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, and new and insightful skills from women who’ve “been there, done that” and are willing to share what they’ve learned along the way.

Roxanne Derhodge

Mental Health and Wellness Specialist, Roxanne Derhodge Consulting, Niagara Falls, ON

Presentation Title • The Power of Authentic Connections: The Shift from Return on Investment to Return on Human Connection

Presentation Overview: Authentic Heart Based Leaders focus on relationships and the bottom line results fall in place based on their ability to connect.

Roxanne Derhodge is a registered psychotherapist, corporate consultant, keynote speaker, trainer and author. She works with her clients to develop a keen sense of their resilience. When leaders start to focus on “Return on Relationships”, the companies’ ROI takes care of itself. With over 20 years’ experience, Roxanne works with senior leadership to enhance their resilience so they can more effectively manage the various levels of the organization. She will help improve their capacity to understand the style of their leadership and how their stress response may impact their ability to lead effectively.

Beverly Beuermann-King

Mental Health and Resiliency Expert, R ‘n’ B Consulting – Work Smart Live Smart, Little Britain, ON

Presentation One • Breaking The Silence On Mental Illness: Understanding Depression Within Your Team During Change and Challenge – Part 1

Presentation Overview: Just over one in ten adults will experience Depression at some point in their life, and those experiencing Depression often feel distant from colleagues, friends and loved ones. Discover the subtleties around mood, blues, and depression.

Presentation Two • Breaking The Silence On Mental Illness: Bringing Supportive Conversations To The Workplace – Part 2

Presentation Overview: Discover how be supportive when you suspect that someone is struggling and become comfortable with having a conversation in a non-judgmental and supportive way, so that you can promote a productive, engaged, and psychologically healthy workplace. Learn strategies using the A-L-E-C model for addressing the issue of mental health in a supportive, open and confident way.

For over 20 years, Beverly has used her S-O-S Principle™ with people and organizations who want to control their reactions to stress, build resiliency against life’s challenges, and live healthy, successful lives. Beverly believes that resiliency is about building a plan that works, and one that is unique to the person and team who builds it.

Beverly launched her company, R ‘n B Consulting, in 1995, and since then she has helped teams from a wide range of industries to shift from stressed out to resilient, enabling them to be happier, engaged, and successful.Beverly’s psychology, sociology, management, and adult education background combine to create her Work Smart Live Smart presentations, which are soundly based in research, and are enlightening and inspirational. Audiences discover the right strategies to improve their health, manage their challenges, and enhance their life’s satisfaction using three simple questions.

Beverly is a sought-after media spokesperson and is a highly respected speaker. Diverse organizations from Enbridge Gas and the Ontario Veterinarian Association, to York Regional Police, and the Elementary Teachers Federation, have partnered with Beverly when they want to protect their mental health.

Beverly is one of less than seventy Canadians to have earned their Certified Speaking Professional designation and has been accredited as a Certified Virtual Presenter through eSpeakers and through Power Women WorldWide. Beverly’s ability to connect the theoretical to real life through her stories and humour, help her audiences to move past the challenges and into a world of possibilities.

Candice Jay

CIM, FCSI, MFA-P, Vice President, CC&L Private Capital, Toronto, ON

Presentation Title • The Makeup of a Successful Investor – Financial Management & Independence

Presentation Overview: Explore the principles of investing and behavioral biases that appear for investors and how to best overcome them.

Candice has over 15 years of experience in the financial industry. Prior to joining CC&L Private Capital, roles at Pembroke Private Wealth Management and HSBC Global Asset Management demonstrated Candice’s ability to support private clients and foundations across Canada. She is focused on helping charitable foundations and high net worth clients—including women, farm families and  entrepreneurs —achieve their long-term financial goals. Strategic philanthropy is also an important part of Candice’s practice and she is passionate in working with clients to identify values and areas where philanthropy can play a role.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Candice holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation, is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI), holds the Master Financial Advisor – Philanthropy (MFA-P) designation. Candice understands the importance of giving back to her community, and is a current board member of the University of Toronto Alumni Association and UHN Impact Collective of the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation. She has also sat on the Board of Directors and Executive Board of the Toronto Chinese Business Association. In her spare time, Candice enjoys practicing yoga, playing golf and tennis, and taking hikes with her family and golden retriever, Sadie.

Cheryl-Ann Lovie

President, Its My Turn, Woodstock, ON

Presentation Title • Shingles Doesn’t Care

Presentation Overview: Cheryl-Ann will take you through her story of the series of challenges, that she, herself, overcame.  A  life changing experience taught her strategies to overcome and forge through the process. Let her insight be your inspiration.

Cheryl-Ann is an HVAC Sales Professional by day, and a recently published author, of her first book “Its My Turn”, and most recently a public speaker.  Cheryl-Ann’s passion for inspiring women to greatness, has been her life’s work. Cheryl-Ann is a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, daughter, sister and trusted friend. Cheryl-Ann loves to squeeze in a game of golf and work in her garden when the season allows. HVAC is not her only passion, time with her family will always be her most valued achievement.

Lauren McCreery

Founder & Professional Coach, Swerve Coaching & Consulting, Canmore, AB

Presentation Title • How to Listen to Life’s Whispers and SWERVE to a Career and Life You Love

Presentation Overview: Life always sends us small messages, hints or “whispers” to help guide us, but we often silence the message and wind up suffering the consequences. Lauren will share how she went from stressed and burnt out to making her career and lifestyle dreams come true. Coach Lauren will share the key steps you can take to confidently seek what you want out of your career and life.

Like many others, Coach Lauren spent years daydreaming of a different life – a career where she could make a meaningful impact and a lifestyle full of adventure and stillness in the mountains. After years of working in a stressful job, feeling stuck and wondering about the possibilities of something greater, she boldly changed direction and swerved to the life and career of her dreams.

In 2019, after becoming a Certified Professional Coach, Lauren founded Swerve Coaching & Consulting. Her mission is two-fold: to help Millennials transition to sustainable and fulfilling careers and to help leaders of organizations build healthier workplaces that enable Millennials to thrive. Coach Lauren helps Millennials to SWERVE and leaders to “SWERVE-proof” their organizations.

Philomena Morrissey Satre

Director of Diversity-Equity-Inclusion, Land O Lakes, Arden Hills, MN

Presentation Title • Coming soon!

Presentation Overview: Coming soon!

Philomena serves as Director of Diversity & Inclusion and External Strategic Partnerships.  She joined Land O’Lakes June 2017, bringing more than 30 years of human resource experience in diversity and inclusion, community relations, work life and wellbeing. Before joining Land O’Lakes, she worked at Wells Fargo & Company.   Her previous roles included VP of Organizational Effectiveness Development, Diversity and Inclusion; Community Outreach Consultant; and Senior HR Consultant.

Philomena joined the Board of Directors for the Cookie Cart organization and leads the Governance Committee.  She co- leads the Leadership Advisory Board for SHIFT and formerly served on the Board of SHIFT (nonprofit focused on people in midlife) for 8 years. Philomena serves on the Agriculture D and I Consortium (Together We Grow), and co-chairs the Twin Cities D&I Roundtable. Philomena served on the Minnesota Workforce Citizen Commission on Aging, Minneapolis Workforce Council, the Executive Leadership Council for Honoring Women Worldwide, the Goodwill Easter Seals, Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES), Lifeworks, HIRED and Resource Inc. Advisory Boards.  She also co led the 2020 Women on Boards initiative for Minnesota.

Philomena has received numerous awards, including AARP/Pollen 50 over 50, the Minneapolis Business Journal’s Woman Change Maker and Minority Advocate, Minnesota Business The (Real) Power 50 Award and the University of Phoenix Diversity Leadership Award. Philomena has an MA in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University and a BA in Public Administration and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse.  Philomena is an Adjunct Professor at the University of St Catherine in the Master of Organizational Leadership Graduate Program.

Jane Schuette, MA, DTM

Speaker and Author, Jane Schuette and Associates, Inc., Watertown, MN

Presentation Title • SOS – Manage My Stress

Presentation Overview: The constant change and uncertainty in the world require a back-to-basics approach to stress management. Jane’s presentation will energize and motivate you to apply a practical and research-backed strategy for sailing through your stress so it stops swamping you.

Jane is an award-winning speaker and author. Throughout a lifetime of research, she has collected the most effective practices and chosen tools designed to educate, energize, and inspire you to manage stress. Her audience is diverse – from global corporation employees to educators, from U.S. Armed Forces to women inmates. Jane’s message is easy to digest and implement, helping you to sail through the stormy seas of stress with ease! Her first book, Building Your Brilliance: Move from Stressful Survival to Joyful Living, features a toolkit to help you manage stress and uncover your brilliance! Her second book, The Building Your Brilliance 5-Minute Journal, helps you find peace within the storms of stress and navigate to brilliance in just 5 minutes a day. Jane lives in rural Minnesota with her husband and is delighted to have her children and grandchildren nearby for plenty of play time in the exhilarating Minnesota seasons.

Lauren Sergy

Communication and Public Speaking Expert, Up Front Communication, Edmonton, AB

Presentation Title • Discovering Your Speaker’s Edge

Presentation Overview: Many people assume that great communicators are born, not made, but nothing could be further than the truth. In this inspiring and practical talk, you’ll learn how to dig into your innate communication strengths while boosting your  skill and confidence so you can make your voice heard!

Public speaking and communication expert Lauren Sergy has helped thousands of people become more effective leaders by developing critical communication skills such as persuasion, presentation, and executive presence. Known for her highly practical and inter-disciplinary approach, Lauren tackles tough speaking and communication issues with refreshing humor and candor. She has worked with a variety of clients and audiences in Canada, the US, and Europe including KPMG, T-Mobile, Grant Thornton, the Government of Alberta, the University of Alberta, Dairy Farmers of Canada, and many more.

Lauren is a proud member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Classics, and teaches business communication at Concordia University of Edmonton and the University of Alberta.

Her book, The Handy Communication Answer Book, was featured on Library Journal’s Best Reference Books of 2017 list.

Suzanne F. Stevens

Conscious Leadership & Social Contribution Cultivator, YouMeWe Social Impact Group, Collingwood, ON

Presentation Title • YouMeWe Social Impact Group

Presentation Overview: From Suzanne’s extensive interviews with women leaders in twenty-five countries, she will share eight practices that women who transformed their organizations and communities embrace. You will gain increased confidence to liberate your authentic power and show up as the best version of you, at home, at work, and in your community.


As a multi-award-winning social entrepreneur, Suzanne works with SME leaders and entrepreneurs to maximize their meaning and resilience by making their contrition count for them, their organization, and the community. Leaders are empowered to ignite an inclusive culture while having a social impact. Strategies attract, engage, and retain colleagues, customers, and collaborators — sustainably.

Suzanne has been inspiring audiences for twenty-two years on five continents, challenging their perceptions, arming them with strategies, and inspiring them to act. She is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), web-tv and podcast host, moderator, event producer, community builder, author (Make your contribution count for you, me, we – https://store.youmewe.ca/). Suzanne is the founder of YouMeWe Social Impact Group: YouMeWe.ca, YouMeWeMovement.ca, WisdomExchangetv.com, YouMeWeFoundation.org, YouMeWe Community: Women Leading Social Impact and YouMeWe Events.

As an adventure traveller and curious by nature, Suzanne enjoys exploring and sharing how diverse people make their contributions count. With the world getting smaller and bandwidths getting larger, Suzanne is thrilled to build the global YouMeWe community of women leading a social impact through volunteerism, advocacy, and commerce.