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PDC 2015 Keynote Speakers


November 4th

Tornado Hunters

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Breakfast Keynote

Greg Johnson, one of North America’s top professional storm-chasers and severe weather experts, is also an accomplished photographer, speaker 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 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 180,000 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 twister that devastated Joplin, Missouri. 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.

    You can’t fall if you don’t climb, but there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.

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. When he’s not storm-chasing, Greg enjoys life at home in Regina, Saskatchewan spending time with his  three children, and of course – cheering for his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders.


From a Good Project Manager to a Great Leader 

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Dave Barrett

Lunch Keynote



You are a good, even great, project manager that can deliver results on time, on budget and within the scope of the project manager repeatedly.  Your organization loves you and relies on you.  Did you know that when we look for tomorrow’s leaders, one of the key elements that organizations find so difficult to find is what you have in spades:  the ability to execute, to get the work done and to deliver on a plan.  This session will put aside the skills and knowledge you need to have to be a good project manager and focus on what you need to be a great leader.  We review the key areas that one would need to address to be able achieve a position as a senior leader.

  • Thinking like a senior leader - learning the language, talking the talk.
  • Thinking outside the box - creatively and critically
  • Communications skills required by senior leaders
  • Financial Management for non-financial managers   
  • The Strategic Plan – creating and delivering 
  • Creating an innovation-friendly environment

Transformational Change

Jim Hopson

Dinner Keynote

Jim will give an inspriting presentation showing  how the Riders " Blazed New Trails" transforming from a management board to a governance board and lovable losers to a championship organization.”
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November 5th


Project Management Memory Techniques

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Breakfast Keynote

When common memory lapses occur, it not only leads to frustration, embarrassment and lost credibility… it carries a negative image. Conversely, an excellent memory conveys the image of success and of someone who is in control.


Managing projects in Municipal environment

Debra Button

Lunch Keynote

SUMA President Debra Button understands the struggles of managing municipal infrastructure projects with limited resources. She will share notes on what municipalities need from project managers, and how they can work together to build our communities.

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