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Find your awesome - Shift your thinking - Get back to it

Manitoba's Conference for Leaders, Presented by QNET
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Yes, real life is about hard work. But we can still find ways to spark creativity, infuse balance, cultivate new ideas, and maybe even add some play into our work life.

Join hundreds of other forward thinking leaders - current, emerging and aspiring - for a three full days of learning and networking. Gain the tools and inspiration to refresh your thinking and put new ideas into practice.

Kick off day one with an energizing Opening Keynote by Neil Pasricha, 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.


Opening Keynote Speaker - Neil Pasricha - QNET Conference 2021 Opening Keynote Speaker - Neil Pasricha - QNET Conference 2021
One of the ten most inspiring TED speakers of all time and New York Times bestselling author of seven books which have sold over a million copies and spent over 200 weeks on bestseller lists. Neil's message to conference participants
You Are Awesome - Neil Pasricha - QNET Conference 2021

Considered a thought leader for the next generation, Harvard educated Neil Pasricha is a top rated leadership keynote speaker, award-winning blogger, and a positive psychology researcher.

A highly sought-after conference headliner, Neil has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. He draws on the latest research to increase individual performance and create a more positive, productive workplace.

Pasricha spent a decade running leadership development at the world's largest company, Walmart. In partnership with Harvard University he designed one of the first global leadership development programs inside a Fortune 10 company.

Neil's highly anticipated latest book, You Are Awesome: How to Navigate Change, Wrestle with Failure and Live an Intentional Life, is changing the way we view failure and helping us build resilience.

The Happiness Equation - Neil Pasricha - QNET Conference 2021

Award-winning blogger, top rated keynote speaker, best-selling author

Neil has written five New York Times and #1 International Bestsellers including The Book of Awesome, based on his 50 million hit, award-winning blog, and The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything. His books have been on bestseller lists for over 200 weeks and sold millions of copies.

One of the most popular TED speakers, Neil's first TED talk ranked as one of the ten most inspiring of all time with over 3 million views, and his second, the world's first ever TED Listen, was composed entirely of questions. He gave the most attended feature keynote at SXSW 2019 called Building trust in distrustful times.

Neil hosts an Apple "Best of" award-winning podcast called 3 Books where he is on an epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Pasricha's work has been featured in hundreds of outlets including CNN, BBC, The Today Show, The Early Show, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Fortune, and Forbes. He has degrees from Queen's University and Harvard Business School, and lives in Ontario with his wife Leslie and their four boys.



Award-winning Harvard trained Psychiatrist
Best Selling Author and Keynote Speaker

An entertaining and experienced speaker, Dr. Shimi Kang is an award-winning medical doctor, researcher and expert on the neuroscience of innovation, leadership and motivation.

With 20 years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind optimizing human intelligence, Kang provides science-based solutions and tools to cultivate the key 21st century skills of resilience, connection, creativity, the power of play, critical thinking, and more.

Shimi has presented at events ranging from the world's largest conferences to customized workshops for small groups. Her work is often featured in major media outlets around the world, including BBC World News, NPR, CBC, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and TIME magazine, to name a few.

Dr. Kang has presented at the world's largest conferences and has shared the stage with cutting edge scientists, movie stars, professional athletes, national politicians and CEOs. Her TEDx presentation on the power of adaptability has been viewed over a million times.

Shimi is the author of The Self-Motivated Kid, and the critically acclaimed The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids, which is a #1 Canadian bestseller and won the 2015 US News International Book Award. Her latest book, The Tech Solution, provides neuroscience-based strategies to optimize technology's incredible benefits while minimizing its many drawbacks.

A Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and past Medical Director of Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver, Dr. Kang is also the founder of Dolphin Kids: Future-Ready Leaders, CEO of Spark Mindset App, and host of the YouTube show Mental Wealth with Dr. Shimi Kang".

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Conference Agenda

Victoria Inn Conference Centre Winnipeg– Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Conference Agenda (timing may change slightly):
7:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:15 Welcome & Opening Keynote - Cy Wakeman
9:30 Networking Break
10:00 Breakout Sessions - Leadership / Quality / Wellness / Tools
11:00 Networking Break
11:15 Breakout Sessions - Leadership / Quality / Wellness / Tools
12:15 Networking Luncheon
1:00 Workshop and Live Q&A with Cy Wakeman
4:30 Conference Adjourn

Conference Brochure (2 page PDF) here



Registration / Continental Breakfast / Exhibits


Welcome & Opening Keynote Presentation - Cy Wakeman


Networking Break / Exhibits


Breakout Sessions #1


Networking Break / Exhibits


Breakout Sessions #2


12:15 PM   Networking Luncheon / Exhibits



Feature Plenary - Dr. Janet Lapp


Networking Break / Exhibits


Breakout Sessions #3


Networking Break / Exhibits


Closing Plenary - Yvonne Thompson


Conference Adjourn

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Conference Breakout Sessions

Join us for an outstanding lineup of breakout sessions in four streams: Leadership & Management, Quality & Effectiveness, Workplace Wellness, and Tools & Techniques.

Check out the Schedule at a Glance here, or the Full Detailed Agenda here.

Leadership &

Leader in the Mirror

April 21 - 11:15-12:15
How do leaders spark creativity, infuse balance and cultivate new ideas? See more


Manny Atwal, President & CEO, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries

Doug Chervinski, Chief Human Resources Officer, St. Boniface Hospital

Jane Helbrecht, Partner, Acuity HR Solutions

Moderator: Janice Gair, President & Co-Founder, The EI Advantage

Quality &

Rethink Excellence:
A Systems Approach

April 22 - 11:15-12:15
Is it time to rethink operational excellence? See more


Vern Campbell, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Principal, Process Management by VFC

Howard Matthews, Vice President Power Production, SaskPower


Find the Good - It's Refreshing!

April 22 - 1:15-1:45

Are you looking for new tools and approaches to help refresh and re-energize your team? See more


Christine Ens, Executive Director, Mediation Services

Tools &

Bouncing Back:
Tools for Team Resilience and Reset

April 21 - 1:15-2:15
It can happen to any team. Conflict, complaints and difficult moments can deeply erode trust and culture. See more


David Falk MA C.Med, Organizational Consultant, Workplace Mediator and Conflict Management Specialist, Facilitated Solutions

Leadership &

Play for Change!

April 23 - 9:30-11:00
Are you looking to understand and deal with change in a more positive and playful way? See more


Darrell Cole, Certified Facilitator LEGO® Serious Play®, Brickstorming

Kristen Klassen, Ph.D., Certified Facilitator LEGO® Serious Play® & Owner, Brickstorming

Quality &

Reenergize a Culture of Innovation

April 22 - 2:00-3:30 (MAX 50 participants)

Do you let fear quash innovative ideas before they see the light of day? See more


Rhonda Honke, Education and Coaching Practice Lead, inVision Edge

Ryan Ramsdale, Innovation & Strategy Coach, inVision Edge


Happiness at Work

April 23 - 11:15-12:15

Most people spend the vast majority of their waking hours working. Whether or not their work environment cultivates a sense of happiness has a huge impact... See more


Rolande Kirouac, Trainer & Consultant, The ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership

Tools &

Integrating the Art of Play in Every Work Day

April 21 - 2:45-3:30 (Presentation Edition) See more

April 22 - 9:30-10:45 (Workshop Edition) See more


Kimberley Halwas, Founder, Career Coach & Facilitator, Infinity Career & Development Consulting

Martin Kaethler, Workshop Developer & Facilitator, Martin Kaethler Consulting Services

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Registration Fees


QNET Member & Partner rate: $370 (see below for partner list)
Non-member rate: $420

GROUPS of 5 or more from the same organization receive $30 off each registration (does not apply to partner discount) - GROUP REGISTRATION HERE

CPHR Manitoba - 16 CPHR Continued Professional Development Hours.
CCHL Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits - details here
Optional course (2 days) in the QNET Certificate in Management Development (CMD)

PARTNERS - Members of these organizations receive the Partner Rate:
CPHR Manitoba   -   CCHL (Canadian College of Health Leaders)   -   ACMP (Association of Change Management Professionals)   -   CME (Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters)

QNET Member & Partner Rate

$370 + GST

Non-Member Rate

$420 + GST

Opening Keynote Only Rate

Not available Full conference registration HERE  ›

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Conference Sponsors

Interested in showcasing your organization at this exciting conference or showing your support of leadership & learning? Contact us today!  ›

Showcase your organization and expertise, increase your brand awareness and demonstrate your commitment to leadership, learning and excellence in Manitoba. Full conference passes come with all sponsorships!

Connect with a cross-sectoral audience of 400+ professionals and leaders - current, emerging and aspiring - from the private and public sector. Now in it's 25th year, the QNET Conference is one of the longest running conferences of its kind in Manitoba.









Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology

PACE - Professional, Applied and Continuing Education at The University of Winnipeg




Misericordia Health Centre
University of Manitoba Extended Education







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What We're 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. Established as a non-profit association in 1995, QNET continues to lead an ongoing process of awareness, networking and education in a changing business environment.

Check out QNET's Calendar of Upcoming Events to find out how you can join in the learning & networking, sign up to receive email announcements & conference updates, and be sure to follow @QNETManitoba on social media and use the hashtag #QNETMB2021:


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