Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote

Wayne Lee

Set Your GPS for Success!

Monday, April 16

A personal invitation from Wayne

Your mind is capable of leading you anywhere. Fear, self-doubt, worries about how you will be perceived – these negative beliefs and attitudes can live in your subconscious and steer you away from reaching your goals. With humour and a little hypnosis (really!) Wayne Lee takes you on an inspiring ride to learn how to harness and direct the power of your inner GPS — your Great Programmable Subconscious. You’ll pick up positive programming tools to better handle stress and overcome negative, habitual thought patterns that act as roadblocks to productivity for you and your team. Wayne will reveal the three negative words that inhibit your success and equip you to meet your goals long-term by bringing your best self to all you do. Come for the fun and leave with a fresh perspective that can bring a lighter, more effective approach to realizing your vision at home and at work.

Wayne Lee is a peak performance coach to professionals of all kinds. His ability for seeing and acting on what’s possible started early through a childhood fascination with magic and visualization. He went on to become a five-time Canadian wrestling champion, honing techniques for harnessing the power of the subconscious mind to achieve his success. Named “Entertainer of the Year” for the Canadian Events Industry, he has shared his insights with thousands of enthusiastic audiences. He has worked as an educator and is a published author.


André Picard

Dispatches: A Journalist’s Insights into What’s Happening in Our Health Care System and Why

Tuesday, April 17

A personal invitation from André

We know well the day to day realities of our health care system as they play out in long term care and seniors’ services. But how do they fit into the bigger picture in our province and country? How do political demands shape the care that is delivered in our communities, hospitals and long term care homes? Drawing on more than 30 years as a journalist covering Canadian health care, Globe and Mail columnist André Picard shares his insights into where we find ourselves and the forces at work within and behind this complex system. He’ll identify the challenges and opportunities he sees for improving the coordination and effectiveness of our health services, including the special role for community-based agencies. And he’ll address the question of how we can re-orient our attention and investments to building a true “health” system, rather than maintaining the illness-treatment system we have now.

André Picard is one of Canada’s foremost health and public policy commentators. He is the Globe and Mail’s health columnist, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is the author of five books, including Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada, and The Path to Health Care Reform: Policies and Politics. Named Canada’s top newspaper columnist by the National Newspaper Awards in 2010, he is also a past recipient of the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism and the Centennial Prize of the Pan-American Health Association, among many other honours.