At the age of 21, Jon Duschinsky co-founded the Cascaid agency in the UK. He later became head of fundraising for France’s largest AIDS organisation (Sidaction), then took on the challenge of being the first ever Director of the French Institute of Fundraising. For much of the last decade Jon has been involved in pushing the social innovation agenda and envelope across Europe.
The audience at Pacific Coliseum, all of Canada, and skating fans all over the world held their breaths as six-time Canadian Ladies Champion Joannie Rochette took the ice for the ladies short program at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Two days earlier her mother, Thérèse, had died of a sudden heart attack. Knowing her mother’s dream was to see her win an Olympic medal, Rochette made the difficult decision to compete.
Jeffrey Simpson, The Globe and Mail’s national affairs columnist, has won all three of Canada’s leading literary prizes — the Governor-General’s award for non-fiction book writing, the National Magazine Award for political writing, and the National Newspaper Award for column writing (twice). He has also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism. In January, 2000, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Jeff Adams is no stranger to overcoming challenges. He survived childhood cancer, but the radiation treatment that ultimately saved his life caused burns on his spinal cord that permanently damaged it. He started using a wheelchair at a young age, but his love of competitive sport helped him turn his wheelchair into the vehicle for a journey of success.
After a successful career as a consultant and a senior manager, Jasmin Bergeron has given more than 1000 keynote conferences and seminars to organizations in 12 countries around the world. He is a professor of marketing at the Business School of the University of Montreal. Jasmin has authored/co-authored four books, 10 scientific researches, 20 case studies, and more than 100 newspaper articles for publications including the Wall Street Journal.
Guy Cabana is an expert international conference speaker and author who communicates his message with enthusiasm and conviction in the fields of negotiations, nonverbal communication and motivation. He has written numerous training courses and articles in major magazines on the process of negotiation and non-verbal communications. Mr. Cabana is the author of the best-selling books: The 10 Secrets of the highly effective negotiator and Beware! Your Gestures Will Betray You as well as Lifting Mountains, the Art of Doing the Impossible.
Over 2,000 audiences around the world from Russia to Argentina to Hong Kong- clients such as IBM, AT&T, Allstate, New York Life, Toyota, and Kawasaki-have been challenged by Dr. Janet Lapp to adopt an innovative mindset that can create positive change and overcome challenge. She presents in French or Spanish for appropriate audiences.
Chantal Vallée is the Head Coach of the University of two-time Canadian University Champion Windsor Lancers Women’s Basketball.
She has been selected “Coach of the Year” 9 times in the last four years with a winning percentage of 90%.
Chantal was hired by the University of Windsor in 2005 even though she had never before coached a university team. At the time, they were ranked second-last in Canada; in the 2 years prior to Chantal’s arrival, the team had won only 8 of their 60+ games and were known as the “doormat of women’s basketball.”
Chantal Hébert is a regular participant in television and radio current affairs shows in French and in English. Prior to taking her position, Hébert worked as the Montreal correspondent for the Toronto Star from February 1999 to September of the same year. She started her career in 1975 in Toronto working for Radio-Canada television news.
In any endeavour, crossing the finish line first – and repeatedly – takes incredible determination, dedication and talent. Catriona Le May Doan knows all about it. Canada’s Athlete of the year in 2002, Catriona Le May Doan is the speed skater whose world record-setting wins captivated and inspired millions of Canadians. The fastest woman on ice and the Canadian flag bearer at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremonies, she won the gold medal in the 500 metre event at those very games, defending her 1998 Olympic 500m gold and became the first Canadian to defend a gold medal at any Olympic Games. She has broken the world record for the event 8 times, and at the 2002 games, set the Olympic record time of 37.30 seconds. She is also a 5-time World Champion.