MANITOBA’S CONFERENCE FOR LEADERS | MAY 6, 2024

PRESENTED BY QNET

Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre
1808 Wellington Avenue | Winnipeg, Manitoba
Join hundreds of 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 a captivating and enlightening opening keynote by
bestselling author, award-winning creative director, speaker and producer Ron Tite.
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.

Join the conversation and follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram
#QNETMB2024

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OPENING KEYNOTE

RON TITE

PURPOSE-DRIVEN LEADERSHIP AND MARKETING EXPERT
BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, SPEAKER, PRODUCER AND ENTREPRENEUR

Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations every time he takes the stage.

Addressing a variety of topics surrounding leadership, corporate strategy, and creativity, Tite’s presentations are not only information-packed but also infused with his unique humour – guaranteed to have you laughing while you learn.

Tite is also a bestselling author of two books: 

Everyone’s An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be)
Think. Do. Say. Building Personal and Organizational Momentum in a Busy, Busy World

Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, he’s an award-winning advertising writer and creative director who has worked with some of the world’s most respected brands, including Air France, Evian, Hershey, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, and Volvo. 

Tite is executive producer and host of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning show Monkey Toast, and publisher of the award-winning and bestselling humour book, This is That Travel Guide to Canada, with CBC Radio’s hit show, This is That. He has written for several television series; penned a children’s book; wrote, performed, and produced the play, The Canadian Baby Bonus, and he also hosts the Canadian Podcast Award-winning series, The Coup.

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Think. Do. Say.

Today, your consumers, clients, prospects, and colleagues are inundated with promotional messaging, non-stop content, broken promises, and endless product extensions. They don’t know where to look and they don’t know who to trust. 

People used to vote with their wallet but now they vote with their time. Winning that time has never been more difficult and staying top of mind is even tougher. The answer to cutting through and building trust isn’t found in a sea of management jargon. It’s based on three words: Think. Do. Say.

Ron Tite was the best closing speaker ever. Period.

First of all, he’s hilarious. Second, he has a great message. And third, he is able to personalize the message in a way that I have never seen from another speaker. He closed on conference on such a high. Best decision ever.

– Hotel Association of Canada

We have never, in 17 years of running our event, had such an overwhelming response to a keynote address! You have the enviable and very rare capability to connect on a profound level with your audience… You had our delegates spellbound and your address was enervating, profound, enlightening, frightening and hilarious all at the same time. You took us on a journey from joy, to thought, to understanding. We can’t thank you enough.

– Eura, The European Relocation Association

CLOSING KEYNOTE

ANTHONY MCLEAN

ACTOR, INSPIRING INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER
LEADERSHIP, MENTAL HEALTH, INCLUSIVITY

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:

Manitoba Blue Cross Logo

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

PLENARY SESSION

Leadershift Panel

Join us for an exploration of the shifting role of leaders, within the context of our conference theme UNLimited: Finding Time, Fulfilling Purpose. We’ll dive into challenges, opportunities and experiences of these leaders, along with the values qualities and skills they embrace. Come prepared for insightful discussion, inspiring stories and ideas to take back to your workplace.

Daniel Blair
Chief Technology Officer/ Founder, Bit Space Development Ltd. (BSD)

Daniel is a dynamic and innovative leader in technology and digital media. As the founder and Chief Technology Officer of BSD XR, he has been at the forefront of creating innovative research projects in areas like AI and spatial computing for various industries, including construction, defence, aerospace, mining, and utilities. His passion for innovation and commitment to excellence have earned him recognition as an award-winning entrepreneur and software developer. Daniel’s influence extends beyond his company. He is the chair of the board for the Interactive Digital Media sector council, New Media Manitoba, where he guides the growth and development of Manitoba’s interactive digital media industry. In 2023 Daniel joined the board of directors for the Virtual World Society to help drive their mission of ethical thought leadership and responsible application of emerging technology.

Vanesa Cotlar
Vice President People & Culture, PolicyMe 

Vanesa Cotlar is an ambitious HR leader who has worked in over 20 countries, bringing a global perspective into everything she does. She is passionate about building flexible workplaces and advocates for transparency and ongoing feedback to increase attraction and retention of top talent, evident in her work as VP People & Culture at PolicyMe. Previously, Vanesa Co-Founded an HR tech start-up focused on removing bias in application and hiring processes, led People Operations at iQmetrix, and worked as a Management Consultant at Monitor Deloitte Canada where she provided strategic guidance to F500 companies.

In her spare time, Vanesa contributes to People & Culture thought leadership and offers guidance to start-ups that need help structuring their HR practices. In 2023, Vanesa was named a top 25 Emerging Culture Creators by Culture Amp and was a finalist for HRO Today’s HR Excellence category. Vanesa holds an MBA from Queen’s University.

Jamie Wilson
Vice President Indigenous Strategy, Research and Business Development, RRC Polytec

Jamie is from Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Treaty 5 territory and is passionate about building bridges between First Nations and business communities, as a pathway to a strong and prosperous economic future for all. His greatest leadership strengths are as a facilitator and relationship builder where his calm and thoughtful demeanor enables him to navigate complex and often highly charged situations, to positive and successful outcomes. As a teacher and Director of Education for Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Jamie helped establish OCN’s Land Based Education programs. As Treaty Commissioner for Manitoba Jamie led a team that gained support for Treaty Education which is now taught at every school in the province. Jamie was employee #1 at the First Nations owned Arctic Gateway Group where he significantly raised Indigenous staff numbers, with many from northern Manitoba. Jamie just finished teaching the first class focused on Indigenous Business Relations at the Asper School of Business MBA, a class many of students are lobbying to be mandatory in the program.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

More sessions to be announced soon!

Portrait of a Quality Leader

Join us for a fireside chat discussion on the leadership journeys of two local leaders. They will share their stories, experiences and lessons learned as they followed a path into senior leadership positions at very different organizations.

Dan Bockstael
Co-President,Bockstael Construction

Dan is Co-President of Bockstael Construction, a fourth-generation family business that has been building on the prairies for over a century. His journey with Bockstael began as a teenager, initially working in the field and growing through various roles within the company. His engineering degrees were later complemented by tenure at one of Manitoba’s premier consulting engineering firms. In 2010, Dan rejoined Bockstael where he continues to be instrumental in shaping the company’s strategic direction. With a keen eye on customer experience and integrating best-in-class processes and technologies, Dan is committed to enhancing Bockstael’s service delivery standards. In 2020, On-Site Magazine named Dan to its inaugural list of the Top 40 Under 40 in Canadian Construction for his dedication to continuous improvement and for his community and industry involvement. Dan has been key in implementing major transformation initiatives at Bockstael Construction resulting in quality projects and sustained company growth through a collaborative and client-focused approach to construction.

Micheline St-Hilaire
Chief Executive Officer, Actionmarguerite

As CEO of Actionmarguerite – a collective of personal care homes, supportive housing, and adult day programs – Micheline supports 600+ individuals alongside a team of 900 employees. From Centre de santé Saint-Boniface to Saint-Boniface Hospital by way of Réseau Compassion Network, she has supported executive teams and boards of directors in strategic planning and optimizing the delivery of quality care in a compassionate and timely manner. Many would know her through the work of the Compassion Project – a movement that creates conditions for compassion to flourish in us, among us, and in organizational life. Beyond formal degrees specializing in gerontology and business, she is known to say that the most transformational leadership training was obtained through programs such as Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction, Compassion Cultivation Training and Cultivating Leadership Presence. She is honoured to be a Manitoba Association for Safety in Healthcare board member to bring wisdom and heart to health and human service endeavours.

Productive team meetings? – yes, it’s possible.

Do you find yourself in team meeting where items are discussed but nothing is decided and actioned forward? Where there is no structure in place to share system issues or concerns with transparency and ownership? You are not alone.

In this session we will explore techniques that support regular team meetings that are productive, engaging, drive team performance and alignment. You’ll be introduced to a visual tool that provides focus for your meetings, and learn new methods to improve team communication, ownership, and idea/issue discussion. These methods are useful for both in-person and remote teams.

Fontana Coy
Operations Excellence Partner, Duha Center of Excellence

Delia is a true trailblazer in personal development and the intentional living space. Her unwavering commitment to empowering individuals to unlock their full potential has earned her a reputation as a sought-after keynote speaker, guest writer, and influential thought leader. A champion of inclusivity, Delia delivers workshops on Micro-Aggression and Conflict in the Workplace in partnership with Karen Ridd, a mediator, facilitator and teacher at both CMU and University of Winnipeg. Delia has mediated over 900 cases in the areas of Victim Offender, Family Group Conferences, Community Justice Forum, Microaggression, and Conflict in the Workplace. She is currently a Mediator at the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, where she facilitates the resolution of complaints alleging discrimination between Complainants and Respondents.

Building Your Leadership Practice:
Making Intentional Time & Space to Lead

Leading a team isn’t something that you do off the side of your desk when there’s an emergency or when something goes wrong. It’s a leader’s best investment in bringing out the best in their team and achieving results in their organization. 

In this session, we will share practices that will help leaders be more proactive in how they lead, build relationships and get things done. We’ll share the practices, rituals and boundaries leaders can put in place to feel like they are leading intentionally, so they can have an even bigger impact in their organization.

Natalie Bell
People & Culture Consultant / Coach, Natalie Bell Consulting
Lifestyle Content Creator, PegCityLovely

With Natalie, what you see is what you get. She is an energetic leader who prides herself in cultivating meaningful relationships to help organizations and individuals achieve their best. Her combination of real world experience and education allows her to provide professional, accurate insights, while infusing positivity and liveliness into every situation. With over 20 years of progressive HR experience and an entrepreneurial passion, Natalie takes a holistic approach in providing practical and purposeful information to her clients. Using a collaborative work style, she creates comfortable spaces for people to find their voice and speak their truth. Natalie is a member of CPHR Manitoba and Black HR Professionals of Canada, is on the Board of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and is the President-Elect of the Congress of Black Women of Manitoba. Always active in the community, Natalie is a ‘love local’ enthusiast with engaging digital content and a “real talk” approach.

Jane Helbrecht
Consultant + Founder, Uplift Engagement

Jane is a CPHR and Certified Leadership coach with over 15 years of experience in the people and culture and leadership development space. As the founder and a consultant at Uplift Engagement, she focuses on building people and leadership development programs that shift team dynamics so that teams can focus, get stuff done and have fun while they do it.

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Doug Darling
CEO and Executive Creative Director
Tripwire Media Group

Finding Purpose in Stories at Work

Storytelling is a powerful communication tool that engages the listener and allows for better learning, retention and application. When we share the “why” of work through story, it re-orients our focus, makes us feel good about the work we do, and inspires us to move forward. Stories can also help create connection, build trust and show vulnerability. 

Storytelling has broad applicability for leaders at all levels, whether it’s demonstrating the importance of service, quality and safety, promoting a culture of DEIB, or sharing organizational vision and values. At this session you’ll experience a variety of stories that will impact and inform your leadership journey, and leave you with some ideas on how you can use storytelling at work.

Doug Darling
CEO and Executive Creative Director
Tripwire Media Group

Connecting people more through storytelling and understanding how people work, think, and react is Doug’s forte and what has contributed to and shaped his vast knowledge and confidence in the industry. Since starting the company with a friend back in 2009, he has developed a strategic storytelling process and full-service video production team to further tell stories with purpose. Doug is also an instructor in the Digital Film and Video Production Program at Red River College Polytechnic and if all this doesn’t sound like enough to keep him busy, he’s also on the Board of Directors at On Screen Manitoba and on the Gala Committee for the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba! As a former touring musician, Doug occasionally still dusts of his bass and plays in a couple cover bands. If you’re lucky (or not, depending on how you see it), you can catch him belting out the lyrics to “Say it Ain’t So” by Weezer.

*More speakers to be announced.

Unlimited: Fostering a Culture of Inclusivity

Join us for a fireside conversation where you’ll hear stories of lived experiences, along with knowledge and wisdom that will help you foster safe and healthy work environments. Participants are invited to listen in to this space of conversation and dialogue, and to reflect on their own experiences and stories.

Delia Joseph, CPC
Certified Mediator / Microaggression Facilitator,
Founder and Certified Lifestyle Coach, Improveology Lifestyle Coaching

Delia is a true trailblazer in personal development and the intentional living space. Her unwavering commitment to empowering individuals to unlock their full potential has earned her a reputation as a sought-after keynote speaker, guest writer, and influential thought leader. A champion of inclusivity, Delia delivers workshops on Micro-Aggression and Conflict in the Workplace in partnership with Karen Ridd, a mediator, facilitator and teacher at both CMU and University of Winnipeg. Delia has mediated over 900 cases in the areas of Victim Offender, Family Group Conferences, Community Justice Forum, Microaggression, and Conflict in the Workplace. She is currently a Mediator at the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, where she facilitates the resolution of complaints alleging discrimination between Complainants and Respondents.

Moderator: Cate Friesen
Story Strategist, Facilitator & Trainer, Speaker, Coach, The Story Source

Cate Friesen knows the power of story. Whether you are building trust, convincing someone to take action with you, grounding yourself, or sparking a vision for change in your world, Cate can help you move your work forward. As the driving force behind The Story Source, she brings together 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, story strategist, award-winning CBC producer, documentary maker, performer, and certified facilitator. Cate offers customized workshops, interactive presentations, strategic assessments, and story coaching for leaders, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and businesses. 

Patlee Creary
Patlee Creary
Owner & Lead Facilitator
Reyou Mindfulness Collective

Finding Time, Fulfilling Purpose

In today’s fast paced work environment, time constraints, stress, anxiety, relationships, pressure and conflict are just some of the factors that impact the well-being of leaders. Yet we all want to make meaningful use of our time, work collaboratively to fulfill our unique purpose, and cultivate quality relationships with our colleagues and team. 

At this interactive breakout session, you’ll gain an introduction to concepts, ideas, strategies and skills that can affect our time, purpose and productivity in the workplace. We’ll explore the experiences of a typical day through different lenses, review the impact of stress on individuals and workplace relationships, and leave with practical tips & tools you can build into your daily work and life.

Patlee Creary, PhD
Owner & Lead Facilitator, Reyou Mindfulness Collective

Dr. Patlee Creary is the author of several academic and non-academic articles and book chapters on gender, youth, and military roles and identities in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. She founded the Reyou Mindfulness Collective, an enterprise designed to change how individuals, communities, and workplaces experience and deliver conflict transformation through mental well-being support. Patlee is a workplace mindfulness facilitator who is trained and certified in mental health first aid, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), adult education, and trauma-sensitive group facilitation. Patlee is noted for her work with non-profits and social support groups that seek to improve capacity, confidence, and resilience among clients with lived experiences of disruption and major transition.

Mark Somogyi
Mark Somogyi
Quality & Continuous Improvement Manager, Price Industries Limited

Where did the day go? Responsibility Creep and Other Time Suckers

Have you ever wondered how much of our work activities are non-value-added, and in fact not what we’re expected to do? The gradual addition of work and responsibilities, along with a variety of time suckers, can quickly lead to stress, burnout and anxiety. 

So where does the time go and what can we do about it? In this session we’ll explore why this happens and what we can do to correct it. We’ll delve into responsibility creep – where it comes from, how to assess your current state, and what steps you can take to remedy the situation, including the importance of communicating up. We’ll also highlight a few time suckers, with tips and tools to get them under control. You may discover more time in your day, along with more purpose and value in work that you do well and enjoy.

Mark Somogyi
Quality & Continuous Improvement Manager, Price Industries Limited

Through work and life experiences, as an employee, leader and volunteer, Mark has developed a strong passion for motivating, coaching and empowering leaders and individuals at all levels. He has successfully worked with many organizations on Culture, Continuous Improvement, Safety and Quality, and has trained hundreds of people in the manufacturing, service and medical industries. Mark holds a lean manufacturing Master Black Belt certification, Certified Life & Executive Coach Training, and training in the TCCS Toyota Production System and Continuous Improvement Transformation Program implementation. Outside of work, Mark’s strong belief in personal development influences his volunteer time with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Manitoba and as a soccer coach, where he looks for ways to be a great role model and positive influence. 

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Lew Bayer
CEO, Civility Experts & Author of Civility at Work

Time for Social Sensitivity

Think about how much time we spend clarifying, explaining, apologizing, and worrying. How many personal and professional relationships are strained or broken due to miscommunication? In our ever-changing world, it can be difficult for leaders to keep up with social knowledge that helps us be effective and sensitive in day-to-day communications. No matter how well-intended, causing insult to someone can have lasting impact on the person wounded, as well as the person assumed, or accused, of having caused harm. At this practical and insightful session, we’ll explore common reasons we as leaders may find ourselves in sticky interpersonal situations and best practices for exhibiting social sensitivity at work. 

Lew Bayer
CEO, Civility Experts and Author of Civility at Work

For more than 20 years, Lewena Bayer has been internationally recognized as the leading expert on civility at work. With a focus on social intelligence and culturally-competent communication, the team at Civility Experts (501 affiliates in 48 countries) has supported hundreds of organizations in building better workplaces. Lew is Chair of the International Civility Trainers’ Consortium and President of The Center for Organizational Cultural Competence. Dr. Lew Bayer is a 17-time published author, educator, speaker and multi-awarded in the field of Civility. Her books include the international bestseller The 30% SolutionManufacturing CivilityCivility at Work, and Golden Rule Peace. She is one of only 14 Master Civility Trainers in the world, a distance faculty member at Georgetown University Center for Cultural Competence, a long-term facilitator at the Canadian Management Center in Toronto, and Instructor of Social Justice at MITT. Her entire career has been focused on speaking about, and fostering values of equity, inclusion, democracy, compassion, and justice.

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Rob Wozny
Co-Owner, Sound Strategy Communications

Why Everyone Benefits When Leaders Share Their Stories

People buy from people, not companies. People engage with people, not organizations. And the people most identified with businesses or organizations are their leaders. When leaders share their stories, everyone benefits. In this breakout session facilitated by Rob Wozny, you will learn what the most effective strategies are to share leaders’ stories (internally and externally), how to influence reluctant leaders to become passionate storytelling champions, and the how to assess what leadership stories are worth telling or tanking, and more!

Rob Wozny
Co-Owner, Sound Strategy Communications

The immense power of storytelling never ceases to fascinate Rob Wozny – an established business communicator and storyteller with over 25 years experience. Having served in prominent communications and editorial roles, ranging from vice president of a major league sports and entertainment company, to lead anchor with leading Canadian news organizations, Rob is well-positioned to deliver insightful and credible business storytelling training and is a regular speaker at national conferences and events. A co-owner of a boutique communications firm, Sound Strategy Communication, which has served a diverse range of clients since 2006, Rob has earned the trust of prominent leaders and business owners who regularly seek his counsel and strategic vision. Rob is also a published author of two business books in as many years, further demonstrating his experience and passion for business storytelling.

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Tanya Clarke-Marinelli
Founder TC Training Services

Thoughtfully Navigating Forward:
A Culture of Kindness

Stream: Tools & Techniques

In the workplace, conscious kindness can help create a safe and inclusive work environment, develop a culture of belonging and respect, and encourage open and honest communication. When leaders and team members embrace kindness and empathy, the outcome is a more positive workplace and an environment where everyone is heard, respected, and accepted for who they are.

This session will invite participants to consider conscious kindness as a critical communication technique, and provide specific tools to approach and repair a situation or interaction that has left someone hurt or offended.

Explore how to repair a relationship, by listening empathetically, accepting criticism and feedback and becoming aware of bias, and its impact. 

Learn how to confidently approach someone who has offended us, in a way that positively contributes to improved community and culture, and how to identify when professional help is needed.

REGISTRATION DETAILS

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

QNET Members: $420.00 + GST | QNET Member List
Non-Members: $490.00 + GST | Join QNET
Group Discount: $30/person for groups of 5 or more (begins February 16)

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

Note: There are no Cancellations at the Early Bird Conference registration fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time. Invoices will be sent for non-attendance.

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CLOSING KEYNOTE SPONSOR


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ABOUT

QNET offers high quality workshops, certificate programs, conferences and special events designed to advance your learning, growth and professional development. Our network of members and clients are focused on leadership and organizational excellence.

Participants in QNET programs come from a wide variety of roles in diverse sectors such as service, health, manufacturing, government, education, non-profit, and consulting.

Funding provided by the Manitoba government.

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