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Keynote Speakers

Tuesday Opening Ceremonies Keynote

Tom Wujec

Tom Wujec

World Renowned Expert on Innovation, Fellow at Autodesk

Return on Imagination: Innovation Breakthroughs Through Visual Thinking

Visualization – thinking and communicating with images – is rapidly becoming the principal tool to foster innovation and business success. If we are going to work smarter in the information economy, Wujec says, we need easy-to-use approaches and tools that help us clarify what's important, focus on how to get there, and ignore the rest. We need the power of visual clarity at the heart of this talk.

Wujec's talk is a rare chance to see innovation at work— to see how the great companies come up with new ideas and bring them to market. He shares proven approaches that encourage exploration, customer engagement, prototyping and innovation testing. And importantly, he illustrates simple ways to measure the return of innovation success. He leaves audiences with principles that any company can use immediately: principles whose brilliance lies in their powerful simplicity.

Wednesday Morning Keynote

Sheldon Kennedy

Sheldon Kennedy

Former NHL Player, Co-Founder, Respect Group Inc.

Why I Didn't Say Anything: The Psychological Impacts of Abuse

After retiring from the NHL, Kennedy in-line skated across Canada to raise awareness of abuse issues. The skate resulted in $1.2 million for The Canadian Red Cross Abuse Prevention Services. In 2006, Kennedy wrote his memoir Why I Didn't Say Anything, a riveting account of the many psychological impacts of abuse he suffered.

Having transformed his own personal situation into positive action, Kennedy continues to carry his message through his organization Respect Group, which provides empowering on-line education for youth serving organizations, school, and the workplace. The Respect in Sport program has trained over 150,000 coaches in the prevention of abuse, bullying, and harassment. Attend this dynamic keynote address and hear Sheldon Kennedy's message first-hand.

Wednesday Lunch Keynote

Michael "Pinball" Clemons

Michael "Pinball" Clemons

CFL Legend and Toronto Argonauts Vice-Chairman

Winning Against the Odds

Renowned as one of pro football's most electrifying players, Toronto Argonauts running back Michael "Pinball" Clemons is the CFL's all time, all purpose yardage leader. However, it is his exceptional character, in addition to his outstanding athletic ability, which has made him the remarkable fan favourite he is throughout Canada.

Michael's tireless community involvement and participation in countless charitable causes exemplify the qualities he possesses, which are so rarely found in today's professional athletes. His presentations are at once captivating and empowering, and clearly demonstrate the capabilities of teamwork.

Clemons will share his past experiences to illustrate how people can overcome obstacles and achieve success. Being just 5 feet, 6 inches tall and becoming a football superstar is quite exceptional. In his deeply moving and inspirational talk, he will speak about personal perseverance and the importance of teamwork, which is relevant to any industry.