Conference schedule | Keynote speakers | Session speakers

Conference schedule

Monday, May 4

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Welcome Desk
1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Information Session*
ERAC 101

Tuesday, May 5

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Welcome Desk
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcome Message
8:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Will Gadd
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. General Sessions
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Reception

Wednesday, May 6

7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Welcome Desk
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan
9:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. General Sessions
4:45 p.m. - 5 p.m. Closing Remarks


*New this year, we’re offering a free ERAC information session to all Plan Participants on May 4. ERAC’s leadership team will offer in-depth knowledge on emergency response planning, recent changes to the Environmental Emergency (E2) and Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) regulations and how ERAC is helping your organization to meet all regulatory requirements. Registration for the conference is not mandatory to attend this free information session. Please register for the information session here


Keynote speakers

Will Gadd


“Nobody ever died wishing they had spent more time behind a desk.”

Will Gadd is one of the top outdoor adventure athletes in the world (Outside, Men's Journal and Explore.). He is best known for wild outdoor adventures in multiple different sports, but he's most proud of his ability to complete those adventures safely and share them with others. He has appeared in, hosted or produced more than 100 global television projects. He is an award-winning writer (New York Times, Men's Journal, etc.), film maker, and dad (no awards yet). His book on ice climbing is the top publication in its field and has been translated into five languages. Gadd's presentations on "Risk and Reward" and related topics take him all over the world to speak to audiences ranging from Nike and Enbridge to at-risk youth. He is a National Geographic " Adventurer of the year" and recently became the first person to climb a frozen Niagara Falls.  Last winter he used his ice climbing skills to find new life forms under a glacier, a world first. He is an ACMG guide and uses way too much spice in his cooking.




Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan


Dr. Kimberley Amirault-Ryan lives by her philosophy of embracing challenges and pushing boundaries to achieve your highest potential. She was the first female Performance Consultant for the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Edmonton Oilers. Her passion for motivating audiences to reach their fullest potential has received praise from international corporations and sports organizations alike, including Visa, Johnson and Johnson, the NHL, and the NBA.

She has worked at five Olympic Games with the gold medal winning teams of the Women’s Hockey Team, Cross Country Ski Team, and Speedskating Team. The Canadian Olympic Committee appointed her as the lead of sport psychology for the entire Olympic team for the 2010 Vancouver, 2012 London, and 2014 Sochi Olympics.

For her ground-breaking work, Dr. Amirault-Ryan has received awards such as the Globe and Mail’s Top Power 50 List, WXN Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. Companies worldwide, including Fortune 500 companies Johnson & Johnson, VISA, General Mills, and Royal Dutch Shell, have hired her to motivate them to achieve sustained high performance.

Session speakers

Coming soon!