Keynote Speakers

Alex Bruton Keynote Speaker
Thursday, May 28th, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.Alex Bruton, president of The Innographer

You can innovate. And your organization does great stuff every day – the stuff of deep experience, great work delivered on time, and consistency in meeting goals. But that’s not enough. Alex Bruton knows that for individuals and organizations to truly flourish, they need to achieve a different kind of innovation called Really Big Value Innovation. Great leaders do this by deliberately designing and leading the kind of opportunities that can’t help change the world around us because they are at the same time eminently feasible, deeply personally inspiring, and highly impactful.

Alex and his business, The Innographer, have worked with organizations and educational institutions around the world to help them (learn to) innovate for Really Big Value. His talks are practical, visually engaging, and inspiring calls to action that arm individuals and their teams to design ideas that have deep impact, be dramatically more productive, and lead success for themselves and others. Participants leave inspired by new ways of thinking and with the tools they need to start right away.

His internationally award-winning programs and workshops have guided leaders of top teams and organizations from around the world. Through these and his extended/embedded engagements, he has helped managers, technical experts, creative geniuses, educators, students, and entrepreneurs to become leaders of their own Really Big Value change-making initiatives and cultures.

Alex has been an inventor (of some exciting stuff); the co-founder and VP of startups (both for profit and social businesses); co-founder of an innovation department (that failed spectacularly); a project and product manager (amazingly fun); and, quite by accident, a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship (a role in which he was named the Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year in Canada). He earned a PhD in engineering in his mid twenties, and over his career since that time has since earned a degree in innovation and led the design of award winning learning and development experiences for boosting creativity, developing innovators, and unlocking the power of ideation. Over the decades, his favorite work, speaking and facilitation gigs have taken him to exciting places such as the research labs of advanced technology groups; the ice floes of Greenland; and the offices of some pretty amazing organizations, including Google.

Ruth Kelly Keynote Speaker
Thursday, May 28th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Ruth Kelly

Ruth Kelly is the president and CEO of Venture Publishing Inc., and the publisher and editor-in-chief of the award-winning Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines. Venture Publishing’s custom publishing division also produces magazines for a variety of clients including Finning Canada, Alberta Cancer Foundation, Consulting Engineers of Alberta, Merit Contractors, Alberta Health Services, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, Canadian Association of Drilling Engineers and Petroleum Services Association of Canada, among others.

Ruth currently chairs Epcor’s Community Essentials Council, which directs Epcor’s annual philanthropic activities and is a member of the Alberta School of Business’s Advisory Council, the Alberta Promise cabinet, the board of directors of Magazines Canada and the Mayor’s Business Roundtable advisors for the City of Edmonton. In 2014, Ruth chaired the Capital Region’s United Way campaign.

Ruth was recognized as a Global Woman of Vision in 1998, a YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Entrepreneur category in 2003, and was the Allard Chair of Business at MacEwan School of Business in 2005. The Canadian Women in Communications selected Ruth for their 2008 Woman of the Year award, making her the first Albertan to receive this national honour. She received an honorary degree in business from NAIT in 2008. On the occasion of Venture Publishing’s 15th anniversary, the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association awarded Ruth with a Lifetime Achievement in Publishing Award. In 2013, Ruth received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canada. In the same year, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs awarded Ruth with their Celebration of Entrepreneurial Achievement recognition. The Alberta Congress Board selected her as their 2014 Distinguished Workplace Leader award recipient.

Dale Wishewan Keynote Speaker
Friday, May 29th, 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Dale Wishewan, president and CEO of Booster Juice

After graduating from university with a Bachelor of Science, Dale worked in international technical sales for Edmonton Exchanger. Dale credits Henry Gusse, the founder of Edmonton Exchanger, with the basis of his business knowledge and focus on business ethics.

By 1999, Dale was looking for business opportunities. He recognized that Canadians were in search of healthy alternatives in the fast food market and spent many evenings and weekends in his kitchen developing the recipes and the overall plan for Booster Juice. Just like that, a new Canadian franchise phenomenon was born. With no prior restaurant experience, Dale opened 15 stores in the first year. There are now over 300 Booster Juice franchise locations worldwide, including the U.S., India, Brazil, Mexico and the Netherlands.

Dale credits his success to his passion for health and sport, plus living the Booster Juice brand.