Our Speakers

Keep returning to have a look at the speakers being added for the 2018 roster. Here is the current list:

Meagan Rockett
CEO & Association Ambassador, Greenfield Services

As the Association Ambassador, I have the pleasure of working closely with Professional and Trade Associations to help them grow and prosper, through consultation and execution of programs relating to engaging current members, and their community.

Meagan Rockett
CEO & Association Ambassador, Greenfield Services
Mark Thompson
President and Chief Engagement Officer, McKinley Solutions Exchange

Mark is a nationally recognized speaker in leadership, teambuilding, motivation and human capital. Mark is also a sought after lead trainer for groups of all sizes from small leadership retreats to large groups of 500 plus, known for his high energy engaging passion style.

Mark leads active hands-on teams involved in training and development, project management and business development. His expertise is in the areas of team and leadership development, program facilitation, and innovative instructional design.

Mark Thompson
President and Chief Engagement Officer, McKinley Solutions Exchange
David Coletto
CEO & Founding Partner, Abacus Data

David Coletto is CEO and a founding partner of Abacus Data, a full-service market research and public opinion research firm based in Ottawa. With almost a decade of experience in the industry, David and his partners founded Abacus 7 years ago, and since then it has grown into one of Canada's most respected market research firms.
David is also the lead researcher for Abacus Data's Canadian Millennials Practice and has advised organizations and corporations on how to engage and manage generational change. He spoken to groups all over North America on how his generation is disrupting work, politics, and the consumer market.

David Coletto
CEO & Founding Partner, Abacus Data
Meredith Low
Principal Consultant, Meredith Low Consulting

Meredith Low (BA, MBA, CAE) provides guidance for the strategic choices and actions that helps forward-thinking associations create value. She conducts quantitative and qualitative research and uses sophisticated analysis, working with association leadership to develop evidence-based strategies – and the robust tactical plans that make them real. Her background includes strategy consulting across levels and sectors, from Fortune 500 companies to grassroots organizations. Meredith can be found at meredithlow.com and @lowmeredith.

Meredith Low
Principal Consultant, Meredith Low Consulting
Heather Reid
Founder & CEO, Planner Protect

Heather Reid is the Founder and CEO of Planner Protect Incorporated. Planner Protect brings together Heather’s 24+ years of expertise as an entrepreneurial event and conference planner, and her unique zeal for digging deep into the language and intricacies of venue contracts! With more than 300 venue contracts reviewed and over $8 million savings in avoided risks recorded for clients - Planner Protect has quickly become the Canadian go-to resource for venue contract education and negotiation support in the events industry.

Heather Reid
Founder & CEO, Planner Protect
Perry Tsergas
President + CEO, spark*advocacy

Perry Tsergas
President + CEO, spark*advocacy
Ryan Young
Associate Director of Sales, Brookstreet Hotel

Ryan Young is one of the brain child’s behind ‘the EVENT’, a joint MPI Chapter education initiative that focuses on new technology, event design, and fun learning formats. He also sits on the MPI Ottawa Chapter Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President. His interest in creative events goes back to his days with the Banff Centre, an Art Institute and Conference Centre in Banff Alberta, where he was first introduced to the concept of Meeting Architecture. If you ever want to talk disruption or innovation in the meeting industry, he’s all ears.

Ryan Young
Associate Director of Sales, Brookstreet Hotel