2018 Keynote and Guest Speakers
We are very excited to announce the presenters for the 2018 conference!
Rhonda Scharf- Keynote
Rhonda Scharf is a Professional Speaker, Trainer, Consultant, and Author, based in Ottawa, Ontario. She has spoken to tens of thousands of people in 13 different countries. She conducts on-site training, keynote speeches, regular webinars, and coaching to a variety of clients. She embraces the opportunity to customize programs to suit the needs of her client base.
Her enthusiasm and positive energy truly make her stand out in her profession. Rhonda has the ability to make training fun and interesting.
She is very active in the administrative community and its various associations. She is known as the “go-to” person for Administrative Professionals and widely known and respected for her approach and solution-based information
Rhonda has earned the highest speaking designation in the world, the “Certified Speaking Professional” designation (CSP) and has been inducted into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame (HoF). In 2004, Rhonda served as the National President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), has served on the Board of the Global Speaker Federation and is named in the current edition of “Who’s Who in Professional Speakers” (where she has been listed since 1998).
Rhonda has also received the “Spirit of CAPS” award in 2008 which is a true testament to her abilities as a professional speaker since it is earned through peer nominations. This award is of special meaning to Rhonda.
This trifecta of awards makes her only one of two speakers in the world to have earned her CSP, HoF, and Spirit of CAPS.
Rhonda is a respected author and is currently writing her eighth book.
Adrienne White- Keynote
Adrienne White has taught and presented to thousands of people from around the world on topics that range from leadership to communication, to public speaking – most always with the brain in mind. She is a trusted advisor and coach who brings a genuine passion for advancing the potential and well-being of women.
Her corporate work includes over 20 years’ experience in the private and non-profit sectors helping large and small organizations navigate successful major change, improve communications, and bring out the best in people — while improving performance and well-being.
Apart from her education, Adrienne’s experience through personal and professional change has prepared her well to work with people and organizations to make change successful and easy (or as easy as change can be).
With health concerns that nearly ended her, Adrienne knows what it means to overcome challenges and deal with very personal change. She has lived through and recovered from brain injury. Perhaps that is why her fascination with the brain runs so deep.
Adrienne is driven to help people dig deep to uncover their inner brilliance. She focuses her work with smart, professional women who are silently struggling with transitions, burnout, or that feeling of ‘is this all there is’. She helps them to quickly generate more energy, get better results, and get clear on how to create a life worthy of living.
Originally from a small town in Northern Ontario, Adrienne now lives in Vancouver. Her elderly mother recently moved in and together they are learning to navigate this new phase in life.
Whether getting people to think about the human brain and its impact on performance, finding humour in the life lessons that came from cognitive barriers while healing from environmental poisoning, or uplifting audiences by reflecting the fragility, beauty and strength of the human spirit, Adrienne’s foundational belief is clear: We each have an astounding capacity to make a difference.
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEKKL4YFAu94sS5V4jQXytQ
Bruce Benoit- Keynote
Bruce Benoit is an internationally respected trainer and speaker specializing in leadership, employee engagement, conflict management, public speaking, time management and sales, having authored several seminars on these topics. He has trained over 250,000 people in his career and is in high demand as an executive coach and business consultant to senior leaders in the private and public sectors.
During one of his business turnarounds, Bruce took on the position of President for two years. During this time, he was able to apply many of the techniques and strategies that he recommends to his clients today. After successfully completing that project, he returned to the training industry and along with his own busy company, he is also a faculty member for two of North America’s top business skills training schools.
As a coach, consultant and trainer, Bruce brings his insights into human behavior, a strong business acumen and over 30 years of management and training experience to help individuals master the business and relationship skills needed to succeed.
Wendy Quan, founder of The Calm Monkey, is the industry leader in helping organizations implement self-sustaining mindfulness meditation programs. She trains and certifies meditators to become skilled workplace facilitators that results in practically starting and growing a respected workplace practice.
Also, as the thought-leader in combining change management and mindfulness meditation, she is leading the way in helping people through difficult change. She’s the first to run innovation studies in this area and speaks about her developments at international conferences.
Her worldwide clients include Google, the government of Dubai and Fortune 500 companies.
Courtney Boisvert holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of the Fraser Valley and a Provincial Instructor Diploma from Vancouver Community College. Courtney lives in beautiful Chilliwack, B.C., where she is currently employed at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) as an Educational Technologist and Computer Skills Instructor. She has experience teaching individuals of all ages specializing in the Microsoft Office Suite. Courtney’s passion for education, approachable manner and exceptional problem-solving abilities make her a favourite among students and colleagues. Even students already competent in the office suite remark on their increased understanding of the more subtle features of the programs. In her downtime she is a dedicated member of the Sardis Kiwanis Club, acting as their secretary, more importantly, she is the primary caregiver of two adorable dogs that keep her busy.