2019 Keynote Speakers

Scott Stratten

Disruptive and "UN-traditional" Marketing, Branding & Relationship Expert | Bestselling Author

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Scott Stratten

APRIL 30 - OPENING KEYNOTE

Scott Stratten

UN-traditional Marketing, Branding & Relationship Expert | Bestselling Author

The Age of Disruption:  Everything Has Changed and Nothing Is Different

We live in the age of disruption. Today’s business climate is changing at an unprecedented rate. Every week, it seems there is a new strategy, social media site or technology that is a “must use” or a “game changer.” What we lose in this endless quest for the next bright shiny business object is that at the core of business while everything has changed, nothing is different. Trust, connection, consistency and service will always trump any new app to hit the market. With energy, passion, and humour, Scott will share what is real and what are only smoke screens in the business world today.


Formerly a music industry marketer, national sales training manager and a Professor at the Sheridan College School of Business, he ran his “UnAgency” for a nearly a decade before solely focusing on speaking at events for companies like PepsiCo, Adobe, Red Cross, Hard Rock Cafe, Cirque du Soleil and Saks Fifth Avenue when they need help guiding their way through the viral/social media and relationship marketing landscape.


Scott has written five best-selling business books, with the newest being UnBranding: 100 Branding Lessons in The Age of Disruption and was also just inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall Of Fame.

Mark Henick

MAY 1 - MORNING KEYNOTE

Mark Henick

Mental Health Advocate & Strategist | Top 50 TEDx Speaker

A Moment on the Edge: How Small Encounters Change Lives

With over five million views, Mark Henick’s TEDx talk, “Why We Choose Suicide,” is among the most watched in the world. His story of searching for “the man in the light brown jacket” who saved his life from a suicide attempt went viral. When Mark learned of products being sold online that promoted suicide, his successful online petition to have them removed garnered tens of thousands of signatures and gained global attention.


Mark’s direct experience with stigma and the mental health care system gives him a unique perspective as someone who has been a patient, a professional, a policy influencer, and a public figure. Mark is currently the Principal and CEO of a consulting firm that helps individuals, companies, and governments to move strategically from awareness to action in improving mental health and wellness. He was previously the National Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and a national spokesperson for the Faces of Mental Illness campaign.


Mark has appeared in hundreds of television, radio, print, and online media features on mental health. He has been featured in such outlets as CNN, CTV National News, the Toronto Star, and The New York Daily News, and many others. His first book will be released in early 2019.


Rick Mercer

MAY 1 – LUNCHEON KEYNOTE

Rick Mercer

TV Personality | Bestselling Author

Canada:  Coast to Coast to Coast

Rick Mercer chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country. Known as “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition,” Mercer is our most popular comic, a political satirist who knows exactly what matters to Canadians and what makes them laugh.


Mercer’s top-rated, award-winning CBC show, The Rick Mercer Report featured his trademark rants, satirical newscasts, and comic encounters with famous Canadians, talking about Canada. More than any other comedian, he talks to Canadian newsmakers with a refreshing candour, and is uniquely able to spin topical hilarity from the people and the things deeply embedded in the national consciousness.


His newest book, Rick Mercer Final Report, a #1 Toronto Star and Globe and Mail bestseller, brings together never-before-published rants from the last five seasons of the show, plus a selection of the very best rants from earlier years. Throughout the book, Mercer shares his hilarious, moving and at times hair-raising stories from the past fifteen years.


Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Mercer has won over 25 Gemini Awards for The Rick Mercer Report, Made in Canada, and This Hour has 22 Minutes. In 2014, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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