Meet The Keynotes

We’ve recruited some Great Talents!


Anthony Johnson

LGBTQ2, Two Spirit and Diversity Expert

Anthony Johnson’s life has never been easy. Growing up in a First Nation community in the USA, he faced similar challenges, social circumstances, and lack of access that many First Nation communities face in Canada.

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James Makokis & Anthony Johnson – Opening Keynotes


James Makokis

Canada’s Two Spirit, Diversity, Indigenous Health and First Nation Expert
“When I was learning medicine, I always looked at it through a Cree lens and Cree world view”
– Dr.James Makokis

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Keynote Speaker #2

Sarah McVanel

Bio: Sarah McVanel is passionate about guiding people to discover their own greatness, and recognize the greatness in others. In her curated, customized talks, she offers the evidence that backs up how recognizing greatness is a fundamental key to improving morale, increasing top talent retention, and generating a positive corporate culture – all of which lead to sustained business success and a stronger bottom line.

The author of Forever Recognize Others Greatness: Solution Focused Strategies to Satisfied Staff, High Performing Teams and Healthy Bottom Lines, Sarah has excelled in the field of organizational development, training, and communications for over 15 years. Additionally, she holds a Master’s Degree in family therapy and research, as well as an Honours BA in Psychology.

Sarah has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, including healthcare at a senior leadership level. She has overseen functions including training & development, organizational development, library series, public relations, change leadership, government relations, integration and community partnerships. With clients including Resorts of Ontario, Horizon Utilities, Compass Group, and the Spark Women’s Leadership Conference, Sarah’s talks are perfect for everyone from teams struggling with low engagement to organizations experiencing high turnover.

Whatever the challenges we face, Sarah shows audiences that when we discover our true potential and ignite enthusiasm for what we do, we will bring growth not only to ourselves, but to our workplaces as well.

Stephanie Staples – Closing Keynote

Bio: Join master motivator Stephanie Staples for this fast-paced, interactive and idea-packed session that will have you laughing, thinking and inspired to take immediate action that will positively impact your life and livelihood.

Buckle up, this author, radio host and social entrepreneur works with busy professionals from the Mayo Clinic to the Middle East to help them live their lives with full gusto and she is ready to light a fire here with us, too!

She is the Women Entrepreneur of the Year winner for Contributions to Community, a wife, mom and triathlete (she came in last, but who’s counting?) with programs proven to increase feelings of hope, happiness & empowerment for participants.

Are you impressed yet? She also bakes a mean chocolate chip cookie!

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