Speakers

Yat-Sing Cheng

Yat-Sing Cheng

Chief Executive Officer

BlueShift Advisory

Yat is the CEO and Founder of BlueShift Advisory and brings to this role over 15+ years of experience as a seasoned leader in strategy development, risk management, finance and audit. He has worked with leaders in highly respected organizations in the post-secondary sector, air travel, securities regulation and corporate social responsibility sectors. His clients include Aalto University in Finland, Justice Institute of BC, Westjet, Alberta Securities Commission and Benevity, Inc. Yat holds a Certificate in Risk Management and Assurance (CRMA), a certification in COSO ERM, a Lean Six Sigma green belt and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting and finance from the University of Alberta.

Shannon Devane

Shannon Devane

Manager, Risk Management and Registration Services

City of Vaughan

Shannon has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and has obtained her Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP), Canadian Risk Management Diploma (CRM) and the Risk and Insurance Management Society – Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP). Shannon has spent fourteen (14) years working with municipalities in the Province of Ontario with a reciprocal and as a broker. Her work in that role was primarily focused on Risk Management including contract reviews, special event risk assessment and management, trail risk assessment and management, training and development for all levels of staff, communications and marketing. In her most recent role, Shannon Devane is the Manager of Risk for the City of Vaughan

Joshua Drake

Joshua Drake

Assistant Director, Audit, Evaluation, and Risk Branch

Canada Revenue Agency

Joshua Drake is the Assistant Director of the Risk Management Centre of Expertise within the Audit, Evaluation, and Risk Branch in the Canada Revenue Agency.  He has 20 years of experience in the federal public service in the region, program delivery, and headquarters including with international tax programs. He began his public service career in 2001 with the International Tax Services Office gaining valuable operational program delivery and taxpayer facing experience. He then moved to headquarters to support the delivery of international tax programs and payroll legislation gaining knowledge and expertise working with associations such as the Canadian Payroll Association and Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses. Josh moved to the Enterprise Risk Management program in 2013, holding progressively more senior positions.  In his current role as Assistant Director, Josh oversees the delivery of risk advisory services across the CRA working closely with information technology, strategic planning and more recently risk services related to the CRA’s Covid-19 planning.  Joshua holds a Bachelor or Arts, Geography, and enjoys volunteering in his community.

John Lark

Managing Principal

Coherent Advice Inc.

Denley W. McIntosh

Denley W. McIntosh

Change Management Lead

Ontario Ministry of Government & Consumer Services

For over 15 years, Denley has drawn upon his various experiences as a public servant, project manager, engineer, executive coach and community leader to relate to and serve various stakeholders. As a keynote professional speaker and corporate facilitator, he has provided coaching and training on inclusion, diversity and anti-racism for various provincial ministries in the OPS. As a developer of people, his goal is to provide leadership that engages and empowers staff, leverage his experience in cultural transformation and share best practices within the HR community. Denley is known as a change agent who elevates the values and enriches the culture of teams he works with. As the Founder of Connect Ontario Professional Development Group, he acts as the Executive Director to support public sector professionals of diverse backgrounds (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, job rank etc.) to bring their whole selves to work through mentoring, coaching and adult learning.

He defines his organization as a workplace community of inclusive diversity. Connect Ontario is considered a resource for people development within the government. It is focused on building value-based leadership, inclusive engagement, collaborative culture, and mentally resilient community. In addition to the initiative above, he currently works as a Change Management Lead for Supply Chain Ontario supporting the critical COVID-19 response of PPEs to ministries.

John McLennan

John McLennan

Manager, Risk Management Services

City of Hamilton

John McLennan is the Manager of Risk Management Services for the City of Hamilton, Canada’s 9th largest city, with a population of just under 700,000. As a single tier municipality Hamilton is full service and therefore full risk, with operations ranging from basic asset provision to public health to all sectors of emergency first response. As the risk manager for the City of Hamilton, John is a member of the management team of the City’s Emergency Operations Centre which has been activated since March 13, 2020 in response to the CVID-19 pandemic.

Sam Stephens

Sam Stephens

Senior Manager, Security Operations

City of Vancouver

Sam Stephens has worked in the law enforcement and security industry in all levels of the Canadian Government, including Federal (CBSA, DFO, CCG), Provincial (BCLC) and Municipal (City of Vancouver) during his career.  Sam currently oversees the Security Programs and Operations Department for the City of Vancouver.  Leading teams of professional security management staff, operations centres and a large complement of in-house and contracted uniform guard services, Sam strives to provide safe and accessible environments to the users of civic services.  He has completed his Masters in Enterprise Risk Management from Boston University, to compliment his Canadian Risk Manager (CRM) and ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designations.

David Weiss

David Weiss

President & CEO

Weiss International Ltd

Dr. David S. Weiss, Ph.D., ICD.D is President and CEO of Weiss International Ltd., a firm specializing in innovation, leadership, and HR consulting for many Fortune 500, social enterprise and public-sector organizations. David has provided consulting on more than 1000 business and organizational projects, delivered over 200 conference presentations and he has written over 50 journal and trade articles. He is the author or co-author of seven books including Innovative Intelligence (Wiley, also available in Chinese and Persian) which was reported by CBC News as a “top 5 business book” in the year it was published. David has conducted executive sessions in Canada, USA, China, Russia, Israel, Uganda, South Africa, Malaysia, Chile, Hungary, France and England. Previously, Affiliated Professor of Rotman School of Management, Senior Research Fellow at Queen’s University, and VP and Chief Innovation Officer of Knightsbridge, David currently teaches at four university executive development programs, including Rotman, Schulich, DeGroote and St, Mary’s University. David’s doctorate is from the University of Toronto and he has three Master’s degrees. He has been honoured by many organizations globally including by the Government of Canada with the “Distinguished Lecturer” certificate, by the Asia-Pacific HR Congress with the “HR Leadership Award,” and by HRPA with the lifetime designation of “Fellow HRPA.” Download many of David’s articles at www.weissinternational.ca/articles , read an article about David’s innovative ideas at www.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Solomon_Weiss and join over 10,000 followers on Twitter at @DrDavidWeiss and 4500 followers on LinkedIn at David.weiss@weissinternational.ca