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:


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

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


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

Dr. Graham Taylor

Associate Professor of Engineering at Univerity of Guelph

Graham Taylor is a Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor of Engineering at the University of Guelph, and a member of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence. His research aims to discover new algorithms and architectures for deep learning: the automatic construction of hierarchical algorithms from high-dimensional, unstructured data. He is especially interested in time series, having applied his work to better understand human and animal behaviour, environmental data (climate or agricultural), audio (music or speech) and financial time series. In 2016 he was named as one of 18 inaugural CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars. In 2018 he was honoured as one of Canada's Top 40 under 40.  Graham co-founded Kindred, which was featured at number 29 on MIT Technology Review's 2017 list of smartest companies in the world and CB Insights AI 100 list, highlighting the most innovative artificial intelligence companies for 2018.

Breakout Session