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Keynote Speakers

DAVE PENNY – Newfoundland Welcome! (Friday, May 25, 2018)
Dave Penny has been a steady presence on the local folk scene as a composer of songs that are truly unique to Newfoundland and Labrador.  He has been a key figure in the resurgence in popularity of Newfoundland recitations, along the way contributing popular pieces like Johnny Chrome and A Townie Courted a Bayman’s Daughter to the local folk repertoire.   Dave’s second and most recent recording—All Turned Around—has been nominated for a 2017 MusicNL award for Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year and a 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer of the Year.  The album promises to further strengthen his position as one of Newfoundland and Labradors most fun and diverse entertainers.
ENACTUS MEMORIAL 2016 Enactus World Cup Winners (Friday, May 25, 2018)
Beating out more than 1,700 other campuses from around the world, the 2016 Enactus Memorial Team won the Enactus World Championships 2016, a prestigious competition focused on improving people’s lives through entrepreneurial action.   Project Sucseed is centered on improving food security in Newfoundland & Labrador, and in communities across Northern Canada. This is a major challenge for many communities in our province. As a social enterprise, Project Sucseed is focused on addressing food security by providing individuals and communities a way to grow their own, high quality produce efficiently and at an affordable cost. Through this project, they’ve been able to create co-operatives in northern rural areas where it is particularly difficult to access healthy produce. Project Sucseed is also partnered with Choices for Youth – a Newfoundland charity that supports at-risk and homeless youth to secure stable housing, education and employment.  This project helps create meaningful employment opportunities for their clients. Youth clients of the organization now manufacture and build every Sucseed unit that is shipped out and receive dedicated supports on and off the job to help them move forward with their lives.
Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
(Friday, May 25, 2018)
Chief Joseph (Joe) A. Boland was appointed as Chief of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) on July 4th, 2017.  Chief Boland began his career in 1983 and in the 34 years following has served in almost every area of the RNC.   In addition to operational duties he served both as President and Vice President of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Police Association where he earned the respect of the members.  He has been awarded the 20 year Police Exemplary Service Medal, 30 year Police Exemplary Service Bar and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  On a personal note, Chief Boland is, and has been, very involved in the community; Joe has coached with the St. John’s Amateur Baseball Association and with the St. John’s Minor Hockey Association. In 2009, he was named Baseball Canada National Grassroots Development Coach of the Year. Chief Boland was recently inducted into the Softball Newfoundland Labrador Hall of Fame in the Athlete Category. As a member of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary hockey team he won the Gold Medal in 2001 at World Police Fire Games in Indianapolis, Indiana. He currently serves on the Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Board, Eastern Health Police Liaison Committee, Occupational Health and Safety Committee, Mental Health Mobile Crisis Response Team Implementation Committee and Duty to Accommodate, Early and Safe Return to Work Committee. Joe resides in St. John’s with his wife, JoAnn, and their two children, Tyler and Jennifer. 
WALI SHAH (Saturday, May 26, 2018)
Selected as one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 in 2014, Wali is a spoken word poet and public speaker.  He’s given TED talks, worked on voice overs for the Canadian Football League, created and performed custom poetry for corporate groups and spoken at hundreds of schools across North America.  He currently serves as the Poet Laureate of his hometown, Mississauga, Ontario.  From partnering with Microsoft and performing for tens of thousands at venues such as the Air Canada Centre, to conducting poetry workshops in classrooms for youth as a tool for self-expression, Wali uses story-telling and art to empower audiences and inspire them to empower others.  An enigmatic speaker, Wali combines social issues, personal stories, comedy and his south Asian and Muslim background to bring his work to life.  He is currently a student at the University of Toronto and advocates for social change through his work.  He is an ambassador for Crime Stoppers, Bell Let’s Talk and has helped in raising over one million dollars for United Way Ontario.
KEVIN TUERFF – Channel of Peace: Stranded in    Gander on 9/11 (Saturday, May 26, 2018)
When Kevin Tuerff and his partner began their flight from France to New York City on September 11th, 2001, they had no idea that the world , and their lives, was about to change forever.  As US airspace closed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, Kevin, who was experiencing doubts about organized religion, found himself in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland in Canada with thousands of other refugees or “come from aways” that were stranded on 38 airplanes.  Yet, when all seemed dark, the people of Gander rallied and the “plane people” experienced boundless acts of kindness and generosity over the next several days.  In Channel of Peace, Kevin tells the story of how Gander’s compassion, then and now, has ignited a spirit of kindness that renewed Kevin’s spirituality and has inspired a new tradition of an annual “giving back” day at Kevin’s company that has since spread.  Kevin’s story has been told as part of the musical, “Come From Away” on Broadway.
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