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Marcos Lopez, CEO of Solium

Keynote 1:

Session Description

TBD 

 

BIO 

Like most people in stock plan administration, Marcos sort of “fell into it.” In 1999, he started Bitontic Solutions and was contracted by the newly formed Solium to build an equity administration platform—known today as Shareworks. What started as a bit of contract work soon became a life-long professional passion for Marcos. Marcos holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Calgary. Now as CEO of Solium, he remains every bit as passionate about creating and optimizing technology to solve business challenges. Marcos was the winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the technology sector, Western Canada. Under his leadership, Shareworks has evolved to be a truly global platform used by more than 3000 companies spanning the globe.

 

Bee Shadeck, Founder, Center of The Sky

Keynote 2: Truth, Reconciliation and YOU


Session Description

With warmth, humour and a wealth of experience, Bee Schadeck brings the history of Canada and Aboriginal people to life. Learning becomes effortless with storytelling, presenting facts and sharing images from Canada’s rich and stirring history.

 

Respectful working relationships are essential both in personal life as well as in business. Bee has a natural talent for bringing people together from all walks of life, and creating a space where the human experience can be shared.

 

BIO 

Bee Calliou Schadeck is a member of the Michel First Nation, Treaty #6, Alberta. She spent her childhood on a farm and also raised her three children in rural Alberta. Bee’s career began as a laboratory technician and after a project was stalled by First Nation communities, Bee was launched into unfamiliar territory. Bee began a discovery of our country’s history and over time became one of the most sought after Aboriginal awareness educators in Alberta. She now draws on over 35 years of experience to enrich her awareness sessions. Bee is currently the Senior Aboriginal Advisor with Devon Canada.

 

 “Having witnessed the profound changes in attitudes from both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, I realized that learning more about Aboriginal history creates a bridge to understanding and compassion. I feel blessed to be able to share my knowledge to help create peace in this world

 

Michael Kerr, Author 

Lunch Speaker 1: The Workplace Energizer

Session Description

TBD 

  

BIO 

Why Choose between humour and content when you can have both? Mike Kerr is one of North America's leading authorities on fostering innoveative and inspiring workplace cultures. His presenations - known for introducing practival ieas that audienes can put to work immediately - are delivered in a truly unforgettable and hilarious fashion for mximum impact.

A "Hall of Fame" and award-winning international business speaker, trainer, and bestselling author, Mike has delivered his captivating keynote presentations and workshops to thousands of audiences around the world, from the US to Iran to Austria. His program offers relevant, practical ideas, as delivered with his memorable brand of clean, high-energy humour. 


A former government manager and business owner for over twenty years, Mike is the author of Inspiring Workplaces: Creating the kind of Workplace Where Everyone WANTS to Work, and Putting Humor to Work. His comapny, Humour at Work, offers books, training DVDs, audio CDs, and numerous support resources to help any organization build a more successful workplace culture.

Jacqui Parchment, Senior Partner, Toronto Office Leader, Mercer Canada

Keynote 3: 

Session Description

TBD 

  

BIO 

Jaqui is a Senior Partner and Toronto Office Leader for Mercer Canada. She leads more than 500 employees who support clients across Mercer Canada’s Health, Wealth and Careers businesses in Toronto. She is charged with ensuring that the Toronto team provides industry-leading service and also acts as a Senior Consultant within Mercer Canada’s wealth business. 

 

Up until December, 2016, Jaqui led the Investments business in Canada. Jaqui has more than 25 years of experience in the retirement savings and investment areas and is on the faculty of the School of Pension Investment Management. Jaqui re-joined Mercer in 2013, after two years as Executive Director of Sales for a large global money manager. Prior to 2013, she held a variety of roles at Mercer, including National Director of Consulting and Head of Toronto, Mercer Investments (Advice Segment).

 

Jaqui actively supports several non-profit organizations devoted to assisting youth and new immigrants to Canada.  She is also the Canadian leader of Women@Mercer, committed to progressing Mercer’s diverse and inclusive culture. She is a frequent speaker on issues relating to Women in Finance as well as Women in the Workplace and sits on a number of investment committees relating to pension and endowment assets.

 

Jacqui graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Actuarial Science. She is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries and a CFA Charterholder.

 

Margaret Trudeau, Canadian icon 

Lunch Speaker 2: Changing My Mind

Session Description

Canadians fell in love with Pierre Eliott Trudeau's beautiful bride when he brought her to the world stage as the youngest First Lady in the history of the country. Yet, as time went by, Margaret was unprepared for public life, and plagued by mood swings. After three sons with Pierre, the marriage ended. She then remarried and had two more children. But the tragic loss of her son, Michael, in a skiing accident and the passing of Pierre Trudeau a few years later, were too much to bear, and she became severely ill.

Today, Margaret has rebuilt her life once again. Now, she bring her formidable life story to the stage in her quest to help others, sharing her message of resiliene with the goal of helping to inspire others and to erase the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

  

BIO 

Margaret Trudeau is a Canadian icon, celebrated both for her role in the public eye and as a respected mental-health issues advocate. From becoming a prime minister's wife at a young age, to the loss of both her son and her former husband, to living with bi-polar disorder, Margaret tirelessly shares her personal stories to remind others of the importance of nurturing the body, mind, and spirit. 

Margaret is the author of four books, including her bestselling title, Chainging My Mind, which charts her life's ups and downs, and her latest title, The Time of Your Life, which offers women an inspirational and practical approach to creating a healthy, happy, secure and satisfying future.

Margaret sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the UBC Mental Health Institute as a community advocate, and she is the former Honorary President of WaterAid, a charitable Canadian non-government agency that is dedicated to helping poor communities in developing countries build sustainable water-supply and sanitation services. She is also the proud mother to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.