2023 Symposium Speaker Lineup

Monday, January 9, 2023

Hamza Khan, Future of Work Expert | Author of Leadership, Reinvented

Hamza Khan is a multi-award-winning marketer, bestselling author, and global keynote speaker whose TEDx talk “Stop Managing, Start Leading” has been viewed over a million times. He shares actionable insights on resilience, productivity, and leadership to help people and organizations thrive in the future of work. Through his consulting, writing, teaching and speaking, Khan empowers people and businesses to transform ideas into action.

From New York to Singapore, from Los Angeles to Sydney, Khan is a global thought leader who has spoken to hundreds of audiences across many industries, in numerous countries. His clients have included some of the world’s most dynamic companies and organizations, including PepsiCo, LinkedIn, Deloitte, PwC, Trivago, and over 100 colleges, and his insights have been featured by notable media outlets such as VICEBusiness Insider, and The Globe and Mail. He is also the author of Amazon bestseller The Burnout Gamble: Achieve More by Beating Burnout and Building Resilience. 

Khan works alongside young people and new talent as Managing Director of Student Life Network, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive education resource platform, which reaches over 2.7 million students. He is also the co-founder of Splash Effect, a boutique marketing & creative agency, as well as SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company. As an educator, he is currently an instructor at Seneca College and Ryerson University, teaching courses on digital marketing and social media.

Getting (The Right) Things Done: A Guide to Achieving More Without Burning Out

Hamza Khan is all-too-familiar with the tendency of overachieving leaders to lose their drive within ambitious and/or successful organizations. He’s someone who once embraced the prevailing notion that longer hours, aggressive hustle, and a “whatever it takes” attitude is required to succeed within the modern workforce. But after experiencing a deadly brush with burnout, his perspective completely changed.

Today, he directly counters the chaos, anxiety, and stress that plagues millions of organizations and hampers billions of people every day. And in always-on cultures of overwork, the consequences of not working smart can sometimes be fatal. Longer hours, an excessive workload, and a lack of sleep have become a badge of honor for students and early talent alike. But it should be a mark of foolishness, Khan argues. The answer to better productivity isn’t more hours—it’s less waste and fewer things that induce distraction and persistent stress. It’s time to stop celebrating crazy and start celebrating calm.

In this dynamic and engaging workshop, you will receive the action-oriented insights that they didn’t get in school, highlighting real-world best practices for getting (the right) things done. Learn how to establish priorities, avoid meeting overload, stay on top of their inboxes, and know with certainty when something is ready to ship. By the end, you will embrace the idea that busyness reflects disorganization. And that in order to succeed, you must focus on getting the right things done.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Heather R. Younger

Heather R. Younger gets it.  As a best-selling author, international TEDx speaker on adversity, podcast host on leadership, she has earned her reputation as “The Employee Whisperer”.  Her experiences as a CEO, entrepreneur, manager, attorney, writer, coach, listener, speaker, collaborator and mother all lend themselves to a laser-focused clarity into what makes employees of organizations and companies – large and small – tick.

Heather brings a tenacious and inspirational outlook to issues plaguing the workforces of today.  Her book “The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty” hit Forbes Must-Read list and is a go-to source for HR professionals seeking insight into their organization’s’ dynamics.

Heather’s writing can also be found on her blog at CustomerFanatix.com, as well as articles in the Forbes, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, American Express Open Forum, and more.  Coupled with her Leadership with Heart podcast, weekly videos and employer newsletters, Heather stays connected to organizations long after she leaves the stage or conference room. Recently, she was appointed to the Board of Directors at Mile High SHRM overseeing Marketing and Technology.

When all the emails are returned and the mic is turned off, Heather acts as co-manager of her busy household in Aurora, Colorado with her husband, where they oversee their four children.

The Art of Caring Leadership

The four Caring Leadership principles delivered in this keynote serve as a powerful reminder of every leader’s responsibility to uplift their team and organization and drive real business results.

This program is perfect for leaders:

  • Powering through tough moments or times of crisis
  • Fortifying those they lead in preparation for future challenges
  • Equipping their organization to thrive long term

The audience will leave with:

  • An effective framework to more quickly recover from adversity
  • A high-level roadmap for succeeding with more ease, even in uncertain times
  • A clear path to retool their workplace through creativity and innovation

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Mark Brand

Mark Brand is one of Canada’s most recognized social entrepreneurs. Having successfully created eleven businesses in Vancouver, he has become a prominent example of a new generation of leadership that focuses on passion and purpose. Brand and his teams are determined to breathe new life into marginalized and isolated communities through food, training and meaningful employment.

Combining emerging technologies, alternate currencies and historical best practices, they are creating new blueprints to share globally with the intention of bettering the world. Brand has been recruited to speak, mentor and mediate on the topics of social inclusion, community collaboration, and food security from TED talks to correctional facilities, and everywhere in between. He sits on government councils, not for profit boards and business advisory committees bringing the lens of community first. Brand has found a unique balance through his social impact efforts and love for our neighborhoods, proving that you can be successful in business while contributing to your community in a long-term and meaningful way.

Building Better Communities

Successful and vibrant communities are built with real inclusion.  Mark Brand works in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), a community long recognized as being in flux.  The space of one city block separates million-dollar condos and 8×10-single-room occupancy’s dedicated as housing for the mentally ill and addicted.

Brand’s work in the DTES encompasses food security, training, employment, and strategic partnerships with developers and social enterprises alike.  He works to change policy municipally, and perception nationally, in an effort to help create and build better communities that are rich, inclusive, and wonderful places in which to live and work, and where residents look after one another.

He speaks on this topic with the passion that translates to all levels of business and society, regardless of color, creed, or financial status.