Speaker Profiles

Will Pugh

Will Pugh

Will Pugh of the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore has been selected to serve as 7080’s District Governor for the year 2015-16.  Will has been an active Rotarian since 1993 having served his club as a director and as president in 2009-10. He has been a host family for seven exchange students and an inbound Group Study Exchange team member. He served as the Burlington area Youth Exchange Coordinator for five years.  He has been very active as a member of the district team and currently serves as District International Projects chair and is the district’s representative on the Canadian Rotary Collaboration for International Development (CRCID) Board of Directors.  Will has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Geography) degree from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from York University.

Patsy Marshall

Patsy Marshall

Patsy is a highly regarded, energetic, result-oriented speaker, trainer, consultant and volunteer who takes great pride in influencing the human side of business. Patsy’s sessions are focused, interactive, upbeat, inspirational, and most importantly, practical. She has presented numerous keynotes and workshops to a wide variety of audiences. Patsy’s sessions are focused, interactive, upbeat, inspirational, and most importantly, practical.

Patsy has extensive experience in adult education and organizational effectiveness. She has been in full-time senior leadership positions in health care, education and financial services. Since 1993, Patsy has been President of her own training and development company, Train on Track. She continues to teach with Conestoga College, Brock University, the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo.

She has received the Woman of Distinction Award €“ Training and Education, from the YM/YWCA in 2011.

Patsy also received the J. David Stewart, in 2007, from Conestoga College for teaching excellence and leadership.

Patsy has always been active in her community and has served on many boards. She was the District Governor of Rotary District 7080  for the year 2014-2015. In this capacity, she oversaw 49 clubs, and 1750 people. This is a prestigious honour for which Patsy was well -suited as she works well with others, is a role model, and demonstrates superb leadership skills. She was also the Honourary Chair for the 20th Anniversary of the Women of Distinction events for the Guelph YM/YWCA for 2015.

Ashlee Jowett

Ashlee Jowett

Ashlee is Director, Operations.  She provides leadership in training and recruitment, marketing and customer service and is a facilitator of corporate training and development.  She has assisted many companies with the development of existing employees and the attraction and retention of exceptional candidates. She is also certified in Myers Briggs Type Indicator personality profiling assessment.

She is a Communications and Sociology Graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University and enjoys finding new ways of training and coaching and motivating participants through conflict resolution, emotional self-awareness, interpersonal improvement, time management, project management, communication and interaction.  Ashlee focuses on a holistic approach to training and resolution, with an emphasis on fit and alignment of goals and values as well as employee relations.

Craig Haney

Craig Haney

Manager, CT Innovations: Craig Hainey manages CTi, Canadian Tire’s Innovation Lab in Kitchener-Waterloo at the Communitech Hub and the new Digital Lab at Canadian Tire’s newest Innovation Centre in Winnipeg.  The goal of CTi is to build technology to extend the digital infrastructure of Canadian Tire.  This can include technology for in store, online, and mobile which will enable both customers and employees, as well as enable Canadian Tire to think more like a start-up.  Previously he has owned his own company, and worked for a number of technology start-ups before joining Canadian Tire late in 2012.  Craig has brought a start-up mentality to a multi-billion iconic Canadian retailer to ensure Canadian Tire can continue to lead and innovate for the next 90 years.  Craig has a Bachelor’s degree from Western University and a Masters in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (MBET) from the University of Waterloo.

Lloyd Longfield

Lloyd Longfield

In 1986 Lloyd started a successful machine automation design, service, and supply business which led to the management of Canadian divisions of corporate multinationals.

In 2008, Lloyd entered the world of community benefit organizations as President  & CAO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce.

Lloyd recently joined Innovation Guelph as Mentor in Residence, and also works to bridge the skills gap between graduates, immigrants, underemployed or marginalized people and connecting them with opportunities at local businesses.

Lloyd loves minding other people’s business.  Minding his own, not so much.

Julia Rosien

Julia Rosien

Julia is the founder and owner of GoGirlfriend, a travel-based website for women and Brand Engineer for Restonic, the supporting dreams mattress company. Julia is past president and chairman of the Board of Governors for Withit.org, a non-profit organization for women in the home and furnishings industries. She was the co-founder of Canada’s first 140 Conference and its master of ceremonies as well as a presenter at TEDxWomen Waterloo, Impact99, Tweetstock.ca, Women in Biz Conference to name just a few. As a marketer, brand evangelist, writer/blogger and speaker, Julia employs lessons learned from her diverse past, which includes being an editor of a national pregnancy magazine, college instructor and a teacher at a women’s prison.

Brent Barr

Brent Barr

Brent has an extensive business & volunteer background.  With over twenty years of business experience, he has worked with an international clothing company and two of the world’s largest multinational organizations, Johnson & Johnson and Colgate Palmolive.  Within those he enjoyed positions such as Regional Sales Manager, Category Management Director and Director of Marketing and Sales among various others.  From these positions, Brent managed a wide array of product divisions and generated year-over-year, double-digit revenue and profit growth through innovative strategic marketing and business strategies. Strategies he brings to his own organization’s clients today.

Brent founded KIRE Company then co-founded Falcon Innovation Group a Guelph strategic marketing agency in 1999.  In 2010, he sold Falcon Innovation Group to his business partner to focus on his most recent company which was started in 2008, an animal health care facility in London.

Hongwei Liu

Hongwei Liu

Hongwei Liu is a co-founder at MappedIn. He has lead the company’s growth from the three person founding team out of the VeloCity residence to the 21 person operation based out of their downtown Kitchener office. He was born in China, grew up in Ottawa, and came to KW to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Today, Hongwei focuses on dreaming big, talking to customers, and finding amazing people to help build the dream.