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Keynote Speakers

Darby Allen

In emergency situations, you need a calm, cool, and collected man with a plan-someone like Darby Allen. After decades of fighting fires, first in his native England before immigrating to Canada, he’s climbed the ranks to become the Regional Fire Chief at Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. As the Chief, he recently earned international attention and praise for his handling of the Fort McMurray wildfire, where he ... Read More

Paul Santos (Master of Ceremonies)

Paul has spent his last 12 years in various leadership roles with the Alberta Public Service. He has served a manager and director in risk management, crisis communications and project management roles in 4 different ministries. He currently leads an educational unit in Service Alberta’s Consumer Protection Office. Prior to his tenure with the APS, Paul was a department head with 15 years experience teaching ... Read More

Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt became a self-made millionaire by building two highly successful tech firms valued in the hundreds of millions. Today, Michael ranks as one of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, is a celebrated “Dragon” on CBC’s online sensation Next Gen Den, and is a weekly business commentator on The Exchange, On the Money, and The Business Panel. He is also an active investor and philanthropist. Speaking on leadership, ... Read More

Shimi Kang

An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and lecturer on human motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang offers the keys people of all ages need to succeed in the workplace, the classroom, and at home. With over fifteen years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind motivation and wellness, Dr. Kang shows people how to cultivate the important 21st century skills needed to flourish both ... Read More

Terry O’Reilly

Terry began his career as Copy Chief for FM108 Radio in Burlington, Ontario, where he discovered that with meticulous planning and attention to detail, you can still fall flat on your face. With that learning, he went on to become an award-winning copywriter for Toronto advertising agencies Campbell-Ewald, Doyle Dane Bernbach and Chiat/Day.  He created campaigns for many of the top brands in the country, including Labatt, ... Read More