Michael Kirkland is an Architect and Professor of Architecture based in Toronto. He is founder and principal of The Kirkland Partnership Architects based in Toronto, with affiliated offices in Shanghai, Tianjin, Tehran and Beijing. The firm is a full service architectural practice with substantial background in urban design and physical planning.

He was educated at Harvard University, graduating with Honour Degrees in Architecture and Urban Design. He is the recipient of the Rome Prize, the Fulbright and The Harvard Loeb Fellowship. Work of the firm has been cited for many design awards including those of Progressive Architecture (U.S.); Architectural Design (G.B.); R.A.I.C. and O.A.A. (Canada); The Governor General’s Award for Architecture; and the Jean Alaurent Gran Prix of Distinction for Urbanism. He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute, the American Academy in Rome, the Urban Design Institute (U.S.), the Harvard Loeb Fellowship, and Lambda Alpha International, and has twice been designated Renaissance Architect, in Great Britain.

His projects include the world renowned Mississauga City Hall; North York Aquatic Centre; Festival Hall; North York Civic Square and Gardens; the Clouston and Maria Goretti Schools; Customs Houses, Tianjin and Shenyang; and the Toronto Waterfront Plan. His firm won the international competition for the Ministry of Oil for Iran in 2002, and recently the Rainbow Plaza Hotel and Observation Tower were approved for construction in Niagara Falls. The work has been exhibited and published in numerous international venues. In 2005 Mr. Kirkland won the 5 Nations International Competition for Phoenix Mountain in Chengdu China; in 2007 Mr. Kirkland’s firm won the International Design Competition for River Islands, the contiguous site, which with Phoenix Mountain, comprises 18.5km2 of the ancient city; In 2008, 1st prize in the competition for the Convention Centre in Niagara Falls.

Mr. Kirkland’s experience includes positions as Associate Chief Architect and Director of Housing Research for New York State U.D.C. during which he designed and built the Low Rise, High Density Housing Prototype, in association with Kenneth Frampton, an important work on housing typology which was the centre of an exhibit and publication at the Museum of Modern Art (New York). He was also Director of Urban Design and Principal Urban Designer in midtown Manhattan during the formulation of Urban Design as a modern practice and the development of special district zoning techniques. Subsequently, Mr. Kirkland was associated with Barton Myers, a Toronto Architect in 1976; founded J. Michael Kirkland Architect in 1978; with Edward Jones, Jones and Kirkland 1982-88; a companion urban design firm, Coombes, Kirkland, Berridge 1978-86; The Kirkland Partnership Inc., and The Kirkland Partnership International (1989).

He has been affiliated with Universities over an extended period including Columbia University, Assistant Professor 1971-74; University of Pennsylvania, Visiting Professor; Harvard University, Visiting Professor; and as Professor at the University of Toronto. He is City Architect (PRP) for Niagara Falls and Principal Urban Design Consultant for the Toronto Waterfront. His drawings have been acquired by the Canadian Centre For Architecture (Montreal) and he is listed in the world compendium (Italy) Dictionary Of Contemporary Architecture of 20th Century Architects.

Naomi has been involved in delivering nursing care for more than 25 years. She has been a Nurse Practitioner for four years and holds a specialty certificate in Primary Health Care.

Naomi’s clinical practice is at Covenant House Ð Canada’s largest shelter for homeless youth Ð where she provides primary health care to street-involved and homeless youth. Naomi is also the coordinator of the Primary Health Care Ð Global Health Nurse Practitioner program at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.

In 2013, Naomi received the Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Award of Merit from Sigma Theta Tau International Lambda Pi-At-Large for her annual volunteer work with marginalized communities in Honduras and Haiti. In addition, she was part of a team that received the 2013 Bright Lights award from the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario for their innovative cervical cancer screening outreach to women working in the sex trade industry.

Naomi is currently working on her PhD at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on exploring the impact of social exclusion and inclusion on health. In particular, she is interested in understanding how homeless youth use their social connections to help them access the social determinants of health such as housing, healthcare, and employment.

Naomi lives in Oakville, Ontario with her husband Ryan and their three children, Madison, Mackenzie, and Jackson.

Rose Reisman is a leading authority on the art of eating & living well and has enlightened, entertained and uplifted Canadians for over two decades. Rose is a motivational speaker, columnist and TV personality who has published 18 books in total which cover over 2000 recipes, chronic disease prevention, weight management, career stress and nutrition trends.

Rose is a sought after speaker on national TV and radio, and a regular newspaper contributor across Canada.

Rose has partnered with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, CIBC, McCain’s Foods Canada, The Running Room and most recently Equinox. She helped raise over $1 million for the research, education and treatment of breast cancer. She is the owner of Rose Reisman Catering and Personal Gourmet, a food delivery service with a fresh and frozen food line. As a restaurant consultant, Rose has her own menu at the Pickle Barrel chain, a restaurant serving over 50,000 patrons a week. ÒGlowÓ restaurant, a 300 seat establishment in Toronto also features Rose Reisman’s fresh healthy menu. Rose is an Adjunct professor at York University’s Department of Health; on the advisory board of York University and presented recommendations on fighting childhood obesity with a team of experts to the Ontario government.

Rose holds five university degrees, including an MBA specializing in marketing. Rose won the prestigious Schulich School of Business Alumni Recognition Award for Outstanding Public Contribution, ORT, and was nominated for the 2009 Ernst and Yong Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2010, she was the ÒTop 100 Award WinnerÓ in the Trailblazer and Trendsetter category in Canada’s Most Powerful Women of the Women’s Executive Network.

In 2001, Stephanie Joanne emerged into Toronto’s Fitness Industry and since then has worked as a Personal Trainer, Club Consultant, General Manager, Studio owner and everything in between.

She is undeniably paving a path of her own with her passion for awakening the public to healthy lifestyles and communicating her mission. Using a fearless approach, fierce business sense and a genuine desire to help others is the foundation for all of her success.

Stephanie’s philosophy for her clients is to stress balance integrating fitness, nutrition and mental well-being. In hopes of spreading her philosophy, she embarks on a journey of showing you how to love your body inside and out. Her formula consists of prescribing fitness and nutrition alongside making behavioural modifications while stressing that everyone should have a basic understanding of the human body and how it operates.

Her interest in fitness began in her early childhood where sports and an active lifestyle were naturally encouraged. Her love for competition and fitness led her to pursue a degree in Kinesiology at York University in Toronto and she is always seeking to expand her knowledge with additional courses and certifications. Most recently, she has become very motivated to study the relationships between mental health and body image. Her love for people and passion for fitness created the genesis of her lifestyle brand, Stephanie Joanne Living, where clients can work with her worldwide through online coaching and motivation. Stephanie has formed a powerful community and campaigns her visions across various platforms including her most recent video series, The Naked Truth.

Stephanie has a natural dedication to help others succeed, not only in their personal fitness journeys but also their professional lives. She has been recognized for her relentless efforts to make a difference in the community, which has allowed her to also become a sought out Keynote speaker and trusted spokesperson at live events.

The list of accomplishments continues to grow for Stephanie. As one of the most respected female personal trainers in Toronto, Stephanie is always adding to her impressive roster of clients and is a go-to guru for the media.

After five minutes with Jana Webb it’s easy to see why the sports world loves her. Not only does the Canadian-born athlete exude her passion for her business but she also gets results. A lifelong athlete and skilled yoga practitioner, Jana developed JOGA; an athletic based style of yoga that speaks to the athletic mind and athletic body. Incorporating a unique blend of postures and breathing techniques, JOGA helps find balance in strength and flexibility and improves breath control and recovery. Jana has always been the type to seize the opportunity in front of her. She’s travelled extensively and lived around the world including Australia and Mexico before returning to Canada. Now a mother of a young son, Jana is even more dedicated to growing her movement.

After stumbling upon yoga while nursing her own injury, Jana trained in Tokyo to become an Ishta certified yoga instructor. Wanting to bridge the gap between fitness and yoga, she developed a number of sport-specific programs including Yoga for Golfers and Yoga for Runners before developing the JOGA program. Now aiming to help other health professionals achieve their goals, Jana has developed a certification program that offers yoga instructors, physiotherapists, athletic therapists and strength coaches to become Joga certified. The rehabilitation and pre-rehabilitation components of the program have spearheaded her most recent partnership with Physiomed Health.

Jana’s competitive and athletic background influenced her teaching methods and attracted a very specific type of clientele. Although she continues to teach in a studio setting with private clients from all backgrounds, she has found her niche market in the realm of high performance and elite athletes. Olympic Athletes and Professional Athletes all over North America in the NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA and CFL are practicing Joga. Jana also works with some of the best Strength Coach’s in North America to implement Joga into their athlete’s training regimen. .

Jana is a proud to be a partnered athlete with GP8 Sportwater, Under Armour and a Vega Ambassador. She is also 1 of 4 Evolve Functional Fitness Trainers She can regularly be seen on CBC’s Steven and Chris show as their Fitness Expert and has also appeared on CTV, CityTV, Breakfast Television, Rogers Television, iTunes and GaiamTV. Jana’s extensive knowledge and reputation has made her a highly sought after contributor and she has been featured in The Fourth Period Magazine, Reps Magazine, Product Toronto Magazine, ICON Okanagan Magazine, Remark Magazine, Eligible Magazine, The Toronto Star, The Calgary Herald, The Winnipeg Free Press and has recently covered OptiMYz Magazine.

ÒJoga: Yoga for AthletesÓ DVD can be purchased on jogawithjana.com, gaimtv.com and can be seen on Rogers on Demand.

Jason Van Tassel is a graduate of Dalhousie University and the Information Technology Institute. Originally hailing from Halifax, he relocated to Toronto in 1999 after a three-year contract teaching conversational English in Tokyo.

Jason was a founding staff member of OUTtv, previously PrideVision TV, the world’s first GLBT television network, which launched in September 2001. As the Web Producer of the network’s 500+ page website, Jason was involved in all forms of online marketing including design, content production, advertising and copywriting and oversaw a team of contract writers. He was also heavily involved in traditional forms of marketing at the network including event marketing. Jason was also an occasional on-air and event host with OUTtv and was prominently featured in the network’s marketing including print advertisements, billboards and other marketing collateral.

In August 2003, Mouth Media inc. was launched. Mouth Media (www.mouthmedia.com) has grown to offer a wide and ever-increasing range of high level design and marketing. Mouth Media offers professional design and online marketing services including customized website design and development, logo design, print design, viral marketing, digital marketing, search engine optimization, custom programming solutions and more.

Mouth Media clients include Desjardins, Ryerson University, Mirvish Productions, The Gardiner Museum, Rogers, Canada’s Walk of Fame, The Director’s Guild of Canada, Fido, World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), Reese, Orville Redenbacher, Twizzlers, Jolly Rancher, Cottonelle, Mendocino, Canadian Tire and hundreds of entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Jason has also worked as a facilitator at the multi award-winning Toronto Business Development Centre (TBDC) where he facilitates a portion of the Ontario Self Employment Business (OSEB) program. His one-day seminar covers everything from developing a logo, corporate colours, business card design and overall branded image to website development, online marketing, email marketing, social media and more. His seminar arms new entrepreneurs with information and advice as they prepare to launch their businesses. Jason was awarded the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award at Toronto Business Development Centre’s 2010 TBDC Awards Gala.

Jeremy Carkner is a Building Science Engineer and Department Manager for the Greater Toronto Area Sustainability group at Morrison Hershfield, overseeing a team of professionals across two offices. Jeremy has accumulated significant knowledge of energy usage problems with existing buildings, the inter-relationship of the envelope and HVAC systems as they relate to energy usage, and implementation of energy usage improvements. He has been involved in sustainable design aspects of the building envelope for nearly 14 years, and is currently working with architects, developers, and building owners on dozens of projects relating to LEED¨, sustainability and building durability, with several of these being delivered under the P3 procurement model. He speaks regularly to industry groups and private clients on green building and sustainability issues and has also authored numerous industry publications and presentations, as follows:

ÒPushing the Envelope Ð The Need for Enhanced CommissioningÓ SAB Magazine, Winter 2014
ÒHere Comes the Rain AgainÓ, Case Study on Engineers Canada’s Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee Protocol
Applied to Three Institutional Buildings, Building Magazine, September 2013
ÒGreen Globes Green Building Rating System Ð An Alternative to LEEDÓ, Mission Critical Facilities Industry Seminar, April 2013
ÒSustainable Construction & CommissioningÓ, Ontario General Contractors Association, March 2013
ÒAdapting the Built Environment: Developing a Decision Making Framework for Climate Adaptation Ð PIEVC Building Case StudyÓ, Livable Cities Forum November 2012
ÒRetro-Commissioning: Re-Inventing the Square WheelÓ, Construct Canada, November 2012
ÒPushing the Envelope Ð the Need for Enhanced CommissioningÓ, Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, November 2012
ÒFuture Leaders Forum Ð Agents of ChangeÓ, FIDIC Conference (Seoul, South Korea), September 2012

Julie is the mother of six and a co-founding VP of Mabel’s Labels, the leading provider of labels for the stuff kids lose! Mabel’s Labels has grown from basement start-up into an award winning, celebrity endorsed, international phenomenon. As company spokeswoman, Julie is well-known amongst North American entrepreneurs and has led numerous speaking engagements, from university business classes to TV appearances including NBC’s The Today Show, CityLine, Breakfast Television, The Marilyn Denis Show, Metro Morning, Better TV, The Mom Show, Fox 5 San Diego and WGN’s Midday. She is a regular parenting contributor for HLN’s Raising America and CH Morning Live. She is a syndicated blogger for The Huffington Post, modernmom.com, PTPA Media, Yummy Mummy Club, and her company’s Mabelhood blog. Her writing has also appeared in Chicken Soup For the Soul – Power Moms and numerous websites.

Marc Saltzman is one of North America’s most recognizable and trusted tech experts, specializing in consumer electronics, business technology, interactive entertainment and Internet trends. Marc has authored 15 books since 1996 and currently contributes to nearly 50 high-profile publications in North America, including USA Today, MSN, Yahoo!, Costco Connection, Toronto Star, Movie Entertainment, TheLoop.ca, Telus Talks Business and Rogers Connected. Marc hosts various video segments, including “Gear Guide” (seen at Cineplex movie theatres and sister chains across Canada) and is a regular guest on CNN, CNN International and CTV’s Canada AM. Marc also hosts “Tech Talk,” a radio show on Montreal’s CJAD 800, part of Bell Media.

Marion Goertz is a well-known couple and family therapist based in Toronto, Canada, specializing in reconciliation, trauma care and sex therapy. Marion also has a business background with over 20 years of experience in corporate communications consulting regarding personnel and projects. This, coupled with a special appreciation for cultural diversity, has afforded opportunities to work with clients throughout North America and parts of Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Marion enjoys speaking about the importance of authentic, mutually rewarding personal and professional relationships, through television, radio, print and online forums as well as teaching and speaking opportunities.