2019 Annual PEO Leadership Conference

The GROWTH Dilemma


Thank you to all that attended our sold-out 7th Annual PEO Leadership Conference on November 13th and 14th at Hotel X Toronto.

We are pleased to provide you with a post-conference report featuring a summary of notes for each of our Keynote Speakers.



The GROWTH Dilemma

The 2019 conference theme is The GROWTH Dilemma, centered around the challenges and opportunities that come with growth in a rapidly changing world.

As we approach the second decade of the 21st century, leaders are challenged with how to meet the business imperatives of today while positioning their companies for growth in an ambivalent future. Ideologies about how to grow are complex, timelines are truncating and missteps are hard to recover from.

No one knows what the future holds. Yet one thing is certain – The GROWTH Dilemma is at the forefront of every leader’s agenda.

This year’s conference will be a deep dive into the following topics:

  • Explore which avenues of growth to fund
  • M&A vs Organic Growth
  • Industry Changing Trends
  • Vital Technologies
  • The Efficacy of Transitioning Online


  • Aggressive vs Pragmatic Growth Fund
  • Geographies to Invest in as the Future Engines of Growth
  • Corporate Responsibility (sustainability, climate change etc.) and the Impact on Short and Long Term Growth
  • Bold vs Restrained Investing

The Conference

The Annual PEO Leadership Conference is our marquee event of the year, it is known for its cutting edge leadership content and executive networking.

Join us to hear from today’s thought leaders on Competitiveness, Growth, Innovation, Strategy, Risk, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Geopolitics and a Holistic Approach to Leadership. Attendees will enjoy a balance of executive networking opportunities and thought provoking presentations, coupled with fantastic food and an exquisite location.

The conference will also consist of several activities, including:

  • Thought Leadership Keynote Speakers
  • Breakfast Round Table Discussions
  • Interactive Workshops
  • Executive Networking Receptions
  • Experiential Activities
  • Live Entertainment
  • Late Night Lounges
  • Fine Dining

Past Conferences


  • Jessica Holmes
    Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health Advocate
    Beloved comedian Jessica Holmes has been a perennial favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce for 15 years.
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    Opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious take on life’s challenges as well as her unique knack for skewering celebrities (including Nikki Minaj and Celine Dion) have audiences in stitches. Her customized emcee and entertainment presentations — which include motivation and wellness — are always a hit.

    Behind the laughter though, Jessica — like millions of Canadians — has struggled both with post-partum depression and, as she puts it, “regular, run-of-the-mill, garden-variety depression”. Hoping to help end the stigma around mental health issues, she openly shares her personal stories with the humour she’s known for, bringing light — and laugh-out-loud laughter — to what can often be a dark topic. Jessica’s funny and inspiring new book, Depression The Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance was published in May, and takes readers deeper into her mental health
    journey with validation and warmth.

    As a performer, Jessica’s productions have garnered her a “Platinum Award” at The Worldfest International Film Festival, and nominations for Gemini Awards and the prestigious Tim Sims Scholarship. She stars in her own program, The Holmes Show, and has also starred in the films Welcome to Mooseport, Citizen Duane, and Moonpoint. She recently appeared in the pilot for The Communist's Daughter, which won the JFL ComedyPro competition this summer, and continues to perform comedy across the country.

  • Janice Gross Stein
    Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs | University of Toronto
    Whether it’s economics, geopolitics, or international security and terrorism, few people have a better understanding of global issues than Professor Stein.
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    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. Both realistic and hopeful, she leaves her audiences with a better understanding of current global issues, and a clear, compelling vision of the future.

    Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and the Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
    She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Honorary Foreign Member of the
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    She is the co-author, with Eugene Lang, of the prize-winning work, The Unexpected War:
    Canada in Kandahar, and her most recent book is Diplomacy in the Digital Age.

    Professor Stein was the Massey Lecturer in 2001, and a Trudeau Fellow. She was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for an outstanding contribution by a social scientist to public debate, and has received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta, the University of Cape Breton, McMaster University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.

    In the media, she has provided commentary for networks such as CBC, CTV, TVO and CNN, and columns and comment for The Globe and Mail and The National Post.

  • Ron Tite
    Marketing, Branding and Creativity Expert
    Relevant, engaging, and interactive, Ron Tite exceeds expectations each and every time he takes the stage. takes the stage.
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    Named one of the “Top 10 Creative Canadians” by Marketing Magazine, he’s
    been an award-winning advertising writer and creative director for some of the world’s most
    respected brands, including Air France, Evian, Hershey, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Intel, Microsoft, and Volvo. Addressing a variety of topics surrounding branding, corporate strategy, creativity, content, and social media, Tite’s presentations are not only information-packed, they’re also infused with his unique humour–guaranteed to have you laughing while you learn.

    Currently, Tite is founder and CEO of Church & State, a content marketing agency based in Toronto. His work has been recognized by The London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals of Advertising, The Crystals, The Extras, The Canadian Marketing
    Association, and The Marketing Awards, to name just a few.

    Tite is also executive producer and host of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning show Monkey Toast, and publisher of the award-winning and bestselling humour book, This is That Travel
    Guide to Canada, with CBC Radio’s hit show, This is That. He has written for a number of other television series, penned a children’s book, and wrote, performed, and produced the play, The Canadian Baby Bonus.

    His newest book, Everyone’s An Artist (Or At Least They Should Be), was published by HarperCollins in 2016

  • Tiffani Bova
    Influencer in Customer Experience, Digital Transformation and the Future of Work & Sales.
    Tiffani Bova is the growth and innovation evangelist at Salesforce and the author of the Wall Street Journal and 800-CEO-READ bestselling book GROWTH IQ.
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    Bova was recently named to Thinkers50’s Radar Class of 2019 and was Thinker of the Month in December 2018. She has appeared on MSNBC and Yahoo Finance, among others, and was featured in the January 2019 issue of Rotman Management Magazine Disruption Issue. She has also contributed to publications including Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Huffington Post, and is a frequent guest on Wharton Business Radio and a variety of industry-leading podcasts.

    As host of What’s Next! with Tiffani Bova, one of the top 100 business and marketing podcasts on iTunes and top sales podcast of 2018 and 2019 according to Top Sales Magazine, she has interviewed guests from Arianna Huffington and Tom Peters to Dan Pink

    Bova is a top influencer in Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, the Future of Work, and Sales, and she was recently recognized as one of Inc. Magazine 37 Sales Experts You Need
    to Follow on Twitter, a LinkedIn Top Sales Expert to follow in 2019, a Top 100 Women in Tech, a Brand Quarterly Magazine Top 50 Marketing Thought Leader, and one of the most Powerful and Influential Women in California according to the National Diversity Council. Her book Growth IQ was one of 800-CEO-READ's top 5 strategy and leadership books of 2018, and the #1 Salesforce, Dreamforce Bookstore seller in 2018.

    Having delivered over 500 keynote presentations on sales transformation and business model innovation to over 400,000 people on six continents, Bova is highly sought after keynote speaker. Prior to working with Salesforce she was a Distinguished Analyst and Research Fellow at Gartner where she won the Thought Leadership award and earned accolades from the best leaders in the technology world for her cutting-edge analysis and her skill at inventing bold strategies for growth.

    Bova has also lived in the fast lane of high tech, leading sales, marketing and customer service organizations, driving growth and creating durable competitive advantages for startups and Fortune 500 Companies alike such as Sprint, Inacom, Interland (web.com) and Gateway Computers. Throughout, she learned how to lead sales and marketing teams in hotly competitive markets.

    She is considered one of the early pioneers of cloud based sales strategies, and completely reinvented indirect ‘go-to -market’  tactics in several hardware and services businesses. Her high velocity years at the front lines also gave Bova the hands-on expertise executives crave in their strategic partners and made her an authentic, passionate and brilliant advocate committed to her clients’ success and prosperity.

  • Bill Taylor
    Shapes the Global conversation on Business
    Award Winning Author, New York Times and Wall Street Journal best sellers list, Entrepreneur and Founding Editor of Fast Company.
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    Bill is a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur who chronicles the best ways to compete, innovate, and succeed. As cofounder and founding editor of Fast Company, Bill launched a magazine that won countless awards, earned a passionate following among executives and entrepreneurs around the world, and became a legendary business success. More than two decades after its founding, Fast Company continues to shape the global conversation about business.

    Since starting Fast Company, Bill has also written three books on leadership and change. His most recent book, Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways, was named “Best Strategy and Leadership Book of 2016” by 800CEOREAD. His previous book, Practically Radical, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller. His first book, Mavericks at Work, was a New York Times bestseller and was named a “Business Book of the Year” by The Economist and the Financial Times. Bill created the “Under New Management” column for The New York Times and has published numerous essays and CEO interviews in the Harvard Business Review.


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