Speakers Corner

Tim Arnold

Leadership Development and Teambuilding Expert

Leaders and teams are often in a tug-of-war, facing competing demands such as planning vs. action, structure vs. flexibility, change vs. stability, and work vs. home. In order to thrive, they must tackle these tensions head on. Tim Arnold provides his audiences with powerful tools that help them understand and breakthrough the chronic issues they face in both their professional and personal lives.

Tim Arnold has spent over two decades helping organizations unite teams, spark change and get unstuck, with clients that include The United Nations, Citibank, KPMG, Toyota, and Siemens.

Tim provides his clients with a real-world perspective through his experience launching successful for-profit and not-for-profit businesses, overseeing community outreach and healthcare programs, and managing international development partnerships in four continents.

Tim is the author of the bestselling book, The Power of Healthy Tension: Overcoming Chronic Issues and Conflicting Values.

Thursday 8:45AM
The Leader’s Edge - Thriving in a World of Increased Complexity

In today’s fast-paced and competitive workplace, to move beyond survival and mediocrity we must become highly effective leaders. This is true whether we are responsible for leading other people or simply need to provide ownership and vision to the project that we are responsible for.

At times, the pressures of leadership can be overwhelming and have us wondering if we have what it takes.  The great news is that effective leadership can be developed!

The Leaders Edge is an experiential keynote that will equip participants with the skills and confidence needed to take their leadership to the next level. Relevant business theory will be brought to life through interactive activities and discussions, so that participants can develop strategies that will help them to move forward with all the leadership challenges that they face.

Throughout the keynote address, participants will be introduced to three core skills that are foundational to having The Leader’s Edge:

  1. Growth Mindset – Becoming a real-time and life-long learner.
  2. Full Engagement – Leveraging strengths for a competitive advantage.
  3. Healthy Tension – Managing complexity, chronic issues, and conflicting values.

Each skill will be introduced through a combination of current business models and real-world examples. The skills will then be brought to life through a fun and insightful experiential challenge that will get participants out of their seats, interacting, and learning together.

The keynote will conclude with an opportunity for everyone to transfer the concepts to the ‘real world’ by developing a personal action plan. This will provide the confidence and strategy needed to move forward in harnessing The Leader’s Edge.


Best Selling Co-Author, Polymath and Meditator

Farzana began her career in the coaching and motivational field over 19 years ago. Her early studies were in psychology and communication and she is currently a teacher of applied neuroplasticity, hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming, coaching and meditation.

Farzana is a best selling co-author, polymath and proud nerd. She brings a mix of warmth, professionalism and playfulness to every engagement. Her mission in life is helping each person realize their best self so they can accomplish anything.

Friday 8:30AM
The Leader’s Toolkit 

What makes a leader strong and influential is a clearer understanding of what he or she can and can’t control.  While all leaders are born with gifts that have rendered them successful in their businesses, it is not the gifts alone that helped them achieve those successes. It was their skills and attitudes. Through Farzana’s meditation exercises, entrepreneurs and leaders are taught to identify, nurture and improve attitudes and skills to access their inner leader.  Farzana’s meditation tool is one that leaders should have in their toolkit so that they can sharpen their focus and continue to acquire skills and attitudes that will benefit their everyday business practices. 

Dr. Curtis Johnston

Associate Zone Medical Director RAH/SCH
Facility Medical Director, RAH
Edmonton Zone - Alberta Health Services

Dr. Curtis Johnston is the Faculty Medical Director of the Royal Alexandra Hospital and an Associate Zone Medical Director for the Edmonton Zone responsible for the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Sturgeon Community Hospital.

In addition to his administrative roles he continues to practice Intensive Care Medicine in the Royal Alex ICU. He is also a Clinical Professor in Nephrology and Critical Care with the University of Alberta. His passion at work is to improve the Patient and Provider Experience and to experience a culture change amongst clinicians he works with. He loves to talk and read about leadership and to see leaders see success in the teams they lead.

Friday 10:45AM
creating a culture of safety


Dr. Michael Marshall

Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta

The trans-gender and gender nonconforming community continues to have difficulty accessing care across disciplines in many areas of Canada. Dr. Michael Marshall, a psychiatrist specializing in gender, will discuss how he is working with the University of Alberta on integrating the needs of this community into medical student and resident teaching to ensure future generations of physicians have the proper training for working with this population.

Thursday 1:45PM
Break-out Session - Gender Presentation

Honorable A. Anne McLellan

P.C., O.C., A.O.E.

Honourable A. Anne McLellan served four terms as the Liberal MP for Edmonton Centre, during which she was Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Public
Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Minister of Health, Minister of Justice and Minister of Natural Resources. She recently served as Chair of the Task Force on the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis for the Government of Canada.

Ms McLellan joined Bennett Jones LLP in its Edmonton office in July 2006.

In May 2015 Ms McLellan became Dalhousie University’s seventh chancellor.

Ms McLellan serves on the boards of Nutrien and Cameco. She is Chair of the Board of Pearson College UWC and the TELUS Edmonton Community Board. She also serves on the Boards of the Institute on Research on Public Policy, the Canadian Institute for Advance Research and the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

From 1980 – 1992 she was a professor in the University of Alberta's Faculty of Law and served as both Associate Dean (1985 – 1987) and Acting Dean (1991 – 1992) of the Faculty. Ms McLellan holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Law degree from Dalhousie University and a Master of Laws degree from King's College, University of London.

Cannabis Forum : Friday 11:30AM 

Dr David C. Williams


Walter Stirling Anderson Chair of Surgery
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta
Zone Clinical Department Head, Surgery – Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services

Dr. David Williams was born and raised in Edmonton, and completed his MD and general surgery training at the University of Alberta. During residency, he obtained a Master of Science in Experimental Surgery with work completed at the University of Alberta and University of Missouri.

In 1999, after completing a head and neck surgery and oncology fellowship at McMaster University, Dr. Williams returned to the University of Alberta and has served the mission of the Department of Surgery with distinction in his roles as Residency Program Director, Director and Section Chief of General Surgery and Department of Surgery Associate Chair.

In 2016, Dr. Williams was appointed as the Walter Stirling Anderson Chair of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta and Zone Clinical Department Head, Surgery – Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services.

Clinically he remains active with a practice dedicated to the treatment of head and neck surgical oncology. Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, children and their two dogs.

workshop : Friday 10:00AM 
Clinical Staff Challenges

Wendy Wilton

Wilton M.Ed, CEC is the president of Wilton Consulting Inc. a firm specializing in the design, development and delivery of training workshops and key note addresses.  Wendy also supports these learning endeavours through coaching. During her 20 year tenure in the L&D field, Wendy has worked with a diverse client base on various topics including nursing, banking, project management, and leadership. Wendy received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta in 1991.  While raising her family and building a consulting firm, Wendy completed a Master of Education degree specializing in Distance Education at Athabasca University receiving the Governor General’s Gold Medal for academic excellence. Recent continuous learning endeavours have included a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University and ORSC Relationship Coaching fundamentals in London England and Barcelona Spain.

Wendy believes firmly in the philosophy that learning should be very interactive and most importantly fun. 

workshop : Thursday 10:30AM
Building effective Teams 

The foundation of any great organization is terrific teams!  In this session we will examine dynamics of amazing teams and break down what we, as team members or leaders, can do to realize all the benefit of amazing team work.  We will examine some tips and tools and will reinforce learnings and experience what great teams feel like through an interactive simulation.