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  • March 30, 2011

    “Hone your instincts to plan viable strategies”
    Wahn Yoon, Associate, Mastermind Solutions Inc.

    February 3, 2010

    “Relationships… The Essence of Success, and the Secret of Life”
    Debra Kelly-Ennis, President and CEO Diageo Canada Inc.

    Debra spoke about her vision for Diageo and how it is becoming the leading beverage alcohol company in Canada by building strong people, brands and partners. Her vision has led to a transformation in Diageo’s competitive footprint in Canada.

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    Thursday May 1, 2008

    “Transforming the Sears Canada Brand and making it relevant in today’s market”
    Dene Rogers, CEO and President of Sears Canada

    Dene Rogers, talked about revitalizing the Sears brand from a management, supplier and consumer perspective and making it a sustainable business for the future.

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    Thursday May 17, 2007

    “From Profit to Sustainable Value”
    Johanne Gélinas, former Canadian Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development. Now a Partner in Deloitte’s Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Practice.

    Johanne described win-win opportunities for businesses to maximize short-term shareholder profits, while at the same time creating long-term, sustainable value. Johanne presented business leaders with strategies to create value from the convergence of business, social and environmental imperatives.

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    Thursday November 16, 2006

    “Competing with a Canadian Dollar At Par.”
    Larry Barrett, President of Emerson Canada and the Chair of Canada’s oldest and largest manufacturing Association – the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters.

    Larry showed why his three-decade executive track record of leadership and accumulated wisdom has paid off for Emerson, and he discussed how Canadian exporters and manufacturers can survive with a Canadian dollar trading nearly at par with no signs of relief due to the “hot” Alberta energy driven economy. He provided some insight into how Canadian manufacturers will succeed if they do the right things.

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    Thursday October 19, 2006

    “The Scary Health Care Black Hole -A $130 billion problem growing at 3X inflation. Why should business leaders care?”
    Hy Eliasoph, Grant Walsh and Dr. Wayne Taylor

    These three experts and leaders from the health care industry spoke on how this impacts the long-term future of your business and the ability of you & your loved ones to receive world class health care.
    A ‘Grand’ Business Luncheon – Mississauga Business Times

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    Thursday April 27, 2006 AND Thursday October 26, 2006

    “Real Time Strategies for Managing Rapid Organizational Change for Growth.”
    Garry Wood, President, Grand & Toy

    During this presentation, Garry showed through real life case studies, how to rapidly gain substantial top line and bottom line growth and productivity. He also provided some valuable tips on being a CEO in a fast changing environment, and why delivering results quickly is a key success factor for all CEO’s.

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    Thursday March 23, 2006

    “Catch Me If You Can – Identity Theft a $50 Billion Problem”
    Dr Milena Head, Associate Dean and Professor of Information Systems at DeGroote School of Business, World Authority on Identity Theft

    During this presentation, Dr. Head addressed identity theft and how it is becoming the crime of the century & the disastrous impact it can have on your good name and your company. She is a world authority on electronic business & human computer interaction & researcher in a multi-million dollar study looking at identity theft & what it means to your business, to your employees, your suppliers, your customers & ultimately your bottom-line.

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    Thursday, March 2, 2006

    “Scary Tales from the Future: Globalization, Disappearing Talent, Constant Change & Other “Monsters” Under Your Company Bed.”
    Truman “Rick” Cobb, Global EVP of Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

    Rick shared some of the Challenger Employment Index statistics and information that interprets workplace trends globally and highlighted some of the challenges that business is facing in the future. Mississauga Business Times – Big shift in how employees view work life

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    Thursday, June 23, 2005

    Sizzling Confessions from a Steak Loving CEO!”
    CEO – Ruth’s Chris Steak House Inc., Director – National Restaurant Association

    During this special presentation, Craig Miller took us on a journey starting from the legacy of Ruth Fertel and the chain she founded 40 years ago – where it has been, where its at, where its going (from a CEO’sperspective).Craig also talked about his career….from dishroom to boardroom, and how the dreams of a young man became a reality.

    Thursday, May 19, 2005
    “Unplugged & Straight from the Heart”
    CEO – Morguard, Chairman – Club Link Corporation

    Rai Sahi talked about how he moved from being a commercial lender for one of the big banks to become a flamboyant and controversial business turnaround genius. He also spoke candidly about how the affiliation with Club Link came about.

    Thursday, April 21, 2005
    “The Ruth’s Chris Story”
    Canadian-born Lana Duke,

    During this special presentation, Lana Duke took us on the journey of how she helped build the Ruth’s Chris brand to what it is today with 89 locations around the globe and explained her “Ten Tips for Success – in this crazy world!”

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    Maurice introduces
    your speaker, Lana Duke

    Lana shares her
    “Ten Tips for Success
    – in this crazy world!”

    A Full House
    for the MasterMind
    CEO Luncheon Series

    Audience Participation…
    a key Luncheon Ingredient

    Thursday, April 14, 2005
    “The Crisis in Corporate Governance”
    Governance – DeGroote School of Business

    Corporate governance is in a state of crisis. Stories regularly appear indicating that boards and director are failing in their responsibilities to shareholders, investors & society at large. Dr. Bart argued that there is a significant “governance premium” waiting for those boards smart enough to make the “right changes”.


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    Another full house!

    Chris Bart explains
    the “governance premium”

    Dr. Bart reviewing notes…
    or studying the Ruths
    Chris dinner menu?

    Thursday, February 3, 2005
    “The Re-Volvo-lution of a Brand for Growth”
    CEO – Volvo Cars of Canada Ltd.

    Paul Cummings has provided a vision, business management and marketing sense that has dramatically improved Volvo car sales in Canada and propelled Volvo to become one of the top rated car retailers in Canada.Paul focused on what makes a brand and the secrets of re-branding for growth and profitability. Branding is the critical component for a company communicating what it does, what it stands for and how clients and prospective customers perceive it. Branding defines purpose, shapes identity and secures distinction.

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    Maurice introduces
    your speaker

    The passion of

    Another Full House:
    Discussing the
    Volvo passion

    Larry Futers shares
    the Volvo Canada story

    Celebrating the
    MasterMind/R-C Steak
    House Draw winner!

    We’ll be back
    in April to win!

    November 25, 2004
    “Business Judgment-Teaching the Ethical Imperative”

    Paul Bates is Dean and Industry Professor in Financial Management Services at the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. He is a part-time Commissioner at the Ontario Securities Commission and he serves on and/or chairs numerous Boards.During this special presentation, Paul described the importance of business ethics for executives and their company’s success as well as the challenges involved in ensuring that all employees have scrupulous business ethics.


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    Another full house!

    Maurice introduces
    your speaker, Paul Bates

    Paul Bates
    emphasizes his point

    September 23, 2004
    “The Changepoint Story – from zero sales to a global leader with a corporate value of $100 million USD”
    CEO of Changepoint Corporation

    Gerry Smith has been the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Changepoint Corporation since 1994. His vision, business management and technology sense have grown Changepoint to be a world leader in the Professional Services Automation market.An MBA graduate from McMaster University, Gerry recently received the prestigious “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award”. Changepoint was sold this year to Compuware Corporation for $100 million USD.During this special presentation, Gerry described the challenges he faced in building Changepoint from zero sales to become a world leader in automating the entire the entire IT services supply chain.

    April 15, 2004
    “The Ruth’s Chris Story”

    Canadian-born Lana Duke is the owner of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouses in Mississauga and Toronto, plus two other highly successful San Antonio, Texas locations.Lana took us on a journey of how she helped build the Ruth’s Chris brand to what it is today, with 89 locations around the globe.

    April 6, 2004
    “How to Grow Your Organization by 20% to 40% Without Capital Infusion”
    Maurice Dutrisac, Partner – Mastermind Solutions Inc.

    This workshop introduced an integrated approach for achieving substantial growth and productivity. Participants will explore case studies of how other companies have applied these approaches and the resulting successes.Topics included:

    • Do you have the right organization structure, the right people, and the right practices to achieve high growth and earnings in a difficult economy?
    • Do you have clear accountabilities and authorities for seamless hand offs at the functional and cross-functional levels?
    • Have you solved the problem of increasing people requirements in an ever more complex work environment?
    • Do you have the right knowledge management strategy and systems to drive your productivity gains to compensate for the many baby boomers that will retire in the next 5 to 10 years?

    February 26, 2004
    “The LCBO Transformation Story”

    Andy Brandt, Chair and CEO of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), has been instrumental in the transformation of this venerable organization to the award winning, customer-focused retailer of today.Andy shared the challenges and successes of the transformation of the LCBO to a world-class retailer and a customer focused organization.

    Thursday, November 20, 2003
    “How You Can Win in the New Knowledge Era”

    Dr. Nick Bontis is rated one of the world’s top 10 Intellectual Capital Experts by the Editor of Harvard Business Review. He is the Associate Editor – Journal of Intellectual Capital, Chief Knowledge Officer – Knexa Solutions, Director – Institute for Intellectual Capital Research and Associate Professor of Strategy – McMaster University.During this special presentation, he took us on an inspirational knowledge journey to learn:

    • How to predict the future state of a knowledge-rich workplace,
    • How to advance the fields of organizational learning in your organization,
    • How to determine what you can do tomorrow to survive and win in this new economy.