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


7:30AM – 8:30AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:30am – 8:35am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Master of Ceremonies: Erin Davis, Radio Host and Bestselling Author

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


8:35AM – 9:05AM

Opening Keynote Address

Mental Health: My ongoing Journey towards Resilience, Purpose and Gratitude

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

9:05AM – 9:35AM

Reclaiming Joy

Erin Davis, Radio Host and Bestselling Author


9:35AM – 9:50AM

Mindfulness Break

Colin De France, Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga


9:50AM – 10:20AM

Innovation – A Cultural Movement Within an Organization

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

Innovation is not something that can be scheduled or dedicated to a single department. It is a cultural movement within an organization to be better and reach higher. Dr.Hamdullahpur will share how Canada’s most innovative university approaches the fostering of an innovation mindset across an organization and why it is more important than ever.


10:20AM – 10:40PM

Networking and Refreshment Break


10:40AM – 11:25AM

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Can you Teach an Old Dog, New Tricks? How to Lead Culture Change Towards Excellence

Adam Stoehr, VP Education and Research, Excellence Canada

This session will discuss the necessity of a supporting culture to achieve Strategic Excellence and will show you how many organizations have had success transforming the culture of their organization to embrace organizational excellence.

The presentation will cover:

  • What is Culture
  • What is a Culture of Excellence
  • How can you assess your current culture
  • How can you transform your culture over time

Session 2: Creating Innovation Superheroes - Unlocking the Creative Potential of Your People and Teams

Shelli Baltman, President and Founding Partner, The Idea Suite

Tips and tools to unlock creativity and innovation in your organization.

The presentation will cover:

  • creativity & innovation
  • behaviors to foster creativity and innovation
  • the 6 i’s of the human centered design process
  • innovation energy and behaviours

11:25AM – 12:00PM

Afternoon Registrations and Networking Break


12:00PM – 12:10PM

Welcome from Master of Ceremonies

Erin Davis, Radio Host and Bestselling Author


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


12:15PM – 1:30PM



12:45PM – 1:30PM

Afternoon Keynote Address

You Can Create Magic Too

Dan Cockerell, Keynote Speaker, Virtual COO, Executive Coach and Owner, Dan Cockerell LLC and
former Vice President of Disney Corporation


1:30PM – 2:00PM

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
Bianca Andreescu, Canadian professional tennis player and 1st Canadian to claim a Grand Slam title (invited)


2:00PM – 3:30PM

Presentation of the Canada Awards for Excellence


3:30PM – 3:35PM

Closing Remarks & Adjournment

Allan N. Ebedes, President & CEO, Excellence Canada

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