Speakers

We would like to introduce you to the fabulous speakers you will be able to enjoy at L.E.A.D. 2017

Peter Shankman - Keynote

Peter is one of the most sought after speakers on customer and social economies. Peter has keynoted events for corporations ranging from startups to Fortune 100s in over twenty five countries around the world.

Peter resides in New York City with a beautiful daughter and 15-year-old rescued cat, both of whom consistently deny his repeated requests to relinquish the couch. In the few hours of spare time Peter has per month he’s completed 23 marathons, twelve Olympic distance triathlons, two half-Ironman triathlons, and one full Ironman Triathlon. He’s also a “B” licensed skydiver with over 400 jumps.

Michelle Ferreri - Event Emcee

Michelle Ferreri is well known by her cheeky nickname MF. MF is often described as authentic, wild, fun, innovative and creative. A graduate of Trent University and Loyalist College, Michelle thought genetics would be her career path, but accidentally fell into the television industry.

Michelle works with brands, people and corporations she believes in and supports.  Her background in theatre has also led her to many on camera spots with commercials and film. MF is also a sought after Emcee and motivational guest speaker.

Katie Dempsey - Communicating Your Brand Online

Learn strategies that you can implement TODAY to turn your followers into LOYAL customers. Katie will be sharing tips for refining your brand, and she’ll show you how to communicate on social media to increase your client base, and grow repeat business.

Katie Dempsey is the Marketing Director at Brand Ambition, a branding agency that specializes in helping small businesses market beautiful brands. Katie is passionate about social media strategy, and showcasing how this technology can open up affordable opportunities for entrepreneurs to GROW.

Susan Watkin - Making Sense of the Numbers

Find some clarity in your business accounting. Make money make sense again through with a presentation from someone who is highly knowledgeable, understanding, easy to talk to and efficient as she does her magic balancing the numbers.

Susan, owner of Watkin Small Business Services, a boutique accounting and bookkeeping firm, knows what it’s like to run a small business. She’s one of those rare people who not only knows her stuff, but is also good at explaining it in terms that mere mortals can understand.

Julie Card - Partner at mycollingwood.ca

Julie Card was born and raised in Toronto and now lives full time in Collingwood Ontario.Julie has many years of experience working on customer centric marketing campaigns.

She and her husband and business partner Dan Plouffe, launched the multi-award winning website www.mycollingwood.ca in December of 2005. Together they run Sui-Generis Marketing and help small business owners achieve their marketing objectives and help facilitate their goals.

As an Authorized Local Expert for Constant Contact, Julie helps small businesses with their e-mail marketing programs and social media strategies.

Julie is a certified CSIA Ski Instructor, currently volunteers as a ski coach for the Blue Mountain Special Olympics Alpine Ski Team and is an active member of the Board of Directors.

Kristy Lee Bailey - Principal Professional Organizer & Space Planner

Kristy is high energy professional who anticipates needs, resolves issues, and adapts solutions to fit your work space and lifestyle, she is a valuable resource for re-imagining your home or work space and getting your interiors beautifully in order.

Her exceptional client service, motivational support and great attention to detail has solved home and office organization dilemmas for clients and built strong partnerships with a broad network of property service professionals. Kristy has a keen eye for incorporating company brands into work space design to accelerate consumer relations and build strong, recognizable businesses.

Greg Hurley - Consultant Group Benefit Services - Arthur J. Gallagher

Graduating with distinction from the Honors Bachelor Business Administration program at Wilfrid Laurier University, Greg developed a comprehensive knowledge of the insurance industry majoring in Insurance / Finance. Prior to joining Arthur J. Gallagher in 2015, Greg worked at both a major insurance carrier in Group Retirement Services and a major bank where he spent time in Contract Management and Procurement.
Focusing his efforts specifically on designing, implementing and advising on group benefit programs ranging in size from 3 to 1,200 employees, Greg works diligently across all sectors to ensure the best suited solution is put in place for each specific client to aid in the attraction & retention of key employees.
Greg obtained the Group Benefits Associate designation (GBA) in 2015 to accompany his Canadian Securities Course (CSC), Canadian Investment Funds Course (IIFC), & Life License (LLQP) certifications.