2017 Annual Conference Keynote Speakers

We know you will enjoy and be enriched by our spectacular lineup of keynote speakers in 2017.

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Dr. Shimi Kang

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An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and lecturer on human motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang offers the keys people of all ages need to succeed in the workplace, the classroom, and at home. With over fifteen years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind motivation and wellness, Dr. Kang shows people how to cultivate the key 21st century skills needed to flourish both professionally and personally.

Dr. Kang is the Medical Director of Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of The Self-Motivated Kid and The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids. This critically acclaimed book became a #1 Canadian Bestseller, released in Germany, Russia, and China, and won the 2015 US News International Book Award.

Whether as a parent, educator, colleague, or manager, Dr. Kang shows how pushing/hovering “tigers” and directionless/permissive “jellyfish” hinder internal drive and adaptability. She proposes a powerful new interpersonal model: the intelligent, strong, happy, and highly social dolphin. By drawing on the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, Dr. Kang shows how this authoritative style encourages self-motivation and the key 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, contribution, creativity, and critical thinking.

A Leader’s Guide to Creating a Motivated Workplace

Few speakers are able to lay out the neuroscience, biology, psychology, and reality of motivation like Dr. Shimi Kang.

A Harvard trained specialist, Dr. Kang knows exactly how to harness motivation toward health, happiness, and lasting success. She combines irrefutable science with unforgettable stories in a whirlwind tour that leaves audiences with the tools to be better leaders and managers, and create a culture of healthy, happy and motivated people.

In this talk, Dr. Kang will cover:

  • The science of how humans are naturally motivated;
  • Daily activities that will enable managers and leaders bring out the best in themselves and those around them; and
  • Tools and tips on how to build a more collaborative, engaged and productive culture of excellence.

Pamela Cournoyer

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Pamela Cournoyer is a nationally and internationally recognized conflict management consultant. Pamela works with leaders and diverse audiences including executives, teams, corporate, government, and large and small business to reclaim disenchanted upper and middle management, teams and workplaces.

Pamela brings to the table her extensive experience mastering mindset, boundary setting, advancing communication, resolving conflict, dynamic public speaking, and raising quality of life at both work and home. Her leadership notoriety is also seen through a hyper awareness of clients’ success-blocking belief systems.

Her services are utilized through professional consulting, corporate leadership coaching, leadership training, conflict facilitation, and DiSC® assessments.

How to gain extraordinary peace of mind through finding and knowing what you were meant to do

Do you believe that all people are meant to “be” or “do” something in their lifetime? If you don’t have a clear answer, at the very least, answer this; are you fulfilled in your career?

Most of us assess our life meaning by what happens to us.  If we label an event that happened to us as not good, we will have a tendency to allow that life event to take over. We then lose sight of our dreams, our desires and our goals and instead, we become enslaved to our never-ending influx of emails.

Pamela offers fundamental insight, thought-provoking questions and a fresh approach to finding what you were meant to do, and live a fulfilling life.

Presentation Outcomes:  Participants will gain

  • Provocative questions designed to offer new ways of looking at what participants may be meant to do.
  • Step-by-step techniques to putting the fire back in your belly and discover extraordinary peace
  • Hear encouraging words to promote a "feel empowered" sensation from top to bottom.

 Skip Weisman

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Skip Weisman, The Workplace Communication Expert, works with small business owners and non-profit organization leaders, plus their employees, providing practical tools to transform workplace communication that create more positive, productive and profitable organizations.

Skip, a former professional baseball executive, served as CEO of 5 baseball franchises over a 20-year career beginning at age 26. Skip’s hard learned lessons form the foundation for the engaging, educational, inspiring and practical presentations organizational leaders can apply to their work environments.

Skip has been a member of the National Speakers Association since 2005 and due to his presentation skills and style was invited in 2014 to join a worldwide community of World Class Speaking Coaches.

Since 2012 over 20,000 international business professionals, including 30 different PMI chapters, have experienced Skip’s interactive, inspiring, and practical keynote addresses, breakout session seminars, and webinars on his signature topics of The 7 Deadliest Workplace Communication Sins, The 3 Stories Leaders Must Consistently Communicate to Inspire & Motivate, Mastering the 3 Levels of Communication Influence, and The 4 Workplace Conversations (Why 3 Are Wrong) and How to Have More “Right” Conversations.

Some client’s include, The Project Management Institute, the Society for Human Resource Management, New York Engineers’ Week, and the Eleanor Roosevelt ECCEL Leadership Program, NAIFA, and the Medical Group Management Association.

You can learn more about Skip at his two websites: For professional speaking, go to: www.SkipWeismanSpeaks.com  For his championship company culture consulting: www.YourChampionshipCompany.com

The 7 Deadliest Project Manager Communication Sins that Kill Collaboration and Innovation Every Time

This highly interactive, engaging and entertaining session provides insights into the seven most damaging communication mistakes project managers make every day when engaging with project team members and stakeholders.

These communication mistakes are the common every day habits undermining trust between project team members. Project managers must build an awareness of these and also build new habits of communicating to overcome the challenges these 7 communication sins bring.

Your Will Learn:

  • The 7 most damaging communication habits on project teams today.
  • Why there is a 67% risk of damaging project team relationships with every communication.
  • Simple tips, techniques and strategies to build the 7 critical communication skills that reduce the sins’ frequency and impact.
  • The 3 primary reasons these communication sins are so prevalent.
  • The 1% Solution to building new communication skills in less than 90-days.

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Keynote  |  Strategy  |  Leadership  |  Technical  |  Agile  |  Business Analysis


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