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Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser

Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist
Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser
  • Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser

    Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser is considered one of the best female hockey players in the world. Seven world championships, six Olympic appearances, five Olympic medals — she is a titan of sport and a leader both on and off the ice. Today, Wickenheiser is the assistant general manager of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs as well as a community leader, medical doctor, and businesswoman who inspires audiences to give their best in everything they do.
    A first-ballot Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Wickenheiser’s hockey IQ is highly respected in both the male and female game. She made hockey history as the first female player to notch a point in a men’s professional game and as the first woman in history to play in or coach at four NHL development camps with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Wickenheiser is currently the Assistant General Manager of Player Development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
    Wickenheiser’s ascent to the top of her sport started in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan where at age 15 she became the youngest member chosen for the Canadian Women’s National Team. Her Olympic career spanned 23 years and two sports as she also competed in softball at the 2000 Games. In 2014, Wickenheiser was Canada’s official flag bearer at the Sochi Olympics and she also served on the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes Commission.
    In 2017, Wickenheiser announced her retirement from the National Women’s Team. In addition to her work with the Leafs, she is now a medical doctor practicing family and emergency medicine — a pursuit she has dreamt of her whole life. She is also a bestselling author having released her first book Over the Board: Lessons from the Ice in 2021.
    Wickenheiser has earned many accolades throughout her career, including being named on Sports Illustrated’s “Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World” and twice named to their “Power 50 in Sports” list. She is also one of QMI Agency’s “Top 10 Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports”, a member of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40”, and an inductee in both Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 2014, Wickenheiser was awarded Canada’s highest honour when she was appointed to the Order of Canada in recognition of her athletic achievements and contributions to the growth of women’s hockey.

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Radhika Dirks

Global AI Advisor
Radhika Dirks
  • Radhika Dirks

    No one is better equipped than Radhika Dirks to answer both the big questions and the practical considerations about generative AI. She’s been a crucial voice in the AI conversation for years, was named to Deloitte’s top women in the AI world, and has been featured everywhere from Fast Company to the BBC (and many more). She founded and led the only other moonshot factory that exists outside of Google.

    In uniquely human, powerfully hopeful talks, she places generative AI in the context of what’s already happened in the AI space and what’s on the horizon, then breaks it down into the strategy and tactics that every leader needs to gain an edge in the AI future. She shows you how the rapid advance of this technology has brought moonshots—our biggest, most ambitious ideas—within reach for everybody. It has never been easier or faster to make your dreams a reality, and Radhika can show you how.

    With powerful leadership, Radhika’s Artificial Intelligence includes co-founding Seldn, an AI start-up that accurately predicted the rise of ISIS two weeks before The New York Times coined the term, and her work as CEO and co-founder of XLabs, a moonshot factory for Artificial Intelligence innovations that has made progress towards solving huge problems—like getting closer to the cure for cancer. At Ribo AI, her technology found potential cures for 11 cancers within its first 1.5 years. Today, she advises several Fortune 500 companies and international organizations on how to best use generative AI and AI in their organizations.

    Radhika was also a founding member of Shell’s $1.5B venture capital group and was COO of Rotary Gallop, a game theory-based fintech firm. Her work on quantum computing and Artificial Intelligence has been cited hundreds of times. She is the author of the forthcoming book, The AI Laments, where she marries the allure of AI-generated art with the depths of human-generated poetry. She holds a Ph.D. in Quantum Computing and an M.S. in Nanotechnology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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James Taylor

Futurist for Business Creativity and Innovation
James Taylor
  • James Taylor

    James Taylor M.B.A. F.R.S.A. – who started his career managing high profile rock stars – is now an in-demand keynote speaker and internationally recognized leader in creativity, sustainability, innovation and artificial intelligence. For over 20 years, he has been advising CEO’s, entrepreneurs, educators, governments and leaders from Silicon Valley to Dubai on how to design innovative organizations, unlock creative potential and build a sustainable future.

    As the host of multiple global summits he has personally interviewed over 750 of the world’s leading creative minds including Silicon Valley tech CEO’s, New York Times bestselling authors, and artificial intelligence pioneers. Hundreds of thousands of people in over 120 countries have learned about creativity and innovation through his online courses, videos, media interviews and keynote speeches.

    His clients have included Fortune Global 500 companies, government policy makers, industry associations and he was recently the subject of a 30 minute BBC documentary about his life and work. Companies including Apple, Cisco, Deloitte, Accenture, Caterpillar, UPS, Novartis, EY, Visa, McDonalds, ADNOC and Dell have all brought in James Taylor to inspire and educate through his thought-provoking keynotes and interactive workshops.

    James is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (F.R.S.A.) whose Fellows have included global innovators and leaders including President Benjamin Franklin, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Bob Dylan, Adam Smith, Nelson Mandela and Professor Stephen Hawking.

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Sébastien Sasseville

Endurance Athlete
Sébastien Sasseville
  • Sébastien Sasseville

    Sébastien Sasseville empowers leaders to lead with purpose and inspires organizations to embrace change, remain engaged, and win at the long game. An endurance athlete, his extraordinary accomplishments — which include summiting Mount Everest and completing the mythical Sahara race and the toughest ultra-cycling event in the world — are made even more impressive by the fact that he lives with type 1 diabetes. Having held diverse sales roles in several Fortune 500 companies, Sasseville marries his business experience with his extensive inspirational achievements to deliver dynamic messaging on change management, leadership, teamwork, resilience, purpose, and motivation.
    Through tackling the world’s toughest challenges and continuously setting new goals, Sasseville made a powerful discovery — what we think is possible can always expand. It starts by setting an impossible goal, taking that courageous first step, and then focusing on that “impossible” goal one step at a time.
    Supported by powerful imagery, awe-inspiring stories, and unique accomplishments, Sasseville’s keynotes emphasize the importance of agility when it comes to change and transformation. When we face a challenge, he says, we must accept that we don’t have all the answers at first. But by taking a first step and allowing the experience to unfold, we can often find the answers in the journey. His keynotes also illustrate the importance of putting the mission first when leading a team, as when the mission is more important than individual success, he says, this is how we build an army.
    Fully bilingual, Sasseville has been featured in several media outlets including CBC, TSN, The Huffington Post, CTV, Global TV, Radio-Canada, and countless newspapers. He has also spoken to hundreds of audiences across North America helping them to create enthusiasm about business transformation, build resilience, and evolve to win. Past clients have included RBC, Pfizer, Sobeys, Bell, SAP, L’Oréal, KPMG, and Hewitt.

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Dave Kelly

Master of Ceremonies
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  • Dave Kelly

    Dave Kelly is an award-winning host, writer, and interviewer who creates intelligent and deeply human moments for events and keynote conversations around the world. He is the host of Dave Kelly Live - Canada’s own talk variety show. He has led conversations with business and political leaders across North America and beyond, from Stanford School of Business in California to Amman, Jordan and everywhere in between. Ellen Degeneres selected Dave as the moderator and interviewer for her multi-city tour across Canada, and he recently hosted a conversation with President Barack Obama in Calgary and sat down for a conversation with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in Montreal. From finance to leadership, culture to conflict - Dave is sought after for his singular ability to keep audiences involved and executives engaged in meetings, town halls or conferences. Dave is the co- founder of Kelly Brothers Productions, an award-winning video and entertainment company. 

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Richard Hannah

CEO
Celero
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  • Richard Hannah

    Richard is a seasoned technology senior executive with more than 30 years of business and IT experience across a broad spectrum of industries, bringing a wealth of knowledge and leadership to Celero. He contributes a strong business technology leadership vision and expertise, driving Celero’s strategic projects to completion while further enhancing credit union partnerships.

    Richard has previously held senior leadership roles with several iconic Canadian companies and before joining Celero, provided strategic IT transformation and cybersecurity consulting services to business through his own consulting company. Richard holds an MBA with a major in Information Technology management from Athabasca University, a BBA from the University of New Brunswick, a technology diploma from the New Brunswick Community College and recently attained his ICD.D designation.  Richard and his family reside in Calgary.

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Carrie Forbes

CEO
League Data
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  • Carrie Forbes

    Carrie Forbes is the CEO of League Data, a Halifax based cooperative owned by 39 credit unions in Atlantic Canada. The CIO for Atlantic Credit Unions, League Data delivers enterprise banking solutions for credit unions and their members. Carrie participates on several national credit union committees and boards providing collaboration and influence within the financial cooperative sector. She currently sits on the Open Finance Network of Canada (OFNC) committee.

    Carrie joined League Data from the Province of Nova Scotia, where she was a Director of Strategic Relations in the Chief Information Office and a Learning Consultant within the NS Public Service Commission. Prior to her work in the public sector, she held various positions at Scotiabank within its Electronic Banking Center. She holds an Advanced Bachelor of Arts (English Major) degree from Dalhousie University. An avid lifelong learner, Carrie also holds numerous certifications from a variety of institutions.

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