Professional Development
Annual Meeting 2018, Toronto, Ontario, June 21-22

Annual Meeting – Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel – June 21–22, 2018

Keynote Speakers

Thursday, June 21 – 16:30–18:00 - The Ripple Effect

Greg Wells

Greg WellsIn high performance business situations, the human mind and body have to work together for ultimate results. Greg Wells is a health and high performance expert, CTV sport science analyst, and human physiologist, who draws the parallels between elite athletes and top executives to help business leaders perform at the highest level, even when under the most extreme circumstances.

Mr. Wells is also an assistant professor in kinesiology at the University of Toronto and an associate scientist of physiology and experimental medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children.

Throughout his career, Dr. Wells has coached, trained and inspired dozens of elite athletes to win medals at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, and Olympics. He has studied athletic performance in some of the most severe conditions on the planet. And, he has personal experience with the challenges and opportunities of adversity and human extremes.

As a high school student, Mr. Wells broke his neck in a freak accident while swimming in the ocean and was in a halo brace before undergoing neurosurgery. Told by his doctor that he would never perform as an athlete again, he went on to compete at the international level in swimming. He has competed in events such as the Nanisivik Midnight Sun Marathon, 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Ironman Canada, and the Tour D’Afrique, a gruelling 11,000-kilometre event that is the longest bike race in the world.

Mr. Wells appears regularly on national television and radio and makes ongoing contributions to newspapers, magazines, and scientific journals. He is the bestselling author of Superbodies: Peak Performance Secrets from the World’s Best Athletes, and his latest release, The Ripple Effect: Sleep Better, Eat Better, Move Better, Think Better.

Friday, June 22 – 14:15–15:15 - Leading with Grit, Passion, and Innovation

Michael Hyatt

Michael HyattMichael Hyatt became a self-made millionaire by building two highly successful tech firms that he sold for $500 million dollars. Today, he ranks as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, and was a celebrated dragon on CBC’s online sensation Next Gen Den. He is also a weekly business commentator with the CBC’s The Business Panel and previously on The Exchange and On the Money. Speaking on leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, the future of technology, and managing change, Mr. Hyatt believes that no matter what the topic, we need to embrace change.

Mr. Hyatt is currently on the Board of BlueCat, one of the largest private software companies in the country, focused on the internet of things. Prior to his current role, he led the company since its inception as CEO and executive chair, where his leadership philosophy was to focus on strategy and empower his employees.

A founding partner at the Rotman School of Management’s prestigious Creative Destruction Lab, Mr. Hyatt coaches venture founders to set business and technical milestones to increase the ventures’ chances of success. He is also on the CEO advisory board at Georgian Partners, one of Canada’s leading venture capital firms; was a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award; and was a recipient of the Canadian Top 40 under 40 Award.



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