2017 Speakers

Speaker details will be posted here as they become available.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ve had to shift our programming and Dr. Guy Thompson is no longer able to join us. See what our newest speaker, Chris Fields, will be sharing with us on Thursday morning.


David Irvine, The Leader’s Navigator™

David Irvine is sought after internationally as a speaker, author, and trusted leadership advisor. His work has contributed to the building of accountable, vital and engaged organizations across North America. As one of Canada’s most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture, David has dedicated his life to helping build organizations that attract, retain, and unleash success – by leading The Authentic Way.™

David has advanced degrees in human development, science and social work. With more than thirty years of experience as a workshop facilitator, family counsellor, professional speaker, and adviser to executives, David has developed a unique, personal and practical approach to transforming leaders. Every year, thousands
of people attend David’s inspiring and thought-provoking programs on authentic leadership, accountability, embracing change, and cultural alignment.

David is the best-selling author of five books, with over three hundred thousand copies sold worldwide. He consults with and presents to a wide range of corporations, professional associations, government, education and health care organizations. David has taught courses at three universities and the Banff School of Management. NBC’s Today Show and numerous national radio and newspaper publications have interviewed David. On a personal note, David is a formerly nationally ranked distance runner and was a Canadian who trained with the US Olympic team. David lives with his wife and family in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Cochrane, Alberta, Canada.

To learn more about David Irvine, visit his website: www.davidirvine.com, or follow him on Twitter: @davidjirvine.

Dr. Brian Goldman, Host of ‘White Coat, Black Art’ on CBC Radio One

Dr. Brian Goldman is a Canadian doctor and radio personality. He practices in the Schwartz Reisman Emergency Centre at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Goldman has been a regular medical columnist on CBC Radio One since 1999. He also hosts an award‐winning current affairs radio series, White Coat, Black Art, on CBC Radio One about the culture of modern medicine and various aspects of the Canadian health care system and is the house Doctor for the Afternoon Edition on CBC radio in Saskatchewan. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto (1980). In 2010, his first book, ‘The Night Shift: Real Life in the Heart of the ER,’ was published by Harper Collins Canada. His second book, ‘The Secret Language of Doctors,’ is about slang or argot terms used by doctors, nurses and other health professionals to talk about patients, unpleasant clinical situations as well as colleagues.

Dr. Goldman’s style on stage is earnest, heartfelt and sincere. On stage it becomes clear that he has a passion for compassion. Dr. Goldman makes complex medical issues digestible for audiences. He personalizes medicine and the human frailties of his profession. He is unafraid to address tough or controversial issues head on in a comprehensive way.

Dr. Goldman is one of those rare individuals with great success in not one but several adrenaline‐ pumping careers. He is a highly regarded emergency physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He is also the host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s award‐winning radio show “White Coat, Black Art”, where he takes listeners behind the scenes of hospitals and doctor’s offices. Dr. Goldman unpacks and demystifies what goes on inside medicine’s sliding doors – with edgy topics that include the whistle blowing in health care, burnout among health professionals, racism in health care and how to getting to the head of the line in health care.

Patricia Katz, MCE, CHRP, HoF

Patricia Katz is a speaker and consultant with Optimus Consulting. She is a Certified Human Resource Professional, who holds a Masters in Continuing Education, and is an inductee of the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. She has been working as a speaker and consultant for thirty years.

Through her work she has inspired tens of thousands of people to accomplish what matters most in ways that bring more peace of mind. Pat helps organizations and their leaders generate stronger results while creating a more satisfying work and life experience for all. Clients call on her to help them boost energy, fuel enthusiasm, inspire insight, and rekindle spirit.

She is the bestselling author of six books, and also writes Pause, a popular online newsletter.

Chris Fields

Fields_Chris_SQUARE_600x600Chris has 25 years of award-winning marketing and communications experience in government, not-for-profit, and enterprise settings.

For the last 13 years, Chris has been an independent consultant engaged with his clients in generating transformative breakthroughs that overcome tough challenges.

His work with the CLPNA since 2007 has included a re-brand, conversion of the newsletter into CARE Magazine, and authoring of 20 feature stories.

As a professional speaker, Chris is known for his dry sense of humor and no-nonsense approach to topics that include marketing, community development, governance, leadership, and attitudes.


Cecilia Bloxom, APR, ABC

Cecilia Bloxom is accredited in communications by both the Canadian Public Relations Society and the International Association of Business Communicators. As the senior director, strategic communications for CPSI, Cecilia is dedicated to the mission of safe healthcare for all Canadians.

Cecilia has worked in healthcare communications for ten years and joined CPSI from a senior role in public affairs at Capital Health, Edmonton area. She had the opportunity to work in acute care, rural care, geriatrics, rehab, long-term care, home care, supportive living, and public health. Cecilia is the executive lead on Canadian Patient Safety Week and the Co-Chair of Canada’s Virtual Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. With a diploma in advertising and public relations and a degree in public relations, Cecilia has held various communications positions over the past 15 years, including for the Alberta Public Affairs Bureau.

Born and raised in Calgary, Cecilia is a mountain girl at heart but considers Edmonton home. Passionate about arts and culture and all things active, she can be found cross-country skiing, seeing a good show, or making her community a better place. Cecilia is on the Board of Directors for the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts and the Canadian Public Relations Society Edmonton Chapter.

Trish Huston, Speaker, Mindfulness & Yoga Teacher

Huston_Trish-New-SQUARE_133x133Trish Huston is a Registered Yoga & Meditation teacher, a graduate of theatre school and a life long student. She is curious about how we can continue to be conscious and aware amidst the distractions we constantly face.

Her passion for sharing mindfulness and stress management comes from her own experience of having worked in the corporate and non-profit sector. During this time, she experienced the incredible benefits of having a mindfulness practice. She was more energized, happy and focused and felt better equipped to manage the stresses of her work.

Trish’s passion is sharing the transformative benefits of simple mindful practices with a wider audience: from being more efficient at work, kinder in our relationships to experiencing less stress and burnout on a daily basis.

Katherine Murray, RN, BSN, MA, CHPCN(C), FT

Murray_Kath_SQUAREKath Murray is a hospice palliative care nurse, a thanatologist, an educator and a writer. She is dedicated to enhancing and supporting the capacity of nurses and Health Care Assistants to provide excellent care for the dying person and their family through education, support and resources.

Her books, ‘Essentials in Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Resource for Every Nurse and Integrating a Palliative Approach: Essentials for Personal Support Workers are designed to be delicious and digestible, engaging and practical.

Kath weaves current knowledge, research and best practice with personal experience and anecdotes to bring the material to life. She is known for synthesizing material into easy-to-understand language and conveying it with warmth and humour.

Jeanne Weis MN, RN, CHPCN(c)

Weis_Jeanne_SQUARE_600X600Jeanne Weis holds her masters in nursing and has worked in healthcare for over 20 years, in vascular surgery, gerontology, oncology, palliative care and community in clinical, research and leadership capacities.

Being a teen caregiver for her dying mother was the first step of a future path in palliative care nursing.

Jeanne is currently a Practice, Policy and Research Consultant with CLPNA, working to support safe nursing practice at both provincial and national levels. She holds specialty in hospice palliative care nursing and has recently taken on the Director of Education role for the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Nurses Group, looking at the broad landscape of national palliative education. Jeanne also collaborates with the University of Alberta with research in spirituality assessment integration and increasing capacity in managing responsive behaviors.