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This event occurred on
October 7, 2023
9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Hawkesbury, Ontario

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600 Higginson
Hawkesbury, Ontario, K6A 1V9
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Amanda Thebe

Fitness and Women's Health Expert
She is the author of the Amazon best-selling book, Menopocalypse: How I learned to Thrive During Menopause and How You Can To. With nearly 30 years of experience in the fitness industry, Amanda is a highly-regarded expert on women's fitness and health. She is the co-founder and Chief Wellness and Branding Officer at Nyah Health, a complete healthcare solution for menopausal women in Canada. She is a popular guess on podcasts, radio, TV and online summits.

Aurelie Heurtebize

CEO of Les finances au féminin
After working within the confines imposed by the financial market, she decided to break away and create an approach that addressed the true needs of women. Thus, she created "Les finances au féminin", a holistic approach that integrates the needs of our inner feminine and masculine. She supports women in reclaiming their financial and inner power, empowering them to create a meaningful and abundant life that resonates with their true selves and brings them joy.

Bob Fabey

CEO of Fabey Insights
Founder and CEO of Fabey Insights. He as equipped and trained people and teams for greater success for over 20 years. When not practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, traveling, or having coffee with his wife, Bob loves to speak about courage and dignity in keynotes, conferences, workshops and retreats. He is a tireless people champion and draws upon his experience with a variety of organizations working with teams and leaders to increase effectiveness. He is a gifted communicator, pastor, coach, trainer, author, and speaker.

Chuck Wachendorfer

President of Distribution at think2perform
With a background in mechanical engineering, Chuck spent 17 years at American Express Financial Advisors/Ameriprise Financial as a successful senior leader setting performance records and leading thousands of personnel across five different states. For the past 18 years at think2perform, he as been tasked with diversifying distribution channels for the company's products and services. Chuck and co-author, Doug Lennick, combine their expertise in their book, Don't Wait for Someone Else to Fix It. Chuck's passion to make the world a better place through developing people as been recognized by major media, including Investor's Business Daily, Forbes, Fortune, CNN Money, Dallas Morning News, Milwaukee Morning News and Detroit Free Press where he as been extensively quoted.

Danny Labrecque

As the Director at the Hypnose Humaniste Canada, Danny Labrecque brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his role. Holding a master's degree in Biology and Philosophy, he as a strong educational foundation.

François Lebel

In 2020, Frank founded a successful digital advertising service business in Quebec, Canada. Drawing form his own experience, he strives to empower others through his work and the insights he as gained along his journey. Frank's life is a testament to the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit. Through determination and unwavering belief in his own potential, he as transformed his struggles into stepping stones, emerging as a beacon of hope for others striving to overcome their own obstacles.

Goran Hamsic

Underground Artist, Self Employed at Goran Designs
In 1990's tumultuous Yugoslavia, young Goran Hamsic found himself enlisting with the special forces at the tender age of 17. A life steeped in discipline, courage, and imminent danger shaped his early years. However, destiny had other plans. Seeking solace from the war-torn homeland, Goran ventured into the unknown, migrating to Canada with his young family. Here, amidst unfamiliar tongues and vast terrains, he didn't just adapt but thrived. His journey from a soldier to an immigrant brought forth an unexpected renaissance-he emerged as a rising star in the underground art world. Each stroke of his brush resonated with his past, echoing the discipline of a soldier and the passion of an artist. Today his art-a sublime interplay of shadow and light-serves as a testament to his tumultuous journey. From the battlefields of Yugoslavia to the bustling streets of Canada, from the special forces to the revered galleries, dive into Goran's world

Jody Zarn

Jody Zarn is a philanthropist, corporate trainer and writer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Driven by passion to help others realize their greatness, Jody as made it her mission to connect people through community based initiatives and help people not only see the magic in the world, but within themselves as well.

Kathy Washburn

CEO of Carved by Cancer
Her current passion is to help fill the gap in patient needs during the transition from treatment to life after cancer and as founded Carved by Cancer- a support network for cancer survivors. Kathy experienced advanced stage vulvar cancer and was treated at the University of Minnesota in 2002. She was formerly the Senior Vice President Business Integration, Corporate Sustainability for Breckinridge Capital Advisors. she graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in finance, has a project Management Graduate Certification from Boston University, as well as a Positive Psychology and Positive Psychology Certification from Wholebeing Institute where she is on the faculty. She is a certified Narrative Coach and a graduate of the Integrative Development program from the Moment Institute and Positive Neuroplasticity Professional Training with Dr. Rick Hanson.

Mahfuz Chowdhury

Senior Brand Strategist
He is the Senior Brand Strategist and Creative Storyteller for a Growth 500 marketing agency and one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He as spent the last 14 years helping brands, leaders, and change makers amplify their brand voice and inspire others through high-impact stories. He is also the host of the " Growth Decoder " podcast and as 2 published books, " Project Reinvention " and " The Resilient Brand

Maria Esther Leal Garcia

Executive Director of the IDEX Institute
She is an International Keynote Speaker. She is currently the Executive Director of the IDEX Institute. She is also part of the team of professors in Insider Buenos Aires and the "Inspirando Experiencias" group. For more then 15 years, Tey has provided conferences, consultations, workshops and courses for groups and companies to help them develop their potential to the fullest.

Patti Bevilacqua

CEO of Fearless with MS
In 1989, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Five years later, she left the only job she ever wanted due to worsening symptoms of MS. In 2021 Patti returned to university to pursue graduate studies at the University of Toronto. In 2005 she graduated with a Ph.D. in Teacher Development. Fourteen years later, Patti discovered her life with MS was far richer when she focused on living each day as her most vibrant self. This shift in mindset became her newfound purpose; to help other women with MS do the same. She created an online platform, FEARLESS, with MS, where she shares her knowledge and experiences of living with MS.

Philippe Goyer

Founder, Director, CEO at Philip Goyer Services Financiers / Financial Services
Currently working as an independent Financial Security Advisor and pursuing a degree in Financial Planning. Despite facing challenges from a young age, Philippe's resilience and determination have carried him through. He believes that with desire and discipline, there are no obstacles that can't be overcome. He humbly draws upon his experiences to show that solutions are always within reach when we open our eyes.

Raul Gamboa

Founder of IDEX Institute
World Class Speaker, Coach and Trainer in Transformational Leadership, creator of the BTB Better by Boxing Method, with more then 25 years of experience in 21 countries where he has empowered more than 30 000 executives around the world. He is the Founder of IDEX Institute, a training institute for Experts in Human Development. He is CEO of GVC Global Vision Corporation, a Latin American business consultant and co-founder of Gamboa Boxing, a Chain of Executive Boxing Gyms.

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Hawkesbury, ON, Canada