2019 SILGA AGM and Convention Program 

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Convention Program

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Opening Keynote Speaker

Joe Roberts, Skid Row CEO

In 1989 Joe was living on the streets of Vancouver as a homeless skid row addict. Through perseverance, determination and his resilient human spirit, he pulled himself out of the darkness and despair, to become a highly respected business and community leader. He made a promise if his life was spared he would pay it forward. He did just that in the form of triumphantly pushing a shopping cart a staggering 9,064 kilometers across Canada in the name of youth homelessness prevention. This very act birthed a national awareness campaign called The Push for Change, inspiring fellow Canadians to create ripple effects of transformation in the lives of at-risk youth throughout the country.

Since 1989, Joe has acquired two college diplomas, became the CEO of one of Vancouver’s leading multimedia companies, walked across Canada and achieved more success than he could ever have imagined. Joe has been recognized by MacLean’s Magazine as one of “10 Canadians who make a difference,” won the BC Courage to Come Back Award, received The Ontario Premier’s Award for Business, was given an Honorary Doctorate from Laurentian University and was recognized by the Senate of Canada with their Canada 150 Medal.

Ultimately, Joe’s deep resonating “WHY” is to empower people to step into a life of infinite possibility, to understand “there is truly more to each and every one of us than what we see”. 


Keynote Speaker Jody Urquhart


 This Would Be Funny... If It Wasn’t Happening to Me! 

How to Navigate the Future with Enthusiasm & Vigor

Sometimes life just gets in the way. Do you ever think, “Why can’t we just do things how we've 
always done them?” or “Why can’t people just leave me alone?” This hilarious and provocative presentation shows government employees how to face stress and buoyantly navigate the future. 
Through stand-up comedy, audience engagement and analogy, we will
unfold the reality that navigating the future has replaced change management. 





 Keynote Speaker Harry McWatters


Mr. Harry McWatters is a legend in the world of the BC Wine Industry.  He is perhaps best known as the founder of Sumac Estate Winery in 1980 and as the director of the British Columbia Wine Institute from its beginning in 1990.  He currently owns Encore and Time wineries.  Harry has been, and remains, a vital leader in developing quality standards for wine growing, winemaking, and wine marketing in the province.  He was instrumental in founding VQA Canada, a trade association that spearheaded the development of national wine standards for Canadian vintners and he served as the association's first Chairman.  In 2001, he was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Okanagan University College in recognition for the pivotal role he played in the development of both BC's and Canada's wine industries. 





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