2021 Highlights

Highlights From The 2021 Conference


Jamie Sale January 15, 2021

Jamie Sale was born in Calgary and raised in Red Deer, Alberta. She began skating at an early age and moved into pairs figure skating by age twelve. Sale teamed up with her first partner in 1989 and competed in the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway and finished twelfth overall. Then in 1998, Sale paired up with partner David Pelletier and had a short but dynamic four year amateur career together. Sale and Pelletier became the first pair to win Worlds held in Canada since 1984 and were also awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as an outstanding Canadian athletes. Sale and Pelletier won Gold at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, a huge accomplishment as Canada had not earned an Olympic gold medal in pairs figure skating since 1960. Following their Olympic win, Sale and Pelletier began touring with Stars on Ice and were inducted into the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Olympic Hall of Fame in 2009. Later that year, Sale began her first season with CBC’s Battle of the Blades where she was paired with former NHL player Craig Simpson. The duo went on to win the competition in 2009 and married in 2012. Sale is an advocate for special needs and has worked with the Special Olympic movement for over 6years.

Jamie is a Transformational Coach and speaker helping people live the life that they love!


Dr. Jody Carrington January 22, 2021

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls on the planet. She is a child psychologist by trade, but Jody rarely treats kids. The answer lies, she believes, in the people who hold them. Especially when kids have experienced trauma, that’s when they need big people the most. Some of her favourites include educators, parents, first responders, and foster parents. Jody has shifted the way they think and feel about the holy work that they do.

Before Jody started her own practice and speaking across the country, she worked at the Alberta Children’s Hospital on the inpatient and day treatment units where she held families with some of the difficult stories. They taught her the most important lesson: we are wired to do hard things. We can handle those hard things so much easier when we remember this: we are wired for connection.

This all started when Jody received her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Alberta. She completed a year-long internship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during that time, and worked along side families struggling with chronic illness at the Ronald McDonald House. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology at the University of Regina and completed her PhD there as well, before completing her residency in Nova Scotia.  

Her first book, Kids These Days: A Game Plan for (Re)Connecting with those we Teach, Lead & Love, came out in 2019 and sold 20,000 copies in just three months. It is now on Amazon’s Best Sellers List.

**Disclaimer: Dr. Jody sometimes uses colourful language which may not be suitable for all audiences and may contain mature content.**


Deena M MartinJanuary 29, 2021

As a leader, psychologist, educator, daughter, friend, and neighbor, Deena strives to offer a respectful, mindful, and compassion-centred approach to helping others that blends Western and Eastern psychology. 

Deena’s ‘front line’ experience started in the early 1990s and includes working in group homes, correctional facilities, employment offices, street-outreach programs, and classrooms.  After 18 years in academia, Deena has spent the past three years consulting on ethical and jurisprudence issues for regulated health professionals while also maintaining a small counselling practice.  On the weekend, she can be found riding two wheels through the mountains, paddling wandering rivers, or pulling weeds in her garden.


David IrvineFebruary 05, 2021

David is a widely sought-after speaker, author, and trusted leadership advisor. His work has helped build accountable, authentic organizations across North America, making him one of the most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture.

He has advanced degrees in human development, science, and social work. With more than 35 years of experience as a family therapist, workshop facilitator, lecturer, and adviser to executives, he has developed a unique personal and practical approach to inspiring leaders and transforming lives.

David has worked with people in the public, private, not-for-profit, family business, and entrepreneurial sectors across North America, including:

CEOs and senior executives
all levels of management
frontline service providers
salespeople
educators
law enforcement personnel
healthcare professionals

Thousands of people attend his programs every year, and he has also taught courses at three universities and the Banff Centre. David’s presentations, workshops, retreats, and writing won’t just move you –– they’ll get you moving.

David is a bestselling author of seven books, with over 300,000 copies sold worldwide. The Other Everest: Navigating the Pathway to Authentic Leadership is the most recent and brings together the learnings, teachings, and wisdom gleaned over a lifetime of meaningful work.

The popular Caring Is Everything: Getting to the Heart of Humanity, Leadership and Life, deals with the importance of caring in all aspects of our lives.

As a former nationally ranked distance runner, he also maintains an active lifestyle of yoga, boxing, and hiking. David lives with his wife in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Cochrane, Alberta


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