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Santosh Shail
Santosh Shail has over 30 years’ international experience in educational media production and distance education, providing ICT expertise in a range of applications, including on‐line Learning Management Systems, and broadband delivery of interactive streaming media. He has comprehensive experience in production of broadcast television in the genres of  News, documentaries, telefilms,  corporate publicities, music videos, entertainment shows, etc. Santosh received the 2007 ‘International Media Achievement Award’ from the National Institute of Mass Communication, India, in recognition of his accomplishments in global education projects, and for enabling capacity building in developing communities.  He has served as Educational Consultant for the Commonwealth of Learning, Canada.
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Sylvain Rochon is a solution-focused speaker, author, futurist and entrepreneur who specializes in educating professionals, decision makers, and politicians on how to use artificial intelligence to improve our society and economy. His talks guide audiences through the exponential technological advancements we have to engage with on a daily basis. He takes the fear of technological disruption away by telling audiences the truth about what is sure to happen in the next 20 years. He has been featured in Digital Trends, TechTarget, World Future Society, Entrepreneur’s Organization, Master Entrepreneur International, The Startup, Becoming Human, and more. Sylvain is a certified Master Entrepreneur Coach Facilitator, a delegate at World Future Society, and CIMC’s Lead Investigator for international research undertakings.
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Khatera_Akbari
Khatera Akbari, a Chartered Professional Accountant, is currently an executive in the federal public service after having spent several years of her career in the private sector and on Parliament Hill. In addition to her federal career, Khatera focuses on professional training and development, optimal communication strategies, public speaking and change management. In this capacity, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Financial Management Institute (FMI) and a facilitator for the Canadian Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPAO). Khatera is also active in the community and volunteers with several organizations including the United Way and the Paul Martin Mentorship Program.
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Philip Tanner is the founder of EPIC Consultancy Ltd., offering a range of services in education, project planning, revenue acquisition and organizational culture. Phil has spent many years in international relief & development, working in the most impoverished and fragile parts of the world. He began his career with the United Nations in Algeria, Nepal & Lithuania and then transitioned to the non-profit sector to work with organizations like World Vision, CARE and ChildFund. He has worked and travelled in over 110 countries and is a member of the Traveller’s Century Club (TCC). Phil received a Ph.D. in Women’s Empowerment in the UK and was awarded the University of Waterloo’s Alumni Achievement Award, for outstanding contributions in the field. He is also a lecturer and Internship Coordinator at Tyndale University.
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Alexandra Keenan

Alexandra Keenan is a Public Speaking Coach and founder of Stage Light Communications. She has spoken everywhere, from conferences to courtrooms to comedy bars, and knows a thing or two about effective audience connection. She works with businesses, professionals and change makers who recognize that public speaking is a crucial tool for success. With a deep understanding of how to bridge gaps between people – and a gift for helping her clients find the strength to confront their fears – Alex helps her clients speak confidently, find the right words, and build a stage presence that is powerfully authentic. She drives the ‘Eloquent Ottawa’ program, a CIMC initiative to provide Public Speech training.
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Pascal St-Jean
Pascal St-Jean is a Strategic Advisor on leadership development, team culture building, strategic thinking, and clear operational processes. His long-term vision is to enable accelerated professional growth and achieve full potential. He does so largely by facilitating the understanding and development of the kind of strategic thinking, planning, and execution that helps organizations to succeed. Pascal’s specialties include: Group facilitation, Executive coaching, Scale up systems coaching, Strategic Advisory, Growth strategies, Management and leadership development, Team building, and Organizational culture. He is also a Founding Partner of the Quasar Strategy Bitcoin Fund, an actively managed strategic investment fund.
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