Speaker Profiles

Current and past speakers at Camp Enterprise 

Lesley Barmania

Lesley Barmania

Lesley Barmania is a member and past president of Rotary Mississauga Meadowvale and has been an active Rotarian since December 2010. She is passionate about encouraging clubs to work together to achieve bigger and better projects, including helping members understand the importance of supporting the Rotary Foundation.

She is currently serving as the District Governor Elect, taking on the role of District 7080 Governor on July 1st, 2019. She has served as D7080 International Service Director, and was a member of the D7080 Foundation Committee and Grants Review Committee from 2015-2017. Lesley is a certified RLI facilitator, co-designed and facilitated the Foundation Qualification Program for several years, and has facilitated Club Leadership Training and RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards modules. In 2014, she attended the RI Convention in Sydney, Australia. In 2016 she co-facilitated the “Working Together” breakout session at the RI Convention in Seoul, and has since attended RI Conventions in Atlanta and Toronto.

Lesley and her husband Aziz travel extensively and have visited many Rotary Clubs to build international friendships and project partnerships including visiting clubs in India, Beijing, South Africa, Mexico, Australia, Thailand, UK, Chile, and Hawaii. In 2017 and 2018, they participated in Polio Immunization trips to Caborca, Mexico.

Lesley has received several awards from her club: Outstanding Service and Dedication award in 2013, Outstanding Leadership Club President award in 2014, and Rotarian of the Year in 2016. She is a Paul Harris Society member, a Major Donor, and a member of the Bequest Society.

Vocational 

Lesley founded her own consulting company, the Equinox Group, in 1989. She has worked in Moscow, Russia (on a World Bank project), the United Kingdom, the United States and across Canada to provide a variety of consultative and facilitation services to national and multinational organizations. She has over thirty years’ leadership development and human resources expertise including organizational effectiveness, instructional design/facilitation, competency-based programming, performance management, and employment equity & human rights. Lesley is a qualified coach practitioner, and is certified in a variety of assessment tools including Emotional Intelligence – Baron EQi method, Hay Leadership Styles, the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI). She is also a certified facilitator for several leadership/self development programs including the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and 7 Habits for Managers. Lesley is service-oriented and an avid developer and coach of individuals and teams.

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.

Roger Garriock

Roger Garriock

After graduating with a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Toronto in 1970, Roger joined IBM Canada Ltd. in their downtown Toronto office. What followed was a distinguished 32 year career with IBM, with the last 25+ years of his career spent primarily in senior sales management roles in Western Canada.

Roger has also been very active in his volunteer life, sitting on more than twenty non-profit boards across Canada and numerous business advisory councils.

 

Since retiring, Roger helped support Destination Imagination, the world’s largest ‘non-profit’ creative problem solving/teamwork program for K- U students:

  • Teaching ‘Corporate’ Innovation workshops internationally. Roger has now delivered more than 300 workshops on five continents, and is considered a subject matter expert in the field of Innovation
  • Helping grow the Destination Imagination program across Canada and internationally
  • Speaking nationally on the need for ‘accelerated’ curriculum reform in Canada’s K- 12 education system. Over the past three years, Roger has been invited to present to virtually all of Canada’s Superintendents/Directors, Deputy Ministers and Ministers of Education on the subject.

Roger recently received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Capilano University for his volunteer work and national advocacy for curriculum reform.  

A former resident of West Vancouver, Roger and his family recently moved to Guelph to be closer to family and grand kids.

John Gilvesy

John Gilvesy

John is a Past President and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Tillsonburg since 1987. He has served for 3 years as the Area Governor of the Woodstock-Oxford Cluster and is a past Director of the International Services committee.  He will assume the role of District Governor in July 2018.

John grew up and still lives on a farm near Tillsonburg.  John and his wife Sandra has daughter Sasha, married to Ryan McGrath, and two grandchildren, Nyla and Bennett.  Their son David is was recently married in August to Jill Buchner.

John is a professional engineer and builder, and with Sandra, owns Gentrac Building Corporation and Permterra Development Corporation.  He has served as Past president of his local real estate board, past member of the Ontario Commercial Council, past Director of Goodwill International Great Lakes, and is Past Chair and current Director of his local utility.

 

John is a member of the Rotary Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development, and believes that for lasting peace, we need to assist those living in extreme poverty … “teach them how to fish”.  Rotary has both the resources and networks to make significant impact.      

John and Sandra feel fortunate to have travelled internationally and often share stories about the Rotary International Conference in Bangkok, and Rotary missions in India, Philippines, and most recently in Honduras.

Craig Haney

Craig Haney

Craig has been leading the charge for corporate innovation in Canada for the past few years.  His work with Canadian Tire Innovations helped launch the corporate innovation program at Communitech which helps large, non-tech companies become faster and more innovative by engaging in the startup technology ecosystem.  As the Head of Corporate Innovation at Communitech, Craig helped big companies be more innovative, move faster, and think like a startup. By connecting Enterprise organizations to start ups and high growth companies, our focus is to grow the entire ecosystem by exposing our small companies to big problems that they can solve for some of Canada’s largest companies.

Craig currently is the VP for Europro, a large property landlord and developer.  He is helping the commercial real estate industry understand the role technology plays in offering better leasing options for scaling companies.  Europro is reimaging what downtown Kitchener will look like in the next 10 years, and is leveraging his network to influence that.

 

Craig has an undergraduate degree from Western University (London, Ontario), a Masters of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technonogy (MBET) from the University of Waterloo.  He has been part of leadership teams of large and small companies leading change initiatives wherever he has gone.

Ashley Jowett

Ashley 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.

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.

Kristal Manes

Kristal Manes

Kristel Manes is a Change Management Specialist; having spent the last 13 years coaching entrepreneurs as they start and grow businesses.

Kristel has an extensive history in communication and negotiation amongst such prominent groups as boards of directors, sponsors, core funding partners, senior management, peers, and aspiring business owners. Her specialties include Business Plan Creation, Forecasting, Goal Definition, Growth Strategies, and Policy & Procedure Formulation.

Her success as Director of Operations with Innovation Guelph and Co-founder of the Rhyze Project have inspired Kristel to return to her roots; assisting the BCGW in navigating the next 20 years as Business Advisory Experts.

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.

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.

John Rocchetta

John Rocchetta

John Rocchetta is the president of The Beat Goes On for the past 24 years. He has grown the operation to be Canada’s largest independent music, movie and games retail chain.

John has successfully transitioned the Beat Goes On from a brick and mortar organization to one of the first retailers to adapt a “click and brick”​ retail strategy.

“Staying ahead of the curve” has enabled The Beat Goes On continued growth and market share not only in Canada but in the United States as well in a highly competitive online marketplace.

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.

Les Schmidt

Les Schmidt

Les is the Founder and President of Mr. Energy Inspirational Presentations  where he helps organizations and individuals develop lifelong personal wellness plans. As a former high school teacher, Les dedicated thirty-four years to inspiring youth in the areas of personal success action plans, the fundamentals of economics, marketing, investing and entrepreneurship. He has presented in over one hundred organizations on the importance of creating personal wellness action plans, including the CIBC Vice President Conference, Hospital Association of Ontario, The Co-operators Insurance Company and Mohawk College. As an entrepreneur, Les has created business ventures in personal counselling, real estate, stock market investing and Inspirational presentations on, `The Ugly, The Bad and The Good of Living with Mental Health Challenges`.

Les has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from The University of Waterloo, a Masters of Education from The University of Windsor, and has completed stress map training from The Center of High Performance, and leadership training from The Steven Covey Institute.

Les has been a Coach for thirty-six years for athletes age six to twenty, with three of his athlete’s moving on to play Professional Football.

 As a business teacher Les always emphasized the importance of knowing your ‘money personality’, ‘thinking on the edge’, using research data to problem solve, and how to fall in love with compound interest. He has a main core value   that financial literacy is critical to achieving your life goals.

Toni Veiledal

Toni Veiledal

Toni has been providing highly interactive and practical training and facilitation for over 20 years.  She is a Registered Professional Trainer, certified bythe Canadian Professional Trainers Association.  She is also certified by Psychometrics to administer and interpret Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and utilizes other tools such as stakeholder audits, 360-degree feedback, Strong Interest Inventory and Work Personality Index.  As well, she holds a Certified Sales Professional (CSP) designation through the Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA). 

As a speaker and trainer, Toni has presented at a number of conferences and events, including Home Hardware Pre-Market Conference, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Not-for-Profit Series, IAIC Annual Conference, Rotary Camp Enterprise, International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), and APICS Innovation Conference.

Toni facilitates a wide scope of corporate training and development.  She delivers leadership programs that encourage positive culture and enhance leadership capabilities.  Her expertise provides assistance tomany companies with the development of existing employees and the attraction and retention of exceptional candidates. Workshops include Time Management, Customer Service, Communicating to Resolve Conflict, Handling Stress, etc.  She also provides career transitioning and outplacement services to ensure successful and supportive employee separations.

Toni is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin.  She is a past executive member of the Board of Directors for the Business & Education Partnership of Waterloo Region and has served as a council member for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.  She also volunteers with KW Oktoberfest Rogers Women of the Year committee.