Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Jim Harris

Leadership Consultant

Sunday, July 28

Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost management consultants, public speakers, authors and thinkers on change and leadership. He has 20 years of experience as a professional speaker and consultant and speaks internationally at more than 40 conferences a year on topics including innovation and creativity, customer relationship management (CRM), eLearning, creating learning organizations, environmental leadership, energy efficiency, strategic planning, and creating common organizational mission and vision. He was one of just 12 Canadians who were licensed to publicly teach Dr. Stephen Covey’s work, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” Jim works with leading businesses and Fortune 500 companies around the world. He recently finished a global consulting contract with IBM and a related white paper on how low carbon leadership drives profitability. His most recent book, “Blindsided,” is a No. 1 international bestseller, having hit the top spot on the Financial Times of London’s European Edition of Best Business Books. He is also the author of “The Learning Paradox,” which appeared on numerous bestseller lists, and is co-author of the national bestseller “The 100 Best Companies to Work for in Canada.” He is also principal at Strategic Advantage. He previously held positions as partner at Cleantech Group and affiliate at Covey Leadership Centre.

In addition to his speaking and consulting engagements and books, Jim writes for a number of publications, including the Globe and Mail, Profit magazine and Backbone magazine.

Michael Dorn

School Security Expert

Monday, July 29

An international authority who has keynoted conferences from Virginia to Vietnam and from Toronto to Trinidad-Tobago, Michael Dorn serves as the executive director of the non-profit Safe Havens International, the world’s largest K-12 school safety center. The author of 27 books in his field, Michael served as full-time campus safety professional for most of his 36-year career. He began his career as a Mercer University police officer at the age of 18 and was appointed the chief of school police for the Bibb County, Georgia, Public School System at the age of 27. Michael was then appointed the school safety specialist for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency – Office of the Governor. After Sept. 11, 2001, he was named state anti-terrorism planner and lead program manager for the Terrorism Division of the Georgia Office of Homeland Security. An FBI National Academy graduate, Michael also completed two weeks of advanced anti-terrorism training in Israel. His work has taken him around the world. He has provided oversight for school safety, security, climate, culture and emergency preparedness assessments for more than 6,800 public, charter, independent, boarding and faith-based K-12 schools in the U.S. and abroad. Michael has provided post-incident assistance for more than 300 school and school bus crisis events, including 15 planned shootings in U.S. and Canadian K-12 schools and a terrorist attack in Kenya.  Michael is a highly respected expert witness for complex school and school bus shooting and sexual misconduct cases involving alleged assaults by students as well as by school and school bus personnel. Michael has frequently been interviewed by major media including CNN, Fox, 20/20, Education Week, the Wall Street Journal, NPR and many overseas media outlets. 

R. Leslie Nichols

CPP, Senior Analyst

Tuesday, July 30

Les Nichols is an expert in developing child and youth protection programs for youth serving organizations. For more than two decades he served as the vice president of safety for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) , an international organization serving more than 4 million youth at more than 4,000 sites in 50 states on U.S. military bases and overseas. In this capacity he assessed youth centers locate in schools, military bases, tribal lands, university campuses, camps, public housing projects, parks, community centers, libraries and churches. Les has written, lectured and consulted on developing effective policies, personnel screening, training, supervision, governance, internal reporting, hazard mitigation and emergency response planning around the world. Between 2006 and 2016, Les was instrumental in developing BGCA’s “Public Trust Initiative,” which included authoring and co-authoring standard practice guides for child protection and staff screening. He moderated a quarterly, cross-departmental public trust forum and worked with insurance experts, background check agencies and industry associations to develop new standards that shaped the practices at all 4,000 local Club sites. He has consulted with dozens of youth-serving organizations worldwide, lectured at universities, written numerous books, and spoken before government agencies, symposiums and national conferences on child safety. He is a certified protection professional (CPP) through ASIS International, a member of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants and has a master’s degree in security administration. He has certificates in Enterprise Risk Management and Emergency Response Planning and has been educated in terrorism and homeland security issues. He is experienced at conducting threat-vulnerability analyses and applying “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design,” “Situational Crime Prevention,” and Target Hardening” strategies.

Transportation Director Summit Speakers

Erich Rifenburgh

Erich Rifenburgh possesses over 15 years of experience in negotiating with and selling to some of the world’s largest technology companies. During this time his sales teams have closed complex deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Erich has always had the heart of a facilitator, and has ensured that his teams reap the dividends earned by employing the value creation framework in high stakes negotiations.

Erich draws from his deep front-line global sales and sales team management experience when sharing instructive stories and practical advice. Erich is comfortable guiding clients new to negotiating, clients caught in tough price negotiations, as well as veterans anxious not to take a misstep as they navigate a complex deal. Erich’s facilitation style has been described as thought provoking, insightful, deeply credible and actionable.

Erich is equally comfortable sharing insights on how procurement professionals can gain maximum leverage when faced with a trained and well prepared vendor. Erich’s global negotiation experience spans the United States, Europe and Asia.

Erich holds a master’s degree in International business from both the University of South Carolina and the Vienna University of Economics and Business. After graduate school, he spent several years living and working in Europe for Emerson Network Power. In leading global sales teams, Erich has gained invaluable insights in how to create value, regain and maintain the upper hand, while fostering collaborative relationships.

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Jim Harris

Leadership Consultant

Jim Harris is one of North America’s foremost management consultants, public speakers, authors and thinkers on change and leadership. He has 20 years of experience as a professional speaker and consultant and speaks internationally at more than 40 conferences a year on topics including innovation and creativity, customer relationship management (CRM), eLearning, creating learning organizations, environmental leadership, energy efficiency, strategic planning, and creating common organizational mission and vision. He was one of just 12 Canadians who were licensed to publicly teach Dr. Stephen Covey’s work, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”

Jim works with leading businesses and Fortune 500 companies around the world. He recently finished a global consulting contract with IBM and a related white paper on how low carbon leadership drives profitability. His most recent book, “Blindsided,” is a  No. 1 international bestseller, having hit the top spot on the Financial Times of London’s European Edition of Best Business Books. He is also the author of “The Learning Paradox,” which appeared on numerous bestseller lists, and is co-author of the national bestseller “The 100 Best Companies to Work for in Canada.” He is also principal at Strategic Advantage. He previously held positions as partner at Cleantech Group and affiliate at Covey Leadership Centre.

In addition to his speaking and consulting engagements and books, Jim writes for a number of publications, including the Globe and Mail, Profit magazine and Backbone magazine.

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