Our 2018 program is guaranteed to deliver a dynamic, interactive and uniquely transformative learning experience. THREE internationally-renowned keynote speakers will deliver engaging, manufacturing-specific sessions guaranteed to leave you inspired, engaged and ready to tackle any challenge 2018 has in store. 


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John Ibbitson

#1 Bestselling author and senior political correspondent for the Globe and Mail
The Big Shift – The battle between old and new Canada. The political landscape: Where are we headed?

One of Canada’s most acclaimed political journalists, John Ibbitson makes sense of government at home, south of the border, and around the world. A former bureau chief in Washington and Ottawa, John helps audiences understand how Canadian policies will fare under Trump. From the border to trade, immigration to the environment, he helps us see where power – real power – lies. Canada, once one of the world’s most consensual countries, is polarizing; with the west versus the east, suburban versus urban, immigrants versus old school, coffee drinkers versus consumers of energy drinks. The winners—in politics, in business, in life—will figure out where the people are and go there too.


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David Posen

Doc Calm, expert on stress, author
Staying afloat when the waters get rough: managing change

Known as ‘Doc Calm’, Dr. David Posen achieved national fame and developed a reputation as the “go-to guy” on stress and lifestyle management; writing in the conversational, practical and entertaining style that has made all his books national bestsellers. Dr. Posen knows that we’re living in a time of unprecedented change. The abilities to be resilient and adaptable aren’t just good – they’re survival skills. But how do we meet the challenge and exemplify survival of the fittest? Packed with action strategies, Dr. Posen’s presentation addresses the three questions that will open the door to mastering change. What will increase your comfort? What would make change easier for you? And what tools will you need to be resilient?