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Agenda

This year’s information-packed agenda offers a choice of sessions that provide business professionals with the tools, techniques and knowledge to grow both personally and professionally. Be inspired.

November 5, 2019

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7:30AM – 8:30AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

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8:30am – 8:35am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Master of Ceremonies: Erin Davis, Radio Host, Author, Sleep Enthusiast

Shirlee Sharkey, Chair, Board of Directors and Governors, Excellence Canada and President & CEO, Saint Elizabeth

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8:35AM – 9:05AM

Opening Keynote Address

Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon, President and Vice-Chancellor, Carleton University

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9:05AM – 9:35AM

Mourning Has Broken

Erin Davis, Radio Host, Author, Sleep Enthusiast

All attendees receive a complimentary copy of Erin Davis’ book, "Mourning Has Broken: Love, Loss and Reclaiming Joy"

On the morning of May 11, 2015, Erin Davis, one of Canada’s most beloved radio personalities, suffered a devastating blow when her daughter Lauren, who had marked a joyous Mother’s Day with her husband and young son only hours before, failed to awaken to her baby’s cries.

Thus began Erin’s journey of grieving out loud with her family, friends and listeners, and of demonstrating by example how to pick up and keep going after suffering the worst loss a parent can endure.

For months after Lauren’s heart stopped beating, the reason for which the coroner said might never be known, Erin would awaken from a restless night’s sleep and look at the clock wondering, Is this the time she died? How could a mother sleep through the night when a part of herself had been torn from this life? How did my heart not stop too? she wondered.

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9:35AM – 9:50AM

Mindfulness Break

Jonathan La Greca, GentleMind Founder and Mindfulness Coach

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9:50AM – 10:20AM

Innovation

Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo

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10:20AM – 10:40PM

Networking and Refreshment Break

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10:40AM – 11:25AM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Building a Culture of Excellence

Adam Stoehr, VP Educational Services, Excellence Canada

Session 2: Innovation and Design Thinking

Shelli Baltman, President and Founding Partner, The Idea Suite

Introduction to the principles and practical techniques behind human-centered design.

The presentation will cover:

  • what is innovation
  • behaviors to foster creativity and innovation
  • the 6 i’s of the innovation process
  • basic tools and techniques for each of the 6 i’s
  • case studies and examples to inspire fresh thinking
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11:25AM – 12:00PM

Afternoon Registrations and Networking Break

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12:00PM – 12:10PM

Welcome from Master of Ceremonies

Erin Davis, Radio Host, Author, Sleep Enthusiast

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12:10PM – 12:15PM

Chair’s Welcome and Opening Remarks

Shirlee Sharkey, Chair, Board of Directors and Governors, Excellence Canada and President & CEO, Saint Elizabeth

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12:15PM – 1:30PM

Lunch

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12:45PM – 1:30PM

Afternoon Keynote Address

Dan Cockerell, Keynote Speaker, Virtual COO, Executive Coach and Owner, Dan Cockerell LLC

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1:30PM – 1:55PM

Presentation of the Board of Governors’ Recognition of Achievement Award

Linda Hasenfratz, President and CEO, Linamar Corporation
Huda Idrees, Founder & CEO, Dot Health
Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission
Manjit Minhas, Canadian Entrepreneur, Television Personality and Venture Capitalist

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1:55PM – 2:10PM

Mindfulness Break

Jonathan La Greca, GentleMind Founder and Mindfulness Coach

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2:10PM – 3:30PM

Presentation of the Canada Awards for Excellence

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3:30PM – 3:35PM

Closing Remarks & Adjournment

Allan N. Ebedes, President & CEO, Excellence Canada

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