Keynotes


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Michelle Gault

Senior VP of Product at Herschel Supply Co.

It has been over twenty years since Michelle began her career in the retail business, whether it was on the sales floor, buying, product management and most recently the Head of Product for Herschel.

Michelle has been with Herschel for almost six years and watched it grow from 12 people to 200. Herschel has now branched off and holds offices in China, Hong Kong, New York and LA. Michelle's responsibilities include running teams for Product Management, Development and Manufacturing.

 

Tom Waller

Innovation and R&D at Lululemon Athletica

Tom Waller is the Senior Vice President of Whitespace™, Lululemon’s in-house innovation and R&D team. Comprising inventors, engineers and scientists, Whitespace™ is committed to building Lululemon’s future guest experience through the discovery and application of industry-shifting initiatives. Recognizing the effect of sensation on performance, Whitespace pioneered the “science of feel" - its primary lens for imagining products.

Tom brings an expertise in enabling human potential that was honed as a member of the Sports Technology Institute, based at Loughborough University. He has experience leading innovation for numerous large athletic brands, and successfully assisted in breakthrough consumer products, gold medals, world records and championship titles.

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Karim Kassam

Co-Founder of Optima Living Retirement

Karim Kassam is a Co-Founder and Senior Executive at Optima Living Retirement. In his career, he has gained extensive knowledge in all aspects of commercial activities including Sales, Marketing, Product Line Management, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Strategic Business Development. He has worked in various industries such as Clean and Renewable Energy (Fuel Cells), Retail (Casual Dining), and Seniors Living (Independent and Assisted Living and Mental Health).

Karim believes that working hard is as important as creating key relationships. Every conversation, every meeting, every email and every coffee presents an opportunity. Never burn bridges as you never know who or how the universe will work in your favour.


Workshops


 

Christina Stewart

President, Client Affairs at Praxis

Christina Stewart is a Chartered Professional in HR, a HR Generalist, and leading authority on what it takes to build powerful teams and respectful workplaces. Her passion for building Respectful, Diverse and Inclusive workplaces is infused at all levels of HR solutions provided to her clients. She loves being able to help business leaders grow and develop their teams.

Leadership ot her, means the art of treating those around us as individuals and it’s the science of motivation, fairness and structure. She believes leadership is in all of us – no matter the title. It’s the way we are ‘all in’ on a project, or how we support team members with our ideas, resources and our curiosity. Leadership is showing up and serving those around us.

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Faris Khalifeh

Quiet Leadership Coach

Faris Khalifeh will illustrate how you don't have to be loud to be a great leader, and you can be impactful by being soft-spoken, quiet and gentle. This talk is for extroverts as well, as they can gain valuable insight into the introvert's world, allowing them to understand and work more effectively with their introverted colleagues.

Key Takeaways:

✔ Understanding of Quiet Leadership

✔ Quiet leaders traits and strengths

✔ Expose some myths

✔ How to close the communication gap between introverts and extroverts

 

Grace Lee

Founder & President of Mastery Insights Inc.

Dr. Grace Lee is a self-made entrepreneur, life and business strategist, and keynote speaker traveling the world to share ideas and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

As the founder of Mastery InsightsTM, she has an inspirational story that resonates across cultures around the globe. Her brand is Mastery with one inspired mission: to empower individuals to turn their dreams into achievements in life and in business. She is best known for her uniqueness market posture of extracting ideas from neuroscience research and her cross-cultural experiences, which she uses to inspire people to embrace authenticity and define their own success.

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Brenda Badgero

SFU Career Education Manager

As a Career Advisor at SFU, Brenda Badgero has 15+ years of experience in coaching and supporting diverse individuals with a positive and successful transition to a meaningful career. She's passionate about encouraging individuals to explore hidden career possibilities, identify their uniqueness, utilize customized work search strategies and build powerful connections for career success.

 

Gayle Hallgren-Rezac

CEO of Shepa Learning Co.

Gayle Hallgren-Rezac is writer, speaker and innovative marketer who co-founded one of Canada's unique entrepreneurial ventures, Cookies by George. Long before cupcakes and cream puffs had their own stores, this trailblazer built a gourmet cookie business into a multimillion dollar venture and won a YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her accomplishments.

Gayle has lived all around the world including the United States, Europe and Iran, where she worked for Iranian Radio and TV and UNESCO. She has spent over two decades observing and writing on networking around the world, and is also an expert on the “art of conversation,” a subject she writes and speaks on frequently.

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Judy Thomson

COO of Shepa Learning Co.

Judy Thomson is a CPA, CA and business consultant whose career has spanned the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds. She was part of the start-up management team and first Director, Customer Services of the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer Railtours and spent three years building the customer experience while riding the train through the beautiful Canadian Rockies.

Judy has always been a strong supporter of women in business and is an Honored Alumni of The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Women’s Leadership Circle, and has also spent eight years on the board of the Women’s Enterprise Centre.


Panelists


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Dennis Pang

Founder & Managing Director of Popcorn

Meet Dennis, a panelist for the panel Building Your Professional Allies in this year's Beyond conference.

Dennis Pang is the Founder and Managing Director for Popcorn, a digital marketing and PR agency dedicated to helping brands such as Tourism Vancouver and Purdys Chocolate share their stories through content creation.

 

Natasha Jeshani

Founder of Tafa Consulting

Natasha Jeshani is the owner of Tafa Consulting, a Human Resources and Recruitment Consulting Firm in Vancouver. She is also the author of The HR Insider; a workbook that contains insights, tools and the general application guidelines to navigate all the stages of the job search, selection, offer and onboarding processes.

TAFA Consulting Corp started as a side hustle, and is now Natasha's full time 3rd baby and passion project, catering to companies that require any type of strategic or operational HR and Recruitment Support. Natasha and her team are focused on doing good work with good people and being a true value add for organizations of any size.

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Ruby Ng

Executive Director of The Disability Foundation

Ruby is the Executive Director of the Disability Foundation, which supports six affiliated Societies that deliver adapted outdoor recreational and creative activities, provide access to information and social engagement and more.

In hand with her passion for helping others, she has extensive marketing and communications experience in the non-profit, corporate, and government/public sectors.

 

Mark Leung

Senior Legal Counsel at BBTV

Mark is the Senior Legal Counsel at BroadbandTV by day, comic book nerd by night, and all around leader in both his workplace and community.

Mark believes that leadership means making sure your actions speak louder than your words and demonstrates this by always be willing to serve those around him. At the conference, he’s going to be sharing his insights on how to build your own community of professional allies.

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Kelsey Jorssen

Director of Jorssen Media

Kelsey Jorssen is a Social Media Instructor at Blanche World and the Director of Jorssen Media - a digital marketing company devoted to helping business owners grow their brand through custom tailored solutions.

As someone who is inquisitive and curious by nature, Kelsey enjoys working with companies who make a positive impact and is energised whenever she has the opportunity to meet rad people. She has both interviewed and collaborated with a number of people and brands, all of which can be checked out on her website www.jorssenmedia.com/blog.