Each year at the Performance Excellence Summit & Canada Awards for Excellence, we line-up dynamic speakers and thought-leaders that deliver powerful messages that inspire.
Rahul Bhardwaj, LLB, ICD.D
President & Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Corporate Directors
He began his career as a corporate lawyer at a leading Canadian law firm. He subsequently served as Vice-President for Toronto’s 2008 Olympic Bid, and was President & CEO of the Toronto Foundation for nine years. He also chaired the 2012 Ontario Summer Games and the Toronto Jazz Festival.
He coaches and advises leaders globally and guides leadership teams who wish to transform their culture into the most inspirational in their industries.
Lance is the recipient of many awards, including the International Caring Award, and is the former Chair of the Advisory Board of the Special Olympics World Winter Games. Currently he chairs the Pay it Forward Foundation.
President and Founding Partner, The Idea Suite
Since founding The Idea Suite, a Toronto-based boutique innovation agency, Shelli Baltman has worked to build global brands and launch new products for clients including Starbucks, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Verizon, Mondelez and Hain Celestial. Shelli is a prolific speaker on the topics of insights and innovation, and she and her business partner Fiona Stevenson are passionate about supporting women in business and entrepreneurship through mentoring, speaking and training engagements.
Shelli started her career as a management consultant with Mercer Management Consulting in Toronto, and then McKinsey & Co. in London, UK after completing her MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. In 2002, she joined ?What If! Innovation, building its customer experience innovation practice into a $4-million business before being promoted to Managing Director in 2007. Moving home to Toronto in 2010, she founded and built the Innovation division at market research agency Hotspex before founding The Idea Suite in 2015.
Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon
President and Vice-Chancellor, Carleton University
Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon started his five-year mandate as President of Carleton University on July 1, 2018. He joined Carleton from Queen’s University where he was Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).
He previously served as Provost and Vice-President (Academic Affairs) at Concordia University in his hometown of Montreal where he was recognized with an award as Concordia University’s Sustainability Champion. His first academic appointment was at Bishop’s University, where he served in a number of leadership roles. He is a three-time recipient of Bishop’s Merit Award for exceptional performance in teaching and research.
Benoit-Antoine holds a PhD in neuropsychology from the University of Montreal. His research focuses on the links between brain activity and perception in the visual and auditory systems, as well as on multisensory integration. He remains associated with the Montreal-based Neuropsychology and Cognition Research Center.
Keynote Speaker, Virtual COO, Executive Coach
Owner, Dan Cockerell LLC
His experience leading a team of 12,000 cast members, who entertain millions of guests every year, solidified his belief that building relationships is critical for leadership success. He now brings his wealth of Disney knowledge and experience to organizations around the world to help them create world-class customer experiences and operational excellence.
Broadcaster, Author, Sleep Enthusiast
Erin Davis is truly delighted to be back with her friends at CAE again this year. Since leaving Toronto radio after 30+ years of hosting mornings on 98.1 CHFI, Erin has enjoyed traveling this vast country from her new home in Victoria, BC, emceeing events, keynote speaking and, as always, writing. In addition to the daily journal she has written for 15 years at www.erindavis.com, she now awaits publication in February 2019 of Mourning Has Broken (HarperCollins) on surviving loss through love and laughter.
President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo
His tenure in his current role has been devoted to fostering excellence in academics and research and developing an innovative culture committed to experiential education. He is a leading advocate for basic research and its value to academic excellence, economic prosperity and societal development.
In 2015, Feridun was appointed chair of a new council that is building a world-leading digital infrastructure ecosystem for Canada. He is also one of 10 global university presidents appointed to a United Nations campaign that is engaging boys and men in the cause of gender equity.
Feridun has a PhD in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul.
Dr. Adam Stoehr
Vice President, Educational and Research, Excellence Canada
Dr. Adam Stoehr has overall responsibility for Excellence Canada’s educational services, including the development and deployment of training and certification. He is one of Excellence Canada’s primary facilitators and speakers. He researches and typically speaks about strategy, employee happiness, organizational excellence, customer experience, leadership, process improvement and all forms of quality management.
Adam has delivered talks for more than 25,000 adults and has conducted more than 20 Canada Awards for Excellence award verifications since 2000.
He has a PhD in Business Strategy from the University of the West of England, Bristol Business School. His published thesis explores the relationship between a strategic approach to quality and employee happiness. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and French degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.