Wednesday, June 20

JanetBannister-webJanet Bannister | Partner at Real Ventures and Founder of
Thriving in a World of Rapid Change
Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Janet Bannister is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and their businesses reach their full potential. General Partner at Real Ventures, Janet has led investments in a dozen companies and works actively with Real’s portfolio companies to help them accelerate growth and create meaningful impact. Her background is a combination of founding and building successful entrepreneurial ventures and making an impact at leading companies such as Procter & Gamble, McKinsey & Co., and eBay.

Janet launched and grew it to become one of the most visited websites in Canada. Subsequently, she led the Kijiji Global business, accelerating growth in North America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to launching Kijiji, Janet was at eBay in Silicon Valley where she led multiple “non-collectibles” categories and helped transform eBay from a collectibles to a mainstream marketplace. She also founded and built a successful consulting business and was CEO at a Toronto-based start-up in the online content and commerce space.


ValerieYoung-webDr. Valerie Young |  Expert on Impostor Syndrome and Award-Winning Author
Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally known expert and author of the award-winning book The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It (Crown Business) now in five languages.

Valerie has addressed diverse audiences at Boeing, BP, Facebook, Chrysler, Intel, IBM, Procter & Gamble, Apple, Merck, Ernst & Young Canada, Raymond James Canada, Methanex, McDonalds Europe, University of BC, Western University, York University, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Society of Women Engineers, and women’s entrepreneurial centers in BC, Newfoundland, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

Her career advice has been cited around the world including The Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, Canadian Living, Elle (Canada), Ottawa Citizen, The Hamilton Spectator, Edmonton Sun, BBC radio, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Entrepreneur, O magazine,, Yahoo Finance, Kiplinger’s, Inc., Science, Sydney Morning Herald, and many more.


Thursday, June 21

CherylCran-webCheryl Cran  |  Future of Work & Change Leadership Expert
The Future of Work is Now – Are You Ready?
Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Cheryl Cran believes that everyone is a leader and the future of work requires leaders just like you!

An internationally renowned consultant and keynote speaker for 20 years, she has worked with hundreds of industries, in dozens of countries and with thousands of audiences worldwide. She trains leaders on how to more effectively lead in these rapid times of fast-paced change, increase innovation capabilities, build enhanced agility and to ultimately help organizations be adaptive in their industries.

Cheryl’s research into the future of work, change leadership, technology innovation and generations impact provides data and strategies to help leaders drive transformation in a fast-paced world and to create the future workplace today!

In her 20’s Cheryl was a high performing senior leader in the banking and insurance industries. Her success leap in those industries resulted in being an intern for a major consulting firm before heading out on her own to establish her consulting firm in the late nineties. Today, Cheryl has a thriving practice and esteemed clients who achieve breakthrough success.


CPA Stories Keynote
Moderator: Todd Scaletta, FCPA, FCMA
Speakers: Grant Skinner, CPA, CA & Cheryl Zealand, CPA, CA

Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Featuring diverse and practical advice from successful and determined entrepreneurial CPAs.


StephenLiptrap-webStephen Liptrap  |  President & CEO of Morneau Shepell
A Real Cause For Worry: The Anxiety Epidemic
Time: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Stephen Liptrap is President and Chief Executive Officer of Morneau Shepell. His responsibilities include the development and execution of the company’s overall strategic direction and leading the organization to achieve both its short-term and long-term business results. Stephen first joined the company’s senior executive team in 2008, bringing with him more than 25 years of senior executive experience in the high tech, consumer packaged goods and retail sectors. In 2010, he was appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager of Morneau Shepell’s largest business unit, Employee Support Solutions. Then in July 2016, Stephen was appointed Chief Operating Officer, responsible for leading the company’s business operations and functions.

He is a member of the Business Council of Canada and the National Committee for CAMH’s 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health. He has served on the HR Committee for the 2015 Pan Am Games, the Canadian Board of Directors for NCR and the Pension Board for Europe for a large technology company. He is a frequent speaker and thought leader on HR issues facing organizations today. Stephen holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School (University of Western Ontario), is a recent graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program and is a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE).