IGNITE Leadership: Sheridan’s Student Leadership Conference

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Orlando Bowen 

When it comes to building teams, creating momentum, and employing winning strategies, Orlando Bowen is the real deal. A former professional football player and now high-performance coach, for the past fifteen years Bowen has used storytelling, fitness activities, and cognitive exercises to teach resilience, leadership, and teamwork to over 300,000 people. Empowering others to overcome adversity, to find their passion, and to use their gifts is Bowen’s lifelong goal. This mission has placed him on hundreds of stages and boardrooms throughout North America, while also garnering him many distinguished awards.

Orlando Bowen
Game Changer & Motivational Speaker

Ten years ago, Bowen thought he was about to die. Pinned to the ground and enduring a savage beating, the then-CFL linebacker had been jumped by two plainclothes police officers, an injustice which was the first of many laid against him at the hands of the police force. “In that moment, knowing my life was about to end, I’m thinking, ‘I didn’t give everything I had to make a difference. There’s more I could’ve done,’” he said. Later completely exonerated of any wrong-doing, Bowen—incredibly—has publicly forgiven his perpetrators and has dedicated his life to inspiring others to pursue excellence in all they do.

Bowen is the founder and executive Director of One Voice One Team Youth Leadership, which empowers youth to utilize leadership skills and talents to better themselves and their community. He has received local and national awards for his incredible work, including an African Canadian Achievement Award, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and a national Harry Jerome Award for community service.
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Al Ramsay

As Associate Vice President, Sales and Strategy & Head LGBTQ2+ Business Development, Al is a member of TD’s Wealth leadership team, acting as a key liaison between TD Wealth Advice and Business Banking.

Al also leads TD’s LGBTQ2+ business development team executing strategies across One TD. This program is considered leading edge and unique within the financial industry across North America.

Al Ramsay
(Marketing '97)
Job Title:
Associate Vice President, Sales and Strategy & Head LGBTQ2+ Business Dev

Originally from Jamaica, Al and his family moved to Canada in 1994 to start a new life and complete his education. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University. Over the past 15 years, Al has held increasingly senior positions supporting TD’s Diversity and Inclusion mandate spearheading customer, employee and community initiatives. He is instrumental in helping TD to become a leader in the Black and LGBTQ2+ communities.

Al’s previous work experience at TD includes: National Manager, Diversity Community Relations; Senior Manager, Corporate Diversity; Senior Manager, Marketing Diversity, and Branch Manager.

Al has a passion for advancing inclusiveness in the workplace and in his community. He spearheaded the launch of several of TD’s Employee Resource Groups, including its LGBTQ2+ and Black Employee Networks which have now expanded to include thousands of employees across North America.

He has served on numerous work committees and boards championing Diversity and Inclusion. He currently sits on the board of Rainbow Railroad and is a corporate advisor to the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and ExeQutive.

In 2016, Al was awarded TD’s Vision in Action award, its highest honour for an employee. In 2018, Al was awarded the Ted Rogers School of Business Management’s Trailblazer Alumni Award – for his leadership work in Diversity and Inclusion. Earlier this year, Al was the recipient of the 2020 International Day of Pink Executive Pride Award for his outstanding contributions in the LGBTQ2+ community.

In his spare time, Al is an advocate for promoting health, wellness and creating safe spaces for everyone to feel a sense of belonging. He also enjoys mentoring students and young professionals to help them achieve their full potential both personally and professionally.

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Keith Jones

Hey there, I’m Keith Jones. I grew up on a farm in the country, using creativity to
solve simple and complex challenges. After attending Sheridan College, I spent 15 years helping build and launch some of Canada’s biggest brands.

I’m now the lead at ‘& Good Company’, a values-first idea consultancy that uses
creativity to make the world better.

Keith Jones
(Graphic Design '01)
Job Title:
Principal + Design Director | & Good Company

Our first ‘idea’, donate free branding to some of the most innovative and impactful charities in Canada. With 13 initiatives, 50+ volunteer creatives and almost 20,000 km on the road — the self funded Brandvan harnesses the power of design for good.

As an award winning designer, I’ve helped rebrand national telcos., launched pro sports teams, and led the spatial design for the largest office transformation program in Canadian history — over 2 million square feet of environmental graphics and wayfinding systems.

In my journey to fix, make, and problem solve — I’ve taken on the role of design thinker, design doer, strategist, architect, general contractor, industrial designer, writer, photographer, creative-philanthropist, philosopher, and recently a new dad.

I’ve spoken as a guest lecturer at design institutions, on the corporate stage, had a post secondary course built around the Brandvan initiative, and very nervously did a TEDx Talk in 2019.
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Lori Stephenson 

Lori is a dynamic communicator who motivates and collaborates with individuals to achieve lasting change. She enables greatness and helps individuals be more effective in their lives.

As a keynote speaker, facilitator and coach she connects with her audience and turns concepts into real and practical workplace and life solutions.

In the corporate world Lori was with CIBC and then Accenture as a Senior Manager with global responsibilities for talent development.

In 2005, Lori founded a coaching and facilitation business focusing on emotional intelligence, leadership development, career management, communication and team effectiveness.

Lori Stephenson
(Adult Education '11)
Job Title
Speaker | Coach | Facilitator

In 2014, Lori co-founded My Big Sky, a coaching business focused on helping students make successful transitions from high school to postsecondary and longer-term careers.

She earned her BA at the University of Western Ontario, and later received post-graduate certificates in Public Relations at Humber College and Adult Education at Sheridan College. She is certified in the EQi2.0, EQ360, The Birkman Method and Hogan Assessments.

Active in the community, Lori is a Board Member with the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation. She is past Chair, former board member and 13-year volunteer for the Distress Centre Halton.
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Aanchal Vash

Aanchal Vash is a 2x Award-Winning Thought Leader, International Bestselling Author of Success Strategies, Mental Health & Success Speaker, and a social entrepreneur.

Aanchal was born in India, raised in Nigeria and shaped in Canada, where her career started in technology working at CitiBank and moved to an ad tech network. She has helped several start-up organizations become profitable, streamline operations to save companies millions of dollars in the ad tech industry.

After the loss of her twin brother to suicide 4 years ago, Aanchal quit her successful career as an Ad Operations Manager at an Ad Tech Network and become mental health first aid certified with the mental health commission of Canada, where she had realized, there way a lack of basic mental health education in her community.

Aanchal Vash
(Digital Communication ’13)
Job Title
Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Reach Out Together

Today she is the founder of Reach Out Together Foundation (mental health not for-profit) and Aanchal Vash Training (personal development training).

In the last 4 years, she has organized and spoken at over 80 events with speakers from 28 countries across 6 continents. She has appeared on several media channels including – ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX News as well as on Hollywood Live TV Show. Her passion to create impact radiates through her personality and her relentless advocacy social work.

Aanchal received an EXPY® Award at the Annual Thought Leader Summit for her accomplishments as an entrepreneur, expert, and professional, in Hollywood, California. She also received the Editor’s Choice Award for her excerpt in her book, Success Strategies.

You can connect with Aanchal directly at:
• Email: info@aanchalvash.com or aanchal@reachouttogether.com
• Social Media: @AanchalVash or @ROTambassador
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Gabriella Mammone

Gabriella Mammone, more commonly known as Gaby with one “b” is an award-winning business executive widely recognized as an advocacy leader in the charitable and not-for-profit sectors.  She is an Ambassador with the MS Society of Canada where she advocates for people affected by multiple sclerosis and other episodic disabilities.  Gaby is voluntarily involved with government advocacy promoting inclusion and diversity for fair public policy of disability rights.

Gaby is a mom of 2 children and lives with a disability herself.  Despite her adversity, Gaby is on a mission to cultivate resilience through kindness.  She has started a movement called, #BeAwareBeKind where she encourages individuals to look for reasons and situations to be kind, resulting in a positive chain reaction.

Gaby Mammone
(Retail Management '95)
Job Title
Founder | Kind Projects

She has won several awards including a Civic Award of Recognition from the City of Mississauga, International Women’s Day Award from her local MPP, and a Divisional Award of Merit from the MS Society of Canada.  Gaby is also the Past President of a Toastmasters club and has earned several awards in her speaking career.  Most recently she placed first in a Speaker Slam speaking competition in the topic of gratitude and has also spoken on a TEDx stage.

It is no surprise that Gaby’s company is appropriately titled Kind Projects where she supports charities and not for profit groups in their awareness and fundraising campaigns.  Gaby is also a Producer for a docuseries that impacts humanity on a global scale.

Gaby has overcome personal challenges enforcing perseverance and resilience filled with appreciation, kindness, and a zest for life.  She is an inspirational example of overcoming adversity with resiliency and grace.

www.facebook.com/gabymammone
www.instagram.com/gabymammone
www.twitter.com/gabymammone

www.gabymammone.ca
www.kindprojects.ca
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Haley Daniels 

Haley began competing at the age of 14. She is a multi-time Canadian Champion for Whitewater Slalom Canoeing and won a Bronze medal at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

An ambassador for WaterAid Canada, she also travelled to Ghana to launch the WASH 4 Public health program in conjunction with Right To Play. Her sport has gone through a gender equity battle where historically men have represented at the Olympic Games, and women have not. A pioneer for gender equality in her sport, she led the charge to push for inclusion of women’s canoeing at the Olympics.

As a result of her tremendous determination, the women were successful and Women’s Canoe has been added to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. With this major barrier aside, Haley is determined to leave a legacy in Tokyo and beyond.

Haley Daniels
RBC Olympian | Canoe-Kayak

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