RESILIENCE. Discovering Opportunities in the Face of Adversity

The PEO Annual Leadership Conference is our flagship event of the year! It is an exclusive three day members-only experience where the PEO Leadership Community comes together to CONNECT, THINK and GROW as well as to rejuvenate and have fun. The program is complete with an exciting range of activities including fine dining, live music, networking, and a line-up of world renowned speakers on leadership and performance, workshops, and experiential activities.

Our members have ranked the PEO Annual Leadership Conference as 4.9 out of 5.0 for exceptional value and experience and our 6th anniversary promises to be even better. Discussion is thought provoking, engagement is full-throttle, and your experience will prove invaluable!

2017 Leadership Conference Highlights

“Being a great leader requires you to challenge the status quo, anticipate the future and be confident enough to step outside of your comfort zone to inspire and engage those around you. It means you live with a purpose and take the time to celebrate the successes along the way.” — Leon Goren, CEO and Owner, Presidents of Enterprising Organizations (PEO)

In 2018, our theme is “Resilience. Discovering the opportunities in the face of adversity“. When life throws you and/or your organization a curveball – what happens? With the increasing global risk of economic and political disruption, the speed of technology advancement, the tightening of the employment landscape in the short term, and normal complexity of challenges faced in businesses – are you a leader prepared to embrace uncertainty and use adversity to tackle those challenges and succeed? The 2018 PEO Leadership Conference will build on the 2017 theme of FEARLESS with 2018’s theme: RESILIENCE.

Leaders are often categorized into A, B, and C performers. In the bookType R: Transformative Resilience for Thriving in a Turbulent World, the term “R Leader” is used as the RESILIENT leader. The “R Leader” is capable of adapting well to volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity and adversity. This is a leader who is able to THRIVE – learning to grow, and not crumble through adversity.

In November 2018, we will assemble a number of global thought leaders who will share their insights on the importance of resiliency today and what it requires to become a resilient leader. We’ll examine how to create resilient organizations where employees are able to react quickly and efficiently to change and perceive experiences constructively, expand their decision-making boundaries, develop the ability to create on the spot solutions and develop tolerance for uncertainty.

Our goal this year, is to leave you with new perspectives on the world, help you reflect on your purpose, and reinforce the importance of decisiveness, emotional intelligence, physical energy and a supportive community.

2016 Leadership Conference Highlights


Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Richard Jolly

Consultant | Professor | Organizational Behaviour Expert

Our opening keynote at this year’s conference is Richard Jolly, an adjunct professor at London School of Business and expert on”Complexity in the Workplace“. His teaching portfolio covers courses on leadership and core OB topics, with a focus on inter-personal dynamics, managing change, power and politics. He also instructs a large number of Executive Education programmes for the School in the UK and across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as working on a diverse portfolio of company-specific programmes, including Barclays, IBM, Lloyds of London, Lufthansa, Nestle, Orascom, Procter & Gamble, PwC, Rabobank, Rio Tinto, Roche, SABIC, Sony Ericsson and the World Economic Forum. Outside of academia, he is a Director of the organisational consulting firm, Stokes & Jolly Consulting Limited, where he works with clients representing a wide range of sectors. [Video]   Read more…

Warren Tomlin

Former Global Chief Innovation Officer for IBM | Innovation, Marketing, Strategy & Technology Expert

Our second morning keynote on Thursday will be delivered by Warren Tomlin. If you ask him, it’s all about revolution, not evolution. An industry recognized innovation, marketing, strategy and technology leader, he is the former Global Chief Innovation Officer for IBM, where he led the development of IBM Mobile and Emerging Tech. Named one of Marketing magazine’s 100 Thought Leaders, Warren explains how to drive integrated strategy, innovation, and technology to create differentiated experiences for organizations worldwide. Previously, Warren led IBM’s North American Labs. With locations in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and Toronto, IBM Labs develops new and personalized models of engagement through data and design, leveraging mobile, interactive, web/portal, social, contact center and cloud technologies. [VideoRead more…


Dr. Janice Gross Stein

Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Professor Janice Gross Stein will be our Thursday afternoon keynote. Whether it’s economics, geopolitics, or international security and terrorism, few people have a better understanding of global issues than Professor Janice Gross Stein. Her dynamic presentations provide a unique perspective into what’s really happening around the world—from China to Russia to the Middle East and Europe—and what it means to her audiences. Professor Stein’s presentations not only connect the dots regarding key events, but provide a look at where things are headed, and where the potential dangers and opportunities may lie. [VideoRead more…

Guy Beaudin

Talent Assessment Agility Expert

One of our Thursday’s breakout sessions will include Guy Beaudin, the Senior Partner at RHR International. He is a trusted advisor to CEOs, boards of directors, and senior executive teams across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His practice includes the full scope of RHR International’s core services from the assessment and development of high-potential talent to board effectiveness and CEO succession. His clients range from rapidly growing family-owned businesses to Fortune 50 companies. He has also worked extensively in the private equity sector, assisting investor firms in assessing and developing the leadership talent they need in portfolio or acquired companies to deliver on their investment thesis. His expertise is sought in all areas of talent assessment and talent development, including CEO advisory and senior team effectiveness. He is recognized in particular for helping boards successfully navigate the challenges of CEO succession, including coaching new CEOs throughout the various phases of their tenure. Read more…

Ted Graham

Disruptive Innovation Expert | Head of Open Innovation, GM

Ted Graham will also be one of out Thursday afternoon breakout sessions. He is the head of Open Innovation at General Motors where he helps identify partnerships that will help build new forms of mobility including autonomous and connected vehicles. He is also the former Innovation leader at PWC and a McKinsey strategy consultant with a focus on understanding and leveraging people networks to influence the spread of ideas. Read more…

Jacqueline Carter

Strategist | Author | Leadership & Mindfulness Expert

Jacqueline Carter, our Friday morning keynote, brings 20+ years working with organizations around the globe to enhance performance, resilience, and creativity through understanding and training the mind. She is currently the International Partner and the North American Director for Potential Project, a global leadership training, organizational development, and research firm, where her clients have included Cisco, Google, Sony, American Express, RBC, EY, and KPMG. Offering immediately implementable takeaways, Jacqueline explains how leading with three core values of mindfulnessselflessness, and compassion can result in strengthened teams and improved bottom lines. [Video] Read more…


Every year at our Annual Leadership Conference & Executive Retreat, our members enjoy our surprise entertainers. From our very own band to magicians and musical prodigy, the Presidents of Enterprising Organizations (PEO) continues to surpass expectations. This year, is no different – members, your evening entertainment awaits.

Alana Bridgewater

Actor & Singer | Black Bottom, Mysticons, CupHead, Rose, Wayne Read more…

Jeff Madden

Actor, Singer & Professor | Come From Away, Jersey Boys, Echoes, Forever Plaid, I Love You Because, the Shaw Festival, Murdoch Mysteries, Mayday Read more…

Julie Martel

Actress & Singer | Mamma Mia!, Gypsy, The Sound of Music, The Last Five Years; Beauty and Beast; The Shaw Festival, Sweet Charity, Ragtime, A Little Night Music, Happy End, Belle Moral, Maria Severa, Sunday in The Park With George. Read more…

Mike Nadajewski

Actor & Singer | A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Timon of Athens, The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Physicists, Hamlet, Jacques Brel, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, Candide, Sunday in the Park with George, The Drowsy Chaperone, Stratford Festival, the Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage Company. Read more…

Kale Penny

Actor, Singer, & Musician | Rock Of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet, Godspell, Side One. Read more…

Andrew Seok

Performer & Composer | Seussical, wrote for Nike, Coke, Samsung, Visa, and Dove; “Playmakers”, “Global Morning Show”, “Canada’s Worst Driver”; worked with Feist, Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace), Jully Black, & Jeff Healey. Read more…

Big Smoke Brass Band

Experiential Activities

Lifestyle Lounge

PEO’s Evening Social

Open Wednesday & Thursday, enjoy your evening relaxing, networking and exploring AI, tech toys and more.


Yoga with Adina Smolcic

Nurture U Yoga at Kingbridge

Registration Required. Adina brings a variety of styles of yoga together for a safe space to honour the wisdom of the body. Read more…

Knife Self Defense Class

Knife Self Defense Class

Registration Required. A 4th Degree Black Belt from Seishinkan Karate Kobudo International, the World Kobudo Federation and All Okinawan Karate Do Federation, Japan, Sensei Marty has been training with the Northern Karate Team for 15 years. Read more…


There are many reasons to sponsor a conference that influences, guides and empowers the leaders of our multinational and Canadian corporations and top-tiered small business owners. What matters is how this works for you and your business. Whether you’re a premium lifestyle brand that focuses on the health and well-being of this exclusive community, or a corporate brand that helps leaders to excel in business and career, there’s true value for you and your brand in sponsoring the PEO Annual Leadership Conference & Executive Retreat.

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