Keynotes

Keynote Speaker - Gabrielle Scrimshaw

Gabrielle Scrimshaw

Indigenous entrepreneur | activist | speaker

“Reconciliation and Indigenous Inclusion”

Gabrielle Scrimshaw is an inspiring and engaging speaker, who regularly presents and provides input to large North American corporations, professional associations, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations.
Born and raised in Northern Saskatchewan, Gabrielle is a proud member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation. She has studied international business and policy in Australia, Asia, the Americas and Europe. In addition, Gabrielle became the youngest Associate accepted into one of Canada’s most competitive post-graduate finance programs.

That same year, Gabrielle co-founded the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada. The organization is the first of its kind in the Greater Toronto Area and offers services and programming to First Nations, Métis and Inuit professionals.

Prior to this Gabrielle was a program leader and volunteer with one of Canada’s premier youth programs, Junior Team Canada, where she led trade missions to Peru, China and Malaysia.

Gabrielle was also selected as a Canadian representative for the G8/G20 MY SUMMITS program in 2010 where she facilitated over 120 international youth delegates. Also through the program, Gabrielle was chosen as one of four young professionals to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and CEO Summits in Japan as a Voices of the Future delegate. There she discussed foreign policy and international trade with public officials, including Prime Minister Harper, as well as Fortune 500 Chief Executives.

Gabrielle is the first First Nations representative to be selected for the honour in Canada’s history. Gabrielle is passionate about diversity, leadership and innovation. As the first in her family to pursue post-secondary education and travel the globe, she is a believer in what hard work and a positive attitude can accomplish.

Keynote Speaker - Glenda Morgan

Glenda Morgan, Ph.D

Research Director, Higher Education

“2019 Top Ten Business and Strategic Technology Trends in Higher Education”

Glenda Morgan is a Research Director in Gartner Research, where her area is higher education technology strategies, including learning management systems and platforms, learning analytics and assessment, adaptive learning, and classroom technologies.

Prior to joining Gartner, Glenda had over 20 years of experience in higher education, including as a faculty member and most recently leading the Academic Technologies unit at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has extensive experience not only in leading strategic planning and governance initiatives but also in conducting research on technology use among students and faculty for organizations such as Educause and the National Science Foundation (US). She holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota.

Keynote Speaker - Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran

Leadership and Change Expert

“Leading Change in a fast-Paced Technological Workplace”

Cheryl Cran helps leaders and their teams to build future workplaces, today. Recognized as the #1 Future of Work influencer by Onalytica, Cheryl’s research into the future of work, technology, innovation, and generational impact driven by her “people first” philosophy, provides data and strategies to help drive business transformation. For more than two decades, thousands of her clients have benefited from her expertise resulting in growth, evolution, and success.

Currently the founder of NextMapping and CEO of parent company Synthesis at Work Inc., Cheryl’s background is senior leadership in the corporate finance and insurance industries. After ten successful years, she was head-hunted by a national financial insurance company to head up their regional portfolio, where she helped to increase market share by more than 30% in just two years. NextMapping was developed as a proprietary business solution brand to encompass all of Cheryl’s work and research on the future of work, leadership, and navigating change in the workplace. Her clients have included AT&T, Bell Mobility, Omnitel, Gartner, British Telecome, Manulife, and mid-sized companies and entrepreneurs in technology, health, agriculture, finance, insurance, and more.

Cheryl is the author of seven books, including NextMapping: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Create the Future of Work, The Art of Change Leadership: Driving Transformation in a Fast-Paced World; 101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work; and Leadership Mastery In a Digital Age. Her work has been featured in publications such as the Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Metro New York, Readers Digest, Meeting Planners Industry, and more.

In 2014, Cheryl was awarded the Global Consultant of the Year award in Shanghai at the TMI World Partners meeting, and in 2012 she was inducted into the Canadian Speaker Hall of Fame.