Our Speaker Lineup


We are very excited that we have been able to engage the services of some of the best international and local speakers to motivate, educate and entertain for our general sessions and optional workshops.

Our speaker's include:

Wednesday

Michael “PINBALL” Clemons

Canadian Sports Hall-of-Famer & Founder, Pinball Clemons Foundation

Few people exemplify the qualities of personal excellence, teamwork, community leadership, and overcoming the odds better than CFL legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons. Pinball joined the National Football League in 1987, and the Toronto Argonauts in 1989. In 1990, he was honoured with the CFL’s “most outstanding player” award, after setting the single-season record for all-purpose yards. He played his last game as an Argonaut in 2000, before becoming head coach of the team. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and in 2016, Pinball was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.

Keynote Address | June 12 | 9:00 - 10:15 AM | Great Room BC

David Baskin 

Founder and President, Baskin Wealth Management

David founded Baskin Financial Services Inc. in 1992. The firm, now operating as Baskin Wealth Management, has grown from assets under  management of $25 million in 2000 to well over $1 billion today, with about 500 client families in eight provinces. David appears frequently on national television and radio as a commentator on the markets and is frequently quoted in the press. An enthusiastic sailor and traveller, David and his wife  Joan Garson have two adult children. All are actively involved in community and charitable activities.

Lunch & Learn: Economic Outlook

Adam Nanjee

Technology and Innovation Futurist

Adam Nanjee is building Canada to be the next global technology leader. As the former Head of North America’s largest innovations hub at MaRS Discovery District and currently as Senior Vice President for Zafin, one of North America’s top financial technology companies, Nanjee has experience in the technology sector like few others. His areas of expertise include financial technology, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence. He brings his considerable background and expertise to all his talks, speaking on the future of financial technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and infusing his presentations with the forward-looking approach he’s known for.

Breakout Session: Artificial Intelligence

Neil Thornton

The Thornton Group

When you come to see Neil speak, you better be ready to pull out your parachute and safety equipment, because you’re going to need them!

As President of The Thornton Group and author of his upcoming second book Presence, Impact and Influence, Neil brings 20 years of experience to business development, coaching and entrepreneurship. A hands-on consultant, he’s met clients everywhere from job sites to shop floors, boardrooms and everywhere in between.

Whether he’s giving a keynote address at a conference for 300-plus or speaking to a team on a job site, Neil is well known for his highly energetic, dynamic speaking style and in-depth knowledge on topics ranging from strategic execution to the new reality of business development, branding, speaker and leadership development and communications.

Committed to turning employees into business thinkers and asking the tough questions, Neil demands honesty and authenticity in every interaction, from himself and his clients. In return, he throws away the traditional management handbooks to help them get s@#! done by turning ideas into action, holding them accountable and bringing them measurable results that dramatically improve their performance.

Connect with Neil on LinkedIn or visit thorntongroup.ca.

Breakout Session: Impact & Influence-How to stand out in a crowded workplace

Thursday

Declan Flood

Chief Executive of Irish Credit Management Training

Declan is a lifetime credit professional who has written hundreds of articles on the topic and provides education & training in all aspects of credit management in Ireland and beyond. Declan offers unique insights into the untapped potential that exists within the Credit function of every company. He challenges conventional wisdom to give an entirely different view on everyday issues. Declan spoken at conferences from Helsinki to South Africa and from London to Mexico and Canada

Keynote Address
Breakout Session