The Virtual Summit Committee members are happy to welcome you to the Virtual Summit on “Managing Complexities”!

Carolyn Montague, Perfocus Management Inc.
Kelly Hartle, Correctional Services Canada
Bronwynn Guymer, Department of National Defense
Blair Hurd, Canadian Border Services Agency
Krystal Maloney, Public Safety Canada
Eve Corbin, Transport Canada
Robert Ashton, Elections Canada
Taylor Komery, Canadian Border Services Agency
Derek Bizewski, Treasury Board of Canada Secretary
Richard Quinn, Department of National Defense
Catherine St-Louis, Canadian Border Services Agency

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 Event Highlights

Keynote Speakers

Kellylee Evans, Juno Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter, Motivational Speaker

Kellylee Evans
Juno Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter, Motivational Speaker

Internationally acclaimed Juno Award-Winning singer songwriter Kellylee Evans has been making waves around the world with her energy-charged performances. She shares her inspirational journey of recovery, and showcases the importance of self-care and finding your superpower. Evans’ keynotes resonate with anyone who has ever had their life interrupted by an illness or a setback.

With multiple albums to her name and a gruelling touring schedule, Evans experienced a life altering event in 2013 when she was struck by lightning while washing dishes in her home. For several months, she worked to regain her health, stamina, and balance, however, in 2015, she suffered a devastating concussion that left her unable to tour. For the next two years, this mother of three dedicated herself to recovery so she could get back to making and sharing her music.

In the summer of 2017, Evans triumphantly returned to the stage, and in 2018 her album Come On was nominated at the Juno Awards for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.

When she’s not on tour, Evans also takes the stage to share her story in hopes of inspiring others to find their superpower even in the face of adversity. Combining storytelling with music, she creates a memorable experience for all audiences.

Bruce Kirkby, Acclaimed Explorer, Writer, Photographer

Bruce Kirkby
Acclaimed Explorer, Writer, Photographer

Bruce Kirkby lives life on the edge. An acclaimed explorer, travel writer, and television host (with a degree in engineering physics), he uses his incredible adventures across the globe to provide real-world, practical lessons on risk management and change leadership. Kirkby’s travels have taken him to the tip of the highest mountain and to the centre of the driest desert. He draws on these experiences to offer simple strategies to help people confront their fears and learn how to embrace change and growth to see lasting success, both personally and professionally.

With journeys spanning more than 80 countries and 2000 days, Kirkby’s accomplishments include the first modern crossing of Arabia’s Empty Quarter by camel, a raft descent of Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Gorge by raft, sea kayak traverse of Borneo’s northern coast, and a coast-to-coast Icelandic trek. He also spent six months travelling to and living in a Himalayan Buddhist monastery with his young family — an experience that was chronicled on Travel Channel’s Big Crazy Family Adventure. Kirkby is also the former host of CBC’s No Opportunity Wasted.

Kirby is the bestselling author of two travel books and a regular columnist for The Globe and Mail. A multi-National Magazine Award winner, Kirkby has also had his writing appear in The New York TimesEnRoute, Huffington Post, Explore, and Canadian Geographic. He is also the winner of a prestigious Western Magazine Award, and his photography was selected by National Geographic as among “the most compelling adventure images of the decade.”

Kevin Blake, Magician & Illusionist

Kevin Blake
Magician & Illusionist

As seen on America’s Got Talent, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Thrillist, in his critically acclaimed sell-out show Magic Man, Empire’s YouTube series Street Magic, and on stages around the world, Kevin Blake is a San Francisco-based, worldwide-performing magician, mentalist, and illusionist who blends genres of magic and sleight of hand with spoken word, music, and comedy to create unforgettable moments of wonder.

Aside from TV appearances and live shows, Kevin is a favorite regular entertainer at the private events thrown by Silicon Valley titans such as Google, Facebook, YouTube, Salesforce, and Square, but also for agencies, startups, celebrities, billionaires, and Fortune 500 corporations, both on and off the stage. Blake creates lasting, interactive moments of wonder with mind-reading, impossible coincidences, and exhibitions of world class blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sleight of hand.