Ann Gomez

Ann Gomez is the founding president of Clear Concept Inc. which she launched in 2004 as part of her quest to help busy people find more time. She is passionate about helping people on a mission do their best work. She is also the author of The Email Warrior: How to clear your inbox and keep it that way, and a contributing author to the USA Today bestseller and #1 Amazon Bestseller The Younger Self Letters.

Ann is an engaging and inspiring speaker, with compelling and practical talks about productivity, collaboration and mindset. Ann and her team at Clear Concept Inc. work with people around the world and across industries, including law, finance, insurance, healthcare, consumer goods, and automotive.

Ann has been featured in The Globe & Mail and has appeared on CBC Radio, Global TV and BNN, and other major news outlets and online platforms, including Huffington Thrive Global. She is an active blogger and media spokesperson.

Ann’s new book, Workday Warrior: A Proven Path to Reclaiming Your Time, will publish in January 2022.

Speaking topics

Workday Warrior: A Proven Path to Reclaiming Your Time
Life is busier than ever before. We are working longer hours, juggling too many priorities, and often doing email during our so-called leisure time, yet we seem to keep falling further behind. We used to be able to prioritize our way out of overwhelm, but we clearly need a better approach to help us reclaim our time and upgrade our work habits. Something more than discipline, willpower – or hours in the day. The Workday Warrior strategy is a straightforward and proven solution, designed for the world’s busiest people. You’ll learn about three key tools to help you become a Workday Warrior. This strategy will help you concentrate your time and energy on your core priorities, protect time for what you value most, and apply the Simplify Filter to level up. You can overcome overwhelm, and all the stress associated with too much work. You can change how you work and get more done. You are meant to be a Workday Warrior – Ann will show you how to get there.

Secrets of High-Performance Hybrid Teams
High-performance team habits have never been more essential. Teams have experienced incredible disruptions, from virtual to hybrid work, massive industry shifts and unprecedented turnover. Given all of this, culture is more important than ever. Learn what your team needs to thrive – as individuals and as a collective group. Building on long-standing teaming principles, this session focuses on how you can bring out the best across your team, regardless of where you work. Strengthen trust, foster connections, and drive engagement with frequent recognition, developmental feedback and equal access to opportunities. Learn how to balance autonomy with collaboration routines, while providing each team member with the meaning and purpose they crave. Collectively, your team is capable of outstanding results, and we all deserve to work in a culture where we can thrive.

Your Thrive Mindset
Thriving at work requires a specific mindset: a thrive mindset. Elite performers know success is an inside game, regardless of what is happening around us. Learn proven, evidence-based habits to build your resiliency and skillfully navigate stressful situations. Recognize setbacks and failure as learning opportunities. Build your confidence and improve your presence. Recognize and curate limiting beliefs. Revisit your goals and self-imposed limits so you can rise to your full potential and beyond. Embrace a thrive mindset to perform at your best when it matters most. These key lessons – the ones we all should have learned much earlier in life – will transform how you work and live.

Prioritize Your Wellbeing
Wellbeing is an essential foundation for our work and our life. Yet many people struggle to prioritize key behaviors such as sleep, exercise and eating well. Fostering healthy relationships, practicing gratitude, relaxation, and meditation are also crucial for restoring ourselves physically and mentally. This session will inspire you with practical strategies to prioritize your wellbeing. Even more importantly, we’ll cover the latest science in habit formation so you can adopt the habits you crave. We know why wellbeing is important. It’s time we focus on how to prioritize the activities that matter most.

Your Customized Presentation
Ann is committed to understanding your unique goals and audience, to develop customized programs to meet your needs. Each of the following topics may be integrated into personalized keynotes, webinars, fireside chats, breakout sessions, and Q&A.



The power of focus


Proactive routines


Overcoming procrastination

The Email Warrior


Hybrid and high-performance teaming

The ART of delegating

Challenging conversations

Fearless feedback

Defining a compelling team vision

Mindset & Wellbeing:

Thriving under stress

Empowering beliefs

Building confidence

Elevating your presence

7 Wellbeing pillars

The science of habits




Watch Ann’s video

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Stephen Dorsey

Stephen Dorsey is the author of the critically acclaimed book Black and White, “An Intimate Multicultural Perspective on “White Advantage” and the Paths to Change. (Nimbus 2022). In his deeply personal and insightful debut, he offers readers intimate and unfiltered access to his lived experience of anti-Black racism around the world, including Canada, the United States, and Europe, focusing on his formative years growing up in 1970s Montreal as a Black child in a white family headed by a racist stepfather, and details his personal awakening inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

He is a sought-after speaker and moderator working with diverse audiences to help bridge the divides of understanding on the important challenges facing organizations around diversity, equity, and inclusion. Stephen’s “no-shame zone” approach is inclusive and accessible, and focused on bringing people together to learn and drive towards real change together.

For two seasons now, Stephen has also been heard globally hosting his impactful Black and White podcast (Evergreen Podcast Network) engaging with corporate and institutional leaders and luminaries actively who are working to make change happen.

Stephen is also a volunteer director on the board of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) , Canada’s leading association supporting Black professionals and entrepreneurs from coast to coast to coast. His articles, essays, and Op-eds have been widely published nationally and internationally and he is a frequent on-air commentator on national television and radio media speaking to societal challenges and progress around DEI.

Professionally, Stephen is a senior-level business, brand, and marketing strategist, with three decades of international experience, and a creative writer, director and producer of visual content. He is the principal of The Fractional CMO, a strategic consultancy, and of Dorsey Studios, a content production development company. Stephen’s book, podcast and presentations look to inform and build bridges of understanding, with an aim to create opportunity for action that can lead to positive change for all.


Stephen Dorsey speaks on many issues related to inclusivity, diversity, resilience, and perseverance – sharing his personal and professional lived experience in successfully overcoming headwinds and adversity.

1.    “A Path to Inclusive Excellence”: Tangible Steps Towards Positive DEI Organizational Transformation
Expanding from his ground-breaking book that tackles the urgent need for more equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) across organizations and public and private institutions, Stephen’s customized talks are rooted in stories of his lived experiences and present a comprehensive guide to achieving tangible change and true organizational transformation. A practical and actionable roadmap for those seeking to recommit to EDI and effect real change- to “Be Better and Do Better, Together”.

Taking a “shame free” approach, Stephen anchors his talks in the principles of truth and reconciliation with a purposeful intent and openness to bridge the divides of understanding. Audiences are guided through key strategies that drive transformative action to achieve change big and small.  From making EDI a business imperative to securing leadership buy-in, defining measurable goals, and establishing partnerships with in-community organizations, Stephen suggests the paths and provides the insights necessary to build more inclusive, diverse, and equitable environments.

2.    Resilience & Perseverance – Overcoming adversity to live a thriving life:
Building on the topics explored in his best-selling book Black and White, Stephen shares learnings from his lived experience of growing up through paradox: Black and White, French and English, Poor and Upper-middle class. A positive story that has many lessons about how to achieve success in the face of adversity including the harrowing and unbelievable story of the racially-based challenges he faced in his youth. As a compelling storyteller, Stephen takes his audience on an emotional journey, from his formative years growing up black in a white world, through to his ascension as a thriving adult and professional. In his engaging talk, he shares many relatable messages and lessons about how to persevere, overcome challenges and ultimately succeed.

3.    Be Better.  Do Better. Live Better, Together: Building and Transforming Communities through Practical Activism:
Stephen brings to life innovative and transformative ideas curated from diverse sources on how to affect real change at the community level including how to build more successful, diverse, and inclusive communities. Using compelling narrative, Stephen inspires his audiences to see and act to; build stronger communities to best address society’s greatest challenges. He shares how we can all play a role in creating positive change by taking big and small steps to action at a local level. Stephen extensive experience involved in civics, volunteer board engagements with community impact organizations, and thought leadership rooted in extensive research undertaken for his book Black and White provides an authentic perspective from a recognized community leader.


Speaker: Stephen Dorey from DORSEY on Vimeo.

To book Stephen Dorsey, contact Rob Firing at

Christina Crook

“The Marie Kondo of Digital” —Harper’s Bazaar

Christina Crook is a pioneer and leading voice of digital well-being. As the author of award-winning The Joy Of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World and the leader of global #JOMO movement, she regularly shares her insights in major media outlets and interviews other mindful tech leaders as the host of the JOMO podcast. Her commentary on technology and daily life have appeared in The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler,, Harper’s Bazaar, NPR, Times of India and Glamour.

Christina hosts the JOMO(cast) podcast where she interviews mindful tech leaders embracing the joy of missing out to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Past guests include Glitch CEO and ethical tech advocate Anil Dash, Harvard’s Dr. Ellen Langer, and Basecamp’s David Heinemeier Hansson. She was listed as a changemaker in All Tech is Human’s 2020 Responsible Guide to Tech (co-presented by NYU’s Center for Policy) and writing has appeared in Utne Reader,, Christianity Today, UPPERCASE magazine, the Literary Review of Canada, and Religious New Service. She lives with her family in Toronto, Canada.

Speaking topics:

An in-demand speaker with engagements across North America, including the Young Presidents’ Organization, World Vision, and the All Tech is Human Summit, Christina Crook shows people overwhelmed by our digitally-saturated culture how to live with intentionality and joy.

Experience the Joy of Missing Out
Christina Crook’s keynote offering introduces your audience to the meaning and value of the Joy of Missing Out: the personal and professional costs of FOMO, the elements of lasting and meaningful joy, and the life-giving, scientifically-proven power of warm human relationships. She’ll present the evidence-based realities of how toxic hustle, digital isolation, and faulty goal-setting lead to declines in productivity and innovation.

The JOMO Method
Digital Well-Being 101. Based on Christina’s extensive one-on-one work in the exploration of values and goal setting, this workshop closely engages your team(s) to assess how their personal and team values align or misalign with professional objectives, and the role digital well-being plays in their ability to be productive, creative, and healthy.

Beating the Comparison Game

Social media invites unlimited, unrelenting comparison. Personal comparison is one of the most toxic- and the most instinctively human- pursuits that short-circuit our sense of perspective, value, and joy. In this talk, we unpack the pitfalls of social contagion (wanting what others have) and unlock the simple game-changing strategy that stops it in its tracks.

Selected Testimonials:

“Christina has the ability to connect with people immediately and finds commonalities that make her extremely relatable. The session was flawlessly executed.”

—Madison Hall Sikorski, Brand Strategist & Drive Founder at Cossette

“Christina Crook captures her audience inviting them to share her passion for human flourishing in the presence of a smartphone world. Christina’s personality shines through and she is extremely authentic”

Dave Harder, founder Q Commons Ottawa

“We need more thoughtfulness added to the conversation around tech, and Christina is that rare mix of expertise and approachability that makes her a highly sought after and respected voice.”

David Ryan Polgar, founder of All Tech is Human Summit

“Spend ten minutes with Christina and you’ll feel rejuvenated and hopeful about the future. She makes disconnecting look mainstream, doable, and like the breath of fresh air we are gasping for.”

Aimee Ippersiel, Executive Director, Robert Bateman Centre

Speaking reel

Selected media:

Women of Influence | Feature 2020

All Tech is Human | Christina Crook on the Joy of Missing Out and Thriving in the Digital Age

Harper’s Bazaar | Practicing the Joy of Missing Out

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Patti Hone

About Patti Hone

Normally, I start my bio with “work” credentials but since I was diagnosed with breast cancer, having endured seven surgeries, I am now sharing my journey. I start my bio with Breast Cancer Fighter, Survivor and Speaker. I will take you and your audience through a very candid but humourous and “uplifting” journey from my diagnosis through surgery and recovery showing you that cancer is but a chapter in one’s life…it is not the whole story! will give you an insight into my journey of discovery, growth perseverance and success. Hope you can join me on this rollercoaster ride.With twenty-five years of advertising experience and a proven track record, Patti provides As You Like It’s clients with complete marketing and communication services.Patti began her career as a copywriter before undertaking the position of Marketing Director for a national chain of drug stores. On the agency side, Patti specializes in retail and franchise accounts, where her creative campaigns have won over eighty advertising and marketing awards for her clients.

In addition to managing and directing all agency projects, Patti is very involved in the Canadian Franchise Association, having served on the Board of Directors for eight years. Patti also has monthly columns in many industry magazines and newsletters. The recent publication Canada’s Guide to Franchising features Patti’s chapter on marketing and advertising for franchisees.

Patti is a popular speaker at conferences, trade shows and industry events speaking about branding, growth, customer service and loyalty and franchising. Her enthusiasm and real life experience translates into an entertaining and very informative program that has been sought out by companies across North America to bring their brands to life.


SPEAKING TOPICS—living with cancer

Ten Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone with Cancer….But you Did!

We’ve all been there. Faced with a situation or conversation that we are uncomfortable with. You try to say the “right” thing but find yourself with your foot
in your mouth. In this educational and humorous session, Patti addresses the elephant in the room….CANCER. Having survived breast cancer she shares her
experiences with the awkwardness she has encountered with friends, family and colleagues. Communication, tolerance and patience is key to dealing with anyone who is fighting cancer or any illness or life trauma. Attendees will learn, laugh and leave feeling better about themselves and each other.

Excuse Me…I Have What?
What do you do when out of the blue life throws you a curve ball and stops you dead in your tracks? How do you cope? How do you pull yourself out from under the bus that just hit you and not only survive….but THRIVE. Patti will share her journey with breast cancer with you. The ups and downs. The triumphs and failures and how she managed to turn a devastating illness and recovery into a life-changing inspirational journey. Attendees will leave feeling inspired, energized and focused on making their futures the best they can be.

We all Have a Wonder Woman Inside Us.
If you or someone you know has ever had to face an illness, a death or any kind of setback or trauma; you know that it can be hard to find the strength to push through. Patti Hone, having faced breast cancer, a double mastectomy and seven reconstructive surgeries will share how she found that inner light and the spark to keep her going on some very difficult days, weeks and months. “Wonder Woman for me is not a fictional character. She is a mindset.” Attendees will hear and see how Patti has not only survived but Thrived after cancer. her presentations are inspiring, energizing, humorous and real. Audiences will leave with the assurance that they too can conquer anything life throws at them because we all have a super hero inside us.

I’m Still ME…Aren’t I?
Patti Hone was a successful, award winning creative director, author and speaker. She was confident and self assured…until she was diagnosed with cancer. After a double mastectomy and seven reconstructive surgeries she felt she no longer knew who she was. Was she still the same woman or had cancer destroyed an integral part of her? In this session, Patti shares how she found herself again. How she overcame her fears and anxieties and rediscovered her “real” self. She shares tools and advice on how to find confidence and strength within ourselves to face any fear…whether it be public speaking, interviewing for a new job or even asking someone on a date. Funny, real and motivational, Patti makes everyone feel comfortable and confident to face any challenge.

Control Yourself. Alter Your Thinking. Delete Negativity
This is Patti Hone’s mantra. It’s what she strives to do everyday as she deals with the ramifications of a double mastectomy and seven reconstructive surgeries. We all face hurdles/traumas in our lives. No one goes through their entire life unscathed, but it is how we deal with these obstacles that matters. Patti speaks candidly about her journey with cancer; the physical, emotional and mental pain she had to endure. She shares real life experiences and the tools to help us all face whatever hurdles are put before us. We all have the ability and strength within us to battle on. Patti’s story and life experience is educational, relatable, inspirational and memorable.

SPEAKING TOPICS—marketing and branding


What’s Your Brand Really Worth?

Have you ever wondered what makes one business stand out from the rest? Why do customers choose one over another when so many offer the same things? The answer is branding. So what does it mean and how can you utilize it? In this presentation Patti will give you an inside look at how to create, implement and sustain a successful brand while inspiring all stakeholders to want to be part of that brand!

Service Please!

A well branded company typically relies on service as a way to promote and maintain their competitive edge. So what does service mean to you? And does everyone in your organization understand and feel the same way? In this presentation you will learn about the key elements that make up good SERVICE: Spirit; Enthusiasm; Responsibility: Visibility: Interest; Communication; Excellence. SERVICE and what it stands for are paramount to the success of your brand and ultimately your business.

Back to Basics: Marketing with a Human Touch

In this day and age of technology, smart phones, texting, Instagram, Facebook, etc., have we lost the art of face to face communication and customer service? Are we depending on technology too much and are we losing the art of personal service versus personalized messaging without human contact? In this presentation you will learn tips on building customer relationships, how to communicate with your customers so you meet and exceed their expectations and how to make them feel valued so they in turn will value and frequent your business.

Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em. Why Customers Don’t Come Back

You did your marketing well. You offered your customers great value for money, greeted them in a courteous manner, ensured they were well looked after and thanked them on the way out. You did everything right….right? There’s a difference between satisfaction and loyalty with customers. In this presentation you will not only learn the difference, you will learn how to identify customer’s needs, not only meet them BUT exceed them in order to create loyalty that lasts.

You Only Have One Chance to Make a First Impression…so it Better Be A Good One!

How are you representing yourself in business, school, in the community…in life? What impression are you making on others? Are you being perceived in a positive light? In this presentation you will learn the importance of personal branding. How to engage in meaningful conversations. How to feel confident and in control in every meeting and interaction with others. You will learn simple skills to help you connect on a more meaningful level with others and ensure that your meetings and more importantly YOU are memorable.

Ethan Lou

Ethan Lou is the author of Once a Bitcoin Miner: Scandal and Turmoil in the Cryptocurrency Wild West. At once a personal story of adventure and fortune, the book is also a work of journalistic rigor, a deep dive into a domain that everyone hears about, yet which nobody truly knows. Lou’s debut book, Field Notes from a Pandemic: A Journey Through a World Suspended, was named among the CBC’s best Canadian nonfiction of 2020. He writes regularly in a wide range of publications including the Guardian and the Washington Post. Lou is a former Reuters reporter and has served as a visiting journalist at the University of British Columbia.

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Kimberly Fraser

Dr. Kimberly Fraser, author and speaker, is a champion for family caregiving.  As a nursing professor she studies and writes about family caregiving, home care, case management, and related health policy. She has used innovative and arts-based approaches in her applied research. Kim is particularly interested in the types of knowledge used to inform policy decisions that lead to better outcomes for home care clients and their family caregivers. A former Associate Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, and Clinician Scientist-Home Care with Alberta Health Services, Kim is not a contract professor with the Faculty of Health Studies at Athabasca University and devotes most of her full time work to writing and community board work.

Dr. Fraser has extensive clinical practice and leadership in home care, community health, and outpost nursing. A nurse entrepreneur, Kim owned We Care Home Health Services (Edmonton), among other companies, with her husband Don for 22 years. Kim held board positions, often in executive roles, with organizations that support home care and family caregiving. She is the current Vice-President with Caregivers Alberta and board member with Alberta Writer’s Guild. Kim is an advocate for quality home care for all Canadians delivered in environments that are respectful, supportive, and safe for clients, family caregivers, and paid providers alike. Kimberley’s book, The Accidental Caregiver: Challenges and Triumphs of Intimate Family Caregivers, will be published by Sutherland House in 2022.


Family Caregiving 
Growing trends in family caregiving and the impact it is having on couples, children, families, communities and society have garnered my focused attention as well as the attention of researchers just like me. With the spotlight, the COVID Pandemic shone on continuing care and family caregiving, it’s time to bring what we know to audiences around the globe as we press for creative solutions to a growing societal issue. Family caregivers are resilient and resourceful in their caregiving, but there work is largely unsupported. Kim will provide an up close and personal look at the real life experience as shared with her by more than 75 family caregivers. She engages audiences in meaningful discussions as they consider what their own approach to family caregiving might look like.

Kim tailors her talks to any audience using a variety of interactive activities depending on the format and audience needs.

Caring and Compassionate Service Delivery

Identify what you need to change to develop your staff into an army of carers and develop your plan to make it happen. If you are an organization who services a client base of older persons or those with certain needs, Kim can help you make a difference in the lives of your clients or residents and the family caregivers who support them. With Kim’s experience of employing thousands of health care and support staff she can share tried and true measures that are cost-effective and implementable for you and meaningful to the people in your care.

Business and Entrepreneurship
Private enterprise within public systems: Not for the faint of heart

Stories from the Inside: Where values often meet but egos can collide.

Are you thinking about starting a health care business?

Kim can help! This session will enlighten the audience with realities of private enterprise within publicly funded health and education systems. Kim offers both entrepreneurs and socialpreneurs an opportunity to rethink their vision and question the feasibility, marketability, and profitability of their business ideas in order to make them work!

Sessions are perfect for folks who have a business concept that they can refine throughout Kim’s practical, hands-on offerings.

Nurse entrepreneurship
What makes nurses a great fit for business? How do you know business is for you? Kim will share her experiences as a nurse entrepreneur from the education and health sectors, growing two successful businesses as she leads you to consider what it takes for success in highly competitive market places.

Kim developed a unique approach to goal setting and creative visualization. Regardless of the topic, you will leave with a plan. Workshops are offered as half day or full day events. Perfect for a creative pre-conference activity within any sector!

  • Strategic planning and development sessions for small and medium sized private or not-for-profit organizations
  • Career Planning and Coaching for Nurses
  • Creative visioning for personal growth
  • Creative visioning for goal realization for yourself or your business
  • Creativity visioning and coaching for writers, bloggers, or art journalists