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Jim KokockiJim Kokocki

Jim Kokocki, DTM, is an entrepreneur and business consultant residing in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. As a volunteer he serves as President and Board Chair of L’Arche Saint John, which is part of a worldwide organization which creates homes, work, and day programs together with people who have intellectual disabilities.

Jim has served with other volunteer organizations including as co-chair for the Saint John Board of Trade’s Business Education Committee. He has delivered presentations for groups on leadership, protecting self-esteem, managing conflict, business modelling, and public relations and marketing approaches.

A Toastmaster since 1987, Jim's home club is Saint John Toastmasters in Saint John. He served as International President for the year 2015-2016. He continues in Toastmasters for many reasons including his enjoyment of continued learning and development, the opportunity to see others develop, and his strong belief that communication and leadership skills require learning, but more importantly practice, and more practice.

Kokocki previously worked for 30 years at telecommunications provider Bell Aliant and its related companies. He has earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of New Brunswick, Saint John. In his spare time Jim enjoys reading, travelling, cycling and skiing.


District86 Keynote Speaker Alexandre Matte, DTM

Alexandre MatteReaching Excellence – three steps at a time

What can you do to reach excellence?
We are bombarded by ways to improve ourselves and the world around us. Self-help books, inspirational quotes on social media, and Toastmasters Conferences. Alexandre Matte, DTM, has his own collection of tips, trick and hints for progress.
It can sometimes be overwhelming. Let’s keep it simple.
Drawing from more than 10 years of Toastmasters training (and over 15 years of experience in the kitchen!) Alexandre is ready to share three lessons with you, through entertaining stories and a participative keynote. Are you ready to take your next three steps on your path to excellence?



Having received much appreciated positive feedback since joining Voix du Nord Toastmasters in 2007, Alexandre Matte, DTM, gives back to the organisation and to its members by offering participative training sessions to various clubs and areas. Two-time District 86 champion at the International Speech Contest (2009, 2012), Alexandre also offers coaching to speakers, particularly for speech contests, but also to politicians and other professionals. He is also in demand for emceeing events and training to local organisations. Occasional actor on stage and television, and Director of Finance of the oldest cultural centre in French Ontario, Alexandre is the proud father of two highly intelligent girls, Magali and Katia.