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Keynote & Guest Speakers

 2021 Keynote and Guest Speakers

We are very excited to announce the presenters for the 2021 conference!

Eric Samuels – Keynote

Expert in Communication, Humorist and Mentalist

Eric Samuels

Eric Samuels spent 25 years in the radio industry and won the industry’s prestigious Program Director of the Year honour on five separate occasions.

As Senior Vice President of Programming for one of Canada’s largest national broadcasters, Eric helped develop and polish the skills of the people he worked with, whether they were on-air, on stage, in the boardroom, or on the road making sales calls. He’s hosted radio shows in several of Canada’s largest cities, performed across Canada as a stand-up comic, and he’s an accomplished writer and newspaper columnist.

Eric is also a Mentalist and uses a combination of psychology, suggestion and stagecraft to anticipate and influence behaviour and make the impossible seem possible. His work as a Mentalist has been his focus for the past decade, and it’s won him standing ovations across the globe. He is considered one of the top performers and creative forces in his field, lecturing to both magicians and mentalists all over the world.

His speaking programs combine his two greatest passions, management training and mentalism. The results are one-of-a-kind presentations delivering relevant information packaged as fast-paced entertainment. He believes that a great presentation should deliver content that connects on both a personal and professional level, leaving you with tangible takeaways. “I structure my presentations like an entertaining and thought-provoking film,” he says. “The relevant parts should linger in your mind for a very long time.”

Originally from Montreal, Samuels lives in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, just outside of Vancouver.

Joyanne Landers – Keynote

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Joyanne Landers has gained a solid reputation for over twenty-five years as a conference presenter, leadership trainer, team builder, and coach. She has wide-ranging experience guiding leaders, administrative staff and teams in public and private sector organizations throughout Canada in getting the results they want. Her goal is to inspire you to take new actions so you get new results. Her company name is Elephant Ears Training because Joyanne believes smart conversations are really all about Big Listening, Big Ears, Elephant Ears. Her plain talk, humour, and boundless enthusiasm are contagious.

Shelagh Donnelly – Keynote


The founder and publisher of Exceptional EA, Shelagh Donnelly is a compelling speaker, trainer and thought leader, She’s a proud British Columbian who walked the walk for almost three decades – including experience with a school district and more than two decades in our post-secondary sector.

Now, Shelagh delivers quality education to help assistants who want to stay on top of their game and make positive impacts. She presents at conferences internationally and hosts her own webinar series. Shelagh also facilitates retreats and works with government, post-secondary, governance and business audiences, including corporations such as the NBA.

Authentic, engaging and positive in her approach to assistants’ professional development, Shelagh speaks pragmatically about career challenges and opportunities. She does so with a sense of humour, and she knows what she’s talking about. She’s been an auxiliary employee. She’s been a direct report to four CEOs and, also in the public sector, accountable to four board Chairs. Long active in Canadian and US professional associations, Shelagh’s been a mentor, co-launched internal networks, and served as the Chair of a national board of directors.

Join Shelagh on social media, and learn more about her webinars on her Eventbrite page.

Exceptional EA: https://exceptionalea.com/
Webinars – Eventbrite: https://exceptionalea.eventbritestudio.com/
LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/shelagh-donnelly-295a9680
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Exceptional-EA
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@ExceptionalEA
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/exceptional_ea/