Summit Speakers

CANCON speakers are selected to inspire tomorrow’s leaders. Attendees will hear from keynote speakers and will have a number of workshops to choose from during the day on Saturday. The workshops will cover a variety of topics with a focus on leadership, service, personal and professional development, and academic excellence.


If you would like to have a vague idea of the types of speakers at a CANCON, below are some of the 2018 CANCON speakers who were at the last CANCON in Montreal in February 2018:

Dr. Karl Moore


 Associate Professor, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

Associate Professor, Dept. of Neurology & Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

After completing his MBA at the University of Southern California and Ph.D. at the Schulich School, York University, Karl worked for eleven years in sales and marketing management positions in the high technology industry with IBM, and Hitachi.  Before McGill he taught at Oxford University for five years. He came to McGill to work with Henry Mintzberg. In 2002 he won the Faculty teaching award at the MBA level.

He has taught extensively in executive education programs including at Oxford, Cambridge, Duke, LBS, RSM, Queen’s, McGill, IIM Bangalore, Renmin (Beijing), and Darden. An active consultant Dr. Moore has worked with Air Canada, BA, Nokia, IBM, Volvo, HP, Motorola, Accenture, Morgan Stanley and other firms.

He was recently nominated for the 2017 Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards in the Leadership Category as a top thinker in the area for his work on introverts/extroverts in the C-Suite & Millennials.

Karl has two exciting research projects on leadership he currently working on. One is a three year research project on Introvert/Ambivert/Extrovert Leaders, In this project he is working with Susan Cain’s Quiet Leadership Institute.

The other is on Millennials. His newest book , Leading, Managing, Working With Millennials, is of interest to older generations trying to understand this generation and to Millennials, themselves


Kellylee Evans



Internationally acclaimed and Juno award winning singer-songwriter
Kellylee Evans has been making waves around the world with her energy
charged performances. With six albums to her name and a gruelling
touring schedule, she was no stranger to the hard work involved in
making a successful career.

Yet, after a life altering lightening strike in 2013 and then a
concussion in 2015, the mother of three was forced to halt her busy
touring schedule. The following two years saw Evans dedicating her
energy to recovering and getting back to making and sharing her music.

Today, when she’s not performing, Kellylee travels speaking about her
journey to recovery and sharing her inspiring message of self-care and
finding one’s own super powers. It’s a timely and universal message that
speaks to the heart of anyone who has ever had their life interrupted by
an illness or a setback.


Julius H. Grey


 Julius Grey was educated in Montreal where he obtained a BA (Great Distinction) in 1970, a BCL in 1971, and an MA in 1973. He also studied at Oxford University where he received a BCL (1st class) in 1973.

His professional experience includes Research Assistant for the Law Reform Commission (Sentencing) in 1972, Stagiaire at O’Brien Hall Saunders (1970-1974), Lawyer at Lapointe Rosenstein (1974-1976), Counsel at Lazare, Altschuler (1976-78). He has his own law offices since 1978 where he is Senior Partner. He has taught at McGill University, from 1975 – 2003, (tenured 1983 – 2003) a variety of legal subjects including Civil Liberties, Administrative Law, Immigration Law, Family Law and Statute Law. He also taught at the University of Montreal and the Quebec

Bar. Julius Grey has been a member of the International Commission of Jurists, the Canadian Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Canadian Human Rights Foundation, where he was Vice-President (1982-85) and President (1985-1988) and was a member of Fondation des Gouverneurs du Barreau. He is the author of Immigration in Canada, (1984), numerous legal articles, notes and comments and non-legal articles in newspapers and magazines. He has co-authored a book with Professor Geneviève Nootens about his social and legal views in 2014, entitled ‘’ Entretiens avec Julius Grey’’ He has appeared before the Courts at all levels, Civil and Criminal divisions, Administrative, Municipal, Superior, Appeal (Quebec), Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.

He has been a member of several boards of directors in cultural institutions. In April 2004 he was awarded the Médaille du Barreau du Québec which is the highest distinction a member can receive.

Dr. Kelsey Bennett



Dr. Kelsey Bennett graduated from Dalhousie Medical School and did her residency training at McGill University. She has been awarded many academic achievement awards, including most recently the Family Medicine Resident Research Award for Scholarly Achievement, awarded by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.  She is happy to serve as a mentor and teacher for aspiring medical trainees and medical students. Dr. Bennett is now a practicing family physician, working in downtown Montreal, the Northwest Territories and also as a flight physician.

Professor Larry Lessard



Professor of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University

After completing a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, Larry has worked since 1989 at McGill University. His research area is in the design of structures made from advanced composite materials. He has worked on numerous projects for aerospace and automotive industries, working with Bombardier Aerospace, Bell Helicopter, Ford and others. He is also involved in using engineering technology to help better the planet, with projects on recycling of materials, and helping to develop capabilities in third-world countries.

As a composite material designer, he has been involved in different fields other than aerospace structures. He has designed bicycle frames and parts, hockey sticks and musical instruments using carbon fiber, Kevlar, fiberglass and natural fiber composites.

As a teacher, he promotes peaceful uses of technology and strives to teach in a way that makes engineers think about the future and what they are doing.

Professor Bruce M. Shore



Professor Shore became a Golden Key Honorary Member and Co-Advisor in 2001; from 2008 to 2015 he served on the Council of Advisors. His career included secondary-school mathematics teacher, professor of educational psychology, department chair, President of the McGill Association of University Teachers, and McGill Dean of Students. He retired in 2010 as Professor Emeritus, but remained an active volunteer in research and supervision, as a program-accreditation site visitor for the American and Canadian Psychological Associations, and in Golden Key. He was honored as 2009 Canadian Regional Advisor of the Year.

His research explores exceptionally able students’ cognitive and social thinking, also inquiry-based teaching and learning as an optimal learning environment. He has published over 200 books, chapters, articles, and reports, and given over 200 conference presentations. He was named 1995 National Association for Gifted Children (USA) Distinguished Scholar, listed in 2003 among the “53 most influential people in gifted education,” and from 1994 to 2017 received six Mensa International Awards for Excellence for Research in Human Intelligence and Intellectual Giftedness jointly with several of his graduate students. The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children presented the 2017 International Award for Research. He received the Faculty of Education Distinguished Teaching Award, the David Thomson Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision and Teaching, and the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2009, and the 2014 Canadian Committee for Graduate Students in Education Mentorship Award. In 2010 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

Jessica Matchek



Jessica Matschek launched her JessPaige LCHF blog in 2014 with the intention of educating the masses about all things concerning low-carbohydrate diets and recipes to facilitate the lifestyle. Jessica detains a Bachelors degree from the faculty of Food Sciences and Nutrition from McGill and is currently pursuing her Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology – Certified Personal Trainer certification. Her mission is to spread the word on the healthy lifestyle of living on a low sugar and carb diet.

Elizabeth A. Ruiz


You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Human behavior leaves an impression at work and in personal lives. Elizabeth Ruiz’s great passion is helping people to improve behavior so they can be the best they can be in their professional and personal lives.

Ms. Ruiz knows that no single approach is the right one for every individual or group, and so she has been trained and experienced in a range of modalities including intercultural communication, psychology of personality, social problems, social psychology, health and well-being, communication in conflict, cultural anthropology, interpersonal communication, human relations, public relations, sales, public speaking, multi-cultural studies, communication and leadership, industrial/organizational psychology, and positive psychology.

Her educational background includes graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Communication Studies from the University of Houston-Downtown and is working towards her Masters degree.

Ms. Ruiz loves to help build leaders with a solid foundation, she believes the foundation for successful leadership development is learning which her training produces through behavioral change and self-efficacy.

Nicole Rakowski


Current Positions at Hamilton Health Sciences

  • Administrative Resident to the Vice-President of Public Relations and Communications
  • Member of the Clinical Ethics Committee
  • Member of United Way Campaign

Nicole Rakowski has held the position of Administrative Resident to the VP of Public Relations and Communications since September 2016. In this position, she has worked to evaluate the current brand of HHS and create a project charter and strategic plan for executing a re-branding mission. Nicole is also working on the Ambulatory Care Review process, completing a current state assessment, reviewing leading practices, and identifying opportunities that can improve the quality of HHS’ patients experience over the next several years.

Ms. Rakowski has been recognized for her accomplishments both within and external to McMaster University. She was selected to be the Valedictorian for the Health Sciences Faculty convocation in November 2016, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Global Health Program, specializing in Health Care Management. Nicole recently completed her Project Management certification along with a course in Healthcare Financial Management. She received the Burke Memorial Ring during her undergraduate convocation, the Leaders of Tomorrow scholarship provided by HHS, the Rotary Club of Hamilton Award, the Susan Vajocki Travel Scholarship Award, the Community Contribution Award, the Research Plenary Award during her Master’s, and numerous other awards. She completed her undergraduate degree in Life Science at McMaster University in 2015.

Dr. Tina Montreuil



Dr. Tina Montreuil, Ph.D., is a Core Faculty member in the School/Applied Child Psychology program, whose research focuses on identifying the clinical correlates and the cognitive underpinnings of anxiety and emotion regulation in child development and psychopathology, in order to devise evidence-based interventions. In addition to looking at the influence of parental socialization of emotions, Dr. Montreuil’s research aims to investigate how emotion regulation deficits and social anxiety impact school adaptation and academic achievement in small group learning contexts. She completed a CIHR-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in the McGill’s Psychiatry Department, for which she was awarded a 3-year CIHR Doctoral Research Award for devising a manualized cognitive‐behavioral group intervention (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for treating social anxiety and stigma in first-episode psychosis and at‐risk youth. Her lab, Childhood Anxiety and Regulation of Emotions (C.A.R.E.) Research Group, has developed and published a manualized intervention targeting emotion and self-regulation in school-aged children to improve academic achievement and overall social functioning. Much of Dr. Montreuil’s Research Group activities focus on advocating for the implementation of School-Based Mental Health practices and philosophies. She is currently a member of a number of regional and provincial working groups whose primary aim is to devise a plan on how to implement and promote mental health and wellbeing in schools. Dr. Montreuil is also a Regular Investigator of the Research Unit of Children’s Psychosocial Maladjustment (GRIP) at McGill and an appointed Associate Investigator to the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). As a licensed member of the Quebec Order of Psychologists and a credentialed member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies, she practices privately with children and family, focusing on cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness approaches.

Jérémie Richard



Jérémie Richard is a Master’s student in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. He completed his B.A. (Specialization) in Psychology in 2016 at McGill University. Currently, his research focuses on the factors influencing addiction and high-risk behaviours in adolescents and young adults, with a focus on gambling and mental health. In the recent past, he has conducted research focusing on men and women’s reproductive health, existential concerns among cancer patients, and executive function deficits in adolescents with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Although his true passion resides in the field of psychology, his interests range the entirety of the humanities and liberal arts. From history to philosophy, politics and law, eastern and western literature, and evolutionary psychology, Jérémie is interested in all knowledge exploring the human condition.

Loredana Marchica



Loredana Marchica, M.A., is a Ph.D Candidate in the School/Applied Child Psychology Program at McGill University. She completed her B.A (Specialization) in Psychology in 2011, and her M.A. in Child Study (Department of Education) in 2014 at Concordia University. She has worked as a private ABA therapist and shadow for children with autism for over 5 years. Her current research interests include development disabilities, youth at risk for addiction, intervention and prevention practices for addiction and resiliency and emotion regulation.


Ian Sankey


 Ian is the Director for Golden Key Canada and has been working at GK for nearly a decade. He works with all the chapters across Canada, helping them to strive for excellence each year with their service projects, networking events, community outreach, social events, and more. He has also been heavily involved in organizing numerous summits in Canada and the U.S.

Ian is a great resource for Golden Key members and chapter executives who want to learn more about;

  • Golden Key’s history
  • What works well at other chapters
  • Innovative service initiatives
  • Tips to manage a successful executive team
  • Best practices for planning out your year as a chapter leader
  • What resources are available from Golden Key HQ


Speakers are subject to change without notice.

Workshop Descriptions – more can be found on the Guidebook app “CANCON 2018 Montreal”

10:30 am to 11:20 am time slot

The Skinny on Obesity – Jess Matschek   (Salon Viger A)

Jess will reveal the root cause of the rise in obesity and the transformative power of real food.

Looking in the mirror: What research tells us about living with high ability – Bruce Shore (Salon Viger B)   

Bruce will review the main points from a 2016 study then add some new insights from his continuing analysis of data that his team has collected over the years. An important part of these data came from Golden Key members reporting on their own experiences. The research focused on friendship patterns, preferences regarding the numbers and nature of friendships, and some of the differences experienced by highly able young people in maintaining friendships.

Social Anxiety and its Implications for Learning – Dr. Tina Montreuil (Salon Viger C)

Group learning benefits many students academically, such that it enables children to develop new frameworks, justify their positions, and consider alternative perspectives. However, there exists a paucity of research regarding the effects of anxiety, more specifically social anxiety, on group learning in education. One of the main culprits of the disorder is its silent nature, which often goes undetected in children. Unlike externalizing disorders, socially anxious children and youth are often compliant and do not draw attention to themselves.

11:30 am to 12:20 am time slot

Behind the White Coat: Medical training and life in Canada and abroad – Dr. Kelsey Bennett (Salon Viger A)

 This presentation is intended to be an open, informal and informative session for those who may be interested in a career in medicine. Topics addressed will include: Medical training in Canada (structure, length, etc) * Becoming a successful medical school applicant * What life is like during medical school and residency and, more importantly, how to survive and thrive during medical training * A frank discussion of what life is like as an MD, including career prospects, work life balance, etc.- As many stories, questions and laughs as time allows.

Global Business & Social Dining Etiquette – Elizabeth Ruiz (Salon Viger B)

 In a business or social setting, it is crucial to know proper etiquette. This workshop is simply organized to help you sharpen your global dining etiquette before, during and after a meal. Topics include the proper placement of silverware, napkin etiquette, and how to eat bread properly and so much more. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Attend this workshop to elevate your etiquette skills for your next event!

 Dans La Rue and the youth we serve – Michelle LeDonne (Salon Viger C)

Founded by Father Emmett Johns, “Pops,” in 1988, Dans la rue helps homeless and at-risk youth in Montreal. Over the past 30 years, Dans la rue has developed a multi-faceted approach to support and accompany over 1,000 youth (12 and 25 years old) each year by offering them diverse programs and services to facilitate their transition off the streets and towards a more autonomous future including: emergency shelter, housing, food, education opportunities, psychological and physical care, employment programs, legal services, family services, and self-discovery through the arts.

2:10 pm to 3:00 pm time slot

So you want to be an astronaut? – Larry Lessard (Salon Viger A)

Do you want to know what it takes to become an astronaut? Larry Lessard was a finalist in the 1992 astronaut selection campaign. This talk will take you through the steps of the selection process of becoming a Canadian astronaut based on his experience. He will also talk about the most recent 2017 astronaut selection campaign.

Personal Branding: How to stand out in today’s job market – Nicole Rakowski (Salon Viger B)

Pulling from her own personal experience of starting a career in the healthcare sector, Nicole discusses how a personal brand set her apart from others. She will share how to personally brand yourself to stand out from others in today’s competitive job market.

Gambling, video games and internet use: The role of motivation and emotion regulation in behavioural addictions – Jérémie Richard & Loredana Marchica (Salon Viger C)

Millennials frequently engage in behaviours which produce short-term rewards with the potential for adverse consequences in the long-term. Participation in gambling, video games and the internet (e.g. social media, social news, video-streaming), although reasonable in moderation, has the potential for significant negative consequences when participation becomes excessive. The purpose of this workshop is to inform individuals regarding the research available on gambling, gaming and internet use while underlining the potential development of behavioural addictions. Reasons and motivations for the engagement in the above-mentioned activities will be discussed in detail with the goals of emphasizing purposeful engagement and psychological need fulfillment as opposed to distraction and emotion regulation.















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