Speakers

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

Rahul Bhardwaj leads an organization of more than 12,000 members committed to improving national outcomes by growing the leadership and governance capacities within Canadian businesses, agencies and not-for-profits.

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.

Dr. Lance Secretan’s bestselling books, inspirational talks and life-changing retreats have touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He is ranked 17th in the world by Leadership Gurus and among the Top Five Leadership speakers by Speakers in America. He has authored 21 books about leadership, inspiration, corporate culture and entrepreneurship, the latest of which is The Bellwether Effect: Stop Following. Start Inspiring!

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.

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Rahul Bhardwaj, LLB, ICD.D

President & Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Corporate Directors

Rahul Bhardwaj leads an organization of more than 12,000 members committed to improving national outcomes by growing the leadership and governance capacities within Canadian businesses, agencies and not-for-profits.

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.

Rahul’s current board memberships include Metrolinx, the Rideau Hall Foundation and the Executive Committee of the Global Network of Director Institutes. He is also a member of the Leader Council at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at the Ivey Business School and the Quadrangle Society at Massey College.

Kim Bellissimo

Vice President, People and Organizational Development, William Osler Health System

Kim Bellissimo is responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources function at the William Osler Health System, including Talent Development and Succession, Organizational Effectiveness and Development, Health and Safety and Labour Relations.

Kim has a wealth of experience in leadership development, change management and the creation of innovative Human Resources programs and services. She has successfully led transformational projects with broad organizational impact. Her major accomplishments include developing the OPS Talent Management Program, creating a Tobacco Free campus at CAMH, and leading the implementation of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Kim believes in a proactive and strategic approach to Human Resources and has a great track record of building high performing teams

Sarah Downey

President and CEO, Michael Garron Hospital, Toronto East Health Network

Sarah Downey, President and CEO of Michael Garron Hospital, is a senior healthcare leader whose experience spans two decades of professional engagement in both academic health-science centres and in complex multi-institutional organizations.

Sarah has a Master of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa and holds a Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Erin Davis

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.

Adrian Lawford

Associate Vice President, Retail Products ,TD Bank Group

Adrian Lawford is an advocate for mental health issues at TD Bank Group and a champion of mental health promotion within the workplace. As an Associate Vice President of Retail Products at TD, he currently serves as a member of TD’s Persons with Disability, Diversity Leadership Committee, which champions inclusion and celebrates staff diversity in the workplace. He joined TD 20 years ago, and has served in a variety of senior management roles.

Adrian is also a member of CivicAction’s Champions Council for Mental Health in the Workplace, a group of nearly 30 senior and rising leaders from across the GTHA that are committed to making workplaces a better resource for colleagues who are struggling with mental health issues.

Terry O’Reilly

Host/Creator, Under The Influence, CBC Radio One, Sirius Satellite & WBEZ Chicago

Terry O’Reilly began his career in radio and went on to become an award-winning copywriter for a number of Toronto advertising agencies. He created campaigns for many of the country’s top brands, including Labatt, Molson, Bell and The Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1990, Terry co-founded Pirate Radio & Television with a staff of 50 and 8 recording studios in Toronto and New York City.

In addition to hosting the award-winning radio show, “Under The Influence,” Terry has co-written a best-selling book called The Age of Persuasion: How Marketing Ate Our Culture. His latest best-seller is This I Know: Marketing Lessons From Under The Influence. He has been given Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Advertising & Design Club of Canada, The Television Bureau of Canada, and the American Marketing Association.

Sevaun Palvetzian

CEO, CivicAction

Under the leadership of Sevaun Palvetzian since 2014, CivicAction has launched the CivicAction Leadership Foundation and two initiatives focused on youth unemployment and mental health in the workplace.

Previously, Sevaun held several senior executive roles within the Ontario Government where she championed the next generation of leaders by launching the Youth and New Professional Secretariat, which included the award-winning Learn and Work Program for at-risk youth. She has also held positions at the University of Toronto, the World Bank Group and Presidential Classroom, a Washington D.C.-based civic education organization.

Sevaun frequently contributes to city-building efforts including the Premier’s Community Hubs Advisory Group, The Toronto Police Service Board Transformational Task Force, and Mayor John Tory’s Advisory Panel for International Hosting Opportunities.

Dr. Lance Secretan

Founder and CEO, The Secretan Center Inc.

Dr. Lance Secretan’s bestselling books, inspirational talks and life-changing retreats have touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He is ranked 17th in the world by Leadership Gurus and among the Top Five Leadership speakers by Speakers in America. He has authored 21 books about leadership, inspiration, corporate culture and entrepreneurship, the latest of which is The Bellwether Effect: Stop Following. Start Inspiring!

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.

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Each year, the ​Performance ​Excellence ​Summit ​& ​Canada ​Awards ​for ​Excellence ​attracts ​500+ ​leaders ​and ​decision-makers ​from ​all ​sectors ​and ​includes ​a ​line-up ​of ​high ​profile ​speakers, ​presentation ​of ​the ​Canada ​Awards ​for ​Excellence ​and ​Board ​of ​Governors’ ​Special ​Recognition ​of ​Achievement ​Award. Don’t miss out!

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