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District 86 Toastmasters 2020 Conference

Learn new ideas, strategies, and techniques to help your clubs, areas, and divisions succeed.
Connect face to face and network with like-minded Toastmasters from across Ontario
Spur your personal growth, thinking, creativity, and planning from outstanding workshops
Be Inspired by Distinguished Toastmasters and District Award Winners who are recognized for achieving their goals 
Be Amazed by fabulous contest speakers, motivated presenters, and selfless volunteers
Renew Friendships by coming home for a TM Conference - an annual gathering of new & old friends
Re-Energize your passion and regain your focus for your own Toastmasters journey

Conference Co-Chairs' Message

Conference Co-Chairs 2020
Eva Britton, DTM and Cheryl Bates, DTM



On behalf of the Conference Committee, District Leaders and ourselves Cheryl and Eva, Chairs Extraordinaire, we would have been honoured to have presented the 2020 District 86 Conference to you and would have loved to have shared that amazing weekend with you.

We had promised that this conference would educate, entertain and exhilarate you!!

Our theme, “Honour the Past and Embrace the Future” signified the end of an era with the legacy program recognizing your hard work and accomplishments while continuing your Toastmasters journey of personal and professional development through Pathways.

We had planned for you to be re-energized and inspired by the plethora of amazing workshops, keynote speakers, contests, and award presentations.

You could have reached out and connect with the Conference Committee members who had put such an exhilarating event together for you. Where you could have Reunite with existing relationships and embrace the future by fostering new friendships.

With such a huge surge in registrations this conference was assured to be a sell out

And it would have been the best conference ever, creating an invigorating and memorable experience lingering far into the future.

Due to the unexpected corona pandemic that took our breathe away our desire to bring the best ever conference to you did not come to fruition. Once this is all over with, we are looking forward to meeting and greeting you sometime in the future. Stay healthy. Stay safe. Till we meet again.

Eva Britton, DTM and Cheryl Bates, DTM

Conference Chairs Extraordinaire for a Conference that wasn’t there.


Meet our District 86 Spring 2020 Conference Committee





  • Fri., Apr. 24

    1 3:00 pm Registration and Networking
    1 5:00 pm Educational Workshops
    1 5:50 pm  First Timers' and DTMs' Meet and Greet
    1 6:40 pm  Banner Parade
    1 6:40 pm Opening Ceremonies
    1 7:30 pm DTM Recognition  Dinner (everyone invited)
  • Sat., Apr. 25

    1 7:15 am  Conference Keynote
    1 8:00 am Evaluation Contest
    1 9:45 am Workshop - Chris Ford DTM, PIP
    1 & 2 11:00 am  Champions Luncheon
    1 & 2 12:30 pm Candidates Showcase
    1 & 2 1:30 pm District Business Meeting
    2 7:15 pm  District Director’s Ball (formal event)
  • Sun., Apr. 26

    2 8:00 am  Educational Workshops
    2 9:00 am  International Speech Contest
    2 11:45 am  Communication and Leadership Luncheon
    2 1:22 pm  Conference Keynote
    2 2:15 pm Adjourn

Keynote Speakers

Balraj Headshot

Balraj Arunasalam, DTM
Past International President 2017-2018, Toastmasters International

“Toastmasters is a way of life. It helped me understand the philosophy of leadership, to give and receive respect, and to be humble”

Said by a Toastmaster Leader who is an icon to Toastmasters like us.

Balraj Arunasalam, DTM, is the Managing Director of Gemtrans Engineering Company based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has been an entrepreneur for more than 35 years and diversified his family business into an engineering company that involved conveyor systems and belts and power transmission products.

For over thirty years, Balraj has been a dedicated Toastmaster of four clubs and has been instrumental in the growth of the Toastmasters Movement in Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh and even internationally.

He was the recipient of three International Awards for his leadership

  • Presidents Distinguished District Award.

  • International Presidents club extension award

  • International President’s 20+ (plus) award

The numerous awards that he has received during his journey bears testimony to all of his achievements and capabilities. A firm believer in servant leadership, he continues to work for the betterment of communities, both local and international through his experience, intellectual mindset, vision for growth & development spiced with his own set of unique values.

Conflict is Inevitable – Combat is Optional!
Chris Ford DTM, PIP

April 25 | 9:45 AM | Graydon Hall

We all experience conflict from time to time – at home, in the workplace, in our communities, and yes, even in Toastmasters! It’s a normal part of daily life. The question is: what to do about it? The choice you make will determine the results. This workshop will give you a brief overview of why we find ourselves in conflict, and how we can best manage the situation for a positive outcome.

About Chris Ford ….

Chris Ford has 40 years of operational, engineering, communication, leadership and conflict transformation experience in the Canadian Armed Forces (Army Engineers), the Public Service of Canada, and Toastmasters International. He’s a retired brigadier-general, a retired director-general, and a Past International President (2007-08) of Toastmasters International. In the army he was a military engineer, and served across Canada and several operational deployments, e.g. former Yugoslavia, exchange duty in India, and NATO service in Germany.

His second career led Chris into the world of conflict resolution - at the interpersonal and organizational levels. In recent years Chris was the Director of Conflict Resolution at Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and subsequently the Director-General of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Canadian Armed Forces and National Defence. He was also co-chairman of the Federal Informal Conflict Management System network for a number of years. His two careers share key common ground: they are both about building bridges!

Chris is now a professional speaker, and offers consulting services in communication, leadership, conflict transformation, change management, and team performance through his company - Generally Speaking. Functionally bilingual, Chris offers the unique combination of leadership at the executive and strategic levels, expertise in dispute resolution, and professional speaking and presentation skills that engage audiences in Canada and abroad.

In his spare time, Chris is the Executive Director of the Military Engineering Institute of Canada, and Past President of Collaborative Justice Ottawa. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College (Kingston) in Applied Science, the Defence Services Staff College (India), the Program for Public Executives at Queens University (Kingston), and the Carleton University (Ottawa) Graduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution. He has been awarded numerous medals for military service, including the Order of Military Merit presented by the Governor General of Canada.

Workshop Presenters

Sasha-Li Chinloy | PAID - Pathway to Advancing Inclusion & Diversity

April 24 | 5:00 PM | Location TBD

Ethnically diverse companies outperform by 33%. The numbers do not lie. It pays to be diverse. This is why TD, IBM, SNC Lavalin, etc. have installed massive recruitment efforts to be inclusive and diverse in their hiring practices. But now what? How do we really get the advantages of hiring diverse people? We get this by attending this workshop and implementing strategic and tactical steps to enable inclusion and diversity to flourish. We get this by opening our minds by hearing others’ stories. We get this by knowing we matter. This is the way we get PAID.

Bio: Sasha-Li Chinloy is a process engineer and change consultant. As a proud charter member of Own the Moment Oakville Toastmasters, Sasha-Li has successfully achieved her ACG and ALB and is targeting her DTM for June 2020. As a process engineer in the Oil & Gas industry, Sasha-Li has done what she has been told - performed with technical acumen and spoken up on behalf of her clients, her coworkers, and herself. However, this advice does not always apply to black female engineers. This has inspired her to share her story and truly ensure everyone gets the value out of inclusion and diversity.

Philip Lai | Toastmasters: Your Pathway to Emotional Intelligence

April 24 | 5:00 PM | Location TBD

In addition to communication and leadership skills, Toastmasters around the world have been able to enhance their Emotional Intelligence (EQ) through attending meetings regularly and participating in the educational program. According to studies, EQ is composite competence and one of the most reliable predictors of one’s success. This highly engaging workshop helps participants better appreciate why Toastmasters works and, specifically, why it is such an effective way to develop one’s EQ.

Bio: Philip has worked extensively in Asia-Pacific for over 20 years as organisation change consultant & talent development manager. As consultant, he has designed and led hundreds of leadership development & assessment workshops for numerous world-class organisations like BASF, Bayer, GE, Kraft, Lloyd’s, etc.
Fascinated with the notion of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Philip believes that Toastmasters has played a significant role in his EQ and professional growth. Based in Mississauga, Philip is the immediate past president of Port Credit Club, a founding member of Clarkson Toastmasters Club, a founding counsellor of the newly chartered Leaders of Tomorrow Gavel Club, and Area D82 Director.
Philip Lai, B.S.W., M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)
Principal Consultant & Partner of The Power of Empathy Inc.

Rosie Wolf Williams | Using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to Promote Your Club and Your Own Speaking Accomplishments

April 24 | 5:00 PM | Location TBD

Jump into social media to promote your club and your own accomplishments. Learn about the dos and don'ts of using social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Discover design sites and tools to make posting easier, and brainstorm events that can be used to promote your club or personal page.

Bio: Rosie Wolf Williams, ACB, CL, Pathways PM is a writer, author, speaker, and adventurer who believes that learning is an important part of living. She is the author of the book, The Thought of You: The Art of Being Alive! and speaks (sometimes in costume) about the power of thought and optimism to change your life's direction. By day, she works as a writer, delivering content to online and print publishing clients, while secretly gathering knowledge about the weird, the wonderful, and the world she lives in. https://www.alwaysrosie.com/

Tuula Redditt | Take Your Dot For A Walk

April 24 | 5:00 PM | Location TBD

Have you ever wondered when someone makes you laugh how its changes your whole mood? Have you ever tried to to harness the power and integrate it in your speeches? Tuula will show you how to use techniques to add humour and inspiration to your words in this interactive and creative workshop. You will leave your audience smiling with images that you create using inspiring words and stories. Come out and ignite the speech writer within YOU using the Power of Happiness. It all begins with writing your story down, adding spicy ingredients to make it stand out and drive home your message and make it memorable.

Bio: Tuula Redditt DTM, MSP, EH1 has written a book (not yet published) of all her speeches in her 13 year Toastmaster journey. Recently Tuula received the District 86 Toastmaster of the Year Award for 2019-2020 as well as MMAD award 2019-2020 for her selfless contributions to Toastmasters and professionally. She received her DTM in 2013 and The District 86 Spirit Award in 2014-15 and is currently the VP of membership at Speak To Inspire Toastmasters Club in Brampton. Tuula works from home as an artist at Sky Studio, creating portraits, web design, 3D printing and illustrations. www.skystudio.ca

Gillian Sheldon | Understand Yourself to Achieve Success

April 26 | 8:00 AM | Location TBD

The DiSC assessment is a non-judgmental tool used to discuss people's behavioral differences. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of DiSC profiles (www.discprofile.com). 
You will learn to the meaning of your DiSC profile and its impact on group dynamics. You will recognize the communication needs of team members and others.

Bio: Currently enrolled and studying to be a certified DISC Trainer through John Maxwell Team. A Toastmaster for the past 5 years, I recently achieved my DTM. In the last 4 years, I have served on the Executive of Skyway Toastmasters; firstly as the VP of Membership, and then Presiding Officer; then served as Area 56 Director for Division L. This year, I am again serving as VP of Membership at Skyway Toastmasters, as well as the Banner Parade Chair for the District Conference. Outside of Toastmasters I am a Senior Program Manager at NGen Canada – Canada’s supercluster for advanced manufacturing, where I am responsible for facilitating, executing and managing collaborative projects for manufacturers and technology partners throughout Canada. As part of this job, I give a lot of presentations. Joining Toastmasters in 2015, has exponentially enhanced my confidence, leadership and speaking abilities

Kwesi Millington | Power Up Your Speeches with Storytelling

April 26 | 8:00 AM | Location TBD

Storytelling is the key to connecting with an audience when you speak. Most people don't use stories enough or effectively in their speeches and I want to help you to feel confident in preparing speeches that will impact and inspire.

Bio: Kwesi has developed a career helping people to overcome adversity with over 10 years of experience as a Police Officer, Youth Mentor, Award-Winning Speaker and a Certified Storytelling & Speaking Coach. His mission is to help you to overcome your adversities, capture your confidence and empower you to share your stories.

Kwesi Millington (BComm), Professional Speaker & Certified Speech Coach

Entertainment Section

Dance with DJ

Saturday, April 25, 9 pm to midnight

Auld Lang Syne Challenge

Friday, April 24th, from 10:30 pm to midnight, Scavenger Hunt for Teams of 4-6 with at least one 1st Timer, Smartphone needed.

Games Section

Saturday, April 25th, from 9 pm to midnight, Games Area for Euchre Tournament and other Family Games (bring yours from home).

Friday, April 24th, from 10:30 pm to midnight, Teams of 4-6 with at least one 1st Timer, Smartphone needed.

Awards and News

Communication & Leadership Award Recipient- Anna Silgardo

A strong voice in the community Anna Silgardo is Founder of Artists in Momentum, an organization committed to empowering, nurturing and sustaining the spirit of the individual. Through her organization Anna has taken a leadership role in encouraging self-reflection, stimulating the imagination while building self-esteem through creative self-expression. Believing in the therapeutic value of the arts, she uses it as the foundation to promote mental well- being, one life at a time, at a corporate and community level. Read more about Anna Silgardo>>> 

Hotel Accommodations

General Information

Hotel: Hilton® Meadowvale Mississauga 
Address: 6750 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5N 2L3
Google Map: https://bit.ly/2ofDrgy

Reservation Information

District 86 has negotiated special discounts for rooms.

Hotel rate is $119 per night for single, double and triple.

To avoid disappointment, book online now to get the contracted rate.

Registration Information


 $379.00 Feature Pricing for Full Conference (until April 10, 2020)
 $239.00 Option 1 - Friday 3 pm to Saturday 6 pm (until April 10, 2020)
 $239.00 Option 2 - Saturday 1:30 pm to Sunday 2:30 pm (until April 10, 2020)
 $50.00 Evaluation Contest only - 10:15 am (until April 24, 2020)
 $50.00 International Speech Contest only - 9:00 am (until April 25, 2020)
$100.00 Both Contests (until April 24, 2020)



Registration is cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Thank You For Being A Sponsor

Bronze - $100

  • Program listing
  • Recognition on our Conference 2020 website
  • 1 copy of the program
  • Thank you letter

Silver $250

  • 1/4 page ad in program
  • Recognition on our Conference 2020 website
  • 1 copy of Program
  • Thank you letter

Gold - $500

  • 1/2 page ad in Program
  • Recognition on our Conference 2020 website
  • 1 copy of Program
  • Thank you letter

Workshop Sponsor - $750

6 available
  • Program listing as Workshop Sponsor
  • Recognition during workshop
  • Banner placement in workshop
  • Recognition on our Conference 2020 website
  • 1 copy of the program
  • Thank you certificate

Breakfast Sponsor - $1,000

2 available
  • Program listing as Breakfast Sponsor
  • 1/2 page ad in Program
  • Recognition during meal (Mention + On Screen)
  • Banner placement near podium during meal
  • Photo of your banner placement during the meal
  • Recognition on our Conference 2020 website
  • Your logo on Sponsor Recognition signage
  • Photos of your banner placement during meal
  • 2 Copies of Program
  • Framed Thank you certificate

Lunch Sponsor - $1,500

2 available
  • Program listing as Lunch Sponsor
  • 3/4 page ad in Program
  • Recognition during meal (Mention + On Screen)
  • Banner placement near podium during meal
  • Photos of your banner placement during meal
  • Recognition on our Conference 2020 website
  • Your logo on Sponsor Recognition signage
  • Photos of your banner placement during meal
  • 2 Copies of Program
  • Framed Thank you Certificate

Dinner Sponsor - $2,500

2 available
  • Program listing as Dinner Sponsor
  • Two tickets to the event
  • Full page ad in Program
  • Recognition during meal (Mention + On Screen)
  • Banner placement near podium during meal
  • Photos of your banner placement during meal
  • Recognition on our Conference 2020 website
  • Your logo on Sponsor Recognition signage
  • Photos of your banner placement during meal
  • 2 Copies of Program
  • Framed Thank you Certificate

For more information and downloadable materials click here >>

or contact Carl J Naus, D86 Spring Conference Sponsorship Chair

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