Debra Christmas is a seasoned leader in the high tech field with over 35 years experience managing all aspects of information technology. Most recently Debra was Vice-President of Technical Sales for Hewlett-Packard, leading an organization of over 200 technical professionals across North and South America. Previous roles include Chief of Staff, and Chief information officer in the Canadian public sector. She has contributed to her profession through her involvement in industry committees and as President of local chapters of CIPS and Vice President of MISA. She speaks regularly at industry events and conferences on leadership and transformation in IT. She is founder of Stiletto Gladiators, a consultancy focused on leadership development, change facilitation and employee engagement. She is a diversity coach and is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion in her profession.
Tracey Bissett is an accomplished professional with 20 years of experience in the financial services industry working directly or indirectly with personal, commercial and corporate clients to help them achieve their financial goals. A demonstrated passion for increasing financial fitness coupled with lending and risk management experience led to the establishment of Bissett Financial Fitness Inc.
As President and Chief Financial Fitness Trainer, Tracey works with clients to help them understand and improve their level of financial fitness with a goal of increased confidence using their financial skills so they can be successful in their financial life. She works with people of all ages, focusing on youth and young adults, as well as engages with companies and not-for-profit entities in various capacities including one on one coaching and contracts focused on financial services and risk management assignments. In addition, she teaches and leads speaking engagements to increase financial fitness awareness.
A native of Nova Scotia, Tracey completed her Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and Masters of Business Administration Degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 2007, Tracey furthered her financial education by becoming a CFA Charterholder.
Tracey enjoys giving back the community and actively volunteers with the United Way of Toronto & York Region, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto as well as Junior Achievement of Central Ontario.
Leigh Mitchell is a PR & Marketing Campaign Specialist growing active and thriving communities across Canada.
Her wish for you is that you build a life where you feel more complete as a parent, friend, professional, entrepreneur and member of your community.
Leigh feels blessed to be inspired by all of you through social media, membership, events and #Thriveinmylife podcast. Truthfully, thriving is a moment to moment experience of honesty. It is not about perfection it is about awareness.
While there are many areas of thriving in life and business Leigh has focused on the following areas to explore and share: Leadership and Learning, Financial Well-being and Fun, Spirituality and Healthy Living, Community and Compassion
Leigh is drawn to connecting her community across North America and in person throughout Canada. Her career has led her to successfully work with major brands such as GM Canada, Microsoft Canada, Telus, Johnson & Johnson, Maple Leaf Foods, TD Canada Trust, Staples Canada and Random House. Leigh has been featured on CBC Radio, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and in other media and has been a featured speaker at Blissdom Canada, The Wellness Business Summit and has served as a judge for UPS and Microsoft Small Business Contests. Connect with Leigh on Twitter , LinkedIn and Facebook
Adrienne Edgar enjoyed a successful media career spanning nearly two decades working with talented thought leaders, teams and clients. Her rich experience in this industry taught her firsthand how to become a strategic thinker, communicator and marketer. It also showed her how easy it is to succumb to stress and lose one’s self along the way in today’s frenetic “24-7” world. Stress can disconnect us from our bodies, our dreams, our creativity and our joy if we let it. Adrienne Edgar Inc. is dedicated to helping people re-connect with themselves, their hearts and their truth so, that they can live their truest, most authentic life. While Adrienne Edgar Inc. was started as a life coaching business, it has quickly evolved to include workshops, retreats, speaking engagements and a line of wellness products.
International speaker, trainer and certified coach, Carol is on a mission to empower people to live BIG lives (how many folks can say they’ve lived in an Ashram, shaved their head, or bungee jumped naked?!?) no matter what life throws at them. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and an MA in Communication, and believes your voice and story have the power to inspire action and instigate change.
Carol is the creator of the initiative ‘Women Living BIG’, for women who want to learn big, play big, and give big. She is committed to helping you get out of your comfort zone to discover what living BIG means to you.
She has led workshops internationally, and has lived, worked and/or volunteered in Thailand, India, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, US, Germany and the UK, and brings a unique and global perspective to all she does. Passionate about many things, Carol is also a volunteer bereavement facilitator, marathon runner, and yoga instructor.
Nicole is the Co-Founder of Connected Impact Partners, a consultancy focused on building clients’ business through a focus on social good. She is a highly driven, strategic and creative entrepreneur who seeks and offers innovative solutions to complex problems and passionately pursues those solutions – drawing in the necessary resources to make them possible. Nicole has a deep toolkit that spans business development, strategic partnerships, business design, advertising, marketing, and revenue development. She is an expert at acquiring customer & employee insights as inputs into design frameworks that build brands, drive customer and employee engagement, and increase value for stakeholders. With 20 years’ experience, Nicole has held a variety of positions in both the public and private sectors. In addition to Connected Impact, she is the Business Design Specialist at Learn2, a business partner at UGO, creator of MeetUpforStartUps and the Interim Chair of the Board at Photographers without Borders.