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2018 Real Leaders, Real Impact: ‘Meet the Experts’ Breakout session at the Expo

We are THRILLED to announce the initial list of incredible leaders from around Canada and the world who will be attending the Experience Your Life Expo on 29th September 2018 at Novotel Mississauga.

We are proud to be a forum that brings together role models that represent the upper echelons of the business and public sector organizations. More importantly, these are individuals who have achieved great success without losing sight of the important things in life such as giving back.

We are also excited to share that these executives are flying in from around Canada and around the world which demonstrates their commitment to youth empowerment.

The breakout sessions are designed for a deep 40 minute conversation as opposed to a presentation which makes this a truly empowering experience. Each leader will lead a table and you will get an opportunity to talk in a conversation style format (1 leader to 8 individuals) to really learn from their journey, ask them questions and be inspired.

Register NOW at as we only have 200 spots for the breakout sessions and we are always SOLD OUT well in advance. Please note, your code for a FREE ticket for Expo Only section is ‘connectwithpurpose’ (while quantities last).

The list of leaders will be released one by ones in the days and weeks to follow. Each leader is hand-picked and will be showcased across our social media. We are thrilled to share the following leaders:

  1. Taylor Foisy, Innovative Solutions Canada, Government of Canada
  2. Major Alexia Hanmann: Commanding Officer, 417 Squadron, Canadian Armed Forces
  3. Kendra Kincade: Air Traffic Controller. Founder and Board Chairman of Elevate Aviation – a venture dedicated to empowerment of women in aviation

Here are the profiles of the break-out session leaders:


Taylor Foisy, Innovative Solutions Canada, Government of Canada

Taylor has held a number of positions at the federal department Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, all supporting small business and entrepreneurship policies since 2015. She was part of the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy and spent time in the Minister’s Office of Small Business and Tourism. She is now part of the External Relations team at Innovative Solutions Canada, the new $100 million small business innovation program.

Major Alexia

Major Alexia Hannam was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB and joined the Royal Military College of Canada immediately after finishing high school. She graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Minor in History.

After completing pilot training on the Slingsby Firefly, the Harvard II and the Jet Ranger, she spent seven years at 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Edmonton flying Griffon Helicopters.

Major Hannam has been posted to 417 Combat Support Squadron for the past three years and she has completed several rescue missions and deployed on OP LENTUS during the Fort McMurray and BC wildfires as the Detachment Commander responsible for all Griffon support.

At 417 Squadron she has been employed as the Operations Officer, Flight Commander, Unit Standards Officer, Training Officer, Unit Instrument Check Pilot, and Unit Flight Safety Officer. She was promoted to Major and took command of 417 Sqn in Aug 2018 as their Commanding Officer.

She is heavily involved in Elevate, a non-profit organization for Women in Aviation. She is a mentor to women looking to get involved in aviation or the military as well as a guest speaker. In her free time she coaches the competitive Cold Lake gymnastics team as a volunteer.

She is featured in the article here in the Helicopters Magazine.

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Kendra Kincade: Speaker, philanthropist, air traffic controller, there is no doubt that Global Woman of Vision award winner, Kendra Kincade is a true inspiration, a beautiful reminder to us all that it is possible to intentionally change your life and live your dreams.

Overcoming a decidedly challenging early life which left her dejected and disillusioned, a single mother raising 4 children, Kendra discovered quite by accident that the pathway to her own salvation lay in helping others find theirs.

She enthusiastically embarked upon her quest to make a difference, fundraising for worthwhile organizations, even climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for a local hospital. Soon, she was heading up her own nonprofit organization, Changing Stories, and choosing her own projects such as the construction of a sports playground in El Salvador and a classroom in Nicarauga.

Her longtime career as an Air Traffic Controller opened up more horizons for the aspiring young woman, literally as well as figuratively, when Kendra, recognizing the negligible female presence in the industry, set out to remedy the situation. Now the Founder and Board Chairman of Elevate Aviation, a venture dedicated to uniting and empowering women in aviation, she is passionate about providing opportunities for women of all ages to attain knowledge and training in all its related professions.

Kendra Kincade is proof positive that when you direct your energy towards your goals, you can make miracles happen. “You just have to imagine it and go after it.” as she would assure you. “You CAN ‘elevate’ your life.”


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