Professional Development Workshops

Mallika Sothinathan DTM – Communicating Through Video
Friday Night

Mallika SothinathanBio
Mallika has over 7 years experience in production and direction for private and government Television Channels in India and Canada. The prominent stations are Zee TV, Doordarshan India and ETV. In Canada, Mallika worked with Rogers TV and Deepa Mehta films. Currently she is working on her own home production, New Horizon Media Arts, writing, directing and producing the Documentary film 'Crossing the River of Life'.

Mallika has a Masters in Mass Communication from Mass Communication Research Center majoring in direction for film and TV. She specializes in doing corporate films, infomercials, documentaries and news reporting having produced several radio documentaries for All India radio as well. Mallika is currently the Division C Director.

Description
Video is a powerful medium of communication. It is the most effective way to communicate in today’s very visual world. Technology has made this easy and simple. A cell phone, a tripod and a lapel microphone can do wonders for a video presentation. This is also an effective tool to evaluate one’s own speech. With the International Speech Contest requiring video submissions at the Regional level, now is a great time to learn how to video tape your presentations like a pro.

Zlata CC and Mike Proudlock DTM – From Speaker to Author
Saturday AM

Zlata and Mike Proudlock3Bio
The Proudlock team is a dynamitic duo with a lifetime history of success. Zlata Proudlock has over 30 years’ experience in education as a teacher; she recently self-published her first book. Zlata has been a Toastmaster since 2015. Mike Proudlock, retired from his career with Peel Region, has been active in Toastmasters since 2003, serving in roles at all levels, including at the District level, most recently as Program Quality Director.

Description
Want your message to reach thousands? – write a book. Self-Publishing your work can be very intimidating, but the rewards in the end are worth it. Give yourself he best chance at succeeding by attending this workshop. Here you will not only learn 'one way' to self-publish a book but, also, how to set attainable goals, the process of working with an online publisher, marketing your book, use of social media and more... By publishing your own book, you can empower hundreds, even thousands of readers with your inspirational message; achieve your goal of becoming an author; and publish on your own terms and on your own schedule. Who said you can't have it all?

Penny Tremblay ACG, CL – Give and Be Rich in Workplace Relationships - Tapping the Human Side of Business
Saturday AM

Penny TremblayBio
Founder of the Tremblay Leadership Center, offering training and keynotes, internationally, for 20+ years. Thousands have benefited through developing skills and confidence to be productive, play nice in the sandbox and climb the ladder of success. Penny’s Advanced Meditation certificate from Harvard, combined with years of conflict resolution facilitation in workplaces, bring stories, experiences and guidance for productive, peaceful and profitable business. Penny joined the Toastmasters Program in 2003.

Description
Workplace and business culture rooted in human connection is more challenged than ever in this digital era. With millennials tipping the workplace population scale, relationship strategies to build productive, peaceful and profitable teams that are engaged with their corporate purpose are critical.

Penny’s message is backed by her best-selling book, Give and Be Rich, which invites us to look deeper into our own authentic inventory, and find more within to give. Suitable for all who work with people, this inspiring workshop helps the audience reach new potential, realizing that relationships are the most valuable asset for business. When we leverage the power of connection and relationships, we earn loyalty from our members, clients and work teams.

 

Club Excellence Workshops

Dennis Bartel DTM – Meaningful Meetings
Friday Night

Dennis Bartel

Bio
Dennis is a Graphic Designer and Software Developer who focuses on the User Experience where rules and procedures guide the process. He credits being “that rule and procedure guy” with his success in business and Toastmasters. Dennis has been a toastmaster for 10 years, serving as a President’s Distinguished Club President twice. He is a current President and Founder of a newly chartered club and has been a District Officer for 7 years. 

Description
Been to a meeting where the Chairperson stumbled through; where there was no order, respect for rules, time, or members? This interactive workshop will give you tools to make meetings meaningful through knowing and using Parliamentary Procedures and dispelling the myth that rules mean less fun, less productivity and less confusion.

Unfortunately, clubs tend to shy away from following and using Parliamentary Procedure. This can cause ineffective meetings, misuse of power by the President or Chairperson and lack of respect to the member. Dennis will explore the responsibilities of the Chairperson/Presiding Officer and of the member. The members have an obligation to help and direct the Chairperson throughout the meeting. This workshop is about how to do this with respect, order and fun.

Carol Todd-Skuce DTM – Excellence is a Choice
Saturday AM

Carol Todd Skuce

Bio
Carol has had a successful career as an Educator and as a Real Estate Agent. Carol is a self-proclaimed Toastmasters 'Junkie' and refers to herself as a ‘Lifer’. She has served as Area Governor for 2 different Areas, District Marketing Ambassador, and is a past Division Governor. Carol is the Sponsor of a strong, supportive and creative club that has just celebrated their 5-year anniversary. This club has achieved President’s Distinguished every year since it’s inception. Learn how Carol and her team successfully built that club and overcame membership challenges in many other clubs.

Description
Do you look forward to Toastmasters every week? Do you feel pumped after a meeting? A Toastmasters meeting should have friendship, laughter, ideas, helpful suggestions and a sense and purpose. Let’s share ideas to improve our clubs, our collective experiences and, with fresh eyes, explore what works.

Diane Gordon DTM – The Pathway to Excellence
Saturday AM

Diane GordonBio
Diane is successful Realtor of 38 years, owner of London Living and an Etiquette Consultant since 2011. It was while attending the Protocol School of Washington that she realized the need to improve her confidence and public speaking skills. Diane Gordon joined Toastmasters in 2012 and hasn't looked back. Diane has filled many leadership roles in Toastmasters, successfully, with passion, commitment and style.

Description
This workshop will motivate and empower you in your life’s path to be your personal and professional best in all your opportunities inside and outside of Toastmasters. Through role-play, “incorrect way - better way - best way”, experience the difference as we all learn by doing. Be inspired to take your Club meetings, using professional practices, from ordinary to extraordinary in the pursuit of club, personal and professional excellence. Through the interactive workshop Diane will use practical examples and breakout sessions to reinforce a path to excellence in club meetings, careers and personal development. In the words of Diane, “Excellence is not an option; it is a way of life – a path. Elevate with Excellence.”

 

Leadership Workshops

Shawn Salokannel DTM – Eating the Elephant
Friday Night

Shawn Salkokannel

Bio
Shawn has worked in the insurance industry in a variety of leadership positions, from customer service to training and accounting. With a Bachelor of Commerce program from Concordia University in Montreal, he is bilingual. Shawn has been active in district roles as area, division director and most recently Conference Co-Chair. Shawn was Club Coach of the year in 2015 and won a Spirit Award in 2016. Shawn is a strong believer that, within every problem, there is a solution.

Description
Can you eat an Elephant?  Have you wanted to take on a leadership challenge that seems too big to sink your teeth into? Don’t let that stop you.  Shawn recently took on the challenge of Conference Chair, a role that petrified him but through which he grew in ways he had not anticipated. Shawn is here to share his personal leadership journey with the conference (and work) and to inspire you to overcome your own fear and face your own elephant!

John Wang DTM – Mentor So You Both Win
Saturday AM

John WangBio
John is currently a lecturer at George Brown college, teaching a course on information security where he actively encourages students to seek mentorship. He has over a decade of mentoring experience with a variety of organizations, Public, For Profit and Not for Profit and has seen the value in both having a mentor and being a mentor in your life. John Wang has been with Toastmasters for a decade where he has served as both a member mentor and a club mentor successfully.

Description
So, you are now a mentor. So what do you do next? Mentoring can provide a lifetime of rewarding experiences. Through a series of anecdotal stories, John will share both his successes and failures as a mentor. The stories will provide lessons on both what to do as well as, what not to do as a mentor. This interactive workshop will provide you with tips and secrets to build a relationship that is fruitful to your mentee and satisfying to you.

Bob Moore DTM – Getting to Yes
Saturday AM

Bob Moore2Bio
Bob is a thought leader within his industry. He has appeared on CTV, ABC, and City News. He is published in various security industry magazines and the Globe and Mail. Bob is also the Treasurer of CANASA, Canada’s security organization. He is currently the Country Manager with Axis Communications. Bob completed his DTM within 27 months.

Description
Bob Moore credits his success in Leadership to understanding the role of influence. His early International business experience taught him the value of influence in developing cohesive teams. Today he will share the critical lessons learned in leadership that serve him today as Country Manager with Axis Communications.

The workshop will feature highlights of wisdom gained from an international business career. Complete with discoveries and lessons as Bob developed his teams goals and strategies, he will interject how these same approaches can work for you.

 

Speaking Skills Workshops

Jonathan Siegel DTM – Find the Funny!
Saturday AM

Jonathan SiegelBio
By profession a psychologist, Jonathan has been told that his mind is a dangerous neighborhood, that he shouldn’t go in there alone! A Distinguished Toastmaster, Jonathan has done some amateur acting, both inside and outside his home. Jonathan came in first place in the 2017 Fall District 86 Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest.

Description
Wouldn’t it be great to know how to uncover humour in any of your speeches? In this workshop you will learn the ten basic principles and four `attitudes’ for building your bit of comedy. Come to laugh and learn! You will pinpoint your premise and discover how to mine the underlying magic for finding the funny.

Gina Kennedy DTM – Lost in Translation
Saturday AM

Gina KennedyBio
Living vicariously through herself in this adventure of life, Gina is a mother of two amazing adults. A toastmaster, a friend and a person with a hearing loss – Gina is battery operated. As Secretary to the Board, Academic Council and Joint Senate Committee of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, her areas of expertise are in governance and policy administration where clear communication is essential in dealing with complex ideas and various skills. Gina’s past 8 Toastmasters years have been filled with amazing milestones in mentoring, leadership and speaking.

Description
“Communication gone wrong – what was the message?”
The world is wired for miscommunication and it’s especially problematic when we cross cultures or use shorthand social media and e-mail to communicate. But this is not a new problem. Every time we meet someone and every time we talk or write, we must ensure we communicate positive intent to build trust and understanding. Through sharing anecdotes from the trenches, the group will discuss communication challenges and how to overcome them. Participants will get into the shoes and the mindset of the person opposite them.

John MacDonald DTM, PDG – Authenticity
Saturday AM

John Macdonald

Bio
John is the owner of Mac 1 Industries Ltd and IT Measures Ltd. The companies are involved in fire protection and business performance management including online training. Outside of work, John has been involved in the Canadian Fire Alarm Association as chapter president and National Education Chair. He has served in numerous District roles including D60 Governor during the reformation process in which D86 was formed. During that year, John led a double team of Lt. governors of marketing and a double team of Lt. governors of education and training, overseeing more than 300 clubs.

The next year John had the unique position of being the immediate past governor of both D86 and D60, each with their own completely different culture. John credits being authentic in your communication and leadership as making the difference in leading such an enormous team and succeeding in your professional life.

Description
Authentic communicators are in high demand today. Their ability to project open-mindedness, understanding and confidence helps them create worthwhile ideas by being true to their principles and involving others. They are powerful listeners. Authentic communicators understand themselves and know that you have to be believed to be heard. Discover the joy in uncovering your own authentic voice and the difference it will make in both your Toastmasters and professional path. Speaking authentically is a trait of excellence.

 

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