~HERE IS OUR AMAZING LINEUP!~
Carmen Moore is a passionate researcher, educational leader, learner and team player. She is currently working as an Inclusive Education Coach for Peace Wapiti School Division 76. Carmen is a former classroom teacher, school principal and has over twenty-five years of teaching experience. She received her masters of education (MRE) as well as completed a graduate certificate in autism spectrum disorder (GC/ASD). Her latest endeavor is an active research program in coordination with the University of Kansas and a colleague where she is helping to create a new series of research based supports for students/school aged children who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD): affectionately called, “Project Independence”. This is groundbreaking work currently pioneered in eight schools under Carmen’s leadership and she is preparing to publish the results in peer-reviewed publications. She has authored many articles regarding a multitude of topics, has wrote curriculum/program materials and has a regularly monthly column in an online magazine. She enjoys public speaking at many events that further understanding and supports for children and families alike. Carmen is also the Past President of the ATA Northwestern Council of Inclusive Education and is an active part of a local group committed to professional development and community in the inclusive education world. Most importantly, she loves being a wife and mother who revels in a joy-filled home, new adventures and meeting new people.
One of most in-demand speakers on resilience in North America today, Zaheen Nanji has shared her content-rich, entertaining, hard-hitting and memorable presentations to enthusiastic audiences such as HR, health professionals, educators and leaders.
Her compelling stories of suffering from a speech impediment to moving half way across the world as a teenager, without her parents, and just recently surviving breast cancer; has her audience laughing and tearing up at the same time.
Zaheen is a TEDx speaker and has been featured on the front cover of Positive Health Magazine and on various broadcast media outlets in UK, USA and Canada. She’s also a two-time best-selling and award-winning author.
Zaheen and her husband own Shanti Wellness & Laser Centre in Alberta, Canada.
She calls herself a resilience champion because she shows you how to make resilience your first reflex!
How you define Ethan Ellis depends on how you have come to know him.
Some define him as a beacon of Love and Truth, while others know him as an Author, Transformational Coach, Former National Team Athlete, Community Activist, Teacher, Student, Father, Adventurer and above all else a Human Being much like yourself.
In this talk Ethan shares with you in a unique way, the role that you can play in ending the shame for the millions of boys, girls, women, and men who have experienced sexual abuse.
Gabi is an Indigenous fashion expert, a tribal fusion dancer and a former contestant as Miss Global Poland. She learned about fashion in the wildest corners of the world, where people preserve their ancient methods of exploring consciousness and skills of living in perfect harmony with nature. In her professional life, she is involved in creating content marketing strategies for brands. She draws on her experience as a successful marketing director, having worked with the biggest advertising agencies and media houses in Europe for over ten years.
Matthew cares deeply about the health and performance of people. He is a passionate and knowledgeable psychology professional. A diverse background affords him an eclectic approach that meets a broad range of populations and needs. Matthew has been an award-winning instructor, a sought-after public speaker, and a compassionate and driven practitioner who values each of the audiences, group or individual, he is given the opportunity to work with. A diverse academic background, with a degree in Recreation Therapy, graduate degrees in Education and Sport & Exercise Psychology, PhD (all but dissertation) in Clinical and Research Psychology, and currently completing a PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology, gives clients and organizations the confidence that needs will be met.
Matthew’s academic interests lie in motivation, personality, and developing a strong narrative for performance, success, and resilience. Having spent 10 years as a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) in the sport of swimming and coaching developmental-aged athletes to National levels, the fascination for how human beings are motivated became a priority. The past 20 years have shown Matthew that the human spirit for performance and furtherance burns brightly; whether it is for a person wanting to break the throws of depression, or the Olympic athlete looking to break-through a personal best. Working with teams and enhancing the mental side of sport and performance has been a passion and love for many years. Speaking with teams and coaches and planning mental training programs has afforded Matthew an opportunity to impart knowledge and observe growth in many different sport and performance populations.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, Matthew is a non-competing triathlete, father of two very spirited young boys, and a married husband to an amazing wife and mother, Jennifer. Jennifer and Matthew travelled to Hawaii to celebrate Matthew’s 40th birthday. The celebration included cycling a 50-mile highway on the island of Maui. An avid cyclist, this was a joyful and soulful moment in his life. His wife Jennifer, perhaps the most mentally tough individual he knows, is the occasional cyclist (but avid runner) who soldiered through the rolling climbs on the Island. Matthew’s topic tonight, “The “Why” to end all “Why’s” was demonstrated by his incredible wife so many times over he cannot count. The photo was taken by his wife after cycling almost 45 miles. She promptly left him there shortly after the photo was taken to proudly complete the 50-mile ride. Coincidently, this was the fastest Jennifer rode for the entire ride…and she promptly beat him to the jeep. Pride. It is always present.
Kiesha Mastrodimos was only 17 years old when she was involved in a car accident with a moose. She suffered a spinal cord injury and became a quadriplegic. But she did not let it slow her down, with the support of her family, friends and social network followers, Kiesha has exceeded expectations. Within months of the accident, from a hospital bed, she relearned to write and type with her now immobile hands. With this she was able to receive her high school diploma on time. Kiesha started driving independently, riding horses, and seizes any opportunity that comes her way. Currently, she maintains a stable job, travels the Peace Region area as a keynote speaker, attends college in the Psychology program, and continues to live her life like every day could be her last. With her experiences, she hopes to encourage, inspire, enlighten, and help others persevere around the world.
“You cannot change the world in a day, but you can change the world for someone each day.”
Monica Lewicki is a team architect and success catalyst. Her ‘People First’ approach is at the forefront of what leads her to catalyze meaningful change. She brings an infectious energy and engagement that enables her to truly understand and connect with people to strategically build the very best teams and to foster world-class outcomes.
Monica is a thought leader in sales strategies and business development. She builds top-performing teams, coaches and develops leaders, and has led large, diverse teams to achieve world-class results. Her business acumen is enhanced by her natural ability to connect with people on a professional and personal level to achieve success in multi-million dollar deals.
With the mantra ‘Live your Story’ – Monica can be found with her family travelling and overlanding on epic adventures. She is passionate about sharing ideas, speaking on the legendary Pecha Kucha and TEDx stages, sharing insights and perspectives into the world of sales, family, adventures and life in general.
A shocking and life-changing chance encounter in the middle of the night set Philip Calvert onto a path that now has him in the global fight to put slavery out of business for good. Philip is a part of International Justice Mission Canada (IJM Canada), mobilizing communities to take a stand against modern slavery.
There are over 40 million people trapped in slavery today. Not only are we unaware of the problem, but do we share responsibility in it’s proliferation?
All of us have the ability to be change-makers, the question is: how can we use our influence in a way that leads to slavery’s end?
Christina grew up in a small town on the coast of British Columbia. Overcoming many challenges and after being bullied through many years in school, she has a passion for helping women find their voice. She was a hairstylist for many years, owning her own salon and onsite wedding business, and loved that she had the opportunity to instil confidence and give insight to her clients. 4 years ago, she realized that she could make a bigger impact and empower more people to live up to their full potential, think outside the box, and start living the life of their dreams.
Now a lifestyle influencer, Christina and her husband Ryan, are stay at home parents to their 4 year old daughter. They sold their house in the city and moved to an acreage in the country, so they could start building their legacy. Christina is a natural born entrepreneur and speaker, and uses social media to share valuable business building ideas and inspiration to inspire other moms to follow their passion and live a life that will inspire their kids and set an example. Her financial success with social marketing has allowed her to continue her philanthropic lifestyle in a bigger way than she previously could, making a bigger impact in her community. This earned her the company Givesback award.
Dr. Allan Lycka is acknowledged as one of the leading cosmetic dermatologists in the world. Having practiced for 3 decades, he has done thousands of surgical treatments. A pioneer in cosmetic surgery, he helped to develop laser assisted tumescent liposuction, Moh’s micrographic surgery, thread lifts and topical anesthesia.
He has lived and practiced in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada since 1989. He’s written 17 books, 30+ academic papers and hosted the number one internet radio show in the world: Inside Cosmetic Surgery Today. He is a co-founder of Doctors for the Practice of Safe and Ethical Aesthetic Medicine. Dr. Lycka is happily married to Dr. Lucie Bernier-Lycka for 38 years and they have four lovely daughters and seven beautiful grandchildren. He counts this as his greatest accomplishment.