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 Join us at the 31st Annual National Workshop

Committee:

 

  • Catherine St-Louis, Chair, Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Leslie Stewart, Vice-Chair, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Kelly Hartle, CORCAN
  • Nadia Kelly, Natural Resources Canada
  • Michael Rainville, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Mary Rutledge, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Bronwynn Guymer, Department of National Defense
  • Nicole Hoskins, Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Leah Viau, Canadian Border Services Agency
  • Roland Dimitriu, Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Bruce Coleman, Public Services and Procurement Canada
  • Krystal Maloney, Public Safety Canada
  • Natalia Kaliberda, Event Planner, The Willow Group
  • Kenza Loulidi, Event Planner, The Willow Group

 Event Program

Join us this upcoming September 28 – 29, 2021!

National Workshop Master Classes Series

How to Divest (English)

Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Date: Thursday, October 14th, 2021
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

Instructor:

Attila Vass has more than 15 years’ experience in sales, warehousing, policy, and divestment services. As a member of Public Services and Procurement Canada’s GCSurplus team, he has developed divestment policies and assisted federal clients with selling everything from cars and trucks to ships and horses.

A strong proponent of the second-hand economy, Attila is passionate about helping clients leverage e-commerce and technology to improve divestment outcomes and achieve environmental goals. He views divestment as an opportunity for organizations and businesses to provide value to Canadians.

Attila holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario. He lives in Tecumseh, Ontario, with his family and Huckleberry the dog.

Description:

Federal departments, agencies, and Crown corporations have a regular stream of surplus materiel that must be divested. It’s an inevitable result of the asset lifecycle as goods wear out, break, become obsolete, or are replaced.

This course provides the materiel management community—beginners and experienced practitioners—with concrete strategies and tools for divesting assets at the end of their lifecycle. What is the Government of Canada’s policy on divestment? What tools are available? What’s the best way to develop a divestment strategy and plan?

Course participants will broaden their understanding of the federal divestment framework while learning how to use online tools like GCSci, GCsurplus.ca, GCTransfer, and GCDonate. Participants will leave better prepared to plan, assess, and execute divestment projects strategically in manner that supports government objectives and environmental goals. Participants will earn a certificate of attendance.

Certificate:

Yes

Social Procurement Professional Certificate (Part 1 and Part 2) (English)

Monday, October 18th, 2021 and Monday, October 25th, 2021

Date: Monday, October 18th, 2021 and Monday, October 25th, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm EST

Instructor:

David LePage, Managing Partner, Buy Social Canada

David LePage is the Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada, a network that advocates for and promotes leveraging existing procurement to create community value. Buy Social Canada provides direct support to governments and corporations on social procurement policy, practice and measurement, and offers a third-party Social Enterprise Certification Program. David LePage is engaged with social enterprise in multiple roles. David serves on several Boards of Directors, including the Social Enterprise World Forum and the Social Enterprise Council of Canada. He was the designer and initial Executive Director of Community Impact Real Estate in Vancouver’s Inner City and a founding partner of the Social Enterprise Ecosystem Project. Additionally, David is a Professor for the University of Fredericton MBA program in Social Enterprise Leadership, and author of the book Marketplace Revolution, from Concentrated Wealth to Community Capital.

Tori Williamson, Director of Education and Communications, Buy Social Canada

With a passion for understanding the systems around us and working collaboratively on community-centred solutions, Tori believes in people and the power of shifting perspectives and objectives to create monumental change. At Buy Social Canada Tori spearheads engagement and communication, championing the work of social enterprise and social procurement.

Description:

Buy Social Canada presents an in-depth training which will provide knowledge and understanding for professionals working with social procurement. You will learn about international best practices and leading research, implementation for goods, services and construction, how to work with trade agreements and much more. Upon completion you will receive the Social Procurement Professional Certificate.

Certificate:

Yes

Comment se dessaisir des biens matériels excédentaires (French)

Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

Date: Tuesday, October 19th, 2021
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

Instructor:

Marie-Claude Marcoux, GCSurplus Regional Manager

Marie-Claude Marcoux is GCSurplus Regional Manager for the Quebec and Atlantic regions. With a post-secondary education in Chemistry-Biology and a B.A. in Administration from HEC Montreal, Marie-Claude has over 15 years of private sector experience in Finance and Administration and over 12 years experience within the federal domain where she has supported the Department and National Defence, Public Services and Procurement Canada’s GCSurplus, and over this past year, she has contributed time to support the COVID-19 relief team with the Public Health Agency of Canada. Marie-Claude has extensive experience working with a full range of items that come up for divestment including departmental assets as well as seized and forfeited goods. She works closely with the federal materiel management community to support the effective, efficient and responsible divestment of surplus goods. She is passionate about working with government clients and public buyers to help understand how responsible asset divestiture supports better environmental practices for end of life assets. When Marie-Claude is not working her day job she’s a mom and a traveler.

Description:

Les ministères et organismes fédéraux et les sociétés d’État ont un flux régulier de matériel excédentaire dont ils doivent se défaire. Il s’agit d’un résultat inévitable du cycle de vie des biens, car ceux-ci s’usent, se brisent, deviennent désuets ou sont remplacés.

Ce cours fournit à la communauté de la gestion du matériel – débutants et praticiens chevronnés – des stratégies et des outils concrets pour se départir des biens à la fin de leur cycle de vie. Quelle est la politique du gouvernement du Canada en matière de dessaisissement? Quels sont les outils disponibles? Quelle est la meilleure façon d’élaborer une stratégie et un plan de dessaisissement?

Les participants au cours approfondiront leur compréhension du cadre fédéral de dessaisissement tout en apprenant à utiliser des outils en ligne comme GCSci, GCsurplus.ca, GCTransfert et GCDons. Les participants repartiront mieux préparés pour planifier, évaluer et exécuter stratégiquement des projets de dessaisissement de manière à soutenir les objectifs du gouvernement et les objectifs environnementaux. Les participants recevront un certificat de participation.

Certificate:

Yes

Powerful Negotiation Skills (English)

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Date: Thursday, October 21st, 2021
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

Instructor:

Dave Jones

David is a dynamic consultant and instructor with extensive training, facilitation, key note speaking and coaching experience obtained by providing services for a diverse client base in North America and Europe. He is a strong experiential learning program designer who is certified in needs analysis and program evaluation methodologies. Participants in his workshops appreciate his empathy, humour, flexibility and energy. His clients report that he gets results: the sessions he designs, facilitates and manages on their behalf are positive, inspiring experiences that stimulate desired changes and outputs.

Description:

You will learn how to improve your negotiating skills with a clearer understanding of highly effective communication techniques. You will better understand the ins and outs of negotiation, and develop effective strategies, tactics and counter-measures for manipulative opponents. The workshop uses experiential methods allowing you apply what you have learned and practice your new skills in a variety of methodologies. These include role plays, case studies, personal skill analysis questionnaires, games and trainer-led discussions.

Certificate:

Yes

Writing in Plain Language (English)

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Date: Thursday, October 28th, 2021
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

Instructor:

Moira White is a versatile communicator and instructor with decades of experience editing, writing, teaching and managing projects for government and corporate clients. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy and thoroughly understands the public policy-making process and plain language guidelines. Moira has extensive editing experience and excels in helping clients develop style guidelines and appropriate means of disseminating information. She has managed onsite production of reports in Canada and Europe; has traveled across Canada with public consultations writing, editing and producing reports; and has synthesized the work of multiple authors and written executive summaries.

Moira has taught editing and writing courses in Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto and Nunavut to government and corporate clients as well as for the Editors’ Association of Canada. Prior to beginning work as an editor in the late 1980s, she worked in policy for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the Ottawa-Carleton Immigrant Services Organization, and as a social worker in Bruce County, Ontario, and Aklavik, NWT. She is a Past President of the Editors’ Association of Canada. Her courses consistently receive outstanding reviews.

Description:

This workshop will provide you with skills needed to communicate clearly, concisely, coherently, and correctly. You will learn how to gear each piece of communication to its intended audience, always keeping the needs of the audience in mind.

Certificate:

Yes

Project Management 101 (English)

Thursday, Nov 4th, 2021

Date: Thursday, Nov 4th, 2021
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

Instructor:

John Glennie

John has over 20 years of business and project management experience that he leverages in his teaching. Initially managing projects in the manufacturing sector, he has broadened his business experience to the IT sector.

This experience is a valuable asset in the classroom and provides depth and practical applications for students. In combination with a lively and engaging teaching style, John creates a rich learning experience. His course competencies extend from project management to business skills, as well as communication and leadership skills.

He is a certified Project Management Professional with a broad range of business skills and a passionate attitude towards teaching.

Description:

This course provides hands-on experience on using best-practice tools and techniques to plan and manage a project successfully and to the client’s satisfaction. Strengths and weaknesses of software tools are also discussed.

Certificate:

Yes

Building a Strong Materiel Management Programme (English)

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

Date: Tuesday, November 9th, 2021
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

Instructor:

Bronwynn Guymer, Chef de Section/ Section Head, DND

Bronwynn Guymer, a 28 year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, is currently the Senior Policy Analyst for Materiel Management in DND and the CAF. She has extensive Materiel Management experience from operational front line units up to corporate oversight and coordination. She has completed the Certified Supply Chain Transformation Architect Training, is certified in Supply Chain Operations Reference Model and has led multiple change initiatives within DND.

Description:

As recent international events and technological changes are showing, the world of Supply Chains is changing. Having a strong materiel management programme is necessary to enable agility, resource alignment and the ability to have the right materiel in the right locations at the right time. There are 5 areas of review for this master class: Governance and Oversight, Materiel Management Programme Requirements, Cross Functional Integration, Personnel Competencies, and Materiel Forecasting and Planning.

Certificate:

CIPMM Certificate of Attendance

Fair Competition and Drafting Evaluation Criteria (English)

Tuesday, November 16th and Thursday, November 18th, 2021

Date: Tuesday, November 16th and Thursday, November 18th, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Instructor:

Paul Emanuelli, Procurement Office

Paul Emanuelli is an internationally known author and procurement lawyer with over twenty years experience in public procurement. He has an extensive track record of public speaking, publishing and training and was recognized by Who’s Who Legal as one of the top ten public procurement lawyers in the world.

Paul’s portfolio focuses on major procurement projects with an emphasis on technology and public infrastructure. He has in-depth experience advising public bodies on the legal and strategic aspects of institutional governance and supply chain management, developing tendering formats and negotiating commercial transactions.

Paul is currently the Program Director of Osgoode Professional Development’s Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Practice and the Advanced Certificate in Procurement Law and Practice and an instructor with the University of West Indies Faculty of Law. He is the author of multiple publications, including the leading textbook Government Procurement (Lexis Nexis-Butterworths, 4th ed. 2017).

Before launching the Procurement Office, Paul practiced for over ten years as Crown Counsel with the Ontario Attorney General at Management Board Secretariat and Crown Law Office Civil, and headed the Government of Ontario’s Procurement Lawyers Group.

Description:

Fair Competition: This program focuses on the core due diligence duties that apply to project teams as they navigate the government tendering process.

  • Disclosing Evaluation Criteria – Covering the key transparency duties that require public institutions to disclose their evaluation criteria and process rules, this module focuses on the importance of establishing and following clear and defensible evaluation and award procedures.
  • Tender Compliance I – Summarizing the case law developments that govern the duty to reject non-compliant tenders, this module covers: (i) the leading precedents dealing with strict vs. substantial compliance; and (ii) the principles that inform formal, contractual, and procedural compliance.
  • Tender Compliance II – Expanding on Tender Compliance I, this module summarizes the leading cases dealing with: (i) technical compliance; (ii) rectifications, clarifications, and bid repair; and (iii) enforcing compliance and the difference between tender compliance criteria and contract performance requirements.
  • The Duty to Award – Surveying the leading cases dealing with the duty to award to the best bid, this module covers the recurring risk areas relating to: (i) reserved rights and privileges, low-bid bypass, and unfair process claims; and (ii) over-budget bids, cancellations, re-tendering, and bid-shopping claims.

Drafting Evaluation Criteria: This program will provide highlights on key considerations for drafting evaluation criteria for public tendering documents, with a focus on the following topics:

  • Managing Mandatories: Governing Principles – Covering the governing principles for managing mandatory requirements, this module explains the importance of distinguishing mandatory evaluation requirements from post-award performance requirements.
  • Price Evaluations: Governing Principles – Covering the governing principles for price evaluations, this module explains the importance of ensuring clear and transparent price scoring mechanisms.
  • Rated Criteria: Governing Principles – Covering the governing principles for rated criteria, this module explains the importance of ensuring clear and transparent scoring criteria for the evaluation of bids and proposals.
  • Rated Criteria: Defensible Evaluations: Highlighting the hazards of hidden evaluation requirements, this module focuses on the need to transparently integrate rated criteria and sub-criteria into your tendering documents.

Certificate:

Yes

Business Acumen: “How Dumbbells became the new toilet paper”. (Part 1 and Part 2) (English)

Tuesday, November 23rd and Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Date: Tuesday, November 23rd and Thursday, November 25th, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm -4:30 pm EST

Instructor:

Al Garlinski, FSCMP, SCMP, CPSM, Regional Trainer, School of Procurement, Business Advisory Services, Western Region
Public Services and Procurement Canada/Government of Canada

Al Garlinski is the Regional Trainer for the School of Procurement, Business Advisory Services, Western Region, Public Services Procurement Canada (PSPC). He is a seasoned procurement expert with over 33 years of government procurement experience with a vast array of experience across a number of commodities, all with PSPC. He currently coaches and mentors students under the School of Procurement program, from the University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, Mount Royal University and MacEwan University. He has been nominated twice and awarded the “Mentor of The Year” for the University of Alberta School of Business program in 2019. He is currently a faculty member for the University of Winnipeg and Supply Chain Canada. He earned his professional designation in Supply Chain Management with Supply Chain Canada and was awarded the prestigious Fellowship designation for his lifetime commitment with teaching, coaching and mentoring. He also has a professional designation with the Institute of Supply Management from Tempe, Arizona. Al is a tireless animal rescue advocate, and founder of IRun4rescue, a running team committed to making a difference in the lives of animals. Al is a Canadian long-distance runner. He has run in long-distance running adventures in several countries, and unique locations, including Iceland, The Grand Canyon, trekking the volcanoes of Nicaragua, climbing Mt Jacinto in California, to running across Lake Manitoba. He openly shares his struggles with anxiety and shatters the stigma around mental illness and is an advocate for the mental health community.

Description:

Take charge of your procurement career by attending this master class session, lead by Al Garlinski, PSPC , Western Region, School of Procurement. You will be connecting and exchanging ideas with colleagues, by working virtually through a simulation case study that specifically addresses the value of applying good business acumen knowledge

Certificate:

CIPMM Certificate of Attendance

Activities

Wellness Activities and Sessions

Kate W. Mak, Yoga Teacher and Founder of the MYNAH School of Yoga

This Guided yoga class on Decoding Chakras will teach you how to balance the base chakras leading all the way up to the crown chakra.
It is likely that you have heard this word somewhere in the periphery in your life but what are chakras and how does that relate to a balanced life.
Undoubtedly, you have felt your chakras in your life… Recall a time you were so nervous there were butterflies in your stomach? A time when you felt so upset, it felt like there was a lump in your throat? Or a time when you were so happy, it felt like your heart would burst? This knowledge dates back over 3500 years old in ancient yogic texts and teaches us how to balance these energetic centers. Think of each chakra like a set of lights, when they are balanced it is like you hit every green light to optimize your life in renewing, recharging and reinventing how you see your own body and mind. Join Kate to learn more!


Goat-to-Meetings, Nate Salpeter, Co-Founder, Sweet Farm

Farmer, nuclear engineer, angel investor, and co-founder of Sweet Farm Foundation
Join us for a live virtual tour of the Sweet Farm, located in Half Moon Bay, California – home to more than 150 rescued animals, each with a unique and special story. We will visit with some amazing animals who will brighten up your day for sure! Let’s see who will feel camera-ready to meet with us! It will be definitely a session for your mind, heart and soul, guaranteed!


Julie Daniluk, Co-Host of OWN Network’s Healthy Gourmet, Nutritionist, Bestselling Author

Join this session to find out how to thrive in a crisis. Using anti-inflammatory nutrition as a framework for health, nutritionist Julie will show how you can use stress to your advantage and support immunity, relaxation, and productivity.

You will learn:

  • Effective anti-inflammatory remedies that support the immune system and are affordable and easy to find.
  • Three powerful nutrients that can help manage anxiety — macro and micronutrients that relax you and create a greater sense of peace and happiness.
  • Breathing and movement practices that build happiness and reset the mind and body to handle life’s challenges.
How-to Videos and Guided Tours

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 Event Highlights

 

Keynote Speakers

 

Paul Emanuelli | General Counsel and Managing Director

 

 

Paul Emanuelli, General Counsel and Managing Director

Paul Emanuelli is an internationally known author and procurement lawyer with over twenty years experience in public procurement. He has an extensive track record of public speaking, publishing and training and was recognized by Who’s Who Legal as one of the top ten public procurement lawyers in the world.

Paul’s portfolio focuses on major procurement projects with an emphasis on technology and public infrastructure. He has in-depth experience advising public bodies on the legal and strategic aspects of institutional governance and supply chain management, developing tendering formats and negotiating commercial transactions.

Paul is currently the Program Director of Osgoode Professional Development’s Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Practice and the Advanced Certificate in Procurement Law and Practice and an instructor with the University of West Indies Faculty of Law. He is the author of multiple publications, including the leading textbook Government Procurement (Lexis Nexis-Butterworths, 4th ed. 2017).

Before launching the Procurement Office, Paul practiced for over ten years as Crown Counsel with the Ontario Attorney General at Management Board Secretariat and Crown Law Office Civil, and headed the Government of Ontario’s Procurement Lawyers Group.

Michael “Pinball” Clemons | Canadian Football Hall-of-Famer | General Manager, CFL’s Toronto Argonauts

Michael “Pinball” Clemons
Canadian Football Hall-of-Famer | General Manager, CFL’s Toronto Argonauts

Few people exemplify the qualities of personal excellence, teamwork, community leadership, and overcoming the odds better than CFL legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons. With boundless energy, Clemon’s talks centre on the potential for each of us to achieve anything we set our minds to. Unabashedly emotional and impactful, he shows audiences how to put heart into everything they do.

Clemons joined the National Football League in 1987, and CFL’s Toronto Argonauts in 1989. He was nicknamed “Pinball” because of his running style — his diminutive size and extraordinary balance allowed him to “bounce” between defensive players, drawing comparisons to a pinball machine. 

Clemons won the Grey Cup in 1991, 1996, and 1997 with the Argonauts, and was honoured with the CFL’s “most outstanding player” award in 1990, after setting the single-season record for all-purpose yards. He played his last game as an Argonaut in 2000, before becoming head coach of the team in the same year. He led the football club to six consecutive East Division Finals, including the 2004 championship, concluding his coaching tenure with 68 wins — the second highest in the team history. 

In 2007, Clemons stepped down as head coach to become the chief executive officer, and in 2009, he was appointed as the vice-chair of the team. In 2019, Clemons was named the 20th general manager of the Toronto Argonauts.

Clemons is also the founder of the Pinball Clemons Foundation, a non-profit organization that empowers youth through education. Since it’s founding in 2007, it’s been responsible for the construction of a hospital in Uganda, over 200 schools in developing countries, two orphanages in Haiti, and locally awarded more than 200 scholarships.

In recognition of his work, Clemons received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and is a member of the Order of Ontario. He has also been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Zahra Al-Harazi | Award-Winning Entrepreneur | Purpose-Driven Leadership Expert

Zahra Al-Harazi
Award-Winning Entrepreneur | Purpose-Driven Leadership Expert

 

The road to real leadership is rarely a straight one. Among Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, few have faced more obstacles than Zahra Al-Harazi. With a no-holds-barred attitude, Al-Harazi helps people and organizations realize their potential for success through finding their purpose. She draws on her experience as a pioneering woman in the business world with a unique approach to attitude, leadership, and success, as well as her experience as a refugee, immigrant, entrepreneur, and community-builder.  

A survivor of two civil wars, Al-Harazi immigrated to Canada with her three children in 1996. She had no higher education or connections and very little understanding of the business world, but her entrepreneurial spirit quickly led her to start her first company Foundry Communications, an internationally recognized Canadian creative powerhouse.

Al-Harazi is currently co-founder of the startup, Skillit, which is a marketplace for sharing knowledge and building skills. She is also a consultant who has worked with thousands of leaders on employee engagement, navigating disruption, leading change, shifting stakeholder values, corporate social responsibility, and brand transformations.

In recognition of her many accomplishments, Al-Harazi has been named one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by Chatelaine magazine, and one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women by WXN. She has also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada, and the RBC Top 25 Immigrants to Canada Award.

As a speaker, Al-Harazi has spoken to audiences in more than 20 countries, inspiring leading institutions such as Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, government agencies, and professional organizations. Her clients have included The Royal Bank of Canada, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Ernst & Young, Young Presidents Organization, WXN, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Great West Life, Telus, University of Toronto, and the Government of Canada, among many others. Her specialty is in understanding the complexities required for building a smart, skilled multi-generational workforce.

Al-Harazi is a former Canadian Ambassador to UNICEF. She currently sits on the board of directors for The Walrus, and is the author of What it Takes, published January 2020.

Emilio Franco | Executive Director | Procurement | Materiel & Communities | Office of the Comptroller General of Canada

 

Emilio Franco | Executive Director | Procurement | Materiel & Communities | Office of the Comptroller General of Canada

Emilio is a Public Service Executive, Speaker, Youth Advocate, and Digital Transformer who has dedicated his career to leading projects that modernize government operations and make procurement awesome.

He is responsible for providing functional direction government-wide, assisting federal departments and agencies in providing value for money and exercising sound stewardship in the management of procurement and materiel. He promotes professionalism and excellence for the over 22,000 public service employees who work in Acquired Services and Assets Sector Communities, including delivery of a variety of programs and services for government-wide community and professional development.

He holds a Masters in Electronic Business Technologies and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa and is the Treasurer and executive board member of the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX).

Social Events

Steve Patterson, Host of CBC's The Debaters, Award-Winning Comedian

Steve Patterson
Host of CBC’s The Debaters, Award-Winning Comedian

Familiar to hundreds of thousands of Canadians as the host of CBC Radio One’s hit show The Debaters, Steve Patterson’s material combines razor sharp wit and meticulously crafted, up-to-the-moment social commentary, with a measure of musicality thrown in where appropriate.

Patterson has appeared on numerous nationally-televised comedy specials over the past two decades, and twice earned the title “Best Male Stand-up Comedian” at the Canadian Comedy Awards (2011 and 2013).

His work has received considerable praise over the years, but none more poignant than at a Just For Laughs Festival gala when he shared the stage with comedy icon Steve Martin who proclaimed of Patterson, “If I’d known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him.”

In an effort to continue to prove he is THAT good, Patterson has toured his one-man show called This Is Not Debatable in theatres nationwide and released a comedy recording of the same title in 2014 which earned him another Canadian Comedy Award nomination.

In 2016, he also added author to his credits, with the publication of his first book, The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send, and created and co-produced his latest media project, The Smartass-ociates with Steve Patterson, which combines topic-specific experts with top comedians to make smart people funnier and funny people smarter.

Anna Olson, Culinary Master, Host of Bake with Anna Olson

Anna Olson
Culinary Master, Host of Bake with Anna Olson

 

Anna Olson is Canada’s baking sweetheart. With her positive and common-sense approach in the kitchen, she has become one of the country’s most recognizable television chefs. Hosting the Food Network’s Bake with Anna Olson, Fresh with Anna Olson, and Sugar, she has earned a loyal following in over 190 countries worldwide. Whether demonstrating and teaching her cooking methods or sharing a keynote on topics such as the importance of eating local, Olson never fails to impress.

Olson took her love of cooking from a personal passion to a professional career. After achieving a degree in political studies from Queen’s University and a brief stint working in the banking world, she enrolled in the culinary management program at Johnson and Wales University. Today, both the Ontario Hostelry Institute and the Canadian Food and Wine Institute have recognized her for her ongoing contributions to the development of Canadian food culture.

Using food as her creative medium, recipe development is one of Olson’s greatest accomplishments. She is the bestselling author of several cookbooks, including her latest, Baking Day with Anna Olson and Set for The Holidays, which won the Taste Canada Silver Cookbook Award. She also posts regularly on her YouTube channel, Oh Yum with Anna Olson, which recently surpassed one million subscribers.

Michael Breach, Coffee Artist, BaristartLLC

Michael Breach
Coffee Artist, BaristartLLC

Michael Breach, aka Baristart is a renowned artist who can create beautiful portraiture and complex images in just a matter of minutes.. In Latte art! Print/Television credits include: Good Morning America, Today Show, Dr. OZ, Kelly Clarkson Show, Marie Claire, US Weekly and many more. He has created over 10,000 art pieces and has demonstrated his art in 20+ countries around the world.

Sam Bradd, Founder, Drawing Change Consulting

Sam Bradd
Founder, Drawing Change Consulting

Sam Bradd is a graphic facilitator and the founder of Drawing Change. His role is to listen deeply, and translate our ideas into visuals. Groups deserve to have better meetings – and Sam is passionate that creativity is a way to make that happen. He collaborates with the World Health Organization, Métis, First Nations and Inuit communities, and groups working for social impact. He’s a white settler (Italian/Scottish) and lives on unceded Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish territories. https://drawingchange.com/