programs, and on stage. Most known for his work on Republic of Doyle, Allan  has a number of other television and film credits to his name including Book Of Negroes, Hyena Road, Love and Savagery, ZOS, Richard Attenborough’s Closing the Ring and many more.  On stage, Allan has maintained his roots in the theatre as the co-founder and co-artistic director-producer of The Company Theatre, where he garnered rave reviews as the lead in many of the Company’s productions including Tom Murphy’s Whistle in the Dark, Tomas Vinterberg/David Eldridge’s Festen, and Amy Hetzog’s Belleville. Allan’s major accolades include awards such as the Gascon Thomas Award from the National Theatre School; the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Canadian Television Hall of Fame; multiple Gemini nominations for Republic of Doyle; and various nominations for his work as an actor throughout his career.

Sunday, November 20th

Dr. Greg Wells

Opening Ceremonies with Keynote Speaker
Sponsored by National Speakers Bureau
Dr. Greg Wells

Living a World-Class Life: How to Overcome Obstacles & Follow Your Dreams
In this high-content and inspiring keynote presentation by Dr. Greg Wells, participants will learn the strategies that elite performers use to lead a world class life. Drawing on his experiences at the Olympic Games and from his own adventures cycling 8000km across Africa, running marathons 600km north of the Arctic circle, and recovering from a broken neck and neurosurgery, Dr. Wells highlights the best-practices that everyone can use to achieve their dreams. As a scientist, broadcaster, author, coach and athlete, Dr. Greg Wells has dedicated his career to understanding human performance and how the human body responds to extreme conditions. Dr. Wells is an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Toronto where he studies elite sport performance. He also serves as an associate scientist of physiology and experimental medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children where he leads the Exercise Medicine Research Program. There, he and his team explore how to use exercise to prevent, diagnose and treat chronic illnesses in children. Previously, he served as the director of sport science at the Canadian Sport Institute, and taught elite sport coaches at the National Coaching Institute.

Monday, November 21st

Once again the CIC planning committee is offering you a new approach to keynotes.  Join us in the morning general session where this year we offer you a taste of four awesome keynote presentations.  Four great speakers each giving a mini version or taste, if you will, of what their full keynote sessions include.  After the morning break you can then from among the four which one best suits your needs as each of them will then deliver their full keynote for your edification and enjoyment.

Preet Banerjee
Preet Banerjee 
Personal Finance Expert | Host of Million Dollar Neighbourhood
Sponsored by Speakers’ Spotlight

Behavioural Finance: Why We Are Hard-Wired To Make Bad Money Decisions
Making better financial decisions can lower stress and increase productivity both at home and at work. Bringing together his background in neuroscience, money, and even cars, Preet Banerjee explains how the human brain is hard-wired to make bad decisions about money, and what you can do about it. When you think of a neuroscientist, an author, and a racecar driver, you rarely think of it being one person--but Preet Banerjee is all those things--and more. Best known as a financial panelist on CBC’s The National, and as a weekly contributor to The Morning Show on Global, Banerjee inspires others to become financially empowered. Sharing his world-class expertise and unique ability to take the complexity out of money matters, he speaks on topics including behavioural finance, neuroeconomics, and personal finance. Formerly a financial advisor, Banerjee has also worked in institutional investment sales and product development. He is a management consultant to the wealth management industry, with a focus on the commercial application of behavioural finance research and fintech. Banerjee has a personal finance video column for The Globe and Mail, is a contributing editor at MoneySense magazine, and is the author of three books. His latest, Stop Over-Thinking Your Money: The Five Simple Rules of Financial Success, is in bookstores now. His blog, WhereDoesAllMyMoneyGo.com, was voted Canada's best investing blog in 2010 by Globe and Mail readers and Advisor.ca named him one of Canada's "Top 10 Financial Visionaries" in 2011. Banerjee also hosts a podcast on iTunes, “Mostly Money, Mostly Canadian,” which is one of the highest rated podcasts in Canada for business and investing. He was also the host of Million Dollar Neighbourhood on The Oprah Winfrey Network, Banerjee is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute and also holds the Derivatives Market Specialist  and Financial Management Advisor designations. He was awarded First Place in the 2012 Portfolio Management Association of Canada’s Excellence in Investment Journalism Awards, and is currently a research associate at the Henley Business School at the University of Reading.

Mary Donahue
Dr. Mary Donahue
Sponsored by Big Idea Speakers Bureau

Waiting to exhale: Is the workplace killing us all?
In this vibrant keynote presentation, Dr. Mary Donohue explores the causes and effects of stress in today's workplace. From working in isolation despite being constantly "connected", to a lack of employee engagement, mentor-ship and leadership, Dr. Mary will explain what's gone wrong at our offices and job sites - and what we can do to make it better. Attendees will learn how to increase productivity, be more inclusive, achieve more on any given day, and how to deal with stress - along with so much more. Warning: You may want to throw your smart phone into a river after listening to this entertaining but riveting talk! Named as one of the 18 Outstanding Women In Tech, in 2015, by RdigitalLife, and Diversity MBA’s top 50 under 50 in 2015, Dr. Donohue is a passionate advocate of revolutionizing today’s workforce training through technology and internal talent.  She believes passionately in the art of conversation, the value of team and outcome based training. 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, Dr. Mary Donohue is often described as a force of nature. As Founder of the Donohue Mentoring System™ she designs communication training that provide people with a roadmap to become people developers and achieve a better work/life balance. Dr. Mary is a world-renowned speaker and TEDX presenter, television personality and columnist. Her work appears in the Huffington Post and Financial Post.

Roger Haskett
Roger Haskett
Sponsored by Engagement Unlimited

The Power of Play
Bored of Boring Meetings?  Tired of tired employees?  New studies in neuroscience have identified the Power of Play as one of the best methods to create engagement, increase performance and supercharge creativity and innovation. In a word, play is MAGIC. Roger combines his background in education and performance, with current studies in neuroscience to demonstrate innovative techniques that incorporate elements of play into education, meeting, and team programming. As an advocate for the participatory model, Roger will showcase how to weave together learning, networking, and fun using interaction, theatrics and friendly competition. The session not only talks the talk but walks the walk; participants will experience first hand some of Roger’s recommended activities resulting in a wildly entertaining and a surprisingly profound experience. Roger Haskett helps to make organizations, individuals, and events more engaging.  In his rich and diverse career as a speaker, actor, emcee, writer, director, and entrepreneur,  Roger developed a unique formula for not only maximizing audience engagement, but influencing employees, members, participants, and everyone he meets to be more engaged and authentic individuals. Roger holds a B.F.A. in Acting and a M.A in Education.  He has acted in over 150 films, TV shows and commercials. You might have seen him in shows like X-Files, Supernatural, Stargate, I Robot, or Lovesick: Confessions of a Sex Addict…

Jesse Hirsh
Jesse Hirsh
Sponsored by National Speakers Bureau

Learning at the Speed of Light: How Technology Accelerates Education
The challenge for organizations and educators in the face of rapidly evolving technology is not only how to keep up with changing tools, but also how to keep up with your employees and students themselves. How do you do more with less, while operating at a speed that makes critical thinking difficult? How do we bridge the digital divide and ensure that everyone has access to the education and empowerment our emerging society requires? Jesse owns and operates Metaviews Media Management Ltd., which focuses on research and consulting around new media business models, big data, and the strategic use of social media. He is also a co-founder of the Academy of the Impossible a peer to peer lifelong learning facility. Because of the impact technology has on our relationship with the world, Jesse believes that it should be used in responsible and creative ways. He encourages audiences to use technology as the catalyst for collaboration, education, and growing thriving organizations. A speaker who brings excitement and curiosity to technical topics, Jesse is able to synthesize abstract concepts into digestible and actionable pieces of information. His insightful presentations feature valuable unique strategic insights relative for each audience. He is articulate, provocative and his area of expertise amongst the most affordable for the calibre of both delivery style and content. For two years, he was the host of an interfaith show on the Rogers and OMNI networks called 3D Dialogue. The show explored all the world’s religions and spiritual paths through interviews with practitioners, gurus, holy people, and cynics regarding their rituals, scriptures, and beliefs (or lack thereof). Jesse was educated at the McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto.

Tuesday, November 22nd

David Ben
Morning Keynote
David Ben
Sponsored by Speakers’ Spotlight

Advantage Play
David Ben struck the word impossible from his vocabulary. As a world-renowned magician, David has to make problems disappear. Problem solving, he believes, is everyone’s core business. Unfortunately, few people have been taught how to solve problems in an effective and efficient manner. David demystifies the problem-solving process by taking his audience behind the scenes of the world of magic and revealing the tricks of the trade – the methodology magicians, card cheats and psychics use to perform the impossible. David also demonstrates that every activity is a sales opportunity. Whether people work in the field of behind the desk, success depends on how well they sell the skills, products or services they provide. Using magic as his metaphor, David also demystifies this process and provides a strategy for maximizing success. His common sense approach ensures that clients and customers receive exactly what they need when they need it in a manner that is efficient for both buyer and seller. His presentations focus on assessing opportunity based on the needs of the customer, maximizing opportunity by discovering new applications for existing products and services, using negative people to advantage, closing the transaction, understanding the importance of the “after sell” and its role in developing new and repeat business, and inspiring confidence in colleagues and co-workers. Always interested in technology, David outlines his pragmatic approach to innovation and the use of technology. Most of all, David demonstrates the true meaning of being proactive. As a magician, David has to make miracles happen. By performing magic and then explaining how the magic is created, people learn that success in magic and business is the result of the cumulative effect of many apparently inconsequential details most people take for granted. It is a unique approach to learning a few new tricks for the trade presented by a unique individual – David Ben Magician David Ben inspires people to strike the word “impossible” from their vocabulary. A former tax lawyer, with a law degree from the London School of Economics, David now thrills audiences using his unique gift of magic to demonstrate creative problem-solving and winning sales strategies—for anyone who wishes to be more successful in business. Recognized among the world’s premier magicians, David was the sole protégé of Ross Bertram, one of the greatest sleight-of-hand artists of the 20th century. He is a member of London’s prestigious Magic Circle (the premier organization in the world for magicians), and has performed throughout North America, Mexico, England, France, and Japan. The Financial Post described David as “one of the most influential magicians of his generation.” David has authored two books related to magic and business—Advantage Play: A Manager’s Guide to Creative Problem Solving and Tricks—as well as Dai Vernon: A Biography, which is based on the life of the famous magician Paul Fox. He has also appeared on numerous television programs, including The Mike Bullard Show, Pamela Wallin Live, Canada AM, and Breakfast Television.

Closing Keynote

Alan Doyle Allan Hawco
AL(L)AN2 Off-Set
Sponsored by Destination St. John’s

Alan Doyle, actor, producer, newly-minted best-selling author and best known as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea joins Allan Hawco on stage for this one-of-a-kind closing session.  The Al(l)ans share their stories from their journeys on the way to becoming Canadian stars. Allan Hawco will share the highs and lows of developing a hit show, a renowned theatre company, and two other projects in the works.  They share the lessons they’ve learned from the trenches, all the while imparting it with the warmth and humour they’re celebrated for.


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