Program at a Glance


Program at a Glance

Stay tuned for speakers, plenary sessions and workshops in the coming weeks.

Program at a Glance

Stay tuned for speakers, plenary sessions and workshops in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

11:30 am  -  1:00 pm
Pan Pacific

Lunch and Learn

 

Supplier Diversity

By Invitation Only

11:30-12:00 Registration
12:00-1:00 Lunch and Learn

Host: WBE Canada,

Speaker: Silvia Pencak, President, WBE Canada

This is a closed session for all corporate and government and public professionals interested in learning more about supplier diversity. The focus is on learning how to cultivate, build and grow relationships and business opportunities between certified diverse suppliers, corporations and public organizations. Session is followed by an opportunity to connect with diverse suppliers.

1:00 pm  -  4:00 pm
Pan Pacific

Delegate Registration

 

Delegate Registration STARTS HERE.  WELCOME to EXCELerate 2020: GroYourBiz with the Speed of Collaboration

  • Pick up your name badges
  • Pick up your Gift Bag, compliments of Monique Maisson, “Waste2Wear”.
  • Fill up your gift bag!
  • Ask questions
  • Get ready to Be INSPIRED, INNOVATED, and INFLUENCED!
  • Be Willing to GROW your business with COMPASSION, COURAGE and COLLABORATION!
1:30 pm  -  4:00 pm
Pan Pacific

Pre-Conference Session

 

Schmooze with Big Brands

OPEN to all business owners who want to learn more about the tremendous opportunities to open doors and to access more business with “Big Brands”.  This session offers an opportunity to connect with corporations and engage with those championing inclusive procurement and supplier diversity. Participants will have the opportunity to sit at the Round Tables, being led by a corporation who supports supplier diversity in their procurement process. Learn more about the organizations who certify diverse businesses including:

 
 
 

 

 

Moderator: Silvia Pencak, President, WBE Canada 

 

 

 

Speakers:

  • Ashifa Jumani, Director of Procurement, TELUS
  • Cassandra Dorrington, President & CEO, Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)
  • Catherine Grosz, BMO Financial Group, Manager, Supplier Diversity & Procurement
  • Darrell Schuurman, Co-founder & CEO, CGLCC, Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce
  • Deidre Guy, Founder, Inclusive Workplace & Supply Council of Canada (IWSCC)
  • Tara Hartley, Regional Director, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Option 1: Conference Package includes this session
Option 2: Non-conference Attendees: Additional Tickets Available: $30.00

2:00 pm  -  4:00 pm
Pan Pacific

Special Session with OWIT

 

How to Include Gender in SME Businesses

Moderator: Frida Owinga, Founder, Passion Profit Limited

 

 

 

Speakers: 

  • Amanda Ellis, Executive Director, Hawaii & Asia Pacific, ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Alyse Nelson, CEO & President, Vital Voices

 

6:00 pm  -  9:00 pm
Pan Pacific

Welcome Reception

 

Welcome Remarks by Barbara Mowat, President & Founder of GroYourBiz and EXCELerate Conference.

  • Master of Ceremonies: Pamela Martin
  • National Anthems
  • Welcome Remarks by BMO
  • Welcome Remarks by OWIT
  • Welcome Remarks by Host of Evening

 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

7:00 am  -  8:00 am
Pan Pacific

Opening of Exhibits

 

Opening of Exhibits / Breakfast

8:00 am  -  8:30 am
Pan Pacific

Opening of Conference

 

Opening of Conference with Master of Ceremonies, Pamela Martin

  • Traditional Prayer for Squamish Nation from Shamantsut (Amanda) Nahanee
  • Welcome from Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
  • Welcome from City of Vancouver
  • Welcome Greeting from BMO
8:30 am  -  10:00 am
Pan Pacific

Plenary Session

 

Empathetic Leadership: How to Lead with Both Strength and Compassion

“Empathetic Leadership: How to Lead with Both Strength and Compassion”

Moderator: Amanda Ellis, Executive Director, Hawaii & Asia Pacific, ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

 

 

 

Global consumer buying habits continually are changing, especially among women and youth who are speaking out more. They crave authenticity and purpose, and issues they most care about, which are key elements for a successful brand. So what are corporations doing to stand out and be different? In this session we showcase corporations whose innovative ideas are generating a new model of doing business.  Each panelist shares their own underlying culture addressing this new leadership incorporating socially, environmentally and corporately responsible behaviours in their business practices, including inclusiveness, diversity, and gender equality.

This Plenary Session goal is to provide delegates with innovative, dynamic, and thoughtful ideas to inspire a leadership growth. Women increasingly play a powerful role in driving global changes. We believe that sharing “best practices” will drive unprecedented positive change for all businesses, no matter their size or sector.

Panelists: TBD

10:00 am  -  10:30 am
Pan Pacific

Break & Exhibits

 

MEET and WIN with our EXCELerate Passport!

10:30 am  -  12:00 pm
Pan Pacific

Meet the Experts Sessions

 

Four Track Themes for Workshops to be Chosen From:

Four Track Themes for workshops to be chosen from:

Leadership EXCELerate with the speed of Global | Inspire Innovate Influence Conference 2017 | Bank of Montreal BMO 200 | Vancouver Langley Surrey 2019 | Barbara Mowat EXCELerate 2020 | GroYourBiz

Global EXCELerate with the speed of collaboration | Inspire Innovate Influence Conference 2017 | Bank of Montreal BMO 200 | Vancouver Langley Surrey 2019 | Barbara Mowat EXCELerate 2020 | GroYourBiz Growth EXCELerate with the speed of collaboration | Inspire Innovate Influence Conference 2017 | Bank of Montreal BMO 200 | Vancouver Langley Surrey 2019 | Barbara Mowat EXCELerate 2020 | GroYourBizMegatrends EXCELerate with the speed of collaboration | Inspire Innovate Influence Conference 2017 | Bank of Montreal BMO 200 | Vancouver Langley Surrey 2019 | Barbara Mowat EXCELerate 2020 | GroYourBiz

 

 

 

10:30 am  -  12:00 pm

Recalibrating Your Life

Advancing Your Life Journey with ‘SELF’ in the Driver’s Seat

“Recalibrating Your Life: Advancing Your Life Journey with ‘SELF’ in the Driver’s Seat”

Moderator: TBD

Overarching goal of session is to help empower Leaders/ Entrepreneurs in their quest to live balanced, fulfilled and satisfying lives, aligned with their personal values and priorities. It is intended to help serve as an effective and influential resource in support of managing the competing demands of personal and professional life. It will stress the importance of taking a holistic approach to identifying and addressing priorities in various aspects of life, and will reinforce the importance of building on values and talents, and addressing needs as a means of managing energy and preserving motivation. It will emphasize the importance of managing the risk of making decisions and sacrifices at the expense of ‘self’ together with the importance of ‘honouring self’ in all aspects of life.

Speaker: Vania Sakeleris, MBA, CHE, Founder/Principle, VAS & Associates Inc.

10:30 am  -  12:00 pm

Making Foreign Less Foreign

10:30 am  -  12:00 pm

The Crisis of Accountability

…and What You Can Do About It

“The Crisis of Accountability…and What You Can Do About It”

Moderator: TBD

Businesses are facing a crisis of accountability in the workplace. This crisis stifles collaboration, disrupts creativity and impairs leadership capabilities. Lack of accountability creates environments where teamwork is challenging, transparency is opaque, trust is low and self-preservation is the focus. In this session, participants will discover the causes of low accountability. We will also explore common behaviors of low accountability in the workplace. Participants will gain a greater understanding of low vs. high accountability impacts on their work, their teams and their company culture. Participants will gain insights and techniques to address and improve their own accountability. Leaders will obtain strategies to positively leverage their influence and accountability to help their team members boost their accountability.

Speaker:  Brandy Ferrer, President & CEO, Pathfinder Strategies

12:00 pm  -  2:00 pm
Pan Pacific

Lunch & Plenary Session

 

Champions of Change

Women Leaders Who Made and Make a Difference

“Champions of Change: Women Leaders Who Made and Make a Difference”

Keynote Speaker: Lisa Lisson, President, FedEx Canada, author “Resilience”

Moderator: Laura Reinholz, BMO Director for Women

By providing powerful and meaningful messages of “Women Championing Women”, we know a difference can be made for women. This section of the 2020 conference will showcase a panel of inspirational women leaders and trailblazers who have had impact on communities, society and the world.  Women increasingly play a powerful role in driving global changes. We believe that sharing “best practices” will drive unprecedented positive change for all businesses, no matter their size or sector. Our goal is to provide delegates with innovative, dynamic, and thoughtful ideas to inspire a leadership growth.

The keynote panelists are prominent women leaders who will share their views reflecting on how they are making strides in issues we most care about while serving clients and social goals as it relates to the four major conference themes: leadership, global competitiveness, business growth and megatrends. They have all demonstrated their leadership and courage and continue to make positive change.

Panelists:

  • Alyse Nelson, CEO of Vital Voices
  • Betty Hines, President and Founder, WEW (Women Elevating Women)
  • Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Susan Beharriell, M.M., CD.
  • Lisa Lisson, President, FEDex Canada, author “Resilience”
2:20 pm  -  2:00 pm
Pan Pacific

Break & Exhibits

 

MEET and WIN with our EXCELerate Passport!

3:00 pm  -  4:30 pm
Pan Pacific

Meet the Experts Sessions

 

Four Track Themes for Workshops to be Chosen From:

Four Track Themes for workshops to be chosen from:

Leadership EXCELerate with the speed of Global | Inspire Innovate Influence Conference 2017 | Bank of Montreal BMO 200 | Vancouver Langley Surrey 2019 | Barbara Mowat EXCELerate 2020 | GroYourBiz

Global EXCELerate with the speed of collaboration | Inspire Innovate Influence Conference 2017 | Bank of Montreal BMO 200 | Vancouver Langley Surrey 2019 | Barbara Mowat EXCELerate 2020 | GroYourBiz Growth EXCELerate with the speed of collaboration | Inspire Innovate Influence Conference 2017 | Bank of Montreal BMO 200 | Vancouver Langley Surrey 2019 | Barbara Mowat EXCELerate 2020 | GroYourBizMegatrends EXCELerate with the speed of collaboration | Inspire Innovate Influence Conference 2017 | Bank of Montreal BMO 200 | Vancouver Langley Surrey 2019 | Barbara Mowat EXCELerate 2020 | GroYourBiz

 

 

 

3:00 pm  -  4:30 pm

Get Your Brāv On!

Learn how to build a braver mindset and what it takes to make it happen.

“Get Your Brāv On! Learn how to build a braver mindset and what it takes to make it happen.”

Moderator: TBD

If you were even braver, what would you do that you’re not already doing? Who would you be that you’re not already being? Sometimes it’s not about learning new skills or taking on more courses. Sometimes it’s about stepping up, standing out, and choosing to be brave. After conducting significant research at The Brāv Institute, women at all stages and levels of experience are ready to be braver… whether in their work, their relationships, or their life.

Speaker: Carol Schulte, Speaker, Trainer, Founder of The BRĀV Institute

3:00 pm  -  4:30 pm

Global Competitiveness

Moderator: TBD

“A cultural agility approach to conquer international markets”

Working globally or with people who are different than ourselves is the norm, English is the language for international commerce, and we have access to systems that support trade missions and conferences, meaning the visible aspects of these endeavors are covered, but are we aware of the invisible challenges that may delay or interfere with our success? Culture impacts the way we establish

relationships, trust, behave and communicate, a lack of cultural awareness may represent cost increase and delays in your export initiatives and outsourcing efforts. This session will introduce you to a creative an innovate approach to enhance your commercial intelligence that will give your business a strategic competitive advantage to reach new frontiers for your products and services.

Speaker: Mafalda Arias, Mafalda Arias and Associates

“Master The Moment: Communicate with diplomacy, impact and confidence especially during conflict and stress”

Within our global community, diversity can increase creativity and productivity, yet it can also increase misunderstandings, conflict and stress. Know how to navigate through that with the impactful awareness of specific communication strategies that will instantly reduce conflict and stress. There has never been a great leader who wasn’t a great communicator especially during crisis, rapid growth and change. When the pressure is high and the moment is brief, what you do and say in that defining moment matters. Fact, all of us are difficult under stress. While stressed we may be temporarily compromised from our ability to think as effectively. Just like a

legal document is null and void if signed under stress or duress…this session is about how to tap into your intelligence to master the moment. Feel confident in communicating through stressful situations. Know how to create the calm and respectful environment you need and how to keep it that way. Understand the impact and game changer of Verbal, Vocal, and Visual in communication.

Speaker: Lorna McLaren, Owner, McLaren Formula Training, (Award Winning Corporate Trainer & #1 Bestselling Author)

3:00 pm  -  4:30 pm

Business Growth

Moderator: TBD

“Share Your Story and Start a New Conversation: The Elevator Speech”

Each participant will leave the workshop with a fine-tuned elevator speech that they have shared and received feedback from their peers. A great way to start a new conversation.

“What is your Capacity for Success?”

Forewarned is forearmed. The real value of this workshop is understanding the phenomena that happens to every human being when they stretch to achieve a goal. When our limiting patterns are triggered, we feel as though it is the current situation that is causing us to feel the way we do and that is generating our results.

In this workshop, participants will uncover hidden beliefs about themselves, their business and the world that are limiting their capacity for success by completing a questionnaire and map their answers on to a diagnostic framework, an Internal Compass, that will visually highlight where there are barriers to success. Then they will create action plans that they will implement upon returning home from the conference.

Speakers:

  • Sharon Gilmour-Glover, Co-Founder, Light-Core Digital Enterprises Inc.
  • Trish Tonaj, The Mentor’s Mentor, Speaker, Author and Phaze2Wellness
3:00 pm  -  4:30 pm

Humanizing Healthcare

The Cost to Businesses and WBO's.

“Humanizing Healthcare: The cost to businesses and WBOs.”

Moderator: Vania Sakelaris, MBA, CHE, Founder/Principle, VAS & Associates Inc

 

 

 

Health care costs continue to escalate in both the developed and the developing world.  We know that access to good health care impacts a person’s overall physical, social, and mental health status and quality of life; yet we still have not figured out how can society deliver health care productively while expanding its access and enhancing its quality? This section of the conference will showcase the current trends and issues, the rise of dementia and other diseases, the increased burden on families, patients and caregivers, the need for more teamwork, collaborative communication, and professionals whose innovative ideas and approaches in a variety of health care fields can make breakthroughs. We also believe that it will be women, who are the majority of the “caregivers” will become the “change makers” pushing for the changes required to get adopted and supported sooner by our policy makers and governments.

Includes the Virtual Dementia Tour, (VDT) is medically and scientifically proven to be the closest that we can give a person with a healthy brain an experience of what dementia might be like.  By understanding dementia from the person’s point of view we can change practice, reduce issues and improve their lives. Scary, Intimidating, Confusing and a feeling of vulnerability the Virtual Dementia Tour is a ‘must have’ training for every care professional or family member that wants to understand dementia by walking in the shoes of a person with the disease. Hosted by: Annar Mangalji, CEO, Devonshire Dementia Care Home

 

Panelists: TBD

6:00 pm  -  10:00 pm
Pan Pacific

Dinner & Gala

 

Master of Ceremonies: Pamela Martin

Mingle and Mix

Formal Program Begins

  • Welcome Remarks by BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Barbara Mowat introduces NEW AWARD Program
    • Introduction of 3 Winners for the following categories:
      • GroYourBiz Ambassador
      • Global Growth & Innovation;
      • SDG Sustainable Business
  • Presentation of Awards
  • KeyNote Speaker: TBD
  • Closing Remarks

Friday, May 29, 2020

7:30 am  -  8:30 am
Pan Pacific

Breakfast & Networking

 

Working Breakfast (Networking opportunities for industry sectors)

MC: TBD

8:30 am  -  10:00 am
Pan Pacific

Plenary Session

Doing little things in a Big Way—It’s Up to Us!

“Doing little things in a Big Way—It’s Up to Us!  Women and Youth are leading the change.”

Moderator:  Leann Hackman-Carty, Author of “Master Your Disaster”—Gleaned from years of experience with disaster recovery organizations, she has specialized insight with the different levels of disaster preparation and recovery.

 

 

No one knows what tomorrow holds, but everyone has an interest in making this world a better place.  Women and Youth are leading the way in creating Smart Solutions for Sustainable Success, as we address Climate Action / Food Rescue / Mental Health / Peace / Racism and much more.

The impact of our global problems will require enterprises and individuals to act in new ways. This session highlights how some leaders are making a difference — whether it’s providing food for the those in need, taking action to save our planet from pollution, or fostering mental health in a way that impacts generations positively. Please join us for a discussion on global concerns and solutions.  Our panel will share their passions and progress in a way that will inspire you to think differently about your business plan and corporate responsibility.  We all want to grow…we all want to help…let’s put our heads and hearts together and see how we can grow into being part of the solution.  We also believe that it will be women and youth, who will become the majority “change makers” pushing for the solutions required to get changes adopted and supported sooner by our policy makers and governments.  

Panelists:

  • Dr. Maymunah Kadiri, CEO, Pinnacle Medical Services
  • Leah Lizarondo, CEO & Co-Founder, 412 Food Rescue
  • Monique Maisson, CEO, Vision Textiles and “Waste2Wear”
10:00 am  -  10:30 am
Pan Pacific

Break & Exhibits

 

MEET and WIN with our EXCELerate Passport!

10:30 am  -  12:00 pm
Pan Pacific

Meet the Experts Session

 

Four Track Themes for Workshops to be Chosen From:

Four Track Themes for workshops to be chosen from:

Leadership EXCELerate with the speed of Global | Inspire Innovate Influence Conference 2017 | Bank of Montreal BMO 200 | Vancouver Langley Surrey 2019 | Barbara Mowat EXCELerate 2020 | GroYourBiz

Global EXCELerate with the speed of collaboration | Inspire Innovate Influence Conference 2017 | Bank of Montreal BMO 200 | Vancouver Langley Surrey 2019 | Barbara Mowat EXCELerate 2020 | GroYourBiz Growth EXCELerate with the speed of collaboration | Inspire Innovate Influence Conference 2017 | Bank of Montreal BMO 200 | Vancouver Langley Surrey 2019 | Barbara Mowat EXCELerate 2020 | GroYourBizMegatrends EXCELerate with the speed of collaboration | Inspire Innovate Influence Conference 2017 | Bank of Montreal BMO 200 | Vancouver Langley Surrey 2019 | Barbara Mowat EXCELerate 2020 | GroYourBiz

 

 

 

 

10:30 am  -  12:00 pm

Leadership Power for “The Best YOU”

Moderator: TBD

Build Your Resilience – 5 Minutes at a Time”

Researchers have discovered the formula for living a good life, so why is depression still the world’s leading disability and anxiety the most common mental health disorder in North America? Most people don’t know what will truly make them happy, and far too few make proven wellness practices a part of their lives. To cope with all the stresses we encounter, we need to actively care for ourselves, which includes heeding our ancient programming that demands that we move our bodies, connect face-to-face and get enough sleep. These important factors build our resilience.

In this entertaining and interactive keynote address, Addie Greco-Sanchez will demonstrate how investing as little as five minutes of self-care goes a long way in building resilience and decreasing absences related to stress and mental health challenges. Based on the book she co-authored, The 5-Minute Recharge, 31 Proven Strategies to Refresh, Reset and Become the Boss of Your Day, Addie will provide useful strategies for thriving at work and in life.

 “The Art of Change: The Top 3 Habits of Highly Resilient Entrepreneurs”

When unexpected challenge hits, it often causes business owners to get reactive, problem-focused or defeated. This can negatively affect confidence, sales and enjoyment of work. After 11 years of research, we have identified the top 3 habits of business owners who stay solutions-oriented, centered and agile in the face of challenges. We call these people “Change Artists”. The skills of a Change Artist don’t actually need to be learned. They are innate skills that you just need to remember to access. These habits of mind require little or no time or money, and simply train your brain to stay in a high a performance state, no matter what. During this entertaining, interactive and practical session attendees will discover how to:

  • think more resourcefully when faced with seemingly impossible tasks
  • help themselves and others move from a reactive to a solutions-oriented response
  • inspire open communication and engagement in those they serve

The Art of Change® is an innovative system that blends diverse fields such as educational kinesiology, western and eastern psychology, change management theory, creative process models, and neuroscience. These fields are merging in exciting ways to produce what we call the indispensable ‘Change Artist’ who can rise far more easily to their greatest potential.

Speakers:

  • Addie Greco-Sanchez, President, AGS Rehab
  • Carla Rieger, CEO, Artistry of Change Inc.
10:30 am  -  12:00 pm

Twinning Your Competition

Why 86% of Buyers Can’t See The Difference

Twinning Your Competition: Why 86% of Buyers Can’t See The Difference”

Moderator: TBD

Your business isn’t as unique as you think. Research shows that buyers don’t see you as different compared to your competitors. This comes out loud and clear when you’re price-shopped, lose the sale to a competitor or worse yet-can’t even get the meeting with the decision makers in the first place! Time-starved buyers don’t have the desire to meet with just one more vendor who does the same thing as their current vendor. There’s a reason why calling more leads or hiring more sales staff isn’t helping grow your business faster. The answer is simple, it’s scientific and it requires very little investment other than a few changes to what you’re already doing to reach out to prospects.

Speakers: Chala Dincoy, CEO & Founder, Coachtactics

10:30 am  -  12:00 pm

Pricing & Costing

The Art of the Market Meets the Science of Cost Accounting

“PRICING & COSTING: The art of the market meets the science of cost accounting”

Moderator: TBD

Price is a critical decision in any business, yet information on pricing is quite scarce.  This workshop is a crash course in both market pricing and cost accounting especially as it relates to growing business.  Our topics include:

  • Introduction: In this section, we discover the ‘Four C’s’ of Pricing and how they play a role in determining the viability of the viability of a product or a business.
  • Understanding Cost (Finding your Inner Cost Accountant): We examine the different cost types, how they impact your prices, and how costs change as your business grows. Of the three things, all entrepreneurs should know cold one is a full understanding of your costs.
  • Market Pricing (Where the fun begins): In this section we discover prices as perceived by your customer. We examine how price is integrated into your marketing strategies, how psychology affects price, and how price anchors are essential for pricing decision.  To apply these to business development we introduce the concept of strategic pricing which is using pricing to achieve specific business goals. Finally, we examine pricing pitfalls and tactics designed to help you integrate pricing into your overall business plan.

This session is designed to challenge everything you know about setting your prices and encourages entrepreneurs to reconsider their pricing beliefs and assumptions. Pricing just may be the most important decisions you make in your business…and good decisions make for great businesses.

Speaker:  Bill Erichson, CEO, William Erichson Business Solutions Ltd.

10:30 am  -  12:00 pm

SDG Challenge & The Benefits for WBO’s

“Discuss the SDG Challenge & the Benefits for WBO’s”

Moderators: 

  • Alyse Nelson, CEO & President, Vital Voices
  • Amanda Ellis, Executive Director, Hawaii & Asia Pacific, ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Panelists: TBD

 

12:00 pm  -  12:30 pm
Pan Pacific

Closing Remarks