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Meet the visionaries, innovators, and industry leaders who will grace the stage at the NACC & CCO Joint Conference. Learn more about our speakers and their expertise, and get ready to be inspired by their insights and experiences!

Peter Mansbridge

Journalist, News Presenter
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Peter Mansbridge
  • Peter Mansbridge

    Peter Mansbridge, OC, television news anchor, journalist, columnist (born 6 July 1948 in London, England). A widely respected journalist, Peter Mansbridge was the face of CBC News for nearly 30 years. As the chief correspondent and lead anchor of The National from 1988 to 2017, he won 12 Gemini Awards for broadcast excellence, including the Gordon Sinclair Award for best overall broadcast journalist in 1990 and 1998. His other honours include two Canadian Screen Awards as well as numerous honorary degrees and lifetime achievement awards. He has been inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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Séan McCann

Musician
Formerly of: Great Big Sea
Séan McCann
  • Séan McCann

    SÉAN MCCANN is a founder of the iconic Canadian band GREAT BIG SEA and a recipient of the ORDER OF CANADA for his MENTAL HEALTH + RECOVERY advocacy. Sober since 2009, SÉAN has spent the last ten years touring the country as a musical keynote speaker and acclaimed solo concert performer singing and sharing his story with everyone willing to listen and singalong.

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Stephen Murgatroyd

Chief Executive Officer
Collaborative Media Group
Stephen Murgatroyd
  • Stephen Murgatroyd

    Stephen Murgatroyd, PhD is the former Dean of Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business and founder of the world's first fully online MBA. He has been an innovative pioneer of technology-enabled, flexible learning since he began his career at The Open University UK. Since he left full-time work at the university, Stephen has worked extensively in the private sector as CEO of a large UK human resource consultancy and then, back in Canada, as an entrepreneur leading consulting, technology and publishing companies. He has consulted for governments across Canada and worldwide on technology innovation, higher education, organizational change, and transformation. He is the CEO of the Collaborative Media Group Inc and an in-demand keynote speaker. He has published over forty books, four hundred papers, articles and chapters.

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Bonnie Gardner

VP of Student Enrollment and Financial Services
Willis College
Bonnie Gardner
  • Bonnie Gardner

    Currently Bonnie is the Vice President of Student Enrolment and Financial Services, allowing her to ensure the student journey from start to finish is based on success and outcomes. Using the same philosophy for in person or online students shouldn't be hard, it should be a focus and outcomes will follow.Bonnie has 20 years in the education field and has been an instructor, Healthcare Faculty Head, and Campus Director.  She is a strong believer in student engagement and the philosophy of teaching it, seeing it, doing it, even in an online setting

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Todd Thibodeaux

President and Chief Executive Officer
CompTIA
Todd Thibodeaux
  • Todd Thibodeaux

    Todd Thibodeaux is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CompTIA, the leading non-profit trade association for the global technology industry and workforce. CompTIA represents 2,000 member companies and 3,800 business partners spanning the industry. Millions of current and aspiring technology workers around the world rely on CompTIA for the training, education and professional certifications that give them the confidence and skills to work in tech.

    Since 2008 Todd has led the expansion of CompTIA’s commitment to advancing industry growth and workforce opportunities through education and training programs, market intelligence and research, networking events, professional certifications and more. Under his leadership, CompTIA has made several strategic investments, including the 2023 acquisition of TestOut, a market leader in career training, courseware, labs and other resources to build “career-ready IT skills.” CompTIA’s impact on workforce development was recognized by the American National Standards Institute, which selected CompTIA as the recipient of its 2023 Stephen Crawford Workforce Development and Innovation Medal. CompTIA was also inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame in 2023.

    Todd is a frequent commentator and speakers on topics related to the tech workforce and industry. He has been quoted in in news coverage by the Associated Press, Bloomberg News, CNBC, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fortune, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

    Before joining CompTIA, Todd spent more than 17 years with the Consumer Electronics Association, where he served in a range of roles culminating as Senior Vice President, Industry Relations. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Bachelor of Science, Economics, 1988) and George Mason University (Master of Arts, Economics, 1997)

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Zachary Martin

Musician
Zachary Martin Music
Zachary Martin
  • Zachary Martin

    Zachary Martin engages the crowd, takes requests, and plays music from any era with his own personal touch. His energetic presence can sometimes be infectious so beware!

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Krista Livingston Clark

CEO
Discovery College
Krista Livingston Clark
  • Krista Livingston Clark

    CEO of Discovery Community College. With 27 years of experience supporting students with specific skill training for gainful employment, you might say she grew up in the regulated career college sector. Krista has been delivering Financial Aid Officer Training in conjunction with Student Aid BC and the BC Career Colleges for the past 14 years and has trained 1000’s of Financial Aid Officers.  

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Craig Tucker

Owner, President
Keyin College
Craig Tucker
  • Craig Tucker

    Craig Tucker is a senior executive specializing in the area of corporate communications, market development and strategy. Craig is the former Managing Partner of Group M5 where he helped to guide the organization and its employees through tremendous growth and development for fifteen years. Craig currently owns numerous business ventures including Crossbeam Education which owns a portfolio of companies including the franchise system of Keyin College, Learning Labs, and IDI.

    Craig is extremely active in the Atlantic Canadian Business community where he lends considerable time guiding the Atlantic Canadian innovation Eco-System.

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