Ginger Grant – Professor, Narrative Research, Corporate Anthropology
Ginger Grant, PhD. lives and breathes the transformational power of narrative – for every company and every person has a story. Coming from the world of mergers and acquisitions, mid-life drove her back to school to study creativity and culture. Specializing in the Heroic Journey taken by ordinary people, she inspires and motivates others to identify their passions and unique purpose. Dr. Grant is a Professor of Marketing and Innovation at Sheridan College, a Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School and the only Canadian in the consulting team for the Stanford Business School “Creativity and Business” program. A popular international speaker, she is also an advisor to the Council for Client Relationships and Customer Experience with the Conference Board of Canada.
Tyler Mazereeuw – Sport and Sponsorship Marketing
Tyler Mazereeuw is the Founder and Chief Intelligence Officer at SponsorshipAlliance.com – an online community for sharing insights, resources and best practices in the unique world of sports and entertainment. His diverse experience in sponsorship marketing includes senior-level positions with IMG, Molson Sports & Entertainment and his current role with the Canadian Football League. Recognized by the industry as a thought-leader, Tyler is a sought after speaker, consultant and an active member of the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada’s Board of Directors.
Golnaz Golnaraghi – Professor, Researcher, Writer
A diversity advocate, Golnaz Golnaraghi is passionate about gender and visible minority issues. After a 15-year marketing career with high-performing multi-nationals, Golnaz pursued her passion to teach in 2006. Golnaz is a Business professor at Sheridan College, whose research interests include diversity, identity and discourse. Her current focus is on Muslim womens’ identities and how dominant interpretations made about them may or may not become the linchpin of their identity. It is this research that led Golnaz to reflect on her own personal journey as an immigrant from Iran and explore the notion of hybrid identities, silence and voice. She is a published author who regularly presents at international conferences. Golnaz is currently coauthoring a chapter on diversity to be published in the Oxford Handbook on Diversity in Organizations in 2014. In 2012, she was a recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Design Excellence Awards.
Carolyn Thompson – Singer, Bandleader, Voice & Performance Coach, Actor
Carolyn has been singing for over 25 years and decided 6 years ago to pursue her dream as a Full Time Singer. Through her talent she has performed with her Jazz Soul R&B +Funk band on many stages. She is best known as the host and founder of the very popular Open Jam Night @ Harlem from April 2009 to December 2012 which led to the start of her Voice and Performance Coaching practice for private individual or group session. As a coach Carolyn teaches people how to “Use their Voice as a Tool” and “Find their True Voice.” Whether the focus is singing or public speaking, she teaches her students how be themselves on stage. How to be more comfortable and confident in front of an audience and how to get rid of Stage Fright. This was the start of her company “Carolyn T Band Productions” and in June 2013 she produced her very first Live Cabaret with singers, actors, dancers, an aerial artist and a big band. She is often called on as an actor and Motivational Speaker. Carolyn’s versatility as a Singer, Bandleader, Voice & Performance Coach, Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Producer and Actor combined with passion, graciousness, diligence, intelligence and tenaciousness, makes her stand out amongst the brightest stars of Toronto’s music and corporate scene.
Ian Morrison – Technician, Palaeobiology, Department of Natural History, Royal Ontario Museum
Ian Morrison is an artist with a deep appreciation for science. With two Fine Art degrees from the Universities of Guelph and Windsor under his belt, Morrison joined the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) 24 years ago and is currently the Head Technician in the Department of Natural History’s Vertebrate Palaeontology Laboratory. He has led and participated in more than 15 fossil excavations in northern British Columbia, southern Alberta, Nevada and South Africa, and delivered a number of presentations at international fossil preparation conferences. He also has guided the design and development of principal exhibits in the ROM’s refurbishment projects for the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs and for the Reed Gallery of the Age of Mammal. In 2010, a new type specimen, “Gryphoceratops Morrisoni”, was named after Morrison in honour of his discovering how the small horned dinosaur’s jaw bone fragments fit together.
Tamara Lopez – One Woman Show
Tamara Lopez has never been one to confine herself to one profession, instead trying her hand at many career paths and getting involved through volunteering. Having graduated with an Honours Psychology Degree from the University of Windsor, Tamara went on to work for the Government as a Canada Customs Officer but held down other jobs including Karaoke Host, Professor at Sheridan College, and TV Personality for TV Cogeco in Milton, with her signature show “TVC Spotlight”. She recently co-hosted the Women As Career Coaches event with CP24′s Pooja Handa where Tamara was also a spotlight speaker. Stemming from that, Tamara was invited to be a keynote speaker at yet another event: the Notre Dame 10th Annual Leadership Conference entitled “Inspire” where she spoke about finding one’s path. In addition, 2013 kept the surprises coming when Tamara was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for being highly active in her community volunteering her time to the University of Windsor Alumni Association where she is on the Board of Directors, being president of her condominium corporation, is the Director of Media Relations for the Canadian Emergency Services Boxing Association (CESBA) and travels around the province delivering workshops for the Joint Learning Program. This coming October, look for Tamara to be co-hosting two events: the Milton Talent Show at The Milton Centre for the Arts, where she was a participant last year with her very unique rendition of “Proud Mary” and an event called “Ringside For Heroes” taking place at the Fort York Armouries put on by the CESBA. “Keeping busy is all I know” – and with juggling the numerous hats that Tamara must wear on a daily basis, one can truly say that she is a “One Woman Show”.