Keynote Speaker and Host


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Tony Chapman is one of the youngest individuals to be inducted into the Marketing Hall of Legends, a testament to a career where he spent three decades founding and building two internationally renowned advertising agencies and a research firm.  Tony has delivered inspirational talks to audiences in China, Spain, Brazil, Warsaw, Mexico and throughout North America.

Four television documentaries, including ones produced in Australia and England, feature his philosophy on marketing and sales.  You might also recognize Tony when he was the Judge on Food Network’s  Recipe to Riches, the Host of Nissan Innovation Challenge, or his ‘Cause and Reaction’ segments that run weekly across Bell Media.









Keynote: Listen Up: What We Learned from 350 Million Kids


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Lane Merrifield has a passion for the convergence of creativity and technology, which has fueled his life long journey of entrepreneurship.

In 2013 Lane founded Wheelhouse, an organization that supports early stage technology companies and entrepreneurs through mentorship, access to early stage investment capital, and connections to global business networks and executive expertise.  To help further this initiative, Lane led a group of community leaders, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders in the creation of the 120,000 sq.ft. Innovation Centre in downtown Kelowna. This beautiful, state-of-the-art facility was created to foster and encourage growth in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship as a means of supporting sustainable, long-term economic development in the region.

His teams have won dozens of awards including a BAFTA Award and a Webby Award. Lane has received an Honorary Fellows Award, several leadership awards, and was listed as one of The Hollywood Reporters Top 35 Executives under 35.

Lane has served on several private and public company boards, the University of British Columbia’s Board of Governors, and was most recently appointed to the Premier’s Technology Council.




Keynote: Karyn Gordon – 5 Generations in the Workforce / Future of Work


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Dr. Karyn Gordon’s mission is to inspire people to dream their best life, learn the tools and do it! A bestselling author and media personality, Dr. Karyn has worked with hundreds of organizations, from Fortune 500 corporations to small non-profits, to help them foster the necessary

communication skills for creating strong workforces and customer relationships.

Dr. Karyn is a regular expert for the USA’s #1 morning show Good Morning America, Canada’s #1 talk-show Cityline, and Toronto’s #1 morning show Breakfast Television. In addition, she writes a regular column for New York Parenting and Chatelaine magazines. Previously, she was the resident expert for The Mom Show, hosted a radio talk-show on CFRB, and produced her own music talk-show, Spill Your Guts, where she interviewed celebrities to share lessons they learned as teenagers. Dr. Karyn is a producer of Success Stories on Rogers television.

As a writer, Dr. Karyn is the bestselling author of Dr. Karyn’s Guide To The Teen Years, and has written three additional resources for parents, teachers and counselors. She has a Bachelor in Psychology, a Masters in Counseling, and a Doctorate in Marriage and Family. She has also done extensive studies in generational differences, personalities, leadership and emotional intelligence.


Fireside Chat with Dr. John B. Herrington


John HerringtonJohn B. Herrington, Ph.D. was the first member of a federally recognized tribe to travel to space. Like many children in the 1960s, he dreamed of becoming an astronaut. His historic mission to the International Space Station was the culmination of years of experience and training with men and women with diverse cultural and technical backgrounds, and provided Herrington with a unique perspective that he enjoys sharing with audiences worldwide. “From lift off to completing three space walks, mission STS-113 was more exciting and challenging than I could have imagined.”

Herrington’s work didn’t stop when he returned to earth.  He returned to university and earned a doctorate in Education. With humility and humor, Herrington shares his stories of challenge, leadership, motivation, and mentorship with diverse audiences. His multimedia presentations inspire and entertain, and Herrington challenges people to seek out the best in themselves and in service to others.


Moderator: Adam Garry – “When We Rule the World” Student Panel


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Adam Garry is a former elementary school teacher and is now Dell’s Director of Global Education Strategy. He has presented at conferences around the world and published many articles on technology integration for several education magazines and has a strong following on Twitter. Over the past seventeen years, he has consulted in school districts on school transformation, professional learning, one-to-one, the shift from print to digital, personalized learning, curriculum and instruction, and leadership. He is the author of “Teaching the iGeneration” (2nd edition published July 2015), and “Personalized Learning Thorough Voice and Choice” (published Nov. 2017).


Jake Hirsch-Allen


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Jake furthers LinkedIn’s vision to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce via its Economic Graph data. He works with students, staff and faculty at Canada’s colleges and universities and trainees and trainers at Canada’s workforce development organizations to leverage LinkedIn Learning Solutions to achieve their academic and professional goals.

Jake teaches at McMaster University, is on the advisory boards of Code for Canada and the Hot Docs cinema and founded Lighthouse Labs, Canada’s foremost software development bootcamp. A former intellectual property and international criminal lawyer, Jake was also Chair of the Technology Committee of the Global Education Platform and clerked at the Supreme Court of Israel.