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Craig Kielburger HeadshotWednesday, February 15 — 8:00am - 10:00am
Opening Plenary 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 the 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 the 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. 


Wednesday, February 15 — 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.




Sue Wastell Headshot

Wednesday, February 15 — 10:30am-11:30am
Inaugural Address

Sue Wastell
First Vice-President | Canadian Home Builders' Association


Sue Wastell of Wastell Homes – an award-winning, family-owned home builder and developer in London, Ontario that is consistently recognized for their unwavering commitment to quality, design, service, and volunteerism within their community.  
 
Wastell Homes has over 43 years in business, and received top honours as “Builder of the Year” for six years by the London Home Builders' Association (LHBA).
 
As Co-President of Wastell Homes, Sue is responsible for overseeing every facet of the home building process, from sales and design to advertising and land acquisition.
 
Sue currently serves as Past President and Executive Member of LHBA, where she helps spearhead a number of important initiatives to improve the building industry, including housing affordability and the skilled trades shortage, acting as a conduit between the municipality and LHBA members.
 
In her tenure as Executive Member of LHBA, Sue makes important strides towards developing workable policies to deal with housing affordability, always reminding policymakers locally, provincially as well as federally of the impacts of their decisions. Sue makes this a major focus of her advocacy efforts; with her own children coming into adulthood, Sue wants to ensure that home ownership isn’t out of reach for Canada’s youth.
 
As incoming President and Chair of the Urban Council Committee at CHBA, Sue looks to continue her industry involvement on a national level. 

Thursday, February 16 — 8:00am - 10:00am 
Breakfast and Session with Tom Clark

Tom Clark
Legendary Broadcast Journalist


One of Canada’s premier broadcast journalists, Tom Clark reported on the local, national, and international stories that shaped Canada for over 25 years. With in-depth knowledge of the political and economic issues affecting Canadians coast-to-coast, he speaks to the importance of intelligent media for Canadians as a world-class standard.

The former Global National News’ chief political correspondent, Clark hosted the weekly political program The West Block with Tom Clark, where he discussed issues important to all Canadians. He was also the host of CTV’s daily political program Power Play with Tom Clark, and the senior correspondent of North America’s longest-running current affairs program, W-Five.  His hard-hitting investigations were recognized and honoured in Canada and around the world.

Politically, Clark covered every federal election campaign since 1974, as well as numerous provincial campaigns, and interviewed nearly every prime minister since Pierre Trudeau. He even secured Canada’s first televised interview with a sitting US president in over 30 years.

Clark has reported from five war zones, most notably from Southern Iraq in 2003. Prior to his “tour,” he was the only Canadian reporter in Belgrade during the Yugoslav war. He also did two coverage tours in the Persian Gulf War, as well as two tours of duty in Bosnia.

In the early 1980s, Clark was the bureau chief in CTV’s Beijing bureau in China, where he became one of the first Western journalists to report from Tibet. He also was the only Western journalist to get an interview with the son of Chinese leader Deng Xiao Ping, during which he uncovered a previously secret connection of that family to Canada.

Currently, Clark is Chairman of the CBC Independent Advisory Board and he is also the Chairman of Global Public Affairs, where he provides insight and guidance to leading figures in Canada’s business community. He is fully bilingual.

Craig Kielburger Headshot

Thursday — 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 brands 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 world's best brands including: MasterCard, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, Cisco, State Farm, Merrill Lynch, Dow, and Disney.

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