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PCMA Announces CIC Keynote Speakers

The Canada East chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has announced the keynote speakers for its 2015 Canadian Innovation Conference, which will run November 22-24, 2015 in Toronto.

Chef Michael Smith will kick-off the conference on Sunday, November 22. Smith, who is a Food Network host, nutritional activist, cookbook author, food media producer and innkeeper, is Prince Edward Island’s food ambassador. He will share the story of his culinary triumphs and setbacks; his passion for sustainable food practices; and the other lessons about life he has learned in the kitchen.

On Monday, November 23rd, Nancy Vonk and Janet Kestin will take the stage. They are the women behind Dove’s Real Beauty campaign, authors and co-founders of Swim, a leadership lab designed to create fearless leaders. In “Deep Dive Into the Right Side,” Vonk and Kestin will share insights into how to become an “idea machine.”

Séan McCann will speak on Tuesday morning. He will offer his story of surviving abuse, becoming sober, leaving the band, Great Big Sea, and trying to make a difference in the world. His presentation will also incorporate the healing power of music.

The conference’s closing keynote will be delivered by Scott Christopher, co-author of The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up. He will explain how levity, humour, and becoming more of a “people person” can help individuals excel in business and at home.

Doug Keeley, founder of The Mark of a Leader, will be the conference’s master of ceremonies.


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