Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Peter Diamandis
Exponential Tech: Innovation & Disruption on the Road Ahead

Peter Diamandis

Exponential Tech: Innovation & Disruption on the Road Ahead

Named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, author of Abundance – the Future is Better than You Think and Bold – How to go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World, Peter is an international pioneer in the field of innovation.

Diamandis is Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight.

Diamandis is also the Executive Founder of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies, their ability to transform industries and solve humanity’s grand challenges.

In the field of commercial space, Diamandis is Co-Founder/Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and prospecting of asteroid for precious materials. He is also the Co-Founder of Space Adventures and Zero-Gravity Corporation.

Diamandis’ mission is to open the space frontier for humanity. His personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”

Amanda Lang
The Beauty of Discomfort & Innovation

Amanda Lang

The Beauty of Discomfort & Innovation

Sponsored by BNN

Award-winning Business Journalist and Anchor and named as one of the “50 Most Influential People in Toronto” . Amanda Lang will share her insights about how difficult change is (both organizational and personal), and how to set out strategies to overcome our distaste for it.

Amanda’s journalism career spans  both Canada and the United States.  As a correspondent, reporter and anchor for well-respected news outlets such as The Globe and Mail, the National Post as its New York correspondent, and simultaneously reported and anchored American Morning’s New York Stock Exchange on CNN, and the financial network CNNfn.

In March 2010, Amanda interviewed the former Prime Minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney, making her one of Canada’s most popular and well-recognized journalists.

Amanda released her first book entitled The Power of Why on October 9, 2012 which became a New York Times Bestseller and in 2017, she released her second book, The Beauty of Discomfort: How What We Avoid is What We Need, where she explains: “believing you can achieve a goal and having the ability to pick yourself up after you fail – have nothing whatsoever to do with performance and everything to do with persevering through doubt, disappointment, and other forms of discomfort”.

Featured Speakers

EDGE Talk: Panelists

Lee McDonald
President & CEO, Southmedic Inc.

Lee McDonald

President & CEO, Southmedic Inc.

“At Southmedic our passionate team challenges traditional thinking by providing innovative solutions that improve healthcare globally. We proudly operate in a way that is customer focused, transparent, and provide quality products that our customers can trust and depend on.”
– Lee McDonald

As the founder of Southmedic Inc., Lee McDonald has been the President, CEO and sole shareholder for over 30 years.

With extensive experience in global Healthcare, manufacturing and distribution, Lee has a proven track record for leading successful, high calibre innovation teams that continue to develop cost effective products for today’s Healthcare marketplace.

In 2008, Lee won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and she continues to lead Southmedic Inc. to be recognized under gold status as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for multiple years.

Elaine Gerrie
Co-President & CEO, Gerrie Electric

Elaine Gerrie

Co-President & CEO, Gerrie Electric

“Hire for the right attitude, the rest comes with training”
– Elaine Gerrie

As the President and CEO at Gerrie Electric, Elaine Gerrie continues to grow the family-owned business which Ken Gerrie started back in 1957.

Gerrie Electric is headquartered in Burlington Ontario and is one of the largest independent electrical distributors in Canada with 24 locations and over 350 employees throughout South Central Ontario. Customer mix includes Industrial End Users, OEMs, Contractors and Institutions.

With a passion to giving back while influencing the industry, Elaine currently sits on the Burlington Hydro Board and on the SupplyFORCE Board of Directors. Elaine has previously served on numerous Industry Boards and Executive Boards including Burlington Economic Development Corporation, Young Presidents Organization, Chair of Electro-federation Canada, Chair of Electro-Federation Scholarship Committee, sat on the Steering Committee at Mohawk College to develop the Industrial Distribution Leadership Certificate Program, Steering Committee for SupplyForce, and on the Committee of Hungry For Change/Canadian Feed the Children.

Tanya van Biesen
Executive Director, Catalyst

Tanya van Biesen

Executive Director, Catalyst

“Since joining Catalyst, my mission, our mission has been to change the conversation on how to advance women in the workplace from being a women’s issue to being a business issue, a talent issue and a societal issue.”
– Tanya van Biesen

Tanya van Biesen is Executive Director of Catalyst’s operations in Canada. She is responsible for leading Catalyst’s growth in Canada and shaping strategies to advance Catalyst’s mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion with Supporters, corporate partners, professional organizations, CEOs, senior leaders, and stakeholders.

A recognized leader and influencer with deep experience in the executive search sector at the most senior levels of corporate Canada, Tanya brings more than two decades of corporate leadership and diversity experience to Catalyst. Most recently, she co-led the Financial Services Practice at Spencer Stuart and was a key member of the Canadian Boards Practice, focusing on executive search assignments at the board, CEO, and general management levels. She also led the firm’s Canadian Diversity Practice, specializing in the placement of chief diversity officers and diverse slates of candidates across all search assignments.

Tanya began her career at Procter & Gamble, working in both Toronto and Calgary in regional and national sales leadership roles. A sought-after speaker on the topic of diversity in the boardroom, Tanya has contributed to several research studies and articles analyzing leadership trends and attributes. She speaks English, French, and Dutch.

Susan Senecal
President & CEO, A&W Food Services of Canada

Susan Senecal

President & CEO, A&W Food Services of Canada

“Our working climate is our biggest strength. Everyone at A&W commits to our goals that describe how we aspire to work together.”
– Susan Senecal

Susan Senecal is the President and Chief Executive Officer of A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. becoming the fifth CEO in the Company’s 62-year history, and the first-ever fully bilingual CEO and woman in the role.

Susan has been with A&W for 25 years and has been involved in or led almost all major areas of the business, including operations, development, real estate and marketing. In all roles, she led transformative change and brought success to the organization. She spearheaded the strategy to build on A&W’s leadership in food, bringing progressive, sustainable and ethical products and practices to A&W restaurants. This strategy included new beef specifications introduced in 2013, which led to the restaurant serving beef raised without the use of hormones or steroids. A&W was the first restaurant chain to serve chicken raised without the use of antibiotics, eggs from hens fed a diet without animal by-products, pork raised without the use of antibiotics, and organic, fair-trade coffee. Most recently, the Company extended its ingredient guarantees, when, in July, it began serving its famous A&W Root Beer® made with natural cane sugar and all-natural flavours.

Susan is also a leader outside of A&W, as a Director and Past Chair of Restaurants Canada and serving on the National Board of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

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Thursday Oct 4, 2018
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