Our Speakers

Stay tuned for our 2019 Speaker Roster! We look forward to delivering the best sessions available to the association sector!

Your Event Hosts:

Meagan Rockett
CEO, Greenfield Services

Meagan has made it her mission to help associations better engage their communities. She was the mastermind behind the Pulse Report (our study of Canadian associations’ membership marketing & engagement practices) and co-producer of the Engaging Associations Forum. Meagan is dedicated to increasing the viability of associations!

Meagan Rockett
CEO, Greenfield Services
Frank Rockett
Non-Profit Executive Consultant, Greenfield Services

With over 20 Years of Leadership Experience, Frank brings expertise in Fund Development, Grant Writing, Financial Management, Human Resources, Board & Committee Leadership to the team. He currently serves as Executive Director to a local humane society.

Frank Rockett
Non-Profit Executive Consultant, Greenfield Services
Mark Thompson
MC for Engaging Associations 2019

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
MC for Engaging Associations 2019

Speakers:

Chris Baylis
President & CEO, The Sponsorship Collective

Chris Baylis is the President and CEO of The Sponsorship Collective and a self-confessed sponsorship geek.

After several years as a sponsor (that’s right, the one investing the money!) Chris decided to cross over to the sponsorship sales side where he has personally closed tens of millions of dollars in sponsorship deals. Chris has been on the front lines of multi-million dollar sponsorship agreements and has built and coached teams to do the same.

Chris Baylis
President & CEO, The Sponsorship Collective
Emily Hendershot
Nova Strategies

Emily Hendershot is a results-driven Community + Operations Strategist who partners with associations, user groups, and nonprofits to maximize their impact and achieve their missions. She enjoys helping volunteer-driven organizations create meaningful strategy, optimize operations, and facilitate volunteer leadership trainings.

Emily has a successful history creating and executing strategic initiatives to drive growth for global associations and technology user groups with membership targets of 5K – 100K people. Prior to her work with associations, she developed fundraising events and national volunteer training programs for the American Cancer Society and led a disaster relief program for a nonprofit in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

When she’s not traveling the globe, Emily enjoys photography, baking, and Detroit Red Wings hockey.

Emily Hendershot
Nova Strategies
David E. Elliott
Social Learning and Innovation Facilitator

David loves to challenge the status quo and push boundaries. As an educator and facilitator he helps groups, help themselves. Using participatory methods, from several disciplines, David helps groups to reflect, share, co-create, innovate and experiment to seize opportunities and create more positive realities. Over the last 20 years he has worked and volunteered in Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, Italy and Vietnam, collaborating with organizations like Rotary, the United Nations, United Way, ORBIS, the Canadian higher education sector and most recently, CKX (Community Knowledge Exchange).

Between 2007 and 2018 David actively participated as a member of a The Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL), a professional association. From 2011 to 2017 he worked for the Canadian Association of University Business Officers, while there he participated in the Engaging Associations Forum in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Lastly, David has hosted two sessions as part of the Surge virtual conference series organized by Association Success in 2018.

David E. Elliott
Social Learning and Innovation Facilitator
Chris Larsen
Chris Larsen Consulting Inc.

Over more than a decade of leadership at the Human Resources Professionals Association, Chris and his teams grew membership by 70% and increased the annual rate of retention by over 20%; doubled student membership and member attendance at association and chapter events, in terms of percent of membership.

As former HRPA CEO Bill Greenhalgh says of Chris:

Chris was instrumental in creating and introducing new innovative programs that resulted in dramatic improvements in growth and retention…HRPA today is a fundamentally different and highly successful organization that delivers solid member value…He has a core understanding of how professional associations work and the ability to apply new approaches in effective ways that transform them.``

Prior to HRPA Chris was COO at a mid-size Toronto advertising agency. Today, Chris helps professional associations to be more efficient and effective in definition, design and delivery of member services.

Chris Larsen
Chris Larsen Consulting Inc.
Meredith Low
Principal, Meredith Low Consulting

Meredith Low is a strategist who helps associations create effective and evidence-driven plans for success. Her experience includes the not-for-profit sector, strategy consulting to Fortune 500 companies, and in-house strategic planning and strategy development at one of Canada’s largest banks. Meredith has presented at CSAE and PCMA conferences and has been published in Association magazine and elsewhere. She can be found at meredithlow.com and on twitter @LowMeredith.

Meredith Low
Principal, Meredith Low Consulting
Christine Nielsen
CEO, Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science

Christine Nielsen has been leading the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science as CEO since 2010. CSMLS is the national certifying body for medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory assistants, and the national professional society for Canada’s medical laboratory professionals. CSMLS has been serving its members for 81 years. She has served on the Government of Canada’s expert panel, exploring challenges in the labour market for newcomers to Canada. She served six years as Chair of the Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation (CNAR) and has served her Alumni Board since 1998.

Christine Nielsen
CEO, Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
Erin Roberts
Partner, Zzeem, Inc.

Erin Roberts is a Partner at Zzeem and an expert in the business of membership organizations. In over a decade of working with membership organizations, Erin has observed that the not-for-profit organization is a business and must be operated as a professionally-run and revenue-positive entity to be sustainable.

A Chartered Financial Analyst, Erin holds a master’s degree in Econometrics and a bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Erin Roberts
Partner, Zzeem, Inc.
Rachel Stephan
Owner, sensov/ event marketing

Rachel, an entrepreneur at heart and a creative at mind, jump-started her business in 2001. She holds a Master’s degree in Advertising and has accumulated over 18 years of experience in marketing, advertising and creative direction in the event space. Rachel lives for a challenge and whips up the cleverest of concepts in the blink of an eye for her event planning an association clients.

Rachel Stephan
Owner, sensov/ event marketing
Mark Thompson
President & Chief Engagement Officer, McKinley Solutions

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 & Chief Engagement Officer, McKinley Solutions
Paul Varian, MBA, C.Dir
President, Capitis Consulting Inc.

Paul Varian is the Principal at Capitis Consulting, a consultancy providing value-adding services and support in and around the Boardroom to dozens of Canadian associations at national provincial, district and community level, primarily in the sport and recreation industry. Recent work has included strategic planning, governance reviews, membership restructures, Board/executive coaching and program evaluations. Varian also regularly lectures on sport business matters at courses and conferences around the country.

Before opening Capitis Consulting in early 2013, Varian held various positions in the NFP sector, including Sport BC, Irish Hockey Association, KidSport Canada, and has served on various boards including the Canadian Soccer Association, Women’s European Hockey Championships, and was an official VANOC ambassador to the Games for the 2010 Olympics. He has also worked with the Oakville Soccer Club, expanding its revenues by 62% and aggregate player registration base by 28% to over 19,000.

Paul Varian, MBA, C.Dir
President, Capitis Consulting Inc.