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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Joel Hilchey

Imagine a Better Way

Imagine a different type of organization - Where creativity was abundant... Where each new roll-out didn’t seem like just another pointless scheme from management… Where people were actually enthusiastic about their work. Instead of throwing more money at our problems or sinking more energy into “managing change”, we need a fundamental shift in thinking. If we can reconnect to a deeper sense of purpose, we can tap into people’s INTRINSIC motivation, and it unlocks all kinds of potential. Rather than soul-sucking drudgery, our work can feel significant, and our organizations can become inspiring agents of change and prosperity.

Bio:

Joel Hilchey is a key note speaker, entrepreneur, and teacher at McMaster University, but you might think of him as a professional eye opener.  Whether writing books, leading his creative team of education reformers, or creating unforgettable spectacles on the stage, his job is always the same: To help people see beyond the bothersome limits of what is and imagine a better way. Slightly irreverent, sometimes eccentric, but always inspired, Joel’s antics are sure to get you laughing, thinking, and excited to do something incredible. www.joelhilchey.com

BCCA Keynote: Leadership Expert

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Kathleen Hilchey

"Conflict Coaching: A Solution to Bullying That Works"

Traditional solutions to bullying don’t work. Punitive approaches inflame the situation and

silence the person targeted, while “empowering the bystanders” seems to be ineffective. After

10 years teaching and 10 more in camping, Kathleen has honed a 3-step process that

empowers the person targeted, breaks the cycle of victimization, and actually solves the

problem. By combining elements of restorative justice, conflict coaching, and the latest bullying

research, you’ll learn a simple new approach to help students escape bullying.

Bio:

Kathleen Hilchey is a conflict specialist. With a decade in outdoor education and another decade as a high school teacher, she is now focused on sharing her programs and counselling techniques to help resolve seemingly impossible conflicts. Kathleen has combined restorative practices, conflict coaching, and the latest bullying research to create innovative and simple methods of building peace. Whether you are facing the usual challenges of maintaining healthy personal and work relationships or tackling complex issues around bullying and harassment, Kathleen’s practical tools and moving stories will help you be a more effective boss, colleague, partner, and parent. www.kathleenhilchey.com

BCCA Keynote: Conflict Specialist

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Nikola Girke

"Getting the Best From Your Team"

Nikola enrolled in sailing summer camp one year, and unbeknownst to her at the time, she started something that was to become a life’s passion. After this early experience, Nikola started devoting all her time to sailing, and found herself setting goals and developing big dreams along the way. Nikola never thought her life would take her the way it did, nor did she think sailing would teach her so many life lessons about relationships, value and motivators, communication, business and so much more. Nikola has honed in on her professional athletic career, and taken lessons learned to create a new path of business and emotional intelligence coaching - helping others to their own podium. Join her as she shares her story and educates on how to get the best out of your team with emotional intelligence coaching tools. 

Bio:

Nikola Girke, a four-time Olympian, is amongst only a few athletes who have made the transition from one sport to another and has competed in three different events at the Olympic Games (Sailing & Windsurfing). Nikola has her Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree from UBC and is a Certified Executive Coach. As a Performance and Emotional Intelligence coach, Nikola helps people embed the habits of 'showing up better'.  ownyourpodium.com

BCCA Keynote: Executive Coach & 4 time, 3 event Olympian

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Bill McCaskell

"A Vision Worth Living For"
What is it that you live for? A fruitful ministry? A growing camp? Personal joy and satisfaction in a job well done? Eventually one discovers that even the noblest of dreams disappoint. Yet the Christian walk is meant to be full of joy and hope because of the good news of Jesus. Let’s learn together from Scripture about a “gospel vision” and how focusing on this beautiful sight makes life worth living.

Bio:

Saskatchewan-born Bill McCaskell joined One Hope Canada (then Canadian Sunday School Mission) in 2010 as Manitoba field director; in 2012 Bill and Bev began serving as the mission’s national director team. In 2019, Bev stepped down from that role to care for her father. With more than 140 year-round missionaries from coast to coast, One Hope Canada partners with local churches to develop life-long followers of Jesus by clearly communicating the Gospel to more than 28,000 children and youth each year through 45 camps, community outreaches, and creative ministry strategies. 

Prior to One Hope Canada, Bill worked with Youth for Christ, was an entrepreneur, and an Evangelical Mennonite Conference (EMC) pastor. He is a graduate of Nipawin Bible College and ordained with the EMC. He enjoys books by authors who passed away at least a century ago, building Lego models of city skylines, and spending time with Bev. Married in 1988, the McCaskells live in Saskatoon and have two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandsons.

FCC Keynote: National Director, One Hope Canada

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