Catch the Future!

This year's QNET Conference takes on constant change, featuring national and international experts presenting on the latest in effective work.

Keynote Speaker Ron Tite, creativity expert and best selling author, addresses corporate strategy, innovation, branding, and social media. Join over 300 Leaders – current, emerging and aspiring – from a wide cross section of organizations as Ron speaks about relevance, authenticity and creativity in our fast paced world.

Select a customized conference experience. Chose from 12 sessions in four targeted streams – Leadership & Management, Quality & Effectiveness, Workplace Wellness and Tools & Techniques, all featuring the latest in relevant best practices and tools.

Enhance Your Skills - Transform Your Team - Build Your Future - QNET Conference 2017

Enhance Your Skills - Transform Your Team - Build Your Future - QNET Conference 2017

This year, focus on renovating your work in the face of constant change.

Catch the future at the 2017 QNET Conference!


Opening Keynote

Opening Keynote Speaker - Everyone's An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be) Ron Tite - QNET Conference 2017

Ron Tite specializes in authentic communication in today's hyperactive, distracted, e-connected world. As a creativity and branding expert he outlines strategies to survive and thrive amongst chaos. Ron and his company The Tite Group work with some of the world's largest brands to help them connect. His presentations are humorous and insightful, highlighting how organizations, and the individuals within them, win the battle for precious attention. Ron's new book, Everyone's An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be), hit store shelves in the fall of 2016.
Opening Keynote Speaker - Everyone's An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be) by Ron Tite - QNET Conference 2017

Trained at Toronto's legendary Second City, Ron was named one of the "Top. 10 Creative Canadians" by Marketing Magazine. He's been an award winning advertising Writer and Creative Director for some of the world's most respected brands including Air France, Evian, Fidelity, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, Volvo, and many others. His advertising work has been recognized by The London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals of Advertising, The Crystals, The Extras, The Canadian Marketing Association, The Advertising & Design Club of Canada, and The Marketing Awards, to name just a few.

He is founder and CEO of The Tite Group, Executive Producer & Host of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning show Monkey Toast, and is a featured marketing expert on the new Mark Burnett-produced business reality show, Dream Funded. He has written for a number of other television series, penned a children's book, and wrote, performed, and produced the play, The Canadian Baby Bonus. In demand as a speaker on innovation, branding and his own take on modern business, Ron has spoken to leading organizations all over the world.

Opening Keynote Speaker - Michael Bungay Stanier - QNET Conference 2017

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Conference Agenda

Victoria Inn Hotel & Conference Centre – Tuesday, May 16, 2017  |  Winnipeg

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Registration / Continental Breakfast / Exhibits


Welcome & Opening Keynote Presentation – Ron Tite


Networking Break / Exhibits


Breakout Sessions #1


Networking Break / Exhibits


Breakout Sessions #2


12:15 PM   Networking Luncheon / Exhibits



Feature Plenary – Ron Tite


Networking Break / Exhibits


Breakout Sessions #3


Networking Break / Exhibits


Closing Plenary


Conference Adjourn

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Conference Breakout Sessions

Join us for an outstanding lineup of 12 breakout sessions in four streams:
Leadership & Management, Quality & Effectiveness, Workplace Wellness and Tools & Techniques. Find out more about our Breakout Session Speakers.

Session #1 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Leadership &

Renovate Your Work - A Leader's Perspective

What do successful leaders do to drive innovative thinking and behaviour? Join our leadership panel to explore the challenges and opportunities of renovating your work. Our panelists help guide their organizations through rapid growth, major change and unexpected events. Come prepared for insightful discussion, inspiring stories and ideas to take back to your workplace.

- Yvan Boisjoli, Co-Founder / CEO, Bold Commerce
- Jerin Valel, Director of Digital, Bell MTS
- Casie Nishi, Executive Director, Wellness Institute
- Moderator: John MacLise, Host of Bold Radio on 680 CJOB and Director Retail Partner Channels, Bell MTS

Quality &

The People Factor in Performance Improvement

People are at the heart of every quality and performance improvement system, impacting effectiveness and longevity. Explore some common quality management systems and what it takes to bring about successful implementation, with particular emphasis on the human factor. You will be introduced to a Behavioural and Driving Force Model to understand human performance and its impacts on quality and improvement systems. Prior to the conference, you will have the opportunity to respond to a questionnaire / session instrument.

- Shad Ali, President, On Purpose Leadership Inc.


Renewal: Take Control Through Learned Optimism

Explore the fascinating research behind "Learned Optimism" and how to apply it to our personal and professional lives. Our perceptions of either a sense of control or a sense of helplessness impact our health, how we relate to others and ultimately determine our sense of happiness and fulfillment. Learn about proven exercises and approaches that enhance your well-being and the well-being of others around you, including how to monitor our thought process and create continual renewal.

- Chuck Meltzer, Ph.D., President, SyntecGroup

Tools &

Tools for the Time-Crunched Conversation

Your future depends on how you present yourself and put your best foot forward, especially in time-crunched situations. Fill your renovation toolkit with tips and skills to hold brief and succinct conversations, present yourself confidently and get noticed for the "right" reasons. Gain a better understanding of who you are and how you brand yourself, your first impression and how your actions and tone impact those who come into contact with you. You will have the opportunity to practice what you learn and take away a road map to help you continue to hone your skills.

- Christine Paquette, President, Bridge Dynamics

Session #2 – 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM

Design and Lead an Innovative Culture

Creativity and innovation are at the heart of workplace renovation and should be a major part of every organization, large or small. Employees continually have opportunities to try new things, test processes and improve efficiencies, and leaders need to make space for these opportunities to be explored. Innovation can and should be a continual process, something that happens every day. This session will provide a framework for designing a successful workplace renovation with strategies for creating and sustaining a culture of innovation.

- Randy Grieser, CEO, ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership & Workplace Performance and the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI)

Priority Restoration

Hear the what, why and how of Priority Restoration's journey through change, transformation and quality improvement. Learn about their challenges and successes, the power of metrics, the results to date and how people are taking ownership of the process.

- Melanie Klos, Quality Assurance Manager, Priority Restoration
- Liz Pham, Director of Operations, Priority Restoration

Renovate Your Organization: A Supportive Work Environment

Find out about workplace renovation and renewal from panelists who are taking steps to explore and adopt Canada's National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The standard provides a framework for a supportive workplace for healthier employees, with benefits in productivity, sustainability and growth. Panelists will share their approach and plans to renovate for better wellness.

- Andrea Aiello, Corporate HR Senior Manager, Palliser
- Jordan Friesen, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association - Central Region
- Kerilyn Zielinski, Safety and Training Coordinator, Red River College

Break Down Barriers and Create Space for Communication

Often manager / employee conversations focus solely on tasks, performance issues and the dreaded annual performance evaluation. Find out how Duha Group is breaking down perceived barriers of hierarchy and fostering an environment of shared respect with Hive Five. The program encourages positive communication, allowing both staff members and their managers to feel heard, supported and engaged in real time. Best of all it takes only five minutes!

- Martina Richter, Senior Staff Advisor, Duha Group

Session #3 – 2:15 PM to 3:30 PM

Ready, Set, Renovate! Build a Change Ready Workforce

Change is tough. It's also necessary for growth and stability. Learn what it takes to build a change ready workforce, able to adapt with less discomfort. Explore what prevents employees from engaging with change and learn why leaders who believe their employees are resistant actually reduce readiness for change. Find out how conversation can tap into collective intelligence, enabling a healthier, stronger and high performing workforce. Discover one often overlooked strategy that can make a dramatic difference to the performance, growth and resilience of your employees.

- Dr. Dawn-Marie Turner, President, Turner Change Management Inc.

Great Idea! Renovate Your Suggestion Box Thinking

The speed of change continues to increase. Consumers are now more educated and have more choice and access to products and services than ever before. Organizations are seeking new ways to compete and need innovative employees to help them achieve that. It's time to ditch the suggestion box thinking that only focuses on the idea. Learn how you can make a difference and stand out by coming up with great solutions backed with a quick business case using Fermi math. (Warning: You may just find out that math can be fun, quick and easy!)

- Wendy Ferris, Partner, inVision Edge

Build a Healthier Team, Enneagram Style

Using the Enneagram system of personality, explore how an understanding and appreciation of 9 distinct ways of being-in and relating-to the work environment can develop more fully conscious teams - teams with greater engagement and creativity, clearer communication, higher job satisfaction, and improved employee retention. Take this opportunity to gain curiosity, insight and appreciation of yourself and your team. Better understand the strengths and challenges of your dominant way of being and move beyond ingrained patterns of reaction.

- Kitty Buckboro, Adult Mental Health, Health Sciences Centre

A Strong Foundation - Make Your Story Work for You

The stories you tell about yourself are powerful. They can lead you to action, profoundly influence your interactions, and inspire others to give you new opportunities. Learn about the essential elements of a powerful story, the questions that will help you discover your strongest stories, and winning structures that take you from elevator pitch to job interview. Leave with the tools to tell a compelling story of who you are and what you have to offer, as well as valuable tips for delivering your story to others.

- Cate Friesen, Principal, The Story Source

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Closing Plenary

Happy Hour Begins at 9am!

Closing keynote speaker Sylvia! is fun, sassy and passionate. Her presentations invite audiences to laugh while learning practical, powerful tools. A former radio show host of Happy Hour With Sylvia! and a regular contributor to radio, Sylvia! will help you discover the power you have to make the rest of your life the best of your life.

Should you renovate your work? What's in it for you? Sylvia! will expose deadly workplace sins that hold you back from a successful work-place and work-life re-design. Upbeat, uplifting, and insightful... "Happy Hour Begins at 9am!" concludes a jam-packed day of inspiring keynotes and informative breakouts at #QNETMB17. See you there!

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Registration Fees

Enhance your professional development and strengthen your network at the QNET Conference. If you can't stay for the day, come for the Keynote, which includes continental breakfast and access to the exhibits.

QNET Member Rate

$289 + GST

Non-Member Rate

$329 + GST

Opening Keynote Speaker & Continental Breakfast Rate

$69 + GST  |  Register for just the Keynote/breakfast  ›

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