Nikolas Badminton is a researcher and futurist speaker based in Vancouver, B.C., and provides insights and opinions about humanity, the future of work, and life with exponential technology.

Alberta 2050, The Exponential Province

Alberta is at an inflection point. The world is changing across a number of areas, including renewables, Energy Storage, Data Infrastructure, healthcare, smart cities, quantum computing, transportation, and with these innovations comes both challenges and opportunities.

Nikolas will look at key trends and show how Alberta (and Canada) can evolve from 2017 to 2050.



Minister of Economic Development and Trade

Born and raised in Edmonton, Deron Bilous knows the incredible contribution Alberta workers have made to our province and our country. Growing-up in a proudly Ukrainian home he also appreciates the strength and beauty of our province’s diversity.

Between 1995 and 2005, Mr. Bilous worked in Quebec, Tunisia and China on a number of projects with Canada World Youth, a volunteer youth program focusing on international development.

After graduating from the University of Alberta with an education degree in 2001, he taught and mentored students at Edmonton’s Inner City High School, where he learned to see potential where others might see hardship. He also began participating in neighbourhood and community development.

He was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview on April 23, 2012, and again on May 5, 2015.

A dedicated champion for Alberta workers and Alberta business, Deron Bilous was sworn in as Minister of Economic Development and Trade on October 22, 2015. Prior to this, he served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and as Minister of Service Alberta.

Mr. Bilous and his family live in the Beverly area in northeast Edmonton.


Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation - Johnson-Showyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan Campus

Career paranoia, Aboriginal rights, technological innovations and the natural resource economy are the forces that Ken Coates thinks are transforming Canada. These are troubled times, in some quarters, as young adults struggle to find opportunities and as digital innovations chip away at this country’s most secure jobs. At the same time, scientific discoveries are shaking the foundations of modern life, just as natural resource developments sustain Canada’s high standard of living.

Ken is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan campus. Ken appears regularly on various media platforms and is a prolific writer. Two of his books, Campus Confidential and What to Consider When You Are Considering University, generated a great amount of discussion on the role of Canadian post-secondary education. His 2015 book #IdleNoMore: And the Remaking of Canada, offers an optimistic view on the opportunity for real improvements in the lives of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people. His 2016 release Dream Factories: Why Universities Won’t Solve the Youth Jobs Crisis argues that the over-promotion of higher education and university degrees is actually undermining the lives of young people, saddling them with enormous debts, and costing governments huge amounts of money.

He has served in various academic capacities over his career including: Founding Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Northern British Columbia ; Dean, College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan; Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of New Brunswick and Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Waterloo. Ken is a high-energy speaker and does a great job of keeping audience members engaged and entertained. He encourages questions and thoroughly enjoys conversations during or after events.

Building New Futures: Can the 21st Century Work for Northwest Alberta?

To say that we live in rapidly changing and uncertain times understates the obvious. Technological change permitted a major expansion of the oil and gas sector. Expanded Indigenous rights altered the nature of resource development. Global efforts to control climate change altered pipeline politics in Canada. Mass digitization and robotics are altering retail operations, health care, education and government services. For rural areas, small towns and resource communities, the transitions are altering fundamental patterns of work, business development, and community well-being. For Grande Prairie and Northwest Alberta, the core challenge is to capitalize on resource-based prosperity to produce a choice of futures for the people and the communities in the area. Evidence from successful non-metropolitan areas shows that global competitiveness requires unprecedented levels of business and government collaboration and a focus on the future that embraces emerging technologies, reinvents education and entrepreneurship and that converts local characteristics into commercial strengths.


Award-Winning Columnist / Bestselling Author / Investigative Journalist / TV Commentator / Screenplay Writer

Diane Francis is an expert on Silicon Valley, future technology, geopolitics, the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Putin, energy, business, and white collar crime. Always provocative, her direct and forceful writing has established her international reputation in covering the personalities, trends, and financial backstories that affect companies, individuals, governments and societies.

An award-winning columnist, bestselling author, investigative journalist, television commentator, and screenplay writer, she writes pieces for newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Politico, The World Post, and Miami Herald, and is a regular contributor to the New York Post and The Guardian. She is Editor-at-Large at Canada’s National Post and writes for the US Edition of The Huffington Post. She is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera America and CCTV-America (China TV). She is also the author of ten books, including Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country (2013, featured in a cover story in Foreign Policy), Who Owns Canada Now?: Old Money, New Money and the Future of Canadian Business (2008), and Immigration: The Economic Case (2002).

Francis is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC within its Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, and sits on the Advisory Council of the Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative. She is also Adjunct Faculty with Singularity University in Mountain View California, a Distinguished Professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, and has been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

In 1991, Francis became Editor of Canada’s Financial Post, the first woman editor of a national daily newspaper in Canada, a position she held until the paper was sold in 1998. Her latest major project is completion of a full-length motion picture script with Hollywood producers - an original concept and unlike other science fiction films in production. She is also working on a second movie project, based on her seventh book, Bre-X: The World’s Biggest Gold Swindle.

The Importance of Understanding What is Coming…

Focused around 8 Emerging Technologies and the exponential nature of change, Diane will take the audience through an exhilarating, cautionary discussion of the real time “Transformation of the Human Existence” we are experiencing. She will provide perspective on how we look and filter what we read and experience into creating plans for growth, advancement and sustainability.


New West Opportunities
Opportunities with First Nations

Like YOU, economic developer, Shaun Green has seen the dire straights for First Nations people and lands over the past years. Isn’t there another story we’ve been missing? How are rural communities, businesses and First Nations working together for mutual benefit? In some cases, people are tackling these complex issues with positive energy, mutual respect and a sharing of real benefits and we should be seeing more of this.

Shaun tries to bridge two worlds - mainstream Canadian society/economy and indigenous Canadian communities. He has "moved the needle" in diverse experiences with First Nations in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and North Dakota, Tribal Councils, Chambers of Commerce, regional economic development initiatives, one of Canada’s largest drilling companies, trading real estate in metro Edmonton, rural Ukrainian communities, one of Canada’s fastest-growing communities and the City of Winnipeg, etc.

He also works with New West Opportunities, a finalist in the 2016 Alberta Export Awards professional services category. His conversation at Growing the North Conference promotes the original spirit and intent of the treaties - neighbours and communities working together to share the land and realize mutual benefit.

CLICK HERE for his presentation from 2017!


Systems Architect

Arthur has over ten years of experience with system architecture and complex system engineering and analysis in wide ranging fields ranging from government-operated human spaceflight program development at NASA to development and growth of a e-commerce company in the beauty and personal care industry.

Specializing in a decision-based system modeling approach developed during his graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Arthur use system decomposition techniques, and stakeholder network mapping and analysis to reduce complexity, resolve ambiguity, and foster creativity within an organization to communicate the company's internal and external landscape and identify threats and opportunities. Arthur has applied these strategies while at MIT to assist NASA's Exploration Systems Directorate with the program planning for the next twenty years of human spaceflight.

Arthur also has experience with startup business plan development and implementation including all aspects of consumer driver technology companies including team building, marketing, fundraising, and international expansion as Founder and CEO of BeautyArmy, Inc., a San Francisco-based e-commerce company focusing on product recommendations for beauty and personal care products which has produced over $2.5 Million USD in sales.

Arthur has also been involved in working on global education challenges and opportunities as faculty of the International Space University and Department Head of Systems Engineering for their professional Space Studies Program where he spent three years teaching Space Engineering to non-engineering professionals such as lawyers and businessmen from over 60 different countries.

Arthur is originally from Vancouver, B.C. and loves to travel and explore. He has lived in places ranging from Strasbourg, France to Beijing, China as well as across the United States and Canada.


Registered Protected Forest Technologist

Ray is passionate about forestry, the environment and his community. As a Registered Professional Forest Technologist and having practiced professional forestry for close to 28 years, Ray is aware of the challenges of using Alberta’s forests for the benefit of all Albertans. Continued access to and use of Alberta’s provincial forests is of particular concern for our northern and rural communities who depend on natural resource industries to grow their economies. Species at risk legislation, caribou conservation, regional planning (among other things) will impact Albertans ability to go to work, make a living and raise a family in many of our northern communities. What does this all mean?

Ray has had a productive Alberta-based career working for government, industry and consulting. Much of his career has been focused on forest management planning and implementation. Understanding the complexity of forest ecosystems and how to use them responsibly and sustainably have been a hallmark of his career. With the support of a strong team of professionals, Ray helped manage hundreds of thousands of hectares of Alberta forests in the Whitecourt area to furnish forest product companies in Whitecourt and Fox Creek.

Ray currently operates his own forestry and environmental consulting business out of Whitecourt, Alberta – a past forestry capital of Canada. He is a former president of the College of Alberta Professional Forest Technologists. When he’s not working, Ray loves to ride his bike – rain, snow or shine. Ray is married and has two sons.

Forestry, Caribou & You

As evidenced by the release of the Little Smoky and A La Peche caribou range plan, there is significant pressure on Alberta’s forests. Alberta’s forests have historically been “working” forests that aim to meet various economic, social and environmental objectives. Much of rural Alberta (in the green area) depend on those same forests as the economic engine to sustain their communities. Specifically, the forest and energy industries need access to these forests to exercise their tenure rights whether that is harvesting timber to process at the local mill or clearing forest to place well sites, pipelines or utilities corridors. The Alberta Advantage has been about creating and maintaining certainty for our rural industries to extract value from the forests which stimulates wealth and reinvestment.

This presentation will outline the significance of Alberta’s forests to rural communities. The presentation will also focus on Alberta’s caribou conservation efforts and why this is an urgent and important issue for rural communities. Lastly, the presentation will offer a broader commentary about what the future might hold for resource development in general in rural Alberta as affected by caribou conservation and other values Alberta desires to manage.

CLICK HERE for his presentation from 2017!


Chief Economist, ATB Financial

Todd Hirsch is ATB Financial's Chief Economist. He holds a BA Honours in Economics from the University of Alberta and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary. For over 20 years he’s worked as an economist at Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. For almost a decade, Todd taught economics at the University of Calgary. He released his first book, The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada from Economic Decline in 2012.

Todd provides economic commentary for several Canadian media outlets and is a regular columnist for the Globe and Mail. He currently serves on the University of Calgary Board of Governors and is the chair of the Calgary Arts Academy. Todd recently received the U of A’s Alumni Honour Award.

He also writes an economic update that is sent to thousands of subscribers around the world everyday. It's called The Owl and you can subscribe at

Rebuilding Alberta’s Economy in 2017

After two years of recession, Alberta’s economy appears to be rounding a corner as we enter 2017. Oil prices have firmed up a bit and some progress has been made on pipeline projects. Yet perils lie in the way of a full recovery—worries about trade deals with the US, an unemployment rate that threatens to remain high, and worries about debt levels and housing markets persist. What does the rebuild of Alberta’s economy look like under these conditions? Will we see more diversity this year? And how long might a full recovery take?

About ATB Financial
ATB Financial is the largest Alberta-‐based financial institution, with assets of over $37.7 billion. It provides Retail Financial Services, Business and Agriculture Financial Services, Investor Services, and Corporate Financial Services to more than 676,000 Albertans in 242 communities. It provides service through almost 200 branches and over 100 agencies, telephone and Internet banking, a Customer Contact Centre, and Automated Banking Machines. ATB has been named one of Canada's 50 Best Employers by Maclean's Magazine and one of Canada's Top 100 Employers and Alberta's Top 55 Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

CLICK HERE for his presentation from 2017!


Co-founder and CEO of The Business Pod

Christan Hiscock is an energetic entrepreneur with a diverse business background. He is currently involved with multiple different companies. Christan is the co-founder and CEO of The Business Pod, a company dedicated to aiding entrepreneurs to reach their full potential. He is also the COO of and a partner in the Midas Group of Companies.

Christan has a strong background in financial management with close to ten years as a financial advisor.

He started his first business when he was 14 years old, and has learned a ton about business development through personal experience as well as being blessed with amazing mentors. He has also spent 12 years as a basketball coach, and today using all of the skills he has developed from coaching, financial planning, and business development to think of ways he can help his community thrive!

Christan's mission in life is to inspire people to realize their own worth and to help people create the circumstances to live a fulfilled life. Throughout life people are in search of something and they believe that what they should pursue is success. People believe that being successful will make them happy. The problem with success is that it is an external measure to compare ourselves to our surroundings.

Christan believes that we need to start defining happiness in another way. Life is not about being successful, life is about feeling fulfilled. Fulfillment is an internal state of happiness, it can't be measured, compared or judged.

What the future holds for us is exciting and with a cooperative and respectful effort within the entire human race we can truly create a positive impact on this world and achieve our dreams and fulfillment in our lives. If you believe it and act on it, you will achieve it.

Success is meaningless without fulfillment.

A philosophy for building an engaged team

In the last few decades, the average life expectancy has gone up dramatically. People are staying in the workforce longer than ever before and this has led to a situation where there is an enormous age gap between older employees and the people that are now starting their careers. This age gap brings along some problems for working together and aiding each other, but does it really have to be that way?

Any generation and every individual has it’s own strengths and weaknesses. If we learn to build on each other’s strengths instead on focusing on our differences, we can become the most influential and world changing group of people. A new generation that is stronger because of it’s diversity: GenUs.


Senior Client Support Specialist, ATB BoostR, Business & Agriculture
Crowd Funding

Alberta BoostR is a rewards-based crowdfunding platform from ATB Financial designed for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Alberta. Through Alberta BoostR, businesses can raise money, test ideas, and gain exposure and market insights from the “crowd” in exchange for a reward - a product, service, or fun/unique experience. We’re taking a different approach by offering entrepreneurs not only a crowdfunding platform through BoostR but also:

BoostR is ideal for businesses of all stages - from startup to well established - whether you’re looking to launch or reach the next level of growth. We believe in entrepreneurs and recognize the immense value small business provides to our province. We’re here to support your goals.

Ready to take the leap? If you are a business owner interested in using Alberta BoostR, take the first step in launching your campaign now.

Want to fund local businesses, ideas and talent that make a difference in your community, the province and - dare we say - the world? Check out live campaigns on BoostR.


President of World Strategies, LLC
Surviving and Thriving Through Change

Angela is President of World Strategies, LLP, a certified, woman-owned government affairs and policy consulting firm that provides strategic, innovative solutions to accelerate global investment, manage risk, enhance reputation and drive significant cost savings by responsibly the leveraging chain.

For over 20 years, Angela has served as a trusted advisor to members of the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch as well as to CEOs and senior executives in complex, multi-national organizations.

Previously, Angela was Vice President, International Corporate Affairs, at Walmart Stores, Inc. where she led the company’s external engagement in 40+ retail, ecommerce and sourcing countries around the world. She also launched innovative public-private chain capacity building projects focused on transparency, building safety, agricultural development and women’s economic empowerment in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Angela joined the company in 2002 as Director of International Corporate Affairs in the company’s Federal Government Relations office in Washington, D.C. In 2005, she moved to company headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas where she led corporate affairs engagement in the Americas as well as gained operational experience in the supply chain when she was promoted to Vice President, GNFR (indirect spend) and Sourcing Services in Walmart Global Sourcing.

Prior to Walmart, she served as International Trade Counsel on U.S. Senate Finance Committee under Chairman Max Baucus. Angela joined the Senator’s staff in 1989 as a congressional liaison in the State of Montana and in 1997, after receiving her Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana, was his legislative counsel for agriculture and trade in Washington, D.C.

Angela is a staunch advocate for women’s empowerment and continues to be active in the Organization of Women in International Trade ("OWIT") a voluntary, non-profit association of professionals interested in international trade. She joined the organization in 1997 and in 2005 served as President of the Washington, D.C. chapter. From 2010-2013 she served as President of the organization which included 25 chapters and 2000+ members around the globe.

CLICK HERE for her presentation from 2017!


Strategic Alliance Summits

Heart-centered entrepreneurs hire Tom and his partners to turn their calling & mission into a movement.

Tom leads our Strategic Alliance Summits, our global Strategic Alliance Summit Licensing program, and the Strategic Philanthropy Global Summit. Tom is also the founder of the Entrepreneur Broadcasting Company.

Tom has started some 56 businesses of his own, and has made and lost millions, several times over.

More importantly, his personal coaching clients have generated more than one hundred million in sales in dozens of industries.

As an international best-selling author and seminar presenter he has been able to share his message of business success & failure to more than 100,000 people on 4 continents. He has been interviewed in Success Mag, Inc Mag, Entrepreneur, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and literally 100's of radio & TV Stations across North America.


Finding Comfort in Your Own Skin

Like most of us, entrepreneur and coach Jay R. McDonald has seen the word confidence defined numerous ways over the years. Is it self-love and positive attitude? A laundry list of brave endeavours and belief in oneself? Pride? Is it meant only for the chosen few who rise to the top? Or is there a different story?

With over 5 years in the spotlight as a professional musician, entrepreneur, coach and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches performer, his view is radically different.

Jay appreciates and shares with listeners, that self-confidence is a moment-to-moment choice and not about title, esteem or position. Self-confidence is for everyone, everyday. It's how we can live our lives.

Jay, sometimes referred to as the trouble maker for his ability to stir up a group in a good way or as the People Whisperer for his coaching skills that bring out the best in people, is known for his practical, down to earth style; Jay's fusion of real-life stories and his conversational techniques connect with his audience at an intimate, intense and individual level.

Jay has appeared on radio, news, and live television as a performer, musician, entrepreneur and fitness personality. He is a Certified Personal Trainer, and continues to work with the best and brightest in the fitness and self-development fields.

The creator of Team JayRFit, Jay's programs, mindset conversations, and principles have been shared internationally around the globe.

From Fat Boy to Manorexic Jay has been both. He is the Man on a Mission to help others find comfort in their own skin. As a self-love and mental health advocate, Jay is beyond honoured to share his trials, tribulations, and journey to finding and embracing life long self-confidence in today's society with you.



Komal Minhas is an Indo-Canadian entrepreneur, media maker, and investor. She's the founder of KoMedia, a digital consultancy that focuses on telling women's stories worldwide. In 2014, Komal became producer and distributor of Dream, Girl, a documentary that tells the stories of ambitious female entrepreneurs. In May 2016, Dream, Girl premiered at the White House as part of the United State of Women Summit.

Komal was named one of Oprah's SuperSoul100, a list featuring extraordinary individuals that live life intentionally, create great social impact, and bring inspiration to others, and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. She has spoken on panels and at events about entrepreneurship and women in media, including at the White House, and the Cannes International Film Festival. When she's not working on all things Dream, Girl, you'll find Komal writing about her life, advocating for healthier ways of doing business after surviving cancer and a brain injury last year, or laughing non-stop with her partner, Mitch.




Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
The Future of Oil and Gas in Northwest Alberta

Chris Montgomery currently serves as the Manager, Natural Gas Communications and Outreach for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Prior to joining CAPP, Chris spent his career in Ottawa providing advice to senior Cabinet Ministers, and serving as a political organizer.






P. Ag., C.A.C. Professional Agrologist Certified Agricultural Consultant
The Agriculture Manifesto & Know GMO - Will Agriculture Be Allowed to Feed 9 Billion People?

Robert Saik, Founder of The Agri-Trend® Group of Companies (now part of Trimble Navigation) is a Professional Agrologist and a Certified Agricultural Consultant.

In his capacity as Founder and now Global Business Development for Agri-Trend, Robert has been involved in the development of many new business processes and spearheaded several advancements in technology integration in agriculture including the development of The Agri-Data® Solution which was a winner of Alberta’s 2002 E-business of the Year for on-line farm data management as well as 2015 Ag Innovation of the Year Award by Agri-Trade Show.

In addition to being a keen entrepreneur, Rob’s technical strengths lie in soil chemistry, plant physiology and crop nutrition.

Agri-Trend was recognized as a 2012 & 2014 Western Regional Canada Top 50 Best Managed Company and was recognized by Venture Magazine as one of Alberta’s 2013 top 25 Most Innovative Organizations.

He is the creator of The Agri-Prize contest series, a skills based incentive competition for agriculture and launched The Canola 100 Agri-Prize in July 2015 which is a collaboration with Agri-Trend, John Deere and Glacier FarmMedia.

Robert was awarded the 2014 Canadian Agri-Marketer of the Year by the Canadian Association of Agricultural Marketers.

Robert is also the author of an Amazon 2014 Best of Books, "The Agriculture Manifesto" - 10 Key Drivers That Will Shape Agriculture in the next Decade. He is also the publisher of The AgADVANCE Journal, 2014 Western Trade Journal of the Year.

He is a passionate keynote speaker addressing audiences on the importance of modern agriculture, His 2014 TEDx talk, entitled "Will Agriculture be ALLOWED to feed 9 Billion People" is a popular on-line reference and has been viewed over 90,000 times.

He is the Executive Producer of KNOW GMO the MOVIE a full feature movie project looking at the advancements of technology use in agriculture. This global, film festival quality documentary will be an uplifting discussion about food and is currently being filmed with planned release for 2017.

He has travelled extensively through North America, South America, the EU, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East as well as Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan working on technology integration and agriculture advancements.

Robert serves on several boards and is a member of many professional associations. In 2006 he was recognized as Distinguished Agrologist of the Year by the Alberta Institute of Agrology.

He is passionate about pursuing business opportunities in the Agricultural Sector.

e- mail Cell – 1-403-391-0772 Twitter - @RSaik Other Twitter feeds @AgriTrend @AgriData @AgriPrize @AgManifesto @knowGMOmovie Skype – Robert.Saik Web –

CLICK HERE for his presentation from 2017!


Executive Director, Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region
SPARK! Business Incubation in the Peace Region

As an organization that specializes in business development and business success, Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region is excited to announce the February 1, 2017 opening of SPARK! Business Incubator. Located downtown on the 3rd floor of 214 Place, SPARK! offers reasonable, month to month physical office space for startup and transitioning businesses, while providing administration, business counselling, consulting & training opportunities as well as access to professional services and supports that help to make strong, resilient and innovative entrepreneurs. Community Futures Executive Director, Holly Sorgen, will speak more to this innovative partnership with the City of Grande Prairie and Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network.


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 is a featured marketing expert (with Amber Mac), on the new Mark Burnett-produced business reality show, Dream Funded. 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 new book, Everyone’s An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be), hit store shelves in the fall of 2016.

 Thriving in the Expression Economy

Low production costs, easy distribution and suddenly, everyone’s a creator. Consumers can now fill their day with content dedicated to their hobbies, passions and the things that interest them most.

For business, that’s a problem.

See, consumers used to vote with their wallets. Now they vote with their time. And you know who’s winning the battle for time?

Other consumers.

Yup. Right now, your customers are more creative than you are.

They’re more innovative than you are. They’re more authentic than you are. Often, They’re even more helpful than you are. In the battle for time, your competition isn’t the category leader. It’s the consumer. It doesn’t matter if you’re selling a product, pitching a new idea or trying to get a raise, your biggest challenge is someone willingly giving you the time to do it.

This humourous and insightful presentation helps organizations and more importantly, the individuals within them, win time. It highlights operational and personal innovation, authenticity, speed to market, creativity, and more. In short, it teaches business how to act like their customers.

CLICK HERE for his presentation from 2017!


Juno Award-Winning Musician / Creativity Expert

David Usher is a creative tour de force. As the front man of the internationally acclaimed rock band Moist, and as a solo artist, David has sold more than 1.4 million albums, won countless awards including five Junos and performed at sold-out venues around the world. Believing that creativity and creative success is a learnable skill that anyone can master, his unique and dynamic presentations employ music and video to show audiences the steps they can take to stimulate the creative process at home and at work.

When David is not making music, he is equally passionate about using technology to build new and interesting businesses. His company, Cloudid Creativity Labs,works on a vast range of innovative projects, from building web platforms to creative consulting for clients like Cirque du Soleil, Deloitte, and the Toronto International Film Festival. His book on creativity and the creative process, Let the Elephants Run:Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything, was published in March, 2015.

David sits on the advisory board of McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Art and Ideas and is the founding director of Amnesty International’s Artists for Amnesty. David has a degree in political science from Simon Fraser University and has lived and traveled all over the world. When he’s not on the road, he can be found in front of a computer dreaming up something new.

Core Creativity: How to Bring Creativity, Innovation and Inspiration to the Work that You Do

The Internet has changed everything we know about business and art…and it continues to do so. You can no longer get by because you’re the best in your town, or even in your country. Now, everything has a global audience and products and services need to do more than simply perform — they need to sing.

Nobody understands this better than David Usher. The multi-platinum artist has sold over 1.4 million albums as a solo artist and frontman for the rock band Moist, won countless awards and sold-out venues all over the world, and has worked tirelessly to improve his creative process. He believes that creativity is a learnable skill that anyone can master.

David shares his fascinating formula to stimulating creativity through a mix of music, video, and experimentation, and brings to life the core elements needed to build a more dynamic, fulfilling, and innovative creative process at work.



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