WEST 2018

SPEAKERS 2017-09-15T16:26:17+00:00

Our great lineup of speakers: Listen, Learn, Network & Grow!

Our speakers are industry leaders, market innovators and those passionate about creating success. We choose the best people from within and outside the ag industry to share their wisdom and knowledge with you.

Imagine the goals you could achieve with a little inspiration, networking and insightful skills from women and men who’ve “been there, done that” and are willing to share what they’ve learned along the way.

Meet the AWC EAST 2017 presenters that we have lined up to date!

Leslie Beck, RD

Leslie Beck Nutrition Consulting Inc., Toronto, Ontario

Presentation Title: Peak Performance Nutrition—What to eat to be stress resilient, energetic and healthy

Presentation Overview:

Stress is a fact of nature. A little of it helps you stay focused, energetic, alert. Beyond a certain point, though, stress stops being helpful and can zap your energy and impact your weight, your health, your mood and your productivity.

Nutrition plays a critical role in managing the physiological effects stress. What you eat – and don’t eat – can help or hinder your body’s ability to respond to stress.

During this information-packed presentation, Leslie Beck will present 10 practical, easy-to-implement nutrition strategies to help you fuel your body with the right foods and nutrients it needs to effectively deal with stress, stay energized and be as healthy as possible.

Leslie Beck has spent her career helping Canadians achieve their health goals as they relate to diet and nutrition. She is a best-selling author, columnist, and television and radio personality.

In her Toronto-based private practice, Leslie works one-on-one with clients who seek her expertise, providing diet advice, personalized meal plans, and ongoing coaching. She also is the Director of Food and Nutrition at Medcan, a company that helps people achieve their very best health and wellness.

Leslie is recognized as an authority on nutrition and food issues and is an experienced communicator in television, radio and print media. She writes a weekly column in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, and is a regular contributor to CTV news. She is the best-selling author of 12 books (Penguin Canada) including The Plant-Based Power Diet and Leslie Beck’s Longevity Diet.

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Leslie obtained her Bachelor of Science (Dietetics) from the University of British Columbia and proceeded to complete the dietetic internship program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. She studied a Masters in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario, Dietitians of Canada, The Institute for Functional Medicine and The American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Darci Lang

Motivational Speaker and Trainer, XL Enterprises

Presentation Title: Focus on the 90%

Presentation Overview: One simple tool to change the way you view your life

If anyone understands staying motivated and doing what you love, it’s Darci Lang. She quite literally went out and built the life she wanted. She has worked for great leaders and not so great leaders, built three award-winning businesses and let them go when the time was right. All she has accomplished has been done on her own terms, maintaining balance between home and work and by Focusing on the 90% – on the positive in her world.

Darci Lang has discovered a solution to help you live your life, do your job, and connect with the people who matter most, to the fullest. Living her message of focus on the 90% has enabled Darci to make a difference in the lives of those around her. She helps to transform cultures, employee engagement and in turn – morale and profitability.

In the midst of her flourishing entrepreneurial career, Darci has learned powerful lessons about maintaining balance, bringing her best self home to her husband and teenagers and embracing her own victories. Darci Lang is an inspirational speaker, an award-winning entrepreneur, a best-selling author, a wife and a mom, whose simple tool helps individuals reframe the way they look at, and think about, their work and their interactions and relationships with others.

Darci’s Focus on the 90% message will help you find balance, discover ways to stay motivated and love your work, rise above adversity, and make a difference in all you do!

Cami Ryan

Social Sciences Lead, Monsanto Company

Presentation Title: The Road Less Travelled—An Unexpected Journey Through Agriculture

Presentation Overview: Career and life pathways can be planned or pre-determined. Yet, we often find ourselves stumbling upon roadblocks or unexpected opportunities that can shift our direction in subtle or surprising ways.  This is a story of gratitude. It is the story of my unexpected and remarkable journey into the world of agriculture.

Cami Ryan is a self-defined nerd, social media maven, unapologetic storyteller, and part-time myth-buster. She has worked in the area of agriculture for more than 20 years and, for most of that time, as a public-sector researcher.  In 2014, Cami joined the Monsanto Company where – as Social Sciences Lead with Regulatory Policy and Scientific Affairs – she leverages an expanding scientific network in North America and around the world to more closely examine and understand policy, regulations and acceptance of agricultural innovations. Cami hails from the Saskatchewan prairies. She and her cowboy-carpenter husband, Blair, live on a small farm in Missouri with a handful of horses and other critters. They have two grown children: Tanya is a country-western singer/songwriter/performer and yogi and Hayden is an electrician/actor/playwright.

Sherry Waddingham

President, Mindshift

Presentation Title: Don’t let unspoken gender rules get in your way

Presentation Overview: Men and women are very different. Men have different rules by which they work, communicate and make decisions. The challenge for women is these rules are not consciously communicated which leaves them operating blind.  This session will uncover gender differences in the workplace and how to avoid the pitfalls that can hold you back.

Dream It. Do It. Live It. That’s the essence of Debbie Travis’s success: and there’s a lot to learn from this deceptively simple approach. In this powerful keynote, Travis lays all her cards on the table. Want to make it big? Well, you’re going to have to work hard, she says. You’re going to have to make sacrifices. You’re going to fail, at least sometimes. But if you keep pushing forward, and if—above all else—you have passion that you believe in, you can get there.

With great humour and depth, Travis shares her rags-to-riches life story. Going from working-class England to one of Canada’s most recognizable brands—just walk into any Canadian Tire store to see the walls of Debbie Travis merchandise—has not been an easy journey. But her relentless entrepreneurial spirit continues to push her into newer territory. There’s no possible limit to success, she says. But there are no shortcuts: you have to put in the hours and chase every opportunity with passion, gumption, and creativity. You have to find your happiness. You have to create something. Including hands-on advice on building relationships, branding, and marketing, this talk is not only exceedingly inspirational, it’s practical, too. And, it’s an absolute joy to watch Travis on stage.

Sherry is an Interpersonal Behaviour Specialist and the President of Mindshift a workplace communication consultancy. She works with organizations in the areas of interpersonal communication and gender differences in the workplace together with leadership for women.

Sherry’s desire is to create a more humane workplace experience by helping people understand each other and providing the tools to help them work better together. Her industry experience runs the gamut and she has worked in both the private and public sector.

Prior to starting her own consultancy, Sherry was a corporate executive and spent over twenty years inspiring people and building teams. She has held senior leadership positions in communications, marketing and strategic planning with some of the country’s top companies including IBM Canada, Cossette Communications Group, OgilvyOne Worldwide and Liberty Health.

Sherry holds an M.B.A. from Queen’s University and is currently studying Psychology at Ryerson University.  She is an alumna of The Judy Project (Leadership Forum For Executive Women) from the Rotman School of Management. She is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and a graduate of Adler International Learning/OISE, University of Toronto.  She is a Certified Facilitator and Authorized Partner of Everything DiSC, A Wiley Brand.  Sherry is a graduate of Protrack Academy from the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS).

Sherry lives in Toronto, is an avid potter, gardener and animal lover.