Executive Sessions

All sessions held in Metro Toronto Convention Centre 716A, unless otherwise indicated.
Sessions and times are subject to change.

Executive Welcome and Working with Your Board of Directors
Monday, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Speaker: Hazel Roper, SPHR, Training & Development Manager, City of Dallas, Dallas Park & Recreation;

A strong and healthy partnership between a board of directors and executive leadership is vitally important to the success of an organization. However, this relationship can be both rewarding and challenging. Discover the strategies, tools, and interpersonal skills essential to developing and maintaining a meaningful and results driven partnership.


BootCamp Session 1&2: Negotiation Training
Monday, 4:15 PM - 6:30 PM
MTCC Room 716A

Speakers: Jason Stitt, Facilitator, Stitt Feld Handy Group;



Executive Keynote: The Power of Healthy Tension – Overcome Chronic Issues and Conflicting Values
Tuesday, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Speaker: Tim Arnold, Leadership Development and Teambuilding Expert;

Often leaders have a clear vision but fail to live it out. They get stuck because of conflicting values, division within the team, and resistance to change. The Power of Healthy Tension helps leaders get unstuck by providing a simple 4-step framework that allows them to unite their team, spark change, and achieve their goals.



The Power of Healthy Tension Workshop
Tuesday, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Speaker: Tim Arnold, Leadership Development and Teambuilding Expert;

This session builds off the Executive Keynote, and provides attendees with practical takeaways of how to best implement servant leadership practices to benefit the teams at their venues.



Incentives: Is ROIncentives really possible?
Wednesday, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Speakers: Sharon Dye, Consultant, Insperity;

Have you ever asked yourself, “Will any of the incentive programs ever work?” A great question that needs a great answer in order to help increase the probability that you will achieve the ROI you want from employee incentive programs. In this session, we’ll discuss how to get the ROI you need from incentive methods. We’ll discuss various aspects of incentive programs, such as:

  • When should incentives begin?
  • How do I choose how?
  • Tangible vs. Intangible incentives
  • Qualitative vs. Quantitative metrics to gauge results

We will cover the pitfalls to avoid, as well as, simple steps to follow as soon as you get back to work. Bring your questions and incentive program success stories to share.



Creating a Winning Corporate Culture
Wednesday, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Speakers: Richard Peddie, Leader, Author, City builder;

Creating a winning culture is not easy but with an inspiring vision, strong core values and no time outs it is definitely possible for any organization. Even if your team is not winning or your number of shows is down having a solid vision and values can get you through.



Managing Across Generations
Wednesday, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Speakers: Hazel Roper, SPHR, Training & Development Manager, City of Dallas, Dallas Park & Recreation;

It's main event time! Do NOT attend this session if you're afraid of hilarity, truth, and introspection! We've reached out to the superstars of IAVM with some very simple (and not so simple) questions regarding motivation, recognition, and expectations across the generations. The answers may surprise you, and you will be asked to help present them! Perhaps we're all making too much of generational stereotypes? Or perhaps those stereotypes are ALL TOO REAL. Come and be amazed!



Inclusive Leadership
Wednesday, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Speakers: Joe Gerstandt, Keynote Speaker, Author, Inclusion Strategist, Platinum Speakers Agency;

Leaders play a critical role in providing an inclusive employee experience, and research suggests that the wrong kind of leadership is one of the biggest barriers to inclusion. Not only is inclusion poorly understood, and often misunderstood by managers, inclusive leadership is simply not the path of least resistance. Even if we see the importance and value of inclusion intellectually, in the moment it makes life a lot easier if everyone just thinks and acts in the same ways. Inclusion is hard work and is about much more than having good intentions. Being an inclusive leader is not about “getting it,” “embracing it,” or having a killer business case for it…you have to actually do stuff, and Joe will help you figure out what that stuff is. Starting with a simple, but actionable framework for understanding inclusion and what it means to be included Joe outlines a basic toolkit for inclusive leadership.


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