Keynote Speakers

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Keynote Addresses:

Barry Posner, Back to the Future: Leadership Makes a Difference

(9:00 am Friday October 4)

World renowned leadership scholar and educator Barry Posner (Accolti Endowed Professor of Leadership, Santa Clara University, and co-author The Leadership Challenge) in this opening keynote for the conference will provide global data about how the way that leaders behave makes a difference in workplace engagement.  He’ll share two truths about leadership that participants can use to provide perspective during the conference and take back to their base of operations and apply into the future. 

Bonnie Blakley, Walk with Purpose: Advancing Leadership Practice in Canada's Healthcare Industry

(12:45 pm Friday October 4)

For the first time since Medicare, the Canadian healthcare industry has begun to embrace real transformationsl change through the adoption of lean management practices. Over the past three years, Saskatchewan's health care leaders have fully immersed themselves in lean management philosophies and practices. While each region is at a different stage of evolution, the Saskatoon Health Region has become the model line and most advanced region on rolling out a comprehensive lean management system. As with all new business practices, leadership is critical to ensuring it is successfully implemented and sustained.
Bonnie Blakley is Vice President with the Saskatoon Health Region who brings a unique perspective to how lean management practices can and are changing the healthcare landscape. During this session, Bonnie will share her leadership journey, her insights into the pivotal leadership qualities required to transform healthcare, and the power of action both in research and on the gemba.

Éliane Ubalijoro, Rediscovering a new way forward

(8:30 am Saturday October 5)

Whether one is a scholar, activist, policy maker, entrepreneur, student, parent, practitioner or community leader, what we all share is the desire for our skills and life experiences to be of service to a greater collective. Yet, opening to our brokenness is often a place of resistance. However resilience—the ability to respond to change, overcome adversity, and recover from setbacks—is an important, rare and often undervalued leadership competency that requires this opening. My own journey from being born into 20th century Rwanda to living today in Canada, while working globally, has taught me that the wounds and skills I carry hold answers to how I can be of service as much as the communities that I keep. The heightened challenges of the 21st century are testing the resiliency of individuals, communities, organizations, governments, companies—and even our planet. How can seeing anew the internal frameworks which guide the outer creations we are responsible for, amidst so much uncertainty, bring about a more sustainable, wise and peaceful world for all? How can we prepare human beings for the emergence of a new political, economic and social order born from chaotic circumstances rooted in volatility, violence, uncertainty, and paradox? What is it that we need to awake to, so a way forward can be informed by all we know but may need to rediscover?  I invite you to come explore this vast field of possibility with me.

Barry Posner

Barry Posner

Barry Posner is the Accolti Endowed Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University (located in the heart of Silicon Valley), where he served for 12 years as Dean of the School. Barry, along with his co-author Jim Kouzes, received the American Society for Training and Development’s highest award for their Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance. He has been named as one of the nation’s top management and leadership educators by the International Management Council and recognized as one of the Top 50 leadership coaches in America, and ranked among the  Most Influential HR thinkers in the world by HR magazine.
He is the co-author of the award-winning and best-selling leadership book, The Leadership Challenge. With over two million copies sold, the book has been described as a groundbreaking research study, combining keen insights with practical applications.  It has been translated into more than 20 foreign languages.  FAST COMPANY ranked it among the top dozen books of 2012, and it has been listed as among The Top 100 Business Books of All Time, receiving both book-of-the-year honors by the American Council of Health Care Executives and Critic's Choice Award from the nation’s book review editor



Bonnie Blakley

Bonnie Blakley

Bonnie Blakley knew from an early age she wanted to serve the social fabric of families and communities in her home province of Saskatchewan. Today, as Saskatoon Health Region’s Vice President, People and Partnerships, she leads teams of human resources and population health professionals to transform the care and service provided by the province’s largest employer and health-care provider.
Bonnie was previously Executive Director of the Workforce Planning branch in the province’s Department of Health, where she led the development of Working Together: Saskatchewan’s Health Workforce Action Plan. The plan identified six strategic goals and more than 80 action items to guide provincial health human resource planning. Together with experience in the Department of Community Resources and Employment, Bonnie’s contributions included performance reporting, accountability initiatives and aboriginal health policies.
In 2006, Bonnie was named the YWCA Regina Woman of Distinction in the Health and Wellness category, an honour she received for providing mentorship and leadership skills to women in a Public Service Commission aboriginal mentorship program.
Bonnie is a mother, volunteer, leader and soccer enthusiast who brings her personal philosophy to work everyday: respect people, contribute to your community, and live your family and work lives as if they are one.
Bonnie was educated at the University of Regina and completed the Masters of Leadership with a specialization in heath from Royal Roads University.

Éliane Ubalijoro

Éliane Ubalijoro

Dr. Éliane Ubalijoro is a professor of practice for public and private sector partnerships at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development, where her research interests focus on innovation in global health and sustainable development. Dr. Ubalijoro is currently designing ISID’s Executive Leadership Initiative, an upcoming program to help equip executives in international development with tools that support inner and outer sustainable transformation towards global prosperity.She is a the project manager and an investigator on a Gates Foundation Grand Challenges in Global Health phase 2 project led by Professor Timothy Geary, the director of McGill’s Institute of Parasitology.  She is a member of FemStep, a research network highlighting rural girls’ and women’s perspectives for engendering poverty reduction strategies in Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, DR Congo and Ethiopia using arts based methodologies. In this context, she has been developing Ashes to Light, a multimedia project to document intergenerational dialogue on resilience as a platform for wisdom sharing and youth leadership training in peace building. Dr. Ubalijoro is an expert consultant for the non-profit group: The Innovation Partnership (TIP) as well as being the founder and executive director of C.L.E.A.R. International Development Inc., a consulting group harnessing global networks for sustainable systems development. Previously, she was an assistant professor in McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. She is a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
Prior to going back to Academia, she was a scientific research and development director in a Montreal-based biotechnology company for five years in charge of molecular diagnostic and bioinformatics discovery programs. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Ecosystems Restoration Associates, a Canadian based pioneer in global forest restoration and conservation based carbon offset programs. She recently became the chair of the International Advisory Board of the African Institute of Biomedical Science & Technology. She is a contributor to the 2012 released book “The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the 21st Century” by Berrett- Koehler Publishers. She was a panellist at the joint event sponsored by the New York Times and International Leadership Association in partnership with the Global Coalition on Aging entitled Intergenerational Leadership: The Challenges of a Shifting Workforce on March 7th, 2013. Eliane is the chair of the upcoming 2013 International Leadership Association Annual Conference.