This year’s event features an exciting line-up of high profile Canadian speakers and exclusive learning opportunities on key business-related digital topics.
Within a penchant for investing in people rather than projects, W. Brett Wilson is proof that it’s possible to succeed in business without losing your principles. His stories about success, loss, and finding balance leave his audiences inspired to achieve even the loftiest of goals.
Brett was the co-founder of FirstEnergy Capital (Canada’s leading energy investment bank), and enjoys extensive holdings in real estate, agriculture, sports, and entertainment. A popular television personality, he spent three years on the hit CBC TV show, Dragons’ Den, where he established himself as the lead deal-making “dragon.”
A noted philanthropist, Brett has sought to inspire, engage, and lead the business community into seeing corporate social responsibility as an opportunity. To this end, he has organized dozens of events and raised tens of millions of dollars for Canadian charities. He is also the founder of the W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan.
Brett has received wide recognition for his business and philanthropic leadership. He has been recognized as “Alberta Business Person of the Year,” as “Calgary’s Person of the Year,” and as a Nation Builder by The Canadian Youth Business Foundation. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Royal Roads University.
In 2011 Brett was awarded the Order of Canada and subsequently inducted into the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2012.
Brett’s best selling semi-autobiography, Redefining Success: Still Making Mistakes was published in November 2012.
Brett thoroughly enjoys speaking to a live audience, spreading his messaging about work life balance, making mistakes and his three essences of empowerment – marketing, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
Speaker Scott Stratten has been named by Forbes as one of the top five social media influencers in the world. Stratten is the President of Un-Marketing, where he helps companies guide their way through the social media and relationship marketing landscape. On stage, in impassioned talks, Stratten shows you how to change your marketing strategies—and more importantly, he shows you why you'll want to, and how you will never look back after you do.
Scott Stratten is an expert in Viral, Social, and Authentic Marketing which he calls Un-Marketing. Formerly a music industry marketer, national sales training manager and a Professor at the Sheridan College School of Business, he ran his “UnAgency” for a nearly a decade before solely focusing on speaking at events for companies like PepsiCo, Adobe, Red Cross, Hard Rock Cafe, Cirque du Soleil, Saks Fifth Avenue, Deloitte and Fidelity Investments when they need help guiding their way through the viral/social media and relationship marketing landscape. He now has over 150,000 people follow his daily rantings on Twitter.
His first book “UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging” became a national best-seller before it was released. It was named one of the top business books of the year by 1-800-CEO READ and one of the top 10 books by Under30CEO.com. His newest book entitled “The Book Of Business Awesome: How Engaging Your Customers And Employees Can Make Your Business Thrive” is also a best-seller, breaking the rules of how companies are truly marketed and grown through the current online/offline world.
His clients’ viral marketing videos have been viewed over 60 million times and he’s recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN.com, Inc.com and Fast Company and was named one of “America’s 10 Marketing Gurus” by Business Review USA. That plus $5 gets him a coffee anywhere in the world.