Key Note Speakers

April 25, 2018

Gregg Brown, Change Management Specialst 

Leading Change, Building Resilience   

People are doing more – faster, better and with less. In today’s environment, the ability to efficiently and effectively handle change is critical to your success - as an individual and an organization. And with relentless pressure from organizations to continue on this trajectory, things aren’t slowing down. So, the question begs to ask, how do you keep up? As individuals, we need to enhance our ability to be fluid as there’s no end to the continuous changes that happen within an organization and in our lives.

Without a high Resilience Intelligence (RQ), it can be difficult to stay on top of all the change and be effective in our responses. 

Registered nurses are known to be the back bone of healthcare or the “calm in the storm” as patients and families turn to them during their most vulnerable times. This unique perspective provides registered nurses with the opportunity to continue to provide this reassurance to their patients and seek out opportunities to be leaders in change.

In this interactive, powerful, thought-provoking keynote, participants will gain a unique perspective and acquire the critical mindset and skills needed to deal with multiple changes, as well as strategies for creating positive change, that they can immediately put to use.


Gregg was part of the groundbreaking team that opened the first wave of Starbucks stores in Canada. His ability to engage teams, drive change and advance customer service earned him awards and accolades. Gregg then felt he had to find deeper meaning in his work, and began to teach life skills to one of the most difficult groups of people to change: hard-core prisoners.

He then transitioned into leading education and organizational change initiatives in large, multi-generational organizations – as well as consulting with leaders and executives on individual behaviour change.

Gregg has motivated and delighted audiences at his impressive client list including TD Canada Trust, John Hancock, Abbott, Siemens, Shoppers Drug Mart and Four Seasons Hotels. Additionally, he has brought his talents to the municipal and federal government levels to rave reviews.

Gregg pursued a Master’s of Social Science Degree from the University of Leicester in the UK, with a focus on organizational psychology, leadership and performance and is an Associate Member of the American Psychological Association.

In addition to his volunteer and pro-bono work for non-profit organizations, Gregg is passionate about learning and is on the National Board of The Institute for Performance and Learning (formerly Canadian Society for Training and Development) and has received the Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) designation. He also has his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute.



April 26, 2018

Nova Browning Rutherford, Mindfulness Facilitator & Wellness Expert on CTV's The Social

The Power of One Person

In healthcare, we are always trying to do what is best for others – however, we often forget to manage our own wellness and self-care.  We often work long hours and give 110% because we love our patients, but when an industry overhaul results in “doing more with less”, overwhelm, anxiety, and burnout set in and, compassionate care and communication are replaced with resentment and frustration. And then, we take it all home.

In this presentation, Nova shares the Top 5 workplace complaints along with the solutions for helping manage our own wellness personally and professionally. The audience will learn to proactively identify red flags at work and use various techniques to create boundaries & prioritize self-care. This session will be helpful for caregivers and administrators who strive to be a positive influence on others, without the self-sacrifice. Nova’s practical and actionable takeaways will help audience members reframe the importance of their thoughts, words and actions in order to give and get more out of their personal and professional relationships.


Nova masterfully weaves life lessons she’s gathered from her career in Hollywood to deliver instantly relatable presentations. She helps to spark a renewed sense of confidence and empowerment over one’s own life. Audiences walk away with a fresh appreciation for their past, a bold affirmation of their power to transform their current experience, and effective tools to manifest dreams into future success.

On stage Nova shares stories that offer penetrating insights into the human condition. Her presentations are authentic, compassionate, and tell-it-like-it-is, while at the same time offering a touch of humour. Nova is a speaker who shares a dialogue with her audience. Her presentations are often accompanied by longer Q&A’s with audiences put to ease, and eager to engage in a deeper conversation around the topic at hand.

Nova is a fixture on the internationally syndicated talk show CTV’s “The Social”, and has been profiled in outlets like Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Chatelaine, CBC and CTV.

Professionally, Nova spent over a decade working behind the scenes in Hollywood in marketing and promotions. Tales of the music business pique the interest of pop culture junkies, while her witty quips, heartfelt anecdotes and candid vulnerability drive every point home. Nova masterfully weaves the life lessons she has gathered from her interactions with celebrities and the downtrodden alike to deliver instantly relatable workshops, motivational talks, and results driven coaching sessions.

Participants walk away with a fresh appreciation for their past, bold affirmation of their power to transform their current experience and effective tools to manifest dreams in the future. Nova has presented to audiences such as the United Nations Association, YWCA, NAACP, COCA, Oprah Winfrey Network, University of Toronto, City of Toronto, Toronto District School Board, Dufferin-Peel School Board, Historica Canada and many others.