While we initially hoped to offer a hybrid conference in 2022, ongoing uncertainty has required us to shift to a fully virtual Cannexus. Flexible and convenient, the virtual conference offers you a robust opportunity to convene, share and learn!
Mohawk Olympian, Mother & Motivator
Similar to the arduous process of making wampum beads, the journey of Waneek Horn-Miller doesn’t begin and end with being an Olympic Water Polo athlete. A Mohawk from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory near Montreal, Waneek was behind the lines during the Oka crisis in 1990 when she was stabbed by a Canadian soldier’s bayonet. It was a near-death experience that marked a turning point in her life. Waneek has overcome discrimination and violence to emerge as one of North America’s most inspiring female Indigenous speakers.
Her keynotes are aimed at bridging the gap and repairing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. While she recently stepped down from her role as Director of Community Engagement for the MMIWG Inquiry to focus on her family, she continues support the goal of the Inquiry and advocates on Indigenous issues in other ways to help build healthy and prosperous communities. Waneek is an advocate for building Indigenous sport and has worked with the Assembly of First Nations to develop their sport, fitness and health strategy. Waneek travels extensively, speaking to Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences on issues of reconciliation, sport and why we must all strive for our dreams.
Waneek is currently working with the Indigenous-forward company Manitobah Mukluks including as the Director of the Storyboot Project – a program that facilitates mukluk, moccasin and beading workshops from one generation to the next, while also supporting traditional Indigenous artists by selling their work worldwide, online.
As one of Canada’s few Indigenous Olympians, Waneek has used her unique experiences in life and sport combined with a passion for her culture to influence Indigenous and non-Indigenous leadership in sport and wellness, Indigenous business, women in business and community building. The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity recently named her one of Canada’s most influential women in sport.
“If we want reconciliation, for ourselves and our children, we need to have hard conversations, build common ground, and really listen to each other.”
Founder, Inner Change Consulting
Yvonne Rodney is first and foremost an unapologetic introvert. She holds a Master in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto and is an author, career consultant, speaker and playwright. With a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour, Yvonne ensures that her topics are practical, challenging and relevant to her audience.
Yvonne loves to tackle difficult issues and find creative ways to do so in her speaking engagements or written work. To date she’s written several fiction and non-fiction books on a range of topics:
She has also written, directed and produced several stage plays at multiple venues within the city of Toronto.
In 2013, Yvonne “retired” from a lengthy career at the University of Toronto, 12 years of which she served as Director of the Career Centre. During that time, she presented extensively at career-related conferences and events and participated in multiple professional associations.
Yvonne currently divides her time between her consulting practice – Inner Change Consulting, part-time career counselling with Jewish Vocational Services, her writing and speaking engagements.
She loves to travel, engage in mentally stimulating conversations, observe life and document her observations. Yvonne resides in Toronto, Canada with her family.
Ontario's first Poet Laureate
Randell Adjei is an entrepreneur, speaker and spoken word practitioner who uses his gifts to Empower the message of Alchemy. He was recently appointed Ontario’s first Poet Laureate.
Randell is the founder of one of Toronto's largest youth-led initiatives; Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E Edutainment). In 2018, R.I.S.E received the Toronto Arts Foundation’s, Mayor’s Youth Arts Award.
Randell is the author of “I am Not my struggles,” a powerful Anthology released in 2018. Randell was also named CBC’s Metro Morning’s Torontonian of the Year in 2015 and NOW Magazines Local Hero in May 2017. In 2020 Randell opened up for President Barack Obama at the Economic Club of Canada.
Leadership, Emotional Resilience & Mental Health Expert
Dr. Rumeet Billan is an award-winning, internationally recognized entrepreneur, learning architect, speaker, author and humanitarian. She is the President and CEO of Viewpoint Leadership and an expert on Psychological Capital. Dr. Billan completed her PhD at the University of Toronto and has designed and facilitated programs, courses and training sessions across industries and sectors. She led the groundbreaking national research study on Tall Poppy Syndrome which reveals the impact of the silent systemic syndrome on women in the workplace. In 2020, she co-led the Canadian Happiness at Work study, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association. Dr. Billan was named Canada’s Top 10 Power Women in 2020, and has been twice named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. Recently, she released her first award-winning and bestselling book, Who Do I Want To Become?, designed for children and adults who are struggling with the question of what they want to be when they grow up. She is the Chair of the Board at G(irls)20 and serves on the Board of Directors of CODE. For details, visit www.rumeetbillan.com
All Cannexus21 sessions were recorded and remain available to attendees for a full year. Access these through the virtual conference platform using your original login.
Conference highlights were shared on social media and captured in these CareerWise blogs: