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Events | Canadian Conference | Education Sessions

PTDA Virtual Canadian Conference


Thank you to our two keynote speakers! You may click on the links below to view each of their presentations.

Diversity and Inclusion are Not Just Buzz Words

Michael Bach
Founder and CEO, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Watch Michael's presentation

Thank you to our sponsor: PT WORK Force®

The words diversity and inclusion have become buzz words. They are used in casual conversation by CEOs and world leaders. But what do they mean? And why does diversity and inclusion actually matter, beyond "it's the right thing to do." Join this presentation to examine the business implications of diversity and inclusion, why it matters and how it can help your organizations function more efficiently and your employees be more productive.

Michael is nationally and internationally recognized as a thought leader and subject matter expert in the fields of diversity, inclusion and employment equity. Prior to taking on his current role he was the national director of diversity, equity and inclusion for KPMG in Canada. Over the course of his career, Michael has received repeated recognition for his work.

Andy Stumpf
Naval Veteran and Former Member of the Elite SEAL Team 6

Watch Andy's presentation

Andy was scheduled to speak in the past, but weather and COVID had other plans, so we are excited for you to attend his session this year. Andy's engaging presentation will show you how busienss and combat are defined by their similarities, not differences. There are only two types of leadership, good (effective) and bad (ineffective). Great leaders can elicit performance beyond what an individual considers possible; poor leaders can neutralize high performers. The theories of military and business leadership are identifical, only the arena is different. Neither successful teams nor leaders occur by accident; these are skills that must be learned, practiced and refined. You will learn what makes Navy SEALS successful and the structured approach and prioritization that is required from leaders.

In his 17-year SEAL career, Andy completed 10 deployments and executed hundreds of combat operations throughout the world in support of the Global War on Terror. He was medically retired from service in 2013. His awards and decorations include five Bronze Star Medals (four with Valor), the Purple Heart, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, two Combat Action Ribbons and the Presidential Unit Citation.