Speakers

Curt Steinhorst

Crossing the Generational Divide

Curt Steinhorst is the most experienced Certified Keynote Speaker at The Center for Generational Kinetics. His extensive and diverse speaking clients range
from GM and Raytheon to the Naval Academy and Citi.

Curt has received standing ovations for his powerful delivery that combines The Center’s latest research and how-to with his unique experience working with clients around the world. His entertaining speaking style has engaged and inspired audiences across North America and Europe.

A Millennial himself, Curt was elected President of his 10,000-member class at Texas A&M University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Curt’s personal experiences leading Millennials and serving as a speaking coach for top performers, from executives and TV personalities to helping the Heisman Trophy Winner prepare for his speech, make him a powerful and entertaining speaker on how to solve generational challenges with employees and customers.

Dr. John Izzo

The Purpose Revolution-How Leaders Inspire Engagement in an Age of Social Good

Dr. John Izzo has been a pioneer on creating successful businesses and emerging work trends for over twenty-five years. Izzo was a pioneer on employee engagement and social responsibility with his book Awakening Corporate Soul (1994), a trail blazer on shifting generational values when he wrote Values Shift-The New Work Ethic (2000), showed how individuals shape the future with Stepping Up (2014) and now is blazing a new trail showing business why a rising class of people worldwide will shape the economy of the future with his forthcoming book The Purpose Revolution. This rising class is not one of nationality, income, race or gender but one that aspires to have a good life while doing good.

He has spoken to over one million people, advised over 500 companies, authored six bestselling books and helped some of the world’s most admired companies. Known for his compelling combination of leading edge research, riveting storytelling, practical ideas to make a difference starting now and a keen sense of where the future is going your organization will leave inspired and ready to act. His clients have included IBM, Qantas, the Mayo Clinic, Verizon, RBC, TELUS, Westjet, DuPont, Humana, Microsoft and McDonalds.

He has spoken to over one million people, advised over 500 companies, authored six bestselling books and helped some of the world’s most admired companies. Known for his compelling combination of leading edge research, riveting storytelling, practical ideas to make a difference starting now and a keen sense of where the future is going your organization will leave inspired and ready to act. His clients have included IBM, Qantas, the Mayo Clinic, Verizon, RBC, TELUS, Westjet, DuPont, Humana, Microsoft and McDonalds.

TERRY STUART

Inspiring Leadership in the Age of Disruption

The future, according to Terry Stuart, Deloitte’s Chief Innovation Officer, is a bit of ying and a bit of yang. “In my current role, I’m simultaneously as excited as I’ve ever been in my career and as concerned as I’ve ever been at any point in my life.”

What does he mean? That no industry or business is immune to the current state of flux. New technologies, solutions and capabilities are coming out fast and they’re changing not only business models but also the regulatory and competitive environments. Some are threatening to wipe out whole or parts of industries and businesses, including professional services firms like Deloitte.

“We coined the phrase ‘living in the age of disruption’,” Terry says, “and we are definitely living it!”

Dr. Lance Secretan

The Bellwether Effect: Why 80% of Employees Detest Their Jobs and How to Fix It

Dr. Lance Secretan is a pioneering philosopher and corporate advisor whose bestselling books, inspirational talks, and life-changing retreats have touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He is the author of 21 books about leadership, inspiration, corporate culture and entrepreneurship as well as an award-winning memoir, A Love Story. His latest book is The Bellwether Effect.

Lance is a riveting speaker and is acknowledged globally as one of our most insightful and original leadership teachers. He is the former CEO of a Fortune 100 company, university professor, award-winning columnist, poet, author and outdoor athlete. He coaches and advises leaders globally (he is ranked among both The Top 30 Most Influential Executive Coaches and The Top 30 Most Influential Leadership Experts globally), and guides leadership teams who wish to transform their culture into the most inspirational in their industries.

What we heard from last year's attendees:

Wendy Bennison

CEO, SAXX Underwear

An accomplished, highly successful and results-driven Senior Executive with Presidential, COO, SVP and Board-level experience in businesses that have generated outstanding results in all retail channels, including both distributed and vertical models.

I am passionate about building strong businesses and the balance of art and science required for great success. Throughout my career I have thrived in fast paced, challenging growth environments that have provided the platform to work in, and act as a leader of powerful teams of builders. A deep investment in the people who have signed up to be a part of something great is what matters most. It is selecting, mentoring and encouraging talent to be their best selves that builds positive momentum.

But the greatest reward of all has been the opportunity to build highly engaged organizations that succeed through significant periods of change and growth in an ever evolving industry.

Three decades ago this industry grabbed my attention because of its ability to ignite and inspire action, in both individuals and businesses. Today, this is what fuels the high energy and drive for positive results that I’ve become known for.

Christine Day

CEO, Luvo

In addition to being the former CEO of lululemon, Christine brings 20 years of experience in various executive positions at Starbucks, where she helped build a strong and innovative company culture at one of the world’s most recognizable brands. Her passion, experience, and dedication to wellbeing make her an ideal leader to help us bring Luvo to the next level. Click here to read Christine’s food story.

Christine was honoured during the 2016 Excellence Performance Summit and is a recipient of a Canada Award for Excellence in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments as a successful executive and entrepreneur.

Nancy MacKay

CEO & Founder, MacKay CEO Forums

Dr. Nancy MacKay is the founder and CEO of MacKay CEO Forums, the highest impact and least time intensive peer group for over 1000 CEOs, Executives and business owners across Canada. With a dream to populate the world with inspiring leaders, she founded MacKay CEO Forums in 2005, after seeing first hand the tremendous value of having CEOs come together to learn from each other, and to help each other deal with their toughest issues and challenges.

Nancy is a CEO coach, dynamic keynote speaker, published author and a former university professor. She is the host of The CEO EDGE Podcast Show with thousands of listeners from around the world. Nancy holds a B.Math and a Masters degree in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo, as well as a Ph.D. in Business from Canterbury University in New Zealand. She is the co-author of “The Talent Advantage” by Wiley Publishing. Nancy loves playing squash and travelling around the world with her family and lives in BC.

Steve Patterson

Award-winning comedian, radio/tv host & author

As host of CBC Radio One’s wildly successful “The Debaters” since 2007 Patterson has become a household name, with more than 700,000 weekly listeners. In 2010, steady accolades for his work on that show earned him a third invitation to perform on one of Just For Laughs’ prestigious televised galas, hosted by Steve Martin. Considered to be the highlight of the show by the audience and critics alike, Patterson’s performance prompted the legendary Martin himself to quip, “If I’d known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him.”

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2018 EDGE Summit – a huge success!

Our 2nd annual EDGE Summit was a huge success! Held in Toronto, ON for the first time, 450 CEOs, Executives and Business Leaders spent the day together learning about Embracing Innovation and Technology. Our keynote speaker, Peter Diamandis, live by hologram from California, spoke about the future in this world of innovation and disruption.

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EDGE Summit 2018

“I believe that we all need to show up as Inspiring Leaders every day and be the best for the world.”

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CEO & Founder, MacKay CEO Forums

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