Decision-Making: From Theory to Practice
June 8, 2015
Hosted by Laura Ellis
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During this episode guest and TAB Advisor, Randy Leavitt, shares his professional experience of over 30 years working for a government organization, the Ontario Power Generation. The interview focuses on the critical decisions Randy made throughout his career and on the lessons that shaped and refined his approach to making important business decisions.
Because There’s More
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A show about decision making, Because There’s More takes a closer look at how senior leaders make decisions. Whether looking to accelerate business growth, scale a start-up or advance your career, good decision making is the cornerstone of success. Yet, we regularly engage in patterns of thinking that are less rational, or we make decisions based on insufficient and irrelevant information. This is how poor decisions begin to form and how our chances to reach our goals, decline. The show educates, informs and inspires senior decision makers everywhere to make better business decisions. The knowledge, experience and wisdom our guests share on the show become a curated resource of practical, diverse, expert business advice and knowledge you can access anytime, anywhere. As a listener to the show you will have the opportunity to validate and stretch your thinking, recognize your biases and arrive to business decisions more predictive of the outcome. Because There’s More.
Laura Ellis is an innovator and a visionary whose career has been defined by three vocations: Educator, Business Psychologist and Entrepreneur. Dissatisfied with any boundaries that restrict potential, Laura found purpose in employing her talent to expand the choices afforded to people. As an educator, Laura motivated and guided at-risk youth in Communist Romania to thrive outside the limits imposed by an oppressive regime. Drawn by the intricacy and energy she discovered inside business, she later built a career in business psychology to facilitate organizational transformations and spur the growth of executive talent, the true architect of business success. Being farsighted and enterprising sets Laura apart and it often places her at odds with the mainstream thinking. After fifteen successful years in influential corporate and consulting roles, she saw that the tools for business growth became out of step with the needs of the business. In 2013 Laura founded Trusted Advisory Board, the organization she knows will disrupt and reshape management consulting to meet today’s business needs for rapid transformation and differentiation. This amount of progress only comes from the on-going exposure to high density and diversity of information. TAB creates those conditions and gives senior executives access to a curated network of knowledge to make fast and accurate business decisions. It also fulfills Laura’s mission to evolve how businesses are run, one business at a time.
Phil Armstrong is a Senior Vice-President in Sun Life's enterprise shared services organization. He is responsible for the delivery of all business system applications supporting the Company’s Canadian, Corporate, UK and Asian business groups, the Investments division, as well as the Digital and technology Innovation functions across Sun Life globally. He is also accountable for the enterprise project management office and the systems architecture teams worldwide. Phil is a member of the Company’s Canadian Executive Team, Asia Technology Council, the Enterprise Services Executive Team, and is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the India Service Centre. Phil is an accomplished leader with extensive, securities, wealth, banking, insurance and distribution industry knowledge, acumen that has enabled him to build lasting legacies in every role he took on over time. In addition, Phil is also a published author and a very active member of his community. View Guest page
Phil Ash is the Co-Founder and CEO of Baton Investing which is setting a new standard of transparency and performance for investing companies as well as providing on a subscription basis, Baton’s proprietary stock picking system that has beaten the market by roughly 150% since 2003 for DIY investors who need high returns but don’t have the time or inclination to spend on research and trading, don’t want to blindly trust a robo-advisor for unimpressive results, and don’t want to pay exorbitant fees for a financial advisor where they’ll be relegated to a one-size-fits-all approach. Designed in partnership with revered M.I.T. computer scientist, John P. Reese, this proven program offers a transparent, highly effective and surprisingly simple stock picking system that has been crushing the markets and bucking mediocrity since 2003. In fact, it’s the only transparent stock-picking APP that tells you exactly when to buy (and sell) the kinds of stocks that Warren Buffet would buy. View Guest page
Jim Cathcart is proof that there is indeed “More”. Born into a working class family in Little Rock, Arkansas he didn’t expect much from life. But after being inspired by a radio broadcast in 1972 he has gone on to be inducted into the Sales & Marketing Hall of Fame, and Speaker Hall of Fame and is the author of 16 books including 2 international best sellers. His life is dedicated to Helping People Succeed and he’ll be sharing insights with our listeners so that they too can achieve More than they ever expected. View Guest page
Anne Comer brings over 15 years of corporate leadership experience specializing in change leadership, organizational development and team effectiveness, which today she devotes to helping leaders create healthy, high performing work environments, Anne's work focuses on enabling her clients increase their productivity and deal with the demands of a 24/7 workplace by teaching them how to better manage their energy. She works across all industry sectors to design customized workshops, and guides leaders in the development of changes that stick.As a facilitator, she encourages professionals to challenge their assumptions and see the potential impact of their role. View Guest page
Chris Cooper helps business leaders to elevate their businesses, their people and themselves. He is a consult-ant, facilitator, mentor, keynote speaker (former Regional President of the Professional Speaking Association) and broadcaster. Chris speaks about 'The Power to Get Things Done (Whether Your Feel Like It Or Not)' - with the book to be published by Penguin Random House USA in Dec 2015 and 'How to elevate your business on Podcast and Radio'. Chris has held senior roles at Mars, United Biscuits and Punch and is based in Leicestershire, England. He works prolifically as a consultant and developer of people in the hospitality, food, drink and insurance sectors as well as supporting small business leaders via his 'Elevation Programme' which has run successfully for over 5 years. His radio show 'Be More Achieve More. Inspiration for the Entrepreneurial Mind' first aired in Sept 2011 and is accessed up to 100,000 times a month from over 50 countries. View Guest page
Dr. Liane Davey
Liane Davey is changing the world one team at a time. By combining a keen expertise in strategy with deep insight into group dynamics, she is transforming organizations from the executive team down. Sought after by executives at some of North America’s leading financial services, consumer goods, high tech, and healthcare organizations, Liane is also a dynamic keynote speaker who takes her message about vital teams to leaders at conferences and management retreats. In addition, she writes an ongoing blog on Team Effectiveness published in trade and academic journals. Her first book, Leadership Solutions co-authored with David Weiss and Vince Molinaro was released in Fall 2007. Her new book, a New York Times bestsellers was released in fall 2013 and is entitled: : YOU FIRST: Inspire Your Team to Grow Up, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done. View Guest page
John P David
John P. David has more than 25 years of experience in the public relations and communications industries – with the past two years focusing heavily on online reputation management issues. He has experience in most forms of corporate communications and crisis management. He is frequently called on by his clients for high profile, complex and time-sensitive assignments. Mr. David frequently writes about public relations and marketing at David PR Blog, and his insights on publicity, communications and online reputation management are frequently published on the Huffington Post. He has been quoted on a variety of marketing and PR related topics in a number of national media outlets including NPR.org and Today.com. He also serves as a partner with online reputation management firm WebFactCheck.com, a website that enables businesses to effectively respond to negative internet posts. Mr. David also offers legal marketing assistance to attorneys through www.lawsuitpressrelease.com. View Guest page
Meaghan Douglas is a Regional Vice President for Arbonne International and a full-time mother who has built the type of life that she has always dreamed of by transferring her innate and acquired abilities and skills into a brand new profession. Originally trained as a teacher, Meaghan offers today a turnkey system coupled with a mentor/apprenticeship program to teach individuals how to successfully run a home-based business and add a 5-6 figure a month income stream to their portfolio by working smart and part-time. View Guest page
Laura Ellis is an innovator and a visionary with a career anchored by three vocations: Educator, Business Psychologist and Entrepreneur. Dissatisfied by boundaries that restrict potential, Laura found purpose in employing her talent to expand the choices afforded to people. She guided at-risk youth in Communist Romania to thrive outside the limits imposed by an oppressive regime. Drawn by the intricacy and energy she discovered inside business, she later built a career in business psychology to facilitate organizational transformations and spur the growth of talent. Being farsighted and enterprising sets Laura apart and it places her at odds with the mainstream thinking. It is why she founded Trusted Advisory Board: to reshape management consulting and meet today’s business needs for differentiation. TAB creates conditions for senior executives to access a curated network of knowledge to make fast and accurate business decisions. It also fulfills Laura’s mission to evolve how businesses are run, one business at a time. View Guest page
Rod Ellis has built an impressive career working as the News Editor for Canada's most watched news show. It all started in 1971 when he began studying film history and production at York University in Toronto 1971. In order to pursue his dream of finding employment in film, he bartended for a whole year before securing his first professional job in TV, in 1976. Moved on to a production company in 1979-1986 working as a technical producer for commercials, music specials and sports events. Between 1986-1988 Rod run his own production company creating corporate videos. Then in 1988 Rod began working for Canada's largest private TV network as the news division's sound recordist and ENG editor. And then in 2015 Rod decided to take early retirements and is firing up to start a new stage in his professional life and define the next best thing - because the best is yet to come. View Guest page
Eldonna Lewis Fernandez
Veteran negotiation and contracts expert Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez, author of “Think Like a Negotiator,” has over 30 years of experience crafting killer deals both stateside and internationally, many in excess of $100 million. She’s currently the CEO of Dynamic Vision International—a specialized consulting and training firm that helps individuals hone negotiation skills—as well as a nationally regarded keynote speaker, session leader and panelist on the Art of Negotiation.Eldonna also authored 50 Ways to Create Win-Win Results by Understanding the Pitfalls to Avoid. She is also author of the GoPINK Rules of Engagement 5 Foundational Principles for Taking Control of the Handlebars of Your Life. She is coauthor of the award winning Heart of a Military Woman which is a compilation of stories by, for and about military women, and is also a contributing author in Heart of a Woman in Business, Heart of a Toastmaster, Wake Up Women and Motorcycle Diaries A to Z. View Guest page
Tony Gareri has led Roma Moulding, a top North American picture frame manufacturer, for the past 5 years. After joining his traditional family-run company in 1999 as a Marketing Manager Gareri took over the leadership of the company in 2010, and decided to focus his attention on rejuvenating the business by placing a premium on employees happiness. This allowed Tony to lead his organization through an extraordinary cultural transformation turning Roma into an industry leader renowned for outstanding company culture. Gareri has been featured in the media (Forbes & Globe and Mail) and is an active corporate advocate and speaker on Culture and Employee Happiness. Alongside Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Apple’s SVP of Software Development Craig Federighi, Tony was also named one of 2014’s Most Passionate Leaders by Toast Master Magazine. Today, Tony mentors a number of organizations including Great Places to Work Canada winner, 360incentives. View Guest page
Paul Gibbons is passionate about how science can be used to improve human behaviour, focusing on the application of the wider human sciences to business and business leadership.He began his career in neurochemistry, followed by Masters-level study in International Economics and Finance. He moved to London as a "quant" derivatives trader working at Salomon Brothers and Morgan Stanley. At 28, he resumed doctoral study in neuroscience then joined PwC as a strategist and expert on derivatives, then joined PWC's "Strategy, Innovation and Change" think-tank. In 2001 he founded Future Considerations, a successful training company he grew then sold and joined the University of Wisconsin, Madison while continuing to coach senior executives worldwide. He has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, the Guardian, and Times newspapers, and was named "CEO Super Coaches." He's written a self-coaching workbook and this summer he published highly praised book on change in organizations. View Guest page
Colin is a writer with extensive experience in both the public and private sector. He worked in Ontario's Premier’s office, Dalton McGuinty writing speeches and reports for Premier McGuinty as well as several other cabinet ministers. In late 2004 Colin joined the office of Health and Long Term Care Minister George Smitherman, where he served as speechwriter and Director of Communications until August of 2006, when he left to form Shades of Gray Communications. In addition to several Ontario government ministries, Colin Gray’s many clients include John Wright of Ipsos Reid, the Health Council of Canada and the Canadian Club of Toronto. He has also written and edited reports for organizations like Scotiabank, Toronto Community Housing and Canada Health Infoway. Before taking up speechwriting, Colin Gray was a reporter with CTV National News where he covered news stories from one side of the country to the other. View Guest page
Andrew Haley has an inspiring life story that attests to his determination and strong beliefs. As a child Andrew had cancer twice and subsequently he lost part of his leg and part of his lung. Those events did not hold him back, however. An avid swimmer, Andrew’s self-discipline led him to becoming a world class World Record setting Paralympic swimmer and a recognized leader in Paralympic sport . Among other competitions, Andrew has competed at four Paralympic Summer Games: Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004. He has won a Paralympic gold medal in the 4x100 medley relay and four bronze Paralympic medals . He is also a successful businessman who works for the Toronto Blue Jays. He is involved with RIGHT TO PLAY, a charity that allows him to visit schools and inspire children to dream big. He volunteers his time with AthletesCAN, and works in partnerships with a number of organizations to inspire his audience into purposeful pursuit of their goals. View Guest page
Anne-Marie Ilie is a talented, intelligent and beautiful young woman whose life experiences have shaped her approach to problem solving and decision-making and have enabled her to succeed in very different circumstances.Today, she leverages her experience and employs problem-solving and decision-making as the trademark of her success in the role of government lobbyist in Romania. She speaks 5 languages, which she employs very effectively in making business transactions with international partners and in 2007 she became Miss Belgium - an experience that exposed her to a highly competitive industry, to high-powered wealthy individuals and prepared her for the challenges that she deals with today View Guest page
Beverly E Jones
Beverly Jones is a master of reinvention. She started out as a writer, next led university programs for women, and then trail-blazed her career as a female Washington lawyer and Fortune 500 energy executive. Throughout her varied work life she has mentored other professionals to grow and thrive.
Since 2002, Bev has flourished as an executive coach and leadership consultant, helping professionals of all ages to advance their careers, shift directions, and become more productive. Based in Washington, she works with clients spread across the country, including accomplished leaders at major federal agencies, NGOs, universities and companies of all sizes. Bev is a popular speaker and facilitator, and she creates workshops and other events around the needs of her clients. Virginia, in the garden of the farmhouse she shares with her husband, former Washington Post ombudsman Andy Alexander, and their two dogs. View Guest page
Jon tells stories. Stories about art. Stories about leadership. Stories about people. Stories about hope. Stories about sports. Stories about LEGOs, snowflakes, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Jon tells stories in his books as an author, on stage as an actor, online as a blogger, and in rhyme as a YouTuber and spoken word poet with nearly 175,000 subscribers. Jon tells stories about everything in the hopes of pointing us towards the one thing that really matters. View Guest page
With more than 35 years of corporate human resources and talent development experience and over 20 years of experience coaching and mentoring high level professionals, Grace Killelea has helped transform leaders “from good to great.” As the Founder and CEO of Half The Sky Leadership Institute, helping women in leadership roles strengthen their business acumen and executive presence, Killelea imparts her unique insights and perspective on leadership, development and “personal branding” to motivate people to move beyond personal and professional barriers and live their best lives. Killelea excels at providing individual leaders and corporate teams with professional development tools that help them move beyond obstacles to achieve tangible results. She is also the author of "Walking with Grace" and of “The Confidence Effect: Every Woman's Guide to the Attitude That Attracts Success”one of 2016’s most anticipated books on women in business.
http://www.gracekillelea.com/ View Guest page
Kevin Layton is CEO of Data-Dynamix, a premier source of demographic data, a go-to partner for delivering digital marketing campaigns. The company partners with a litany of top-tier ad agencies and media groups (across newspaper, radio and television). Layton, author of the upcoming book Building Your Digital Marketing Machine, is also a revered inspirational speaker on digital marketing, international business and business strategy. Prior to Data-Dynamix, Layton held several C-suite executive positions, including Vice President-level tenures with both Decision Sciences International and SRA International. Kevin also held a Director positon at Lockheed Martin, where he led an award-winning team. Throughout the course of his career, Layton has been recognized for his commitment to excellence with honors and accolades that include Aviation Week’s Program Excellence Award; Lockheed Martin NOVA Team Award; the Australian Institute of Program Management’s Program Management Award. View Guest page
Randy Leavitt is a seasoned, action-oriented leader with diverse experience in the nuclear energy industry. Equipped with a strong ability to articulate solutions rooted in strong conceptual and analytical thinking, Randy has enjoyed 30 successful years working in the nuclear division of Ontario Power Generation. His legacy is alive today through the mentorship he provided to his team whose members are today part of the senior decision making in their business. In 2012, Randy founded Deliberate Action Ltd. to help businesses find actionable solutions to complex issues and achieve identified goals. Today he is on long term assignment with Black & McDonald Power Generation Region, working out of Pickering and Toronto. View Guest page
Paul Lewis is the CTO of Hitachi Canada responsible for the country’s Technology. Paul leads technology advocacy of the Hitachi vision and strategy, heads field enablement of Analytics for the Americas, evangelizes complex technology trends including Cloud, Mobility and Analytics across the Americas; and represents Americas in the Global Technology Office, the Hitachi LTD R&D division. In his role of trusted advisor to the CIO community, Paul’s explicit goal is to ensure clients’ problems are solved and opportunities realized. Prior to joining Hitachi, Paul has focused on technology R&D and Technology,business strategic plans and governance, security and risk management, software and infrastructure architecture as the CTO and Senior Executive Technologist of several financial services.Paul is a frequent speaker at technology and industry events as well as various higher educational institutions across the country on topics ranging from IT to Big Data and Internet of Things. View Guest page
Eric Lofholm is a Master Sales Trainer who has taught his proven sales systems to thousands of professionals around the world. He is President and CEO of Eric Lofholm International, Inc., an organization he founded to professionally train people on the art and science of selling. Eric is a naturally gifted teacher. For over 14 years Eric has been sharing his proven sales increasing ideas with people all over the world.Eric believes that selling equals service. He also believes in working towards mastery of the fundamentals of lead generation, appointment setting, and delivering a high quality presentation.Eric has delivered over 1,500 public and private presentations in companies in all industries from financial services -banks, insurance and investment organizations, to government,to manufacturing, retail and professional services. In addition to his training bootcamps Eric is a prolific published author + instructor for CEOSpace Networking University. View Guest page
Linda Losey is an inspiring leader who has overcome personal tragedies to emerge as a role model and thought leader in business. Having lost both of her sons two years apart, Linda managed to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, and emerged with wisdom, compassion and grace to inspire others with her message and will to survive. Linda created a charming mini-distillery, Bloomery Plantation Distillery – which has over 20 international awards, a true testimony to Linda’s commitment to persevere and create a new life for herself on the foundation of her once overwhelming grief.The distillery boasts a wildly unique, imaginative and fiercely dedicated staff led by Linda. For staffers, the products are regarded as a foundational philosophy: an adventurous and even risk-taking way of doing things. This viewpoint guides everything that Linda does in the wake of life’s tragic events and has attracted more than 60,000 premium drink devotees. http://bloomerysweetshine.com/ View Guest page
For over 20 years Gloria MacDonald has worked with organizations and individuals, helping them build their dreams, accelerate their results, and create richer, more fulfilling lives.
Gloria is an international speaker, life and business coach, motivator, author and renowned relationship expert. She is a highly successful entrepreneur who has had the privilege of studying with some of the thought leaders in the field of the Law of Attraction and Personal Development. She is a certified Dream Builder Coach and Life Mastery Consultant through the Life Mastery Institute. Gloria is committed to sharing her knowledge and experiences with the world.
Gloria is a creative business woman who has built a successful brand with multiple line extensions. She hosted her own weekly TV show and radio show and has been featured in numerous national newspapers and magazines. View Guest page
Nancy is a serial entrepreneur who believes in following your passion and leading by example. Offering a unique combination of traditional and cutting-edge business development tools, Nancy built and scaled many businesses in a variety of sectors. In fact, her entrepreneurial career includes managing artists (gold and platinum records), the Film & TV production industry, working with non-profits doubling their donations, manufacturing and marketing “award-winning” products for the motorsports and sports industries and most recently managing the rock stars of the new millennium – the software developers. Committed to helping entrepreneurs drive innovation and collaboration, and facilitate strategic decision-making to ensure successful business ventures she is passionate about the trends that are fundamentally changing the way business gets done; Visual thinking, Design thinking and Gamification. Nancy believes that if you add play you can power up productivity, performance and profits. View Guest page
Barb McBurney is a seasoned leader who has invested herself fully into the success of the business by leveraging her strong inate ability to connect and understand people. Authentic and straightforward, Barb is a strong advocate for transparency and building trust, elements that she uses daily as the compass that guides every action she takes. A born mentor, Barb has touched the lives of all the people she has worked with and she remains just as active today in building the leaders of tomorrow. View Guest page
A natural leader, Mathav brings over eighteen years of progressive experience in creating and implementing strategic sales and marketing plans, establishing and leveraging partnerships, and managing key customer accounts to increase revenue while ensuring client reference ability. Skilled in using a structured and disciplined approach to articulating value proposition through effective presentations to private and public organizations, Mathav utilizes knowledge of Lean Methodologies to analyze the marketplace, and translate findings into results that ensure Just-in-Time delivery, and gain an edge on competitors for ultimate customer satisfaction and optimal growth. View Guest page
Peter John Murphy
Peter John Murphy is an award winning Television reporter and anchor whose career spanned forty years from 1967 to 2007 and included coverage of some of most the important events in Canada’s recent past. Murphy began his broadcast career in 1967 at CKX TV in Brandon Manitoba. After stints at CJAY-TV, Winnipeg; CFTO-TV, Toronto and CBC-TV Toronto, Murphy spent twenty nine years as a senior National Correspondent and Anchor at CTV National News. Among the major stories he covered: The FLQ crisis in Quebec in 1970, Almost every National Federal election since 1967, both Quebec referendums, the 1982 and 1991 recessions and many other events too numerous to mention. During his posting as CTV's London Correspondent from 1982-1984 Murphy covered The Falklands War, The Israeli invasion of Lebanon. From 1985-1999 Murphy filled in as anchor for CTV National News National. Among other awards Murphy received the RTNDA Charlie Edwards Network Award in 1996 and the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2005. View Guest page
Jan New is an amazingly talented professional whose achievements in the philantropic organizations she has served have translated into building a better society. Motivated by a strong passion for making a difference Jan has dedicated her creative problem-solving and her “roll-up your sleeve”attitude to building and motivating her team and empowering them with a positive mindset. Her success has been fueled by her highly innovative and holistic way of thinking and her relentless drive to achieve her mission. Her thirst and openness to new information and perspectives allows her to repeatedly succeed where many would have struggled. View Guest page
Heather Ramsey has over 25yrs of running successful businesses, leading executive teams, teaching at business schools, and producing profit, people, and planet results. Currently running two companies “ReWired WorldWide” and the “Stock Exec”, along with having a number of strategic partnerships, and being invested in the markets, property, and emerging technologies, Heather also focuses on transferring to her clients The Art & Science of Facilitation & how that contributes to business, entrepreneur & team success.When she’s not leading great returns for investors in Stock Exec, she’s training entrepreneurs to rewire for higher success in ReWired WorldWide. In her capacity as Founder and Head Trainer, she has guided entrepreneurs to double, triple and in some cases quadruple their sales, apply success principles and practices to ensure they hit their targets, build their business, take care of the entrepreneur at the head of their business, and enjoy the growth ride. View Guest page
co-owner of Big Sky Enterprises, LLC (http://bigskyllc.com)–an industry leading commercial real estate development, construction management, financing procurement and design-build firm that uniquely develops, executes and oversees the entire project life cycle for churches, independent schools and medical facilities. Your company’s full solutions project management approach benefits its commercial and church construction clients with single contact-point project control, uniquely allowing them to maintain focus on other business development and growth initiatives. Due to notable revenue growth and other key operational benchmarks, in 2015 the company realized an array of coveted industry honors, including being named among the Inc. 5000®, the SmartCEO Circle of Excellence®, the Philadelphia 100® and as a SmartCEO Marcum Innovator®. View Guest page
David Roddenberry is a successful entrepreneur who harnesses his academic background ranging from neuroscience to health policy to law from the top academic institutions in the world (Harvard, LSE, Oxford University) and created a forward-thinking way of helping people proactively manage their health through weight-loss. HealthyWage is an Industry-leading health and wellness organization that provides cash incentives, social and expert-based support, tools and resources, goal-setting and tracking technologies to address obesity and improve collective health. HealthyWage is at the forefront of the weight wagering movement with competitive, cash-fueled programs in more than 90 Fortune 500 and their program has been more informally run at more than 3,000 companies and organizations. View Guest page
Anwesha was brought up in India. She moved to Canada four years ago to complete her Undergraduate degree in History and English. During her high school years in India, she developed a curiosity towards subjects like History, English and Political Science that now informs her inclination to pursue political journalism. She was an influential contributing member to her school’s News and Debating Team, The Drama Club and The Social Services Society where she volunteered a significant amount of her time at orphanages and old age homes. Her other interests involve a 10 years pursuit of Classical Indian Dancing and playing field hockey for an additional 7 years, activities she still continues to pursue. Today, she is an active member of the community and she spends a considerable amount of her time volunteering. She is currently a volunteer and member of the Toronto Youth Cabinet (TYC) and The United Nations Association Canada (UNAC), where she hopes to make ongoing contributions. View Guest page
Dr. Andrew Shaul
Andrew Shaul, Ph.D., C. Psych. began his private practice shortly after he earned his doctoral degree in 1993, and went on to specialize in clinical and rehabilitation psychology, marital counseling, and working with adolescents. Today his organization has offices located throughout the Greater Toronto Area and a complement of over 60 psychotherapists. You don't need to know him for long to feel his caring and compassionate character, his extensive professional expertise and experience and his dedication for his work. He conducts assessments and provides counseling for a diverse population of individuals and couples, and he also supervises a number of psychotherapists in their work. In addition to his private practice, he is a part-time Faculty member of York University and has been teaching in their Department of Psychology for over 20 years. He has served on many clinical competency examining committees for advanced doctoral students and has supervised PhDs. View Guest page
Mick Simonelli is a keynote speaker and independent consultant with 25 years experience in transformation and change. Focusing on developing thought leadership on innovation in large organizations, Mick packaged his practical approach to form his own organization and guide client organizations toward ground breaking, revenue-generating innovation initiatives. Prior to Simonelli Innovation, Mick served as the senior innovation executive for USAA, where he built and drove the enterprise-wide innovation program to world class status. During his tenure, USAA received numerous awards and accolades including InfoWeek 500's most innovative, BusinessWeek's #1 customer service, and peoples choice awards. Before that, Mick served as a lead innovator in multiple positions within the Department of Defense. View Guest page
Lang Smith is the founder of Cloud Signalytics—a first-of-its-kind predictive intelligence software platform helping major franchise auto dealerships create highly precise, individualized customer profiles to maximize sales. He may be reached online at www.cloudsignalytics.com. Standing at the forefront of the fastest moving technology industry movement, his unique predictive analytics technology has contributed to over $2M in combined sales from just 2 dealerships in 6 months. Throughout his 20-year career in building businesses and consulting for others, Lang has built a reputation as a pioneer of new technologies, and an expert business strategist. His analytics algorithms will no doubt pull several industries into a new category over the next few years. View Guest page
Jay Taylor is the editor of J Taylor's Gold, Energy & Tech Stocks newsletter. His interest in the role gold has played in U.S. monetary history led him to research gold and into analyzing and investing in junior gold shares. Currently he also hosts his own one-hour weekly radio show Turning Hard Times Into Good Times and is a frequent guest on CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg and BNN and many mining conferences. Websites: www.miningstocks.com and www.jaytaylormedia.com View Guest page
Andrew Webster is Director of Change and Innovation Solutions at ExperiencePoint, the global leader in leadership development and training simulations. He is a Master Facilitator of ExperiencePoint’s award winning ExperienceChange and ExperienceInnovation simulations and certifies partners around the globe. In addition to working directly with executives from firms such as Airbus, BSkyB, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, GSK, MetLife and Microsoft, Andrew is a driving force in evolving the ExperiencePoint product line and the next generation of products and services. Andrew presents regularly on the topics of innovation and change. He has taught in 15 of the top 30 MBA and Executive Education programs in the world (Financial Times 2015 Rankings). He is a judge and panelist with The Edison Awards. He also been interviewed and published for numerous blogs and publications, and has contributed a chapter to the Center for Creative Leadership’s “Experience Driven Leader Development. View Guest page