Spark Toronto 2017 Speakers!
For over 10 years Allison Graham has been helping professionals grow their top line revenue. Her bestselling book, From Business Cards to Business Relationships: Profitable Networking & Personal Branding Made Easy is the foundation for her original work. She’s been featured as an authority on sales and networking in the media and worked with some of North America’s most influential brands.
That’s her public
Behind the scenes, she’s been dealt a series of difficult blows that magnify the collision between home and work. Her struggles have earned her the moniker, Resiliency Ninja. In her latest book, Married My Mom, Birthed a Dog: How to Be Resilient When Life Sucks! Allison makes people feel less alone in their struggles and gives them tools to ensure that tough times don’t have to dictate their level of success.
Agile Change Expert
Katy Saulpaugh is an expert agile practitioner who has implemented culture and technology change strategies at all scales for private, public, and nonprofit clients in the US and Europe. As agile practice lead at Enterprise Knowledge, LLC, she specializes in agile coaching and facilitation and has enabled clients to become more agile at the team and organization level. She has also developed solutions to drive adoption for IT and knowledge management projects using online communications, instruction design, and employee engagement approaches. Outside of her professional work, Katy is active in both the agile and change communities, and is a founding member of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Association of Change Management Professionals.
Organizational Change Practitioner and Author
Luc looks at organizations like communities that need development, not as machines that need fixing. He is the co-author of Managing Organizational Change During SAP Implementations, Guest Lecturer of Executive Education in Core Business Integrations of Sustainability (CBIS) at Harvard School of Public Health, and founder of the largest community of Organizational Change Practitioners on Linked In (50,000+ members)
Communication Expert & Keynote Speaker
MARK BOWDEN is an expert in human behavior and body language, and is the creator of TRUTHPLANE®, a communication training company and unique methodology for anyone who has to communicate with impact to an audience. Mark’s client list of leading businesspeople, teams, and politicians includes presidents and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and Prime Ministers of G8 powers.
Mark’s publications are the bestselling Winning Body Language, a “how-to guide” to using your body language to stand out, gain trust and credibility when speaking; Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals; and Tame the Primitive Brain – 28 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most Impulsive Behaviors At Work.
Instructions Designer, and EducatorRyan Burwell is an award-winning educator, instructional designer and professional speaker who has spent the last 15 years crafting innovative educational experiences for students and teachers. Straddling the worlds of education and entrepreneurship, he is the Education Lead for acclaimed social enterprise Twenty One Toys, the lead designer and facilitator for the Entrepreneurial Thinking initiative at MaRS Discovery District, and the founder Scale Educational Design, a consultancy that helps organizations weave innovation into their educational offerings.
In short, Simon helps individuals, teams and organizations uncover the secrets of success. With more than 15 years’ experience helping create great leaders in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Simon’s global viewpoint hits home.
As a professional speaker, I work closely with meeting planners, conference organizers, and event managers to ensure participants are inspired, enlightened and driven to make change.
Chief Organization Designer
Culture Specialist, Nulogy
Founding Member, ACMP
Rich has been delivering successful change for over 25 years, enthusiastically supporting people as they navigate diverse pathways in change. With 18 years of Public Sector experience and almost 8 years of consulting experience he has worked with organizations varying in size from 12 to 160,000 people! His credits include developing the change delivery model for UK government and being a founding member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP). He has a masters degreee in change management and a wide range of other qualifications including lean six sigma, HR, Project Management, Coaching, Counseling and Psychotherapy.
Author, Keynoter, and ProvocateurPaul Gibbons is an author, speaker, and consultant. His “beat” is helping business leaders use science and philosophy to make better strategic decisions, implement change, innovate, change culture, and create workplaces where talent flourishes. His most recent book, The Science of Organizational Change has been hailed as “the most important book on change in fifteen years.” Between writing projects, he consults, coaches, and speaks with businesses such as Microsoft, Google, HSBC, KPMG, and Comcast
Director Curiosity Culture
Nik Beeson is the director of Curiosity Culture which focuses on the cultivation of curiosity, the aptitude most capable of navigating disruptive change. He is a Certified Change Agent and a Professional Coach, with 20 years of constant migration in the field of Digital Communications. He was a Buddhist Chaplain resident on the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency and Neuro Wards at the Toronto Western hospital, worked in Palliative Care, and was a live-in staff person in homes for the homeless and folks with mental health challenges. He composes and performs adventurous and exploratory music, writes pensees and poems, and is an ever curious practitioner of Kundalini Yoga, mindfulness meditation and Contact dance.
CEO CornerStone Dynamics, Efficiency Expert, Speaker and Author
As a speaker and author of eight books, Adriana is a noted business efficiency and productivity expert. She is known for her passion, charisma, humour, and vision. Her engaging personality, combined with over 20 years efficiency experience improving how companies work have made her a sought after expert and speaker.
Adriana is President and CEO (Chief Efficiency Officer) of CornerStone Dynamics, a prominent business efficiency consulting firm — helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. Her latest book The Visual Vision Statement Doodle Book, uses a unique approach to guide small and large businesses to doodle their way to a vision statement in a visual format. Adriana has a certified master black belt lean in six sigma. She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations.
As a sought after efficiency expert, Girdler has been featured in The Globe and Mail, on Newstalk 1010, 580 CFRA News Talk Radio, Global TV, CHCH TV, Sirius XM, 680 News, in numerous industry magazines and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post USA. Her client list includes Microsoft, University of Toronto, Bayer, Shell Lubricants, Novo Nordisk, Halton District School Board, and Boehringer Ingelheim.
Adriana loves what she does and is passionate about improvement and efficiency in both people and organizations.
Sakira Kharbanda - Our Kubi Guru!
I am an accomplished Lean & Agile Practitioner, Coach and Trainer, Program & Project Manager with 17+ years of visible and exemplary performance. I’ve worked with enterprises and diverse cultures in Poland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Singapore, India, China, Hong Kong and the United States of America. I’m known to be very approachable, reliable, committed and pro-active, challenging myself and striving to exceed expectations. My Key Strengths built over core values of Integrity, Intelligence and Energy, supplemented with my passion towards achieving excellence, has helped me to cultivate a huge portfolio of achievements. – See more at: https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/profile/skharbanda#sthash.OF3cnaz3.dpuf