Keynotes

Tuesday March 21

 JESSE HIRSH

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Jesse Hirsh is an artist, futurist, researcher, broadcaster, public speaker and internet strategist.

An experienced innovator and collaborator, his passion is educating people on the potential benefits and perils of technology. A rapper who doesn’t need to rhyme, his rhetoric is razor sharp.

“Listening to him on the radio is one thing, but to see him in person and to hear what he has to say on the use of technology and social media by public servants and the public in general was really thought provoking and eye opening. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was talking about it at the breaks, over lunch, and likely when they returned home to their families.”     

Health Canada

 

 

Wednesday March 22

WARREN MACDONALD

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One catastrophic moment redefined Warren’s life in April 1997 with a freak rock fall on a remote Australian island that left him pinned under a one-ton boulder. For two days he lay trapped and alone, surviving the ordeal only to lose both legs at mid thigh.

Doctors told him he’d never walk again. Warren’s response: “I don’t recall them saying anything about cycling, kayaking, or climbing mountains…” Just ten months later he scaled Cradle Mountain, and in February 2003 Warren became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro.

“Warren’s ability to force us to step back and look at ‘how’ we view our current challenges was powerful. We now have a renewed sense of our own ability to view them differently and dismantle them ‘one step, one peak, one wave’ at a time!”

GM Southern Alberta / Wolseley Canada