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.
Jim Carroll is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading global futurists, trends and innovation experts with a massive global blue chip client list. He helps transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes! Jim has developed a global reputation for his unique presentations, and the impact they can have in helping organizations confront future trends. Recently named by Business Week as a leading source for innovation and creativity insight, his observations are frequently covered in Fortune magazine’s innovation blog. As an author, columnist, media commentator, and consultant, Carroll has carefully studied the key strategies and leadership ideas that have permitted some organizations to achieve breakthrough innovations and absolutely compelling levels of creativity.
Certified Speaking Professional, Jeff Tobe’s credentials are impressive. Insider Magazine dubbed him “The Guru of Creativity” and readers of Convention & Meetings Magazine recently chose him as one of the top 15 speakers in North America. Tobe has earned this reputation through his trademark presentations, “Colouring Outside the Lines™”.
Jamie Gruman earned his Ph.D. in the Applied Social Psychology Program at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, where he specialized in organizational psychology. He is currently a Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the University of Guelph, and is the founding Chair of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association. His research and writing have been reported by media outlets around the globe. In Canada, he has been featured and quoted in print and online in magazines such as MoneySense, Canadian Business, Canadian Living, and Chatelaine, trade journals such as HR Professional and Public Sector Digest, and newspapers in every major Canadian city. He has appeared on CTV’s Canada AM, Global News, Report on Business Television, CBC’s The National, and has been syndicated on CBC radio. Dr. Gruman has consulted and delivered seminars for Fortune 500 corporations, public, and not-for-profit organizations including General Motors, Departments and Agencies of the Government of Canada, and the Children’s Wish Foundation.
Hamlin Grange is a prime example of the Canadian Immigrant Story. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he immigrated to Canada at the age of 10 and was raised in Toronto by his mother. Like so many immigrants, she had gone ahead to Canada to pave the way for “a better life” for her family. Hamlin attended Central Technical High School in Toronto, was a member of Canada’s National Junior Track and Field Team, competed for Canada in Europe and the United States and was a Canadian junior record-holder for the 400M hurdles for several years. He competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics Trials. Awarded an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Colorado, Hamlin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism with minor studies in African American Studies and Research Methodologies.
From Madison Avenue, to Corporate America, to the halls of academia, Catherine Kaputa has perfected her ability to market products, places, and companies.
Early in her career, Catherine led the award-winning “I Love NY” campaign at Wells, Rich, Greene. For over ten years, she was SVP, Director of Global Advertising and Community Affairs at Citi Smith Barney and Shearson Lehman Brothers.
Ben Saunders is a record-breaking long-distance skier with four North Pole expeditions under his belt. He is the youngest person to ski solo to the North Pole and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton. Since 2001, Saunders has skied more than 2,500km (1,500 miles) in the high Arctic and is currently preparing for three groundbreaking expeditions between 2009 and 2012.