Speakers - Wallace McCain Institute



Each session has participation from invited speakers that have significant business experience. Speakers provide their insights related to successful entrepreneurial leadership and propelling a company to new heights.

After the first year together, groups commit to continue to meet quarterly, so the Wallace McCain Institute (WMI) and alumni programs utilize 120 speakers per year.  Speakers are scored and rated each year so assure that the messages stay fresh.   Speakers are kept are kept in the WMI database so all groups have access to the shared resource.

Current Speakers

Vipin Aggarwal


VBA Associates


David Barnett

Appraiser – Author – SME Consultant

ALP Ltd.

Moncton, New Brunswick

Pierre Battah

HR Management Consulting

Battah Assoc

Moncton, New Brunswick

Krystal Boyd

HR Consultant

The Chapman Group

Lydia Bugden


Stewart McKelvey

Tanya Chapman


The Chapman Group

Saint John, New Brunswick

Mark Dejonge

Independent Speaker

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Natalie Doyle Oldfield

Trust thought leader, Author and Speaker

Success Through Trust

Halifax, Nova Scotia

David Ganong

Executive Vice Chairman

Ganong Bros. Ltd.

St. Stephen, New Brunswick


Hasan Hai

The Kindness Project

Newfoundland and Labrador

Jeff Harriman

Capital Markets Specialist

Financial and Consumer Services Commission of NB

Saint John, New Brunswick

Stephen Heckbert

Professor and Coordinator, Public Relations Program

Algonquin College

Ottawa, Ontario

Lloyd Compton


MRSB Group / Confederation M&A

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Kim Burkholder


HRX Factor

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Michael Denham

President & CEO


Montreal, Quebec

Jeff Holland


Mississauga, Ontario

Paul Johnson


Pivotal Input

London, Ontario

Mike Kennedy

Acadia University

Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Paul Leblanc


7th Wave Capital

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

André Levesque

Peer Group: ELP12F


L.C.L. Excavation (2006) Inc.

Charlo, New Brunswick

Jean-Philippe Levesque

Peer Group: ELP7

Vice President

L.C.L. Excavation (2006) Inc.

Charlo, New Brunswick

Ron Lovett


RFL Group

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Alex MacBeath


AtholBarra Inc.

Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island

Andrew MacGillivray


Saint John, New Brunswick

Alexander Manu

Senior Partner, Chief Imaginator


Toronto, Ontario

Vincent Marsh


Deloitte LLP

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Nancy Mathis

Executive Director

Wallace McCain Institute

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Alex McCallum

Peer Group: 2iC8


QRA Corp

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Francis McGuire



Fredericton, New Brunswick

Bruce McLeod


Vision Coaching Inc

Alan Murray

VP of Products

Seddi Canada

Boston, Massachusetts

Sara Napier

CEO – Halifax Region

United Way

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Derek Oland

Executive Chairman

Moosehead Breweries Limited

Saint John, New Brunswick

Jodi Posavad

Principal & Lead Consultant

Grassroots HR Consulting

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Norman Purdy

Managing Director

PCX Advisors Ltd.

Rothesay, New Brunswick

Ross Simmonds

Foundation Marketing

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Matt Symes

Founding Partner

Symplicity Designs

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Gaëtan Thomas


NB Power

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Wendy Vrooman

Sandler Training

Anne Whelan

President & CEO

Seafair Capital

St. John’s, NFLD

Sarah Young

Managing Partner, Atlantic Canada

NATIONAL Public Relations

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Robert Zed

Chair and CEO

Triangle Strategies

Nova Scotia