Speakers

    • Patti Bond

      Patti Bond 

      Patti Bond, CMP, been a Corporate Event Planner with TD Bank for 14 years, and earned her CMP in 2003. Currently she is a Manager Employee Experience, managing an R&R program, and larger conferences and events for her business. She is also managing the change to a flex workplace environment for her business, ensuring that the employee experience is a positive one. In addition to sourcing and planning her own events, Patti also works closely with third-party event planning firms to execute an annual incentive event and larger conference. Patti believes the key to a successful event lies in

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    • Trudi Charest

      Trudi Charest 

      Trudi Charest is currently the Director of Training, HR & Events for Eye Recommend. A national network of Optometrists in Canada with over 450 clinics. Trudi is also the President and Founder of JOBS4ECP’s, an online jobsite for eyecare professionals in Canada and President & Trainer for Total Focus Training & Consulting. She is a well know international speaker and author in the eyecare industry.

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    • Wendy Gamble

      Wendy Gamble 

      Wendy is an event logistics specialist, with experience both locally and across the country. She has produced and supported many premium VIP events, as well as community and social events, for more than 20 years. Recently joining Aga Khan Museum, Wendy developed the very successful events program at Evergreen Brick Works and The Distillery Historic District. Five years ago, she created her own company, Notch Creations, with the focus on event logistics and support. Wendy’s passion for her work and unwillingness to compromise on quality has been instrumental in the change toward more sustain

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    • Peter Carruthers

      Peter Carruthers 

      As founder of 43degrees Design Collective and Presidential Gourmet Fine Catering, Peter Carruthers has over 30 years of experience in producing and designing events and catered parties including private dine-arounds, museum tours, funky gallery events and sophisticated themed parties. He has created the look and feel of literally thousands of events - both internationally - and across Canada, for numerous corporations, private individuals, associations and Foundations. He sets standards that reflect quality and care, creating spectacular memories for guests, based on just the right balance of

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    • Chris Kennedy

      Chris Kennedy 

      Born with an innate passion for entertaining, Christopher Kennedy has worked in the events business since 1992 and has become a well-respected industry leader. Upon graduating from George Brown College in Culinary Management, Chris began his special events career path working for some of Toronto’s top caterers. He has spent the last 13 years as the Manager, Hospitality and Special Event Sales at one of Toronto’s favourite attractions, the Royal Ontario Museum, where he leads an award winning team of dedicated sales and event coordinators. Chris continues to stay connected to Hospitality

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    • Jeffry Roick

      Jeffry Roick 

      Jeffry Roick has established himself in Toronto as a leader in the event industry for his design, production and management of corporate and special events, locally, nationally and internationally. He is Managing Director of McNabb Roick Events and in 2011 BizBash Magazine selected Jeffry Roick as one of the leading “innovators” in the industry. Jeffry has been orchestrating some of the most prolific events Toronto has seen over the last 20 years including the 150th Louis Vuitton Anniversary, the 1000th Jet Launch for Bombardier, fashion shows for Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta and Chanel, Vir

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    • Pamela Smith

      Pamela Smith 

      Pamela Smith is the founder and owner of Toronto Special Events (“TSEvents”) a Toronto-based Canadian publishing company serving the information needs of the corporate and special event industry. She launched TSE Guide in 1993 as a young entrepreneurial event planner wishing there was a better way to source unique venues and event suppliers in T.O. Today, celebrating 20 years in print, TSEvents also publishes a digital edition, an idea inspiring e-newsletter, an online event hub (tsevents.com) and is active in a growing social media community. With so much change in how content is del

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    • Kathryn Wakefield

      Kathryn Wakefield 

      Kathryn Wakefield brings over 20 years of experience in Meetings, Conventions and Incentive Travel to her role as Director of Client Services at Tourism Toronto. Kathryn launched her career at Jonview Canada in 1990, promoting the ultimate Canadian experience through inbound incentive programs for European and UK companies. Prior to joining Tourism Toronto, her meetings, incentives and events experience continued to evolve as Senior Buyer, Meetings and Events with Carlson Marketing Group. Additionally, Kathryn is a former board member of SITE Canada and is currently involved with PCMA, GMIC

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    • Martin Perelmuter

      Martin Perelmuter 

      Martin Perelmuter is an unapologetic idealist. He’s passionate about people and ideas, and after 17 years in the speaking industry believes more than ever that a great speech can provide the impetus for action and be a catalyst for change. Prior to co-founding Speakers’ Spotlight, Martin was a corporate lawyer at a prestigious international law firm. While he realized early on in his career that he needed to do something more entrepreneurial, he learned some incredibly valuable best practices that have shaped his approach to client service and business management. Martin’s views on th

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    • Kelly MacDonald-Hill

      Kelly MacDonald-Hill 

      Kelly MacDonald-Hill has acquired more than 25 years of experience in the meetings industry. While her career began on the logistical side of meeting planning, it was in content development and programming that she found her passion. Kelly became a speaker agent in 1994 and in 2003 joined Speakers’ Spotlight as a partner and senior vice-president. Kelly is inspired by the challenge of finding the perfect fit to match each event objective–the variety of audiences and types of events, the changing trends and issues of import, and the fact that in this business, the perfect fit is represented

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    • Vito Curalli

      Vito Curalli 

      As Hilton Worldwide's Executive Director of Sales for Canada, Latin America and the International Sales offices in the Americas, Vito oversees several teams with responsibility for over $200 million in revenue to the organization. These teams work with over 1,000 global customers who book and meet in Hilton Worldwide hotels around the world on a daily basis. Vito is a graduate of Ryerson University's Hospitality and Tourism School (BComm.) and the University of Guelph's Hospitality and Tourism Management School (MBA). Vito has taught Sales and Marketing courses at Ryerson’s Hospitality and

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    • Grail Noble

      Grail Noble 

      Grail Noble is the founder and CEO of Yellow House Events, an event marketing company based in the Distillery District in Toronto. Named #41 on the Profit "Top-200-fastest-growing-companies-in Canada" list, Yellow House does business all over North America and the Caribbean. Grail has also recently been named to the W100 - a list of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada and is recognized as running the third-fastest-growing company owned by a woman in Canada. She has spent 20 years in the events marketing industry and has launched products across the globe. She built her career working

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    • Trevor Lui

      Trevor Lui 

      THE BIG CITY KID FROM TORONTO HAS ALWAYS BEEN SURROUNDED BY EVENTS FOR AS LONG AS HE CAN REMEMBER. It’s really about a life-long passion having been immersed in this industry since childhood. Starting from humble beginnings growing up in the family restaurant business, the love for food and events is in Trevor’s DNA. From the dish lines of a tiny restaurant to producing some of the largest and most prestigious events in Canada, he’s always focused on thinking outside conventional trends and a strong advocate for change. Trevor’s love will always be with food, drink and events but the

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    • Lauren Orsi

      Lauren Orsi 

      Lauren has been involved in the meeting and trade show industry for the past decade. Since 2008 Lauren has been a member of the Freeman team working closely with Associations, small and large, to execute successful face-to-face marketing opportunities while maintaining budgets and meeting goals. Lauren has significant experience in event planning, sales, logistics and account management focusing on accounts in New York as well as national events. Her accounts range from the novice association starting their inaugural event to experienced groups hosting multimillion-dollar annual events. In her

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    • Mariela McIlwraith

      Mariela McIlwraith 

      Mariela McIlwraith is President of Meeting Change, a business consultancy that provides sustainable business planning for communities, associations and corporations, helping them to integrate corporate responsibility to improve business results. Mariela specializes in business strategy, pricing strategies for service industries and corporate responsibility. She has over 15 years of experience in the meetings and events industry and has worked in both Canada and the United States. She has consulted, presented, taught and written articles in the areas of event marketing, corporate responsibility

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    • Mark Bowden @truthplane

      Mark Bowden @truthplane 

      Mark Bowden is an expert in human behaviour and body language, and the creator of TRUTHPLANE, a communication training company and unique methodology for anyone who has to communicate to an audience with impact. Mark gives keynote speeches worldwide on persuasive verbal and nonverbal language and communication structures to stand out, win trust and profit, and his techniques are widely used by Fortune 500 companies, CEO’s and G8 Leaders. Mark’s publications are bestselling Winning Body Language; Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals; and Tame the Primitive Brain.

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    • Jackie Huba @jackiehuba

      Jackie Huba @jackiehuba 

      Jackie Huba’s work has been called “the word-of-mouth-gospel” by Forbes magazine. An expert on creating and sustaining customer loyalty, Jackie is the bestselling author of Monster Loyalty: How Lady Gaga Turns Followers into Fanatics, and is the co-author of Citizen Marketers: When People are the Message, along with Creating Customer Evangelists: How Loyal Customers Become a Volunteer Sales Force. Through her work, she has helped companies such as Discovery Communications, Whirlpool, Dell, Rogers, Yahoo, and Kraft to create unprecedented loyalty in their customer bas

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    • Eli Gorin

      Eli Gorin 

      Eli Gorin, CMP, CMM is Managing Director of gMeetings Inc., a meeting management boutique focused on the logistical development and coordination of international corporate meetings and events with a specialization in the Latin American market. He also works as Managing Director of Aventura, Florida-based Hospitality Growth Partners (HGP), a hospitality consulting firm focused on helping organizations make sense of their approach to meetings, through strategic growth consulting, meetings management consulting and training/professional development. Prior to HGP, Gorin worked as vice president of

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    • Eliza Hixson

      Eliza Hixson 

      Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Hixson became a Lecturer in Events Management at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2012. She has completed a PhD in Event Management through research, which has focused on the social impact of events. She also has industry experience, most recently working for a corporate hospitality company for the London 2012 Olympic Games. In addition to research on major events which has led to journal publications, a book chapter and numerous conference papers, Hixson also has teaching expertise in business events, particularly the planning and management of conferences

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    • David Barrett

      David Barrett 

      David’s past includes 18 years as a conferences director with Diversified Business Communications running project management events. He is currently the National Program Director for the Project Management Centre of Excellence at the Schulich Executive Education Centre. David is also a professional speaker specializing in inspiring leaders at all levels in all industries. His key area of focus is the art and science of getting work done: execution leadership, project leadership and personal leadership. He is the co-author of The Power of The Plan and co-compiler of The Keys to Our Success.

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