Main Stage Keynote Speaker
Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started five companies before her 33rd birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is the co-founder of Buytopia.ca, Snap By Groupon, and — most recently — Clearbanc, an online financial service. Ranked in WXN’s “100 Most Powerful in Canada” and listed as the only Canadian on Forbes magazine’s “Millennial on a Mission” list, Michele brings her youthful energy and incredible entrepreneurial savvy to every stage.
Michele has driven new digital solutions to many of the world’s leading brands, including P&G, Netflix, Starbucks, and Cirque du Soleil, and she was also the Director of Strategy for Sears, where she led apparel growth strategies at the company — a $2.5 billion category.
Michele is a director for Vail Resorts, Freshii, and Shad Valley, a transformational program that develops the entrepreneurial potential of exceptional Canadian youth.
Main Stage Keynote Speaker
Alan Stein teaches proven strategies to create winning mindsets, rituals, and routines during the unseen hours.
As a successful business owner and veteran basketball performance coach, Alan spent 15+ years working with the highest- performing athletes on the planet (including NBA superstar Kevin Durant). He transfers that experience to help people develop championship-level performance, cohesion, and accountability.
Alan is a dynamic storyteller who delivers practical lessons that can be implemented immediately, showing how to utilize the same approaches in life that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level.
"Are the habits you have today on par with the dreams you have for tomorrow?" - Alan Stein, Jr.
Main Stage Keynote Speaker
It's always about the journey. That’s the message women’s hockey champion Cheryl Pounder seeks to instill in every audience she speaks to. Cheryl believes that our actions and values have a direct impact on our team, affecting the culture of our group! We must learn to self- observe, share information and be accountable to our performance. The result…efficiency! Our environment is constantly changing, how do we adapt? How do we prepare? How do we work within our group? With every failure comes an opportunity to learn. Seize the opportunity.
Pounder is an interactive and engaging speaker who shows audiences that true achievement is found on the way to winning gold. We must “Grow for Gold”.
Cheryl played on six of Canada’s World Championship Hockey Teams where she was named an All-star defenseman in 2005. Cheryl was also voted the top defenseman at the 2002, 2004, 2005 (MVP) and 2007 Canadian National Hockey Championships. Her greatest career accomplishments are her two Olympic Gold medals from the Salt Lake City and Torino Olympic Games.
Currently, Cheryl is working for TSN/CBC as a hockey analyst. Her most recent work includes the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and 2017 World Championships.
Known as “The Millennial Speaker”, Clint Pulver helps organization that want to retain, engage and inspire the younger generation.
As a senior in high school he attended Utah’s premier flight program receiving his pilot’s license from OK3air and then went onto Utah Valley University (UVU) graduating with a Bachelors’ Degree in Speech Communication with high distinction from UVU’s nationally ranked leadership program. Clint was very active in college as a Presidential Leader, UVU Ambassador, and former UVU Student Body Vice-President. He has appeared on America’s Got Talent and in several different Feature Films with actors like Jack Black (School of Rock) and John Heder (Napoleon Dynamite).
Every year Clint travels the world speaking to thousands on the importance of connecting generations, mentorship in the workplace, self-discovery and striving for true significance in life. He is known for his high energy, creativity, humor, and unforgettable stories.
Clint challenges his audience to simply believe--both in themselves and in the power of others. Clint has dedicated his heart to living a life of significance not just a life of success.
Patrick is an award-winning speaker and leader, transforming campuses and communities across North America. For over a decade, Patrick has been empowering today’s leaders to be tomorrow’s impact, using his unique blend of humor, storytelling, and pop culture savviness. His unique style garnered him a Certified Speaking Professional ® designation by the National Speakers Association, an honor earned by only the top 10 percent of speakers worldwide. As a trained communicator, improvisor, and high school educator, he is an entertaining experience that is relatable, relevant, and real for any audience, from youth and youth leaders to advisors and professionals. Patrick continues to serve and lead by working with renowned organizations such as Kiwanis.
Patrick lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, Jessica and their cat, Cella. He enjoys sailing, cooking, and cheering on his alma mater, The Arizona State Sun Devils.
For more information, visit www.pmaurer.com
Orlando Bowen’s mission is to inspire people to be GameChangers in the lives of others. GameChangers show up in ways that powerfully influence the path, perspectives and possibilities of those they interact with.
Orlando has been motivating youth and corporate audiences for years, both through his inspiring keynotes as well as through his role as the passionate and dedicated founder and Executive Director of One Voice One Team Youth Leadership Organization, a charity based in the Greater Toronto Area.
Orlando’s “S.W.O.L.E.”™ Leadership Development Program empowers people to serve with passion and vision. The acronym “S.W.O.L.E.”™ stands for Self respect, Work hard, Overcome adversity, Lead by example, and Excellence.
Orlando has been recognized for his work by; Being awarded a 2012 African Canadian Achievment Award, 2013 Queens’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, a National 2014 Harry Jerome Award for Community Service and a 2015 National Youth Empowerment Award.
Carla Cuglietta is a Canadian born educator, consultant, humanitarian and
keynote speaker. Over the last 20 years she has been involved in global
projects in Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, China, Laos, India, Sierra
Leone and Uganda.
Carla has been a classroom teacher on three continents, having been
involved in numerous educational environments, all aimed at improving
student engagement and learning. In 2015, Carla co-founded
YoungLeaders.World, an international non-profit organization with the aim
to engage young people for personal growth and collective good.
Carla has recently awarded the Prime Minster's Certificate of Achievement
and the University of Alberta Alumni of Distinction for her work in
engaging youth in Canada. As well as the YWCA Woman of Distinction and
the Lions Club International Humanitarian Award for her humanitarian and
gender equity work around the world.
Since his very first show in 1989, Ian Tyson has strived to entertain and inspire people across North America with his unique brand of “Comedy with a Message”. Ian’s passion is always on full display during his presentations, with high energy, humour and heart-warming relatable stories of overcoming obstacles and making a difference in the lives of others.
An author, award-winning stand-up comic, master story-teller and insightful entertainer, Ian has performed for millions of people at the middle school, high school, college/university level and corporate clients in his career across the continent and around the world. His keynotes have been creating positive change for hundreds of thousands of people every year.
A 2009 winner of the “Leader of Distinction” Award, Ian served for 4 years on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Student Leadership Association, and was a co-founder of Youth Leadership Camps Canada.
In 2011, the year before the Olympics, Sarah was unfortunately diagnosed with a stress fracture in her left femur (thigh bone), which tragically sidelined her for 9 months. With the Olympic year fast approaching, Sarah was eager to get back on the track following a gruelling recovery and rehabilitation program. When she was finally cleared to run, the London Olympics were only 8 months away and few people believed Sarah would be able to overcome such a devastating injury and ultimately compete in the Olympic Games.
Fortunately, through hard work, perseverance and an unwavering belief in herself, Sarah ran Olympic standard, won the Canadian championships, and was named to the 2012 Canadian Olympic team. At the games, Sarah made it through the heats to the Olympic semi-final round. She placed herself in the top 24 in the world and was one of the youngest competitors in the field.
Since those games Sarah has added to her National Championship Gold medal count and most recently won a silver and bronze medal at the Pan American games in Toronto.
To see how stupendous she is watch this NEW video about her journey: http://goo.gl/18nP9f
Peter Katz is a JUNO Award, Canadian Screen Award and 2-time Canadian Folk Music Award-nominated singer-songwriter who has spent the past 10+ years touring nationally and internationally to capacity crowds. He has sold out premiere venues from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa to the Harbourfront Centre Theatre in Toronto, to the legendary Paradiso in Amsterdam.
In addition to his career as a performing singer-songwriter, Peter has a tremendous passion for working with youth. He has been a proud mentor for the School Alliance of Student Songwriters (SASS) for over 10 years and also spends a month every summer in the mountains of Alberta doing character building retreats with high school students through the FACES program (Facilitating Awareness through Character Building Experiences for Students).
Peter is also a 2-time TEDx fellow and gifted public speaker, being called on to give keynote talks and presentations to everyone from the 4000 delegates at the International Aeronautical Federation Conference (alongside Cirque Du Soleil and Commander Chris Hadfield) to countless workshops and presentations across the country.
A Master of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship student at Queen's University, Katie Heggtveit founded award-winning social enterprise "Bootcamps for Change", to facilitate fitness classes for youth in homeless shelters in Canada. A certified boot camp instructor, she runs workshops at shelters across Toronto, in addition to mobilizing over 250 instructors across the country to volunteer and fundraise in their own communities. She has started the scholarship fund #SweatierForTheBetter to provide fitness certification scholarships to homeless youth. Both youth that have finished her program are currently in full-time positions at Goodlife and LA Fitness, exiting the shelter system. She aspires to continue her work in addressing health inequities in low-income populations, mentoring student entrepreneurs, in addition to developing post-secondary courses/certificates and lecture in areas such as entrepreneurship, innovation, public health, community development, and homelessness.
Scott Hammell has been entertaining professionally since 1998. In the eighteen years since, the four-time Guinness World Record holder has hung upside down from a hot air balloon while locked in a straitjacket and chains for a feature spot on the season premier of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, dangled by his ankles and juggled for over a minute and a half, successfully completed a card trick while skydiving, jumped from an airplane while blindfolded and handcuffed, juggled live explosives and caught a bullet fired from a high powered sniper rifle for a feature length documentary for Super Channel.
Scott’s speech topics are as varied as his skill-set, but there is one enduring philosophy: find your passion, and make it happen. Over the years, Scott has been honoured to share the stage with a host of inspiring people, including Al Gore, Mia Farrow, Jesse Jackson, Stephen Lewis, Samantha Nutt, and Robert Kennedy Jr among many others. He has recently signed a deal for his own television series which is schedule to start production soon.
Cody’s story involves overcoming adversity, setting goals, striving to be a positive influence, and putting in the work in order to achieve your dreams. Since a very young age, Cody dared to dream BIG.
Cody grew up in a small beachside hamlet along Lake Erie with a population of less than 200 people. Cody strived to dream BIG despite coming from a small place, and struggled to overcome the temptations of drug and alcohol use while growing up with a home riddled with alcohol abuse and psychological disorders.
At the age of 5, Cody had one goal… to one day wrestle in the same ring as his childhood hero – Hulk Hogan. Despite his smaller size, and a high school guidance counsellor who told him not to pursue a career in professional wrestling, Cody achieved his dream and eventually wrestled for the largest wrestling company in North America, the WWE, and performed in the same ring as his hero, Hulk Hogan.
Cody went on to wrestle on television for millions of viewers in the second largest wrestling company in North America – Total NonStop Action Wrestling. Cody believes “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” He knows this firsthand, as he tells the intense story of the day he almost died in the ring in front of millions of people watching around the world. Eventually, his childhood dream was cut short from the unlikeliest of people – his childhood hero – Hulk Hogan.
Despite all of this, Cody still wrestles all across the world, but now he is his own boss. He speaks to youth about the power of positivity and perseverance. His goal now is to focus on being a positive influence and tells stories of the power of positivity (such as raising $120,000 for a young wrestling fan to finally walk on his own) and doing so all while wrestling alongside his other childhood wrestling heroes, such as Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase, and Rey Mysterio.
Cody dares youth to dream BIG… because he definitely did… and he still does.
Nick Foley is the founder of Celebrate the Hero and Move for Inclusion. Both are initiatives that motivate and empower people of all ages to make a difference by propagating good through action.
Celebrate the Hero initiative, focuses on the positive that students facilitate on a daily basis, Celebrate the Hero most provides sustainable programs and presentations to schools, communities, business and sports teams all over Canada.
Most recently Move for Inclusion took Nick on a coast to coast bike trip from Victoria BC to St John’s NFLND, stopping at various locations to speak about Inclusion of all people without bias. Nick was able to complete his 8312 km journey on July 25th, 2015 after 95 days on the bike. On his ride Nick spoke to thousands of people on the importance of creating a culture of understanding and acceptance.
Nick is the very proud father of beautiful Brynn, from whom he has learned more than he ever thought imaginable. She has been, and continues to be the greatest teacher in his life.
Lauren Heuser is the strategy officer and managing editor of News Decoder, a global educational news service for young people. Lauren has a master in business administration from INSEAD and a law degree from the University of Toronto. She previously worked as a deputy editor and journalist for the National Post, a national Canadian newspaper. Prior to entering journalism, she practiced for three years as a corporate lawyer at an international law firm.
Mike Pearse is currently co-owner and Managing Director of Camp Tawingo in Huntsville, Ontario. Camp Tawingo welcomes over 1300 campers each summer for a Residential Camping experience. It has been in existence for 52 years. For two years (1999-2001) he was the Principal of Tawingo College, a small Independent Day School on the grounds of Camp Tawingo. From 1989 to 1999, he was a teacher at Oakridge Secondary School in London, Ontario teaching English, Drama, History, and Society: Challenge and Change.
Mike graduated from the University of Western Ontario with the Gold Medal in Psychology and the Chancellor’s Prize for the highest graduating average in the Faculty of Social Sciences. He earned his Bachelor of Education degree from Althouse Teachers’ College, where he won the J.W. Bowden Memorial Award for academic and teaching excellence.
While at Oakridge S.S., Mike received the first-ever graduating students’ award for teaching excellence as well as the city-wide Bishop Townsend Award for teaching excellence. He coached the school Hockey and Senior Boys’ Soccer Teams and was the advisor to the Students’ Council, the Drama Club, the Oakridge Cabaret, the 30 Hour Famine, Grade Nine Welcome Week, and “Virus”, the first ever Oakridge Leadership Conference.
Mike has been a Motivational Speaker and Workshop leader since 1988 and has spoken at high schools and conferences in Canada, the United States, Venezuela, and Japan. Mike is married to Tia, co-owner of Tawingo, and together they have three great kids – Christopher, Tyler, and Carson.
Since 1992 Andy has been to over 3000 junior & senior high schools, conferences, universities & colleges in every Canadian province and 40 states! Every year, over 105 schools, over 30 youth leadership conferences, plus 40 or more university, college, camp, and community organizations are inspired by Andy! He has appeared at all 10 provincial student leadership conferences & 34 state conferences! Andy has spoken at two US national youth leadership conferences and eight Canadian national student leadership conferences.
Through his hilarious comedy and true-life stories, Andy delivers a message that everyone can relate to. His presentations are unique due to his international experiences, the personalization of each talk to the activities of the school, and his high-energy style. Andy's message are complemented by his experiences as a student leader, as a past director of a leadership camp, as a parent of children in school, and his active community involvement. His shows are part pep rally, part comedy show, part inspirational keynote, part hands-on leadership training.
Own your Power by telling your story! This is how Dobijoki Emanuela has overcome her fear of public speaking and has owned public stages locally and internationally. She has used her story as a vessel in serving youth and marginalized communities since 2007 and continues to do so today. Dobijoki Emanuela is a Learner, Educator, Speaker, Social Service Worker and Personal Development Mentor.
Growing up Dobijoki had a fear of public speaking, she felt that her voice was not being heard and that her story was being suppressed. Dobijoki began to take on leadership positions where she had to use her voice, tell her story and own what she now calls her Power Story™.
Dobijoki is the Lead Consultant and Director of Dobijoki Personal Development (DPD). DPD believes that every individual has the ability to change their lives by owning their Power Story™. DPD’s mission is to normalize storytelling as a means of healing in order to build leverage and live the most fruitful life.
Dave Conlon was an activity director at the secondary school level for over 26 years. He has chaperoned over 120 dances and knows how to get a cow into the principal’s office.
He is the Program Director for the Canadian Student Leadership Association (CSLA), prepares national newsletters, sells all the CSLA resources, maintains a leadership website, corresponds with CSLA members through a monthly e-letter and still manages to get his laps in the pool! As a newbie grandfather, he is excited to just stand on the sidewalk with his granddaughter and wave at the bus driver for kicks.
Joe Richards is a Summer Camp Professional. For the past 10 years he has been the Executive Director of Pearce Williams Camp in Iona, Ontario. Joe has worked at summer camp since the summer of 1988.
Joe believes strongly in the power of summer camp - it changed his life and now his mission is to help change the lives of others.
Rebecca is an educator and leadership consultant. She has been working with youth for over 15 years. She is currently the Director of Leadership at St. John’s-Ravenscourt School and has a leadership consulting firm, Empowell. She completed her MA in leadership at Royal Roads University and is now dedicating her career to igniting the leadership potential within her students and clients.
She believes that having a strong sense of self and developing a variety of leadership skills are important for academic and future professional success.
The works of Leadership gurus, Kouzes and Posner, and Senge have inspired Rebecca to create an empowering leadership development experience. Many of Rebecca’s students and clients have reported that the work she does with them has changed their lives.
Jeff has been entertaining and empowering people for many years! As the Student Activities Council Advisor and Leadership Teacher at Waterloo-Oxford DSS, he leads one of the largest and most impactful leadership programs in the province of Ontario. He is an engaging and experienced speaker and
From an early age when he convinced his entire kindergarten class to change their boots to the wrong feet to match his, Jeff has had a natural way of connecting with people and moving them to action. A genuine motivator, Jeff is always striving to learn more and do more. You can learn more about Jeff at www.jeffgerber.ca. He is excited to meet you and work alongside you to better your school community!
Amy is a former digital animator and faculty member at Centennial College, who became engaged in public education in 2010 when she returned to her original childhood passion, dancing, and was given the opportunity to facilitate dance experiences with thousands of students and teachers across Ontario. Her learnings from these experiences have led her to becoming an expert in creating healthy, engaging learning environments using movement as a teaching tool in the most unexpected ways, from leadership and soft skill development to physical literacy and even math…yes, math!
Along with her work in engaging youth leaders, Amy’s organization “Moving EDGEucation, supports schools and teachers in transforming their practice to integrate movement, well-being, creativity, and positive community into all different school subjects. Her work is being used in classrooms across the country, and been presented at many of the industries leading conferences including, The Canadian Association of Principals, Ontario Math Educators and International Physical Literacy Summit.
She recently had a honour of speaking about her journey on the TEDx stage and is thrilled to share her passions here with future generations of leaders.
Find out more at www.movingedgeucation.com
Joel Hilchey wants to change how people think about success, because too many people spend their time doing stuff they don’t really care about.
Joel thinks a lot about success, and he’s proud to be a true renaissance man. He studied environmental engineering, teaches sustainability at McMaster University, writes about leadership, and is often remembered as the speaker at conferences who juggles mousetraps. Mostly though, he tries to be a good dad, husband, and friend, so he only really works part-time.
Joel has two books - one that’s illustrated, and another one about becoming fearlessly creative. He founded a youth engagement initiative called The Beanstalk Project, is chair of the board of the world-renowned Hamilton Children’s Choir, and sang for 10 years in (arguably) Canada’s best barbershop quartet. He recently started taking circus classes, and he also loves to travel, cook, do yoga, and taste exotic foods, but that stuff is just for fun.
You can learn more at www.joelhilchey.com.
Bob discovered his passion for leadership when he co-founded his school's grade nine orientation and mentorship program; a co-worker asked for help at a staff meeting and he stepped forward. Bob never imagined that he would stumble upon his kindred spirits in the Student Activities world; it just takes a moment for something wonderful to unfold. He now teaches a dynamite Leadership program involving over 150 students at Huron Heights Secondary School in Kitchener, Ontario. Bob’s students, the Huskies, were recognized three years in a row at the Ontario Student Leadership Conference for having the ‘Most School Spirit.’
Bob has spoken about what he calls ‘the human curriculum’ at school assemblies, professional development sessions, graduation ceremonies, a Gay-Straight Alliance conference, and most notably a powerful TED Talk called “Kids These Days.” His mission is to spread the good word about today's positive school culture and to share what he has learned about developing young leaders.
A former at-risk child turned leader and entrepreneur, Fahd Alhattab’s mission is to enable people to drive change, build their dreams, and embrace leadership.
Though still a youth, Fahd launched a camp for underprivileged kids; raised more than 1.2 million dollars for Ottawa charities; and spoke at National We Day, Count Me In and many other youth collectively now over 22,000 people! His savvy skills and off-beat attitude landed him Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Award in 2013.
He proved himself an entrepreneur while completing two terms as the President of Carleton University Students’ Association and representing 25,000 students at all government levels. He founded the Hatch Centre, 15 student startups, and raised more than $200,000 in seed capital while also managing a team of 150 staff and an eight-million-dollar budget. Post-graduation, Fahd launched a tech-startup that raised thousands of dollars through a crowdfunding campaign.
Fahd has built a reputable career in leadership development, motivational speaking, and creative fundraising. With a fun demeanor and a background in youth work, Fahd entertains and engages the audience, and leaves them feeling empowered to be the leaders of today – not tomorrow.
Chantelle’s passion is helping others become critically aware of how our world currently functions and the role they can play in transforming it to create a better world for all. Chantelle has a decade of extensive experience in education and has facilitated programs with young people and educators in multiple countries. She has held various roles at High Resolves, starting as a Program Manager in Brisbane, Australia and now leads the organization in Toronto, Canada and oversees the curriculum development and training for the global team. Chantelle has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from the University of Queensland and a Master in International and Community Development from Deakin University.
Brent Dickson is a teacher who is a proud Coyote from Centennial High in Calgary, Alberta. Brent lives for student leadership. He has taken his students to the Alberta provincial and the national leadership conferences for many years. His school has twice hosted the Alberta Student Leadership Conference with over 1,000 students attending. He is the Social Media Director for the Canadian Student Leadership Association helping advisors run leadership programs across Canada.
Brent has taught Student Leadership classes for 18 years in BC and Alberta. He currently teaches Leadership, PE, and coaches rugby at Centennial High School in Calgary.
Brent is married to the amazing Krista and is dad to Jake, Tom, Drew, and Ben.
Riley McMullen has been involved in student leadership for almost thirty years. He held a number of positions on his high school Student Council, including President in his senior year. Riley organized his first leadership conference at the age of eighteen, and he continues to run leadership camps to this day. He currently serves as Student Council Advisor, Yearbook Staff Editor, WEB Coordinator and Theatre Director at Tagwi Secondary School. Having been fortunate enough to experience life-changing leadership conferences when he was a student, Riley is dedicated to ensuring that his students have the same opportunities that he had. He believes that leadership is all about seeing the potential in people and helping them grow.
Riley lives on a horse farm near Williamstown, Ontario, with his wife, Kate, and their son, Finn. He loves sailing, playing music, and stopping a puck or two.
Jeff A.D. Martin is a soul-stirring, thought provoking, highly requested Professional Speaker, who has been using his platform to inspire people from around the world. Because of his passion for giving back and serving others, Jeff often stands in his own vulnerability and shares personal stories of perseverance and resilience. As a result of his reliability and willingness to be open, people from around the world have experienced life changing breakthroughs and discovered untapped greatness all because of Jeff.
Much of Jeff’s love for people can be attributed to his years of involvement as a community advocate, a mentor and also to his 15 years of experience in law Enforcement. Jeff has worked as a police officer and in detective roles investigating criminal offences that range from homicides to sexual assaults. Jeff is a youth communication specialist, with over 1000 forensic interviews with children.
Jeff is an author of a critically acclaimed children’s book, “Brothers from the 6/ Sisters from the 6: Role Models in my Community”. 100% of the book’s proceeds go towards Jeff’s Toronto based, non-profit organization “Brothas from the 6”, Jeff is also the co-author of “KNew Me”, a personal development book geared toward men’s issues.
Jeff is also the host of the “Motivating from the 6” podcast. A globally downloaded personal development series that has received praise from blog sights from around the world, including as far as Japan.
Jeff is also an award-winning professional speaker. In 2019, he came in third in a well known, international speaking competition. One round shy of competing in the global championship round.
With his career and life experiences, coupled with his benevolence and passion to inspire, Jeff A.D. Martin shares his gift of purpose in efforts to help others find their true potential.
Molly Kennedy is an award-winning, internationational youth resilience speaker and author of Creating the Champion Within.
She was the 3rd leading scorer in girls’ basketball in Western New York history, she’s a bodybuilding champion, an Empire State Games Gold Medalist in olympic-style weightlifting, has finished a full Ironman Triathlon (140.6 miles), completed multiple marathons, jumped out of an airplane, walked across fire twice and even met Oprah.
Molly grew up in a dysfunctional family with addiction, divorce, abuse, neglect, abandonment, suffered from an eating disorder, was suicidal and a runaway at 15 years old.
She ‘walks the walk’ when it comes to resiliency, grit and perseverance.
Molly is a graduate of Mercyhurst University and Western Michigan University.
Molly has spent the past 20+ years inspiring teens to “Create the Champion Within.” She has worked with teens as a Certified Athletic Trainer, Health Educator and Coach.
Molly’s presentation empowers teens to get UP when life knocks them down. They learn to leave the excuses behind and develop a resilient mindset to create a successful and fulfilling life.
Her enthusiasm, sense of humor and gut-level honesty inspires teens and young adults to believe in themselves and know that everything is possible. Molly shares her story so teens can rewrite theirs.
Her heart’s work is to inspire teens across the country to develop a resilient mindset that breeds confidence and success.
Dillon Mendes is an alumni of the Top 35 Under 35 Global Changemaker awards, social entrepreneur, TEDx & youth speaker as well as an analyst at Deloitte Canada.
Dillon co-founded the social enterprise, PickWaste (featured on CBC, CTV and CityNews) which has, and continues to have, a massive impact on the environment. Dillon is also a connector for the League of Innovators, a national charity aiming to bridge the gap between high school students and entrepreneurship. He was featured as a guest on one of the Top 100 podcasts in the world – Humans 2.0 and has consulted directly with the CEO of A&W Canada.
Dillon is a true believer in the Power of One; after an encounter with a friend in high school, he pivoted his direction in life and realized he had the power to ignite change. He speaks about how one person, one action or one movement can change the world. Dillon has already had the opportunity to share this message with over 9000 students and is not planning to stop there!
When Dillon isn’t speaking or in class at the University of Waterloo, he calls Pickering, Ontario home.
Vicki is a persuasive, high-octane, powerful, passionate motivational speaker. She is the author of Unleash Your Crazy to Win, a touching story of her personal struggle and how she turned that into an opportunity to obtain business success. A former Attorney turned Social Justice Advocate, known for her visionary abilities as a Community Strategist and Change Maker while making a sustainable difference for Canadians over the last 15 years. Vicki is a bold, courageous ‘passionholic’, willing to challenge the status quo to make things better for others. Creative, Determined and Driven are just a few words that describe her innovative ability to change and challenge the world around her.
Sam Demma is a recipient of Contiki’s top 35 under 35 global changemaker award, an alumni of the Starfish Canada’s top 25 under 25 environmental award, the co-founder of the social enterprise PickWaste, and a 20-year-old youth speaker.
He has delivered two TEDx Talks, picked up over 1,300 bags of trash and litter, worked with brands such as A&W, spoken alongside Craig Kielburger (the founder of ME to WE) and been featured on CBC, CTV, CityNews and Much Music’s travel Magazine, Far and Wide. Over the past three years he has spoken to thousands of students.
Mark Black is a Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient – turned – 4- Time Marathon Runner. A resilience expert, coach, and author, Mark helps people “Thrive in Challenging Times.” His programs provide the tools to transform your adversity into your advantage.
Mark doesn’t just teach resilience, he embodies it. Born with a life-threatening heart defect, Mark underwent two open-heart surgeries before the age of one. He battled his condition and its limitations for twenty-two years until he was forced to deal with the biggest obstacle of his young life. His doctor informed him that his heart was failing, and without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant, he would not see his 25th birthday.
In 2002, Mark was fortunate that a suitable donor was found. He not only survived the surgery, but less than 3 years later, Mark became the only man in history to run a marathon with someone else’s heart and lungs.
Mark is now a Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than 1000 speakers in the world, inspiring more than 150,000 people in more than 450 presentations.
Mark lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada where he spends as much time as possible with the most important people in his life; his wife Marise and their three children.
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