MFORUM Conference 2018-2019

​​Conference 2019

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Summary of presentations with links to PPT slides

Keynote Speaker - Shane Feldman: There Can Be No Leadership Without Community

Shane Feldman,  Founder & CEO of Count Me In.

"How do we spark true community in a digital age of disruption? What if we redefine leadership as a daily choice to connect with coworkers, friends and family in a more intentional and meaningful way? Whether you’re an executive, a bus driver, a dentist or an engineer, if you believe business is built on relationships, it’s time to reimagine yourself as a community builder so you can better attract, engage, and retain an amazing team and loyal customers."

Bio: Shane Feldman helps audiences activate the leader within and connect more authentically with colleagues and customers. As the Founder & CEO of Count Me In, Shane Feldman is the visionary behind the world's largest millennial-led movement. Over the past decade, Count Me In, has initiated tens of thousands of projects worldwide, contributing a value of over $2.6 Billion to the global economy through service. Shane has been featured by Larry King, Dr. Oz, Forbes, People Magazine, and his documentary TV series from A&E follows his community building work. Shane has worked with some of the world's most dynamic companies including Google, Microsoft, and The Walt Disney Company, and he has been recognized by The White House, The Prime Minister of Canada and The United Nations for his achievements in community leadership.

McGill Master Plan Presentation

Open web link to Master Plan Presentation >>

Speakers: Dr. Cameron Charlebois, Executive Director, Campus Planning and Development Office
Anna Bendix, Manager Master Plan and Campus Planning, Campus Planning and Development Office

Description: The University’s Master Plan is intended to guide infrastructure projects and future physical growth to help create a dynamic intellectual community and academic experience. Find out more...

Early Afternoon - Three Concurrent Sessions - 13h30 – 14h25

SESSION A: Using McGill Library Resources for work, play, change

Open web link to Library Resources for Managers >>

Speaker: Jeffry Archer

Description: Library resources are for everyone at McGill including you! Jeffry Archer, Associate Dean, Library User Services will walk you through a new subject guide developed especially for McGill staff members. Learn how to access McGill resources anytime on topics like: health & wellness, change management, resilience, work-life balance, etc.

Bio: Jeffry Archer joined McGill in 2016 after more than over two decades with Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago, where he most recently served as Head of Reference, Instruction and Outreach (RIO) and Bibliographer for Business and Economics. Archer was an active participant in desk and email research consultations and in providing specialized reference and bibliographic services to support teaching and research programs. He also led initiatives on campus, including efforts to increase disability accommodations and accessible technologies in the library. As Associate Dean, User Services, Archer plays an integral part in shaping the Library’s role in the McGill community moving forward. Technology has altered the very mandate of modern libraries, and pivoting and developing services centered squarely on the needs of users—students, faculty, staff or researchers—has become a crucial component in re-imagining today’s spaces.

SESSION B: Working with Intergenerational Teams

Open presentation on intergenerational teams >>

Speakers: Joan Soares and Ross McDonald

Description: For the first time in the history of teamwork, leaders find themselves working across four generations on a daily basis, in charge of teams with a hugely diverse age range. This unique moment poses great opportunities for creativity, growth and dynamism in the workplace. It also poses interesting challenges for leaders working across differences, understanding intergenerational communication and getting the most out of their teams. The facilitator will use creative methods to explore with participants key themes related to the intergenerational workforce. At the end of this workshop, individuals will have had an opportunity to look at, understand, challenge and work with intergenerational differences in teams. If you come, expect to think outside of the box, play with ideas and have fun engaging in new topics.

SESSION C: Co-creating a Culture of Success

Open presentation on Co-creating a Culture of Success >>

Speaker: Catherine Awad

Description: The secret to an organization’s culture of success lies in the contribution and collaboration of each of its members. Whether you lead a team or manage non-human resources, your mindset, leadership and daily actions influence your network and impact the overall outcome. In this interactive session, you will engage with timeless principles and strategies from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” that you can implement immediately in your day-to-day to be more effective and take yourself, your work and your team to the next level.

Bio: Catherine Awad is Associate Director, Global Employer Relations McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management and Founder of La Vita Ventures, a Life+Style Design & Coaching company.

Catherine’s career focus lies at the intersection of leadership, strategy, innovation and relationship management in the high tech private sector and at McGill. She has coached over 500 McGill MBAs to succeed in the highly competitive job market and customized corporate trainings as Program Manager at the McGill Executive Institute.

As a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and a trainer of Jack Canfield's "The Success Principles", Catherine aims to inspire others to develop to their full personal and professional potential and achieve success on their own terms. She holds an MBA degree as well as a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering.

Late Afternoon - Three Concurrent Sessions - 15h00 – 16h00

SESSION D: Empathic Consciousness: The Key to Collaboration

Open presentation on empathic consciousness >>

Speaker: Anita Nowak

Description: Breakthroughs in neuroscience have shown that humans are empathic by nature. And social scientists argue we are becoming an increasingly empathic civilization. How can our innate capacity to empathize be fully leveraged to achieve greater collaboration? (And innovation. And job satisfaction.) In this session, you’ll discover how.

Bio: Anita Nowak, PhD is an empathy expert, author and social impact coach. She believes in the power of “Empathic Action” – an idea that informs all her teaching, writing, coaching, consulting and public speaking. She teaches Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation and was awarded Professor of the Year by the Desautels Management Undergraduate Society in 2014. In 2014-15, she helped co-create McGill’s Social Learning for Social Impact MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Prior to that, she was the founding Director of the Social Economy Initiative (SEI) and responsible for integrating social entrepreneurship and social innovation into the faculty’s teaching, research and outreach. She is author of The Empaths Strike Back: Stories of Everyday Heroes Using Empathy to Change the World (forthcoming). As a three-time TEDx speaker (75K+ views), she also curates the Empathic Action Facebook community page and hosts a YouTube channel by the same name.

SESSION E: Translating Sustainability: Moving from Connection to Action

Open presentation on sustainability >>

Speakers: Shona Watt and Amelia Peres

Description: In this session, we will explore our personal relationships with the idea of sustainability, and reflect on the strength and value of meaningful connection. We will then discuss translating that individual connection to collective action, including the associated strategies, pitfalls, and techniques. Our hope is to foster a renewed sense of personal motivation, and a clearer idea of how to effectively share that motivation for sustainability with those around you.

Bios: Amelia Peres, Vision 2020 Administrator. Amelia works at the McGill Office of Sustainability to implement and track the next phase of the Vision 2020 climate & sustainability action plan. She works with individual units on campus to help them craft their own sustainability action plans.

Shona Watt, Sustainability Officer - SPF Administrator. Shona works at the McGill Office of Sustainability to develop staff and student engagement programs. She also manages the finances and human resources of the Sustainability Projects Fund to ensure that project teams are successful.

SESSION F: My Healthy Workplace: Come Discover the Possibilities

Open presentation on My Healthy Workplace >>

Speakers: Johanne Houle and Stephanie Nadeau

Description: The goal of this one-hour sessions is to inform you about the work of My Healthy Workplace (MHW), obtain your input, and share the many ways that you can get involved as MHW Ambassadors, Peer Coaches, join a MHW Learning Community, contribute to Pilot Programs and more.

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