Positively Derailed



Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Avenue | Winnipeg, Manitoba

Join forward thinking leaders – current, emerging and
aspiring – for a day of learning and networking. Gain the tools and
inspiration to refresh your thinking and put new ideas into practice.

Kick off your day with an energizing opening keynote by
Dr. Lianne Davey, then create your own customized conference
experience with relevant breakout sessions in four targeted streams
– Leadership, Quality, Wellness and Tools.

Challenge yourself to a leadership reset, refresh your thinking, and
move forward with renewed energy, clarity and confidence.

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Liane Davey is changing the world one team at a time, from the frontlines to the boardroom, across a variety of industries and around the globe. 

With a mission to transform the way people communicate, connect, and contribute, she offers a unique perspective on the challenges teams face and how to solve them.

Liane is the New York Times Bestselling author of The Good Fight: Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team and Organization Back on Track. and You First: Inspire Your Team to Grow UP, Get Along, and Get Stuff Done

She is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and is sought out by CNN, USA Today, The Globe & Mail and Forbes, for her expertise on productivity, engagement, leadership, and as one client put it, “dealing with the damn drama!”

Liane has spoken to audiences as big as 2000 and as intimate as 20. In between the laughter and stories, she provides a proven model and framework, along with the latest research, so that attendees walk away with the tools to start making their teams better from the moment they leave the room.

The Good Fight

In The Good Fight, Liane Davey shows you how to create the productive conflict your organization needs to get along and get stuff done. Drawing on her 20-year career as an advisor to the C-Suite, Davey shares real-world examples and practical tools you and your team can use to handle even the most contentious conflicts as allies – instead of adversaries. Filled with strategies you’ll use again and again, The Good Fight is an essential field-guide for leaders at all levels.

The Good Fight is an essential field guide any leader can use to prevent drama before it starts.
-Cy Wakeman, Drama Researcher, New York Times bestselling author of No Ego

The best solutions emerge when people feel comfortable sharing their ideas, even when what they have to say challenges the status quo. In The Good Fight, Davey shows leaders how to facilitate the productive, healthy conflict that’s needed for teams to fully engage and give their best. – Howard Bear, former Presidents Starbucks International.




Anthony McLean is an actor and speaker who has shared hundreds of inspiring and powerful talks across the world, rocking the stage at conferences, colleges, and corporate events. 

He delivers lively, engaging and passionate presentations on mental health, diversity and inclusion, with research-backed tools and actionable strategies.

Anthony works actively in the Film and TV industry. He hosted the CBC Television show The X and was featured in the documentary films Colour Me, SOAR, and Rising Above. In his theatre career, McLean acted in the renowned Stratford Festival, where he developed his passion for Shakespeare. He also loves to freestyle rap — give him any topic in the world and he’ll make up a rap on the spot about it.

As a respected voice in his field, McLean has been featured in The Globe and Mail and on CBC News and Breakfast Television. He is currently writing his first book, Fire Up Your Mental Health! He also has a passion for inspiring educators. McLean says it was teachers who made the biggest difference in his life and inspired him to be his best.

Thank you to our closing keynote sponsor:

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Anthony is an energetic, charismatic, and engaging speaker. As industry leaders and professionals, his message is one we need to hear, digest, and propagate to the highest levels possible. ”
— President, Ontario Risk & Insurance Management Society

Anthony’s presentations have been so helpful to us as we work to create a culture that fosters caring, wellness, diversity and inclusion. He is incredibly gifted at connecting with people in a way that reaches them t their level and lifts them higher. He navigates difficult subjects with respect, grace and humour.
-Director of Employee Experience, Real Matters / Solidifi



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Shannon Gander
Founder & Director
Life Work Wellness

Thriving at Work

Around the globe, leaders are trying to figure out how to help their teams revive and thrive after a time of derailment. Employees continue to feel wired and tired while trying to serve their stakeholders, produce great work and get along. 

Organizations that incorporate psychological health and safety into their workplace culture are shown to be more productive, and have higher levels of employee satisfaction, engagement, and retention. We have a Canadian Standard that includes psychosocial factors for helping employees thrive and protecting their mental health at work. 

In this session, we will drill down on the key factors that need extra attention and how to inject these into your planning and daily interactions for reducing employee anxiety, building trust, and engaging teams. Whether you are in-person, hybrid or fully remote, you’ll get to reflect on what’s most important now for leaders in gaining stability, preventing further burnout (including your own) while helping those around you flourish into the future.

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Allana Schmidt
Vice-President, Global Organizational Management
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Shreeraj Patel
Vice-President – Commercial Financial Services
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Sanjana Vijayann
Director, Diversity and Inclusion
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel Discussion

The first couple of speakers for our panel are confirmed for the panel discussion on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. More details to follow on this breakout session…

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David Falk
Partner and Senior Mediator
Facilitated Solutions

From Polarized to Optimized

Tools for Leveraging Differences at Work

It does not take much these days for people to polarize around differences, be they Union / Management tensions, vaccine mandates, work/life boundaries, or even personality/style differences. 

The bad news is that some of these tensions/differences will never be resolved. The planners will want to plan, and the doers would rather skip the meeting and just get on with it. The good news is that there are conceptual models, tools and process that can help you value and work with these inevitable tensions in ways that can unlock the potential within your team.  

This highly interactive session will introduce a concept, tool and process you can use to enhance your team’s cohesion and ability to effectively collaborate, and also to rebuild trust and restore functionality when escalated tensions have polarized your group.

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Tanya Clarke-Marinelli
Founder TC Training Services

Conscious Kindness

More details soon!

Sylvia Marusyk
MindBody Works

Derailed and Reimagined

Change is just a word, but it can carry a lot of baggage. Sometimes it’s one of the most exciting words in the English language, but it can also be one of the most frightening. 

Typically organizational change happens in big initiatives, big efforts, big investments of time, money, and talent. But what if there was a more sustainable, easier to institute, more achievable, and far less stressful approach to change. 

At this interactive session, you will learn a powerful strategy for reimagining your approach to change initiatives. The change can be large or small, organization-wide, team based, or personal – at work or at home. When you discover and practice how to break down change into smaller components and habit stack, you’ll be surprised how this strategy has the ability to shift the way you adjust, adapt or move in a new direction.

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Jodie Voth
Manager, Employee Assistance Services Manitoba Blue Cross
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Florent Thézard
Wellness Program Leader
Manitoba Blue Cross

Take Your Mind Off-Track

Derailing our minds and taking a new perspective is healthy. We can intentionally and beneficially derail by learning new things, considering new or different perspectives, and challenging ideas. 

Intellectual wellness allows your brain both stimulation and rest for critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity. In the workplace, cultivating intellectual wellness can be done many ways, some at the organization-wide level and others at the team or individual level.

In this dynamic presentation, the presenters will engage attendees in an exploration of the what, why and how of intellectual wellness, and explore the many benefits of nurturing this aspect of wellness in individuals and teams.

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Pam Grahame
Shop Floor Leadership
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Warren Peters
Business Solutions & Coaching Manager
Brunswick Steel

Getting to the Root of the Matter

The pandemic has accelerated the pace of change in the world of work, bringing new opportunities and challenges. We are leading our teams in an environment that has shifted, and we have the opportunity to move forward thoughtfully, using practical tools that get to the heart of why we do what we do. 

Effective leadership benefits from problem solving to analyze and understand what’s really going on and what’s getting in the way. Long-term, sustainable change works best when you understand the real challenges or barriers, cut through the noise and engage your brain in a whole new way – and this can be done with Root Cause Analysis.

At this hands-on, collaborative session, you’ll explore a tool for solving current leadership challenges, generating ideas, and seeing solutions through a different lens. It will help you realize your vision and goals, support the development of strategy, and be a more effective leader.

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Wendy Loewen
Managing Director, Author, Podcaster, Speaker
ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership
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Stuart Fletcher-Cook
Senior Manager, Carrier Development
Bison Transport Inc.
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Sarah Wilson
Manager, Human Resources
Bison Transport Inc.

Culture and Leadership

More details soon!


Conference venue: Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre Winnipeg (1808 Wellington)

Regular Registration Fees*

QNET Members: $380.00 + GST | QNET Member List
Conference Partners: $380.00 + GST
Non-Members: $430.00 + GST | Join QNET
*Groups of 5 or more save $30 per person; see below.

*Group Registration link

Group registration with 5 or more from the same organization save $30 per person.

*Young Leaders Registration link

Young leader (35 and under): $279 + gst

*Conference Partner Registration

Members of the following organizations receive the conference partner rate for this event. When you register, simply select “Partner Organization” under Membership type.

CCHL (Canadian College of Health Leaders)
ACMP (Association of Change Management Professionals)
CME (Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters)
CPHR (Chartered Professionals in Human Resources)

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