Dialogue matters. It is defined as an exchange of ideas and opinions. An exchange implies that things are both sent and received. Dialogue implies that we speak and listen; authentically so. We need more of it.
Justice is more than we think it to be. And, it is vital to peace and progress. The Justice Lead is all about dialogue around the faces, facets and forms of Justice. Here, you will find such conversations. We invite you to engage.
Engagement and engaging are words tossed around far too lightly. Calling ourselves engaging is not the test. People know if they feel engaged. Some thoughts around the character of real engagement.
Born and bred in St. John’s and is especially passionate about helping to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Newfoundland & Labrador. After graduating from MUN in 2009, he spent the following 9 years building a career as an entrepreneur. He has started companies in both Ottawa and St. John’s, and most recently, a food business called LunchIn. Jon has also launched Get Started Café; an initiative that offers a new approach to professional development, leadership, and community impact. He believes that thinking like an entrepreneur can help anyone become empowered at work, enact social change, and find purpose.
Dawn Gough is about environmental excellence, change through policy, social responsibility, and long-term sustainability. As an environmental professional, policy writer, and management system consultant, she has enjoyed forging environmental initiatives and providing environmental oversight for 20 years. She leads with knowledge of federal and provincial regulation, industry best practices, and the ISO standards. Dawn believes real change that improves workplace safety and prevents harm to the environment is initiated from the top down and from the inside out. With a Master of Technology Management and Lead Auditor certification for Integrated Management Systems, Dawn inspires the leadership of socially and environmentally conscious companies.
A practitioner championing ‘Justice in Learning’ for children & young people. A nationally-certified school counsellor, educator, and peer-elected leader, he works to build the identity, skill-set, and resilience of students, parents, educators, community leaders, and educational professionals. For 25+ years, Trent has worked in public education, residential youth care, and not-for-profit charitable youth programs; he has been formally engaged in organizational governance for 15 years. Trent espouses the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals of Quality Education, Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities, and Peace & Justice. He speaks on Adolescence, Parenting, Bullying & Harassment Prevention, Supporting 2SLGBTQAI+ Youth (as an Ally), and Humanistic Leadership. He is a family guy, social justice advocate, and community volunteer.
Ray Hollister is all about strength, excellence and potential. In fact, he has a very special connection with students – he’s helped thousands achieve average scores of over 90% for 20 years! His love of learning… and his ability to teach anybody the same easy strategies he used to study far less than everyone else while maintaining outrageously high test scores… quickly earned him a lot of ‘friends’ seeking his advice. Ray has personally conducted numerous studies to develop an intense, focused, and results oriented program for college students. With the success of that program, Ray set his sights on helping younger students in Junior High, High School, and those just entering University. The end result is a program that will help any student – especially YOU – learn more, study less, and earn consistently high grades.
Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers.
Mark Black, CSP is all about wellness and resilience. He is a Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient, 4-time marathoner, resilience expert, speaker, and coach. Mark helps people “Thrive in Challenging Times”. A Certified Speaking Professional, Mark has inspired more than 100,000 people in more than 350 presentations. At 23 Mark faced an unimaginable challenge. His doctor informed him that his heart was failing. Without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant he would not see his 25th birthday. Three years later, after receiving his second chance at life, Mark ran his first marathon. Mark spends his free time with his beautiful wife and two kids.
Pre-COVID Stephanie Staples traveled internationally as a keynote speaker delivering idea-packed programs proven to increase feelings of hope, happiness, empowerment and ability to apply actionable positive change for participants. These days she is helping from the comfort of her Vancouver Island home. As a multi-titled author with an eclectic background that combines learnings from her life in healthcare, radio, fitness and communications – she is sought after to share unique insights, fun perspectives and actionable ideas that revitalize pretty much everyone! She also has an uncanny ability to sniff a chocolate chip cookie out out anywhere!
Owner of OZ Coaching and a Certified Kinesiologist, Certified Ergonomics Coordinator, corporate wellness consultant and public speaker. He provides fitness and lifestyle coaching to business professionals and entrepreneurs as well as digital corporate wellness solutions.
Singer/Songwriter and Speaker… “It is without a doubt a masterpiece of songwriting and soundscape. Really incredible, soulful music. She will definitely get a huge audience in time, trust me.” Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, and over 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she begins to share hers.