2020 CONFERENCE PRESENTERS
Head of Marketing, Google Canada
Fab Dolan teaches Fortune 500 business leaders how emerging technologies can redefine the way they do business. We are all in the business of tech now, he says: it’s time to let go of the passive consumerism that has defined much of our relationship with computers. From startups that acquire millions of users overnight to global corporations embracing an exponential worldview, Dolan explores the challenges and opportunities facing individuals and companies in this great age of innovation.
Fab Dolan is the Head of Marketing at Google Canada. At work and in his talks, he draws on his experiences as leader on iconic businesses – iconic brands such as Cheerios and Green Giant, and revolutionary upstarts such as Android and YouTube – as well as the experiences of the cutting edge digital agencies, startups, and engineers he meets regularly. Dolan is a TEDx speaker, one of Marketing Magazine's "30 under 30," and a regular guest lecturer at some of Canada’s top universities. His talks explore the impacts of technology on business strategy, economics, education and career development, and much more. "Fab Dolan is that rare breed who is shifting marketer mindsets on the potential of digital," says Marketing Magazine. "Smart, ambitious, tireless, generous and capable of generating extraordinary business results, Dolan’s the marketing equivalent of that baseball rarity, the five-tool player."
MICHAEL "PINBALL" CLEMONS
President and CEO, Toronto Argonauts
To Canadians, the name “Pinball” stands for remarkable athletic talent, outstanding sportsmanship and a commitment to the community.
As a former all-star running back, Grey Cup winning coach, President and CEO of the Toronto Argonauts, Michael “Pinball” Clemons is a man of unquestionable character and spirit. He is equally renowned for his achievements on the football field as he is for his impact as a motivational speaker.
Pinball’s presentations are at once captivating and empowering. He inspires audiences by demonstrating what it means to beat the odds and encourages listeners to use teamwork to achieve their goals. Mike Clemons’ football career was characterized by incredible perseverance and great skill. At only 5 feet 6 inches and 170 pounds, he won against all odds. He succeeded while others predicted failure and gave more when less would have been satisfactory. “All Heart” is the story of a young man guided by fierce determination.
Born and raised in Florida, the William and Mary economics graduate began his career in the CFL in 1989 after a brief stint in the National Football League with Kansas City and Tampa Bay. As a player, Clemons compiled a brilliant CFL career with the Toronto Argonauts, including a pro-football record for most career combined yards with 25,396. On September 15, 2000, Pinball hung up his Argo’s jersey after 12 seasons to take the reigns as Head Coach.
As a player he retired a three-time Grey Cup Champion with 12 all-time team records to his credit. He has also won Grey Cup as the head coach of the 2004 Argo’s. Known for a personality that is as electric as his style of play on the field was, Clemons redefines the meaning of community involvement and has been recognized by many organizations for his tireless work with charities, schools and other community groups.
Michael is an athlete with true character, an incredibly generous spirit and a quiet dignity that shines on and off the field. Michael tells how his upbringing has shaped him, how his steadfast faith has always guided him and how his commitment to his team and his community is much more than just a professional veneer – but a deeply held feeling of true spirit and belonging.
Communications and Marketing Executive
Chitra Anand is an award-winning communications & marketing executive. With over 20 years in the technology industry she has spent time as the head of Communications for Microsoft Canada, Director of Marketing at TELUS Corporation and Director of Operations at Open Text.
Projects she guided at Microsoft and TELUS have been awarded IABC Gold Quill Awards, Canadian Public Relations Society Awards of Excellence, the Corporate IT Hero award by the Information Technology Association of Canada and the Business for the Arts Awards.
Anand is at the forefront of an important new movement in the workplace: intrapreneurship. Intrapreneurs are the people within your organization who possess an entrepreneurial spirit, driving innovation, creative thinking, and new ideas.
She is a doctoral researcher, innovation & culture change key note speaker, professor, author and advisor to high growth companies.
She has keynoted several events, AGM’s and conferences where her talks reveal how to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship within organizations, how to stay on the cutting edge of market trends, technology, and consumer behaviour. Her writing has been featured in the Globe and Mail and the Huffington Post and teaches several courses at Humber and Sheridan College. In 2018, Chitra published her book; The Greenhouse Approach, How to Cultivate Deliberate Innovation in Organizations.
Chitra Anand has been named as a “bridge builder” for women in tech by the A-list; a yearly publication that features 50 prominent Indo-Canadians who through various career and community efforts have helped foster relations between Canada and India.
Anand has an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management and is currently pursuing her PhD at Bradford University in the UK.
President and CEO, Indigenous Works
Kelly J. Lendsay is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s foremost innovators of Indigenous workplace inclusion, diversity, and corporate engagements. He has brought his message of the power of relationships and partnerships to more than 250 audiences in Canada and abroad. As the inaugural President and CEO of Indigenous Works (formerly the Aboriginal Human Resource Council), Kelly has worked to grow and engage corporate Canada in Indigenous workplace inclusion since 1998, developing the council into an ISO-certified national social enterprise. He leads the council’s new national charity, Kochita, designed to empower Indigenous youth to reach their resource and career potential. He has also served on more than a dozen corporate, crown, and non-profit boards in Canada and won a 2015 National HR Award for Best Diversity Program.
“Charisma, intelligence, and credibility are his brand. He is a passionate storyteller, often spontaneous, and captivates an audience’s imagination and attention ... His strong stage presence and demeanor translates into an unforgettable impression and experience. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear this outstanding leadership-in-action speaker.”
— Charles S. Coffey, Officer of the Order of Canada
Lendsay launched the first Indigenous business education program in Canada, which included the first MBA with a specialization in Indigenous Management at the University of Saskatchewan. There, he redefined the role Canadian universities can play in developing an indigenous economy. He was co-recipient of the Canadian Institute of Management’s Around Outstanding MBA Graduate Award, recipient of the Xerox “Excellence in Leadership National Award,” and appointed a Distinguished Lecturer by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. He is also an alumnus of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Tour and a graduate of the Director Education Program, hosted by the Institute of Corporate Directors, Rotman’s School of Management. Lendsay was named one of the “100 Alumni of Influence” by the U of S; his accomplishments have been recognized for influencing the growth and development of the university, the province, and the world during the last century.
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace aren’t just buzzwords. They’re necessary business strategies.
Indigenous leader KELLY J. LENDSAY talks about real social and economic inclusion for Indigenous people and all Canadians. By inspiring government, business, and Indigenous people to overcome exclusion barriers, he shows how we can reclaim our shared values, rebuild relationships and engage each other to increase employment and economic prosperity. The Truth & Reconciliation calls to action are a collective challenge to improve the social and economic capital for a greater Canada. In his talks, Lendsay uses storytelling, humor and real life examples to describe a new path of inclusion.
Agriculture Transition Specialist, Farm Credit Canada
Joel Bokenfohr is an Agriculture Transition Specialist at FCC where he helps people start the transition conversation, giving them the tools and resources to work towards goals that keep their operations viable and sustainable.
Joel has worked in agriculture in many different capacities, advising farms, food processors and policy makers on issues affecting the industry. His true passion is helping primary producers and farm families with decisions on transition planning, farm management and business structures.
Joel holds a degree in commerce and management from MacEwan University, master’s in economics from the University of British Columbia and agri-business certificates from Texas A&M and the University of Sao Paulo. Joel continues to farm in Sturgeon County, Alberta, with his family.
Assistant Director, Purdue Center for Regional Development
Roberto Gallardo is Assistant Director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development and a Purdue Extension Community & Regional Economics Specialist. He holds an electronics engineering undergraduate degree, a master's in economic development, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration. Gallardo has worked with rural communities over the past fifteen years conducting local & regional community economic development, including use of technology for development.
He has authored more than 90 articles and reports including peer-reviewed and news-related regarding rural trends, socioeconomic analysis, industrial clusters, the digital divide, and leveraging broadband applications for community economic development. He is also the author of the book “Responsive Countryside: The Digital Age & Rural Communities”, which highlights a 21st century community development model that helps rural communities transition to, plan for, and prosper in the digital age. Dr. Gallardo is a TEDx speaker and his work has been featured in a WIRED magazine article, a MIC.com documentary, and a RFDTV documentary. He lives in West Lafayette with his wife and two daughters.
Speaker, Consultant, Best-Selling Author, Radio Host
Charmaine Hammond, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is a highly sought-after business keynote and workshop speaker, entrepreneur, author and educator who teaches and advocates the importance of developing trust, healthy relationships and collaboration in the workplace. She has helped clients in many industries build resilient and engaged workplaces, develop high trust/high accountability relationships, and solve workplace issues that get in the way of success and profitability. She is respected as a "no fluff" and "rich content" speaker who delivers tangible tools to step into action immediately.
This former Correctional Officer (yup! She worked in jails) and Corporate Dispute Resolution Expert now travels the world teaching the principles of collaboration, communication/conflict resolution and resilience. She also has an extensive background facilitating process to help collaborations and workplace/team relationships when they go sideways. As a former mediator she has helped facilitate some of the most complex collaborations and partnership arrangements. She has also been called to several communities that have experienced disasters to help with the rebuilding resilience and recovery processes.
Her corporate clients have included all 3 levels of government, oil and gas sector, trade associations and companies (health, nursing, engineering, safety, and more), technology businesses, human resources, community partnership departments, educational institutions, police/fire and rescue, non profit organizations and everything in between. She has presented to more than 300,000 people worldwide. Her extensive background in the corporate, small business and non profit worlds, her past role as a contract negotiation specialist for government, and a business owner, she has an interesting perspective of being on all sides of the collaboration table. She has owned several businesses over the past 21 years.
She has a Master's Degree in Conflict Management & Analysis is a bestselling author (of 5 books & featured in 6 others), and CSP™ Certified Speaking Professional. Charmaine has been featured in renowned publications such as Inc., Occupational Health & Safety Magazine, and many others, as well as having appeared as a guest on numerous TV and Radio Programs. She is a co-producer of an animated film which will be released in late 2020 designed to help communities after disaster.
Principal, Goobie Tulk Inc.
Mr. Gerry Goobie is a Principal in the Calgary office of Goobie Tulk Inc. (GTI) providing consulting services to clients in the natural gas, crude oil, natural gas liquids (NGL) and natural gas processing businesses throughout North America.
Gerry is a 40 year veteran in the petroleum industry specializing in the natural gas, NGL and crude oil businesses. Gerry’s experience includes commercial operations, project management, strategic planning, acquisitions and divestments and regulatory matters as well as process design and reservoir engineering.
Prior to forming GTI with Dave Tulk, Gerry was a Principal at Gas Processing Management Inc. (GPMi) and prior to GPMi, Gerry was a Managing Consultant in the Calgary office of Purvin & Gertz Inc. Both GPMi and Purvin & Gertz were internationally renowned, independent oil and gas consultancies. Prior to joining Purvin & Gertz, Gerry worked in various commercial and operational roles for ATCO Midstream Ltd., TransCanada Pipelines Ltd., Murphy Oil, Alberta Natural Gas Ltd, Esso Resources Canada and Texaco Canada Resources.
Gerry holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. Gerry is a registered professional engineer in Alberta.
Gerry is a frequent speaker at crude oil, natural gas, midstream and petrochemical conferences.
Optimistic Energy Sector Leader with over 20 years’ experience working at major engineering and consulting companies around the globe, Nathan strongly believes the Oil Sands resource will continue to provide incredible value to Albertans and Canadians for many decades to come. Over the years, Nathan has been heavily involved in numerous oil sands technology and innovation initiatives. His recent work included leading the Bitumen Beyond Combustion study on behalf of Stantec which involved working with Alberta Innovates and major Oil Sands operators.
When Nathan isn’t spearheading new technology development, he’s probably doing something outdoors. He’s a registered Scouts Canada leader, and thrives when hiking or camping in remote locations.
President and CEO, Travel Alberta
Royce Chwin is the CEO of Travel Alberta, an award-winning provincial crown corporation mandated to develop and promote Alberta as a premier tourist destination. Royce leads a high-performance team who promote Alberta’s tourism experiences regionally, nationally and internationally, and support the province’s tourism businesses to grow Alberta’s $8.9B annual visitor economy.
Under Royce’s leadership, Travel Alberta was named one of Canada’s 10 Best Corporate Cultures – Broader Public Service by Waterstone Capital and has been recognized as one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers of 2019 by Mediacorp Canada, Inc. for three consecutive years.
Royce brings over 25 years’ leadership experience in the retail and hospitality industries. Prior to joining Travel Alberta, Royce was the Executive Director, Global Brand Integration at the Canadian Tourism Commission. There, he and his team were instrumental in bringing the Canada brand to life for millions of viewers in support of 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.
Royce complements his destination promotion experience with a background in the retail and hospitality sectors. He successfully led and executed business strategy and operations for several organizations including Starbucks, Boston Pizza International and a retail start-up.
A graduate of the Queens University Executive Program and CommunityShift, a C-level leadership development program founded by KPMG Enterprise and Ivey Business School, Royce also volunteers as a member of the Edmonton International Airport Business Advisory Committee, the Calgary International Airport Business Development Advisory Council, and the Hospitality and Tourism Management Advisory Committee at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the Expedia Media Select Advisory board.
Royce and his wife, Gisele, make their home in Calgary, where they cheer on six very active nieces and nephews.
Project Director, PCL Construction
As a project director with PCL Construction's industrial sector, Grant Mombourquette has seen how a major oil and gas project can transform a community in Alberta.
With PCL, Grant has played a leadership role on multi-billion dollar projects such as the Northwest Refining Sturgeon Refinery in Redwater and Kearl Lake near Fort McMurray, and he has watched as small cities of people came together to build something that would leave a lasting legacy on the economy of those communities.
Grant has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry and holds a degree in information systems technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Canadian Business Development Manager, xarvio
Brent is an Olds College Graduate and is currently the Canadian Business Development Manager for xarvio Digital Farming Solutions which is the digital department for BASF. In his role, Brent shows growers, agronomists and retails how innovative digital tools can improve & automate crop production as well as showcase how tech can aid is day to day business practices.
Brent is still active on his family farm and ranch near Lethbridge but also has close to 10 years of experience in the digital farming space, with key roles in product development, equipment, customer service, sales & commercialization. During his career Brent has experienced the exponential growth of digital agriculture first hand, seeing the advancements from both in the tractor cab & in the digital product development.
President and CEO, Nauticol
Mark has over 25 years of experience and leadership in both the finance sector and the energy industry. Prior to co-founding Nauticol in 2016, Mark had a 20-year career with General Electric where he was the President of GE Energy’s investing business in Canada. During his time at GE, Mark led the development, investment and construction of several billion dollars of energy infrastructure projects across Canada.
Mark is an innovator, and he has built a reputation around his high level of collaboration and inclusiveness with a broad group of partners and stakeholders. He was born in England, but has spent most of his life in Canada and now calls Calgary home.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan.