Spring Conference 2016 - April 22 to 24, 2016 | Hilton Mississauga, ON

Thank You for a Great Conference! Recap and Photos Below

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Evaluation Speech Contest

1st place Brian Brennan
2nd place Andrew Mertens
3rd place Steve Elliot

International Speech Contest

1st place Roger Caesar
2nd place Chris OBrien
3rd place Joe Vanderkooi


Team Energy Achieves Magic

Teamwork is about more than just putting together a team. Effective teamwork can create energy which enhances project quality, morale and retention. This can create a successful outcome on any project as powerful as magic. Learn all you can about effective teamwork to ensure your success.

Meal and Ticket Details

Read More And See Pictures - Links to Blog

Meet The 2016 / 2017 District 86 Team
New Distinguished Toastmasters
Spring 2016 District 86 Evaluation & International Speech Contests



Spring Conference 2016 - News

Communication Leadership Award D86

Congratulations to Jonathan Hood, Communication & Leadership Award Recipient

The Communication and Leadership Award is by the District to a non-Toastmaster in the community who is an outstanding communicator or leader - and who best exemplifies Toastmasters values. The recipient for the 2016 Spring Conference is Jonathan Hood, former CFL athlete, motivational speaker, youth mentor, and corporate goal coach.

Jonathan began his professional football career with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2009. Later, he went on to play for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2010, and finally the Toronto Argonauts in 2013. He retired in May of 2015 and has since been focused on shifting his on-field experiences to developing and inspiring people off the field.

Jonathan quickly realized his talent and passion for motivational speaking when he and his football teammates began making appearances at public school engagements.

Jonathan’s natural ability to influence people provided him the opportunity to be an effective mentor. In 2011, he founded Ahead of the Game, a youth mentorship program designed to empower youth and promote positive change. Jonathan and his team of athlete facilitators continue to appear at schools all over the GTA (York and Peel Region) and have served over 1000 youth and young adults.

Jonathan has been mentored under the leadership of business professionals such as John Maxwell and CFL Hall-of-Famer Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons. He now uses his skills and expertise to assist in the corporate world speaking at corporate events, conferences, and fundraisers. He also works with businesses to assist employees and leaders with personal development and encourages people to reach their highest potential! He facilitates corporate workshops to discuss topics such as: effective communication, teamwork, and leadership. Jonathan’s clients range from young aspiring football players to leadership team members of major banks. No matter what your goals are Jonathan challenges you to connect with your true self.

He is currently working on his first book titled ‘Level the Playing Field’ which expresses how to effectively communication with the youth of today. To learn more about him visit www.jonathanhood.ca and www.aheadofthegame.ca

Communication Leadership Award D86

Congratulations to Members Making A Difference Award (MMAD) Recipient Amparo Cifuentes DTM

Toastmaster Amparo Cifuentes DTM is the Sprig Conference MMAD recipient. The Madd award goes to members who volunteers their Toastmasters communication and leadership skills to better their communities and lives around them in a significant and notable way outside of their Toastmasters regular duties.

Read more about Amparo Cifuentes DTM on our blog at  Members Making A Difference Award M.M.A.D.

Looking for Nominees

Douglas Barclay Award

The District 86 Douglas Barclay Award is awarded each year, at the Spring Conference, to recognize an active Toastmaster with a history of contribution and continued service to Toastmasters both within and outside the District.

Nominations must be submitted by: March 25, 2016

Douglas Barclay received a Toastmasters Presidential Citation in 1981. He was a very dedicated Toastmaster who served the organization and the District for many years. He was District 60’s Governor (twice!), and an International Director. He was a tireless contributor and promoter of the organization.

Past Recipients

More Information and Submit Nominees

Accepting Requests

Author’s Corner 

Our District 86 Spring’16 Conference, the Power of Teamwork ! will be here before we know it! We look forward to hearing your educational presentation and are certain that everyone will enjoy and learn from your workshop. We are excited to offer you and other Toastmasters the opportunity to sell your books, CDs and DVDs at the conference.

Deadline for Submission is April 15, 2016. Please remit all your information today!!

The guidelines for the District 86 Conference Author's Corner are:

  • You reap 100% of your profits
  • You are responsible for selling and supervising your own products. Your table in the Author’s Corner display will be available from Friday 2:00 pm until Sunday 2:00pm and you must be registered at all times your wares are available for sale. Any other person selling on your behalf must also be a Conference registrant in that time slot. You may want to bring a table cloth to cover your books , CD’s or DVD’s as we are not responsible for any losses.
  • If you wish to participate in this opportunity, we need the following information from you as soon as possible:
    1. The title of your book(s), CDs, DVDs
    2. The subject matter
    3. The dates you are registered for the conference (full or partial registration),
  • We will have 4’, 6’ and 8’ tables available for displays. Please let me know which size you will need; (we reserve the right to reduce the size depending on available space.) 

Please email Kelley McIntyre Authors' Corner Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your information or if you have any questions or concerns.


Spring Conference 2016 - Agenda Overview

Spring Conference 2016 Full Conference Agenda Overview  Option 1: Friday/Saturday Events  Option 2: Saturday/Sunday Events

Opt  Friday April 22
1 2 Workshops #1
    First Timers and all Distinguished Toastmasters Meet & Greet 
    Line up for Banner Parade
    Opening Ceremonies
    Parade of Banners
    DTM Recognition Dinner
Opt  Saturday April 23
1 2 Breakfast Buffet - Breakfast Brag  
    District Keynote 
    Workshops #2
    Workshops #3
    Communication & Leadership (C&L) Luncheon  
    Members Making A Difference (MMAD) award presentations
     Evaluation Speech Contest
    Business Meeting (3:30pm)   
    Directors Banquet
    Directors Ball
Opt  Sunday April 24
1 2 Breakfast Buffet - Breakfast Brag
    Education Workshop 
     International Speech Contest
    Champion Luncheon
    Keynote - Speaker


Friday | April 22

Information & Help

located in hallway outside Graydon Hall...
Registration: (2:00 pm – 9:30 pm (closed during meals))
Credentials: (2:00 pm - 6:45 pm)(9:00 pm - 9:30pm)
Hospitality: (2:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
Opt Time Event / Location
    4:30pm Network Break - Coffee/Tea Served

Workshops #1 - see speakers and rooms >> 

    5:45pm Comfort Break
      ** Wine reception (Hallway outside Graydon Hall)
    6:00pm First Timers and all Distinguished Toastmasters Meet & Greet (Graydon D)

Comfort Break

      Line up for Banner Parade (Hallway outside Graydon Hall)
    7:00pm Opening Ceremonies (Graydon Hall ABC)
      Parade of Banners (Graydon Hall ABC)
    7:30pm DTM Recognition Dinner (Graydon Hall ABC)
      DTM Medal presentations (Graydon Hall ABC)
    9:00pm Dance - Celebrating our Culture and Diversity (Graydon Hall ABC)

Saturday | April 23

Information & Help

located in hallway outside Graydon Hall...
Registration: (7:00 am - 9:00 pm (closed during meals))
Credentials: (7:00 am - 3:15 pm (closed during meals))
Hospitality: (7:00 am - 4:00 pm - during ALL Comfort/Network breaks)
Early Bird Sign Up Spring Conference: (12:30 pm - 4:00 pm)
Authors Corner: (8:00 am - 6:00 pm)
Opt Time Event / Location
    7:00am Breakfast ()
    7:32am District Keynote - Jocelyne Vezina, DTM ()

"The Power of "I""

    8:45am Comfort Break

Workshops #2 - see speakers and rooms >> 

    9:55am Network Break -  Coffee/Tea Served (2 stations ( 1 by South Studio and the other by Garden Studio))

Workshops #3 - see speakers and rooms >> 

    11:10am Comfort Break 
    11:30am Communication & Leadership (C&L) Luncheon  (Graydon Hall ABC)
      C&L Recipient Jonathan Hood
    1:00pm Comfort Break

  District Evaluation Contest   (Graydon Hall ABC)

    3:00pm Network break - Coffee/Tea Served  (Hallway outside Graydon Hall)
    3:30pm District 86 Council Business Meeting (Graydon D)
      District Elections (Graydon D)
    5:45pm Comfort Break

 **  Wine reception (Hallway outside Graydon Hall)

    7:00pm Directors Banquet (Graydon Hall ABC)
    8:30pm Comfort Break 
    9:00pm Directors' Ball with DJ (formal affair) (Graydon Hall ABC)

Sunday | April 24

Information & Help

located in hallway outside Graydon Hall...
Registration: (7:00 am – 9:00 am (closed during meals))
Hospitality: (7:00 am - 11:45 am - during ALL Comfort/Network breaks)
Advance Sign Up Spring Conference: (7:00 am - 11:45 am)(2:00 pm - 2:45 pm)
Authors Corner: (8:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Opt Time Event / Location
    7:00am Breakfast (Graydon Hall ABC)

Workshop - Ross MacKay, DTM, AS, ID | 2014–2016 International Director, Region 6 (Graydon Hall ABC)


"Secrets of Successful Leaders"

    8:50am Network Break - Coffee/Tea Served 

  District International Speech Contest (Graydon Hall ABC)

    11:15am Comfort Break
    11:35am Champion Luncheon (Graydon Hall ABC)

Keynote - Ross MacKay, DTM, AS, ID | 2014–2016 International Director, Region 6 (Graydon Hall ABC) 

Spring Conference 2016 - Speakers

Ross MacKay

2014–2016 International Director, Region 6
  Ross Mackay, DTM, AS, ID

Conference Keynote Speaker | Sunday 1:25pm

Ross Mackay of Aurora, Ontario, Canada, is a professional speaker, trainer and consultant. As President of Ross Mackay Associates Ltd., he is an acknowledged international expert in the pump engineering field. He has served four terms on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. He was also president of the organization’s Toronto chapter and currently serves on the Toronto board of directors.

Mackay earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Stow College of Engineering in Glasgow, Scotland, and studied business administration at Seneca College in Toronto.

A dedicated Toastmaster for 23 years, Mackay is a member of three clubs and has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters. He is the recipient of the prestigious Accredited Speaker award and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization. He says, “Toastmasters is the finest personal development program in the world. Nowhere else can you find a group of people who come together with the express intention of helping each other grow and develop.”

As a member of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Mackay is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the Board to develop and support the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

Jocelyne Vezina

The Power of "I"
  Jocelyne Vezina, DTM

Keynote Speaker

District 86 Keynote Speaker | Saturday Morning

At work do you feel engaged? Do you feel you could do so much more than what is asked of you? Do you feel your contribution counts? Join me on Saturday April 23rd. I will give you tools to make your career a more rewarding one and give you a feeling that you are making a difference in your team. Come learn how your energy can help your team make magic!

Jocelyne started her Toastmasters journey in 2009. She’s never looked back. The more she learns about Toastmasters the more she wants to get involved. She received her DTM in 2012. Since then she has held several positions within the district with the most recent being the REP Chief Ambassador. She is looking forward to serve the district in that capacity.

Ross MacKay

Your Leadership Legacy
  Ross Mackay, DTM, AS, ID

Workshop Presenter 

Plenary Workshop | Sunday 8:00 am

Do you have what it takes to be an effective leader? Participate in this interactive workshop to explore the power and responsibilities of leadership, not only in Toastmasters, but also beyond. In this educational but entertaining session with a three-time club president, you’ll discover the qualities of an effective leader that you may already possess. We’ll also explore the various leadership styles to find the one(s) that will work for you, as you establish your Leadership Legacy.


Spring Conference 2016 - Workshops

Workshops for the conference are in four tracks: Speaking Skills, Professional Development, Club Excellence, and Leadership Skils.

Workshops Session #1: Friday April 22 - 5pm

Lisa Lounsbury

How to Keep Your Audience Engaged

Lisa Lounsbury

Speaking Skills

Hazel D

Up to trying new strategies to keep your audience more engaged? Regardless of their age, gender or your topic, these fun and unique techniques will bring vitality to your presentation and your audience. Join Lisa Lounsbury as she takes you through an energized workshop you will not soon forget.

Wayne Fowler

So Who's Really in Control

Wayne Fowler

Professional Development

South Studio 3

Today’s Executive faces more challenges than ever before to deliver success. Faster changing environments, financial pressures, and where Managers are expected to be Leaders of teams which for the first time in history, may include team members from up to 5 generations. With leadership development typically focussed on skills development, Wayne will infuse new insights into Leadership & Business Development that will place you on the road to increased profits and professional and personal success.

Jennifer Aucoin

The Welcoming Club: Creating Inclusive Clubs

Jennifer Aucoin

Club Excellence

Garden Studio 3

Picture your first meeting as a member. Were you nervous, confused, shy? What if you were nervous but couldn't read the agenda, or hear the speeches? What if some of the elements of the meeting and the atmosphere were too loud, or too bright, or scents made it difficult for you to concentrate? In this workshop, Jennifer will introduce strategies that will make any member feel welcome and confident.

Hariharan Iyer

How to Program Your Mind to Achieve Anything You Want

Hariharan Iyer

Leadership Skills

Club Studio 1

Do you have a Dream ? Is your Dream bigger than you ? Does it scare you or excite you? Do you have the FEAR to work towards your Goal ? If you answered YES, then, this Workshop is for you.


Workshops Session #2: Saturday April 23, 9:00 am

John Wang

Prepare a Speech in 15 Minutes

John Wang

Speaking Skills

Hazel D

No matter how prepared you normally are, there will be occasions in which you will need to deliver a speech at the last moment. This interactive workshop will teach you how to deliver a 5-7 minute speech with 15 minutes of preparation.

Bhronny Hill

Learn More About Yourself with 4 Simple Colours

Bhronny Hill

Professional Development

South Studio 3

Who AM I? Using the colour methodology you will find practical and usefulness in both your professional and personal lives. Understanding the similarities and differences of all people leads to improved communication skills, a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of self and others. This workshop will introduce everyone to an easy and highly effective personality and communication tool. Come and experience this energizing workshop and it will change your life. Sounds to good to be true? It's not!

John Ribeiro

Learn How to Build a Successful Team Quickly!

John Ribeiro

Club Excellence

Garden Studio 3

It can be intimidating trying to lead a team for the first time. As a new leader, it’s your job to motivate. How do you do that when you’re not quite sure what it takes? In this workshop, you’ll be learning tools to help you connect quickly and effectively.

Kathy Keyi Jia-Jones

Impact of Cultural Differences on Leadership and Communication

Kathy Keyi Jia-Jones

Leadership Skills

Club Studio 1

Our cultural environment can have a profound influence on us. To succeed in today's international and multicultural work environment, it is essential to develop cross-cultural competency, no more so than at Toastmasters. This workshop takes a fun and practical approach to exlore the impact of cultural differences on communication and leadership.


Workshops Session #3: Saturday April 23, 10:15 am

Kathryn MacKenzie, DTM

5 Part Proven Formula to Create Compelling, Connecting Content!

Kathryn MacKenzie

Speaking Skills

Hazel D

Do you want to raise the bar of your speaking and consequently, be a highly esteemed speaker? Discover a 5 part proven formula that you must include in your speeches. Knowing and using the PARTS formula will separate you from the average speaker since your content will be compelling, engaging, and memorable.

Louise Harnett

Exploring High Performance Teams Through Play

Louise Harnett

Professional Development

South Studio 3

Good-bye humdrum meeting introductions. Hello jumping, shouting, drawing and creating. Join us as we use games to investigate various aspects of what makes some teams…magical. Take these ideas back to your workplace to invigorate meetings, stimulate deeper connections and strengthen teamwork amongst your colleagues.

Mary Wang

Growing Your Club Using Social Media

Mary Wang

Club Excellence

Garden Studio 3

Is Social Media confusing to you, not sure how it can help you? This exciting workshop will help you to develop social media strategy and action plan to grow Toastmasters clubs, optimize your club website for search engine and social media to attract more target audience, provide you with effective ways to promote your club on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Meet up, etc.

Ven Virah

Inspiring Leadership Using Emotional Intelligence

Ven Virah

Leadership Skills

Club Studio 1

When was the last time you felt inspired, lifted, excited? Using emotional intelligence, great leaders create and nurture vibrant relationships based on mindfulness, hope, compassion, and playfulness. Join this workshop if you wish to learn and experience positive emotional attractors that are essential to establishing inspiring leadership.



Spring Conference 2016 - Entertainment

Friday Night

  Theme: Celebrating our Cultural Diversity

Friday Night Theme

Different dancers coming in that are Bollywood, Brazilian, Caribbean, and more, along will be a very special DJ. Dress in your cultural attire.

Saturday Night

  Theme: Dancing With the Divisions

Saturday Night Theme

Each division will have a dance team dressed in their team colours. This will be judged and the winning division will have bragging rights as the best dancers in District 86.

Spring Conference 2016 - The Power of Teamwork

2015 Fall Conference Education Chair - Jacklyn A Payne, DTM

2016 Spring Conference Chair

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"I consider it an honour and an exhilarating experience to chair this event"


Spring Conference Chair Message

I look forward to having YOU share with me the District 86 Spring 2016 Conference event. I consider it an honour and an exhilarating experience to chair this event. Come share this three day event with me in April at the beautiful Hilton in Mississauga. You will feel the magic of teamwork as our committee members showcase their energy and skills.

Along with regular attendees I encourage first timers and guests to come experience the camaraderie, the networking and the journey of "The Power of Teamwork" that this conference will offer. Our keynote speakers, workshop presenters and dedicated volunteers will give you a weekend that could transform your life like magic.!

Spring Conference 2016 - Accommodations

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General Information

Address: 6750 MISSISSAUGA ROAD, MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, L5N 2L3 Map and Directions

Special Toastmaster Conference Rates
Phone: 1-905-821-1981

We have negotiated special discounts for rooms. When you call, mention that you are a Toastmaster. The room rate we have negotiated is, plus HST, fees and assessments.

Reservation Information 

Enter Info Here

Book Now! 

The District is able to offer you this exceptional event due to our partnership with the hotel. Booking your stay helps us fulfill our contract with this beautiful facility. 

LAST DAY - to register for the Toastmasters rate at the hotel : October 22


Spring Conference 2016 - Sponsorships

Thank you to the District 86 Spring Conference sponsors for their support. See sponsorship descriptions and oppurtinites for the conference below.


Communicate To Create Communicate To Create

Mina Yoon - President Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Confidently Speaking Toastmasters

JMJ'S Stepping Stones to Life JMJ'S Stepping Stones to Life

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Spring Conference 2016 - Sponsorship Opportunities

Bronze - $100
  • Bronze Level Recognition at the event, in the program and on the District 86 website sponsorship page
  • Right to display a picture for recognition at our Sat. & Sun. Breakfast Brags
Silver - $250
  • Recognized as an Official Sponsor of one of our Workshop presenters
  • Silver Level Recognition at the event, in the program and on the District 86 website sponsorship page
  • Right to display video or pictures for recognition at our Sat. & Sun. Breakfast Brags
Gold - $500
  • Naming rights as Official Sponsor of one of our full conference networking events
  • Gold Level Recognition at the event, in the program and on the District 86 website sponsorship page
  • Right to display video or pictures for recognition at our Sat. & Sun. Breakfast Brags
Communication & Leadership Lunch - $2,500
  • Naming Rights to the event as official Sponsor
  • Link on the District 86 website with Official sponsorship page and message
  • Recognition throughout the event on our digital banner
  • Recognition in printed Program with a half page advertisement
  • 2 Tickets to event
  • 5 minutes direct presentation to audience
Champion Lunch - $2,500
  • Naming Rights to the event as official Sponsor
  • Link on the District 86 website with Official sponsorship page and message
  • Recognition throughout the event on our digital banner
  • Recognition in printed Program with a half page advertisement
  • 2 Tickets to event
  • 5 minutes direct presentation to audience
Directors Banquet - $5,000
  • Naming Rights to the event as official Sponsor
  • Link on the District 86 website with Official sponsorship page and message
  • Recognition throughout the event on our digital banner
  • Recognition in printed Program with a full page advertisement
  • 4 Tickets to event
  • 8-10 minutes direct presentation to audience
  • Corporate recognition plaque presented

If you would like to sponsor the conference, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.