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The 2022 Spring Convention will feature several speakers, ranging from political leaders to experts in various fields who will provide insight during the educational breakout sessions. Education sessions topics are still being finalized. We will update information as it is confirmed.
Chris Koch doesn’t let limitations or obstacles stand in his way. Despite being born without arms and legs, Koch grew up like any other small-town kid — playing road hockey, causing mischief at school, and helping out on his family farm. Neither he or his family treated his disability like a tragedy, and instead used it to fuel his dreams. Today, Koch is a motivational speaker who inspires his audiences to continually challenge themselves and build the life they dream of.
Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Koch was raised in the small farming and ranching community of Nanton, Alberta. Early on, he learned that he would not be raised with pity or sympathy. Sure, he had to do things a little differently and some tasks took him a little longer to complete than others, but he was determined to be just like the rest and was always treated just like the rest. After all, he still had a good head on his shoulders and with that, anything is possible.
Koch loves sharing his story and spreading his message of, “If I Can…” An avid traveler, marathoner, and farmer, his presentation reflects his full life. Simply put, Koch says, if I can do what I’ve done so far in my life, what’s stopping others from doing the same?
Shawn Kanungo is a globally recognized innovation strategist. He previously spent 12 years at Deloitte working closely with leaders to better plan for the opportunities associated with disruptive innovation. His mandate at the firm was to help corporate executives to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation.
Kanungo is a practitioner who has worked with hundreds of organizations on their journey to digital transformation. He has been on the ground floor leading complex projects incorporating artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, cloud technologies, behavioural economics, human-centered design, and film. Kanungo is a Partner with Queen & Rook, where he advises leading organizations and executives on disruptive trends, and invests in early-stage ventures.
Kanungo’s work and interviews have been featured in The Globe & Mail, The Guardian, CBC, and CTV. He has been recognized in Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” and Inc’s 100 Most Innovative Leaders. In 2021, he was named in Forbes as the “Best Virtual Keynote Speaker I’ve Ever Seen”. His content on innovation has also garnered millions of views across LinkedIn, TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook.