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
Cathy Bouwers
Communications Specialist

Cathy Bouwers is a communications professional who has enjoyed working in the not-for-profit sector for over ten years. She has been in the association community since 2011, navigating the ever changing landscape of communications. In her role at CSMLS, she creates imaginative communication solutions that solve real business challenges. Cathy’s passion for creating meaningful membership experiences has contributed to her success in several award winning projects.

Cathy Bouwers
Communications Specialist
Joanne Charlebois
Chief Executive Officer, SAC Canada

Joanne Charlebois has years of senior not-for-profit association experience and several years of high-tech experience. Joanne has always applied innovation and technology to improve the member’s experience in the numerous associations she has worked for. Seeking partnerships such as the one SAC established with Industrial Media Inc., has proven to be very exciting. Having worked for years with traditional Association Management Software, she was excited to see a company take a more modern approach to technology that will benefit so many associations.

Joanne Charlebois
Chief Executive Officer, SAC Canada
EA Clarke
Partner, Stonewood Group

Following a successful 25-year entrepreneurial career, EA Clarke joined StoneWood Group as a partner. As a former senior executive and CEO of his own company, EA understands the fundamentals of a successful business, and is well positioned to identify and qualify high calibre executive talent for his clients.

During his career, he has been involved in acquisitions, private placements, strategic partnerships and IPOs. He has also been a corporate director, shareholder and founder of companies involved in the high-tech market space.

EA has leveraged the early success of the Ottawa practice, incorporating large multinational customers as cornerstones of the practice’s growth. His executive search consulting experience spans engagements ranging from President & Chief Executive Officer to a variety of Vice Presidential and other senior-level executive positions.

In addition, EA has spearheaded StoneWood Group’s success in the Not-for-Profit market, and continues to provide leadership for this community as a current member of Campaign Cabinet for the United Way.

EA Clarke
Partner, Stonewood Group
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
Joel Elliott
Songwriter & Bandmaster

Joel (Jumpin’ Joel Flash) Elliott is an entertainer, composer, and community builder who developed his on-the-fly style and triple-octave range through pure repetition; non-stop performance with various bands and theatre productions over the course of 15 years.

Joel spent a decade at The Conference Board of Canada, and despite his best intentions, managed to learn quite a bit about the economy as well as the people & industries that inhabit it. But marketing economic reports and risk management conferences proved to be a little too exciting, and so in March of 2017, he quit his job, sold his house, and focused on the music.

Joel Elliott
Songwriter & Bandmaster
Michael Grant
Director, Marketing & Communications

Michael Grant has spent fifteen years working in marketing and communications for the not-for-profit sector. He moved to the association world in 2010 when he joined the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science. In his current role, Michael oversees CSMLS’s web presence, social media, advocacy, publications, and member recruitment & retention campaigns. Always looking to be innovative with small budgets, Michael’s work has garnered national and international awards for marketing and communications excellence.

Michael Grant
Director, Marketing & Communications
Jeff Horne
Founder & CEO, Wicket

Jeff is passionate about modern technology and believes that the non-profit sector has been underserved and misled by vendors. He is a disruptor, and considers the traditional AMS approach to software to be deeply flawed. He runs two companies: Wicket, a software company bringing a new approach to membership data management; and Industrial, a digital agency that has worked with associations for 18 years to deliver highly effective online solutions. He firmly believes in the use of small, modern, cloud-based technology solutions as part of a forward-thinking digital strategy.

Jeff Horne
Founder & CEO, Wicket
Mahoganey Jones
Owner & Founder, Event Specialists

Versatile, results-oriented Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Digital Event Strategist (DES), with proven skills and track record in all aspects of meeting management. Specializing in associations and medical meetings, I ensure all details are considered and that all targets are met and/or exceeded. She was also one of the 1st Canadians to receive the Digital Event Strategist Certificate and most recently awarded a Top40 Under 40 by Connect Meetings.

Mahoganey Jones
Owner & Founder, Event Specialists
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
Louis Moubarak
Executive Director, Public Relations Without Borders

A values-based executive with a practical, “make-things-happen” approach, Moubarak always brings vision, experience and a passionate commitment to his challenging mandates. A calm, determined focus on priorities and results, combined with sound judgment and superior interpersonal skills, enables him to meet his objectives and those of the organizations he serves.

A 20-year veteran of the international public affairs management field, Moubarak’s work prior to Public Relations without Borders allowed him to acquire knowledge and experience in international cooperation and program development, as well as valuable experience working with the Canadian government apparatus, funding agencies and political community – relationships and experiences which he has successfully leveraged at Canada World Youth.

Louis Moubarak
Executive Director, Public Relations Without Borders
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
Kristy Sadler
CMO, EventMobi

Kristy Sadler is CMO of EventMobi, a Toronto based Event Technology company. With over 20 years of experience growing marketing teams and programs, Kristy has lead the development of successful content marketing programs for several companies. She also has a background in events. Kristy spent 7 years involved with User Conferences during her time at Intelex.

Kristy Sadler
CMO, EventMobi
Bettyanne Sherrer, CMP, CMM
Principal of ProPlan Conferences & Events

For over 20 years, ProPlan has provided full service strategic design and event management to the Corporate, Association and Non-Profit/Charitable sectors. Bettyanne has also served as the planner of record for the MPI Global Foundation, MPI Foundation Canada (Meeting Professionals International) and the BEICC (Business Events Coalition of Canada) now known as MMBC (Meetings Mean Business Canada).

A strong proponent of the Events Industry, Bettyanne has volunteered on many committees, is the current co-chair of the MiET (Meetings Industry Euchre Tournament to benefit Princess Margaret Foundation) and is a Past President of CanSPEP (Canadian Society of Professional Event Planners).

Bettyanne was recognized in 2010 as the inaugural recipient of the CanSPEP Joy Fox Award for Innovation, in 2017 as the inaugural recipient of the CanSPEP President’s Award and she is the M&IT 2013 Hall of Fame Industry Planner inductee.

Bettyanne Sherrer, CMP, CMM
Principal of ProPlan Conferences & Events
Perry Tsergas
President + CEO, spark*advocacy

Perry Tsergas
President + CEO, spark*advocacy
Anthony Vade
Experience Architect

For the last 20 years, Anthony has been helping event stakeholders use technology to make tangible connections with their attendees.
Anthony’s consultative and collaborative approach to customer engagement has resulted in thousands of successful events traversing four continents.
He has contributed to many award-winning productions both in live events and the film industry. He has been actively involved with ILEA and MPI on a local and national level and is well known for his advocacy and support of the entire live event industry. He has been awarded Event Professional of the Year by ILEA Vancouver and received the Presidents Choice Award from MPI British Columbia Chapter.
A Tech Nerd at heart he loves to talk about how our lives are now intrinsically linked by technology. He believes that events, meetings and experiential activations are only successful when produced a well-aligned team. He believes that technology is important, but the right analysis, design and execution are fundamental. With that winning combination, smart technology can create experiences that, not only, connect and deliver the key messages, but also achieve the event stakeholder’s business objectives.

Anthony Vade
Experience Architect
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