2017 Keynote Sessions

Kristen Peterson

Creative Leadership: Leading Change Versus Having Change Lead You

Kristen Peterson brings a big dose of passion, energy & infectious can-do mentality to her work as an Innovation Catalyst as well as 20 years of hands on experience for global clients such as Beam Suntory, BMO Bank of Montreal, Creative Education Foundation, Clorox, Conagra Brands, Disney Parks, Kellogg, Maritz, Michigan State, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Pfizer, RBC Royal Bank, Roswell Park, Rogers Wireless, Starbucks, Walt Disney Imagineering.

The relentless energy and drive that Kristen brings to every engagement is contagious. She motivates and inspires groups to explore, stretch and get to new.

Linden Gossen

Leadership Lessons from Jazz!

Linden Gossen is the National Health and Safety Manager responsible for guiding the safe production of beer for three of Canada’s best craft breweries – Unibroue in Chambly, QC; Sleeman in Guelph, ON; and Okanagan Spring in Vernon, BC. Today, Sleeman Breweries is Canada’s third largest national brewery. We may have become a bigger company, but we have never lost sight of our original vision to bring Canadians better beer.


Brady Wilson

Beyond Engagement – How employee energy fuels Innovation, Performance and the Customer Experience

An energizing employee experience fuels the customer experience and differentiates organizations from their competitors. But while employee engagement is the primary strategy businesses have traditionally relied on to produce great employee and customer experiences, it hasn’t delivered them.

This presentation will explain why employee engagement is not enough, and show how some organizations have shifted their approach to achieve superior outcomes.

2017 3P Exchange Talks

Ross Dunsmore
Protecting you and your organization utilizing privilege in investigations

Ross Dunsmore has pretty much done everything a labour lawyer can do!  Generally, he helps employers get it right the first time, with preparation and strategy. He strongly believes that The Best Defense is a Good Offence. Over his career, he has been a leading advocate for municipalities across Ontario in their bargaining, particularly with fire fighters.

Ross has worked with many employers on proper procedures to avoid third party intervention. His practice encompasses analysis and resolution of work place disputes; from grievances and human rights complaints to wrongful dismissals. His focus is economical strategies to avoid expensive disputes.  Creative approaches to problems are a hallmark of his advice.

Ross obtained his Honours B.A. from McGill University in 1970 and his LL.B. from Queen’s University in 1973. He joined Hicks Morley as their first law student in 1973 and was admitted to the bar in 1975. Throughout his distinguished career, Ross has practiced exclusively management labour relations law and is well-known in that field. He developed specialties in change management, reorganization, amalgamations and contracting out issues.

Mary Legakis Engle

Influence through Style: How to choose words and body language to get results

Mary Legakis Engel is “The Management Coach” and a recognized speaker, coach, consultant and business executive.

Mary helps leaders and managers increase their incomes, raise their performance ratings and achieve the leadership positions they aspire to. She helps organizations improve profitability, cashflow and employee productivity through a proven facilitation process that she has honed over 10 years as a management consultant.

Mary has worked closely with managers and leaders across all industries, and has extensive experience working with global brands, public and private companies, start-ups and family-owned businesses across North America.

Mary is the Managing Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Summit, the world’s largest online professional development event for women. And as Co-Founder and Head Coach for Reddin Global, she has built the world’s first mobile management toolkit to help leaders be more effective in work and life – The Emerson Suite.

Kirsten Harcourt

The secret to getting things done – Powerful Networks!

As companies expand and become more complex, one of the tough challenges for many people is learning how to lead effectively without authority. This can be unfamiliar territory that requires a new set of skills. True power, to get things done, does not come from a title or position. Rather it comes from the value you produce for your internal and external customers. Effective Influencers use persuasion, mutual understanding, empathy, authenticity and transparency to build trust. They maintain strong relationships and focus on identifying problems and finding solutions. They are intentional about nurturing and growing their professional network both inside and outside of the organization. In this talk, you’ll learn how to develop these critical skills and set yourself up for success.

James LeNoury

Implications of Decriminalizing Marijuana and the impact on your workplace

James LeNoury represents  a wide range of  private and public sector employers and individual employees with respect to employment and labour employment and labour relations legal matters. James was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1992 and has specialized in employment and labour law since that time.

Prior to attending law school James completed a Masters of Counselling Psychology Degree and worked as a crisis counsellor, and child and family therapist at childrens’ mental health centres in Ontario.

In recognition of his accomplishments in the Supreme Court case WIlson v AECL landmark ruling which affects 10,000 federally regulated employers and 500,000 employees, James was awarded the National HR Employment Lawyer of the Year for 2016.

Sarah McVanel

The Frog Factor – Elevating performance through recognition

Recognition expert, Sarah McVanel is passionate about guiding each of us to re-discover our own greatness, and recognize the greatness in others.  She personifies Greatness Magnified!

An experienced and dynamic speaker and coach, Sarah offers the organizations evidence to back up how recognizing greatness in ourselves and others is key to sustained business success through improved morale, increased top talent retention, and generating a positive corporate culture.   Once we rediscover that understanding of our own greatness, we can use it to recognize that greatness all around us and improve ourselves, our workplace and the organization’s bottom line!


John Skorobohacz

Creating community partnerships

Mr. Skorobohacz is a seasoned executive who brings exemplary credentials and over 35 years of extensive municipal experience leading a variety of public sector organizations.

John is no stranger to the role, having served as City Manager in Windsor (2004-2009), and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Town of Innisfil (2010-2015), currently CAO for Town of Midland.  Previously John held various roles for the cities of Burlington and Stoney Creek (now Hamilton) and has served on several Municipal Boards and Agencies; Local Hydro Company (LDC), Water/Wastewater Municipal Services Corporation, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, Regional Airport and an Economic Development Commission.

Mr. Skorobohacz has a strong network within Simcoe County, an extensive network at the Provincial level and a Member of the Advisory Board for Ontario Municipal Leadership Institute (OMLI).  John recently joined the Board of Directors for the United Way for greater Simcoe County.  John is a graduate of McMaster University (BA), in addition he also is a Charter Director (C. Dir) having completed the Directors College program through McMaster University and the Conference Board of Canada.  John is also a graduate of the University of Western Ontario Public Administration Program (DPA).

2017 3P Exchange Workshops

William Smalley

Influencers Toolkit for Managing the 3 “C’s” of Organizational Conflict

Bill Smalley is President of Route Five International Inc. (RFI), an award winning expert in marketing strategy and business development and a sought after speaker known for delivering powerful sessions that teach real-world skills. Described as a “strategic mind in a sales personality” he is the author of “Intelligent Selling™” a next generation sales program based on collaboration with customers to maximize value. He helps organizations clarify their competitive advantage and value to others then he teaches sales professionals how to sell that. As a trainer and performance coach he teaches skills critical for personal and organizational success including Leadership and Teambuilding, Executive Presentation Skills, and Negotiating. His warm and engaging style and “exceptional ability to motivate people to actually use what they learn” has made him a much in demand trainer, speaker, and facilitator.

Marion Reeves

Mindfulness In Practice: Building a resilient population from the ground up!

Marion Reeves is the owner of LIFE FIT Associates, a consulting company with contracts in the Greater Toronto Area. She has over 30 years of experience to draw on, having worked with a variety of organizations large and small including Peel Regional Police, Nokia, Kodak, MCI Medical Clinics and Wellness at Work. Marion’s background includes a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and 10 plus years of experience teaching Program Planning for the post-graduate Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion Program at Centennial College. During her career, Marion has been involved in helping to advance workplace health and wellness through active participation on many provincial and federal committees. In 2013, Marion was honoured for her achievements as the recipient of the Canadian Workplace Wellness Pioneer Award.

Ronald Brecher

Answering Tough Questions: Building Credibility in High-Stakes Communications

Dr. Brecher is recognized in Canada and internationally for his expertise in toxicology, risk assessment and risk communication. He obtained a B.Sc. (Hon.) in biochemistry from Carleton University and a Ph.D. in Medicinal Biochemistry from Sussex University. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT), and a Chartered Chemist (C.Chem.) in Ontario. Dr. Brecher has more than 27 years of experience as a consultant in toxicology, with an emphasis on assessing and communicating about the human health impacts of chemicals. In addition to his technical consulting,

Trevor Smith Diggins

Answering Tough Questions: Building Credibility in High-Stakes Communications

Mr. Smith Diggins has been a communication specialist for more than 30 years, with a career that has covered print, broadcast and online media, as well as traditional public relations. His expertise in risk and crisis communication has taken him from Ottawa and Washington, to Pearl Harbor and Okinawa, Japan. Trevor has delivered risk communication, crisis and media training for Health Canada, Indian & Northern Affairs, the Ontario Ministry of Environment; Department of National Defence; the Sudbury Soils Study; the U.S. Army; the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine; NASA; the Nova Scotia Dept. of Health; BC Health; Dofasco, and numerous others.

Elizabeth Horvath

Driving Business Results Through Workplace Mental Health

Elizabeth Rankin-Horvath, President of Hale Health and Safety Solutions Ltd., is a Management Systems Specialist, Integration Coach and Speaker, specializing in Occupational Health and Safety and Employee Wellbeing.

She was the CSA Group Project Manager on the development of the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. She brings 20 years of expertise in successful integration of occupational health and safety management systems and experience with workplace mental health issues to help organizations with successful implementation of the National Standard.

Craig Fairclough

Connecting Business with Post-Secondary Institutions
How to Engage Students in Solving Challenges

Craig Fairclough is the Academic Coordinator for the Occupational Health and Safety Certificate Program in The Chang School of Continuing Studies at Ryerson University. He also teaches a variety of courses on a part-time basis at Ryerson University in the School of Occupational and Public Health, Faculty of Community Services, the Chang School of Continuing Studies and the Ted Rogers School of Business Management.

Kristen Peterson

Creative Leadership: Lead change rather than have change lead you.

Kristen Peterson brings a big dose of passion, energy & infectious can-do mentality to her work as an Innovation Catalyst as well as 20 years of hands on experience for global clients such as Beam Suntory, BMO Bank of Montreal, Creative Education Foundation, Clorox, Conagra Brands, Disney Parks, Kellogg, Maritz, Michigan State, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Pfizer, RBC Royal Bank, Roswell Park, Rogers Wireless, Starbucks, Walt Disney Imagineering.

The relentless energy and drive that Kristen brings to every engagement is contagious. She motivates and inspires groups to explore, stretch and get to new.