Speakers

 

Craig Kielburger Headshot
Thursday, April 2nd — 8:30am - 10:00am
Session with Justin Kingsley

Justin Kingsley
Award-winning Storyteller and Creative Strategist | Bestselling Author


What does Justin Kingsley do? A better question: What doesn’t he do? A New York Times bestselling author, Justin is a storyteller, strategist, creative director, photographer and a former press secretary under Prime Minister Paul Martin. Named one of Canada’s most creative people by Marketing Magazine, Justin has turned the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises into global museum exhibitions, put a McDonald’s into the side of a mountain at a snowboarding competition, and developed award-winning communications strategies for UFC champ Georges St-Pierre and slogans for Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.

Justin began his career in communications and crisis management, working as chief media relations and spokesman at Communication Canada before joining the Prime Minister’s Office in 2003 as the Press Secretary for Right Honourable Paul Martin. 

Since then, Justin has thrown himself into the world of marketing and advertising, most recently as partner and chief socialist at Sid Lee, one of the world’s five best creative agencies. He developed the strategy and campaign idea for Adidas at the 2012 London Olympics, titled Take the Stage, which was named best global campaign of the Games. 

Justin also developed the brand identity and vision for the North American group (Canada, Mexico, and USA) bidding to host FIFA 2026 World Cup; created the vision and slogan for the 2015 Women’s World Cup of Soccer: To a Greater Goal/Vers le grand but; and branded the 2010 Vancouver Olympics with the very first bilingual Games slogan: With Glowing Hearts/Des plus brillants exploits. He also wrote and co-produced four seasons of the nationally-televised 24CH (CTV, TSN, RDS), a weekly documentary about the Montreal Canadiens.

Justin is the author of two number one national bestselling books: The Way of the Fight, which looks at Georges St-Pierre’s life philosophy, and Weology: How Everybody Wins When We Comes Before Me, a book of ideas on leadership. He also joined an exclusive group of authors to publish original works in multiple languages in Le livre du don. Justin is also currently co-directing the feature documentary Where Sea and Land Meet: A Montreal Symphony Orchestra Story in partnership with Roger Frappier, a voting member of the Academy Awards. 

Fully bilingual, Justin is a proud Franco-Ontarian. 


Thursday, April 2nd — 10:30am-11:30am
State of the Association Address

Kevin Lee
Chief Executive Officer | Canadian Home Builders' Association


Kevin Lee is a Professional Engineer with a Master’s in Architecture, and has over 30 years of experience in the housing industry.  

Since taking the helm at CHBA in 2013, Kevin has worked continually with the Board and CHBA’s over 50 provincial and local constituent associations to strengthen CHBA as the “voice of the residential construction industry”.  CHBA’s national staff, committees and councils are contantly working to address the opportunities and challenges facing Canada’s residential construction industry, which represents over 1.2M jobs and $151B of economic activity.  Under Kevin’s leadership, CHBA is squarely on supporting its 9,000 member companies from coast to coast, and their ability to meet the aspirations of Canadians for housing affordability, quality and choice.

Among his many roles, Kevin is immediate Past Chair of the International Housing Association, a member of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on the Underground Economy, a member of the National Research Centre Construction Advisory Committee, and a regular presenter at House of Commons and Senate Committees on issues affecting housing. 

Kevin began his career in housing in the trades.  He then ran his own housing consulting business for 11 years and spent another 2 years as VP Operations of a NASDAQ e-learning systems company.  Following this he spent 9 years as an executive in the Federal Government, managing housing/buildings/communities research and development programs, and then directing housing programs like the $1 billion ecoENERGY Retrofit Homes Program.  

Kevin designed and built his own R-2000 Advanced Home on the banks of the Rideau River south of Ottawa in 1997, which was featured on the Discovery Channel, where he still lives today with his wife and three daughters.




Thursday, April 2nd — 10:30am-11:30am
Inaugural Address

John Meinen
First Vice-President | Canadian Home Builders' Association


John Meinen is President of Pinnacle Quality Homes, a family-run company in Stratford, Ontario.  Pinnacle Quality Homes is a land development company and a builder of custom and multi-residential homes.  John has been in the residential building industry for over 35 years.

John has extensive leadership experience at all three levels of the Association. After serving four terms as the president of the Stratford and Area Builders’ Association, he is currently on their board of directors as past president. He is also a past President of Ontario Home Builders’ Association (2015-16) and served on the OHBA’s Executive Committee from 2011 to 2017. John was recognized as OHBA’s Member of the Year in 2011.

At CHBA, he was a Board member as OHBA president, and has been a member of CHBA’s Executive Committee since 2017.

Outside his Association activities, John has also received numerous awards for community work including the Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary International.
John and his wife Arlene live in Bayfield, Ontario and are the proud parents of four children and seven grandchildren.

 




Johnny Cupcakes HeadshotThursday, April 2nd — 2:00pm - 4:00pm 
Hot Stove Lounge

Jamie Macoun
Former Professional NHL Player


Jamie Macoun is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played over 1,000 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) during a 17-year career. An undrafted player, Macoun played three seasons of college hockey with the Ohio State Buckeyes before signing with the Calgary Flames in 1983. Macoun was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team on defence in 1984 and, after missing 17 months due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident, was a member of Calgary's 1989 Stanley Cup championship team.

He was involved in one of the largest trades in NHL history, a ten-player deal that sent him to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1992. He remained in Toronto until traded to the Detroit Red Wings in 1998, with whom he won his second Stanley Cup.

Internationally, Macoun played with Team Canada at three World Championships. He was a member of the silver medal-winning teams in 1985 and 1991 and was named the best defenceman of the 1991 tournament.
 

Johnny Cupcakes HeadshotThursday, April 2nd — 2:00pm - 4:00pm 
Hot Stove Lounge

Mike R. Rogers
Former Professional Ice Hockey Player

Mike R. Rogers is a retired professional ice hockey centre who played five seasons in the World Hockey Association, followed by seven seasons in the National Hockey League. He was drafted by both the Vancouver Canucks (5th round, 77th overall) of the NHL and the Edmonton Oilers (4th round, 48th overall) of the WHA in 1974. He chose to start his professional career with the Oilers, and was the Oilers' team-scoring champion in their third (1974–75) season. Rogers was traded to the New England Whalers, with whom he entered the NHL when the leagues merged for the 1979–80 NHL season. Rogers shares elite company in that he is one of only four players to have scored 100 or more points in his first three NHL seasons, the others being Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Peter Stastny. Rogers was the colour commentator for the Calgary Flames on Calgary radio stations for 12 years before announcing his retirement on July 25, 2013.

Johnny Cupcakes HeadshotFriday, April 3rd — 8:00am - 10:00am 
Breakfast and Session with Tom Clark

Tom Clark
Legendary Broadcast Journalist


After 45 years of journalism, Tom Clark knows a thing or two about the evolution of Canadian media. Tom has just completed his appointment as the Chair of the CBC Leadership Committee, where he directed the replacement of the CEO, chair and board of the country’s public broadcaster. 

In political journalism, he has interviewed every Canadian Prime Minister since Lester B. Pearson and has covered every federal election campaign since 1974. He has reported in eight active war zones and from over 33 countries.

Tom was CTV’s China Bureau Chief and was also its Chief Washington Correspondent for five years.  He has a deep understanding of Canada’s position in an increasingly complicated international dynamic.

He is the recipient of Radio Television Digital News Association lifetime achievement award and has been named one of the most influential journalists in Ottawa. 

We are pleased to welcome Tom Clark back again to analyze and discuss his thoughts on the results of our recent Federal Election and explore what they mean to us as home builders and renovators in Canada.

Craig Kielburger Headshot

Friday, April 3rd — 10:30am - 12:00pm
Association Leadership Awards and Session with Seth Mattison

Seth Mattison
Internationally Renowned Expert, Author, and Trendspotter | Co-Founder and Chief Movement Officer of Luminate Labs.


Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert and author on workforce trends, generational dynamics, and business strategy. As Co-Founder and Chief Movement Officer of Luminate Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brand and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work.

His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall St. Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail and was named to the Editors’ Picks for Speakers to Watch by MeetingsNet.

For the past decade Seth has shared his insights with thousands of business leaders around the world and has received accolades from many of the worlds best brands including: MasterCard, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, Cisco, State Farm, Merrill Lynch, Dow, and Disney.