Todd Hirsch

Todd Hirsch is the Vice President and Chief Economist for ATB Financial. He holds degrees in economics from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. For over 20 years, he’s worked as an economist at numerous organizations including the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada.

​He’s also the author of three books. His latest, “Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change,” was released in 2017. Todd is a strong advocate in the arts and culture community. He is the board chair of the Calgary Arts Academy, and is on the boards of the Glenbow Museum and the Alberta Ballet.


Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a commercial real estate professional with forty-three years of experience in the retail real estate field. He has an international profile related to retail real estate, commercial real estate leasing, marketing and shopping centre management. Michael is the Broker / Owner of Fairfield commercial Real Estate based in Calgary Alberta, Canada. He worked for many years as a mall manager, marketing director and retail leasing executive and for the past 28 years, a real estate broker. He a member of the Middle East Council of shopping Centres and is the Co-lead Ambassador in Canada for the New York based International Council of Shopping Centres where he has been a member since 1982.” Mr. Kehoe founded Fairfield Commercial Real Estate in 1991 providing retail real estate consulting and leasing services to Canada`s leading building owners and retailers. Broker and owner, Mr. Kehoe, has a proven track record of success in the commercial real estate field and has more than 40 years of experience working as a commercial real estate professional.

He has specialized expertise in retail real estate leasing for shopping centres, and main street / urban business districts and is the creator of “The Retail Real Estate Leasing Program.”

Mr. Kehoe has an international reputation as an authority on retail real estate and is frequently quoted in the media such as the Globe and Mail, New York Times, and the Calgary Herald. He delivers expertise and decision making assistance to business, government, and investment leaders around the world.


Daniel Lerner

Transformative, forward-thinking and always striving to help others realize their full potential, Dan Lerner has become known for his exploration of how positive psychology can affect the pursuit of world-class development, particularly how to leverage the advantage that a healthy psychological state can bring to performance excellence both at work and at home.

As an in-demand speaker, author, strengths-based performance coach and instructor of one of the most popular undergraduate courses at New York University, Dan’s expertise in positive psychology helps people lead thriving, successful lives.

Employing cutting-edge research into positive psychology and peak performance, Dan works with students, established and high-potential performing artists, athletes and numerous Fortune 500 companies and executives around the world helping them manage stress and anxiety, achieve well-being, uncover their core strengths and define and realize their own brand of success.

With a deep passion for helping the next generation of talent achieve their utmost potential, Dan, along with his co-author and teaching partner Dr. Alan Schlechter, penned U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life).  Filled with fascinating science, real-life stories and tips for building positive lifelong habits, U Thrive addresses the opportunities and challenges every undergraduate faces and helps students grow into the happy, successful alums they all strive to be.

Whether it is speaking, coaching, teaching or writing, Dan injects intellect with motivation, science with compassion and makes change both exciting and fun.  Dan engages a room like few can.


Alfredo Tan

Innovative global technology executive with a passion for building high performance cultures, leading teams that drive impact at the highest levels. General Manager with a background in engineering, product management, partner management, business development, marketing and sales at leading technology companies such as Bell Nexxia, MSN.ca and Yahoo!, Facebook/Instagram. Global experience working in Canada, United States, Colombia, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Argentina, Mexico and Brazil.

Currently the Chief Marketing, Digital and Innovation Officer at WestJet Airlines, responsible for all guest-facing digital experiences, engineering, data analytics, product management, marketing, emerging technology and a $2B e-commerce channel.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, McMaster University, Harvard Business School and currently completing a Professional LL.M. in Innovation, Law & Technology at the University of Toronto Law School.


Janice Otremba

When others run from conflict, Janice tackles it head on; she asks the tough questions and reveals the difficult answers—the ones that are hard to face but that will empower change. As a certified coach, professional speaker, and trainer, Janice helps individuals hone in on their true values, extend communication in ways they never thought possible, and reveal undiscovered choices. Whether she is providing training to an organization so they can build stronger teams or coaching individuals one-on-one, she enhances communication, collaboration, and profits.

Nothing Janice does is cookie-cutter! Her dynamic personality and quick wit, along with an acute understanding of human behaviour, bring a lively and animated approach to her work. She speaks from personal experience and is pragmatic, cutting through the BS to navigate change.

Janice has more than twenty years of experience and education in holistic health care, counselling, and adult education. She provides her clients with a collaborative perspective in the areas of stress management, health and wellness, leadership, team development, and work-life harmony. She lives in Kamloops, British Columbia with her husband George.


Craig Elias

Recently chosen as Canada’s #1 B2B Sales Expert by LinkedIn, Craig Elias is an award-winning entrepreneur, author and a sought-after business advisor.

Craig’s first business, InnerSell, went from initial launch to being funded by a Tier 1 US-based Venture Capitalist in less than 12 months and was twice named by Dow Jones as one of the 50 most promising companies in North America.

Craig has been a National Growth Advisor for Goldman Sachs’ and Babson College’s 10,000 Small Business Program in Boston, is on the advisory board for Nudge.ai (an artificial intelligence company started by a founder of Eloqua, which was sold to Oracle for $957 Million US) in Toronto, is on an advisory board for SXSW, is a startup mentor for the Alchemist Accelerator , a scaleup mentor GrowthX Academy, a fellow for the Calgary Innovation Coalition, and the Entreprenuer-in-Residence at Bow Valley College.

He leverages a Community Based Entrepreneurship approach to create, capacity building, experiential learning programs, like WannaB Wednesdays, the Innovation Rodeo and 150 Startups.

His passion is ​helping students from colleges and universities across Alberta build entrepreneurial competence and confidence so they act like, not just think like, entrepreneurs and become an Entrepreneur at ​the age of ​23 instead of waiting until they are 43 – the North American average for a first-time entrepreneur.

In his spare time he leads a local scout troop that is sending a contingent to the upcoming World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia and when it’s -25, during Calgary’s outdoor ice season, odds are you’ll find him at the Wildwood Community Rink making or maintaining the ice.

For the past four years, Craig has been the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Bow Valley College in downtown Calgary and he currently runs three different student pitch competitions.