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more than 370 power transmission/motion control distribution and manufacturing companies, representing over $16 billion in product sales.

Events | Canadian Conference | Education Sessions

Canadian Conference

June 7-9
Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Education Sessions

The new format of this year’s conference kicks-off with two unique sessions taking place simultaneously–one designed for CEOs and senior executive management, the other providing leadership enhancement for all attendees.

Wednesday, June 7
3:00-5:00 p.m.

Leadership Enhancement Seminar: Leadership Tools for Team Excellence

Sponsored by Motion Industries Inc.
Dr. Ivan Joseph
Award Winning Performance Coach
Leadership and Cultural Transformation Expert

Dynamic and inspiring, Dr. Joseph speaks about self-confidence, the “grit” to persevere in spite of setbacks and leading teams to success, drawing from the lessons he’s learned from a life in sport. Dr. Joseph embraces four key tools for team excellence: grit, focus, cohesion and talent for the task. In this highly interactive talk, leaders will learn tips and tools to help their teams achieve a higher level of performance.

Dr. Ivan Joseph is an award-winning coach and educator. In his current role as Director of Athletics at Ryerson University, he is guiding the transformation of the Ryerson Rams athletic department, while raising the academic average of his athletes and increasing team performance.

Wednesday, June 7
3:00-5:00 p.m.

CEO/Senior Executive Roundtable
Sponsored by Baldor Electric Canada Inc.
Sean Hickey, Lafert North America
Mitch Bouchard, General Bearing Service Inc.

Join your peers in an open exchange about industry disruptors and gain insight to assist you in managing these issues. Specifically for CEOs and senior executive management, the forum will focus on topics affecting the future of the power transmission/motion control industry.

Breakout Education Sessions

Thursday, June 8
9:00-10:15 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (repeat)

Thriving in the Era of Disruptive Innovation

Jim Harris
Disruptive Innovation and Organizational Change Expert

Netflix is changing the way people watch TV – and forcing cable company mergers. Online advertising will exceed TV advertising spending for the first time ever as consumers spend more time on smartphones surfing, researching, buying and interacting with products and services. By 2020, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet–creating trillions of dollars in cost savings and new markets. “Thriving in the Era of Disruptive Innovation” will look at the forces that are disrupting companies and industries and will offer strategies to predict their impact when the tumult of the market threatens to throw plans off course.

Jim Harris, disruptive innovation and organizational change expert, is one of North America’s foremost management consultants on change and leadership. He is the former leader of the Green Party of Canada and is also the principal at Strategic Advantage where he works with organizations to address issues of most concern to executives: leadership, change, customer relationship management and creating learning organizations. He is an international bestselling author and has appeared in Time Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Profit Magazine, Macleans, CBC, BBC, CTV, and Global.

Big Data & Your Business

Sean Wise
Professor of Entrepreneurship
Ryerson University
Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data—so much that 90 percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. For most enterprises, “business as usual” simply won’t cut it. To adapt, companies, institutes and even NGOs must now operate not as bureaucratic machines but as learning organisms–organisms that can leverage big data for agility, innovation and a better understanding of customers.

As one of North America’s leading mentors with an unmistakable passion for business, Sean’s presentation will help you leverage the data already available to you so that you can have a better understanding of your customers. The new 21st century business model yields higher resiliency, greater innovation and superior customer service. If your business is being pushed to evolve in a world of ever increasing change, speed and diversity, then this new way of operating may be for you. Dr. Wise is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University and an award-winning author. He spent five seasons as an advisor for CBC on Canada’s popular Dragons’ Den business reality show series and is the current host of the Naked Entrepreneur.

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