Xcelerate Summit 2020 Keynote Speakers spotlight

gleam insight from Simcoe County's business industry leaders

Barrie’s premier business event is just around the corner and we already gave you tons of juicy details on the workshops and events you’ll be able to check out. Now, it’s time to shine a spotlight on the keynote speakers that will be bringing their expert knowledge to the summit.


Xcelerate Summit: A gathering of great business minds is coming to Barrie!


Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is a multi-award-winning psychology and education instructor who specializes in resiliency, navigating stress and change, and personal wellness in the workplace. Described as transformational, engaging, and thought-provoking, Hanley-Dafoe’s keynotes provide practical strategies, grounded in global research and case studies, that help foster resiliency within ourselves and others.

As the senior educational developer for the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Trent University, Hanley-Dafoe focuses on providing professional development for the teaching community and cultivating student engagement. She is committed to finding innovative solutions for creating positive learning relationships and environments for both students and teachers. Hanley-Dafoe has also been a psychology instructor and researcher at Trent for more than 13 years. Hanley-Dafoe’s work is inspired by her interest in resiliency and wellness including the intersections of stress, optimal challenge, navigating change, goal-setting, and personal alignment.


Jesse Brown

Jesse Brown runs Canadaland, the crowd-funded news site that has disrupted the way the Canadian media works. Its companion book is a #1 Globe and Mail bestseller, and the companion podcast is the #1 podcast in the country. At Canadaland, Jesse pioneered a new business model for news while uncovering scandals at the CBC, The Globe and Mail, and in government.   Jesse launched his career at CBC Radio, creating and hosting two national programs. He has contributed to such publications as The New York TimesThe Guardian, The Toronto Star, Slate, Business Insider, and Vice, and his commentary has been broadcast on the BBC and on NPR. He has won the National Magazine Award for Humour and the Hillman Prize for Investigative Reporting.   Jesse is also a co-founder of Bitstrips, makers of Bitmoji, a cartooning app acquired by Snapchat and used by millions.

What does the future hold for Canada? Are our institutions and economy at odds with rapid technological and cultural change? Are we keeping up? From business to government to media, disruption is here. Technology and media expert Jesse Brown explains the challenging shifts ahead, and how to stay on top of them.

Take a tour of the summit

The Xcelerate Summit is really living their ideals this year with an innovative and interactive virtual summit that will not only let you watch all the events but also makes it easier than ever to connect with businesses and business leaders from all across Simcoe County. Check it out:

Xcelerate Summit 2020 virtual tour

A gathering of great business minds is coming to Barrie and we have your first look at this year’s event. Join us as we take you on a virtual tour of the Xcelerate Summit!

Posted by Barrie 360 on Friday, October 16, 2020

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