Think Conference 2021

Throughout history, considerable advancements tend to follow significant disruptive events. The COVID-19 pandemic may be the greatest disruption of our lives. The future advancement possibilities are limitless, in terms of the way we work, the way we innovate, and the way we learn. This unique, one-day conference will help equip you for the opportunities ahead.

2021 conference SPEAKERS

We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers for the conference this year. The final list of speakers, as well as a full agenda for the event, will be posted in the coming weeks.

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki rose to prominence at Apple in the 1980s as the evangelist who helped launch the Macintosh computer.  Today he is the Chief Evangelist of graphic design company Canva, creator of Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast, and a highly sought-after Author and Speaker whose clients have included Apple, Nike, Gartner, Audi, Google, Microsoft, Breitling and dozens of trade associations.

In addition, he has written Wise GuyThe Art of the Start 2.0The Art of Social MediaEnchantment, and 11 other books. Guy is an Executive Fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley) and is an Adjunct Professor of the University of New South Wales

Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University, an MBA from UCLA, and an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

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David Usher

David Usher

When innovative companies such as Google, 3M, Cisco, Pepsi, Xerox and SAP want to inspire original thinking in their employees and executives they bring in David Usher. David doesn't just talk about creativity, innovation and artificial intelligence, he lives it.

Drawing from his unique experience as a multi-platinum, four-time Juno award winning musician, best-selling author and as the founder of Reimagine AI,  David defines the path that companies and institutions can follow to reboot ingenuity in this brave new world of disruptive change.

Using examples from inside the disruption of the music business by the digital economy to his experience at the forefront of the artificial intelligence revolution working with companies like Google Brain, David reveals why now more than ever creativity and innovation is the only way forward and your last, best competitive advantage.

“This is a revolutionary time,” says David. “Now more than ever we need to reengage our creative minds. Cultivating flexible thinking will not only feed our mental health but it also allows us to see the new opportunities that come with change. Revolutions can destroy, but they can also open up endless worlds of possibility.”

In his dynamic presentation, David electrifies audiences and demonstrates that creative success is a learnable skill that anyone can master.

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Conference Welcome, Opening Remarks and Performances 

9:20 - 10:15

Session 1: Innovation

Keynote: David Usher
Topic: Reimagining AI and the implications for the way we work and the way we learn. 

10:15 - 10:25



Innovation Roundtable - How to Drive Innovation

Trevor Berg, Vice President, Operation Strategy & Optimization, Nutrien
Lori Chartier, Director of Digital Health – Urban and Tertiary Service, Saskatchewan Health Authority
David Boehm, Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate & Student Services, Ministry of Advanced Education
Kari Harvey, CEO Innovation Saskatchewan 

11:25 - 11:30

Morning session summary and wrap-up 

11:30 - 1:00

Conference Break


Afternoon Welcome and Opening Remarks 


Session 2: Learning

Participants: Jake Hirsch-Allen, Founder, Lighthouse Labs & Larry Rosia
Topic: Flipping our notion of education on its head

1:50 - 2:00



Session 3: Future of Work

Keynote: Guy Kawasaki
Topic: Championing change. The pandemic may have changed the way we work but technology and other factors meant the shift was already well underway before COVID-19 spread across the globe. We all know there is no going back to the way things were, so how do we continue to pivot to meet what is ahead? It all begins with looking at things differently and how changed is championed within our organizations.

3:00 - 3:10



Future of Work Roundtable Session

Murad Al-Katib, President & CEO, AGT Food & Ingredients
Thomas Benjoe, President & CEO, FHQ Developments
Brendan King, Co-Founder & CEO, Vendasta 
John Schmeiser, President Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA)

4:05 - 4:15

Conference Summation and Close

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