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Meet our amazing course faculty! These women are not only experts in their fields: they are authors, speakers, do-ers & big thinkers, ready to teach & inspire you.

Moderator: Jennie Aitken

Jennie works with emerging physician leaders across British Columbia as an educator, team-builder and (to the dismay of her colleagues) an “idea-generating-machine” that is constantly looking to the next big opportunity to affect positive change. She holds Masters Degrees in [Medical] History (Queen’s University) and Dispute Resolution (University of Victoria) and is a sought-after speaker and facilitator for health care audiences across Canada. When she’s not waving around post-it notes (she manages to do this on Zoom, too) you can usually find her on her mountain bike or chasing her toddler.


Dr. Mamta Gautam

Psychiatrist, Physician Coach | Peak MD, The Raft
  • Dr. Mamta Gautam
    Mamta Gautam, MD, MBA, FRCPC, CPDC, CCPE, CPE is an internationally renowned psychiatrist, consultant, certified coach, author and speaker.  Focused on Physician Health and Well-being since 1990, she is a pioneer in this field and is known as the “The Doctor’s Doctor”.  Dr. Gautam is the founding director of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine Wellness Program, served as the Expert Physician Advisor for the Canadian Medical Association Centre for Physician Health and Wellbeing, and currently chairs the Burnout Task Force at the Ontario Medical Association.  In the past 2 decades, she has expanded her work to include Physician Leadership Development to better address system-level factors that impact physician wellness.
    All of her educational, clinical, research and administrative work aims to promote Physician Health and develop Physician Leadership. She has created podcasts and videos on this topic, and authored articles, book chapters, and 2 international best-selling books. She brings this knowledge and expertise to PEAK MD, through which she delivers keynote presentations and workshops, consults to healthcare organizations and coaches senior physician leaders internationally.  A key area of interest for her is in developing women leaders in medicine, and she has created a national Think Tank and founded Momentum and The Raft to advance this goal. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for her innovative work in physician health, and has been awarded Distinguished Fellowships in both the Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations.
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Dr. Karyn Gordon

DK Leadership - Driving Success
  • Dr. Karyn Gordon
    Dr. Karyn is the Founder and CEO of DK Leadership, a leadership & relationship expert, a dynamic motivational speaker, a best-selling author and TV personality.
    A passionate motivational speaker, Dr. Karyn has delivered over 1000 keynotes to more than ó million people from 15 countries - including Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, family businesses, government agencies and professional organizations.
    Her company recently launched “Success Intelligence: An Emotional Intelligence Coaching Program”, which is an online program to teach and measure Emotional Intelligence skills for all levels of leaders.
    With a Doctorate in Marriage & Family and specialty leadership certifications, her passion is to teach Emotional Intelligence Skills to DRIVE SUCCESS at work and at home.
    Her gift is speaking playfully, passionately and practically!
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Dr. Jaime Hope

Emergency Medicine Physician, Wellness Expert
  • Dr. Jaime Hope
    Committee, the Patient Family Advisory Council, the Pain Management Steering Committee, the Curriculum Integration Subcommittee, the Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group and is passionate about promoting good patient-physician relationships and preventative medicine.
    Dr. Hope is a keynote speaker and invited lecturer across the country on a variety of medical and health related topics.  She has done Board Review educational courses, Grand Rounds, podcasts, press conferences, mastermind courses, Good Morning America along with radio and television appearances in addition to her many live audience sessions.
    Dr. Hope facilitates corporate retreats, workshops, masterminds and summits to help participants improve productivity, engagement, and decrease absenteeism with healthy habit change, confidence and resilience.  This methodology has been used at the United Nations, Facebook, The Cleveland Clinic, Clarke, Fairmont Steel, the United States Diary Industry, The YMCA, and more!
    As an Emergency Medicine Physician in the Detroit Area, Dr. Hope has been on the front lines throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, particularly the first spike when Detroit was the 3rd hardest hit in the United States with COVID cases and deaths. Using her unique combination of passions and experiences, she ensures her audiences feel empowered, excited, and have actionable plans to improve their health, their lives, and their communities!
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Judith Humphrey

The Humphrey Group Inc
  • Judith Humphrey
    Judith Humphrey is communications expert and Founder of The Humphrey Group Inc., a firm that is a pioneer and leader in the field of leadership communications. She established The Humphrey Group in 1988 and today the firm works with clients globally and has offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Mexico City.

    The Humphrey Group has a broad range of programs for men and women leaders. Taking the Stage® is the firm’s landmark program for women. It shows women how to speak with confidence, conviction, and leadership presence. This program has been offered in five languages and on all continents. Today more than 500,000 women in companies like IBM, Google, Walmart, Deloitte, Accenture, and the major banks around the world have taken this training, thanks to the pioneering work of Judith and her team.

    Judith has coached executives and leaders at all levels in a broad range of industries, including the medical field. She is the author of three books: Speaking as a Leader: How to Lead Every Time You Speak; Taking the Stage: How Women Can Speak Up, Stand Out, and Succeed; and Impromptu: Leading in the Moment.  She is a keynote speaker and a regular columnist for Fast Company, with over 100 published articles to her name.

    You can find her at; Linked in, Twitter (@judith_humphrey) and Instagram (judithhumphrey_).

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Fotini Iconomopoulos

"The Negotiator" - Negotiation Coach
  • Fotini Iconomopoulos
    Nicknamed “the negotiator” as a child, Fotini has been honing her skills her entire life.
    For the last decade, she’s been empowering Fortune 500 executives and their teams to achieve their objectives through her expertise in negotiation, communication, and persuasion. She guides companies through high-stakes scenarios and creates tailored intensive negotiation workshops for clients across all industries who want to develop their teams.
    When she’s not strategizing with clients, Fotini is a frequent guest on CBC & CTV Television and an instructor of MBA Negotiations at the Schulich School of Business. She also offers her experience to non-profit initiatives including an empowerment programs for young girls, an attempt to close the gender gap before it starts. 
    She’s been recognized with the Network of Executive Women’s Inclusion award as well as the Greek America Foundation’s Top 40 under 40 award for her achievements and philanthropic work.
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Sara Luther

Lawyer, Forward Working - Learn, Leverage, Lead
  • Sara Luther
    My mission is to work with a new kind of leader, willing to take brave steps to permanently embed respect and human rights into their organization for the benefit of all.
    I am a human rights lawyer, consultant, coach and educator. For more than a decade I focused on workplace investigations where I repeatedly saw the missed opportunities to align systems to organizational values and make it mean something for employees and stakeholders. The consequences were real and measurable not just for the involved parties, but for the employer.
    In the end, we all want the same thing - to work in a respect-based culture. To achieve this requires a progressive and ongoing commitment.
    My work now is to help organizations strengthen their institutional commitments through creating accountability-based policies and procedures. After the foundation is reset, we build professional development programs for management to ensure they have the knowledge and skills required to fulfill their responsibilities to model desired behaviour, guide their teams and intervene in conflict early and successfully.
    When this work is triggered by a complaint or unproductive behaviours, it is often a symptom of systemic organizational issues. My approach is to help solve both.
    • CRR Global ORSCTM (Organizational Systems Relationship Coaching), 2019
    • Osgoode Law School, Professional Development: Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards & Tribunals, 2017
    • Osgoode Law School, Professional Development, Osgoode/FCO Certificate Essentials for Ombuds, 2016
    • LL.B., University of Western Ontario 2006
    • Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Rotterdam NL, 2002
    • Hons B.Com., Queen’s University 1998
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Dr. Hema Patel

Pediatrician, Time Management Coach, Author
Dr. Hema Patel
  • Dr. Hema Patel
    Hema Patel is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics with the McGill University Health Centre, with specific training in Clinical Epidemiology and Academic Ambulatory Pediatrics. She is active in teaching, advocacy and clinical research.  Her work focuses on the comprehensive care of children with complex care needs.  She has a particular interest in advocacy for vulnerable pediatric populations.  Her educational activities include an emphasis on the CanMEDS Leader/Manager training objectives.  She is co-author of “The Time Management Guide – A practical handbook for physicians by physicians,” published by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  She has presented over twenty interactive workshops on time management and personal effectiveness to a variety of healthcare audiences, in Canada and internationally.  Currently she is the Supervisor of the Pediatric Complex Care Fellowship and Director of the Division of General Pediatrics.  She is a firm believer in beginning with the end in mind.

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Jennifer Riel

Co-Managing Director, Chicago Global Director, Strategy | Rotman School of Management
Jennifer Riel
  • Jennifer Riel
    Jennifer Riel is IDEO's global director of strategy. In this role, she collaborates with clients and internal teams to push the edges of creative problem solving, leveraging tools from strategy and design thinking. As a strategy advisor, Jennifer has worked across industries and countries, helping organizations and teams to build winning, sustainable and human-centered strategies.
    Before IDEO, Jennifer spent 13 years at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, where she taught undergrads, MBAs and executives how to think creatively about their toughest challenges. During this period, she partnered with organizations (large and small, for profit, not-for-profit and government) to help them build their strategic thinking capabilities and transform their teams. 
    Jennifer is also the author of Creating Great Choices: A Leader's Guide to Integrative Thinking (with Roger L. Martin, Harvard Business Review Press, 2017). Creating Great Choicesis a Wall Street Journal best seller and was shortlisted for Canada's National Business Book Award.
    Jennifer is a proud Canadian, a fan of almost any sport you can name (but, yes, especially hockey) and loves the Great British Baking Show with all her heart.
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Lindsay Scott

Partner, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
  • Lindsay Scott
    Lindsay Scott is a practical, business-minded litigator who has represented clients at the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and all levels of court in Ontario. Her diverse litigation practice includes commercial litigation, employment law, workplace investigations, and general civil litigation. Lindsay's perspective on current legal issues is frequently sought by the media, and she has been featured on CTV News, in Chatelaine, and on various radio shows and podcasts.
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