Keynote Speakers

Cassie Campbell

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October 9th


9:15am - 10:30am (Keynote - Shuswap/Pennask/Skeena Room)

7 Steps to Consistent Leadership

Cassie Campbell-Pascall draws on her accomplishments as the former captain of the gold medal winning Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team to explore the themes of consistent leadership, teamwork, motivation and determination. A lively, passionate and engaging speaker, she knows firsthand about the key roles that teamwork, determination and great leadership play at the most challenging times. She also focuses on breaking down barriers in a male dominated world of NHL Broadcasting. 

Dr. Gord McIntosh

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October 11th

9:00am - 10:15am (Shuswap/Pennask/Skeena Room)

What is Black & White… and Grey All Over!”

10:45am - 12:00pm (Keynote - Shuswap/Pennask/Skeena Room)

It Depends!  Situational Leadership in Local Government

Dr. McIntosh has thirty-nine years of management, educator and consultancy roles with local government. He has conducted 1,200 governance, strategic and leadership sessions involving 140,000 elected and appointed officials. Gordon received the Professional Award of Excellence as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) responsible for the 470 Gulf Islands in the Georgia Basin and has served as President of the Local Government Management Association in BC.  Doctor McIntosh’s research focuses on local government leadership, in particular the CAO and the political/administrative interface. Current faculty roles include the Universities of York, BC, Alberta, Victoria and Cape Breton as well as the Uongozi Institute of Leadership for a Sustainable Development in Africa. Dr. McIntosh is passionate about local government and is constantly learning as he facilitates leadership, strategic or governance sessions with elected officials and professionals. He has conducted over 1,200 sessions throughout Canada and overseas and looks forward to sharing insights so we can make a leadership difference in local government.

Dr. Shimi Kang

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October 10th

9:15am - 10:30am (Keynote - Shuswap/Pennask/Skeena Room)

Navigating opposing realities: 21st Century Stress & Future-ready intelligence ( or adaptability) 

11:00am - 12:15pm (Breakout Session 4 - Shuswap/Pennask/Skeena Room)

Navigating opposing realities: 21st Century Stress & Future-ready intelligence ( or adaptability)  - A deeper dive

An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and expert on the neuroscience of innovation, leadership, and motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang provides science-based solutions for health, happiness, and achievement in the workplace, classroom, and at home. With almost 20 years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind optimizing human intelligence, Kang provides practical tools to cultivate the key 21st century skills of resilience, connection, creativity, and more.


Kang is the former medical director of child and youth mental health for Vancouver and currently a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia. She is also the founder of Dolphin KIDS: Future-ready Leaders, an organization that offers positive mindset and social-emotional life skills programs to students, teachers, and parents around the world. 


As a thought leader, Kang’s work has been featured in major media outlets around the world, including BBC World News, NPR, Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post, CBC, and Washington Post. Her featured blogs have also appeared in The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, US News & Report, and TIME magazine. 


Kang is also the author of two books — The Self-Motivated Kid and the critically acclaimed The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids, which was a #1 Canadian bestseller and won the 2015 US News International Book Award. Her upcoming book, The Tech Solution, will provide neuroscience-based strategies to optimize technology’s incredible benefits while minimizing its many drawbacks.


An entertaining and experienced speaker, Kang has presented at events ranging from the world’s largest conferences to customized workshops for small groups. She has shared the stage with cutting edge scientists, movie stars, CEOs, professional athletes, and global leaders. Her TEDx presentation on the power of adaptability has been viewed more than a million times.


Kang has been honored with five national awards in mental health and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Health. She is also the proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her years of outstanding community service.

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