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Greg Rokos

CEO

ESI Technologie

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25 YEARS : 10 VALUES

Discover how Greg Rokos seized opportunities as they arose and embraced change to cope with market developments. He will share with you the 10 values that have accompanied him throughout his career and which have been at the heart of his entrepreneurial efforts for more than 25 years. An inspiring conference delivered by a kind-hearted man who has been able to give back to the community and invest in education to train the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

Louise Richer

Founding Executive Director

École nationale de l’humour

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DISCOVER THE SERIOUS BENEFITS OF HUMOR IN THE WORKPLACE

At a time when environments are changing rapidly, business success depends heavily on their ability to adapt, innovate and communicate. Human capital issues represent a significant challenge for businesses, which must create an open and engaging work environment to generate attraction and retention, especially for new generations. Humor acts directly on these issues by contributing to sound management and harmonious working relationships, resulting in increased productivity.

Objectifs :

  • Raise awareness of the importance and power of humor at work.
  • Positioning humor as an instrument of proximity, de-hierarchization, dedramatization, communication, humanization, creativity and interactivity, in addition to being a carrier of transparency, authenticity and solidarity.
  • Open the horizons and encourage people to use humor at work.

Jill Birch

Founder and CEO

BirchGrove Inc.

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THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL LEADERSHIP : LEAD LIKE IT'S 2030

What got us here, isn’t going to get us there. The top 5 trends impacting the future of global leadership will be explored in this fast-paced tour of the latest thinking in leadership. We’ll be exploring the results of Dr. Jill Birch’s five years of research and the insights from fifty CEO interviews that discuss news ways to define leadership and develop leaders.

Participants will be introduced to a new way of defining leadership – relationally. When we embrace a relational view, leading becomes not a “thing to do” but a way to be. The three P’s of relational leadership – the principles, processes and practices – will support CEOs to bring this new framework to life. Leaders will learn how to facilitate collective team intelligence, foster a healthier culture and support faster, more informed decision-making. CEOs who wish to develop themselves and their leadership teams will receive practical how-to information, supported by powerful examples of real-life leadership situations and results.

Participants of this session will benefit by developing capabilities to :

  • Create real and meaningful change;
  • Generate room to maneuver in complex situations, and;
  • Appreciate new perspectives that spark innovation.

Benoît Chalifoux

Assistant to the Vice Dean

ESG UQAM

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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE | DEVELOPING ITS SOFT SKILLS: A KEY ISSUE FOR SUCCESS IN THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Managers have been trained to manage budgets, products or processes, but much less to manage the human. It is easier to teach techniques and methods (hard skills) than ways to behave (soft skills). And yet the human is at the center of any organization, whether boss, employee, customer or shareholder. Today’s hyper-competitive environment is leading companies to focus on productivity and forget about people. More than ever, interpersonal relationships are a crucial factor for the success or failure of an organization, but equally for the fulfillment of individuals. Far from being a simple skill to develop, “soft skills” could be the decisive factor that will make the difference in your career.


Bruny Surin

Speaker and motivateur

Surin

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René Vézina

Chronicler at Les Affaires and bloger

Les Affaires

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Jean-François Barsoum

Senior Managing Consultant, Smarter Cities, Water and Transportation, Innovation

R&D at IBM

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Jesssica Harnois

Sommelier, speaker and entrepreneur

Vins au Féminin & Savori

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Alexandre Synnett

Executive Vice-President, Digital Technology and Operations

CDPQ

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TECHNOLOGIES AU SERVICE DES FINTECH

Paul Raymond

President and CEO

Alithya

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THE ROAD TO CREATING AN IPO, WHAT A JOURNEY!

Alithya went public in early November 2018. In his presentation, Paul Raymond will describe the process that led to their IPO, not only at Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), but also on the stock exchange at Nasdaq (NY). He will talk about the first impacts of their presence on the markets. In short, the journey that led them to ring the famous bell on Times Square in New York!