November 16, 2015 07:00 ET

INSPIRE North Launches Leadership Conference with University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management

Featured Speakers include Mike Kessel President & CEO of Cleveland Clinic Canada and Barbara Williams, EVP of Broadcasting & President of Shaw Media

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 16, 2015) -

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INSPIRE North introduces a leadership conference in partnership with University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management that connects students with two of Canada's most inspirational leaders on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. As the first official event under INSPIRE North's reinvigorated brand, the conference will feature presentations from Mike Kessel, President & CEO of Cleveland Clinic Canada and Barbara Williams, EVP of Broadcasting & President of Shaw Media. The event will take place at Kruger Hall (119 St. George Street, Toronto). Complementary dinner and refreshments will be provided to all attendees. It is free to all University of Toronto and Rotman Commerce students who RSVP. To register, students can log onto the Rotman Commerce Portal and RSVP at

Kessel has over 20 years of experience in strategy, finance, operations and entrepreneurial success that he will be sharing with the students at Rotman. Williams is an industry leader in telecommunications and media who brings more than 25 years of experience with the oversight of Global Television and managing Shaw Media's portfolio of 19 specialty networks.

Students will have an opportunity to experience first-hand how these two inspirational Canadian leaders have contributed to the success of their organizations, and through their passion to succeed, paved the way for the country's most talented leaders of the future. The event includes a one-on-one interview with each speaker followed by a Q&A and networking session with students.

"We are beyond excited to kick off this event at the University of Toronto once again," said Luciano Volpe, Founding Member & Chair of INSPIRE North. "It is events like this that enable us to not only recognize Canada's forward-thinking business leaders, but give them the platform to share their experience and insight with our new generation of leaders," said Volpe.

Thanks to the sponsorship of Scotiabank, students who plan to attend the event can apply for a $500 scholarship awarded that evening. Students are encouraged to fill out the online application before the closing date of November 16:

About INSPIRE North

INSPIRE North is about empowering young people to realize their potential through sharing of experiences and advice by Canadian leaders. INSPIRE North is guided by an Advisory Board, Steering Committee, Junior Steering Committee and student leaders on campus executing events to bridge the gap between Canadian youth and professionals. For more information visit

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