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Featured Speakers

Linda Nazareth

Economist & Futurist

Linda Nazareth is a leading economist and futurist specializing in demographic, workplace and economic trends and how they shape our future. Her books include Work Is Not a Place: Our Lives and Our Organizations in the Post-Jobs Economy and Economorphics: The Trends Turning Today into Tomorrow

She is the Senior Fellow at the policy think-tank Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a regular columnist for the Globe & Mail and a sought-after keynote speaker. Her clients have included The Economist magazine, E&Y and American Express, all of whom have benefitted from the way she can distill huge ideas into information that organizations can use for their own strategic planning purposes. 

For over a decade, Linda was Canada’s only full-time on-air economist at BNN Bloomberg, Canada’s Business News Network. She was also a senior economist with a Top 5 financial institution. A frequent media commentator, she has been quoted everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to Wired magazine. 

Dan Pontefract

Culture Change Expert & Award-Winning Author

Culture change expert, leadership strategist, and award-winning author Dan Pontefract has over two decades of experience helping leaders and organizations, including SalesForce, Nestlé, and BMO, improve performance, productivity and overall engagement.

Dan has presented at four TED events and earned multiple industry awards, including Thinkers50 Radar, HR Weekly’s 100 Most Influential People in HR, and Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers. Dan has written five best-selling books, including his latest, Work-Life Bloom:  How to Nurture a Team That Flourishes. He also writes for Forbes and Harvard Business Review.

Dan hosts the popular Leadership NOW series, where he interviews famous thinkers, authors, CEOs, and other incredible leaders. Through these interviews, he seeks to understand what makes leadership and people better. 

Ian Chisholm

Leadership Practitioner

Ian Chisholm is a co-founder and partner in Roy Group, a “small giant” Victoria-based leadership development company. Using research, experiential learning, team practice and 1:1 coaching, Roy Group has worked with over 22,000 people from 300 organizations and networks in its first 20 years.

“Chiz” began his career leading the American Management Association International’s Operation Enterprise (OE), playing an integral role in pioneering an initiative to bring young talent from inner-city USA to experience formal leadership development.

This work brought Chisholm to the attention of the newly founded Columba 1400 Community and International Leadership Centre on Scotland’s Isle of Skye. He became the Centre’s first CEO, and in less than five years with Ian in the lead, Columba 1400 made a marked impact on a modern Scotland with its philosophy of “leadership everywhere.” Since 2002, Columba 1400 has been patroned by HRH The Princess Royal, whom Ian served as an advisor to at Buckingham Palace.