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Session submissions are in and the program is shaping up. Here is why you should attend:

  • Receive innovative and superior Canadian-focused education
  • Earn CEU credits toward your designation
  • Connect with Canadian industry decision-makers
  • Learn about the latest technology trends to increase efficiency and productivity
    within your organization
  • Create lasting connections in a smaller, more inviting environment


View the 2014 schedule at a glance here

Keynote Speakers for the 2014 Canadian Innovation Conference Revealed!

The PCMA Canada East Chapter is thrilled to announce the exciting line-up of keynote speakers for the 2nd Annual Canadian Innovation Conference!


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  Great Traits with Mark Tewksbury and Debbie Muir  

Inspiring Excellence

Founded by Olympic champion Mark Tewksbury and Olympic coach Debbie Muir, Great Traits is a program that teaches people to be victors in their own right. Using stories, activities, heart, and humour, Tewksbury and Muir connect individuals, teams, and organizations to the fundamental principles that drive achievement, leadership, and lasting legacies.

Tewksbury holds gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medals, and acted as the Chef de Mission for the 2012 Olympic Games. He has been named the "Canadian Athlete of the Year," and inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Known as the "Coach of the Coaches," Muir heads the Canadian Olympic Team, in addition to being an instrumental member of the Own the Podium program. She was a Pan American Games medallist in synchronized swimming, going on to become the head coach of the Canadian National synchronized swimming team for 15 years. She was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1995, and she became the Canadian Olympic Committee Mentor Coach in 2008.

Together, Tewksbury and Muir are the authors of The Great Traits of Champions: Fundamentals for Achievers, Leaders and Legacy Leavers.  


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Dr. Dave Williams

Record-breaking Astronaut and Aquanaut, CEO Southlake Regional Health Centre

With a passion for healthcare and risk management, prior to entering the Canadian Space Agency's program, Dr. Dave Williams worked as an Emergency Room Doctor and later as Director of Emergency Services at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Formerly the Director for the McMaster Centre for Medical Robotics, where he led a team dedicated to developing innovative technologies to assist the development of local and remote patient care. In July 2011 Williams became President and Chief Executive Officer of Southlake Regional Health Centre. In June 2012 Williams was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame.

Dave Williams joined an exclusive club when he blasted into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia, and again on Shuttle Endeavour where he walked out into the great beyond. Having also lived and worked in the world's only underwater ocean laboratory, he became Canada's first dual astronaut and aquanaut.

Williams is one of the NASA space program's most accomplished astronauts, setting records in spacewalking. The veteran of two space shuttle missions has logged more than 687 hours in space, including three spacewalks, the highest number of spacewalks ever performed in a single mission. His work with NASA also continued on the ground when the space agency appointed him as director of the Space and Life Sciences Directorate, making Williams the first non-American to hold a senior management position.


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Greg Johnson

Storm-Chaser and Severe Weather Expert

Greg Johnson, one of North America's top professional storm-chasers and severe weather experts, is also an accomplished photographer, speaker, author and workshop leader. Having graduated from Canada's renowned Acadia University, and after founding and building a leading successful communications, marketing and advertising firm from the ground up, Greg decided it was time to devote himself full-time to pursuing his passion for capturing nature's most beautiful and deadly displays of severe weather.

With over ten years of experience, Johnson enjoys chasing classic prairie thunder and lightning storms, tornados, hurricanes, blizzards, and plans to continue traveling the world year-round to satisfy his appetite for capturing extreme weather.

Using sophisticated weather-tracking technology, his ability to read severe weather patterns and a team of dedicated sidekicks, Greg has put over 200,000 kms on his Tornado Truck, intercepting and documenting hundreds of storms across the United States and Canada since 2011 alone. His recent experiences include documenting and compassionately sharing the aftermath of the massive twisters that devastated Joplin Missouri, Moore Oklahoma and El Reno Oklahoma. Additionally, Greg's skills are now being retained by the outdoor festival industry in order to assist organizers in ensuring their large crowds are kept safe from sudden and severe weather risks.

Greg is the author of the Blown Away, A year through the lens of The Tornado Hunter, a best seller and gold medal award winner for design.

A firm believer in the 'Bucket List' philosophy, Greg's mission is to inspire others to chase their own passions, while sharing and teaching the lessons he has learned from pursuing his. 


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Mike Lipkin

World-Renowned Motivator and Communicator

Mike Lipkin brings out the best in leaders and employees around the world. The Founder and President of Environics/Lipkin, and the author of numerous bestselling motivational books, he combines Environics' trademark "social values research" with his personal expertise to provide people with the confidence and insight to take powerful action and achieve pre-eminence in their lives.

Lipkin is a former brand manager at Colgate Palmolive, board Member at Grey Advertising, and Account Director at Olgivy & Mather-one of the world's leading advertising agencies. Environics/Lipkin has quickly become one of Canada's largest and most sophisticated polling companies. 

MCs "UNBRIDLED" - Paul Bridle & David Bridle

As is our trade mark, PCMA is doing things in new and innovative ways. This year we are not just bringing back Paul Bridle, MC of last year's Innovation Conference, but we are bringing his son as well! Come prepared to experience the plenary stage from the perspective of two different generations.

Paul and David are Father and Son and have successfully worked together in business for over ten years. Paul is a business leader who also speaks on business performance and leadership, and is known for his ability to unpack information in a way that people understand and can use it. David describes himself as a 'Tekkie" as he loves technology. He is a photographer and a videographer, and also speaks and teaches on social media for business.

As joint MC's they will not only make sure we have a great conference and get the most out of the speakers, but they will also bring the perspective of two generations. This should make it entertaining as well as bring some interesting perspectives to the event.

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