Dan Trommater uses magic to help organizations think differently, so they can make fewer assumptions and make better decisions. His engaging presentations at conferences, executive retreats, and sales meetings draw on his decade of experience leading audiences across North America.
Dan is a seasoned and gifted presenter who is passionate about sharing his insights. A professional magician for 12 years, Dan captivated hundreds of corporate audiences across North America with his incredible shows and presentations. He has taken his knowledge of leading audiences and applied it to helping leaders and their teams become more effective in their roles, regardless of the level at which they work in an organization.
Dan helps people find their potential by:
Learning to approach problems from new angles
Questioning and challenging their assumptions
Getting new perspectives on people and issues
Building better relationships
As Dan explores the key ingredients of magic – commitment, creativity, teamwork, and perception – and demonstrates how magicians are able to turn the impossible into reality, his listeners begin to recognize their inner magician.
You can learn more about Dan at dantommater.com
Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik is a family physician and regional HIV specialist. A recipient of many awards, including the Order of Ontario and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, she is the founder and Director of the Masai Centre for Local, Regional and Global Health, a provincially funded HIV/AIDS clinic in Guelph which opened its doors in 2005. In 2010, Dr. Zajdlik and her team opened Masai’s satellite clinic in Waterloo. Collectively, the Masai Centre provides care to HIV positive patients in Guelph-Wellington, Grey Bruce and Waterloo Region.
Anne-Marie is the founder of Bracelet of Hope, a charitable community based organization that raises awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub Saharan Africa and funds for HIV/AIDS relief in Lesotho, Africa. She is a previous board member of the Ontario Hospital Association’s OHAfrica project and member of the OHAfrica Canadian Medical Team that helped open the first HIV/AIDS clinic in Lesotho, Africa. The Bracelet of Hope Campaign raised over $1 million for the Tsepong Clinic in Lesotho, providing the funding necessary for the clinic’s 2009 operating costs. Tsepong has 21,000 HIV positive people enrolled into care and 11,000 patients on HIV treatment.
Bracelet of Hope’s efforts are now focused on the creation of income generating activities in Lesotho, the development and support of foster homes for AIDS orphans and the creation of two new HIV/AIDS clinics in the country. The campaign’s overall goal is to see a Bracelet on the wrist of every Canadian and the end of the AIDS pandemic in Lesotho accomplishing Millennium Development Goal number six in one country.
Mike Morrice is the founder and Executive Director of Sustainable Waterloo Region, a not-for-profit that advances the environmental sustainability of organizations across Waterloo Region through collaboration.
Currently, Sustainable Waterloo Region is working with dozens of local organizations – including Wilfrid Laurier University, Sun Life, and the Region of Waterloo – to help them set and make progress against voluntary carbon reduction commitments. More information is available online at sustainablewaterlooregion.ca
Mike concurrently completed Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degrees at Wilfrid Laurier University. Recently named an Ashoka Fellow, he is one of 37 Canadians within this global community of leading social entrepreneurs, each with a new ‘knock-out’ idea and high potential to scale their impact. Since 2009, Mike has been selected by The Waterloo Region Record as one of Waterloo Region’s inaugural Top 40 under 40, and recognized as Young Alumnus of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Laurier’s Alumni Association and the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, respectively.
Dr. Hind A. Al-Abadleh is an environmental physical chemist with established research programs in atmospheric and geochemistry. Her formal academic training in chemistry was completed at the United Arab Emirates University (HB.Sc.), University of Iowa (PhD), and Northwestern University (Postdoc). Dr. Al-Abadleh started her first academic appointment in 2005 at Laurier. Her independent research activities are funded by major Canadian and American agencies. She is the recipient of a number of awards that include the 1999 National Award of the First Lady for Honours Students at the U.A.E. University, 2004 Best Doctoral Thesis Award at the University of Iowa, 2008 Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award at Laurier, and Ontario’s Early Researcher Award (2011-2016).
Dr. Al-Abadleh is driven by a passion for science and discovery, and a strong desire to seek knowledge and learn new things. She finds learning about chemistry of natural systems intriguing, and through her research in atmospheric chemistry and geochemistry, she learns and exposes her students to this ‘central science’ that help us make sense of every thing around us. Dr. Al-Abadleh regularly receives invitations by community and student groups to speak about the science of environmental issues and the ethical dimension in addressing these issues. Moreover, through her role as the Associate Director of Laurier Centre for Women in Science, Dr. Al-Abadleh is involved in addressing challenges facing female graduate students, postdoctoral students, and faculty in traditionally male dominated sciences such as chemistry and physics. As the first female from a visible minority group to be hired in the Chemistry Department at Laurier on the tenure track, she largely attributes her success (and survival) as a chemist to having a male mentor during her undergraduate studies who believed in her potential as a scientist, and to having a strong and successful female PhD mentor and role model.
Ian Keteku is an articulation of a generation's heartbeat. A magician with syntax, a word sorcerer conjuring new realities, sound paintings, all in an attempt to better understand our existence.
The 2010 World Poetry Slam champion, Ian also uses his voice to speak for the voiceless and inspire messages of peace, action, and critical thought. He has performed his poetry and music all over the world and continues to plant seeds of poetic justice globally. In addition to being a solo performer, Ian is part of the critically acclaimed spoken word troupe The Recipe.
Ian Keteku has shared the stage with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Ursula Rucker, members of the Wu Tang Clan, K-OS, critically acclaimed poet Saul Williams, and others. In addition, he has had the opportunity to perform for the former Governor General of Canada (Michaëlle Jean) on three occasions.
But there is more to Ian than just thought-provoking poetry and music. He conducts poetry, writing and performance workshops for youth and various community groups, inspiring people to accept the power of their own voice.
Keteku is also a journalist who has been featured in CBC, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, TVO, and many other broadcast and print publications.
Bob Egan recounts that his career as a musician officially started backstage at the Irving Plaza in New York City when Johnny Cash shook his hand and asked if he was the new steel guitar player in Wilco. "Well, I'm not sure Mr. Cash. I've never played full-time in a band and I have this business back in Chicago. I mean they asked me to join but that's a pretty big step, it is a tough business" Bob replied. Johnny Cash nodded and looked Bob in the eye, saying "It can be a hard road but if your heart's in it, it can be a good life." An hour later, as Bob watched Johnny from side stage, he had tears in his eyes from the power of his music. Jeff Tweedy turned to Bob and said "Are you gonna join this f---in' band now?"
A month later, Bob sold his business and got on a tour bus for a two-year ride that has lasted a decade. In total, Bob has spent sixteen years as a professional musician playing with Wilco and Blue Rodeo (twelve years), earning a shelfful of awards and being inducted into the Canadian Musicians Hall of Fame.
BTW, the business before music was the seven years Bob spent as an entrepreneur, founding and running Chicago's largest guitar repair service. Bob also spent six years as a corporate management consultant specializing in employee attitude research, and nine years in university earning a masters degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and coming up just shy of a second masters in Counseling Psychology.
You can check out Bob's guitars and amps at: bobegan.com
Stuart Knight is a graduate from the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University and today is an entrepreneur, author, writer, and producer extraordinaire. Stuart has written, produced and starred in shows that have been seen by over one million people across North America. Each year, he speaks nationally and has helped some of Canada’s biggest companies reach new levels of success. When he is not on the road performing, Stuart spends time writing songs that are heard around the world, and produces commercials that have been seen nationally. He has also created hit musicals that have drawn thousands of people from across Toronto. And when he isn’t writing, you may have seen or heard him on some of Canada’s biggest TV and Radio stations. He is also the winner of many awards including the National Entrepreneur's Award for Community Leadership. He has shared the stage with notable names such as Robin Sharma, Lisa Ray, Brett Wilson, and Jenny McCarthy. He has a new book entitled “You should have asked, the art of powerful conversation.” Most recently, Stuart launched the Top Ten Event,which has sold out in Toronto for the past two years and has garnered almost 20 million media impressions.×
With a background in brand marketing, engineering and the performing arts, Bobby Umar, P.Eng, MBA, draws on his diverse 20-year career to lead Raeallan, a transformational training and speaking company. Thousands of people across Canada have experienced Bobby’s teambuilding activities, keynote presentations and coaching. Major clients include TD Canada Trust, TELUS, and Kraft, as well as McMaster, Ryerson, and York universities.
Bobby’s varied career has included brand marketing for companies such as Kraft and Unilever for Dove Masterbrand. Working specifically on the Campaign for Real Beauty, he was Director of the Dove Self-Esteem Fund, supporting organizations across Canada that fostered positive self-esteem in young women. While working at Bombardier as an Aerospace Design Engineer, he founded and ran a musical theatre company, where he supervised a team of over 100 people. Bobby is also a comedic actor, having graduated from Second City training.
Bobby is a passionate entrepreneur and speaker on connection, personal branding, career development, and leadership. Bobby is dedicated to causes embracing youth and diversity including Shad Valley, Impact Entrepreneurship Group, and NetIP.
Most recently, Bobby spoke at TEDxUWO on "The Power of Connection." He is an instructor for the DeGroote School of Business' Executive Education program. Lastly, Bobby is a new dad. When he is not working or parenting, Bobby loves playing ultimate frisbee and chess, predicting the Oscars, and remembering the lyrics to every 80's TV show theme song. He has never lost a thumb war, ever.
A Winnipeg, Manitoba prairie boy from a Mennonite background, Fred Penner began making up songs when he was four. He sang in every school choir from grade 3 to University and taught himself how to play the guitar in his teens.
An actor and a musician who works on television and the stage, in addition to playing and recording music, Fred writes songs and composes scores. His television show, Fred Penner's Place, aired on CBC in Canada from 1985 to 1997. The show was co-produced by Nickelodeon in 1989 and 1990.
Fred's social activism has included roles as spokesperson for organizations like UNESCO, World Vision, UNICEF, and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society ( very close to Fred's heart as his sister Susie was a Down Child). In 2005, Fred journeyed to Zambia, Africa with World Vision to host a program for Child Sponsorship in the Western World.
Perhaps in recognition of the energy and emotional connection of his work, Fred has been nominated eight times for a Juno award, and has won twice for Best Children’s Album. In 1991, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2011, he was made a Member of the Order of Manitoba.
His musical energy connects with children, parents and grandparents as he carries a simple message, "Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the lives of others."
Award-winning Professor Emeritus in Psychology, Donald F. Morgenson has had a varied and distinguished career ranging from serving as a Sergeant during the Korean War to serving as Dean of Students at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Professor Morgenson's dedication to lifelong learning is demonstrated by his establishing the Laurier Association of Lifelong Learning, studying the Danish Prison System as a visiting scholar (1970) and as a sabbicant, studying at the Faculty of Pedagogy, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, some twenty years later. His honors have included:
• Inaugural Canadian Professor of the Year (1986), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education/Canadian Foundation, USA
• Recognized as "Master Teacher" (1986), Canadian Psychological Association
• Outstanding Teacher (1988), Wilfrid Laurier University
• Students' Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching (1990), Wilfrid Laurier University Student Union
• Students' Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching (1993), Wilfrid Laurier University Student Union
• Paul Harris Fellowship (1993), Rotary Foundation and Rotary International
In addition to his scholarly accomplishments, Prof. Morgenson has extensive professional experience as a psychologist, having worked at the Division of Counseling, Penn State University; Research Psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London; and served as Director of Counseling at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Throughout his career, Prof Morgenson has been fully engaged in civic life, working for local groups, as well as serving on the provincial and national executives of national organizations such as K-W Big Brothers Association, as well as Big Brothers of Canada; the World Federalists of Canada, and the John Howard Society, and of global organizations, including Amnesty International and Oxfam.
Luisa D’Amato is a journalist and teacher who believes that a strong democracy depends on a
citizenry being well informed, and that a vibrant news media is, therefore, at the heart of a good
Luisa has a master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School in New York City. As a journalism student there, she reported on some of the poorest people in that country, who were trying to make a decent life for themselves in some of the city’s worst slums. Ever since that time, Luisa has believed in the power of media to give voice to these points of view.
After graduating, Luisa made her way to Canada, where she has spent 30 years writing for newspapers, mostly on education, politics, and social issues. Luisa has won or received honourable mention in several provincial and national newspaper awards, including the Michener Award for public service in journalism.
Luisa is currently the local columnist for the Waterloo Region Record. She also teaches a popular Communication Studies course, The Media and Society, at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.
Serena Ryder is a three-time Juno award-winning singer-songwriter in folk, adult-contemporary
and pop-rock. Ryder cut her first indie recording at 15. Within a year, she sang nationally on
CBC radio. Tours followed, taking her initially across Canada and stretching more recently to
Australia, Europe, and to Bonnarroo, Lollapalooza, South by Southwest, Lilith Fair and Denver’s
Mile High Music Festival.
Her album If Your Memory Serves You Well has been certified Gold and contributed to her winning the 2008 Juno Award for Best New Artist.
Ryder is known for her impressive fearlessness and lauding “pipes.” She was invited to tour with Steve Earle and performed on bills with acts as diverse as Aerosmith, Marc Broussard, Cheap Trick, and Xavier Rudd. She has also been on stage with the likes of Thousand Foot Crutch, Three Days Grace and Hawksley Workman.
Serena Ryder has already left an indelible impression in Canada. A duality of wounds and toughness reside within Ryder: “Most people have so many different characteristics inside of them all at once, and when one doesn’t fit they try to turn it off and not listen to that part of themselves. My music is about listening to all parts of myself and therefore being able to listen to all parts of other people too.”
Serena Ryder is an artist unlike any other – an artist who is ready to change your world.
Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is an accomplished student leader, youth advocate and writer who is passionate about education.
“E” is a University of Waterloo graduate and the co-founder of the online education start-up BookNeto. Inspired by the Canadian university system, BookNeto is an online initiative which promises to be the world’s best study tool.
Native Nigerian, “E” is passionate about development economics, publishing, and international advocacy. Overtly optimistic, “E” is searching for change in Nigeria and global education overall; having served in various leadership roles including the World Youth Alliance, Imprint Publications, Harambe Africa and Empowerment Squared.
He now works on his online education start-up BookNeto, and continues to look for transformation in the way we learn as a global community.