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Events | Canadian Conference | Education Sessions

Canadian Conference

June 3-4
Marriott on the Falls
Niagara Falls, Ontario


Wednesday, June 3

3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.


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

Andy was scheduled to speak at last year's conference, but weather had different 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.

Thursday, June 4

8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Leadership Enhancement Seminar


Bobby Umar
Prominent Leadership Expert

There are followers, there are leaders, and then there are thought leaders. Thought leadership is a key differentiator between those individual and organizational brands who are driving the conversation forward versus simply engaging in it. It is a type of content marketing where you invest in the experience, talent and passion within you or your business to drive the
conversation and answer the biggest questions of your target audience on a particular topic.

As we enter a new decade, business leaders are dealing with a multitude of challenges to not only build their own leadership brand, but to connect with and build the thought leadership of the next set of leaders.

In this session you will:

  • Redefine leadership in 2020
  • Identify personal branding: your reputation, integrity and what your audience expects of you, whether they are your team or your customers
  • Understand 3 key aspects of a strong thought leadership personal brand
  • Drill deeper into the what and how on the key aspects of thought leadership: networking and building relationships, content creation and generating new ideas
  • Participate in activities to practice and hone networking skills
  • Learn how to connect with, engage and build effective relationships with new leaders
Bobby has a background in brand marketing (Kraft & Unilever), engineering (Bombardier) and the performing arts (Second City). He is an international author of two books, champions authentic connection and heart-based leadership and is recognized as a thought leader in networking, social media and personal branding.

CEO/Senior Executive Roundtable

  Moderated by:
  (left) JP Bouchard, vice president,
  General Bearing Service Inc.
  (right) Jos Sueters, vice president,
  Tsubaki of Canada Ltd.

Specifically designed for CEOs and senior executive management, this session is your opportunity to join your distributor and manufacturer peers in an open exchange about the forces of change and the future of distribution.

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


Meagan Johnson
Generational Expert

For the first time in history, there are five generations working side by side. Each generation has been influenced by the major historical events, social trends and cultureal phenomena of their time. Consequently, each has different values, standards of quality and attitudes toward customers and coworkers. In this highly charged, participatory presentation, Meagan outlines the dominant generational forces in the workplace and how each generation's "signpost" drives motivation, influences company loyalty, delivery of customer service and communication between coworkers.

While working for companies like Quaker Oats, Kraft Foods and Xerox in the 1990s, Meagan heard negative comments about Gen Xers that she wasn't true. As a Gen Xer, she started researching small and large businesses to debunk generational myths and discover the most effective ways to solve multi-generational clashes. That led to thousands of presentations and her best selling book.

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