Atlantic Conference for Administrative Professionals – Speakers – Spark Conferences

Atlantic Conference for Administrative Professionals – Speakers



Scott Bosse
Eye Clinic Admin Supervisor/CVS Program Administrator,  IWK Health Centre
Cast Member, Big Brother Canada Season 2
Regular Segment Contributor, CTV & Global Morning Shows
Contributor, The Coast & The Metro
Event Producer, for many organizations and charities
Emcee, Speaker, Workshop Facilitator on Building Your Vision for Success

“By day, mild-mannered medical secretary! By night, show girl diva drag queen!” Scott Bosse has been working as an administrative professional for over 20 years. He started out in the public library system at age 16. Fast forward 20 years now finds himself in an administrative leadership position at the IWK Health Centre. He’s had the great blessing of being able to supplement his work-life balance by expanding on his brand to include being an entertainer and event producer. This unique combination of skills has afforded him the opportunity to facilitate and host events all over Atlantic Canada. You might have heard of him from his stint as a cast member on Big Brother Canada Season 2 or from his highly acclaimed Cosmic Drag Queen Bingo events which have brought in thousands for local charities.


Ashton Rodenhiser
Mind’s Eye Creative Consulting

Ashton Rodenhiser is an international pro graphic recorder and owner of Mind’s Eye Creative Consulting. She helps people retain more information, connect deeper and gain clarity around complex ideas through the use of visual language. She literally draws out the Big Picture of what’s said in a room, creating a large visual summary of key concepts to create shared understanding of the information.


Cathy Bennett
Member of the House of Assembly, Former Minister of Finance,
Status of Women, Human Resource Secretariat and President of Treasury Board
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

First elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2015, Cathy Bennett serves as the Member of the Newfoundland & Labrador House of Assembly for the district of Windsor Lake. She has served as a member of Cabinet in the role of Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board and served as Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, the Human Resource Secretariat, the Public Service Commission, the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Mrs. Bennett is the former CEO of Bennett Group of Companies which included operations in commercial, industrial construction and manufacturing, human resource support, food service, industrial supply, and real estate investments and operations.

In addition to business, she has been extensively involved in the charitable and community sectors. She’s the vice chair of Ronald McDonald House and the former chair of the Capital Campaign to build its St. John’s facility. She has served as the Chairperson of the St. John’s Board of Trade, the Governor of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council and treasurer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Over her career she has been an active member and board member of dozens of community based organizations. Mrs. Bennett’s community and business leadership has been recognized with numerous awards, including Atlantic Business Magazine Top CEO.

A member and graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors program, Mrs. Bennett has served on several publicly traded and crown corporation boards for the mining, telecommunications, oil and hydroelectricity sectors. She has also served on privately held corporate boards with interests in real estate, natural resources, manufacturing and community development. As part of her Board work she has held positions of Board and committee Chair, and served on Audit, Governance, and Compensation Committees. She has also served on strategic corporate governance boards for marketing, as well as information technology.


Sheila Kelly
Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, True PurposeTM Coach
Director, The Big Yes Centre for Enlightened Leadership

Sheila’s mission is to help individuals and organizations develop their innate capacity for leadership, including authentic communication, respect, and compassion. The result is expanded productivity, creativity, profitability and enthusiasm.

It was an ‘aha’ moment extraordinaire when Sheila realized she has been giving away her power, not just in the workplace, but in her whole life. All the years she spent looking to others for approval and validation… never finding it. And her best efforts always failed, because she was following a script that had been designed by others for her. She knew she had to write her own script. A book called A Course in Miracles appeared her way, offering up wisdom that changed her in a BIG way…forever.

For the next three years, she deepened her understanding of herself and maintained a daily spiritual practice devoted to A Course in Miracles.  She also became a spiritual book junkie, reading Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Deepak Chopra, Gary Renard, Carolyn Myss, Kenneth Wapnick.

It was thus that she realized that the management training she had received had not served her very well in the trenches of a chaotic workplace. She knew that, when the time was right, she would be leaving that workplace and would offer a different type of training, different kinds of workshops… ones devoted to finding peace in any kind of workplace.


Michelle Ryder
Goodlife Fitness

Michelle Ryder is a Fitness Professional with 3 International Certificates from Les Mills international. (BODYPUMP, BODYJAM & SH’BAM) She has also attended 5 Advanced Instructor modules for the Les Mills programming (AIM 1 & 2). In addition to the International Certificates from Les Mills she holds a current Zumba License, and CanFIT Pro Fitness Instructor Specialist Certificate.

Michelle started her Fitness teaching career in 2006 when she received her ZIN training and Zumba License, and started teaching Zumba at different clubs in Edmonton, and Sydey (CB) and Halifax. She has now been with GoodLife Fitness in Halifax for 5 years, her classes run at both Park Lane and Park Victoria locations.

Prior to teaching Fitness classes Michelle was a part of a professional Ukrainian dance group based out of Edmonton, Alberta, she toured and performed with them for 11 years before hanging up her Red Boots.

In addition to being fitness professional she has a full time job as an Executive Assistant here in the city of Halifax.

She hopes you have brought your dancing shoes!!!


Melanie Champagne
Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer
IWK Health Centre

Melanie (Mel) Champagne is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Strategy & Performance as well as to the Director of Finance at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS.

Melanie has worked at IWK Health Centre for four years, and is coming up on her fourth year of service in January 2018. Melanie has been in administrative role since graduating from the Office Information Technology program at the Nova Scotia Community College in 2001. Previous to her current role, Melanie has worked as an administrative professional in Real Estate and Construction and held an office management position in the Telecommunications industry.

Melanie lives in Cole Harbour with her partner Shawn and cat Sumo. In her spare time she likes to spend time with family and friends, take in a Zumba class or settle in at home with a good book.


Jim Spellos
Meeting U

James Spellos is the President of Meeting U., whose mission is to help people become more productive and comfortable with technology.

Jim delivers over 150 seminars annually on how to use technology more efficiently. In 2015, Jim was named one of the Meeting Industry’s trendsetters by Meetings Focus magazine. He is a faculty member at New York University, teaching in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies since 1990. He has been honored with both their Award for Teaching Excellence and their Outstanding Service Award.

In 2014, Jim joined the Board of Directors for Rock and Wrap It Up, an anti-poverty/hunger think tank, which supports over 43,000 agencies in North America. Jim co-created for them the Whole Earth Calculator app, which helps organizations to identify the quantity of food donated and carbon footprint reduced from food recovered at meetings and events. He also speaks about food recovery and sustainability.

Jim is an accomplished musician and songwriter, playing guitar, keyboards and singing for the New York City rock band Contraband. They released their first CD, “Welcome to the Neighborhood” in late 2008, and is back in the studio recording new songs for a new release.


Lisa DeWolfe
Administrative Assistant
Quality & System Performance, IWK Health Centre

Lisa DeWolfe is an Administrative Assistant at the IWK Health Centre who works within the Quality and System Performance portfolio and has been with the health centre for 15 years. She believes administrative roles play an important part in streamlining processes, using resources wisely and saving healthcare dollars. Her main interest, at the moment, is exploring administrative assistants as unofficial project managers for organizations. Lisa brings enthusiasm and energy to her team initiatives and enjoys being a positive source for support.

Lisa’s commitment to life-long learning led her to complete a Masters Certificate in Project Management through the Schulich School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in 2017 and she is working toward her PMP certification. Lisa also holds a BFA (Theater) from Concordia University. Outside of work, she likes to travel with her husband and two awesome girls!

donalee Moulton

donalee Moulton
Quantum Communications

donalee is the principal of Quantum Communications, a full-service public relations and communications firm based in Halifax. In the course of a busy career, she has worked in the private sector, for all three levels of government, and for non-profit organizations. At Quantum, she provides clients across Canada and beyond with a wide range of services including writing and editing, media relations, management coaching, crisis communications, communications planning, and marketing.

donalee has taught communications and business courses at Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University and Mount Saint Vincent University.

In addition, donalee is a professional journalist, with her byline in more than 100 magazines and newspapers throughout Canada and the US. This means at least a hundred conversations including, “Yes, it’s a lower case d.” Among the publications where her work has appeared: The Globe and Mail, The Lawyers Weekly, The National, The National Post, Investment Executive, Medical Post, Equinox, Maclean’s, and Canadian Living.

She is a woman of excellence — and can prove it. In 2008, the Canadian Progress Club, Halifax-Cornwallis branch, honoured her with a Women of Excellence award.


Terry Stanislow
Smiling Horse Studio

Terry had a very rich and diverse career as an administrative professional for 34 years, working in many sectors including financial counseling, energy development, healthcare, museum management, community service, event management, oceanography, sustainable forest/environment policy and more.

A few years ago, when she began to ponder her ‘next adventure’, she was set upon a path to explore how to combine her personal experience of art as a healing modality with people in her community. That led her to the discovery that a process-based approach can be combined with painting, multi-media, collage, etc. for personal and collective wellbeing. As someone who had studied art formally, it was a real eye-opener to observe how any person can tap into their own intuitive expression, and access a range of benefits, with only a few materials, a small space and a little time!

She has been hosting intuitive painting and facilitated multi-media sessions in her own studio and in the field for the past couple of years and she often integrates breathing, awareness and movement in the sessions. She is a certified yoga instructor and keen promoter of the benefits of mindfulness and breathing practice.


Sean Wiltshire
Chief Executive Officer
Avalon Employment Inc.

Sean hails from Newfoundland, but is rarely there, as an award-winning diversity expert and international speaker. Sean has been working with businesses, crown corporations, governments, and communities to help them diversify their workforce and be more innovative. From St. John’s to Bombay, from Vancouver to Kathmandu Sean has been helping audiences see diversity as part of a business solution.

Professionally, for the last 26 years Sean has been the Chief Executive Officer of Avalon Employment Inc (AEI). – An employment agency for individuals with disabilities. Sean has also built a large social enterprise that does over 5 million dollars a year in payroll for other not-for-profits and local businesses.
Sean is a past President of the Provincial Regional Economic Development Association and was a member of the Ministerial Committee on Regional Renewal for the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Sean has also been a member of two Federal Ministerial Advisory Committees; is an Alumnus of The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference (2000), and currently is a member of the National Board.

In 2017 Sean was at the United Nations in Vienna; Austria to accept the “Zero Project Award” as part of the team from York University working on employment and diversity issues in Southeast Asia.

Sean’s commitment and vision has been celebrated with numerous awards and accolades, including being named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO’s by Atlantic Business Magazine, and nominated for the Top 40 Under 40 in Canada.

More speakers to be announced.

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