Dr. Sima Samar is probably one of the most selfless leaders on the world stage today. Dr. Samar fled Afghanistan in 1984 after her husband was arrested and killed during the Soviet invasion. Since then she has been fighting for the rights of women and children suffering under Soviet repression and subsequent Taliban rule. In 2003, Dr. Samar was appointed chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. In 2002, she received Canada’s prestigious John Humphrey Freedom Award and in 2004 the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
Dr. Joey Shulman DC, registered nutritionist, is the author of several best- selling books including The Natural Makeover Diet – 4 steps to Inner Health and Outer Beauty and the national best seller The Last 15 – A Weight Loss Breakthrough and her latest book Healthy Sin Foods – Decadence without the Guilt.
David Meier is an internationally recognized authority on Lean Manufacturing and The Toyota Production System (TPS). David is the co-author of the best selling books, The Toyota Way Fieldbook, and Toyota Talent. David provides the language, concepts, and tools that managers need to bring Toyota’s success-proven practices to life in any organization.
Over the past fifteen years, David has worked on sales, marketing and specialized customer service and training projects with many of Canada’s most progressive organizations. He has personally designed, written and conducted sales development seminars and keynote addresses for AT & T, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, J. M. Schneider, Coca Cola, Bell Canada, Bell Mobility, Ford of Canada, Peat Marwick, Northern Telecom, Sun Life, M & M Meats, Great West Life, AGF, London Life, Canadian Airlines, Molsons, Toronto Dominion Bank, Canada Trust, CIBC, Canadian Tire and the Royal Bank.
National viewers were first introduced to Woron as host of the popular Ford That’s Golf before his move to the weekend edition of SportsCentre.
Previously a sports anchor for Global TV in Winnipeg, Woron is a graduate of the University of Calgary. Before joining Global in 1998, Woron worked as a sports reporter for CKNW radio in Vancouver. Woron also served as a Vancouver correspondent for Sports Radio ESPN for the WFAN all-sports radio station in New York City.
Carole Bertuzzi Luciani is a dynamic speaker with a unique style guaranteed to keep audiences engaged, enthused and energized. Luciani counsels people on balancing their lives, coping with difficult others and revitalizing their workplaces. She sprinkles each session with her infectious brand of humour, relying on the everyday trials and tribulations of her own life. Listeners love her, leaving her sessions with a little more spring in their steps and always smiles on their faces!
Bill Carr is an actor, award winning satirist, writer, speaker and coach. For over twenty-‐five years, Bill has been making people laugh at what’s trivial while helping them think deeply about what counts. Bill helps people see their world in new and exciting ways. His unique blend of humour and insight inspires laughter and consideration. He works with audiences from 12 to 1200 and beyond and offers them a fresh perspective on what they face everyday.
Former fighter pilot flies again…but this time the thrill comes from making people laugh. After growing up in Winnipeg, graduating from Royal Roads Military College in Victoria, following which he was an Air Force pilot in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, QuÃ©bec and on Vancouver Island, Barry Kennedy had the opportunity to suss out our great land even before he started acting and doing stand-up comedy in every nook and cranny Canada has to offer.
Barbara Crowhurst is a retail specialist, business coach, writer, international speaker and trainer. Her comprehensive and detailed approach to retail comes from years of working in the industry. Her career has taken her from working with some of the largest corporate retail stores in North America to consulting with thousands of owner-operators. Barbara’s comprehensive Retail Makeovers and Retail Store Design have become the retail industry’s sensation.