District 60 Annual Conference

Transforming Our Tomorrows

Saturday, April, 30 2022
8 AM to 11 PM

District 60 Annual Conference

Transforming Our Tomorrows

Saturday, April, 30 2022
8 AM to 11 PM

Mark the Date!

Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 8am to 11pm

Transforming Our Tomorrows with District 60 Toastmasters! Join us for our first hybrid annual Conference and experience a day to remember!

A Truly Hybrid Experience

You can attend in person or online!  Your Choice - but we would love to see you there!

Conference Schedule


07:45 AM Registration, Networking & Continental Breakfast

08:45 AM Opening Ceremony & Parade of Banners

09:05 AM George Keenan Award

09:25 AM Corporate Award & DTM Ceremony

09:45 AM Keynote – Carol Schulte

10:45 AM Workshop Series 1


12:00 PM Luncheon

12:45 PM Communication & Leadership Award

13:30 PM International Speech Contest

15:15 PM Plenary Workshop – Morag Mathieson

16:30 PM Workshop Series 2


17:30 PM Cocktails & Networking

18:15 PM District Director Dinner

19:10 PM Thank yous & Installation of new Trio / Division Directors

20:00 PM Keynote – Mark Bowden

20:45 PM Closing remarks

21:00 PM Talent Show & Networking

23:00 PM Conclusion of Conference

Keynote Speakers

Carol Schulte

Leadership Expert

Founder of The Brave Institute, Carol has been empowering international audiences for almost a decade. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance, an MA in Communication, and two postgraduate certificates in coaching and mentoring. She has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies, International Associations, and thousands of individuals to get their brave on. Whether it be asking for a raise or promotion, nailing a presentation, or climbing Africa’s highest peak, her clients attribute her insights and inspiration to achieving what they never thought possible.

Morag Mathieson​

First Vice President of Toastmasters International

Morag Mathieson, DTM, of Moehrendorf, Germany, is a self-employed professional development consultant and chair of the Board of the child sponsorship charity Living Water Germany e.V..

A Toastmaster since 2006, Mathieson is a member of her home club, Erlangen Toastmasters in Erlangen, Bavaria. She has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in the organization.

She says, “Growth in confidence is the biggest single benefit to be gained from Toastmasters. By establishing and extending their competence in all forms of communication and leadership, members are able to make a positive impact throughout all aspects of their lives.”

As an officer of the Toastmasters International Board of Directors, Mathieson is a “working ambassador” for the organization. She works with the Board to develop, support, and modify the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.

Mark Bowden​


Mark Bowden is a world-renowned body language expert, keynote speaker, and bestselling author. Voted Global Gurus’ #1 Body Language Professional in the world, Mark’s unique GesturePlane system of nonverbal communication helps audiences maximize the power of using their own body language to stand out, win trust, and gain credibility every time they communicate.

Founder of communication training company TRUTHPLANE®, Mark’s live and virtual keynote speeches and training prove invaluable to business leaders and teams from major companies across the world including Zoom, Shopify, Toyota, KPMG, American Express, the US Army and NATO; and prime ministers of G7 nations. Mark has years of experience training business and political leaders across the globe on how to use their body language both live and over digital media most effectively for superior communication.

His bestselling books on body language and human behavior, translated into multiple languages, are: Winning Body Language; Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals; Tame the Primitive Brain; and Truth & Lies, What People are Really Thinking. Mark is a popular instructor for Canada’s #1-ranked EMBA program at Kellogg-Schulich School of Business, and he is President of the National Communication Coach Association of Canada.

Mark’s highly acclaimed TEDx talk “The Importance of Being In-Authentic” continues to reach millions of people, as does his own YouTube Channel and the weekly YouTube sensation “The Behavior Panel,” as recently featured on The Dr. Phil Show. He is a go-to media commentator on the body language of politicians, celebrities and public figures, appearing regularly on CNN, CBS, and Global News, and he is frequently quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and GQ Magazine.




Aspire Higher Toastmasters

Northern Narrative


Morning Session Workshops - 10:45am to 11:45 am

Michel Adedokun

Using Proven Structures for Effective Impromptu Responses

Room 101

Through his workshop, Using Proven Structures for Effective Impromptu Responses, Michel will share three approaches to start, and seven structured techniques to coherently frame responses to impromptu speaking situations. Michel will explain each approach and structure, and provide concrete response examples for each structure. The participant will have the opportunity to practice the technique in a mini table topic format.

Michel Adedokun is a member of Blossoming Voices and SFEAT. He is a seasoned Toastmaster with over six years of experience delivering speeches and taking leadership roles. Toastmasters has helped Michel overcome his fear of public speaking and improve his communication skills. He is the Past President of Blossoming Voices and the current Director for Area D43.

George Anastasopoulos

YOU Are the Solution

Room 102

YOU are the Solution will help you transform yourself and those around you, to love what you do, and who you do it with. Re-discover the joy and fulfillment in your work. George will give you some practical tools to take action, to build transformative relationships, to become a great leader.

TGIM!! George Anastasopoulos as Head Coach at Leadership Fundamentals his mission is to enable every manager and employee to accomplish more while doing less, and make a difference. Ever the contrarian, George refuses to accept “that’s the way it is” and is dedicated to serving others, helping them transform from manager to leader, and to creating workplaces where people love their work and who they do it with.

George is the author of I LOVE MONDAYS: Accomplish more, make a difference, and create a culture shift, is a long-term Toastmaster and currently member of Albany Club Toastmasters. He’s taught at the University of Toronto and Schulich Executive Education Centre, is a Professional Certified Coach, a Certified Sales Leader, and a veteran business operator with a 20-year corporate career in senior sales, marketing, and general management roles. His clients include senior managers and executives, business owners, leadership teams, and driven people at all levels.

Dinesh Sharma

Leading in a volunteer organization

Room 103

Leading in a volunteer organization is a very fulfilling experience. However, there are different skills required to lead in a volunteer organization and the importance of recognition and reward in motivating volunteers. Through his workshop, Leading in a Volunteer Organization, Dinesh will share how leading in volunteer organizations helps individual build the skills, which can enable them to bring together different aspects of life.

Dinesh Sharma is a Relationship Builder and a Change Agent. As a Human Resources Leader with more than 25 years of global corporate experience, Dinesh has worked both in India and North America.

One of Dinesh’s benchmarks of success is his community work. He believes in life-long learning and sharing his knowledge with other professionals in the industry. He has helped a number of skilled immigrants settle down in the country. The work Dinesh does in the community has earned him the recognition of an emerging community leader. He has been awarded numerous awards for his work.

Harry Ansara

Connect to Communicate

Room 104

When you speak to an audience, are you “connecting” or merely communicating? Through his workshop, Connect to Communicate, learn how to project confidence and radiate warmth; discover the importance of analyzing the audience’s specific needs and why this approach works.

Participants will learn the benefits of “connecting” with their audience before, during and after their speech and why conducting an “AUDIENCE ANALYSIS” is the first order of business when a speaking opportunity arises. Attendees will also see why the following statement, “connections create credibility” is a proven public speaking principle.

Harry Ansara, DTM is an outstanding speaker, keynote presenter, workshop leader and highly respected member of our organization. Distinguished Toastmaster is the perfect description of what Harry has achieved as a leader and mentor since 1991. His accomplishments in winning numerous speech contests in districts 60 and 86 are truly remarkable. Audiences have described Harry as a passionate, dynamic, motivational, and caring speaker. He has earned a solid reputation for delivering unforgettable and memorable speeches.

Afternoon Session Workshops -
4:30pm to 5:30pm

Azhar Khan

KAIZEN – The Japanese Secret to Lasting Change

Room 101

Through his workshop, KAIZEN – The Japanese Secret to Lasting Change, learn how to improve professional and personal success. With this workshop participants will:
1. Be able to identify future steps to improve or increase the success of their personnel and business goal
2. Learn and understand the KAIZEN Methodology
3. Increase job success
4. Increase customer satisfaction, and
5. Learn how to influence one’s career in positive ways.

No matter what you do, success is guaranteed.

Azhar Khan, DTM is a Kaizen Coach and Consultant since 2001 who has implemented Kaizen Methodology in many corporations including Toyota, Lexus, Amazon, FCA and Bombardier, as well as conducted numerous workshops on Kaizen. A Toastmaster since 2012, he has and continues to hold leadership roles at the Club, Area and Division levels and the Youth Leadership Program. Azhar is widely travelled all over the world. In addition to travelling, Azhar’s hobbies include listening to music, photography, research on history and community service. His educational accomplishments include Masters in Economics, Project Management, BS Computer Science and Bachelors in Business.

Wendy Williamson

Working in a Team Environment

Room 103

Today in business and Toastmasters, people are talking about teams. They use words such as “teamwork, “project teams, “being a team player”. The days of the directive or authoritarian-style leader where the boss tells everyone what to do are fast disappearing. They are being replaced by team environments, where each member knows they are part of something bigger than the individuals involved. Where a group of people working together determine goals and plan and share the work. This interactive workshop, Working in a Team Environment, will focus on the 3 keys of a successful team – Communication, Collaboration and Commitment.

Wendy Williamson has honed her team development skills during a 20-year career as an executive account manager with a global financial software company and during her 8 years of D60 leadership. During her 12 years in Toastmasters, she has led many successful teams including her roles as Growth Director, Program Quality Director and District Director. Wendy is a trainer, coach and facilitates public speaking programs for youths.

Rob Peck

A Toastmaster’s Guide to Publishing Your Book!

Room 102

Rob’s workshop, A Toastmaster’s Guide to Publishing Your Book! is specifically designed for Toastmasters and gives Toastmasters readily implementable advice as to how they can write, publish, and promote their very own book of which they will be proud. Specifically, Rob will address:
• Why to write a book
• What to write a book about
• How to write a book
• When to write a book
• Who to help you

Rob Peck, DTM has seventy-six years of life experience and over forty years of Toastmasters experience, which he brings to this workshop. He is a DTM, a past President of three different Toastmasters clubs, a past Area Director, and a past Division Director. Born in Toronto, raised in Canada, Guyana, England, and Switzerland, and trained as an engineer, Rob is married to Julia, a father of four, and a grandfather of nine. He worked 34 years as a banker and retired at 59 to concentrate on the important things in life: family, church, and Toastmasters.

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