Guest Speakers

Scott Ste. Marie


Scott has been sharing his story of depression and anxiety for over 5 years and teaching others to feel confident in their self-expression. His mission is to empower people by helping them realize that mental illness is not a weakness but an opportunity for personal growth and development.

Scott’s message has reached over 4 million people through online media which supports the fact that mental health education is needed. His experience working for global corporations (Twitter) to non-profits (Canadian Mental Health Association) along with lived experience make

his presentations invaluable. You can find out more about Scott on his twitter page. 

Barbara Hodder


Born in Rochester, New York, A/SLt Hodder resides in downtown Toronto with her husband, MWO Darrin Hicks, CD (7th Toronto Royal Canadian Artillery).  The eldest of three children, her parents, siblings and extended family still reside in various parts of the United States.  She immigrated to Canada in 2003 and became a Canadian citizen on June 24, 2014.  As a newly minted Canadian she felt drawn to give back to her new home and swore in to the Royal Canadian Navy in 2016 and received her commission in 2017. Employed at Scotiabank as a Senior Organizational Change Strategist, A/SLt Hodder holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, as well as designations in Organizational Change Management and Lean Six Sigma.  Her areas of speciality include organizational change, human resources, diversity leadership and major event planning.  She also has a small but growing side career in counseling and life coaching, with a focus on interpersonal relationships and goal achievement.  

John Henry Larsen


John Henry Larsen is a Senior Project Manager at Pricewaterhouse Coopers - Canada, where he manages IT Projects that support the firm’s lines of service. In addition, he is a member of the Agile Enablement Team, charged with creating a Centre of Excellence for Agile tools and techniques. 

Born and educated in the United States, John studied Psychology and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he earned a BA. His professional career began in the airline industry where started in an entry level position and worked his way up to become an Information Systems Manager. 

After leaving the Airline industry, John worked as a consulting manager at Ernst & Young (EY) where he focused on implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems at clients throughout the United States. With that experience, John left consulting and took on several IT leadership assignments in Germany, Norway and Canada, including that of Chief Information Officer for a multi-national aquaculture company with production facilities and offices around the world. There he and his team were responsible for choosing and implementing a new ERP system as well as overhauling the firm’s aging technical infrastructure.  

Today, John focuses his energy on IT Project Management. He is carries both a PMP and PMI-ACP certifications from the Project Management Institute. 

Helen Szumigaj


Helen has held senior executive positions within the Food Service and Retail businesses in Canada and the United States; most recently as General Manager Food Service Sales with The Oneida Group. She has also held executive positions at Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee and Kerry Ingredients. With a focus on change management and turn around business, Helen has been successful in delivering incremental revenue and profits to the markets she was responsible for; with a keen focus on satisfying customer needs and employee development.

As a leader and coach, Helen has supported and encourage women in business to aspired to higher positions through various industry interest groups such as Women in Food Service Forum and Network of Executive Women where Helen volunteered both as an Ambassador and Mentor. Helen’s passion lies in seeing the success of those around her. 

Helen is a proud graduate of Seneca College where she is past Board of Governor Member and past chair of the Business Advisory Committee.  She volunteers for Seneca Business Alumni Council and teaches Change Management and Leadership courses as Seneca College in Markham.