Gary A. Bolles

Gary A. Bolles

Chair for the Future of Work, Singularity University

Gary A. Bolles is an internationally-recognized expert and lecturer on the future of work and of learning. His focus is on strategies for helping individuals, organizations, communities and countries to thrive in the digital work economy.

As Chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University, he leads the organization’s efforts to empower a global community to create an abundant future of work and learning.

As a partner in the boutique consulting agency Charrette LLC, he helps clients to identify and understand trends affecting organizations and markets, through innovation consulting, strategic conferences, strategy design charrettes, and collaborative initiatives.

And as co-founder of eParachute.com, he helps job-hunters & career changers, from youth to 50+, with online and in-person programs inspired by “What Color Is Your Parachute?”, the best-selling career book of all time.

Bolles has also authored a series of video courses on the future of work for LinkedIn Learning/Lynda.com, and writes on LinkedIn

Zabeen Hirji

Zabeen Hirji

Advisor Future of Work, Deloitte and former CHRO, RBC

Zabeen is a Strategic Advisor to the private, public and academic sectors, a community leader and a director on not-for-profit boards. Her advisory work focuses on Future of Work, diversity and inclusion, leadership and talent management. She retired from RBC in November 2017,
after a 40-year career spanning Human Resources and Business leadership roles.

Zabeen is Global Advisor, Future of Work, at Deloitte, advising the firm and its clients on an issue key to the transformation agendas of business and government. As a proponent of building inclusive growth and prosperity through investment in people, she advises senior-levels of government and academia on diversity and inclusion and reshaping education to prepare youth for the new world of work. She Co-Chairs the External Advisory Board for Diversity and Inclusion for the Ontario Public Service, is a member of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, and a Visiting Professor at the Public Policy Institute at King’s College, London, U.K. She is the Chair of Civic Action and of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.

From 2007 to 2017, Zabeen was RBC’s Chief Human Resources Officer covering 80,000 employees in 40 countries; a member of RBC’s Group Executive Committee and had responsibility for Brand, Communications and Corporate Citizenship. She led the talent and culture agenda during periods of transformation that included the global financial crisis, regulatory reform, acquisitions, technology disruption and rapidly changing customer, workforce and societal expectations.

As a business-oriented Human Resources leader, with 20 years’ experience in Retail Banking, Operations and Credit Cards prior to H.R, she has been well positioned to drive value in the intersection of strategy, talent, culture and brand. RBC has consistently delivered top tier performance while being recognized as a leading brand and a Best Place to Work for the past nine years, reflecting its high-performance, high-engagement culture and leading talent practices.

Honours received include: 2017 Canadian HR Awards-Ivey Business School Lifetime Achievement Award in Human Resources; 2016 Governor General's Meritorious Service Medal for advancing diversity and inclusion; Simon Fraser University’s Outstanding Alumni award for Professional achievement; Catalyst Canada Champion for Women and Minorities in Business in 2014 and WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame inductee in 2012. Zabeen holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University and completed the Advanced Human Resources Executive Program at University of Michigan.

Mark Boden

Mark Bowden

Expert in Body Language, Human Behavior and Communication, Truthplane

Voted the #1 Body Language Professional in the world, Mark Bowden is passionate about giving people the most influential and persuasive communication techniques to stand out, win trust and build credibility every time they speak. Inspiring, energetic, engaging and entirely entertaining, Mark’s memorable talks not only educate, but have proven life changing for audiences, helping them to personally become better communicators, and helping their businesses grow across all industries and sectors.

Mark’s work has proven invaluable to business leaders and teams from Fortune 500 companies, politicians, and prime ministers of G7 powers. His highly acclaimed TEDx talk and YouTube Channel have reached millions of people, and he has given large scale keynote presentations to many of the coolest and most innovative organizations in the world, including Shopify, Dell EMC, AMD, Viacom, RBC, Amex, Unilever, Daimler, Microsoft, Toyota, VW, Samsung, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, GSK, Walmart and Nestle. He also delivers presentation training for the #1 EMBA in the world with Schulich-Kellogg, and is president of the National Communication Coach Association.

In this illuminating presentation Mark takes the audience through the value of the Growth Mindset – how to quickly spark it and how to implement it to benefit you, your organization and team in creating more innovative solutions.  New skills, new ideas and new ways of thinking can be learned and implemented fast—and learning how to perform with a growth mindset in the context of re-framing old ideas and methods during innovation will gain new wins  that align with an organization’s shifting culture.

A world-renowned body language thought leader, Mark’s publications are the bestselling Winning Body Language — a “how-to guide” to using body language to stand out, win trust, and gain credibility when speaking; Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals; and Tame the Primitive Brain: 28 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most Impulsive Behaviors at Work. His latest book (Feb 2018) Truth & Lies: What People are Really Thinking, has been described by FBI interrogator and counterintelligence agent Joe Navarro as “A remarkable book… this year’s must-read on body language and human behavior”.

A go-to commentator for world media on the body language of leading politicians and public figures, Mark appears regularly on news and talk shows for CNN, CTV, CBC, Global, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and GQ Magazine. He is a regular guest on CTVs The Social.