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PDC 2018 - Day 2 Sessions

Day 2 Sessions

Presenter

Day

Time

Bio

Topic

Darren Terrell 2 9:15 - 11:45 Darren Terrell is the VP of Enterprise Agile Coaching for Project Brilliant. As a senior transformation specialist, he helps organizations and teams to focus on and deliver more real business value. Darren is a proven management consultant that has coached senior leadership to improve business agility. He has also trained and mentored scores of managers/ to better engage their employees and improve their effectiveness as leaders.

During his career, Darren has technically architected enterprise solutions for industry leading companies. He has overseen large software development organizations, including systems that had over $16 billion in revenue flowing through them annually. Darren built an Agile consulting practice from the ground up for a global professional services company.
Darren has obtained numerous Agile certifications, is a licensed Agile Fluency Facilitator and OpenSpace Agility Trainer. He is a board member and conference coordinator for the Agile Cincinnati and AgileIndy User Groups.
Exploring the Agile Evolution of Team and Organizations
Ever wonder what Agile is – really? This session walks through the evolution of teams and organizations with respect to the Agile Manifesto. Drawing from sources of inspiration like the Agile Fluency Project and Modern Agile, Darren will explore this topic in a fun and unique way. By the end of the session, attendees will know what Agile really is and what it looks like during the different phases of agility that teams and organizations experience. Note: This topic is great for all levels of agile experience.
Rhonda Scharf 2 9:15 - 11:45 Insightful … humorous … entertaining … even contagious words used to describe Rhonda Scharf. A speaker with the uncanny ability to look at the normal yet something quite different.
Rhonda has spoken to tens of thousands of people in 13 different countries. She served as the National President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), has served on the Board of the Global Speakers Federation and named in the current edition of “Who’s Who in Professional Speakers”
Invisible Influence
Your job as a PM requires you to influence people all the time. Management position or not, you need to gain support, inspire others, work well with others, get things done without support and improve your relationships. Without the ability to influence in your project management role, you will be ineffective.
Whatever form it takes, being an excellent influencer makes your job easier. We all want to have influence with the people we work with, but are unwilling to be manipulated, or be a manipulator. Invisible Influence explores the science of influence – by maximizing our own personal strengths
Laura Soparlo 2 9:15 - 11:45 Laura Soparlo is currently an organization improvement consultant with her own company in Regina. She has over 30 years of experience in the both the public and private sector especially in the health care sector. She is known as a dynamic leader specializing in organizational, systems and team effectiveness. She has facilitated numerous strategic planning, organizational change, and leadership effectiveness projects for numerous organizations in western Canada. She has worked with multiple organizations to improve their governance models and leadership.
Laura is a session lecturer at the University of Regina on strategy, leadership and teams for the Business and Professional Development Programs Centre for Continuing Leadership. She is the Master Facilitator for the Saskatchewan Institute for Health Leadership and the Education Leadership Institute of Saskatchewan.
Accountable Communications
Many leaders aspire to be effective communicators. Many times we may believe we are communicating effectively however the response we get from others is not what we have intended. Being an effective communicator takes time, patience and excellent interpersonal skills. Good communications skills starts with being aware and accountable for how your words impact others and managing your own emotions given the situation.

In this session participants will:
Panic Squad 2 9:15 - 11:45

We have been teaching our Improv Leadership principles across North America with great success. We are firm believers that learning important elements of teamwork and leadership should be fun and memorable. When we’re laughing together we’re open and engaged. When we’re open and engaged, we’re learning. Too often professional development has great content but lacks the delivery to make it fun and make it stick.

If you’ve ever sat through a seminar with a presenter that sounded like the adults in Charlie Brown movies, and a presentation that needed to incorporate stand up and stretch breaks, then you know what I mean. What about passion, creativity, collaboration and those “Aha!” moments that ignite new ideas and behavior? How about breaking through and stretching your limitations instead of taking a break to stretch your legs?

20 years of performing professional improv comedy for diverse organizations across North America has taught us some fabulous lessons in teamwork and leadership. We’ve fused our expert improv experience with key elements of teamwork and leadership to create a memorable professional development workshop we call Improv Leadership. Part professional improv performance and part leadership training, your team will love laughing and learning together.

Improv Leadership
This interactive workshop builds on the elements covered in the Improv Leadership Keynote and enables participants to take a deeper dive into how the principles of improv comedy can help your team navigate conflict, spur creativity and do amazing work together.
There is no script and no director. You don’t hold a meeting before starting the scene or vote for the best idea before moving forward. You simply go, now. What’s key is understanding how to work as a team so you can succeed in the moment. Knowing when to lead and when to follow is crucial. Trust and respect are essential. Momentum is everything
• Creating a Yes And perspective that aligns rather than derails.
• Learning to lead in unknown territory.
• Understanding what your team needs to perform with excellence.
• Becoming a leader whom others want to follow.
• Creating a culture of celebration to build morale and do great work.
Darren Terrell 2 2:00 - 4:00 Darren Terrell is the VP of Enterprise Agile Coaching for Project Brilliant. As a senior transformation specialist, he helps organizations and teams to focus on and deliver more real business value. Darren is a proven management consultant that has coached senior leadership to improve business agility. He has also trained and mentored scores of managers/ to better engage their employees and improve their effectiveness as leaders.

During his career, Darren has technically architected enterprise solutions for industry leading companies. He has overseen large software development organizations, including systems that had over $16 billion in revenue flowing through them annually. Darren built an Agile consulting practice from the ground up for a global professional services company.
Darren has obtained numerous Agile certifications, is a licensed Agile Fluency Facilitator and OpenSpace Agility Trainer. He is a board member and conference coordinator for the Agile Cincinnati and AgileIndy User Groups.
An Introduction to Agile at Scale
Being Agile at scale is tremendously difficult to achieve. Many times, the practices used for aligning an organization using Agile impede the delivery of real value. There are many frameworks for agility in the enterprise and custom implementations. This session will explore the basics of frameworks like SAFe (Scaled Agile), LeSS (Large-Scale Scrum), Nexus, Scrum @ Scale, and the Spotify model. Darren will then compare the frameworks to distill down what makes them successful. Once these insights are gained, he will continue down the path of how to build a framework custom for your organization. The topic will be presented in a fashion that even novice practitioners will be able to understand the principles across the various frameworks.
Note: Everyone will gain insights from this session as it distills concepts down to basic elements.
Rhonda Scharf 
2 2:00 - 4:00 Insightful … humorous … entertaining … even contagious words used to describe Rhonda Scharf. A speaker with the uncanny ability to look at the normal yet something quite different.
Rhonda has spoken to tens of thousands of people in 13 different countries. She served as the National President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), has served on the Board of the Global Speakers Federation and named in the current edition of “Who’s Who in Professional Speakers”

Leadership Bootcamp
You have earned your senior role. You’re respected, and you know what to do. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it better. By learning to be a leader, you’ll find you standout on your team and your team stands out. Getting things done is easier, the frustration level is lower, and you’ll enjoy what you are doing.

Using of a fully interactive, fun and applicable workshop activity, we’ll discuss what leadership means to everyone, and how they can apply the same leadership skills that are used to run organizations of thousands to their own roles back at work.

Jennifer Ehrmantraut  2 2:00 - 4:00 Jennifer Ehrmantraut is edgy, funny, and a little sweary.
With over 20 years experience working in leadership positions (6 of which were at VP level), Jennifer Ehrmantraut knows what it takes to motivate your team, help you create and successfully carry out strategic plans, exceed budget expectations and balance the day-to-day operations while maintaining focus on the company vision.
As a Certified Professional Accountant, Jennifer's focus was on the management of organizations, leading both large (>1000 staff) and small teams and being accountable and responsible for budgets in excess of $300M.
She is a professional accountant by trade and an inspirer of intentional joy by passion. Her biggest lesson has been that when we lose the connection to ourselves then we can no longer connect with others. In finding her connection to herself again, Jennifer is redefining what success looks like through her company, Intentional You. There, she challenges individuals to question their stories, their capabilities, and their judgments of themselves, to give them the platform to jump beyond what they thought was possible.
Jennifer has been featured in Vintage Gypsy Magazine, on the TEDx stage, and has received numerous leadership awards over the years.Her Professional Qualifications include:
• Certified Executive Coach (CEC) through Royal Roads University (April 2015)
• Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) (June 2001)
More importantly, Jennifer has been where you are and has done the things she is asking you to do.

Bridging the Strategic Planning, Hype
Strategic planning, that’s for someone else to think of, I just have enough energy to manage the project….

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed these days because you don’t have quite enough time, money or people to finish that project on time? I find that there is an unmistakable focus and consideration put on strategic planning, but it does not seem to be helping those who are responsible for carrying out the plan. So why is this gap? Why are people spending so much time and effort developing these high level plans only to have them sit on the shelf and never be used? This session is designed to shift your perspective to get the most out of strategic planning. You will walk away with a renewed energy, a personal action plan and a better understanding to bridge that gap between the 30,000 ft plan and the reality on the ground.

Donna Bowyer 2 2:00 - 4:00 TBD TBD

PDC 2018 - Day 1 Sessions

PDC 2018 Day 1 schedule

 

 Day 1 Sessions

Presenter

Day

Time

Bio

Topic

Bob Hornsberger

1 9:15 - 11:45 Bob Hornsberger is a life time resident of Regina having been born, raised, educated and employed in the city for over 70 years. Bob has over 48 years of experience in assisting organizations to change through thoughtful planning and designing, delivering and evaluating learning programs to assist managers, supervisors and staff in developing the competencies they require to help their organizations meet their challenges and goals. Bob also provides coaching and counselling services to front line employees, supervisors, managers and executives in assisting them in resolving professional and personal issues.

 Introduction to Facilitation
This program is targeted to individuals who, as part of their job, facilitate groups. The workshop provides a framework for facilitating groups. The program also provides participants to practice their facilitation skills and receive feedback on their progress. Topics such as 1.) Establishing group guidelines 2.) Defining facilitation and its core values 3.) Facilitator roles and responsibilities, traps to avoid, and core qualities 4.) Facilitation skills assessment 5.) Organizing a session  6.) Giving and receiving feedback are covered in this experiential learning experience

Jesse Hirsh

1 9:15 - 11:45 Futurist & Digital Strategist
Jesse owns and operates Metaviews Media Management Ltd., which focuses on research and consulting around new media business models, big data, and the strategic use of social media. He is also a co-founder of the Academy of the Impossible a peer to peer lifelong learning facility. Because of the impact technology has on our relationship with the world, Jesse believes that it should be used in responsible and creative ways. He encourages audiences to use technology as the catalyst for collaboration, education, and growing thriving organizations.

 Learning at the Speed of Light: How Technology Accelerates Education
The challenge for organizations and educators in the face of rapidly evolving technology is not only how to keep up with changing tools, but also how to keep up with your employees and students themselves. How do you do more with less, while operating at a speed that makes critical thinking difficult? How do we bridge the digital divide and ensure that everyone has access to the education and empowerment our emerging society requires?

Linton Sellen

1 9:15 - 11:45 An experienced manager, trainer, and trainer of leaders, Linton Sellen has won awards for his leadership, his presentation skills, and his training ability. He received his post- secondary education from the Faculty of Management and the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. He was selected to represent the Faculty of Law in national moot court competition, receiving the highest individual score on the undefeated U of M team.
After receiving his Call to the Bar, he joined Canada's Air Force. Linton demonstrated his ability as a leader by finishing 1st out of 110 on the demanding thirteen week officers' leadership course, as selected by both his peers and his superiors. He earned his commission as an officer, his pilot wings, and the highest instructional category available. He was put in charge of training and evaluating other Air Force supervisors and instructors, and authored the manual for their use. As the head of pilot training at an operational squadron, he was responsible for teaching crew commanders how to lead their teams on operational missions. Linton has acquired years of first hand practical experience as a manager, coach, leader, and leadership consultant.
For the last 18 years, Linton has conducted on-sight and classroom training of managers and supervisors and provided leadership consultation to businesses and other organizations through the company Training Plus. He is noted for his unique, original, yet practical insights into leadership. He specializes in the area of leadership development and has developed the Workplace Leader Course to address the issues faced by the leader in the modern workplace. The training has earned rave reviews from leaders in organizations across Canada.

 Teams - They Don't Build Themselves
This session will explore the critical role leaders play in developing and maintaining effective teams. It's not about Storming, Forming, and Norming. It is about teaching leaders the fundamental principles of teamwork and avoiding key errors which beset many teams.

Cristine Saxon

1 9:15 - 11:45 Cristine Saxon is a professional leadership consultant who provides individualized coaching and HR services to professional clients and teaches leadership and teambuilding seminars and workshops on a variety of leadership topics, including coaching and mentoring, conflict resolution, leading change, emotional intelligence and motivation. She has over 25 years of experience as an HR professional, change consultant, coach, advisor, instructor, facilitator and leadership consultant in a variety of settings, mainly in higher education, agriculture, the non-profit industry and as a self-employed consultant.

 D.A.R.E. to Resolve Conflicts for Increased ROI
Description: Do interpersonal conflicts get in the way of your project’s proposed outcomes or slow down your progress? Does resistance to change minimize the effectiveness of your efforts? Conflicting interests, conflicts over resources or just plain interpersonal clashes can create roadblocks and hamper project success. But they don’t have to anymore.
• Reframe resistance and make conflict your friend by creating group norms and running project team meetings that encourage people to challenge each other respectfully.
• Listen differently to conflict and start to hear dissent as a clue to help identify risks early and make adjustments now to anticipate future pushback that could hamper project adoption.
• Learn specialized communication skills that turn conflict into higher performance results.
• Use the D.A.R.E. model to intervene in conflicts by finding common ground and moving through conflicts in a more efficient, clear and productive way.

TBD 1 2:15 - 3:15 TBD TBD
Bob Hornsberger 1 2:15 - 4:30 Bob Hornsberger is a life time resident of Regina having been born, raised, educated and employed in the city for over 70 years. Bob has over 48 years of experience in assisting organizations to change through thoughtful planning and designing, delivering and evaluating learning programs to assist managers, supervisors and staff in developing the competencies they require to help their organizations meet their challenges and goals. Bob also provides coaching and counselling services to front line employees, supervisors, managers and executives in assisting them in resolving professional and personal issues. The Oz Principle – Getting Results through Individual and Organizational Accountability
This workshop is based on the book of the same name written by Roger Connors, Tom Smith and Craig Hickman. Individual and organizational results of people improve dramatically when people overcome the deceptive traps of the victim cycle and take the steps to accountability. Those steps include SEE IT…OWN It…SOLVE IT…DO IT! The attitude of victimization has captured organizations both in the public and private sector in a choking stranglehold. In this workshop why people in organizations must avoid the debilitating effects of the victim cycle in order to get results will be processed and explained. Then, the 4 steps to accountability will be explained and processed in helping to obtain what you desire for yourself, your team and your organization. There are 8 modules in this program. They include 1.) The OZ Principle 2.) Defining Accountability  3.) The Power of Individual Accountability – Moving Yourself  Above the Line To SEE IT 4.) Finding the Heart to OWN IT 5.) Obtaining The Wisdom To SOLVE IT 6.) Exercising the Means to DO IT 7.) Results Through Collective Accountability 8.) Getting Your Entire Organization Above The Line 9.) Appendix – Applying the OZ Principle to the Toughest Problems in Organizations and Business Today
Linton Sellen 1 2:15 - 4:30 An experienced manager, trainer, and trainer of leaders, Linton Sellen has won awards for his leadership, his presentation skills, and his training ability. He received his post- secondary education from the Faculty of Management and the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. He was selected to represent the Faculty of Law in national moot court competition, receiving the highest individual score on the undefeated U of M team.
After receiving his Call to the Bar, he joined Canada's Air Force. Linton demonstrated his ability as a leader by finishing 1st out of 110 on the demanding thirteen week officers' leadership course, as selected by both his peers and his superiors. He earned his commission as an officer, his pilot wings, and the highest instructional category available. He was put in charge of training and evaluating other Air Force supervisors and instructors, and authored the manual for their use. As the head of pilot training at an operational squadron, he was responsible for teaching crew commanders how to lead their teams on operational missions. Linton has acquired years of first hand practical experience as a manager, coach, leader, and leadership consultant.
For the last 18 years, Linton has conducted on-sight and classroom training of managers and supervisors and provided leadership consultation to businesses and other organizations through the company Training Plus. He is noted for his unique, original, yet practical insights into leadership. He specializes in the area of leadership development and has developed the Workplace Leader Course to address the issues faced by the leader in the modern workplace. The training has earned rave reviews from leaders in organizations across Canada.
Myths of Motivation
Understanding motivation is critical for leaders. The broad mythology surrounding the subject in the modern management culture has led to common assumptions and practices which are addressed in this session.
Cristine Saxon 1 2:15 - 4:30 Cristine Saxon is a professional leadership consultant who provides individualized coaching and HR services to professional clients and teaches leadership and teambuilding seminars and workshops on a variety of leadership topics, including coaching and mentoring, conflict resolution, leading change, emotional intelligence and motivation. She has over 25 years of experience as an HR professional, change consultant, coach, advisor, instructor, facilitator and leadership consultant in a variety of settings, mainly in higher education, agriculture, the non-profit industry and as a self-employed consultant. Make Shifts Happen - Manage the People Side of Change to Maximize Project Success
Success in project management goes beyond skilled portfolio management and well managed project execution. It takes people being ready and willing to accept the change and to make the needed shifts in mindset and behavior. It takes robust change management. Whether you work with OCM consultants, manage change yourself, or coach middle managers to be change champions, understanding how you and others respond differently to change can help you manage resistance, shift mindsets and encourage the behaviors that make changes stick.
• Learn how people’s values and motivation impact their change capacity and how to recognize change saturation.
• Complete the Change Style Indicator assessment in class to learn how you and others react differently to change, and how to build change plans that meet their different needs (pending budget approval).
• Walk away with proven strategies to address low scores on ADKAR, to increase Awareness, build Desire, increase Knowledge, develop Ability and Reinforce the change to make it stick.
• Create a compelling vision for the change that mobilizes people to get on board based on employee engagement research and emotional intelligence theory.
Scott Anderson 1 3:30 - 4:30 Scott is a proficient leader with over 15 years of experience directing multi-million dollar Projects & Programs focusing on large-scale technology deployments and organizational initiatives. His achievements include the implementation of 3G & 4G LTE wireless networks, leading the communications build for the new Rider Stadium, and directing all technical and commercial aspects of launching a new mobile company in The Bahamas in world-record time.
Scott enjoys leading and working with others to achieve amazing goals, and also believes in pursuing constant improvement, confronting new challenges and embracing new experiences.
Scott’s passions include global travel, the arts, and health & wellness. His backpacking adventures have taken him to over 25 countries. He is also a former professional musician with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Scott recently completed his first Half Ironman Triathlon, enjoys being a hybrid athlete, and is pursuing his certification in personal training.
Scott’s motto is “No Limits, Always Forward”.
Making Waves in The Bahamas – Hurricanes, Hovercrafts & Leopards
There is no magic formula or “how-to” manual for creating a new mobile company in world-record time while navigating cultural, environmental and interpersonal challenges! This is an extraordinary case study of an ambitious endeavor requiring an ambitious approach in order to achieve success. The resulting lessons learned span the science and art of Project Management both professionally and personally

PDC 2018 Keynotes

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 Keynote Details

Presenter

Day

Time

Bio

Topic

Jesse Hirsh

Day 1

7:45 - 9:00

Futurist & Digital Strategist
Jesse owns and operates Metaviews Media Management Ltd., which focuses on research and consulting around new media business models, big data, and the strategic use of social media. He is also a co-founder of the Academy of the Impossible a peer to peer lifelong learning facility. Because of the impact technology has on our relationship with the world, Jesse believes that it should be used in responsible and creative ways. He encourages audiences to use technology as the catalyst for collaboration, education, and growing thriving organizations.

The Future of Authority and the Rise of AI 
Who we listen to and who we trust is changing. Smarter systems and machines are emerging – ready and willing to make decisions on our behalf. AI and machine learning are having a transformative effect on every sector and industry. In some areas automation is increasing capacity and capability, while in others, it will lead to dramatic consolidation and disruption, especially with regard to employment.
Jesse will explore the significant ethical issues to consider as we embrace these smart systems, especially when algorithms are wrong or exhibit prejudice. Privacy and security pose unique challenges as we place more trust in systems that depend upon massive amounts of data. This presentation explores at the impact AI and Blockchain technology will have on your industry. Jesse discusses the ongoing role of humans will play in an era of autonomous and intelligent machines. His insights will help individuals and organizations not only survive this turbulent era, but more importantly, to thrive in the age of entanglement.

Linton Sellen

Day 1

12:45-2:00

An experienced manager, trainer, and trainer of leaders, Linton Sellen has won awards for his leadership, his presentation skills, and his training ability. He received his post- secondary education from the Faculty of Management and the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. He was selected to represent the Faculty of Law in national moot court competition, receiving the highest individual score on the undefeated U of M team.
After receiving his Call to the Bar, he joined Canada's Air Force. Linton demonstrated his ability as a leader by finishing 1st out of 110 on the demanding thirteen week officers' leadership course, as selected by both his peers and his superiors. He earned his commission as an officer, his pilot wings, and the highest instructional category available. He was put in charge of training and evaluating other Air Force supervisors and instructors, and authored the manual for their use. As the head of pilot training at an operational squadron, he was responsible for teaching crew commanders how to lead their teams on operational missions. Linton has acquired years of first hand practical experience as a manager, coach, leader, and leadership consultant.
For the last 18 years, Linton has conducted on-sight and classroom training of managers and supervisors and provided leadership consultation to businesses and other organizations through the company Training Plus. He is noted for his unique, original, yet practical insights into leadership. He specializes in the area of leadership development and has developed the Workplace Leader Course to address the issues faced by the leader in the modern workplace. The training has earned rave reviews from leaders in organizations across Canada.

Leadership, Its Not What Everyone Says
This presentation will challenge many popular conceptions of Leadership. The case will be made that generally accepted views of the Leader's role and function are incorrect, creating ineffectiveness and dysfunction. A realistic, and different, philosophical and practical approach to leadership will be proposed.

Amber Macarthur

Day 1

5:45-6:45

Amber Mac has keynoted more than 300 events across the USA and Canada, and as far away as Australia, in which she addresses the topic of business innovation and what it takes for companies to adapt and grow. She is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, CNN, CBS, BNN, The Marilyn Denis Show, and Sirius Radio. In December 2015, she served as an entrepreneur advisor on new reality TV series Dream Funded: Let the Crowd Decide, created by Mark Burnett. She also hosted a one-hour holiday special of Bloomberg Brink for Bloomberg TV
Amber Mac began her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. As a strategist for Razorfish agency and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches. During this time, she was also a judge for The Webby Awards, an international organization that recognizes the best of the web. She then left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. While continuing to work for the software giant, she spent two years coaching people on television about building their businesses online with G4TechTV titan, Leo Laporte. In 2006, with her brother, she started her own agency called Konnekt. The company’s first client was world-renowned business coach, Tony Robbins, who has this to say about Amber Mac’s work:  she “understands how important it is for all of us, both as individuals and as businesses, to be able to use social media to connect with people. I think she is a leader in this space.”

Her company’s clients include Microsoft Xbox, Ford Motor Company, Tony Robbins, Canada Goose, Fast Company, PayPal, Canadian Blood Services, and many more leading organizations. In 2010, Amber Mac wrote the national bestselling business book Power Friending (Portfolio: New York). Her new book, released in May 2016 and co-authored with Michael Bazzell, is Outsmarting Your Kids Online: A Safety Handbook for Overwhelmed Parents.

Relentless Adaptation
AMBER MAC talks about relentless adaptation and the accelerating pace of corporate culture in the digital economy. At the forefront of the digital revolution, she helps companies adapt to, anticipate, and capitalize on lightning-quick changes—from Artificial Intelligence to social media to the Internet of Things, from marketing to customer service to digital parenting and beyond. It’s not about innovation, she says; it’s about adaptation.

Panic Squad

Day 2

7:45 - 9:00

We have been teaching our Improv Leadership principles across North America with great success. We are firm believers that learning important elements of teamwork and leadership should be fun and memorable. When we’re laughing together we’re open and engaged. When we’re open and engaged, we’re learning. Too often professional development has great content but lacks the delivery to make it fun and make it stick.

If you’ve ever sat through a seminar with a presenter that sounded like the adults in Charlie Brown movies, and a presentation that needed to incorporate stand up and stretch breaks, then you know what I mean. What about passion, creativity, collaboration and those “Aha!” moments that ignite new ideas and behavior? How about breaking through and stretching your limitations instead of taking a break to stretch your legs?

20 years of performing professional improv comedy for diverse organizations across North America has taught us some fabulous lessons in teamwork and leadership. We’ve fused our expert improv experience with key elements of teamwork and leadership to create a memorable professional development workshop we call Improv Leadership. Part professional improv performance and part leadership training, your team will love laughing and learning together.

Improv Leadership
Passionate, funny and effective keynotes will motivate you to lead well, take ownership, and work as a team to accomplish more. Laugh and learn as you receive a backstage pass to how improv works, why improv works, and how you can apply the best improv practices to your own organization.Our keynote covers three main areas: Perception, Direction and Celebration.
Perception: How you view yourself, your team and your role as a leader greatly affects your ability to lead well. Discover the roles Trust and Respect play improv and learn how leading with a YES AND perspective can affect your team, your culture and your ability to perform with excellence.
Direction Improv is spontaneous, fluid and changes moment by moment. We will take a look at the framework of improv and how we use structure to enable us to be more creative and fluid. Then we will show you how finding the right structure and practices in your organization will help your teams move forward and build momentum. 
Celebration: Discover how creating a culture of celebration will motivate your team to push harder and accomplish more. Uncover the secret to developing teams that consistently take ownership, push past their comfort zones and strive for excellence. 

Donna Bowyer

Day 2

12:30 - 1:45

Bio - coming soon

Mental Health in the Work Place
- more to come

Kevin Kidney Day 2 5:35 - 6:45

As a Senior Enterprise Consultant with Solvera Solutions, Kevin has gained over 25 years of experience specializing in project management, business process re-engineering, policy and strategy development, change management, and operational management. He has specific experience in not only leading successful project implementations, but also in managing the post-implementation environment including organizational restructuring and ongoing operations. Kevin has had the privilege to work with public and private organizations across a variety of sectors including healthcare, public works, waste management, water treatment, and mining. In 2012, as Project Director for the implementation of the Saskatchewan Provincial Electronic Health Record, Kevin was honoured to accept the Project Implementation Team of the Year award from Digital Health Canada.

Topic: Project Delivery in the Age of "Phoenix"

The delivery of large complex projects is difficult under the most advantageous winning conditions. In the current era, where the transformation of pay administration initiative (Phoenix) within the Government of Canada is in the news on a regular basis, organizations are asking a question about their own current and proposed projects: "How can we prevent being a "Phoenix?". The presentation will focus on the various lessons learned identified through independent audits of the project, and the strategies that can be employed on your projects to better prepare your client to be successful. Some examples will be explored from recent personal experience of project challenges in the age of Phoenix.

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