David Meyers, Chief Executive Office, Iceberg Vodka
David Meyers is the president and CEO of Canadian Iceberg Vodka Corporation, which is the only Canadian owned and operated national vodka brand. Meyers has significant international experience in North America, Europe and the Caribbean in senior management roles in general management, brand marketing, sales management and corporate development.
Prior experience includes being managing director/CEO of Moët Hennessy UK, a division of LVMH that is responsible for world-class brands such as Dom Pérignon, Krug, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Glenmorangie and Hennessy, amongst others. Prior to joining Moët Hennessy UK, Meyers spent nearly 10 years with the Remy Cointreau Group, initially as managing director for Mount Gay Distilleries in Barbados and then subsequently in New York as president and CEO of Remy’s U.S. distribution company. He has extensive marketing and sales experience in the food industry with Campbell’s and Maple Leaf Foods, and health industry with Johnson & Johnson on the Tylenol brand. During his career, Meyers has demonstrated a passion for quality brand marketing and sales, and for transforming team environments with his energy, vision and motivational skills.
Meyers, a Canadian, has a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is married with two sons and a daughter. His interests include travel, fitness, horticulture, sailing and sharing great wine and spirits with family and friends.
Gohar Ashoughian, University Librarian, Wilfrid Laurier University
Gohar Ashoughian is university librarian at Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to joining Laurier, she held a number of leadership positions in the United States and Canada, most recently as a university librarian at the University of Northern British Columbia. She was also previously associate university librarian, collection services and assessment, at the University of Regina. At Laurier, Ashoughian is responsible for the strategic leadership, evaluation, development and day-to-day administration of the multi-campus library system, with locations in Waterloo, Brantford and Kitchener. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree and Advanced Certificate in Library Information Science from Louisiana State University.
Ken Steele, Chief Futurist, Education
More than 25,000 higher education professionals across Canada and the U.S. have come to rely on Ken Steele as a definitive source of breaking news, bright ideas and insight into student trends, technological innovation, strategic planning, branding and recruitment marketing. He has consulted with hundreds of colleges and universities, helping them interpret market research, understand their competitive context, and develop distinctive institutional strategies and brand positions using his proprietary Brand Chemistry™ model. Steele brings his comprehensive perspective to a broad range of audiences hundreds of times a year, from boards and senior administration, to faculty and support staff, concerned parents, government policy analysts and Canada’s most powerful corporate CEOs. His presentations provide dynamic “big picture” context for any conference or workshop, and are always timely, customized, dynamic and packed with data and best practices from an astounding range of sources. Clients rave about the impact of these presentations, and the conversations that result.
Rob Baker, Guitarist, The Tragically Hip
Born in Kingston, Rob Baker picked up the guitar at age 12 and was soon playing in local bands. When the five-gig-a-week pace began to distract him from his studies (Queen’s University) he decided to pull back, finish his BFA, and just play music for fun with his friends. He has continued to do just that for more than 30 years – writing, recording and touring internationally with the Tragically Hip. Currently the band is about to release their 15th studio album.
When he’s not on the road or recording with The Hip, Baker spends time writing and recording in his home studio, studies other instruments (pedal steel, banjo, mandolin, etc.), and occasionally collaborates with fellow musician and friend, Craig Northey. Their band Strippers Union has released two studio albums to date, neither of which received critical acclaim (they're really good though). Mostly, Baker enjoys spending time in his community with his wife, Leslie (BAH '90, MAC '93), and son, Boris (BScH KIN ’16).
Baker and his Kingston band mates have been big supporters of their community, giving time, money and profile to both local and national charities, and focusing their efforts on medical, musical and environmental causes.
This is Baker’s fourth time judging the Ontario 3MT.
Susan Ansolin - information coming
Masters of Ceremonies
Jim Moss, chief executive officer of Plasticity Labs, is on a mission to give one billion people the tools to live a happier, higher-performing life. In his role, Moss consults leadership teams on their strategic business planning through the measurement and training of emotional intelligence.
Moss is a former gold-medal-winning, professional athlete, and Canadian Hall of Fame inductee. Moss is considered an expert on the topic of positive psychology and has been profiled in media around the globe, including The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Canadian Business Magazine and TechCrunch, among others.
Jennifer Moss is the co-founder and chief communications officer at Plasticity Labs. Named by Canadian Business Magazine as Innovators of the Year, Moss and her cofounders built technology that leverages neuroplasticity and psychological sciences to improve employee sentiment and happiness. They focus on mapping sentiment and happiness to drive the metrics that matter to large enterprises.
Moss writes for Harvard Business Review and Huffington Post, and she was recently signed by Kogan Page to write the book, Unlocking Happiness at Work.
Moss is a recipient of The National Public Service Award from the Office of President Obama and was most recently honoured with the Global Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award.