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This event occurred on
January 20, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm MST
(UTC -7hrs)
Canmore, Alberta

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Canmore Miner's Union Hall
738 7th Street
Canmore, Alberta, T1W 2C7
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Adam Campbell

Adam Campbell likes to “suffer in beautiful places” and loves exploring his backyard and challenging himself on foot, skis and on rock. He was raised on the beaches of Lagos, Nigeria to Canadian parents, but now calls the Canadian Rockies home. Adam is happiest exploring mountain terrain on foot, rope and skis and sharing those moments with close friends. When not running around the mountains, he’s an environmental and business lawyer. He is also a co-owner of Canada’s largest trail running series and is a vocal advocate for getting people, especially kids, to reconnect with nature and explore their own backyards, parks and neighbourhoods through human powered movement.

Corey Poirier

Corey Poirier is an award-winning Keynote speaker, sought-after Leadership Expert, and host of the top rated Conversations. Corey is also an International Best-Selling Author who has appeared on television specials on Eastlink and Tellie TV, and been seen on CBC, CTV, and Global. . He is also a seasoned Stand-up Comedian and a Rock Recording of the Year Nominee who has surfed in Tofino, B.C. despite being unable to swim and Skydiving in New Brunswick despite a fear of heights.

Dax Justin

Dax Justin is a Canadian explorer, adventure/landscape photographer and storyteller based in Calgary, Alberta. Dax partners with travel destinations, brands and agencies to expand social reach online through producing high-quality visual content and stories that are both engaging and rich in soul.

Ernest Barbaric

Ernest Barbaric is a digital marketing strategist, keynote speaker, and writer. He has been featured in HubSpot, Forbes, Mashable, USA Today, and Canadian Business. In 2010, he developed the Social Media for Business certificate at Mount Royal University, and more recently the Digital Marketing Strategy certificate for the Canadian Marketing Association. His love of collecting, analyzing and sharing knowledge has led Ernest to design and launch Analog Camp – a wilderness retreat for professionals, and host Art Of Meaningful Work – a weekly podcast where he interviews entrepreneurs, authors and thought leaders on doing work that matters. Outside of business pants, you’ll find him pursuing a mix of interests that include urban sketching, restoring vintage straight razors, building motorcycles, and black and white photography.

Evan Weselake

Evan Weselake is a certified executive coach and workshop facilitator with a twist. For six years he was a sponsored ultra-endurance athlete and has appeared on CNN, National Geographic and the Discovery Channel. He has written for Yoga Journal, and others. His background in Organizational Development, Strategic Human Resources and Sport Psychology create a unique perspective on team performance which earned him an invite to the Forbes Coaches Council®. After two decades of authoring professional development programs and 14,000 hours as a facilitator Evan has ‘breathed the air’ of numerous industries and he is constantly seeking to share learning across disciplines. Described as insatiably curious, high-energy and a keen observer; he loves to explore the big ideas and reach for real world applications. As one client said, “You [Evan] have a unique ability to get outside the noise, and focus.”

Jeff Couillard

Jeff Couillard is an experienced leader in the nonprofit, education and community sectors. His vision is to help people (and organizations) change for the better, and believes that real change is only possible when it starts with individuals. For the past decade he’s been leading a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, building a world class addictions treatment program for youth and families a mere 10km from Canmore (as the crow flies) in the Ghost forest. In his spare time he runs an old diesel truck on vegetable oil, experiments with building social enterprises, manages a diabetes diagnosis with running shoes and high-fat, ketogenic diet…and helps raise three small children.

Kathryn Maroun

Kathryn is certified as a casting instructor by the international body of Federation of Fly Fishers and is one of only three Canadian women certified in the sport. She competed on the World stage as a member of the Canadian World Fly Fishing team. Kathryn is featured in the collection of two prominent museums for her significant contribution to the sport of fly fishing. Kathryn is the designer of a stylish clothing line designed for women at work in the outdoors. Kathryn is a co-founder and Volunteer director for Casting for Recovery Canada (CFRC). A cause that utilizes fly fishing to aid people stricken with breast cancer. Kathryn Maroun is a fly fishing expert with a mission: to promote and campaign for a more balanced playing field for women in the sport and a call to action for kinder treatment for the wellbeing of water breathers. “My own pain and suffering made me aware of all the pain and suffering in the world."

Kuen Tang

At the age of 23, Kuen’s car went over, an almost 1200m cliff on the Coquaholla highway, she wakes up in the hospital from a coma only to find her independence and future taken. In the midst of all the chaos and confusion, Kuen made a choice to embrace her new life. Known as The Mighty Kuen, she is the first quadriplegic comic book letterer in the world to work for DC comics, first to receive a Bachlore of Education Degree with Elementary specialization from U of A, and many many more. Currently, she letterers for many interesting and independent projects including a few all women collaboration books, artistic poetry books, unlikely super heroes as well as motion comics. She enjoys working with her coworkers, as well as being a motivational speaker and graphic designer. On weekends, she turns into a Murderball player, adventure seeker and disability advocate.

Laurie Wright

As a mother to three young children, Laurie knows firsthand the ups (and downs) of raising kids in a fast-paced world. This is an exciting time and today’s children will have access to more information and technology than any previous generation. Laurie cuts through the noise and reminds us that the foundation of self-awareness, self-care and self-empowerment remain fundamental – and makes these topics fun! Laurie’s background as an educator, her passion for children and mental-health and her engaging and warm personality have made her a sought after resource on mindfulness education and programming. She has developed numerous teaching tools for use at home and in schools and speaks to groups across the province, about how they can implement mindfulness programming into their classrooms, their homes and into their daily lives.

Marcus Dupuis

Marcus is a presenter on the heart/soul/mind relationship and workshop leader in the realm of self-empowerment. He is the translator of the book “The Art of Listening to Life”, which is an insight into how to interpret the messages that life is constantly sending us in an effort to help us navigate a smoother life journey. Marcus is an entrepreneur with many successes in the business world and has been described as an agent of change. He is also a photographer, a recording artist, and the voice in the audio book “Adventure of the Soul.” Marcus is showing that heart and soul have much more to tell us about living a harmonious life than intellect and rational mind. The art of being is greatly enhanced through the art of listening to life.

Renée Werenka

Renée Werenka is a wellness educator and drum circle facilitator. Through years of experience in many facets of the world of music, she has connected to her passion to bring joy and healing together. Renée has honed in her skills and love of music and rhythm as key tools in the search for personal Using aspects of meditation, nutrition, organization, self care and more, the holistic wellness approach in drum circle is used to heal our life from the inside out. Using the power of rhythm as a grounding force as well as a sense of lightness and fun. “I truly believe that music can change the world. All we need is a space for everyone to experience it for themselves. My mission is to be awesome and hold the space for those around me to be their own version of awesome. We can all find a place of being grounded in our authentic self and using that foundation as a springboard for us to jump forward into our full potential.”

Ronna Schneberger

For the past 25 years Ronna has been exploring ways of connecting people to themselves through time in wild places. This interest has led her to study a variety of practices including leadership development, meditation, storytelling, indigenous traditions, and most recently Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing). Ronna is one of the first people in Canada to guide the simple yet powerful practice of Shinrin Yoku. As faculty with Leadership Development at the Banff Centre, Ronna has been working with professionals and executives using nature as the teacher to create powerful reflections and transformation. When people feel connected to nature they become connected to themselves, others and everything else in their life becomes clear. Ronna provides effective tools so people can listen to themselves and what nature has to tell them. With our increasingly busy technological world, research shows it is the nature wise who will have the advantage.

Vince Fowler

Vince Fowler is a proud military veteran with operational experience in war torn Somalia, a championship rugby athlete and coach, and a 20-year background in business. Naturally, this makes for a very unique Executive and Business Coach.

Zahra Al-Harazi

Zahra Al-Hararzi has been both an immigrant and a refugee in her life time. She went back to school as a 26 year old with 3 kids and built an international career as a branding expert. In this honest, open and raw talk, Al-harazi explores her path of discovery and change and how her world changed when she realized that her career choices conflicted with everything that she was.

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