DR. GREG ZESCHUK

Originally trained as a medical doctor (University of Alberta, Class of 1992), upon graduation Greg teamed up with some classmates (Ray Muzyka and Augustine Yip) and started the video game developer BioWare while working as a family physician in the mid 1990’s. BioWare went on to become one of the most celebrated video game developers in the world and sold to video game behemoth Electronic Arts in 2007. Greg and Ray retired from video games in 2012. They received the Game Developer’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and joined the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in recognition of their impact on the video game industry.

While searching for his next venture Greg discovered beer, and started a web show called The Beer Diaries. The Beer Diaries filmed more than 30 detailed interviews with brewers in Texas and Colorado, and now appears on KLRU public television in Austin. During the course of filming The Beer Diaries Greg got the brewing bug and decided to build a brewery in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. As with many of his projects, Greg’s original vision expanded to more than originally planned, and he started a land development business focused on urban renewal. He and his team created the Ritchie Market, a new shared space in the Edmonton neighborhood of Ritchie, that includes Transcend Coffee’s roastery and cafe, local butcher Acme Meat Market, Creekside Cyclery, his brewery, the Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company, and his restaurant, Biera. He has two more properties currently under development.

In addition to a role in operating his current businesses Greg sits on a variety of boards, advises entrepreneurs, pursues philanthropic projects via the Blind Enthusiasm Group. 

 

DR. RAY MUZYKA

Originally trained as a medical doctor, Dr. Ray Muzyka co-founded BioWare (www.bioware.com), a video game development studio focusing on story and character, in the early 1990s.  He practiced Emergency/Family Medicine for two years full time, with medicine transitioning to part-time over the following decade as he focused on his role as BioWare's CEO. BioWare was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2007 and Ray took on the roles of Senior Vice President at Electronic Arts and General Manager of EA’s BioWare division, which grew over the next five years to span eight development locations worldwide with ~2000 staff (1400 full time).

He retired from video games in October 2012, with his third 'career chapter' at ThresholdImpact (www.thresholdimpact.com) focused on sustainable, profitable impact investing - mentoring and angel investing in information technology, new media and medical innovations with social entrepreneurs. He is an active angel investor and entrepreneurial mentor.

Dr. Muzyka is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), the A100, and the Ashoka Support Network. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta (serving as Chair of the Human Resources Committee and on the Learning and Discovery Committee, as well as a member of the University of Alberta Advancement Council), is Chair of the University of Alberta’s entrepreneur Venture Mentoring Service, and is a Venture Advisor at iNovia Venture Capital. He is a member of the Alberta Premier’s Advisory Committee on the Economy and serves on a number of private company boards. He previously served on the Board of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences from 2001-2008 and was on the Board of Trustees of the Stollery Children’s Health Foundation from 2012-2015.

 

LINDA EDGECOMBE

My Promise is simple:  to deliver programs that Create Powerful Shifts, Inspired, Energized and Accountable Professionals who show up everyday ready to, as my mom used to say, “set the world on fire“. Oh and I promise it will be a heck of a good time.  Maybe the best laugh they will have had in a long time. I believe a laugh is worth more than a thousand words and it has the power to change the way people feel, think and take action!

“A Day without laughing is a day wasted!”

As an award winning Celebrity Humorist Speaker, Trainer and Consultant,  Linda’s footprint is seen and experienced around the world. Her mission is to get people Fired up and Ready to Shift or Get off the Pot!

The list of Top 60 Motivational Speakers in the World includes Linda Edgecombe.

Her non-BS approach is refreshing, engaging and relevant. Linda’s latest book “Breaking Busy – Finding Peace in the Chaos” is a game changer for those who want to step off the treadmill. Change has never been this painless! She energizes every room as she leads people to loosen up, lighten the load and laugh. Linda has been featured in the Wall Street Journal as an expert in “Shifting Perspectives”. Her messages are as welcome as a deep belly laugh and as profound as an honest look in the mirror.

 

WINNIE HART

Founder of TwinEngine, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author of the book, Stand Out – Mastering The 8 Fundamentals of Standing Out in Business, and Creator of The One-Page Marketing Plan - brings 25+ years of marketing experience, 125+ industry awards and a passion for leveraging her twin talents to help companies translate traditional marketing channels into forward-thinking solutions. 

She has built a reputation as an inspired leader, speaker and savvy interpreter of business brand and personality. At TwinEngine, with her identical twin sister Lorrie Brignac Lee, she collaborates with the largest public and privately held corporations in the region, helping them define their distinct advantages and what makes them stand out.  

Winnie believes that every business has a distinct advantage that, when discovered, provides just the inspiration and momentum a business needs to make a huge leap forward in performance and profitability.

 

WARREN BERGEN

What they say

Warren Bergen is an award-winning entrepreneur, investor, corporate advisor and has directly raised or assisted in the capital raise for many growing businesses. He has participated directly with early stage ventures for over 15 years and has raised growth capital from venture capitalists, accredited investors, private equity groups and public markets. He was the Executive Director of Alberta Deal Generator, a network of venture capitalists, private equity and angel investors. He is a former board member of the National Angel Capital Organization and has participated as a guest lecturer and panelist at many investment conferences. He is currently President, AVAC Ltd., a company that has invested over $100Million in promising early-stage businesses in agri-value, ICT, life science, and other industrial technology sectors. Warren is the author of Swagger & Sweat – a start-up capital bootcamp.

What I say

That which is written above is nice. It's true, however, it isn't real. Bios tend to showcase the high points, the awards and accomplishment. They're like dessert, but made only with toppings. They're the whipped cream, chocolate shavings and drizzled caramel. They don't give you the rest. The grinding, struggle, adversity and occasional failure. I've seen maybe 1,000 deals over the past decade and have seen a pattern of mistakes that many entrepreneurs make that keep them unfunded. That gives me something to say. Am I special? No. Have I been involved in a lot of early stage companies? Yes. Did I get it right every time I tried a venture or made an investment? You've got to be kidding. I've had my share of entrepreneurial exploits. Some of it was incredible, some of it was really terrible. The point is, I'm just a guy that loves entrepreneurs and wants them to do well. An astonishing number of companies fail. If you need to know how to increase your chances of success, today’s talk just might help you.

 

STEVEN SISLER

For more than twenty-five years, Steven Sisler has been an innovator in the areas of personal motivation, life and business consulting, family/relationship dynamics and personality and emotional development. 

His highly insightful, yet unapologetically irreverent, approach to each of these diverse disciplines has made Steven a much sought after Motivational Speaker, Teacher, Coach, and Agent of Change. As a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst and the Founder and CEO of The Behavioral Resource Group Inc., Steven's passion is to utilize his expertise in human nature, behavior, and personality difference to help people discover their wiring.  

Equipped with this understanding, corporations, entrepreneurs, individuals, families, and leadership teams begin to experience growth and meaningful changes that make sense and increase productivity and the bottom line. Steve works with fortune 500 companies such as BeechNut Nutritional Corp, Signature Brands LLC, Duce Corporation, Purlyfullerton.com, ShipCompliant.com, justmilitaryloans.com, UniversityParent.com, Stellar Recruitment, European Wax Centers, dohardmoney.com, 3Balls.com, Pingidentity.com, Hero Switzerland, T.A.B. National, Entrepreneurs Organization, Onetosmile.com, jip.com, Duce, Infinitus.com, blogfrog.com, and thefelixfun.com just to name a few and has clients in 18 countries including Switzerland, New Zealand, Germany, Egypt, India, Canada, Australia, and the U.K.  

Steven speaks frequently at the EO EMP program at M.I.T. and has lectured in Greece, Australia, Canada, Spain, New Zealand, and throughout America. He’s currently working on a multi-year project creating a new behavioral assessment framework to combine both behavior and motivational framesets. He graduated from RBTC in OK with a degree in Pastoral Studies (1987). Steven is also a Graduate of The Vineyard Leadership Institute (2004) in Columbus, Ohio. He has written numerous articles, e-books and is the author of “There’s More To Management Than A Big Desk, " "The Sweet Spot," and a few other books including a novel. His latest work: The Four People Types is scheduled for a January 2016 release. Steve lives in Dallas with his wife of 32 years and the youngest of their three children. 

Website:  www.stevesisler.org

 

GINA MOLLICONE-LONG

An expert on change and peak performance, Gina is also the best-selling author of two books. Her first book, The Secret of Successful Failing, shows you how to turn any adversity into an advantage. Her latest book, Think or Sink, was an international best seller in six countries.  It shows you how to navigate any change and breakthrough to the next level. She is a compelling motivational speaker and has shared the stage with the likes of Bob Proctor from the blockbuster movie, The Secret.  An avid world traveler, Gina’s experiences with diverse cultural perspectives give her programs universal relevance that helps her connect with audiences everywhere.  In fact, in 2013-2014, she completed a one-year world tour with her family reaching 39 countries on 6 continents.  Being in Gina’s presence is to feel the unstoppable force of her passion, her excitement and most of all her ardent belief that everyone has greatness in them.  She can show you exactly how to get out of your own way with her powerful coaching format called “The Breakthrough”. 

All of her endeavours fall under her mission in life, which is to “reveal greatness”, be it individuals, teams, companies or communities. Her formal training includes a degree in Engineering from the University of Toronto.  As well, she is a board-certified Master Trainer of Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Hypnosis and Time Line TherapyTM.  Her latest creation is a program called Greatness U where Gina teaches people how to breakthrough to their own greatness.  She also develops the entire coaching curriculum for The Greatness Group.  There is no straight line with Gina; all of her varied experiences have shaped her unique perspective as an entrepreneur, speaker and coach. 

 

DAVE CRENSHAW

Dave Crenshaw is the master of helping businesses conquer chaos. He has appeared in Time magazine, USA Today, FastCompany, and the BBC News. His courses on LinkedIn Learning have received millions of views. He has written three books and counting, including The Myth of Multitasking which was published in six languages and is a time management bestseller. His fourth book, The Power of Having Fun, is due for release in September 2017. As an author, speaker, and business coach, Dave has transformed thousands of businesses worldwide. DaveCrenshaw.com

 

DANE JENSEN

Dane’s extensive global experience includes work across North America, Asia, and Europe. He has worked in industries from financial services to industrial manufacturing, with small businesses and Fortune 100 companies, and with CEOs and front-line managers. Across all of his experience, he has focused on helping his clients meet one crucial challenge: equipping leaders with the clarity and skills necessary to execute winning strategies. 

A skilled facilitator, Dane is comfortable in front of any audience. He has trained and mentored groups as diverse as sales forces in Denmark, Italy, Belgium, the UK, the US, France, and Canada, pharmacy managers in Canada and the UK, product managers in China, India, and Brazil, bank branch managers across North America, and not-for-profit leaders in Kenya. His unique ability to simultaneously educate and excite has resulted in hundreds of managers moving beyond what they thought they could do.

In addition to his corporate work, Dane works to enhance the competitiveness of Canadian athletes in international competition. He works extensively with the Board and Executive Team at the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and with the Executive Team at Canadian Sport Institute Ontario. 

Finally, Dane leads our relationship with Right To Play—where we support the leadership development of their managers and have adapted our Coaching for High Performance program to meet the needs of 15,000 volunteer coaches. 

Prior to joining Performance Coaching, Dane worked as a management consultant at Monitor Group—a renowned strategy consulting firm that is now part of Deloitte. At Monitor, he moved from Consultant to Associate Partner in the shortest timeframe in firm history. 

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s Smith School of Business.

 

PAUL FREED

Paul Freed is leading a movement for companies to reclaim the “Art of Recruiting” as a way to stand out from the pack and gain more control of how to land top talent. With 20 years of executive search experience filling hundreds of key positions, Paul has a front-row seat to see what works, and what doesn’t, in today’s job market. This unique insight led Paul to help CEOs assess their current recruiting activities, and deliver a practical game plan to transform their recruiting into a competitive strength with The Art of Recruiting.

Based in Seattle, Paul is the co-founder of Herd Freed Hartz, the top retained executive search firm in the US Northwest since 2001, which Forbes recently named the top US executive search firm in the Northwest. For fifteen years, the firm has helped companies ranging from startups to large public organizations across a mix of roles and industries.

As a recruiting industry spokesperson and public speaker, he was chosen to moderate the Art of Recruiting docufilm series and was featured in Top Recruiter – Season 4. Paul is the former president of Northwest Recruiters Association, the largest professional recruiting organization in the region and often interviewed on a variety of recruiting topics.