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The power of aliveness with Renée Safrata

Over the past 30+ years Renée Safrata has worked with thousands of companies and executives throughout North America and Europe, helping them to connect, adopt new behaviors, and become confident members of highly functioning teams. As CEO and Founder, she oversees Vivo Team’s full spectrum learning experience, develops leaders and teams through live, online training, coaching, and people analytics. Leading a well connected, remote-first team, Renée has the confidence and trust to work from anywhere—taking full advantage of the WFH model.


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Being everything to everybody leads to burnout with Teresa Vozza

Teresa Vozza (www.teresavozza.ca)is a leadership expert, certified executive coach, and former Human Resources Executive with over 20 years of corporate experience, most recently at Allianz Partners as CHRO. She is highly skilled in leading change, building executive acumen, and communicating with impact.

She is a go-to coach for highly accomplished corporate professionals who are looking to seriously up level their impact…and love the process. As a consultant and coach, she has worked both one-on-one and in group format with senior teams and professionals from Manager to CEO.

In addition to her work with established leaders, Teresa trains up-and-coming professional women to position themselves as credible leaders that others will follow, listen to, promote, and learn from. In her corporate career, she has led hundreds of participants through leadership courses and workshops. She has been featured on Breakfast Television and several podcasts, such as Entrepreneurs on Fire, Power Presence Position and Wickedly Smart Women.

Teresa is described as bold, wise, assertive, and highly focused.

Teresa is a graduate of McMaster University, the Canada Coach Academy, and accredited with the International Coaching Federation as well as The Accredited Board of Neurolinguistic Programming (ABNLP).


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Électron libre attiré par les communications et philanthrope

Éric Simoneau (ericsimoneau.ca) est un professionnel comptant plus de 20 ans d’expérience en ressources humaines et rémunération qui a récemment lancé l’initiative « Une job pour un don à l’organisme de votre choix » afin de donner une nouvelle direction à sa carrière et, surtout, s’amuser !

Par l’entremise de cette initiative, il sollicite des emplois ou des projets enthousiasmants (ex. en communication), sans trop considérer le revenu qu’il pourrait en tirer sachant qu’il a décidé d’en verser la grande majorité à un organisme de bienfaisance. Eh oui, un ancien professionnel en rémunération qui décide de ne pas se préoccuper de sa propre rémunération afin de se consacrer à des projets qui l’intéressent vraiment et, par ricochet, aider la communauté ! (Boucherville)


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Taking the Headaches Out of Remote Work Accommodations

Trevor Haynes’ vision and strategy guides the dynamic growth of the Company. Under his leadership, LodgeLink merges a deep understanding of remote workforce accommodation and transportation solutions and the technology needed to help serve a growing number of customers who manage workforce travel.

Before launching LodgeLink, Trevor co-founded and launched several successful companies in the workforce accommodation, energy services, construction and modular space solutions industries operating in Canada, the United States and Australia.

He serves as Chairman and CEO of Black Diamond Group, Director of PTW Group Inc., and Chairman and Director of Claryn Equities Inc. Trevor is also a Governor of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame and Order of Sport for Canada, a member of the Business Council of Alberta, a past Chair of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), and Past Chair and a Founding Funder of the Fig Tree Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto.


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Getting Hybrid Work Right: Creating and Sustaining Inclusive Economic Growth in Canada

Stephen Harrington, Partner; National Leader for Workforce Strategy and Future of Work Advisory, Deloitte Canada.

Stephen is Deloitte’s National Leader for Workforce Strategy and Future of Work Advisory and has been a writer and speaker on the future of work since 2011. With 20 years’ experience in Consulting, Stephen leads transformations in workforce strategy to fundamentally get at changes in work, workforce and workplace to fuel business strategy. Stephen’s experience spans from strategy to design – he helps clients set workforce strategy to fuel business strategy, and then designs programs not simply to chase elusive ‘best-practice’ but to craft implementation solutions to meet the unique needs of client’s and their employees.


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Solving the pain point of sales-based compensation

Nabeil Alazzam, is CEO and founder of Forma.ai, a Toronto-based company striving to solve the massively under-appreciated pain point of sales-based compensation. Currently the systems for calculating and awarding sales-based compensation are clunky, unwieldy and often manual, creating a lot of work for operations teams and sales professionals. Nabeil identified that automation could solve this problem, and built a system (aka Forma.ai) that is able to take the many unique compensation problems that sales organizations face and create unified solutions that save time, money, and mental health for their customers.

Nabeil can speak to the above and more on the podcast Building a solution that works: How Forma.ai has experienced over 2000% revenue growth since 2016. The overlooked market of sales compensation and how Forma.ai is streamlining the process for over $1.5 billion commissions per year.


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Sustainability and the workplace with Melanie Chin

Melanie Chin is the Brand & Community Manager for CIBC SQUARE, Toronto’s new international standard of community, providing an elevated environment for all to thrive through work, wellness and sustainability. Chin leads the marketing, communications, branding and programming direction for the development. Prior to joining Hines and the CIBC SQUARE team, Chin worked at Midway in Houston, TX, a real estate investment, development and management firm, as a Senior Marketing Coordinator managing the marketing programs for multiple developments. Throughout the years, Chin has worked with a number of global brands such as Kia, Nike, the NFL, and the Houston Rockets to create unique experiences. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University.


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Building a Hardware & Software Company as a Non-Technical Founder

Serese Selanders’ journey as a tech entrepreneur has been anything but typical. Serese spent 20 years in the financial services industry, the majority of those years as a senior executive. However, life threw her a curveball when her parents went through major health challenges. Despite having no technical background, she invented ORA, an innovative, wearable personal safety alert device. Two years ago, Serese launched her second company, SolusGuard. SolusGuard helps employers protect employees who work alone or in dangerous situations with a suite of hardware and software safety solutions. Listen in to find out how SolusGuard helps organizations keep their employees safe and the unconventional path Serese took to get here.


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How Dawn O’Connor built a virtual work community during a pandemic

Driven by a need to connect people in the throes of pandemic-life, Dawn O’Connor built a virtual community for individuals to work ‘separately-together’ inside a Focus Bubbles. Since formally launching in January 2021, Focus Bubbles has supported over 1000 hours of productive outcomes in 175 sessions. Participants work on small tasks and big projects, ranging from administrative to creative, while overcoming procrastination and immersing into deep work mode with the support of a committed community of Bubblers.

When not inside a Focus Bubbles, Dawn is a productivity trainer and facilitator with over 25 years experience. She has helped more than 10,000 clients around the world enjoy being more organized and less stressed. She is also the Chair of 2 Women’s Presidents Organization chapters in Calgary. Dawn has built and sold two businesses in the past and is excited to end her entrepreneurial journey with Focus Bubbles, which she plans to grow for the next 5 or so years before retiring.


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Se démarquer dans le monde du vêtements malgré la compétition

Philippe Vachon, c’est un peu le Maurice Richard de la bobette. Malgré les nombreux obstacles, les débâcles et les difficultés, il ne s’est jamais arrêté et s’est toujours relevé.

Rêveur comme le petit joueur de hockey, il met sur pause ses études au cégep et se lance en affaires pour la première fois à l’âge de 19 ans avec la compagnie de sports Maverick. Vite sur ses patins, le jeune adulte connaît du succès rapidement. Mais, la puck n’est pas dans le camp de Phil : du jour au lendemain, un incendie emporte Maverick en même temps que son espoir pour une victoire précoce dans le monde de l’entrepreneuriat.

Lui qui considérait retourner aux études accepte une offre d’emploi intéressante à Xerox sans toutefois perdre de vue son rêve. Peu de temps après, un projet stimulant se présente à lui : son ami d’enfance, David Côté-Hamel, désire partir son agence de publicité web. On est alors en 2008. L’entreprise fleurit rapidement, embauche une vingtaine de professionnels et se démarque de sa concurrence. C’est la deuxième expérience entrepreneuriale de Phil. La deuxième saison de notre joueur ne s’augure pas aussi facile qu’il le souhaiterait. Hors de son champ d’expertise, Phil se sent parfois imposteur à l’agence.

En 2010, les étoiles s’alignent et il fait son entrée dans la ligue des grands. Son retour dans le commerce de détail se fait avec Mesbobettes. La compagnie de sous-vêtements masculins se veut un projet-test : les deux entrepreneurs essayeront leur stratégie marketing en ligne.

Phil réalise deux tours du chapeau avec Olivier Dion et la publicité Clic Clic pour le Club MesBobettes. On est alors en 2015 et malgré quelques blessures, Mesbobettes s’en tire bien. Toutefois, le double échec des magasins de la région de Montréal met en péril le futur entrepreneurial de notre athlète. Tenace et persévérant, Phil se retrousse les manches. Avec l’aide de Dave, il restructure et relance la compagnie, crée sa marque de boxers et passe aux Dragons. Depuis, les deux gars ne font qu’accumuler les victoires.

Si Phil est le Maurice Richard des bobettes, c’est bien pour toutes ces fois où il s’est obstiné et a fait preuve de détermination et de courage, tout comme la figure emblématique du hockey. En dépit de la perte totale de sa première entreprise et des nombreuses épreuves connues avec Mesbobettes, l’homme n’a jamais baissé les bras.

D’où lui vient ce trait de personnalité ? Son parcours sportif dans sa jeunesse, ses expériences de capitaine d’équipe. Phil a toujours été un fonceur, un gars qui avait la bougeotte. Président de son école secondaire, il a fait preuve de leadership dès son enfance.

Tout comme Maurice Richard, il ne compte plus s’arrêter. La prochaine étape : conseiller de nouveaux entrepreneurs et devenir investisseur.


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