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Leadership Lessons from Sports

April 29, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Sport and Business Share Common Ground when it comes to Performance.

It’s not uncommon for businesses to use sports metaphors such as “down for the count,” “the ball’s in their court,” or “full court press”. Many parallels also exist between sports and business when it comes to success. Join us for a powerful morning event to learn valuable leadership techniques and strategies that help turn you into a Corporate Athlete.

You will learn these from Dr. Nicole Forrester, a former Olympian, 8-Time Canadian Champion, Commonwealth Games medalist and a Pan American Games medalist, from a Leadership Professor from Wilfrid Laurier University, and from key industry leaders from large local employers.

Can You Lead Business Teams to Achieve Goals? Learn how.

Professionally rewarding, enlightening and refreshing: Hear leadership techniques and experiences from other industries including the sports industry, where success is binary.

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn to raise the bar and provide you with tools in developing an Olympic mindset
  • Key leader behaviors
  • What Leadership and Team techniques are employed within other industries and sports
  • The important ingredients of good person-team fit

Keynote Presenter

Dr. Nicole W. Forrester 

Dr. Nicole Forrester is an Olympian, 8-Time Canadian Champion, Commonwealth Games Gold and Bronze medalist, and a Pan American Games Silver and Bronze medalist. She is an assistant professor at Ryerson University, specializing in sport psychology and high performance. She is also a registered consultant with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association.

Dr. Forrester will speak about The Olympic Mindset: The Business of Performance. Ever wondered how world-class athletes are able to excel consistently?  Success in business and sport share many similarities when it comes to achieving excellence. This presentation will explore how you can raise the bar and provide you with tools in developing an Olympic mindset.

Dr. Forrester’s presentation will be followed by a Q&A session, and an opportunity for a 1:1 conversation. 

[LinkedIn] [Twitter] [Web] [Optimal Zone Inc.

Educational Keynote

Dr. Simon Taggar, Professor of Management, Wilfrid Laurier University, BSc, MBA, PhD.

Simon is Professor of Management in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University.  Dr. Taggar researches leadership, creativity and strategic human resources management. In addition to his research, Simon’s experience includes working as a management consultant and as a commercial Banker.

In both business and sports, there are numerous examples of teams that are full of superstars, yet fail to deliver in terms of performance. Dr. Taggar discusses his research on high performing teams and the role of team leadership.

Dr. Taggar ‘s presentation: Debunking the “Great Man” fallacy: Shared leadership, person-team fit and passion. You will learn about cutting-edge research findings on leading teams, including findings on shared leadership.

(Slide deck in this post)


Industry Presenters

A series of short sprints from a cross-section of industry speakers, covering a unique aspect of their business or market, and a leadership and team techniques that works well in their company or market, or by them personally. 

Ben Zimmer, Founder & CEO, Enable Education

Enable Education helps local business onboard, upgrade, and engage their staff by creating custom training experiences at their innovative facilities in Milton, Ontario.

Ben uses his experience as a former professor and software programmer to design enhanced digital learning experiences for thinkers of all ages.

[LinkedIn] [Twitter] [Instagram] [Facebook] [Web

Michelle Stanford, Senior Vice President, Industry Services, Canadian Welding Bureau

CWB Group is a non profit regulatory body overseeing the welding sector in Canada. They provide certification, education and consulting services to companies and ensure the quality and safety of welding in manufacturing and construction and has their head office in Milton.

Michelle is the Senior Vice President of Operations responsible for the Certification business lines, as well as the programs and services of Industry Support and Engagement.

[LinkedIn] [Twitter] [Web

Jessica Buckley, President, Woodbine Mohawk Park

Jessica has the good fortune to help grow and promote standardbred racing in Ontario while creating an entertainment destination for the region.

Woodbine Mohawk Park, operated by Woodbine Entertainment Group, world-class racetrack located in Milton, showcasing the very best in Standardbred horse racing.

[Instagram] [Twitter – Woodbine] [Twitter – Jessica] [Web]

Matt Cavalieri, MBA, P.Eng. Plant Manager, LVDA at Eaton

Matt joined Eaton in 2010 as part of the Leadership Development Program (LDP) and has held a number of Operations & Engineering Leadership roles within the Milton Low-Voltage Distribution Assemblies (LVDA) operation. In June 2018 Matt officially became the youngest Plant Manager in LVDA history!

Dixon Lee, Product Manager, Residential, Retail & Light Commercial. Joining Matt will be Dixon Lee who joined Eaton in 2008 as Product Specialist, Automatic Transfer Switches & Power Quality, leveraging his unparalleled passion to quickly advance through the ranks of the Canadian Marketing organization.

Eaton is a global power management company with 99,000+ employees in more than 175 countries and $21B+ sales in 2018.

[Web] [Twitter] [Matt LinkedIn] [Dixon LinkedIn]

Lisa Macneil, Divisional President of Ontario, Gordon Food Service

From the beginning, Lisa’s career has spanned across three major corporate acquisitions. Her diversified professional experience has taken her through many key positions within the organization, ultimately leading to her current role as the President of the Ontario. Within this role Lisa oversee’s all aspects of the Division from Operations to Sales, Marketing, HR & Finance.

Gordon Food Service has grown to become the largest privately held and family-managed distributor in North America by upholding the same business approach since 1897—being passionately committed to the people we serve. Our purpose is to serve our customers with the highest quality foodservice products and services. We achieve this purpose through innovative systems and the spirit and integrity of our people.

[Web] [Twitter-GFS] [LinkedIn]


Location: Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Milton, ONT

  • 7:30 am Breakfast & Networking with your Peers
  • 8:00 am Welcomes including Welcome from Mayor Gord Krantz
  • 8:30 am Keynote: Dr. Nicole Forrester
  • 9:15 am Industry speakers
  • 10:00 am Break & Networking
  • 10:30 am Academic Keynote – Dr. Simon Taggar
  • 11:15 am Industry speakers
  • 11:45 am Michael Launslage, Economic Development Officer, Town of Milton
  • 12:00 pm Closing Remarks
  • 12:00 pm Tour of Mattamy National Cycling Centre (Velodrome) (Optional)
  • 1:30 pm Try the Track (Optional & Separate Pre-Registration Required)

Your MC

Steve Fleck, Leading Professional Endurance Sports Race and Event Announcer, and Live Stream Commentator

Each year Steve can be found on the microphone at over 35 running, cycling and triathlon races / events throughout North America. He’s an in-demand Commentator in the fast-growing Live Streaming Sports, OTT webcasting business, for running, and cycling races, working closely with both Athletics Canada and Cycling Canada in this area. Steve has been involved in running, triathlon and cycling in one way or another since his mid-teens, including an Ironman competitor, as a participant / competitor and in business. He lives in Aurora, Ontario with his wife, Paolina and their dog Gravy!

About this Event

This event is brought to you by the Town of Milton and the Milton Education Village Innovation Centre and produced by Silicon Halton.

This event takes place on the floor of Velodrome, the only track of it’s kind in Canada. The backdrop is a twenty-five-foot high, 180° bend of the race track, with National-level athletes practicing. A unique experience in a truly unique venue – Canada’s only Class 1 track.

Post Event Decks

Primary Deck:

Keynote Dr. Nicole Forrester deck:

Academia keynote deck: Dr. Simon Taggar, Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University:

Twitter Threads: Live During Event | Post Event

Try the Track

Following the seminar you are invited for a second unique experience – Try the Track. Ride the velodrome, an exhilarating chance to experience the thrill of 42 degrees around 250 metres of Canada’s only Class 1 track.

Whether your last ride was last night or last decade, our gentle progression will get everyone on the track and grinning ear to ear by the end of the experience.

  • 1.5 hours of track time with National-level athletes (scheduling permitting)
  • Use of track bikes and change rooms
  • Cycling Centre swag

Light lunch included and available immediately following the seminar.

Ticket’s sold separately. Limited availability – book early! 

Riding the track was an empowering and exhilarating experience!  The facilities were excellent, the coach patient and encouraging and by the time I was done I felt like I was hitting the corners like a pro.  Looking forward to my next ride!

– Indy, CWB Group



April 29, 2019
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mattamy National Cycling Centre
2015 Pan Am Blvd
Milton, ON L9E 0K7 Canada
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