2017 Keynote Speakers

Morning, Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Kim Wheatley
Kim WheatleyAnishinaabe Cultural Consultant
Kim Wheatley is an Anishinaabe Traditional Grandmother from Shawanaga First Nation Reserve. She has worked in Southern Ontario for over 2 decades providing Traditional teachings utilizing song, storytelling and Anishinaabe traditional knowledge. She is turtle clan and carries the spiritual name “Head or Leader of the Fireflower”

She received the City of Pickering Heritage Award in 2015 and hopes to leave a legacy of pride, respect and understanding of the Indigenous People of Canada. Kim has represented Canada internationally and locally as a First Nations Cultural Ambassador in sports and citizenship. She has appeared on TV, radio and magazine spots.

Currently Kim is an active Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant & the Southern Regional Vice Chair for the Provincial and territorial organization called the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO), with whom she assisted in securing the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) 2017 taking place in Toronto in July.

Morning, Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Leona Dargis
Leona DargisInspirational/Motivational Keynote Speaker - Leadership - Agvocate
Leona is the eldest of five daughters raised on their family farm in northeastern Alberta near St.Paul. At one point Dargis Seed & Feed Ltd. owned and fed 4,000 head of cattle all while managing over 7,000 acres of land, both in pasture and crop. Together they learned the values of hard work, perseverance and gratitude from their parents the late Jean & Joanne Dargis. Leona graduated from Olds College with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agribusiness and in 2011 was awarded a Canadian Nuffield Scholarship. This enabled her to study succession planning around the world. As a new resident of the Yukon Territory, Leona embarks on a new farming adventure. She strives to breakdown the barriers within Canada’s agricultural industry and is a proud Agvocate. She will share her global stories that exemplify how to take unimaginable change, adapt to it and succeed.

Listen to our announcement of Leona Dargis being one of 2017 Latornell Conservation Symposium Keynote Speakers:

Lunch, Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Terry O'Reilly
Terry O'ReillyRadio Broadcast Host, Keynote Speaker, and Author
Terry O’Reilly is the familiar voice behind the hit CBC radio shows O’Reilly on Advertising, The Age of Persuasion, and his current program, Under the Influence, where he explores the business, the craft, and the promise of promotion. In his intriguing talks, O’Reilly explores how our culture is shaped by marketing, as well as providing his expertise on branding, campaigns, spin, and more.

O’Reilly began his career in radio, and then went on to become an award-winning copywriter for a number of Toronto advertising agencies. He created campaigns for many of the top brands in the country, including Labatt, Molson, Bell, and The Hudson’s Bay Company. In 1990, Terry co-founded Pirate Radio & Television with a staff of 50, with eight recording studios in Toronto and New York City.

O’Reilly has received Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Advertising & Design Club of Canada, The Television Bureau of Canada, and the American Marketing Association. He has also been granted an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from McMaster University in 2012, an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree from Humber College in 2014, and an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law Degree from St. Mary’s University in Halifax in 2015.

He has co-written the bestselling book, The Age of Persuasion: How Marketing Ate Our Culture, and recently released his second book, This I Know: Marketing Lessons from Under The Influence.

Afternoon, Thursday, November 23, 2017

To Be Announced
To Be Announced
Keynote Speaker announcement will be made shortly.