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Christopher Fairbank

Conference Founder, The Dare to be Different Speaker, Business Leadership Strategist and Coach, and Renowned Ballet Dancer Turned Cop

Christopher Fairbank, a renowned ballet dancer for over eighteen years and police officer turned motivational speaker, will make audiences laugh and motivate them to achieve more! After a serious car accident at the age of 12, he was unable to walk for 6 weeks. At the time of the accident, his doctors told that he would not be able to walk again, let alone dance again. With hard work, vision, and determination, Christopher was up and walking and back in the ballet studio eight weeks after the accident. He not only became a professional ballet dancer but also danced all over the world. He was a soloist and principal dancer and rose to the rank of première danseur. He danced for three consecutive presidents of the United States of America and went on to win a gold medal at an international ballet competition.

Christopher speaks at many schools, businesses, conferences, and organizations around the country with the goal of creating a positive change in our communities. He focuses on providing and teaching his new model of business leadership. Business leaders are taught how to apply this model to their current challenges. These leaders are then able to realize their potential and understand that they can become successful in business and life no matter the circumstances. Audiences describe Christopher’s life experiences, stories and strategies as unique, motivating, funny, and captivating.

Doris Sims Spies, SPHR

International Talent Review and Succession Planning Consultant, Speaker and Author

Doris is the author of The 30-Minute Guide to Talent and Succession Management, The Talent Review Meeting Facilitator’s Guide, and Creative Onboarding Programs. Doris works with organizations of all shapes and sizes globally (North America, South America, Asia and Europe) to help them plan, execute, and measure a talent review process and a succession strategy. Doris Sims Spies is the Founder of Talent Benchstrength Solutions, LLC and is an HRCI and SHRM Approved Provider of continuing education for Human Resource professionals.

Doris holds an MS Degree in Human Resource Development and holds a Senior Professional in HR Certification (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). In 1996, Doris received the Outstanding Performers in Training Management award, in the category of “Establishing a New Training Function”, from Lakewood Publications, and her talent management procedures have been featured in a Corporate Leadership Council best practices publication.

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Brad Billman

Experienced Innovation Leader, Author & Named Inventor on Over 90 U.S. Patents

Brad Billman is a seasoned leader and speaker in innovation, invention and leadership topics. A named inventor on over 90 U.S. patents and builder of multiple innovation teams and programs, Brad understands how to help companies, leaders, and teams harness creativity for new discovery. Brad motivates and inspires his audience to be part of the exciting innovation and invention journey taking place in the world today. Through his riveting stories of successful inventors of the past, listeners feel the spirit of innovation and understand how they can apply the same principles used by these inventors to discover and create new opportunities in their own lives, both personally and professionally. The author of The Four Principles of Effective Innovation, Brad has trained hundreds of professionals on the work of creative innovation and empowered leaders and teams to be more inventive and creative in their solutions.

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Hamza Khan

Multi-award Winning Marketer, Accomplished Entrepreneur, and Dynamic Keynote Speaker

Hamza Khan is a multi-award winning marketer & entrepreneur. He’s the Managing Director of Student Life Network, Canada’s most comprehensive resource hub dedicated to helping and empowering millions of students across the country. He co-founded both Splash Effect, a boutique marketing & creative agency, as well as SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company. He is the author of an Amazon bestselling book, “The Burnout Gamble.” From TEDx stages and national conferences to MBA classrooms and Fortune 500 boardrooms, Hamza is regularly invited to deliver keynotes and workshops around the world. He is a faculty member at Seneca College and Ryerson University, teaching courses on digital marketing and social media. Through his consulting, writing, teaching and speaking, Hamza empowers people and businesses to transform ideas into action. Learn more at www.hamzakhan.ca.

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Patti Wilson

Executive Vice President Human Resources

As a proven HR leader Patti focuses on building a cohesive work environment that produces highly effective teams and strong performers. When necessary she finds solutions to problems in the workplace and create strategies for sustained improvement. Patti works with all levels of management and employees in diverse geographies to address concerns related to application of policies, complaints of workplace issues, and outside agencies' inquiries. In addition, she develops and conducts training to employees and managers related to team building, policy and law.