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2024 home building week in canada / chba national conference

Monday, May 6 – Friday, May 10, 2024
Saint John, New Brunswick

The 2024 Home Building Week in Canada is set to be an exciting event, with a lineup of impressive speakers during the second half of the week that have been selected to energize and inspire, and get you thinking about your business – and life – with a new perspective and renewed enthusiasm. See below for sessions to look forward to.

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Keynote Speaker (Thursday Morning, May 9th, 2024)

Peter Katz

Juno-Nominated Singer-Songwriter, Keynote Speaker, and Facilitator

Peter Katz, a Juno Award- and Canadian Screen Award-nominated singer-songwriter, has been hailed as "a thunderbolt for the soul" by many of his fans and speaking clients. Fluently bilingual in English and French, he is a master at creating experiential environments that inspire connection and foster a shared vision where one may have not existed before. His “conversational choreographies” are designed with the purpose of encouraging employees to harness a renewed energy to the importance of their work that ties more deeply to their own values. He frames much of his keynotes around his devotion to service, using it as a springboard to convey an underlying message that trusting in process will lead to amazing outcomes.

Katz has cultivated a unique perspective on what it means to be truly connected to your work and clients over his 15-year career touring and speaking globally. He has crafted stories and strategies that are rising above the noise and truly helping leaders and employees at every level create new opportunities for connection and elevation.

A four-time TEDx fellow, Katz has delivered highly customized “keynote concerts” to numerous companies and organizations across various industries, including Bell, Johnson & Johnson, Xerox, Royal Lepage, American Express, Sick Kids Hospital, Sun Life, Mars, Trillium Health, and Royal Bank. His in-person events have been praised as “transformational,” and he is recognized as a pioneer in creating highly engaging virtual experiences. Katz has performed for over 150,000 people virtually from his state-of-the-art broadcast studio, including being invited to address the House of Commons of Canada.

As an acclaimed musician, Katz is beloved in his home country of Canada and has inspired many with his songs. CBC radio host Tom Power has praised his music as "one of the most heartfelt, beautiful, and vulnerable records of the year, an astonishing record." Katz’s music has been streamed over 30 million times, and his music videos have over 26 million views on YouTube, with his cover of Beyonce’s “Halo” garnering over 20 million views alone. His music is regularly featured in films and on television, including CBC Television's 2016 Rio Olympics/Paralympics coverage.

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Keynote Speaker (Friday Morning, May 10th, 2024)

Amber Mac

Innovation Speaker | Co-Host, The Feed on SiriusXM | President, AmberMac Media, Inc.

Considered by many to be the go-to expert on anything to do with technology, Amber Mac helps companies and audiences stay ahead of the curve. She is an industry veteran, renowned as a journalist, moderator, entrepreneur, consultant, and bestselling author. Whatever the setting, Mac offers clarity and a passion for digital innovation in all forms.

In 2021, Mac was named one of Bay Street Bull’s “Women of the Year” for her leadership in the technology sector. She has also been named one of “30 inspirational women making a difference in tech” by DMZ. Mac began her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dotcom boom. As a strategist for Razorfish and director of marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches.

Today, Mac is the president of AmberMac Media, Inc., an award-winning content development agency. She has also keynoted more than 500 events around the world and moderated sessions with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former FBI Director James Comey, business coach Tony Robbins, author Malcolm Gladwell, astronaut Chris Hadfield, and many other notable leaders.

Mac has also hosted and co-hosted a variety of television and radio shows and several podcast series. These have included The Feed on SiriusXM, The AI Effect, Marketing Disrupted, This is Mining, and The AmberMac Show, which has led to more than five recent national podcast awards.

Mac is the co-author of the Amazon bestseller, Outsmarting Your Kids Online, and the author of the national bestselling business book, Power Friending. She is also a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, CNN, Bloomberg, CBS, BNN, CBC, Global News, CTV, The Marilyn Denis Show, and SiriusXM.

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Keynote Speaker (Friday, May 10th, 2024)

Duncan Wardle

Disney’s Former Head of Innovation and Creativity

As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan Wardle and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney Parks innovate and create magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe. Today, he is on a mission to embed a culture of innovation into every company’s DNA.

Wardle spent 25 years working at the world’s most innovative organization — The Walt Disney Company — and is renowned for his expertise in developing ground-breaking, magical brands, engaging stories, and creative experiences that drive results. He is now the founder of ID8 and teaches innovation master classes at both Harvard and Yale. He has also spoken at multiple TEDx events and is a contributor to Fast Company and Harvard Business Review.

Wardle is the recipient of the American Citizen of Choice Award presented at the White House, an honorary Doctorate from Edinburgh University, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award presented by Queen Elizabeth II.

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